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The 14th Annual Pacific Northwest

Brain Injury Conference 2016

33rd Annual BIAOR Conference

Sponsored by

The Brain Injury Alliance of Oregon

The Brain Injury Alliance of Washington


The Brain Injury Alliance of Idaho


Living with Brain Injury, Stroke & Neurological Changes

 Living with BI


Friday Dinner: The Music Within Us


March 10-12, 2016

Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel

Portland, Oregon


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14th Annual Pacific Northwest Brain Injury Conference 2016

Living with Brain Injury, Stroke and Neurological Changes

March 10-12, 2016

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Thursday - Draft Program -8.5 CEU hours

ACBIS National Certification Training (CBIS)

March 10, 2016 The Academy for the Certification of Brain Injury Specialists (ACBIS) offers a national certification program for both entry-level staff and experienced professionals working in brain injury services. ACBIS provides the opportunity to learn important information about brain injury, to demonstrate learning in a written examination, and to earn an internationally recognized credential.

The Brain Injury Alliance of Oregon is offering a training program geared toward preparing for the CBIS examination. This training will be delivered in a one day workshop March 10, 2016, from 8:00-4:00pm.

Students must attend the entire session. The workshop will include study materials and interactive workshop with Sherry Stock, Certified Brain Injury Specialist Trainer. The National Online Examination will be given scheduled at a time that works for each student; within a month after the class is suggested.


Registration fee: $600, includes The Essential Brain Injury Guide, materials, instructor time, the ACBIS certification fee, one year professional BIAOR membership with listing in The Headliner and online, and one year subscription to The Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, and lunch. For further information and qualifications click here.


Join us for this comprehensive training, and gain your national certification in Brain Injury, with support through BIAOR.




Pre-Conference Workshop
Thursday, March 11   8:00 – 5:00 pm

Working with Clients and Individuals with Brain Injury, Stroke and Other Neurological Changes


An entire day devoted to effective ways caregivers and families can work with clients and individuals with brain injury and other neurological disorders and the best practices being used. 

Thursday – March 10

7:00 a.m. - 7:45 a.m.  Registration and Check-in

7:45 am - 8:00 am  

Welcome to BIA Conference 2016:
Hands on booths, interactive demonstrations and individual trainings throughout the day

8:00 am – 10:00 am
Behavior Management Strategies for Caregivers dealing with Challenging Behaviors from individuals diagnosed with Brain Injury or other Neurological Diagnosis - Deana Altman, RN, BSN

10:15 – 11:15 am
How Caregivers and families can help individuals with ever-changing Neurological deficits deal with communication and Relationships after Brain Injury or other Neurological Diagnosis - 

11:30-12:30 pm
Techniques and Activities for caregivers to use to help clients diagnosed with Brain Injury or other Neurological Diagnosis to help clients gain as much of their independence as possible - campout, day programs, support groups - Carol Altman

12:30 pm – 1 pm Working Lunch Strategies for Working with Challenging Behaviors

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Oregon Disabilities Commission - Public Meeting

The Oregon Disabilities Commission is charged by state statute to advise the Department of Human Services, the Oregon Health Authority, the Governor, the Legislative Assembly and appropriate state agency Administrators on issues related to achieving the full economic, social, legal and political equity of individuals with disabilities. ODC also acts as a coordinating link between and among public and private organizations services individuals with disabilities.

In order to carry out its mission, the commission:

- Identifies and hears the concerns of individuals with disabilities and uses the information to prioritize public policy issues which should be addressed.
- Publicizes the needs and concerns of individuals with disabilities as they relate to the full achievement of economic, social, legal and political equity.
- Educates and advises the Department of Human Services, the Governor, the Legislative Assembly and appropriate state agency administrators on how public policy can be improved to meet the needs of individuals with disabilities.


The Commission is taking this time to hear concerns from AFH, professionals, caregivers, family members, survivors, and the general public on any issues that they may be having with any government or private agency. 



2:30 - 5:00 pm
Provider Roundtable - Understanding the New CMS Rules and Surviving Them


Friday - Draft Program Saturday - Draft Program
7:00 a.m. - 7:45 a.m.
Registration and Check-in - Continental Breakfast

8:00 am - 8:15 am  Welcome to BIA Conference 2016
7:00 a.m. - 7:45 a.m.
Registration and Check-in - Continental Breakfast

8:00 a.m. - 8:15 a.m. Welcome to BIA Conference 2016  


8:15 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.

Keynote Speaker: Functional Neurological Management of Persistent Port-Concussion Syndrome - Dr. Glen Zielinski


An overview of some of the underlying pathophysiology of PPCS will be presented, with emphasis on on central vestibiopathies and impairment of visual-vestibular proprioceptive interaction interaction, methodologies to evaluate and address this will be presented, along with case study results.



8:15 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.

Keynote Speaker:   Aging and Brain Injury: Expectations and Realities - Rolf B. Gainer, PhD
Rehabilitation Institutes of America, Novato, California; Neurologic Rehabilitation Institute at Brookhaven Hospital, Tulsa, Oklahoma; Neurologic Rehabilitation Institute of Ontario, Etobicoke, Ontario and Community NeuroRehab, Des Moines, Iowa

Brain injury is a cumulative disability as each year the number of people living with a brain injury disability increases with the addition of new members from the prior year. Additionally, the individuals who are living with the effects of disabling conditions related to brain injury move through the life cycle; entering into and leaving relationships with family, marital partnerships and friends; adjusting to living situations; managing their health problems; finding housing and transportation; addressing economic realities and facing the realities of aging. The cost of a lifetime of brain injury is enormous and expected to exceed $17 million over the course of the lifetime of a person who is injured as a young adult. The true costs of a brain injury disability, in addition to the financial resources which are needed, can be best observed by looking at lives of people living with a brain injury as they move beyond rehabilitation into a return to their community and primary relationships, finding meaningful life activity and coping with their disabling conditions as they age.

The long-term studies of people living with brain injury disabilities need to focus on: relationships, social network participation, caregiver issues, health disparities; maintaining independence and managing the aging process. This presentation will address these issues through an examination of the post-rehabilitation lives of individuals who have been followed through a long-term outcome study.

Using data from long-term outcome studies, and supported by case example, this presentation will identify specific themes and trends in the long-term living aspects of brain injury disability as well as the resources which are needed to assist people in maintaining their independence and enhancing the quality of life available to them. As rehabilitation professionals we need to recognize that the challenges of living with a brain injury disability continue long past the end of formal rehabilitation and take form in the virtually all aspects of the person’s life. The solutions we create must be realistic and enduring to assist people throughout a lifetime of disability.

