Iowa Workers' Compensation Symposium

Des Moines, IA US
June 22, 2023 to June 23, 2023


Includes access to all sessions, meals, and Thursday night reception.

  • General Attendee: $250

Click here to register.

For questions, please email Deanne Reiter at


Target Audience and Description

The conference will inform and educate Case Managers, Nurses, Insurance Adjustors, Attorneys, Disability Management Specialists, Rehabilitation Counselors, and other professionals on the status of Iowa’s Workers’ Compensation Laws and provide information regarding healthcare and implications associated with work-related injuries.


Thursday, June 22, 2023
8:30 a.m.

Agency Case Law Update
Jordan Gehlhaar, Peddicord Wharton
Bryant Engbers, Spaulding & Shaull

  1. Describe how an alleged elbow and cervical back injury is aggravated by Claimant's Shoulder injury or can it?
  2. Explain how voluntary resignation can affect industrial and functional impairment analysis.
  3. Identify if the filing of an ICRC complaint preclude/remove the Agency from having SMJ on the claim.
9:15 a.m.

Risk Prevention in the Workplace Panel
Pat Waldron (Moderator)
Jason Clausen, SFM
Kara Campbell, Millenium
Claire Muselman

We will be discussing risk prevention and risk management in a timeline.  The timeline would envision a start-to-finish approach, starting with: 

  1. The hiring process, training of employees and supervisors, ergonomic assessments, post-hire physicals, essential function testing, and injury prevention/safety.
  2. Post-injury claim handling – proper investigation, employer input, medical input, choice, return to work efforts, legal compliance, claim taking an approach to risk management.
  3. Return to work and post MMI handling, functional capacity evaluations.  Best practices in return to work, avoiding litigation, resolution, pitfalls to avoid, best practices upon full resolution.
10:15 a.m.Break
10:45 a.m.

Preventing Mass Shootings at Work: Behavioral Threat Assessment and Management
Molly Amman, JD, CTM

  1. Define behavioral threat assessment and management.
  2. Identify three research-validated warning behaviors which often precede targeted violence.
  3. Describe the threat management spectrum of options.
  4. Describe the emerging legal duty of care of a threat assessment team.
11:45 a.m.

Agency Update
Joseph S. Cortese II, WC Commissioner

  1. Review Agency Updates.
  2. Explain new developments within the Iowa Division Workers' Compensation
12:00 p.m.Lunch
1:00 p.m.

Wellness Hour (Non-CE)
Melanie Conner Teare; Today Counts Fitness

2:00 p.m.

High Society: Cannabis in the Workplace
Chris Iverson, MD, MBA, MPH
Terri Davis, Shuttleworth & Ingersoll, PLC

Medical Learning Objectives

  1. Changing landscape of how cannabis is viewed in society.
  2. Cannabis, to include:
    1. Differentiation of hemp vs. marijuana.
    2. Cannabinoids.
    3. THC metabolites.
  3. Drug Testing for Cannabis.
  4. Intoxication and Impairment

Legal Learning Objectives

  1. Why employers should care.
  2. What should an employer do?
    1. Potential pitfalls.
  3. Expanding cannabis legalization
    1. Overview of different states' legal environments concerning cannabis.
  4. Iowa Law
  5. Federal Laws Implicated
2:45 p.m.Break
3:15 p.m.Bill Riley Scholarship Recipient 
3:45 p.m.

Ethics Hour – Trust Account Basics
Trinity Braun-Arana, OPR

  1. Overview of the rules about Iowa lawyer trust accounts.
  2. Implementation of trust account rules in common workers' compensation situations.
4:45 p.m.Adjourn
Friday, June 23, 2023
8:30 a.m.

Appellate Case Law Update
John Cutler, Cutler Law Firm

  1. Review cases before the Iowa District Courts, Iowa Court of Appeals, and Iowa Supreme Court that interpreted workers' compensation law.
  2. Analyze how these cases changed the state of the law and how they further clarified the law.
9:15 a.m.

Concussions: The New CTS
Todd Caze, II, PhD, Neuropsychologist
Kyle Larsen, DPT

  1. Identify the common network disruptions common after concussion and how they can be treated.
  2. Analyze recent research on the efficacy of minimum visits on concussion treatment with just a concussion specialist and physical therapist.
  3. Explain tangible action steps that those involved in workers' compensation can take to improve the quality of concussion treatment.
10:00 a.m.Break
10:30 a.m.

