Dr. G. Cagan Randall, Advisory Board
Dr. G. Cagan Randall is co-founder of Carrick Brain Centers and has extensive training in concussive injuries, neurological disorders and receptor-based therapies related to enhancing brain function. Fueled by a natural passion, Dr. Randall is continuously searching for cutting-edge treatment solutions for neurological disorders, changing the way people recover from brain injuries. Specialties include treatment of Traumatic Brain Injuries, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Alzheimer’s, other forms of dementia and concussions. His success in the arena of concussions induced through athletic activity has led to treatment of top athletes in the NFL, MLB, NHL and MMA.
Dr. Randall was introduced to the field of Functional Neurology as a student at Parker University. He earned a post-graduate diplomate in Functional Neurology from the Carrick Institute and is currently attending the Traumatic Brain Injury post-graduate diplomate program. Dr. Randall sits on the Medical Advisory Boards of Carrick Brain Center, the Hill School and the Brain Synergy Institute.
Early in his career, a close family member was diagnosed with Autism. Unable to accept her prognosis, Dr. Randall committed himself to finding a solution that would allow for improved living and a sense of normalcy for his niece and her parents. The search for that solution served as the catalyst of a journey dedicated to improving quality of life through utilization of the brain’s plasticity.
As Head of Research at Carrick Brain Center in Irving, Texas, Dr. Randall is actively conducting research on the effects of functional neurology on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury in America’s veteran population. He seeks to move the focus of brain health from diagnosis and one-dimensional treatments, to a holistic multifaceted approach, resulting in an overall improvement of daily life.
Dr. Randall’s vision encompasses finding new treatment methods while collaborating with others in his industry to ultimately provide the best comprehensive health care possible. He firmly believes that the key to success lies in offering an unprecedented level of patient care, while empowering each patient with knowledge of their diagnosis and the reasoning behind the prescribed treatment. Driven by the fact that his efforts are instrumental in making a difference in the lives of his patients, Dr. Randall is dedicated to raising awareness for mental health issues affecting America’s veterans today, while simultaneously incorporating brain health into everyday life.
Doctorate in Chiropractic, Parker University
Post-graduate Diplomate, Functional Neurology, Carrick Institute
Currently enrolled in the Carrick Institute Post-Graduate Dimplomate in Traumatic Brain Injuries and Vestibular Rehabilitation, Carrick Institute
Dr. S. Thomas Carmichael, Advisory Board
S. Thomas (Tom) Carmichael is a neurologist and neuroscientist in the Department of Neurology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Dr. Carmichael is Professor and Vice Chair in the Department, with active laboratory and clinical interests in stroke and neurorehabilitation and how the brain repairs from injury. He received his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from Washington University School of Medicine in 1993 and 1994, and completed a Neurology residency at Washington University School of Medicine, serving as Chief Resident in 1997-1998. Dr. Carmichael was a Howard Hughes Medical Institute postdoctoral fellow at UCLA from 1998-2001, with studies on mechanisms of the formation of new connections in the brain after stroke (axonal sprouting), with a clinical emphasis on neurorehabilitation and stroke. He has been on the UCLA faculty since 2001. Dr. Carmichael’s laboratory studies the molecular and cellular mechanisms of neural repair after stroke and other forms of brain injury. This research focuses on the processes of axonal sprouting and neural stem cell and progenitor responses after stroke, and on neural stem cell transplantation. Dr. Carmichael is an attending physician on the Neurorehabilitation and Stroke clinical services at UCLA.
Dr. Carmichael has published important papers on stroke recovery that have defined mechanisms of plasticity and repair. These findings include the fact that the stroke produces stunned circuits that limit recovery, but can be restored to normal functioning with newly identified experimental drugs. His work has identified a novel brain “growth program” that is activated by stroke and leads to the formation of new connections. These studies have also identified how this growth program changes with age, and how specific molecules in the aged brain block the formation of new connections and of recovery.
This and other work has led to new directions in stroke therapeutics, including therapies with stem cell and tissue engineering applications. Dr. Carmichael is in the midst of stroke stem cell development applications with the FDA and with biotechnology companies.
In his hometown of Huntington Beach, Calif., Jeff was surrounded by the burgeoning mid-90’s Southern California MMA scene. In 1996, during a stint of employment at Boeing, his love of the sport led him to found what is now the world’s largest MMA site, Sherdog.com.