1) To understand brain injury as a chronic disease which affects the person throughout their lifetime
2) To consider co-morbid conditions which affect the process of aging with a brain injury
3) To understand the accelerated process of aging related to people living with a brain injury

9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Track 1 - Treatment of Concussion - From the Field to the Hospital and Rehabilitation - James Chesnutt, MD, Laurie King, PhD, PT Assistant Professor, Dept. of Neurology, Jennifer Wilhelm Jennifer Wilhelm, PT, DPT, NCS, Outpatient Rehabilitation Department, Oregon Health and Science University

Track 2 - Life Care Planning---What Professionals Need to Know - Janet Hart Mott, Ph.D., CRC, CCM Rehabilitation Counselor/Case Manager  

Life Care Planning offers the opportunity to apply the foundational principle of rehabilitation which is to take into account the whole person. While there may be limits to be observed during the Life Care Planning process, be the limits from the parameters of litigation, the individual’s request, or the setting, the basic premise of Life Care Planning is to achieve a comprehensive, systematic, and coordinated approach to addressing the current and long-term needs of the person with a disabling condition. Initially the Life Care Plan must be considered a dynamic and multidisciplinary process which serves as an educational tool in the Forensic arena. Throughout the life span of the individual with disabling condition(s) the Life Care Plan should continue as a dynamic and multidisciplinary process as an educational tool while providing guidance and direction for the individual with disabling condition(s), their families/caregivers, healthcare professionals, a host of service providers, and a multitude of funding sources.

Track 3 - The Veteran in Crisis, Brain Injury and Other Traumas   - Scott Bloom, CBIS, Traumatic Brain Injury Program Coordinator Program Specialist 3; Behavioral Health Services WA. Dept. of Veterans Affairs

This presentation will take a close look at a number of difficulties and barriers facing former service members including homelessness, substance abuse, and suicide and how they relate to Traumatic Brain Injury and other traumas. We will discuss resources, strategies for improvement and what is being done to solve these crises.



1. Telling the Story with Images and Video -
Richard H. Adler, JD of Adler Giersch ps
2. Proving mTBI Case When No Loss of Consciousness and Negative CT -
Jacob Gent, JD and Steven Angles, JD
3. Uncovering the Deceptive Neuropsychological IME and Report - Melissa D. Carter, JD
4. Proving Economic Damages in a mTBI case. Arthur D. Leritz, JD

Richard H. Adler, JD
is the founding principal for the law offices of Adler Giersch ps, which is exclusively dedicated to representing victims of traumatic brain, spinal, and musculoskeletal injuries.
Arthur Leritz, JD a former insurance attorney from a private practice law firm
Melissa Carter, JD,
a former in-house insurance attorney for Nationwide and she handled their complex cases including severe TBI
Steve Angles, JD,
a former in-house insurance attorney for Progressive Insurance
Jacob Gent, JD,
a former claims manager for Farmers Insurance company before joining Adler Giersch and then heading to law school

Track 2 -  VEP: Clinical Revelance of Visually Evoked Potentials in Traumatic Brain Injury -  Remy Delplanche, OD

A new look at old technologies.  How incorporating the latest in technology allows for better diagnosis and testment of vision related issues related to brain Injury.

Track 3 -   Mobility Options – Living after Brain and /or Spinal Cord Injuries - Ryan Green


10:45 am - 12:00 pm 10:45 am - 12:00 pm
Track 1 - Treatment of Concussion - From the Field, to the Hospital and Rehabilitation (Continued) - James Chesnutt, MD, Jennifer Wilhelm Jennifer Wilhelm, PT, DPT, NCS, Outpatient Rehabilitation Department, Oregon Health and Science University

Track 2 -  Preparing and Trying a Brain Injury Case -
Don Corson, JD

Track 3 --  What We Can Do To Help The School Aged Student After A TBI --
Melissa McCart, D.Ed, Oregon TBI Team Leader, CBIRT

This session will provide a description of the Oregon TBI teams and an overview of the challenges students with TBI face after returning to school.  As well as offering ideas and interventions to support students with TBI.


Track 2 - Ozone Therapies -
Dr. Bridghid McMonagle

Track 3 - Problem solving training following brain injury: Best practices and new research - Laurie Ehlhardt Powell, PhD, Center on Brain Injury Research and Training, University of Oregon

This presentation will discuss the ability to effectively tackle life’s everyday problems is one of our most important cognitive abilities. The ability to effectively respond to such problems taps several different cognitive abilities that can be impaired following brain injury. We have developed and are currently evaluating a comprehensive program - ProSolv - designed to help individuals with brain injury learn to effectively and consistently manage their responses to life’s everyday problems. (Funding from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research; Project # H133G130309.)

In this presentation, attendees will learn about:
(1) selected research documenting the impact of problem solving training following brain injury.
(2) the iterative development process for an individualized web-based program (ProSolv) used to support problem solving.
(3) preliminary research results documenting ProSolv impact.







12:00 - 1:00 pm Working Lunch

From Coma to Ty Qoun Do
- Karen Campbell

12:00 - 1:00 pm Working Lunch

Meeting of BIAOR Members and Updates

1:00 pm - 2:15 pm  Afternoon Keynote

Where are we going?  Life After Brain Injury -  Elizabeth Hovde, Oregonian newspaper

A Panel of Brain Injury Survivors discussing life before and after their brain injury and stroke.

Elizabeth Hovde: Life with my traumatic brain injury has meant adjusting to a new normal and mourning the old me.  I am not sure how much recovery has happened vs. how good I have become at creating work-arounds in this new normal of mine, but I look forward to more of both and know gratitude has been valuable medicine. Being a high-functioning TBI survivor has brought me clear awareness of the invisible-injury's blessing and curse. The curse part is a constant source of frustration in the brain injury community. I am thankful for the increase in understanding I believe comes with more and more brain-injured individuals sharing their experiences.

1:00 pm - 2:15 pm  Afternoon Keynote

Kevin Pearce


In 2009, snowboarder Kevin Pearce was riding high, soaring skyward, twisting his body into breathtaking acrobatics. He was 22, one of the world's top halfpipe riders, and a favorite to make the U.S. Olympic team for the 2010 Vancouver Games. Then a devastating training accident, and a traumatic brain injury, brought those hopes to an end that New Year's Eve.  Kevin was attempting a trick called a cab double cork. And he just slightly missed the landing and plunged headfirst — with all the force of having rotated three times in the air at crazy angles — and slammed his forehead into the hard halfpipe. And he was in a coma, and was very lucky to survive Kevin Pearce's struggle to recover from that head injury, with the help of his family, is captured in filmmaker Lucy Walker's documentary The Crash Reel, which  made the Oscar shortlist fin 2013. Kevin will discuss his journey back to something like normal.  Kevin is working with Dr. Glen Zielinski and he will talk about how those sessions are making a difference in his life .



2:30 pm - 3:45 pm

2:30 pm - 3:45 pm
Track 1 -   Loss of sense of self after brain injury: The task of finding new identity - Rolf B. Gainer, PhD Rehabilitation Institutes of America, Novato, California; Neurologic Rehabilitation Institute at Brookhaven Hospital, Tulsa, Oklahoma; Neurologic Rehabilitation Institute of Ontario, Etobicoke, Ontario and Community NeuroRehab, Des Moines, Iowa

Loss of a sense of self for individuals living with a brain injury is a common experience. As individuals are confronted with an emotionally charged negative self-evaluation after brain injury they are likely to experience significant problems in the resumption of their pre-injury social role and their return to effective functioning in their relationships (Ponsford et al, 2008; Chipman et al, 1986) which affects their measure of self. The complex interplay of problems with mood state and behavioral regulation, cognitive deficits and social skills performance interfere with the person from returning to their pre-injury social roles in personal relationships, the workplace and community (Kaponen et al, 2002; Silver, 2004; van Reekum et al, 1999, 2001). The person's experiences with others are a reflection of their internal emotional state and the process of addressing the changes related to brain injury, including the complex grief phase. The response of other people to the person also creates critical factors related to the person's view of se lf. The long-term studies in psychiatric problems in the years post-injury (Kaponen, Silver, Ponsford, van Reekum, Rao and others) address the frequency and severity of problems related to depression, anxiety and mood state problems which further contributes to separation of the person from their social network and their pre-injury self. The related aspects of isolation, loneliness and withdrawal are important to the understanding of the impact of loss of sense of self and the individual's perception of social role failure and to the secondary impact of living with post-injury mental health problems (Christakis and Fowler, 2009, 2010).

