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Alan Gordon


Alan Gordon, LCSW is the Executive Director of the Pain Psychology Center in Los Angeles. Gordon developed Pain Reprocessing Therapy (PRT), a cutting-edge protocol for treating chronic pain, and just completed a groundbreaking neuroimaging study on the efficacy of PRT in conjunction with the University of Colorado-Boulder. He was featured on CBS’s The Doctors, where he conducted the first fMRI case study of a patient eliminating chronic pain. He is an adjunct assistant professor at USC and has presented on the topic of pain treatment at conferences and trainings throughout the country.


Paulina Assaf

Director of Operations

Paulina Assaf, ASW earned her master’s degree in social work from the University of Southern California, pursuing a specialty in Social Change and Innovation. Paulina finds her passion at the intersection of the mental health care and business sectors, utilizing her marketing and operational background to alter the landscape of chronic pain treatment and ultimately build a network of certified practitioners to treat the millions who suffer from neuroplastic pain.

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Daniella Deutsch

Director of Content

Daniella Deutsch, ASW received a master’s in social work from the University of Southern California. Daniella individualizes her treatment approach to meet the needs of each patient. She encourages her patients to relate to themselves with self-compassion while using evidence-based practices to achieve pain reduction and mind and body wellness. Daniella trains all new clinicians to the Pain Psychology Center in Pain Reprocessing Therapy, demonstrating a holistic and actionable approach to overcoming chronic pain.


Yoni K. Ashar

Clinical Trainer

Yoni K. Ashar, PhD is a clinical psychologist, neuroscientist, and father of three. Yoni’s research uses functional MRI brain imaging, natural language processing, and other tools to understand how mind and brain processes influence health, especially chronic pain. Yoni is an NIH-funded postdoctoral associate at Weill Cornell Medicine, and he completed his doctorate at the University of Colorado Boulder. He conducted the first randomized trial testing Pain Reprocessing Therapy (PRT), has conducted PRT clinician trainings, and leads a PRT supervision group. His research in chronic pain has been featured in several news outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, Vox, and the Coloradan. You can see more of Yoni’s work on Twitter and Google Scholar.


Vanessa Blackstone

Clinical Trainer

Vanessa Blackstone, ASW specializes in mindfulness-based relapse prevention and guided meditation. She integrates cognitive behavioral and psychodynamic techniques into Pain Reprocessing Therapy with a solution-focused, strengths-based approach. Following her own personal recovery with chronic pain, Vanessa understands the importance of meeting the unique needs of each patient. She serves as the Supervision Director at the Pain Psychology Center, upholding the quality and ensuring the consistency of the PRT framework as it is delivered to each pain patient.


Callie Klebanoff

Clinical Trainer

Callie Klebanoff, LCSW, treats individuals holistically by integrating various modalities including psychodynamic, cognitive, somatic, and emotionally focused therapies. When it comes to treating neural pathway pain, Callie works from a neural biological perspective. She helps clients gain accurate education about pain and collaborates to find the unique barriers keeping them in the pain-fear cycle. Callie utilizes Pain Reprocessing Therapy and mindfulness meditation to help clients develop the self-compassion and self-awareness required to empower positive change and healing. In addition to treating patients in private practice, Callie works alongside Alan Gordon to train clinicians in Pain Reprocessing Therapy.


John Gasienica

Clinical Trainer

John Gasienica, ASW, brings personal understanding and empathy alongside contemporary methodology to clients experiencing pain, anxiety, and depression. Using a light-hearted demeanor, John uniquely caters Pain Reprocessing Therapy with a cognitive behavioral and mindfulness-based approach to each individual client. John received his master’s degree from the University of Southern California and leads the Business Development and Outreach Program at the Pain Psychology Center.

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Dr. Howard Schubiner

Medical Advisor

Dr. Howard Schubiner, MD is board certified in pediatrics and internal medicine and is the director of the Mind Body Medicine Center at Providence Hospital in Southfield, MI. He is a Clinical Professor at Wayne State University School of Medicine and has authored over 60 publications in scientific journals and books. Dr. Schubiner has conducted research on psychophysiological disorders and is currently working on a large grant from the National Institutes of Health to study the effects of emotional expression therapy for fibromyalgia.