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Advancing Clinical Practice Series

Advancing Clinical Practice in Brain Injury & Stroke Rehabilitation

Open to:
PT/PTA, OT/COTA, SLP, Nursing

Course Date:
Saturday & Sunday, September 22-23, 2018

Time:
Daily Registration at 7:30
8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Saturday
8 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. Sunday

Location:
TIRR Memorial Hermann Inpatient Rehabilitation - Greater Heights
South Tower Conference Center
1635 North Loop West
Houston, TX 77008
(I-610 and Ella Blvd, The Heights)

Parking:
Parking recommended in Garage 2

Class size:
Limited to 80 attendees

Required Pre-requisites: None noted

Recommended Pre-requisite:

 

Description

The prevalence of brain injuries and strokes continue to increase each year. There often are long lasting sequelae from these injuries including physical, cognitive, language, and behavioral deficits. The growth and development of clinical treatment programs will depend on enhancing the skills of clinical staff for the next generation of expert clinicians. The focus of this conference is to provide clinicians with an advanced overview of special topics, skills, and strategies for treatment teams working with those who have a brain injury or stroke. This conference will facilitate the growth of clinical programs of a comprehensive treatment team, through the advancement of best practice in brain injury rehabilitation. Clinicians will be more effective and efficient practitioners and by integrating, and promoting behaviors that are congruent with those explored in the conference. This conference will be presented via an interactive didactic course format. Discussion and active participation in case presentations, scenarios, and demonstrations related to clinical practice will engage the audience.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this course participants will be able to:

  • Participants will be able to recognize the neuroanatomy factors that influence treatment, prognosis, and medical complications after brain injury and stroke.
  • Participants will identify the different levels of consciousness and formulate treatment plans to maximize recovery of consciousness, communicative intent, and neuromuscular control
  • Participants will assess the impact of behavior, attention, and memory on functional recovery and manipulate the plan of care to promote successful outcomes.
  • Participants will distinguish types of movements and the impact of spasticity and posture on neurorecovery.
  • • Participants will recognize special clinical presentations after brain injury and stroke (i.e. left neglect, contraversive pushing, movement disorders, dysphagia, memory and vocational barriers) and construct treatment plans to facilitate recovery.

Assessment of Learning Objectives: Course evaluation.

Teaching Methods: Lecture, demonstration.

Requirements for course completion: Full attendance, full participation, course feedback form

Speaker Information

Speaker Disclosures & Conflicts of Interest: Policy & Procedures exist whereby all speakers must disclose any relationships which may cause a conflict of interest. Any relevant financial and non-financial relationships will be disclosed via speaker agreement, written notification after agreement, and prior to presentation.

Libby Anderl

Elizabeth Anderl, PT
Brain Injury and Stroke Program
TIRR Memorial Hermann

Elizabeth “Libby” Anderl, PT, DPT, is a Board-Certified Neurologic Clinical Specialist and full-time clinician at TIRR Memorial Hermann in Houston, Texas, where she specializes in inpatient brain injury and stroke rehabilitation. She graduated from the Krannert School of Physical Therapy at the University of Indianapolis in 2015 and completed the TIRR’s Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency Program in 2016. Libby is actively involved in program development for TIRR’s Disorders of Consciousness and Neurobehavioral programs, clinical education, teaching, and pro bono work with the Rehabilitation Services Volunteer Project. Libby has a particular interest in treating patients with motor-cognitive dual-tasking deficits and educating team members on outcome measures for assessment of dual-tasking.

Speaker Disclosures & Conflicts of Interest:

  • Financial: TIRR Memorial Hermann employment relationship
  • Non-financial: APTA: None reported

Deanna Bennett

Deanna Bennett, BSN, RN, CRRN, CBIS
Clinical Nursing Manager, Brain Injury and Stroke
TIRR Memorial Hermann

In her current role, Deanna works as a Clinical Manager supervising a Brain Injury and Stroke unit. Deanna earned a LVN certificate in 1993; her ADN in 1998 and her BSN in 2015. Deanna has worked at TIRR Memorial Hermann since 2007, first as a direct patient care nurse for 2 years before being promoted to Clinical Manager in 2009. In those years, Deanna has become CRRN (Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse and CBIS (Certified Brain Injury Specialist) certified. Deanna is a member of the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN). Clinically, she has a special interest in treating patients with brain injuries and strokes. Deanna’s unit specializes in the diagnosis of Disorders of Consciousness in the Brain Injury population.

