Episode 76 – Talking Brain Injury, Concussion Awareness & Recovery with Curtis Anderson

On episode 76 of Concussion Talk Podcast, Erin and I talk to Curtis Anderson about concussion awareness and how being aware is so important in averting another brain injury. Curtis talks about his how his brain injury occurred in at a rodeo bull riding competition just weeks after he sustained a concussion also while bull ...

Episode 8 – Neuro optometric rehab & neuro-plasticity (Cathy E.G.)

Cathy is a five-year survivor of traumatic brain injury that works as a key player for a variety of different types of companies. She is passionate about neuroscience and TBI recovery. She will be sharing her story of overcoming adversity through self-advocacy and about her recovery that has been centered around neuro-optometric rehabilitation. Cathy is the ...

Episode 75 – Helping out at Memorial University of Newfoundland Med School

On episode 75 Erin interviews me about being a Standardized Patient at Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN) Med School (St. John's, NL, Canada). I've been doing this since 2018, thanks to my GP Dr. Jessica Bishop. It's an excellent program where second year medical students are able to interact/"examine" people with interesting histories and conditions, ...

Episode 7 – Additive brain injuries, medical and holistic treatments (Refael Hileman)

Refael Hileman grew up in Seattle and now lives in Silver Spring, MD. He studied many different areas in college, majoring in dance. His career has been in various IT and business capacities. He enjoys singing, cycling, reading, kettlebells, and ultimate frisbee when it's available. Concussion Chats is a podcast hosted by the McGill Students for ...

Episode 74 – Post Concussion Syndrome and Being Happy (Ryan Phillips)

On episode 74, Erin and I talk to Ryan Phillips as he delves into his love of hockey, concussions that derailed his burgeoning career as a pro hockey player, and his subsequent off-ice challenges. Ryan talks about his ongoing experience with PCS (post concussion syndrome), how he deals with it, and his focus on improvement; ...

Episode 6 – Marion Gittings; Social Work, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Suicide Awareness

*Trigger Warning* Suicide is discussed in this episode Marion earned a Bachelor of Social Work and a Master of Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a private practice in Wilmington, North Carolina. She has worked as a social worker since 1992 in the areas of housing security, mental health ...

…Athletic Therapists

Felicia and Allie from Keep Your Head Up @keepyourheadupKW share a segment that they have launched on their Instagram called TBI Through the Eyes of Others. Through this series, they aim to share insights from members of an individual’s circle of support following a concussion. In today’s episode Allie and Felicia discuss traumatic brain injury through ...

Episode 73 – Introducing & Interviewing New Co-Host Erin Guilfoyle

A brief introduction and interview to my new co-host Erin Guilfoyle. Erin has a background in Behavioural Neuroscience, criminology and brain disorders management. We chat about her background, current work, including her role as Coordinator of Programs & Services at the Newfoundland & Labrador Brain Injury Association (NLBIA), and hopes for the future. To learn ...

Episode 5 – Mental Rehabilitation, Habit Creation (Ella Sofia)

Ella Sofia, Habit Coach is a content creator at www.retrainyourbrain.ca. In January 2008, at age 14, Ella suffered a hemorrhagic stroke due to an AVM (arteriovenous malformation) rupture in her cerebellum. About 9 years after her injury, through a long process of self-care and self-reflection, she realized that mental rehabilitation is just as, if not ...

Episode 72 – Concussion & Post Concussion Syndrome as a teen/pre-teen (Alexandra Di Persio)

Alexa Di Persio was 12 years old when she was diagnosed with a concussion. Now, six and a half years later, she has entered her second year at the University of Toronto in French and Drama, but still dealing with post concussion syndrome (PCS). Alexa talks about the challenges PCS has presented, both now as well ...