Headway is Growing

Headway is excited to announce multiple additions to our team.

First, we are pleased to introduce three new advisory board members; Dr. Carrie Esopenko, Dr. Christa Hubbard, and Dr. Jeff Caron.

Dr. Carrie Esopenko, an assistant professor for the Department of Rehabilitation and Movement Sciences at Rutgers University, is at the forefront of concussion research. She serves as Principle Investigator for Rutgers University site involvement in the Big 10/Ivy League TBI Epidemiology Study. In addition, she is the lead Investigator for Enhancing NeuroImaging Genetics through Meta-Analysis (ENIGMA) Consortium, Intimate Partner Violence Working Group and a member of the ENIGMA Consortium, Sports-Related Concussion and TBI Working Groups. Dr. Esopenko has already provided great mentorship to the Headway intern crew who toured her lab this past summer and has been quick to support our initiatives. We are thrilled to welcome her in this official capacity.

Dr. Christa Hubbard is a board certified Chiropractic Neurologist, a fellow of the American College of Functional Neurology, the American Board of Vestibular Rehabilitation, and the American Board of Brain Injury and Rehabilitation. Dr. Hubbard is extremely passionate about providing rehabilitative therapy and utilizes cutting-edge neuromuscular applications as she strives to assist patients in improving their quality of life and function. Her drive to pursue this career developed as a result of her passion for athletics and sports performance, as well as obtaining multiple concussions and orthopedic sports injuries. She brings a unique combination of patient and clinical experience to Headway and we are excited to welcome her to the advisory team.

Dr. Jeff Caron has a PhD in Sport Psychology. He is currently an Assistant Professor and Faculty of Medicine at the University of Montreal researching the effects of concussion education and the psychosocial aspects of sports related concussions. He is also a member of the Canadian TBI Research Consortium. Fitting in with Headway’s by athletes, for athletes start, Dr. Caron is a former NCAA DI and Canadian Major Junior Ice Hockey Player. We are excited to utilize his expertise in developing out New Tough initiative and athlete educational curriculum.

In addition to these fantastic advisory board additions, we have multiple new team members to introduce.

We are pleased to welcome Zac Hamilton, Kyle McMahon, Nic Pierog, and Alexis Banquer to our team.

Zac Hamilton is originally from Ottawa, Ontario. He played goalie at Colgate and graduated with Honors in Cellular Neuroscience & Economics. He suffered a concussion sophomore year which further motivated his studies of the brain and advocating for concussion and mental health awareness. Zac served as Colgate’s Headway Foundation representative for 2 seasons, including Headway’s inaugural ECAC Concussion Awareness Weekend. Zac currently works in healthcare consulting in Boston, MA. Zac will be helping with Concussion Awareness Weekend 2019 and the Concussion Circle.

Nic Pierog is from Georgetown, Ontario Canada. He was recruited to play ice hockey at Canterbury Prep School located in New Milford CT . After graduating Canterbury School in 2012 Nic went on to play two years of junior hockey in British Columbia. In 2014 Nic attended Clarkson University where he played division 1 hockey and was named captain his senior year. Throughout Nic’s years at Clarkson he volunteered with Headway and was an advocate for Headway’s concussion awareness weekend. Nic graduated with his MBA from Clarkson university in 2018 and will be playing for the Manchester Monarchs in the ECHL while continuing to work with Headway. Nic will be championing Concussion Awareness Weekend 2019.

Kyle McMahon is active in initiatives that promote overall athlete-development, as he serves on the board for The Drake Group, a college-sports reform group that centers on academic integrity. Additionally, he is Vice President for One Shirt One Body, a nonprofit founded by athletes which has impacted ~15,000 middle schoolers. McMahon has also worked at the University of Notre Dame in Athletics & with the United Nations Office on Sport. Kyle has a B.S. in Business from Purdue University and a M.S. in Sport Management from the University of New Haven; he currently resides in Cambridge, MA. He will be helping with most of Headway’s outreach initiatives and aiding in general management.

Alexis Banquer is a rising junior at Wesleyan University where she plays ice hockey and lacrosse. She has suffered from three concussions which has pushed her to pursue a career in medicine. Alexis is on the pre-med track while fulfilling a double major in neuroscience and psychology. She currently works as a research assistant in Wesleyan's neuroscience and psychology lab researching human memory. She interned this past summer for Headway and has taken on a part time position while she completes her studies.

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