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  • David Dansereau 2:44 pm on November 8, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , free members area, home stroke exercises, , stroke webinars   

    New Members Resource 

    Announcing (2.0)

    David P. Dansereau,MSPT

    Our new fully mobile and responsive website is now live to support new services and programs through .  If you missed the first webinar you can still head on over there to get the rebroadcast.  That’s where I discuss goal setting and provide tools to get you started towards a better stroke recovery.  It is also where you can learn more about some of the new resources being loaded into the members area.  Here’s a view of some of them below:

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    Register to Enroll Free:

    After you Submit Registration you will need to check your email to confirm your registration before your membership becomes active. The confirmation link in the email will redirected you to our member dashboard. Pls. check your spam if you do not receive confirmation email and whitelist david(at)

    Thanks for Registering.  I look forward to hearing from you on the inside!

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  • David Dansereau 11:35 am on November 7, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , The Luckiest Girl in the World   

    New Stroke Recovery Book Release: The Luckiest Girl in the World 

    Local Press / New Book Release

    Order Jamie’s Book now on Amazon:
    The Luckiest Girl in the World: 
    My Story of Struggle and Hope in Overcoming Pediatric Stroke
    Released on Paperback – November 6, 2014
    by Jamie Lee Coyle and Paul Lonardo

    Jamie Coyle: The Luckiest Girl in the World

    “Growing up, everyone would always say how lucky I was, but at the time I was not sure what they meant. I was just doing what I always loved; skating and playing ice hockey. Everything seemed to go my way, from winning virtually every raffle I entered to scoring the game-winning goal whenever my team needed it. As I got a little older, I could feel these things before they happened, as if I knew that I was going to catch the corner of the net to get the puck past the goalie as time expired. I felt like the luckiest girl in the world. Becoming an Olympian was something I thought about as far back as I could remember. By the time I was twelve, I was well on my way to living my dream. Then, on August 9, 2008 I suffered a stroke during a hockey game. No one suspected that such a thing could happen to a twelve-year old, but as the reality of pediatric stroke turned my dream into a nightmare, the journey back to skating and playing hockey again showed me just how much I could accomplish with the love and support of my family and people all around me who cared. And I came to realize that I truly was the luckiest girl in the world.”- Jamie Coyle

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  • David Dansereau 4:06 pm on October 30, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Smart Moves Stroke recovery Webinar   

    Here’s “WHY” you need to ask the right stroke recovery questions 

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    Thanks to everyone that attended the webinar and thank you in advance for those that have already registered for a seat to attend the next broadcast.


    I’ve been going through some of the questions and comments from yesterday’s stroke recovery webinar and both Peter C. and Jenn H. gave similar feedback on how the Smart Moves Goal Setting worksheet helped them connect with their “WHY”. I am glad this was helpful and just wanted to give a little background here “why” I created it for patients to get clear on their goals.

    As a physical therapist, one of my most important goals is to motivate the patient, learn what the patient’s true goals are for recovery, and find out what motivated them to action prior to their stroke. In addition, I try to educate at every stage of recovery and update the patient’s home therapy program continuously to keep the stroke recovery plan interesting, challenging and purposeful and that is where it is important to know the patient’s true “WHY”.

    Speaking from personal experience during my own stroke recovery, the key to achieving the best possible outcome is teaching your patient along the way the value of hard work, and never giving up but also making that hard work connect with their “WHY”. It is, in the end, your decision if “good enough” is indeed good enough and as I said on the webinar “You Quit, You Lose”. I shared this advice on the webinar, this was one of my dad’s favorite lines I remembered from childhood, but it resonated well with me during my recovery.

    Dawn M. asked “What is the best way to regain proper arm and leg movements?”

