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This section of Be Smart. Be Well. was made possible with the participation and support of many organizations and individuals. Their advice and assistance was invaluable in developing the Tramatic Brain Injury topic.


Brain Injury Association of Illinois

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital

Rush University Medical Center

ThinkFirst National Injury Prevention Foundation

Chicago Sports Concussion Clinic, Rush University Medical Center

Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush

With very special thanks to

Philicia Deckard, Executive Director, Brain Injury Association of Illinois

Nelson G. Escobar, M.D., Medical Director, Brain Injury, Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital

Julie Gilchrist M.D., Medical Epidemiologist, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Jennifer Keiper, News Director, WLS Radio/Chicago

Carol O’Keefe, Community Affairs Director, WLS Radio/Chicago

Denise Lebloch, Vice President, Communications, Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital

Colleen McQuillan, Physical Therapist, Brain Injury Program, Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital

Jeffrey Mjaanes, M.D., Director, Chicago Sports Concussion Clinic, Rush University Medical Center and Sports Medicine Physician at Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush

Noel Rao, M.D., Vice President Medical Affairs, Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital

Stephanie Vomvouras, M.D., M.B.A., Medical Editor, habitstohave.org

Penny Walker, M.D., M.B.A., Medical Director, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois

James R. Young, M.D., Director of Rehabilitation Services, Rush University Medical Center

Our sincere gratitude to all who agreed to tell us their stories

Amy Davis

Kathy Davis

Jerry Chiprin

Josh Niggemann

Gayle Niggemann

Lisa Kalck

Nick Kalck

And thanks to all who agreed to appear on-camera

Kyle Smith Rheva Phillips
Gabrielle Strickling Illeane Schwartz
Michael Palascak Theresa Gutierrez
Fran Kieronski Courtney Davis
Sue Funk Melanie Buckley
Danica Denney Fernando Masiero
Jason Miskin Regina Masiero
Justin Ryan Maya Ross
Tony Demakis Doug O’Brien
Karen Demakis John Davis
Gregory Neylon Theresa Davis
Krista Lembesis Gina Zimmerman
John Kern Tom Auer
Hoang (Wayne) Vu Katie McCabe
Gerard Dysico Jairam Randhanie

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