Speaker Disclosures & Conflicts of Interest:

  • Financial: TIRR Memorial Hermann employment relationship
  • Non-financial: Member of ARN

Kelly Betts

Kelly Betts Hortsmann, PT, DPT
Brain Injury and Stroke Program
TIRR Memorial Hermann

Kelly Betts, PT, DPT is a Brain Injury and Stroke therapist at TIRR Memorial Hermann. She graduated with her doctorate in physical therapy from Washington University in St. Louis in 2008 at which time she started her clinical work at TIRR Memorial Hermann as an inpatient physical therapist where she has been heavily involved in the disorders of consciousness program. Kelly along with a fellow PT (Patrice Perrin, DPT) received funding through the TIRR Rehabilitation Innovations Grant for their research on The Use of the Body Weight Support Treadmill in the Minimally Conscious Patient: Effects on Arousal, the Cardiopulmonary System, and Response to Multi-Sensory Stimulation. This research project is still ongoing; however, she has had the opportunity to present on this topic at various courses including the TPTA annual conference and is scheduled to present on the national level at APTA’s Combined Sections Meeting in February 2017. Dr. Betts received her Neurological Clinical Specialist certification in 2013.

Speaker Disclosures & Conflicts of Interest:

  • Financial: TIRR Memorial Hermann employment relationship
  • Non-financial: None reported

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Jessica Bielamowicz, PT, MPT
Guest Lecturer

Jessica is a physical therapist specializing in adult brain injury. She attended undergrad at Baylor University and physical therapy school at UT-Southwestern. She has spent the first 10 years of her career in the inpatient setting where she has worked with adults with brain injury. When at TIRR, Jessica was on the Disorders of Consciousness team and the Neurobehavioral team, and enjoyed getting to do baclofen pump trials as part of the spasticity management. Jessica is temporarily staying home with her four kids, and is having fun selling cake pops. She is a guest lecture on the topic of Movement Disorders.

Speaker Disclosures & Conflicts of Interest:

  • Financial: Travel Expense
  • Non-financial: None reported

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Chloë Brivic, MS, CCC-SLP
Brain Injury and Stroke Program
TIRR Memorial Hermann

Chloe received her undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 2012 and completed her graduate studies in Speech Language Pathology at Northwestern University in 2014. Chloë has been practicing as a Speech Language Pathologist on TIRR’s inpatient brain injury rehabilitation program in Houston since the start of her career in 2014. She serves on many committees such as the Behavioral and Neurodegenerative core groups in addition to the interview panel. She leads a cognitive-linguistic therapy group, which focuses on memory, attention, and executive functioning while discussing current events. Her interests include dysphasia, behavior management, aphasia, and apraxia.

Speaker Disclosures & Conflicts of Interest:

  • Financial: TIRR Memorial Hermann employment relationship
  • Non-financial: None reported

vivian Cheng

Vivian Cheng, CCC-SLP
Brain Injury and Stroke Program
TIRR Memorial Hermann

Vivian received her Bachelor’s degree from UT Austin in 2005 and Master’s at UT Dallas in 2009. Vivian has 9 years of experience working in inpatient, outpatient and long-term care settings. Currently, she is a Speech- Language Pathologist on TIRR’s inpatient brain injury rehabilitation program in Houston. She serves on many committees including the disorders of consciousness, cognitive, and interview committee. She has a strong passion for rehabilitation with the adult population, especially treating patients with dysphagia, apraxia, and traumatic brain injuries. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and traveling.

Speaker Disclosures & Conflicts of Interest:

  • Financial: TIRR Memorial Hermann employment relationship
  • Non-financial: ASHA Member, TSHA Member

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Lindsey M. Harik, PhD
Clinical Neuropsychologist
Brain Injury and Stroke Program, Neurobehavioral Program
TIRR Memorial Hermann

Lindsey M. Harik, Ph.D. is the clinical neuropsychologist for the Neurobehavioral Program at TIRR Memorial Hermann in Houston, Texas, since 2017. After earning degrees from the University of Michigan and University of Houston, Dr. Harik completed her internship in Clinical Psychology at the University of Florida and went on to complete a fellowship in Clinical Neuropsychology at TIRR Memorial Hermann/Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Harik’s clinical and research interests include neurobehavioral sequelae, measurement, and outcomes following acquired brain injury across the lifespan as well as psychotherapeutic needs and intervention for those with TBI and their caregivers. In 2016, Dr. Harik was awarded the TIRR Rehabilitation Innovation Grant to study the impact of perceived stigma on participation for individuals with TBI.

Speaker Disclosures & Conflicts of Interest:

  • Financial: TIRR Memorial Hermann employment relationship
  • Non-financial: None

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Kaitlyn Warren, PT, DPT
Guest Lecturer

Kaitlyn Warren, PT, DPT is a former TIRR Memorial Hermann Brain Injury and Stroke Program employee. She received her B.S. from Texas A&M in 2011 and her Doctor of Physical Therapy from UT Health Science Center in 2014. In 2017 she became a Board Certified Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy. Also in 2017, she became certified in Neuro-IFRAH for the Treatment and Management of Adults with Hemiplegia from stroke and brain injury. While on TIRR Memorial Hermann team from 2015-2018, Kaitlyn was involved in the Neurobehavioral Program, TIRR ethics committee, and clinical education both as an APTA certified clinical instructor and a guest lecturer for Texas Woman’s University PT school program.