    Good question Dawn. As I mentioned on the webinar, there is no ONE best roadmap to recovery. There are lots of maps that can be followed, and you may need to follow more than one until you find what works best for you. I mentioned my PTCMAP on the webinar because I find it is effective at getting patients to write down their goals and start to think about their recovery using a checkbook of sorts to get a starting point when restoring overall health balance. I’ve also had good outcomes with patients using BWSTT (body weight supported treadmill training) as well as FES (functional electric stim) for both the lower and upper extremities. I provided a resource page for download on Goal Setting that also has links to articles I’ve written over the years on stroke recovery. Refer to the article I wrote for Advance for PT called Simple Steps where I talk about some of these technologies in more detail. Here’s the link

    Finally, I’ll be gathering more questions and putting more resources together for you to help answer your questions. Keep them coming!


    David Dansereau,MSPT

    PTC Physical Therapy Consulting

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  • David Dansereau 7:01 pm on October 28, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , Smart Moves Stroke Education Webinar Series, , World Stroke Day Webinar   

    Stroke Recovery Webinar 


    STILL a FEW Seats Left for the Webinar Tomorrow….



    Register Now!

    Here’s a Few Things I’ll cover on the Webinar:


  • David Dansereau 2:50 pm on October 23, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Bright Minds Kids Stroke Campaign, , Smart Moves Stroke Recovery Webinar Series,   

    Free Stroke Education Webinar Registration Open 


    Introducing our Smart Moves Stroke Recovery Webinar Series

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    How to restore Balance and Set Smart Goals After a Stroke

    David Dansereau

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    Presenter: David Dansereau,MSPT

    What You’ll learn on this Webinar:

    • Practical examples on why most rehab goals fail and how to overcome this barrier. How to Measure Your Progress and Build Your Personalized Program to reach Your Goals
    • Learn how to identify both low tech and high tech gadgets and use them to target your weaknesses and build a functional rehab plan.
    • How to Boost Your Nutrition IQ and Balance Your Energy-The Key to Optimizing Your Recovery. Nutrition is probably the most neglected component of recovery yet it is vital to optimal healing, especially when a stroke has damaged part of your brain.
    • Learn why I now advocate for early kids stroke education and awareness and how I started a public campaign called Bright Minds Kids to make a difference. 






    What You’ll Get:

    1. Smart Moves PDF- You’ll Get the Webinar Action Guide as soon as You Register to Help You Get Started with Goal Setting
    2. Additional Bonuses You’ll Get for Registering Early and Sharing News of this Webinar:
    3. Smart Moves PDF- What to Eat to Fuel Your Stroke Recovery
    4. Attendees that stay to the end get access to free Smart Moves Kickstart Videos as well as Fast Action Bonus Discounts on my Consulting Services and Health Management Courses!
    5. Get on my VIP Advanced Preview Book List and Get an early copy of my new guidebook for only .99 available on Amazon in November.


  • David Dansereau 3:12 pm on October 17, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , online stroke rehab, smart moves webinars, stroke education webinars   

    Home Stroke Recovery Webinars 


    Smart Moves Webinar Series

    Home Stroke Recovery


    Free Registration Begins October 20th


    How to Restore Balance and Set Smart Goals After a Stroke

  • David Dansereau 11:35 am on October 1, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , brain anatomy, , smart moves   

    Brain Parts 

    Stroke Survivors: Meet Your Brain

     DP Dansereau, MSPT

    I can’t stress enough how important it is for stroke survivors to know brain anatomy especially what part of your brain was injured from your stroke.  Learning about the brain and the function of the damaged area can help you better understand your condition and help you establish an effective plan for recovery.



    For more tips on setting smart rehab goals after a stroke register for our next free webinar




    Source: Image from Bright Minds Kids Stroke Education Newsletter-page 2  Get a copy here



  • David Dansereau 11:01 pm on September 17, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Jamie Coyle's Stroke Recovery, Luckiest Girl in the World, Paul Lonardo, , ,   

    Please Support Young Stroke Survivor Jamie Coyle’s Book 


    “The Luckiest Girl in the World”

    I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know Jamie Coyle over the past 6+ years since learning of her stroke in our local paper when she was just 12 years old.  Jamie was playing hockey when she had a stroke on the ice.    Initial delays in recognizing the stroke warning signs almost cost Jamie her life.

