Our goal is to unite our community, educate, support research, and awareness for complex regional pain syndrome.
CRPS Forum Team
Board of Directors
Our founder has been living with CRPS since 2011. Prior to contracting complex regional pain syndrome, Roxanne, held a successful career in the music industry. At 18, she was signed to Polygram Records, had two successful singles and toured worldwide. She later became a disc jockey and collaborated with brands which included Monster Energy, Red Bull, Jägermeister, and Maxim, as well as with pop, dance, rock, and hip hop artists, and NBA, NFL, and MLB athletes.
She graduated college with a focus on psychology. In college, she volunteered for various nonprofits including The Make-A-Wish Foundation. As a volunteer, she became a Wish Granter, acquired physical donations, greeted families at the airport, attended sporting events with Wish Kids, and contributed to their annual ice cream social, and black tie gala.
Along with CRPS Forum’s mission, Roxanne’s goal is to unite her community and instill hope. She enjoys learning about fellow warriors forming new friendships and seeing frowns transform to smiles at CRPS Forum events. She also donates her time to partner with local doctors for informal counseling, education, support and advocacy for newly diagnosed CRPS Warriors. She understands that while living with complex regional pain syndrome is a difficult journey, when a community unites, they can form a great power and create great accomplishments together.
Rissa Lynch has been living in Orlando, FL for the past 11 years. She’s interested in how she can help people who are living with complex regional pain syndrome and helping them gain and maintain a positive and hopeful outlook. She looks forward to being a part of the CPRS Community and doing her part with awareness, education, supporting research, motivating others to live their best lives, and staying positive.
Scientific Advisory Board
Dr. Shahin Sadik is one of the founding physicians of Universal Pain Management. Dr. Sadik graduated with a medical degree at Eastern Virginia Medical School of Medical College of Hampton Roads. He then completed his residency in anesthesiology and fellowship training in pain management at the University of Pennsylvania. Currently, Dr. Sadik works as a pain management physician and Medical Director at Universal Pain Management in California.
Board-certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology with special qualification in pain management and also by the American Board of Pain Medicine, Dr. Sadik has vast experience managing chronic pain. In addition to his duties at Universal Pain Management, Dr. Sadik holds a faculty position at the University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine as Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology.
Dr. Jennifer Goldin graduated medical school at Wright State University School of Medicine and is board certified in family medicine. She created our Guide for the Newly Diagnosed with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome and CRPS: Guide for Teachers and Other School Personnel booklets. You may view her article featured on The Mighty here and the booklets she created under our resources page.
Dr. Katinka van der Merwe grew up as the daughter of a successful chiropractor outside of Johannesburg, South Africa. She first started studying to become a Doctor of Chiropractic at The Witwatersrand Technikon in South Africa in 1993. She immigrated to the United States of America in 1994 at the age of 20, and received her Doctor of Chiropractic degree at Parker College of Chiropractic in Dallas, Texas. Upon graduation, she set out to study post graduate techniques and courses that would allow her to treat chronically and acutely ill patients without any hope.
Dr. van der Merwe has dedicated her career to informing and treating patients who live with chronic daily pain, and those having suffered catastrophic neurologic damage, such as Traumatic Brain Injuries, amputation and paralysis, resulting in chronic neurologic pain.
Dr. van der Merwe is the founder and CEO of The Spero Clinic in Fayetteville, Arkansas. She has treated patients from 47 US states and 34 countries to date. She has gained a world- wide reputation for her significant success in treating non-retractable pain syndromes and chronic pain.
Jim Scherer Graduated with his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Ohio University in 2008. He received his Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology and Minor in Psychology. While working on his Bachelor’s degree Jim worked at recreation unlimited, a summer camp for children and adults with physical and developmental disabilities.
He was the sports program leader and climbing tower director. He went on to become a McKenzie Certified practitioner in 2010, a Board Certified Specialist in Orthopedics in 2010, and completed a Fellowship in Movement Science through Washington University in St. Louis in 2013-2014.
Jim has been involved a multidisciplinary chronic pain program for the past 6 years, specializing in CRPS ( Complex Regional Pain Syndrome). He has become more interested in the role of the central nervous system in pain, Graded Motor Imagery and the power of cognitive beliefs in chronic pain.
Jim’s treatment philosophy includes a holistic approach to treating chronic conditions that afflict the athletic population, the disabled population, and everyone in between. Jim’s treatment sessions include techniques such as spinal manipulation and mobilization, soft tissue massages, as well as detailed movement analysis to train individuals to move in a less painful way.
He and his patients discuss fears regarding returning to activities, relaxation strategies, and perform visualization to improve confidence and calm down the nervous system. Jim wants to know who you are as a whole person and what your goals are.
In his spare time, he enjoys outdoor adventures including trail running, backpacking, camping, mountain biking, rock climbing, snowboarding and mountaineering.