What s Inside the HEADLINER The Newsletter by yaofenjin


The Newsletter of the Brain Injury Association of Oregon
                                                                                                                        Winter 2011
                                                                                                                        Vol. XIII Issue 1

  What’s                    9th Annual Pacific Northwest Brain Injury
 Inside?                                  Conference 2011
   Professional          Living with Brain Injury: Thriving in Changing Times
     Page 2-3                                           March 4-5, 2011 • Portland Oregon
Board of Directors                                       Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel
     Page 2
                      Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a major cause of          Living with Brain Injury: Thriving in Changing
The Lawyer’s Desk death and disability globally and is considered to be         Times March 4 and March 5, 2011, with a
     Page 4       a serious public health problem. In the US, an                preconference March 3 in Portland, Oregon.
                      estimated 1.7 million people sustain TBI’s every
 BIAOR Calendar
                      year, and over 30 percent of all reported injury-         We are looking forward to a wonderful scientific and
     Page 5           related deaths list TBI as a contributing factor.         social/ psychological program with over 60
 Congresswoman        Moreover, mild traumatic brain injury is the most         renowned experts in the field of brain injury
  Giffords: A TBI     common combat-related injury which, along with            presenting on a variety of topics across the
                      spinal cord injury, accounts for nearly 25 percent of
       Story                                                                    continuum of care. BIAOR has also planned other
                      combat casualties.
     Page 6 - 7                                                                 special features including workshops, panels,
                      Treatment of TBI, and especially acute TBI,               scientific poster and paper presentations. The
Annual Conference continues to constitute a major unmet medical need.           conference will include traditional workshops,
Reservation Form A major concern is the lack of treatment and service           demonstrations, learning labs, facilitated
     Page 9       options for brain injury survivors, especially the            discussions, music interactive presentations,
                      increasing number of military with TBI’s.. A report,      invigorators and energizers, panels and techno-
   Brain Injuries     "Barriers and Recommendations: Addressing the             sessions. Music and the brain will be one of the
  Plague Football     Challenge of Americans with Brain Injury," demands        major focuses along with education supports, the
Players Years Later   major reforms within the military and civilian sectors.   health care changes, legal challenges, sports
      Page 10         The report takes a hard-hitting look at available
                                                                                concussion awareness programs, veterans
                      medical care, exposing the grim realities facing
 How to Improve       Americans with brain injury.
                                                                                programs and supports, mental illness and TBI,
Memory with Food                                                                caregiver support programs, grief counseling,
                 "Brain injury has created serious challenges for both          employer education and support programs, return to
    Page 12      the Department of Defense and the Department of                work programs and supports, innovative therapies
Medically Induced     Veterans Affairs (VA)," the document begins. "These       and community re-entry programs and options, and
                      challenges exist because brain injury has been and
     Coma                                                                       much more.
                      continues to be a critical healthcare problem in
    Page 13           America."                                                 Highlighted Speakers for the 2011 Conference
Exercise Following It is with this in mind that our annual conference           include:
   Brain Injury    strives to educate both professional and family
     Page 16       members about TBI treatment and care.                        Alan Weintraub M.D., medical director of the Brain
                      What are we doing about the increasing incidence of       Injury Treatment Team at the Craig Hospital in
Valentine’s Dance     TBI and the growing awareness of its causes? What         Denver, treating both professional athletes and
     Page 17          are the new treatments and therapies, legislative         civilians and conducting valuable research in the
                      measures, services and products available? What           field. He is, in addition, a consultant to the Denver
Stem Cells Repair                                                               Broncos and the Colorado Avalanche. Not only
                      supports are available for teachers, family members
      TBI                                                                       does he treat the injury, he aims to reintegrate the
                      and survivors? We will provide answers to these
    Page 18           and other questions at the 9th Annual Pacific             patient back to normalcy through rehabilitation. Dr.
                      Northwest Brain Injury Conference.                        Weintraub estimates that he treats about 300
    Resources                                                                   patients and dozens of professional athletes per
     Page 20          BIAOR, in partnership with The Brain Injury
                      Association of Washington and the Western States          year. Roughly 50 percent of the traumatic injuries
 Support Groups                                                                 Dr. Weintraub handles are from car accidents, 20
                      Brain Injury Alliance, will host The 9th Annual
   Page 22-23         Pacific Northwest Brain Injury Conference 2011,                              (9th Annual Conference Continued on page 8)

The Headliner                                               Winter 2011                                                          page 1
  Brain Injury Association of Oregon
           Board of Directors
Tootie Smith/President…………..…......Molalla
                                                        When looking for a professional, look for someone who
Jeri Cohen, JD/Treasurer………..…...Creswell
Carol Altman ………………………….Hillsboro
                                                        knows and understands brain injuries. The following are
Tom Boyd, PhD ……………....……….Eugene
Curtis Brown…………….….…...…….Cheshire
                                                        supporting professional members of BIAOR.
Coleen Carney, RN…………….……..Portland                    Attorneys                                                                               Salem Area
Paul Cordo, PhD ……….......……...…Portland                                         Oregon                           Vance Day, Daniel Hill, Adams, Day & Hill, Salem, 503 399-2667
Cheryl Coon, JD ……………………...Portland                                               Bend
Rep. Vic Gilliam …….…...…………...Silverton               † Dwyer Williams Potter Attorney’s LLC, Bend,                                           Roseburg
David Kracke, JD..………….…….......Portland                   541-617-0555                                           Samuel Hornreich, Roseburg, 541-677-7102
Tony Marx ………………..……………...Salem                        John Warren West, Law Offices of John Warren West,                                    Washington
Chuck McGilvrary…….….…...….Central Point                   Bend, 541-382-1955                                                                   Seattle
Sen. Bill Morrisette …….…...……...Springfield                                   Eugene Area                        Richard Adler, Adler Giersch, Seattle, WA 206.682.0300
Ralph Wiser, JD………..……….Lake Oswego                    Thomas Cary, Cary Wing Edmunson, PC, Eugene,               € Kevin Coluccio, Stritmatter Kessler Whelan Coluccio, Seattle, WA
                Advisory Board                             541-485-0203 WC                                           206-448-1777
Kristin Custer, QLI…………….….Omaha, NE                   Don Corson, Corson & Johnson Law Firm, Eugene, 541-                                       Vancouver
Wayne Eklund, RN,……………………..Salem                       484-2525                                                   Harlan, Beau, Harlan Law Firm, Vancouver 360-735-8200
                                                       Charles Duncan, Eugene, 800-347-4269
Danielle Erb, MD..............….........…...Portland
                                                       † Derek Johnson, Johnson, Clifton, Larson & Schaller,      CareGiver & Support Services
Dr. Herbert Gross ………….……….. California                                                                           Micki Carrier, Caregiver Connection, Portland, 503-246-4672
                                                           P.C., Eugene 541 484-2434
Andrea Karl, MD …….…….…....….Clackamas                 Tina Stupasky, Jensen, Elmore & Stupasky, PC, Eugene,      Cy Osborne, Pegasus Social Services, an Oregon Home Care Services
Michael Kesten …………….….....……Portland                      541-342-1141, Sisters, 541-549-1617                      Co, Portland, 503.380.4443
Amy Ream, MD..………..….………....Portland                   Bill Wiswall, Wiswall & Walsh, PC,Eugene,541-484-6630      Che Walker, PCL Service-Res & Emp Support, Monmouth, 503-400-
Aleyna Reed, PsyD …………...………...Keiser                                         Portland Area                         8565
Col. Daniel Thompson…………....……..Salem                  William Berkshire, Portland 503-233-6507 PI
Bruce Wojciechowski, OD…….......Clackamas              Marc Bocci, Portland, 503-607-0222
                                                                                                                  Care Facilities/TBI Housing
                                                                                                                  (subacute, community based, inpatient, outpatient, nursing care,
                                                       ‡ John Coletti, Paulson Coletti, Portland, 503.226.6361
 Brain Injury Association of Oregon                                                                               supervised-living, behavior, coma management, driver evaluation,
                                                       Cheryl Coon, Swanson, Thomas & Coon, Portland,             hearing impairment, visual impairment, counseling, pediatric)
                    PO Box 549                             503-228-5222
      Molalla, Oregon 97038-0549                       James Coon, Swanson, Thomas & Coon, Portland,              Carol Altman, Homeward Bound, Hillsboro 503-640-0818
            Executive Director:                            503-228-5222                                           Ann Swader Angvick, Uhlhorn Program, Eugene, 541 345-4244
        Sherry Stock, MS, CBIST                        Tom D'Amore, D'Amore & Associates, Portland                Hazel V. Barnhart "Leah", Psalm 91 Care Home, LLC., Portland
  503-740-3155 • Fax: 503-961-8730                         503-222-6333                                                503 747 0146
                                                                                                                  Linda Beasley, CBIS, Autumn House, Beaverton, 503-941-5908
  Toll Free in Oregon 1-800-544-5243 ∆ Dr. Aaron DeShaw, Esq., PC, DeShaw & Hathaway,
                                                           Portland, 503-227-1233                                 Karen Campbell, Highland Height Home Care, Inc, Gresham & Portland,
      Website: www.biaoregon.org
                                                       Wm. Keith Dozier, Portland 503-594-0333                       971-227-4350
      Email: biaor@biaoregon.org                                                                                  £ Casa Colina Centers for Rehabilitation, Pomona, CA, 800-926-5462
                                                       † R. Brendan Dummigan, Portland 503-223-7770
                                                       Linda Eyerman, Gaylord Eyerman Bradley,PC, Portland        Annabelle Digrazia, Portland, 503-753-8304
             Headliner DEADLINES                           503-222-3526                                           † Rondi Grace, ABI Director, Mentor Oregon, Portland
                                                       Chris Frost, Swanson, Thomas & Coon, Portland, 503-228-       503-258-2440 x144
Issue            Deadline             Publication          5222                                                   Melissa Taber, Long Term Care TBI Coordinator, DHS, State of Oregon
Spring           April 15             May 1            Peggy Foraker, Portland 503-232-3753                          503-947-5169
Summer           July 15              August 1         Sam Friedenberg, Nay & Friedenberyg, 503-245-0894          Robert Jacobson, Umpqua Homes, Roseberg, 541-673-2240
Fall             October 15           November 1       € Bill Gaylord, Gaylord Eyerman Bradley,PC, Portland       Kampfe Management Services, Pam Griffith, Portland, 503-788-3266
Winter           January 15           February 1           503-222-3526                                           Learning Services, Northern CA & CO, 888-419-9955
                                                       Timothy Grabe, Portland, 503-282-5223                      Jim Lewis, Sandy, 503-826-0811
Editor: Sherry Stock, 503-740-3155
                                                       James R. Jennings, PC, Gresham 503-669-3406                ± Joana Olaru, Alpine House, Beaverton, 503-646-9068
Email: biaor@biaoregon.org
                                                       † Sharon Maynard, Bennett, Hartman, Morris & Kaplan,       † Oregon Rehabilitation Center, Sacred Heart Medical Center, Director:
      Advertising in Headliner                             Portland 503-227-4600, SSI/SSD                            Nancy Naishtat, 541-868-3453
                                                       Jeff Merrick, Lake Oswego 503-665-4234                     Quality Living Inc (QLI), Kristin Custer, Nebraska, 402-573-3777
Rate Schedule                Issue         Annual/4 Jeffrey Mutnick, Portland 503 595-1033                        † Ridgeview Assisted Living Facility, Jolene Hermant, Medford, 541-779
Issues                                                 Robert Neuberger, Portland 503-228-1221 PI                    -2208
                                                       Craig Allen Nichols, Nichols & Associates, Portland 503-   † Sharon Slaughter, Windsor Place, Inc., Salem, 503-581-0393
A: Business Card $100                      $ 350           224-3018                                               € Wally & Donna Walsh, Delta Foundation/Snohomish Chalet,
B: 1/4 Page                 $200           $ 700 Stephen Piucci, Piucci & Dozier, Portland 503-228-7385              Snohomish, WA 360-568-2168
                                                       Charles Robinowitz, Portland, 503-226-1464                 Chiropractic
C: 1/2 Page                 $300           $ 1,000 € Richard A. Sly, Portland 503-224-0436, SSI/SSD/PI            Thomas Kelly, DC, Chiropractic Neurologist, Kelly Chiropractic, PS,
                                                       Steve Smucker, Portland 503-224-5077                         Vancouver, WA, 360-882-0767
D: Full Page                $600           $ 2,000 Ray Thomas, Swanson, Thomas & Coon, Portland,
                                                                                                                  Garreth MacDonald, DC, Eugene, 541-343-4343
   Advertising on BIAOR Website:                           503-228-5222                                           Lawrence Nelson, Wilsonville, 503-722-7733
          $5000/year for Banner                        ¥ Tichenor& Dziuba Law Offices, Portland 503-224-3333,     Robert Pfeiffer, DC, DABCO, Pendleton 541-276-2550
                                                           PI                                                     George Siegfried, DCPC, Dunn Chiropractic, McMinnville/Portland
                        Policy                         Kimberly K. Tucker, Swanson, Thomas & Coon, Portland,        503-977-0055
The material in this newsletter is provided for            503-228-5222 SSD/SSI
education and information purposes only. The Uffelman, John, Adams & Uffleman LLP, Beaverton, 503-                Cognitive Rehabilitation Centers/ Rehab Therapists/
Brain Injury Association of Oregon does not                644-2146                                                 Specialists
support, endorse or recommend any method, Richard Vangelisti, Vangelisti Law Offices PC, Portland                 Jane Conboy, certified TAT Trainer, Portland 503-703-3703
treatment, facility, product or firm mentioned in this     503-595-4131                                           † Gentiva Rehab Without Walls, Mountlake Terrace, WA 425-672-9219
newsletter. Always seek medical, legal or other Ralph Wiser III, Wiser & Associates, Inc., Lake Oswego               local contact: Local Contact: Lisa Stember, MS CCC-SLP 503-250-
professional advice as appropriate.                                                                                  0685
                                                           503 620-5577, PI & SSI/SSD
   We invite contributions and comments                                                                           † Progressive Rehabilitation Associates—BIRC, Portland, 503-292-0765
                                                       Lawrence Wobbrock, Portland, 503-228-6600
regarding brain injury matters and articles included
in The Headliner.

