We treat the three major domains of chronic pain non-pharmacologically.

Our knowledgeable, compassionate staff employs evidence-based methods to treat the whole patient: physically, emotionally, and nutritionally. Our patients graduate from our program with increased quality of life, and better equipped to manage their pain experience, psychosocial stressors, and nutritional health.

physical health

Pain is treated through functional movement (trauma-informed yoga therapy) medical massage/fascial stretching therapy.

Treating patients’ physical pain is obviously important. However, if physical health is the only treatment focus, the results are likely to be incomplete and short-lived. We believe emotional and nutritional health are equally important in treating chronic pain.

Emotional Health

We want to understand our patients’ emotional pain story as it relates to their chronic pain.

By incorporating group psychotherapy within the core 10-week program, we can also make referrals for individual psychotherapy when necessary. In our experience, a patients’ chronic pain can be traced to trauma. Without addressing--and healing--trauma, patients are less likely to experience long-lasting results.

Nutritional health

For long-term aftercare results, we now provide group and individual nutritional education and counseling.

Food significantly impacts the way patients experience chronic pain. Our program teaches patients mindful eating habits and ways to properly prepare nutrient-dense whole foods. With these skills, you can positively impact your chronic pain and mental well-being.

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Here's the proof!

You can view peer-reviewed journal articles on the evidence-based treatment we provide at Mid-Valley Pain Clinic by clicking the button below.

EVIDENCE-BASED APPROACH

Manage your responses to pain. Change your life.

We help our patients manage their experience of pain by treating their physical health, emotional health, and nutritional health. By improving these three areas, we give patients more tools to manage their pain in a healthy, sustainable way.
23%
Brief Pain Inventory (BPI)
Average improvement across all domains.
25%
Depression Score
26%
Anxiety Score
33%
Sleep
Score
3%
Bodyweight
(in 10 weeks)

“We are confident medication prescriptions, and office visits can be reduced with MVPC’s combined program.”

Paul Logan, Executive Director of NW Human Services
about our team

Our Clinicians

We've brought together some of the best professionals from different industries to create a well-rounded and experienced team.

David C. Brillhart, PsyD

Director of Clinical Operations/Licensed Psychologist

David C. Brillhart, PsyD is a licensed psychologist specializing in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), with certifications in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Brainspotting (BSP) therapies. His success using ACT in conjunction with EMDR and BSP, has provided emotional and physical healing of chronic pain, trauma, and anger, with a wide range of individuals, couples, and groups in diverse clinical settings.

Dr. Brillhart has considerable forensic/correctional clinical experience using ACT with high-risk, special needs, and serious persistent mental illness offenders in maximum-security settings.  His research in this area was presented at several national and international conferences; he is also internationally recognized for his expertise and workshop training on ACT.  In 2017, Dr. Brillhart authored a book chapter on ACT in Individual Psychological Therapies in Forensic Settings (Davies & Nagi, Eds., 2017).  And most recently, his full-day training, Mad as Hell: Gaining Control of Life Over Anger with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) was filmed and is available for DVD-distribution through PESI (2018).

Working with difficult-to-treat forensic and correctional offenders, and non-forensic clients with chronic trauma, emotional, and physical pain, has afforded Dr. Brillhart the opportunity to hone his ACT, EMDR, and BSP therapeutic skills.  Dr. Brillhart earned his Masters and Doctorate degrees in Clinical Psychology with Forensic Specialization from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

Denise Cedar

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Licensed Dietitian, Certified Diabetes Educator

Denise has practiced whole food nutrition for over 30 years, and specializes in the mind-gut connection. She knows improved gut health helps absorb nutrients well and, in turn, keeps metabolisms and immune systems functioning well.

Her eight-week program takes patients to a new level of healing and independence.

Melissa Hedstrom

Certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and Yoga Therapist

Melissa believes in lifestyle therapy. She advocates for the healing modalities of real food nutrition and mindful yoga.

Melissa supports each person individually with the care and guidance they deserve to activate their mind and body’s innate capacity to heal. She believes each of her patients has the power to change how they feel and to change their lives for the better.

Her goal is to have her patients take an active role in their health and healing.

Amy Tucker, MA, LPC Intern

Amy has worked as a mental health professional for over ten years.  She uses Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) as her approach to treatment and believes that ACT helps people find ways to live above and beyond their pain.   Amy also believes that a counselor’s job is to help patients feel understood and respected above all else.  There is no one-size-fits-all approach to treatment as each person sets their own pace for how they accept and apply the insights they gain in counseling.  Amy’s formal education includes a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky.

Wendy Bruton, PhD

Wendy has specialized in medical behavioral health since 2012. She believes that each patient has the capacity to be their own pain expert; they have the innate ability to experience healing from physical and emotional pain. Her approaches to positive behavioral change include patient-centered support, education, awareness- building, and the implementation of actionable change. She is passionate about supporting others on this journey.

Candice "Candi" Stoops

Licensed Massage Therapist

Candi’s passion to help people prompted her to become a Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT). Licensed in 2012, she started her professional journey with Mid-Valley Pain Clinic in 2014.  Candi’s specialties include Medical Massage and Myofascial release, with a mix of relaxation. To enhance her intuitive ability to work with the human body; she is also certified as a Fascial Stretch Therapist.

Candi’s goal is to help individuals with their chronic pain and teaching self-care techniques and skills that lead to active, fulfilling lives.

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Address
3723 Fairview Industrial Way SE
Suite 170
Salem, OR 97302
Phone
503-371-1970