Natural Approaches to Dealing with Chronic Pain

Moderator: Dave Korba, Natural Awakening

Dave Korba is the owner and publisher of Natural Awakenings Magazine of South Central PA, a FREE monthly publication serving readers throughout South Central Pennsylvania and promoting businesses involved in Natural Health & Wellness, Integrative Medicine & Holistic Modalities and Sustainable Living.

Natural Awakenings serves the community by being a resource for readers and a toolkit for businesses, by seeking, assembling and sharing accurate information that educates, inspires and improves the quality of life for individuals, families, the community and the planet.

Dave has a B.S. in Business Administration from Wilkes University and an MBA from The Pennsylvania State University. He has a 25 year career in marketing and administrative management and has been the publisher of Natural Awakenings since 2010. 


Jack and Tammy Bray, Joyful ViBRAYtions

Joyful ViBRAYtions - The Healing Power of Play

Jack and Tammy Bray are the husband and wife team co-creators of Joyful ViBRAYtions, offering uplifting experiences that bring people together for wellness and relaxation, and to remember our Spirits' enjoyment of fun and play.   

After their combined fifty years of service as Mental Health/Drug and Alcohol/Family Therapists in the social services field, they are engaged in the adventure to create, grow and support “ways of well-being” for our individual and collective wellness – where wellness is an active process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a healthy and fulfilling life.

They tailor and create playful, interactive health and wellness playshops to build and support strong, unified communities within businesses and organizations.  Their approach for utilizing the ”healing power of play” brings effective, unique, and useful approaches for living well, which can be used within workplace and community settings.

Jack and Tammy are both certified Laughter Yoga leaders and teachers. Jack is also a certified Transformational Drum Circle Leader and Divorce and Custody Mediator, and Tammy is a Reiki Master and 200 Hour Certified Radiant Child and Family Yoga Teacher.  


Rhonda Giddings, AP, L Ac., M Ac., LMT

Rhonda has over 38 years of combined practice in the healing arts of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture, Massage Therapies, Reiki & Energy Therapies, Hypnosis & Guided Imagery, and Herbs & Supplements.
This base of experience for helping clients with pain relief and to reach their optimal healthy is broad.
The ability to individualize that broad box of tools down to a “one–to–one” equation is a passion that drives Rhonda as a healer. 


Sharon Muzio, RN, Reiki Master, Alta View Wellness Center

Sharon owns and operates Alta View Wellness Center. She has extensive bodywork experience, as well as, practicing critical care and rehabilitative nursing since 1979. She is an aroma therapist, and a Reiki Master Practitioner. Sharon practices Shamanic Healing coupled with Reiki. She facilitates montlhy Shamanic Meditation Circles to empower womyn of all ages. Sharon has several certifications in specialty bodywork, including Prenatal Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Facial Refloxogy, Traditional Reflexology, and Myofacial Release. Sharon has studied various movement modalities and has incorporated these techniques in her corrective myotherapy sessions. Sharon serves as a volunteer for the National Massage Boards Ethics and Standards Committee.

Sharon teaches NCBTMB Certified Continuing Education Classes. See the list of Advanced Seminars for a full description. Sharon is the creator of the Spirit OF Oneness Holistic Expo, an annual holistic event that takes place the first week end of October at the Zembo Shrine. Sharon has a private Mentorship Practice for Holistic Practitioners, interested in developing their Practices. She is available for Speaking Engagements as well.  


Lauren Sonnenberg, LifeCore – Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) to Relieve Chronic Pain

Lauren is a psychotherapist and wellness consultant, who helps clients uncover negative emotions that contribute to the cause and continuation of chronic pain and illness, then helps to clear out the emotional blockages that may be keeping a person from healing.
She uses psychotherapy, EFT (tapping) and essential oils, among other modalities.

