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The 13th Annual Pacific Northwest

Brain Injury Conference 2015

32st Annual BIAOR Conference

Sponsored by

The Brain Injury Alliance of Oregon

The Brain Injury Alliance of Washington

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The Brain Injury Alliance of Idaho

 

Living with Brain Injury & Neurological Changes: Thinking Outside the Box

 

Thinking Outside the box
 

Friday Dinner: The Music Within Us

 

March 12-14, 2015

Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel

Portland, Oregon

 

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 13th Annual Pacific Northwest Brain Injury Conference 2015

Living with Brain Injury and Neurological Changes: Thinking Outside the Box

March 12-14, 2015

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Thursday - Draft Program -8.5 CEU hours

Pre-Conference Workshop
Thursday, March 12   8:00 – 5:00 pm

Thinking Outside the Box:
Working with Clients and Individuals with Brain Injury and Other Neurological Changes


Overview

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 12

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

7:45 am - 8:00 am  

Welcome to BIA Conference 2015:
Hands on booths, interactive demonstrations and individual trainings throughout the day

8:00 am – 10:00 am
Behavior Management Strategies for Caregivers dealing with Challenging Behaviors from individuals diagnosed with Brain Injury or other Neurological Diagnosis.  By Dr. BJ Scott, Pacific University OR, Rehab without Walls

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

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

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

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Therapeutic Exercise Options - including line dancing - for individuals with Brain Injury or other Neurological Diagnosis - Karen Campbell

2:00 pm –  3:00 pm
Falling in Love Again, and Again - Following Traumatic Brain Injury, the survivor and family may expect life to go back to normal some day.  But, in the aftermath of healing, what happens to family, friends and survivors?  This presentation will focus on the challenges and successes of recovery in TBI and how to fall in love again with your loved one.
-
Laura Opson R.N., WA

3:15 - 5:00 pm
Caregiver Survival - Part 1: Strategies, tools and methods in which to work with the client as the client rediscovers relationships 
-  Carol Chrstophero Snider; Part 2:  Care of the caregiver and how to be rested and energized - knowing when to take time for self and family  -  Carol Chrstophero Snider; Part 3: How does the caregiver time manage the family?  -  Karen Campbell

 

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

8:00 am - 8:15 am  Welcome to BIA Conference 2014
7:00 a.m. - 7:45 a.m.
Registration and Check-in - Continental Breakfast

8:00 a.m. - 8:15 a.m. Welcome to BIA Conference 2014  

 

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

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

 

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

 

 


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

Keynote Speaker:   Brain Injury in the Young: What We Know Now - Fred Langer, JD RN

Review of old myths we in the medical field had about brain injury in the young and comparing the state of art data to what we know now.

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

9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Track 1 -  Cutting Edge Advances in Neuro-Imaging: MRI, DWI, DTI, MRS, SWI, fMRI,  and PET - and 3D reconstruction of MRI and DTI. - Aaron DeShaw, JD DC

Track 2 -  Neurobiofeedback and How it can Help  - Kayle Sandberg-Lewis

Track 3 -   Returning to Work: Vocational Rehabilitation Panel - what it can for you Kadie Ross, OVRS and Jeanne Barter

 

Track 1 -  How to use their stories to win your case - Richard Adler, JD

Track 2 -  The Psychometrics of Social Role Return for the Person with BI & Dual Diagnosis -
Rolf Gainer, PhD, Brookhaven Hospital

Individuals living with a brain injury and a psychiatric diagnosis are likely to experience significant problems in the resumption of their pre-injury social role and the return to effective functioning in their relationships. The complex interplay of problems with their mood state and behavioral regulation, cognitive deficits and social skills performance serve to prevent the person from returning to their pre-injury social roles in personal relationship, the workplace and community.  The long-term studies in psychiatric problems in the years post-injury address the frequency and severity of problems encountered by the person living with a "dual diagnosis"  which contributes to separation of the person from their social network.  The related aspects of isolation, loneliness and withdrawal are important tot eh understanding of social role failure and to the secondary impact of living with a "dual diagnosis". Poorer outcomes for individuals living with chronic mental disorders are likely when patients' social networks are reduces.

