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The 17th Annual Pacific Northwest

Brain Injury Conference 2019

36th Annual BIAOR Conference


Sponsored by

The Brain Injury Alliance of Oregon

The Brain Injury Alliance of Washington

The Brain Injury Alliance of Idaho

Alaska Brain Injury Network

OHSU Brain Institute

Oregon Chiropractic Association


BIAOR Confrence 2019



March 7-9, 2019

Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel

Portland, Oregon


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



2019 Conference Program

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CEUs Offered


Poster Presentations

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Many of the presentations were recorded on DVDs - click here for the 2018 order form

:: Conference 2019

17th Annual Pacific Northwest Brain Injury Conference 2019

Living with Brain Injury, Stroke and Neurological Changes - Brain Injury Fundamentals Certication Class

March 7, 2019

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Thursday - Draft Program -8 CEU hours


2019 Conference Draft Schedule


Pre-Conference Workshop
Thursday, March 7   8:00 – 5:00 pm

Brain Injury Fundamentals Certification Training and Exam


When someone sustains a brain injury, it's not just the life of the individual that is affected, but the lives of family, friends, and people in the community. As part of its mission to provide education that improves the lives of individuals with brain injury, the Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists (ACBIS) has targeted the widest possible audience with information that can be used in everyday life.


Developed by experienced clinicians and rehabilitation professionals, the Brain Injury Fundamentals course is a certificate program designed to address the unique needs and challenges of those who care for or encounter individuals with brain injury. This includes direct care staff, facility staff, family members and friends, first responders, and others in the community.


The course is grounded in adult learning principles, maximizing participant engagement and application through an interactive workbook. Using real-life scenarios and interactive simulations to anchor the course concepts, participants learn about the challenges people face following brain injury and the types of support they need. This essential program will help candidates understand different types of behavior, manage medication safely, and provide support to families and friends. The Brain Injury Fundamentals course is comprehensive and flexible enough to be incorporated as an organization’s on-boarding program for direct care staff, or used as a stand-alone training in healthcare and community facilities. The course can be taught by an ACBIS trainer, Sherry Stock, CBIST, more than 10 years’ experience in the field. After completing intensive training, candidates will receive a certificate that is valid for three years. To learn more about the application process contact Sherry Stock at BIAOR 800-544-5243 Training: Training is required in order to receive the Brain Injury Fundamentals certificate. Trainings will take approximately 8 hours. Instructor is Sherry Stock, CBIST 800-544-5243 


Costs & Fees: Fundamentals Application (including Practical Training Workbook), training and exam: $250* *Fundamentals Application fees are non-refundable.   Register for class here


Thursday – March 7

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

7:45 am - 8:00 am  

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

8:00 am –  12:00 am


Guidelines for interacting and building rapport


12:15 pm – 1 pm Working Lunch

Brain injury and behavior

Strategies for Working with Challenging Behaviors

1:15 pm – 4:00 pm

Medical complications

Safe medication management

Families coping with brain injury

4:15-5:00 pm


CBIS 2 Day Training

March 8-9  8 am - 6 pm

Understanding Brain Injury and Managing Behavioral Challenges Following Brain Injury and

ACBIS National Certification Training

The Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists (ACBIS) offers a voluntary national certification program for both entry-level staff and experienced professionals working in brain injury services. ACBIS provides staff and professionals the opportunity to learn important information about brain injury, to demonstrate their learning in a written examination, and to earn a nationally recognized credential. Certification is not restricted to any one profession or discipline. Rather, it is intended for anyone who delivers services specific to brain injury.

Certification is based on a comprehensive training textbook that covers the following topics:
- Health and medical management
- TBI and diagnostic imaging
- Medical, physical, cognitive, neurobehavioral, and psychosocial consequences of injury
- TBI in pediatrics and adolescents, as well as aging with a brain injury
- Concussions and mTBI, as well as disorders of consciousness
- Rehabilitation philosophy, outcome measurement, and care management
- Effect of injuries on families
- Cultural, gender, and sexuality issues
- Military populations
- Neuropsychology
- Participation and return to work

The Brain Injury Association of America, through its cooperative agreement with Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams and Wilkins (LWW), is pleased to provide, to each new ACBIS certificant who has applied under the fee structure established December 1, 2008, a one-year subscription to the Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation. This reflects a commitment to ensuring that Certified Brain Injury Specialists have access to the latest brain injury research, treatment and practice information.  

