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Advancing Clinical Practice in Brain Injury & Stroke Rehabilitation 2017

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

Course Date: Saturday & Sunday, September 23-24, 2017

Time: Registration at 7:30, Course from 8:00 am -5:30 pm daily

Location:

TIRR Memorial Hermann Inpatient Rehabilitation – MHHS Greater Heights Hospital
South Tower Conference Center
1635 North Loop West
Houston, TX 77008

(I-610 and Ella Blvd, The Heights)
Parking available in Garage 2
http://tirr.memorialhermann.org/locations/inpatient-rehabilitation-greater-heights/.

Class size: Limited to 80 attendees

Recommended Pre-requisite:

 

Course Handouts are hyperlinked on Schedule Page

Target Audience

PT/PTA, OT/COTA, SLP, and Nursing who are looking to advance their clinical expertise when treating those with a Brain Injury or Stroke.

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, and vocational barriers) and construct treatment plans to facilitate recovery.

Assessment of Learning Objectives: Course evaluation.

Speaker Information

Libby Anderl

Elizabeth Anderl, PT
Brain Injury and Stroke Program
TIRR Memorial Hermann
Elizabeth Anderl, PT, DPT, is a full-time neurologic physical therapist at TIRR Memorial Hermann in Houston, Texas, since 2015. Libby specializes in inpatient brain injury and stroke rehabilitation. In addition to her responsibilities as a clinician, Libby has participated in clinical education as a Texas Consortium certified clinical instructor and guest lecturer for the Texas Woman’s University and University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) programs. Libby graduated from the Krannert School of Physical Therapy at the University of Indianapolis in 2015 and completed the TIRR Memorial Hermann Neurologic Physical Therapy Residency Program in 2016. She received her Board Certification in Neurologic Physical Therapy in 2017. Libby has a particular interest in treating patients with motor-cognitive dual-tasking deficits and educating team members regarding outcome measures for dual-task assessment.

Speaker Disclosures & Conflicts of Interest:

  • Financial: TIRR Memorial Hermann employment relationship
  • Non-financial: APTA: Member and Member of KT Task force for Outcome Measures
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, PT, DPT
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
Brain Injury and Stroke Program

Jessica Bielamowicz, PT, MPT, is a former TIRR Memorial Hermann Brain Injury and Stroke Program employee. She received her B.S. from Baylor in 2005, and her MPT from Southwester in 2007. She has worked in the rehab setting since graduation from PT school in 2007, and her love is working with the brain injury population. She’s particularly interested in spasticity management and behavior management with this particular diagnosis. While at TIRR Memorial Hermann team from 2012-2016, she was involved with ITB pump trials, behavior management program, and the disorders of consciousness program. Currently, Jessica enjoys spending time with her family. She is a guest lecture on the topic of Movement Disorders.

Speaker Disclosures & Conflicts of Interest:

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

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

Vivian Cheng, MS, CCC-SLP, received her undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 2005 and completed her graduate studies in Speech Language Pathology at the University of Texas at Dallas in 2009. Vivian has been practicing in the field of speech pathology for the past 8 years and has experience 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 leads a high level cognitive therapy group, which focuses on patients improving functional skills and returning to independent living. She has a strong passion for rehabilitation with the adult population, especially in the areas of dysphagia, apraxia, aphasia and traumatic brain injuries. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, any activities related to music and spending time with her husband and baby.

Speaker Disclosures & Conflicts of Interest:

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




Michelle Dehgan 2018

Michelle Dehgan, MA, CCC-SLP, BCS-S
Research/Education Coordinator for the Speech-Language Pathology Department
Brain Injury and Stroke Program
TIRR Memorial Hermann

Michelle Dehgan is the Research/Education Coordinator for the Speech-Language Pathology Department at TIRR Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston, TX. She is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and received her Master’s degree at the University of Houston. She has been practicing clinically for 19 years and has special interests in dysphagia, brain injury, and spinal cord injury. She is Board Certified in Swallowing & Swallowing Disorders. She presents locally and nationally on a variety of topics related to these areas of interest.

