Brain Trust 2020 Home Study

The Center Foundation’s Annual
Professional Education Conference

A home study course for physicians, physician assistants, physical therapists, occupational and speech therapists, athletic trainers and other medical professionals.  Updates in research and latest tools in diagnosing youth sport concussions, management of persistent post concussive symptoms, the role of neurological testing and new thinking on return to play and return to learn decisions. Review of the latest research in helmet and cap technology for concussion prevention. Adult concussions will also be reviewed and issues related to Workers Compensation and motor vehicle accidents. Finally, a review of the latest research on long-term consequences of head trauma, Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy will also be presented.

In partnership with: St. Charles Medical Center, O.H.S.U., U of O/C.B.R.I.T., H.D.E.S.D., & O.C.A.M.P.,

CME/CEU Credit Information

CME credit for physicians
8 hours CME credits available.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of St. Charles Health System and The Center Foundation. St. Charles Health System is accredited by the Oregon Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

St. Charles Health System designates this live activity for a maximum of 8 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

CEU credit for Physical Therapists and Athletic Trainers

This program qualifies as continuing education units approved by the Board of Certification, provider number P563. Full conference 8 CEU.

Certificates of attendance are available for occupational therapists and speech pathologists.

approved CE provider for the athletic trainerThis program has been planned and implemented in accordance with the requirements and policies of the Board of Certification for the Athletic Trainer (BOC) through the joint sponsorship of The Center Foundation and St. Charles Health System. The Center Foundation is approved by the BOC to provide continuing education for Athletic Trainers.

Course Offerings

SESSION 1: Mild TBI Diagnosis and Management ‐ what’s the evidence? (1 credit)
– Gerard Gioia, PhD

At the conclusion of this lecture, participants will be able to:

  • Evaluate the evidence of diagnostic tools for the evaluation of mild TBI in the field and in the clinic.
  • Discuss the recent advances in treatment/management of mild TBI for children and adults.

SESSION 2: Consequences of Multiple Concussion, CTE and Concussion Related Affective Disorders in Children and Adolescents (1 credit)
– Gerard Gioia, PhD

At the conclusion of this lecture, participants will be able to:

  • Explain management strategies for children and adults with multiple concussions.
  • Describe the most recent research related to the understanding of CTE.
  • Describe the emotional symptoms and conditions associated with mild TBI and make recommendations for their management.

SESSION 3: Return to Work and School: PEARLS of Concussion Management in Workers Comp and MVA Litigation (1 credit)
– Viviane Ugalde, MD and Bill Rosen, MD

At the conclusion of this lecture, participants will be able to:

  • Distinguish strategies for utilizing school accommodations to help kids return to the classroom.
  • Consider the litigation challenges associated with the treatment of concussions resulting from MVA.
  • Analyze the evidence related to the recovery from mild TBI.

SESSION 4: New Research in Mild TBI (1 credit)
– James Chesnutt, MD

At the conclusion of this lecture, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the dynamic model of concussion and recent concussion classification systems.
  • Compare the outcomes of early activity and rehab vs standard care in the management of mild TBI.
  • Develop treatment strategies for patients with persistent vestibular symptoms following injury.
  • Assess the implementation of state concussion laws in Oregon schools.

SESSION 5: Role of Protective Equipment and Head Impact Sensors in Reducing Concussion Injury Risk (.75 credit)
– Jason Mihalik, PhD, CAT(C), ATC

At the conclusion of this lecture, participants will be able to:

  • Analyze the latest evidence regarding helmets and other protective equipment in the prevention of concussions.
  • Distinguish the function of head impact sensors and to describe their clinical utility as a concussion diagnostic tool.

SESSION 6: Prevention and Education of Concussions in the Local Community (.75 credit)
 – Johna Register-Mihalik, PhD, LAT, ATC

At the conclusion of this lecture, participants will be able to:

  • Develop strategies and distinguish the best tools for the prevention and reduction of concussions.
  • Develop educational strategies to improve concussion prevention and care in the local community.

