A Firsthand Look at Being Dr. Pohl’s Assistant
By Bryan Spircu
My name is Bryan Spircu and I am Dr. Mel Pohl‘s personal assistant. Dr. Pohl is the Chief Medial Officer, or as I like to call him “educator in chief” at Las Vegas Recovery Center (LVRC). Dr. Pohl was a major force in developing LVRC’s world-renowned, opioid-free chronic pain treatment program and is an internationally renowned physician and expert in the treatment of substance use disorder and chronic pain.
Most of my days traveling with Dr. Pohl start off early and I spend all day at clinical focused events, it’s busy but I love every second of it. I know this lifestyle isn’t for everyone but it’s perfect for me.
We travel the country presenting and giving lectures to thousands of people a year on Pain Recovery, Mindfulness meditation and holistic methods of treating chronic pain and addiction. In 2017 alone, we’ve been to Orlando, Salt Lake City, Kansas City, Reno, Seattle, San Francisco, and Washington D.C. Not only do we get to travel, go to amazing events, and meet wonderful folks, we get to help people and make a difference in their lives, this makes this one of the most fulfilling jobs I’ve ever had.
But being Dr. Pohl’s personal assistant is only one of the many hats I wear for LVRC. I have many other responsibilities; I’m also a part of the facilities Clinical Outreach team. This role also allows me to build relationships with referents, plan travel, maintain contacts, give tours at our wonderful facility and set up events at LVRC, while of course managing Dr. Pohl’s social media. It is an honor and a privilege to work with Dr. Pohl, as well as LVRC.
Upcoming Speaking Events:
7/11/18 – Las Vegas, NV – 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System – Social Work Meeting (Internal Event)
7/17/18 – Las Vegas, NV – 1:00 p.m. – Pain and Addiction Presentation – Labor Association Professionals (LAP) Conference
8/19-21/18 – Orlando, FL – Time: TBD – Annual Workers’ Compensation Educational Conference (WCI) 360
9/5-8/18 – Glendale, AR – Time: TBD – Association of Occupational Health Professionals in Healthcare (AOHP) Conference
9/18/18 – Aspen, CO – Time: TBD – A Way Out
9/24/18 – Lexington, KY – Time: TBD – 2018 Bost KY Addicted