Speaker Disclosures & Conflicts of Interest:

  • Financial: None reported
  • Non-financial: Member APTA, Neuro IFRAH® Certified

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Jennifer Jenkins, PT, DPT
Brain Injury and Stroke Program
TIRR Memorial Hermann

Jennifer is a full time physical therapist at TIRR Memorial Hermann specializing in brain injury and stroke rehabilitation, since 2013. She graduated with her doctorate in physical therapy from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. During her clinical experience, Jennifer has received her Board Certification in Neurologic Physical Therapy, Neuro-Integrative Functional Rehabilitation and Habilitation (Neuro-IFRAH®) certification, and completion of APTA Credentialed clinical instructor program. In addition, she is actively involved in our wearable robotic exoskeleton and behavioral management clinical programs.

Speaker Disclosures & Conflicts of Interest:

  • Financial: TIRR Memorial Hermann employment relationship
  • Non-financial: None

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Sunil Kothari, MD
Brain Injury and Stroke Program
TIRR Memorial Hermann

Sunil Kothari, MD is board-certified in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, specializing in Brain Injury Rehabilitation for the past 15 years. He is currently an attending physician on the Brain Injury and Stroke Team at TIRR Memorial Hermann, the medical director of the Disorders of Consciousness Program and a faculty member at Baylor College of Medicine (where he is director of the Brain Injury Medicine Fellowship). After receiving degrees from Yale University and the University of Texas, he completed his residency at Northwestern University (Chicago) and his fellowship at the Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Kothari was recently awarded the Humanitarian of the Year Award by the Texas Brain Injury Alliance, for his work with Rehabilitation Services Volunteer Project.

Speaker Disclosures & Conflicts of Interest:

  • Financial: TIRR Memorial Hermann Attending, Baylor College of Medicine employment relationship
  • Non-financial: Board of Directors: Rehab Services Volunteer Project

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Lisa Lewis, OTR
TIRR Memorial Hermann-The Woodlands

Lisa works for TIRR Memorial Hermann – The Woodlands on the Adult and Pediatric Outpatient Rehab Team. Her education includes: Certification in Low Vision Rehabilitation (University of Alabama – Birmingham, Master’s in Occupational Therapy (Texas Woman’s University – Denton), Associates of Applied Science Occupational Therapy Assistant (San Jacinto Community College – South Campus), Bachelors in Health Care Administration (Texas Southern University). She is known as a mentor and teacher among her peers for TIRR Memorial Hermann.

Speaker Disclosures & Conflicts of Interest:

  • Financial: TIRR Memorial Hermann employment relationship
  • Non-financial: AOTA Member

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Meggan Morris, CScD, CCC-SLP
Brain Injury and Stroke Program
TIRR Memorial Hermann

Meggan has been a full-time practicing speech language pathologist for 6 years, with her last 3.5 years having been spent serving the patients of TIRR Memorial Hermann Hospital. She graduated with Communication Sciences & Disorders degrees from Baylor University (BA) and The University Texas in Dallas (MS). She graduated with a doctor of clinical science degree in speech language pathology from Rocky Mountain University. She has special interests in dysphagia diagnosis and management, spinal cord injury, brain injury, patients that are ventilator dependent, as well as neuromuscular electrical stimulation and myofascial release therapy.

Speaker Disclosures & Conflicts of Interest:

  • Financial: TIRR Memorial Hermann employment relationship
  • Non-financial: None reported

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Lauren Niscavits, OTR
Brain Injury and Stroke Program
TIRR Memorial Hermann

Lauren is a Brain Injury and Stroke therapist at TIRR Memorial Hermann. She received her B.S. from Texas A&M in 2005 and completed her MOT program at UTMB Galveston in 2009. She worked in acute care for 5 years and gained experience treating a variety of patients facing cardiac post-transplant, SCI, orthopedic injuries, neurologic disorders, CVA and TBI. She has been at TIRR since 2014 specializing in acquired and traumatic brain injury, with interests in program development, mentoring new staff, and the Disorders of Consciousness Program.

Speaker Disclosures & Conflicts of Interest:

  • Financial: TIRR Memorial Hermann employment relationship
  • Non-financial: None reported

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Arit Nwagboso, MSN, RN, CRRN
Clinical Nursing Manager, Brain Injury and Stroke Program
TIRR Memorial Hermann

Arit is responsible for providing leadership to forty-two nursing staff in a patient care unit with 25-bed capacity. Arit oversees the daily operations – managing and developing departmental staff, collaborating with the interdisciplinary team in the delivery of patient care. Arit earned her Associate Degree in Nursing from Alvin Community College in 2008, a B.S. in Nursing from Texas Woman’s University in 2010, and Masters in Nursing -nursing leadership and administration from the University of Texas Houston Health science Center, Cizik School of Nursing in 2018. Over the years as a Registered Nurse, Arit has worked in the Spinal Cord Injury program as well as the Brain Injury and Stroke program. Arit earned the Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse certification in 2012. Outside of work, Arit has serve as the director or assistant director of the health ministry of her church and has organized several health fairs in the past five years.