Many of these individuals experience problems with "revolving door" psychiatric and substance abuse-related emergency hospitalizations become involved in the criminal justice system and experience further disruption in their living situation s creating additional risk.  As the awareness of the brain injury disability has increased, we are better able to identify the mental health needs of individuals in this population and establish methods to enhance their social integration and prevent crisis situations from evolving.  This presentation will present data from two outcome studies conducted in post-acute, community-based rehabilitation programs to identify the post-rehabilitation needs of people with a brain injury and a psychiatric disorder and the services which are required to assist them with maintaining stability, independence and participation in the years following rehabilitation.

Learning Objectives:
1.  To examine the barriers to social role return in persons living with a dual diagnosis
2.  To identify the components of social networks failure which may exacerbate psychiatric issues following brain injury
3.  To consider isolation, loneliness and social withdrawal as complicating factors to social role return
 

Track 3 -  TBI & Loss of Identity: Recovering Self - Ron Broughton, LPC, CBIST- Brookhaven Hospital.  
 
Identity loss and recovery of "self' are areas of brain injury rehabilitation that are often overlooked in the rehabilitation process. Professional s are good at putting the pieces back together and helping the individual recover basic functioning. What is lacking is a coherent approach that assists the individual in defining a new purpose in life and maximizing their recovery efforts. This presentation will assist professionals and individuals suffering from brain injury to reexamine their identity, overall efforts and strive for optimal recovery.
 
Learning Objectives
1. Learn about identity change after traumatic or acquired brain injury.
2. Review seminal research on concepts related to identity loss.
3.. Learn three models of disability identity recovery.
4. Learn how to find personal meaning in life after brain injury.  

 



10:45 am - 12:00 pm 10:45 am - 12:00 pm
Track 1 -  Best Practices: Medical Management After Stroke that Caregivers and Families should know in dealing with individuals with neurological disorders- - José L. Fuentes, Ph.D. Clinical Neuropsychologist Director of Neuropsychology, Casa Colina Centers for Rehabilitation

Track 2 - Pain and Headaches after Brain Injury and Neurological Disorders
Dr. Eric Hubbs
 
Track 3 -  TBI & Loss of Identity: Recovering Self -
Ron Broughton, LPC, CBIST- Brookhaven Hospital
 
Identity loss and recovery of "self' are areas of brain injury rehabilitation that are often overlooked in the rehabilitation process. Professional s are good at putting the pieces back together and helping the individual recover basic functioning. What is lacking is a coherent approach that assists the individual in defining a new purpose in life and maximizing their recovery efforts. This presentation will assist professionals and individuals suffering from brain injury to reexamine their identity, overall efforts and strive for optimal recovery.
 
 Learning Objectives
1. Learn about identity change after traumatic or acquired brain injury.
2. Review seminal research on concepts related to identity loss.
3.. Learn three models of disability identity recovery.
4. Learn how to find personal meaning in life after brain injury.  

 

Track 1 -   Winning your case by knowing what insurance companies are really thinking (as told by former insurance attorneys): 

Arthur Leritz,
a former insurance attorney from a private practice law firm
Melissa Carter,
a former in-house insurance attorney for Nationwide and she handled their complex cases including severe TBI
Steve Angles,
a former in-house insurance attorney for Progressive Insurance
Jacob Gent,
a former claims manager for Farmers Insurance company before joining Adler Giersch and then heading to law school

Track 2 - Glutamate Cascade -
Dr. Eric Hubbs, DC

Track 3 - Mindfulness Meditation and TBI, Gold Mind Meditation - The Best Do It Yourself Project -
Had and Faith Walmer

 

