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The 12th Annual Pacific Northwest

Brain Injury Conference 2014

31st Annual BIAOR Conference

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The Brain Injury Alliance

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The Brain Injury Association of Washington


Living with Brain Injury: Creating Partnerships

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Friday Dinner: The Music Within Us


March 13-15, 2014

Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel

Portland, Oregon


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 13th Annual Pacific Northwest Brain Injury Conference 2015


Living with Brain Injury: Thinking Outside the Box


March 12-14, 2015


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Thursday - Draft Program - 8.5 CEU hours

Pre-Conference Workshop
Thursday, March 13   8:00 – 5:00 pm


Thinking Outside the Box:

Leaving the Hospital - What to expect when working with Individuals with Brain Injury



An entire day with experts devoted to effective ways of working with individuals with brain injury and best practices being used. 


Thursday – March 13


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

7:45 am - 8:00 am  

Welcome to BIA Conference 2014: When I Leave the Hospital - What to Expect 

Hands on booths, interactive demonstrations and individual trainings throughout the day


8:00 am – 9:15 am

Family members talk about what it they went through to find an appropriate placement.  How do they get through the system, what happens to their loved one when they are not there to oversee everything, and how do they survive it.  How do you get your loved one into the social security system while they are still in the hospital as well as getting them on Medicaid/Medicare/welfare.


9:30 – 12:00 pm

Tae Kwon Do demonstration and interaction.  Additional interactive activities.


12:00 pm – 1 pm Working Lunch


1pm – 2:15 pm

Behavior Management but Who's Behavior?  Carol Altman, CBIS and Deana Altman, RN, BSN


Carol Altman will share her "tricks of the trade" that she has learned over the many years of working with server behavioral issues in clients and how, over time, she is able to have successful positive outcomes in those behaviors.  Carol Altman's expertise in behavior management comes from thirty plus years of experience working with acquired brain injured clients. During this time Carol has successfully worked with some very challenging behaviors in these clients . Over the years,  she has owned and operated both residential and day program facilities. Currently she is the owner /director of both a residential facility and a day program directed by an occupational therapist. The program serves as a site for students from Pacific university to gain experience in their chosen field. The program assists each brain injured survivor to be motivated , encouraged and supported in a goal directed stimulating environment as they heal. 

2:30 pm –  5 pm

Round Table discussion on how to achieve positive results and Increase Positive Outcomes - Karen Campbell and Carol Altman

This will be a interactive discussion-including in depth problem solving - so bring your concerns with you to ask what alternatives you can use to increase compliance and positive outcomes to improved the quality of the life for individuals with significant brain injuries.


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: Dr. Chesnutt, MD and Jenna Sneva -  Life After Concussion

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

Keynote Speaker:   Richard Adler, JD:  Concussion Laws in the United States and the New Era in Brain Injury Awareness, Funding, and Research

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

9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Track 1 -   Pain Rehabilitation After Traumatic Injury: Shaping a Mindset, Not Just Treating a Diagnosis - Steve Kerschke, Director of Therapy Services at QLI, Director of the Chronic Pain Program 
Pain rehabilitation after catastrophic injury is more about shaping mindsets then treating a diagnosis. Attendees will learn types of pain, mechanisms, factors influencing pain and approaches to treatment while considering the effects of a traumatic injury.

Track 2 -  Supporting the individual in the workplace - Dr. Janet Mott presentation
Presentation will include descriptions and examples of strategies and interventions such as peer mentoring, participation in pre-vocational programs, vocational-oriented retraining, job coaching, utilization of compensatory strategy development programs, supported employment utilizing co-workers, and interfacing with potential employers. Foundational information regarding options for return to work following injury will be presented. Various aspects of brain injury residuals which should be considered when making decisions about entry and/or re-entry into the world of work will be presented.

Track 3 -   Pediatric Brain Injury 101 - Dr. Steven Janselewitz, MD
Overview of TBI from entry into the medical system, hospitalization, rehabilitation and transition to the community.

Track 4 -  Using Art as therapy – Desiree Miller   presentation

 An interactive presentation using art as therapy - what you can do and what to expect

Track 1 -  How Insurance Companies Challenge and Deny Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Cases (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 -  Resilience and Hope - Marty Johnson, MA, Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor
Resiliency is the ability to preserve when faced with obstacles. What bigger obstacle than head trauma? Hope is the life-sustaining force that is rooted in the future. This interactive presentation challenges survivors and families to more forward. 

