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Hear from leaders in the field of neurorehabilitation

Hosted by Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Braintree, the Neurorehabilitation Conference is the premier event for clinicians looking to further their knowledge of treating traumatic brain injury, stroke and other neurologic disorders.

Held Nov. 6 and 7, this year’s virtual event has something for clinicians of all disciplines and shares clinical and research advancements impacting patient treatment, strategies and outcomes. Up to 12.50 contact hours can be obtained through the duration of the conference.

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Catch the sessions for up to two months after the conference

Attend live or on your own schedule. Sessions from this year’s virtual event will be available on demand for two months. If you’re not able to attend all the sessions during the scheduled event or want to revisit one later, you can watch it at your convenience.

Meet our keynote speakers

Brian Edlow, MD
Brian Edlow, MD

Dr. Brian Edlow received his B.A. from Princeton University and M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

Dr. Brian Edlow received his B.A. from Princeton University and M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He completed an internal medicine internship at Brigham and Women's Hospital, followed by neurology residency and neurocritical care fellowship at Massachusetts General and Brigham and Women’s Hospitals. He is currently a critical care neurologist at Massachusetts General Hospital, where he is Associate Professor of Neurology, Associate Director of the Center for Neurotechnology and Neurorecovery, and Director of the Laboratory for NeuroImaging of Coma and Consciousness. Dr. Edlow's research focuses on the development of advanced imaging techniques for detecting consciousness, predicting outcomes, and facilitating new therapies for patients with severe traumatic brain injury. His lab’s work has been continuously funded since 2010 by grants from the NIH, DOD, and multiple foundations, and he is the recipient of the 2019 NIH Director’s New Innovator Award. Dr. Edlow also serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Neurocritical Care Society’s Curing Coma Campaign, the Editorial Board of the Journal of Neurotrauma, and is a Co-Chair of the NINDS Common Data Elements Project on Disorders of Consciousness.

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Lara Boyd, PT, PhD
Lara Boyd, PT, PhD

Dr. Lara Boyd is a Neuroscientist and Physical Therapist at the University of British Columbia.

Dr. Lara Boyd is a Neuroscientist and Physical Therapist at the University of British Columbia. She is a professor and Wall Scholar. Dr. Boyd has held a Canada Research Chair, a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Career Scientist award and been a Wall Scholar. Dr. Boyd directs the Brain Behaviour Lab at the University of British Columbia. She has published more than 175 peer-reviewed papers that examine neuroplasticity associated with motor learning and recovery from stroke. Her work is centered on answering the question of what limits, and what facilitates, neuroplasticity. Dr. Boyd’s TEDx talk “After this your brain will not be the same” has over 30 million views.

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Anne Deutsch, PhD, RN, CRRN, FACRM
Anne Deutsch, PhD, RN, CRRN, FACRM

Dr. Anne Deutsch is a Senior Research Public Health Analyst at RTI International.

Dr. Anne Deutsch is a Senior Research Public Health Analyst at RTI International. She also has an appointment as a Clinical Research Scientist at the Shirley Ryan Abilitylab (formerly the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago) in the Center for Rehabilitation Outcomes Research and she is a Research Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. She is a certified rehabilitation registered nurse with a doctoral degree in Epidemiology and Community Health. Anne’s research has focused on Medicare payment and quality of care policies. This work has led to the development and implementation of standardized data elements in post-acute care (inpatient rehabilitation facilities, long-term care hospitals and skilled nursing facilities), the implementation of the “IRF Compare” and “LTCH Compare” websites, as well as confidential feedback reports for providers. Anne led the team that developed the IRF self-care and mobility functional outcome measures, which are endorsed by the National Quality Forum, and have been implemented as IMPACT Act quality measures. Anne has served on many expert panels, including the panels sponsored by the Institute of Medicine, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the National Quality Forum, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, the Administration for Community Living and the World Health Organization.

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Cheryl Lehman, PhD, MSN, RN, CRRN
Cheryl Lehman, PhD, MSN, RN, CRRN

Dr. Cheryl Lehman retired as Clinical Professor from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio after 24 years of service to both UTHSCSA and the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.

Dr. Cheryl Lehman retired as Clinical Professor from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio after 24 years of service to both UTHSCSA and the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. She is a graduate of UTMB-Galveston, with a PhD in Preventive Medicine and Community Health with a focus on Rehabilitation Science. A past President of the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses, Dr. Lehman served on the Editorial Board of Rehabilitation Nursing Journal, on the Rehabilitation Nursing Certification Board, and on the Rehabilitation Nursing Foundation board for ARN. Dr. Lehman serves as a consultant for MedBridge, a company focusing on online education for rehabilitation professionals.

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Matt Brown, B.A.
Matt Brown, B.A.

In 2010, Matt Brown’s life changed in the blink of an eye while doing what he loved.

In 2010, Matt Brown’s life changed in the blink of an eye while doing what he loved. During a high school hockey game, Matt collided with a player on the opposing team and lost his footing, causing him to go headfirst into the boards. Matt ended up breaking his C4 and C5 vertebrae in his neck and suffered paralysis from the shoulders down. From the beginning, he was determined that he was not going to let the injury dictate the way he was going to live his life. Matt finished high school, went on to the graduate from college in four years, and wrote a memoir titled Line Change. Most recently, Matt launched the Matt Brown Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit to help and support individuals who have suffered spinal cord injuries.

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Hear what we have to say

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8:00 - 8:05 a.m.

Welcome/Overview - Douglas Katz, MD

8:05 - 9:20 a.m.

