Kyle Cooprider

Kyle Cooprider suffered a brain injury following an automobile accident in Germany in 1989. Since his injury, Kyle has discovered his gifts as an artist. His art work was selected in 2009 for the...

Dan Gardner, M.D.

Psychiatrist and Psychoanalyst

Dr. Gardner is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst who treats psychiatric problems resulting from Traumatic Brain Injury.

Chuck Degeneffe, Ph.D., MSSW, CRC

Board Member

Chuck is a Professor and Coordinator of the San Diego State University Rehabilitation Counseling Program focusing on adjustment and caregiving.

John Gomez

Board Member

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Juanita Rios, MA, CRC

Program Coordinator & Community Liaison

Juanita has dedicated her career to assisting disadvantaged communities in the Inland Empire with accessing resources that improve their quality of life.

Heike Kessler-Heiberg, MA, SLP-CCC

Board Member

Heike is an Associate Professor at the San Diego Community College District’s Continuing Education’s Acquired Brain Injury Program and has taught at this program since 1989.

Kristine Negrete, DPT, NCS

Board Member

Kristine Negrete, DPT, NCS is a Doctor of Physical Therapy, Board Certified Neurologic Clinical Specialist and Assistive Technology Professional. She graduated from A.T. Still University with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy and then went...

Harish Hosalkar, M.D.

Orthopedic Surgeon

Recognized as one of San Diego’s most well-known and successful orthopedic surgeons, Dr. Harish is affiliated with multiple hospital systems in San Diego. Dr. Hosalkar is trained in neuromuscular orthopedic surgery, including management of...

James Lewis

How Drinking and Driving Changed My Life Before April 10 of 2002, I used to be a popular guy that was always on the go and loved to party. It was my first year...

Angela Pennella

Board Member

Angela Pennella is a "Hope Angel" and car accident TBI survivor. She shares her personal story and experiences to educate, inspire, bring awareness, and hope to the brain injury community and their families.

Serving the Brain Injury Community Since 1983