Track 3 -  Artists Living with Brain Injury- Kris Haas

Kris Haas, a renowned artist will discuss her life since sustaining a brain injury and what that has meant to her body of work.  

10:45 am - 12:00 pm 10:45 am - 12:00 pm
Track 1 -  Discrediting the Neuropsychological & Psychological DME -  Dr. Aaron DeShaw, JD
This presentation will review and highlight issues you have to watch out for with defense neuropsychologists, and how to best present the information in trial to show cognitive deficits.

Track 2 -  Post-Concussive Syndrome among College Students: What professionals need to know about student needs in the classroom and how to work with them - Dr. Heide Island, Pacific University
This presentation will cover what are the best strategies working with college students who have sustained a brain injury

Track 3 -  Common Challenges in School after Brain Injury - Penelope Jordan, Traumatic Brain Injury Liaison, Columbia Regional Program   presentation
Educating students with brain injury can be challenging because of the multiple and changing needs that often follow brain injuries. This session will describe the many challenges students face when returning to school and offer insight on possible accommodations and interventions to help students be successful.

Track 4 -    How to deal with pain when you have a brain injury - Steve Kerschke, Director of Therapy Services at QLI, Director of the Chronic Pain Program   
This presentation will educate individuals on various types of pain, mechanisms of pain, factors influencing pain, and approaches to treatment while considering the effects of a traumatic injury.




Track 1 -  Telling the Story of Human Damages in a Traumatic Brain Injury Case - Richard Adler, JD
How to win your case by telling the story of the damages the individual has sustained.

Track 2 -  Brain Injury & Strategies for Return-to-Work Success: Brain Injury and Mental Health Considerations - Heidi Dirske-Graw, MS, CRC, LPCI  presentation
In this talk, Heidi Dirkse-Graw, M.S. CRC highlights evidence-based practice combined with hands-on experience as she discusses common mental health and brain injury symptoms that complicate return-to-work. Specific cognitive, psychosocial and vocational strategies will be identified and discussed.

Track 3 -   Trusts - What Families Need to Know- Jane Stewart, JD

This presentation will address legal tools for financial management for persons with TBI. Trust basics, special needs trusts, income cap trusts and distinctions between trusts and annuities will be among the topics to be discussed. Ms. Stewart has more than 35 years’ experience in disability planning and preserving benefits for her clients. She speaks both professionally and personally as her brother died as a result of his disability at the age of 51, and her mother experienced dementia as a senior.

12:00 - 1:00 pm Working Lunch

Getting to Know Seattle Brainworks-TBI Club House - Michele Kauffman

12:00 - 1:00 pm Working Lunch

Getting to Know Seattle Brainworks-TBI Club House - Michele Kauffman

Meeting of BIAOR Members and Updates

1:00 pm - 2:15 pm  Afternoon Keynote

Oregon Governor's Task Force On Traumatic Brain Injury - an interactive presentation round table discussion with the Oregon TBI Task Force and attendees







1:00 pm - 2:15 pm  Afternoon Keynote

Muriel D. Lezak, PhD - Concussion in adolescents: Nature, effect, treatment.    presentation

A composite case history presents the negative impacts of concussion on adolescents. The progression of symptoms and reactions are followed from the significant insult to the second or third post-trauma year. For this generic adolescent rehabilitation makes important contributions to good outcome. What can happen when post-trauma evaluation is incorrect and rehabilitation is delayed is shown in a true case history.


2:30 pm - 3:45 pm

2:30 pm - 3:45 pm
Track 1 -  Facing the Challenge of Brain Injury: Music and Memory Loss - Allan Fitz, PhD
Join Dr. Fitz, neuropsychologist, as he plays piano selections and explores the value of music in triggering memories. Music has been found to help remind people of forgotten memories and events.  Music has the power to shift mood, manage agitation, stimulate positive interactions and facilitate cognitive function. Learn how to use music during the different stages of memory loss.

Track 2 - 
Recovery to Independence and Employment: A Dual Customer Strategy - Kathy West-Evans, MPA, CRC, Director of Business Relations and John P. Evans, CRC Statewide Program Administrator - Employer Relations
This session introduces participants to a two prong approach for developing a person centered plan coupled with a business based strategy. This dual customer approach is a proven strategy for supporting the hiring, advancement and retention of employees with disabilities, including those with brain injury.

