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Snehal Bhatt, MD, is a board certified physician in General Psychiatry and Addiction Psychiatry.  He is on faculty at the University of Mexico as the medical director for the Addictions and Substance Abuse Programs; a clinic serving over 800 patients with addictions, and co-occurring psychiatric illnesses.  Additionally, he has been partnering with IHS Center for Telebehavioral Excellence and tribal programs to provide direct care, along with didactics and case consultations to clinicians across the nation.  His current research projects include working with prisoners prior to their release in order to reduce recidivism rates, and studying the effects of psilocybin assisted psychotherapy as a treatment for alcoholism.  His professional areas of interest include improving access to addictions treatment, managing co-occurring pain and addictive illnesses, teaching, and sociocultural elements of addictive illnesses and treatment.

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Chris Camarata, MD, attended medical school at the University of California Irvine College of Medicine (1979) and completed an Internship (1980) and Residency training (1982) at Contra Costa County Hospital (1982) and is board certified in Family Medicine (2014) as well as Hospice and Palliative Care (2012). He is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Department of Family and Community Medicine and an Associate Program Director for the Family Medicine Residency Program. He has interests in geriatrics, the treatment of chronic pain and addiction. He currently sees patients at on campus at the Tucker location of the UNM Family Health Clinic and is a consultant for inpatients at UNMH for the Division of Palliative Care in the Department of Internal Medicine.

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George Comerci, Jr., MD, FACP, ADAAPM, is a Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine where he is actively involved in clinical care and teaching. He is also a consultant at the Pain Consultation and Treatment Center and the in Project ECHO Pain and Headache. He is an Advanced Diplomate of the American Academy of Pain Management and, with the help of several colleagues, has developed a curriculum for pain management intended for use by non-interventional physicians. This curriculum was released in 2013 and is available to any practitioner with an interest in improving the care of patients with chronic pain.

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Chris Fore, PhD, is a member of the Choctaw Tribe. He received a Bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Oklahoma, and his Master's and Doctorate degrees in child psychology from Oklahoma State University. He began working for 10 years at the Acoma-Canoncito-Laguna Service Unit in New Mexico, providing clinical services to children, adolescents, adults, and families. During the next three years, he worked in the New Mexico Women's Correctional Facility and in a private Forensic Psychology practice. In March 2008, he returned to Indian Health Service as the Albuquerque Area Behavioral Health Consultant. He currently oversees the Indian Health Service TeleBehavioral Health Center of Excellence.

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Joanna Katzman, MD, MSPH, is Director of the University of New Mexico (NM) Pain Center and Project ECHO Pain, which received the 2011 American Pain Society Clinical Centers of Excellence Award.  She is an Associate Professor at the UNM School of Medicine and currently resides on the New Mexico Governor’s Council for “Prescription Drug Misuse, Overdose Prevention, and Pain Management”.  Dr. Katzman and her team at the UNM Pain Center collaborate with the IHS Telebehavioral Center of Excellence with their weekly teleECHO Pain and Addiction clinic as well as their Essential Trainings on “Best Practices Pain Management”.   She has directed the UNM Project ECHO Pain program for many years and formally collaborates with the Defense Health Agency to help them replicate teleECHO initiatives. Dr. Katzman has served on two Institute of Medicine (IOM) Committees related to the Gulf War and Health, and is the current President of the American Academy of Pain Management.

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Denise E. Taylor, M.D., received her doctorate from the University of Medicine. She completed pediatric residencies at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York and Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans and a physical medicine & rehabilitation residency at the Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine in New York. She received fellowship training in pediatric rehabilitation at George Washington University Children’s National Medical Center. She joined the University of New Mexico Carrie Tingley Hospital in 2003 and is the Chief of the Pediatric Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation division and an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics. Dr. Taylor is Board Certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and in the subspecialty of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine.

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