The Brain Injury Alliance of Oregon is offering a training program geared toward preparing for the CBIS examination. This training will be delivered in a two day workshop.  Students must attend the entire session. The workshop will include study materials and interactive workshop with Sherry Stock, Certified Brain Injury Specialist Trainer. The National Online Examination will be given at the end of the day, from 4:00-6:00 pm.  

Cost of participation:
$700  - includes training, book, exam fee and one year BIAOR professional-level member pay online now
$300 for Participation CBIS training only (does not include book - add Book total $500 ) pay online now
Join us for this comprehensive training, and gain your national certification in Brain Injury, with support through BIAOR.   For more information on the training


Friday - March 8 Saturday - March 9
7:00 am - 7:45 am
Registration and Check-in - Continental Breakfast

7:45 am - 8:00 am    Welcome to BIA Conference 2019
7:00 am - 7:45 am
Registration and Check-in - Continental Breakfast

7:45 am - 8:00 am   Welcome to BIA Conference 2019  


8:00 am - 9:15 am

Keynote Speaker: Glen Zielinski, DC, DACNB, FACFN
Functional Neurology Treatment of Traumatic Brain Injuries

-Attendees will learn current diagnostic methodologies and treatment paradigms for traumatic brain injury.
-Upon completion, learners will be able to identify fundamental neuropathology involved in post-concussion syndrome, post-traumatic stress disorder, and locked-in syndrome.  


Mt Hood C - CBIS Training

8:00 am - 9:15 am

Keynote Speaker:    Dr. Adam Grove, ND, Chair, Alaska Brain Injury Network
Nutrition and Brain Injury Recovery


Mt Hood C - CBIS Training

9:30 am - 10:30 am

9:30 am - 10:30 am
Track 1 -  Mt Adams - Aaron DeShaw, JD, DC

Track 2 -
.Mt Hood A & B

Track 3 - Cascadia A & B
TBI – Residential Treatment of Individuals who have experienced brain injury: Treatment challenges and how to work with families. -
Karen Campbell, BA

Learning Objectives

-Understanding Problem Behaviors -Defining and observing problem behavior
-Causes of problem behavior
-What the staff can do and cannot do
-How to work with family members

Track 4 - Mt Hood C - CBIS Training

Track 1 -  Mt Adams -  Medical Legal Issues
Pediatric Issues After a Brain Injury -
Cathy Thomas, PhD, ABPdN

Track 2 -
.Mt Hood A & B -  Kenda Bartherton

Track 3 - Cascadia A & B - Memory for Independent Living - Kathy Griffin, Brain Injury Alliance of Idaho Board Member

Track 4 - Mt Hood C - CBIS Training

10:45 am - 12:00 pm 10:45 am - 12:00 pm
Track 1 -  Mt Adams -  Medical Legal Issues
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy - Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow -
Ben Richards and Jeff Hampsten, President, Idaho Hyperbrics, Inc

This presentation will discuss how HBO works, studies showing efficacy, and uses in TBI, PTSD and other wounds.

Track 2 - Mt Hood A & B 
Impact of Life Care Planning and Catastrophic Case Management after Brain Injury, Stroke or Neurological Changes -
Dana Penilton RN, BSN, CLCP, CCM, Certified Life Care Planner, Certified Case Manager

Catastrophic case management and/or life care planning are important tools for survivors of brain injury, stroke and neurological changes. This presentation will explore the definition of case management and case management strategies utilized to maximize a client’s health, autonomy and functional capabilities. Delineation of when a life care plan may benefit clients will be explored. Life care planning methodology will be discussed. The importance of a life care planner’s adherence to published life care planning standards of practice and methodology will be explored.