Getting Finger Amputees Back to Work: 3D Printing, Mental Health Issues, Functional Intervention
Naked Prosthetics: Jason Dean, Limb Lab

  1. Identify how recent advancements in manufacturing technology and engineering advancements led to the development and availability of novel, functional prosthetic devices and to the need for a new standard of care for persons with finger and partial-hand amputations.
  2. Recognizing the physical and psychological effects after traumatic finger and partial-hand amputation compared to other persons experiencing traumatic amputations.
  3. Describe the industry's latest strategies and techniques in therapy programs for persons with finger and partial-hand amputations.
11:15 a.m.

Duties and Obligations of a Case Manager
Sonya Wadsworth BSN, RN, CCM, Paradigm
Lea Wagner BS, RN, CCM, Paradigm

  1. Describe the benefits of a Workers' Compensation Medical Case Manager to the injured worker, claim professional, employer, provider(s), and attorney.
  2. Describe the duties/obligations of the Medical Case Manager to the injured worker, claim professional, employer, provider(s), and attorney.
  3. Describe the Workers' Compensation Case Management Process from receipt of referral to initial contacts, the appointment of attendance, continued care coordination, and facilitating return to work/release from care.
12:15 p.m.Adjourn
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 8.00 IBON
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
06/22/2023 - 8:30am CDT
Event ends: 
06/23/2023 - 12:15pm CDT
Des Moines Marriott Downtown
700 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50309
United States


Molly Amman is an internationally recognized expert in threat assessment and management. Having retired from FBI service in 2020, Ms. Amman previously worked in the Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) in Quantico, Virginia, as a targeted violence profiler; she led the BAU's multiagency Behavioral Threat Assessment Center, which spearheads the FBI’s efforts in targeted violence assessment and management. Her casework at the BAU focused on public figure threats, school, and workplace violence issues, domestic terrorism, threatening communications, stalking and extortion, active crisis incidents such as riots and hostage scenarios, and more; she has extensive experience with both ideologically-motivated and personal grievance-oriented offenders. Ms. Amman has also served on faculty at the FBI Academy, led a Joint Terrorism Task Force, and coordinated assets for crisis response & management, intelligence, and federal investigations during major special events, such as Presidential inaugurations and professional sports championships, at the FBI Special Events Management Unit. Ms. Amman is now engaged in private practice, focusing largely on threatening communications, workplace violence, public figure threats, and domestic extremism.


Trinity Braun-Arana is the director of Client Security at the Iowa Supreme Court’s Office of Professional Regulation, which oversees the admission, regulation, and education of Iowa’s lawyers and certified shorthand reporters.  She received her B.A. from Iowa State University and her J.D. from the University of Iowa.  Before joining OPR in 2008, she was a sole practitioner in Des Moines.  In her time at OPR, she has worked for nearly all Supreme Court commissions in one capacity or another.  At present, she works exclusively for Client Security.


Kara Campbell has been a PTA for 16 yrs. She is a graduate of Iowa State University with a B.L.S. and Kirkwood Community College with Associate of Applied Science/Physical Therapist Assistant. Kara has worked for E3 Millennium Therapy since January 2019, an outpatient physical therapy clinic providing various work comp services. She is a certified FCE (Functional Capacity Evaluation) evaluator (XRTS method), certified to perform and create Post Offer Employment Tests (POET’s), and certified to develop functional job demands/descriptions. Kara has experience with industrial and office ergonomics and causational job analysis. She is passionate about treating work comp patients and returning them to the workforce as quickly as possible with no restrictions/limitations.


Dr. Caze is the inaugural pediatric sports concussion fellow from Children's Health James Andrews Institute. He is one of only 25 doctors in the country to do a two-year fellowship in concussion. As a researcher, Dr. Caze is the recipient of the Sports Neuropsychology Society Dissertation Award and the Pediatric Research in Sports Medicine Early Career Award. He has published over 20 articles on concussions.


