Annual Conference

Brain Injury Association of Missouri

Annual Statewide Conference

October 15-17, 2015

St. Charles Convention Center

2015 Conference Overview

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.

To receive a Registration Brochure, send an email to the Brain Injury Association of Missouri at or call 800-444-6443.  Register for the Professional Conference online or Print a Registration form.

Conference Details

·      Professional Audience: Thursday, October 15 and Friday, October 16

·      Survivor and Family Audience: Saturday, October 17

·      Location: St. Charles Convention Center, St. Charles, Missouri

View and Print the Full Conference Brochure.

Conference Professional Audience

·      Therapists - physical, occupational, speech

·      Medical Personnel - physicians, nurses, neurologists

·      Mental Health Professionals - social workers, counselors, psychologists, neuropsychologists

·      Rehabilitation Specialists - medical, therapists, mental health, community support

·      Care Coordinators - case managers, service coordinators, discharge planners

·      Vocational Experts - vocational counselors, job developers

·      Community Support Staff - independent living experts, personal care attendants, support providers

Conference Schedule at a Glance

Thursday October 15, 2015

8:30 am - 10:00 am Breakout Session 

Life After Brain Injury and Possible Complications 
Raman Malhotra, MD
Lauren Schwarz, PhD, ABPP-CN 

How to Advocate for Your BI Clients in Returning to the Workplace 
Debbie Turley, OTR/L
Mary Seaton, MHS, OTR/L 

10:30 am - 12:00 pm Keynote Session 

The Impact of Blast Exposure and Signs of Early Aging in the Brain of Troops 
Benjamin Trotter, BS
Regina McGlinchey, PhD 

1:00 pm - 2:15 pm Plenary Session 

Resources: Post-Acute Care Through Independence in the Community 
Meghan Leach, MSW, LCSW 
Jennifer Gamble, LCSW CCM
Karen Funkenbusch

2:15 pm - 3:45 pm Plenary Session 
Central Nervous Systems Medication Use in TBI: Mitigating Adverse Reactions 
Misty Gonzales, Pharm.D. BCPP 

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Breakout Session 

Educating and Counseling Challenging Families in Neurorehabilitation 
Charity Shelton, MS, CCC-SLP, CBIST 

The Practice of Assisting by Teaching/Not Doing for Individuals Who Have Survived a Brain Injury 
Sarah M. Davis, CBIS 
Justin Messner 
Marsha Milleson, BA, CBIS 

Friday October 16, 2015

8:30 am - 9:30 am Plenary Session 

Advanced Diagnosis and Treatment of the Vestibular System in the TBI Patient by Physical Therapy 
Kelsie Hanscom, PT, DPT 

9:45 am - 11:15 am Keynote Session 
Neurobehavioral Impact of Brain Injury 
Gerard Erker, PhD 

11:15 am - 12:15 pm Breakout Session 
How to Advocate with Legislators 
Thomas McAuliffe, MA 

Treatment and Rehabilitation of Stroke vs. Traumatic Brain Injury 
Eric Hart, PsyD, ABPP-CN

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Breakout Session 

Post-Concussion Syndrome: Managing Migraines and Other Symptoms Afterward 
Jennifer Bickel, MD 

Complementary Therapies 
Kristin Veteto, MM MT-BC, NMT-F
Julie Gant, MA, ATR BC, LPC 

2:05 pm - 3:15 pm Plenary Session 

Co-diagnosis with Brain Injury and Mental Illness 
Shawna Baron, PsyD 

3:15 pm - 4:30 pm Keynote Session 

Something that Matters: Understanding, Supporting, and Empowering Survivors of Brain Injury
Joanne Cohen, MA 

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Conference Sponsorships Available

Sponsorship Benefits

·      Professional Conference Registrations for you or your staff

·      Exhibit Hall Space to share information with conference attendees

·      Recognition of your sponsorship at Conference and on BIA-MO website

·      Share information about your services with professionals, survivors of brain injury, and family members

·      Show your commitment for BIA-MO and the brain injury community

·      More benefits are available based on the Sponsorship level.  