Speaker Disclosures & Conflicts of Interest:

  • Financial: TIRR Memorial Hermann employment relationship
  • Non-financial: Member and Speaker's Bureau for American Board on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders; Course planning Committee Member
Sunil Kothari 2016

Sunil Kothari, M.D.
Baylor College of Medicine
Brain Injury and Stroke Program
TIRR Memorial Hermann

Sunil Kothari, M.D. 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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    Lauren Niscavits, OTR, MOT
    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 for 3 years 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
    Arit N

    Arit Nwagboso, MSN, RN
    Brain Injury Manager of Nursing Services

    TIRR Memorial Hermann Brain Injury and Stroke Program

    In her current role, Arit is responsible for providing leadership to 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 and a B.S. in Nursing from Texas Woman’s University in 2010. Arit has been working as a Certified Nursing Assistant at Memorial Hermann since 2002 and later as a Registered Nurse at TIRR Memorial Hermann since 2008. 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 her Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse certification in 2012. In January 2015, Arit became the Clinical Manager of one of the Brain Injury and Stroke units. Outside of work, she volunteers at church health fairs and clinic to screen patients prior to seeing the physician and also offer patient education on lifestyle changes as part of health promotion.

    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
    Dehuti Pandya

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

    Dr. Pandya 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 14 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
    Brain Injury and Stroke Program, PT Clinical Coordinator
    TIRR Memorial Hermann

    Patrice Perrin, DPT has 10 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; Paid Speaker for Neuro-Recovery Training Institute in Louisville, KY for their DPT class & PT Residency Program.
    • Non-financial: Course planning committee member, IPSEN Assessor for Research Study, MERZ Study Assessor
    Julie Girgis Rizkallah

    Julie Girgis Rizkallah, MS, CCC-SLP
    Julie Rizkallah is the Clinical Coordinator for the Speech Therapy Department at TIRR Memorial Hermann. Julie has been the Speech Therapy Clinical Coordinator at TIRR for over a year and has been a speech-language pathologist in inpatient rehab for almost nine years. She is Board Certified in the states of Texas and California and a member of the American Speech and Hearing Association. She received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from California State University, Long Beach in Southern California. She is VitalStim certified in NMES for dysphagia rehabilitation, as well as competent using Flexible Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallow (FEES) for instrumental swallowing evaluations. During her time as a speech-language pathologist, Julie has served various patient populations, with a primary focus on individuals with severe traumatic and acquired brain injury, as well as members of the Disorders of Consciousness (DOC) program at TIRR MH. During her time at TIRR MH, she has provided clinical mentorship to newstaff in the areas of the DOC program, cognition, speech/language deficits, dysphagia, tracheostomies, NMES, and Modified Barium Swallow Studies (MBSS) and has participated in program development for the TIRR MH Brain Injury Program for, both, nursing and therapy staff.

    Speaker Disclosures & Conflicts of Interest:

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

    Ginni Seale, BSN, RN, CRRN
    Clinical Nursing Manager
    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
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    Kathryn Self Eggleston, MS, CCC-SLP
    Brain Injury and Stroke Program
    TIRR Memorial Hermann

    Kathryn is a speech-language pathologist at TIRR Memorial Hermann Adult and Pediatric Outpatient Rehabilitation. She completed her Master’s degree at The University of Texas at Dallas. Kathryn previously worked at Health South Rehabilitation Hospital in Sugar Land, Texas. During her time at TIRR Memorial Hermann she has worked with children, adolescents, and adults in the outpatient and Challenge programs with a focus on cognitive-linguistic, communication, and swallowing rehabilitation with an emphasis on community reintegration. Kathryn is VitalStim and McNeill Dysphagia Therapy Program certified.

    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 27 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
    Kayla Sims

    Kayla R. Sims, M.S., CCC-SLP
    Brain Injury and Stroke Program
    TIRR Memorial Hermann

    Kayla Sims has been working as a speech language pathologist in inpatient rehabilitation for 6 years. Kayla completed her undergraduate degree at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas in communication disorders. She completed her Master’s Degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences at the University of North Texas, Denton, Texas. After graduation she began her career in pediatric rehab with a focus on behavioral feeding disorders, infant feeding disorders, and alternative augmentative communication (AAC). She also worked with pediatric stroke and TBI. She is trained in Beckman Oral Motor Exercise Program, Myo-fascial Release for Dysphagia Management, and VitalStim. She also maintains a certification as a breastfeeding educator. She transitioned to inpatient adult rehab care where she continues her dysphagia and AAC specialty in a variety of populations including DOC and Locked-In Syndrome. She is dedicated to increasing the use of AAC with a variety of populations.

