2019 BIAMI Annual Fall Conference Online Booklet 09102019


Thanks to our 2019 Diamond Sponsors

7305 Grand River, Suite 100 | Brighton, MI 48114-7379 Phone (810) 229-5880 | Fax: (810) 229-8947 Helpline: (800) 444-6443 E-mail: info@biami.org | Website: www.biami.org THE VOICE OF BRAIN INJURY

Dear Conference Attendees:


Welcome to the Brain Injury Association of Michigan’s 39th Annual Conference , held in conjunction with the Michigan Brain Injury Provider Council. The Conference Planning Committee has been hard at work over the past year to ensure the success of this educational program, which continues to be the largest conference of its kind in the nation. The next two days will feature experts in brain injury rehabilitation from across the state, as well as guest speakers from all corners of the country. We are certain that you will enjoy their presentations. Please give them a warm welcome. The exhibit hall is filled with many who have attended past conferences. We also extend a warm welcome to new exhibitors to this year’s conference. Please take the time to visit the exhibitors in the exhibit hall; we know you will enjoy talking with them about the products and services they offer. Also, please let them know how much you appreciate their support of the Brain Injury Association and our members. Our featured keynote speaker on Thursday is Mallory Brown. Witnessing extreme poverty in her personal travels, Mallory was deeply moved by the commonalities that all humans share. She transformed her experience into an avenue of change at the forefront of the social impact movement. Now, at the age of 32, Mallory has started two cause-based companies, traveled to 50 countries, and directly helped thousands in need. She runs philanthropic campaigns all around the world that empower the everyday person to give back. On Friday, please join us as our keynote speaker, Army Staff Sergeant Travis Mills shares his story. He was critically injured on his third tour of duty in Afghanistan by an IED while on patrol, losing portions of both legs and both arms. He is one of only five servicemen from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan ever to survive quadruple amputee injuries. Travis Mills’ story inspires, encourages, challenges, and motivates audiences to move forward. He illustrates how resilient the human spirit is, how unbreakable the will is when pressed with difficult demands, and how triumphant a person can be when tasked with the seemingly impossible. Your commitment to supporting the mission of the Brain Injury Association of Michigan is demonstrated by your attendance and participation at this year’s Conference. We thank you for your dedication to this important work, which directly affects the lives of vulnerable people in our great state. On behalf of brain injury survivors, their families, the Brain Injury Association of Michigan board of directors and staff, as well as the Michigan Brain Injury Provider Council, thank you and, once again, welcome to the 39th Annual Fall Conference.

Martha Nield Chairperson Northville, MI

Tammy Hannah Vice Chairperson Mason, MI Thomas Sinas, Esq Secretary Grand Rapids, MI

Colleen Rapson Treasurer Romulus, MI

Kevin Arnold Immediate Past Chair Grand Rapids, MI Thomas J. Constand President &CEO West Bloomfield, MI


Cheryl Angelelli Clinton Township, MI

Erica Coulston Southfield, MI

Saundra Gay Pontiac, MI

Keith Moore Macomb, MI

Max Moylan Royal Oak, MI

Sheila Perlman Ann Arbor, MI

Heidi Reyst, PhD Livonia, MI

Jack Richert Huron Township, MI

Philip Weaver Grand Rapids, MI

Ronald West Detroit, MI

Joyce Wright Bloomfield Hills, MI


Marty Zobrovitz St. Clair Shores, MI

Martha Nield Board Chair, Brain Injury Association of Michigan


Our Mission: To improve the lives of those affected by brain injury in Michigan and to reduce the incidence and impact of brain injury through advocacy, awareness, education, prevention, research and support.

2019 Conference Planning Committee

The Brain Injury Association of Michigan is fortunate to have a dedicated team of volunteers who have generously donated their time and talents in planning and coordination of this year’s conference activities. They are deeply committed to providing quality education opportunities.

Peggy Allen Bock, BS, CBIS Special Tree Rehabilitation

Jody Lipton, JD Lipton Law

Holly Anderson, M.Ed, BSN,RN, LPC, CRRN, CBIST Spectrum Health

Melissa Lubbers Siporin & Associates

Sandy Mabry, CBIS Community Connections for Independent Living

Jan Ashcraft BS, MS, EdS, CBIS Oakland Schools

Mary Mitchell, MA, CBIS Rainbow Rehabilitation Center

Margaret Browning, JD Browning & Associates, P.C. Roxanne Goldammer Neuro Restorative

Dorota Nowak, BSW, MOT, CBIS Progressions

Mark R. Parrish, BS, CCM, CBIS Neuro Restorative

Beth Gorkisch, BS, CBIS Neuro Restorative

Heidi Reyst, PhD, CBIST Sage Solutions Group

Susan Krygier, RN, CBIS Neuro Restorative

Michelle Roberts, BA Michigan Protection & Advocacy Services

Maggie Lanham, BS, CBIS Eisenhower Center

Bobbie Vultaggio, BA, CBIS St John’s Neurological Rehabilitation System

Janet Latty, CBIS Hope Network Neuro Rehabilitation

Exhibit Hall C

North Point Cafe




Exhibit Hall B

River Street Pub


Banquet Room 2

Banquet Room 1

Exhibit Hall A

Banquet Room 4

Banquet Room 3

Banquet Room 6

Banquet Room 5


Banquet Room 8

Banquet Room 7


102 103 104





Michigan Ave. Concourse


1st Floor



202 203 204 205





Governor’s Room

Upper Concourse

2nd Floor


B13 S17 B24 D11

S10 B27 B58 B56 D19

1 Of A Kind Therapeutic Massage 1st Call Home Healthcare A2 Fitness Professionals, Inc

Crawl Walk Jump Run Therapy Clinic

Creative Mobility Group Cypress Home Care Diamond Home Health Care

Access Companies Acclaimed Home Care

B2 S9

Dignitas, Inc.


