Welcome to the 2020 Making Connections Virtual Conference & Resource Fair

We are so glad you are here with us and hope you will find all of the information provided both helpful and encouraging! Below you will find a welcome video from our Executive Director, Tim Siegel, and our Director of Family Services, Ronda Johnson. Following their videos, we have provided a PDF download of the program in the event that you would like to access that. Finally, you will be able to view our sponsors, nonprofit partners, stories of hope and the presentations. If you have any questions or issues accessing anything please email us at christina@teamlukehopeforminds.org and we would be happy to assist you.


A Message From Tim Siegel:


A Message from Ronda Johnson:

Conference Program


Please take a minute and check out our event sponsors. This conference is made possible due to their generosity and we appreciate them more than they know. Click any of the sponsor names or levels below to learn more about our 2020 sponsors. Our sponsors are also resources for you and your family.


Platinum Sponsor – The Austin Center for Developing Minds

Diamond Sponsor – Neufit

Diamond Sponsor – Child Neurology Consultants of Austin

Diamond Sponsor – Shedlight

Diamond Sponsor – Cook Children’s

Silver Sponsors – A&P Quality Care Medical & Infinity Specialty Services

Speaker Sponsors – Multiple

Bronze Sponsor – Nexus Children’s Hospital

Partner Sponsors – Freedom Concepts, Plasticity Centers, and Rocky Mountain Regenerative Medicine

Logo Grid for 2020 conference


‘3-Systems’ Brain Injury Physical Therapy
Jonathan Parr, PT, CSCS, CBIS, EP


ABA & Managing Challenging Behavior
Brittany Garza & Marissa Weiler


Acupuncture for Brain Health
Dr. Daniel Finley


Brain Injury and Treating the Whole Child
Robert J. Doman Jr.


Compassionate Use Program – Medical Cannabis in Texas
Christina Burke


Concussion in the Pediatric Population
Kate Labiner, MD


Did I train for this? A neurologist blind-sided by his son’s traumatic brain injury
Michael Reardon, M.D.


Disruption & Dysregulation
Stacey Gesinger, LMFT


Forget the “New Normal”: An Introduction To Empowered Neuro-Rehabilitation
Cavin Balaster


Guardianship – From Start to Finish
Attorney Boyd Handley


Harch HBOT for Pediatric Brain Injury, Why Precision Dosing Protocols Are Imperative
Paul G. Harch 


Harnessing the Power of Neuroplasticity to Restore Physical Function
Garrett Salpeter


How Canine Companions Assistance Dogs Can Help Children with Brain Injuries

Kate Incremona


How To Feed A Brain Nutrition for Optimal Brain Function and Repair
Cavin Balaster


Intensive Model of Therapy
Emily Norlock PT, DPT


Laser Therapy in Functional Neurology Setting
Dr. Brandon Crawford


Managing Challenging Behaviors in Crisis and Calm
Richard O. Temple, Ph. D.


Medicaid Waivers – Texas
Elizabeth Tucker


Mindfulness and Meditation
Bianca Bentzin, LMFT-Associate


Music Therapy and TBI
Grace Gomez, MT-BC, NMT


Orthopedics and the Injured Brain
Dr. John Roaten


Pyramid of Neuro-Rehabilitation
Emily Kalambaheti, DC, DACNB, FACFN


Rehabilitation: The Long Road to Recovery
Kristen Taylor


Returning to School After Brain Injury
M. Cullen Gibbs, PhD


Spasticity Management: A Physiatrist’s Perspective
Dr. Patrick Spicer


Special Needs Planning – Key Steps to Achieving Financial Success
Allison Schaberg


Speech Generating Devices and TBI’s
Kirstin White, B.S.-SLP


Spero Rehabs Fundamental Focus on Recovery to Foster True Functional Independence
Brooke Aarvig, OTR/L, CBIS


Stem Cell Therapy for Neurologic Injury
Vassily T. Eliopoulos, M.D.


The Blueprint for Brain Recovery
Dr. Brandon Crawford


Testing and Supporting Nutrients for the Brain
Pam Machemehl Helmly


The Effect of MNRI Reflex Neuromodulation Program on Neurosensorimotor Improvement in Individuals with Diagnosed TBI Compared with Results of QEEG Brain Mapping and Neurotransmitters Analysis
Andrey Boldyrev


The Well Oiled Brain
Beverly Boytim


Tips for Launching Your Special Needs Teen into Adulthood
Allison Schaberg & Dr. Lindsay Asawa


Transitioning Into Adulthood (Texas focused)
Lindsay Heath, Ph.D., LSSP, CBIS & Bruce Bloom, M Ed, CRC, CAS, IPEC


Using the Power of Neuroplasticity to Help Heal the Brain
Dr. Ryan Cedermark, DC


Vision & Brain Injury
Dr. Briana Larson, OD, FCOVD, FAAO, FNORA


What is SSI and How do I get it ?>
Barbara Bush


We can’t thank you enough for joining us for the 2020 Making Connections Conference! Please remember to take the time and complete the survey under each of the videos you watched.

Congratulations to the winners of our Conference Drawings:

Megan Cunningham – National Association of Child Development (NACD) family subscription for up to 6 family members to MySimplySmarter.com. Simply Smarter is an online tool created by NACD that is designed to tackle learning & attention challenges. The guided program is designed to strengthen your memory, cognition, and more.  (http://www.nacd.org/)  Valued at $719

Jessi Crippin – Package of 4 one hour virtual therapy sessions with Stacey Gesinger, MA, LMFT. (www.StaceyTherapy.com) Valued at $500

Lori Polifonte – Since his severe traumatic brain injury in 2011, Cavin Balaster has been studying neuro-rehabilitation like his life depended on because it did. He partners with survivors and loved ones as a neurotrauma medical advocate, rehabilitation coach, and medical liaison. He works with survivors to prioritize treatments, put in place practices at home, and organize the scope of rehabilitation and development so that everything is more manageable. He is offering 3 initial consultations, which includes neurologic exam over zoom and medical records review. He is not a medical professional. (https://feedabrain.com) Valued at $750

Sarah Sena – Free Children’s Program from Neurogistics which includes the neurotransmitter panel, an intake assessment with our Child Therapist and a review of findings on the laboratory panel with Pam Machemehl Helmly. This is a simple, all- natural approach to brain chemistry balancing. (https://www.neurogistics.com/childrens-program)  Valued at $335.

Beth Hoke – Package of 4 one hour virtual therapy sessions with Bianca Bentzin, LMFT – Associate. (www.beingwellwithbianca.com)  Valued at $400

Stacey Mealy -Telephone interview with medical records review with Dr. Harch with Harch HBOT & a signed copy of “The Oxygen Revolution”.  (hbot.com) Valued at $600

Stephanie Huth – Team Luke Hope for Minds Team Luke Hope for Minds gear – A hoodie, t-shirt, hat,  and bracelet. Valued at $93

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