BRAINTRUST CANADA CEO
“It's extremely important that children or youth who've had a concussion go through a concussion recovery protocol that’s supervised by a doctor.”
When Mona joined BrainTrust in September 2016, she discovered many people were contacting them for help after a concussion. Concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury, but BrainTrust didn't have the funding to offer that service. She reached out to Dr. David Rhine, well-known for his expertise in treating and managing concussions. She learned that when people left the hospital after a diagnosis of concussion, they didn’t really have anywhere to go for ongoing monitoring and support.
Drawing on 20 years of experience in business development, Mona began moving forward the idea of creating a concussion recovery business. She is passionate about this social enterprise owned and operated by BrainTrust. "BrainTrust Concussion Clinic lets us do something that fills a huge gap and aligns with our mission to maximize the potential of those with brain injury. It also allows us to be more financially sustainable.”
Dr. David Rhine
"Whether at home, school, or in sport, we are more aware than ever that concussions have a huge impact on our children's health."
Dr. David Rhine is an emergency physician with an international reputation in concussion management. His approach to managing concussion in children and youth targets three key areas. These include the early recognition of concussion, consistent management, and the safe return to school and play.
Dr. Rhine presented internationally at both the 2012 and 2016 International Consensus Conference on Concussion in Sport. He shared expertise in both concussion assessment and management.
CONCUSSION CLINIC MANAGER
Christine is passionate about concussion recovery, and in 2016 she attended the 5th International Conference on Concussion in Sport in Berlin, Germany.
Christine has signficant experience conducting initial assessments for sports concussion patients. She has also worked with physicians to determine best management and follow-up practices for those with concussion. In addition, Christine is a contributing author to the following article: “Clinical characteristics, referral patterns and time to recovery in youth and adults following a sport-related concussion (SRC)”.
Christine is also an athletic therapist for Hockey Canada’s National Women’s Olympic Team, and helps provide care to rodeo athletes on the international circuit.
“The goal is to provide the right information at the beginning of their concussion to ensure the best outcomes and reduce the number of people who experience prolonged symptoms.”
Rose Kristiansen has over 16 years experience specializing in helping children and adults who have sustained brain injuries. Her focus is on helping them return to play, sport, school, and work.
Rose and Dr. Rhine are the developers of the Progressive Activation and Concussion Education (P.A.C.E.) app. The PACE app helps parents guide their child's recovery from concussion. For example, after a concussion has been diagnosed by a doctor, the app identifies symptoms and gives information about how to deal with them. P.A.C.E. was created with the support of the Public Health Agency of Canada as part of a larger initiative to unify and harmonize concussion care.