Consciousness, Pain and Addiction 

Monday, April 2, 2018

2:00 pm – 6:00 pm


Todd W. Vanderah, PhD

Professor and Head, Department of Pharmacology, University of Arizona COM

“Battling Chronic Pain with Non Addictive Compounds”

Dr. Vanderah is Head and Professor of Pharmacology, and is a Professor in the Departments of Neurology and Anesthesiology. His research interests include mechanisms of cancer pain, neuronal integration in pain pathways, neurochemical release during conditions of neuropathy, neuronal plasticity, opioid receptor pharmacology, and novel targets for drug discovery. He is author of over 135 original research articles.

Mohab Ibrahim, PhD, MD 

Director, Pain Medicine, Department of Anesthesiology, University of Arizona COM

Assistant Professor, Anesthesiology - (Clinical Scholar Track)

Assistant Professor, Pharmacology

Non-Pharmacological Methods for Pain Control | Green Light Therapy”

Dr. Ibrahim's research interests include both pharmacological and non pharmacological methods to manage chronic and cancer pain.

Books include: Synergistic attenuation of chronic pain using mu opioid and cannabinoid receptor 2 agonists. Ibrahim, M. M. (2016) Elsevier.

Amol M. Patwardhan, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology and Pharmacology, College of Medicine,

Co-Director, Comprehensive Pain Management Clinic, Department of Anesthesiology, University of Arizona, COM




Leonard “Lenn” Ditmanson, MD,

Chief Medical Officer, ARC – America’s Rehab Campuses

“Medical Detox”

Dr. Leonard Ditmanson is the Chief Medical Officer for Americas Rehab Campus, an opiate addiction treatment center and rehab, and he is the Medical Director for the Sun Clinic, a women’s addiction treatment center. Simultaneously, Dr. Ditmanson is the co-founder of Tucson Medical Center Perinatal Substance Abuse Treatment Coalition. For the past three years, he has served on the Arizona Governor’s Taskforce for Substance Abuse. As a practicing physician for more than 30 years in Tucson, Arizona, his practice experience includes infectious disease, general internal medicine, hospital medicine and sports medicine. Ditmanson served as Medical Director for 12 years at COPE Community Services in Tucson, Arizona, the largest opioid treatment program in Arizona. Throughout his career, Dr. Ditmanson has received numerous awards for teaching at the University of Arizona, College of Medicine, the Tucson Hospital Medical Education Program and local awards for community service. Among his most distinguished awards, he was presented with World Series rings as the Team Physician for Chicago White Sox and the Arizona Diamondbacks. Additional he has served as the Medical Director for El Tour de Tucson Bicycle Race since 1995 to Present, the Accenture Match play PGA event, 2007-2014, and the Tucson Classic Golf


Michael Zipprich, CEO, ARC – America’s Rehab Campuses

“New Approaches to Addiction Treatment”  

Michael Zipprich is the CEO of America's Rehab Campuses. America's Rehab Campuses also known as ARC is scheduled to have over 750 beds in five states by 2019 and plans to expand rapidly in coming years. Michael is committed to building ARC into a nationwide state of the art company, that will meet the needs of thousands of people suffering from Addiction. Michael is a natural visionary with forty years experience operating successful businesses, his mission for America's Rehab Campuses is based on Hope, Compassion & Purpose! 



Ricky Gelb

Addiction, Meditation and Recovery Guide

Ricky Gelb has had vast experience helping people with addiction issues and spiritual blocks over 25 years.

He was the founder of a web-based company in  Los Angeles, California called AddictionSolutions that focused on helping people in nine categories of addictions & disorders in 1998. He created the first online database of all models of treatment centers nationwide and brought the leading authors together to make the highest level of content available to the public. 

Ricky is the founder of Silent Mantra Meditation, Recovery Meditation (.org) and the Meditaining guided meditation experiential.

Ricky was an Interventionist and case manager in the music industry for seven years and the founder of Wingtied Wellness Center in Pasadena in 1996 and a consultant for the non-profit The Musician Assistance Program MAP that merged into Musicares (operated by American Music Academy).