Here is a brief video introduction by Lauren 


Pennsylvania Department of Health

Lolly Bentch, Patient Liaison for the Office of Medical Marijuana, in the Department of Health

Latrisha “Lolly“Bentch is the Patient Liaison for the Office of Medical Marijuana, in the Department of Health. She has been with this office since October of 2016, not long after the Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Act was signed into law. Her role as Patient Liaison is to ensure the voices of patients and caregivers are heard and to ensure their needs are met to the best of her ability as the Medical Marijuana program continues to evolve. 

Previously, Lolly directed the grassroots organization, Campaign4Compassion, which was the group of patients and caregivers who, with the aid and support of their fellow advocacy groups, key legislators and the Wolf Administration, spearheaded the effort to bring medical marijuana to fruition in Pennsylvania. 

Lolly began her advocacy in the Fall of 2013, on behalf of her young daughter who, at the time, suffered from intractable epilepsy. Lolly is always eager to share about her family’s journey with Medical Marijuana. 


Caregivers & Advocates

Moderator: Adrienne Leasa, Patient Educator, Canna Care Docs

Adrienne Leasa is a dedicated Pennsylvania cannabis activist from Hummelstown who is an HIV positive single mom of one. She is an MMJ patient, caregiver, and oil maker. 

Adrienne Leasa

Adrienne Leasa

Diana Briggs, Founder/CEO of PA Compassionate Caregivers LLC

Diana Briggs is the Founder/CEO of PA Compassionate Caregivers LLC, a group of Medical Cannabis Advocates and Caregivers that are committed to connecting patients, caregivers, doctors, and the medical cannabis industry. Diana is also a founding member and former Director of Campaign For Compassion a grassroots advocacy group that was instrumental in the passage of Act 16.

Campaign For Compassion received a national award from Americans for Safe Access for their lobbying efforts. Diana currently resides in Export with her husband Mike and three children. Her son Ryan suffers from Intractable Epilepsy and is the reason for her Advocacy. 


Diana Briggs

Diana Briggs

Veteran's Holistic Health & Wellness

Moderator: Mike Whiter, USMC Veteran, Activist, and Video Producer

Mike Whiter is an outspoken cannabis activist, Marine Corps veteran, journalist, and producer. 

Whiter was medically discharged from the Marines in 2006 and subsequently diagnosed with PTSD and put on a multitude of pills. After finding cannabis and throwing the pills away, Whiter got involved with a group of boots-on-the-ground activists in Philadelphia, started Pennsylvania Veterans for Medical Marijuana, committed innumerable acts of peaceful civil disobedience, and hasn't stopped talking about weed since. 


Ron Millward, Founder, Balanced Veterans

Ron Millward born and raised in Pennsylvania is a seven year United States Air Force Combat Veteran and the founder of Balanced Veterans. The mission of Balanced Veterans is to create a safe space for the education, empowerment, and advocacy of alternative therapies for veterans. We partner with professionals and other veteran organizations to support veterans and their families to live a balanced life. We endeavor to provide this support by sharing knowledge about alternatives such as holistic healing practices and alternative medicines such as Cannabis to treat common issues in the veteran community such as PTSD, Anxiety, Depression, and Chronic Pain. There are better ways to find and attain balance and healing when navigating through this life while carrying the immense weight of the physical and mental health ailments that plague so many of us veterans. We at Balanced Veterans want to be a resource for you, we want to help you find what works for you, what makes you feel whole, what helps you experience true healing, what makes you feel alive again, and what brings balance back to this life for you. While we believe that Cannabis alone is not the whole answer, we believe it can be a powerful key to achieving the balance and relief that many veterans need. When coupled with healthy community, open conversation, and other holistic healing practices we believe that cannabis can open the door to a fulfilling and balanced life of healing


Ron's Full story:


George Armstrong, Pennsylvania Veterans for Medical Marijuana

George Armstrong - A veteran and cannabis activist, and patient of the PA medical Marijuana program. For the past few years I have worked tirelessly to educate patients, doctors, law enforcement and anyone else who will listen about the program. He is an admin for Pennsylvania veterans for medical marijuana, and has spoken at several events including the Boston freedom rally and veterans rally in DC.  


