Epilepsy Foundation of San Diego Events

Epilepsy Education Conference: Full Program

The 2023 Epilepsy Education Conference takes place on Saturday, July 29, at the Academy of Our Lady of Peace in San Diego.

Registration is $20 online through Friday, July 28, and $25 at the door. Those who register also gain access to our library of new video presentations provided by local and regional epilepsy experts, which can be watched from the comfort of one’s home.


8:00 am • Onsite registration, attendee check-in, and Sponsor Marketplace opens. Light refreshments served. 

8:30 am • Welcome by Wendy Urushima-Conn, President & CEO of the Epilepsy Foundation of San Diego County

8:35 am • Keynote featuring Dr. Lee Rice, FAAFP, FAOSM, FAMSSM

9:15 am • Program Break. Attendees are invited to visit the Sponsor Marketplace, to enjoy refreshments, and to network.

9:30 am • Panel of Professionals featuring Sophia Ceulemans, Dr. Abraham Chyung, Dr. Jeffrey Gertsch, Dr. Robert Gray, Dr. Maria A. Montenegro and Dr. Howard Taras. Facilitated by Wendy Urushima-Conn.

10:45 am • Program Break. Attendees are invited to visit the Sponsor Marketplace, to enjoy refreshments, and to network.

11:00 am • Panel of Lived Experience, facilitated by Kelley Grimes, MSW.

12:15 pm • Closing Remarks, followed by Sponsor Marketplace and Networking.


Listed in ascending alphabetical order by surname.

Round photo of Sophia Ceulemans.Sophia Ceulemans is a clinical pediatric genetic counselor. She works with patients and their families with known or suspected genetic conditions, specializing in neurological conditions like epilepsy, neuromuscular conditions, rare disorders, and others. Sophia graduated with Marquette University with an honors degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and completed her masters degree in Genetic Counseling at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She is actively involved in the National Society of Genetic Counselors.

Round photo of Dr. Abraham Chyung.Dr. Abraham Chyung is a neurologist specializing in the evaluation and treatment of memory and seizure disorders. With a doctorate degree in Alzheimer’s disease research, he has a strong clinical interest in conditions that cause memory loss.

Round photo of Dr. Jeffrey Gertsch.Dr. Jeffrey Gertsch is a neurologist and Associate Professor of Neurosciences at UCSD School of Medicine.

Round photo of Dr. Robert Gray.Dr. Robert Gray received his Ph.D. in school psychology from the University of Texas at Austin. He went on to specialize in pediatric neuropsychology through completion of his internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Minnesota Medical School. Dr. Gray has held positions as Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, staff pediatric neuropsychologist at the Kennedy Krieger Institute, and Voluntary Assistant Clinical Professor in the department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Gray is the clinical director of pediatric neuropsychology services and training director of the postdoctoral residency program in pediatric neuropsychology at Advanced Neurobehavioral Health of Southern California. Dr. Gray also provides neuropsychological evaluation and consultation services for Rady Children’s Hospital of San Diego. Dr. Gray has been awarded diplomate/board certification status in clinical neuropsychology and pediatric subspecialization status through the American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology and American Board of Professional Psychology.

Round photo of Kelley Grimes.Kelley Grimes, MSW is a counselor, speaker, internationally bestselling author, Aspire Magazine expert columnist, and founder of Cultivating Peace and Joy. She received her Masters degree in Social Work from the University of Denver and has counseled in domestic violence, substance abuse, and mental health fields, as well as with families impacted by chronic health challenges.

Round photo of Dr. Maria A. Montenegro.Dr. Maria A. Montenegro is a pediatric neurologist and epileptologist currently working at Rady Children’s Hospital / University of California San Diego School of Medicine. Her clinical expertise is in pediatric epilepsy, with an emphasis on epileptic encephalopathy and EEG. She completed medical school, residency and PhD at the University of Campinas (Brazil) and postdoctorate research fellowship at Columbia University (New York) and Herscot Center for Tuberous Sclerosis Complex (Boston). Prior to her current position, she held an academic faculty appointment at the University of Campinas (Brazil) where she was the head of Pediatric Neurology.

Round photo of Dr. Lee Rice.Dr. Lee Rice is the founder of Lifewellness Institute and a premier medical expert on wellness in the United States and internationally, with more than 30 years of experience as a family and sports medicine physician. He earned his B.S. degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and received his D.O. degree from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (now A.T. Still University). He completed his internship and Family Medicine residency in the U.S. Navy Medical Corps. Currently, he is board certified in Family Medicine with a Certificate of Added Qualification in Sports Medicine; he is also a diplomate of the American Board of Integrative and Holistic Medicine.

Round photo of Dr. Howard Taras.Dr. Howard Taras received his medical and pediatric training at McMaster University (Hamilton, Canada) and the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. He is a general pediatrician and his role at UCSD is to operate as a medical consultant to approximately 50 school districts across California, including most large school districts in San Diego County.

Wendy Urushima-Conn is the President & Daytime round color photo of Wendy Urushima-Conn.CEO of the Epilepsy Foundation of San Diego County. She has more than 25 years of experience in community outreach, fundraising and marketing. She previously served as president and CEO of the Asian Business Association and associate executive director of the Center for Community Solutions where she was the chief fundraising and marketing officer focusing on sexual assault/domestic violence intervention and prevention. Wendy also worked for more than a decade at KGTV/10News as community affairs manager, promotion manager and as a weather and traffic reporter.