12:00 - 1:00 pm Working Lunch


Native American Voc Rehab Presentation - Angie Butler

12:00 - 1:00 pm Working Lunch

Meeting of BIAOR Members and Updates

Mobility Options - Ryan Green

1:00 pm - 2:15 pm  Afternoon Keynote
The Amen Clinic and Their Method
Kabran Chapek, ND

- Brain SPECT Imaging: A powerful, Evidence Based Tool in Assessing TBI 
- How SPECT imaging is transforming clinical practice
- Cases of Hope and Healing in TBI
- Natural and Effective approaches to Treating Traumatic Brain Injury
- Dietary approaches to treating Traumatic Brain Injury

1:00 pm - 2:15 pm  Afternoon Keynote

Do you see what I see?  
Dr. Bruce Wojciechowski

 

This presentation will focus on how life changing visual disruptions (the hidden disability) following TBIs can be addressed, evaluated, and treated.  The survivors, family members, and practitioners will be able to recognize and identify changes in visual behavior following minor to catastrophic TBIs and all points in between.  This talk will also cover the latest evaluations, treatments, and future treatments with the hopes of being able to strategize with successful traumatic brain injury individuals.

 

 

 

 

 


2:30 pm - 3:45 pm

2:30 pm - 3:45 pm
Track 1 -  The Psychometrics of Social Role Return for the Person with BI & Dual Diagnosis - Rolf Gainer, PhD, Brookhaven Hospital

Individuals living with a brain injury and a psychiatric diagnosis are likely to experience significant problems in the resumption of their pre-injury social role and the return to effective functioning in their relationships. The complex interplay of problems with their mood state and behavioral regulation, cognitive deficits and social skills performance serve to prevent the person from returning to their pre-injury social roles in personal relationship, the workplace and community.  The long-term studies in psychiatric problems in the years post-injury address the frequency and severity of problems encountered by the person living with a "dual diagnosis"  which contributes to separation of the person from their social network.  The related aspects of isolation, loneliness and withdrawal are important tot eh understanding of social role failure and to the secondary impact of living with a "dual diagnosis". Poorer outcomes for individuals living with chronic mental disorders are likely when patients' social networks are reduces.

Many of these individuals experience problems with "revolving door" psychiatric and substance abuse-related emergency hospitalizations become involved in the criminal justice system and experience further disruption in their living situation s creating additional risk.  As the awareness of the brain injury disability has increased, we are better able to identify the mental health needs of individuals in this population and establish methods to enhance their social integration and prevent crisis situations from evolving.  This presentation will present data from two outcome studies conducted in post-acute, community-based rehabilitation programs to identify the post-rehabilitation needs of people with a brain injury and a psychiatric disorder and the services which are required to assist them with maintaining stability, independence and participation in the years following rehabilitation.

Learning Objectives:
1.  To examine the barriers to social role return in persons living with a dual diagnosis
2.  To identify the components of social networks failure which may exacerbate psychiatric issues following brain injury
3.  To consider isolation, loneliness and social withdrawal as complicating factors to social role return

Track 2 - 
Functional Vision Assessment and optometric diagnostic - Dr. Remy Delplanche, Optometris

 

Track 3 - Support Groups and brain injury recovery - Deborah Crawley and Mary Anderson

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

Track 2 -  Managing Emotional and Behavioral Disturbances After TBI -
Kendra Ward COTA.

Kendra Ward, COTA/L understands coping with multiple emotional and behavioral problems after sustaining four head traumas herself. She will be discussing her years of trials and tribulations of what methods worked to help herself, her family and her friends deal with the wide gamut of difficulties with personality, memory, agitation, emotional lability and much more. She will be identifying the emotional and behavioral components that are most often present after brain trauma and will discuss the multiple avenues (both conventional and unconventional) for managing symptoms related to head trauma. She is a doTERRA rep and will be talking about how essential oils have made a vast difference with symptoms and recovery. She will also touch base on her experience with moving from pharmaceutical medications to natural alternatives and the health benefits that she has experienced by doing so.