OPENING KEYNOTES (Choice of 1 session only)
Keynote Mapping the Connectivity of Consciousness
Brian Edlow, MD
Keynote Motor Recovery: Why is it hard to predict?
Lara Boyd, PT, PhD

9:25 - 10:40 a.m.

MORNING SESSIONS - A (Choice of 1 Session only)
A1 Balance and gait after mild traumatic brain injury; trends and new directions
Laurie King, PT, PhD, MCR
A2 Diagnosis and Prognosis of Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury Syndromes & Prognostication using the ASIA Examination
Robert Winston, DO, FAAPMR
A3 SLP Contributions to Return-to-Work Following Acquired Brain Injury
Rik Lemoncello, PhD, CCC-SLP
A4 Visual Neuro-Rehabilitation
Kevin Houston, OD, MS, FAAO

10:45 - 12:00 p.m.

MORNING SESSIONS - B (All attendees)
B1 Diagnosis and Treatment of Motor Functional Neurological Disorder
David L. Perez, MD, MMSc

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.


1:00 - 2:15 p.m.

AFTERNOON SESSIONS - C (Choice of 1 session only)
C1 Physical Therapy Treatment for Motor Functional Neurological Disorder
Julie Maggio, PT, DPT
C2 An Interprofessional Approach to the Assessment and Intervention of Visual Impairments with Neurological Etiology
Elizabeth Wescott – OTD, OTR/L
C3 The Person within the Protocol: Maximizing the Impact of Verb Network Strengthening Treatment (VNeST) for People with Aphasia
Lisa Edmonds, PhD, CCC-SL
C4 The Benefits and Pitfalls of Deep Brain Stimulation in Parkinson's Disease
Stephanie Bissonnette, DO

2:20 - 3:35 p.m.

AFTERNOON SESSIONS - D (Choice of 1 session only)
D1 Functional Speech Disorders: Diagnosis and Treatment
Jennifer Freeburn, MS, CCC-SLP
D2 Physiology, Genetic, and Epigenetic Principles: Optimizing Rehabilitation after SCI in the 21st Century
Richard Shields, PT, PhD, FAPTA
D3 Occupational Therapy for Functional Neurological Disorder: Recommendations for Clinical Practice
Jessica Ranford, MS, OT, OTR & Julie Maclean, OT
D4 Pharmacologic approaches to attentional, executive and memory disorders after stroke
Brigid Dwyer, MD

3:40 - 4:55 p.m.

Keynote The Changing Post-Acute Care Landscape: Payment Systems and Quality Measurement
Anne Deutsch, PhD, RN, CRRN, FACRM


8:00 - 9:15 a.m.

OPENING KEYNOTES (All attendees)
Keynote It's not all about wheelchairs: Mental health and the rehabilitation patient
Cheryl Lehman, PhD, MSN, RN, CRRN

9:20 - 10:35 a.m.

SESSIONS - E (Choice of 1 session only)
E1 Let’s talk about sex. A guide to healthy sexual function after SCI
Marika Hess, MD & Elizabeth Tammaro, BSN, RN, CRRN
E2 Management of Spasticity: Clinical Implications and Intervention in Neurorehabilitation
Elizabeth Kloczko Wescott, OTD, OTR/L & Erin Lampron, DPT, PT, NCS
E3 Characterization and Management of Cough Dysfunction in Patients with Dysphagia
Michelle Troche, PhD, CCC-SLP
E4 Overview of the Complex Task Performance Assessment (CTPA)
Timothy Wolf, OTD, OTR/L, PhD, FAOTA

10:40 - 11:55 a.m.

SESSIONS - F (Choice of 1 session only)
F1 Cardiovascular issues in people with SCI
Sunil Sabharwal, MD
F2 Expiratory Muscle Strength Training for Airway Protection Deficits: Practical Clinical Considerations
Michelle Troche, PhD, CCC-SLP
F3 Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy after repetitive head injury: new diagnostic criteria for Traumatic Encephalopathy Syndrome
Douglas Katz, MD
F4 Immerse yourself: virtual reality and rehabilitation
Andrew Galica, MD & Delia Bakeman, DO

12:00 - 1:15 p.m.

CLOSING KEYNOTE (All attendees)
From Tragedy to Triumph: Navigating the World through a New Lens
Matt Brown, BA

1:15 - 1:20 p.m.

Closing Remarks - Douglas Katz, MD

Full conference faculty

The conference features more than 20 sessions from industry leaders.

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Instructor and planning committee disclosures are available for attendees.

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Goals and objectives

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Register now to take advantage of advanced rates

Create a participant profile and register now to take advantage of advanced rates. A group rate for three or more non Encompass Health employees from the same facility is available.


Early Bird Rate Standard Package
August – October 1

Regular Rate Standard Package
October 2- November 5

Student – student I.D. required



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Group Rate – 3 or more from the same facility
(Encompass Health employees are not eligible for group rate)



Continuing Education Credits

Attendees can earn up to 12.50 contact hours/CEUs throughout the duration of the conference. Get the details here and download the ASHA forms below.

Conference Disclaimer: This conference was prepared for educational purposes and is not intended to grant rights or impose obligations. This conference may contain references to statutes, regulations, or other policy materials. The information provided is only intended to be a general summary. It is not intended to take the place of either the written law or regulations. Readers are encouraged to review the specific statutes, regulations, and other interpretive materials for a full and accurate statement of their content. If you completed the conference during 11/6 & 11/7, you will be considered a live participant when applying for ASHA CEUs. If you completed the conference between 11/8/21 and 12/31/21, you will be considered a self-study participant for ASHA CEUs.