Adaptive Modification Solutions

DMC - Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan

B38 B57


Advanced Specialty Rx

Dobson Healthcare Services

S4 G7 G8

Advantage OT

E3 Alliance


Advent Home Medical

Eisenhower Center

D20 S31 S22 B16 B32 G15 S20 B47 B46 G19 G4

Advisa Care

Eisenhower Enrichment Program

B22 B31 G20 S29 S19 B20 B43 B50 B34 S24 D13 B42 B39 D7

Alimar Transportation Services

Entech Medical Staffing Ethos Therapy Solutions

AMAC Pharmacy

AmeriCare Medical Inc Amira Medical Staffing Area Wide Transport, Inc

F. Lax Construction Feinberg Consulting


Ascension Neurological Recovery Systems

First Door Residential Health Care Galaxy Brain and Therapy Center Gresham Driving Aids, Inc. Guardian Angel Health Care Guardian Pharmacy of Michigan

Aspire Rehabilitation Services Assistive Technology of Michigan

Athletico Physical Therapy

Barrier Free Plus Beaumont Hospital Bemer Group Brightstar Care CAPS Remodeling

D1 B3 S2

Health Care Associates

Health Partners Home Care

HealthSource Saginaw

S18 B17 S25

Home & Community Recreation Therapy Hope Network Neuro Rehabilitation

D2 B1 S3

Care Plus TLC

Centria Healthcare

Hour Transportation

V1 G9

Clock Mobility

Innovative Health Magazine

Innovative Pharmaceutical Solutions Group, LLC

Communicare Michigan, LLC.


Community Connections for Independent Living Compassionate Care Home Health Services, Inc. Computer Rehabilitation Consultants


G18 S27

Insight Healing Center Inspire Home Care, LLC



Irvine Neuro Rehab

G13 B51

S21 B44 S11

James F Zender, PhD, PC

COR Freedom

Kennedy Care



Law Offices of Robert June, P.C.



D15 D16 and D17 B11

Life Beyond Barriers Rehabilitation Group

Rehab Transportation

B55 B41

Life Skills Village, PLLC

Rehab Without Walls NeuroSolutions

Life Therapeutic Solutions, Inc.

Lighthouse Neurological Rehabilitation Center


Rehabitat Systems


Riversbend Rehabilitation Ropp Orthopedic Clinic

B35 S12 B10 S30

Lipton Law


Logeman, Iafrate & Logeman, P.C.


Second Step Inc

LTC Pharmacy

B15 D18

Shirley Ryan AbilityLab Sinas, Dramis Law Firm Special Driving Services, Inc

Maple Manor Rehab & Neuro Center Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital

D4 B5



D10 B19

Special Tree Rehabilitation System Specialistic Construction, Inc. Spectrum Health Neuro Rehabilitation Services


Medical Care Alert

Michigan Head and Spine Institute (Premier MRI) Michigan Transportation Services, Inc.



G12 D12 V3 and V4 D21

B26 B28 B49

Spine Specialists of Michigan

Miller & Tischler, P.C.

SpinTech, Inc.


St. Joseph Mercy Hospital


STRIVE Recreational Therapy Services

National Seating & Mobility

G16 S14

Team Rehabilitation


National Staffing and Home Care

Testpointe Living Centers


NeuroInternational NeuroRestorative Nexus Health Systems


The Lakeland Center The Medical Team



B54 S13 D22 S23 B12 B33 B23 S32 D14 S7 and S8 B21 D6

Therapeutic Rehabilitation & Vocational Training Centers


Onward Therapy Services- formerly FTU



Transitional Counseling Services

U of M – Michigan Medicine – MedRehab (adult) & Pediatric Rehabilitation Center (pediatric)

Origami Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center


PCA Curo Pharmacy



Verde Valley Rehabilitation

PharmaScript Progressions


Walk The Line to SCI Recovery, Inc

S15 B52 B30 G14 B45

Wheelchair Getaways of MI

Quality Home Medical Equipment Inc. Rainbow Rehabilitation Centers, Inc.

White Behavioral Consultants, PC

William Ellis Company

Willowbrook Rehabilitation Services

Rehab and Mobility Systems

Work Skills Corporation

Rehab Pathways Group Inc.

How To Obtain Your Contact Hours

Continuing Education Credits Those working toward earning Contact Hours:

• Credit will only be issued for full sessions attended. • Attendees must SCAN IN AND SCAN OUT of each session attended. • Attendees must be present for at least 50 minutes of 60 minutes in a session to earn credit - No Exceptions! 5.0 Contact Hours – Thursday 5.0 Contact Hours - Friday To Obtain Certificates: 1. Login at www.mtsreport.com 2. Click on BIAMI Conferences 3. Enter Your LAST NAME and ATTENDEE ID (found on your Name Badge or you can search using the link under the ID box on the website) 4. Complete Speaker Evaluations for the sessions you attended and the Overall Evaluation 5. Print your CE Certificates Pre-Approval has been obtained through the following accreditation agencies: CBIS CCM CDMSC CRCC NHA STATE OF OHIO SOCIAL WORKER BOARD OHIO NURSES ASSOCIATION OR A GENERAL CERTIFICATE OF ATTENDANCE IS AVAILABLE ASHA Credit: Complete the evaluation for a general certificate to use towards Professional Development Credits


Mallory Brown Thursday, Sept 12 • 8:30am-9:30am Amy Blankson, bestselling author of The Future of Happiness, is the only person to receive a Point of Light from two sitting US Presidents. After graduating from Harvard College and Yale School of Management, she has focused her work on understanding how to cultivate happiness in a digital era. She is a member of the UN Global Happiness Council, a Fellow of the World Innovation Organization, and is currently working with the IEEE to create standards for well-being in the creation of artificial intelligence and emotion awareness. Most recently, Amy has shared her thought leadership as a speaker at TEDx, as a regular contributor for Forbes on Women, Technology, and Leadership, and as a featured professor in Oprah’s Happiness course.