In a time where the sport was unavailable on domestic television, Jeff traded VHS tapes, released highlight videos, traveled the world to cover events, and setup one of the first online stores that offered strictly MMA merchandise. Jeff currently resides in Lemoore, Calif., with his two daughters, his son and his life partner Lori. He is an avid sports fan who loves the Dallas Cowboys and Dodger baseball. Jeff is also the president of the Lemoore Little League and enjoys fishing. You can follow him on Twitter @TheSherdoggy.
Shawn Finnegan, Advisory Board
Shawn Finnegan holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Biology from Illinois College, (Jacksonville, Il) and graduated with a Masters Degree in Physical Therapy from the renowned Mayo Clinic, (Rochester, Mn.) In addition, Shawn served as a combat medic in the USN Hospital Corps for 8 years.
For the past 20 years Shawn has been a practicing Physical Therapist, Fitness Instructor and Wellness Coach.
Shawn is also an international fitness model. He has appeared on the cover of top fitness magazines and has been featured on TV news programs and infomercials as a fitness expert.
Shawn draws from his 20 years of experience in the health and fitness arenas enabling him to develop comprehensive wellness programs that empower and educate his clients to achieve optimal wellness for a lifetime.
Jim Connelly, Advisory Board
Jim Connelly, entrepreneur, author, and speaker, has always lived life by his motto ” It’s not what happens to you in life, but what you do about it that matters.” Born in Turtle Creek, Pennsylvania, a small factory town in Western Pennsylvania, he was the son of an abusive alcoholic father and leaned at an early age to fight for survival. With $100 in his pocket he talked a friend in driving him to California. He applied for a job as a room clerk at the Regency Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, and within 6 years, he had worked himself up to become the youngest General Manager in the history of the prestigious Regency Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills.
Exploring other business opportunities, Connelly was invited by the chairman of Shearson Lehman to join the Wall Street Investment Banking firm. He became the first non-college graduate accepted into the firm’s management program and graduated from the New York Institute of Finance in the top ten percent of his class. At the request of the President, Connelly facilitated Leadership Goal Setting for the California Governor’s Conference and the President’s Committee for Employment of People with Disabilities held at Stanford University.
He went on to start many successful businesses and is a consummate entrepreneur – having lived his entire life “outside the box”. Even with all his success, the accomplishment he is most proud of is the 25 year journey to assist a young woman, who after a serious accident came back from the brink of death to live independently today.
Jeremy Newman, Advisory Board
In 1997 I hit the ground while skydiving and have been in (and out) of a wheelchair since. I think it would be safe to say that it Slowed me down does not stop me from living life. “My desire is to empower people. I want others to realize that it doesn’t take a seemingly tragic episode to positively impact ones life. My hope is that I can demonstrate how this is possible.” Many who have experienced serious accidents often speak of their lives as if it occurred in two parts, the before and after. As a personal trainer, marathon runner and skydiver, I describe my “previous life” as one I lived with reckless abandon, my first love always being the thrill of a challenge. Unfortunately, no challenge would prove greater than on May 24, 1997, when hitting the ground skydiving left me paralyzed from the waist down. This is the story by me who, by my own admission, brought myself to the brink of death, and returned with the gift of inspiration to all those who surround me. An avid skydiver, I was well trained, experienced and fiercely competitive. On that fated day in May, I admit that in an attempt to race a fellow skydiver to the ground I purposely closed his end cells, ultimately collapsing my entire canopy and plummeting to the ground at 1200 feet. With multiple life-threatening injuries, I slipped in and out of a drug-induced coma for over a month. As doctor’s made grim predictions that I would never breath on my own, speak, or walk again, my friends and family prepared for what seemed like the inevitable. Into his second month of hospitalization, I experienced a spiritual and emotional epiphany that I attribute to my mother, Lynn, who visited me everyday. I unbelievably began to regain my mental and physical abilities. The doctors described my recuperation as nothing short of miraculous. I was released in 2 1/2 months and returned to my clientèle the very next day. I have never looked back. “I’ve learned to appreciate all that I have, and all the things I used to take for granted, like taking a breath on my own. Every morning when I wake, I say thank you.” My injuries did not prevent me from returning to competitive sports. With borrowed racing equipment, I began competing as a WHEELCHAIR ATHLETE in the 1998 Los Angeles Marathon. I have since competed in over 100 triathlons, dozens of marathons and countless biathlons, duathlons, 5K and 10K races.