This presentation uses six case vignettes to identify the issues and processes involved in the experience of loss and recovery of self. Strategies and intervention techniques available through counseling and psychotherapy are summarized and reviewed to provide the audience with access to methods to assist the person in regaining a sense of se lf and life direction following brain injury.

1) To consider the loss of sense of self as a component of brain injury which impacts on long term recovery
2) To examine the barriers encountered by the person as they face t he changes to se lf related to a brain injury
3) To identify the components of social relationships which may exacerbate the difficulties experienced by the person following brain injury
4) To consider isolation, loneliness and social withdrawal as complicating factors to regaining self
role failure and to the secondary impact of living with a "dual diagnosis". Poorer outcomes for individuals living with chronic mental disorders are likely when patients' social networks are reduces.

Track 2 - Caregivers as Clients: Who’s Caring for the Caregiver? - Nancy Weber, M.A., CBIS, the Traumatic Brain Injury Case Manager/Clinical Evaluator for the Neurologic Rehabilitation Institute at Brookhaven Hospital.

Severe brain injury doesn’t just impact the victim. The people who love and care for the survivors are just as devastated, but their needs are often overlooked. From the moment they receive that dreaded call, caregivers are asked to put aside their feelings and future to tend to the survivor. Unfortunately, there are long-term negative consequences to being a caregiver, but there can be positive benefits too. With the right support, information and validation caregivers can not only care for the survivor but also for themselves, and find satisfaction they never expected. In this presentation, we will be discussing how professionals, families and communities can help caregivers understand and accept their feelings about what it means to be a caregiver. We will examine the roles, responsibilities and risks of caring for the severely brain injured survivor while recognizing the opportunities for enriching the relationships between the caregiver and their loved one.


Learning Objectives:
• Who are the caregivers?
• What are the stages of recovery?
• What are the risks to caregivers’ health & satisfaction?
• What is the impact of caregivers’ wellbeing on the patients’ wellbeing?
• How can caregiver support & assistance be improved?


Track 3 - What do Familes Need to Know about Life Care Plans and What Are the Different Options? - Alisha Langford, Team Manager, SpecialCare Planner, Mass Mutual Oregon

What do families need to know including building life care plans incorporating special needs trusts and what they are, what government benefits may be available, guardianship and what that means, what the Able Act is, and any other related topics.


Track 1 -  What survivors, caregivers and families need to know.  - Dr. Glen Zielinski: a chiropractic functional neurologist on brain rehab

An overview of some of the underlying pathophysiology of PPCS will be presented, with emphasis on on central vestibiopathies and impairment of visual-vestibular proprioceptive interaction interaction, methodologies to evaluate and address this will be presented, along with case study results.

Track 2 -  Service Dogs—What Everyone Should Know - Scott Bloom, CBIS, Traumatic Brain Injury Program Coordinator Program Specialist 3; Behavioral Health Services WA. Dept. of Veterans Affairs

Service animals are becoming more of a treatment of choice for individuals with disabilities. What does this mean for service providers, business owners, and the general public? What are the laws as they relate to service animals? What are appropriate behaviors and protocols that one must be mindful of when interacting with a service animal and owner? How do service animals help with TBI and other conditions and disabilities? Join Scott Bloom of the WDVA for a highly informative and interactive session.

Track 3 - The Psycho-Spiritual Aspect of Brain Injury on the Family - Ray and Becki Sparre


4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Track 1 -  TBI and Psychiatric Illness: A Common Thread of Neuroinflammation -  Shauna Hahn, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Central City Concern

This presentation will cover the link between TBI and psychiatric disorders; the prevalence of psychiatric disorders in the TBI population, a description of neuroinflammation and its consequences; and anti-inflammatory properties of various medications; and case studies.

Track 2 -  Alar Ligament tearing as a source of headache in the head-injured patient - Eric Hubbs, DC


Track 3 - Managing Emotional and Behavioral Disturbances after TBI. - Kendra Ward, COTA/L

Kendra Ward, COTA/L is an Occupational Therapist Assistant. Kendra understands coping with multiple emotional and behavioral problems after sustaining four head traumas herself. She will be discussing her years of trials and tribulations of what methods worked to help herself, her family and her friends deal with the wide gamut of difficulties with personality, memory, agitation, emotional lability and much more. She will be identifying the emotional and behavioral components that are most often present after brain trauma and will discuss the multiple avenues (both conventional and unconventional) for managing symptoms related to head trauma. She will explain the most profound treatment that finally changed the course of her recovery and will touch on the use of essential oils that assisted with calming the symptoms and aiding in the recovery. She will also touch base on her experience with moving from pharmaceutical medications to natural alternatives and the health benefits that she has experienced by doing so.

Track 1- Life After A Stroke in April 2015 - Debbie Wilson - Saved by Cannabis After 25 Years of Pharmaceuticals - How Medical Marijuana Saved My Life - Debbie Wilson, PhD

Debbie Wilson is a brain injury survivor of 25 years and has been suffering from one of the most severe cases of epilepsy that her doctors had ever seen. She was prescribed every drug there was and was sent to clinics across the nation to be evaluated. Her doctors had no answers and so she took matters into her own hands and discovered medical cannabis. This is the story of a woman who was so desperate to save her life that she was forced to pick up herself and her son’s family and move across the country from Illinois to Oregon just so she could have access to this life saving treatment. This is the story of Debbie Wilson, a patient advocate for medical cannabis.

Track 2- Life Care Plans - What Do Families and Caregivers Need to Know - Janet Hart Mott, Ph.D., CRC, CCM Rehabilitation Counselor/Case Manager

Life Care Planning offers the opportunity to apply the foundational principle of rehabilitation which is to take into account the whole person. While there may be limits to be observed during the Life Care Planning process, be the limits from the parameters of litigation, the individual’s request, or the setting, the basic premise of Life Care Planning is to achieve a comprehensive, systematic, and coordinated approach to addressing the current and long-term needs of the person with a disabling condition. Initially the Life Care Plan must be considered a dynamic and multidisciplinary process which serves as an educational tool in the Forensic arena. Throughout the life span of the individual with disabling condition(s) the Life Care Plan should continue as a dynamic and multidisciplinary process as an educational tool while providing guidance and direction for the individual with disabling condition(s), their families/caregivers, healthcare professionals, a host of service providers, and a multitude of funding sources.

Track 3:  Behavioral Occurrence Prevention- Best Practice Communication and Interaction Methods and Techniques - Brad Loftis CBIS & Behavior Support Consultant, Founder and CEO of the Cognitive Enhancement Center in Portland OR

This presentation will give you the opportunity to learn behavior avoidance and prevention techniques when communicating and interacting with individual living with brain injury. 