Track 3 -  Soft tissue treatment for TBI-related headache - Tracy Holland CA, CCT
 


4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Track 1 -  Youth Athletes: The Latest on Sports Concussions and Treatment - James Chesnut, MD

Track 2 -  What is Atlas Orthogonal (AO)?  How Can It Help With Headaches? -
Russell Kort, Chiropractic Physician

Dr. Kort will describe Atlas Orthogonal techniques and how those techniques can help relieve headaches and migraines.
 

Track 3 - Falling in Love Again, and Again. - Laura Opson R.N.

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

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


Track 2 -  PTSD, police crisis intervention, domestic violence, and resiliency among the veteran population - Eddie Black 

Track 3 -  Overcoming fears after multiple aneurysms -
Survivor story of going to Ecuador including learning Spanish and traveling overseas- Leslie Hays

 




5:00 pm - 6:30 pm  Reception

6:30 pm - 9:00 pm  Dinner

The Music Within Us

 

 

Poster Presentations: will be up for the entire conference

 

Objectives

 

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

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

 

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

 

Presenters

 

Keynotes

 

Friday

Morning

Dr. Glen Zielinski

Glen Zielinski, DC, DACNB, FACFN is the leading functional neurology practitioner in the Pacific Northwest. He practices in Lake Oswego, Oregon, just outside of Portland, with many of his patients flying in from around the continent to be treated for neurodegenerative and neuroimmunological disorders, as well as disorders of movement, balance, and development. Dr. Zielinski, DC, DACNB, FACFN earned his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Parker College of Chiropractic. He graduated Suma Cum Laude and as a valedictorian of his class. He earned a bachelor of science degree in anatomy. He has received numerous awards, including the Board of Trustees Award for Excellence in Diagnosis. He also received the CARE scholarship, the largest international award in the chiropractic profession. He currently practices in Lake Oswego, located just outside of Portland, Oregon. He focuses on improving the lives of patients with disabling neurological disorders using functional methodologies. Many of his patients commute from throughout the continent to receive his care. His practice focuses on neurodegenerative and neuroimmunological disorders, as well as disorders of movement, balance, and neurodevelopment. Dr. Zielinski is an assistant professor of clinical neurology with the Carrick Institute for Graduate Studies, the world’s preeminent college of functional neurology. He became a faculty member in 2003, and lectures regularly on functional neurology throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. He continues to pursue his studies in functional neurology and is awaiting board certification in treatment of vestibular and child developmental disorders. He is also currently collecting data for his thesis for the master of neurological sciences degree from the Carrick Institute. In addition to teaching classes in functional neurology, Dr. Zielinski also teaches courses in brain chemistry developed by Datis Kharrazian, DHSc, DC, MNeuroSci for Apex Energetics, a nutriceutical company based in Irvine, California.  Functional neurology is based on how your brain and nervous system were designed to function. By working with sensory input — light, sound, smell, and touch — instead of drugs or surgery, functional neurology offers profound therapies and rehabilitation that cannot be matched by conventional neurology.

 

Afternoon

 

Dr. Kabran Chapek

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.

 

Saturday

Morning

Fred Langer 

 

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.

 

Afternoon

Dr. Bruce Wojciechiwski

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.  

 

 

Presenters

 

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



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


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.

Sergeant Eddie “Coyote” Black’s career has covered a lot of ground: U.S. Marine Corps avionics technician, bartender, volunteer firefighter, infantry team leader in Iraq, combat arms instructor and a college student studying psychology. He brings a unique perspective to veterans finding success in college. Black is a former Marine and current Oregon National Guard infantry soldier with multiple combat tours in Iraq.




Ron Broughton, M Ed, LPC, CBIST, is the Chief Clinical Officer at Brookhaven Hospital. He received an M Ed from the University of Central Oklahoma. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor and is also licensed to supervise LPC candidates. He has written several academic papers on schizophrenia and psychosis, and has conducted numerous mental health presentations and workshops. He also served on an expert panel for the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health Substance Abuse Services.