Sponsored by

SSG Travis Mills Friday, Sept 13 • 8:30am-9:30am Army Staff Sergeant Travis Mills was critically injured on his third tour of duty in Afghanistan by an IED while on patrol, losing portions of both legs and both arms. He is one of only five servicemen from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan ever to survive quadruple amputee injuries. Travis Mills’ story inspires, encourages, challenges, and motivates audiences to move forward. He illustrates how resilient the human spirit is, how unbreakable the will is when pressed with difficult demands, and how triumphant a person can be when tasked with the seemingly impossible.

Sponsored by

Vincent Schoenrock Lecture Series

Questions? Contact Allie Weston at aweston@biami.org

DAY 1 - SCHEDULE OF EVENTS Thursday September 12

Welcome & Keynote Speaker — 8:30am - 9:30am

Mallory Brown - “Walk A Mile: The Empathy Experience” Mallory Brown is an impact storyteller and global humanitarian. Born and raised in Farmington Hills, Michigan, Mallory grew up in a household that understands brain injury first hand. Mallory’s

Mallory has started two social impact companies, traveled to 50 countries, and directly helped thousands in need. Currently, she is walking a global marathon for women’s empowerment. During her keynote, attendees will be invited to join her journey around the world, stepping into the shoes of impoverished working women. Each of Mallory’s miles explore the power of empathy and how each of us can make a difference.

younger brother, Derek, was diagnosed with severe cerebral palsy at birth. Their childhood together taught her the true meaning of empathy. Inspired by her brother, Mallory transformed her understanding of human struggle into a powerful career of humanitarian work. At the age of 32,

Breakout Session I — 10:15am - 11:15am

TH01 - Exploring Functional Visual Impairments: What to Know and Where to Go! Patricia Laws, MOT/OTR Clinical: Treatment Issues - 201 Is your vision impairing balance, coordination, cognition, memory, academics, work performance, driving skills and/or safety? How to know and where to go! -join me to review signs that vision is impaired after TBI/ABI, how they can affect performance in various therapy disciplines such as PT, OT, SLP, TR, academic, driving specialists and others. Review vital disciplines that play vital roles to your recovery related to vision impairments, resources to locate these professionals and when to seek help. Better understand how all direct care professionals including physicians and case managers can work as a team to assure you are on the right track. TH02 - TBI, Post-Traumatic Stress or Both? Understanding the Roots of Trauma and How it Can Impact a TBI In this presentation, participants will learn about the relationship between post-traumatic stress and a traumatic brain injury. A trauma can be any situation or moment that causes an individual distress. This causes the brain to function primarily in the limbic system, often bypassing mechanisms of problem solving that take place in the pre-frontal cortex. Often times these situations can result in ongoing depressive and anxious thoughts and behaviors. Traumatic brain injuries can also affect mood and the cognitive processes needed to make sense of traumatic situations. Together we will learn how an individual can process post-traumatic stress while also healing from a traumatic brain injury. Laura Rutledge, LMSW, CBIS Clinical: Psycho-Social - 201

Questions? Contact Allie Weston at aweston@biami.org

Continued — 10:15am - 11:15am

TH03 - Contemporary Concepts in Dysautonomia Following a Brain Injury Nathan Keiser, DC, DACNB, FABBIR Clinical: Medical/ Physical - 301 Refractory symptoms following TBI are common. Post-injurious dysautonomia is pervasive in patients and is a major contributor in symptom burden. The emerging evidence suggests that many of these symptomatic expressions are reactions to diverse neurological and systemic dysfunctions that are often uncorroborated. Regardless of treatment philosophy, autonomic function is central to the healing process in all brain injury. We aim to share evidence-based applications to promote contemporary analysis and treatment of reactive dysautonomia.

TH04 - The Public Health Burden of Traumatic Brain Injury John Corrigan, PhD Business/ Administrative - 401

Growing awareness of lifetime consequences of TBI has stimulated questions about the prevalence of TBI in the general population. CDC’s 1.1% estimate of TBI prevalence is based on hospitalized cases that result in disability. While useful for some planning, a more complete picture of the public health burden of TBI should account for injuries that create vulnerabilities for future consequences. “Exposure”, as used in toxicology, may be a more relevant construct for conceptualizing the full public health burden of TBI.

TH05 - Proving TBI in a Court Case Robert Raitt, JD Legal - 101

What specialists and medical experts are involved in proving a traumatic brain injury (TBI)? Learn the medicine and science behind TBI and gain expert insight into what to look for when a TBI is suspected. Explore methods for demonstrating the existence of a TBI in your case.

Breakout Session II — 11:45am - 12:45pm

TH06 - Apraxia: An Action to Understand Inaction Joshi Shruti, PT, MHS, CBIS, C-LSVT and Matthew Cox, PT, DPT, CBIS Clinical: Treatment Issues - 201

The ability to perform any meaningful movement results frommany neural processes which start even before a person intends to perform the movement. Without these processes we would be unable to produce any movement, resulting in Apraxia. In some individuals with brain injuries these can go awry resulting in poor participation, therapeutic prognosis, and quality of life. Currently, there continues to be a lack of effective treatment strategies when working with individuals with Apraxia. We will look at a novel strategy to help engage the earlier neural processes to improve movement. TH07 - TBI & The African American Male; The Influence of Identity on Trauma Informed Care Kalyn Sanderfer, LLMSW Clinical: Psycho-Social - 201 After a traumatic brain injury (TBI), individuals often find themselves requiring additional care and interaction with multiple organizations. Black men are uniquely challenged by TBI given the social, political and legal systems within our society. The goal of this session is to provide a more in-depth understanding of these challenges, how to handle issues of race and culture with more empathy and understanding, and ultimately communicate more effectively with African American clients and families that have experienced TBI.

