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Advancing Best Practices in Brain Injury Rehabilitation

for OT, PT, SLP, Nursing, CM, Neuropsychologists/psychologists, Case Management, Rehab Counselors (CRC), and Social Workers


Keynote Amobi Okoye former Dallas Cowboy. Featured speakers: Monica Verduzco-Guttierrez, MD; David Arciniegas, MD; Cindy B. Ivanhoe, MD; Sunil Kothari, MD; Maegan Morrow, MT

Pre-conference: Thursday, June 4, 2015
Conference: Friday, June 5th - Sunday, June 7th, 2015


TIRR Memorial Hermann
Research Conference Center, 2nd floor
1333 Moursund
Houston, TX 77030

Spasticity: What is it and What can we do with it?
University of Houston College of Pharmacy (Across the street from TIRR)
1441 Moursund Houston, TX 77030

Conference hosted at
The Westin Houston Downtown
1520 Texas Avenue
Houston, TX 77002

Pre-conference options June 04, 2015

Main Conference June 05, 2015 – June 07, 2015

Advancing Best Practices for Brain Injury Rehabilitation presented by the TIRR Memorial Hermann Brain Injury and Stroke Program members. Hosted at The Westin Houston Downtown. *Speakers are subject to change.

Target Audience

Clinicians in the looking to improve their skills, learn treatment team strategies, and increase their expertise when treating those with a brain injury. Comprehensive, interdisciplinary care team of professionals involved in rehabilitation services for persons with brain injury.

OT, PT, SLP, Neuropsychologists/Psychologists, Nursing, Case Managers, Social Workers, CRRN, Educators, Advocates, and other team members. This is not a complete list, all those interested in neurological rehabilitation and a team approach to treatment practices will benefit from the educational program.

Comprehensive interdisciplinary care from a team of physicians, therapists, nurses, case managers and social workers dedicated to expert care of persons with brain injury.

Course Description

An injury to the brain can occur as the result of trauma, a tumor or a disease. Brain injuries often result in physical disabilities as well as significant changes in language, memory, thinking, behavior and personality. 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 overview of special topics, skills, and strategies for treatment teams working with those who have a Brain Injury. 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 / Outcomes

At the conclusion of this program, the learner will be able to:

  1. Identify primary team members and their responsibilities when working with patients who have a brain injury
  2. Discuss evidence-based practices and clinical treatment approaches for patients with a brain injury
  3. Identify systems of care available for persons with brain injury and assess funding challenges unique to this population
  4. Describe rehabilitation philosophies that most effectively assist the brain injured patient
  5. Recognize basic brain structures and functions and will be able to describe associated behaviors and challenges related to injury to those structures
  6. Explain factors that enhance or inhibit recovery of a person with brain injury and how those factors change with the aging process
  7. Examine the impact of brain injury on the family unit and identify methods for interacting and educating these families

Assessment of Learning Objectives: Interactive dialogue, written evaluation

Thursday, June 4, 2015

TimeTopic & Activity
7:30 - 8:00amRegistration
8:00 - 8:15 am

Introduction and pre-test - Corina Ponter, PT

8:15 - 10:15amPathophysiology and clinical presentation - Corina Ponter, PT
10:15 - 10:30 am


10:30 - 12:00 noonAssessment of spasticity - Kate Grove, OTR and Corina Ponter, PT
12:00 - 1:00 pm

Lunch provided

1:00 - 3:00 pmInterdisciplinary treatment of spasticity - Kate Grove, OTR
3:00 - 3:30 pm

Q&A, post-test

3:30 - 4:00 pmCourse Evaluations, Certificates
4:30 - 5:00 pm

TIRR Tour (Optional)


Friday, June 5, 2015

7:00 - 8:35 amRegistration & BreakfastVic & Anthony’s Upstairs Ballroom
8:30 – 9:15 am

Brain Injury: An Overview

Dr. Monica Verduzco-Gutierrez, MD


9:15 – 10:00 amEstablishing a Therapeutic Alliance

Panel/Moderator: Dr. Monica Verduzco-Gutierrez, MD
RN: DeAnn Roberts, RN, MSN, CRRN
NP: Margaret Struchen, PhD
SW: Lynn Lenert, LMSW
CM: Jerri Vadas, RN, BSN, MBA, CCM, CRRN
PT: Amy Briley, PT, DPT, CBIS
OT: Tiffany M. Johnson, OTR, MOT, C/NDT
SLP: Chloe Goodman, SLP
OP: Jessica De La Rosa, PT, DPT, NCS
MT: Amy Marroquin, MT-BC, Neurologic Music Therapist
TR: Leah Lewis, CTRS
Chaplain: Rev. Hazel Thomas, BCC, CBIS