It's a Plant, not a crime

Moderator: Patrick Nightingale, Esquire

Executive Director – Pennsylvania Medical Cannabis Society

Partner, Cannabis Legal Solutions

Patrick K. Nightingale is a practicing criminal defense attorney in both state and federal court in Southwestern Pennsylvania. He began his legal career as a prosecutor with the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office in 1996. In 1999 he helped to found the Domestic Violence Prosecution Unit. Since 2002 Mr. Nightingale has specialized in criminal defense with a particular focus on protecting the rights of cannabis consumers. Mr. Nightingale practices in state and federal courts throughout Pennsylvania and handles both trial, appellate and post-conviction litigation. 

Mr. Nightingale re-established the Pittsburgh NORML and has worked to advance medical cannabis and adult use cannabis reform. In his capacity as Executive Director he has spoken extensively on the subject of cannabis reform. Mr. Nightingale has been a frequent guest on local radio and television, and is a trusted voice on reform related questions. He has also been privileged to testify on numerous occasions before Pennsylvania legislative bodies considering medicinal cannabis legislation. 

Mr. Nightingale also serves on the Board of Directors of the Medical Cannabis Society, a Pennsylvania based non-profit. “I was very excited to join a non-profit with a mission of both advocating for patient interests and promoting industry best practices in Pennsylvania and other emerging medical cannabis states. As our medical cannabis program matures in Pennsylvania and in states like Ohio and West Virginia it is abundantly clear we must continue to work to advance patient interests through education and legislation.” 

In August, 2017, Mr. Nightingale along with his partners established Cannabis Legal Solutions – a law firm catering to the needs of Pennsylvania’s emerging medical cannabis industry. “We believe that as our industry expands clients will value having counsel that understands the cannabis industry and issues facing both consumers and business entities alike.

Mr. Nightingale has taught Continuing Legal Education courses on the issue of cannabis policy and law to the Allegheny County Bar Association, Allegheny County DA’s Office, Westmoreland County Bar Association, Washington County Bar Association, Fayette County Bar Association and the Pennsylvania Bar Association. Mr. Nightingale also serves as a speaker for Law Enforcement Action Partnership.

Mr. Nightingale is married to fellow activist Theresa and they have three children together – Perrin, Mac and Xavina. 

Mr. Nightingale can be reached at 412.225.7959 or at


Brandon Flood, Secretary of Pardons

On April 1, 2019, Brandon J. Flood was appointed by the 34th Lieutenant Governor of Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the Honorable John Fetterman, to serve as Secretary of the Pennsylvania Board of Pardons. In this role, Secretary Flood is tasked with serving as the chief administrator for executive clemency in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Prior to this appointment, Secretary Flood spent nearly a decade working for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, where he served in a multitude of professional capacities, including as executive director of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus. 

Following his tenure with the PA House of Representatives, Brandon went on to serve as legislative director for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU PA) State Council and as the policy & reporting specialist for the Pennsylvania Department of General Services’ Bureau of Diversity, Inclusion and Small Business Opportunities (BDISBO). 

Several of his widely recognized professional accomplishments include but are not limited to instituting a full-time Equal Opportunity Officer and Equal Opportunity Advisory Committee for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, successfully advancing legislation urging the City of Harrisburg, the House Democratic Caucus and the Wolf administration to institute a “ban the box” policy relating to employment opportunities under their respective jurisdictions, and successfully lobbying the City of Harrisburg and the Borough of Steelton to adopt “marijuana decriminalization” ordinances. 

When Secretary Flood is not busy shaping public policy on the state and local level, he is also busy rooting out discrimination in the region by way of his longstanding role as Chairman of the Greater Harrisburg NAACP’s Legal Redress Committee. 


Anthony Minium, Steelton Police Chief