Your sponsorship for the BIA-MO 11th Annual Statewide Conference will help educate professionals of various disciplines who provide care at all levels of brain injury treatment. This care includes trauma, surgery, rehabilitation, transition and adjustment to current abilities, return to work, community living, recreation, and more. You can help survivors of brain injury and their families live a quality life with brain injury. 

View and print a Sponsorship brochure.

Complete a Sponsorship form online.


Brain Injury Association of Missouri 

Award Nominations

Each year the Brain Injury Association of Missouri (BIA-MO) honors individuals and organizations that have made an outstanding contribution in the brain injury community.

Nominate someone for a BIA-MO Award by October 7, 2015:  

Courage Award

Honors the success of an individual with brain injury.

Point of Light Award

Honors an individual who has provided outstanding service to persons with brain injury. Nominations must be made by an individual with brain injury.

Volunteer of the Year

Honors an individual who has furthered the mission of the Brain Injury Association of Missouri through his or her volunteer service with the organization.

Legislator of the Year

Honors an elected official representing citizens of Missouri who has supported the prevention of brain injuries, services for survivors of brain injury or their families, or supported issues important to the brain injury community.

Bill Buell Memorial Award

Honors a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor or Case Manager who has provided outstanding service to the brain injury community within or outside of his or her employment responsibilities.

Service Excellence Award — Prevention

Honors an individual or organization for lasting contributions in brain injury prevention.

Service Excellence Award — Community Service

Honors an individual or organization for exceptional service within the brain injury community.

Service Excellence Award — Public Relations

Honors an individual or organization for outreach and educational efforts that have increased awareness of brain injury, needs within the brain injury community, and the Brain Injury Association of Missouri.

Lifetime Achievement Award

Honors an individual or organization for significant contributions and long-term impact to the brain injury community.

Hotel Accommodations


The St. Charles Convention Center is adjacent to the Embassy Suites—St. Charles  Hotel.   Embassy Suites-St. Charles Hotel is an upscale full-service all-suite hotel with spacious two-room suites which are beautifully decorated with a private bedroom and spacious living room. All of the suites are fully equipped with two televisions, a refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, and two telephones with data ports, high speed internet access and a well lit dining/work table. The Hotel also features its own day spa—Spa Botanica. Guests are treated to a complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast and a nightly manager’s reception.

The Embassy Suites—St. Charles is just minutes away from Historic Main Street, Saint Charles. The hotel offers a complimentary shuttle within a three mile radius and complimentary self-parking.

Special Rate at the Embassy Suites – St. Charles Deadline is October 1, 2015.  Make your hotel reservation directly with the Embassy Suites online now or at 636-946-5544.

Continuing Education Units


Nursing—CMSA-KC is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Kansas State Board of Nursing. This course offering has been submitted for approval for contact hours which are applicable for RN, LPN, and LMHT re-licensure. Kansas State Board of Nursing Provider number: LT 0206-0606. NeuroRestorative is sponsoring the nursing CE credits. 

Speech PathologistsThis program is offered for 1.0 CEUs (Intermediate level; Professional area). Credits are sponsored by SSM Rehabilitation Hospital.

Social WorkNeuroRestorative is sponsoring the social work continuing education credits through the state of Illinois.

Case Managers—CCM CEU’s provided by NeuroRestorative.

Rehabilitation Service Providers/Vocational Counselors—CCRC CEU’s provided by NeuroRestorative.





BIA-MO Membership has many benefits. Join today

Membership is free for survivors of brain injury.

Click here to view a video about how BIA-MO helps those with brain injury




Brain Injury Association of Missouri, Inc.

2265 Schuetz Road

Saint Louis Missouri 63146

Toll Free 800-444-6443

Phone 314-426-4024

Fax 314-426-3290

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