About Dr. Diane
About Dr. Diane: Neuropsychologist & Survivor
As a Neuropsychologist and survivor with over 35 years of experience, I specialize in Brain Rehabilitation, using the most cutting-edge technology to help brain injury and brain trauma survivors regain control of their lives and become thrivers.
As a Neurofeedback practitioner, Board Certified Sports Psychologist and Performing Arts Psychologist, I also specialize in Brain Fitness. Over the years I have worked with amateur, professional and Olympic athletes, as well as performing artists to help them achieve Peak Performance and be in “The Zone”.
Prior to my work as a psychologist, I worked in two diverse fields; Special Education and Business. As an educator of special needs, I was an instructor at Tufts University and worked as a Special Needs Auditor for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In the field of business, I was trained as a cost accountant and taught cost accounting at Stonehill College, Fisher College and Chamberlain College. Through my experience as a cost accountant and business woman, I have worked with CEO’s, CFO’s and many others to help them develop the Resilient Mind needed to achieve excellence in their careers.
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Dr. Diane's Story
On March 5, 1990, my life was suddenly transformed. Driving home after visiting a cancer patient, I suffered a cerebral bleed (an aneurysm, a type of stroke), became unconscious at the wheel of my automobile, and was involved in a 60 mph head-on auto accident. Five months later, I had open skull, brain surgery to remove the cause of the stroke, which was a growth on my brain (a cavernous hemangioma).
A successful health practitioner (who managed a private practice of 7 therapists and 250 patients), I was now thrust in the role of brain injured patient and found myself fighting for survival, and I did survive, and regained my life. From my experience and expertise, I wrote “Coping with Mild Traumatic Brain Injury,” the first comprehensive guide to brain trauma and its hidden effects, to help other survivors regain their lives.
I understand and appreciate the role of a caregiver, because I was actively involved in the care of both my mother and one of my sons who both sustained brain injuries. My mother has had several strokes plus two concussions, and my son sustained three concussions causing him memory loss (amnesia) for more than four hours.
My experiences have led me to devote my clinical practice, writings and personal appearances to helping organizations and individuals overcome life’s obstacles and reach their potential and more.
In 2004, I was bitten by a deer tick and got a bulls-eye rash. For 18 months I was misdiagnosed by numerous physicians and suffered with painful joints and a rash from my knees to my neck. I also had a mini stroke in the motor area of my brain, making me unable to button my clothes or pull up a zipper. Finally, I went to see my cousin Dr. Steven L Keenholtz, a physician who specializes in infectious disease. He diagnosed me with Lyme Disease. Due to my allergies to antibiotics, I was helped with an herbal antibiotic, Golden Seal. This herb along with the nutritional counseling and whole food supplements provided by Martha Lindsay, who is now a part of my expert team, made all the difference. I no longer have any symptoms of Lyme Disease.
On February 22, 2008, once again, my life was turned upside down as a result of another automobile accident. Driving to my office, a snowplow broadsided my automobile, taking off the front part of it. The impact caused me to become unconscious at the wheel of my automobile. I was out of work for a month with symptoms of Post Concussion Syndrome (PCS). During this period, I had several MRI’s, which showed additional brain injury along with a 1 cm meningioma (Brain Tumor) in the frontal area of my brain. I immediately consulted with my brain surgeon, who let me know that it was not cancerous and I would be fine. Using the treatment methods mentioned in my first book, Coping with Mild Traumatic Brain Injury, and now in my newest book Coping with Concussion and Mild Traumatic Brain Injury, along with my integrative approach, I was able to return to work by August 2008.
On May 1, 2010, I sustained another concussion. While reclining in a zero gravity lounge chair by Frontgate, the chair’s hinges suddenly broke and catapulted me backwards, knocking me unconscious for several minutes. Again I went to various doctors, and underwent a CAT scan and MRI to conclude I had a concussion. With the help of my integrative team, the methods in my book, and plenty of rest, I was able to return to work within 3 weeks.
In October of 2013 I went for my routine annual MRI scan to assess the meningioma in my brain. There it was discovered that the meningioma has doubled in size since 2008, and is now 2 cm. I went to four neurosurgeons who said since I have no symptoms of headache or seizures that we will watch and wait for the next six months. If it grows or I begin to have symptoms, I will have to have brain surgery and be out of work for two and a half months.
My logo is an emerging Butterfly, originally drawn by Elaine M. Boucher, 10/14/97. The butterfly is a water symbol reflecting creativity and regeneration often portrayed as an icon of friendship. The butterfly also represents spiritual transformation and rebirth.
It is a metamorphose of change. Through the Butterfly we witness the evolution of life and spirit. We may use this insight in realizing our own unique ability to self-renew. I am a “Catalyst for Change®”.