    Now 18, Jamie is on a mission to raise public awareness about pediatric stroke. Jamie Coyle is working with an established local writer Paul Lonardo and fellow URI Alum to put her story to paper.  I had contacted Paul some time ago to put him in touch with Jamie.  After meeting Jamie and her family, Paul was immediately interested in helping to tell her story.   Jamie  now needs to help pay for publishing costs and is making this public appeal to anyone who is interesting in pediatric stroke and would like to help her in this undertaking. Jamie’s family and I only hope that you will be able to share this message and donation link  with other stroke awareness advocates, or post Jamie’s message on the wall of your Facebook page. Your efforts would be very much appreciated.  I posted a message to Jamie on her donation page and am copying the note here:


    Thanks for being fearless in your efforts to spread stroke awareness. In addition to being the “Luckiest Girl in the World” you know you are also my favorite young Bright Mind in the fight against stroke! I am working on a plan now to help you boost awareness and $ for this cause and help get this important book done. Here’s just one example why we need more awareness:

    Perhaps you didn’t know-Stroke Kills more than twice as many American women each and every year as breast cancer.  I provide this stat to show there are great efforts and very successful national support and awareness partnerships (i.e.”Go Pink“) around other deserving health awareness missions yet little support is currently available for stroke, especially for the young faces of stroke.  Your book needs to get done to let people hear your story because as you know:

    1. Kids can, and are at alarming rates, having strokes
    2. Women can have and are having stroke too! Stroke is not just a disease of “old age”.
    3. Survivors, especially the young, face great obstacles overcoming strokes as do their families.
    4. Better education in the schools is paramount to address awareness,prevention and prevent bullying.

    I would argue that learning about health and the brain is more important to a young person than many of the lessons we are currently trying to teach (and are currently missing from)  the “Common Core” .  Never Give Up Jamie, your efforts will pay off but it does take a team so all please help Jamie here and I will do my best too! Promise,-DP Dansereau


    The information and video on Jamie’s GoFund Me page does a great job giving more of Jamie’s background and mission to spread stroke awareness.  In addition, her mom passed along another interview Jamie just completed with a local health blogger here at Grateful Thankful Blessed.   Over the years on my Know-Stroke Blog I have covered Jamie’s progress as well and she and her mom have always been there for me whenever I have asked them to pitch in and help spread stroke awareness as part of my Bright Minds Kids Stroke Awareness Campaign.

    Only I in 6 can name the 3 most common warning signs for stroke.  We need to do better and start stroke awareness and prevention early with Bright Minds!

    Only I in 6 can name the 3 most common warning signs for stroke. We need to do better and start stroke awareness and prevention early with Bright Minds!

    Here are links to several of those past stories following Jamie Coyle’s Stroke Recovery:

    Please Help Young Stroke Survivor Jamie Coyle

    Fight For Seven

    Hockey Tribute to Jamie Coyle Big Success

    Cumberland Mom Makes Plea to Valley Breeze

    What you Need to Know about Stroke (You can learn from a 15 year old survivor)


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    • fightstroke2003 2:57 pm on September 19, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Awesome thanks for sharing David! I would love to become involved with what both you and Jamie are doing to raise awareness about stroke. My blog, has the same goals that both you and Jamie share. I would love to speak on a deeper level about some ideas that I have.

  • David Dansereau 1:21 pm on August 25, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: brain fitness, brain training exercises, , How Tom Brady Trains His Brain, Stroke recovery exercises for the brain, Tom Brady Brain Exercises, Tom Bradys 26 brain exercises, Wes Walker concussion   

    Even Tom Brady Needs Brain Exercises 

    Tom Brady

    Tom Brady

    How Tom Brady Trains His Brain

    Tom Brady was on this morning’s local Boston sports radio talk show “Dennis and Callahan” on WEEI, discussing the recent hit/concussion over the weekend that will now sideline former teammate Wes Walker again for the 3rd time in the last few seasons.

