The Concussion Collective: Best Practices and Advances in Concussion Management


The Concussion Collective: Best Practices and Advances in Concussion Management

The Center Foundation’s Annual Professional Education Conference benefiting our Sports Medicine Outreach Program

The Concussion Collective continues The Center Foundation’s tradition of excellence in providing high level continuing education on the topic of concussions and mild traumatic brain injury. This year’s professional education conference is a combined effort between The Center Foundation, The Center Orthopedic & Neurosurgical Care & Research, St. Charles Health System, The Center on Brain Injury Research & Training (CBIRT), High Desert Education Service District (HDESD), and Oregon State University – Cascades.

The Concussion Collective: Best Practices and Advances in Concussion Management is intended for health care professionals with an interest in mild traumatic brain injury; concussion prevention, diagnosis and treatment; and caring for these injuries in special populations including military veterans, domestic violence victims, and pediatric and adult patients.

The 2023 conference will feature expert faculty across the country including Dr. Stan Herring, former Team Physician for the Seattle Seahawks; David Stricklin, Head Athletic Trainer for the Seattle Seahawks; Gerald Gioia, Division Chief of Pediatric Neuropsychology at Children’s National Hospital in Washington DC, and many others.


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About The Concussion Collective

Every three years, The Center Foundation hosts an professional education conference dedicated to updating our collective knowledge regarding the recognition, diagnosis, management, and prevention of concussions. The last concussion conference, held in May of 2020, included experts from the University of North Carolina, Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, Oregon, and Children’s National Hospital in Washington, D.C. The 2023 conference will build upon that knowledge and provide an opportunity for medical professionals from the Pacific Northwest to collaborate on the best practices and advances in concussion management in youth, adult, military, and special populations. All proceeds from the conference go towards supporting our Sports Medicine Program.



Friday, April 14th

12:00 – 12:30 pm Registration

12:30 – 12:45 pm: Introduction & Housekeeping; Viviane Ugalde, MD

12:45 – 1:45 pm: Concussion+: Understanding the intersection of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) and Brain Injury (BI); Eve Valera, PhD – Associate professor in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and research scientist at Massachusetts General Hospital.

1:45 – 2:45 pm Neuroendocrine Changes after TBI – Diagnostic Challenges and Treatment; Tamara Wexler, MD, PhD – Neuroendocrinologist, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, NYU Grossman School of Medicine.

2:45 – 3:00 pm       BREAK

3:00 – 4:00 pm: Physical Therapy Assessment and Management of Concussion-Associated Craniocervical and Vestibular Injuries; Lisa Flexner, DPT – OSU Cascades Clinical Assistant Professor and Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education, Doctor of Physical Therapy Program; Instructor, Kinesiology.

4:00 – 5:00 pm: Use of the Buffalo Concussion Treadmill Test in Concussion (BCTT); Jenny Wilhelm, PT, DPT, NCS (Neurological Certified Specialist). OHSU

5:00 pm – 7:00 pmBREAK

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Social & The Center Foundation Keynote Speakers – NO CME/CEU CREDITS

Hors d’oeuvre and Dessert Bar + Drink

Keynote Speakers: Stan Herring, MD and David Stricklin, ATC

Life as a team physician for the NFL and over 30 years of concussion management

View from an ATC treating professional athletes in the NFL.

Saturday, April 15th

7:30 – 7:45 amRegistration, coffee and networking

7:45 – 8:00 am –  Introduction; Viviane Ugalde, MD

8:00 – 9:00 am: Overview of Pediatric concussion and Update of CDC guidelines; Gerry Gioia, PhD, Division Chief, Neuropsychology Director, Safe Concussion Outcome, Recovery and Education (SCORE) Program; National Children’s Hospital, Washington, DC. 

9:00 – 10:00 am: Subtyping Concussions – Diagnosis and Management; James Chesnutt, MD, Associate Professor of Family Practice, School of Medicine, OHSU, Sports Medicine.

10:00 – 10:15 am BREAK

10:15 – 11:15 am: Persisting symptoms after concussion, myths and evidence; Stan Herring, MD, UW clinical professor in the Departments of Rehabilitation Medicine, Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, and Neurological Surgery. 