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Lynne Williams, Lynne Williams Cognitive Rehab. Therapy, Medical Professionals                                             Occupational Medicine Center, Inc., Portland,
   Central Point 541-655-5925                             Gerry Aster, RN, MS, South Pasadena CA, 541-896-3001             503-684-7246
Counseling                                                *Sonja Bolon, Art Therapist, Mental Health Therapist,         Kate Morris, PhD, Salem Rehab Hospital, Salem
Sharon Evers, Face in the Mirror Counseling, Art Therapy,     Milwaukie, 503-816-1053                                   Wendy Newton, PsyD, Portland, 503.869.9092
   Lake Oswego 503-201-0337                               Marie Eckert, RN/CRRN, Legacy HealthCare, Portland, 503-      Rory Richardson, Lincoln City, 541-994-4462
Donald W. Ford, MA, LMFT, LPC, Portland, 503-297-2413         413-7916                                                  Susan Rosenzweig, PsyD, Portland, 503-206-8337
Jane Fortune, LCSW, Mindsight Center, LLC, Portland,      Carol Marusich, OD, Neuro-optometrist, Lifetime Eye Care,     Benson Schaeffer, Ph.D, Portland 503 280-8852
   503-297-6723                                               Eugene, 541-342-3100                                      *Jane Starbird, PhD, Portland 503-493-1221
Joyce Kerley (503) 281-4682                               Martin McMorrow, The Mentor Network, Illinois,                Margaret Sutko, PhD, Pediatrics, Portland, 503-413-2880
Margery Minney, Valley Caregiver Resource Center,              618-893-2300                                             Mark Tilson, PhD, RIO, Portland 503-413-7662
   Fresno, CA 559-224-9154                                Aleyna Reed, RN, PsyD, Nurse Practitioner, Salem, 503-508-    John Woodland, school psychologist, Gold Beach
Kate Robinson, MA, CRC, Portland, 503-318-5878                8118                                                      Speech and Language
Dentists                                                  † Kayle Sandberg-Lewis, LMT,MA, Neurofeedback, Portland,      Channa Beckman, Harbor Speech Pathology, WA
Dr. Nicklis C. Simpson, Adult Dental Care LLC, Gleneden       503-234-2733                                                 253-549-7780
   Beach 541-764-3113                                     Karen Schade, Trauma-Legacy Emanuel Hospital, Portland        John E. Holing, Glide 541-440-8688
Dan Thompson, DMD, Lake Oswego 503-675-6776                   503-413-1679                                              ± Jan Johnson, Community Rehab Services of Oregon,
Educators                                                 Jill Stanard, Naturopathic Medicine, National College of         Inc., Eugene, 541-342-1980
Diana Allen, Linn Benton Lincoln ESD, Albany                  Natural Medicine, Portland 503-552-1994                   Sandra Knapp, SLP, David Douglas School District
Penny Jordan, TBI Team Liaison, Portland, 503-260-4958 Sharon Stapleton, RN, BSN, CCRN, Retired Portland                Rik Lemoncello, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, PSU, Portland
± McKay Moore-Sohlberg, University of Oregon, Eugene      Dorothy Strasser, VA Medical Center, Rehab, Portland, 503-    Linda Lorig, Springfield, 541-726-5444
   541-346-2586                                               285-6356                                                  Anne Parrott, Legacy Emanuel Hospital Warren 503-397-
Lisa Myers, Portland Community College                    Bruce Wojciechowski, OD, Clackamas, Neuro-                       6431
                                                              optometrist, Northwest EyeCare Professionals, 503-        State of Oregon
EMT                                                           657-0321
Brad Cohen, EMT, Owner, Cottage Grove Chevrolet, Inc.,                                                                  Dave Cooley, Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs,
   Cottage Grove 541-942-4415                             Physicians                                                      Salem,
                                                          Sharon Anderson, MD, West Linn 503-650-1363                   Technology/Assistive Devices
Expert Testimony                                          Bryan Andresen, Rehabilitation Medicine Associates of
Janet Mott, PhD, CRC, CCM, CLCP, Life Care Planner,                                                                     † Brain Book System Work manager, Kathy Moeller, 541-
                                                              Eugene-Springfield, 541-683-4242                            840-7282
   Loss of Earning Capacity Evaluator, 425-778-3707
                                                          Eilis Boudreau MD, Neurologist, OHSU Portland                 Second Step, David Dubats, Eugene, 877-299-STEP
Financial Services                                        Jeffrey Brown, MD, Neurology, Portland 503-282-0943
Kayla Aalberg Eklund, Structured Settlement Broker,                                                                     Vocational Rehabilitation/Rehabilitation/
                                                          Janice Cockrell MD, Pediatric Development & Rehabilitation-
   Oregon, 503-869-6518                                       Emanuel Children’s Hospital, Portland 503-413-4418
                                                                                                                          Workers Comp
Life Care Planners/Case Manager/Social                                                                                  Roger Burt, MS, CADC, St. of Oregon Voc Rehab,
                                                          Maurice Collada, Jr, MD, PC, Neurosurgeon, 503-581-5517
   Workers                                                Danielle L. Erb, M.D., Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center,
                                                                                                                        Kristi Hyman, Vocational Rehabilitation, Medford
Gerry Aster, RN, MS, Nurse Case Manager, Vida,                Portland 503 296-0918
   541-896-3001                                           John French, MD, Salem Rehabilitation Associates, Salem
                                                                                                                        † Marty Johnson, Community Rehab Services of Oregon,
Priscilla Atkin, Providence Medford Medical Center,           503-561-5976
                                                                                                                           Inc., Eugene, 541-342-1980
   Medford, 541.732.5676                                  M. Sean Green, MD, Neurology, OHSU
                                                                                                                        ‡ Paula Fitch, Oregon Completive Employment
Rebecca Bellerive, Rebecca Bellerive, RN, Inc,      Gig   Molly Hoeflich, Providence Portland Medical Centre-Medical
                                                                                                                           Project, Salem 503-947-5469 www.win-oregon.com
   Harbor WA 253-649-0314                                     Director, rehab unit, Portland 503-230-2833
                                                                                                                        Bruce McLean, Vocational Resource Consultants,
Coleen Carney, RN, Carney Smith & Associates,             Steve Janselewitz, MD, Legacy Emanuel, Pediatric
                                                                                                                           Ashland, 541-482-8888
   Portland 503-680-2355                                      Physiatrist, 503-413-4505
                                                                                                                        Meg Munger, Kaiser Rehab Services Liaison, Milwaukie
Wayne Eklund, Wayne Eklund RN CNLCP Salem 888-300- Andrea Karl, MD, Director, Center for Polytrauma Care
                                                                                                                        † SAIF, Salem
   5206                                                       Unit, Portland, VA Hospital 1-800-949-1004 x 34029
Michele Lorenz, BSN, MPH, CCM, CHPN, CLCP, Lorenz &           503-220-8262 x 34029                                      Patrons/Professional Members
   Associates, Medford, 541-538-9401                      Martha MacRitchie MD, Rehab Medicine Association of           Laurie Burke, TN
Vince Morrison, MSW, PC, Astoria, 503-325-8438                Eugene-Springfield, Eugene 541-683-4242                   ± Richard & Pamela Olson Dulude, Salem
Becky Mungai, RN, BA, CLNC, PLLC Florida                  ± Oregon Rehabilitation Medicine, P.C., Portland,             Kevin Elkins, Alvadore
   850-932-9323                                                503-230-2833                                             William Griffiths, West Linn
Dana Penilton, RN, BSN,CCM, CLCP, Dana Penilton           Francisco Soldevilla, MD, Neurosurgeon, Northwest             ‡ Stephanie Keyes, Portland
   Consulting, Inc., Portland, 503-246-6232                   Neurosurgical Associates, Tualatin, 503-885-8845          Chuck McGilvray, Central Point
Bonnie Robb,RN, BSN, CCM, CNLCP, Bonnie Robb              Thomas P. Welch, MD, Psychiatry, Portland                     € Judith Moore, Portland
   Consulting, Lake Oswego, 503-804-6287                      503-292-4382                                              Craig Ness, Wasilla Alaska
Thomas Weiford, Weiford Case Management &                 Gil Winkelman, ND, MS, Alternative Medicine,                  ± Bill Olson, Salem
   Consultation, Voc Rehab Planning, Portland                 Neurobiofeedback, Counseling, Portland, 503-501-5001      Meg Rawlings & Russ Rudometkin, Medford
   503-245-5494                                                                                                         Amy Ream, MD, Portland
                                                          Psychologists/ NeuroPsychologists
Karen Yates, Yates Nursing Consulting, Wilsonville, 503-                                                                Charlene Sparlin, Roseburg
                                                          Tom Boyd, PhD, Sacred Heart Medical Center, Eugene
   580-8422                                                                                                             Donald & Lynnette Zimmer, Canby
                                                          Cheryl Brischetto, PhD, Progressive Rehabilitation            Names in bold are BIAOR Board members
Legal Assistance/Advocacy/Non-Profit
                                                              Associates, Portland, 503-297-0513                        † Corporate Member ‡ Gold Member
Brain Injury Support Community, Pat Murray, ED, 503-224-
                                                          James E. Bryan, PhD, Portland 503.284.8558                    € Silver Member      ± Bronze Member
                                                          *Caleb Burns, Portland Psychology Clinic, Portland,           ¥ Sustaining Member £ Non-Profit
£ Deborah Crawley, ED, Brain Injury Association of
                                                                503-288-4558                                            ∆ Platinum
   Washington, 253-238-6085 or 877-824-1766
                                                          Patricia S. Camplair, Ph. D., OHSU Dept of Neurology,
£ Disability Rights Oregon, Portland, 503-243-2081
                                                              Portland, 503-827-5135                                    * Support Group Facilitator p. 22-23
ThinkFirst Oregon, (503) 494-7801
                                                          John R Crossen, Portland 503-220-1332
Long Term TBI Rehab                                       Elaine Greif, PhD, Portland 503-260-7275
/Day Program’s/Support Programs                           Jacek Haciak, PsyD, Oregon State Hospital, Salem,
Carol Altman, Homeward Bound's Bridge to Independence         503-945-2800
   Day Program, Portland/Hillsboro, 503-640-0818          Nancy Holmes, PsyD, CBIS, Portland 503-235-2466
£ ElderHealth Northwest, Patti Dahlman, Seattle WA        Sharon M Labs Ph. D, Portland 503 224-3393
   206-467-7033                                           A. Michael Leland, Psy.D, CRC, Director, Northwest