10:00 – 10:15 am


10:15 – 11:15 amAging with Brain Injury

Dr. Christopher Falco, MD

11:15 am - 12:15 pm

Neuropharmacology of TBI

Dr. David Arciniegas, MD


12:15 – 12:30 pmServe Lunch (Hot Buffet)
12:30 - 1:30 pm

Key Note Speaker: The Road to Recovery

Mr. Amobi Okoye
Dr. P. Jacob Joseph, MD
Joyce Leverenz
Ms. Edna Okoye

Lunch & Learn

1:30 – 2:30 pmMedical Complications following Brain InjuryDr. Cindy B. Ivanhoe, MDLecture
2:30 - 2:45 pm


2:45 – 4:00 pmContextualized Memory Interventions

Dr. Angelle M. Sander, PhD
Melanie Molinaro, MA, CCC-SLP

4:00 – 4:15 pm

Wrap Up

5:30 – 7:00 pmSocial Hour

Hotel Lobby, come and go
Dinner not included


Saturday, June 6, 2015

7:00 – 8:15 am


Vic & Anthony’s Upstairs Ballroom

8:15 - 9:45 amInterdisciplinary Approach to Treating Neurobehavioral Disorders

Robert Perna, RN, PhD
Joann McGee, PhD
Teresa C. Del Castillo, DCSW, LCSW, LMFT, MBA, CCM
Julie Giardina PT, DPT
Julie Welch, PT, MS, NCS
Kerry Davis, MSN, RN, CRRN, CBIS

Group presentation
9:45 – 10:00 am

Break / Snacks

10:00 – 11:30 pmInterdisciplinary Approach to Treating Neurobehavioral Disorders (cont.)

Robert Perna, RN, PhD
Joann McGee, PhD
Teresa C. Del Castillo, DCSW, LCSW, LMFT, MBA, CCM
Julie Giardina PT, DPT
Julie Welch, PT, MS, NCS
Kerry Davis, MSN, RN, CRRN, CBIS

Group presentation
11:30 - 11:45 am

Serve Lunch (Hot Buffet)

11:45 am - 12:45 pmNeurologic Music Therapy and the Interdisciplinary Approach

Maegan Morrow, MT-BC
Neurologic Music Therapy Fellow

Lunch & Learn lecture
12:45 – 1:00 pm


Breakout Sessions




1:00 pm - 2:00 pmImproved Care for Patients with Disorders of Consciousness.

Dr. Sunil Kothari, MD

Room 1
1:00 pm - 2:00 pmOverview and Medical Management of Spastic Muscle Over Activity After Brain Injury.

Dr. Monica Verduzco-Gutierrez, MD

Room 3
1:00 pm - 2:00 pmFamily Involvement: A Team for Success.

Florence De Forest , BSN, RN, CCM
Teresa C. Del Castillo, DCSW, LCSW, LMFT, MBA, CCM
Erick Rainosek, LCSW

Room 4: Large Room
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Assessment and Treatment Planning in a Patient with a Disorder of Consciousness

Kristen M. Ferguson, M.A., CCC-SLP
Katherine O’Brien, Ph.D., Clinical Neuropsychologist (NP)

Room 1

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Nursing: Being Therapeutic @ The Bedside

DeAnna Bennett, BSN, RN, CRRN, CBIS
Kerry Davis, MSN, RN, CRRN, CBIS
Tara Scully, OTR/L
Lisa Sisk PT, MS, NCS

Room 2

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Spasticity: What's next - The Therapeutic Implications

Kristen Evans, OTR/L, MOT
Jessica Bielamowicz, PT, MPT

Room 3

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Finding Direction in a Spinning World: Community Resources

Sara White, LMSW, CCM (OPMC SW)
Kathleen Connelly Carrico, LCSW, CBIS (OP SW)