Questions? Contact Allie Weston at aweston@biami.org

Continued — 11:45am - 12:45pm

TH08 - Clinical Management of Post-Traumatic Epilepsy Mona Elsayed, MD, MSc and Russell Derry, MPH Clinical: Medical/ Physical - 401

Post-traumatic epilepsy (PTE) accounts for about 5% of all epilepsies. This presentation will review the risk factors for developing epilepsy after TBI, the role of cellular changes and inflammation in epileptogenesis, and clinical practice guidelines for seizure prophylaxis following TBI. The session will also provide an overview of common clinical characteristics of PTE, available treatment options, and the combined impact of both epilepsy and TBI on psychosocial and cognitive wellbeing. TH09 - The Hope Network Acuity Scale (HAS): Development, Validation, and Utility of a Neurorehabilitation Acuity Measure Martin Waalkes, PhD, ABPP, CBIST Business/ Administrative - 301 The Hope Network Acuity Scale (HAS), a two-factor 8-item rating of medical and neurobehavioral acuity in neurorehabilitation will be detailed. Several dimensions of reliability and validity of the HAS will be demonstrated in initial studies conducted in the post-acute neuro rehabilitation environment. Significant correlations with measures of outcome, supervision ratings, treatment improvement, and discharge placement support validity and the use as a measure for efficient resource utilization support estimation, and potentially as an efficiency measure. TH10 - Getting Paid: Navigating the Old and New PIP Claim Process Matthew Payne, JD Legal What constitutes reasonable and customary pricing is often a point of contention. Identify the requirements set forth in the No-Fault Act both for exiting cases and under the new statute. Delve into evidentiary issues surrounding burden of proof. Whether representing plaintiffs, defendants, or medical providers, take away practical tips to effectively handle these matters both before and after litigation.

Breakout Session III — 1:45pm - 2:45pm

TH11 - Use of the Rifton E-Pacer for Unweighted Gait Training with Adult Neuro Populations Linda Rusiecki, DPT, CBIS, STAR, LVAD and Lori Potts, PT Clinical: Treatment Issues - 301 Current research underscores the scientific rationale for unweighted gait training for the adult neuro patient population. The Rifton E-Pacer is a compact and affordable unweighted gait device that is easy to use, quick to set up, and enables a dependent patient with a flaccid limb to be able to stand tall and ambulate over 1,000 feet in their first hour of physical therapy treatment. It is an effective therapy tool for patients with brain injury, stroke, and spinal cord injury.

Questions? Contact Allie Weston at aweston@biami.org

Continued — 1:45pm - 2:45pm

TH12 - Self-efficacy and Motivation in Young Adults with Traumatic Brain Injury in Relation to Vocational Outcomes Joann Arpino, MA, LPC, CRC, CBIS Clinical: Psycho-Social - 201 Young adulthood is a pivotal time in the development of career identity and career related attitudes. The session will explain why young adults with a traumatic brain injury (TBI) are more vulnerable to stress during this developmental period namely due to underdeveloped career paths, limited work exposure and the impact of TBI as an invisible and multi-faceted disorder. Further, the session will consider the impact of their disabilities, and detail why young adults with TBI require additional opportunities and information to foster effective career-based decision making and the development of skills such as self- awareness. The presentation will address interventions that reinforce self-efficacy, promote motivation, and impart work-related skills that are critical to employment. TH13 - Alternative Non-Pharmacologic Post Traumatic Headache Treatments Ayman Tarabishy, MD and Austin Sheldon, PT, DPT, DScPT Clinical: Medical/ Physical - 201 Headache is one of the most common complications of TBI. Managing intractable headache conditions can provide great quality of life for the post TBI population and to cope with focus and other issues. Many oral medications cause side effects including drowsiness and decreased attention which has serious implications on survivors. We want to explore and present on non-pharmacological treatments for post-traumatic headache, including reversible causes, physical and manual therapy, nerve blocks, ablations and simulators, IV infusions, herbal and natural solutions, among other modalities. TH14 - Generations, Including Millennials, and Why You Should Love Them Heidi Reyst, PhD Business/ Administrative - 101 There are many differences across generational cohorts, but there are also many similarities. As each new generation emerges, the previous generation begins the subtle (or not so subtle) hazing process. Millennials, however, have been particularly singled out as different. Accusations of job-hopping, winning participation trophies, and self-absorption abound. Are they really that different, or are they just getting a bad rap? We will discuss the three largest generations in the workplace today, and focus on why Millennials don’t deserve the bad rap, and may even deserve some accolades!

TH15 - The Current State of Auto No Fault Insurance George Sinas, JD Legal - 201

Michigan has a new auto no-fault law that will bring sweeping changes to the current system people in the brain injury community have come to know. Find out the newest developments in this law, and what it means for you, your business, and your clients.

