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CAL-PT-FUND Research Symposium: Concussion and Brain Injury

11/5/2016 to 11/6/2016
When: Saturday, November 5, 2016
Where: Long Beach Memorial Medical Center – Van Dyke Theater
2801 Atlantic Avenue
Long Beach, CA  90806
United States
Contact: Rita Pierson
(916) 929-2782 x 105

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Course Description

This annual program is co-sponsored by the CAL-PT-FUND and the CPTA. Research is vital to the success and future of physical therapy. Please join your colleagues for this two day presentation and help to promote and support the future of physical therapy research in California! The topic for this year’s Research Symposium is Concussion and Brain Injury.


Saturday’s discussion will be led by staff from Sports Neurology and Pain Medicine based in Los Angeles, CA. They will start the day discussing acute, sub-acute and chronic mechanisms and considerations of concussions and brain injury. Vernon Williams, MD, will cover concussions in sports. Ilan Danan, MD, MSc will discuss concussion and brain injury as well as return to play. All registrants will participate in a skills pavilion lab Saturday afternoon.


Sunday, join Carlos Moreno, PT, DPT, NCS as he discusses the integration of vestibular, vision, and somatosensory systems that are essential for the detection of motion and the production of normal postural reactions to maintain balance. These systems, particularly the vestibular organ and its connections into the brain stem are susceptible to damage after concussions. Sequelas of these disruptions usually result in vertigo, dizziness, dysequilibrium, and decreased quality of life. The purpose of this presentation is to educate physical therapists on their role for identifying vestibular, oculomotor, and balance dysfunctions in persons post-concussion; and the role of vestibular rehabilitation for addressing these symptoms.


Christopher Ivey, PT, MPT, OCS, SCS, ATC, MS presents the amount of available research on the impact of concussion injury is rapidly increasing, and the evidence for the management of this injury is more refined. The presentation will introduce a subset of patients that do not progress through the typical recovery process following a concussion injury and are labeled with a diagnosis of post-concussion syndrome. The focus of this lecture is to define post-concussion syndrome including the associated symptoms. Moreover, the predictors for developing post-concussion syndrome will be reviewed. Lastly, the current research for the management of this condition will also be presented.


Jessica Schwartz, PT, DPT, CSCS will help us put it all together from protection to prevention to treatment strategies. Physical Therapists are the quintessential healthcare provider to identify and screen the concussion patient of today. How do we manage the delicate and heterogenous interplay of the multitude of symptoms from headache, neck pain, dizziness, cognitive deficits, anxiety, and more? What can we do as PT’s? How do we educate the medical and sports community? and how do we practice ethically?


Saturday wouldn't be complete without patients to share their experience with us. Kelley Kubota, PT, MS, NCS, CBIS, Annie Burke-Doe, PT, PhD and Carlos Moreno PT, DPT, NCS will present three patients and review how their conditions were diagnosed and managed.

Course Objectives

At the conclusion of the program, the participant will be able to:

  • Gain a better understanding of the underlying pathophysiology behind a concussive injury
  • Become more comfortable with certain unique presentations of a concussed individual, both in the immediate setting as well as in those suffering from prolonged post concussion syndrome.
  • Describe the components of the balance system.
  • Summarize common vestibular, oculomotor, and balance disorders post-concussion.
  • Select pertinent examinations and interpret positive findings for patients post-concussion in a clinical setting. 
  • Select appropriate vestibular treatment strategies based on clinical findings.
  • Select appropriate and responsive outcome measures; and implement best practice guides to assist with knowing when to return patient back to activity.
  • Identify when and why you should refer to interdisciplinary healthcare providers to address persistent symptoms.
  • Identify the subset patient population that does not progress through the typical recovery following a concussion injury;
  • Understand the symptoms associated with post-concussion syndrome;
  • Recognize the predictors of post-concussion syndrome development; and
  • Apply current research to the patient management for this condition.
  • Determine who is appropriate to refer to rehabilitative therapy services such as
    physical therapy, vestibular therapy, occupational therapy, vision therapy, speech
    language pathology, neuropsychology, psychology, school counselors, and social
  • Understand the concept of Collective Competence in Healthcare
  • Obtain evidence based concussion