5:00 pm - 6:30 pm  Reception

6:30 pm - 9:00 pm  Dinner

The Music Within Us



Poster Presentations: will be up for the entire conference


Comparison of Intentional Deaths (Suicide) and Unintentional Motor Vehicle Traffic Deaths with and without Traumatic Brain Injury as an Underlying Cause by State and By Year Across Selected Demographic, Economic and Geographical Characteristics—Unites States 1999-2010

Russell C. Spearman, M. Ed., Beth Hudnall Stamm, Ph.D., and Ann D. Kirkwood, M.A. Institute of Rural Health at Idaho State University


What is a Traumatic Brain Injury

Sherry Stock, MS CBIST  Brain Injury Alliance of Oregon




At the completion of the conference, participants will be able to:

1. Implement strategies designed to significantly improve positive outcomes for those living with brain injury and neurological conditions in all communities.
2. Summarize recent brain injury-related research with corresponding practical application and best practices.
3. Identify clinical management practices, specifically new strategies in behavioral management, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment guidelines.
4. Understand health care delivery trends and their impact on long-term brain injury and neurological conditions management, acute care, and what that can/will mean to your business.
5. Analyze past brain injury and neurological conditions -related interventions and weigh their value in today’s world-what is working.
6. Create networking opportunities and build partnerships with key brain injury researchers, clinicians, and prevention professionals.


CEUs Offered/Applied for:  AFH, DC, DO, CGC, CLE, SLP, OT, PT, CCRC, CDMS, CCMC  Hours:  Thursday: 8.5 hours; Friday: 8.45 hours;  Saturday: 7.45 hours; all three days: 25.5 hours; Friday and Saturday Total: 16.5 hours









Dr. Glen Zielinski


Glen Zielinski, DC, DACNB, FACFNDr. Glen Zielinski is a chiropractic neurologist and Fellow of the American College of Functional Neurology. He graduated as the Valedictorian of his class from Parker College of Chiropractic, and studied functional neurology with the Carrick Institute. He earned his board certification in 2003, and was appointed as Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology with the Carrick Institute in 2004. He has spent the last decade lecturing on functional neurology, functional medicine, and neuroimmunology throughout North America and Europe. He is the clinical director of Northwest Functional Neurology, in Lake Oswego, Oregon. His practice focuses on rehabilitation of traumatic brain injuries, as well as on vestibular disorders, neurodevelopmental challenges, and movement disorders. He has published on mechanisms of persistent post-concussion syndrome. He was honored as the Neurologist of the Year for 2014 by the International Association of Functional Neurology and Rehabilitation, the highest award in the functional neurology profession. As a Functional Neurologist, he is a firm believer in treating the root cause of neurological dysfunction, not just the reduction of symptoms. His goal is to maximize the function of neurological systems in order to promote the fullest expression of health.




Elizabeth Hovde | For The Oregonian/OregonLive


Elizabeth Hovde grew up in Seattle's Ballard neighborhood, home of lutefisk and bad driving. Before her work appeared in The Oregonian, Hovde worked for a decade as an editorial writer and columnist for The (Vancouver) Columbian, winning several Society of Professional Journalists awards. She started her newspaper career writing community columns for The Bellingham Herald and is a former communications director for the nonprofit Washington Family Council, working with former Seahawk turned visionary Jeff Kemp.




Dr. Rolf Gainer, CEO of Brookhaven Hospital


Dr. Rolf Gainer, PhD, ABDA CEO, Brookhaven Hospital, is the founder of the Neurologic Rehabilitation Institute at Brookhaven Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma as well as the Neurological Rehabilitation Institute of Ontario, in Toronto, Canada. Dr. Gainer is a psychologist with more than twenty-five years of experience in the treatment and rehabilitation of individuals with brain injuries and a dual diagnosis. Dr. Gainer has designed and operated innovative rehabilitation programs in the United States and Canada for individuals who have been regarded as difficult to serve. He is currently involved in conducting two outcome studies related to the long-term issues faced by individuals with brain injuries and a dual diagnosis. He has presented papers throughout the United States and Canada in many professional conferences and educational forums.




Kevin Pearce

Kevin Pearce, at 23 years old, Kevin was one of the best snowboarders in the world. He earned a fortune in sponsorships and endorsements and was a favorite to win a spot on the 2010 Olympic team. But on December 31, 2009, while performing a cab double cork (a challenging aerial spin) in the half pipe during a training run in Park City, UT, Kevin slammed face first into the snow and sustained a life-altering injury. To reduce the lethal swelling in his brain and allow it to heal, Kevin was put into a medically induced coma for 10 days. As he was brought back to consciousness, his family anxiously awaited his prognosis. Doctors had warned the family that Kevin might not be able to walk or recognize them. Kevin escaped paralysis and was able to recognize his family, but he needed to relearn how to walk and talk. His traumatic brain injury also affected his memory, vision, concentration, coordination, and, most profoundly, his sense of self. When Kevin regained consciousness, he wanted to return to training immediately so he could qualify for the Olympics. “I didn't realize I couldn't even walk,” he says.






Richard Adler
Richard Adler, JD, is an honors graduate of Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C., where he received his Juris Doctorate degree in 1980. He was called to the Bar in Washington State that same year. Mr. Adler is the founding principal for the law offices of Adler Giersch ps, which is exclusively dedicated to representing victims of traumatic brain, spinal, and musculoskeletal injuries. Mr. Adler volunteers his time with the Brain Injury Association of Washington having served as its President (2006-2009) and current serves as its Chairman of the Executive Board. He is credited with turning around the BIAWA’s organization with initiatives to implement BIAWA’s mission of prevention, education, support, and advocacy for brain injury survivors and their caregivers. In 2009 he organized a powerful coalition of healthcare, businesses, and community partners to enact the “Zackery Lystedt Law,” names after this client, that requires medical clearance before a young athlete can return to competition or practice following concussion. Mr. Adler has authored many publications on traumatic injuries for attorneys, healthcare providers, and the injured. His most recent book, Understanding Traumatic Brain Injury: A Guide for Survivors and Families (2006) joins prior top-rated writings, The Medical-Legal Aspects of Soft Tissue Injuries, and Spinal Trauma and the Personal Injury Case. He is currently writing From Injury to Action: Navigating Your Personal Injury Claim, scheduled for release in the latter part of 2009. Mr. Adler has co-produced several educational and instructional videos for doctors on testifying at deposition and trial. Also, he writes and edits the law firm’s monthly newsletter, “The Advocate,” which focuses on various medical-legal-insurance aspects of personal injury claims. Frequently, he lectures on traumatic brain injury, personal injury and insurance law to attorneys, medical doctors, chiropractors, physical therapists, massage therapists, and psychologists. Mr. Adler and the law firm of Adler Giersch PS are “AV” rated, the highest rating available, as established in a confidential survey of other attorney conducted by Martindale-Hubbell. In 2005, Mr. Adler was inducted into the Million Dollar Advocate Forum, an organization of the top trial lawyers in America. He has also received the Pro Bono Award from the Washington State Bar Association for his commitment and leadership in providing legal services to those in need every year since 2003. In 2008, Mr. Adler received the President’s Award from the American Massage Therapy Association, an award that is reserved for those who have advanced the profession of massage therapy statewide. In 2009, he received an award from the American College of Sports Medicine for “protecting the health and safety of young athletes,” in establishing the “Zackery Lystedt Law.” Mr. Adler is licensed to practice law in federal court and all jurisdictions in the State of Washington. He is a participating member of the Washington Bar Association, Washington State Association of Justice (Eagle Status), American Association for Justice, the Brain Injury Alliance of Washington and the Brain Injury Alliance of Oregon.