Speaker Disclosures & Conflicts of Interest:

  • Financial: Employment relationship with TIRR Memorial Hermann
  • Non-financial: None reported

Katherine O'Brien

Katherine A. O’Brien, Ph.D.
Program Director, Brain Injury and Stroke Program
TIRR Memorial Hermann

Dr. O’Brien holds Master's and Doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology from the University of Houston, where she pursued specialty training in Clinical Neuropsychology. After finishing her internship training at the University of Alabama Birmingham Psychology Consortium, Dr. O'Brien completed a 2 year post-doctoral fellowship in Clinical Neuropsychology at Mentis Neuro Rehabilitation in Houston, TX. Prior to joining the Memorial Hermann TIRR team, she has worked in post-acute rehabilitation and an outpatient clinic. She has also worked at the Neurologic Institute at Columbia University in New York City, where she worked on several research studies in acute cerebrovascular disease.

Dr. O’Brien is currently licensed as a psychologist in the state of Texas and is board eligible. She is credentialed by the National Register of Health Service Psychologists and is a Certified Brain Injury Specialist. Dr. O’Brien’s organizational memberships include American Psychological Association, American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, Texas Psychological Association, and Houston Neuropsychological Society.

Dr. O’Brien’s expertise and special interest is in joining with the treatment team to treat individuals with disorders of consciousness following brain injury. She is the program lead for the Brain Injury Program at TIRR Memorial Hermann as well as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Baylor College of Medicine.

Speaker Disclosures & Conflicts of Interest:

  • Financial: TIRR Memorial Hermann employment relationship
  • Non-financial: None reported

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Karindy Ong, MA, CCC-SLP
Brain Injury and Stroke Program
TIRR Memorial Hermann

Karindy Ong, MA, CCC-SLP, received her undergraduate degree from Biola University in California in 2007. In 2015, she completed her graduate studies in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Houston. Karindy is currently a Speech-Language Pathologist for TIRR’s inpatient brain injury rehabilitation program in Houston. She has experience with pediatric and adult populations in acute care, inpatient rehabilitation, and outpatient rehabilitation. She enjoys working with patients in the areas of traumatic brain injuries, aphasia, apraxia, dysphagia, and high level attention deficits. Karindy is particularly passionate about providing care to patients in need of augmentative and alternative communication means, whether through the evaluation and implementation of high tech devices or low tech communication methods.

Speaker Disclosures & Conflicts of Interest:

  • Financial: TIRR Memorial Hermann employment relationship
  • Non-financial: ASHA Member

Dehuti Pandya

Dehuti Pandya, Pharm.D.BCPS, Clinical Pharmacist
Brain Injury and Stroke Program
TIRR Memorial Hermann

Dehuti is a clinical practitioner that works on the Brain Injury and Stroke Program at TIRR Memorial Hermann. She graduated from The University of Texas College of Pharmacy Honors Program in 2002 in Austin, TX. She completed Pharmacy Practice residency at Memorial Hermann Texas Medical Center in Houston, TX. She has worked in rehabilitation setting for 15 years. Currently practices in both inpatient and ambulatory setting with disabled patient population.

Her clinical and research interests include seizure treatments, infection control and the neurocognitive and neurobehavioral correlates of traumatic brain injury, stroke, and spinal cord injury.

Speaker Disclosures & Conflicts of Interest:

  • Financial: TIRR Memorial Hermann employment relationship
  • Non-financial: None reported

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Patrice Perrin, PT, DPT
PT Clinical Coordinator Brain Injury and Stroke Program
TIRR Memorial Hermann

Patrice Perrin, DPT has 11 years of experience delivering physical therapy services in in-patient, sub-acute and acute care clinical settings. Following her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2006, she took a position at JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute (JFK Medical Center, New Jersey) where she worked with patients with patient with traumatic and acquired brain injuries, orthopedic injuries and several neurological disorders. She is the co –investigator in a research study after being awarded the TIRR Rehabilitation Innovations Grant. Currently, she is the Physical Therapy Clinical Coordinator for the Brain Injury and Stroke Program at TIRR Memorial Hermann in Houston, Texas where she enjoys her passion, treating patients with traumatic brain injuries and stroke and mentoring staff.

