Epilepsy Connect Symposium

Aurora, CO US
April 29, 2023

The Epilepsy Foundation of Colorado & Wyoming strives to connect, educate, and empower our community to improve the lives of those who are impacted by epilepsy. The Symposium is designed for people with epilepsy, caregivers, and healthcare providers, and offers education on a wide variety of topics, including recognizing and treating refractory epilepsy, identifying comorbidities often associated with epilepsy including depression, anxiety and ADHD, and better understanding Non-Epileptic Seizures (NES).

*Discounted registration rates available, please contact info@epilepsyCOWY.org


La Fundación de Epilepsia de Colorado y Wyoming se esfuerza por conectar, educar y capacitar la comunidad para mejorar la vida de personas afectadas por la epilepsia. El Simposio está diseñado para personas con epilepsia, cuidadores y proveedores de atención médica, y ofrece educación en muchos temas, incluyendo el reconocimiento y el tratamiento de la epilepsia refractaria, la identificación de comorbilidades a menudo asociadas con la epilepsia como la depresión y ansiedad, y crisis no-epilépticas (NES).

About The Epilepsy Foundation of Colorado & Wyoming

We are the leader in connecting, educating, and empowering to improve the lives of everyone affected by epilepsy.

We connect people to healthcare providers, support networks, and a listening ear. We educate schools, employers, and the community at large to reduce stigma and raise awareness. And we empower people affected by epilepsy with knowledge, resources, and advocacy to live their best lives.

For more than 50 years, we have remained committed to our mission, and we will not rest until we achieve a world free from seizures.

For additional information about The Epilepsy Foundation of Colorado & Wyoming, please visit their website


Sobre la Fundación de Epilepsia de Colorado y Wyoming

Somos el líder en conectar, educar y capacitar para mejorar las vidas de todos los afectados por la epilepsia. Conectamos a las personas con proveedores de atención médica y redes de apoyo. Educamos a las escuelas, los empleadores, y la comunidad general para reducir el estigma y crear conciencia. Y, empoderamos a las personas afectas por la epilepsia con conocimientos, recursos y defensa para vivir sus vidas de la mejor manera. Por más de 50 años, nos hemos mantenido comprometidos con nuestra misión, y no descansaremos hasta lograr un mundo libre de convulsiones.
Para obtener información adicional sobre la Fundación de Epilepsia de Colorado y Wyoming, puede visitar nuestro sitio de web

Commercial Supporters

The Epilepsy Connect Symposium planning committee appreciate the generous support provided by Charlotte's Web, SK Life Science, Jazz Pharmaceuticals, Cerebral Therapeutics, UCB Pharmaceutical, VNS Therapy, PTC Therapeutics, Neurelis, Biocodex, Pasco and Solace Pediatric healthcare. 

Target Audience

CME sessions at the Epilepsy Connect Symposium are oriented towards:

  • Physicians
  • Physician Assistants
  • Advanced Practice Nurses
  • Registered Nurses
  • Other Advanced Practice Providers

General Public sessions at the Epilepsy Connect Symposium are oriented towards: 

  • People with epilepsy
  • Family members
  • Caregivers
  • Friends
  • Anyone interested in learning more about epilepsy

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this conference, CME participants should be able to:

  • State the criteria for considering epilepsy surgery
  • List 5 co-morbidities associated with epilepsy
  • Describe the diagnosis of non-epileptic seizures and list 3 treatment options


Público Objetivo

Las sesiones de este simposio están orientadas a:

  • Personas con epilepsia
  • Familiares
  • Cuidadores
  • Amigos
  • Cualquiera persona quien tiene interés en aprender más sobre epilepsia
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 3.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 3.25 Attendance
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
04/29/2023 - 8:00am MDT
Event ends: 
04/29/2023 - 12:15pm MDT
Saturday, April 29, 2023
8:00 - 8:45am

*Surgical Options For Refractory Epilepsy*
Presented by: Dr. Matthew Mian

Opciones de Cirugía para la Epilepsia Refractaria (en ingles)
Presentado por: Dr. Matthew Milan

8:30 - 9:00am

Networking & Vendor Fair

Feria de Redes y Proveedores

9:00 - 9:45am

*Keynote Presentation: "My Son As Teacher, A Caregiver's Story"*
Presented by:
Lori Sandler