11:15 – 12:15 pm: Athletic Training Approaches to Concussion Management in the NFL; David Stricklin, MS, LAT, ATC, Head Athletic Trainer for the Seattle Seahawks

12:15 – 1:15 pm: Lunch and Panel Discussion; Drs. Gioia, Herring, Chesnutt, Melissa McCart, Ann Glang, and David Stricklin

1:15 – 2:15 pm: Sleep and Affective Disorders in mild TBI; Tyler Duffield, PhD, Neuropsychologist, Assistant Professor in the Dept of Family Medicine and Neurology, OHSU. 

2:15 – 3:15 pm: Mild TBI and Military Blast Injuries; Jesse Shaw, DO, Assistant Professor of Neurology/Sports Medicine, School of Medicine, OHSU

3:30 pm BREAK

3:30 – 4:30 pm: Oculomotor Repercussions Secondary to Concussions – Effects and Treatment – ; Kerri Lyons, OD MEd-VFL and Kit Carmiencke, OD, Integrated Eye Care, Bend OR 

4:30 – 5:00 pm: Update on current research projects in Oregon/Central Oregon; Ann Glang, PhD, Research Professor and Director of CBIRT, Melissa McCart Ed.D, Director of Oregon TBI Teams, University of Oregonand Deanne Unruh PhD Research Professor at University of Oregon. 

5:00 – 5:15 pm: Closing Remarks; Viviane Ugalde, MD

Course Objectives

Concussion+: Understanding the intersection of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) and Brain Injury (BI) – Dr. Eve Valera 

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

  1. Recognize and examine the prevalence of IPV-related BI.
  2. Summarize the cognitive, psychological and neural correlates of partner inflicted brain injuries.
  3. Describe and apply specific approaches and strategies for working with women who have experienced IPV-related BI.

Neuroendocrine changes after TBI – diagnostic challenges and treatment – Dr. Tamara Wexler 

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

  1. Discuss the evidence of neuroendocrine dysfunction following traumatic brain injury.
  2. Recognize signs and symptoms of pituitary deficiencies.
  3. Understand indicators for pituitary testing of patients after TBI.
  4. Explain the importance of pituitary  hormones, as well as how to evaluate and treat deficiencies.

Physical Therapy Assessment and Management of Concussion-Associated Craniocervical and Vestibular Injuries   – Lisa Flexner 

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

  1. Appraise the evidence for evaluation and treatment of craniocervical pain in the post-concussive patient.
  2. Appraise the evidence for evaluation and treatment of vestibular symptoms in the post-concussive patient.
  3. Develop a preliminary treatment plan for a patient case involving craniocervical and/or vestibular injury following concussion.

Use of the Buffalo Concussion Treadmill Test in Concussion (BCTT) – Jenny Wilhelm 

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

  1. Demonstrate the appropriate application of the Buffalo Concussion Treadmill Test.
  2. Analyze 2-3 cases implementing the BCTT into a treatment program review the outcomes of said testing and treatment.
  3. Demonstrate appropriate technique in the set up and application taking a patient through the BCTT.

Overview of Pediatric concussion and Update of CDC guidelines – Dr. Gerry Gioia 

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

  1. Analyze and apply evidenced based treatment protocols for symptom management in the pediatric patient population.
  2. Summarize the latest CDC guidelines on concussion management in the pediatric patient population.
  3. Identify and apply the latest data on Return to Learn recommendations following injury.

Subtyping Concussions – Diagnosis and Management – Dr. James Chesnutt 

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

  1. Describe the evidence for subtyping concussions and its implication in the diagnosis and treatment of concussion.
  2. Identify and describe auditory concussions, a new subtype of concussions.
  3. Analyze the evidence or experiential treatment approaches and how they differ for the different subtypes of concussions.

Persisting symptoms after concussion, myths and evidence – Dr. Stan Herring 

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

  1. Describe the effects of physical inactivity on general health and brain health.
  2. Recognize and appreciate the multifactorial causes of persisting symptoms after a sports-related concussion.
  3. Develop a treatment plan for persisting symptoms after a sports concussion focused on restoration and function.

Athletic Training approaches to concussion management – David Stricklin 

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

  1. Summarize the current state and evolution of concussion management in the NFL.
  2. Describe the current NFL concussion protocol.
  3. Evaluate the strengths and pitfalls of current protocols.
  4. Evaluate the applicability and application of the NFL concussion management model to fit different clinical settings.

