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Mark Watson, MA – Co-Director


Brain injury, concussions and brain change have always been of interest to me. As an educator and athlete I have always appreciated the role of rehabilitation in increasing performance. Understanding alternative learning platforms has been of interest to me since I was diagnosed with Dyslexia in elementary school.

My early experiences with education helped medevelop an interest in understanding different learning profiles in more depth. I earned my Bachelor’s degree in 2001 from the University of Alberta in the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation. I then completed a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership.

My formal career in education began in 2001 with the Eaton Coull Learning Group where I worked with education professionals (district administrators, principals and teachers) to help students with learning disabilities better understand the nature of their learning differences/disabilities and then devise and implement a plan to steer around these difficulties.

Since September 2005, in my many roles at Eaton Arrowsmith, I have seen firsthand the overwhelmingly positive impact that strengthening specific neurological capacities can have in all aspects of a student’s life. As a co-director of the WCBH, I look forward to helping to improve our clients’ cognitive functioning through our brain-strengthening program so they can lead more fulfilled and independent lives.

  • 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 Centre Society 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 Centre Society 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 Centre Society 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 Centre Society 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 Centre Society 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 Centre Society 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 / BrainExTM 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 Society/BrainExTM 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 Society 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