Think Tank 2011 Speakers


Bennet Omalu M.D.– Nationally recognized forensic pathologist,neuropathologist and newsmaker in the New York Times, Washington Post, ESPN T.V. on ABC’s Nightline. Researcher who discovered the condition of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy [CTE] in N.F.L. players and professional wrestlers. Examiner of the largest number of brains of deceased American athletes suffering from CTE.

Todd Clements M.D. – Board certified psychiatrist and Diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology. Author of Blue Genes and Is Your Brain Stopping You from Succeeding? Co-author of Who’s Crazy Now? Chosen by the Consumers’Research Council of America as one of the country’s top physicians in adolescent psychiatry in 2007 and 2008. National speaker at medical symposiums on brain injury. Currently the Medical Director at the Clements Clinic in Plano, Texas and board member of Brain Rehabilitation And Injury Network.

Earl R. Henslin, Psy.D., MFT, B.C.E.T.S. – is recognized as a leader in applying neuroscience in daily clinical practice. He received his doctorate in clinical psychology at Biola University (APA approved), La Mirada, California. Dr. Henslin has over a decade of experience working closely with Daniel Amen, M.D. Dr. Henslin has authored or co-authored 8 books.

In the foreword of Dr. Henslin’s new book, “This is Your Brain On Joy: A Revolutionary Program for Balancing Mood, Restoring Brain Health, and Nurturing Spiritual Growth,” Dr. Amen commented “… early on Dr. Henslin understood the importance of using neuroscience to help individuals and their families…he has helped to pioneer this work among psychologists, business people, and church leaders across the United States.” Dr. Henslin has been licensed in the State of California as an MFT for the past 30 years. He has a full-time practice in Brea, California.

Angela Mandas, MA CCC- SLP – is a licensed and certified Speech Language Pathologist with over 23 years of experience working with brain-injured children and adults. Ms. Mandas is currently the Fieldwork Clinical Coordinator for graduate students at Chapman University in the Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences. She is also a faculty member teaching courses in Dysphagia and Voice Disorders. Ms. Mandas is trained in neuromuscular electrical stimulation for swallowing, the Lee Silverman Voice Treatment and Interactive Metronome.

Ms. Mandas is the former California Speech and Hearing Association President, the current Program Chair for the state convention, the former commissioner of Research and Publications and the former clinical supervisor/clinician at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. She has been published in textbooks, newsletters and peer reviewed articles. She is currently on the board of reference for B.R.A.I.N. and the group facilitator for F.B.I. Friends of Brain Injury. This group runs weekly for adults with acquired brain injuries. Ms. Mandas is a sought out speaker for state conventions and for local universities. Her areas of specialty include Dysphagia, Neuroscience, Anatomy and Physiology, Voice Disorders, and Cognitive Disorders.

Debbie Edwards – has an educational background in Finance and worked for 10 years as a product manager at IBM. To better accommodate her family’s needs, she started a new profession by opening and operating six drive thru coffee houses. In 2006 her husband received a TBI while skateboarding in a local park. He was in a coma for several weeks and received two craniotomies. As soon as he was physically stable, Debbie brought him home from the hospital, sold her business and spent the next four years working with him as his primary caretaker/therapist.

In 2010, her son was in a car accident in Louisiana and was in a coma lasting over three weeks with TBI and numerous fractures in the neck. As soon as he was able to travel, she brought him back to CA and has been working with him for the past year. Both her husband and son’s recovery have exceeded all expectations. Her husband is back at work and her son is back in college.