In Colorado, I relearned downhill skiing as a disabled skier in the Hartford Ski Spectacular. June 7, 1999 marked the successful completion of my participation in the 56-day, 3600 mile Transcontinental Triathlon from Santa Barbara to NYC. In 1998, I also became an avid triathlete, and was the only wheelchair triathlete in California at that time. In fact, I was selected as one of only two wheelchair athletes to represent the United States in the 2002 World Triathlon Championships in Cancun, Mexico.
Since that time i have participated in several hunded races in 18 different countries and been to 8 world triathlon championships. Was #2 in the world in 2004. I trained with the US Cycling Team while visiting the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs in September, 2010.
“My desire is to empower people. I want others to realize that it doesn’t take a seemingly tragic episode to positively impact your life. My hope is that I can demonstrate how this is possible.”
I share my life experiences as a MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER at local high schools, grade schools, business luncheons, church groups, community events and correctional facilities. I have spoken to and impacted the lives of many high school students at Monroe High School in North Hills, California through a program appropriately named Goal Models, where I deliver my message of overcoming adversity and facing challenges. I believe that today’s children are tomorrow’s future.
Donna Jones, Advisory Board
As a result of a devastating accident, Donna Jones was in a coma for 48 days and suffered a traumatic brain injury that altered her life forever and the lives of those closest to her. Prior to her injury Donna was a top sales executive for Kodak. For everyone involved, accepting this reality and being unsure of the future led to fear, anger and helplessness. Before the accident, Donna put trust in her mentor, Jim Connelly. She did not know that trusting him after the accident would be her saving grace. His unorthodox approach to Donna’s rehabilitation surprised even the medical community who gave little hope for Donna to have an independent life.
Chris Ursitti, Advisory Board
Chris has worked in the Film and Television industry since 1984 for all the major studios. He is currently a managing partner and co-founder of Los Angeles Center Studios and co-owner and Executive Vice President of Hollywood Locations. He also designed and developed multi-million dollar homes for celebrities and other high net worth individuals. He is also known for his creative and innovative use of “Green” building materials and techniques. His alma mater Westminster College (in Fulton, Mo) awarded him the prestigious Lifetime Alumni Achievement Award in 2011 for his leadership, innovative approach to business and a strong commitment to “Greener” world for future generations.
Kyle Maynard, Advisory Board
Kyle Maynard is a motivational speaker, author, entrepreneur and athlete. Despite being born with arms that end at the elbows and legs near the knees, Kyle’s wrestled for one of the best teams in the Southeast, set records in weightlifting, fought in mixed martial arts, and most recently became the first man to crawl on his own to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa, which awarded him his 2nd ESPY for the Best Male Athlete with a Disability.
His story has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Larry King Live, ESPN’s Sportscenter, HBO’s Real Sports, ABC’s 20/20 and Good Morning America, and as a cover story in USA Today. He continues to inspire as the author of his book, No Excuses (2005), a New York Times bestseller.
Kyle Maynard was born March 24, 1986 with a condition known as congenital amputation. His parents, Scott and Anita, had no idea their firstborn son would be born with a disability, but they made a critical decision early on to drive him to be as independent as possible — beginning what Kyle calls his “pursuit of normalcy.” And consequently, with basically two elbows he can type up to fifty words per minute on a normal keyboard, eat and write without any adaptations, drive a vehicle that has little modification, and live on his own in a three-story townhouse in Atlanta, GA.
Kyle’s athletic journey began as an 11-year-old that wanted to wrestle and a coach that gave him an opportunity to try. After losing every single match his first year and most his second, Maynard, with his iron will and parents who wouldn’t let him give up on himself, found a way to win 36 varsity matches his senior year; defeating several state place finishers and state champions during his final season. Maynard also began weight training at the same age, and after a very modest start, he attained the title “GNC’s World’s Strongest Teen” by bench pressing 23 repetitions of 240 lbs. In February of 2009, with leather straps and chains attached to his arms, he successfully lifted 420 lbs.
But Maynard’s accomplishments extend far beyond the wrestling mat or weight room. He is the 2004 ESPY Award winner (Best Athlete with a Disability), and a year later was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. In 2007, he was elected by the U.S. Jaycees as one of the Top Ten Outstanding Young Americans. In 2008, Maynard received the Highest Recognition Award of the Secretary of Health and Human Services for his efforts as a life role model, motivational speaker and humanitarian. Maynard is also certified as a CrossFit instructor and in 2008 he saw one of his most fervent dreams become a reality when he built and opened his first fitness center, No Excuses CrossFit.
