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Comprehensive Approach to Brain Injury & Stroke Rehabilitation

TIRR Faculty:

Julie Welch, PT, MS, NCS
Christine Adair, OT, MOT
Corina Ponter, PT, MPT, NCS, CBIS
Melanie Molinaro, MA, CCC-SLP
Michelle Dehgan, MA, CCC-SLP, BCS-S

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

Course Date: Saturday & Sunday, January 14-15, 2017

Time: Registration at 7:30, Course from 8:00-5:00 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 40 attendees

Required Pre-requisites:
http://www.rehab.research.va.gov/jour/09/46/6/Chew.html />
Pharmacological management of neurobehavioral disorders following traumatic brain injury--a state-of-the-art review. Rehabilitation Research and Development. 2009;46(6):851-79.

Questions: Please email ContinuingEducationRegistration@memorialhermann.org or call Rhonda Owens at 713.797.7432

Target Audience

PT/PTA, OT/OTA, SLP 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 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 distinguish types of movements and the impact of spasticity and posture on neurorecovery.
  • 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 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, Pre and post test questions, Instructor reviewed lab demonstrations.

Speaker Information

Teaching Methods: Power point, videos, lecture, lab

TIRR Faculty Information

Julie Welch

Julie Welch, PT, MS, NCS
Julie Welch, PT, MS, NCS is a 2001 Master of Science in Physical Therapy graduate of Texas Woman's University--Dallas. She is currently the Rehabilitation Manager for the Brain Injury and Stroke Programs and the Stroke Program & Disorders of Consciousness Program Manager at TIRR Memorial Hermann. Julie received her Neurologic Certified Specialist certification in 2009. She has over 13 year of experience working with brain injury and stroke patients. She additionally mentors staff and participates in numerous interdisciplinary committees/quality improvement initiatives for further program development.

Speaker Disclosures & Conflicts of Interest:

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

Christine Adair, OT, MOT
Christine Adair, OT, MOT received her Master’s in Occupational Therapy from New York University. She joined the Brain Injury and Stroke Team at The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research (TIRR) after graduation, where she gained experience in treating a variety of neurologic diagnoses and participated in spasticity clinic. She later took the position of Weekend Therapy Manager at TIRR, with the primary role of program development. Christine has worked in a variety of settings across the continuum of care, is Neuro-IFRAH® certified, and has also taught several certification courses as a Neuro-IFRAH Instructor®. Christine is currently the Director of Rehabilitation for Inpatient and Outpatient Services at TIRR Memorial Hermann Greater Heights.

Speaker Disclosures & Conflicts of Interest:

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

Corina Ponter, PT, MPT, NCS, CBIS
Corina Ponter, PT, MPT, NCS, CBIS is a 2002 graduate of Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. She has worked at The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research (TIRR) on the Brain Injury and Stroke Team since 2004 and is currently the physical therapy clinical coordinator for the team. 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: Employment relationship with TIRR Memorial Hermann; Paid Speaker for NeuroRecovery Training Institute in Louisville, KY for DPT class and PT Residency Program.
  • Non-financial: None reported
Melanie Molinaro

Melanie Molinaro, MA, CCC-SLP
Melanie Molinaro, MA, CCC-SLP earned both her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Disorders and her Masters of Arts in Speech Pathology from the University of North Texas in Denton, TX. She has worked as a speech language pathologist for 9 years in a variety of settings including outpatient rehab, Challenge, home health, skilled nursing and recently in inpatient rehab.

Melanie has been with TIRR Memorial Hermann for 6 years. She served the TIRR Memorial Hermann Out-Patient Speech P team as the Clinical Coordinator from 2013-2015. She received the ACE award from ASHA for continuing education in October of 2014. Melanie has participated in numerous committees at TIRR Memorial Hermann, including the education committee, which allowed her opportunities to present at the TIRR Symposium in 2014 and at the TIRR BI Conference in 2015. In the fall of 2015, Melanie transitioned to TIRR Memorial Hermann Inpatient Rehab for her current role as Rehabilitation Manager for the SLP, MT and Patient Escort teams, where she enjoys working closely with clinicians and department leaders to continue to improve our patients’ outcomes and the quality of patient care.