Learning Objectives

1. Understand the definition of case management and discuss what catastrophic case management entails
2. Identify strategies you should expect a catastrophic case manager to utilize to address a client’s needs and advance autonomy as well as optimize wellness and functional capabilities
3. Define what a life care plan is and what is included in life care planning assessment and analysis
4. Delineate when a client may benefit from a Life Care Plan
5. Understand life care planning methodology and why life care planner’s adherence to published standards of practice and methodology is crucial to ensuring life care plan evaluee’s needs are addressed

Track 3 - Cascadia A & B
TBI – A Focus on Behavior & Strategies -Karen Campbell, BA

Learning Objectives
-Understand the relationship between brain injury and behavioral regulation
-Describe interventions that may enhance the ability of individuals with brain injury to regulate their behavior
-Provide attendees with a variety of strategies that can be implemented at home and community by individuals living with brain injury.

Track 4 - Mt Hood C - CBIS Training

Track 1 -  Mt Adams -  Medical Legal
Family Medicine: Substance Abuse and Brain Injury and Pain - Andrew Mendenhall, MD

Learning Objectivees
1. List the clinical criteria for substance abuse disorders, including misuse/overuse of prescribed and OTC medications.
2. Describe the relationship of substance abuse to the occurrence of ABI.
3. Describe the recommended approaches and procedures for assessing individuals with ABI and substance abuse.
4. State the impact of commonly abused substances on cognitive function.
5. Describe the recommended approaches and treatment models for the combined problem of ABI and substance abuse, including pain management.

Track 2 -
Mt Hood A & B 
Using Post-traumatic Growth to forge a new future.What’s what and what to do: The ins and outs of how TBI and Behavioral Health intersect and what to do about it. -
Dan Overton, MC, LMHC, MHP, CBIS

Track 3 - Cascadia A & B
Medical Marijuana (Cannabidiol-CBD) as a Potential Adjunct Treatment Modality -
Dana Penilton RN, BSN, CLCP, CCM, Certified Life Care Planner, Certified Case Manager

Medical marijuana or cannabinoids are being recommended as an adjunct treatment modality by more medical practitioners. The goal of this presentation is to facilitate an understanding of when medical marijuana may be an appropriate medical management consideration. Understanding potential implications of utilizing medical marijuana will be explored as well as defining indications and contraindications for medical marijuana. Definition of terms to clarify appropriate terminology will be reviewed as well as the history of medical marijuana legislation in the United States. The pharmacology of medical marijuana with delineation of which cannabinoids are prescribed for specific diagnoses will be presented.

Learning Objectives
1. Identify terms related to medical marijuana, cannabinoids and cannabis
2. Understand pharmacology of cannabinoids
2. Define cannabis specific medical management recommendations based on medical diagnosis
3. Understand challenges related to use of medical cannabis as adjunct treatment modality

Track 4 - Mt Hood C - CBIS Training
12:00 - 1:00 pm Working Lunch

12:15-12:45 pm  Legislative Update

Poster Presentations

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

Meeting of BIAOR Members and Updates

Mt Hood A & B - River City Riders 
1:00 pm - 2:15 pm 

Track 1 -  Mt Adams -  Financial Planning

Track 2 - Mt Hood A & B
Oregon Disabilities Commission - Public Meeting

The Oregon Disabilities Commission is charged by state statute to advise the Department of Human Services, the Oregon Health Authority, the Governor, the Legislative Assembly and appropriate state agency Administrators on issues related to achieving the full economic, social, legal and political equity of individuals with disabilities. ODC also acts as a coordinating link between and among public and private organizations services individuals with disabilities. In order to carry out its mission, the commission: - Identifies and hears the concerns of individuals with disabilities and uses the information to prioritize public policy issues which should be addressed. - Publicizes the needs and concerns of individuals with disabilities as they relate to the full achievement of economic, social, legal and political equity. - Educates and advises the Department of Human Services, the Governor, the Legislative Assembly and appropriate state agency administrators on how public policy can be improved to meet the needs of individuals with disabilities.

