"Into Sight and Into Mind: 
Integrative, Alternative, and Mainstream Care"
26th Annual Best Practices in Brain Injury Services 
March 1 and 2, 2018
Sheraton West Des Moines

Contact Hours are available to Social Workers, Registered Nurses, Speech Pathologists,
Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, and Licensed Practical Nurses.
March 1, 2018 5.75 Contact Hours
 March 2, 2018 5.25 Contact Hours.

Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC)- IBON provider #22. 

  Professional  Family- Survivor  Exhibitor   
1 Day       $185.00 $110.00 Single Table $485.00
2 Day  $270.00 $155.00                     Double Table $550.00                                Additional Exhibitor is $200.00


Please click link below or call (515) 223-1800 to book, modify, or cancel a reservation.
Please refer to the Brain Injury Alliance of Iowa room block.





Conference Agenda

Thursday, March 1, 2018

For more information about the speaker and presentation click on the presenter's name
7:30 - 8:30 am
8:30 - 8:45 am 
Welcome and Opening Remarks
8:45 - 9:45 am
"Navigating Ancient and Emerging Treatments for Brain Injury: 
Safety, Efficacy, and Evidence"
Geoffrey M Lauer, MA, Executive Director
Brain Injury Alliance of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 
9:45 - 10:00 am
10:00 - 11:15 am
“The Role of Photobiomodulation in Brain Recovery”
S. Gregory Hipskind, MD, PhD, Medical Director
Inlight Medical, Addison, TX
Jodi Mittiga, APN, ANP-BC, MS, Nurse Practitioner
Inlight Medical, Edgewater, CO 
11:15 - 12:00 pm
BIAIA Awards Ceremony
12:00 - 12:45 pm
12:45 - 2:00 pm
“The Quantum Brain: On the Frontiers of Neuroscience”
Michael Mason, Projects Director
Neurologic Rehabilitation Institute at Brookhaven Hospital, Tulsa, Ok 
2:00 - 2:15 pm
2:15 - 3:15 pm
"The Interaction of the Brain-Gut Axis following a Traumatic Brain Injury"
Sue Wilson, MA, LAT, ATC, PES, CHHC, Chief Research and 
Resource Development Officer
Mike Hadden, MS, LAT, ATC, CSCS, Chief Research and Science Officer 
CTE Hope, Indianola, IA 
2:15 - 3:15 pm
"Resilience after Brain Injury Disability"
Rolf Gainer, PhD, Chief Executive Officer
Neurologic Rehabilitation Institute at Brookhaven Hospital, Tulsa, OK 
2:15 - 3:15 pm
"The Art of Using Neuropsychological Testing Results as a Tool in Building 
Effective Helping Relationships"
Kathy Nesheim-Larson, MSW, CBIST, Director of Brain Injury and 
Specialty Support Services
REM Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, Wisconsin, Edina, MN
 3:15 - 3:30 pm
 3:30 - 4:30 pm            
"Caring for the Caregiver"
Deborah Gutteridge, MS, CBIST, Regional Manager of Marketing and 
Business Development
NeuroRestorative, Kansas City, MO
3:30 - 4:30 pm 
"Iowa Discharge Planning Workshop"
Annie Randolph, BS, CBIS, Neuro Resource Facilitator
Brain Injury Alliance of Iowa, Urbandale, IA 
David Shields, MS, CBIST, Clinical Director
Community NeuroRehab of Iowa, West Des Moines, IA
3:30 - 4:30pm 
"Miller Trusts, Special Needs Trusts, and Title XIX"
Ross Barnett, JD, Attorney
Abendroth and Russel Law Firm, Des Moines, IA 
4:30 - 7:00 pm
Exhibitors Reception


Friday, March 2, 2018

8:00 - 8:30 am
8:30 - 9:45 am
"Conscious Professionalism: Principles and Practices for Brain Injury Rehabilitation"
Dave Anders, MS, CCC-SLP, CBIST, Director of Therapy Services
On With Life, Ankeny, IA
Break- Hotel Check Out 
10:15 - 11:15 am
Panel Discussion: "Working Together to Make Employment Work"
Diane Hernandez, MS, CRC, CBIS, Disability Resource Coordinator
Iowa Employment Solutions at DMACC, Des Moines, IA 
Annie Randolph, BS, CBIS, Neuro Resource Facilitator
Brain Injury Alliance of Iowa, Urbandale, IA
Sonetta Mangra-Dutcher, Operations Director
Central Iowa Works, Des Moines, IA
Marsha G Burright, Rehabilitation Counselor
Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services, Des Moines, IA  
Lisa M Noble, BS, CBIS, Program Director
Community NeuroRehab, West Des Moines, IA 
11:15 - 11:30 am
11:30 - 12:30 pm
"An Integrative Medical Approach to Traumatic Brain Injury"
Erika J Lauer, MD
Bright Life Integrative Psychiatry, North Liberty and Coralville, IA 
12:30 - 1:15 pm
1:15 - 2:15 pm
"An Integrative Medical Approach to Traumatic Brain Injury Part Two: 
Brain, Mind, Body, Spirit"
Erika J Lauer, MD Bright Life Integrative Psychiatry, North Liberty and Coralville, IA
1:15 - 2:15 pm
"Dual Diagnosis: It is not the Sum of Two Injuries"
Lisa Beck, MS, APRN, CNS, CRRN, Clinical Nurse Specialist Provider
Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
1:15 - 2:15 pm
"Caregiver Approach and the Client Experience"
Courtney Sand, MS, BCBA, Senior Behavior Analyst
NeuroRestorative, Iowa City, IA
2:15 - 2:30 pm
2:30 - 3:30 pm
"REAP: Introduction to Concussion Management"
Carrie Van Quathem, MS, PT, Director of Pediatric Rehabilitation
ChildServe, Johnston, IA 
June Klein-Bacon, BSW, CBIS, Brain Injury Projects Manager
Brain Injury Alliance of Iowa, Waterloo, IA 
2:30 - 3:30 pm
"Walking Among Us, Talking Among Us, Struggling Amongst Us: 
Implications of Complex Concussion in the Real World"
Courtney Huber, MS, CCC-SLP, CBIS, Speech Language Pathologist 
David Demarest, PhD, CBIST, Director of Psychology
On With Life, Ankeny, IA 
2:30 - 3:30 pm
Panel Discussion: "The Caregiver's Journey"
Ben Woodworth, MSW, CBIST, Director of Training
Iowa Association of Community Providers, Urbandale, IA 
Dave and Brenda Johnson, Goldcanyon, AZ


Thank You Corporate Members!

         On With Life, Inc. REM Iowa
      Community NeuroRehab of Iowa  Opportunities Unlimited
     Amerigroup Quester
Iowa Association of Community Providers Neurologic Rehabilitation Institute at Brookhaven Hospital

Email conferences@biaia.org or call (319) 466-7455
All Cancellations are subject to a $30.00 processing fee. Substitutions permitted. No refunds will be issued after February 28, 2018