Please join us March 27-28, 2020 at our 13th Annual Conference … “Together Toward Tomorrow.” Professionals will have the opportunity to hear
from an exciting line up of experts in the field of brain and spinal cord injury, neurology, and rehabilitation while earning up to 12 CEUs. Registration
information, along with the schedule of events and location can be found at www.biala.org or email@example.com.
Howard T. Katz, MD and Karen Roy, LCSW will be presenting on Friday, March 27th at 1:00 pm
“The Hidden Tax of Disability: Psychosocial Aspects of Living with a Disability”
Howard T. Katz, M.D., serves as Medical Director of Neuro Rehab Care-TASS/Asher’s House in Crystal Springs, MS, TASS Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center
in Ponchatoula, LA, NRLC in Covington, LA, Neuro Rehab Care in Hammond, LA, and Neuro Restorative at Hammond Place in Hammond, LA. He is also medical
director of Southern Healthcare, Mid-South Rehab Services and 360 Total Rehabilitation in MS. He is a native of Memphis, Tennessee and resident
of Madison, Mississippi. Dr. Katz received his medical degree from the University of Tennessee Center for the Health Sciences. He completed his
residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Tufts New England Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts. He currently practices in Jackson,
Dr. Katz is board certified in the field of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, board certified in the Subspecialties of Spinal Cord Injury Medicine
and Brain Injury Medicine, and certified by the American Board of Independent Medical Examiners. He enjoys membership with multiple professional
associations, some of which include the American Medical Association, American Academy of Home Care Physicians, and the American Congress of Rehabilitation
Medicine. He has been the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Brain Injury Association of Mississippi since 1987 when it was founded- a position
he is proud to still hold.
Karen Roy, LCSW and 2019 Ms. Wheelchair America, is passionate about her platform, “Stand for Life”. Karen sustaining a T10 complete spinal cord injury
in 1987, as the result for a gunshot wound to the back. She was the victim of an armed Robbery in a parking lot her during her sophomore year at
Louisiana State University. Although, she never let that slow her down for a minute!
After completing her rehabilitation at Mississippi Methodist in Jackson Mississippi, she went on to finish her BA in Psychology. Next, she obtained
a Master’s Degree in Social Work, also from Louisiana State University. She completed two years of supervision after her Master’s degree and became
a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Most of her Social Work career was spent working with patients in physical rehabilitation hospitals in Baton
The past three years she has spent at Numotion, as a Medical Supply account manager covering Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and part of Florida. Her
proudest achievement is that she had three kids after sustaining her injury. Caroline, Austin and Joseph are all now in college and they are the
joy of her life!
Karen plans to travel the country speaking to people in the disabled community, medical professionals, lawmakers and insurance companies about the
medical and psychological benefits of standing devices, functional electrical stimulation and any technology created to keep people healthy and
Her platform, “Stand for Life”, was created by her years ago, because she realized that the use of technology that has existed for well over 30 years
is terribly underutilized by people with disabilities. She has used these devices since her injury and as a result has never had a wound or any
other medical problem. She wants this to become the norm by brining awareness to policy makers that keeping people healthy not only saves money,
but also it saves lives!
Karen’s passion is for the health and wellness of people with disabilities! She will continue to spend time “standing up” for the rights of the disabled
to have access to the complex rehabilitation they need and deserve! She stands up to law makers who are trying to roll back the progress made by
the Americans with Disabilities Act. She will “stand up” for the rights of the 56 million amazing people in the country who happen to have a disability!