Friday, June 26
7:30 am - 9:00 am
Networking Breakfast with Exhibitors
9:00 am - 9:45 am
Ohio Industrial Commission Updates
Karen Gillmore, PhD - With over three decades of dedicated public service, Karen brings a tremendous knowledge of workers’ compensation issues to the Industrial Commission of Ohio. A native of Ohio, she earned her diploma from Rocky River High School before earning a bachelor’s degree with honors from Michigan State University and a master’s degree and PhD from The Ohio State University. Her career shows a passionate interest in the fields of health care, labor relations and workers’ compensation. From 1983 to 1986, Karen served as Chief of Management Planning and Research at the Industrial Commission of Ohio. In this position, she authored a study of self-insurance, which was incorporated into Ohio’s omnibus workers’ compensation reform law. She also served as the employee representative to the Industrial Commission of Ohio’s Regional Board of Review and the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Oversight Commission. Karen was first appointed to the IC by Governor John Kasich in July 2011 and was appointed to a second term in July 2017 by Governor Mike DeWine
Jim Hughes, Esq.
Jodie Taylor, Esq.
9:45 am - 10:45 am
The Independent Medical Examination: What You Should Expect
This session shall cover topics such as issues, low back pain, carpal tunnal syndrome, and injuries including shoulder, knee, ankle, and RSD or CRPS. Topics will also include causation, RTW, and impairment.
Thomas Lieser, MD, MPH, FACOEM, is a native of Cleveland, Ohio who was graduated from the University of Dayton in 1975 with a Bachelor Degree in Electrical Engineering. After working in the field for 7 years he entered medical school at the Medical College of Ohio in 1983. After completing his Family Medicine residency in 1990 he joined Occupational Care Consultants, a private practice in Occupational Medicine based in Toledo, Ohio. His experience in providing direct patient care to the employees of over a thousand employers, ranging from Fortune 500 to small family owned businesses, allowed him the opportunity to work closely with employers and employees in managing work related injuries and illnesses for almost 30 years. The private practice of occupational medicine also offered the opportunity to participate in disputed claims with the Industrial Commission of Ohio performing Independent Medical Examinations for the past 30 years. He currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio with his wife, Kathy, and near 3 of their 4 children, all graduates of Xavier University. He has continued to provide Independent Medical Examinations through Medical Evaluators, Inc. since 2016.
10:45 am - 11:00 am
11:00 am - 11:30 am
The Tools In your Physical Therapists Toolbox
Physical therapy is a common answer when improving function, decreasing pain, or returning to everyday activities is the goal. One of the first steps in improving overall function is to reduce pain. There are several tools and modalities that a PT may use to help reduce acute or chronic pain. We will review the most common PT practices including the research available, clinical utility, and case scenarios.
Mitchell Salsbery, PT,DPT,MBA, directs upper extremity rehabilitation for OSU sports medicine and coordinates the OSU Upper Extremity Athlete fellowship program in collaboration with the Cleveland Indians. He completed his doctor of physical therapy degree from the University of South Dakota followed by a sports physical therapy residency and fellowship in upper extremity athletics at the Ohio State University. He serves his profession as the vice chair of the APTA Shoulder special interest group.
11:30 am - 12:00 pm
Marijuana Goes Mainstream
From Reefer Madness to Cheech & Chong, marijuana as occupied a unique space in American culture, being both vilified and celebrated for years. Now, more quickly than many expected, marijuana has gone mainstream. With more and more states legalizing marijuana for medical use, or increasingly for recreational use, employers must be prepared to deal with changing attitudes, laws, and impacts of this drug in the workplace.
Shane M. Dawson, Esq, is a partner in the Columbus office of the national law firm of Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP. At Dinsmore, he focuses his practice on representing employers in workers’ compensation claims as well as related employment law matters. Prior to joining Dinsmore, Shane managed his own firm for more than 12 years. Now in practice as an attorney for over 23 years, his first lessons in Ohio workers’ compensation were as a criminal investigator and fraud analyst for the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation while working through law school. Shane received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University in 1992 and earned his law degree from Capital University Law School in 1996.
12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
Grand Prize Drawing & Annual Business Meeting