Speaker Disclosures & Conflicts of Interest:

  • Financial: TIRR Memorial Hermann employment relationship; TIRR Innovations Grant Recipient
  • Non-financial: None reported

Dawn Phillips

Dawn Phillips, COTA
Brain Injury and Stroke Program
OT Clinical Coordinator
TIRR Memorial Hermann

Dawn completed the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program at Houston Community college in 1992 and has been practicing clinician since that time. She is currently the Occupational Therapy Clinical Coordinator for the Brain Injury and Stroke Program at TIRR Memorial Hermann where she has been employed since 2000. Dawn is certified in Neuro-IFRAH© Approach and has completed the Neuro-IFRAH Advanced treatment for the upper extremity. Dawn serves at the Advisory Board Chairperson for the HCC OTA Program and is actively involved as a volunteer clinician for Rehabilitation Services Volunteer Project (RSVP) in Houston.

Speaker Disclosures & Conflicts of Interest:

  • Financial: TIRR Memorial Hermann employement relationship
  • Non-financial: Houston Community College OTA Advisory Board Member, Member of AOTA & TOTA, Neuro-IFRAH© Certified

Cori Ponter

Corina Ponter, PT, MPT, NCS, CBIS
Inpatient Rehab Manager
TIRR Memorial Hermann Greater Heights

Corina Ponter, PT, MPT, NCS, CBIS is a 2002 graduate of Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. She has worked at TIRR Memorial Hermann since 2004. She worked on the Brain Injury and Stroke Program from 2004-2012 as a treating clinician, and then as PT Clinical Coordinator for the BI and Stroke Program from 2012-2014. Cori now works as the Manager of Therapy Services for TIRR Memorial Hermann, Greater Heights campus. In 2008, she received her Neuro-Integrative Functional Rehabilitation and Habilitation (Neuro-IFRAH®) certification for treatment of adults with hemiplegia from a stroke or brain injury, and received her Neurological Certified Specialization (NCS) in 2011. She has participated in outpatient spasticity clinic, does ongoing program development, and mentors physical therapy staff members.

Speaker Disclosures & Conflicts of Interest:

  • Financial: TIRR Memorial Hermann employment relationship
  • Non-financial: None reported

Ginni Seale

Ginni Seale, BSN, RN, CRRN
Clinical Nursing Manager
Brain Injury and Stroke Program
TIRR Memorial Hermann

In her current role, Ginni works as a Clinical Manager supervising a Brain Injury and Stroke unit. Ginni earned her B.S. in Nursing from Houston Baptist University in 2010 and obtained her Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse certification in 2013. Ginni has worked as a Brain Injury and Stroke nurse at TIRR Memorial Hermann since 2011 and a Clinical Manger since 2015. In those years, she has been a part of the Brain Injury and Stroke Program, the Positive Behavioral Support Program, the Policy and Procedure committee, and the Constant Visual Observation committee. Ginni’s unit specializes in caring for patients who require Constant Visual Observation and patient specific behavioral plans.

Speaker Disclosures & Conflicts of Interest:

  • Financial: TIRR Memorial Hermann employment relationship
  • Non-financial: None reported

Kelly Shaw

Kelley Shaw, MS, CCC-SLP
Brain Injury and Stroke Program
TIRR Memorial Hermann

Kelley Shaw, MS, CCC-SLP is a Speech-Language Pathologist for TIRR Memorial Hermann. She has been practicing for 29 years, with 6 years at Memorial City and 20 years at TIRR Memorial Hermann. She has experience in inpatient, outpatient, acute, LTAC, and home health treatment settings. Her interests include behavior management, treating high level patients with mild deficits, aphasia, apraxia, dysphagia, and working with the burn population.

She earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from Texas State University in 1987 and 1989.

She is the Positive Behavior Support (PBS) lead for Memorial Hermann system.

Speaker Disclosures & Conflicts of Interest:

  • Financial: TIRR Memorial Hermann employment relationship
  • Non-financial: None reported

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Heather Smith, MA, CCC-SLP
Memorial City
TIRR Memorial Hermann

Heather is a Senior Speech-Language Pathologist at TIRR Memorial Hermann Outpatient Rehabilitation. She has been a practicing clinician for over 14 years, specializing in adult acquired and progressive neurologic cognitive-linguistic, communication, and swallowing disorders in medical settings including catastrophic injury inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient, and acute care. She graduated with her BS in Communication Disorders from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville in 2002, and her MA in Speech Pathology from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 2004. She has special interests in movement disorders, aphasia, head and neck cancer, and cognitive changes after cancer treatment. She is pursuing board certification by the Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders and Sciences and is LSVT-LOUD certified.

Speaker Disclosures & Conflicts of Interest:

  • Financial: TIRR Memorial Hermann employment relationship
  • Non-financial: Member of ASHA, NCDS, TSHA

Margaret Struchen

Margaret A. Struchen, PhD
Brain Injury and Stroke Program
TIRR Memorial Hermann

Margaret A. Struchen received her B.S. with Honors in Psychology from the University of Iowa. She received a Master’s degree in Psychology and a Doctoral degree in Clinical Neuropsychology from the University of Houston. She completed an internship in clinical psychology from Henry Ford Health Systems and then completed a postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Neuropsychology and Rehabilitation Psychology at the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan. Dr. Struchen is a clinical neuropsychologist, and currently serves as Director of Rehabilitation Psychology and Neuropsychology for the TIRR Memorial Hermann Rehabilitation Network in Houston, Texas. She has extensive experience in providing psychological services to inpatients and outpatients with brain injury and other neurological injuries or illnesses, including spinal cord injury and disorders. Dr. Struchen has an extensive record as a Principal Investigator and Co-investigator on numerous federally-funded research projects focused on rehabilitation of persons with traumatic brain injury, with special interest in the areas of community integration, social communication, interpersonal relationships, and understanding and improving outcomes following brain injury.