Carol Altman
Carol Altman is the founder and director of Homeward Bound Rehabilitation Services and Bridges to Independence, providing services for those with acquired brain injuries for over 30 years. Bridges to Independence is a clinical site for Pacific University Occupational Therapy students which further supports Carol’s goal for each brain injured survivor to be motivated, encouraged and supported in a goal-directed, stimulating environment as they heal. In her work developing and overseeing residential and day programs, she has gained insights into best practices for addressing and mitigating those behaviors that prevent clients with ABI from fully experiencing and enjoying life.

Deana Altman

Deana Altman, RN, BSN, is currently pursuing her Masters degrees in Business and Nursing, Deana has worked over 25 years in mental health and long-term care. As the Senior Vice President of Operation of a national senior care organization, she was responsible for the program development and nationwide operations of a large group memory care communities. She has also been a certified trainer for nurse leadership for the American Health Care Association and provided training and consulting to care providers and state associations with a focus on leading systematic changes to improve the experiences of those living and working in long term care.

Steven J. Anglés, JD, is a first generation Cuban-American. Mr. Anglés graduated on the Dean’s List with degrees in Political Science and Spanish Language Arts from Berry College, in Georgia. He remained in Georgia and went on to earn his Juris Doctorate from The Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University in 2000. While putting himself through law school, Mr. Anglés worked for the Floyd County District Attorney’s office prosecuting criminal cases. During his service, he secured funding to protect victims of domestic violence by enabling attorneys to more effectively prosecute and convict abusers through the use of enhanced technology designed to display photographic evidence to judges and juries. Prior to joining Adler♦Giersch ps, Mr. Anglés was admitted to the Georgia and Washington Bars and worked as in-house counsel for Progressive Insurance Company defending at-fault parties as well as the corporation itself when sued for failure to provide benefits. Over a 12-year period, his practice focused on cases involving severe injuries, insurance coverage, and complex personal injury claims. He has extensive courtroom experience, having tried over 35 jury trials and 100 bench trials in his career. In addition to his active trial practice, Mr. Anglés developed and taught legal education courses on emerging issues to insurance agents, claim representatives, and their supervisors about issues facing injured parties and how they effect the settlement of personal injury claims and jury verdicts. He also co-founded a nationwide Employee Resource Group to enrich the holistic customer and employee experience as well as address the unique needs of the insured within the Hispanic community. With time and experience, Mr. Anglés became increasingly disenchanted with unjust practices of insurance companies and the resulting impact those practices were having on injured parties. He wanted to put his well-earned and highly specialized knowledge of the insurance industry’s inner-workings and claim practices towards the reason he became an attorney in the first place: to stand up for those in need and advocate for those who have been harmed.

Eddie Black , B.S. Psychology and Philosophy, is an Infantry instructor with the Oregon National Guard who served in Iraq in 2004-2005. Eddie Black specializes in R3SP - Risk Reduction, Resiliency, and Suicide Prevention. The Resiliency portion follows the guidance from the Army's CSF Program - Comprehensive Soldier Fitness - in making stronger, resilient soldiers able to adapt and bounce back from obstacles that occurs in different phases of deployment, training, and life. 

Scott Bloom

Scott Bloom is the Traumatic Brain Injury Program Coordinator working within the Behavioral Health Services Division of the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA). He, has been with the WDVA since 2009 having previously retired from the Army, as a Chief Warrant Officer and Aviator. Today, he continues to serve the veteran community as a Certified Brain Injury Specialist and Veterans Service Officer. Scott has spent the last several years providing awareness trainings to thousands of individuals on Traumatic Brain Injury, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Military Culture across the state of Washington, as well as offering peer to peer mentorship to former service members suffering from the lasting effects of Brain Injury. Mr. Bloom is also the Co-Chair for the Disability Rights Washington; Disability Advisory Council; a member of the Washington Traumatic Brain Injury Strategic Partnership Advisory Council, Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), American Veterans (AMVETS), and the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA).

Karen and Vern Campbell
Karen Campbell, BA, is the owner operator of two TBI homes in the greater Portland area.  These homes provide services to persons with Traumatic Brain Injury, Acquired Brain Injury, as well as Neurologically Disabled Persons. Karen has over 30 years of providing incredible service for her clients. The two programs offer: The first program being geared for medically dependent residents, the second phase of our program focuses more on cognitive and restorative training to maximize each residents full potential. The mission of their program is to develop a person centered care plan, with the goal to gain as much independence as they are capable of in a home like environment. This is achieved by limiting it to a maximum of five residents per home. Residents usually come to the home straight out of the hospital, some still in coma status. They place high emphasis on the residents relearning their basic activities of daily living; such as, basic range of motion, swallowing, eating, and toileting. After they learn the basic activities of daily living they then start encouraging the resident to enhance the skills they have learned. At which point the resident will be ready to move on to the next phase of theirr program. When a resident starts their restorative program they concentrate on large motor skills such as, standing, bearing weight, walking, or other forms of mobility, much of the residents time is spent in the gym, Hippo Therapeutic riding( horse Back riding), as well as community based programs. Through out all of these programs they are continually introducing cognitive training, during individualized and group cognitive programs they provide one to one staffing, and other services to support.

Melissa Carter

Melissa D. Carter, JD, was born and raised in Washington and received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Washington in 1996. She then attended law school in Boston, Massachusetts and received her Juris Doctor degree from Suffolk University Law School in 1999.   While in law school, Ms. Carter worked as a legal advocate for its Battered Women’s Clinic and assisted hundreds of victims of domestic violence to obtain and enforce restraining orders against their abusers. During her time in Boston, Ms. Carter was selected for the prestigious fellowship with the Suffolk Public Interest Law Program, which involved providing legal representation, counseling and advocacy to indigent and underprivileged individuals at the Justice Resource Institute’s Health Care Center. She also held positions at the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, where she researched, investigated and prosecuted discrimination cases involving public housing, education and employment.   Prior to joining Adler♦Giersch PS, Ms. Carter followed her calling for courtroom advocacy by representing insurance companies and at-fault parties for over twelve years in claims involving complex traumatic injury, insurance contracts and commercial insurance disputes. During this time, Ms. Carter conducted and completed well over 30 jury trials to verdict in state and federal courtrooms in Washington and Massachusetts. Her most recent trials involved traumatic brain injury, wrongful death and insurance bad faith.