Day 1

7:00-8:00am    Registration, Coffee Service 
8:00-8:15    Welcome, Overview and Introduction of Speakers – Kelley Kubota, PT, MS, NCS, CBIS 
8:15-9:00    Concussion and Brain Injury: Acute, Sub-Acute and Chronic Mechanisms and Considerations – Ilan Danan, MD, MSc
 9:00-9:15   BREAK 
9:15-10:45    Concussion in Sports: Essentials of Clinical Management – Vernon Williams, MD 
10:45-11:15    BREAK 
11:15-Noon    Return to Play: Strategies for Typical and Atypical Cases – Ilan Danan, MD, MSc
Noon-1:30    Box Lunches provided for all attendees
1:30-2:15    The Role of Physical Therapy in Concussion Management – Stacey Kim, PT, DPT & Chris Gerona, PT, DPT, SCS 
2:15-2:30    BREAK
2:30-5:00     Skills Pavilion – Vernon Williams, MD and Ilan Danan, MD, MSc

PT Pub Night hosted by Long Beach / South Bay District. Join us at Dutch's Brewhouse, 4244 Atlantic Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90807


Day 2

8:30-9:00     Coffee and networking 
9:00-10:30     Making the Concussion Puzzle Clearer: Importance of Discovering Underlying Vestibular and Oculomotor Dysfunctions after Concussion – Carlos Moreno, PT, DPT, NCS 
10:30-11:00    BREAK 
11:00-12:30     Recognition and Management of Prolonged symptoms and Post-Concussion Syndrome – Christopher Ivey, PT, MPT, OCS, SCS, ATC, MS 
12:30-2:00    Box Lunches provided for all attendees
2:00-3:30    Putting It All /together: Protection and Prevention Strategies – Jessica Schwartz, PT, DPT, CSCS 
3:30-4:00    BREAK  
4:00-5:30    Patient Panel – Annie Burke-Doe, PT, PhD, Kelley Kubota, PT, MS, NCS, CBIS, Carlos Moreno, PT, DPT, NCS, Nancy Byl, PT, MPH, PhD, FAPTA
         i. Patient #1 – sports related head injuries
         ii. Patient #2 – military
         iii. Patient #3 – repetitive concussion
         iv. Patient #4 – repetitive motor vehicle accidents with concussion injury


  Wrap up, Evaluations, Adjournment 


Speaker Bios

Ilan J. Danan, MD, MSc is a Sports Neurologist and Pain Management physician specialized in the treatment of spine and musculoskeletal pain using minimally invasive techniques as well as the neurological complications of sports-related injury. Dr. Danan is a consulting Team Physician to the Los Angeles Rams, Galaxy, Lakers, Dodgers, Kings, Sparks, KISS, Anaheim Ducks, and several southern California collegiate, and high school programs. Dr. Danan has also been a consultant for the 2016 National Football League Players Association Collegiate Bowl and the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles, CA.
Dr. Danan began his studies at Rutgers University – The State University of New Jersey. From there, he went on to obtain his Master of Science degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey before attending medical school at St. George’s University. He completed his Neurology residency at New York Medical College, where he served as Chief Resident during his final year of training. Dr. Danan went on to train at Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic as the Sports Neurology Fellow in 2015. He is a board certified Neurologist by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

Vernon Williams, MD is a graduate of Cass Technical High School and The University of Michigan’s prestigious Inteflex Accelerated Pre-Medical/Medical Program. He completed neurology residency at The University of Maryland in Baltimore, MD and is board certified by the American Association of Psychiatry and Neurology. After residency he completed a multidisciplinary, interventional pain fellowship in the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care (Division of Pain Medicine) at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD.

Dr. Williams joined Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles in 1997. At Kerlan-Jobe, he is a consulting Team Physician to the Los Angeles Rams, Lakers, Dodgers, Kings, Sparks, KISS, Anaheim Ducks, and several southern California collegiate, high school, and elite club athletic programs. He is the Founding Director of The Center for Sports Neurology and Pain Medicine at the Kerlan-Jobe. He is also the Founding Director of the Sports Neurology Fellowship at Kerlan-Jobe. In 2015, Governor Brown appointed him to the California State Athletic Commission

Dr. Williams is an active educator on issues related to Sports Neurology and Concussion. He is the Chair of the American Academy of Neurology Sports Neurology Section. He often serves as a medical-legal expert and as an expert consultant on Pain and Sports Neurologic Disorders to major television networks, radio, satellite, and print media.