Speaker Disclosures & Conflicts of Interest:

  • Financial: TIRR Memorial Hermann employment relationship, Oxford University Press Royalty; Proctor and Gamble Consultant FEE and Intellectual Property Rights
  • Non-financial: Member of American Psycological Association, American Congress of Rehab Medicine, and the International Neuropsychological Society

Lalita Thompson

Lalita Thompson, MSN, RN, CRRN
Coordinator for Baclofen Pump Program
TIRR Memorial Hermann

Lalita is the coordinator for TIRR Memorial Hermann Baclofen Pump Program accountable for leadership, education and clinical support for one of the largest Intrathecal Baclofen (ITB) pump programs in the nation. She has served in this role for over 20 years and she has received national recognition as an expert in Intrathecal Baclofen (ITB) Pump therapy. Lalita acted as clinical nurse in several research studies involving intrathecal baclofen therapy. Lalita has presented locally at TIRR Memorial Hermann Rehab Solutions and nationally at ARN Reach 2017 Conference. Lalita has been chosen to present at ARN Reach 2018 Conference in October.

Lalita interest is in Population Health with focus on meeting the needs of the under-served/indigent population through education and volunteer services. She volunteers with UT Stroke Community Education Outreach and Rehabilitation Service Volunteer Project (RSVP). She completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Prairie View A&M University and Master of Science in Nursing from University of Phoenix. Lalita received designation as Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse (CRRN). She is an active member of the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN) both locally and nationally. She served as the President-Elect of ARN Southeast Texas Chapter 2016-2017 and she is the current President of ARN SETX Chapter for 2017-2018. Lalita is the Board Liaison/Chairperson for ARN SETX Chapter Website Committee and she serves as the national Chairperson for ARN Chapter Support Committee.

Speaker Disclosures & Conflicts of Interest:

  • Financial: TIRR Memorial Hermann employment relationship
  • Non-financial: ARN President and Member

Hannah Trammell

Hannah Trammell, PT, DPT, NCS
Brain Injury and Stroke Program
TIRR Memorial Hermann

Hannah Trammell started at TIRR Memorial Hermann as an intern on the Neuro-Recovery Network focused on body weight support and over-ground locomotion training for patients with spinal cord injury. Her TIRR employment began in July of 2010 where she progressed to be a PT on the NRN program along with being a PT on the BI and Stroke Inpatient Program. Since 2010, she has focused most of her early career on Locomotor Training for both the SCI and BI populations. She has provided education to PTs and OT across the TIRR Memorial Hermann network. In 2013, she became certified in Neuro-IFRAH for the Treatment and Management of Adults with Hemiplegia from stroke and brain injury. She has demonstrated special interest in patients with treating patients Pusher Syndrome and educating fellow therapists on the treatment for this syndrome. Hannah obtained her NCS in 2016.

Speaker Disclosures & Conflicts of Interest:

  • Financial: TIRR Memorial Hermann employment relationship
  • Non-financial: Member APTA, Neuro IFRAH© Certified

Dr. Monica Verduzco-Gutierrez

Monica Verduzco-Gutierrez, MD
Brain Injury and Stroke Program
TIRR Memorial Hermann Attending Physician

Monica Verduzco-Gutierrez, MD, is the medical director of the Brain Injury and Stroke Program at TIRR Memorial Hermann and assistant professor in the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Vice Chair of Quality and Patient Safety at McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UT Health).

She received a medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, and completed her internship at Baylor’s affiliated hospitals. Dr. Verduzco-Gutierrez completed her residency at the Baylor/UT Houston Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Alliance.

Dr. Verduzco-Gutierrez’s primary focus is on the care of outpatients recovering from traumatic brain injury, stroke and neurotrauma. She is a member of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, the Association of Academic Physiatrists, and the International Neurotoxin Association . She consults at a Level 1 trauma center and specializes in the management of patients with brain injury, stroke, and spasticity of cerebral or spinal origin.

Her clinical services include care in the following areas:

  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Stroke
  • Neurotrauma
  • Spasticity management
  • Botulinum toxin and phenol injections for spasticity
  • Intrathecal baclofen pumps
  • Electrodiagnosis/Electromyography (EMG) testing

She trains medical residents and students and has won awards for clinical and teaching excellence. She is a leader in educational planning and serves on a number of academic committees and hospital committees. She is also the program director of the Brain Injury Fellowship Program. She has presented locally and nationally about topics related to her specialty.

