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The 16th Annual Pacific Northwest

Brain Injury Conference 2018

35th Annual BIAOR Conference


Sponsored by

The Brain Injury Alliance of Oregon

The Brain Injury Alliance of Washington

The Brain Injury Alliance of Idaho

Alaska Brain Injury Network

Oregon Trial Lawyers Association

Oregon Chiropractic Association


Living with Brain Injury, Stroke & Neurological Changes:



March 1-3, 2018

Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel

Portland, Oregon


All Sessions recorded by BIAOR Recording and will be for sale at the conference



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:: Conference 2018

16th Annual Pacific Northwest Brain Injury Conference 2018

Living with Brain Injury, Stroke and Neurological Changes - How to Work with Challenging Behaviors

March 1, 2018

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Thursday - Draft Program -8.5 CEU hours

ACBIS National Certification Training (CBIS)

March  1, 2018 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 1, 2018, from 8:00-6:00pm.

Students must attend the entire session. The workshop will include study materials to be downloaded and an 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: $700, includes The Essential Brain Injury Guide Book, 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 as a Brain Injury Sepcialist, with support through BIAOR.  Register for class. 


2018 Conference Draft Schedule


Pre-Conference Workshop
Thursday, March 1   8:00 – 5:00 pm

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

How to Work with Challenging Behaviors After Brain Injury, Stroke and 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 1

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

7:45 am - 8:00 am  

Welcome to BIA Conference 2018:
Hands on booths, interactive demonstrations and individual trainings throughout the day

8:00 am –  10:45 am

How to Protect Yourself When Working with Challenging Behaviors - Matthew Kampfe and Karen Campbell


11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Strategies for Working with Challenging Behaviors  - Matthew Kampfe and Karen Campbell

12:30 pm – 1 pm Working Lunch

Strategies for Working with Challenging Behaviors - Matthew Kampfe and Karen Campbell

1:15 pm – 3:00 pm

What you need to know about working with Challenging Behaviors - Karen Campbell

3:15-5:00 pm

Using Music to Calm Challenging Behaviors - Lillieth Grand and Karen Campbell


Friday - March 2 Saturday - March 3
7:00 am - 7:45 am
Registration and Check-in - Continental Breakfast

8:00 am - 8:15 am  Welcome to BIA Conference 2018
7:00 am - 7:45 am
Registration and Check-in - Continental Breakfast

8:00 am - 8:15 am Welcome to BIA Conference 2018  


8:15 am - 9:15 am

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Debra Braunling-McMorrow -   A Continuum of Care Pilot for Persons with Catastrophic Brain and Spinal Cord Injury

The future of healthcare services, whether through bundled payments or accountable care organizations, is challenged to meet the triple aim of healthcare by providing good outcomes, at a reasonable price, and with satisfied consumers.

NEURO-NET is an innovative program providing a continuum of care model designed for persons with catastrophic brain and spinal cord injury. We have long known the creation of a clinically integrated expert continuum of care for persons suffering catastrophic neurological injuries was needed. The vast majority of these patients are currently treated in separate and often fragmented systems that do not provide good clinical integration. The result can be poor outcomes resulting in higher costs and compromised health for these patients.

Four expert providers of catastrophic care joined forces through an innovation pilot to begin such a continuum. NEURO-NET is a private/ public partnership, combining health care providers with different cultures, payment systems and outcome methodologies.

The presentation will include an overview of the coordination of care model, a patient data sharing system, and the outcome measurement system will be presented. Preliminary data from the first 70 participants including treatment gains, re-hospitalization as well as consumer satisfaction and input will be presented. Outcomes will be compared to those not participating in a continuum of care model and compared with national averages. We will discuss the challenges in designing and implementing such a model and well as future directions and replicability.

This session is designed to enable learners to:

• Demonstrate and analyze the results of a coordinated case management program across a continuum of rehabilitation providers and compare those results with patients receiving the standard of care.

• Explain and utilize collaborative strategies from NEURO-NET as a model of a successful initiative that has improved case management practice and outcomes for patients with catastrophic injuries.

• Analyze and describe lessons learned and NEURO-NET’s impact on clinical and psychosocial patient outcomes.  