The Commission is taking this time to hear concerns from AFH, professionals, caregivers, family members, survivors, and the general public on any issues that they may be having with any government or private agency.

Track 3 - Cascadia A & B
Idaho's Traumatic Brain Injury Program: Five-Year Plan and Preliminary Results -
Russell C. Spearman, M. Ed., Institute of Rural Health at Idaho State University 

Track 4 - Mt Hood C - CBIS Training
1:00 pm - 2:15 pm 

Track 1 -  Mt Adams -  Medical Legal Issues

Headaches and Brain Injury - Glen Zielinski, DC, DACNB, FACFN
Functional Neurology Treatment of Traumatic Brain Injuries


-Attendees will learn current diagnostic methodologies and treatment paradigms for traumatic brain injury.
-Upon completion, learners will be able to identify fundamental neuropathology involved in post-concussion syndrome, post-traumatic stress disorder, and locked-in syndrome.  

Track 2 -
Mt Hood A & B

The Silent Epidemic of TBI’s: Listening for Depression & Suicide - Shauna Hahn, PMHNP

Learning Objectives

-What ist the neuropathology of TBI’s and Depression.
-Understand the link between depression, TBI, and Suicide
-How to utilize screening tools, and how to discuss brain injury with clients who have experienced a TBI.

Track 3 - Cascadia A & B - Financial Planning work session

Track 4 - Mt Hood C - CBIS Training



2:30 pm - 3:45 pm

2:30 pm - 3:45 pm
Track 1 -  Mt Adams -  Medical Legal Issues
The Do’s and Don’t's When Working with Clients with Brain Injury - Timothy Titolo, JD,  Immeddiate Past Chair of the American Association of Justice Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group, Secretary/Treasurer of the Inadequate Security Litigation Group.

Discussion on key things to do and not to do when representing traumatic brain injury clients.

Track 2 - Mt Hood A & B
Oregon Disabilities Commission Oregon Disabilities Commission - Public Meeting

Track 3 - Cascadia A & B 
TBI Team - What is it and how we can help you -
Melissa McCart, D.Ed

Track 4 - Mt Hood C - CBIS Training


Track 1 -  Mt Adams -   Medical Legal Issues -
 Float Tanks: The Benefits of Relazation -
Ashkahn Jahromi & Graham Talley

Float taknd (also know as isolation tanks of sensory deprivation tanks) are small tubs typically containgin about 200 gallons of water mixed with about 1000 lbs of Epson salt, making the resulting solution so byoyant that someone can float effortlessly while lying on their back on top of the liquid.  The salt solution is kept at skin temperature, and the float tanks are completely soundproof and completely light proof, creating an environment with no light, no sound, no sense of touch, and greatly reduced gravity. This reduced sendory enviorment can have profound effects on both the body and the mind, giving them a change to relaz and recover.

Track 2 -
.Mt Hood A & B
What Services Are There In Oregon for Individuals with Brain Injury
Ashley Carson Cottingham - Aging and People with Disabilities Dir. Director for DHS Aging and People with Disabilities
Cameron Smith - Director at Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services -
Trina Lee - Oregon Vocational Rehabilitation
Nirmala Dhar - Oregon Health Authority, Operations & Policy Analyst 4 coordinating all older adult BH programs

Track 3 - Cascadia A & B
Digestion, Inflammation and Food Intolerances and How They May Impact Brain Health After Brain Injury, Stroke and Neurologic Changes -
Krysti Slonaker, Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, (NTP)

The Gut-Brain connection is becoming more and more talked about in health and nutrition circles. Most often this gut-brain connection talks about the microbiome. Krysti takes a small step back to address the influence of food intolerances and inflammation on gut health, and how it relates to brain health post neurological injury, cognitive change, and stroke.

Track 4 - Mt Hood C - CBIS Training

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Track 1- Mt Adams -   Medical Legal Issues
Vision and Brain Injuiry -
Dr. Macson Lee OD, FCOVD, COVD Oregon State Coordinator.

