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Community Highlights: Meet Lindsey McCormick of Maryland Center for Brain Health

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lindsey McCormick. 

Hi Lindsey, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
When I decided to go back to school at the age of 31 to become a physical therapist assistant, I had no idea the journey I was about to embark upon and the spark that was soon going to be lit.

My first job fresh out of school was at an assisted living community that specialized in residents diagnosed with dementia and Alzheimer’s. It was a challenging venue for a new graduate, and I lacked many of the skills needed to properly interact and help many of the residents there. I received training in school on how to get them physically better, but not how to truly interact with them on an emotional level. I soon came to learn that this feeling of uncertainty and how to best care for this clientele was not reserved strictly for new graduates, but caregivers of all types. What I learned while working there was how to see the residents not for what they were physically or mentally lacking, but what they still had to offer.

As I went about my career, I would see over and over again the devastation that dementia, concussions, and traumatic brain injuries would have on people’s lives. I experienced it firsthand when my husband’s grandfather was diagnosed with Dementia, and witnessed the toll it took on him and his family.

During 2020, I came to learn about a small clinic in Boise Idaho who was doing revolutionary things and on the cutting edge of the latest cognitive research regarding the prevention and treatment of neurodegenerative diseases including various types of dementia, concussions, traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and more. They helped develop an exciting new program called The Enhance Protocol®, a phenomenal guide to helping individuals operate their mind at peak potential.

The more I learned about this protocol, the more I realized it combined many of the elements I had been trying to teach my clients over the years separately, organizing them into a detailed and individualized protocol for each client. Now we can lay out a personalized roadmap towards preventing and treating their own cognitive decline, or that of a loved one. I knew right away that this was something I wanted to bring to the East Coast, so I approached them about licensing their protocol and began my training.

Having trained as a memory coach under them and their insightful mentorship, I am excited to be able to offer these services in Maryland and the surrounding region. The Maryland Center for Brain Health offers a truly holistic approach to the treatment and prevention of cognitive decline. Looking at your entire body system, we can identify contributing factors to an individual’s cognitive concerns, and precisely what steps can be taken to improve one’s brain health.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Starting a healthcare related business during the height of a pandemic has certainly had its share of challenges. However, the greatest challenges have not been external (such as COVID), but rather internal. I have been able to navigate the COVID concerns by providing additional opportunities for virtual and mobile services. The most challenging factors are getting people to realize that they are worth investing into, and that they need to make time for their health. I’ve learned the best way to treat a disease is to avoid getting it in the first place. This is why we provide weekly coaching with our protocol. It allows us to help our clients prioritize their interventions and make lifestyle changes manageable.

When you fly, they always tell you in the event of an emergency to put on your oxygen mask first before helping others. Most people’s first instinct is to help their loved one or child first, but if you pass out from lack of oxygen, you are going to be no good to anyone. The exact same thing is true on the ground. No matter how often someone tells you to “put your own oxygen mask on” before helping others, putting yourself first is tough. I know that putting yourself first was probably complicated pre-Covid, and doubly so now. No matter how uncomfortable it might be, you have to find ways to prioritize yourself and your health.

When my husband’s grandfather was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, I watched as his grandparent’s finances were decimated. It was heartbreaking to see everything he had worked so hard for be lost to his Alzheimer’s care. The average cost of Dementia care over a 5 year period is almost $300,000. Assisted Living and Memory Care communities can run upwards of $10,000 a month. This Protocol was created to be a cost effective, affordable solution to help people concerned about Dementia take control of their future.

It has been such a blessing to see the improvements from clients as they move through the protocol and the brain fog begins to lift. Nothing makes me happier than to hear how families are getting their loved ones back again, gaining back that most precious element in one’s life, time.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about Maryland Center for Brain Health?
Maryland Center for Brain Health is a clinic with a holistic approach towards the prevention and treatment of cognitive decline and dementia.

When surveying adults about their top fears of aging, the top 5 fears included:

1. Getting Alzheimer’s Disease
2. Deteriorating Health
3. Losing their independence
4. Running out of money
5. Inability to manage their own life

What contributing factors do all of these fears have in common? Losing one’s memory and declining brain health.