Jason has worked in occupational safety for 23 years and on the Loss Prevention team at SFM Mutual Insurance for 11 years.  He works with agents and policyholders in Iowa, Nebraska, and Kansas to help mitigate workplace injury.  Jason is a Certified Safety Professional and graduated with an Occupational Health and Safety degree from Iowa State University.  He is also a Reserve Deputy Sheriff at the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office, and he lives with his family in Waukee, Iowa.


Gov. Terry E. Branstad appointed Commissioner Cortese. The Iowa Senate confirmed him and served a full term from 2015 through 2021.  In 2021, Gov. Kim Reynolds appointed Commissioner Cortese to serve a second term. The Iowa Senate confirmed him to serve a second term, from 2021 through 2027. Commissioner Cortese was a lawyer in private practice for over 30 years before his appointment. Before becoming Commissioner, he practiced workers’ compensation law at the Des Moines law firm, formerly Huber, Book, Cortese & Lanz, where he was a partner. Commissioner Cortese received his Bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and earned his J.D. with honors from Drake Law School. He is a member of the Iowa State Bar Association, Polk County Bar Association, and Iowa Association of Workers’ Compensation Attorneys and was a founding member of the American Academy of ADR Attorneys.


John is a partner with Cutler Law Firm in West Des Moines. John’s practice includes workers' compensation, personal injury, construction, and commercial litigation. Before joining Cutler Law Firm, HE practiced at a large law firm and has significant experience handling complex high-dollar litigation. John prides himself on being a trusted resource to his clients, who can give people a straightforward and understandable evaluation of their situation, and aggressively advocate on their behalf.  He prides himself on the personal relationships he builds with his clients. John and his wife, Gretta, live in Des Moines with their three young kids.  John enjoys hiking, biking, fishing, camping with his family, and music when not at the office. 


Terri C. Davis is an Attorney and Senior Vice President at Shuttleworth and Ingersoll. She focuses her practice on Employment Law and Litigation, including employment-related litigation. Terri handles workers' compensation cases for employers and advises employers on employment matters, including assisting with policy review and development, absence management, performance management, employment contracts, and handling of investigations and complaints, both internal and before civil rights commissions. She chairs the firm’s Labor & Employment Law Practice Group.


Jason Dean is Market President, Certified Prosthetist Orthotist for Limb Lab in Lincoln, NE. He received his Bachelor of Arts from Doane University and his Prosthetic Certificate Clinical and Technician from Century College. Jason finds few things that make him feel better - or more proud - than creating devices that affect people in the direct and personal ways that his work does. He was introduced to prosthetics and orthotics by his high school shop teacher, volunteered at a prosthetic company in Lincoln during college, and loved fabricating, fitting, and meeting everyone who came into the office. Jason and his wife, Amanda, have lived in Lincoln for over 15 years along with his two daughters. 


Bryant Engbers was born in Sioux Falls, SD. He graduated from Sioux Falls Christian High School in 2011. His desire to continue playing basketball in College while finding a school that allowed him to double major in Music and Business led him to Covenant College. Over the next four years, Bryant continued the path he did in middle and high school–playing varsity basketball for the Scots, participating in the choir, and building impactful friendships that would eventually point him toward pursuing a legal career. Following his graduation from Covenant in 2015, Bryant found his way to Des Moines, Iowa, where he attended Drake University Law School in 2019. During his first year at Drake, Bryant began clerking for Spaulding & Shaull, where he remained through graduation. Bryant graduated from Drake University in May of 2022, earning his J.D. and M.B.A. and passing the bar in September of that year. Bryant has remained at Spaulding & Shaull, joining the fight with the other fantastic attorneys in the firm, working hard to represent those individuals who have been injured at work or experienced some form of discrimination in the workplace. Whether it was his teachers, friends, mentors in College or his family’s constant presence in his life, Bryant has always had a robust support system helping him along and offering advice in times of difficulty. Now Bryant hopes to be that person for others and his clients.


Dr. Iverson received his medical degree from the University of Iowa’s Carver College of Medicine. During medical school, he simultaneously earned his Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Tippie School of Business. After medical school, Dr. Iverson completed his residency in Occupational Medicine at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. As a part of his Occupational Medicine training, he earned a Master of Public Health (MPH) from the UI College of Public Health. Dr. Iverson is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, offering injury care and medicolegal examinations in his clinic setting. He also serves as a medical review officer for UI Occupational Health and the Occupational Medicine physician liaison to the post-COVID-19 clinic at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.