Sleep and Affective Influences/Disorders in mild TBI – Dr. Tyler Duffield

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

  1. Review and apply the existing knowledge of sleep disorders in mild TBI to the treatment and management of mild TBI.
  2. Describe affective disorders in mild TBI.
  3. Describe and apply post-injury sleep interventions and relevancy of post-injury psychotherapeutic treatment options in the treatment of sleep disorders associated with mild TBI.

Mild TBI and military blast injuries – Dr. Jesse Shaw 

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

  1. Describe the types of injuries military personnel have been exposed to and the differences in mechanism of injury related to these exposures.
  2. Differentiate and recognize the differences in the presentation of TBI related to military blast injuries and the overlay of PTSD and other affective disorders with mild TBI symptoms.
  3. Develop and apply treatment plans for veterans suffering from TBI.
  4. Identify and discuss community resources available for Veterans.

Oculomotor Repercussions Secondary To Concussions – Effects and Treatment – Drs. Kerri Lyons and Kit Carmiencke 

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

  1. Summarize the role of the Oculomotor as one of the emerging subtypes of concussion.
  2. Analyze the evidence and utility of eye tracking technologies in the management if the concussed patient.
  3. Develop treatment programs for concussion-induced oculomotor dysfunction.

Update on current research projects in Oregon/Central Oregon – Ann Glang, Melissa McCart and Deanne Unruh

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

  1. Describe the current research projects for UO/CBIRT related to mild TBI,
  2. Summarize the preliminary results of the Return to School study.
  3. Discuss and identify future/upcoming research related to the management of treatment of mild TBI in Oregon.

Panel Discussion – Drs. Gioia, Herring, Chesnutt, Melissa McCart, Ann Glang, and David Stricklin – 

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

  1. Review case studies assessing difficult return to play decisions in children with multiple concussions and apply these lessons to your own clinical decision making.
  2. Describe on the field clinical decision making to remove the athlete from play.
  3. Develop a return to learn plan for children with persisting post concussive symptoms

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Kit Carmiencke, OD, FCOVD

During his 45-year career as a primary care optometrist, Dr. Kit Carmiencke has held numerous leadership positions in state and national organizations. He is a Fellow of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development – Emeritus.  He received special recognition for developing a community-based “Vision Intervention Program for Juveniles.”  Dr. Carmiencke was a co-author of the 2005 Optometric Clinical Practice Guidelines: Comprehensive Adult Eye and Vision Examination. Throughout his career in eye care, he had a special interest in Oculomotor Dysfunction affecting learning and performance.

With retirement from clinical practice in 2021, he found “Living the Covid Dream” less than fulfilling, so he began an extensive personal study of the neurobiology of concussions.  This led to a greater understanding of the long-term effects of head injuries, particularly for those groups at-risk for recurrent head trauma.  He is working to develop a community program to quickly identify concussions of victims of domestic abuse at the site of the incident.

Along with his wife Sandi, he continues to travel within the USA and Internationally, with a special focus and work with Bend’s Italian sister city of Belluno

James Chesnutt, MD
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.

Tyler Duffield, PhD

Dr. Tyler Duffield is a neuropsychologist (board application recently approved) and assistant professor of family medicine and neurology at OHSU. His clinical activities include neuropsychological evaluations and cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) across the lifespan and clinical conditions. His research broadly focuses on utilization of novel technologies to attempt to improve understanding and management of neurological, psychiatric, and sleep disorders/dysfunction. Duffield’s current research focuses on the integration of an eye-tracking system and computerized cognitive battery to explore headache and sleep dysfunction contributions to mTBI related cognitive performances.


Dr. Lisa Flexner, PT, DPT, FAAOMPT, is Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of Clinical Education at Oregon State University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program on the Cascades campus in Bend, Ore. She is a fellowship-trained orthopedic manual physical therapist with clinical focus in spine, persistent pain, and physical therapy management of concussion and scoliosis. Dr. Flexner has balanced clinical practice and academic instruction throughout her career, joining OSU-Cascades full-time in April 2020. In the DPT program, she directs the clinical education curriculum for all 135 students, leads courses in professionalism, communication, and leadership, and assists in anatomy and clinical courses. Prior to joining OSU-Cascades, Dr. Flexner was on the teaching team for the University of Washington’s DPT program from 2008-2015, focusing on orthopedics and pediatric sports medicine.