In April of 2009, Kyle became the first quadruple amputee to step into the cage and compete as an amateur mixed martial arts fighter. Kyle’s focus is on grappling and ground fighting — he’s currently in his 7th training with Renzo Gracie blackbelt Paul Creighton.
For the past seven years Maynard has traveled to five continents speaking for corporate meetings, grade schools, universities, and programs supporting injured American veterans. He’s shared the stage with the world’s greatest minds in business, politics, sports, and motivation. Whether he’s in front of a middle school classroom or thousands in a convention hall, Kyle says his life’s deepest passion is helping each audience on their path towards reaching their highest human potential.
In his most recent conquest, Kyle became the first man to ever hike on all fours to reach the roof of Africa — bearcrawling to the 19,340 ft. summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Joining Kyle were two inspiring veterans, former Marine officer Chris Hadsall and Army staff sergeant Sandra Ambotaite, who battled through incredible adversity of their own to reach the peak. The purpose of their quest — to send a message to the veteran community and kids with disabilities around the world that no obstacle is too great to be overcome.
HBO Real Sports corespondent, Bernie Goldberg, summed it up best when he said, “Kyle’s taken away the right to complain from the rest of us.” year studying Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and now.
Glenn Fuller, Advisory Board
Glenn A. Fuller’s experience includes all aspects of real estate including acquisition and disposition, construction, and mezzanine construction and permanent financing. Mr. Fuller has represented various clients in resort financing and hotel development and financing, golf course acquisition and development financing as well as office, retail and industrial development and financing.
Mr. Fuller further has experience in myriad other lending and equity transactions such as hybrid debt/equity transactions; as well as structuring joint ventures and tax planning for real estate acquisitions and dispositions including like-kind exchanges and taxation issues involved in dispositions and acquisitions of real estate, partnership transactions and transactions involving real estate investment trusts. His clients range from publicly traded companies to individuals and include institutional and private lenders, commercial and residential developers and landlords and tenants in leasing matters.
Mr. Fuller’s practice also encompasses a broad variety of general business matters, including the structuring and planning of business entities; negotiation and drafting of complex partnership, joint venture, and LLC operating agreements; and various commercial and personal property secured financing transactions. Mr. Fuller is a recognized expert in federal taxation issues related to real estate and is a frequent writer, commentator and speaker on current real estate, tax and corporate issues, and regularly publishes on such topics.
Steven attended California State University Northridge, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing. He was also a highly decorated high school and colligate student athlete, where he won many awards for his play in football. In June of 2013, Steven Josker joined the 11 Amps team as the Director of Operations. Currently, he manages the full range of administrative, logistical, and operational duties.
Prior to joining the 11 Amps Network, Steven was an executive assistant to Sean Entin, the Vice President of 11 Amps, where he helped out in the many ventures that Sean Entin is a part of. The most recent being The Move 2 Improve Foundation, where Steven played a key role in developing the foundation and assisting in achieving the 501(c)3 non-profit tax exempt status.
I’m a Chiropractor by degree, and as you may already be able to tell, my work doesn’t look or sound like the typical Chiropractor.
I graduated from Cleveland Chiropractic College in 1996, but that was just the beginning of the kind of education that brought me to the work I do with people today.
After graduating, I began what I like to call my informal education. It came at the foot of great mentors and healers. This kind of education is my informal training, but to me, it was very formal, it just didn’t look that way to most.
Most of my studies post Chiropractic College was under-going my own healing, mostly the emotional kind. It was not by “traditional” therapists, but you would be terribly mistaken to think they weren’t qualified to do what they do.
So that’s why I say informal training, because they weren’t certified in the cultural sense; and also, because my relationships with them were not formally created in the confines of a school, nor do they teach what they do to just anyone. These relationships grew naturally as if we were brought together.
Having said that, being mentored and mentoring others is the only way I know how to live and a relationship I find extremely valuable and rewarding.
Besides, what great people don’t have mentors? I’d be hard pressed to find out that every successful person didn’t have someone behind the scenes, molding, supporting and inspiring their growth in one way or another.
And lastly, what about my work inspires me?
I’m passionate about the emotional aspect of healing and how it relates to every area of our physical life.
I came to realize that the emotional aspect of healing was a key to being the missing link to why so many people struggled so much with their health.
It was their emotional selves that was in such turmoil and I could see how intimately linked that violent struggle is and how it plays out with peoples physical health and life.
I have an ear and vision for how peoples emotional and energetic selves relates to their physical lives, and that includes their health, body, career, craft, money, and relationships – and I have a unique affinity for how ones past trauma relates to all of this as well.