To become a supporting professional member of BIAOR see page 21 or contact BIAOR, biaor@biaoregon.org.
The Headliner                                                                Winter 2011                                                                           page 3
    The Lawyer’s Desk: A Look at TBI Legal Representation
                                  By David Kracke, Attorney at Law
                                Nichols & Associates, Portland, Oregon
In this column I will get back to some        metaphor when describing the legal                  equally as
basic information that may assist you,        aspects of any given case. The real                 critical to the
your family members or friends if you are     “generals” are the doctors, therapists and          success of
in need of hiring an attorney to represent    other medical professionals employed to             the case.
a TBI survivor. Hiring an attorney is an      help the TBI survivor, and the real battle          When there
important step in the recovery for a TBI      is waged by those skilled professionals             are strong
survivor in any situation where there are     who perform heroic deeds to help the TBI            members of
potential liable parties who may have         survivor resolve as many of the                     that team
caused or contributed to that brain injury.   outstanding health issues as possible. In           who will all
And as we all know, there are many            my twenty years of representing clients in          relate certain
attorneys in this world, so the question      all kinds of injury cases, and especially           aspects of
becomes, “How do you know if you are          with the TBI cases, I am continually in             the TBI
hiring the correct attorney?”                 awe of the excellent work done by my                survivor’s story to the jury, the survivor
                                              friends and acquaintances in the medical            has a much better chance of prevailing
The most important factor in hiring an        profession. We lawyers have our role to             than otherwise.
attorney is to hire an attorney who is        play, and it is an important role, but it is
experienced in the handling of traumatic      the doctors and other medical                In a world where the TBI survivor and his
brain injury cases. These cases are not       professionals who are the real “generals”    or her family is overwhelmed with
simple in any way and experience              in my mind.)                                 medical and lifestyle issues that affect
matters.                                                                                   him or her on a daily basis, a skilled
                                              It is important for the attorney             attorney can bring a real sense of
A friend and colleague of mine, attorney      representing the TBI survivor to know how security to the TBI survivor. I liken
Richard Adler, from the state of              to litigate such a case because there is     myself to a guardian who stands
Washington, and whose main office is in       one aspect of this type of case that will    between the TBI survivor and those
Seattle, has written an excellent book        almost always be true: The insurance         people trying to interfere with the TBI
entitled Understanding Traumatic Brain        company on the other side of the case will survivor’s recovery. I am a gatekeeper
Injury that I recommend to anyone             have a skilled team of attorneys doing all   between the TBI survivor and the
seeking the assistance of an attorney in      they can to represent their client. Ours is insurance company representatives who
a TBI case. Richard advises that an           an adversarial legal system where the        may wish to discuss the case on the
attorney skilled in the area of TBI           plaintiff (the TBI survivor) makes their     insurance company’s terms. I put
representation will not only know the         case and the defense (usually the            together the team that will fight the good
medical issues surrounding such injuries,     insurance company for the defendant)         fight and hopefully prevail. If settlement
but will also have access to specialists      makes their case. The burden of proof,       is an option I will bring the required
who will assist in the case development.      meaning who needs to prove their case        experience to the table to know if the
Such experts include accident                 more than the other party rests with the     settlement is a good one or not. I, like
reconstructionists, neurologists,             plaintiff. The defense can do anything       my fellow TBI attorney colleagues, take
radiologists, physiatrists,                   within the court rules to discredit the      my role seriously and with an
neuropsychologist, cognitive therapists,      plaintiff’s case, and in some cases they     understanding of the tremendous
vocational rehabilitation counselors,         will present as many competing theories      responsibility that the representation
economists and life care planning             of why their client is not responsible for   entails. I take pride in obtaining a
specialists.                                  the injuries as they can. Sometimes we       successful outcome for my clients.
                                              call these theories strands of spaghetti,
In other words, it takes a team to            with the idea that the defense will “throw   It is a difficult area of law that confronts
effectively represent a TBI survivor and      as much spaghetti against the courtroom      the TBI survivor and one with lasting
the attorney needs to be the leader of the    wall with the hope that a strand or two will consequences. If you take anything
team in the legal arena. The metaphor of      stick” thereby discrediting the plaintiff’s  from this column please let it be that if
the military general is often used to         case.                                        you need a TBI attorney, ask him or her,
describe the role of the attorney in this                                                  the tough questions that make you
type of case, and in many ways it is an       Don’t get me wrong, the defense is           confident that the attorney will represent
apt metaphor. The attorney sets the plan      entitled to do, and in fact required to do,  you to the fullest and in the most
of action, deciding where to put the          whatever they can to defend their client.    effective way possible.
offense and where to put the defense in       As a result, having an attorney who
any given case and the experts that the       knows what the defenses will likely be,      David Kracke is an attorney with the law firm of Nichols
attorney employs are the soldiers who         and who can present a case in a way that & Associates in Portland. Nichols & Associates has
carry out the offense and defense as          will prevail in light of those defenses is   been representing brain injured individuals for over
necessary.                                    critical to the success of any plaintiff’s   twenty two years. Mr. Kracke is available for

