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. Describe the epidemiology of brain injury and its resultant impairments, disability, and psychosocial impact.
3. Integrate new developments in science and medicine into practice for brain injury rehabilitation.
4. Utilize multidisciplinary strategies for the management of psychological and behavioral problems common to brain injury including behavior management.
5. Identify neurophysiological mechanisms involved in brain plasticity and their potential application to improving practice and service provision across rehabilitation disciplines.
6. Summarize recent brain injury-related research with corresponding practical application and best practices.
7. Identify clinical management practices, specifically new strategies in behavioral management, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment guidelines.
8. 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.
9. Analyze past brain injury and neurological conditions - related interventions and weigh their value in today’s world-what is working.
10. To understand brain injury as a chronic disease which affects the person throughout their lifetime
11. To consider co-morbid conditions which affect the process of aging with a brain injury
12. Discuss the life long, post-acute rehabilitation needs of individuals with traumatic brain injuries and the importance of developing long term care plans.
13. Improve quality of life for brain injury survivors and their caregivers by connecting them with community resources.
14. Create networking opportunities and build partnerships with key brain injury researchers, clinicians, and prevention professionals.
CEUs Offered/Applied for:
DC, DO, CGC, CLE,
SLP, OT, PT, CCRC, CDMS, CCMC Hours:
Thursday: 7.75 hours; Friday: 7.75 hours; Saturday: 7.75 hours;
all three days: 23.5 hours; Friday and Saturday
Total: 15.5 hours
Debra Braunling-McMorrow, Ph.D. is the President and CEO of Learning Services, a national provider of services for persons with brain injury. She has also served as Vice President of Business Development and Outcomes and Vice President of Quality Assurance for a national rehabilitation provider. She led operations for the Center for Comprehensive Services, one of the first post-acute brain injury rehabilitation programs in the country. She is the Vice-Chair for the board of the North American Brain Injury Society and is the Editor in Chief of The Brain Injury Professional publication.
Dr. McMorrow serves as a Board of Trustee member for the Southern Illinois Healthcare Systems and is a CARF Medical Rehabilitation surveyor. Dr. McMorrow was one of the first chairs of the American Academy for the Certification of Brain Injury Specialists (AACBIS) and has served on the Brain Injury Association of America’s board of executive directors. Additionally, Dr. McMorrow has served on several national committees and editorial boards as well as on a number of Peer Review Panels including for the U.S. Department of Education NIDRR and the Department of Health and Human Services HRSA.
Her awards have included the James Brady Award from the Brain Injury Association of IL, the North American Brain Injury Society Clinical Service Award, and the Alumni Achievement Award from the Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Dr. McMorrow has published in numerous journals and books and has presented extensively in the field of brain injury rehabilitation. She has been working for persons with brain injuries for over 30 years.
Dr. Adam Grove, Vice-Chair, Alaska Brain Injury
Dr. Adam Grove is a Naturopathic Physician
practicing family-medicine and specializing in
children and adults with neurological and
psychological challenges. He practices in
Anchorage, Alaska at Head to Toe Holistic
Healthcare LLC. He emphasizes an individualized,
whole-person focus with attention to accurate
diagnosis and holistic treatment for brain-based
issues. He works with people of all ages
experiencing symptoms of ADD/ADHD, Autism, Brain
injury and other brain-based disorders. He is
currently the Director of the Board for the
Alaska Brain Injury Network. Dr. Adam Grove is
also the Director of The Neurocognitive Brain
Center which diagnoses and treats brain-based
disorders in adults and children. The center’s
mission is to provide Alaskan’s with the best
options for post-acute traumatic brain injury
rehabilitation.He is a member of the American
Association of Naturopathic Physicians.He is a
frequent presenter on topics of Autism, Brain
Injury, Environmental Medicine and topics in
pediatrics. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science
degree in Aerospace Engineering (University of
Arizona, 1985), a Masters of Arts degree in
Soviet Area Studies (Naval Postgraduate School,
1992) and a doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine
(Bastyr University, 2002).
Danial J. Murphy,
D.C., graduated magna cum laude from Western States Chiropractic College in 1978, and has more than 34 years of practice experience. He received his Diplomat in Chiropractic Orthopedics in 1986. Since 1982, Dan Murphy has served as part-time undergraduate faculty at Life Chiropractic College West, where he is currently teaching classes to seniors in the Management of Spinal Disorders. His academic rank at the college is that of Professor. Dan Murphy is on the post-graduate faculty of several chiropractic colleges. His post-graduate continuing education classes include “Whiplash and Spinal Trauma”, Neuroimmunology”, “Pediatrics”, “Phospholipid Neurobiology”, “The Neurophysiology of Therapeutic Lasers”, and “Nutrition”. Dan Murphy is the coordinator of a year-long certification program (through the International Chiropractic Association) in “Chiropractic Spinal Trauma”, which is being offered in Minneapolis this year (2012). He has taught more than 1,400 post-graduate continuing education seminars, including classes in the United States, Canada, Australia, France, England, Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Greece, New Zealand, Spain, Panama, South Korea, and Peru.