Dr. Larson was born and raised in Omaha, NE.  He attended Kansas State University in Manhattan, KS, where he initially studied Mechanical Engineering before receiving his Bachelor’s in Kinesiology.  Dr. Larson continued to Creighton University and earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy.  He has a certification in Dry Needling with specific areas of interest in rehabbing overhead athletes, concussions, vestibular disorders, and persistent pain.  Dr. Larson's treatment approach focuses on treating the whole person and empowering the patient to participate in their recovery actively. During his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, hanging out with friends, camping, hunting, fishing, and playing guitar.


Dr. Muselman is the Glitter Bomb of Workers’ Compensation, bringing passion-filled purpose and energy with a dose of glitter and sparkles to the risk management and insurance space through her consulting firm, CM Advising. She is also the creator of The Orange Lab – transforming programming, training, and education in the workers’ compensation industry. Dr. Muselman also speaks nationally on various topics specific to leadership, self-development, insurance, workers' compensation, and risk looking to change the industry one professional at a time. “Those with whom we are empowering today will be the decision-makers tomorrow. Advocacy is not enough; we need empathic, emotionally intelligent leaders who understand the bigger picture of helping employees feel seen, heard, acknowledged, valued, and safe; returning injured humans to functional, contributing members of society; and, more importantly, making sure our colleagues can return to their families as well as their lives. The ripple effect matters.”


Sonya graduated from Jacksonville State University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She spent the first ten years of her career in the operating room. Sonya entered the workers' compensation arena in 2012 as a Disability Management Specialist for Drummond Co., Inc. In late 2015, she joined CorVel Corporation as a field case manager. In 2017, she was promoted to Case Management Manager until she joined Paradigm as Sr. Director of Case Management in August 2022. Sonya lives in Birmingham, Alabama, with her husband, Stephen, and her puppy, Rudy. She loves to spend time with family and friends at the lake or the beach.


Lea is a graduate of Florida State University with a BS in Business Management. She was finishing her Master’s degree in Business when she decided to switch gears to her passion for caring for others and obtained her Nursing degree.  Lea spent the first ten years of her nursing career in the hospital setting, initially in Surgical Specialty and then as an Emergency Room Nurse.  She moved into Management and became the Director of Nursing and then the Regional Director of Operations. Lea has been in the Worker’s Compensation space for ten years. Initially worked as an Occupational Health Nurse and a Case Manager for a large National Company. Lea joined Genex in early 2015 as a Field Case Manager in Iowa/Illinois.  She then relocated to Pennsylvania and was promoted to a Regional Manager position. Lea remained with Genex until joining Paradigm in December 2020.  Lea started with Paradigm as the Sr. Director for the Eastern Region was promoted to Vice-President, Case Management in October 2022.  Lea lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband, Mark, and their three fur babies.  Lea has three adult children and loves spending time with family, traveling, and enjoying life. 


Patrick V. Waldron was born in Keokuk, Iowa, on December 23, 1969. He attended Marycrest College, where he received his Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, in 1992, and Drake University Law School, where he received his Juris Doctorate, with honors, in 1995. At Drake, Pat participated on the National Mock Trial Team, was selected to the Moot Court Board, and was honored with the Academic Achievement Award in Advanced Problems in Torts. Pat has been practicing law with the Patterson Law Firm since 1995 and became an Equity Partner in 2000. He is currently a Managing Partner of the firm. He has a practice focused on civil litigation, workers’ compensation and serves as a mediator in civil and worker’s compensation matters.


  • Nurse: Des Moines University is Iowa Board of Nursing approved provider #112. This live activity has been reviewed and approved for 8.0 continuing education contact hour(s). Nurses must attend the entire session to receive credit. Partial session credit is prohibited and will be forfeited.


The information provided in this activity is for continuing education. It is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition. The content of each presentation does not necessarily reflect the views of Des Moines University.

Available Credit

  • 8.00 IBON


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Includes access to all sessions, meals, and Thursday night reception.

  • General Attendee: $250

Click here to register.

For questions, please email Deanne Reiter at