Curable Announces Full Scientific Advisory Board

Meet the Curable scientific advisory board: a multidisciplinary team of board-certified physicians, experts, and researchers hand-selected to provide a comprehensive picture of the complexities of chronic pain. Team members' areas of expertise span several disciplines, including neurology, sports medicine, gastroenterology, orthopedics, pain psychology, psychiatry, emergency medicine, pediatrics, physical therapy, and internal medicine.

The scientific advisory board will ensure that Curable’s chronic pain therapy app continues to evolve with the latest research and science available in the treatment of chronic pain, and maintains high clinical applicability and quality standards.

Scientific Advisory Board Members Include:

Alicia Batson, MD, advisor for Curable

Alicia Batson, MD, PsyD

Psychiatry & Internal Medicine

Double-boarded physician specializing in chronic pain, anxiety and a variety of stress-induced medical conditions. Dr. Batson is a former chronic pain sufferer who overcame decades of unexplainable symptoms and subsequently devoted her practice to the treatment of similar cases. She co-developed the chronic pain, anxiety and depression recovery program, Take Back Your Life, for Centerstone Tennessee, a not-for-profit health care organization.
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David Clarke, MD Gastroenterology medical advisor for Curable

David Clarke, MD


Board-certified physician in Gastroenterology and Internal Medicine, Clinical Assistant Professor of Gastroenterology Emeritus at Oregon Health & Science University. Has conducted detailed interviews with over 7000 people whose symptoms were not explained by diagnostic testing. Author of the highly-acclaimed book on chronic pain and other difficult-to-diagnose conditions, "They Can't Find Anything Wrong!"
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Dr. Timothy Flynn Physical therapist advisor for Curable

Timothy Flynn, PT, PhD

Physical Therapy

Board certified orthopaedic physical therapist. Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists. The immediate past President of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists. Executive board member of Evidence in Motion. He has published 5 textbooks and over 50 peer-reviewed manuscripts on orthopaedics, biomechanics, and manual therapy issues. He is the owner of Colorado in Motion.
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Evelyn Hecht Physical therapist advisor for Curable

Evelyn Hecht, PT, ATC

Pelvic Pain

Certified athletic trainer, NYU Master Clinician of Pelvic Health and a practicing physical therapist specializing in chronic pain, pelvic floor dysfunction, orthopedics and spine (neck and low back pain) for over 25 years. Evelyn is the Owner and Director of EMH Physical Therapy in New York City.
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Alan Gordon, LCSW

Pain Psychology

Psychotherapist specializing in the treatment of chronic pain, and the Executive Director of the Pain Psychology Center in Los Angeles, Assistant Adjunct Professor at the University of Southern California. Has authored publications on the treatment of chronic pain, and has presented on the topic of pain treatment at conferences and trainings throughout the country.
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David Hanscom, MD


Board certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in complex spine problems at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle, WA. He has expertise in adult and pediatric spinal deformities such as scoliosis and kyphosis. A significant part of his practice is devoted to performing surgery on patients who have had multiple prior spine surgeries. Dr. Hanscom is also the author of "Back in Control: A Surgeon’s Roadmap Out of Chronic Pain."
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Megan Ranney, MD, MPH

Emergency Medicine

Board certified emergency medicine physician and Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Brown University. Dr. Ranney focuses on the intersection between digital health and injury prevention. She is the Director and founder of the Brown Emergency Digital Health Innovation (EDHI) program.
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David Schechter, MD

Family & Sports Medicine

Board certified family medicine and sports medicine physician who specializes in a non-surgical approach to pain and injury. He is also a Credentialed Pain Practitioner of the American Academy of Pain Management. Author of "Think Away Your Pain." Formerly a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.
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Howard Schubiner, MD

Internal Medicine & Pediatrics

Internal medicine specialist and director of the Mind Body Medicine Program at Providence Hospital in Southfield, Michigan. He is also a Clinical Professor at Michigan State University's College of Human Medicine. He has consulted for the American Medical Association, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and the National Institute on Mental Health. Author of "Unlearn Your Pain." NIH-funded and published researcher in the area of chronic pain.
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Dr. John Stracks lead medical advisor for Curable

John Stracks, MD

Internal Medicine

Board certified Integrative Family Physician and Assistant Clinical Professor of Family Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago. He is especially interested in the effect of emotions on physical symptoms; complex thyroid disorders; hormonal issues, including menopausal symptoms; chronic pain; chronic fatigue; mental health issues; and digestive issues. He has previously done research on the physiological effects of loneliness, intuitive eating strategies, and mind-body solutions for fibromyalgia. Dr. Stracks has lectured nationally on mind-body strategies of healing chronic pain and was the co-organizer of two international conferences on this subject.
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Dr. Tor Wager Neuroscience advisor for Curable

Tor Wager, PhD


Dr. Wager is a neuroscientist, and the director of the Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience laboratory at the University of Colorado, Boulder. The mission of the lab is to investigate the brain pathways that underlie the generation and regulation of pain and emotion. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in cognitive psychology, with a focus in cognitive neuroscience. His research focuses on how expectations shape responses to pain and emotional cues in the brain and body. Peer-reviewed publications include work on brain mechanisms of placebo analgesia and the cognitive regulation of emotion and attention. He is currently leading an NIH-funded study on chronic back pain.
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