Speaker Disclosures & Conflicts of Interest:

  • Financial: TIRR Memorial Hermann employee
  • Non-financial: Pending
Michelle Dehgan

Michelle Dehgan, MA, CCC-SLP, BCS-S
Michelle Dehgan, MA, CCC-SLP, BCS-S 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 employee
  • Non-financial: Member and Speaker's Bureau for American Board on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders
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
Jessica Bielamowicz, PT, MPT, is the on the TIRR Memorial Hermann Brain Injury and Stroke Program.   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.  Since joining the TIRR Memorial Hermann team in 2012, she has been involved with ITB pump trials, behavior management program, and the disorders of consciousness program.

Speaker Disclosures & Conflicts of Interest:

  • Financial: TIRR Memorial Hermann employee
  • Non-financial: None reported
Amy Briley

Amy Briley, PT, DPT, NCS
Amy Briley is a board certified physical therapist specializing in brain injury and stroke rehabilitation. Amy has over 12 years as a physical therapist, working in acute care at Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC, in inpatient neurologic rehabilitation at Inova Mount Vernon in Alexandria, VA and for over 6 years as an inpatient neurologic rehabilitation at TIRR Memorial Hermann in Houston, TX. She received her undergraduate degree in Exercise and Sport Science from Tulane University in New Orleans, LA and completed her Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA. Amy received her Neurologic Certified Specialty from the APTA in 2016. Amy is an APTA credentialed clinical instructor, mentors new physical therapy employees and is also a mentor in the TIRR Memorial Hermann Neurologic Residency Program.  Amy is a certified brain injury specialist and has her Neuro IFRAH certification.

Speaker Disclosures & Conflicts of Interest:

  • Financial: TIRR Memorial Hermann employee
  • Non-financial: None reported
Ashley Broadwater

Ashley Broadwater, OTR
Ashley Broadwater is currently a practicing Occupational Therapist at TIRR Memorial Hermann Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility. She graduated in 2012 from University of Texas Medical Branch with a Master Degree in Occupational Therapy before taking a position with TIRR Memorial Hermann. She currently specializes in brain injury and has recently taken more interest in the disorders of consciousness program.

Speaker Disclosures & Conflicts of Interest:

  • Financial: TIRR Memorial Hermann employee
  • Non-financial: None reported

Leah Cole, OTR
Leah completed her bachelor's degree in social science - sociology from the University of Texas A&M of College Station and a master's degree in occupational therapy from the University of Texas Medical Branch of Galveston.  In May 2008 Leah joined the TIRR Memorial Hermann team, where she remained until 2011, at which time she accepted a position as the director of rehabilitation at a post-acute rehabilitation center in Katy, Texas.   However within the same year, Leah recognized that TIRR was the facility where she wanted to be, in order to continue to grow her clinical and mentoring skills.  Leah accepted an open position and returned to TIRR Memorial Hermann where she has specialized in traumatic brain injuries, CVAs, and is currently a level III clinician.  Leah has received significant post-graduate training in neuromuscular reeducation, spasticity management, seating/positioning for neurologically involved patients, and has received multiple student education awards. Additionally, Leah is currently a new employee mentor, involved in wheelchair seating program development, is a presenter for TIRR clinician seating and mobility course, continues to be involved in BI program development, and has been a speaker at the TIRR Annual Symposium.  She stays busy in her time away from work as wife and a proud mother of two young kiddos, Lilly and Tyler.  Leah is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and a licensed Occupational Therapist.

