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AC Close, Marketing and Communications Director, WCBH


AC’s quest for information to understand the brain and mental health started for her at a young age. In middle school she was diagnosed by Howard Eaton, Co Founder of WCBH, as being severely dyslexic. He provided support, accommodations, and taught her how to become her own advocate. She had always been athletic growing up and turned her focus to sports during this tough time at school. This worked wonderfully, as she was recruited on a full ride field hockey scholarship to Kent State, a NCAA Division I school in the Unites States.

Unfortunately her university career came to a halt at the end of sophomore year, when she was hit in the face with a field hockey stick during a game and got a moderate to severe concussion. The recovery process was long and slow and she knows what the clients at WCBH experience. She decided to move home during her recovery, and then continued on her quest for brain knowledge at UBC, studying psychology and teaching lifestyle development programs for youth with developmental disabilities. She is thrilled to be working with the team at WCBH!

  • Most of the conversation today around brain injury seems to be focused on who or what caused it.  This is due in part because many in the  medical field embraced the assumption that the brain is the only organ in the body that could not heal itself.  The Watson Center for Brain Health, has moved beyond that conversation and challenged the assumption by providing a path to healing and in turn, hope for individuals who suffer from brain injuries.

    Jim McTaggart
    NHL Alumni, Hockey Executive
  • WCBH has helped me to recover from my MVA TBI / concussion. I had to admit “disability and injury” as I could not function any longer with the Competitive Edge that I had come to rely on within myself and my career! I recommend the full-time program. The time I put in will pay dividends towards my future…Admit and come to accept your injury and great things await with perseverance and resilience. The Watson Center and support persons are patient. Please consider your mental and emotional well-being for yourself and your loved ones, let alone your future financial ability to earn. I have recovered crucial working life – executive functioning abilities.

    Cassandra, PhD
    Current Watson Brain Centre Participant
  • My brain injury was 30 years ago and since my injury my thinking has been cloudy and slow and since being in this program for the past 6 months my thinking is clearer and faster…participating in this program is better than winning the lottery. 

    Janice
    Former Watson Brain Centre Participant
  • I’m now naturally able to wake up at a reasonable time and have less of a need for napping. Better functioning in my days/life. I have improved socially for a few months now. 

    Eric
    Former Watson Brain Centre Participant
  • Their focus is on restoring function in TBI victims so that they can once again enjoy life to the greatest extent possible. I highly recommend and endorse the Watson Center for Brain Health for this purpose, and if they were closer to where I am in Seattle, I would send all my clients to them to get their lives back.

    Scott Blair
    Personal injury lawyer
  • I am a 49 year old, 11 year NHL veteran and my career was cut short due to multiple concussions.  Since then I have been looking for a program(s) that might help me with my day to day mental struggles.  A few months ago happened to sit in on a few of the Watson / Arrowsmith seminars and am now excited to be able to take part in this groundbreaking approach for potential cognitive healing and a better way of life.

    Jamie Huscroft
    Retired Canadian hockey defenceman
  • WCBH is implementing a unique multidisciplinary and holistic approach in treating the effects of traumatic brain injury. This comprehensive program has the potential to present real opportunity for individuals affected by TBI to become whole again.

    Dr. Mike Dowling, DC, CCSP
    Chiropractic Sports Physician
  • I was fortunate enough to live a dream and play in the NFL for 14 years. While I don’t feel any negative cognitive effects at 46 years old, I know that the possibility is always there. Whether it is me or any of my former teammates that might benefit from the work of the Watson Center, I am glad they are there and care enough to do the work they are doing.

    Robbie Tobeck
    Former American Football Centre
  • As a 48-year-old 10 year NFL veteran, I am beginning to notice subtle changes in my own cognitive abilities. Misplacing my keys, fumbling over words, and forgetting names are becoming commonplace in my everyday life. I have long believed I would benefit from a Watson Centre/Arrowsmith-type program that was customized to address the specific needs of an NFL Player.

    Don Davey
    Former American Football Player
  • Mark Watson and the Watson Centre for Brain Health are taking on the root cause of TBI symptoms head on. As someone who played almost a decade of contact sport – I have yet to see a program that approaches the treatment with as much holistic innovation.

    Shea Emry
    Retired CFL’s Nastiest Player, Men’s Health Advocate