By
Marissa Nasiatka & Amy Zellmer

Our Interview with Amy Zellmer

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Image of Amy Zellmer. The background is a fall scenery that is blurred to focus on Amy. Amy is holding her teacup Yorkie named  Pixxe. Amy is smiling and holding Pixxe close to her in Amy's right hand/arm. Amy has long blonde hair, light skin, and a jovial demeanor. She is wearing a gray sweater that is roomy for her body type, as Amy is curvaceous and could be considered as a full-figure woman.

Amy Zellmer is an award-winning author, keynote speaker, editor in chief of The Brain Health Magazine, and advocate of traumatic brain injury (TBI). She hosts the "Faces of TBI" podcast series as well as "TBI TV" on YouTube, and co-hosts The Brain Health Online Summit. She is a frequent contributor to Thrive Global, and has created a private Facebook group for TBI survivors.

In February 2014, Amy Zellmer slipped on a patch of ice and fell, forcibly landing on the back of her skull. The impact briefly knocked her out, and when she started to get up, she immediately knew something was very wrong. Amy had suffered a TBI and her life had changed forever. Amy struggled with daily routines and became frustrated. Through research and the help of Jeremy Schmoe, DACNB, a chiropractic functional neurology diplomate who runs the Functional Neurology Center, Amy was able to recover and advocate for others with TBI. 

Amy sits on the Brain Injury Advisory Council (BIAC) through the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) and is involved locally with the Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance. Her two books, ``Life With a Traumatic Brain Injury: Finding the Road Back to Normal'' and "Embracing the Journey: Moving Forward After Brain Injury" both received a silver medal in the Midwest Book Awards. As a motivational speaker, Amy travels with her Yorkie, Pixxie, to help raise awareness about TBI, which is a silent and invisible injury that affects over 3.5 million Americans each year. 

Interviewed by our Different & Able President and Founder, Alexandra Nicklas, Amy discusses her life as a TBI survivor and advocate. She also clears up some common misconceptions regarding brain injuries and survivors, talks about the importance of self-care, and shares her top three success strategies for recovery. Amy is out to change the landscape of what brain care looks like for herself and other TBI survivors. “I am hopeful that my memory will continue to improve, and that my cognitive function comes back to full capacity. But for now, I am who I am,” Amy states. 

 

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