Dan Murphy is a contributing author to the books Motor Vehicle Collision Injuries, published by Aspen, 1996; Pediatric Chiropractic, published by Williams & Wilkins, 1998 and 2011; and Motor Vehicle Collision Injuries, 2nd edition, Jones and Bartlett, 2005. Since 1991, Dan Murphy has written a quarterly column in the American Journal of Clinical Chiropractic, with more than 80 columns appearing to date. In 1987, 1991 and 1995 Dan Murphy received the “Post-Graduate Educator of the Year” award, given by the International Chiropractic Association. In 1997 he received “The Carl S. Cleveland, Jr., Educator of the Year” award, given by the International Chiropractic Association of California. In 2001, Dan Murphy was honored by the readers of Dynamic Chiropractic as the top vote receiver for the “Our Virtual Chiropractic Association”. He was also awarded “Chiropractor of the Year” by the International Chiropractic Association of California, and “Pediatric Chiropractor of the Year” given by Chiropractic Pediatric University. In 2003, Dan Murphy was awarded “Chiropractor of the Year” by Chiropractic Biophysics. This award is most prestigious because Chiropractic Biophysics has more chiropractic research studies published in the scientific literature than any other chiropractic group. From 2003-2009 Dan Murphy was the Vice President of the International Chiropractic Association. He was honored to be chosen as “Chiropractor of the Year” for the International Chiropractic Association, May 2009 -2010. Dan Murphy reviews articles regarding alternative health issues, which can be accessed through his website at www.danmurphydc.com.
Glen Zielinski, DC,
DACNB, FACFN, 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.
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, and From Injury to Action: Navigating Your Personal Injury Claim.
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.
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.
Kendra Bratherton, COTA/L, Reiki II Practitioner,
PNW Head Injury Support Group Leader,
Board of Director/Secretary for Brain Injury Alliance of Oregon,
Vice President/Co-owner at Seaside Brewery,
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 in 2012 (Astoria, OR), has been a member of BIAOR since 2012 and is now serving as Secretary on the board. She is in pursuit of attaining Reiki Master and is currently completing an 8 month Tensegrity Medicine Mentorship program and is working towards becoming a certified Bowen Practitioner. She has plans of launching her new healing business in fall of 2017.
She is also co-owner and Vice President of Seaside Brewery in Seaside, OR.
Karen Campbell, BA,
was 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.
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.
Melissa D. Carter, JD,
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.
Aaron DeShaw, JD DC.
is a trial lawyer from Portland, Oregon. He has obtained settlements and verdicts for his clients in excess of $350 million. He is perhaps the best known expert in the U.S. on the subject of Colossus, the computer assessment program used by most auto insurance companies for evaluating personal injury claims. He is author of three books on auto injuries and insurance. He is a frequent resource for national media such as CNN, MSNBC, BusinessWeek and others on the topic of insurance. He has lectured for both physician and legal professionals including at ATLA, AAJ, the Spine Research Institute of San Diego, and the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, as well as private seminars before the nation’s top insurance bad faith lawyers. Aaron handles serious personal injury cases including brain injury cases, catastrophic injuries, and wrongful death claims. He works with Rick Friedman, a member of the Inner Circle of Advocates, a by-invitation-only society of the Top 100 plaintiff lawyers in the United States. Friedman, a Harvard Law graduate, and author of two best selling legal textbooks, has obtained over $300 million in jury verdicts. The two lawyers handle cases nationally, with offices in Oregon, Washington and Alaska. You can reach
Aaron DeShaw at
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.
- In the space of an instant, Linda’s
life was irrevocably changed due to a head-on
car accident. As a result of her traumatic
brain injury, Linda suffered memory loss and
sustained multiple injuries throughout her body.
Suffering from the loss of independence,
including relationship with family and friends,
did not stop her from fighting to survive.
She discovered people who led her to scientific
discoveries on how to heal. Using both
Western medicine and Alternative modalities gave
her the tools to recover. Her extensive
research has led her to a compilation of a wide
range of materials related to brain trauma.
You will lean more things than ever imagined
related to brain injury; how the entire body is
affected and the many paths to healing yourself.
“Heal the Brain, Heal the Body” is a “One
good stop” book on how to restore one’s health
from natural aging and numerous diseases.
As Linda shares her real life experiences, she
also, teaches others how to recover, restore and
be at their best without the use of medications
or surgery. Linda teaches these methods to
others and they tell of their journeys not only
to survive, but to thrive.
Lillieth Grand, MS, MT-BC,
Executive Director, Milestone
Music Therapy, has been a music therapist since 1993 specializing in working with children who have neurological impairment, traumatic brain injury, autism, developmental disabilities, and chronic health conditions. She is passionate about the field and holds several regional and national positions with AMTA and WRAMTA. She also trains music therapists to do Music Therapy Assisted Childbirth and is adjunct faculty at Marylhurst University. As well-known speaker on music therapy, she has been keynote speaker at the Utah Brain Injury Association and presents at nearly every music therapy conference. Lillieth has been trained in neurologic music therapy, NICU music therapy, Sprouting Melodies, Music Together, level 1 of the Bonny Method of Music and Imagery and more. Her master’s degree is in special education. She has a vision of seeing that all persons in Oregon who could benefit from music therapy have access to and use of a music therapist. Lillieth is the single mother of three boys, ages 15, 13, and 4. Her middle child being severely neurologically impaired makes her appreciate them all the more. Her major instrument is voice.
is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Portland, Oregon. She has been working with a "downtown" 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.
Shauna Hahn, PMHNP.
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.