    While keeping to the discussion about brain injuries Tom Brady also revealed how he routinely goes through a series of 26 brain exercises with his body coach, Alex Guerrero, to ensure his mind remains sharp.

    “I got started a few years ago and noticed a huge difference,” Brady said. “It’s another tool kind of in the tool bag to use. If you’re going to play for a long time you’ve got to figure out all these different types of things in order to strengthen your body, strengthen your mind, and be proactive about it. Because you just can’t wait to get hurt. … I don’t want to be 50, 60 years old and not be able to walk, or not be able to think. I think there’s effort that goes into that, and you pay the price in advance so that you can exceed all expectations.”

    [Personal Sidebar]: Att: Stroke Survivors-If you don’t want to listen to me, then listen to Tom. I’VE REPEATED THIS TIME AND TIME AGAIN, SUCCESSFUL STROKE RECOVERY TAKES HARD WORK and LOTS of EFFORT!  To quote Tom Brady again, “….there’s effort that goes into that, and you pay the price in advance so that you can EXCEED all expectations.”



    Similar to many stroke survivors who “should” receive regular assessments of their neurological recovery when working with a good physical therapist, Brady’s health coach gave him a baseline scan of neurological function to see areas where they could work to make Brady’s performance even better.

    “Like everything with your body, you don’t want something to work too hard, and you don’t want something to work not enough,” Brady said on WEEI earlier today. “I think finding that balance in your brain or in your body is how you optimize your performance. You figure out where deficiencies are. Where you’re out of range, and you exercise to bring yourself back to range so you can continue to do the things you want to do as long as you want. Just because you get older, I’ve said this before, you can sustain peak performance as long as you can … Your memory or whatever the things that you need to do to work on, you can sustain those things a lot longer than you realize. I think that’s something that I’ve learned and that I’m going to continue to do as long as I’m here.”

    As technology uncovers more and more information about the way the brain works, there will be more ways for both athletes and those recovering from stroke and other traumatic brain injuries to use those advances to benefit their own recovery as well as be more proactive about their long term brain performance. As for now, I am still researching those exact 26 brain exercise Tom goes through (as you may be interested in knowing too)!   For starters, I do know of one great brain app I will be demonstrating on an upcoming webinar when we launch our new stroke recovery resource so go register here.

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  • David Dansereau 11:11 am on August 13, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: @PTCoach on Twitter, , diabetes and stroke risk, digestive disease and GMO foods, GI and inflammation, , , , ,   

    Nutrition Debt Growth Rate Mirrors Increase in Stroke Rates 

    More Disturbing US Nutrition Debt and Stroke Risk Stats:

    Did you know that every day, in the US alone, approximately 5,082 people are diagnosed with diabetes?

    Or, that 60 to 70 million people are affected by digestive diseases with 21.7 million requiring hospitalization each year?  (GMO Foods??)

    Learn more about GMO

    What about the fact that unhealthy eating and lack of activity kills 13 times more people than guns?


    These statistics recently published from are staggering and they are contributing to a nutrition debt that we will never recover from unless we begin to educate young brains (and older ones too!) about how their bodies work.

    If you want to finally take back control of your own health and life, then I have something very exciting to share with you.  We are still offering our online nutrition course at a steep discount through September!  Learn how your body works. No pills, powders or potions are sold in this course, just peer reviewed science on how your body works to fuel your workouts (and your stroke recovery!) Take Charge of Your Body, TAKE ACTION!


    More Articles on Nutrition Debt and Stroke Risk:

     More Great Nutrition Partners Needed to Graduate Kids With Better Nutrition IQs

    Nation’s Growing Nutrition Debt Stats

    Managing REAL Health Care 

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