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On With Life Fall Conference

Please join us September 15 for the 17th Annual On With Life Brain Injury Rehabilitation Fall Conference with Keynote Speaker, Dr. Leif Leaf, presenting "Brain Injury as a Chronic Condition: More than Surviving, Thriving!" Intended for healthcare providers, the On With Life Fall Conference brings together experts from around the United States to discuss recent trends in the field of brain injury. 

Registration for the 2017 Conference is now closed.

September 15, 2017

Registration begins at 7:30 a.m.

FFA Enrichment Center (Adjoining the DMACC Campus)

1055 SW Prairie Trail Parkway
Ankeny, Iowa 50023

Intended Audience

Intended for healthcare providers including nurses, social workers, vocational specialists, counselors, administrators, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, psychologists, case managers, other allied professionals, community living specialists, and all direct care staff.

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Leif Leaf, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist specializing in Clinical Neuropsychology, Rehabilitation Psychology and Family Counseling.  He has more than 25 years of experience working with individuals and families who have experienced traumatic brain injury and rehabilitation needs and has served as a Surveyor for the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities for the past 20 years. 


7:30 a.m.  Registration and breakfast

8:30 a.m. Welcome  

Julie Fidler Dixon, CEO, On With Life

8:45 a.m. The Power of Music in the Rehabilitation Journey: Collaborative Approaches and Clinical Applications for Enhancing Communication and Cognition

Megan Ihrke, MA, CCC-SLP, CBIS, Speech Language Pathologist, On With Life

Amy Bishop, MT-BC, CBIS, Music Therapist, On With Life

9:30 a.m. Recognizing the Complexity of Concussions: Medical Interventions and Therapeutic Strategies

Dr. Nicholas Galioto, MD, Family Medicine and Primary Care, Broadlawns Medical Center

Tammy Miller, COTA/L, BS, CBIS, CCM, Outpatient Care Manager, On With Life

10:30 a.m. Break  

10:45 a.m.  KEYNOTE: Brain Injury as a Chronic Condition: More than Surviving, Thriving!

Leif Leaf, Ph.D., Neuropsychology/Psychology Consultant, Meadowbrook Rehabilitation Hospital

12:00 p.m. Lunch

1:00 p.m. BREAK-OUT SESSION #1

1) Disorders of Consciousness: Clinical Terminology, Medical Management and Goal-Setting

Ben Collins, DO, Medical Director, On With Life

David Demarest, Ph.D., CBIST, Neuropsychologist, On With Life

Alison Whitaker, MA, CCC-SLP, Speech Language Pathologist, On With Life

2) Insurance Panel Discussion: Recognizing the Unique Needs of Brain Injury Survivors

 Representatives from EMC Insurance Company, United HealthCare Community Plan and a 

commercial insurer

2:00 p.m. Break

2:15 p.m. BREAK-OUT SESSION #2

1) Going Beyond Traditional - Unconventional Therapy Interventions

Kelsee Hove, OTD, OTR/L, CBIS, Assistant Professor, Drake University

Lindsay Maltas, DPT, C/NDT, CBIS, Physical Therapist, On With Life

Lindsay Vaux, M.S., CBIS, Clinical Counselor, On With Life

2) Iowa Legal Aid: Services and Case Studies Highlighting Resources Available to Brain Injury 

Survivors and their Families

Cindy Rybolt, JD, Managing Attorney, Iowa Legal Aid

3:15 p.m. Break

3:30 p.m. Family Panel: Challenges and Successes Throughout the Rehabilitation Journey

Moderated by Amy deBuhr, DPT, CBIS, CCI, Physical Therapist, On With Life

4:30 p.m. Closing Remarks

CEU Information

  • Nurses: This program has been submitted for approval to Broadlawns Medical Center, Des Moines, Iowa Board of Nursing #38 for 7.2 contact hours.

  • This program has been pre-approved for 6.0 contact hours by The Commission for Case Manager Certification to provide continuing education credit to CCM® board certified case managers. 

  • This program has been approved by the University of Iowa Rehabilitation & Mental Health Counseling Program for 6.0 contact hours for CRCs.

  • All professionals: All registered attendees will receive a certificate of attendance from On With Life stating CEU credits earned. Certificates will be sent (electronically) following the program and will contain pertinent conference information for verification to licensure boards for review and approval.

  • CEUs provided only for complete attendance, no partial credit awarded. CEU documentation will be mailed.  

Please contact or call 515-289-9612 for any conference related questions.