The Longevity Project is an annual campaign to help educate our readers about what it takes to live a long, fulfilling life in our valley. This year’s project will focus on the critical and relevant topic of brain health after injury.
Our panelists are experts in treating concussions and and traumatic brain injury (TBI). They will share the latest research, treatments, physical therapies and how concussions impact aging. Whether for themselves or someone they know, attendees will learn useful takeaways for optimizing brain health after injury.
Lee Tuchfarber – Moderator, CEO of Renew Senior Communities
John C. Hughes, DO – TBI Therapy; Aspen Integrative Medicine
Kathryn Beauchamp, MD, Neurosurgeon; CU School of Medicine, Denver Health
Kerry Brega, MD – Neurosurgeon; CU School of Medicine, Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center
Krista D. Fox, OTR/L, CBIST–Certified Brain Injury Specialist; Aspen Valley Hospital
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10th
TACAW – The Arts Campus at Willits
5:30 – 7:00 pm – Panel Presentation
Ticket includes in-person or streamed event access, TACAW event will have a cash bar available. The event will be filmed, shared with attendees and available for local coaches and teams in the valley.
Dr. Beauchamp is a board-certified neurosurgeon and associate professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at the CU School of Medicine. She served as the chief of the Neurosurgery Department at Denver Health Medical Center for 12 years. She is currently a head trauma specialist in competitive ports, providing her expertise in concussion, traumatic brain injury (TBI), and spinal injury. She will also be seeing patients with concussion and TBI at UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital.
Kerry E. Brega, MD
Dr. Brega is a board-certified neurosurgeon and associate professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at the CU School of Medicine. She serves as the co-chair of the University of Colorado Ethics Committee and is the chief of neurosurgery at the Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center. Dr. Brega is the program director for the residency program in the Department of Neurosurgery, a role she has had since 2013. Through her leadership the residency program has gained prominence nationally with more students applying to the program. Dr. Brega’s passion for educating the next generation of residents has enabled expansion of the program to more residents and has led to improvements in the curriculum and growth in mentorship opportunities for the residents.
John C. Hughes, DO
Dr. John Hughes, D.O. practices osteopathic, integrative, and regenerative medicine. His clinic, Aspen Integrative Medicine, Inc., provides the latest innovations in modern and natural medical care in Basalt and Aspen, Colorado. Dr. Hughes graduated from the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2007 and trained in family practice at the University of Arizona. He has specialized in integrative and regenerative medicine, prolotherapy, platelet rich plasma (PRP) therapy, and osteopathic manual medicine since 2009. In 2013, Dr. Hughes gained an interest in the treatment of traumatic brain injuries after, incidentally, treating a patient with a severe TBI using a regenerative medicine protocol of hyperbaric oxygen, an intranasal PRP/insulin/nutrient cocktail, IV nutrition, cranial therapy, and autologous stem cells. In 2014, Dr. Hughes founded TBI Therapy, LLC, a TBI clinic in Colorado focused on the development of specific protocols for mild to severe brain injury patients. In 2016, Dr. Hughes received a patent for his TBI Therapy Protocol and intranasal cocktail formulation. His TBI rehabilitation work has been recognized by the U.S. military, the regenerative medical community, brain injury specialists, and patients. Dr. Hughes sees patients from around the U.S. on a regular basis in Basalt, Colorado through TBI Therapy, his second company.
Krista D. Fox, OTR/L, CBIST
Krista Fox is a lead occupational therapist at Aspen Valley Hospital (AVH) since 2003. She completed her residency in traumatic brain injury in Christchurch, New Zealand, after graduating from Colorado State University. Krista is a certified Brain Injury Specialist and Trainer (CBIST), instructing and preparing students for CBIS certification. In 2011, she led the development of a comprehensive traumatic brain injury (TBI) rehabilitation program at AVH. Today, the TBI program is one of the most progressive and comprehensive brain injury programs on the Western Slope, creating individualized, research-based programs for each patient to address the symptoms associated with brain injury impairment. The TBI team consists of occupational, speech and physical therapists who are certified in Brain Injury Management through the Brain Injury Association of America. Krista is an active member of AVH’s trauma services team as well, and in her role, she focuses on injury prevention, community education and improving the continuum of care with evidence-supported treatment for those who sustain brain injuries.
Lee Tuchfarber, Moderator
Lee Tuchfarber is the founder and CEO of Renew Senior Communities, an operator of luxury senior living communities. He founded Renew Senior Communities with the intent to transform the model of senior living by creating memorable experiences that offer more than just care and a place to live. Passion for research and technology, crafting signature experiences, and pursuing social impact opportunities are what make Renew’s approach unique to the industry. Mr. Tuchfarber sits on the Board of the Knoebel Institute for Healthy Aging at Denver University (DU) and the Neuroscience Innovation Initiative at the University of Colorado (CU). Additionally, he is a member of the Society of Fellows at the Aspen Institute.