(Please note that this is only an apt         case. The legal team that is employed by consultation at (503) 224-3018.
                                              the attorney to prosecute the case is

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                    Congresswoman Giffords: A TBI Story
During the past several weeks, the world     Giffords received, the rapid introduction       "speech, cognitive, physical
has been witnessing a remarkable             of rehabilitation in the first week after       rehabilitation."
example of modern trauma care,               injury and transfer to a rehabilitation
neurosurgical treatment and                  facility within three weeks of injury is    If Giffords does end up receiving it, she'll
rehabilitation.                              astonishing.                                be getting a treatment that many troops
                                                                                         and civilians alike don't. The Pentagon's
On Jan. 8, Arizona Congresswoman             Recent studies have shown the early         health program, Tricare, like many other
Gabrielle Giffords was the victim of an      establishment of physical, occupational     insurance companies, has refused to
assassination attempt. The assailant shot    and speech therapy programs for             cover cognitive rehabilitation therapy for
her in the head at close range. This was     neurologic injuries is imperative for       the tens of thousands of service
followed by a succession of medical          successful recovery. The brain              members who have suffered brain
interventions that continue to unfold.       possesses an incredible ability to redirect injuries in the line of duty. Tricare, which
                                             nerve fibers and networks. This process, provides insurance-style coverage to
The gunshot entered the skull and went       known as neuroplasticity, can help          troops and many veterans, does cover
through the left side of the brain before    resume function previously performed by speech and occupational therapy, which
exiting. The trajectory of the bullet        nerve cells that were destroyed.            are often part of cognitive rehabilitation.
avoided many of the major blood vessels
that are more vulnerable when the            The early institution of rehabilitation is an   News reports have described her
projectile moves from side to side.          important first step down a long road to        treatment as using "high-tech tools to
                                             recovery after brain injury. The world will     push the brain to rewire itself," with a
Rapid emergency response to the scene        be closely watching as Congresswoman
allowed for control of blood loss and                                                        focus on her physical abilities, speech,
                                             Gabrielle Giffords makes this journey.          vision, cognitive skills and behavior.
maintenance of respiratory function.
Amazingly, Congresswoman Gabrielle           As Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords
Giffords was reported to have been in the    begins rehabilitative therapy in Houston ,      Traumatic brain injuries have different
operating room 38 minutes after being        she was transferred to TIRR Memorial            types and levels of severity, according to
shot.                                        Hermann, a premier rehabilitation               the Office of the Surgeon General. They
                                             hospital renowned for its treatment of          can include penetrating injuries —like
This short transition time is because she    traumatic brain injuries.                       Giffords'—or mild brain trauma like the
was taken to a trauma center where                                                           kind often sustained by troops in an
protocols have been designed and             On its website, the hospital calls itself       explosion, the signature wound of the
rehearsed that allow for rapid care and      "one of very few hospitals in the country       Iraq and Afghanistan wars, and tens of
make the necessary neurosurgical             designated as a model system for                thousands of cases have been left
resources available immediately. Many of     traumatic brain injury." Among the              undiagnosed by the military's medical
the protocols used today have been           techniques it relies on is cognitive            system.
developed in response to battlefield         rehabilitation therapy, a tailored type of
injuries from various explosive devices.     medical treatment designed to retrain the       Though top brain specialists have
                                             brain to do basic tasks.                        endorsed cognitive rehabilitation as an
The two biggest challenges in a                                                              effective treatment for brain injury,
penetrating head injury are bleeding and                                                     Tricare officials and other insurance
swelling. In response to trauma, tissue      A crucial part of Cong. Giffords's
                                             intensive brain injury rehabilitation at The    companies have said that scientific
swells. An example would be a sprained                                                       evidence does not justify providing it
ankle. The accumulation of fluid at the      Institute for Rehabilitation and Research
                                             (TIRR) in Houston involves serial               comprehensively to troops.
site of injury causes the surrounding skin
to expand. When swelling occurs in an        assessments and counsel by a
                                             neuropsychologist, a super specialized          To support that position, officials cite a
enclosed space such as the skull,                                                            2009 Tricare-funded assessment of
pressure builds and forces the brain         breed of clinician many people know little
                                             about and most do not have access to.           cognitive rehabilitation therapy—an
down toward an opening in the base. This                                                     assessment that internal and external
“herniation” often results in death.                                                         reviewers have called "deeply flawed,"
                                             Rehabilitation teams count on expert
In addition to the use of diuretics, the     neuropsychologists to administer formal         "unacceptable" and "dismaying," as we
most immediate way to relieve a              standardized tests and analyze those            reported last month with our partners at
potentially life-threatening increase in     results in light of clinical data. It's a       NPR.
intracranial pressure is by removing the     treatment that Cong. Giffords will likely
skull over the area of injury. This allows   end up receiving, if doctors' general           Last week, Sen. Claire McCaskill,
the brain to expand freely. After the        descriptions of her care plan are any           chairman of the subcommittee on
swelling is controlled, the skull can be     indication. Dr. John Holcomb, a retired         Contracting Oversight, announced an
replaced.                                    Army colonel and trauma surgeon at              investigation into the Pentagon's decision
                                             Memorial Hermann, has described                 to deny treatment of traumatic brain
Despite the remarkable emergency             Giffords' treatment as a "tailored and          injuries to troops. In 2008, McCaskill was
treatment Congresswoman Gabrielle            comprehensive rehab plan" that includes                            (Giffords Continued on page 7)

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(Giffords Continued from page 6)                   committed the family may be to making           severity to affect outcomes in persons
                                                   the job work for that person no matter          with injury and that early interventions
one of 10 senators—including then-                 what."                                          targeted toward decreasing caregiver
Senator Barack Obama—who signed a                       In precisely the right setting, like the   distress, increasing support, and
letter to Defense Secretary Robert Gates           most competent Fortune 100 CEO, any             improving family functioning may have a
urging the military to provide Tricare             of us can overcome limitations in our own       positive impact on later outcomes.
coverage of cognitive rehabilitation "so           natural intelligence and talents to do the            In cases of severe TBI like Rep.
that all returning service personnel can           extraordinary. That superconductor              Giffords's, the social support system her
benefit from the best brain injury care this       effect, which the highest functioning           husband has at his disposal, which
country has to offer."                             among us use daily to thrive in the most        appears to be among the finest ever
      Mark Sherer, TIRR's chief                    demanding positions, simply becomes             assembled, bodes well for full future
neuropsychologist, is a leader in a science        more magnified if we suffer a severe            social reintegration, as does his own
at the interface of human behavior and             brain injury.                                   emotional health and their track record
neuroscience. He brings to bear the field               Now we rely on our network simply to       together as a highly functioning family
of psychology's understanding of                   achieve grace in ordinary living. It's          prior to this incident.
behavior, emotional adjustment, and                readily apparent when our supports                    There's little doubt families are
human motivation to the clinical                   crumble.                                        neurostimulating agents themselves, no
interpretation of brain dysfunction.                    In 2010, Dr. Sherer and his team at        prescription required. Dr. Sherer and
      "People usually don't just want to           TIRR Memorial Hermann's Brain Injury            most of his fellow rehabilitation
know how impaired someone's memory                 Research Center added a little more to          physicians encourage family involvement
is," Dr. Sherer points out. "They want to          the body of research that consistently          in therapy as possible, and our rehab
know how that memory impairment affects            tells us how strongly families contribute       teams often include psychologists who
their world and their ability to function in it,   to the best possible recovery from brain        make it a mission to support family
and their ability to adjust to the situation       injury. Their studies showed that for           members. They're at risk for burnout,
that they find themselves in."                     persons with complicated mild/moderate          grief and reactive depression and need
      Most people, if they are aware of            injury, better family functioning was           coping strategies themselves.
neuropsychology, think about impairments           associated with greater home integration,             At the end of January 2011, Cong.
after catastrophic injuries for legal and life     and less caregiver distress was                 Giffords's husband, astronaut Mark Kelly,
planning purposes. But when it comes to            associated with better social integration.      announced that he will fly his previously
brain injury, after the car crash, the             For persons with severe injuries, greater       scheduled April mission aboard space
obvious head wound, the CT and the MRI,            caregiver perceived social support was          shuttle Endeavor. Though guided by
maybe even the neurosurgery, diagnosis             associated with better outcomes in              what he knew his wife wanted, this must
is trivial. What occupies most                     productivity and social integration. The        have been an extremely difficult decision.
neuropsychologists are the complexities of         conclusions of the study were that              It's safe to say theirs is a wholly unique
treatment, of coping with life given a             preinjury caregiver and family                  situation in the history of brain injury
diverse array of cognitive impairments that        characteristics interact with injury            medicine.
vary in the way they interact with the
underlying psychology and the
surrounding environment.
      Neuropsychologists help patients and
their families problem solve practical
solutions as life goes on.
                                                                                        Traumatic Brain
      No neuropsychological examination,
no matter how many hours it takes, no                                                       Injury
matter how many test batteries are
administered, no matter the sheer cerebral
processing power harnessed during its                                                              New Treatment
interpretation, is ever the final word.
      Research shows that the early
                                                               Dr. Siegfried, Chiropractor
neurocognitive tests given to patients like
Congresswoman Giffords are highly                                 Nasal Specific treatment has helped
predictive of future outcomes. Dr. Sherer,
however, estimates that other variables                           thousands of brain injured patients since
can make the best prognosis 30 to 40                              1945. Dr. Siegfried has been using this
percent off the mark.
      "The patient's memory continues to
                                                                  technique over 30 years.
evolve, the support system around them
continues to evolve. All of those things
complicate making a prediction. That's
why we give lots of caveats when we
                                                                   FREE CONSULATION
make those recommendations," he says.                          www.siegfriedchiropractic.com           Portland 503-977-0055
      When it comes to returning to work,                                                              McMinnville 503-472-6550
he adds, "we don't know how the