Outside of work, Dr. Verduzco-Gutierrez enjoys spending quality time with her family, exercising, and participating in volunteer work for the community.

Speaker Disclosures & Conflicts of Interest:

  • Financial: TIRR Memorial Hermann Attending Physician, UT Health employment relationship
  • Non-financial: None reported

Program Schedule: Subject to Change

Saturday, September 22, 2018

TimeTopic
7:30 – 8 a.m.Registration & Refreshments
8 - 8:15 a.m.Welcome & Introduction
8:15 - 9 a.m.

Medical complications after Brain Injury and Stroke

Monica Verduzco-Gutierrez, MD
TIRR Memorial Hermann Brain Injury and Stroke Program Attending Physician

9 - 9:45 a.m.

Pharmacological Management: Brain Injury Medication Considerations for the Treatment Team

Dehuti Pandya, PharD, BCPS
TIRR Memorial Hermann Brain Injury and Stroke Program

9:45 - 10 a.m.

Break

10 - 10:45 a.m.

Advancing the Care of Patients with Disorders of Consciousness

Sunil Kothari, MD
Attending Physician, TIRR Memorial Hermann Brain Injury and Stroke Program

10:45 - 11:45 a.m.

Interdisciplinary Approach to Assessment of Consciousness

Katherine A. O’Brien, PhD
Program Director, TIRR Memorial Hermann Brain Injury and Stroke Program

11:45 am - 12:30 p.m.Light Lunch provided
12:30 - 1:45 p.m.

Disorders of Consciousness: Treatment Approaches

Kelly Betts Horstmann, PT, DPT, NCS
TIRR Memorial Hermann Brain Injury and Stroke Program

Vivian Cheng, MA, CCC-SLP
TIRR Memorial Hermann Brain Injury and Stroke Program

Disorders of Consciousness: Nursing Perspective

Deanna Bennett, BSN, RN, CRRN, CBIS
Clinical Nursing Manager, Brain Injury and Stroke Program
TIRR Memorial Hermann

 
1:45 - 2:30 p.m.

Introduction to Management of Neurobehavioral Disorders

Margaret A. Struchen, PhD
Director, Rehabilitation Psychology/Neuropsychology
TIRR Memorial Hermann Rehabilitation Network

2:30 - 2:45 p.m.Break
2:45 - 3:30 p.m.

Management of Neurobehavioral Disorders

Lindsay Harik, NP and Kaitlyn Warren, PT

3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

The Walking Wounded

Elizabeth Anderl, PT
TIRR Memorial Hermann Brain Injury and Stroke Program

Lauren Niscavitz, OTR, MOT
TIRR Memorial Hermann Brain Injury and Stroke Program

The Walking Wounded

Ginni Seale, BSN, RN, CRRN
Clinical Nursing Manager
TIRR Memorial Hermann

Functional Carryover in Fluent Aphasias: Leaving the Treatment Room

Heather Smith, MA, CCC-SLP
TIRR Memorial Hermann

4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Severe Left Neglect: A Functional Treatment Approach

Patrice Perrin, PT
PT Clinical Coordinator, TIRR Memorial Hermann Brain Injury and Stroke Program

Lisa Lewis, OTR
TIRR Memorial Hermann Kirby Glen Out Patient & Pediatric Program

Nursing Perspective for Bowel and Bladder Management After Brain Injury or Stroke

Arit Nwagboso, BSN, RN, CRRN
Clinical Nursing Manager, Brain Injury and Stroke Program
TIRR Memorial Hermann

 
5:30 - 5:45 p.m.Adjourn

Sunday, September 23, 2018

TimeTopic
7:30 – 8 a.m.Registration & Refreshments
8 - 9:30 a.m.

Assessment & Treatment of Spasticity

Corina Ponter, PT, MPT, NCS, CBIS
Therapy Manager, Rehab Program
TIRR Memorial Hermann Greater Heights

LaLita Thompson, RN
TIRR Memorial Hermann Outpatient Medical Clinic

Treating Language and Cognitive Deficits Associated with Autoimmune Encephalopathy

Kelley Shaw, MS, CCC-SLP
TIRR Memorial Hermann Brain Injury and Stroke Program

9:30 - 9:45 a.m.

Break

9:45 - 11:15 a.m.

Assessment & Treatment of Spasticity continued

Corina Ponter, PT, MPT, NCS, CBIS
Therapy Manager, Rehab Program
TIRR Memorial Hermann Greater Heights

LaLita Thompson, RN
TIRR Memorial Hermann Outpatient Medical Clinic

Advances in Dysphagia Treatment Post Stroke

Megan Morris, MA, CCC-SLP
TIRR Memorial Hermann Speech-Language Pathology

11:15 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Light Lunch provided

12 - 1:30 p.m.