Questions? Contact Allie Weston at aweston@biami.org

Breakout Session IV — 3:15pm - 4:15pm

TH016 - Comprehensive Driving Rehabilitation Following Brain Injury Natasha Huffine, MS, OTRL, CBIS and Heather Heppe, MS, OTRL, CDRS, CDI Clinical: Treatment Issues - 201 This presentation will discuss the evaluation and treatment of skills needed for driving following brain injury. Comprehensive driving rehabilitation occurs through a series of remediation and compensation within an interdisciplinary team. The presenters will discuss in office, simulated, and community based activities needed to address the sensory, motor, and cognitive skills needed for safety behind the wheel. TH17 - The Co-Morbidity of Traumatic Brain Injury and Mental Illness Mariann Young, Ph.D. Clinical: Psycho-Social - 101 This session will focus on the development of a psychiatric disorder following a traumatic brain injury. Rates of injury, mental illness in the population, and mental illness after an injury will be reviewed. Depression, Bi-polar Disorder and anxiety will be addressed. Symptoms and rates of suicide will be discussed as well as how to provide assistance. Seeking treatment and overcoming barriers will also be covered in this session. Recent opioid laws are changing how the medical field provides treatment and how patients are coping with their pain and associated symptoms. The VA has been implementing changes in their pain management strategies and this experience allows us to help our clients needs in both acute and chronic cases. Learning how to modify behaviors, body mechanics, and to use psychological tools can change how pain is treated and controlled. TH19 - Billing for Medicare 101: What You Need to Know Speaker to Be Announced Business/ Administrative - 101 In this session we’ll give you an introduction to the complicated process of billing Medicare, and how it fits into the future of the brain injury rehabilitation industry. TH20 - The Viability of Semi-Independent Apartment Programs in the New Era Dave Christensen, JD Legal As the new auto no-fault law is enacted, it will bring sweeping changes to the current system. Given the already difficult nature of semi-independent apartments programs, learn how to best approach them moving forward from a legal perspective. TH18 - Pain Management in the Outpatient Setting Laura Tustin, PT, DPT Clinical: Medical/ Physical - 201

DAY 2 - SCHEDULE OF EVENTS Friday September 13 SSG Travis Mills - “Never Give Up. Never Quit.” During his three combat-filled tours of duty in Afghanistan U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Travis Mills never once backed down from the hardest challenges that came his way. The big, likable guy literally woke up every morning proudly singing the 82nd Airborne song to encourage and survival, the action-packed and challenging days of his earlier tours of duty with the legendary 82nd Airborne Division, the agony of encountering a hidden bomb while on patrol with his men, and his odds-defying physical and spiritual struggle afterward to come back from severe quadruple amputee injuries and rebuild his life. Travis Mills’ keynote speech will teach and inspire attendees Welcome & Keynote Speaker — 8:30am - 9:30am

motivate the men he led. But late one afternoon in April 2012 while he and his men were on a routine mission near a remote village in southern Afghanistan, the unthinkable happened. While patrolling for improvised explosive devices (IEDs), the minesweeper missed one IED, and Mills’ world changed forever. Mills will recall his heroic fight for

to “Never give up. Never quit.”, no matter the obstacles or circumstances. Mills’ larger-than-life personality, sense of humor and incredible spirit for life will engage attendees from the moment he takes center stage.

Breakout Session I — 10:15am - 11:15am

FR01 - Emotional Intelligence and the Neuroscience of Emotions Heidi Reyst, PhD Clinical: TBI - 101 Emotional Intelligence (EQ) is the ability to perceive, use, understand and regulate emotions. Hallmarks of individuals with high EQ include thinking about one’s feelings, self-reflecting, hitting the pause button when negative emotions surface, and understanding how others are feeling. High EQ is beneficial for all relationships, but can be particularly effective in the workplace. Understanding the neuroscience of emotions helps to understand how emotions can hijack our rational brain allowing our emotional brain to take charge. FR02 - Recent Treatment Outcome Studies for Adults with Mild TBI: A Systematic Review Brian Gradwohl, Ph.D. and Ryan Mangum, Ph.D. Clinical: Mild TBI - 301 A systematic review of recent research on treatment for cognitive problems secondary to mild traumatic brain injury in adults. Based on up-to-date literature, we aim to identify and describe the most efficacious treatments for individuals experiencing acute or chronic cognitive problems after sustaining a mild TBI. We also plan to highlight co-occurring conditions which confound the treatment of cognitive problems associated with mild TBI.

Questions? Contact Allie Weston at aweston@biami.org

Continued — 10:15am - 11:15am

FR03 - The Cognitive and Emotional Impact of Social Media on the Brain Michele White, PhD, LLP, LPC QOL: Psycho-Social - 101 This session will closely investigate the impact that social media has on the brain both cognitively and emotionally. The session will look at three populations impacted and introduce effective cognitive behavioral techniques that are individualized to each population. The populations that will be explored are survivors of TBI, Caregivers, and TBI Professionals working with TBI clients.

FR04 - Self Care for Caregivers and Survivors Michelle Wrubel, BS QOL: Self Advocacy - 101

Caregivers and Survivors come team up to share the challenges of overcoming brain injury. This relationship can become strained when we as individuals become caught up in a stress cycle of overwhelm, pain and reactivity. Greater understanding of how stress impacts each one of us, what causes that stress, and how we can influence it, helps us create positive changes and break free from the hold that stress has on us. As a result of these positive changes, the caregiver/survivor team becomes stronger, and helps to create a better environment for healing to take place. FR05 - The Use of Complimentary, Alternative, and Recreational Therapy for Improved Recovery and Quality of Life Jill Jenks, LMT and Mallory Valeri, MS, LAT, CBIS, ATRI Clinical: Functional Intergrative - 101 Presenters will introduce multiple complementary and alternative therapies used for rehabilitation and improved quality of life. Emphasis will be on clinical research that supports the use of these therapies and active demonstrations on how to perform these therapies independently.

Breakout Session II — 11:45am - 12:45pm

FR06 - Prognostic Indicators of TBI Outcomes Among Adults Percival Pangilinan, MD and Robert Spencer, PhD Clinical: TBI - 201

We will discuss the long-term outcomes of TBI, including emotional, behavioral, cognitive areas. We will highlight the research findings to most heavily influence long-term outcomes. While we will focus mostly on mild TBI/concussion, we will also review moderate and severe TBI outcomes.