Stacey Kim, PT, DPT is a doctor of physical therapy who is APTA-certified in Vestibular Rehabilitation and treats in the realm of sports, orthopedics, and vestibular disorders. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California, Los Angeles in Psychobiology where she also completed a three-year Sports Medicine Internship Program. She then completed her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at the University of Southern California in 2014. She went on to work at Select Physical Therapy in Los Angeles in the specializing in sports and orthopedics where she founded its first concussion rehabilitation program. Currently, she works closely with Dr. Vernon Williams and Dr. Ilan Danan at the Center for Sports Neurology and Pain Medicine to help assess, rehabilitate, and educate patients following concussion injuries.

Christopher Gerona, PT, DPT, SCS is a board certified specialist in sports physical therapy. He received his doctor of physical therapy degree from the University of Southern California (USC) in 2008. He joined Select Physical Therapy in Los Angeles in 2008 where he currently works specializing in orthopedic, sports and concussion related injuries at all levels of athletes including professional fighters in boxing and MMA. In 2001, he completed the USC Sports Physical Therapy Program with affiliations with the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopedic Clinic and Dr. Vernon Williams who he continues to collaborate with in the treatment of sports related concussion injuries. He also currently serves as the Clinic Site Director of the USC Sports Residency Program and is an adjunct faculty member of the USC Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy department focusing on Orthopedic Patient Management.

Carlos Moreno, PT, DPT, NCS
is a board certified clinical specialist in neurologic physical therapy and has over 10 years of clinical experience treating individuals with neurologic and vestibular disorders. He began his career working in the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Unit at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center where he first became exposed to the overwhelming prevalence of dizziness and imbalance in this population. He later transferred into the hospital’s outpatient Balance and Vestibular Clinic and then completed the APTA’s sponsored Competency in Vestibular Rehabilitation course at Emory University. He expanded the role of physical therapy in the hospital and emergency room by implementing bedside vestibular and oculomotor examinations to aide in the differential diagnosis process and treatment of vertiginous patients. He now practices at Precision Rehabilitation outpatient clinic; and is an adjunct professor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Mount Saint Mary’s University, where he teaches neurology and vestibular rehabilitation therapy. Carlos completed his Bachelor’s degree in Biology and Master’s degree in Physical Therapy at California State University Long Beach before completing his post-professional Doctorate in Physical Therapy at Western University of Health Sciences.

Christopher Ivey, PT, MPT, OCS, SCS, ATC, MS is a physical therapist and athletic trainer. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education from Humboldt State University in 1996, his Master’s degrees in Physical Therapy from Western University of Health Sciences in 2000 and in Kinesiology from Humboldt State University in 2004. He is currently enrolled at the University of Liverpool where he is completing his research for an Educational Doctorate degree. He is a certified specialist in orthopaedic and sports physical therapy, which has been the focus of his clinical work. Currently, he is employed as an assistant professor at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences for the Doctor of Physical Therapy program and collaborative faculty for the Master of Health Science in Athletic Training program.

Jessica Schwartz, PT, DPT, CSCS is an orthopedic residency trained doctor of physical therapy, a national spokeswoman for the American Physical Therapy Association, and a post-concussion syndrome survivor, advocate and concussion educator.
After spending a full year in rehabilitation experiencing the profound dichotomy of both doctor and patient, Dr Schwartz identified the gaps in concussion treatment and management in the global healthcare community. Her vision is to facilitate collective competence across the healthcare continuum in order to better identify, treat, and manage the concussion patient.
Dr. Schwartz hopes that by educating each other about the multisystem nature of these injuries and the scopes of practices of the multidisciplinary providers that have access to and have the ability to care for this cohort of patient, she will be able to facilitate a better patient encounter and care for the concussion patient on an international level.
The Evidence in Motion Concussion Certificate Program will facilitate learning from provider to provider, patient to provider, and caregiver to provider honing in on the power of storytelling and collegial communication from a place of candor, curiosity and enthusiasm.


11.0 contact hours or 1.1 CEUs (Approval #16-326)

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Format: Lecture and lab

Target Audience

Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, and PT/PTA Students.


Attire: Comfortable business attire. Please consider dressing in layers as each person has a different comfort level when the air conditioning is on.


Registration received by October 21, 2016


$400 APTA PT members
$250 APTA PTA members
$100 APTA Student members
$640 Non-members


Single Day Rates Available

$225 for APTA members

$350 for Non-members

Add $100 for late registration. Price increases October 22, 2016.



All cancellation requests must be received in writing – no exceptions. A full refund, less 20% service fee, if cancellation is received 14 days prior to the start of the course. No refunds after October 21, 2016.



Garage parking is available for $5 per day (no in and out privileges). See map.


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