8:15 am - 9:15 am

Keynote Speaker:   The Latest Treatments in TBI - Dr. Danielle Erb

Dr. Erb will discuss the latest treatments she is using with her patients – what is working and what to look for.


Mt. Adams - Dr. Dan Murphy - Brain Injury and Neurodegeneration 


Dr Murphy will bring new light to this topic and give you the tools needed to help you and your patients achieve the quality of life you deserve!

Dr Murphy’s goal for this presentation is for you to better understand the history, symptoms, signs, history collections, in office diagnostic tests, special imaging diagnostic tests, and management of patients who have sustained traumatic brain injury or who are suffering from brain neurodegenerative disease.

Dr Murphy’s presentation will also include the pathology of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s Disease and discuss the management of Brain Trauma and Brain Neurodegeneration with Low Level Laser Therapy.

Dr Murphy will cover:
- The epidemiology of brain trauma and the diagnosis of traumatic brain injury
- The pathophysiology of traumatic brain injury: Inflammation, free radicals, and excitotoxicity
- The genetic markers of prognostic significance in brain injury recovery
- Brain injury management protocol and brain injury nutrition
- The pathology of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease
- The management of brain trauma and brain neurodegeneration: Low Level Laser Therapy
- The management of brain trauma and brain neurodegeneration: Insulin resistance
- The management of brain trauma and brain neurodegeneration: Inflammation
- General dietary and supplement science and application
- And much, much more  

9:30 am - 10:30 am

9:30 am - 10:30 am
Track 1 -  Mt Adams - Legal Issues - How to Win Cases and Prove Damages in a Brain Injury Case


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

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.
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
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

Track 2 - The Medical Perspective of TBI - Dr. James Chesnutt

Track 3 - TBIs and the incarcerated population -Tim Roessel from Disability Rights Oregon

An overview of a life with a TBI in a mental health world.

Track 1 - Dr. Dan Murphy - Brain Injury and Neurodegeneration 

Track 2 - Forging New Pathways-What you may not know and why you should - Dan Overton, MC, LMHC, MHP, CBIS

Neural Pathways – What are they? How does a TBI affect them and what can be done about it? In this presentation, the participant will learn how to forge new pathways through an increased understanding of theories related to neuroplasticity.

The Hebbian Theory postulates that from birth neurons form “nets”/pathways / relationships based on the needs of the individual.  The success of the person recovering from and living with a TBI is going to depend on re-wiring the brain. A traumatic brain injury (TBI) disrupts old nets/pathways and can make the creation of new nets/pathways challenging. Most people focus on the absence of function and can miss how to encourage new nets from forming. Once understood the individuals can take some control in the forming of new pathways and encourage the neuroplasticity of the brain.

Learning Objective:
1) The participant will have an increased awareness of the common theories related to neuroplasticity.

2) The participant will have an understanding of the impact TBI/ABI may have on neural pathways/nets.

3) The participant will have an understanding of techniques to encourage neuroplasticity.

4) The participant will leave with practical application in maintaining ongoing “brain health” as it relates to neuroplasticity.

Track 3 -   Acupuncture and Chinese medicine - How it can make a difference - Douglas S. Wingate, MAcOM, L.Ac.

10:45 am - 12:00 pm 10:45 am - 12:00 pm
Track 1 -  Legal Issues - Continued 

Track 2 -  The Therapeutic Triad: Forgiveness, Self-compassion and Resilience as Gateways for Healing -
Dr. Susan Stuntzner PhD, LPC, LMHP, CRC, NCC, DCC, BCPC, DAPA, FAPA 

Learning to live well following a major life change such as a traumatic brain injury, stroke, or spinal cord injury is a process and is not always easy; it is not something that automatically happens given enough time. In many instances, people with these conditions want to cope and adapt to their disability and new set of experiences so they can move forward in a positive fashion. Those that do often learn how to accept, rise above, transcend, and/or find meaning in their disability and associated life changes. Yet, some people are not able to do so or continue to experience emotional and/or psychological pain. For these individuals and their families, forgiveness, self-compassion, and resilience approaches can be of great help and can promote inner healing. Throughout this session, professionals will explore the meaning of forgiveness, self-compassion, and resilience, ways these are inter-related to one another, barriers to and benefits of each approach, and how they are applicable to the people they serve. Professionals are afforded the opportunity to learn how improvement in one area can positively influence change in the others and specific strategies to cultivate forgiveness, self-compassion, and resilience in peoples' lives.