Track 3 - More than an interview; listening to the individual with TBI as they look to the future. -  Susan Hays and Joe Devine

Getting familiar with the TBI Transition Toolkit: Planning futures always starts with the voice of the individual with a brain injury. In this session, research based, easy to use conversational tools will be shared. These tools can be used by anyone to assist individuals with TBI to better understand themselves and their desires for the future. The tools help to raise awareness, motivation and initiation in individuals as they begin the journey of the future planning process. You will leave with an understanding of what this free toolkit offers and will have hands on experience practicing 2 tools in the kit.


Track 4 - Brain Injury on Film - Cheryl Green  presentation
This presentation is a brief look into representations of people with brain injury in fiction and documentary movies and the problem of hiring actors without brain injury to plays us in films. The presenter, a peer with traumatic brain injury, will present and talk about a short comedy she wrote and starred in.



Track 1 -  Post-traumatic Headache - Dr. Danielle Erb, MD   presentation
Discussion about headaches after acquired brain injury; including diagnosis and available treatments.

Track 2 -  Cognitive and Behavioral Changes After Brain Injury - Dr. Aaron DeShaw
No two brain injuries are the same. This presentation will discuss the cognitive and behavioral changes that maybe seen after a brain injury.

Track 3 -   Support and Partnering Interventions for Families following Traumatic Brain Injury - Sharon Boyle-Connelly, LICSW, MSW Rehab without Walls

This presentation will provide explanation and review stages of treatment for TBI.  The roles of patients' loved  ones at each stage will be identified and paired with methods for clinicians to connect with and support loved ones as well as build partnerships for patients'' care needs.

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Track 1 -  Neuroendocrine consequences following traumatic brain injury - Dr. Kevin Yuen, MD   presentation
This presentation will review recent TBI studies, the pathophysiology of TBI, how and when to perform endocrine testing in these patients, the pitfalls of studies & ideas for future research

Track 2 -   Return to Work After Traumatic Brain Injury: Employment Supports: Work Access in TBI - Dr. Robert Fraser, PhD

This presentation will review work access data to date, the successes of different vocational rehabilitation interventions, and a description of a comprehensive neurological workers comp rehab service model, and the rage of vocational accommodations. 


Track 3 -  Interagency Transitions for Students Following Brain Injury - Victor Cummings   presentation
Effective interagency transition planning and service delivery are needed for successful outcomes related to employment, continuing education, and community living. Brain Injury affects thousands of youth and adults in Oregon, presenting unique challenges and support needs for young adults. There is a growing body of evidence-based research about effective strategies and supports which can be applied to transition-related needs. Guest speakers will provide personal perspectives and respond to audience questions.

Track 4 -
  If you are Denied SSI/SSDI the next Step - Sharon Maynard, JD
The application and appeals process for Social Security disability can be confusing and intimidating. This presentation explains the difference between SSI/SSD, the application/ appeals process, the analysis Social Security uses to decide disability, and tips on how to increase your chances of winning.  

Track 1 -  Working with Clients with Brain Injury - Jane Stewart , JD
Ms. Stewart will share observations and strategies she has learned working with persons challenged by TBI and other disabilities. She will identify common cognitive deficits and strategies for successful communication. Ms. Stewart has focused her law practice on serving disabled clients and their families for more than 35 years. Her legal assistant is a TBI survivor. She has personally experienced the cognitive impact of cancer treatment, and she has taught language development and speech therapy to special needs children.

Track 2 -  When success becomes a choice... - Ben Luskin

Join Ben, TBI survivor, author, and Life Coach, in an exploration of what we as survivors can do to make success a personal choice, an inevitability rather than a potential. In this workshop, Ben will facilitate an interactive discussion to help participants shift their focus from limitation toward strength. Special guest too!


