photoEd Coghlan is a founding partner of the National Pain Report. Ed formerly was news director of the Montana Television Network, where he and his news operation won dozens of awards for reporting and programming. He later served as news director at KCOP-TV in Los Angeles, where he led the station to its highest ratings ever. Ed also serves as chairman of the board of the Unusual Suspects Theatre Company, which uses theatre to reach at-risk youth in Los Angeles County.


Ellen Lenox Smith lives with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS), SARCOIDOSIS and other chronic pain maladies. Ellen is a board member of the U.S. Pain Foundation. She and her husband Stuart are co-director for medical cannabis advocacy for the U.S. Pain Foundation. They also serve as board members for the Rhode Island Patient Advocacy Coalition. For more information about medical cannabis EHLERS DANLOS AND CHRONIC PAIN, visit their website.

Donna Gregory Burch was diagnosed with fibromyalgia in 2014 after several years of unexplained pain, fatigue and other symptoms. She was later diagnosed with chronic Lyme disease. Donna covers news, treatments, research and practical tips for living better with fibromyalgia and Lyme on her blog, You can also find her on Facebook and Twitter. Donna is an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared online and in newspapers and magazines throughout Virginia, Delaware and Pennsylvania. She lives in Delaware with her husband and their many fur babies.

Joanna Mechlinski Joanna Mechlinskiis a lifelong Connecticut resident battling several chronic illnesses since her early twenties. A former newspaper reporter, she is an avid reader, passionate about animal rescue and paying it forward.  She shares her personal perspective and observations for the National Pain Report.

Follow Joanna  @castlesburning

Katelyn O’Leary is a graduate of Indiana University and Carnegie Mellon University and is from South Bend, IN. She currently resides in Los Angeles, CA where she has lived for the past few years. She has CRPS and also copes with chronic pain with the best way she knows how: by writing about it! She loves too many books and drinks too much coffee, and she is a passionate advocate for not only the CRPS community but for the chronic pain community worldwide.

radnovichRichard Radnovich D.O. is an Idaho pain physician who treats chronic pain conditions, sports medicine and injuries. He is a respected clinical researcher who participates in national pharmaceutical and medical device clinical trials. He writes for the National Pain Report on a number of topics.

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Steve AriensSteve Ariens is a retired pharmacist and patient advocate who has a blog called Pharmacist Steve. Steve’s wife is a chronic pain patient.

If you have a pharmacy-related question for Steve, send it to:

Liza Zoellick is a chronic pain warrior from Houston, as well as a mother to four girls, a wife to an amazing man, and a fur baby mom to two dogs and a kitty. Lisa has been chronicling her journey through chronic pain and illness on her blog: - trying to make sense of the craziness she finds herself in. Lisa believes in a holistic approach, meaning you need more than just medicine to get you through it; however, she also believes medicine is a necessity. She decided to share her story in response to the vast number of women who feel desperate and alone and let down by the medical system - and to let them to know that they are not alone.

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