About us

The purpose/objective of Project PREP is to develop a patient-centric tool that provides patients/individuals with chronic pain a means for learning about effective chronic pain management, guidance for discussing concerns with one’s physician(s) to help mitigate feelings of being dismissed by one’s physician, and interdisciplinary treatment options available to them in their locale. It is expected that a tool such as this, co-created by patients/individuals who have or have had chronic pain, will have a noticeable impact in shortening the gap between this current state (i.e., limited interdisciplinary care) and the desired state of chronic pain management in Canada.

Jamie Block at the LMPRC 2023

Team members

Jamie Block

Jamie Block

Jamie is so excited to start the TRP program and meet like-minded individuals who really care to change the world. Jamie plans to apply to medical school in the future, and cannot wait to share his passion for medicine, healthcare, and all things science with his peers and professors.

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Project Advisory Committee

Lisa Goodman

Lisa Goodman


Lisa Goodman is a psychotherapist in private practice with 18 years’ experience working with adolescents and adults who struggle with mood, anxiety, and eating issues. She has considerable training in mindfulness and meditation, including MBCT and MB-EAT. For the past several years, she has been actively integrating mindfulness-based strategies into her clinical practice, as well as in her personal life.

Thomas Hein

Thomas Hein

Manual Physiotherapist

Thomas is a manual physiotherapist with years of postgraduate experience in orthopaedics, sports medicine, and manipulative therapy. He has had great success in combining a variety of techniques to achieve maximal results with even the most difficult or complex clientele. He incorporates a wide range of techniques including spinal manipulation, myofascial release, spinal stabilization exercises, neural tissue mobilization, and medical acupuncture. Recently, Thomas has also completed his training for intermuscular stimulation (IMS).

Gordon Ko

Dr. Gordon Ko

Physiatrist, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Dr. Gordon D. Ko specializes in integrating conventional medical with complementary emerging therapies, such as platelet-rich plasma (PRP), Botox injections and functional medicine to help manage pain and mobility from musculoskeletal disorders like fibromyalgia.

TRP Supervisors

Edyta Marcon, Advisor, Capstone Committee, Instructor, Supervisor, TRP Team

Dr. Edyta Marcon

Concept Translator Senior Research Associate, Donnelly Centre, University of Toronto

Edyta loves to encounter new questions, apply new knowledge, and meet new people. As a Senior Research Associate at the U of T Donnelly Centre, she currently studies how RNA modifications regulate gene expression and how they relate to human health and disease. Her interests extend beyond the laboratory into the application of scientific research using human centric design thinking.

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