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(9th Annual Conference Continued from page 1)   A Guide for Survivors and Families           the use of technology in treatment and
                                                (2006) .                                     recovery services.
percent from falls, 10 to 15 percent are                                                     Health and Wellness - Speakers will
sports related, and the rest are due to                                                      address topics relating to the primary
violent assaults.                               Highlights of the 2011 Conference            health care, health promotion and
                                                include:                                     wellness needs of those who have
Dr. Weintraub also treated some                                                              sustained brain injuries, as well as agency
survivors of the 1999 Columbine High            Critical Issues of the Day - Policy and      staff, the recovery community and the
School massacre. Dr. Weintraub,                 programmatic issues, including funding       community-at-large.
however, maintains that his practice is         and economic trends, health care             Veterans and Community Supports –
not built around individual achievements.       reform, parity, and cross-systems            Speakers from the VA will address topics
He considers his role at Craig Hospital to      collaboration.                               relating to the health and community
be the most important aspect of his             Specific Populations - Effective             support issues for returning military and
professional career, striving each day to       approaches for reaching and serving          their families.
help the hospital to be the premier             specific populations of men and women.       Legal Issues – Attorney’s will discuss
traumatic brain center in the United            Music and Brain Injury - Can music           what medical practitioners and family
States. The hospital, located in                make a difference? The answer is a           members need to know to have
Englewood, CO, has consistently been            resounding yes! Presenters will              successful outcomes in legal actions.
ranked among the top ten rehabilitation         demonstrate that persons with a brain
hospitals in the United States by U.S.          injury can benefit from music as a           Check online for the schedule with the
News and World Report since it began            modality to promote vocalization,            latest updated program schedule.
ranking hospitals in 1990.                      rhythmic movements, orientation,             http://www.biaoregon.org/
                                                relaxation, self-expression, and as a        annualconference.htm
Dr. Fred Flynn, DO, FANN, Medical               way to enhance overall self- esteem.
Director of the Traumatic Brain Injury          Because music is processed by the            Hotel Registration online at http://
(TBI) Program at Madigan Army Medical           entire brain, the structure of music helps   www.starwoodmeeting.com/Book/BIAOR
Center, Ft. Lewis, WA, Chief of                 to re-organize the structure of the brain.
Neurobehavior at Madigan, and Clinical          Listening to highly organized music          Register online line or by sending in the
Professor of Neurology at the University        such as that of Mozart often helps brain     registration form on the following page
of Washington, School of Medicine.              injured patients organize their thoughts,    (page 9).
                                                activities and even their emotions.
McKay Moore Sohlberg, PhD, is a                 Responsive Practices, Innovations &          Hotel Registration online at http://
nationally recognized leader in the field       Curriculum - Speakers will present           www.starwoodmeeting.com/Book/BIAOR
of traumatic brain injury rehabilitation.       evidence based and emergent practices
For the past 16 years, she has worked           including educational/group curricula,
as a clinician, researcher, and                 medication assisted approaches,              Contact Sherry Stock 503-740-3155
administrator in the development of             integration of arts/creativity, cognitive/   sherry@biaoregon.org with any
programs to assist individuals with brain       behavioral interventions, therapeutic        questions or to find out about group
injury to reintegrate into the community        alliance, recovery support strategies        rates.
at maximal levels of independence. Dr.          and other promising approaches for
Sohlberg coordinates the master's and           reaching, retaining and promoting
Ph.D. training programs in                      recovery for those sustaining a brain
Communication Disorders and Sciences            injury and their families.
within the Department of Special                Family and Family-Centered
Education and Clinical Services at the          Approaches - Speakers will present
                                                                                             Have you had an insurance
University of Oregon. Dr. Sohlberg’s            a number of family-centered                  claim for cognitive therapy
book Introduction to cognitive                  approaches, family engagement,
rehabilitation: theory and practice,            specific interventions for children and
helped put cognitive rehabilitation on the      family members.
map for a generation of clinicians,             Criminal Justice - Better People will                       If so call:
researchers, and educators.                     present their successful, innovative
                                                model addressing issues with                           Julia Greenfield
Richard H. Adler, JD, founding principal        involvement in the criminal justice
of the law offices of Adler Giersch, which
                                                                                                        Staff Attorney
                                                system, including support for re-entry,            Disability Rights Oregon
is exclusively dedicated to representing        working with parole and probation
victims of traumatic brain, spinal, and                                                        620 SW Fifth Avenue, Suite 500
                                                officers and addressing unique family,
musculoskeletal injuries. Mr. Adler             employment and recovery support
                                                                                                      Portland, OR 97204
volunteers his time with the Brain Injury       considerations for people returning          Phone: (503) 243-2081 Fax: (503) 243
Association of Washington having                from incarceration.                                           1738
served as its President (2006-2009) and         Technology - A number of speakers                jgreenfield@oradvocacy.org
currently serves as its Chairman of the         will be addressing the variety of
Executive Board. His most recent book           technological innovations including
is Understanding Traumatic Brain Injury:

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                      Brain Injuries Plague Football Players Years Later
A 2000 study that surveyed 1,090 former      repeated head injuries.                      Nowinski started reading everything he
NFL players found that more than 60                                                      could about head injuries. He soon
percent had suffered at least one            Chris Nowinski, who runs a nonprofit        realized concussions were a far bigger
concussion during their careers.             organization that raises awareness about crisis than anyone realized. In 2006, his
                                             concussions, explains how the head          book Head Games: Football's
Concussions, or mild traumatic brain         injuries continue to damage players years Concussion Crisis, helped put the
injuries, generally occur when the head      after they've left the field. He knows this concussion issue on the NFL's radar,
either spins rapidly or accelerates          first-hand. After playing football at       after he profiled several players who
quickly and then stops — like when a         Harvard, he became a professional           exhibited symptoms of neurological
player tackles another player on the         wrestler with World Wrestling               damage after their playing careers
field. The National Football League and      Entertainment. His over-the-top             ended.
Congress have both held hearings on          personality and penchant for referencing
the head injuries, which can cause           his Ivy pedigree made him a superstar in "Football did not react well at the
memory loss, confusion, nausea, blurred      the ring. In 2002, he was named the         beginning," he says. "The commissioner
vision and long-term neurological            "Newcomer of the Year" by RAW               of the NFL saw this as a threat to the
effects, including symptoms of dementia,     Magazine and became the youngest            game. They did not want to have this
headaches and concentration problems.        male Hardcore Champion in WWE               conversation."
A study commissioned by the NFL in                                                       More cases changed their minds. Ted
2009 reported that former NFL players        But Nowicki's wrestling career was cut      Johnson, a linebacker who helped lead
have been diagnosed with Alzheimer's         short in 2003, after he suffered at least   the New England Patriots to three Super
disease or other memory problems 19          six concussions. "[After one] I remember Bowl victories, suffered two concussions
times more than the normal rate for men      looking up at the ceiling and I had no idea in four days in August 2002. When he
between the ages of 30 and 49. And           where I was," Nowinski tells Fresh Air's    returned to play, he received several
pathologists who have examined the           Dave Davies. "I had no idea what we         more concussions before his playing
brains of ex-athletes have found signs of    were doing and I couldn't remember what career ended in 2005. His neurologist
chronic traumatic encephalopathy             was supposed to happen next. It's scary     told The New York Times in 2007 that
(CTE), a progressive neurological            to be with 5,000 fans and become            the 34-year-old was already "show[ing]
disease that patients get after sustaining   completely distracted."                                        (Football Continued on page 12)

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                              Sudoku Answers for page 18

                              9       4   1   3       8         7

                                  7           9       6   1

                                  5       7   8           4

                                  4   8   5           1   2     9

                              1           2   4   8             5

                              7   2   5           3   4   8

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                                  6   9       2           7

                              2       7       5   4   5         1

                                If the brain were so
                                  simple we could
                              understand it, we would
                              be so simple we couldn't
                                    - Lyall Watson