Dr. Flexner graduated from Stanford University with degrees in psychology and sociology and worked in the business world until a serious injury led her to physical therapy. She received her DPT degree from the University of Washington, where she trained with physiatrists including Dr. Stanley Herring and Dr. Chris Standaert. Dr. Flexner’s orthopedic residency and fellowship in manual therapy are from the Ola Grimsby Institute, and she is a Fellow in the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy. As a clinician, she worked in private practice and hospital settings, and helped develop physical therapy evaluation and management programs for concussion and scoliosis at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Dr. Flexner’s academic interests lie in connecting the clinical to the classroom in novel ways, helping students link what they’re learning to the complex human beings they will treat. Her research is developing in three areas: (1) physical therapy education; (2) the relationship between social stigma, pain, and health outcomes, and (3) cancer survivorship. She advocates for patients, physical therapy, and health care through her work with the American Physical Therapy Association and the Central Oregon Health Council.

Gerard Gioia, PhD
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.

Ann Glang, PhD

Ann Glang, PhD is a research professor at CBIRT. She has directed or co-directed 30 federally funded research projects focused on individuals with TBI. Dr. Glang has developed and evaluated a range of training tools for families and educators, including family training programs, and web-based modules on TBI for educators. She has more than 25 years of experience in qualitative and quantitative methodology and has led many large-scale evaluations.

Dr. Glang, is a Research Professor and Director of CBIRT. Since 1987, she has secured and directed or co-directed over 30 federally funded research projects focused on individuals with TBI, including both descriptive and intervention research projects. Her research interests include strategies and supports in the school setting for children and adolescents with brain injuries, teacher training and childhood brain injury prevention. She has published numerous articles in refereed journals, edited two books on her work with children with TBI, and co-authored five manuals for educators serving children with TBI. Dr. Glang was awarded the 2011 Researcher of the Year award by the North American Brain Injury Society. Dr. Glang has also led the development of a range of SBIR-funded health education programs, including Brain 101, a concussion education and management program for high schools.

Stan Herring, MD

Stanley A. Herring, MD, is a board-certified physical medicine and rehabilitation physician who has been in practice over 38 years. He is a clinical professor in the Departments of Rehabilitation Medicine, Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, and Neurological Surgery at the University of Washington. Dr. Herring hols the Zackery Lystedt Sports Concussion Endowed Chair.

Dr. Herring is a co-founder of the Sports Institute at UW Medicine where he serves as senior medical advisor and he also serves as co-medical director of the UW Medicine Sports Concussion Program. He is also co-medical director of UW Medicine Orthopedic Health and Sports Medicine, and he is one of the team physicians for the Seattle Mariners. Dr. Herring’s practice focuses on the diagnosis and management of neurological and musculoskeletal injuries, particularly focusing on spinal disorders in active people and athletes as well as sports-related concussions.

Dr. Herring has held many national leadership positions; including presidents of the North American Spine Society, member of the Board of Trustees of the American College of Sports Medicine, and board member of the Foundation for Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. He is also a founding member of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine and the Physiatric Association of Sports, Spine and Occupational Rehabilitatoin.

Dr. Herring is on the editorial boards of professional journals and has been an editor of nine textbooks as well as an author of 102 peer-reviewed journal articles and 55 textbook chapters. He was a major contributor to the successful passage of the Zackery Lystedt Law in Washington State, and his continued work helped pass similar youth concussion legislation in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. In addition, Dr. Herring is a frequent national and international speaker on a variety of physiatric and sports medicine topics.

Kerri Lyons, OD, MEd-VFL

Dr. Kerri Lyons earned her undergraduate degree at Cornell University (’10) and began a career in education, including time teaching at Duke University.  While teaching, she became fascinated by the overlap between learning and vision. Pursuing this interest, her postgraduate education took her to Pacific University, where she earned her OD (’19) degree alongside her Master in Education in Vision Function and Learning. These degrees exposed her to the growing field of head trauma. She entered an advanced program at Southern College of Optometry, where she completed her Vision Therapy and Vision Rehabilitation residency before moving to Bend.

With this solid foundation in clinical education, Dr. Lyons is still young in her optometric career and delights in bringing her extensive training to help all her patients.  She has worked in private practice for two years in Bend, OR and is currently at Integrated Eyecare.

When not helping patients, she enjoys anything on foot, skis or bikes — as well as ice cream.

