Brain Injury Rehab Center (BIRC)
After completing her bachelor’s degree at Stanford University, Dr Erb received her Medical Degree from OHSU. In 1990 she completed her Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation residency at University of Colorado in Denver. In 2001, after 11 years at Rehabilitation Medicine Associates she left and started Brain Rehabilitation Medicine in order to focus 100% of her time on the care and treatment of patients with an acquired brain injury. In December, 2014, she obtained Board Certification in the Subspecialty: Brain Injury Medicine. She and her husband enjoy rock climbing, hiking and foreign travel.
Gregory T. Smith, PhD is a licensed psychologist in Oregon and Washington state. He is the founder and director of Progressive Rehabilitation Associates (PRA) in Portland, Oregon. PRA provides interdisciplinary outpatient treatment to people who have sustained brain injuries as well as chronic pain.
His area of interest and investigation has been rehabilitation and health care psychology, primarily in the psychological adjustment and treatment of persons who have sustained injuries with protracted disabilities. Dr. Smith has published in peer juried journals and other publications and medical textbook chapters on the treatment of pain. Most recent research interest has been in the areas of pain rehabilitation outcomes. His latest book chapter is entitled "Pain" in the textbook, "Behavioral Medicine in Primary Care, 4th Edition", edited by MD Feldman and JF Christensen, Lange, January, 2013.
Dr Smith is a Diplomat in the American Academy of Pain Management and a Senior Fellow of the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance as well as certified in HRV Biofeedback. Further, he is an active member of the American Psychological Association, Rehabilitation and Health Care Divisions, the International Association for the study of Pain and the American Pain Society as well as the regional and local pain and brain injury associations. Dr Smith is the President of the regional Pain Interest Consortium including Washington and Oregon.
Dr. Ellis joined PRA in 2001 after completing a 2 year fellowship in Medical Psychology with specialty training in Neuropsychology at Oregon Health and Science University. He served as Clinical Director of the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center for 10 years before assuming his current position in 2011. Dr. Ellis earned a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with specialty training in Health and Rehabilitation Psychology at the University of Kansas in 1997.
Dr. Ellis is a firm believer in the power of team-oriented rehabilitation for those suffering from chronic pain and/or the aftereffects of brain injury. “It really is an honor to have folks invite us into their lives, to trust us that way, but it can lead to incredible change,” he noted.
A native of the mid-west, Dr. Ellis is a passionate Kansas basketball fan and a 6 am regular at his local fitness club. He can usually be found nights and weekends trying to keep up with his wife and two children.
Jodi Palensky is a licensed psychologist who came to PRA in 2015. Prior to joining PRA, she worked for 10 years in brain injury rehabilitation at Quality Living, Inc. in Omaha, NE. She received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Nebraska- Lincoln in 2004. Dr. Palensky believes strongly that excellent rehabilitation results are possible when clients, families, and clinicians work together to help people to build lives they feel passionately about. She is a native of the Midwest, and loves to read, cook, garden, and spend time with her husband and two children.
Alys is an Occupational Therapist in the PRA Pain Program. She graduated from Pacific University in 2010 with a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy. Part of her training was at a leading pain clinic in the region. Before becoming an OT, she was a research assistant at the Center for Research on Occupational and Environmental Toxicology (CROET) at OHSU and contributed to research on behavioral changes to reduce work exposures and/or injuries. She has a high regard for the practice of providing client centered care and believes in the healing aspect of engaging in valued activities and roles. As an OT in the Pain Program, she helps individuals get back to engaging in life activities by helping them set goals that have meaning to each individual. Her interests outside the clinic include yoga, crafts, hiking and spending quality time with friends and family.
Chris Follmar, Physical Therapist Assistant for the Brain Injury Rehab Center (BIRC) adds a creative and energizing treatment style to each client’s rehab process. Never one to get stuck in a rut, Chris understands the need for dynamic and personalized approaches to wellness. “Each person that walks through these doors has a different story, a different set of experiences, and a unique injury. The nature of the interdisciplinary team approach allows for the development of a fine-tuned program for each person.” Chris’ experiences as an adventure director, an educator, and general outside-the-box thinker often fuel an exciting approach to many clients’ rehab process.
Daniel Smith is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Oregon and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in Washington. He graduated with a Masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Wyoming and Bachelor degrees in Psychology and Business Management from Northern Arizona University. Daniel joined PRA in 2015 and focuses on pain management skills, quality of life, resiliency, and stress management. He is experienced in providing individual, group, and family based treatment. Daniel has been trained in a wide range of therapies including Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Daniel is also trained in Heart Rate Variability (HRV) Biofeedback and holds a Certificate of Completion in Heart Rate Variability (HRV) issued by the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA). He has clinical experience working with severe and persistent mental illness, substance abuse, trauma, families, and survivors of abuse. His passion is guiding people to find balance, discover a higher quality of life, and find hope within hopeless. Daniel also provides guided meditation and teaches relaxation exercises. Outside of PRA, he enjoys skiing, mountaineering, whitewater rafting, and trying to get lost.