SESSION 7: Persistent Post-Concussion Symptoms in Children and Adults (.5 credit)
– Viviane Ugalde, MD

At the conclusion of this lecture, participants will be able to:

  • Develop and apply treatment strategies for the management of headaches, nausea, vertigo/dizziness, sleep disturbance, and other affective symptoms in children and adults with post-concussion syndrome.

SESSION 8: Mild TBI Management in Central Oregon (1 credit)
– Viviane Ugalde, MD

At the conclusion of this lecture, participants will be able to:

  • Evaluate and critique the current approaches to mild TBI management.
  • Analyze a practical approach to the clinical examination of mild TBI.
  • Evaluate community outcomes in the management of mild TBI in adults and children.
  • Describe the current understanding of CTE and consider its implication to sports and work.

SESSION 9: Physical Therapy Concussion Panel (1 credit)
–  Laura Ahmed, PT, DPT, Lindsey Berg, DPT, and Lisa Corrigan, PT, DPT, ATC

At the conclusion of this lecture, participants will be able to:

  • Design treatment plans for treating patients with whiplash, neck pain and vestibulocular symptoms.
  • Utilize the buffalo treadmill in the treatment and rehabilitation of patients with mild TBI.

Faculty Bios

Physical Therapist, Step and Spine Physical Therapy
Laura Ahmed, PT, DPT, is a 2013 graduate of Duke University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program. Laura has a passion for providing high quality, compassionate, evidenced based care and has over six years of experience with the delivery of post concussion care. She loves teaching both her patients and peers about concussion to optimize recovery for those in Central Oregon and beyond.

Physical Therapist, St. Charles Health System
Lindsey Berg received her Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2009 from the University of Washington and has worked at St, Charles since 2010. She has broad experience in treating patients with neurological and orthopedic conditions in both the outpatient and inpatient settings. She has a special interest in treating patients with vestibular and balance impairments. When Lindsey is not at work, she is busy with her family, including three young children, and enjoys getting outside.

Family Practice Sports Medicine, Oregon Health Sciences University
Dr. Jim Chesnutt is an Associate Professor of Family Medicine, Neurology, and Orthopedics & Rehabilitation at OHSU and is board certified in Sports Medicine. Jim is Medical Director of the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) Concussion Program, and focuses his practice on sports medicine and concussion care and research. His research focuses on concussion rehabilitation, balance and gait assessment and modelling of concussion injury, sub-types and recovery. He has been a member of the Oregon Governor’s Traumatic Brain Injury Task Force, co-directs the Oregon Concussion Awareness and Management Program (OCAMP) and is a member of the OSAA Medical Advisory Committee and develops other policy and state laws to improve safe and healthy sports in Oregon. Dr. Chesnutt also practices Sports Medicine at Rebound Orthopedics and is one of the Team Physicians for the Portland Trail Blazers.

Physical Therapist, Certified in Vestibular Rehabilitation and Concussion, Therapeutic Associates
Lisa Corrigan PT, DPT, AT Ret, CSCS. Physical Therapist at Therapuetic Associates Bend Physical Therapy from 2001 to present. Certified in Vestibular Rehabilitation and Concussion through the American Institute of Balance.

Division Chief, Neuropsychology, Director, Safe Concussion Recovery and Education (SCORE) Program, Consultant for CDC, Heads Up. Children’s National Health System
BIO – Dr. Gioia is the Division Chief of Pediatric Neuropsychology at Children’s National Health System, where he directs the SCORE Concussion Program. He is Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry at the GWU School of Medicine. He has developed a number of post-concussion tools for children, and worked with the CDC on their “Heads Up” concussion educational toolkits. Dr. Gioia has participated in the International Concussion in Sport Group Consensus meetings, American Academy of Neurology Sports Concussion Guideline panel, and the CDC’s mild TBI guideline development. He provided concussion management services to youth, high school, college and professional teams. He is the current President and Fellow of the Sports Neuropsychology Society.

