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Heike Dumke MSc. Cognitive Rehabilitation Therapist, RCC, RRP


Heike developed a fascination with Medicine and Psychology during her childhood and early teenage years, and in line with this fascination, has acquired extensive and varied experience in the healthcare profession through clinical and research work. Following the fall of the wall in 1989, Heike had an opportunity to move to Canada, where she pursued her interest in Psychology and was ultimately awarded an Honors degree in from Psychology Simon Fraser University in 2003. Despite Heike’s interest in Psychology and neuropsychology, her continuing love of medicine directed her to study Neuroscience at the Brain Research Centre at the University of British Columbia between 2003 and 2005. She continued her educational career through studying Applied Applications in Clinical Psychology, obtaining an MSc from Leicester University in 2012.

Heike also combined her love for Psychology and Medicine clinically by working with people with brain injury since 2008, and has since then obtained two professional registrations (Registered Rehabilitation Professional; RRP and Registered Clinical Counsellor, RCC). Similarly, in 2015, Heike has entered the PhD program in Rehabilitation Sciences in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia.

Heike is specialized in cognitive rehabilitation therapy, which includes addressing people’s emotional difficulties from it’s root. Oftentimes cognitive difficulties that result from a brain injury can create emotional difficulties. However, the opposite is true as well. In other words, emotional functioning can impact a person’s cognitive functioning. Figuring out how to best address a patient’s challenges in re-gaining independence and thereby support emotional well -being has been an important component in her practice. She is thrilled to bring this expertise to the Mark Watson Centre for Brain Health in Vancouver.

  • 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