Track 3 - Wrap Up: A Mom's Perspective: The Amazing Erik Welch, A TR Success Story- Catherine O'Connor, B.A., M.A. Public History, Survivor Family Member   presentation

Erik Welch is a survivor in every sense of the word. Born with mild CP and spina bifida -- at age 13 he was involved in a pedestrian vs car accident. At that time he survived a coma and resultant TBI healing process at home where family members instinctively used non-professional TR (games, sports etc) to help him recover. Like many TBI cases he suffered a second severe TBI at age 30, the result of a fall as he walked near his home. After a successful craniotomy following severe brain hematoma, Erik has seen monumental gains as the result of TR therapy, this time in the hands of qualified professionals at rehab facilities in Illinois and Nebraska. On the two year anniversary of this incredibly challenging experience Erik moved into his own home, and is living semi-independently with the help of daytime caregivers and many community based, low cost innovative tools and therapeutic techniques that are often overlooked by the traditional medical / rehab community. This session gives you an opportunity to hear firsthand from a family member's perspective all the profound ways that Therapeutic Recreation can impact, gives hope and ongoing opportunity to participate in their loved one's healing process. 

5:30 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




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

1. Implement strategies designed to significantly reduce brain injury-related mortality and morbidity in all communities.
2. Summarize recent brain injury-related research with corresponding practical application.
3. Identify clinical management practices, specifically new prevention, diagnosis, and treatment guidelines.
4. Describe public health interventions to reduce the impact of brain injury among different types of racial and ethnic populations and settings (e.g., school, workplace, community).
5. Understand health care delivery trends and their impact on long-term brain injury management, acute care, and prevention.
6. Analyze past brain injury-related interventions and weigh their value in today’s world.
7. Implement health communication strategies and know how to more effectively reach target populations and raise awareness.
8. Summarize brain injury data, including mortality, morbidity, and risk factor prevalence.
9. Create networking opportunities and build partnerships with key brain injury researchers, clinicians, and prevention professionals.


CEUs Offered/Applied for:  DC, DO, CGC, CLE, SLP, OT, PT, CCRC, CDMS, CCMC  Hours:  Thursday: 8.5 hours; Friday & Saturday: 15.5 hours both days Total: 24








James Chesnutt, MDJames 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.




Richard AdlerRichard 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.

Muriel D LezakDr. Muriel D. Lezak, PhD - Dr. Lezak joined the staff of the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Portland, OR in 1966 where her work with brain damaged patients led to VA funded research on their cognitive problems. This evolved into a study of emotional/psychosocial consequences of traumatic brain injury for which she developed the precursor of the Mayo-Portland Adaptability Inventory (www In 1985 she moved to Oregon Health & Science University; she is now Professor Emerita (Neurology). She is the author of Neuropsychological assessment (NY: Oxford University Press), first published in 1976; the fifth edition (M.D. Lezak with D.B. Howieson, Erin Bigler, Dan Tranel) was published in 2012. She edited Assessment of the behavioral consequences of head trauma (AR Liss, 1989) and was book review editor of the Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society (1995-2004). Teaching faculties on which Dr. Lezak has served include the University of Oregon (Eugene), the West China University of Medical Sciences (Chengdu, Sichuan Province), and the Cape Cod Institute of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology in Clinical Psychology and Clinical Neuropsychology, a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Div. 40), and a past president of the International Neuropsychological Society.


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

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

AnglesSteven 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.

Sharon Boyle-Connelly, LICSW Rehab without Walls

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 CarterMelissa 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.



Victor Cumming, MS,  is a Vocational Transition Specialist with the Community Transition Program (CTP), which is a Portland Public Schools Special Education Program for young adults ages 18-21. He has also been a Transition teacher for CTP the Portland State University site, and is a frequent guest presenter for PSU’s Graduate School of Education on transition-related topics. Victor served on the Interagency Transition Subcommittee for the Oregon Autism Commission, and has served on the Oregon TBI Educational Consulting Team since 2009.


Joseph Devine, MS, Deschutes County school district, TBI Team member.