Forgiveness, self-compassion, and resilience are three therapeutic approaches gaining attention in the allied helping professions. Each of these helps people heal and move forward following hurt, pain, or difficult life events including the advent and presence of a traumatic brain injury, stroke, or spina cord injury. Throughout this session, professionals are afforded the opportunity to learn about these constructs, their applicability to persons living with these conditions and the coping and adaptation process, and strategies to consider when cultivating them.

1. Increase professionals’ knowledge and understanding of forgiveness, self-compassion, and resilience and the ways these constructs are related and applicable to persons with TBI, stroke, and SCI.

2. Enhance professionals’ understanding of the skills and factors associated with forgiveness, self-compassion, and resilience.

3. Improve professionals’ effectiveness in identifying and applying therapeutic skills and approaches they can use in their work with people and/or their families to help cultivate forgiveness, self-compassion, and resilience.

Track 3 -   Forging New Pathways-What you may not know and why you should - Dan Overton, MC, LMHC, MHP, CBIS

Neural Pathways – What are they? How does a TBI affect them and what can be done about it? In this presentation, the participant will learn how to forge new pathways through an increased understanding of theories related to neuroplasticity.

The Hebbian Theory postulates that from birth neurons form “nets”/pathways / relationships based on the needs of the individual.  The success of the person recovering from and living with a TBI is going to depend on re-wiring the brain. A traumatic brain injury (TBI) disrupts old nets/pathways and can make the creation of new nets/pathways challenging. Most people focus on the absence of function and can miss how to encourage new nets from forming. Once understood the individuals can take some control in the forming of new pathways and encourage the neuroplasticity of the brain.

Learning Objective:
1) The participant will have an increased awareness of the common theories related to neuroplasticity.

2) The participant will have an understanding of the impact TBI/ABI may have on neural pathways/nets.

3) The participant will have an understanding of techniques to encourage neuroplasticity.

4) The participant will leave with practical application in maintaining ongoing “brain health” as it relates to neuroplasticity.
Track 1 -   Dr. Dan Murphy - Brain Injury and Neurodegeneration  Continued

Track 2 - Needs Assessment of Individuals with TBI in Idaho -
Russell C. Spearman M.Ed. Principal Investigator, Traumatic Brain Injury Program Institute of Rural Health ISU Meridian Health Science Center

This presentation will discuss the results of a statewide TBI needs and resou8rce assessment conducted in 2017.
Track 3 - Facing Pain: Empowering Yourself to Live a Beautiful Life –  Daniella Clark, PhD


Dr. Clark, an intellectual and former lecturer at Washington State University, performing artist, and TBI survivor will discuss her story of recovery from a severe ski accident that fractured her face and skull while leaving her with both gifts, and deficits. Specific strategies for improving moral during TBI rehabilitation and post-injury adjustment to live a beautiful life despite injury will be discussed. She will include specific steps survivors can take on a consistent basis to develop pot traumatic growth and heal while maintaining hope

12:00 - 1:00 pm Working Lunch

Legal Track- Arthur Towers

Poster Presentations

12:00 - 1:00 pm Working Lunch Poster Presentations

Meeting of BIAOR Members and Updates

Where is help when you need it? - Ombudsman Long Term Care Ombudsman, Fred Steele, Guardian Ombudsman, and Oregon Health Authority Ombudsman, Ellen Pinney
1:00 pm - 2:15 pm 

Track 1 - Legal Issues
Life Care Planning -
Dr. Janet Mott

Track 2 - Brain Injury 101 - Kayt Zundel and Kahyra Ramirez, Think First Oregon

This presentation will cover basic brain anatomy, brain function, and brain injury. 
Included will be::
1) - Common Misconceptions of Traumatic Brain Injury
2) Brief Brain Anatomy and Function
3) Common Types of Brain Injury
4) Levels of Traumatic Brain Injury Severity
5) Effects of TBI
6) TBI Statistics
7) TBI Recovery
8) TBI Prevention

Track 3-  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.

