Howard’s vision has always been about bettering the lives of children and adults with learning disabilities and/or brain injuries. During his childhood, he was diagnosed with severe dyslexia, and through his own challenges, he sought a solution to transform the lives of other individuals.
Howard has over 20 years’ experience in special education. In 2005, he started the first Eaton-Arrowsmith school in Vancouver, British Columbia, leveraging BrainEx technology. Since then, Eaton-Arrowsmith has expanded to five new schools have opened. He is also the co-founder of the Watson Centre for Brain Health, a centre designed to bring the BrainEx cognitive training, along with mindfulness, exercise and counselling, to those recovering from brain injury.
As co-founder of ABI Wellness and President and Chair, Howard works daily to ensure ongoing recovery for individuals with chronic brain injury. Howard is a published author of two books, Brain School and The Brain Pioneer, which are about his work with Learning Disabilities and BrainEx technology applications.
He holds a B.A. in psychology from UBC and a Masters in Special Education from Boston University.
Mark’s background as an educator and an athlete positions him to appreciate and explore the brain’s ability to change and recover after brain injury. His experiences with learning difficulties developed his interest in different learning profiles and helping students better understand the nature of their disabilities and their ability to overcome them. Mark has worked in education and cognitive rehabilitation since 2002. Having served as a teacher, administrator, Executive Director and CEO. With a background in human kinetics and educational leadership Mark has successfully paired his background in both of these areas into his role at ABI Wellness. Pairing his clinical experience in serving students with learning disabilities with his previous experience as the Co-founder and Executive Director of the Watson Centre for Brain Health, Mark has seen firsthand the overwhelmingly positive impact that strengthening specific neurological capacities can have on all aspects of a patient’s life. He is committed to working with patients so they can lead more fulfilled and independent lives. A frequent speaker on the topic of brain injury rehabilitation Mark has presented this work to: Public health agencies, BC Cancer Agency, The NHL Alumni Assoc., NFLPA Washington State among others. Mark also serves as a member of the integrated health advisory board at Kwantlen Polytechnic University.
Arushi is passionate about working with organizations to transform healthcare. Prior to working with ABI Wellness, she was a senior strategy advisor: leading a number of executive-level mandates across the healthcare and technology industries. She has worked closely with ministries and hospitals across Canada on health transformation mandates. As a part of the ABI team, Arushi brings significant business experience in solving complex problems through evidence-based research and partnerships. Prior to working as a senior strategy specialist, she worked with the Strategy and Operations consulting team in KPMG. She holds an MBA from the Ivey Business School, and a degree in Economics from Vassar College. Arushi has lived in seven countries across Africa, North America, Europe – and is committed to supporting issues of healthcare access, diversity and social development. She is a 2018 Vancouver Global Shaper, affiliated to the World Economic Forum. She is also an award-winning, published novelist.
Director of Research & Content Development
Shaun’s introduction to brain injury began at a young age, where as a competitive athlete in gymnastics and soccer, he received multiple concussions of varying severity. While the diagnosis was the same, each concussion was treated differently, as each doctor seemed to have a different view on care and brain injury recovery. During his MSc in Rehabilitation Sciences, Shaun researched the recovery trajectory of young athletes following a concussion and explored the relationship between when an athlete feels recovered and when their brain is actually recovered. Additionally, Shaun was part of the research team that worked with the Watson Centre Society for Brain Health during their pilot study – assessing the impact of a non-invasive cognitive rehabilitation program on individuals with brain injuries. Shaun loved being able to witness neuroplasticity occur in real time, and after graduating with his MSc, he was thrilled to be able to join ABI Wellness and enhance health outcomes in individuals with brain injuries.
Leanne began working with Howard Eaton and Mark Watson in 2010. Inspired by Eaton’s and Watson’s determination to improve the quality of life for individuals with acquired brain injuries, Leanne’s drive is seen through the many positive impacts of ABI Wellness’s programs and witnessing these patients regain hope and find their true potential. Leanne’s role as Financial Controller at ABI Wellness is to promote people to embrace change, so that progress can occur within the world, and she does this through financial systems and reporting to support management of the company. Outside of the office, Leanne volunteers with The Vancouver Art Gallery and enjoys volleyball, curling and bike trips to the local farmers’ market.
Michelle was compelled into the world of acquired brain injury through her own experiences as a community support worker. Working in this field opened her eyes to the struggles that many individuals face, even after 20 years post-injury. Realizing there was a gap in the healthcare system, Michelle felt she needed to help, and began volunteering at the Watson Centre Society for Brain Health. As she soon became inspired by their cognitive program, Michelle sought the missing piece: rehabilitation for individuals with brain injury and helping them to attain a better quality of life – this same program is now offered and licensed through ABI Wellness. Michelle’s volunteer position eventually grew into a position with ABI Wellness where she helps others gain access to help that is desperately needed within the acquired brain injury population.
Scientific Advisory Board
Dr. Joanne Azulay
Dr. Joanne Azulay is the Clinical Director of the Brain Injury and Stroke Assistance Program in New York and an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School/Rutgers University and Seton Hall University. Dr. Azulay is most recognized in the field of brain injury rehabilitation for her innovative treatment interventions, as she continues to lecture, teach and publish internationally on this subject. Her love of research carries her employment as a Neuropsychologist and Research Scientist at JFK Medical Center in the field of neurologic disorders, with a specialty in cognitive disorders of concussion.
