Provider Spotlight: Greg Smith, PhD, Founder and Leader in Brain Injury and Chronic Pain Rehabilitation
Greg Smith, PhD is founder and CEO of Progressive Rehabilitation Associates, which has operated brain injury rehabilitation, pain management, work hardening and work conditioning programs since 1991, and has locations in Portland, OR and Vancouver, WA. Dr. Smith is well rounded with extensive experience for more than 30 years as a clinician, educator, author, researcher, program surveyor and leader.
Prior to launching Progressive, Dr. Smith was director of a multidisciplinary pain control program and then the director of the Health Psychology Department at Good Samaritan Hospital and Medical Center in Portland, OR. Following, he was the chief of the Psychology Department and then the co-director and program director at the Emanuel Pain Center, Emanuel Rehabilitation Center, Emanuel Hospital and Health Center in Portland.
Since 1987, Dr. Smith has been on the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) surveyor team surveying rehabilitation programs all over the country. He has had opportunities to share best practices with national and international programs, often bringing his learnings back to Progressive to continually improve programs. He has also invited other organizations in to learn from Progressive about how to create successful brain injury and pain programs. Countries where Dr. Smith exchanged learnings include England, Canada, Mexico, Argentina, among others. Dr. Smith has done numerous lectures and workshops for CARF, Pain Society of Oregon, Physical Therapists professional associations and organizations around the world. His teaching experience includes writing the majority of the material in a chapter on Pain in the text book for medical students called Behavioral Medicine: A Guide for clinical Practice, and he served on the faculty for the dental school at Pacific University in Portland. Currently, Dr. Smith is on staff at Southwest Medical Center in Vancouver, Washington, seeing psychiatric inpatients weekly.
“His hopeful, yet practical, ideas and suggestions challenge me to think and act beyond the constraining limits I set for myself so I can engage in activities that bring me joy.”
Dr. Smith received his Ph.D. with an emphasis in Clinical Psychology and his M.A. from the California School of Professional Psychology. After serving his internships in rehabilitation, behavior modification, biofeedback, individual and conjoint psycho-diagnostics, and alcoholism, he did his residency at St. Jude Hospital and Rehabilitation Center.
Dr. Smith’s clinical expertise and leadership have guided Progressive Rehabilitation Associates to become highly regarded by clients for making a huge impact on the quality of their lives. Dr. Smith believes that this success is due to the strong supportive interdisciplinary team at Progressive, stating:
“I can’t do anything by myself. The team is the strength of rehab. All play an important role. I
recognize the synergy of working together moves clients forward.”
Interested in learning more about Progressive's Brain Injury Rehabilitation and Chronic Pain Rehab programs? Check out Dr. Smith's video on PRA's programs, mission, and treatment values
"Dr. Greg Smith is approachable, compassionate, and wise in his understanding of chronic pain in all its complexities. His manner is relaxed and pleasant, and, no matter how stressed or physically uncomfortable I am upon arrival, I'm always calmer and more hopeful by the end of the hour. He listens extremely well. His hopeful, yet practical, ideas and suggestions challenge me to think and act beyond the constraining limits I set for myself so I can engage in activities that bring me joy."
- Miriam Rosser, Healthgrades
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When it comes to environmental conservation and the Opal Creek Wilderness, George Atiyeh is a legendary environmentalist. Growing up near the Jawbone Flats, George fought back against the U.S. Forest Service’s plan to log the old growth forest of Opal Creek Wilderness. His efforts changed Oregon’s environmental movement resulting in the timber wars. In 1996, George’s efforts were observed when U.S. Senator Mark Hatfield passed legislation protecting Opal Creek Wilderness.
George Atiyeh attended Progressive Rehabilitation Associates’ Comprehensive Brain Injury Program (formerly the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center). After going through the extensive program, George and his wife reflect on his recovery in a recent episode of OPB’s Think Out Loud.
“George didn’t start remembering things until about a year and a half after the accident when he was already in outpatient therapy”
- Hilary Atiyeh
At age 72, George’s life was taken in the Beachy Creek Fire. Remains were recovered at Atiyeh’s property and confirmed by family on Facebook. The fires devastated the land George fought to protect. George’s efforts led to protecting the 13,500-acre Opal Creek Scenic Recreation Area and 21,000-acre Opal Creek Wilderness Area. His daughter said in an interview with OregonLive, donations in his honor can be made to the Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center.
Learn more about the our brain injury rehab center and follow the Comprehensive Brain Injury Program. For the full Think Out Loud podcast and article, visit Rebroadcast: George and Hillary Atiyeh