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Top Shepherd Center Stories of 2023

As we approach a new year, here is a recap of our top newsroom stories of 2023.

Take a look at the stories you loved the most from the past year. We look forward to continuing to share stories of hard work, humor, and hope with you in 2024!

1. A Better Frame of Mind

From a terrifying fall on an Icelandic mountain to rising above his doubts — Daniel Hund credits Shepherd Center with putting him on a more positive path to the future.

2. Still Dancing and Dreaming

In her desire to help others, Mo Maxwell has always wanted to be a nurse. Her experience at Shepherd Center may help that dream come true. 

3. From Uncertainty to Clarity

Iliana Bermudez says the care of the Andrew C. Carlos Multiple Sclerosis Institute staff at Shepherd Center helped her understand and manage her autoimmune disease, neuromyelitis optica (NMO).

4. Persevering Through PTSD: A Veteran’s Journey

At Shepherd Center’s SHARE Military Initiative, Marine Corps veteran, Michael Cataldi, learned to cope with the symptoms of a traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

5. From Idea to App

With hard work and a willingness to take a risk, Brandon Winfield turned his experience after sustaining a spinal cord injury into an app that helps people with accessibility needs find new places to explore.

6. Finding Balance

Care from Shepherd Center’s Complex Concussion Clinic helps Jana Smith get back to what she loves.

7. Making Progress – and a Proposal: Kaytlin Marquess’ Story

During rehabilitation for a spinal cord injury at Shepherd Center, Kaytlin Marquess’ therapy team helped her pop the question.

8. Construction Connections: Taylor Nester’s Story

As project manager for Shepherd Center’s Arthur M. Blank Family Residences building, Taylor Nester is helping build hope for others like Shepherd helped build hope for her dad.

9. Shepherd Center Adds Three to its Team of Highly Specialized Physicians

Dr. Woody Morgan Returns to Shepherd Center – This Time as a Doctor. He will lead Shepherd Center’s Comprehensive Rehabilitation Unit.

Dr. Dallin Lindahl will lead the hospital’s wound care program.

Dr. Michael Smith will treat patients in the Dean Stroud Spine and Pain Institute at Shepherd Center.

10. Finding Community

After Amy Ewing sustained a spinal cord injury, she found a community she has returned to again and again for a physical and emotional boost. 

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.