1:00 pm - 2:15 pm  Afternoon Keynote

A Holistic Approach to Healing Broken Brains - Dr. Adam Grove, ND, Chair, Alaska Brain Injury Network


Mt Adams - Dr. Dan Murphy - Brain Injury and Neurodegeneration Continued
































2:30 pm - 3:45 pm

2:30 pm - 3:45 pm
Track 1 -  Legal Issues - Continued 
Do’s and Don’ts for Brain Injured Clients - Aaron DeShaw, JD DC

Track 2 - TBI and Hormones: A Case Study - Dr. Kamran Jahangiri, DC, DACNB, San Diego Chiropractic Neurology


This presentation will cover the pathophysiology, assessment, and treatments approaches related to TBI and hormones.

Track 3 - Oregon Disabilities Commission Oregon Disabilities Commission - Public Meeting Continued




Track 1 - Dr. Dan Murphy - Brain Injury and Neurodegeneration Continued 

Track 2 -  The Eyes Have It! - Dr. Remy Delplanche, Optometric Physician


A look into the visual consequences of Traumatic Brain Injury including the use of Electrophysiology as an "objective" measurement for concussion, along with my personal research showing the benefits of therapy and the neuroplasticity of the neuro-vision system
Track 3 - Life After Stroke - Treatments That Work. - Dr. Jeff McNally

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Track 1 -  Legal Issues - Continued 

Ethical Issues in TBI Cases

Track 2 - 3 - Closing Keynote

Functional Neurology Treatment of Traumatic Brain Injury - Dr. Glen Zielinski, DC, DACNB, FACFN 
This presentation will reveal the essential premises and research behind functional neurology treatment, how it compares and contrasts with other traditional therapies and where it fits within the broader rehabilitation context, and case studies.

Track 1- Dr. Dan Murphy - Brain Injury and Neurodegeneration Continued

Track 2 - 3  Closing Keynote

Music and Brain Injury Recovery   - 
Lillieth Grand, MS, MT-BC

Music is a powerful tool because it follows unique neural pathways and functions globally in the brain. Because of this, the music therapist is able to access neural function using music to assist their patients to achieve rehabilitative, habilitative and palliative goals. This presentation will define music therapy as it pertains to rehabilitation. Goals of music therapy as well as several case examples will be shared.




Poster Presentations: will be up for the entire conference

Poster Abstract Submission Form


Biopsychosocial Perspective of Resilience and Depression after Traumatic Brain Injury

Nicholas K. Mehrnoosh & Jonathan W. Anderson Ph.D. Eastern Washington University, Department of Psychology

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) can significantly alter an individual’s personality, values, and perspective on the world that subsequently change their relative interactions with both their environment and the people that reside within that environment thus making the effects pervasive. The purpose of the following study was to investigate life after a TBI from a holistic perspective.


Needs Assessment of Individuals with TBI in Idaho

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, ABD/PhD, 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. 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:  AFH, DC, DO, CGC, CLE, SLP, OT, PT, CCRC, CDMS, CCMC  Hours:  Thursday: 8 hours; Friday: 7.25 hours;  Saturday: 7.25 hours; all three days: 22.5 hours; Friday and Saturday Total: 14.5 hours









Debra McMorrow


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.




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.







Dr Danielle Erb

Danielle Erb, MD, FAAPM&R, is the  Medical Director Brain Injury Rehab Center (BIRC) After completing her bachelor’s degree at Stanford University, Dr Erb received her Medical Degree from OHSU. In 1990 she completed her Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation residency at University of Colorado in Denver. In 2001, after 11 years at Rehabilitation Medicine Associates she left and started Brain Rehabilitation Medicine in order to focus 100% of her time on the care and treatment of patients with an acquired brain injury. She and her husband enjoy rock climbing, hiking and foreign travel.  






Dr. Adam Grove


Dr. Adam Grove, CBIS, Vice-Chair, Alaska Brain Injury Network.  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).




Closing Keynote


Lillieth Grand


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.





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, 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 Angles

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.





