166 episodes

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, 22 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!

    Traumatic Brain Injury - with Brain Tumor Survivor Lynn McLaughlin

    Traumatic Brain Injury - with Brain Tumor Survivor Lynn McLaughlin

    After the diagnosis of a brain tumour in 2013 and the subsequent surgery and recovery, she was able to gradually move back into her complex role as a Superintendent of Education. It meant finding different ways of communicating, working and coping as she grew to know and understand her new self. Lynn is how driven to help us become self-advocates, learning to make conscious decisions and altering potentially negative outcomes, putting ourselves in the driver’s seat. Lynn is now the host of her inspirational podcast, She is an award-winning author of her first book, "Steering Through It" 


    Find Lynn's book on Amazon: https://amzn.to/36RMruE


    Episode brought to you by: Integrated Brain Center

    • 29 min
    Expand or Contract with survivor Leslie Gainer

    Expand or Contract with survivor Leslie Gainer

    Startled by the sound of two consecutive home runs as they bounced off the concrete walls of San Francisco’s Oracle Park on Christmas Night 2013, she felt the balls colliding with her head. The freakishly loud “Crack! Crack!” reverberated within her skull. Then, a sickening awareness overtook her. One misstep onto a slippery wheelchair ramp at a crosswalk had propelled her into the middle of the street in San Francisco. Prior to her brain injuries, Leslie Gainer had lived two very fulfilling lifestyles/careers. The first, on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. working with nonprofits writing Consumer and Environmental laws and launching creative campaigns to get them passed. Then, living her next dream, of moving to Paso Robles, CA, and joining the wine industry. This excerpt from her journal recounts: I was living that dream, when brain injuries turned my life into chaos and wreckage as I was about to become someone I didn't know - in a matter of seconds. Life as I understood it would start to approach me incrementally, like a Scrabble puzzle that had been hurled into the air and landing with its creative, articulate, and well-ordered linear life reconfigured into a dyslexic and autistic jumble….  expandorcontract.com


    This episode is brought to you by: Integrated Brain Centers

    • 34 min
    Neuropsychological Evaluation of TBI with Emin Gharibian

    Neuropsychological Evaluation of TBI with Emin Gharibian

    I am a licensed psychologist in California specializing in neuropsychological and forensic evaluations. I have 10 years of education and training in clinical psychology and neuropsychology and extensive experience evaluating adults and adolescents for psychological and neuropsychological conditions. My training and experience have been in psychological and neuropsychological assessment in a variety of clinical settings including private practice, outpatient mental health clinics, psychiatric hospitals, forensic hospitals, and correctional facilities. I specialize in providing comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations for a variety of neurological conditions including dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, complications from a stroke, traumatic brain injury, concussions, learning disabilities, and ADHD. I also specialize in forensic psychological and neuropsychological evaluations for immigration hearings, civil and criminal competency, and personal injury. https://verdugopsych.com/


    Episode brought to you by: Integrated Brain Centers

    • 36 min
    TBI treatments, recovery and resiliency with survivor Lynn Julian

    TBI treatments, recovery and resiliency with survivor Lynn Julian

    Lynn Julian Crisci wears more hats than a Hydra has heads: Survivor (Boston Marathon Bombing, 4/15/13); Author & Speaker in 6 books & 100s of articles, Boston Actress, pop superhero, and SEO consultant.


    Episode brought to you by: Integrated Brain Centers

    • 32 min
    Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation and the Recovery of the Visual System

    Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation and the Recovery of the Visual System

    Dr. Megan Lott is a functional neuro-optometrist in Hattiesburg, MS. She performs visual examinations that go beyond 20/20 eyesight. She performs neuro-optometic rehabilitation for patients who have suffered a brain injury. In 2019 she was awarded the Founders Award by the Brain Injury Association of Mississippi. In 2017 she was awarded the Healthcare Hero award by the MS Business Journal for her work in optometry in the state of MS.  www.bellevuesec.com


    This episode is brought to you by: Integrated Brain Centers

    • 34 min
    What research tells us about brain regeneration w/ Claudie Pomares

    What research tells us about brain regeneration w/ Claudie Pomares

    Claudie Pomares has worked in hospitals, day cares and educational settings in France, Canada and the USA for over 30 years. Her university studies lead her to develop an expertise in sensory stimulation and its impact on brain development. Ms. Pomares has developed a unique program designed to prompt brain regeneration and the rebalancing of neurotransmitters that has benefitted hundreds of individuals. Currently she oversees the Sensory Enrichment Therapy protocol at Mendability. https://www.mendability.com


    This episode is brought to you by: Integrated Brain Centers

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
22 Ratings

22 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.

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.

Lilly07 ,

Wonderful show!

I’ve been dealing with post concussion symptoms for 2.5 years and really enjoy your show for the wide variety of insight to different therapies. I also really appreciate that you feature people’s stories because being able to relate to someone and not feel alone is another way of coping with PCS (it’s not all doctors and therapies!).

One comment is that I’d love to hear from the doctors and specialists you interview what their opinion is if someone tries their therapy and it doesn’t work or makes a patient worse. As someone dealing with PCS, I often have trouble deciphering which treatments might be best for me and have found quite a number of treatments that didn’t work for me or made me worse. It would be great to hear doctors/specialists be candid about that sort of info.

Additionally, I know many people PCS who deal with PTSD like symptoms and I think there’s a big intersection between the two that often gets overlooked. It would be nice to hear more about this!

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