    Speaker Disclosures & Conflicts of Interest:

    • Financial: TIRR Memorial Hermann employment relationship
    • Non-financial: ASHA Member
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    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
    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
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    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 is listed as clinical nurse in several research studies involving intrathecal baclofen therapy including the study of Intrathecal Baclofen for Spasticity of Cerebral Origin; Synchromed II Post Implant Study; and Investigation of the Administration of Baclofen Injection for the Management of Spasticity Associated with Stroke. Lalita was a Speaker/Presenter at TIRR Memorial Hermann Rehab Solutions 2016. Lalita interest is in Population Health with focus on meeting the needs of the under-served/indigent population through education and volunteer services. She is an active volunteer 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) in 2015.

    Speaker Disclosures & Conflicts of Interest:

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

    Diane Wege, PT, MS, NCS
    Brain Injury and Stroke Program
    TIRR Memorial Hermann

    Diane Wege, PT, MS, NCS is a 1997 graduate of Texas Woman’s University (TWU) - Houston, with a Master’s of Science degree in Physical Therapy. She has worked at TIRR and TIRR Memorial Hermann Hospitals in Houston, Texas on the Brain Injury and Stroke Team for the past 18 years as a Physical Therapist, a Rehab Manager, and currently as a part time Level III physical therapist. She received her Neurological Certified Specialization (NCS) in 2006. She has presented on topics related to specific therapy interventions related to brain injury and stroke at various conferences and to physical therapy programs.

    Speaker Disclosures & Conflicts of Interest:

    • Financial: TIRR Memorial Hermann employment relationship
    • Non-financial: None reported
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    Meredith Wells, M.S., CCC-SLP
    TIRR Memorial Hermann Sugarland

    Meredith Wells, M.S., CCC-SLP is a Speech Language Pathologist III for TIRR Memorial Hermann Outpatient Rehabilitation in Sugar Land, TX. She has over 7 years of experience with adults with neurogenic impairments across the rehabilitation continuum from post-acute inpatient rehabilitation to outpatient to community wellness. Meredith’s area of clinical expertise includes patients with aphasia, acquired and traumatic brain injury, and Parkinson’s Disease. Meredith received her bachelors of behavioral science from Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, TX in 2007 and went on to receive her master of science in speech-language pathology from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock, TX in 2009. Meredith is an adjunct lecturer for the University of Houston Communication Disorders Speech-Language Pathology Assistant program, where she teaches Speech and Language Disorders in Adults. Meredith is also active in the Houston Association of Communication Disorders, where she served for two years as the vice president of professional education from 2014-2016 and currently serves as a board member.

    Speaker Disclosures & Conflicts of Interest:

    • Financial: TIRR Memorial Hermann employment relationship
    • Non-financial: Houston Association of Communication Disorders Member and current board member. Meredith previously served HACD as VP of Professional Education

    Program Schedule: Subject to Change

    Saturday, September 23, 2017

    TimeTopic 1Topic 2Topic 3
    7:30 – 8:00 amRegistration & Refreshments 
    8:00 am - 8:15 amWelcome & Introduction
    8:15 am - 9:45 am

    Medical complications after Brain Injury and Stroke

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

    9:45 am - 10:30 am

    Pharmacological Management: Brain Injury Medication Considerations for the Treatment Team
    Dehuti Pandya, PharD, BCPS
    Clinical Specialist
    TIRR Memorial Hermann Brain Injury and Stroke Program

    10:30 am - 10:45 am

    Break

    10:45 am -11:45 am

    Advancing the Care of Patients with Disorders of Consciousness
    Sunil Kothari, M.D.
    Baylor College of Medicine
    Attending Physician, TIRR Memorial Hermann Brain Injury and Stroke Program

    11:45 pm - 12:30 pm

    Interdisciplinary Approach to Assessment of Consciousness
    Katherine A. O’Brien, Ph.D.
    Program Director, TIRR Memorial Hermann Brain Injury and Stroke Program

    12:30 am -1:15 amLight Lunch provided
    1:15 pm - 2:15 pmDisorders of Consciousness: A Comprehensive Treatment Approach
    Kelly Betts , PT, DPT, NCS
    TIRR Memorial Hermann Brain Injury and Stroke Program
    Vivian Cheng, MA, CCC-SLP
    TIRR Memorial Hermann Brain Injury and Stroke Program
    Nursing Perspective on the Care of the “Walking Wounded”
    Ginnie Eige Seale
    2:15 pm - 3:00 pmManagement of Neurobehavioral Disorders
    Margaret A. Struchen, Ph.D.
    Director, Rehabilitation Psychology/Neuropsychology
    TIRR Memorial Hermann Rehabilitation Network
    3:00 pm - 3:15 pmBreak
    3:15 pm - 4:15 pmWalking Wounded
    Elizabeth Anderl, PT
    Lauren Niscavitz, OTR, MOT