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


Melissa Carter

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

 

James Chesnutt, MD

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

 

Dr. Remy Delplanche

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

 

 

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.

 

Dr. José L. Fuentes, PhD, Director of 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.

 

Rolf Gainer, PhD

 

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

 

Jacob W. Gent

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

 

Tracy Holland

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!

 

 

Dr. Eric Hubbs, DC

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

 

 

Dr. Russ Kort

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.  

 

Arthur Leritz

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

 

Laura Opson, RN

 

Laura Opson, RN, LNCC.   Before becoming a Legal Nurse Consultant, Laura worked as a Registered Nurse specializing in medical intensive care, pediatric ICU, neonatal ICU; and provided ground transport for neonates. Laura remains clinically active as a nurse case manager and sits on the board of directors for Washington Medical Case Management Association. Through her participation as state liaison to the Government Affairs Committee Laura promotes health care through nationally. Laura works with complex cases including catastrophic spinal cord, and Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI). Laura has been welcomed as a presenter to organizations including Washington State Association for Justice and the former Puget Sound Legal Nurse Consultants. Engagements have included speaking on the topic of brain injury, case management, and Legal Nurse Consulting. Professional Memberships include the Brain Injury Association of Washington, Washington State Medical Case Management Association, and Pacific Northwest Neuropsychological Society. When Laura is not working, she raises city chickens, enjoys long-distance bike riding, supporting important medical charities, does yoga in her spare time, and keeps a small garden. Laura is delighted to be the mother of three wonderful, funny, bright, and nearly grown children.

 

 

BJ Scott, PsyD

BJ Scott, PsyD, is an Instructor at Pacific University teaching: Neuropsychology, Psychopharmacology, Multicultural Assessment, Dementia & Aging (CHP Gerontology Program); providing Clinical Supervision: Hillsboro assessment team, multicultural assessment team; and supervising dissertation research.  Her research Interests are in: Cross-cultural neuropsychology, rehabilitation psychology, disability, brain injury, aging.  In addition to teaching neuropsychological assessment and health/rehabilitation classes at Pacific University, Dr. Scott is an independent practitioner specializing in rehabilitation psychology and neuropsychological assessment. Dr. Scott received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology (Neuropsychology Track), at Pacific University in 2006. She completed her internship at Missouri Health Sciences Psychology Consortium and her residency at Shepherd Center in Atlanta, Georgia (a rehabilitation hospital).  Her publications include: Gharaeipour, M., & Scott, BJ (2012). Effects of cognitive rehabilitation on neurocognitive functions and psychiatric symptoms in schizophrenia inpatients. Schizophrenia Research, 142, 165-170. DOIz; 10.1016/j.schres, 2012.09.18

Had and Faith Walmer
Had Walmer
, father and TBI survivor, lives in Lake Oswego, OR, with his wife Faith. He has a BS in Community Development from Oregon State University and is founder of Gold Mind Meditation Project for TBI (GMMP) in 2010, and The Barking Dog Library.  He has been practicing Vipassana/Insight Meditation for 27 years and taught at Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital for BIRRDsong.org for five years in Portland.

 

