Brightway Answers

A new kind of podcast

We interview professionals, but you ask the questions

At least once a month, we interview a doctor, therapist, or other professional with brain injury experience.

During the interview, we ask the professional the questions that you submit here.


Submitting questions for the podcast is free.

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Professionals we interview:

...and many more!

Upcoming Episode:

Angela Williams, MS, OTR / L, BCPR, CBIS, CSRS

Angela Williams, MS, OTR/L, BCPR, CBIS, CSRS is an occupational therapist with 11 years of experience specializing in the treatment of brain injury, stroke and other neurological conditions. Angela is currently enrolled in Towson University’s post-professional occupational therapy doctorate program. She has experience working with clients in a variety of settings including acute care, inpatient rehabilitation, and skilled nursing facilities. She is motivated to improve patients’ ability to participate in valued occupations. Angela enjoys mentoring other clinicians, helping with managerial duties at her job and clinical development.

Episodes:

Susan Little, PT, MS, CBIS is a licensed Physical Therapist with specialization in the management of the traumatic brain injuries. She is currently employed by Allegheny Health Network serving as a clinical physical therapist on the Inpatient Brain Injury Rehabilitation Unit at Allegheny Valley Hospital near Pittsburgh, PA. With over 30 years of experience in inpatient rehabilitation of neurological injuries, she has served in clinical, developmental, supervisory, research and educational roles. She regularly provides community education on various brain injury related topics to audiences ranging from grade school students to doctoral programs. This includes serving as adjunct faculty/guest lecturer at Duquesne University, Chatham University and Slippery Rock University. Susan is a Certified Brain Injury Specialist through the Brain Injury Association of America and a Certified Instructor for Nonviolent Crisis Intervention. Susan’s educational background includes a Bachelor’s Degree in PT from the University of Scranton and a Master’s Degree in Neurological PT from the University of Pittsburgh.

7: Susan Little PT, MS, CBIS

Dr. Cristen Gordon, PT, DPT, CBIS is a physical therapist with 13 years experience specializing in the treatment of brain injury, vestibular impairment, and other neurological disorders. She is passionate about helping people gain safe mobility and function to improve quality of life and has been fortunate to treat in both outpatient and inpatient settings. Cristen is a dedicated professor and clinical educator and enjoys giving back to the progression and improvement of the profession.

6: Dr. Cristen Gordon pt 2

Dr. Cristen Gordon, PT, DPT, CBIS is a physical therapist with 13 years experience specializing in the treatment of brain injury, vestibular impairment, and other neurological disorders. She is passionate about helping people gain safe mobility and function to improve quality of life and has been fortunate to treat in both outpatient and inpatient settings. Cristen is a dedicated professor and clinical educator and enjoys giving back to the progression and improvement of the profession.

5: Dr. Cristen Gordon pt 1

Allison Huck is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) at MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital in Washington, D.C. She works with inpatients to increase their ability participate in meaningful recreation and leisure activities after brain injury. She has interests in yoga, cycling, rowing, virtual reality, and gaming, which she incorporates into her practice as a therapist as well as into community programming.

4: Allison Huck, CTRS, RRT

Dr. Bryce Appelbaum is a Neuro-Optometrist and board-certified Fellow of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development, specializing in Vision Therapy and Rehabilitation. His practice has offices in both Bethesda and Annapolis MD, where he evaluates, treats, and manages the visual consequences of brain injury. He has extensive experience rehabilitating the visual problems secondary to traumatic brain injury, stroke, and concussion.

3: Dr. Bryce Appelbaum

Dr. Thomas Franz is a physiatrist with more than 30 years of experience who focuses on brain injury rehabilitation, spinal cord injury and spasticity control. He serves as the Division Director for physical medicine and rehabilitation at Allegheny Health Network and is a member of the International Brain Injury Association.

2: Dr. Thomas Franz pt 2

Dr. Thomas Franz is a physiatrist with more than 30 years of experience who focuses on brain injury rehabilitation, spinal cord injury and spasticity control. He serves as the Division Director for physical medicine and rehabilitation at Allegheny Health Network and is a member of the International Brain Injury Association.

1: Dr. Thomas Franz pt 1