Track 2 - Mt Hood A & B 
Aging and Behaviroal Health Issues after a TBI
- Dr. James Davis

Track 3 - Cascadia A & B
Life After a Brain Injury for Individuals and Family Members - Redefining Normal: Life After Brain Injury - I won’t Back Down -
Jeri Cohen J.D. - personal experience; William T. Powers Dedicated father of a child who lives with a Traumatic Brain Injury; Jim Martin, JD – personal experience with brain injury, and recovery

-To understand brain injury through the lens of individuals who have experienced a brain injury and/or supported family members who have experienced brain injury. -To understand what the recovery process is from those who are living through it.
-Attendees will hear messages of hope for recovery and quality of life.
-Attendees will gain firsthand perspective about tools to better understand and assist individuals with TBI early in recovery and years beyond.

Track 4 - Mt Hood C - CBIS Training

Track 1- 2  - 3 Closing Keynote 
Neurologic Music Therapy: Treatment and Clinical Applications for Traumatic Brain Injuries - Matt Senn MT-BC/NMT

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

Learning Objectives
1. Identify the three primary domain areas addressed by Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT) for functional rehabilitation.
2. Define entrainment and the neurologic processes involved.
3. Demonstrate a basic understanding of at least 1 NMT technique for each of the three primary domain areas.
4. Identify 5 symptoms or deficits associated with traumatic brain injuries that can be positively affected by NMT

Track 4 - Mt Hood C - CBIS Training



Poster Presentations: will be up for the entire conference

Poster Abstract Submission Form


Biopsychosocial Perspective of Resilience and Depression after Traumatic Brain Injury

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

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


Needs Assessment of Individuals with TBI in Idaho

Russell C. Spearman, M. Ed., Beth Hudnall Stamm, Ph.D., and Ann D. Kirkwood, M.A. Institute of Rural Health at Idaho State University


What is a Traumatic Brain Injury

Sherry Stock, ABD/PhD, MS CBIST  Brain Injury Alliance of Oregon



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

1. Implement strategies designed to significantly improve positive outcomes for those living with brain injury and neurological conditions in all communities.

2. Describe the epidemiology of brain injury and its resultant impairments, disability, and psychosocial impact.

3. Integrate new developments in science and medicine into practice for brain injury rehabilitation.

4. Utilize multidisciplinary strategies for the management of psychological and behavioral problems common to brain injury including behavior management.

5. Identify neurophysiological mechanisms involved in brain plasticity and their potential application to improving practice and service provision across rehabilitation disciplines.

6. Summarize recent brain injury-related research with corresponding practical application and best practices.

7. Identify clinical management practices, specifically new strategies in behavioral management, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment guidelines.

8. Understand health care delivery trends and their impact on long-term brain injury and neurological conditions management, acute care, and what that can/will mean to your business.

9. Analyze past brain injury and neurological conditions - related interventions and weigh their value in today’s world-what is working.

10. To understand brain injury as a chronic disease which affects the person throughout their lifetime

11. To consider co-morbid conditions which affect the process of aging with a brain injury

12. Discuss the life long, post-acute rehabilitation needs of individuals with traumatic brain injuries and the importance of developing long term care plans.

13. Improve quality of life for brain injury survivors and their caregivers by connecting them with community resources.

14. Create networking opportunities and build partnerships with key brain injury researchers, clinicians, and prevention professionals.


CEUs Offered/Applied for:  AFH, DC, DO, CGC, CLE, SLP, OT, PT, CBIS, CCRC, CDMS, CCMC  Hours:  Thursday: 8 hours; Friday: 7.5 hours;  Saturday: 7.5 hours; all three days: 23 hours; Friday and Saturday Total: 15 hours











Glen Zielinski, DC, DACNB, FACFN, is a chiropractic neurologist and Fellow of the American College of Functional Neurology. He graduated as the Valedictorian of his class from Parker College of Chiropractic, and studied functional neurology with the Carrick Institute. He earned his board certification in 2003, and was appointed as Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology with the Carrick Institute in 2004. He has spent the last decade lecturing on functional neurology, functional medicine, and neuroimmunology throughout North America and Europe. He is the clinical director of Northwest Functional Neurology, in Lake Oswego, Oregon. His practice focuses on rehabilitation of traumatic brain injuries, as well as on vestibular disorders, neurodevelopmental challenges, and movement disorders. He has published on mechanisms of persistent post-concussion syndrome. He was honored as the Neurologist of the Year for 2014 by the International Association of Functional Neurology and Rehabilitation, the highest award in the functional neurology profession. As a Functional Neurologist, he is a firm believer in treating the root cause of neurological dysfunction, not just the reduction of symptoms. His goal is to maximize the function of neurological systems in order to promote the fullest expression of health.