Kendra Ward COTA/L

Kendra Ward, COTA/L has a depth of understanding, at a personal and professional level of the emotional and behavioral disturbances that one is often faced with after brain trauma. Kendra has sustained multiple head injuries and a spinal cord injury. The first three of her head injuries and spinal cord injury occurred in her 1991-1992 college year. The last head injury occurred in 2005. In the earlier years she had to learn ways of coping with multiple cognitive, emotional and physical deficits in order to achieve her education. Her 2005 injury was more devastating due to accumulative trauma. She had to learn how to live life again- with physical and cognitive deficits, speech and language problems, severe migraines, PTSD, and multiple behavioral and emotional changes. Since she has overcome her many life changing experiences with success, she gladly shares her experience, strength and hope with others. Kendra has earned an Associate’s Degree in Occupational Therapy from Baker College of Muskegon, Muskegon, MI. and completed her BA, majoring in Psychology, from Thomas Edison State College, Trenton, NJ. During her early professional career she specialized in Stroke rehabilitation and head trauma as a Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant and had worked for Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH., Lakewood Hospital homecare - Lakewood, OH., and Macomb Hospital -Macomb County, MI. She then became a stay at home mom until 2009, when she found herself in a position to have to support her two daughters. Since returning to the field of Occupational Therapy she has been working in multiple outpatient clinics in Astoria, OR. Currently, her professional career consists of hand therapy and physical rehabilitation. She is in pursuit of becoming a CBIS (Certified Brain Injury Specialist) and is a part-time lab instructor for the Linn-Benton Community College OTA (Occupational Therapy Assistant) program. She started the Pacific Northwest Head Injury Support Group in 2012 in Astoria, OR., became a member of the BIAOR (Brain Injury Alliance of Oregon) in 2012 and has recently become a Board Member of BIAOR.  

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Debbie Wilson

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

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 


 



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2015 Conference

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


  If you need to make travel arrangements - please use the BIAOR discount travel site at:

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Registration, Payment and Refund Policies


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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

 

Sponsors and Exhibitors

 

 


 


 


The Amen Clinics

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.    

 

www.amenclinics.com
616 120th Avenue Northeast c100
Bellevue, WA 98005
(425) 455-7500

Patty Seaton pseaton@amenclinic.com


Access Technologies, Inc.

Access Technologies, Inc. is a nonprofit organization specializing in Ergonomic Risk Assessments, Assistive Technology Evaluations, and Technology Training Services. We work with government, business, education, health service organizations, and individuals to provide accessible and cost-effective ergonomic and technology solutions.

800-677-7512  www.accesstechnologiesinc.org/





Adler Giersch

Adler Giersch

 

Personal Injury Law.  Distributing complimentary copies of Richard Adler's Understanding TBI book

206-682-0300    www.adlergiersch.com

 

 

 

BIAOR
BAOR
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

BIAWA

BIAWA

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.

 

Brain Institute

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

http://www.ohsu.edu/xd/health/services/brain/about/index.cfm


Casa Colina

casa colina logo

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

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

 www.casacolina.org
1-800-926-5462



The Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center (BIRC)


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

 

Cognitive Harmonics, Inc

Cognitive harmonics


My Bionic Brain (R) Cognitive prosthetic on an iPad 
Kathy Moeller  541-772-3465
KathyM@cognitiveharmonics.com
www.mybionicbrain.com

Community Rehab Services of OR

Face in the Mirror

 Face in the Mirror

Face in the Mirror provides art therapy, art enrichment, professional trainings, and activities to adults.  We specialize in working with adults with cognitive deficits.  We work with folks at their residence throughout the greater Portland/Vancouver area.   Art therapy helps build communications skills, verbal, sensory and cognitive skills, as well as self-enhancement and live satisfaction.

www.fitmc.org   503-201-0337





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.

866-843-3476  www.DoctorLawyer.net


The Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center
DVBIC


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


Jill Storms, OTR/L
Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center/ Defense Center of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury
DVBIC/DCoE Palo Alto
Education Coordinator
VAPAHCS 640/117
3801 Miranda Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94304

650-493-5000 x65468


Disability Rights Oregon

DRO

Disability Rights Oregon (DRO) promotes Opportunity, Access and Choice for individuals with disabilities.  We assist people with legal representation, advice and information designed to help solve problems directly related to their disabilities.  All of our services are confidential and free of charge.

