Advocacy – Barby Halstead-Worrell
Barby Halstead Worrell has EDS and trains others to live their “best possible lives”. Now retired, Barby worked with the National Education Association, representing over 3 million members. Her work spanned fields such as executive management, organizing, education pedagogy, organizational culture change, and crisis intervention. She co-produced an Emmy winning TV show on education innovations and co-created Read Across America, an annual reading celebration on Dr. Seuss’s birthday that involved over 4 million people. She trained in Southeast Asia on education for girls, AIDS and teacher quality.
Nutrition & Hydration – Dr. Heidi Collins
Dr. Collins received her medical degree from Northwestern University in Chicago, IL and completed her residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA. She is board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation. Dr. Collins provides care to patients with a wide variety of diagnoses, including: chronic musculoskeletal or neuropathic pain, work-related injuries, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, progressive neurodegenerative disorders and movement disorders, stroke, traumatic brain injuries, orthopedics and general rehabilitation.
Art, Music, and Coping – April Ikeda
April Ikeda began playing piano at the age of 3, at which time music became an unwavering companion for the following years of surgery, illness, chronic pain, and disappointments. After high school, April attended Berklee College of Music where she found her calling in Music Therapy. After receiving her degree and license to practice, April has worked in special education, pediatric oncology, and geriatrics, and continues to make music and art in her spare time.
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