Speaker Disclosures & Conflicts of Interest:

  • Financial: TIRR Memorial Hermann employee
  • Non-financial: None reported
Kristen Evans

Kristen Evans, OTR/L, MOT
Kristen received a BS in Kinesiology from UT Austin in 2007, and received her MOT from TWU in 2009.  Kristen is Neuro IFRAH® Certified in the Treatment and Management of Adults with Hemiplegia From a Stroke and Brain Injury.  Kristen is a level III OT at TIRR Memorial Hermann on the BI and Stroke Team where she treats patients and mentors her teammates.  Being a senior staff member, Kristen support a variety of special services for TIRR, including a rotation in the TIRR Outpatient Medical Clinic, perform spasticity assessments related to  ITB pump trials, assessing patient arousal using JFK Coma Recovery Scale-Revised in order to determine level of consciousness, and is a TIRR Ambassador for customer service.  In the community, Kristen is on the executive board of directors and is president elect for Ms. Wheelchair Texas.  She enjoys being an Aunt and adoptive mother to her dog Aspen. 

Speaker Disclosures & Conflicts of Interest:

  • Financial: TIRR Memorial Hermann employee
  • Non-financial: None reported

Emily Ferguson, MS, CCC-SLP
Emily Ferguson has been working as a speech-language pathologist for 8 years, with experience in both the acute care and inpatient rehabilitation settings. Emily completed her undergraduate education at Baylor University in Waco, TX and continued on to complete her Master of Science degree in communication disorders at the University of Texas at Dallas. She is an ASHA certified therapist with experience in management of patients following brain injury, spinal cord injury, as well as patients in the general medicine and cardiac populations.

Speaker Disclosures & Conflicts of Interest:

  • Financial: TIRR Memorial Hermann employee
  • Non-financial: None reported

Kristin M. Ferguson
Kristin is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist at TIRR Memorial Hermann.  She completed her Master of Arts Degree from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  She has been practicing in Houston for over 3 years.  During her time at TIRR Memorial Hermann, she has served on the Disorders of Consciousness team working to evaluate and treat patient with disorders of consciousness.  She actively trains and educates TIRR Memorial Hermann staff and community on treating patients with severe TBI. 

Speaker Disclosures & Conflicts of Interest:

  • Financial: TIRR Memorial Hermann employee
  • Non-financial: ASHA Member, TSHA Member
Dr. Cindy Invanhoe

Cindy B. Ivanhoe, MD
Dr. Ivanhoe is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and in Brain Injury Medicine. She is Professor in the department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Baylor College of Medicine.   She holds an appointment at the University of Texas Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.  Dr. Ivanhoe has served as Chief Medical Officer of Mentis Neuro Health since it was conceptualized in her kitchen. remains an admitting physician in the Brain Injury and Stroke program at TIRR Memorial Hermann, a program she directed from 1996-2006. Dr. Ivanhoe as participating as faculty in assorted courses across the US and abroad.  

Dr. Ivanhoe serves on the Board of Directors of the International Neurotoxin Association (INA), their educational committee and assorted nonprofit boards.  She is on the Advisory Board of the REEL Abilities-Houston film festival, promoting inclusion, and has served on several task forces and committees for American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Dr. Ivanhoe is a member of speakers’ bureaus for companies involved in the treatment of spasticity and other aspects of the Upper Motor Neuron Syndrome. She is recognized by US News and World Reports, Best Doctors and has received awards from the Brain Injury Association of Texas, American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, and Baylor College of Medicine for her contributions to advocacy, teaching and education and most recently, The Distinguished Clinical award by the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Speaker Disclosures & Conflicts of Interest:

  • Financial: Baylor College of Medicine employee, TIRR Memorial Hermann Attending, Mentis Neuro-Rehab Employment and Ownership relationship
  • Non-financial: HAPS Advisory Board, International Neuro-Toxin Society Board of Directors, AAPM&R Committee Member
Sunil Kothari 2016

Sunil Kothari, M.D.
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 employee
  • Non-financial: Board of Directors: Rehab Services Volunteer Project

Lisa Lewis, OTR

Speaker Disclosures & Conflicts of Interest:

  • Financial: TIRR Memorial Hermann employee
  • Non-financial: AOTA Member

 

 

    Katherine O'Brien

    Katherine A. O’Brien, Ph.D.
    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 employee
    • Non-financial: None reported
    Dehuti Pandya

