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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
    • 4.7 • 29 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!

    Fire Up Your Brain with Trent McEntire

    Fire Up Your Brain with Trent McEntire

    For more than two decades, Trent McEntire has been helping people gain back their mobility – a story he knows well. Born with a mild form of Cerebral Palsy, Trent experienced pain and stiffness every day from the time he was a child. However, Trent's creative problem-solving abilities kicked in transforming his movement capabilities to participate in his love for sports.



    What Trent discovered to repair his own body became the foundation for what would be his life’s work. He attended Western Michigan University where he received a BFA in Dance requiring studies  n Movement Science and Training – Feldenkrais, Laban Movement Analysis, Bartenieff Fundamentals, Kinesiology and Anatomy. Trent pursued a career as a professional dancer where he performed on stages throughout the country and abroad.

    As a movement professional, Trent saw a path where he could help others who had movement limitations. He opened up his studio as a way to work with clients and train other movement professionals in the work he had been practicing to repair his own limitations. For more than 20 years, Trent has taught his transformational neuro-movement methods and tools to thousands of clients and movement professionals across the globe.

     

    Brought to you by: Integrated Brain Centers

    • 30 min
    The Healing Power of Essential Oils w/ Dr. Eric Zielinski

    The Healing Power of Essential Oils w/ Dr. Eric Zielinski

    DR. ERIC ZIELINSKI is the author of the national bestseller The Healing Power of Essential Oils and The Essential Oils Apothecary Dr. Z has pioneered natural living and biblical health education since 2003. Trained as an aromatherapist, public health researcher, and chiropractor, Dr. Z started NaturalLivingFamily.com in 2014 with his wife to help people learn how to use natural remedies like essential oils safely and effectively. Now visited by more than three million natural health seekers every year, NaturalLivingFamily.com has rapidly become the number one online source for biblical health and non-branded essential oils education. NaturalLivingFamily.com


    Purchase his book on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3CejiYX


    Episode brought to you by: Integrated Brain Centers

    • 30 min
    Cannabis and TBI with Nikki Lawley

    Cannabis and TBI with Nikki Lawley

    Nikki, a NY state resident, has always been a proud and diligent worker. She’s served as an HVAC filtration salesperson, later starting her own company, then as a casino dealer, and most recently, as a pediatric nurse. She had suffered two traumatic brain injuries during her younger years, but it was the third TBI that suddenly changed everything. In a heartbeat, her life changed from one of optimism, vibrancy, enthusiasm, confidence, and extroversion, to one of constant pain, withdrawal, depression, and hopelessness. While trying to help administer a routine vaccine to a young boy, Nikki was thrown against the wall, suffering a significant TBI and cervical instability in the process in 2016. Nikki’s TBI has caused cognitive deficiencies, confusion, memory loss, anxiety, and pain. She found herself unable to work, unable to interact with others, and in a very dark place. None of the numerous traditional medications she’s tried helped, and if fact, their ghastly side effects left her even worse off.She had long since reached the end of her rope, when, on a whim, figuring she had nothing more to lose, she turned to cannabis. Www.Nikkiandtheplant.org


     


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    • 34 min
    Making Sense of Suicide After Brain Injury with author Reid Forgrave

    Making Sense of Suicide After Brain Injury with author Reid Forgrave

    REID FORGRAVE has written about sports and other topics for GQ, the New York Times Magazine, and Mother Jones, among other publications. His specialty is long-form, narrative storytelling. He has covered college football and the NFL, as well as college and professional basketball and the Summer Olympics, for Fox Sports and CBS Sports, and he currently writes for the Star Tribune in Minneapolis. The article in which he first wrote about Zac Easter is included in Best American Sports Writing 2018. A past life found him working at The Des Moines Register in Iowa as well as several other metropolitan newspapers. Forgrave lives in Minneapolis with his wife and two sons. www.reidforgrave.com


