2020 Making Connections Speakers and Topics

Additional information will be available for each speaker and their presentation topic soon. Check back often to explore all that you will be able to access during the 2020 Making Connections Conference.


Using the Power of Neuroplasticity to Help Heal the Brain

Dr. Ryan Cedermark, DC

Disruption & Dysregulation

Stacey Gesinger, LMFT

How to Feed a Brain: Nutrition for Optimal Brain Function and Repair

Cavin Balaster

Mindfulness and Meditation

Bianca Bentzin, LMFT-Associate

Speech Generating Devices and TBI’s

Kirstin White, B.S.-SLP

Harnessing the Power of Neuroplasticity to Restore Physical Function

Garrett Salpeter

‘3-Systems’ Brain Injury Physical Therapy

Jonathan Parr, PT, CSCS, CBIS, EP


Dr. Daniel Finley

Empowered Patients and Empowered Loved Ones

Cavin Balaster

Rehabilitation: The Long Road to Recovery

Kristen Taylor, DO

Intensive Model of Therapy

Emily Norlock, PT, DPT

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

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

Paul G. Harch, MD

Did I train for this? A neurologist blind-sided by his son’s traumatic brain injury

Michael Reardon, M.D.

Spasticity Management: A Physiatrist’s Perspective

Patrick Spicer

Pyramid of Neuro-Rehabilitation

Emily Kalambaheti, DC, DACNB, FACFN

Returning to School After Brain Injury

M. Cullen Gibbs, PhD

Managing Challenging Behaviors in Crisis and Calm

Richard O. Temple, Ph.D.

Brain Injury and Treating the Whole Child

Robert J. Doman Jr.

ABA & Managing Challenging Behavior

Brittany Garza & Marissa Weiler

Music Therapy and TBI

Grace Gomez, MT-BC, NMT

Compassionate Use Program – Medical Cannabis in Texas

Christina Burke

Orthopedics and the Injured Brain

Dr. John Roaten

Guardianship – From Start to Finish

Attorney Boyd Handley

Special Needs Planning – Key Steps to Achieving Financial Success

Allison Schaberg

Laser Therapy in Functional Neurology Setting

Dr. Brandon Crawford

Stages of Brain Injury

Dr. Brandon Crawford

Tips for Launching Your Special Needs Teen into Adulthood

Allison Schaberg & Dr. Lindsay Asawa

Concussion in the Pediatric Population

Kate Labiner, MD

Transitioning Into Adulthood (Texas focused)

Lindsay Heath, Ph.D., LSSP, CBIS & Bruce Bloom, M Ed, CRC, CAS, IPEC 

Texas Medicaid Waivers

Elizabeth Tucker

Spero Rehabs Fundamental Focus on Recovery to Foster True Functional Independence

Brooke Aarvig, OTR/L, CBIS

Vision Connection & Brain Injury

Dr. Briana Larson, OD, FCOVD, FAAO, FNORA

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