    Dehuti Pandya, Pharm.D.BCPS
    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 employee
    • Non-financial: None reported

    Patrice Perrin, PT, DPT
    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 employee, TIRR Innovations Grant Recipient
    • Non-financial: None reported
    Dawn Phillips

    Dawn Phillips, COTA
    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 employee
    • Non-financial: Houston Community College OTA Advisory Board Member
    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 employee
    • Non-financial: None reported

    Kathryn Self, MS, CCC-SLP
    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 employee
    • Non-financial: None reported
    Kelly Shaw

    Kelley Shaw, MS, CCC-SLP
    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 employee
    • Non-financial: None reported
    Mark Sherer 2016

    Mark Sherer, PhD
    Mark Sherer, PhD is Senior Scientist and Associate Vice President for Research at TIRR Memorial Hermann. He is Clinical Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Baylor College of Medicine and the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Dr. Sherer is a board certified neuropsychologist with over 30 years’ experience as an administrator, clinician, educator, and investigator. In his current position, he provides overall guidance to research programs at TIRR Memorial Hermann. Dr. Sherer’s clinical work has focused on community integration services for persons with brain injury. He developed community integration programs in two states and also directed the TIRR Challenge Community Integration Program. As an educator, Dr. Sherer has developed two post-doctoral training programs in clinical neuropsychology and mentored a large number of students and junior faculty over the years. Dr. Sherer has published over 125 peer reviewed articles and served as principal investigator or co-investigator on numerous grants. He and Dr. Angelle Sander have published an edited text entitled, “Handbook on the Neuropsychology of Traumatic Brain Injury.” Dr. Sherer has developed scales that are commonly used clinically and in research including the Awareness Questionnaire and the Confusion Assessment Protocol. 

    Speaker Disclosures & Conflicts of Interest:

    • Financial: TIRR Memorial Hermann employee
    • Non-financial: None reported
    Kayla Sims

    Kayla R. Sims, M.S., CCC-SLP
    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 employee
    • Non-financial: ASHA Member
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    Margaret A. Struchen, PhD
    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 employee
    • Non-financial: Member of American Psycological Association, American Congress of Rehab Medicine, and the International Neuropsychological Society
    Hannah Trammell

    Hannah Trammell, PT, DPT, NCS
    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 Loco-motor 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 Hemi-plegia 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 employee
    • Non-financial: None reported
    Diane Wege

    Diane Wege, PT, MS, NCS 
    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 employee
    • Non-financial: None reported

    Meredith Wells, M.S., CCC-SLP  
    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 employee
    • Non-financial: Houston Association of Communication Disorders Member and current board member.  Meredith previously served HACD as VP of Professional Education

    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.

    Program Schedule: Subject to Change

    Saturday, January 14

    TimeTopic 
    7:30 – 8:00 amRegistration & Refreshments 
    8:00 am - 9:00 am

    Epidemiology & Neuroanatomy

        Mark Sherer, PhD
        VP Research for TIRR Memorial Hermann 

    9:00 am - 10:30 am

    Medical complications after Brain Injury and Stroke

        Cindy B. Ivanhoe, MD
        Baylor College of Medicine
        TIRR Memorial Hermann Brain Injury and Stroke Program Attending Physician 

    10:30 am-10:45 amBreak 
    10:45 am-11:45 am

    Pharmacological Management: Brain Injury Medication Considerations for the Treatment Team

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

    11:45 am -12:45 pmLunch provided
    12:45 pm - 1:45 pmUtilization of Movement Analysis in a Functional Treatment Approach

        Christine Adair, OT, MOT
        Director of Rehab
        TIRR Memorial Herman Greater
        Heights

        Julie Welch, PT, MS, NCS
        Brain Injury and Stroke Program
        Manager
        TIRR Memorial Hermann
    Treating Language and Cognitive Deficits Associated with Autoimmune Encephalopathy

