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29th Annual Statewide Conference

April 25 & 26, 2013

Marriott La Frontera

Round Rock, TX

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On April 25, 2013 people with brain injuries, researchers, family members, service providers, brain injury advocates, staff of state and local government agencies, and students from Texas will come together in the  Austin suburb of Round Rock for TexasBIA’s 29th Annual State Conference.

This conference is a forum to encourage dialogue and interaction as we search for ways in which we can strengthen our Texas Brain Injury Community.

Become a Sponsor of the 2013 Conference!

  • Diamond Sponsor $5000
  • Gold Sponsor $3000
  • Silver Sponsor $2000
  • Saint Partner $1500
  • Patron Partner $1000
  • Booster Partner $500

Please click below for a full Sponsorship Form detailing each level.

Flier Sponsorship

2013 Keynote Speakers

Gavin Attwood, Executive Director, Colorado Brain Injury Alliance Gavin Attwood has been the Executive Director of the Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado (BIAC) since September 2008. Prior to the position with BIAC he was the VP of Marketing and Events for the National Sports Center for the Disabled based in Denver, CO. Gavin brings many years of fund raising, marketing and organizational leadership to BIAC.  Gavin serves as the Chair of the Colorado Brain Injury Collaborative that successfully passed ‘Jake’s Law’ in March 2011. This law seeks to protect youth athletes from the effects of multiple concussions. He is also the chair of the Colorado Brain Injury Advisory Council and the Governor-appointed State Rehabilitation Council.

Dr. Jude Theriot, Medical Director, Touchstone Neurorecovery Center.  Dr. Theriot is a neurologist who specializes in the rehabilitation of persons with brain injury. He is particularly interested in treating the cognitive and mood dysfunction that result from traumatic brain injury and stroke. In addition to serving as medical director for Touchstone Neurorecovery Center, a post-acute residential rehabilitation program in Conroe, Texas, he is a certified instructor of meditation. He is also the author of the recent e-book Peaceful Habits: A Brain Injury Doctor Teaches Meditation to his Patients and Distills the Experience into a Modern Prescription for Peacefulness.”

Bridgett Wallace, CEO, Concussion Health has a doctorate of physical therapy and holds a competency-based certification in vestibular
rehabilitation.  Ms. Wallace lectures nationwide to other providers regarding dizziness and balance disorders and has been a consultant for The University of Texas Athletic Department for more than 13 years regarding concussion management. In the past 2 years, she has served as a consultant for the Major League of Baseball Umpires’ Medical Staff as well as other collegiate and professional organizations. Bridgett currently serves on a specialty workgroup regarding concussion management for the American Physical Therapy Association. 360 Balance has received a “Top Clinics” award from the Austin Business Journal (ABJ) four years in a row and, in 2011, Bridgett was one of the recipients of the “Health Care Heroes” award given by the ABJ.

2013 Conference Schedule (subject to change)

April 25, 2013


Keynote Gavin Attwood, Executive Director, Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado “Brain Injury at the Federal Level: Who the Players are and How YOU Can Affect Change Nationally and in Your State”


Lori Cook, PhD, Molly   Keebler, MS and Asha Vas, PhD “Impact   of TBI on Learning: Advances in Assessment and Training”

Joanne McGee, PhD “Legislative Policy Issues Affecting the TBI Community”


Keynote Jude Theriot, MD “Replacement Parts for the Brain”


Heather Kamper, LCSW and Michelle   Ball, LMSW “Break the Silence: Empowering Responses to Survivors of Interpersonal Abuse”

Kellie Manderfeld, MA “Family Issues Following Acquired Brain Injury”


Kelly Ramsey, “Effectiveness of Home and Community Therapy”

Lynne Davis, PhD “Returning to Work After Traumatic Brain Injury: Challenges and Strategies to Maximize Success”

April 26, 2013



Bridgett Wallace, CEO Concussion Health “An Overview of Concussion Legislation in Texas”


Bernadette Coleman, Founder   Trimunity.Com “Rehab Continuum Through Social Media”

Jantz, PhD and Cyndi   Plotts, PhD “Things Are Not Always What They Seem: Neuroimaging as an Aid to Understanding TBI”


Awards Luncheon


Greg Hupp, PhD “Wounded Warriors with TBI & PTSD: Cause, Effect and Reintegration”

Nate Lytle “Survivor’s Story: Faith, Hope, Love and a Brain Injury”


Tam Harwell, MBA, CBIS “Isn’t It Really About the Patient’s Experience?”

Mark Phillips “From Tragedy to Triumph: A Survivor Speaks”


We are currently accepting nominations for the following awards: Tom Dean Humanitarian Award, Professional Contribution Award and Survivor of the Year Award. All submissions are due April 8, 2013.  Award Nominations form 2013

TXBIA is very pleased to be working with the Marriott La Frontera this year. Rooms for the conference begin at $129.95. Discounted rate will go up on April 3, 2013. Please click below for reservations.

The Marriott La Frontera is centrally located to a variety of activities in the Round Rock area. Shopping, dining, night life and AAA baseball are just a short walk or drive away!

TXBIA 2013 Local Attractions

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Early Registration ends April 11th. Register online below, or click for a mail in form. Printable Registration Form