Paulina Assaf


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. In her clinical practice, Paulina utilizes pain reprocessing therapy and mindfulness techniques to help patients understand their own mind-body connection in order to deactivate fear signals, and subsequently pain signals, in the brain. Paulina also serves as the operations lead at the Pain Reprocessing Therapy Center, aiming to build a comprehensive network of certified practitioners to treat the millions who suffer from neuroplastic pain.

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Daniella Deutsch


Daniella Deutsch, ASW, is a psychotherapist who specializes in treating patients with chronic pain. She customizes her treatment approach to meet the needs of each patient, encouraging them to practice self-compassion while using evidence-based practices to achieve pain reduction and mind and body wellness. Daniella is also the content developer and lead trainer at the Pain Reprocessing Therapy Center, 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), conducts 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.


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.


Vanessa Blackstone

Clinical Trainer

Vanessa Blackstone, ASW is the Executive Director of the Pain Psychology Center and clinical trainer/consultant of Pain Reprocessing Therapy. She is a direct, transparent therapist, specializing in mindfulness-based approaches. She integrates cognitive behavioral and psychodynamic therapies with a solution-focused, strengths-based approach. Vanessa upholds a sophisticated set of interpersonal skills allowing her to connect with others and create a safe, supportive, and empowering environment. Following her own personal recovery with chronic pain, Vanessa understands the importance of meeting the unique needs of each patient. She also has a background in treating substance-use disorders, sex therapy, couples therapy, and works as an on set wellness professional.


Brandon Gescheidle

Clinical Trainer

Brandon Gescheidle, LMFT (He/Him/His) is a psychotherapist based in Los Angeles, CA who specializes in the treatment of chronic pain. He uses an integrative model of cognitive-behavioral, family systems, and narrative therapy and works from an LGBTQ+-affirmative, trauma-informed lens. Brandon understands that each patient’s relationship with pain is unique, and their treatment must be tailored to fit their individual needs and lived experience. His work aims to help patients understand their pain, increase self-compassion, and utilize Pain Reprocessing Therapy to reprogram the brain’s relationship to pain. Brandon received his master’s degree from the University of Southern California.


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.

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Alan Gordon

Clinical Advisor

Alan Gordon, LCSW is the Executive Director of the Pain Psychology Center in Los Angeles. Gordon recently completed a groundbreaking neuroimaging study on the efficacy of Pain Reprocessing Therapy (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.

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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.