DISABILITY RIGHTS OREGON (formerly OAC)
610 SW Fifth Avenue, Suite 200
Portland, Oregon 97205-3403
(503) 243-2081
http://www.disabilityrightsoregon.org/





Growing Through It

Growing Through It
Wholeistic Rehabilitation Through the Arts

Growing Through It® - Innovative WHOLEistic services that promote rehabilitation and personal growth to those living with a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).  The Growing Through It process is designed to compliment and augment traditional treatments and therapies, while providing a comfortable and holistic means for participants to re-define their own identity.

www.growingthroughit.com

 


Highland Heights





Homeward Bound


ILR

Independent Living  Living Resources is Center for Independent Living  in the Portland area.  ILR provides activities such as orientation and mobility, skills training, crafts, and recreation as well as the four core services of Advocacy, Information and Referral, Peer Counseling and Skills Training.
503-232-7411



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
 




NW Eye Care Professionals

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

NW Eye Care Professions
15259 SE 82nd Dr #101
Clackamas OR 97015
503-657-0321



Northwest Senior Management Services

NW Senior Management Services

Innovative compassionate care describes the core value of Northwest Senior Management Services.  We specialize in both personal and medically based in-home care for seniors and disabled adults. In addition to in-home care we offer accurate baseline and living environment assessments performed by a Registered Nurses. 



Oregon Office on Disability & Health

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

www.oodh.org  503-494-1205


Oregon Telecommunications Relay Service (OTRS)

Oregon TRS (or Oregon Relay) is a free service that provides full telephone accessibility to people who are deaf, hard-of-hearing, deaf-blind, and speech-disabled. This service allows text-telephone (TTY) users to communicate with standard telephone users through specially training relay operators. Calls can be made to anywhere in the world, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year with no restrictions on the number, length, or type of calls. All calls are strictly confidential and no records of any conversations are maintained. Anyone who wishes to use Oregon Relay simply dials the toll free relay number to connect with a relay operator. The relay operator will dial the requested number and relay the conversation between the two callers. A neat feature about Oregon Relay is 7-1-1 . It is an easy number to remember for dialing relay services.

http://www.oregonrelay.com/


 

Piel Canela PERU

Peruvian Handicraft - Fair Trade Organization:  Alpaca fiber clothing, Finger Puppets. Woven Tapestries, Paintings, Anden Dolls, Musical Instruments, Handmade jewelry, Children's Sweaters, Organic Cotton Clothing.

 

Quality Living Inc

QLI

Quality Living, Inc. (QLI) is one of the nation’s largest and most respected providers of brain injury and spinal cord injury rehabilitation. Blending the best of medicine, education and psychology, QLI’s Tri-Dimensional Rehabilitation® program has set the bar as the industry’s gold standard for over 20 years.

www.qliomaha.com
   
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. 

www.rehabwithoutwalls.com/   877-497-1863  maria.ratcliff@rescare.com


RJ Mobility

RJ Mobility

Adaptive Mobility Equipment for vehicles and homes

Jody Rowland  503-838-5520  jody@rj-ms.com  www.rj-ms.com
 
Vibra Speciality Hospital Portland

Vibra is a specialty Hospital with emphasis on long term care,  Specialties in respiratory care, complex wound, complex medical and complex rehabilitation.  It is the only hospital of its' kind in Oregon.

www.vshportland.com



Vitality Marketing Co

Teresa Bright

Enagic Water Ionizer

www.TryAntiAgingWater.info  teresa.bright@comcast.net

 




Windsor Placce

Windsor Place: is a 3 home, 15 resident campus dedicated to residents who have suffered a traumatically brain injury.  We do restorative and behavioral therapies to give our residents confidence and quality of life and independence.


Susan Hunter, Executive Director
503-581-8300
susanh@windsorplacesalem.org
www.windsorplacesalem.org

 

 

Accommodation Information

Hotel:
Ask for BIAOR Discount rate

For Hotel online reservations
(OR copy and paste the following link into a web browser) https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/Book/biaor2015

Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel
8235  NE Airport Way
Portland, Oregon 97220
503.281.2500


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

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