James Chesnutt, MD

James Chesnutt, M.D.,  is the Medical Director of the OHSU Sports Medicine Program and has been an Assistant Professor at OHSU for 19 years. He is full time faculty in the Orthopedics and Rehabilitation and Family Medicine departments. Jim has been a Team Physician for 20 years and teaches and practices sports medicine full time. Jim grew up in Portland. He attended Stanford for his undergraduate, and went to OHSU Medical School and had his residency with the Air Force. Dr Chesnutt was the President of the Oregon Academy of Family Medicine from 2004-5. He is a member of the OSAA Medical Aspects of Sports Committee, that governs Oregon HS sports. Jim is the co-director of the Oregon Concussion Awareness and Management Program. Dr. Chesnutt specializes in Pediatric and Adult Sports Medicine and treats athletes and recreationalists of all ages. He has a special focus on the comprehensive care of the adolescent athlete through his work in high school sports medicine programs. Dr. Chesnutt specializes in comprehensive non-operative diagnostic and treatment options, but is very knowledgeable about specialized surgical treatment options available to patients. He has a special interest in treating runners, cyclists and triathletes as well as those involved in outdoor recreational activities. He can evaluate medical problems associated with exercise and has developed a comprehensive set of specialists who can assist in the care of specialized problems. One of Dr Chesnutt’s unique specialty areas is concussion evaluation and management. He is the Co-Director of the Oregon Concussion Awareness and Management Program and serves on the OSAA Medical Advisory Committee. OHSU Sports Medicine is the only credentialed ImPact provider in the Portland metropolitan area and can provide consultation to other doctors and medical personnel.



 Dr. Remy Delplanche

Dr. Remy Delplanche, OD, has over 20 years of experience serving the Beaverton/ Hillsboro area and was awarded Outstanding Graduate of the Year from Pacific University College of Optometry in 1993. He was born and raised here in the Pacific Northwest, and is a graduate of Jesuit High School in 1984. Then later graduated at University of Portland in 1989.   Dr. Remy has a diverse practice specializing in difficult to fit contact lens patients, medical management of eye disorders, vision therapy for children with reduced visual function, and, of course, offering standard vision care for a family oriented practice.




Rolf Gainer, PhD


Rolf B. Gainer, Ph.D., Diplomate ABDA, is the Chief Executive Office at Brookhaven Hospital and the Vice President of Rehabilitation Institutes of America. He is the founder of the Neurologic Rehabilitation Institute of Ontario (Canada). Dr. Gainer is a psychologist who has been involved in the design and operation of treatment programs since 1977. He has published numerous articles on mental health and rehabilitation topics and has presented at many international conferences. He remains active in outcome research.


Jacob W. Gent

Jacob W. Gent, JD, began working at Adler ♦ Giersch ps as a Case Manager in June 2002 and since then has been effectively assisting those with traumatic injuries. Mr. Gent earned his Juris Doctorate from Widener University School of Law in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania in August 2009. He continued working for Adler Giersch, PS, while attending law school at night and completed a four year part-time law school program in just three years. At school he was a member of the Trial Advocacy Honor Society and participated in mock trials and trial skills workshops. During the summer of 2007, Mr. Gent studied international law and constitutional law at the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia, through the Widener Law School exchange program. During his final year, Mr. Gent worked in the Widener University Civil Law Clinic, providing free legal services to indigent, elderly, and disabled individuals on a wide variety of matters. Befitting his ‘rising star’ status, Mr. Gent was admitted to the Bar and sworn in by two Washington Supreme Court Justices, Tom Chambers and Debra L. Stephens, during a private ceremony in October, 2010. Mr. Gent is licensed to practice law in federal court and all jurisdictions in the state of Washington. He is a participating member of the Washington State Bar Association, Washington State Association for Justice (Eagle status), King County and Snohomish County Bar Associations, the Brain Injury Association of Washington, and the Greater Everett Community Foundation.  

Shauna Hahn PMHNP


Shauna Hahn is a Psychiatic Mental health Nurse Practitioner in Portland, Oregon.  She has been working with a "downton" population of Severely and Persistently Ill Population for approximately one decade, her whole career. Shauna became interested in TBIs through the work of her family member and became increasingly aware of the prevalence of unassessed TBIs in her population. It is now her mission to help explain to her patients their unique symptomology post-TBI.




Eric Hubbs, DC 

Eric Hubbs, DC, has been working in the medical field since 1977, and the Chiropractic field since 1985. While being extremely proficient in many medical fields, he has also taught Chiropractic’s at Western States Chiropractic College. His hobbies are horseback riding, camping, skiing, and music. He is a fluent speaker of German, French, and Spanish. He has been living and practicing in Oregon since 1995.  Dr. Hubbs education includes: BS, Microbiology 1977, Doctor of Chiropractic 1985, Certificate in S.O.T. 1985, Scoliosis treatment 1987, Advanced Physiotherapies 1994, Chiropractic Biophysics 1998; CCST (trauma specialist) 2007, Certified / Impulse Technique 2009.





Arthur Leritz

Arthur D. Leritz, JD, received his degree in Political Science from the University of Washington in 1996, followed by his Doctor of Jurisprudence from Willamette University College of Law in 1999. Prior to joining ADLER ♦ GIERSCH PS, Mr. Leritz represented and defended insurers for nearly 11 years, handling a wide variety of complex insurance and personal injury cases. It was through his legal representation of at-fault defendants and insurance companies that Mr. Leritz realized his true calling was to advocate, protect, and defend those with traumatic injuries. Mr. Leritz is a contributor to From Injury to Action: Navigating Your Personal Injury Claim (2011), and is a contributor to the firm's Advocate newsletter on insurance and injury issues. He has also lectured to attorneys and healthcare providers. Mr. Leritz is licensed to practice law in federal court and all jurisdictions in the state of Washington. He is a participating member of the Washington State Bar Association, the Washington State Association for Justice-Eagle, the American Association of Justice, and the Brain Injury Association of Washington. Mr. Leritz has been selected and served as court-appointed arbitrator in King, Snohomish, and Pierce Counties to resolve personal injury and insurance cases.


Brad Loftis CBIS/ Founder and CEO of Cognitive Enhancement Center, Inc. is a Certified Brain Injury Specialist and Behavior Support Consultant acquiring over 28 years of professional experience working directly with several different populations of people with disabilities. The Cognitive Enhancement Center is a specialized, structured, comprehensive long -term therapeutic day treatment program designed to serve the evolving comprehensive needs of individuals living with acquired and traumatic brain injury Mr. Loftis has worked extensively with adults with diagnosis of Traumatic Brain Injury, Stroke, other Acquired Brain Injuries, Dementia and Alzheimer's disease. Coupled with his direct care experience, he has also owned and/or directed Adult Care Homes, an Assisted Living Facility, and a Residential Care Facility specializing in the complex behavioral, healthcare, rehabilitation and psycho-social needs of Residents living with Brain Injury. Over the years, Mr. Loftis has worked cohesively with many Rehabilitation Specialists, Neurologists, Behavioral Specialists, and other field related professionals who have assisted him in his knowledge to create the comprehensive rehabilitative Program, the Cognitive Enhancement Center Program has become today.


His greatest education has come from the Residents and Participants he has assisted in his many years of service and especially from his late brother "Chuck."


"I believe the esoteric career knowledge and intuitive insight and instincts for preventative behavioral support I hold, were spawned and developed from the age of two when Chuck, my older and only brother suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury while Playing Little League baseball.


I am grateful I was his brother. friend, rival at times and caregiver.

I am equally grateful for all I learned from him.