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. 



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, 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.




Daniella Clark

Daniella Clark, PhD, is a former University lecturer and Special Education teacher in public school classrooms. Daniella Clark competed her Ph.D. in Special Education at Washington State University. She is a professional performing artist and classically trained concert harpist who resides in rural Washington State. Daniella is the daughter of as disabled Viet Nam veteran and served as the primary caregiver to a family member with cerebral palsy for 5 years as a young adult. She has also been a caregiver for a Native American professor with TBI. In 2010, she was involved in a a severe ski accident that resulted in a TBI-including fracturing all of her facial bones and multiple skull fractures. In 2016, she discovered the TBI community and the supports it provides. That same year, she became aware of TBI rehabilitation specialists that have supported her journey toward continued recovery. Dr. Clark has a particular interest in protecting women with disabilities from abuse, enhancing access to TBI services for rural survivors, and reducing suicidal ideation among TBI survivors. Her experiences as a palliative patient with TBI and increased vulnerability post-injury has fueled a deep desire to alleviate pain and suffering in the lives of others. She has an extensive background servicing hospice patients and palliative patients’ since 2011 in medical setting as a volunteer musician. She speaks publicly to raise awareness of TBI and the protection of individuals with disabilities from exploitation.  

Dr. Remy Delplanche

Rémy J. Delplanche, O.D. - LET ME INTRODUCE MYSELF: As a Neuro-Optometric Physician in Beaverton OR I have over 25 years of experience in private practice. Neuro-Optometry follows the behavioral model of visual development and specializes in a functional approach to eye care. Meaning, I consider vision a direct extension of our central nervous system and use lenses and vision therapy as a means to effect change within that system. I graduated from Pacific University College of Optometry with honors as “Outstanding Graduate” in 1993. I currently hold membership in NORA, Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association, and provide cutting edge technologies such as the latest VEP/ERG Electrophysiology system to help diagnose and treat functional deficits in the neuro-vision system.


As an infant I was born “slow” and suffered from many developmental delays including reduced speech and ambulatory gait, emotional and mental retardation, and attention and learning deficits. As a 5 year old I was in a go-kart accident where I struck head first a metal pole and spent 2 weeks “in bed”. I received a formal diagnosis of Mental Retardation soon after. Through my 3rd grade I was known to hit my head against the desk or wall, often putting ruts into the floor, and drooling excessively. My parents sought medical advice but were told there was nothing that could be done and that I needed to be institutionalized. As an 8 year old my mom found a newly relocated “neurologically” focused optometrist from New York who promised he could help. After measuring my Visually Evoked Response using his home-made electrodiagnostic VER, I was put on a 1-hour/day vision therapy program. After a set period I was retested and shown to have improved profoundly- something considered impossible from the conventional neuroplasticity research of the 1960’s.


I have been the subject of several research articles involving vision and neuroplasticity as a patient, and was the focus of another mentor’s doctoral thesis as a graduate student. With my personal background in both clinical electrophysiology and vision therapy I have shaped my professional focus on providing functional improvements to my own patients, both children and adults alike.




Aaron DeShaw


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 deshaw@doctorlawyer.net.




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.  




Dr. Jahangiri

Dr. Kamran Jahangiri, D.C., D.A.C.N.B. Chiropractor, Board Certified Chiropractic Neurologist.  Dr. Kamran is a board certified Chiropractic Neurologist specializing in neurological disorders and select sports rehabilitation. An avid athlete with a background in personal training and clinical nutrition, Dr. Kamran’s foray into the holistic health practice helped him to discover his true passion for helping patients realize their potential through chiropractic care and how the body’s mechanics respond to proper alignment, posture and musculature flexibility.

As a Chiropractic Neurologist, Dr. Kamran has had success working with a range of neurological issues including movement disorders such as painful involuntary muscle contractions (dystonia), stroke, hemispheric brain lesions and radiculopathy (pinched nerve). A chiropractic neurologist is a licensed chiropractor who has completed an additional 3-year course of study in neurology, including coursework and residency-based clinical training, and has passed a comprehensive certification examination administered by the American Chiropractic Neurology Board. Dr. Kamran is one of approximately 700 active board-certified chiropractic neurologists in the world to receive the accreditation.



