Dr. Stason, D.O., is the Medical Director for the Comprehensive Pain Program here at Progressive Rehabilitation Associates. He is an osteopathic physician who specializes in musculoskeletal pain, mild Traumatic Brain Injury, vision issues, dizziness and psycho-somatic complaints. He is board certified in Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine/Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine through the American Osteopathic Association. He uses conventional medicine including medications, laboratory evaluation, imaging (x-rays, MRI's, etc) as well as osteopathic manipulation as part of his care. This manipulation is a hands on treatment that is gentle, safe and effective at unwinding strains and releasing tissues to function more normally.
Being from Massachusetts, he went to the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine on the coast of Maine for osteopathic medical school, completed his medical internship in Worcester, MA and then his residency in the Bronx, NY. After teaching and practicing in New York City for a few years he made a sane decision and moved to Portland, OR in 2012 to continue in private practice as well as teaching second year Osteopathic medical students. He has been associated with PRA since 2015.
He loves spending time with his 5 year old daughter, being outdoors, studying birds and bird language, windsurfing and when he can find the time, going on silent meditation retreats.
With our current COVID-19 physical distancing protocols, it can feel like the year has passed with none of it’s usual markers for the passage of time. Traditions have been interrupted and holidays have been muted. At Progressive Rehabilitation Associates, there has been a long standing tradition to celebrate fall with costumes and potlucks. As the end of October drew near, it was announced; there would be some modifications, but our annual celebration could happen!
October 30th arrived, and the staff arrived at work bearing armloads of food and identities obscured by fun disguises. We could see the creativity as one of our staff members created a costume as if 2020 was a person, and another dressed up as a 2020-buster, spreading puppies and rainbows. We couldn’t help but smile as you saw an alien retrieving a human out of the corner of your eye.
This really reminded us of the special way Progressive Rehabilitation Associates works in the field of traumatic brain injury and persistent and chronic pain. Every client we connect with is an individual, with their own needs, traditions, culture, passions, and desires. We don’t treat shoulders or brains or knees, we treat people. We recognize the people who come here have been through tremendous challenges. We meet each person listening as closely as we can to their story, and through this careful listening, helping them find ways to rebuild the most important parts of their life.
This year, finding creative ways to help people connect with each other safely and engage safely in their traditions has been part of our treatment. And, like all good therapists, we start with ourselves, finding our own way through the pandemic, back to the social traditions that bring us joy and meaning.