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(Football Continued from page 10)

the minor cognitive impairment that
                                                   How to Improve Memory With Food
is characteristic of early Alzheimer's         A recent study showed that eating 300              should also try to include walnuts,
disease."                                      grams of blueberries daily improved                kiwi, almonds, flaxseed (these can be
In 2009, Congress held hearings on             participant’s memory in only three weeks.          included in a variety of recipes),
the subject of brain injuries in               This is just one example of how research is        canola oil, and avocado.
                                               contributing to our knowledge of the links
football. After those hearings, the
NFL changed some of its policies on            between food and memory. It is now quite      •    Next on your list of foods to improve
when players could return to games             possible to eat your way toward improved           memory should be those that contain
after an injury and how players were           memory function. While it might be                 memory improving antioxidants. As
allowed to hit each other on the field.        tempting to go out and buy a supplement            mentioned above, blueberries are an
But, Nowinski says, there's still more         that provides one nutritional component of         antioxidant "superfood." To begin
to be done.                                    a healthy memory, it is much more                  improving your memory, try to eat at
                                               beneficial to eat these memory enhancers           least a cup a day of blueberries or
"We can prevent them with rule                 in whole, fresh foods. This way, the               other deep, rich colored fruits and
changes, recognize them better and             different nutritional components can               vegetables. The color indicates that
treat them better," he says. "But the          interact properly.                                 their antioxidants are of a high quality.
bigger change in dramatically                                                                     Some colorful and beneficial memory
reducing how we practice the game.             •   Salmon is a great memory improving             fruits are blackberries, raspberries,
Seventy-five percent of hits happen                food                                           cherries, dark grapes, papaya, and
in practice when no one is keeping                 Some of the best foods for memory              eggplant.
score. If this is bad for you, we                  improvement are those that contain
should eliminate them from practice                omega3 fatty acids. Once digested,        •    Strawberries contribute folate to
and save hits for the game. If we did              omega3s are broken down into EPA,              memory improvement in addition to
that, we would lower everyone's                    DHA, and ALA of which high levels are          omega3s and antioxidants, folate has
exposure by 50 percent."                           indicative of a healthy memory. To             long been known to improve memory,
                                                   work omega3s into your diet, you               although scientists are not sure
(http://www.npr.org/2011/01/20/133053436/          should start by eating fish such as            whether it is because folate
brain-injuries-haunt-football-players-years-       salmon or tuna twice a week. You               decreases inflammation or because it
                                                                                                  controls the expression of certain
                                                                                                  genes. To incorporate more folate into
                                                                                                  your diet, plan meals and snacks with
                                                                                                  whole grains, beans, oranges, dark
                                                                                                  leafy greens, and strawberries.

                                                                                             •    Finally, to improve memory, avoid
                                                                                                  transfat and saturated fat. These
                                                                                                  damage brain synapses and certain
                                                                                                  molecules that are involved in

                                                                                     Life Expectancy Over the Years
                                                                                    Before 1900       Less than 30 years old

                                                                                    1900              48 years old

                                                                                    20th Century      30 more additional years

                                                                                    Today             An average of 77 years old (80 yrs.
                                                                                                      for women and 74 yrs. for men)

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           What Is a Medically Induced Coma and Why Is It Used?
                             Medically induced comas are only used when other options are lacking.

In the case of traumatic brain injury—       function can give the brain time to heal          those different brain areas need." If I can
such as the bullet wound sustained by        without the body performing radical triage        do that then, as the brain heals and the
U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in the          by shutting off blood flow to damaged             swelling goes down, maybe those areas
January 8 assault outside a Tucson           sections. To find out more about such             that were at risk can be protected.
supermarket that killed six people and       medically induced comas and the reasons
wounded 13 others—doctors sometimes          why doctors employ them, Scientific               But the main thing about a drug-induced
induce a coma. This effective shutdown       American spoke with anesthesiologist              coma, as opposed to a coma, is that it's
of brain function naturally occurs only in   Emery Brown of Harvard Medical School,            reversible. If you do this to someone with
cases of extreme trauma, so why would        co-author of the NEJM review.                     a normal brain, they would come right
doctors seek to mimic it in patients, as                                                       out of it once you removed the drugs.
they have with the congresswoman,            What is a medically induced coma?
already suffering from head wounds and       So basically what happens with a                  But it's used in the case of people
other issues?                                medically induced coma is that you take a         with brain injuries. So what are the
                                             drug and administer it until you see a            risks?
The answer lies in the science behind        certain pattern in the monitor that follows       Speaking generally, the main effects that
general anesthesia, which some 60,000        the patient's brain waves, the EEG                these drugs have outside the brain is
patients undergo every day. A review         [electroencephalogram]. Patients with             they reduce blood pressure. So people
paper in the December 30, 2010, issue        brain injuries who are in a coma have a           trying to do this are giving a lot of other
of The New England Journal of Medicine       similar pattern. If that pattern is there, then   medicines to keep blood pressure up
reveals that such anesthesia is,             you feel comfortable that the patient is in a     and keep the heart pumping in a nice
essentially, a reversible coma.              drug-induced coma. You are doing it so            way. You're protecting the brain on one
                                             that you can hopefully protect the brain.         hand and, on the other hand, all areas of
That is exactly what doctors are aiming                                                        the brain are not getting the blood they
for in the case of a true medically          What are you protecting the brain                 necessarily need .
induced coma, often using the same           from?
drugs or extreme hypothermia induced         If you've had a brain injury, what happens        If you do this for an extended period of
by exposure to a cold environment to         is the metabolism of the brain has been           time, the drugs can accumulate and it
halt blood flow entirely and permit          significantly altered. You may have areas         may take them a while to wash out of the
surgery on the aorta. Shutting down          without adequate blood flow. The idea is:         system as well. As long as you're mindful
                                             "Let me reduce the amount of energy               of these things you can see someone
                                                                                                                   (Coma Continued on page 14)

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(Coma Continued from page 13)                  she can come back and see what her           insult. There isn't a natural analogue for
                                               level of function is.                        [a medically induced coma].
through a period like this.                    How safe are drug-induced comas?             Are there after effects?
How long is that period?                       A drug like propofol, we use this every      It's hard to sort out, because if you're
It really depends on the injury, whether       day in the operating room. It is probably    going to these extremes you're already
it's a brain injury or seizing. One patient    the most used drug in all of anesthesia.     dealing with a very dire situation. If there
was kept in [a drug-induced coma] for          Every day essentially, when patients go      are effects later on, it's an extremely
six months. Obviously, that's the tail         under general anesthesia that whole          difficult distinction to make whether it is
end of the distribution.                       state is a reversible coma. It's a           an effect of the drug-induced coma.
                                               difference in dosage.                        People who do this are very mindful of
It depends on how the person is
progressing and the nature of the injury.      How does a medically-induced coma watching and monitoring. They make
                                               differ from a natural coma?                  every effort to only use this option for as
What the neurologists or [intensive care
unit] doctors do is try to have them           The body doesn't usually decide to enter long as they need to.
come out as soon as possible. In a             a coma. A coma is a profound shutdown (http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?
case like Gifford's they have swelling. If     of brain function. It typically results from id=what-is-a-medically-induced-coma)
they see the swelling recede, then they        profound trauma, brain injury, a drug
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     Exercising Following a Brain Injury: Prescription for Health
Introduction                                 •   You may find that it is easier to focus       may restrict your ability to do certain
A safe and effective exercise program            on your exercise if you avoid busy,           exercises.
can play an important role in the                crowded locations.                        •   Exercise equipment may need to be
rehabilitation process following a brain     •   You may need to do some exercises             modified to accommodate your
injury. For example, regular physical            such as biking or walking with a              specific needs.
activity can help improve your balance           workout buddy if you have difficulty      •   Always wear protective headgear
and coordination, reduce reliance on             with balance or with finding your way         when cycling or doing any other
assistive devices, and enhance your              throughout a community.                       activity in which a fall is possible, as
ability to do everyday activities and thus   •   Choose low-impact activities such as          the rate of a second head injury is
remain independent. Furthermore,                 walking, cycling or water exercises,          three times greater after you have
following a brain injury, individuals who        which involve large muscles groups            had one head injury.
exercise are typically less depressed            and may be done continuously.             •   Do not hesitate to ask for
and report better quality of life than       •   Start slowly and gradually progress           demonstrations or further
those who do not exercise. The key is to         the intensity and duration of your            explanations about how to perform
determine what type of exercise is best          workouts. If your fitness level is low,       exercises properly.
for you and to follow a program that             start with shorter sessions (10 to 15
accommodates your individual needs               minutes) and gradually build up to 20     Your exercise program should be
and concerns.                                    to 60 minutes, three to five days per     designed to maximize the benefits with
                                                 week.                                     the fewest risks of aggravating your
Getting Started                              •   Perform resistance training and range     health or physical condition. Consider
• Talk with your health care provider            -of-motion exercises two days per         contacting a certified health and fitness
   before starting an exercise program           week.                                     professional who can work with you and
   and ask for specific programming          •   Take frequent breaks during activity if   your health care provider to establish
   recommendations.                              needed.                                   realistic goals and design a safe and
• Take all medications as                                                                  effective program that addresses your
   recommended by your physician.            Exercise Cautions                             specific needs.
• The goals of your program should           • Avoid exercises that overload your
   be to improve cardiovascular fitness,        joints or increase your risk of falling.
   increase muscle strength and                 Begin each exercise in a stable
   endurance, improve range of                  position and monitor your response
   motion, and increase independence,           before proceeding.
   mobility and ability to do daily          • Reduced motor control in your limbs

