Alexandra Ilici, BSc, Cognitive Instructor
My fascination with the brain first stemmed from an interest in biological psychology and mental health. This further developed into a passion for learning how the brain and body interact and influence each other, leading me to pursue a Bachelor in Behavioural Neuroscience at Simon Fraser University. Throughout my studies at SFU, I became increasingly fascinated by the brain’s ability to change over time, even after injury, drawing my focus to neuroplasticity and rehabilitation after brain injury.
Inspired to help others in their rehabilitation journey, I became involved in the community, working with stroke survivors in various non-profit support groups, while completing the final year of my degree. As I sought resources within the community to assist in brain injury recovery, I noticed a huge gap in the system, where long-term management of cognitive symptoms after brain injury was lacking. These individuals have often been left in the dark, learning to compensate and live with their symptoms. Today, by targeting the brain’s capacity to change, we are able to provide a new hope for individuals living with brain injury in reclaiming their lives.
I am excited to be apart of a program and team of specialists that are devoted to filling this gap by applying the foundations of neuroplasticity at the Watson Centre Society for Brain Health. I aim to utilize my passion for helping individuals enhance their overall quality of life by supporting our clients, using our four-pillar approach and evidence-based tools, to achieve their wellness goals.