FR07 - Evaluation and Treatment of Dizziness in Mild TBI Aashish Deshpande, MD Clinical: Mild TBI - 301

One of the most common symptoms in mild traumatic brain injury is dizziness. This discussion will review the incidence of the problem, as well as provide information about methods of diagnosis into the most common etiologies. Finally, we will review treatments and prognosis for providers, case managers, and families of survivors.

Questions? Contact Allie Weston at aweston@biami.org

Continued — 11:45am - 12:45pm

FR08 - The 3 B’s: Brain, Body, Beliefs and understanding post traumatic growth Rena Hicks, LMT, LPTA, RYT200 QOL: Psycho-Social - 101 Brain Injury is an opportunity to focus on the 3 B’s. Brain, Body, and Beliefs. All three intersect with each other, and by remembering the 3 B’s, a survivor can quickly resume composure, create meaning from trauma, and learn to care for one’s self in a new and innovative way. The Brain and Body can gain movement and awareness through Yoga and Breath, and post traumatic beliefs are questioned to find a new sense of self to move into post traumatic growth. The goal of my presentation is to help eliminate the fear and nervousness that often occurs when someone is getting ready to meet with a legislator for the first time. I will provide attendees with the foundational knowledge needed to prepare for meeting with an elected official, eliminate some of the common fears, and help them feel empowered to have their voice be heard. FR10 - Mindfulness Meditation in Conjunction with Survivor Interest-Based Rehabilitation Breaks Through Treatment Plateaus Courtney Wang , MHS, OTR/L and Barbarann Branca, Ph.D., ABN Clinical: Functional Intergrative - 101 Persons with traumatic brain injury are left with multiple long-lasting problems, especially in cognitive and psychosocial areas. Often treatment is discontinued when the person is assessed as having plateaued or reached a standstill, usually one to two years post-injury. Using a combination of mindfulness meditation and customized treatment modalities to access and develop a survivor’s passion/interests, it has been shown that persons with traumatic brain injuries can continue to develop and advance in multiple arenas well past projected expectations. FR09 - Be Your Own Lobbyist Tim Hoste, President, MBIPC QOL: Self Advocacy - 101

Breakout Session III — 1:45pm - 2:45pm

FR11 - Chronic Pain After Brain Injury: A Biopsychosocial Approach April Groff, PhD Clinical: TBI - 201 Chronic pain is common after brain injury and can be a barrier to optimal recovery and functioning if not managed effectively. In light of the current opioid crisis in the U.S., the need for an alternative treatment approach to chronic pain is imperative. This presentation explores the impact of chronic pain on brain injury recovery, identifies the multiple factors that contribute to chronic pain, and presents the need for a biopsychosocial framework in guiding treatment in order to maximize functional outcomes for those individuals living with chronic pain.

Questions? Contact Allie Weston at aweston@biami.org

Continued — 1:45pm - 2:45pm

FR12 - Current Methods in Diagnosing Acute Concussion Percival Pangilinan, MD and Ryan Stork, MD Clinical: Mild TBI - 201

The diagnosis of mild TBI or concussion is complex but critical to proper treatment. Currently, a clinician relies heavily on a history and physical examination. However, clinicians have additional tools to make more accurate conclusions. We will review the current methods, review the uses and shortfalls of neuro-imaging techniques, and review new bio-markers.

FR13 - Dating After A Head Injury Linda Wells, MA, CCC-SLP, CBIST and April Toivonen, MA, CCC-SLP, CBIS QOL: Psycho-Social - 101

Dating and relationships are an important part of our lives. It is challenging in the best of circumstances, let alone if you have a brain injury. We will address some of the concerns related to TBI and dating.

FR14 - Safe at Home: Creating Safety and Access in the Home Environment Anna Keough, MOT, OTRL QOL: Self Advocacy - 201 Many survivors of neurologic injury experience impairments in mobility or cognitive function which cause difficulty safely and independently accessing their home environment. With limited access to universally designed homes, survivors instead need low-cost and effective modifications to older and smaller homes to ensure safety and agency. This lecture assists the brain injury survivor, families, and advocates to identify barriers to home safety and mitigate through low- and high-tech solutions. Documentation tips and non-traditional funding resources will also be discussed. FR15 - Making New Connections: Brain and Body Wellness through Yoga Karley Brouwer, OTRL, ATP, CBIS and Kristi Brooks, MPP, 300-hr Yoga Instructor, LYB Yoga certified Clinical: Functional Intergrative - 201 The LoveYourBrain (LYB) Foundation developed a research-based yoga and meditation program specifically tailored for the TBI community in order to help improve and restore wellbeing. Learn how Origami Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center partnered with LYB, the first clinical partnership in the country, to bring the FUNdamental Yoga Series to survivors and caregivers in the Mid-Michigan area. During the session you will explore breathing exercises and guided meditation, learn about the benefits of a yoga practice, and receive tips for incorporating yoga and meditation activities at home.

Breakout Session IV — 3:15pm - 4:15pm

FR16 - An Introduction to Brain Injury Lynn Brouwers, M.S., CRC, CBIST and Carolyn Scott, Ph.D., L.P., CBIST Clinical: TBI - 101

Individuals with brain injury and their family, friends, and caregivers will learn more about how brain injury affects multiple systems of the body as well as social relationships and functional activities. Brain injury as a public health issue will be addressed and recommendations for where to obtain more information will be provided.