Arthur Lertiz 

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.





Jeffrey McNally


Jeffrey McNally, DC, graduated Magna Cum Laude with his Doctorate in Chiropractic from Life University in Atlanta, Georgia, where he was the recipient of the prestigious Contemporary Scientific Paradigms Award. He received his neurology training with the Carrick Institute. After completing his internship at the Carrick Brain Center in Atlanta, he pursued a residency in neurology at Cerebrum Health Centers. He has also received advanced certification in Applied Kinesiology. He moved to Portland in 2016 to work with Dr. Zielinski and join the Northwest Functional Neurology team. His work on treating frozen shoulder an balance disorder with Functional Neurological methodologies was published in the prominent journal Frontiers in Neuroscience. He has a passion for the treatment of traumatic brain injury, post-concussion syndrome, dizziness and balance disorders, and post-traumatic headaches. He also focuses on using Functional Neurology for the optimization of athletic performance. He hails from the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area, and completed his Bachelors of Natural Science degree at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He is a former athlete, and competed in baseball, football, and karate. He still enjoys working out, hiking, snowboarding, and yelling at his TV while watching sports.






Janet Hart Mott, Ph.D., CRC, CCM has been in the field of rehabilitation for over 50 years. At present she provides Clinical Case Management services both through the Brain Injury Alliance of Washington and Mott Rehabilitation Services. Dr. Mott has developed Forensic Life Care Plans for individuals with brain injuries as well as other disabling conditions since the early 1980s. She serves on Trust Advisory Committees.



Dr. Dan Murphy


Daniel 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.






Dan Overton


Dan Overton,  MC, LMHC, MHP, CBIS, is a Certified Brain Injury Specialist who also holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling, is currently licensed in the State of Washington (LHMC), has been an adjunct professor for over a decade with Western International University and has been working with veterans since the beginning of his professional career at the Seattle VA Medical Center in the mid-1980s. Since that time, he has helped develop programs for inpatient and outpatient substance abuse and mental health programs in the public and private sector as a clinician, a clinical supervisor and a program manager. He has worked in the areas of court ordered treatment, crisis intervention and program development with social and health agencies, law enforcement, the courts, corrections and community corrections in Arizona, Wyoming and Washington. He has been formally recognized for his work by the Arizona Governor’s office and Washington States’ - State Innovation Award. He has presented professionally to groups of 400 or more and “brown bag” meeting with local professionals.  






Ellen Pinney has served as Oregon Health Authority / Oregon Health Plan Ombudsperson since 2010. Oregon Revised Statute 414.712 spells out the expectations of her position created in the 2009 legislative session. For 17 years, Ellen served as Executive Director of the Oregon Health Action Campaign a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the development of health systems that give all people access to the care they need, when they need it, from providers of their choice at an affordable cost. OHAC operated a Health Helpline and was home to statewide and local projects focused on Medicaid access and quality including the Expanded Access Coalition and Project Equality, run by and for people served by OHP. Ellen has a degree in Public Policy and Communications from Tulane University. She started her advocacy career as an organizer with ACORN in Baton Rouge and New Orleans.


Kahyra Ramierez is the Education and Fall Prevention Coordinator for OHSU ThinkFirst Oregon.  She has her Bachelors in Interdisciplinary Studies from Goshen College in Indiana.  Her studies are inclusive of Psychology, Kinesiology and Nursing.  Currently, she presents fall prevention programs throughout the Portland Metro area as well as A Matter of Balance Programs.



Timothy Roessel is an Advocate for the Protection & Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness and Traumatic Brain Injury. Timothy advocates for the rights of people with mental health conditions held in jails, prisons, and hospitals across the state. He closely monitors conditions and investigates allegations of abuse and neglect. To do this, Timothy regularly meets with people with mental health conditions held in these places to develop an in-depth understanding of their experiences. Most weeks, he can be caught making the rounds at the Oregon State Hospitals in Salem and Junction City, the Maclaren Youth Correctional Facility, Unity Center for Behavioral Health, and county detention centers and community-based care programs. Timothy has played a key role in partnering with Basic Rights Oregon to review and respond to the new LGBTQI policy that Oregon State Hospital is considering, and partnered with Planned Parenthood of Oregon and the Oregon Health Authority to help shape Oregon State Hospital's new sexual health policy. Timothy advocates for youth held in detention facilities to have access to the same level and quality of mental health services as their detained adult counterparts, including the full range of peer support services and participation in patient advocacy and steering committees. Timothy joined the Disability Rights Oregon team in May 2015. His previous experience spans psychology and social services, crisis counseling, juvenile custody services, and long-term care facility management, making him a formidable advocate for our clients across the state.  