Melissa McCart, Ed.D

Melissa McCart, Ed.D is a national and international speaker and author on the topic of brain injury and return to school following injury. She earned her doctorate in Educational Methodology, Policy and Leadership, her M.S. in behavioral disorders and applied behavior analysis, and her administrator’s licenses from the University of Oregon’s nationally ranked College of Education. She has worked extensively with at-risk children and families as a behavior specialist, behavior consultant and special education teacher. She is currently the co-director of the Center on Brain Injury Research and Training (CBIRT) at the University of Oregon. Her research focuses on evidence-based educator training, advancing best-practices for return to school following brain injury, and aligning educational policy with the evidence base. Prior to joining the CBIRT team, Melissa spent 7 years as a school administrator, 2 years as a behavioral consultant, and 8 years as a special education teacher to students with emotional/behavioral disorders. Melissa currently is a member of the National Collaborative on Childhood Brain Injury and serves on the Return to Learn, Policy, Common Data Elements and Community of Practice Committees.

Jesse Shaw, DO, USAW

Dr. Jesse Shaw, D.O, USAW, is a Primary Care Sports Medicine Physician whose career highlights him as a translational scientist and domain expert in sports medicine.  After graduating from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (Erie, PA) he completed a translational internship at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth (Portsmouth, VA).  He then served Naval Special Warfare as a General Medical Officer prior to entering and completing Undersea Medical Officer Training at Naval Undersea Medical Institute and Naval Diving and Salvage Training Command (Groton, CT and Panama City, FL).  After completing a tour at Naval Health Branch Clinic Bangor (Silverdale, WA) he received an honorable discharge from the US Navy.  He then completed his Family Medicine residency at St Petersburg General Hospital (St Petersburg, FL) and a Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship at Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine/Auburn University (Auburn, AL) under the leadership of Michael Goodlett MD and James Andrews MD.

Dr. Shaw’s clinical practice focuses on the optimization of wellness through the relationship of health, medicine, fitness and nutrition.  He has served as faculty at multiple medical colleges and colleges of osteopathic medicine throughout the country and worked across the many facets of sports from high school to NCAA division 1 and professional levels.  He currently serves the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee as team physician for multiple Team USA athletes and National Governing Bodies.  His research interests includes dietary supplementation and sports nutrition, translational sports medicine, concussion evaluation and objective assessment and movement health.  He currently serves as Director of Clinical Research at Sparta Science.  Dr Shaw appreciates the application of clinical sports medicine through the lens of sport performance, injury prevention and development of rehabilitation protocols.

David Stricklin, MS, LAT, ATC

David Stricklin is the Seahawks head athletic trainer and enters his 14th season with the team. Promoted to head athletic trainer in 2019, he served as assistant athletic trainer from 2010-18, and was a season-long assistant in 2005. In his role, Stricklin is responsible for the oversight of healthcare provided for Seahawks players, coaches and football support staff. This includes but is not limited to player medical appointments with physicians and imaging, management of the medical staff including team physicians, athletic trainers, physical therapists, chiropractors and any other ancillary healthcare providers. He also manages players’ practice and game status as related to injuries and illnesses. He is responsible for ensuring all medical staff is compliant with the most up to date emergency management for on-field injuries, current injury rehabilitation and treatment methods, and any other NFL mandated protocols such as concussion and mental health. Stricklin holds numerous professional licenses and certifications, including a Washington State Athletic Trainers License.

Before joining the Seahawks, Stricklin served as an assistant athletic trainer for football and head athletic trainer for Oregon State’s nationally ranked baseball program from 2006-10. He was a graduate assistant athletic trainer for the Beavers from 2003-05 after spending the summer of 2002 as an athletic training intern with the San Francisco 49ers. Stricklin earned a Bachelor of Science–Exercise Science degree from Central Washington University and a Masters of Science–Sports Medicine degree, along with a certificate in healthcare administration, from Oregon State University. Stricklin serves on the Executive Committee for the Professional Football Athletic Trainer’s Society and the Seahawks’ DEI council. Married to Courtney, they have two daughters, Olivia and Avery.

Viviane Ugalde, MD
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

Deanne Unruh, PhD

Dr. Unruh currently is the Co-Director of National Technical Assistance Center on Transition: the Collaborative. Her externally funded research focuses on high risk adolescents (e.g., youth with ED, juvenile justice involvement). Dr. Unruh has received more than $18 million in external research funding from multiple entities including Office of Special Education Programs, Institute of Educational Sciences, and Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Programs. In her role at the University of Oregon, she directs the Secondary Special Education and Transition (SSET) research unit. Her research expertise focuses on transition and re-entry practices for adolescents with disabilities involved in the juvenile justice system. Prior to coming to UO, Dr. Unruh was a teacher and administrator in alternative schools for high-risk youth in urban settings for more than 12 years.

