Wilkes University To Host Pain, Addiction Summit On April 12

March 15, 2019 GMT

Wilkes University’s Pennsylvania Pain and Addiction Summit is scheduled for April 12 at Mohegan Sun Pocono. The summit will discuss alternative therapies in patient care for the treatment of chronic pain and addiction. The event opens with a panel discussion with members of Athletes for Care from 8 to 9 a.m. The four former professional athletes scheduled to speak are: Riley Cote, a former hockey player with the Philadelphia Flyers; Anna Symonds, a former Women’s Premier League rugby player; Nate Quarry, a retired mixed martial arts fighter; and Cullen Jenkins, a former defensive lineman in the National Football League. The keynote speaker is local advocate Tee Simpkins, who will speak from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Simpkins is the founder of a non-profit sober living facility, The Graniteville House of Recovery. Don Tollefson, a former sports broadcast journalist in Philadelphia, will speak at 3 p.m. Tollefson is currently the CEO of Overcome Thyself Ministries, which works to help people in recovery and active addiction. Throughout the day there will also be breakout sessions, which will feature local physicians, social workers, pharmacists, counselors or panels with local government officials. The cost to attend the full-day program is $150. Half-day participation is $75 and does not include lunch. Registration and breakfast are at 7 a.m. and breakout sessions begin at 8 a.m. — MICHAEL P. BUFFER