Susan Stuntzner

Dr. Susan Stuntzner PhD, LPC, LMHP, CRC, NCC, DCC, BCPC, DAPA, FAPA is the Director of Disability Services at Southwestern Oregon Community College. She works with students and faculty to coordinate academic accommodations, counsels students with and without disabilities, and collaborates with high schools to assist with student transition. She is also an adjunct faculty member for the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.

Previously, she was an Assistant Professor in the School of Rehabilitation Services and Counseling at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and at the University of Idaho – Coeur d’Alene. In that capacity, she trained students to become rehabilitation service practitioners and rehabilitation counseling professionals and to work directly with individuals with disabilities in numerous employment settings. Dr. Stuntzner has also worked in the field as a psychology staff member, rehabilitation counselor, vocational evaluator, and a behavioral skills trainer. During this time, she has worked with a number of people with various disabling conditions.

Dr. Stuntzner’s research interests include: adaptation and coping with disability, resiliency, self-compassion and compassion, forgiveness and spirituality, development of intervention techniques and strategies, and mentorship of professionals with disabilities. She has written three books pertaining to coping and adaptation and/or resilience-based skills. Her works are entitled, Living with a Disability: Finding Peace Amidst the Storm, Reflections from the Past: Life Lessons for Better Living, and Resiliency and Coping: The Family After. She has also developed two interventions (i.e., resilience, forgiveness) for persons with disabilities to assist them in their coping process. These works are entitled, “Stuntzner and Hartley’s Life Enhancement Intervention: Developing Resiliency Skills Following Disability” and “Stuntzner’s Forgiveness Intervention: Learning to Forgive Yourself and Others.” Both of these have been approved as a self-study course for CEUs by NBCC [National Board of Certified Counselors]. Dr. Stuntzner has written a number of articles and has given various trainings on forgiveness, self-compassion, and resilience as it relates to the needs and experiences of persons with disabilities.

More recently, she was asked by the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification to develop an on-line resilience course to educate counselors about resilience and its relevance to persons with disabilities and the rehabilitation counseling process. Information about this course can be found at https://www.crccertification.com/resilience-disability.


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 100 people with disabilities realize their dream of home ownership.  Over the past 34 years he has personally and in collaboration with others assisted in the passage of several pieces of legislation on behalf of Idahoans with disabilities.  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. In 2009 Russ was honored as a health care hero by the Idaho Business Review.



Fred Steele, JD, was appointed by Governor Kate Brown in September 2015 to be Oregon's Long-Term Care Ombudsman and Agency Director of the Office of the Long-Term Care Ombudsman. Fred has focused his career on advocating for older adults and individuals with disabilities, with particular focus on enhancing infrastructure to maximize independence of Oregonians. He holds a J.D. From Willamette University College of Law and an M.P.H. from Portland State University. Fred relaxes in his free time by camping, hiking, and watching sports with his wife, two young sons, and their dog.​


Kayt Zundel


Kayt Zundel, MPA, has been the Program Director for Oregon Health and Science University's Think.First Injury Prevention Programs since 2009. She works to provide, create, collaborate, and share prevention education at both the local and national levels.








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Rehabilitation Counselor

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Amen Clinics


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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 Robin Schantz   rschantz@avanir.com  503-601-9051


The Brain Injury Alliance of Idaho promotes awareness, understanding and prevention of brain injury through support, advocacy and education based on the expressed needs of persons affected by brain injury.