Aaron DeShawAaron 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


Heidi Dirkse-GrawHeidi Dirkse-Graw, M.S. CRC - President/Counselor Heidi opened Dirkse Counseling & Consulting, Inc in 1997. As President of the company, she leads a team of professionals who provide Counseling, Personal-Vocational-Social Adjustment and Vocational Rehabilitation Services for the general public and individuals who experience medical, mental health and/or intellectual-developmental disabilities. As a professional counselor Heidi provides 15 hours/week of direct service in individual and/or group sessions. Her clients range in age from the early teens to later adulthood. She is experienced in a wide range of issues from grief/loss, adjustment, career exploration, social skills\communication training and relationship issues. It is her goal to provide skilled, goal directed intervention combined with compassion, care and respect to achieve the life and relationships desired. Heidi holds Master's Degree in Counseling with a Rehabilitation specialization from Portland State University. She is a Nationally Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and a registered intern with the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors & Therapists. As a Professional Counselor for more than 15 years and with a total of 25 years in the field of Vocational Rehabilitation, Heidi has developed skills and expertise in a wide range of issues including: Traumatic Brain Injury, ADD/ADHD, Bi-Polar Disorder, Depressive Disorder, Anxiety Disorder and Adjustment Disorder. Advanced training has been pursued in in areas of vocational rehabilitation, couples counseling and the individual therapy. Community and professional involvement includes current service on the State Rehabilitation Council and as a member of P.S.U.'s Advisory Board for the Graduate School of Rehabilitation Counseling. Heidi also participates in local Employment First Teams that promote employment for individuals with ID/DD. Dirkse Counseling and Consulting, Inc.  


Dr Danielle ErbDanielle 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.  


Kathleen West-Evans, MPA, CRC,  is the Director of Business Relations for CSAVR (Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation). CSAVR is the membership organization of the 80 Directors of the public VR agencies across the country and in the territories. Kathy provides leadership to the National Employment Team (NET). The NET is the national team of VR Consultants working directly with business customers to meet their employment needs through the talent pool and support services of VR at the national, state and local level. Kathy started in the field of rehabilitation in 1978 at the Hearing, Speech and Deafness Center in Seattle where she managed the Projects with Industry program. She moved to the Washington State Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) in 1983 as a VR counselor for individuals who are deaf, deaf-blind or hard of hearing. She also worked as an assistant regional administrator, a regional business relations specialist, and the Statewide Manager for Business Relations and Marketing. She received her MS in Public Administration , Seattle University, 1985 and BS from the University of Washington in 1978. She is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and has certificates in Ethics in Counseling, George Washington University, Medical Aspects of Disability, University of Washington, and Disability and the Law, Washington State Human Rights Commission  


John P. Evans, CRC  is a life-long resident of Washington where he is employed with the Department of Social Health Services – Division of Vocational Rehabilitation as their statewide Employer Relations Manager. He is a 1983 graduate of Seattle University with a degree in Public Administration and a Certificate in Training and Development. John has spent the past 29 years of his career in Public Service focusing on the vocational rehabilitation and employment of people with disabilities. John is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor who also spent time working as an HR Manager for the WA State Department of Personnel. He has been engaged in a broad range of initiatives with public and private businesses of all sizes. John is uniquely positioned to offer insights into the dynamics of today’s workforce and creating effective employment strategies that impact individuals with disabilities. A 1977 graduate of the WA State School for the Deaf, John is the recipient of numerous recognitions including the Governor’s Trophy and Nordstrom “Community Hero” Awards for promoting community integration and empowering leadership. On behalf of his work with the employer community, the WA State Personnel Resources Board has acknowledged John as “an extraordinary contributor and model of exceptional public service in the State of Washington and throughout the United States”. John is a member of the Washington State TBI Task Force, the National Rehabilitation Association and the National Association of the Deaf where he also served on the board.  


Allan FitzAllan Fitz, PhD, a Licensed Psychologist, received his Ph.D. in 1992 from Fuller Graduate School of Psychology. He completed his internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the University Of Washington School Of Medicine, with specializations in neuropsychology and geriatric psychology. Dr. Fitz has worked as a rehabilitation psychologist and neuropsychologist at St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute in Spokane and Evergreen Hospital Medical Center in Kirkland. Dr. Fitz has also taught graduate and undergraduate psychology courses at Whitworth College and Seattle Pacific University, and has served on committees of the Brain Injury Association of Washington. He has frequently spoken at community forums dealing with cognitive, emotional, and behavioral issues following Alzheimer’s disease, brain injury, and Parkinson’s disease. Dr. Fitz has extensive experience helping individuals deal with trauma, depression, anxiety, and relationship issues. He also performs neuropsychological evaluations to help identify cognitive issues that have resulted from injury or disease, and helps clients and their families deal with physical, emotional, and behavioral issues resulting from illness, injury, and neurological events.


