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:
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
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.
Kabran Chapek, ND, is a Naturopathic Physician/ Primary Care
Provider. Kabran Chapek, ND is passionate about helping people feel their best and be their most effective selves. He looks for the cause of disease and illness and treats the whole person, not just the symptoms. Dr. Chapek studied human biology at the University of Kansas and then naturopathic medicine at Bastyr University’s internationally renowned naturopathic medical school. He is a licensed naturopathic physician whose primary professional focus is psychiatry. He helps patients achieve optimal brain health using highly effective yet gentle therapeutic agents and methods including minerals, amino acids, botanical medicine, vitamins, bio-identical hormones, medications, and therapeutic lifestyle changes such as diet and exercise.
Fred P. Langer,
JD, RN, Fred is a practicing attorney and a Registered Nurse. His law practice has allowed him to represent injured and disabled clients. Many of these clients have been children. This advocacy was a natural extension of Fred’s time working as a pediatric nurse. Fred has been elected three times to the Board of Commissioners for Public Hospital District #2. Fred currently focuses his practice on individuals with brain and spinal injuries. For enjoyment, he likes to cook and also plays the banjo.
Bruce R. Wojciechowski, O.D, FCOVD, received his Doctor of Optometry in 1981 and has practiced in the Portland area since completing his education. He is a Fellow of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (FCOVD) and is a member of the American Optometric Association (AOA), Optometric Extension Program (OEP), and the Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association (NORA). Dr Bruce serves as an executive board member for the Brain Injury Association of Oregon and is an adjunct professor for the College of Optometry at Pacific University. Dr. Bruce has lectured nationally to professionals involved in the treatment of head injured patients. He also lectures to non-professionals groups, such as stroke support groups and other community organizations.
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.
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.
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.
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 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
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 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.
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.
Carol Christofero-Snider, MS, CDFI
Carol is a native of the Northwest. Graduating from Marylhurst University,
Lake Oswego, Oregon. Portland State University, Portland, Oregon.
Masters Degree in Vocational Counseling from the School of a Education.
Her focus was on the Brain Injured Population. Carol completed two
internships at the University of Washington, Seattle, Washington.
Now retired, she established, RL SNIDER & ASSOCIATES, INC. Working
with Vocational Rehabilitation the State of Oregon, Veterans Administration,
private attorney's and agency's. She served on the Governor's Task Force
on Brain Injury, State of Oregon. Past President Board of Directors for the
Portland Brain Injury Association (BIAO). Past Advisory Board member for
BIAO. Carol is published nationally and internationally and held a Federal
Grant with the US Department of Education. College instructor at
Clackamas Community College, Oregon City, Oregon.
Also holds a National Certification as a Career Development Facilitator
Instructor, with the American Counseling Association. Certified S.M.A.R.T.
Facilitator and Oregon Certified Peer Mentor.
Caregiving/Casemanager/Advocacy experience stems from a 45 year
marriage to a Vietnam Veteran, 100% disabled with Brain Injury, Spinal
Cord Injury, loss of Eye, Cognitive and Mobility issues. Over this time she
has become acquainted with the Veterans Health System, Private
Insurance Company's , Social Security and Community Based Systems.
Advocacy for Veterans and others with TBI has been and will continue to
be her concentration.
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
Dr. José L. Fuentes, PhD,
Neuropsychology is a Clinical Neuropsychologist
at Casa Colina Centers for Rehabilitation in
Southern California. Dr.
Fuentes is a bilingual Clinical
Neuropsychologist who received his doctorate in
Clinical Psychology from Loma Linda University.
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, 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.
Tracy Holland, CCT, CA,
came to the field of Chiropractic almost 30 years ago, receiving her Certified Chiropractic Technician and Radiologic Technologist degrees through Palmer College of Chiropractic. Since then she has done it all in the office: serving at the front desk, as office manager, insurance and collections specialist, back-office assistant, patient and public educator, and practice analyst and consultant. Dedicated to the principles of Chiropractic philosophy, as well as to the science and art, she brings informative, paradigm-shifting programs to her students. Her joy is to see the light of understanding and enthusiasm come on in her students' eyes. She also dedicates her free time to volunteer service as a certified emergency services worker for ODHS, specializing in wilderness search and rescue. Definitely the woman to go climbing and hiking with!
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
Russell J. Kort, DC,
is a 1999 graduate of the prestigious Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa. He has been serving patients for more than a decade and truly enjoys helping his patients maintain a healthy lifestyle. Currently Dr. Kort is working on obtaining a Diplomate in Chiropractic Functional Neurology. After more than 400 classroom hours he is board eligible and will sit for the board exam soon. Dr. Kort is also a board eligible Fellow in Traumatic Brain Injuries. Continuing to learn; continuing to serve!
Dr. Kort has been involved in the medical field since 1984 when he worked as an EMT for his local ambulance service in Glenwood, Colorado.
Growing up in Colorado, Dr. Kort experienced chiropractic for the first time after a ski racing crash left him with a severely sprained neck. Although he was only seven years old, he knew after his first adjustment that chiropractic was his destiny. Continuing to ski race for 12 years there were many chiropractic visits in his childhood. Maybe this is why Dr. Kort feels it is so important to take care of our children athletes. Dr. Kort's mantra is " It is easier to build a healthy child than repair an injured adult".
Dr. Kort is a Sherwood resident and is grateful to serve Sherwood and its surrounding communities. He enjoys spending time with his family and loves the outdoors. Favorite activities are camping, snow skiing, cycling, hiking, or leading scouts. He loves to travel and is always eager to go exploring with his kids.