Presentación: La Experiencia del Cuidador con Lora Sandler (en ingles)

9:45 - 10:45am*Epilepsy and Common Co-Morbidities*
Presented by:
Dr. Laura Strom

Epilepsia Fármaco Resistente
Presented by:
Dr. Michael Enriquez

Participating in a Clinical Trial
Presented by
: Dr. Kelly Knupp
The Epilepsy Journey
Presented by:
Dr. Jake Pellinen & Gaetha Mills, RN, BSN, CNRN
10:45 - 11:30am

Networking & Vendor Fair

Feria de Redes y Proveedores

11:30 - 12:15pm*Non-Epileptic Seizures: Diagnosis, Treatment & Support*
Presented by:
Dr. Jared Woodward

Cómo Navegar el Sistema de Salud
Presented by:
Leigh Schommer

Wellness: Tools and Techniques to Balance a Healthy Lifestyle
Presented by:
Lori Sandler and Mark DeFee
New Treatment Options For Seizure Control: New Medications, Medical Devices, Dietary Therapies, and More
Presented by:
Dr. Jacob Pellinen


*Offers CE credit, available via Zoom


Schedule subject to change

Children's Hospital Colorado
13123 E 16th Ave
Conference Center - Floor 2
Aurora, CO 80045
United States

Faculty & Planning Committee Members

Marcee Aude, MA*
Vice President of Community Initiatives
Epilepsy Foundation of Colorado & Wyoming

Mark DeFee, BCC, LPC
Coach, Speaker, Owner
Mark DeFee Coaching

Michael Enriquez, MD
Resident, Child Neurology
Children's Hospital Colorado

Kelly Knupp, MD*
Associate Professor, Pediatrics-Neurology
University of Colorado
Pediatric Epileptologist, Associate Research Director of the Neurosciences Unit, Director of the Dravet Program
Children's Hospital Colorado

Sarah Klein*
Epilepsy Foundation of Colorado & Wyoming

Matthew Mian, MD*
Director of Functional Neurosurgery
Swedish Medical Center

Gaetha Mills, RN, BSN, CNRN
Epilepsy and Movement Disorder Program Manager
Swedish Medical Center

Jacob Pellinen, MD
Assistant Professor of Neurology
University of Colorado, Anschutz School of Medicine
Chair of the Professional Advisory Board of the Epilepsy Foundation of Colorado & Wyoming

Lori Sandler*
Mother of a son with epilepsy, life coach and spiritual guide

Leigh Schommer, LCSW
Care Manager
Swedish Family Medicine
Hispanic Outreach Manager, the Epilepsy Foundation of Colorado & Wyoming

Laura Strom, MD*
Associate Professor, Neurology
University of Colorado

Jared Woodward, DO*
Assistant Professor, Neurology
University of Colorado


*Accredited content


Financial Disclosures

Kelly Knupp, MD,  planner for this activity, is a consultant for Zogenix, Eisai, Epygenix and The Epilepsy Study Consortium, is a researcher for Zogenix and Eisai, is on the data and safety monitoring board for Jazz Pharmaceuticals, and was previously a consultant for Longboard Pharmaceuticals. 

Planners, faculty, and others in control of content (either individually or as a group) have no relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies.

All of the relevant financial disclosures listed have been mitigated.


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Children's Hospital Colorado and Epilepsy Foundation of Colorado & Wyoming. Children's Hospital Colorado is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Children’s Hospital Colorado designates this live activity for a maximum of 3.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Available Credit

  • 3.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 3.25 Attendance


Please login or register to take this course.

Please note, virtual registration is only available for those attending accredited sessions (please see the Program tab for additional information on accredited content); our patient education sessions will be recorded, but only available to view live in-person. Recordings will be posted on the Epilepsy Foundation website after the Symposium.

*Discounted registration rates available, please contact info@epilepsyCOWY.org

Tenga en cuenta que el registro virtual solo está disponible para profesionales que asisten a sesiones acreditadas (consulte la pestaña Programa para obtener información adicional sobre el contenido acreditado); Nuestras sesiones de educación para pacientes se grabarán, pero solo estarán disponibles para verlas en vivo en persona. Las grabaciones se publicarán en el sitio web de la Fundación para la Epilepsia después del Simposio.

Para obtener información de descuentos para asistir la conferencia, por favor, contacte a Leigh@epilepsyCOWY.org