To further educate its physician members on alternatives to opioid prescriptions, Collier County Medical Society (CCMS) will host an educational presentation this month entitled, “Contemporary Pain Management Therapies”. The presentation is part of the agenda for the 2017 CCMS Fall General Membership Meeting, Wednesday, August 23rd at the Hilton Naples.

CCMS has secured expert speakers on pain management. Christopher D. Sletten, Ph.D., L.P., from the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville will speak on the opioid epidemic and behavioral pain rehabilitation, and local pain specialist Heather L. Smith-Fernandez, M.D., owner of the Regenerative Institute of Medicine, will speak on regenerative medicine and the holistic approach to medical management of chronic pain.

“With the growing concerns surrounding opioid addiction, it is critical that our physicians are armed with the latest information on other pain management therapies,” said Dr. Rebecca Smith, CCMS Programs Committee Chair. “This presentation is a perfect example of the Medical Society’s goal to help physicians practice quality medicine.”

Attendance is complimentary for CCMS physician members and one guest each. The event is also open to the public for a fee of $100 per ticket. Attendees may register at or by calling CCMS at 239-435-7727. Limited exhibit and sponsor opportunities are still available; contact CCMS for details.

Support for this event is provided by David Lawrence Center and VITAS Healthcare. Exhibitors include Calmar Pain Relief Therapy, Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, Markham Norton Mosteller Wright, and Thrive Physical Therapy & Wellness Solutions.