He was my mentor.

Even though he is gone, he 5till stirs my imagination and creativity, inspiring continued innovation reflected in our Programming."


Melissa McCart

Melissa McCart, D.Ed., received her doctorate in Educational Methodology, Policy and Leadership, her M.S. in behavioral disabilities and her administrator's licenses from the University of Oregon. She has worked extensively with at-risk children and families as a behavior specialist for school district 4j, as a behavior consultant for Lane ESD and as a special education teacher. Prior to coming to CBIRT, Melissa spent seven years as a school administrator of a Pre-K to 8th grade school. She is currently the Project Coordinator for the Oregon TBI Team and works on various other projects at CBIRT. Her work at CBIRT combines her educational experiences with her passion for helping children and families. 


Dr. Bridghid McMonagle


Dr. Bridghid McMonagle, ND, OANP Board Member, graduated from Bastyr University and completed a residency at the National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM) where she performed rotations at the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) involving dermatology, gastroenterology, women’s health, and emergency care. She is certified in Wilson Temperature Protocol, Prolozone, Major Autohemotherapy, LENS neurofeedback system, IV therapy, and has taken several seminars regarding bioidentical hormones, heavy metal chelation, neurofeedback, and injection techniques. Dr. McMonagle was the first certified ozone practitioner in Oregon. She has trained extensively in ozone therapies. Dr. McMonagle has trained with Dr. Frank Shallenberger, Dr. Robert Rowen, Dr. Howard Robbins, Dr. Adrianna Schwartz, Dr. Lohadny and many more. Our clinic offers the most extensive options in ozone therapies that we know of in Oregon. Dr. McMonagle has been practicing family medicine in Lake Oswego since 2006 and sees patients of all ages. She enjoys motivating individuals to improve their health. Prior to medical school, Dr. McMonagle finished her undergraduate at the University of Washington in Environmental Health with a minor in chemistry. She then completed over 2 years in the Peace Corps in Thailand teaching environmental medicine and writing grants. During her time in the Peace Corps, she became fascinated with herbal medicine and various treatment options which inspired her to pursue naturopathic medicine. Dr. McMonagle feels very fortunate to practice medicine, and have witnessed tremendous results through blending holistic and standard primary care. She enjoys traveling, soccer, crossfit, rock climbing, gardening, and staying active in the outdoors. 



Laurie Ehlhart Powell


 Laurie Ehlhardt Powell, Ph.D., CCC-SLP is Research Associate Professor at the Center on Brain Injury Research and Training, University of Oregon. She also works for Community Rehabilitation Services of Oregon, Eugene. She has conducted federally-funded research and numerous trainings in the area of evidence-based instruction applied to assistive technology for cognition (ATC) for individuals with acquired brain injury (ABI). As a speech-language pathologist, she has worked with adults diagnosed with acquired cognitive-communication impairments due to ABI across the continuum of care, including inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation settings.



Russell C. Spearman M.Ed. is the Project Director for Idaho's Traumatic Brain Injury Partnership Implementation grant from the Health Resources Services Administration, Maternal and Children's Health Bureau. Since August 2000 Russ has been employed by the Institute of Rural Health at Idaho State University- Boise. Prior to this Russ was responsible for developing and implementing all aspects related to Idaho's 1915 C Medicaid Home and Community Based Services Waiver for adults with a traumatic brain injury. He is the former Executive Director for Idaho's Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities. He is the lead author of "The Use of Medicaid Waivers and Their Impact on Services". Russ was instrumental in developing and transitioning Idaho's nationally recognized Home of Your Own Initiative, a single family secondary mortgage program, that today has assisted over 75 people with disabilities realize their dream of home ownership and received national recognition for his vision and leadership in this area in 1997. Russ received his undergraduate degree from Manhattan College and his Master's degree from the College of Idaho. He is married with two children, one who experienced a traumatic brain injury in 1993. Russ was recognized by the National Association of Social Workers - Idaho Chapter in 2002 as the public citizen of the year for his work with people with disabilities. For the past twenty two years Russ along with his wife Terry, have served as adult family home providers to a gentleman with a developmental disability who is competitively employed.

Kendra Ward

Kendra Ward, COTA/L has personal understanding of the kind of emotional and behavioral disturbances that one is often faced with after brain trauma. Kendra has sustained multiple head injuries over the course of her life and is also a spinal cord injury survivor. The first three of her head injuries and spinal cord injury occurred in her 1991-1992 college year. The last head injury occurred in 2005. In the earlier years she had to learn ways of coping with multiple cognitive, emotional and physical deficits in order to achieve her education. Her 2005 injury was more devastating due to accumulative brain trauma. She had to learn how to live life again- with physical and cognitive deficits, speech and language problems, severe migraines, PTSD, and multiple behavioral and emotional changes. Since she has overcome her many life changing experiences with success, she gladly shares her experience, strength and hope with others. She went through multiple physicians, psychiatrists, medications and alternative care methods to achieve continued success of recovery and beyond.

Through all of Kendra’s experiences during her multiple recoveries, she decided to focus, not only on her pursuit for a Psychology degree, but also to become a therapist. She has an Associate’s Degree in Occupational Therapy from Baker College of Muskegon - Muskegon, MI. , completed her BA, majoring in Psychology with Thomas Edison State College - Trenton, NJ. Her early professional career was specializing in Stroke rehabilitation and head trauma and has worked for Cleveland Clinic - Cleveland, OH, Lakewood Hospital - Lakewood, OH, Macomb Hospital -Macomb County, MI and is currently living and working in Astoria, Oregon where her professional career consists of hand therapy, cognitive retraining and physical rehabilitation. She is also part of the Clatsop EASA (Early Assessment and Support Alliance) multi-disciplinary team which is a program that works to identify young people who are experiencing psychoses and to provide the information and support they need to continue on their life path. She works as a PRN, part-time lab instructor for Linn-Benton Community College OTA (Occupational Therapy Assistant) program. She started the Pacific Northwest Head Injury Support Group back in 2012, is in pursuit of becoming a Certified Brain Injury Specialist, became a member of the BIAOR in 2012 and is now also serving as a Board of Director. She is also part owner/Vice President of Seaside Brewing, Seaside, OR.

Nancy Weber, M.A., CBIS,  is the Traumatic Brain Injury Case Manager/Clinical Evaluator for the Neurologic Rehabilitation Institute at Brookhaven Hospital. Ms. Weber holds a M.A. in Industrial and Organization Psychology from the University of Tulsa. Ms. Weber’s career path has involved her in advocacy work with disadvantaged individuals and their families and developing psychosocial and vocational re-entry programs for those individuals. At NRI-Brookhaven Ms. Weber works with prospective patients, their families and rehabilitation professionals in making decisions about future care and treatment. She represents the NRI program at local and national conferences and she has presented on issues related to caregivers of brain injury survivors.