Dr. William Panenka
As a clinical researcher, one of Dr. William Panenka’s main goals over the next five years is to set up a mild traumatic brain injury research program at the University of British Columbia. With a strong team that includes multiple researchers from multiple disciplines at UBC and abroad, Dr. Panenka’s team has started looking at “Neuropsychiatry Concussion Clinic” for those individuals with symptoms that do not resolve following head trauma. This clinic, and others, serve as recruitment sites for research studies that focus on the development of biomarkers in concussion; which find the cognitive, imaging, and blood markers that may predict outcome and response to treatment in those individuals with brain injuries.
Dr. Gerry Ramogida is a chiropractor who utilizes a combination of manual techniques with biomechanical evaluation of athlete movement, in an effort to revive individuals from injury, reduce injury frequency and improve athletic performance. Some of these manual techniques include active release techniques (ART), osteopathic joint pumping and fascial release, contemporary medical acupuncture (where licensed) and chiropractic joint manipulation. Dr. Ramogida works with individuals and athletes of all levels – whether they are looking to improve health, return to and regulate exercise, return from injury or maximize performance – Dr. Ramogida has a solution.
Dr. Leonard Zaichkowsky
Dr. Leonard Zaichkowsky is a widely-known sport and performance scientist whose specialty is the psychophysiology of human performance. For 37 years, Dr. Zaichkowsky was a professor at Boston University with a joint appointment in the School of Education and School of Medicine, until his retirement. From 2010 to 2012 he was Director of Sport Science for the Vancouver Canucks, where he introduced a comprehensive sport science program to the club, including the establishment of a “Mindgym.” Dr. Zaichkowsky has authored and edited six books, with the most recent being “The Playmaker’s Advantage: How to raise your mental game to the next level.” Currently, Dr. Ziachkowsky is a sport science consultant for a number of sport, medical, military, and business organizations and resides with his wife Linda in SW Florida.
Barbara Arrowsmith Young
Barbara holds both a B.A.Sc. in Child Studies from the University of Guelph and a Master’s degree in School Psychology from the University of Toronto (Ontario Institute for Studies in Education). Diagnosed with a learning disability in grade one, and author of “The Woman Who Changed Her Brain,” Barbara is also the developer of the world-renowned BrainExTM program, currently used in the four pillars of ABI Wellness. A series of exercises Barbara used to address her own brain deficits while in graduate school, the BrainExTM program’s specific cognitive exercises are still being used, 35 years later, to treat patients with acquired brain injury.
Dr. Tanya Cabrita
Dr. Tanya Cabrita is a Physiatrist and Sport Medicine Physician. With a unique combination of training, skills and experience blending innovative expertise in spine, sport and pain medicine, Dr. Cabrita’s focus is on wellness, lifelong activity, injury prevention and athletic performance. Her clinical practice includes musculoskeletal spine injuries, arthritis and pain conditions, sport concussions and preventative health and wellness medicine. Dr. Cabrita has advanced training in diagnostic ultrasound, peripheral joint and tendon injections and procedures including regenerative therapies and electro diagnostic testing. Outside of work, Dr. Cabrita enjoys an active lifestyle and has extensive experience providing medical coverage for high school, university and community teams and organizations of all athletic abilities.
Michael is the author of “Head Cases: Stories of Brain Injury and Its Aftermath.” He is a recognized speaker and advocate for all those whose lives are affected by brain injury. As a science journalist, his reporting has taken him into war zones and behind Vatican walls. Over ten years ago, his stories about veterans with blast-related brain injuries helped create initiatives to better serve America’s war wounded. He has also been instrumental in the development of numerous brain injury programs and projects. He has served on the boards of the American Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists, the Oklahoma Brain Injury Association, the Traumatic Brain Injury Resource Optimization Center, and the Healthy Brain Foundation.
Clayton’s academic career started at the University of the Fraser Valley as he sought after his business administration degree. Already unsure of this pathway he went through a shift. Due to a motor vehicle accident, Clayton was introduced to the world of brain injury. After an extensive stay and inpatient rehabilitation at Royal Columbian Hospital, Clayton continued his rehabilitation journey at Laurel Place, for an additional 4 months. To aid in his rehabilitation from a traumatic brain injury, the Watson Center Society for Brain Health was his new path. From attending the course from its first days publicly to his graduation post recovery he fell in love with its ability to guide healing. Clayton then began volunteering with the Watson Center to fill his new need to facilitate cognitive recovery. Through his desire to assist there was even a job offer from the Watson Center’s program supplier, ABI Wellness. Now his goal with ABI Wellness is to coordinate his biggest Impact in the brain health community.
Huscroft was born in Creston, British Columbia. Jamie joins the ABI team in the role of an ambassador. Recently, he participated in an ABI Wellness program following a long and successful career in professional hockey. His goal was to gain access to the best programs available to support his overall brain health as he continues with a busy life as a husband, father, leader and administrative hockey leader with Sno King Hockey in the greater Seattle area. Huscroft succeeded in pro hockey where more talented players had failed due to his tremendous grit, work ethic, and perseverance. Though he was never more than a sixth or seventh defender in the NHL, he was a consummate warrior and leader, and well respected by teammates and rivals alike. Jamie’s career in professional hockey began when he was selected by the New Jersey Devils in the 1985 NHL entry draft. Throughout his career Jamie played with the New Jersey Devils organization, Boston Bruins, Calgary Flames, Tampa Bay Lightning, Vancouver Canucks, Phoenix Coyotes and Washington Capitols. He finished his career in 2001 with 5 goals and 37 points in 352 career NHL games, along with 1,065 penalty minutes.In his advisory role as an ambassador Jamie will provide advocacy, support and insight in an effort to bring awareness on how to improve overall brain health with the ABI Wellness programs.
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