Questions? Contact Allie Weston at aweston@biami.org

Continued — 3:15pm - 4:15pm

FR17 - Exploring Lack of Sensitivity in Cognitive Assessments for Mild TBI Juliane Timmreck, MA, CCC-SLP, CBIS and Tina Riley, PhD Clinical: Mild TBI - 201 Survivors of mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) with advanced education and specialized jobs are sometimes overlooked by medical providers as individuals who are in need rehabilitation services. Common cognitive assessments used by physicians and therapists are often not sensitive enough to detect changes in cognition, and this results in individuals struggling in their roles and vocations. There are evaluation and treatment options for high-level mTBI that will help survivors to return to and maintain their prior roles and responsibilities. The presentation goal is to empower people with disabilities to make decisions regarding their sexual wellness and reproductive health and provide a better understanding of the need for sexual education and resources as related to the disabled community. FR19 - Understanding Health-Related Quality of Life in Care Partners of Persons with TBI Noelle Carlozzi, Ph.D. and Robin Hanks, Ph.D. QOL: Self Advocacy - 201 This presentation will describe the development of the TBI-CareQOL measurement system which is designed to capture the most important aspects of health-related quality of life (HRQOL) for care partners of civilians and service members/veterans (SMVs) with TBI. It is our hope that this measurement system can be used to help identify important unmet needs (e.g., to inform healthcare and social services needs for these care partners), as well as to evaluate interventions designed to improve their HRQOL. FR18 - Disability & Sexuality Kimberly Austin-Baker and Barbara Hill, OTRL QOL: Psycho-Social - 201

FR20 - Mindfulness in the Brain Injured Population Savitha Bonthala, DO Clinical: Functional Intergrative - 201

This topic is an interactive, continuing education discussing the benefits of mindfulness led by Dr. Savitha Bonthala. This topic will also cover the use integrative medicine following neurological illness, injury or accident.

Questions? Contact Allie Weston at aweston@biami.org


Access Companies 3960 Tittabawassee Road Saginaw, MI 48604 (800) 292-0230 www.makelifeaccessible.com

Dignitas, Inc 24505 Orchard Lake Rd. P. O. Box 3460 Farmington Hills, MI 48333 (248) 442-1170 www.dignitasinc.com

Access Companies is made of three dynamic companies. Saginaw Medical Service Inc. specializing in Homecare supplies, wheelchairs, beds, and rehab equipment repair and service. Access Construction and Design specializing in home modifications, accessible homes, lifts, ramps, and barrier free design. Access Mobility Center specializing in Accessible vans, sales, service, rentals, adaptive driving equipment, scooter and wheelchair lifts, installation and service.

Residential and semi-independent programming; for persons who have suffered a TBI or spinal cord injury. A transitional program that offers individualized programming and strong team support. Treatment planning in the areas of physical, emotional, occupational, and recreational spheres is managed by a team of health professionals with years of experience.

Florida Institute for Neurologic Rehabilitation, Inc 1962 Vandolah Road/PO Box 1348 Wauchula, FL 33873 (800) 697-5390 www.finr.net

ADVENT Home Medical, Inc. 1535 E. Highwood Pontiac, Michigan 48340 (877) 944-9800 www.adventhomemedical.com

A clinically focused, Joint Commission accredited, Michigan home medical equipment company, specializing in home ventilator care and weaning. Our clinical respiratory staff is dedicated to supporting the care of patients with acute and chronic respiratory diseases that require home mechanical ventilation. Advent’s goal is to safely transition the patient from hospital to home while helping to improve the patient’s quality of life.

The Florida Institute for Neurologic Rehabilitation (FINR) has developed a comprehensive brain injury rehabilitation continuum of care offering specialized inpatient evaluation and treatment for both children and adults. Programs in our continuum are designed for individuals with a wide range of complex medical, neurorehabilitation, neurobehavioral, and neuropsychiatric care needs.

AdvisaCare 4234 Cascade Road Grand Rapids, MI 49546 (616) 464-1117

Health Partners Home Care 30700 Telegraph Road, Suite 3475 Bingham Farms, MI 48025 (800) 969-7723 www.healthpartnersinc.com

Caring for patients and their families since 1997 and providing hardworking, well-trained staff. We care for adults and children with spinal cord and/or traumatic brain injuries throughout Michigan. We are committed to helping patients on their road to recovery. www.AdvisaCare.com

Health Partners has specialized in serving clients in their homes for 25 years, offering highly qualified staff to meet their unique care needs. We understand the complexity of caring for someone who has sustained a long-term injury such as a traumatic brain or spinal cord injury. We have five offices in Michigan: Southfield, Flint, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo and Traverse City. Hope Network Neuro Rehabilitation 1490 East Beltline SE Grand Rapids, MI 49506 (855) 407-7575 www.hopenetworkrehab.org Hope Network Neuro Rehabilitation is a leading provider of post- hospital, community-based rehabilitation services and specialized medical care for those who have sustained a brain or spinal cord injury, suffered a stroke, or have other neurological conditions. For more information, contact us at 855.407.7575 or www. hopenetwork.org/neuro-rehab

Beaumont Health 18101 Oakwood Blvd. Dearborn, MI 48124 (313) 436-2444

Beaumont Health is Michigan’s largest health care system and provides patients with compassionate, extraordinary care, no matter where they live. With eight hospitals, 145 outpatient locations, nearly 5,000 physicians and more than 38,000 employees, Beaumont’s commitment to patient and family- centered care contributes to the health and well-being of residents throughout the community and beyond.

Questions? Contact Allie Weston at aweston@biami.org

Lighthouse Neurological Rehabilitation Center 1655 E. Caro Road

NeuroRestorative Nation Wide (800) 743-6802

Caro, MI 48723 (989) 673-2500 www.lighthouserehab.com

NeuroRestorative is a leading Provider of specialized sub-acute, skilled and post-acute rehabilitation services for people of all ages with brain injuries and other neurological challenges. In a variety of locations and settings, we offer a full continuum of care and rehabilitation options, including specialized services for infants, children, adolescents, and Military Service Veterans.

