BRAINTRUST CANADA CEO
“For children or youth to have a concussion and go through a proper concussion recovery protocol that’s medically supervised is extremely important.”
When Mona joined BrainTrust Canada as its CEO in September 2016, she discovered many people were contacting BrainTrust for help in managing a concussion. While concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury, BrainTrust didn't have the funding to offer that service. She reached out to Dr. David Rhine, a Kelowna-based concussion physician well-known for his expertise in treating and managing concussions. Through their discussions, she learned when people left the hospital after being diagnosed with concussion, they didn’t really have anywhere else to go for ongoing monitoring and support. The lack of concussion management was identified as a gap in service in the Okanagan.
Mona drew on her 20 years of experience in business development in the corporate and education sectors, and began moving forward the idea of creating a concussion recovery business operated by BrainTrust Canada. She is passionate about this social enterprise, saying the BrainTrust Concussion Clinic “enables us to do something that fills a huge gap, aligns with our mission to maximize the potential of those with brain injury, and also allows us to be more financially sustainable.”
Dr. David Rhine
With more than 35 years of experience in this field, Dr. David Rhine says that "whether at home, school, or in sport, we are more aware than ever that concussions have a huge impact on our children's health."
An emergency physician with an international reputation in concussion management, his approach to managing youth concussion is based on the best available medical evidence which targets the early recognition of concussion, consistent management, and successful and safe return to school and play. Dr. Rhine has presented internationally at both the 2012 and 2016 International Consensus Conference on Concussion in Sport, sharing expertise on 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.
In addition to experience conducting initial assessments for acute sports concussion patients, and working with physicians to determine best management and follow-up practices for concussed patients, she is also 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 currently also serves as an athletic therapist for Hockey Canada’s National Women’s Olympic Team, owns and operates her own performance consulting business, and helps provide care to rodeo athletes on the international circuit as a member of the Canadian Pro Rodeo Sports Medicine Society.
Rose Kristiansen has over 16 years experience specializing in helping children and adults who have sustained brain injuries, focused 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 the management of their child’s concussion with a medically reviewed, step-by-step action plan for concussion recovery. For example, after a concussion has been diagnosed by a doctor, the app identifies trigger symptoms and provides information about how to deal with them. P.A.C.E. is designed as a comprehensive tool for improving concussion care and management and was created with the support of the Public Health Agency of Canada as part of a larger initiative to unify and harmonize concussion care. It will be available for iPhones and Android devices in March 2018.
Rose says, “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.”