Darren J. Packard is an Oregon-licensed and American Speech-Language-Hearing Association certified speech language pathologist. He graduated from Portland State University in 2002. He has been a staff speech pathologist for Progressive Rehabilitation Associates for eight years, where in specializes in cognition, language and speech. He is also an Adjunct Lecturer at Portland State University, is on the faculty at Portland Community College, and works privately as a speech-language pathologist with Packard Communications, a company specializing in the areas of accent reduction and business communication, which he founded in 2002.
Brain Injury Rehab Center (BIRC)
Doug Peterson is a speech-language pathologist on the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center (BIRC) team. He brings over 22 years of specialized clinical skills to the service of individuals with acquired brain injury (ABI). Doug is part of an interdisciplinary team that provides direct services to adults with ABI and is also the team lead therapist.
Doug’s primary interests and skills are directed toward improving the lives of individuals who have sustained a brain injury. “I am fortunate to have a wonderfully compassionate and skilled set of team members who together, provide our clients with the best possible rehabilitation. We take a holistic approach with our clients who come to us with a complex set of issues including changes in thinking skills, balance and physical issues, changes in life roles and self-confidence, medical complications and others. I am very appreciative of the commitment PRA has made to support the excellent care we offer.”
Gail Kohler-Perkins is a certified occupational therapy assistant with PRA. In this role, she looks after clients while providing all aspects of pain management including biofeedback therapy sevices. She is a qualified COTA/L and holds the certification from Mt. Hood Community college.
An original PRA pain team member since 1992, Gail has more than 36 years of experience in chronic pain management. In addition, she has 12 years of experience in providing biofeedback therapy. Gail successfully helps clients with chronic pain learn how to reduce muscle tension and attain a relaxation response.
Gail has shared her biofeedback therapy techniques at medical conferences, insurer trainings and employee health fairs across Oregon.
Pain Management & PT Clinic
Jenelle Andrews is a physical therapist at Progressive Rehabilitation Associates in Portland, Oregon. She received her doctorate of physical therapy from Pacific University in 2007. Her clinical expertise includes working with individuals living with chronic pain and traumatic brain injury. Her approach is client focused, and emphasizes wellness and injury prevention. She sees her role as an educator, and strives to instill in her clients the knowledge and skill to self-manage their symptoms and maximize their quality of life. In addition to physical therapy, Jenelle is an adjunct professor of anatomy at Pacific University. She is intrigued and passionate about the complexity of the human body, and she is incredibly grateful for the opportunity to teach the past 6 years. Outside of the clinic and classroom, she enjoys the outdoors, performing arts and spending time with loved ones.
She can be contacted at email@example.com.
Joanna is an Occupational Therapy Assistant for the Brain Injury Rehab Center (BIRC). She first found an interest in neuroscience during her undergraduate studies at Oregon State University, where she graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Psychology. She later discovered a passion for health and wellness and began to practice neuromuscular therapies and bodywork in her private practice as a Licensed Massage Therapist. She has worked with a variety of manual therapies, incorporating structural balancing exercises and body mechanics, treating a variety of issues from sports injuries to chronic pain issues. Her interest in neuromuscular rehabilitation expanded her studies into the field of Occupational therapy, where she enjoys assisting clients with reaching their goals to enhance their lives.
She believes in a team treatment approach focusing on client care and treating the whole person. She utilizes education to improve client’s awareness and improve their daily function and quality of life.
She enjoys outdoor activities such as skiing, kayaking, hiking, biking, gardening and travel. She also enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
BIRC & Pain Management
Jodi Johnson is an occupational therapist in the PRA Pain Center. She is a qualified Occupational Therapist and trained biofeedback specialist, who holds a Masters degree from the School of Occupational Therapy at Pacific University. Jodi helps clients living with chronic pain and brain injury get back to everyday life activities. Before joining PRA in 2007, she worked in a skilled nursing setting as well as a school system.
A sought after speaker; Jodi has presented on the management of chronic pain to a wide variety of audiences ranging from graduate students of health care to fellow OT’s, physical therapists, nurses, laborers and those living with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. Jodi spends the remainder of her professional time mentoring and teaching occupational therapy students through their fieldworks or internships and in the classroom at Pacific University.
