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Conference Program
17th Annual Medical/Legal Conference
25-31 January 2019
Costa Rica

Conference Program

Day 1 – Sunday January 27
8:15 - 8:30 Opening Remarks, Welcome & Outline of Fact Pattern
Conference Chairs
8:30 - 9:00  Parhar’s Pearls: Secret Strategies on How Best to Leverage the Role of the Family Physician for Injured Clients (CAPS or no CAPS)
Dr. Gurdeep Parhar, MD, Executive Associate Dean – Clinical Partnerships and Professionalism Faculty of Medicine UBC, Medical Director CORE Occupational Health Care Centre – IME Functional Capacity Evaluations, Vancouver
9:00 - 9:30 No Fault Insurance in BC
David R. Brooks, Ramsay Lampman Rhodes, Nanaimo
9:30 - 9:45 Q&A
9:45 - 10:30 How Risk Factors Influence Rehabilitation and Future Care Reccomendations
Dr. Tracy Witty OTD, Turning Point Rehabilitation Consulting Inc, West Vancouver
Jacquelyn Abdel-Barr, Turning Point Rehabilitation Consulting Inc, West Vancouver
10:30 - 10:45 Q&A
10:45 - 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 - 11:45 Mild Traumatic Brain Injury and Concussion in 2019: Where Are We and What Does the Future Hold? 
Dr. Manu Mehdiratta, MD FRCPC, Neurologist and Medical Director, Trillium Brain and Spine Concussion Clinic 
Division of Neurology, Trillium Health Partners
Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Toronto
Clinical Assistant Professor (Adjunct), McMaster University
11:45 - 12:30 The Relationship Between TBI and Chronic Pain
Dr. Michael Boucher, MD, CCFP, DCAPM, CIME, Consultant Chronic Pain Education, Management and Medical Legal Review
Assistant Clinical Professor, McMaster University, Toronto
Medical Director – Burlington Pain Care
Medical Director – Wellbeings Dependency Centre
Medical Director – York Region and Hamilton Wentworth Fire Departments
12:30 - 12:45 Q&A
Day 2 – Monday January 28
8:30 - 9:15 Mild Traumatic Brain Injury: Neuropsychology and the Challenges of the “Invisible Injury”
Dr. Hendre Viljoen, Registered Psychologist, Head Wise, Surrey
9:15 - 9:30 Q&A
9:30 - 10:15 Panel - The Intersection Between Neuropsychology, Neurology and Psychiatry
Dr. Manu Mehdiratta, MD FRCPC, Founder and Medical Director, Trillium Brain and Spine, Missisagua Ontario
Dr. Hendre Viljoen, Registered Psychologist, Head Wise, Surrey
Dr. Derryck Smith, UBC Dept of Psychiatry, Vancouver
10:15 - 10:30 Q&A
10:30 - 10:45 Coffee Break
10:45 - 11:30 Unweaving the Trauma Web: Clients with Pre-Existing Psychological Trauma
Dr. Laura Klubben, Registered Psychologist, Chuck Jung and Associates, Vancouver
11:30 -11:45 Q&A
11:45 - 12:30 Cycling in the City: A Crash Course on PTSD & Exposure Therapy
Dr. Judy Le Page, R. Psych, Le Page & Assoc, Adjunct Professor, Division of Rheumatology, UBC
Dean Robertson, B.Ed., CDRS, CDI, Access Driver Rehab Specialists, Vancouver
12:30 - 12:45 Q&A
Day 3 – Tuesday January 29
8:30 - 9:15 Assisting Families Transition Successfully after the Marriage Dissolves 
Post Brain Injury
Alyson Jones, Divorce Coach, Parenting Coordinator, Mediator, Child Specialist, Family Therapist, Alyson Jones & Associates, Vancouver
9:15 - 9:30 Q&A
9:30 - 10:15 Writing Medical-Legal Reports for Fun and Profit: Top Ten Tips and the Burden of Proof
Derek K. Miura, Derek K. Miura, Trial & Appeal Lawyer, Vancouver
10:15 - 10:30 Q&A
10:30 - 10:45 Coffee Break
10:45 - 11:30 Introduction to Winning Case Preparation
Edward Lazarus, Winning Works, Chevy Chase MD
11:30 -11:45 Q&A
11:45 - 12:30 Keynote – View from the Bench
Mr. Justice Joel Groves, Supreme Court of BC, Vancouver
12:30 - 12:45 Q&A
Approved Credits:


  • Mainpro+: This Group Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians Canada for up to 12 Mainpro+ credits.
  • Section 1 - The University of British Columbia Division of Continuing Professional Development (UBC CPD) is fully accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Continuing Medical Education (CACME) to provide study credits for continuing medical education for physicians.  This event is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and has been approved by UBC CPD for up to 12.0 MOC Section 1 Group Learning credits. Each physician should claim only those credits he/she actually spent in the activity.


  • The Trial Lawyers Association of BC is approved by the Canadian Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. The Trial Lawyers Association of BC maintains responsibility for the program


  • LSBC Continuing Professional Development: This seminar qualifies for 12 hours of structured legal education for 2019, including 2 embedded hours of professional responsibility and ethics, client care and relations.
Contact us
For information on the conference program or Call for Abstracts, contact Erin Monahan, erin@tlabc.org, 604 696-6521 or 1 888 558-5222