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Dr. Thomas A. Martin
PsyD, ABBP
1965 – 2015

The Brain Injury Association of Missouri and the community lost an exceptional clinician, strong advocate and sincere friend with the passing of Dr. Thomas A. Martin on May 7, 2015.

The following words of tribute for Dr. Tom Martin are shared by many:

Dear Friends,

I join you in total shock and sadness at the passing of our dear friend and colleague, Dr. Tom Martin. Tom and I worked together on the Brain Injury Association of Missouri Board of Directors for many years. I cherish the times we spent at the conference. I can’t think of anyone who enjoyed giving away the door prizes as much as he did! He took such pride in the strength of the conference over the years and he had quite a bit to do with that. Through his connections, we were able to entice amazing speakers for the conference. Tom was an outstanding neuropsychologist with a heart for the individual survivor and their family. What a legacy he leaves us. I can hardly bear to think of not talking with him again. My prayers go out to his children and mother as they cope with this loss. And to all of us who also knew him and thought so much of him, we are a community joined in shared sadness.

Terrie Price

Read the obituary for Dr. Tom Martin

Tribute donation in Memory of Dr. Tom Martin 



Welcome to the Brain Injury Association of Missouri

News and Announcements

 Save the Date

Brain Injury Association of Missouri (BIA-MO)

11th Annual Statewide Professional Conference

October 15 – 17, 2015

St. Charles Convention Center

St. Charles, Missouri

The Brain Injury Association of Missouri 11th Annual Statewide Conference is the only conference in Missouri dedicated to current trends in innovative therapeutic strategies, cutting-edge and best practices treatment options, and research specifically relating to brain injury.

This Conference features national and local experts addressing issues of interest to professionals, survivors of brain injury and family members.

Sessions held Thursday, October 15 and Friday, October 16 will focus on topics of interest to healthcare professionals, rehabilitation specialists, social workers, vocational counselors, physicians, psychologists, mental health professionals, case managers, service coordinators, and others providing care for persons with brain injury.

On Saturday, October 17, a special seminar will be held for survivors of brain injury and their families.

Specific sessions and speakers will be announced soon.   View and print a Sponsorship brochure.  To receive Registration information send an email to info@biamo.org or call 800-444-6443.

Learn more about the BIA-MO Annual Statewide Professional Conference.


BIA-MO Survivor and Family Regional Seminar

October 17

The Brain Injury Association of Missouri Survivor and Family Regional Seminars provide helpful information, practical suggestions and support for life with brain injury. 

2015 Program Agenda:
Brain Injury 101
Loving the New Me
Making and Keeping Relationships
Building Therapy Into Your Day
Ask the Specialists Panel
The Elephant in the Room - Intimacy and Sexuality
Guardianship Codes - Proposed Changes

*For session details and seminar locations, click here


There is no charge but registration is required. Registration is easy!
Register Online
Print a Registration Flier


Sports Concussions Seminar

Sports Concussions: Facts, Fallacies and New Frontiers

Videos of the seminar held in Columbia, MO is available

Every year, the Brain Injury Association of Missouri (BIA-MO) hosts the Sports Concussions: Facts, Fallacies and New Frontiers in cooperation with the Department of Health and Senior Services/TBI Grant and several statewide organizations. This educational program provides sports and school personnel with current information on concussion care and his or her role in this care for youth.  

Sports Concussions: Facts, Fallacies and New Frontiers regional seminars were held in January and February 2015 at five locations: Cape Girardeau, Columbia, Kansas City, Springfield and St. Louis.   The seminars were a success; attendance increased from 2014 by 25 percent to nearly 1,000 participants across Missouri.

A Concussion Overview for Parents and Athletes and the Sports Concussions: Facts, Fallacies and New Frontiers seminar held in Columbia, MO is available to view here.


 BIA-MO Social Recreation Event Coming Up Next:

Board Games


Saturday, July 25
2:00-4:00 PM

 BIA-MO Office

2265 Schuetz Road
Saint Louis, Missouri 63146

*Bring a snack and come join the fun!

RSVP to 314-426-4024 or info@biamo.org.

 

 
For Questions: Call 800-444-6443 or email info@biamo.org

 To download the 2015 Social Recreation Calendar, Click Here



Bowling for Brain Injury – A Perfect Score!

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Event Locations
St. Louis:  Chesterfield Brunswick Zone      
 Springfield:  Enterprise Park Lanes

Bowling for Brain Injury raised more than $23,000 to provide help, hope and healing for survivors of brain injury and their families.  Thank you to the nearly 200 Fundraising-Bowlers and even more donors who made this event a huge success!