Dr. Robert FraserDr. Robert T. Fraser, PhD, is a professor in the University of Washington's Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, joint with the Departments of Neurological Surgery and Neurology and consultant with Associates in Rehabilitation and Neuropsychology. He was recently appointed to the Social Security Administration to advise on the revision to the disability eligibility process. He is an active counseling and rehabilitation psychologist, a certified rehabilitation counselor and a certified life care planner who directs Neurological Vocational Services within Rehabilitation Medicine. Within neurological rehabilitation, he has specialized in epilepsy, brain injury, and multiple sclerosis. Dr. Fraser is author or co-author of more than one hundred twenty-five publications and co-editor on five texts to include Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation (CRC Press,1999), Multiple Sclerosis Workbook (New Harbinger, 2006), and Comprehensive Care in Epilepsy (John Libbey, 2001). He is lead editor on the brain injury workbook, Living Life Fully after Brain Injury (Lash and Associates, 2011). He has been awarded numerous Federal grants by the Department of Education (NIDRR and RSA) - four of which have been specific to traumatic brain injury rehabilitation, and, more recently, in epilepsy self-management by the Center for Disease Control (CDC). He was awarded two World Rehabilitation Fund fellowships to review, respectively, the post-acute traumatic brain injury programs in Israel and epilepsy rehabilitation advances in Scandinavia and Holland. He has focused on vocational rehabilitation and employment research. Research emphases have included evaluation of innovative psychosocial rehabilitation strategies, prediction of vocational rehabilitation outcome across different neurological disabilities, and understanding demand-side employer behavior toward qualified workers with disabilities. He is the recipient of two American Rehabilitation Counseling Association Research Awards, and an Epilepsy Foundation of America Career Achievement Award. Dr. Fraser is a past-president of Rehabilitation Psychology, Div. 22 of the American Psychological Association and a Fellow in the Division, a former Board member of the Epilepsy Foundation of America (EFA) and the International Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers. Dr. Fraser has received master’s degrees in rehabilitation counseling (University of Southern California) and public administration (Seattle University). His doctorate is in rehabilitation psychology from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, with a dissertation focused on the use of task analysis in the national classification and utilization of state agency vocational rehabilitation personnel.


Jacob W. GentJacob 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.  


Cheryl GreenCheryl Green, MFA, MS integrates her degrees in performing arts and speech-language pathology to explore how story can be used to break down stigma and barriers. After a traumatic brain injury in 2010, she began making films that combine personal narrative and self-advocacy to create dynamic, artistic tools for Disability justice and access. She is on the board of Disability Art and Culture Project and served on the board of Brain-injury Information Referral and Resource Development (BIRRDsong). She volunteers with National Black Disability Coalition. Through original film, blogging, and streaming radio, Cheryl creates a platform for people with brain injury to use the arts to increase connectedness within this often isolated population and to promote critical dialogue and change in the larger community.


Kris HaasKris Haas is an artist living with a brain injury.   On November 8th, 2008, I started on a path of creativity, with no initial idea of the outcome. As far as I knew, I was only commemorating my beloved cat, named after Jackson Pollock, that had just passed away on that day. I created four new paintings on 11"x14" paper that were completely different from any work I had done before. I kept going. Jump to November 7th, 2009: I finished piece # 10,202. I had only one rule that year: no matter how bad my migraines, seizures, backaches, and exhaustion, I had to create at least one piece every day. With this in mind, I evolved from the type of creative artist I knew I could be into the one I wanted to be. What happened that year is nothing short of a creative miracle that I alone have memories of. I had discovered things about myself as an artist (and as someone with a brain injury disability) that became so profound, insightful, inspirational, and empowering that I have felt compelled to share this with others. For my new project, I will paint 10,000 pieces in one year again but this time with LIVE STREAMING VIDEO 24/7, showing all the intimate details that an artist can go through in the creative process.



Susan Hays, MS, Deschutes County school district, TBI Team member.


