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New Issue of Spinal Column Features Patients Who Found Art and Art Therapy Key to Their Rehabilitation

The newest issue of Shepherd Center's quarterly magazine is now available for download as a PDF file here. Subscribers to the print version should receive copies via postal mail in the coming days.

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.

You can subscribe to the print and/or e-newsletter versions of Shepherd Center's magazine here.

About Shepherd Center

Shepherd Center, located in Atlanta, Georgia, is a private, not-for-profit hospital specializing in medical treatment, research and rehabilitation for people with spinal cord injury, brain injury, multiple sclerosis, spine and chronic pain, and other neurological conditions. Founded in 1975, Shepherd Center is ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the top 10 rehabilitation hospitals in the nation. In its more than four decades, Shepherd Center has grown from a six-bed rehabilitation unit to a world-renowned, 152-bed hospital that treats more than 740 inpatients, nearly 280 day program patients and more than 7,100 outpatients each year in more than 46,000 visits.