Wellness & Epilepsy Conference


Saturday, October 11, 2014*

Diamond Center, Suburban Collection Showplace
46100 Grand River Avenue
Novi, MI 48374

*Please note: due to scheduling conflicts, the conference will be held in October this year, instead of November. 

KEYNOTE SPEAKER - Phil Gattone, President and CEO of Epilepsy Foundation 
Sponsored by St. John Providence Health System

As President and CEO of Epilepsy Foundation's national office and the father of a son with epilepsy, Phil Gattone will share both his personal and professional perspective on this complex condition. His passion for the cause of epilepsy has already led to a merger with the Epilepsy Therapy Project (Epilepsy.com), several exciting new initiatives, and a comprehensive strategic plan. Join us as he shares his personal story and Epilepsy Foundation's vision of a world without seizures.  

Sponsored by University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Hospital

Saturday afternoon will feature a comprehensive Health & Resource Fair! This will include health screenings, free massages, and a variety of organizations and resources that promote epilepsy self management, wellness, and self sufficiency. There will also be a chance to meet with staff from some of the state’s leading health systems and epilepsy centers. The Health & Resource Fair will give you access to community resources that can help you transform what you’ve learned at the conference into improved health and quality of life.   


7:30 – 8:30 am
Registration and Healthy Breakfast

8:30 – 9:20 am
Welcome and Keynote Address - Phil Gattone, President & CEO of Epilepsy Foundation

Sponsored by St. John Providence Health System

9:20 – 10:50 am
Current Trends in Epilepsy Research, Diagnosis, & Treatment

10:50 – 11:00 am

11:00 am – 12:10 pm
Epilepsy Open Forum

Sponsored by Spectrum Health

12:10 – 1:40 pm
Healthy Lunch

Health & Resource Fair 
Sponsored by University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Hospital
Networking Reception
Sponsored by Henry Ford Health System
The Best (and Worst) of Epilepsy
Sponsored by St. John Providence Health System
Childhood Epilepsy Syndromes: Maximizing Quality of Life
Out of the Shadows: Talking About Mental Health and Epilepsy
Sponsored by University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Hospital

2:40 – 2:50 pm


Advances in Epilepsy Surgery
Sponsored by Henry Ford Health System

Managing Transitions and Planning for Independence

Healthy Habits for a Healthy Brain
Sponsored by DMC Harper University Hospital

Standard Fee
people with epilepsy, family members, and friends 
Professional Fee
professionals serving people with epilepsy
Kids Conference Day Camp Fee
children (ages 2 - 15) accompanying a registered adult conference participant
$10 per child
(pay at the door)

*Financial assistance is available upon request 
(contact Russ Derry, 800-377-6226 ext. 1302)


Continuing Education Credits are being sought for both nurses and EEG Techs.

Nursing:  This activity has been submitted to the Ohio Nurses Association for approval to award contact hours. The Ohio Nurses Association (OBN-001-91) is an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. Please contact Russell Derry at 248-809-4744 for more information.

The purpose of this activity is to provide nurses with the newest medical information on epilepsy, epilepsy management, and wellness. Objectives are described on evaluation forms. Criteria for successful completion includes attending the entire session and turning in an evaluation form.

Preferred Hotel Accommodations provided by:        
Hyatt Place Detroit/Novi
46080 Grand River Avenue
Novi, MI 48374
The hotel is attached to the Diamond Center conference venue, and we've arranged for a discounted room rate.  Please call (248) 348-5600 to reserve a room, or make your reservation online (use the following group code: G-EF14). All reservations must be made by September 20, 2014.


Please take advantage of this program created for children ages 2 – 15 who have epilepsy or have a family member with epilepsy. The Kids Conference Day Camp takes place at the same time and location as our Wellness & Epilepsy Conference. This allows parents to attend the conference while their children learn, make new friends, and have fun in a safe environment.

Activities will include the following:
  • Fun “ice-breaker” games to help kids get to know each other
  • An interactive discussion with a pediatric epileptologist
  • “Choice” time (a variety of group recreational activities for kids to choose from)
  • A creative group project that kids will work on throughout the day that will promote teamwork, reflection, and sharing of ideas


Due to space and staffing limitations, there are only a limited number of slots available. To reserve a space for your child, complete and return the Kids Conference Day Camp Application (do not register your child for the Wellness & Epilepsy Conference). Spaces will only be reserved for children for whom a completed Kids Conference Day Camp Application has been received. Slots will not be held based on verbal requests, email requests, or anything other than a completed application. Children showing up on the day of the conference who have not already submitted applications will not be allowed to participate in the day camp. 

Payment of $10 per child will be requested at check-in on the day of the event (cash, check, or credit card accepted). The fee helps to cover the cost of breakfast, lunch, snacks, facility rental, staffing, and supplies.

Premier Keynote Sponsor
St. John Providence Health System

Health & Resource Fair Sponsor
University of Michigan Health System

Premier Wellness Sponsor
Spectrum Health

Networking Sponsor
Henry Ford Health System

Wellness Partner

Wellness Partner

Session Sponsor
DMC Harper University Hospital

Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan’s acceptance of this support does not constitute an endorsement of their products or services, and this support will in no way influence the content of the conference presentations. The planning committee and presenters have declared no conflict of interest.

2013 Wellness & Epilepsy Conference: Videotaped Sessions

Keynote Address: Diane Van Deren - Champion Ultrarunner

Current Trends in Epilepsy Research, Diagnosis, and Treatment
Ruggero Serafini, MD, PhD - Wayne State University/Detroit Medical Center     Presentation Slides
William Stacey, MD, PhD - University of Michigan Health System     Presentation Slides

Antiseizure Medications: Striving for "No Seizures, No Side Effects"
Andrew Zillgitt, DO - Henry Ford Health System     Presentation Slides
David Burdette, MD - St. John Providence Health System     Presentation Slides
Jules Constantinou, MD - Henry Ford Health System     Presentation Slides

Safety and Independence: The Epilepsy Balancing Act
Simon Glynn, MD - University of Michigan Health System
Renee Shellhaas, MD, MS - University of Michigan Health System

Adult Open Forum
Brien Smith, MD - Spectrum Health

Martha Curtis  gave an inspiring Keynote Address at the 2012 conference. Watch her Keynote Address.