Movement Disorders: Differential Diagnoses and Treatment (MM Follow Up)

Jessica Bielamowicz, PT, MPT
TIRR Memorial Hermann Brain Injury and Stroke Program

Jennifer Jenkins, PT
TIRR Memorial Hermann Brain Injury and Stroke Program

Attention & Memory for the Low Level Patient

Chloe Brivic
Clinical Coordinator Speech Therapy
TIRR Memorial Hermann Brain Injury and Stroke Program

1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Movement Disorders: Differential Diagnoses and Treatment (continued)

Treatment Approaches for Vocational Placement

Joyce Leverenz
TIRR Memorial Hermann Challenge Program

2:30 - 2:45 p.m.Break
2:45 - 4:15 p.m.

Contraversive Pushing

Dawn Phillips, COTA
OT Clinical Coordinator
TIRR Memorial Hermann Brain Injury and Stroke Program

Hannah Trammell, PT, DPT, NCS
TIRR Memorial Hermann Brain Injury and Stroke Program

Locked-In: SLP s Role in Maximizing Independence

Karindy Orr Ong , MA, CCC-SLP
TIRR Memorial Hermann Brain Injury and Stroke Program

4:15 - 4:30 p.m.

Wrap Up

Education

OT Approved CE

OT: Memorial Hermann Health System is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures from AOTA.
AOTA CEU: 1.5
AOTA Classification Code: Occupational Therapy Process-Intervention.
No partial credits will be given.


TPTA 2017

PT: Memorial Hermann Health System is TPTA Approved Provider of continuing education. This course meets continuing competence requirements for physical therapist and physical therapist assistant licensure renewal in Texas for 15.0 CCUs. No partial credits will be given.
TPTA CCUs: 15.0


ASHA MH

SLP: Memorial Hermann Health System is an ASHA Approved Provider of continuing education- provider ID ABAF. The assignment of ASHA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures from ASHA. No partial credits will be given.
ASHA CEUs: 1.5
ASHA Classification Code: 1060

Nursing: 15 contact hours will be provided.

Course participants must complete any & all formal assessments, procedures, and criteria required for credit or certification. As per Memorial Hermann policy, participants must attend the entire course in order to receive CEs and course certificate, no partial credits will be given.

Memorial Hermann Health System is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Texas Nurses Association - Approver, an accredited approver with distinction by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

CCM: This program has been submitted to The Commission for Case Manager Certification for approval to provide board certified case managers with 15 clock hour(s).

Registration

Registration limited to: 80, Registration closes at capacity or by September 14, 2018

Cost/Registration
MHHS employees must register with their MHHS email to receive the employee benefit.

Course MHHS AttendeeNon-MHHS Employee
Any Course Day 1$75$175
Any 2 day course $150$325
Register for any 3 or more courses at the same timeReceive a $75 discountReceive a $75 discount
Register for all 8 courses at the same time (*other discounts no longer apply)Receive a $150 discount for registering for all 8 classes. Total price when registering for all 8 classes, with discount applied, is $825.Receive a $250 discount when registering for all 8 classes. Total Price when registering for all 8 classes, with discount applied, is $1900.

Discounts applied when you register for 3 course or more, or when you register for all 8 courses.
Discounts automatically applied as courses are selected on registration.

Cancellation Fee
Refunds, minus 25% administrative fee, will be granted if cancellation notice is received in writing according to the stated cancellation policy below.

Cancellations Policy
If you register and do not attend, or do not fulfill the requirements of the class, your course and all other associated fees will not be refunded. All cancellations must be in writing 14 days prior to the course start date to ContinuingEducationRegistration@memorialhermann.org. Refunds will not be granted past this date.

Cancellation of the event by TIRR Memorial Hermann will result in a full refund of monies received.

Cancellation by the Sponsor/Instructor will result in a full refund of the tuition. Sponsor/Instructor is not responsible for additional expenses incurred by registrants.

TIRR Memorial Hermann reserves the right to cancel or change any programs for due cause. Cancellation of the event by TIRR Memorial Hermann will result in a full registration refund of monies received. TIRR Memorial Hermann is not responsible for the refund of travel or hotel expenses under any circumstances. In the event of a course cancellation, participants will be notified via email & contact phone number on the registration form below. Please fill out all information in registration form.

Assistance
All participants in Memorial Hermann Continuing Education Courses are entitled to an accessible, accommodating, and supportive teaching and learning environment. Please email or note on registration any specific needs we can work to assist you with.

Complaints
Complaints of faculty and participants are handled with dignity and respect by the course coordinator and/or Director of Rehabilitation with resolution of the complaint communicated to all involved parties. All participants in Memorial Hermann Continuing Education Courses are entitled to an accessible, accommodating, and supportive teaching and learning environment.

Questions
Contact at (713) 797-7432 or email ContinuingEducationRegistration@memorialhermann.org.

 

Registration is now closed.