The Journey Conference

2019 Journey Conference

Thursday, October 17, 2019 8:30am - 3:30pm
INOVA Center for Personalized Health (ICPH) Conference Center
8100 Innovation Park Drive, Fairfax, VA 

The Journey Conference is an annual conference hosted by Brain Injury Services for survivors, family members, and professionals in the brain injury community. At the conference, you'll attend sessions where local experts in the field of rehabilitation discuss practical strategies survivors can use in real life. Attending Journey is a great way for you to connect with other survivors and be educated on community resources available to you and your family as you work to find your “new normal.” 

We are excited to announce that this year 's conference will have two separate tracks: Professionals (CEU available for CBIS) and Survivor/Caregivers.

The Journey Conference is the only conference in Northern Virginia that is designed and dedicated to survivors of brain injuries and their families.



The Journey Conference Schedule

  • 8:30-9:15 AM- Registration and Visit Exhibits
  • 9:15 - 9:30 AM -- Welcome and Introduction
  • 9:30 - 10:30 AM -- Keynote Speaker, Kevin Pearce, U.S. Olympic Snowboarder/TBI Survivor

    Sharing his experience being atop podiums around the world as one of the best snowboarders in the sport, and his transformation after a near-deadly traumatic brain injury, Kevin’s journey will resonate with audiences far and wide.

    His message of positivity and resilience, coupled with the humor and excitement with which Kevin narrates his life story, will leave all watching feeling inspired, moved, and motivated, and is sure to leave the room in tears of laughter, sorrow, and joy.

  • 10:30 - 11:00 AM Break, Visit Exhibits, Meet & Greet with Kevin Pearce,
  • 11:00- 12:00 PM- Survivors/Caregivers: Finding your Voice

    Finding Your Voice: Winning Strategies When Communicating with Your Healthcare Providers

    Speaker: Anna Newcomb, PhD, LCSW


  • 11:00 - 12:00 PM Professionals: Diagnosing Concussion/TBI

    Diagnosing Concussion/TBI: Why is “Occult” Neurotrauma Overlooked?

    Speaker: Gregory J. O’Shanick, MD

  • 12:00 - 1:00 PM Lunch
  • 1:00 - 2:00 PM- Keynote Speaker, Nicole Bingaman, Love Wins- A Caregiver's Story

    Love Wins- A Caregiver's Story
    Speaker Nicole Bingaman

    Nicole Bingaman became fully acquainted with the term traumatic brain injury in 2012 when her adult son suffered a catastrophic brain injury.

    Following his injury, Nicole shared her response to what was happening on social media on a page that had been created for updates. As a result of her powerful writing, an agent approached her. In 2015, Nicole’s book, Falling Away from You, was published.  

  • 2:00 - 2:30 PM Break and Visit Exhibits
  • 2:30 - 3:30 PM Professionals: Making Communications Meaningful for survivors and their families

    Making communication meaningful for survivors and their families

    Speaker: Anna Newcomb, PhD, LCSW

Email Aleena Gardezi at with any questions about attendance, sponsorship opportunities, or day of logistics.

The 2018 Journey Conference

2019 Sponsors

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