Like many people, we were frustrated at the lack of options and education regarding the prevention and treatment of cognitive decline. Nobody should have to experience watching themselves or a loved one slip away due to dementia.

The Enhance Protocol was created from decades of research and studies regarding the latest interventions for improving brain health. It has currently helped hundreds of individuals and families regain their independence, health and quality of life.

The earlier you get started, and the earlier you identify risk factors, the more likely you are to find success.

Some of the areas we have addressed are:

Memory loss
Mild cognitive impairment
Brain fog and decreased performance
Alzheimer’s disease
Post Concussive Syndrome
Depression, anxiety and other mental health challenges
Parkinson’s disease
Attention deficits
Whole body wellness

The Enhance Protocol is a new, innovative approach to investigating the root causes of cognitive decline.

It includes:

-Comprehensive blood panel: we look at 30-40 different blood work parameters to get a better idea of what is going on in your body. Think of it like getting just an oil change (normal bloodwork from your Dr.) vs getting a full service tune-up from your mechanic (our panel of bloodwork).

-Life and Health history review: most people don’t realize how events that happened decades ago can affect their cognition today and that Alzheimer’s is at work in the brain 10-20 years before symptoms even start to show.

-A series of cognitive testing (MOCA, CNS Vital Signs, and Righteye tests): these tests give us an objective look at your current brain health, and it is so satisfying to see how these improve as someone goes through the program.

-Creation of personalized Roadmap Report outlining risk and interventions with initial coaching sessions to help prioritize interventions.

-Continued customized coaching tailored to your individual Roadmap Report: we will meet with you each week to help you along the way.

-Multi modal approach utilizing precision medicine, covering nutrition, exercise, sleep habits, stress management, toxic exposure, concussions, supplements and much more.

-For locals, use of therapeutic modalities including PEMF Bemer Device, Audio Visual Entrainment, Near Infrared Sauna and Red Light Therapy.

-Care partner education and coaching for those caring for loved ones.

-Collaboration with current physicians and healthcare providers: we love connecting with doctors and being a partner in your health care journey. We are not here to replace your PCP, merely to be an asset.

-Resourcing: do you need contacts for home health therapy, home safety modifications, social work, personal trainers etc? We have you covered.

-Clients on the Protocol have demonstrated a decrease in cognitive decline, and often an increase in cognitive functioning.

-The practices within the Protocol provide research backed interventions with proven success.

The great thing about our protocol is that almost every aspect aside from the therapy devices can be done virtually, so you do not have to be local to the Baltimore/Frederick area.

We are so very proud that the Enhance Protocol has helped hundreds of individuals and families gain greater clarity in their thinking, energy, mood and outlook within just a few weeks. Not only will we show you how to prevent and treat decline, but we will also provide a path to better brain functioning NOW. Imagine how much more living you can do if your brain is sharper and you have more energy overall!

If you want to learn about how to prevent dementia from occurring, or need guidance regarding your own cognitive concerns or those of a loved one, I highly encourage you to schedule a free game plan call with us. During this free call we can discuss your current concerns and find out if the Enhance Protocol is the proper plan of action for you.

Can you tell us more about what you were like growing up?
Growing up I was always an adventurous child with dual personalities! I was both creative/artsy and a scientific/inquisitive child. It makes sense that my career choices would end up being a mix of both. One aspect that spanned both areas of interest however, was my need to help make the world a better place. In the arts, I started a theatre company called Found Spaces that focused on highlighting social issues such as the homeless motel children, domestic violence, struggles with addiction and many others.

Upon going back to school and getting a science degree, I most enjoyed focusing my efforts on educating people on how to improve their lives by focusing on their health. I didn’t start out always wanting to help people though. I was that child that was constantly bringing home all the strays and injured animals, trying to fix them up and helping cats birth kittens in my bedroom. I absolutely thought I was going to be a veterinarian! But after shadowing my father at his medical practice as I got older (he was a cardiologist, now retired) I truly became fascinated by the human body and its ability to heal. Growing up a dancer, I always had numerous injuries, and learning through trial and error the best ways to help your body recover captivated me. I’m happy to say that inquisitive nature has never left, and has led to the intense interest in the latest research and interventions for neurodegenerative diseases that I have today.

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