IWD is proud to present our fantastic line-up of speakers for the 2019 conference.

Keynote- LeRoy Butler

Keynote – LeRoy Butler spent his childhood in Jacksonville, Florida, challenged by physical problems that forced him to wear leg braces and use a wheelchair. Doctors predicted that he would be lucky if he ever walked normally. He went on to a NFL career as a strong safety for his entire career with the Green Bay Packers where he was known for his determination, grit and positive attitude both on and off the field.

Geralyn Datz​

Geralyn Datz, Ph.D. is President & Clinical Director of Southern Behavioral Medicine Associates. She is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in behavioral medicine, providing assessment and treatment of physical and mental health problems.

Carrie Davino-Ramaya

Carrie Davino-Ramaya, M.D. is medical director for the Medical Ability Resource Program, Permanente Medicine, Northwest Permanente. She is a clinical consultant and educator to Northwest and Hawaii Permanente clinicians on disability leave issues & medical appropriateness.

Rana De Boer

Rana De Boer serves as the Work Well Manager for the City of Sioux Falls. She is President of Create Energy, LLC supporting business leaders to generate new thinking to embrace a culture of empowering energy and aligning internal employee services to boost human performance and advance organizational functioning.

Paul Farnan

Paul Farnan, M.D., FCFPC, dipl ABAM has worked in the field of addiction medicine & occupational medicine for more than twenty-five years. He is a member of the Occupational & Environmental Medical Association of Canada & Board certified in Addiction Medicine & Family Medicine.

Mark Pew

Mark Pew, Sr VP of product development and marketing for Preferred Medical, is an advocate of the BioPsychoSocialSpiritual treatment model and focuses on the intersection of chronic pain and appropriate treatment as it relates to clinical and financial implications of prescription painkillers and non-pharma treatment.

Linda Riddell

Linda Riddell MS is a Population Health Scientist and Independent Validator for the Validation Institute. She has extensive experience in health care, public and private health insurance, and health policy, specializing in measuring outcomes for health and wellness programs.

Izabela Schultz

Izabela Schultz, Ph.D. is a Professor of Rehabilitation Counselling Psychology and is Director of the Graduate Program in Vocational Rehabilitation Psychology at the University of British Columbia.

Chris Stewart-Patterson

Chris Stewart-Patterson H. M.D. practices Occupational Medicine and is an instructor for the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine lecturing on the assessment of disability and fitness to work. He is the CME course director of ‘Medical Fitness to Return to Work’ for Harvard Medical School.

Amanda Young

Amanda Young, earned her PhD in Health Psychology, Rehabilitation Psychology, from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. Having worked as a Research Scientist at the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety, she is an Independent Consultant Researcher in Boston.