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Michigan Fibromyalgia Awareness Day


May 11, 2020 06:35 PM

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Daniel Clauw, M.D.
Director of the Chronic Pain and Fatigue Research Center @University of Michigan
Daniel Clauw, M.D is a Professor of Anesthesiology, Medicine (Rheumatology) and Psychiatry at the University of Michigan. He attended undergrad and medical school at Michigan, and then did his internal medicine residency and rheumatology fellowships at Georgetown University, where he eventually held roles including Chief of Rheumatology and Vice Chair of Medicine. While at Georgetown he assembled an interdisciplinary team who began to study the central nervous system contributions to a number of chronic pain disorders, including fibromyalgia, interstitial cystitis, low back pain, and Gulf War Illnesses. This group of investigators, the Chronic Pain and Fatigue Research Center (CPFRC), moved to the University of Michigan in 2002. He currently is co-PI of two NIH center grants studying the mechanisms underlying chronic pain in urological and musculoskeletal disorders and is an active mentor of clinical and pain researchers.
Cara Fenster, Psy.D.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist @DoctorFenster.com
Dr. Fenster received her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. After completing graduate studies in Chicago, she returned to her roots and began a practice in Michigan. Fenster has experience in a diverse number of settings working with various issues related to mood disorders, stress and anxiety, trauma, familial conflict, grief and loss, attentional deficits, and pervasive developmental delays. An area of particular interest to Fenster is the experience of trauma. From everyday transitional life circumstances to painful events that significantly impact numerous areas of one's life, her goal is the same; build a sense of empowerment, increase awareness, and provide a set of skills that can be used to cope with current challenges and future stress.
Sharon Waldrop
President & Founder @Fibromyalgia Association of Michigan
The Fibromyalgia Association of Michigan (FAM) grew out of the Fibromyalgia Support & Education Group that Waldrop founded at St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital in Warren, Michigan. Diagnosed with fibromyalgia in 1996 (and a variety of other conditions including TMJ, endometriosis and vulvadynia), Waldrop founded the support group in 1997 under the guidance of the Arthritis Foundation. In 2003 she incorporated the group into the 501(c)(3) organization FAM. Waldrop is a founding member of the NFMCPA’s Leaders Against Pain Action Network, a network of advocates across the country who work to represent chronic pain patients on legislative issues, access to healthcare issues, and increasing awareness to reduce the stigmatization people with chronic pain illnesses endure. Waldrop serves (and has served) as a patient representative, advisor/consultant to many organizations including the National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Assoc., IMS, Arthritis Foundation, PCORI, & Cochrane Collaboration.