Dr. Adam Grove


Dr. Adam Grove, CBIS, Vice-Chair, Alaska Brain Injury Network.  Dr. Adam Grove is a Naturopathic Physician practicing family-medicine and specializing in children and adults with neurological and psychological challenges. He practices in Anchorage, Alaska at Head to Toe Holistic Healthcare LLC. He emphasizes an individualized, whole-person focus with attention to accurate diagnosis and holistic treatment for brain-based issues. He works with people of all ages experiencing symptoms of ADD/ADHD, Autism, Brain injury and other brain-based disorders. He is currently the Director of the Board for the Alaska Brain Injury Network. Dr. Adam Grove is also the Director of The Neurocognitive Brain Center which diagnoses and treats brain-based disorders in adults and children. The center’s mission is to provide Alaskan’s with the best options for post-acute traumatic brain injury rehabilitation.He is a member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians.He is a frequent presenter on topics of Autism, Brain Injury, Environmental Medicine and topics in pediatrics. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering (University of Arizona, 1985), a Masters of Arts degree in Soviet Area Studies (Naval Postgraduate School, 1992) and a doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine (Bastyr University, 2002).


Closing Keynote














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





Russell C. Spearman M.Ed. is the Project Director for Idaho's Traumatic Brain Injury Partnership Implementation grant from the Health Resources Services Administration, Maternal and Children's Health Bureau. Since August 2000 Russ has been employed by the Institute of Rural Health at Idaho State University- Boise. Prior to this Russ was responsible for developing and implementing all aspects related to Idaho's 1915 C Medicaid Home and Community Based Services Waiver for adults with a traumatic brain injury. He is the former Executive Director for Idaho's Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities. He is the lead author of "The Use of Medicaid Waivers and Their Impact on Services". Russ was instrumental in developing and transitioning Idaho's nationally recognized Home of Your Own Initiative, a single family secondary mortgage program, that today has assisted over 100 people with disabilities realize their dream of home ownership.  Over the past 34 years he has personally and in collaboration with others assisted in the passage of several pieces of legislation on behalf of Idahoans with disabilities.  Russ received his undergraduate degree from Manhattan College and his Master's degree from the College of Idaho. He is married with two children, one who experienced a traumatic brain injury in 1993. Russ was recognized by the National Association of Social Workers - Idaho Chapter in 2002 as the public citizen of the year for his work with people with disabilities. In 2009 Russ was honored as a health care hero by the Idaho Business Review.



Tim Titolo

Timothy Titolo, JD, has dedicated himself to the study of medical and legal aspects of litigating traumatic brain injury (TBI) cases. Titolo Law Office began in 1990 as a personal injury and wrongful death practice in Las Vegas, Nevada. Over the years, As an active member of several brain injury associations, and the American Association of Justice, Titolo has acquired the experience and knowledge required to help clients suffering brain injury and other serious injury. Titolo Law Office offers clients compassion and understanding, fully aware of how trauma devastates both the victim and family. Timothy Titolo is a respected authority on brain injury law within the professional legal and medical community. Titolo Law Office serves all of Las Vegas and Nevada. They associate with attorneys both in and out of Nevada in cases across the United States. Timothy Titolo works with internationally recognized authorities in the fields of forensics, trauma, brain, spine and catastrophic injury. Mr. Titolo networks with the finest team of experts in bringing a case to trial. Mr. Titolo accepts referrals from attorneys outside the state of Nevada and routinely collaborates with non-Nevada attorneys. Timothy R. Titolo specializes in catastrophic personal injury cases involving traumatic brain injury (TBI), neck, back and spinal cord injury, and other personal injury from car accidents, motorcycle accidents, and truck collisions. Tim is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. He is Chair of the American Association of Justice Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group. Tim is Secretary/Treasurer of the Inadequate Security Litigation Group. He is an active member of AAJ’s Interstate Trucking Litigation Group, Motorcycle Litigation Group, and Motor Vehicle, Premises Group. Tim is recognized as a Fellow of the National College of Advocacy. Because of his experience handling brain, spine and other catastrophic injury cases, Tim has been invited to lecture at over 50 legal & medical conferences around the country.  