        Kelley Shaw, MS, CCC-SLP
        TIRR Memorial Hermann Brain Injury and
        Stroke Program
    Breakout Sessions
    TimePT & OT FocusedSLP & OT Focused
    1:45 pm - 2:45 pmWheelchair Seating and Mobility
        Patricia E. Tully, OTR
        Education Academy
        TIRR Memorial Herman

    Impact of Posture & Movement Dysfunction on Function--A Multidisciplinary Approach:  Feeding and Swallowing

        Emily Ferguson, MS, CCC-SLP
        Memorial Hermann Hospital-TMC

        Leah Cole, OTR
        TIRR Memorial Hermann Brain Injury     and Stroke Program

    2:45 pm - 3:00 pmBreak
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

    Assessment & Treatment of Spasticity

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

    Functional Carryover in Fluent Aphasias: Leaving the Treatment Room

        Meredith Wells, M.S., CCC-SLP
        TIRR Memorial Hermann Sugarland
    4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

    Assessment & Treatment of Spasticity

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

    Locked-In: SLP s Role in Maximizing Independence

        Kayla R. Sims, M.S., CCC-SLP
        TIRR Memorial Hermann Brain Injury     and Stroke Program
    5:00 pm - 5:15 pmCourse Evaluation, Wrap Up

    Sunday, January 15

    TimeTopic
    7:30 – 8:00 amRegistration & Refreshments
    8:00 am - 9:00 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

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

    9:00 am - 10:00 am

    Disorders of Consciousness: A Comprehensive Treatment Approach

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

        Kristen M. Ferguson, M.A. CCC-SLP
        TIRR Memorial Hermann Brain Injury and Stroke Program

    10:00 am - 10:15 amBreak
    10:15 am - 11:15 am

    Management of Neurobehavioral Disorders: Acute Confusion and Behavior Management

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

    11:15 am - 12:15 pm

    Severe Left Neglect: A Functional Treatment Approach

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

        Lisa Lewis, OTR
        Outpatient Clinical Coordinator, TIRR Memorial Hermann The Woodlands

    12:15 - 1:15Lunch (provided)
    Breakout Sessions
    TimePT & OT FocusedSLP & OT Focused
    1:15 pm - 2:45 pm

    Movement Disorders: Differential Diagnoses and Treatment

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

        Kristen Evans, OTR/L, MOT
        TIRR Memorial Hermann Brain Injury     and Stroke Program

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

     

    Advances in Dysphagia Treatment Post Stroke

        Michelle Dehgan, MA, CCC-SLP,     BCS-S
        Research/Education Coordinator for
        Speech-Language Pathology

    2:45 pm - 3:00 pmBreakBreak
    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

    The Walking Wounded

    Ashley Broadwater, OT, MOT
    Amy Briley, PT, DPT, NCS
    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

    4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

    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

    Treatment Approaches for Vocational Placement

        Kathryn Self M.S., CCC-SLP
        TIRR Memorial Hermann Brain Injury     and Stroke Program

    5:00 pm - 5:15 pmDiscussion, Evaluation, Certificates, Wrap Up

    Instructional Methods Used: PowerPoint, lecture, video, labs

     

    Education

    Participants must attend the entire course in order to receive CEU’s/CCU’s and course certificate. No partial credits will be given. Instructional Level: Intermediate.

    PT: PENDING: Will apply for 16.0 CCUs through TPTA.

    OT: Will apply for 1.6 AOTA CEU’s.

    OT Approved CE
    TPTA 2015

    SLP: PENDING. Will apply for 1.60 ASHA CEU’s.

    ASHA MH

    Registration

    Course MHHS AttendeeNon-MHHS Employee
    Any Course Day 1$75$175
    Any 2 day course $150$300
    Register for any 3 or more courses at the same timeReceive a $75 discountReceive a $100 discount
    Register for all 8 courses at the same time (*discount no longer applies)Receive a $150 discount for registering for all 8 classes. Total price when registering for all 8 classes, with discount applied, is $750.Receive a $250 discount when registering for all 8 classes. Total Price when registering for all 8 classes, with discount applied, is $1650.

    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.

    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