Co-Director Matthew A Gfeller Sport-Related Traumatic Brain Injury Research Center, University of North Carolina
Dr. Jason Mihalik is an Associate Professor in the Department of Exercise and Sport Science. He is the Co-Director of the Matthew Gfeller Sport-Related Traumatic Brain Injury Research Center, and also serves as Affiliate Faculty at the UNC Injury Prevention Research Center in the TBI focus area. Jason teaches courses in Biomechanics (EXSS 385) and Undergraduate Research Methods (EXSS 273), and Graduate Statistics and Research Methods. Jason completed his undergraduate degree in Exercise Science with a specialization in Athletic Therapy at Concordia University (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) in 2001. He completed his graduate work in Sports Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA), earning his Master’s Degree in December 2004. He was a recipient of a 5-year Royster Fellowship, allowing him to ultimately complete his doctoral work in Human Movement Science at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the summer of 2009. Jason’s primary research interest intersects head trauma biomechanics with clinical outcomes in civilian athletes and military warfighters. He investigates the effectiveness of innovative concussion assessment, management, and rehabilitation technologies. He is additionally interested in the interrelationships between ocular and vestibular function, as well as the utility of neuroimaging and neurophysiology, in the context of the concussion management paradigm. He has developed smartphone applications designed to assist lay rescuers in recognize concussion signs and symptoms and intervene accordingly. He is also the Chief Science Officer for Senaptec Inc., a startup company in the visual and sensory performance space. Jason also studies field management of neurotraumatic spine-related injuries.

Professor of Athletic Training and Research Scientist, University of North Carolina
Dr. Johna Register-Mihalik is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Exercise and Sport Science at UNC-Chapel Hill. In addition to her role in the Gfeller Center, she serves as a Core Faculty member with the Injury Prevention Research Center at UNC-Chapel Hill. She has also worked clinically at the youth, high school, and collegiate levels as an Athletic Trainer. Dr. Register-Mihalik’s research work centers on novel behavioral and clinical interventions to improve the prevention and care for concussion across the lifespan. She has been the recipient of several research grants to pursue this line of work. Her work has been published in a variety of journals across the sports medicine and brain injury literature and she was the 2018 recipient of the NATA Foundation’s New Investigator Award and is a fellow in the American College of Sports Medicine.

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Brain Injury Medicine, Missoula, MT
BIO – Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, Dr. Rosen attended Oregon State University and after a brief stint with the Forest Service, he obtained his MD degree from St. Louis University, in 1988. Following his 4-year residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at UC Davis, Dr. Rosen began practicing physiatry in Montana, with an emphasis on neurotrauma. In 2014, he qualified for the new subspecialty of Brain Injury Medicine. Since 2017, he has been a member of the Neural Injury Center at the University of Montana, where he is now the Clinical Director of the Center’s Advisory Board. His research interests include improving the physical examination of individuals who have suffered neural injuries and/or have acquired neurologic dysfunction.

Physiatry, Medical Director Concussion Management for The Center Foundation
Dr. Viviane Ugalde is a board certified Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation doctor with a subspecialty certification in Brain Injury Medicine. Dr. Ugalde has practiced concussion management since 1990 and serves as the Medical Director for The Center Foundation’s concussion management program in Central Oregon. She joined the team of physicians at The Center in 2007 and runs a weekly concussion clinic to help coordinate care for both pediatric and adult patients.


Use code AT50 for 50% off all courses until 12/31/2021.


8 credit bundle for $180
(save $25 off individual session prices!)

Buy Full Conference (CME)

Buy Full Conference (CEU)


You can purchase individual sessions.
($25 per credit)

Buy Individual Sessions (CME)

Buy Individual Sessions (CEU)


4 credit bundle for $95
Includes sessions 1-4
(save $5 off individual session prices!)

Buy Day One (CME)

Buy Day One (CEU)


4 credit bundle for $95
Includes sessions 1-4
(save $10 off individual session prices!)

Buy Day Two (CME)

Buy Day Two (CEU)


Refunds are not available on home study courses.

I am text block. Click edit button to change this text. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Ut elit tellus, luctus nec ullamcorper mattis, pulvinar dapibus leo.