Heide IslandHeide D. Island, PhD, is the Department Chair and Associate Professor, in Behavioral Neuroscience at Pacific University.  Dr. Island received her B.S. Washington State University in 1996, a  B.A. University of Alaska in 1999,  an M.A. from the University of Montana in 2002, and she received her Ph.D. from the University of Montana in 2003. Two of her research projects include:

Brain Whacked: Post-concussive Syndrome Among College Students This project includes graduate students and faculty (Dr. Hannu Laukkanen) from the College of Optometry as well as undergraduate students. The purpose of the project is outlined in the following empirical questions: 1.) What is the incidence of post-concussive syndrome among sports athletes within Pacific University? 2.) What is the incidence of post-concussive syndrome among performance arts athletes (e.g., dance) within Pacific University? 3.) How are the individual athletic injuries different? 4.) How are the sequelae of injury different between performance arts and sports athletes? 5.) How do these differential injuries play out in the classroom (e.g., attention processing, memory retrieval, verbal fluency, chronic pain, anxiety, visual dysfunction).

Neurobiological Correlates of Temperament This is an ongoing project to assess the relationship between neuroendocrine markers of behavior with a new, neurobiology temperament measure (Fisher Temperament Inventory). The applied value of establishing both the validity and reliability of this measure with comparative measures of personality and temperament is to provide a reasonable link between long-term romantic matching through an Internet website ( So many online measures for matching adult, singles are not validated and do not necessarily provide a good assessment of romantic compatability and longevity. This measure is used in conjunction with value and interest-based questions.



Steven JanselewitzDr. Steven Janselwitz, M.D. Pediatric Specialist Board-certified in Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine, Dr. Janselewitz is a Pediatric Physiatrist at The Children's Hospital Legacy Emanuel. Dr. Janselewitz received his medical degree and completed his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at The Ohio State University. He completed his fellowship training in Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine at The Children's Hospital, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. Dr. Janselewitz's clinical interests include concussion, peripheral neuropathy, electrodiagnosis, spasticity management and helping adolescents deal with chronic illnesses.

Marty Johnson, M.A., Vocational Counselor, specializes in job development and job retention, work placement coordination and job site analysis. He has over 30 years of experience as a teacher, counselor, and coach. He does educational consulting and coaches adults as well as students with AD/HD.  

Steve KerschkeSteve Kerschke, MS PT Director of Therapy Services Steve  completed both his undergraduate degree in Exercise Science and his Masters degree in Physical Therapy from Saint Louis University. Steve joined the clinical team at QLI in 2005 as a physical therapist and currently serves as the Director of Therapy Services. Steve is responsible for coordinating all therapy services within the clinical program at QLI as well as leading the spinal cord injury and chronic pain programs. Steve Kerschke is a recipient of the James P. O’Donnell Demonstrated Excellence Award, which is QLI’s most distinguished award for employees who uphold QLI’s mission. He is a is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, and is a surveyor for the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). Steve also travels both locally and nationally to educate other providers on brain and spinal cord injury rehabilitation.

Arthur LeritzArthur 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.




Ben Luskin is a Life Coach, Peer Mentor, and advocate for empowerment in Eugene, Oregon. He is a survivor of a severe Traumatic Brain Injury, and has made it his life's mission to share the lessons he learned through recovery with others.

Sharon Maynard, JDSharon Maynard, JD, obtained her bachelor’s degree from UCLA in 1984, and her law degree in 1992 from Albany Law School in New York. A citizen of Oregon since 1992, she worked over eight years for Metropolitan Public Defender (MPD) handling both felony and misdemeanor criminal matters. Her last year and a half at MPD, Sharon represented allegedly mentally ill persons in civil commitment proceedings, an experience which kindled a strong interest in representing disabled people. In 2001, Sharon changed her practice from criminal to Social Security disability law focusing her entire practice on representing claimants who have been denied benefits at all stages of the appeals process including Federal Court.


Desiree' L. Miller is a 2006 graduate of the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Since graduating she has been self-employed as a sculptor, working principally with wood and metal. Ms. Miller's accomplishments including designing and building a permanent piece on the University of Washington Campus, and her art focuses on interpersonal relationships and those dealing with disabilities. She also volunteers as an Art Docent at her son's school and has a special interest in using art to help students with learning and developmental disabilities.  


Janet Hart Mott, Ph.D., is a practicing rehabilitation counselor, case manager, and life care planner. Since the first public meeting of the Brain Injury Association of Washington in the early 1980’s she has maintained an active interest in the needs of individuals of all ages who have experienced brain injuries, their caregivers, and their families. As a child she experienced a mild brain injury. As a rehabilitation professional, she has served individuals with brain injuries since 1960. Currently she has family members who have sustained head injuries.