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                                                                                      Winter Sudoku
                                                                           The object is to insert the numbers in the
Scientist in many parts of the                                             boxes to satisfy only one condition: each
                                      cess with patients, but they are
world are looking toward stem         still fighting a battle to be ac-    row, column and 3 x 3 box must contain the
cells to help repair brain damage     cepted by the medical commu-         digits 1 through 9 exactly once.
from TBI. The limited capacity of     nity).                               (Answer on page 11)
self repair for the brain following
TBI requires cellular transplanta-    There appears to be some ba-
tion of stem cells to replace those   sis for this treatment in The
lost in trauma. Cellular transplan-   Journal of Neurosurgery
tation has begun to be evaluated      (Mahmood A. 2004), it was
in several models using animals       shown that marrow cell trans-
with promising results.               plantation after traumatic injury
                                      showed increased cellular
Because this treatment has not        growth in rats. In another study
yet been approved in the United       at the Henry Ford Health Center
States for humans, several doc-       in Detroit, intravenous bone
tors and companies have been          marrow stromal self therapy
set up in other countries so pa-      reduced "apoptosis" and pro-
tients with TBI can receive stem      moted cell growth in rat brains.
cells through intravenous transfu-    "Apoptosis" is a method by
sion. (The company Medra, work-       which brain cells die after trau-
ing out of the Soviet Union, Ger-     ma. These and other studies
many and the Dominican Repub-         hold great promise in the field of
lic, has significant anecdotal suc-   bone marrow or fetal stem cell

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 The brain is a tissue. It is a complicated, intricately woven tissue, like nothing else we
know of in the universe, but it is composed of cells, as any tissue is. They are, to be sure,
 highly specialized cells, but they function according to the laws that govern any other
 cells. Their electrical and chemical signals can be detected, recorded and interpreted
and their chemicals can be identified; the connections that constitute the brain's woven
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 For Parents, Students, Educators and                                      Center for Polytrauma Care-Oregon VA
             Professionals                        Providing rehabilitation and care coordination for combat-injured OIF/OEF veterans and active duty
                                                  service members. Contact: Ellen Kessi, LCSW , Polytrauma Case Manager
           The Oregon TBI Team                    Ellen.Kessi@va.gov 1-800-949-1004 x 34029 or 503-220-8262 x 34029
The Oregon TBI Team is a multidisciplinary
group of professionals and parents trained in
pediatric brain injury. They provide support,
                                                                       Returning Veterans Project
in-service and consultation to educators of       Returning Veterans Project is a nonprofit organization comprised of politically unaffiliated and
students with brain injury. For more              independent health care practitioners who offer free counseling and other health services to
information please go to the website at           veterans of past and current Iraq and Afghanistan campaigns and their families. Our
www.tr.wou.edu/tbi/ TEAM                          volunteers include mental health professionals, acupuncturists and other allied health care
email tbiteam@wou.edu, 541-346-0573               providers. We believe it is our collective responsibility to offer education, support, and healing for
“Brain Injury Partners: Navigating the
                                                  the short and long-term repercussions of military combat on veterans and their families.
School System,” an interactive, multi-            For more information contact: Belle Bennett Landau, Executive Director, 503-933-4996
media intervention, is now available on-          www.returningveterans.org email: mail@returningveterans.org
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website is designed to give parents of                 Affordable Naturopathic Clinic in Southeast Portland
school-aged children with a brain injury the
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advocates.                                       Saturday of each month. Dr. Cristina Cooke, a                  The Southeast Community Church of
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     Oregon Parent Training and
                                                 including allergies, diabetes, fatigue, high blood-pressure,   For more information of to make an
     Information Center (OR PTI)
                                                 and issues from past physical or emotional injuries.           appointment, please call:
A statewide parent training and
                                                                                                                Dr. Cooke, 503-984-5652
information center serving parents of
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8156 or 888-505-2673 info@orpti.org                                                   Valuable Websites
                                                www.BrainLine.org: a national multimedia project offering information and
               LEARNet                          resources about preventing, treating, and living with TBI; includes a series of
Provides educators and families with            webcasts, an electronic newsletter, and an extensive outreach campaign in
invaluable information designed to              partnership with national organizations concerned about traumatic brain injury.
improve the educational outcomes for            www.iCaduceus.com: The Clinician's Alternative, the premiere web-based
students with brain injury.                     alternative medical resource.
                                                www.oregon.gov/odva: Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs
                                                http://fort-oregon.org/: information for current and former service members
 FREE Brain Games to Sharpen Your
        Memory and Mind                         www.idahotbi.org/: Idaho Traumatic Brain Injury Virtual Program Center-The
                                                program includes a telehealth component that trains providers on TBI issues
 www.realage.com/HealthyYOUCenter/              through video-conferencing and an online virtual program center.
                                                www.headinjury.com/ - information for brain injury survivors and family members
          http://brainist.com/                  http://activecoach.orcasinc.com Free concussion training for coaches ACTive:
  Home-Based Cognitive Stimulation              Athletic Concussion Training™ using Interactive Video Education
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              flash/comic.html                  http://activecoach.orcasinc.com - ACTive: Athletic Concussion Training™ using
Neurobic Exercise www.neurobics.com/            Interactive Video Education, available free of charge
                                                www.oregonpva.org - If you are a disabled veteran who needs help, peer mentors
 Brain Training Games from the Brain
                                                and resources are available
            Center of America
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                      Oregon Brain Injury Support Groups
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CENTRAL OREGON SUPPORT GROUP                        Klamath Falls                                     On hiatis
2nd Saturday 10:30am to 12:00 noon                  BRAIN INJURY SUPPORT GROUP
St. Charles Medical Center                          2nd and 4th Tuesday 1:00pm to 2:30pm              BRAINSTORMERS Il
2500 NE Neff Rd, Bend 97701                         Klamath County Courthouse Lower Level             3rd Saturday 10:00am-12:00noon
Rehab Conference Room, Lower Level                  316 Main St, Klamath Falls, OR 97601              Survivor self-help group
Joyce & Dave Accornero, 541 382 9451                Cheryl Broyles, 541-273-0334                      Emanuel Hospital, M.O.B.-West
Accornero@bendbroadband.com                         biota@charter.net                                 2801 N Gantenbein, Portland, 97227
                                                    Lebanon                                           Northeast Portland
                                                    BRAIN INJURY SUPPORT GROUP OF LEBANON             Steve Wright stevewright@biaoregon.org
To be announced                                     1st Thursday 6:30 pm
                                                    Lebanon Community Hospital                        Birrdsong Support Group
1-877-469-8844, 541-469-8887
                                                    525 North Santiam Hwy, Lebanon, OR 97355          1st Saturday, 9:30-11 am
Cottage Grove                                                                                         Peer Support Group for Survivors & Family
                                                    Conf Rm #6
BIG II (Brain Injury Group II )                                                                       Wilcox Building Conference Room A
                                                    Lisa Stoffey 541-752-0816 lstoffey@aol.com
Thursdays 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.                                                                       2211 NW Marshall St., Portland 97210
Jefferson Park Recreation Room                      Medford (1)                                       Next to Good Samaritan Hospital
325 S. Fifth St, Cottage Grove
                                                    SOUTHERN OREGON BRAINSTORMERS                     CROSSROADS (Brain Injury Discussion Group)
For directions and information,
                                                    SUPPORT AND SOCIAL CLUB                           2nd and 4th Friday, 1-3 pm
Anna, 541-767-0845.
                                                    1st Thursday 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm                   Independent Living Resources
Corvallis                                           751 Spring St., Medford, Or 97501                 1839 NE Couch St, Portland, OR 97232
STROKE & BRAIN INJURY SUPPORT GROUP                 Lorita Cushman @ 541-621-9974                     Sarah Gerth, 503-232-7411 sarah@ilr.org
1st Tuesday 1:30 to 3:00 pm                         BIAOregon@AOL.COM
Church of the Good Samaritan Lng                                                                      FAMILY SUPPORT GROUP
333 NW 35th Street, Corvallis, OR 97330                                                               3rd Saturday 1:00 pm-2:00 pm
                                                    BRAIN INJURY SUPPORT GROUP OF MOLALLA
Call for Specifics: Mary Quibrera, (541) 768-                                                         Self-help and support group
                                                    5 pm—6:30, Every Monday
5157                                                                                                  Currently combined with PARENTS OF
                                                    Support group and Hydro-exercise - Molalla Pool
aeasterl@samhealth.org                                                                                CHILDREN WITH BRAIN INJURY
                                                    For more information contact: Sherry Stock
Coos Bay                                            sherry@biaoregon.org or 503-740-3155              Emanuel Hospital, Rm 1035
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Support Group                                                            2801 N Gantenbein, Portland, 97227
                                                    Newport                                           Joyce Kerley (503) 281-4682 joycek1145@aol.com
2nd Saturday August 9th 3:00pm – 5:00pm
                                                    BRAIN INJURY SUPPORT GROUP OF NEWPORT
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                                                    2nd Saturday 2-4 pm                               FARADAY CLUB
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Eugene (2)                                          (541) 867-4335 or progop541@yahoo.com             Peer self-help group for professionals
COMMUNITY REHABILITATION SERVICE                    www.progressive-options.org                       with brain injury
OF OREGON                                                                                             Emanuel Hospital, Rm. 1035
                                                    Oregon City
3rd Tuesday 7:00 to 8:30 pm                                                                           2801 N Gantenbein, Portland, 97227
                                                    3rd Friday 1-3 pm
Central Presbyterian Church                                                                           Arvid Lonseth, (503) 680-2251 (pager)
                                                    Clackamas Community College McLoughlin Hall
15th & Patterson, Eugene, OR. 97401                                                                   alonseth@pacifier.com
                                                    Rm #M226 (2nd floor)
Meeting locations vary, call for information
                                                    Sonja Bolon, MA 503-816-1053
Jan Johnson, (541) 342-1980                                                                           HELP
comrehabjan@aol.com                                                                                   (Help Each Other Live Positively)
                                                    Pendleton                                         4th Saturday - 1:00-3:00 pm
                                                    Inactive at this time.                            TBI Survivor self-help group (Odd months)
Tuesdays 11:00am-1pm
                                                    For more information contact:                     TBI Family & Spouse (Even Months)
Hilyard Community Center
                                                    Joyce McFarland-Orr (541) 278-1194                Cognitive Enhancement Center
2580 Hilyard Avenue, Eugene, OR. 97401
                                                    jmcfarland@Oregontrail.net                        15705 S.E. Powell Blvd. Portland Or.
Curtis Brown, (541) 998-3951
BCCBrown@aol.com                                                                                      Brad Loftis, (503) 760-0425
                                                    Portland (12)                                     bcmuse2002@yahoo.com
Hillsboro                                           BRAINSTORMERS I                                   Please contact at least two days in advance
Westside SUPPORT GROUP                              2nd Saturday 10:00 - 11:30am
1st Monday 7-8 pm                                   Women survivor's self-help group
For brain injury survivors, their families, care-   Wilcox Building Conference Room A
givers and professionals                            2211 NW Marshall St., Portland 97210
Tuality Community Hospital                          Next to Good Samaritan Hospital
335 South East 8th Street                           Northwest Portland
Hillsboro, OR 97123                                 Jane Starbird, Ph.D., (503) 493-1221
Carol Altman, (503)640-0818                         drstarbird@aol.com