Your donation still counts!  Your donation will make a difference through programs of support, education, recreation and advocacy through the Brain Injury Association.

Please make your Bowling for Brain Injury – Missouri gift online now. 

Bowlers participated in two locations:  in St. Louis at the Brunswick Zone – Chesterfield, and in Springfield at Enterprise Park Lanes.  In addition, some were absentee or virtual bowlers, or they may have chosen to sponsor a bowler or team with a donation. Or perhaps were a corporate sponsor of the event. Any way you frame it, it was a perfect score for individuals living with the challenges of life with brain injury. 


Learn more about Bowling for Brain Injury 

Become a Sponsor


BIA-MO Wilderness Camp

The Brain Injury Association of Missouri (BIA-MO) Donald Danforth Jr. Wilderness Camp is a week-long organized outdoor experience, held at Sunnyhill Adventures in Dittmer, Missouri for persons with a brain injury.


The need for such a camp was determined several years ago through discussions with many families coping with the changes in their lives following a brain injury of a loved one. For survivors, there is a need to rebuild their self-confidence, to begin to learn how to overcome new obstacles and create a new life for themselves. For the caregiver, respite from daily responsibilities and care for their loved one is occasionally needed.

The BIA-MO Donald Danforth Jr. Wilderness Camp is dedicated to assisting survivors.  Activities such as swimming, boating, fishing, arts & crafts, sports, games, zip lining, rocking climbing and paddle boating are adapted to the abilities. Participation in camp offers individuals with brain injuries opportunities for fun, time with others with brain injury and relaxation.

More information and details of the 2015 Wilderness camp, held May 31 – June 5, 2015, are available here.




 ShopThruTheHeart

YOU CAN Make a Difference

Your back-to-school, everyday and work shopping can benefit the Brain Injury Association of Missouri at no extra cost to you.

School and office supplies, clothes, dorm room essentials and more are all available through retailers such as Walmart, Amazon, Kohl’s, Best Buy, Verizon, Famous Footwear, Finish Line, Office Max and more.

When you make on-line purchases using the Shop Thru the Heart mall, a donation will be made to the Brain Injury Association of Missouri (BIA-MO). There is no additional cost to you or BIA-MO.

It is easy to Shop Thru the Heart
Go to www.shopthrutheheart.com
Choose Shop from the top of the screen
Click Sign-in from the top of the screen (you can use the BIA-MO general account)
Enter the following information in the I’m a Returning Customer box (case sensitive):
       Email Address: shopthrutheheart@biamo.org
       Password: GOSHOP
Make your online purchases with up to 10 percent of your total being donated to the Brain Injury Association of Missouri, at no additional cost to you.

How does Shop Thru the Heart work, this sounds to good to be true? 
The www.shopthrutheheart.com mall receives a commission based on your purchases. They then make a donation to BIA-MO based on your purchase - when BIA-MO is your selected charity or you sign-in using the BIA-MO general account. There is no additional cost to you, your company, employees, colleagues and friends.

Please Shop Thru the Heart for your on-line purchases for home, school and work.




 

YOU can provide help and hope for individuals and families adjusting to life with brain injury.

You probably know a survivor of brain injury. You might be a survivor or have a loved one with brain injury. Perhaps you have a friend or colleague who is impacted by brain injury. You know the emotional roller-coaster survivors and families experience in these days, weeks, months and year that follow the injury. 

Please be help and hope for survivors and their families, colleagues and friends or anyone you know that has been impacted by brain injury. A donation helps all of those listed above and more, to receive information and answers. 

Donate Now. 

 



Membership – Voice of Brain Injury in Missouri 

Your Membership in the Brain Injury Association of Missouri matters. It ensures that survivors of brain injury and their families have access to services, receive support and education to face new challenges, and celebrate accomplishments in their lives. Click here for more information about Membership.



Brain Injury Association of Missouri Board Meetings

Members of the Brain Injury Association of the Missouri are welcome to attend Board Meetings as a guest.  The meeting dates for 2015 are:
February 14
April 11
June 13
September 12
December 12.  

All meetings are held at University Hospital, One Hospital Drive, Columbia, MO 65212 in the Main Street Conference Room on the 1st Floor.  The Executive Committee meets at 9:15 am followed by the Board of Directors meeting at 10:30 am.


BIA-MO Membership has many benefits. Join today.

Membership is free for survivors of brain injury.    
 

  

 






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Saint Louis Missouri 63146

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Phone 314-426-4024

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