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Debbie Wilson

Debbie Wilson, PhD, TBI, PTS(d) patient/survivor for about 25 years after being hit by a pickup truck as a pedestrian, and for the past 23 years has struggled with epilepsy, which was never able to be controlled by any pharmaceutical. She has recently also been diagnosed with suspected CTE and the early stages of dementia, which is expected for a traumatic brain injury victim. My brain trauma from the car accident caused my epilepsy and since it couldn’t be controlled until about four and a half years ago, I suffered countless more brain trauma incidents and concussions from the seizures themselves for 19 years. This repeated trauma then caused the CTE and brought on the early stages of dementia. I wasn’t even told to wear a helmet until 10 years ago, so I had a lot of years before that that I was suffering from frequent head hits during my seizures. My son said he stopped counting after I surpassed 25 concussions when he was growing up. The amount of seizures I had over those past 25 years were uncountable; I was literally having thousands a month. I’ve been a brain injury survivor for quite some time and have come to recognize when my memory is bettering or worsening. I’ve done my research and have become a specialist on my brain. I play different memory games to help my condition, many of which have been recognized by the Ontario Memory Clinic for being exemplary for patients like myself. I have been published in many different journals for patient care.





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At the Amen Clinics, we understand that no two people are alike, and treatment is not one-size-fits-all, especially in psychiatry. With a complete picture of your biological, psychological, social and spiritual health, together with SPECT imaging, neuropsychological tests and labs when appropriate, our doctors will provide you with a personalized, targeted treatment plan geared toward your symptoms and your brain.
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The Brain Injury Alliance of Oregon, Inc. is the only statewide 501(c)(3), not-for-profit association dedicated to creating a better future through brain injury prevention, research, education and advocacy and supporting our mission. Services offered are: Information and Referral: We serve as a clearinghouse for community resources through our 1-800-544-5243 toll free helpline, referring survivors, family and professionals alike to community, state and national services, resources, and professionals serving the brain injury community, sending information packets free of charge; Peer mentoring and support for family members and survivors; Support Groups: over 40 support groups throughout the state; Advocacy: working to educate legislators and voters on brain injury issues; Awareness and Prevention activities:; Support Services: dispersing donated computers, volunteering opportunities and work trials for survivors in rehabilitation; Research: working to facilitate research in the field of brain injury by disseminating current calls for input and volunteers on TBI issues; Education: through conferences, workshops, trainings, seminar's and presentations and our quarterly newsletter, The Headliner, reaching more than 6000 members and supporters.   800-544-5243



The Brain Injury Association of Washington (BIAWA) is dedicated to increasing public awareness, support, and hope for those affected by brain injury. If you or someone you care about is living with brain injury, then you have come to the right place.  Providing educational information about TBI and information about the free services offered through BIAWA.  877-982-4292.


Brain Institute

The OHSU Brain Institute is among the top three institutions in the nation for NIH-funded neuroscience research projects. As part of Oregon’s only academic medical center, the OHSU Brain Institute conducts the most complex and innovative neuroscience research, and translates that research into the best brain care and community information for all Oregonians.

Casa Colina

Casa Colina

Casa Colina Hospitals & Centers for Rehabilitation
is an independent not-for-profit, provider that has served children and adults from around the world for over 70 years. It provides a comprehensive continuum of physical rehabilitation services and specialized medical care for people with a wide range of disabilities resulting from stroke, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury and much more.

The physician-directed Casa Colina Hospital is a Joint Commission accredited facility and offers 68 acute rehabilitation beds for people ages 15 and over as well as a broad range of outpatient services.  Post-acute care is offered at the 38 bed CARF-accredited Transitional Living Center and long-term residential care for people with traumatic brain injuries is provided at two additional locations in Southern California.  All facilities are designed for the comfort of patients and their families.

The Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center (BIRC)

The Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center (BIRC) is the Pacific Northwest's only comprehensive post-acute brain injury rehabilitation center. At BIRC, our  interdisciplinary team of brain injury experts help clients to maximize skills, independence and quality of life. BIRC programs are accredited by the Commission of the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).  503.292.0765 


CapGrow Partners

CapGrow Partners

We can ehlp organizations provide safe, secure and apporpriate housing for the individuals they service.  By assuming all of the the realestate-relatedresponsibilities and financial risk associated with aquiring community-based homes, we enable organizations to focus greater time and energy on continueing to improve the lives of thsoe they serve.

Dene Rasch
CapGrow Partners
320 W Ohio St., Suite 650N
Chicago, IL 60654

Dr. Aaron DeShaw, Esq. PC: a Portland law firm where our lead lawyer, is both a doctor and a lawyer. The combination allows our firm to fully understand the wide variety of health problems that can result from an injury.


The Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center

The Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) assists the DoD and VA in optimizing care of service members and veterans who have sustained a traumatic brain injury, at home and in the deployed setting, through state-of-the-art clinical care, innovative research, care coordination, and educational tools and resources including those for families. Your Regional DVBIC team serves within Polytrauma at the Palo Alto VA. 
Please visit:

Tammy Clark
Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center/ Defense Center of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury
DVBIC/DCoE Palo Alto
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7489 Southerland Circle
Fort Carson, CO 80913


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Independent Living  Living Resources is Center for Independent Living  in the Portland area.  ILR provides activities such as orientation and mobility, skills training, crafts, and recreation as well as the four core services of Advocacy, Information and Referral, Peer Counseling and Skills Training.

Learning Services

Learning Services is a national provider of community-integrated programs that offer innovative, specialized support for adults with acquired brain injuries. We provide supported living, residential rehabilitation, neurobehavioral rehabilitation, as well as day acitivity programming in homelike environments.

For information, call 888.419.9955 or visit

NW Eye Care Professionals


NW Eye Care Professionals provides a functional approach to vision.  We evaluate and treat individuals who have suffered from brain injuries.

NW Eye Care Professions
15259 SE 82nd Dr #101
Clackamas OR 97015

Oregon Office on Disability & Health

The Oregon office on Disability, funded by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), shows that prevention works on a state-wide basis with key state and county partners to increase access to healthcare, advocate for health promotion programs, and enhance emergency preparedness for Oregonians with disabilities.  503-494-1205


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Rehab Without Walls® provides Comprehensive neuro-rehabilitation to adults and children in their environments of home and community. Rehab Without Walls® is committed to serving cost effective and durable outcome to our patients.   877-497-1863

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Protected Tomorrow of Seattle

Protected Tomorrows is an advocacy firm that enhances  the lives of People with special needs through a comprehensive life planning process. We create future care plans which address the needs of the individuals.

John R. James
Protected Tomorrows of Seattle
4030 Lake Washington Blvd NE Suite 208
Kirkland WA 98033

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Doug Schaumburg is raising awareness of brain injury by working toward his  first annual Sail-A-Thon. 

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2015 Conference

Brain Injury Alliance of Oregon - BIAOR
PO Box 549
Molalla OR 97038

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To register, please register online, contact us via e-mail at biaor@biaorgon.orgg

or by telephone at 800-544-5243, M-F, 9-5.


No refunds will be issues for cancellations; however, registrations are transferable. 

Substitutions are always welcomed and no-shows will be billed.  


Please submit payment with completed registration form.
Fees are payable by check, credit card, or state government purchase orders which obligate payment. 


All payments must be received by March 1, 2014 to be eligible for discount.   Price increases by $75 after March 1.

No refunds will be issued for cancellations; however, registrations are transferable


Continuing Education Units: Thursday: 8.5 hours; Friday: 8.75 hours; Saturday: 7.45 hours; all three days: 25.5 hours; Friday and Saturday Total: 16.5 hours



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