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A podcast dedicated to traumatic brain injury (TBI) and concussion awareness. Created by survivors for survivors. Hear from survivors, caregivers, medical professionals, and others!

Faces of TBI Amy Zellmer

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.8 • 25 Ratings

A podcast dedicated to traumatic brain injury (TBI) and concussion awareness. Created by survivors for survivors. Hear from survivors, caregivers, medical professionals, and others!

    Equestrian Athletes - NeuroPerformance & Concussions w/Dr. Tatiana Habanova

    Equestrian Athletes - NeuroPerformance & Concussions w/Dr. Tatiana Habanova

    Dr. Tatiana Habanova is a Board Certified Chiropractic Neurologist practicing in Wellington, Florida. She is the Clinical Director of Palm Beach Brain Center, a premier state of the art NeuroPerformance and Concussion Clinic providing non-invasive Brain-Based healthcare using a Functional Neurology approach. Dr. Habanova is very passionate about female brain health and coaches women in their healing journey from overcoming neuro fatigue to creating better brain health. This stems from her own struggles recovering from three brain injuries (viral meningitis and two concussions) upon which she vowed to set a new standard in female brain health and recovery. www.drhabanova.com

    Resources: https://www.drhabanova.com/equestrian-concussion

    Cognitive Assesment:  https://www.drhabanova.com/cognitive-assessment


    Episode brought to you by: Integrated Brain Centers

    • 40 min
    Living with a traumatic brain injury with Kelsey Boyer

    Living with a traumatic brain injury with Kelsey Boyer

    My name is Kelsey Boyer and I am 27 years young. I am from originally from Pennsylvania and currently reside in Salt Lake City, Utah. I've spent most of my life following my passion of being a slopestyle competitive snowboarder in high hopes of competing in the Olympics. During 2016, I sustained a TBI which resulted in immediate brain surgery. My life drastically changed and I had to find myself & my purpose while dealing with bad post concussion symptoms. This led me to create my new non-profit, Save A Brain. I spend my winters traveling around and following the snow to places like Japan, Canada and all over America. I now coach for an all female progression camp. Yoga, mountain biking, surfing, snowboarding and skateboarding bring me peace because I get to play outside all day. Being in nature truly has been one of my healers. My family & friends mean everything to me and I wouldn't be here today without them. My brain injury truly reassessed how I live my life from sleeping, eating and self-love. At the end of the day, we only get one brain! www.saveabraininc.com


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    • 35 min
    What TBI & Non-Traumatic Brain Injury Survivors Have In Common w Kristina Kotlus

    What TBI & Non-Traumatic Brain Injury Survivors Have In Common w Kristina Kotlus

    Kristina Kotlus is the author of "I Quit: Facing Cancer with Faith, Family & Friends" (Morgan James Publishing, 2020) and the host of the "Y'all Should Be Friends" podcast. Kristina is a two-time cancer survivor—she was first diagnosed with brain cancer at age 28 and "relapsed" four years later when it had metastasized to her spine. She has a degree in Comparative Religion from George Mason University by way of Holy Cross College. Her writing has been published in numerous magazines and newspapers, as well as on her own website, PwcMoms. Kristina was recognized as Blogger of the Year in Northern Virginia, 40 Under 40 in Northern Virginia, and an Influential Woman in Prince William County, Virginia. She currently resides in Manassas, Virginia, with her husband and three children, whom she homeschools. www.kristinakotlus.com


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    • 29 min
    Virtual Speech Therapy for TBI with Avivit Ben-Aharon

    Virtual Speech Therapy for TBI with Avivit Ben-Aharon

    Avivit is the Founder and Clinical Director at Great Speech, Inc, founded in 2014. She trailblazed virtual access to speech therapy, allowing anyone who is committed to improving their communication to receive expert services--regardless of location or scheduling limitations. Her work has been featured on Good Morning America, the US News and World Report, the Miami Herald, and more. When Avivit was 14 years old, her family immigrated to the United States. At the time, she didn’t speak English, and she struggled to communicate at school. This inspired her to help other people avoid the frustrations she experienced. However, after working as a speech therapist for over a decade, she saw countless situations where people could not access the therapeutic services they needed. Traditional methods of therapy didn’t integrate easily with modern-day lifestyles. Avivit began experimenting with technology to deliver speech therapy entirely online. Not only did this allow greater convenience, but it also enabled her to hire the best therapists in the country and leverage a highly personalized client-to-therapist pairing process. Now, Great Speech employs over 50 therapists and serves over thousands of clients with varying areas of focus, including Traumatic Brain Injury. www.greatspeech.com


    Episode brought to you by: Integrated Brain Centers

    • 30 min
    Understanding HBOT with Dr. Ted Cole

    Understanding HBOT with Dr. Ted Cole

    My undergrad degree was in Psychobiology with a minor in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. I received my graduate degree with a double major in Clinical and Experimental Psychology. I then worked as a psychologist in a Child and Family Outpatient Clinic in St. Petersburg, Florida for four years. This was followed by medical school and a residency in Family Practice. I've been doing Integrative Medicine for over 30 years. I founded Cincinnati Hyperbarics 20 years ago and have treata wide variety of conditions. www.colecenter.com


    episode brought to you by: Integrated Brain Centers

    • 31 min
    Hope, Humor, and Inspiration after brain injury with Holly Kostrzewski

    Hope, Humor, and Inspiration after brain injury with Holly Kostrzewski

    Holly’s path forever changed, when at the age of 18 she sustained a life-changing traumatic brain injury, as a result of a motor vehicle crash. Significant challenges followed, during her ongoing recovery.


    Through faith, determination, tenacity, a positive attitude, and a great sense of humor, Kostrzewski graduated college with honors, went on to earn a Master’s degree in Public Health, and is currently writing her dissertation to complete a PhD in Public Health/Community Health. Ironically, Holly works in traffic safety for the State of Minnesota. In 2014, Holly’s family faced a new challenge. 


    After taking a break of nearly a decade from public speaking to concentrate on her career and graduate school, Holly is back with a new perspective based on living with a brain injury over time. Through her frank and entertaining presentations, Holly will explain the challenges she has encountered in living with a brain injury including challenges related to working, dating, seizures, and how grief and trauma have affected her life. Holly will also review how she faced the issues and helped herself succeed. In addition, Holly will share the journey she and her family have traveled through her traumatic brain injury and resulting fractured self, and her father’s spinal cord injury, hospitalization, rehab, and associated every day challenges for her father and her family.  https://www.hopehumorinspiration.com/


    Brought to you by: Integrated Brain Centers

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
25 Ratings

25 Ratings

tsgoyna ,

Valuable conversations about INTEGRATIVE resources for brain injury!

This is such a valuable podcast for those with TBI. The support and advocacy for integrative approaches to healing brain injury is desperately needed! Thank you AMY ZELLMER for being so passionate about bringing change and help to those in need.

outofmarketpodcastlistener ,

Content is usually excellent but....

There is always a but....Not to be too critical, but the host tends to hijack the narrative to give the specifics, over and over again, of how she was misdiagnosed. I feel we miss out on points that the guests could’ve elaborated. Kudos for putting this podcast together, though.

ijpanter ,

Just found your pod

I’m a fellow survivor who just passed 3 years and just found your podcast and love hearing other positive stories from other survivors.

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