Sponsors and Exhibitors





Everyday at Avanir Pharmaceuticals, Inc., we focus on the research, development and commercialization of novel medical and pharmaceutical treatments for people with central nervous system disorders. That focus, along with the deep seated passion of our people, is fueling the development of innovative medical solutions.
 Robin Schantz  503-601-9051

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


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




Access Technologies


Empower Your Assistive Technology Decision Making

Get up close and person with assistive technologies that will change the lives of individuals with disabilities in their work, home and school enviorments.


Assess Technologies, Inc. maintains an assistive technology library with over 2000 products - Stop by our table and ask about our hands-on, guided AT Demonstrations and Device Loan Library options.




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

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

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

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

cascadia community bowne clinic

Cascadia Community Bowen Clinic

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

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


Dr. Aaron DeShaw, Esq. PC: a Portland law firm where our lead lawyer, is both a doctor and a lawyer. The combination allows our firm to fully understand the wide variety of health problems that can result from an injury. br>

Dunn Chiropractic Clinic and Wellness Center

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

301 NE Dunn Place
McMinnville, OR 97128
Ph: 503-472 6550
Fax: 503-472-1039

5319 SW Westgate Dr. #154
Ph: 503-977-0055
Fax: 971-266-8369


Erchonia is the global leader in low level laser healthcare applications. Over the last 16 years Erchonia has researched & developed with the world’s leading physicians to advance the science of lasers. Erchonia lasers are proven through rigorous Level (1) clinical trials to prove their efficacy.


650 Atlantis Rd.

Melbourne, FL 32904

Toll Free : (888) 242-0571

Ph : (321) 473-1251 EXT 519



GCE, Global Connections to Employment, is a nationwide non profit. As a contractor under the Federal Ability One program, GCE provides jobs for individuals with disabilities that pay competitive wages and offer benefit and advanced opportunity. Each contract site is different. Some are IT Help Desks, while others are janitorial work.

Our purpose at Global Connections to Employment is to help people overcome life’s challenges by providing meaningful employment to individuals with disabilities. Since its establishment in 1986,Global Connections to Employment has grown to become the largest private employer of persons with disabilities in Northwest Florida.

Ms. Jo'el Roth, MS, CRC
Targeted Employment Navigator
GCE |Global Connections to Employment

9660 Perry Ave
Mailing: PO BOX 33125 JBLM WA, 98433

Homeward Bound

Homeward Bound - providing residential and day program services to individuals with acquired brain injury



Integrated Supports for Living

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


Kannaway - CBD Products and Beauty "Define"

Erin McCarty D.C.
17675 SW Farmington Rd #315
Aloha, OR 97006
303 751 1460




MediaSmack was designed to become the trusted marketing extension of your business. We build long-term relationships with our clients and because of our deep understanding of our clients, we have the ability to continually adjust your marketing campaign as your business grows and changes.

Our SEO strategies & Digital Marketing Campaigns are designed for one purpose; to generate highly qualified leads for your business.

MediaSmack's industry niche has and always will be Law Firms. The Legal Industry is one of the most competitive markets online, and our continued success there has allowed us to expand our success in working with every other industry as well.

We provide:
► Custom Website Design & Development
► Organic & Local Search Engine Optimization
► Search Engine Marketing: Paid Ad Campaigns
► PR: Brand Awareness & Online Reputation Management
► Video Editing & Optimization (YouTube Partnership)
► Social Media Networking & Management
►Facebook Paid Advertising & Boost Ads

Most companies go online to generate Internet leads, but don't know how to refine and target their efforts. We can help you dominate your local market with proven organic search engine results.

