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Soula Mantalvanos

Before Soula’s accident, Soula and Theo ran their own creative communications company, Origin of Image (ooi). As creative director her first-hand knowledge of creativity, communication and chronic pain provides a progressive approach to the current chronic pain world.

Theo Mantalvanos

Theo’s previous role of communication manager provides the structure for Pain Train’s business affairs. His compassion and understanding of quality of life (when living with chronic illness) has been key, not only to Pain Train’s development but to Soula and Theo’s lives.

Christopher Balmford

A former lawyer, Christopher founded Words and Beyond Pty Ltd and online business, Cleardocs Pty Ltd. Christopher has been an advocate for plain-language and is a past president of the international organisation Clarity.

Nick Christelis

Victoria Pain Specialists MBBCH, FRCA, FFPMRCA, FANZCA, FFPMANZCA

Pain Train advisory member
Dr Christelis is trained and practices 100% in all aspects of pain medicine. He is a compassionate, professional and highly experienced. He aspires to helping people live healthy and inspired lives, working daily to relieve pain and get his patients back to doing the things they love to do

Arthur Papakotsias – Chief Executive Officer of Neami National

Pain Train advisory member
Arthur has a background in Psychiatric Nursing. He has lead Neami National for over 22 years. Neami National are a accredited, national, community based provider of mental health rehabilitation, housing, sub-acute residential and general support services.

Dr Susie Gronski

Dr Susie Gronski DPT, PRPC

Dr Susie is a licensed doctor of physical therapy and certified pelvic rehabilitation practitioner. Dr Susie trains men and women on how to be their own expert in treating whatever’s going on ‘down there.’

John Quintnerretired independent medical specialist, pain researcher

John is a retired independent medical specialist and pain researcher tirelessly exploring the definitions of pain. He has been a great support to Soula in her advocacy for chronic pain and Australian injured workers.

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