TBI Survivor and Founder
Joanne Phillips, MS, RD
Joanne Phillips, MS, RD is a nutritionist who has been in the Functional Medicine Industry for over 20 years. She received her BS in Nutrition from Montclair State University in New Jersey and her Masters Degree in Nutrition Science from the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut.
In 2007, Joanne was out for a jog and was waiting by the side of the road to cross the street. Just at that moment, two cars collided, pushing one of the cars into her at 35 miles per hour. She sustained a severe TBI among other injuries. Listen to her story in the video below.
On April 15, 2007, I was out for a run and waiting on a curb to cross the street. Just at that moment, two cars collided, pushing one of the cars into me at 35 miles per hour. I suffered a decompressed skull fracture with a subdural and epidural hematoma. I had multiple facial fractures including my left eye orbit along with a broken neck, back, leg and torn ACL, PCL and MCL of my right knee. I also lost my ability to smell and taste.
After being resituated in the ER, I underwent multiple surgeries that included a craniotomy with removal of my right skull flap and was put in a medically induced coma for 10 days. The medical expectations for me were low but by the Grace of God I survived. Surviving a brain injury is just the first part of the battle. I found that surviving the recovery was a whole different war.
For years, I suffered severe chronic pain along with tremendous emotional problems from my brain injury. Over the years, I worked tirelessly trying to put brain, body and life back together.
My road back did not come with a map or book telling me what to do or what therapy to try, I was left to figure things out for myself. Over the years I utilized countless modalities to optimize my healing and I left no stone unturned in my journey to get better. It wasn’t an easy road back but with hard work, determination and a drive to get better I eventually found my way and I am thriving today!
I developed Empowered Through TBI to be able to provide resources and education to the traumatic brain injury community, so you know all the options that are available to you. This site is committed to empowering you and I hope you will find the information on this site to be invaluable to your recovery and overall wellness.
A traumatic brain injury can leave people feeling lonely and isolated—like there are no options and nowhere to turn. You deserve better. We are here as a centralized resource hub for survivors, caregivers, and ANYONE who wants to optimize their brain's healing potential.