What causes chronic pain when the area that hurts hasn't been physically impacted? We suspect that childhood trauma, adult trauma, prolonged exposure to opioids, and prolonged exposure to pain are just some of the triggers. We know that pills or surgery can't fix this — but behavioral therapy can...


Don Teater, MD, MPH, is a family physician who has worked in western North Carolina since 1988. Dr. Teater works with people who have addiction and mental health disorders and is a national expert in the areas of pain, addiction, and opioids. He has several years’ experience working with the (CDC) Centers for Disease Control, the National Safety Council, and many other state and federal agencies and community organizations focusing on the opioid epidemic. Dr. Teater is a published author and co-authored the book Treating Chronic Pain: Pill-Free Approaches to Move People for Hurt to Hope (PESI, 2017) with Martha Teater.


Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Don Teater is the owner of Teater Health Solutions. He has an employment relationship with Meridian Behavioral Health Services. Dr. Teater receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.

Non-financial: Don Teater has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.