    Find his book on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3vSQ8Mm


    Episode brought to you by Integrated Brain Centers


    Support the podcast on Patreon: www.patreon.com/amyzellmer

    • 32 min
    Chronic pain and stress, negativity bias with Donna Masing

    Chronic pain and stress, negativity bias with Donna Masing

    In October 2016 while on a surfing holiday overseas, Donna Masing fell off a wave and the tail of her own board collided with her temple. The force of that impact broke bones in her neck and rattled her brain from side to side, resulting in a traumatic brain injury. Upon returning home to Australia, Donna was unable to run her business, a sports massage clinic in Northern NSW where she attended to Australia’s surfing elite and other professional athletes. She had difficulty speaking, walking, coping with groups of people, bright lights, had limited thinking capacity and could not focus on anything for any great deal of time. Doctors assured her that it would all pass and soon life would return to normal. However these things did not pass, in fact many symptoms got worse. 


    In 2019 Donna was named the Northern Rivers NSW Business Chamber Outstanding Business Leader and went on to be a State Finalist. Donna has consulted for international Doctors, Physical Therapists and Concussion Specialists on how to communicate with their TBI patients, she has presented at medical conferences, been on speaking panels at events and was featured on the front pages of both the Tweed Daily Newspaper and The Tweed Valley Weekly. She is currently writing a book about her experiences on the other side of treatment table and is starting an innovative new company to help more people get access to the therapy that changed her life. https://globalperformancetherapy.com/about-us/


     


    Brought to you by: Integrated Brain Centers


    Support this podcast on Patreon for just $5/month www.patreon.com/amyzellmer

    • 36 min
    Anatomy of a Survivor with author Dr. Joyce Mikal-Flynn

    Anatomy of a Survivor with author Dr. Joyce Mikal-Flynn

    A marathoner and triathlete, in 1990 Dr. Mikal-Flynn survived a sudden-death event requiring twenty-two minutes of CPR to return to life. Already a nurse practitioner and dismayed at the focus of her recovery and what was presented in the aftermath of her trauma, her mind emphasized the negative, painting a bleak future. However, her master’s and doctoral research focused on posttraumatic growth (PTG) and she created a strength-based clinical pathway guiding survivors toward a productive recovery and PTG. A Professor at CSUS, she speaks nationally and internationally on trauma, focusing on resilience and PTG. With multiple publications, her work and research continue to provide strength and hope for those who suffer in the aftermath of trauma.


    Dr. Mikal-Flynn received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of San Francisco, a Nurse Practitioner Certificate from the University of California, Davis, and her Master’s of Science in Nursing at Sacramento State University, publishing the thesis: “A Phenomenological Investigation of Near-Death Event Survivors.” She completed her Doctor of Education with a dissertation entitled: “Transforming Life Crisis: Stories of Metahabilitation After Catastrophic Life Events.” Her book: "Anatonmy of a Survivor: Building Resilience, Grit, and Growth After Trauma" is available on Amazon.


    Find her book on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3gEnIAV


    Episode brought to you by: Integrated Brain Centers 

     

    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
29 Ratings

29 Ratings

אסתי💕🌈 ,

best resource for people with tbi and pcs!

amy zellmer is a godsend. finding this podcast after my concussion, when i couldn’t read anything on a screen but could listen and learn, was so helpful in educating myself about resources for tbi and pcs. it’s so helpful to hear from amy and her guests about their experiences and to take the tips and apply them. bottomless gratitude, amy zellmer!!

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.

Bambiwithanattitude ,

3 time loser

So in the span of 2 years, I have suffered 3 major concussions. First- head on collision via automobile accidentât 45 mph, 2nd- fall from my horse which also sustained T12 fracture, and 3rd, another fall from runaway horse. Needless to say, I won’t stop riding but, my confidence, health and mental repair has been nothing but a struggle. This has been the most difficult 2 years, mani my because there are no answers and progress is slow and also back steps.Listening to your podcasts have helped me to truly identify with others, and I’m grateful for this. I wish your show was longer, sometimes so much time is spent on introducing guests, and I want to know how to heal. Numerous neurologists and other dr appts leave me wanting.

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