I am a C5-7 quadriplegic resulting from a rollover auto accident in 4/94. I have extensive knowledge of spinal cord injuries, complications such as autonomic dysreflexia and pressure sores, mental health issues related to spinal cord injury, and the common medications used by paraplegic and quadriplegic individuals. However, I am not a physician and cannot diagnose conditions or prescribe treatments/medication. However, I can make recommendations and refer you to appropriate information sources for the proper courses of action.
I have been the President, Vice President, Hospital Liaison, and Board member of the Oregon Chapter of the Paralyzed Veterans of America. I serve as a member of the PVA Education Foundation Board at the National level and have received an educational grant to teach Clinical Management of Autonomic Dysreflexia to ER staff and EMT first-responders throughout the state of Oregon. In addition, I teach a class on SCI and Autonomic Dysreflexia to students at several nursing schools.
Prior to my spinal cord injury, I worked for over 20 years as a member of the trauma/transplant surgical teams at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, the Oregon Health Sciences University Hospital, and other facilities from coast-to-coast.
I belong to the American Nutriceutical Association and Health Innovators International. I also belong to the local Chamber of Commerce, Rotary International, and the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks.
Paraplegia News / PN Magazine The Accord, the Journal of Spinal Cord Injuries Australia Black Belt magazine Inside Kung Fu magazine
I have an Associate of Applied Sciences Degree in Computer Drafting and Design. I also have a Bachelor's degree, a Master's degree, and a Ph.D. degree in Natural Health. As a result of my Natural Health background, I have been able to discontinue ALL the medications typically prescribed for spinal cord injured individuals and have managed the quadriplegic through Natural Health techniques for over 12 years without any of the usual SCI complications.
Awards and Honors
Who’s Who in the West, 1992 2-time recipient of PVA national academic scholarship Recipient of PVA’s Dwain Taylor award for Voluntary Service, 2001-2005 Who’s Who for Business Professionals, 2004
Guest speaker at Brainstormers, Brain Injury Survivors Group, 2002 Guest speaker at Wellness Conference IV for Oregon Office on Disability & Health, 2003 Guest speaker at Nike World Headquarters, 2004 Guest speaker at Wellness Conference IV for Oregon Office on Disability & Health, 2005 Trainer, Healthy Lifestyles for the Disabled, Oregon Office on Disability & Health, 2007 -