    TIRR Memorial Hermann Brain Injury and Stroke Program
    Functional Carryover in Fluent Aphasias: Leaving the Treatment Room
    Meredith Wells, M.S., CCC-SLP
    TIRR Memorial Hermann Sugarland
    Nursing Perspective for Disorders of Consciousness Patients
    Deanna Bennett, Nursing Clinical Manager
    4:15 pm - 5:30 pmUnilateral Spatial 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 Brain Injury
    Arit Nwagboso, BSN, RN, CRRN
    Clinical Nursing Manager, Brain Injury and Stroke Program
    TIRR Memorial Hermann
    5:30 pm - 5:45 pmWrap Up

    Sunday, September 24, 2017

    TimeTopic 1Topic 2
    7:30 – 8:00Registration & Refreshments
    8:00 – 9:30 Assessment and 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 – 9:45Break
    9:45 – 11:15Assessment & 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
    Michelle Dehgan, MA, CCC-SLP, BCS-S
    Research/Education Coordinator for Speech-Language Pathology
    11:15 – 12:00 Light Lunch provided
    12:00 – 1:30Movement Disorders: Differential Diagnoses and Treatment
    Jessica Bielamowicz, PT, MPT
    TIRR Memorial Hermann Brain Injury and Stroke Program
    Diane Wege, PT, MSPT
    TIRR Memorial Hermann Brain Injury and Stroke Program
    Attention & Memory for the Low Level Patient
    Julie Girgis Rizkallah, MA, CCC-SLP
    Clinical Coordinator Speech Therapy
    TIRR Memorial Hermann Brain Injury and Stroke Program
    1:30 – 2:30Movement Disorders: Differential Diagnoses and Treatment (continued) Treatment Approaches for Vocational Place
    Kathryn Self Eggleston M.S., CCC-SLP
    TIRR Memorial Hermann Brain Injury and Stroke Program
    2:30 -2:45Break
    2:45 – 4:15Contraversive 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
    Kayla R. Sims, M.S., CCC-SLP
    TIRR Memorial Hermann Brain Injury and Stroke Program
    4:15 – 4:30 Wrap Up

    Instructional Methods Used: PowerPoint, lecture, video, demonstration

     

    Education

    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.

    OT Approved CE

    PT: Memorial Hermann Health System is TPTA Approved Provider of continuing education.
    TPTA CCUs: Pending
    No partial credits will be given.

    TPTA 2017

    SLP: Memorial Hermann Health System is an ASHA Approved Provider of continuing education- provider ID ABAF. The assignment of ASHA CEU’s 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.

    ASHA MH

    This course is offered for 1.5 ASHA CEU's

    Various Levels, Professional Area).

    Nursing:15 contact hours will be offered for nursing 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 by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

    Registration

    Registration will close for this course September 18, 2017 at 4pm

    Instructional Methods Used: Lecture, demonstration.

    Class Size: Registration is open to 80 participants.

    Cost / Registration: Non-employee: $325, MHHS Rehab Service Line Employee: $150. MHHS employees must register with their MHHS email to receive the employee benefit. Any questions, please contact: ContinuingEducationRegistration@memorialhermann.org.

    Cancellations: Refunds will be granted if cancellation notice is received in writing no later than 14 calendar days prior to the course start date to ContinuingEducationRegistration@memorialhermann.org. If you register and do not attend, or do not fulfill the requirements of the class, your course fee will not be refunded. Cancellation of the event by TIRR Memorial Hermann will result in a full refund of monies received. TIRR Memorial Hermann is not responsible for the refund of travel or hotel expenses under any circumstances. TIRR Memorial Hermann reserves the right to cancel or change any programs for due cause. In the event of a cancelation, participants will be notified via email and contact phone number submitted in the registration.

    Parking: Available in Garage 2 for $6 daily. http://tirr.memorialhermann.org/locations/inpatient-rehabilitation-greater-heights/.
    TIRR Memorial Hermann Inpatient Rehabilitation – MHHS Greater Heights Hospital
    Greater Heights Hospital
    South Tower Conference Center
    1635 North Loop West
    Houston, TX 77008

    Registration: All fields required. Employees must use their Memorial Hermann email to receive employee price for the course. In the event of a course cancellation, participants will be notified via email & contact phone number on the registration form below. Questions: ContinuingEducationRegistration@memorialhermann.org.