Jane B. Stewart, JD, has her law practice in Eugene, Oregon focusing on various areas of law. Education, Stanford University, A.B.; University of Oregon, J.D.


Dr. Kevin YuenDr. Kevin Yuen, MD, completed his fellowship training in Internal Medicine and Endocrinology at the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom. He also spent an additional 5 years in clinical research at the University of Cambridge Department of Pediatrics studying the effects of varying doses of growth hormone treatment on insulin resistance in hypopituitary adults with growth hormone deficiency, and subjects with metabolic syndrome. Due to his interest in pituitary diseases and insulin resistance, Dr. Yuen focuses his clinical practice on the diagnosis and treatment of pituitary and adrenal tumors, pituitary dysfunction with a particular interest in growth hormone deficiency and excess, hypogonadism, cortisol deficiency and excess, and types 1 and 2 diabetes. He also has a particular interest in endocrine disorders in young adult cancer survivors. In the pituitary field of research, Dr Yuen has conducted many growth hormone dosing and diagnostic studies, and long-acting growth hormone preparation and growth hormone secretagogue studies in the treatment and diagnosis of adults with growth hormone deficiency, respectively. In the diabetes field of research, Dr Yuen has also conducted many studies that focus on glucagon-like peptide-1 agonists treatment on cardiovascular events in type 2 diabetes, and automated glucagon delivery in a closed loop system in type 1 diabetes. Dr. Yuen is the Medical Director of the Dynamic Endocrine Testing Unit and serves on several medical committees namely the Pituitary Scientific Committee for the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, and is the Lead Author of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists Writing Committee for “Medical guidelines for clinical practice for growth hormone use in growth hormone deficient adults and transition patients”. He also remains highly involved in teaching medical students, residents, and fellows, and is actively starting up a Young Adult Cancer Survivor Clinic in collaboration with Pediatric Oncology.


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Continuing Education Units: Thursday, 8.5 hours; 15.5 hours for Friday and Saturday, up to 24 hours for all three days



Sponsors and Exhibitors







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.


Adler Giersch

Adler Giersch


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





The Brain Injury Alliance of Oregon, Inc. is the only statewide 501(c)(3), not-for-profit association dedicated to creating a better future through brain injury prevention, research, education and advocacy and supporting our mission. Services offered are: Information and Referral: We serve as a clearinghouse for community resources through our 1-800-544-5243 toll free helpline, referring survivors, family and professionals alike to community, state and national services, resources, and professionals serving the brain injury community, sending information packets free of charge; Peer mentoring and support for family members and survivors; Support Groups: over 40 support groups throughout the state; Advocacy: working to educate legislators and voters on brain injury issues; Awareness and Prevention activities:; Support Services: dispersing donated computers, volunteering opportunities and work trials for survivors in rehabilitation; Research: working to facilitate research in the field of brain injury by disseminating current calls for input and volunteers on TBI issues; Education: through conferences, workshops, trainings, seminar's and presentations and our quarterly newsletter, The Headliner, reaching more than 6000 members and supporters.   800-544-5243



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


A nonprofit that support survivors of brain injuries and their families/friends in the Portland, OR area

Brain Institute

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

Casa Colina

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

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

The Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center (BIRC)

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


Cognitive Harmonics, Inc

Cognitive harmonics

My Bionic Brain (R) Cognitive prosthetic on an iPad 
Kathy Moeller  541-772-3465

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.   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.


The Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center

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

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


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.

610 SW Fifth Avenue, Suite 200
Portland, Oregon 97205-3403
(503) 243-2081

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.


Highland Heights

Homeward Bound


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

Learning Services

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

For information, call 888.419.9955 or visit

National College of Natural Medicine

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National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM) offers neurofeedback training and naturopathic health care for the many side effects of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post Concussive Syndrome.  Survivors of TBI can benefit from any forms of biofeedback; and NCMC has a nationally certified provider of neurofeedback.

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.  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.


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


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.
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.   877-497-1863

RJ Mobility

RJ Mobility

Adaptive Mobility Equipment for vehicles and homes

Jody Rowland  503-838-5520
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.

Vitality Marketing Co

Teresa Bright

Enagic Water Ionizer


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



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Portland, Oregon 97220

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