In early 2016 Matt, Tyler, and Jason finally connected and created the first iteration of the Pain Matters program, which debuted in the fall of that year, and cemented the start of their professional relationship. Over many shared ideas, long conversations, and even a few disagreements, they developed both a friendship and a common vision around the paradigm and practice of working with people and their experience of persistent pain. A number of workshops and videos later, and continuing to think critically about how to best synergize their unique perspectives, the concept of the Insight Pain Institute was born in early 2018 to provide a platform for their dynamic vision to take shape.

The mission of IPI is to facilitate educational and experiential resources that promote resiliency and recovery from persistent pain.  We envision a world in which understanding why we hurt catalyzes growth, reduces suffering, and makes us free to be our healthiest selves.

Our Objectives:

  • Host live and web-based trainings for providers interested in learning neuroscience- and evidence-based strategies for understanding and treating persistent pain.

  • Provide a platform for individuals to access effective educational and experiential resources that facilitate self-generated healing and recovery from persistent pain.

  • Endeavor to research, via our courses, workshops, and presentations, to further our collective understanding of optimal approaches to the treatment of pain, reduce its personal and societal burdens, and improve patient/client outcomes.

Matt McClanahan, DO, MA

Matt McClanahan, DO, MA

Matt is an osteopathic physician (Des Moines University, Des Moines, IA), board certified in both Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine and Family Medicine (Metro Health Hospital, Grand Rapids, MI), and prior to that received a masters degree in Exercise Physiology (University of Missouri - Columbia). From early in his training a focus on the cohesion of body, mind, and spirit began forming due to experiences, professionally and personally, with manual and lifestyle medicine, mindfulness training, sustainable and interracial communities, contemplative spirituality, and numerous factors implicit in behavior change and what it takes to get “unstuck.” In September of 2014 Matt and his wife Farron moved to Chattanooga where he began a practice in integrative primary care. However through many challenges and even failures helping patients in the usual, disease-focused medical machine, he began learning the preeminent value in considering the nervous and psychological systems in treating almost any persistent symptom and energizing a person’s innate self-healing capacity. Matt’s emphasis is on accurate diagnosis and facilitating knowledge of what is happening in a person and why it has persisted - the driving force behind his work with the Insight Pain Institute. His describes his chief goal as fostering understanding and empowerment in ourselves and in our lives so that, together, it is easier for us to feel good.

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Tyler Orr, LPC/MHSP, NCC

Tyler Orr is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC/MHSP), National Certified Counselor (NCC) EMDRIA approved consultant and trainer in training, and the founder of the Chattanooga Center for Mind/Body Therapy. His approach to counseling and teaching integrates mindfulness, nonduality, transpersonal psychology, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), somatic psychotherapy, and attachment-focused techniques. In addition to working with clients who suffer from pain, Tyler trains and consults with other therapists interested in treating chronic pain and illness. Prior to becoming a counselor, Tyler worked as an independent record label owner and music producer/audio engineer for over ten years, recording billboard-charting and Grammy-winning artists. He brings this skill set to Insight Pain Institute by overseeing the audio and video aspects of our trainings.

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Jason Therrien, DPT, TPS

Jason is a licensed physical therapist who earned his Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) from the Medical College of Georgia in 2011. He is a certified Therapeutic Pain Specialist (TPS) through the International Spine and Pain Institute. He practices in the outpatient setting where he treats individuals with chronic, and often complex, pain conditions. Jason has developed a passion for understanding chronic pain, as he has seen the devastating effects of chronic pain on his patients and loved ones alike. He has undertaken extensive research on the advancements in pain science and the evolution of treatments for pain. His aim for each of his patients is to help alleviate their pain and suffering while empowering them with knowledge, strategies, and tools to more independently manage and relieve their pain, now and in the future. Jason strives to share the insights that have helped so many, to patients interested in learning more as well as other healthcare providers, in order to minimize the unnecessary suffering of as many people as possible. Above all, Jason is a devoted family man to his daughter, Lola, and his best friend and wife, Amelia. His family and he are proud members of the Chattanooga community. He enjoys playing soccer, live music, Chattanooga FC matches, yoga, hiking, and meditation.

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