2018 Speaker Presentations



Conference Course Description:  Traumatic brain injury and stroke present challenges to recovery from these injuries.  The purpose of this conference is to address traditional and research-based emerging modalities across the life span that have promise in aiding such recovery. There is also an emphasis on symptom management during recuperation. A focus on neuro-rehabilitation that permits the resumption of common life activities such as socializing with others and driving is included.


Conference Learner Outcomes:  Upon completion of this conference, attendees will be able to:

  1. Compare the commonalities and differences in brain injury and stroke in terms of pharmacologic and rehabilitative therapies for recovery. (Domain: Cognitive; Level: Evaluation/Conceptual)
  2. Explain and interpret the behavioral and extra-cerebral sequela that may occur with brain injury and stroke. (Domain: Cognitive; Level: Understanding/Metacognitive)
  3. Examine and analyze the rehabilitative approaches for survivors from infancy to adult after brain injury. (Domain: Cognitive; Level: Analyzing/Metacognitive)
  4. Recognize and defend the need for balance between freedom and safety for survivors of brain injury in terms of financial, social, and interpersonal goals and activities. (Domain: Affective; Level: Organizing/Prioritizing values)
  5. Explain and support the integration of complementary and alternative therapies in the care of the brain injury and stroke survivor.  (Domain: Affective; Level: Valuing/Commitment)



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8:00 – 9:00 (1 hr) – Substance Abuse and the Brain Injury Client – Rodney Valandra, MA, NCC, LPCC-S

11:30 – 12:30 (1 hr) – Translational Approaches to Brain Injury Treatment – Laura B. Ngwenya, MD, PhD, University of Cincinnati Gardner Neuroscience Institute

1:00 – 1:45 (45 min) – Transitioning from Pediatric to Adult Medical Care and Beyond:  Things to Consider – La Donna Morales MSW, LSW, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

3:00 – 4:00 (1 hr) – 2018 State of Stroke – Trends in Occurrence, Treatment – Brett Kissela, MD, MS, FAHA, FAAN, Department of Neurology and Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Cincinnati; Sharing Insight on the Road to Recovery after a Stroke – Kelly and Brad Marsh (Kelly is a stroke survivor)



9:15 – 10:00 (45 min) – Bridging the Gap from Inpatient to Outpatient Stroke Care James Farrell, MD, Riverhills Neuroscience

10:15 – 11:00 (45 min) – Spasticity: Pathophysiology and Treatment after Brain Injury – Kenneth Mook, MD, PhD Medical Director, Gateway Rehabilitation Hospital

2:00 – 2:45 (45 min) – Post-Traumatic Dizziness: Considerations for Intervention – Scott Schowalter, PT, MPT, St. Elizabeth Healthcare 



9:15 – 10:00 (45 min) – Inpatient Rehabilitation for Infants with Brain Injury: An Interdisciplinary Approach – Heather Witt, PT DPT, CBIS; Jennifer Noffsinger, MS, CCC-SLP, CBIS; Cassie Ginn, MS, OTR/L, CBIS ~ All from Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital HealthSouth

10:15 – 11:00 (45 min) – Complementary and Alternative Medicine with Battlefield Acupuncture as treatment option for chronic headaches and musculoskeletal pain – Isaac Darko, MD, TBI/Polytrauma Rehab Program Medical Director; Angela Young, MSN, APRN, FNP-C ~ Both from Cincinnati VA Medical Center

2:00 – 2:45 (45 min) – Pharmacogenomics and Medication Therapy Management Applied to a TBI Case – David F. Kisor, BS, PharmD, FCP, Manchester University – No slide handout available due to pending publication 



9:15 – 10:00 (45 min) – Driving As a Valued Occupation: Returning to Driving After Brain Injury – Bethanie Skaggs-Manley, MS, OTR/L, CBIS, CDRS; Casey Humphrey, OTD, MHA, OTR/L, CBIS, CDRS 

10:15 – 11:00 (45 min) – Relationships and Sexuality after Brain Injury/Stroke – Gina Wheatley, LCSW, Clinical Behavior Analysis (CBA)

2:00 – 2:45 (45 min) – Use a Strategy! Learn to Compensate for Thinking and Communication Challenges after Brain Injury – Stephanie Volker, MS, CCC-SLP, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital

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