1055 North Curtis Road
Boise, Idaho 83706
Phone: (208) 367-2747

Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday 9-5pm Idaho's TBI Ombudsman, Virginia Galizia, Ph.D. R.PH. Contact her at galivirg@isu.edu or call (208) 478-7830

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. 

www.biaoregon.org   800-544-5243  biaor@biaoregon.org



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.

www.braininjurywa.org/  877-982-4292.

Cascadia Community Bowen Clinic

Bowen Work is a gentle, manual therapy with proven results for TBI.

Clair Darling, LMT
Cascadia Community Bowen Clinic
3295 SW 106th Ave
Beaverton OR 97005


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. br>

Dunn Chiropractic Clinic and Wellness Center

"A Compassionate Tradition of Natural Pain Relief and Wellness Since 1915"

301 NE Dunn Place
McMinnville, OR 97128
Ph: 503-472 6550
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5319 SW Westgate Dr. #154
Ph: 503-977-0055
Fax: 971-266-8369

Homeward Bound


Independent Living Resources is one of seven Center for Independent Living in Oregon.  ILR offers Information & Referrals, Peer Counseling, Skills Training, Advocacy and Transition Services for people with all types of disabilities thoughout the Portland Metro Area.  We also offer speciality services outside the metro area under grants and contacts such as benefits planning under the Work Incentives Network and STEPS to Success with Your Homecare Worker.



Integrated Supports for Living

Chrislyn Prantl
Chief Executive Officer
1880 Fisher Rd. NE
Salem OR 97305


Kampfe Management Services - Brain Injury Rehab was the first “Specialized Living Facility” in the state of Oregon to focus on brain injury rehabilitation services, KMS has a history of developing programs that benefit our clients (and payers). We offer independence within the structure of a supported living environment that focuses on developing compensatory strategies which allow clients to successfully transition back into community.



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 www.learningservices.com





Regina Ibrahim

MRSA Survivors Network

Director of Oregon & Washington

1532 NE Alberta st

Portland, OR 97211





The Medicaid Long Term Care Quality & Reimbursement Advisory Council: The Medicaid Long Term Care Quality & Reimbursement Advisory Council (MLTCQRAC) was established by the 1995 Legislative Assembly to advise the Department of Human Services Aging and People with Disabilities programs on changes or modifications to the Medicaid reimbursement system for long-term care and community-based care services.


The Neurologic Rehabilitation Institute (NRI) at Brookhaven Hospital is an internationally recognized center for the treatment and rehabilitation of individuals with traumatic brain injuries and other neurological disorders. This highly individualized treatment program is tailored to each individual with the goal of restoring the highest level of independence possible.


What we do
- We work with complicated neurological and other health conditions with a brain-based approach.

- We use in-office evaluations and leading-edge lab testing to thoroughly assess the function of your brain and nervous system, immune system, and other facets of your health.

- By looking at how brain function intersects with other systems in the body we can begin to unravel complex health conditions and understand how best to assist with your care.

Glen Zielinski, DC, DACNB, FACFN
Northwest Functional Neurology
4035 SW Mercantile Drive, Suite 112 Lake Oswego, OR, 97035
(503) 850-4526 Fax: (503) 908-1555

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Jan Ferrante
Executive Director
Office (503) 256-1601



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Rehab without Walls

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. 

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StoryMinders, LLC

StoryMinders, LLC, is a local media production company run by a peerwith TBI disabilities.  Product:  "Who Am I To Stop It", a locally-made documentary about artists with TBI. This documentary is a film on isolation, art, and transformation after brain injury.  by Cheryl Green and Cynthia Lopez





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

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Registration, Payment and Refund Policies

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

or by telephone at 800-544-5243, M-F, 9-5. Fax: 503-961-8730


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 Februaary 15 to be eligible for discount.   Price increases by $75 after February 15.

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


Continuing Education Units: Thursday: 8 hours; Friday: 7.75 hours; Saturday: 7.75 hours; all three days: 23.5 hours; Friday and Saturday Total: 15.5 hours



Accommodation Information

Ask for BIAOR Discount rate  BIA2018

Conference rate ends on Feb 2, 2018


Free Parking for Conference Attendees


Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel
8235  NE Airport Way
Portland, Oregon 97220

For Special Guest Room Needs & Assistance contact: 503-335-2862

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