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Top Shepherd Center Stories of 2021

As we welcome 2022, here is a recap of our top newsroom stories of the past year.

As we get ready to welcome 2022, we’d like to share some of our favorite moments from the past year with you. 

1. From I Can’t to I Can: J.T. Brooks

After J.T. Brooks sustained a spinal cord injury, the athlete embraced his new normal at Shepherd Center.

2. A Message That Can’t Wait: Karla Dougan

Karla Dougan is determined to keep recovering from her injuries — and to keep spreading the message about texting and driving.

3. Life Still Aquatic: Reagan Martin

Reagan Martin overcomes a spinal cord injury and respiratory challenges to return to the water she loves.

4. U.S. News & World Report Names Shepherd Center Among Best in Rehabilitation

Shepherd Center moves up in the rankings, listed in the top 10 since 2008.

5. Faith and Science Aid Man Through Brain Injury Recovery

Structural engineer Alexander Borges credits his recovery from a traumatic brain injury to his foundation of faith along with the care he received at Shepherd Center.

6. Shepherd Center Provides Plans for Expansion 

New construction will add housing for patients, families.

7. Eight Tips to Prevent Falls from Shepherd Center’s Director of Injury Prevention and Education

Emma Harrington, director of injury prevention and education at Shepherd Center, shares her advice to prevent falls, a common cause of brain and spinal cord injuries.

8. Driving Toward Independence

Shepherd Center’s Adaptive Driving Program helps people with disabilities get back on the road.

9. Patient Becomes Doctor After Recovering from Brain Injury

After rehabilitation for a brain injury in 2005, Gabriel Rodriguez is now in the final stages of his physical medicine and rehabilitation residency.

10. Life Challenges Taught Young Man to Never Lose Sight of Hope and Dreams

DèShon Haughton makes great strides after recovering from multiple fractures in his spine and a closed head injury.

11. New Research Project Looks at Feasibility of a Hybrid Model for SHARE Military Initiative

A combination of in-person and virtual care could be a permanent model that has lasting benefits.

12. Woman With MS Regains Her Zest for Life

Sonja McCrary, 57, was diagnosed with MS in 2009. The challenges she faced have led her to embrace her faith and live life to the fullest.

13. Calling an Audible 

With some help from Shepherd Center, Christion Abercrombie finds new purpose beyond the gridiron.

About Shepherd Center

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.