New Issue of Spinal Column Features Patients Who Found Art and Art Therapy Key to Their Rehabilitation
In this issue, former Shepherd Center patients share how they discovered, or recovered, a love for art through their rehabilitation. Whether it serves as a way to gain confidence, chronicle their rehabilitation progress, or relieve anxiety, art is a driving force in each of these individuals' lives. Capt. Theresa Reer, a U.S. Army veteran who participated in Shepherd Center's SHARE Military Initiative, discovered art forms like pottery helped her channel her emotions in a positive way. After having a stroke, Bradford Ladd documented his progress during rehabilitation with his sketchbook. Finally, Antavious Morgan was unsure what life would be like post-spinal cord injury. With help from art therapy and a newfound love of painting, he found a new source of motivation and encouragement.
The magazine also features these stories among other patient profiles, staff highlights, honorariums, and memorials:
Feeding Mind, Body, and Soul Alexandra Chukabarah, MS, arts specialist at Shepherd Center, explains how art therapy helps patients reach their goals.
Adding a Splash of Color – and a Message of Hope – to the Walls of Shepherd Center Thanks to a generous donor, Shepherd Center staff and patients created a large mural in the Livingston Gym dedicated to sharing a message of hope.
Learning to Play a New Tune Thanks to help from Shepherd Center’s Assistive Technology Center and his therapy team, Clevance Weekes returned to playing the piano after sustaining a spinal cord injury.
“Eclectic on Purpose” The halls and walls of Shepherd Center are filled with an extensive collection of art, providing something for everybody.
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Shepherd Center provides world-class clinical care, research, and family support for people experiencing the most complex conditions, including spinal cord and brain injuries, multi-trauma, traumatic amputations, stroke, multiple sclerosis, and pain. An elite center recognized as both Spinal Cord Injury and Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems, Shepherd Center is ranked by U.S. News as one of the nation’s top hospitals for rehabilitation. Shepherd Center treats thousands of patients annually with unmatched expertise and unwavering compassion to help them begin again.