Lighthouse provides rehabilitation and residential services for persons with traumatic brain injury (TBI) and neurological disabilities, to assist each person in achieving their highest level of independence in the least restrictive environment possible, and to serve the whole person by striving to meet each person’s needs spiritually, emotionally, socially, physically and intellectually. Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital 235 Wealthy Street SE Grand Rapids, MI 49503 (800) 528-8989 www.maryfreebed.com A not-for-profit, internationally accredited 167-bed rehabilitation hospital in Grand Rapids. For more than 127 years, Mary Free Bed experts have restored hope and freedom to children and adults who have experienced brain injury, stroke, spinal cord injury, multiple trauma, amputation, cancer and other diagnoses. The Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Network has over 30 member hospitals, extending availability of specialized rehabilitation across Michigan.

Oppidan PO Box 52123 Sarasota, FL 34232 844-OPPIDAN (677-4326)

OPPIDAN is a state licensed, CARF accredited facility in Sarasota, Florida dedicated to excellence in the provision of neurobehavioral and supported independent living services for adults with neurologic dysfunction. Our staff-secured program provides the support, supervision and guidance needed to maximize the level of independence without compromising security or safety in the least restrictive and home-like environment. Origami Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center Origami Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization. Origami provides comprehensive rehabilitation for adolescents and adults with neurological dysfunction through their residential, outpatient, and community based programs. With their compassionate and innovative services, Origami creates opportunities and transforms lives. Rainbow Rehabilitation Centers, Inc 17187 N. Laurel Park Dr., Suite 160 Livonia, MI 48152 (734) 482-1200 www.rainbowrehab.com Rainbow Rehabilitation has you covered for all your rehabilitation needs. Through our Continuum of Care, we treat adults and children in residential programs, outpatient treatment centers, vocational centers, and the client’s home or community. No better place to heal, no greater hope of recovery, no finer promise of achievement. Now accepting Medicare and many commercial health insurances for outpatient services. 3181 Sandhill Rd. Mason, MI 48854 (517) 455-0264 www.origamirehab.org

Miller & Tischler P.C. 28470 W. 13 Mile Road, Suite 300 Farmington Hills, MI 48334 Phone (248) 945-1040/Fax (248) 536-5042 www.millertischler.com

M&T provides meticulous and thoughtful representation to our clients. We cover a variety of personal injury and insurance issues confronting the catastrophically injured, their families, and their service providers. We aggressively represent our clients’ interests and have an unwavering commitment to excellence, integrity and diligence. We take great pride in being responsive, compassionate and accessible to our clients.

National Seating & Mobility 10341 Hercules Freeland, MI 48623 (989) 274-6000

Whether the mobility needs are simple, complex, or somewhere in-between, National Seating & Mobility is focused on providing our clients with Complete Mobility Solutions. The solution may be customizing a power wheelchair, ensuring independence and safety in the home, or servicing equipment. No matter the mobility solution our goal always is to help our clients move through life.

Questions? Contact Allie Weston at aweston@biami.org

Rehab Transportation 17187 N. Laurel Park Dr., Suite 160 Livonia, MI 48152 (734) 981-1480/ (800) 306-6406 www.rehabtransportation.com

Special Tree Rehabilitation System 10909 Hannan Road Romulus, MI 48174 (800) 648-6885 www.specialtree.com Special Tree provides brain and spinal cord injury rehabilitation and treatment at 30 Michigan locations. Programs include subacute treatment with specialized 24-hour nursing, residential and semi-independent living, outpatient services, vocational rehabilitation, and home health care. Special Tree is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), and earned the highest quality award from the Michigan Performance Excellence program.

Rehab Transportation offers non-emergency medical transportation with competitive rates, on-time service and comfortable, clean, secure vehicles. Our dually-trained professional drivers can offer care before, during and after transportation. A complete range of services are available throughout Michigan. We can also tailor transportation to meet your business needs with our easy flat-rate pricing and dedicating a vehicle and driver to your location. Rehab Without Walls NeuroSolutions 6105 W. St. Joseph Hwy, Suite 211 Lansing, MI 48917 (888) 619-9735 www.rehabwithoutwalls.com Rehab Without Walls provides comprehensive neurorehab in the patient’s home and community. We maintain the largest post-acute neuro outcomes database with over 8,000 patients. We serve in all major cities plus rural townships and villages. We treat wherever you are, whether your goals are to return to hunting, farming, returning to college or participating in your religious community!

Riversbend Rehabilitation 3707 Katalin Ct. Bay City, MI 48706 (989) 671-0867 www.riversbendrehab.com

Riversbend of Bay City, Michigan is a provider of comprehensive inpatient and outpatient neurological rehabilitation. Riversbend employs gifted staff and therapists that not only understand the unique needs of the clientele but will preserve their dignity. The environment is comfortable and positive and offers a wide range of therapeutic and recreational opportunities for a well- rounded rehabilitative experience.

Sinas Dramis Law Firm Offices in Lansing, MI (517) 394-7500 Grand Rapids, MI (616) 301-3333 Chicago, IL (312) 332-6132 www.sinasdramis.com

Founded in 1951, Sinas Dramis handles personal injury, wrongful death and no-fault benefit cases throughout Michigan. Five attorneys are listed in Best Lawyers in America and Managing Partner George T. Sinas was recognized by Michigan Lawyers Weekly as the 2013 “Lawyer of the Year” and by Leading Lawyers Magazine as one of Michigan’s “Top 10 Personal Injury Attorneys” for 2017.

Questions? Contact Allie Weston at aweston@biami.org

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