Eve Valera, PhD

Dr. Valera, Associate Professor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and Research Scientist at Massachusetts General Hospital has worked in the domestic violence field for over 25 years using a range of methodologies to understand the neural, cognitive and psychological consequences of brain injuries from intimate-partner violence, with her most recent focus being on transgender women.  She regularly lectures internationally (e.g., South Korea, Spain, France, Colombia, Canada, China, Japan) and has received national and international recognition (e.g., TV news, NYT Magazine, Forbes, CBC Canadian radio).  Dr. Valera has been the recipient of numerous awards including the prestigious Robert D. Voogt Founders Award, Rappaport Research Fellowship in Neurology, PINK Concussions Domestic Violence Award, the Women Making History Award and the Anne Klibanski Visiting Scholars Award. She is passionate about raising awareness and educating all relevant stakeholders about this tremendously overlooked public health problem.

Tamara Wexler, MD, PhD

Tamara L. Wexler, MD, PhD, is an endocrinologist specializing in neuroendocrinology and reproductive endocrinology, internationally recognized for her expertise in post-TBI pituitary dysfunction. She has served as an Attending Physician in Internal Medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital and as the founding Director of the NYU Langone Medical Center Pituitary Center.

Dr. Wexler received her MD and her PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Pennsylvania. She completed her Internal Medicine residency and Endocrinology fellowship at the Massachusetts General Hospital, where she was part of the Neuroendocrine Unit, designed and ran national clinical trials on the effects of growth hormone, and served for 12 years on the Optimum Care Committee.

While on staff at the MGH, Dr. Wexler spent four years at McKinsey & Company, where she served as the Global Endocrinology Lead. She is an elected member of the University of Pennsylvania Institute for Diabetes, Obesity, and Metabolism Leadership Council, and recently completed her term as an elected member of the Endocrine Society Clinical Guidelines Committee and chair of the Clinical Guidelines Portfolio Task Force. She is a speaker and moderator at academic medical centers and international conferences, and her publications appear in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism and Clinical Endocrinology, among other journals.

Dr. Wexler is a Clinical Associate Professor at NYU, where she continues to direct pituitary research within the Rusk Rehabilitation Center, an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, and she founded Neuroendocrine Associates to provide education and clinical care regarding post-brain injury neuroendocrine issues.

Jennifer Wilhelm, PT, DPT, NCS

Jennifer, is a research physical therapist in the Department of Neurology at Oregon Health & Science University with the Balance Disorder Laboratory. She is involved in several clinical trials including rehabilitation for both mild traumatic brain injury and Parkinson’s Disease. Dr. Wilhelm is a board-certified clinical specialist in neurologic physical therapy and continues to work in the outpatient rehabilitation department and is interested in clinical translation of rehabilitation research for a variety of neurological diagnoses.



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CME/CEU Credit Information

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of St. Charles Health System and The Center Foundation. St. Charles Health System is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

St. Charles Health System designates this live activity for a maximum of 12 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


The Concussion CollectiveThis 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.



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Friday Hors d’oeuvre and Dessert Social and Keynote Speaker – $50


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Cancellation and Refund Policy

Cancellations with full refund available until March 1, 2023.
Cancellations with 50% refund available March 1 to March 31, 2023.
No refund after April 1, 2023.
*Illness or death in the immediate family are mitigating circumstances considered for refunds with a written request received no later than 10 days after the end of the conference.

Social & Keynote

Join us Friday evening, April 14th, for a fun night of entertainment, socializing and networking with The Concussion Collective conference Faculty! This event will feature keynote speakers Dr. Stan Herring, former team physician for the Seattle Seahawks, and David Stricklin, the current Head Athletic Trainer for the Seahawks. Learn from these as they share with us about their insights on working in the NFL, treating professional athletes and the changes in concussion management over the past 30 years. But the learning doesn’t stop there – enjoy drinks and hors d’oeuvres while mingling with fellow attendees and the rest of the conference faculty. This event is open to the public and is a great opportunity to meet like-minded individuals who share an interest in concussion education and awareness. Attendance is included in the cost of the 2-day conference registration but is also open to the public. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to learn from and network with leading professionals in the field.

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