Room 4

3:00 - 3:15 pmBreak / Snacks
3:15 pm - 4:15 pm

Coping & Adjustment

Lynn G. Lenert, LMSW
Dr. Angelle M. Sander, PhD

Room 1

3:15 pm - 4:15 pm

Speech Communication Disorders for other disciplines

Meggan Galic, MS, CCC-SLP

Room 2

3:15 pm - 4:15 pm

Clinical Applications of Motor Recovery Concepts

Dawn Phillips, COTA
Rita Cole PT, DPT

Room 3

3:15 pm - 4:15 pm

Assessment and Treatment of Social Communication Impairments

Dr. Margaret A. Struchen, PhD
Dr. Allison N. Clark, PhD

Room 4

4:15 - 5:15 pm

Evidence-based Cognitive Rehabilitation From Clinic to Community

Allison N. Clark, PhD
Vivian Cheng MS, CCC-SLP, CBIS

Room 1

4:15 - 5:15 pm

Rehab Nursing- Nightingale Nursing at Its' Finest

DeAnn Roberts, RN, MSN, CRRN
Mary Ann Euliarte, RN, MSN, MBA, CRRN

Room 2

4:15 - 5:15 pm

Vision Screening and Treatment Post Brain Injury

Diana W. Arnold, LOT
Nora Byrd, OTR/L

Room 3

7:00 pm


Lucky Strike


Sunday, June 7, 2015

7:00 - 8:00 am


Vic & Anthony’s Upstairs Ballroom

8:00 - 9:00 am

Reimbursement in the Rehabilitation Setting

Jerri Vadas, RN, BSN, MBA, CCM, CRRN


9:00 - 10:00 am

Reintegration into Educational and Vocational Settings After Brain Injury

Dr. Cullen Gibbs, PhD
Joyce Leverenz, MS, CRC
Elizabeth Vincent LCSW, CBIS


10:00 - 10:30 am

Professional Boundaries and Self Care

Lynn G. Lenert, LMSW


10:30 - 11:00 am

Break / Snacks

11:00 am – 12:00 noon

TBI ACTION: A Clinical Support for Case Conceptualization and Treatment Planning for Patients with Traumatic Brain Injuries

Dr. Mark Sherer, PhD, ABPP, FACRM
Senior Scientist and Director of Research
TIRR Memorial Hermann


12:00 noon – 12:30 pm

Bringing the Team Together: Question and Answer Panel

Rachel Sieber, OTR/L, MS, CBIS
Victoria Zegarrundo, PT, DPT, NCS
Margaret Struchen, Ph.D.
DeAnn Roberts, RN, MSN, CRRN
Jessica De La Rosa, PT, DPT, NCS
Lynn G. Lenert, LMSW
Chloe Goodman, SLP
Jerri Vadas, RN, BSN, MBA, CCM, CRRN
Amy Marroquin, MT-BC - Neurologic Music Therapist
Leah Lewis, CTRS
Rev. Hazel Thomas, BCC, CBIS


12:30 – 12:45 pm

Wrap Up / Paperwork


OT Approved CE
Accredited Provider
The assignment of Texas PT CCU’s does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE.

Instructional Level: Intermediate

OT: Memorial Hermann Health System is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education. This course is offered for 19.0 AOTA CEU’s *pending. The assignment of AOTA CEU’s does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures from AOTA.

AOTA Classification Code: Professional Issues-Contemporary Issues and Trends

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 19.0 CCUs *pending.

SLP: Memorial Hermann Health System is an ASHA Approved Provider of continuing education- provider ID ABAF. This course is offered for 1.90 ASHA CEU’s *pending. The assignment of ASHA CEU’s does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures from ASHA.

ASHA Classification Code: 7020.

Nursing and Social Work: 19.0 CE contact hours *pending will be provided.

Memorial Hermann Health System is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Texas Nurses Association, an accredited approver 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 19.0 clock hour(s) *pending.

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. Download full details.

Instructional Methods Used: Lecture, PowerPoint presentations, panel discussions, case presentations.

Cost / Registration

Main Conference $325. Any questions, please contact

Pre-Conference: Cost / Registration: CBIS $50, Spasticity: $100. To Register Contact:


For the pre-conference, please refer to Texas Medical Center for information on parking. For pre-conference the closest parking is available in Garage 6 and is next to TIRR Memorial Hermann Hospital, and is $12 daily. For the main conference please park at The Westin Houston Downtown.


Refunds will be granted if cancellation notice is received in writing no later than May 01, 2015 to 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.