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  Brain Injury Support Groups provide face-to-face interaction among people whose lives have been affected by brain injury.

PARENTS OF CHILDREN WITH BRAIN                     SALEM STROKE SURVIVORS & CAREGIVERS                Stevens County TBI Support Group
INJURY                                             SUPPORT GROUP                                      1st Tuesday of each Month 6-8 pm
3rd Saturday 12:30 - 2:30 pm                       2nd Friday 1 pm –3pm                               Mount Carmel Hospital, 982 E. Columbia,
self-help support group.                           Salem Rehabilitation Center                        Colville, WA
12:30-1 pm Currently combined with THRIVE          2561 Center Street, Salem OR 97301                 Craig Sicilia (509-218-7982; craig@tbiwa.org)
SUPPORT GROUP for Pizza then joins                 Scott Werdebaugh 503-838-6868                      Danny Holmes (509-680-4634)
FAMILY SUPPORT GROUP                               Ruby McEliroy 503-390-3372                         *TBI Self-Development Workshop
Emanuel Hospital, Rm 1035                                                                             “reaching my own greatness”
2801 N Gantenbein, Portland, 97227                 Salem Conversation                                  *For Veterans
Joyce Kerley (503) 281-4682                        Fridays 11-12:30 pm                                2nd & 4th Tues. 11 am- 1 pm
joycek1145@aol.com                                 Ike Box Café                                       Spokane Downtown Library 900 W. Main Ave.,
                                                   299 Cottage St, Salem OR 97301                     Spokane, WA
THRIVE SUPPORT GROUP                                                                                  Craig Sicilia (509-218-7982; craig@tbiwa.org)
3rd Saturday 12:30 - 2:30 pm                       Vancouver Washington
                                                   VANCOUVER TBI SUPPORT                              Spokane TBI Survivor Support Group
Teenage and Young adult Brain Injury Survivor
support group                                      2nd and 4th Thursdays 2-3 pm                       2nd Wednesday of each month 7 p.m.
Emanuel Hospital, 1075                             disAbility Resources of SW WA                      St. Luke's Rehab Institute, 711 S. Cowley, #LL1,
2801 N Gantenbein, Portland, 97227                 2700 NE Andresen, Suite D5                         Spokane, WA
Northeast Portland                                 Contact: Charlie Gourde                            Craig Sicilia (509-218-7982; craig@tbiwa.org)
Kate Robinson, 503-318-5878                        charlie@darsw.com                                  Michelle White (509-534-9380;
                                                   10-4 Monday – Friday                               mmwhite@mwhite.com)
TBI SOCIAL CLUB                                    360-694-6790 ext. 103                              Valerie Wooten (360-387-6428)
Location varies, call for times & locations
Meets twice a month - days and times vary          Idaho and Surrounding TBI Support Groups           Spokane Family & Care Giver BI Support Group
call for information                               STARS/Treasure Valley BI Support Group             4th Wednesday of each month, 6 p.m.
Michael Flick, 503-775-1718                        4th Thursday of each month 7-9 pm                  St. Luke's Rehab Institute, 711 S. Cowley, #LL1,
                                                   Idaho Elks Rehab Hosp, Sawtooth Room (4th          Spokane, WA
Greater Persons Toastmasters Club (for             Floor), Boise ID
People with Brain Injury)                                                                             Melissa Gray (melissagray.mhc@live.com)
                                                   Kathy Smith (208-367-8962; kathsmit@sarmc.org)     Craig Sicilia (509-218-7982; craig@tbiwa.org)
2nd Tuesday 6:00-7:00 pm                           Greg Meyer (208-489-4963;
Open to all including family members                                                                  Michelle White (509-534-9380;
                                                   gmeyer@elksrehab.org)                              mmwhite@mwhite.com)
2154 NE Broadway #110, Portland OR 97232
Caleb Burns, (503) 913-4517 Call in advance        Southeastern Idaho TBI support group               Spokane County BI Support Group
                                                   2nd Wednesday of each month 12:30 p.m.             4th Wednesday of each month, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Greater Persons Toastmasters Club (for             LIFE, Inc., 640 Pershing Ste. A, Pocatello, ID
People with Brain Injury) Eastside                                                                    12004 E. Main, Spokane Valley WA
                                                   Tracy Martin (208-232-2747)                        Craig Sicilia (509-218-7982; craig@tbiwa.org)
Last Saturday of the month 10 am—11:30 am          Clay Pierce (208-904-1208 or 208-417-0287;
Open to all including family members                                                                  Toby Brown (509-868-5388)
Emanuel Hospital, M.O.B.-West                                                                         Spokane County Disability/BI Advocacy Group
2801 N Gantenbein, Portland, 97227                 Twin Falls TBI Support Group                       511 N. Argonne, Spokane WA
Northeast Portland                                 3rd Tuesday of each month 6:30-8 p.m.              Craig Sicilia (509-218-7982; craig@tbiwa.org)
Caleb Burns, (503) 913-4517                        St. Lukes’ Idaho Elks Rehab Hosp, Twin Falls, ID   Moses Lake TBI Support Group
Roseburg                                           Keran Juker (keranj@mvrmc.org; 208-737-2126)       2nd Wednesday of each month, 7 p.m.
UMPQUA VALLEY DISABILITIES NETWORK                                                                    Samaritan Hospital
For survivors of brain injury and family members    *Northern Idaho TBI Support Group                 801 E. Wheeler Rd # 404, Moses Lake, WA
or caregivers of survivors                         *For Veterans                                      Jenny McCarthy (509-766-1907)
2nd Monday 12 noon - 1:15pm                        3rd Sat. of each month 1-3 pm
                                                   Kootenai Med. Center, 2003 Lincoln Way, Rm KMC     Pullman TBI Support Group
736 SE Jackson St, Roseburg, OR 97470
(541) 672-6336 udvn@udvn.org                       3, Coeur d’Alene, ID                               3rd Tuesday of each month, 7-9p.m.
                                                   Sherry Hendrickson (208-666-3903,                  Pullman Regional Hospital, 835 SE Bishop Blvd,
Salem (3)                                                                                             Conf Rm B
SALEM BRAIN INJURY SUPPORT GROUP                                                                      Pullman, WA
                                                   Craig Sicilia (509-218-7982; craig@tbiwa.org)
2nd & 4th Thursday 4pm-6pm                                                                            Alice Brown (509-338-4507)
                                                   Ron Grigsby (208-659-5459)
Salem Rehabilitation Center , Conf Rm 2 A/B
                                                   Quad Cities TBI Support Group                      Pullman BI/Disability Advocacy Group
2561 Center Street, Salem OR 97301
Megan Brummitt & Jodi Kumar(503) 561-1974          Second Saturday of each month, 9 a.m.              2nd Thursday of each month, 6:30-8:00p.m.
Megan.Brummitt @salemhospital.org                  Tri State Memorial Hosp. 1221 Highland Ave,        Gladish Cultural Center, 115 NW State St., #213
                                                   Clarkston, WA                                      Donna Lowry (509-725-8123)
                                                   Deby Smith (509-758-9661;                          *For Veterans

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                                                        Living with Brain Injury: Thriving in Changing Times
                         Brain Injury Conference 2011
                          The 9th Annual Pacific NW
Calling for Presenters

                                                                                                                                                  Traumatic /Acquired Brain Injury                  Anxiety
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                                                                                                                                                      Through a partnership with VDAC (Vehicle Donations to Any
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Molalla, OR 97038                                                                                              Email: biaor@biaoregon.org             a part of a vehicle donation system. BIAOR can accept vehicles
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                                                                                                               Fax: 503-961-8730
                                                                                                                                                      from anywhere in the country. VDAC will handle the towing,
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