Sean Stonehouse
Direct Line: 408-691-5605





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


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



Northwest ADA Center Provides technical assistance and training around the American with Disabillties Act

Carla Waring



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

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

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

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


Numotion is the leading provider of Complex Rehab Technology (CRT) in the United States. That means we’re helping thousands of people with individually configured, medically necessary mobility products and services. From manual and powered wheelchairs to disposable medical supplies that serve unique medical and functional needs, we are helping more people live more freely.

Our Services
As a convenient, single resource, we provide a wide spectrum of mobility needs to our customers, including:
CRT products and accessories
Innovative lifestyle enhancement products
Service and repair
Medical supplies
Educational courses, events, seminars, etc.

Rick Wallaert Numotion
Director of Payer Contracting
Mobile: 541-914-7203 Fax: 314-449-9518

Nutri-West products are made to the industry’s most exacting standards of quality, purity and potency. Each of the more than 1,200 raw materials used in producing Nutri-West’s tablets, capsules, tinctures and topical gels undergoes regular, random laboratory analysis to assure that it meets the company’s exacting standards. Many of Nutri-West’s products are proprietary formulations developed for the company by distinguished medical and nutritional researchers. More than 20 recognized authorities in the field of nutrition work on new formulations for specific nutritional situations on behalf of the company. Nutri-West products are manufactured and packaged in the company’s own ultra-modern production facilities in Douglas, Wyoming.  Both product formulations and production methods have been carefully designed with the final customer—your patient—in mind.

Mark W. Earnhart, DC

Oregon Chiropractic Association

Oregon Chiropractic Association

Jan Ferrante
Executive Director
Office (503) 256-1601

 Oregon Office of Rural Health

The Oregon Office of Rural Health is a statewide organization dedicated to improving the quality, availability and accessibility of health care for rural Oregonians..


Oregon Trial Lawyers Association

Oregon Trial Lawyers Association
319 SW Washington St. Ste 607, Portland, OR 97204
503 223 5587    FAX 503 223 4101


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.

Maria I. Espinoza





Rain International is more than the products we sell. From the beginning, we set out to make changes to improve the world around us starting with the health industry and moving beyond its borders into global sustainability, education initiatives, and more.

All nutrition stems from Seeds - every vegetable fruit, herb and plant. Rain International utilizes these seeds, that are gently cold pressed, to make seed oils and flowers bio-available for human consumption. Rain goes to the source of nutrition in the most beneficial plats to unlock powerful antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.

Rehab without Walls

Rehab Without Walls Neurosoultions® is an intensive interdisiplinary neuro-rehabilitation program working with clients and familes, in their environments of home and communities.  Offereing PT, OT, SLP, MS, RN for adults, teens and children.  Specializing in TBI/ABI and spinal cord injuries (SCI). Rehab Without Walls® is committed to serving cost effective and durable outcome to our patients.   877-497-1863  425-672-9219


Alan Edwards
Social Security Administration
17925 SE Division St
Portland OR 97220


Dan Overton MC, LMHC, MHP
Traumatic Brain Injury Program Specialist IV
Office: ( 360 ) 725 - 2223
Toll Free: (800) 562 - 2308




Payment: Please register online or by printing the registration fax to the office


Mail registration forms and payments to:


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



Registration, Payment and Refund Policies

To register, please register online, contact us via e-mail at

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


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

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


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


All payments must be received by Februaary 15 to be eligible for discount.   Price increases by $75 after February 15.

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


Continuing Education Units: Thursday: 8 hours; Friday: 7.50 hours; Saturday: 7.50 hours; all three days: 23 hours; Friday and Saturday Total: 15 hours



Accommodation Information

Ask for BIAOR Discount rate  BIA2018

Conference rate ends on Feb 20, 2018


Register for Hotel Online


Free Parking for Conference Attendees


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

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

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