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The 13th Annual Pacific Northwest

Brain Injury Conference 2015

32st Annual BIAOR Conference

Sponsored by

The Brain Injury Alliance

of Oregon


The Brain Injury Alliance of Washington


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


Thinking Outside the box

Friday Dinner: The Music Within Us


March 12-15, 2015

Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel

Portland, Oregon


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 13th Annual Pacific Northwest Brain Injury Conference 2015

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

March 12-14, 2015

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Thursday - Draft Program -7.45 CEU hours

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


Thinking Outside the Box:

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



An entire day devoted to effective ways caregivers and families can work with clients and individuals with brain injury and other neurological disorders and the best practices being used. 

Thursday – March 13


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

7:45 am - 8:00 am  

Welcome to BIA Conference 2015:

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


8:00 am – 10:00 am

Behavior Management Strategies for Caregivers dealing with Challenging Behaviors from individuals diagnosed with Neurological Diagnosis.  By Dr. BJ Scott, Pacific University OR, Rehab without Walls


10:15 – 11:15 am

Techniques and Activities for caregivers to use to help clients diagnosed with Neurological Disorders as well to help clients gain as much of their independence as possible - campout, day programs, support groups


11:30-12:30 pm

Theraputic Exercise Options - including line dancing - for individuals with Neurological Diagnosis


12:30 pm – 1 pm Working Lunch


1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

How Caregivers and families can help individuals with ever-changing Neurological deficits deal with communication and Relationships after neurological changes 


2:00 pm –  3:00 pm
Falling in Love Again, and Again - caregivers assisting with consensual relationships and the clients choices while honoring their privacy after neurological changes - Laura Opson R.N., WA

3:15 - 5:00 pm

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


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: Governor John Kitzhaber

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

Keynote Speaker:   Fred Langer, RN JD on pediatric brain injury

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

9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Track 1 -   Advanced Neuro Imaging: MRI, Voxels, DWI, DTI, MRS, SWI, fMRI, BOLD and PET. These approaches to imaging have been used primarily in research on the neural substrates of various cognitive functions. - Aaron DeShaw, JD DC

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

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


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

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

Track 3 -  TBI & Loss of Identity: Recovering Self - Ron Broughton, LPC, CBIST- Brookhaven Hospital.  

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

Track 2 - Pain and Headaches after Brain Injury and Neurological Disorders
Dr. Eric Hubbs

Track 3 -  TBI & Loss of Identity: Recovering Self - Ron Broughton, LPC, CBIST- Brookhaven Hospital




Track 1 -   What are the insurance companies really thinking (as told by former insurance attorneys): 
Arthur Leritz,
a former insurance attorney from a private practice law firm
Melissa Carter,
a former in-house insurance attorney for Nationwide and she handled their complex cases including severe TBI
Steve Angles,
a former in-house insurance attorney for Progressive Insurance
Jacob Gent,
a former claims manager for Farmers Insurance company before joining Adler Giersch and then heading to law school

Track 2 -  Cranio-Sacral Therapist to Adults and Pediatrics -
Suzanna Zweifel, LMP

Track 3 - Meditation after brain injury -
Had Walmer

12:00 - 1:00 pm Working Lunch

12:00 - 1:00 pm Working Lunch

Meeting of BIAOR Members and Updates

1:00 pm - 2:15 pm  Afternoon Keynote
Dr Amen, Amen Clinic


1:00 pm - 2:15 pm  Afternoon Keynote

Dr. Bruce Wojciechowski on Vision issues after brain injury and neurological changes



2:30 pm - 3:45 pm

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

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

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





Track 1 -  What Professionals need to know. Dr. Glen Zielinski: a chiropractic functional neurologist on brain rehab

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

Track 3 - Pain blessing - one families journey after stroke - Jill Viggiano

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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

Track 2 -   What survivors, caregivers and families need to know.
Dr. Glen Zielinski: a chiropractic functional neurologist on brain rehab 


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


Track 1 -  The Psychometrics of Social Role Return for the Person with BI & Dual Diagnosis - Dr. Rolf Gainer, Brookhave Hospital

Track 2 -  PTSD and Brain Injuries: Observations from the Trenches -
Eddie Black 


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

5:00 - 6:00
Oregon Governor's Task Force On Traumatic Brain Injury - an interactive presentation round table discussion with the Oregon TBI Task Force and attendees

6:00 pm - 6:30 pm  Reception

6:30 pm - 9:00 pm  Dinner

The Music Within Us



Poster Presentations: will be up for the entire conference




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:  AFC, DC, DO, CGC, CLE, SLP, OT, PT, CCRC, CDMS, CCMC  Hours:  Thursday: 7.45 hours; Friday: 7.45 hours;  Saturday: 6.45 hours; all three days: 22.25 hours; Friday and Saturday Total: 14.5 hours












Dr. John Albert Kitzhaber is the 37th and current Governor of Oregon, since 2011. Dr. Kitzhaber is a graduate of Dartmouth College, earning his M.D. from Oregon Health & Science University. Kitzhaber began his career as an emergency room physician before he was elected to the Oregon House of Representatives in 1978. He served one term in the Oregon House from 1979 to 1981 and was elected to the Oregon State Senate in 1982. He served three terms in the Oregon Senate from 1983 to 1993, and served as Oregon's Senate President from 1985 to 1993. 




Daniel Gregory Amen is a psychiatrist and a brain disorder specialist, director of the Amen Clinics, and a New York Times bestselling author. Dr. Amen's clinics offer medical services to people who have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and other disorders. They use single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) as a diagnostic tool to identify sub-categories of these disorders, as devised by Amen himself. He has done studies on brain injuries affecting professional athletes, and he is a post-concussion consultant for the National Football League.






Fred Langer 


Fred P. Langer, as both a practicing attorney and registered nurse, Fred Langer brings a unique combination of skills to Nelson, Blair, Langer, and Engle. With his clinical and legal expertise, he has the ability to assess his clients’ long-term care needs and the legal skills to recover fair compensation. Fred’s practice also emphasizes prosecuting wrongful denial of long-term disability insurance claims on both the ERISA and private context. Fred is a member of the Washington State Bar Association and Oregon Bar Association. Along with the other attorneys at Nelson, Blair, Langer, and Engle he is a member of the Washington State Association for Justice (WSAJ). Fred served as a board member of the Brain Injury Association of Washington. He is also a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Fred has published articles in Trial News, the Journal of Society of Hematology, and Oncology Nursing Forum. He has been an invited speaker at the WSAJ annual convention.




Dr. Bruce Wojciechiwski

Bruce R. Wojciechowski, O.D, FCOVD, received his Doctor of Optometry in 1981 and has practiced in the Portland area since completing his education. He is a Fellow of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (FCOVD) and is a member of the American Optometric Association (AOA), Optometric Extension Program (OEP), and the Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association (NORA). Dr Bruce serves as an executive board member for the Brain Injury Association of Oregon and is an adjunct professor for the College of Optometry at Pacific University. Dr. Bruce has lectured nationally to professionals involved in the treatment of head injured patients. He also lectures to non-professionals groups, such as stroke support groups and other community organizations.  





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.

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.

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.

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.


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.



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









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.  









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.









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2015 Conference

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

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

Registration, Payment and Refund Policies

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

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


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

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


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


All payments must be received by March 1, 2014 to be eligible for discount.  

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


Continuing Education Units: Thursday, 7.45 hours; 14.5 hours for Friday and Saturday, up to 22.25 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

casa colina logo

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

NCMC logo 

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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Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel
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Portland, Oregon 97220

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