Kris is a licensed Mental Health Counseling in Washington State and a Licensed Professional Counselor in Oregon, and started working with PRA in 2014. She graduated with her BA in Psychology in 1997 and her Masters in Counseling Psychology in 2009, and has experience working with individuals of all ages to improve their coping skills, mental health, and self-management skills for ongoing illness and persistent pain. She also enjoys working with couples to improve their relationship satisfaction, deepen their understanding of each other, and to improve their communication skills. Kris has extensive experience working with co-occurring disorders, substance use concerns, PTSD, and Domestic Violence. Her passion is helping individuals see their own strengths, seeing new possibilities for their life, and collaborating with them on ways of making these possibilities a reality. Kris also enjoys working with people to deepen their mind-body awareness through the process of meditation, guided imagery, breathing exercises, and expressive arts. When she isn’t working, you’ll usually find her on a motorcycle, on the street or in the dirt.
Linda graduated with an RN degree from Pacific Lutheran University, "way back when!" She has worked at PRA since its beginning, and prior to that at the Emanuel Pain Center for a grand total of 36 years in chronic pain management. She really enjoys working within a team of specialists who help people that have often been worn down by their day-in and day-out pain. Linda adores teaching new ways and strategies to help diminish and manage that pain, helping her clients to regain control of their lives. How can anyone work in the same field for so long? It’s because she truly delights in helping and caring for people, and seeing them improve.
Linda's personal life is abundantly blessed with a husband of 35 years, 2 children and their families which include seven grandchildren! Linda enjoys gardening, traveling with her husband and hanging out at their houseboat in the summer time with family and friends.
Mary Green is a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, Associate Disability Management Specialist (CDMS), has a bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science and an Associate Degree in Occupational Therapy. She has worked at PRA since 2000 and in other Traumatic Brain Injury day treatment programs since 1990. For the majority of those years she has conducted job analysis, reviewed/modified treatment plans and developed successful transition to work plans for clients with acquired Brain Injury. Mary is an advocate for injured workers in the clinic and at the job site educating employers to appropriate strategies for optimal work performance.
Mary feels that it is important to work on an interdisciplinary team in treating the whole person with a Brain Injury to maximize their ability to reach their goals.
Mary enjoys biking, hiking, mountain climbing, rollerblading, snowboarding, Nordic skiing, reading, knitting, international travel and volunteers with a Boy Scout Explorer Post. She also serves on the Critical Incident Debriefing team for the Portland Mazamas Climbing Center.
Mary Pat Daly is a speech-language pathologist on the BIRC team. She is an Iowa native who completed her Master's of Science Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Washington in Seattle. Throughout her career, Mary has always specialized in brain injury rehab and has worked in almost all levels of the treatment continuum.
Mary recently shared her thoughts on the BIRC treatment process. “If you think about the different communication exchanges you have in any one day and where those occur, it only makes sense that speech-language therapy has to move beyond the treatment room. When a person's communication skills are altered due to stroke or acquired brain injury, the treatment process initially requires an intensive amount of practice and repetition. Sooner, rather than later, it's time to apply those skills with a variety of people and in multiple settings. And that's the real strength of our program. Clients have opportunities to practice their skills with each other in our groups. For example, they may give a presentation, visit stores or ride MAX (light rail), all in an attempt to hone their communication skills. Later on, we may visit the volunteer site or work setting. Clients gain confidence and blossom during their time with us.”
Ruth Holloran, DPT, is the newest team member of the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center. She earned her DPT from The Mayo Clinic with an emphasis on Neurologic Rehabilitation. Her clinical interests include Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury, and balance disorders. She also has research interests in neuroplasticity. Ruth has experience in neuro-rehabilitation and orthopedic rehabilitation, with great skills in balance interventions and movement disorders.
Outside the clinic, Holloran enjoys spending time with her husband and baby girl, hiking, trail running, gardening, creative writing, and dancing.
Kathy de Domingo, MS, CCC-SLP, FACMPE is a qualified Speech/Language Pathologist with a Master’s Degree from Western Oregon University. She is a Fellow with the American College of Medical Practice Executives, and a Medical Rehabilitation surveyor for the Commission for Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).
Kathy has more than 20 years of experience in Speech Pathology and Rehabilitation Management. Prior to joining the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center in 1999, she worked in acute and sub-acute rehabilitation with adults with neurogenic communication and swallowing disorders.
Kathy’s varied background provided the perfect foundation for her work on the PRA Management team. As the Director of Performance Improvement, she looks after a variety of management functions, including oversight of administrative functions, clinical outcomes, compliance, accreditation, human resources and student programs.
A tireless advocate for persons with brain injury gaining access to needed rehabilitation services, Kathy has given several professional presentations instructing others on not only the rules and regulations that guide service delivery, but also evidence that supports it. Additionally, she testifies before state legislative committees and insurer rule making bodies advocating for policy change. In her role as a CARF surveyor, Kathy has visited rehabilitation programs across the US and Canada, providing both the opportunity to consult and mentor as well as learn from others and share best practices.
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