Leigh is an expert in her field of neuroscience and a frequent contributor at conferences and meetings. She is the founder of the Brain Performance Center, located in Irving and Southlake, Texas.
At the 13th Annual Neuroscience symposium, September 28, 2012, Leigh presented to medical doctors and nurses on how Biofeedback and Neurofeedback can be used as an alternative treatment for many health issues, ranging from ADD/ADHD, anxiety, insomnia, headaches, to high blood pressure.
Leigh became interested in neuroscience after her son experienced tramatic brain injury and began displaying cognitive problems. Her search for a treatment plan that went beyond medication led to her eventual study and certification in biofeedback and neurofeedback therapy and becoming a licensed professional counselor (cognitive behavioral therapy). Through her personal trauma she found her passion and has continued to learn and grow since becoming BCIA certified in 2004.
Leigh’s personal story:
“When my son was in the second grade, he was hit by a car. I watched as he rolled over the hood and onto the pavement, hitting his head in the process. He was rushed to the hospital, and I was told he had suffered a general concussion. As we left the hospital, the reality of what could have happened was not far from my mind.
Three years passed and we had almost forgotten what had happened when my son began having cognitive issues. He came to me and told me that he thought he had ADHD; he couldn’t focus or concentrate and needed help. I immediately called the school and spoke with a counselor that said they didn’t believe he had ADHD, since he had never displayed behavioral problems or failed a class. The counselor suggested that I take him to a doctor and have him put on Ritalin. Medication is never my first course of action, and my education made me think there had to be something we could do from a behavioral standpoint.
That moment changed my life. I found a neurologist in Dallas, Dr. Jonathan Walker, who used neurofeedback to reopen the neural pathways in the back of my son’s head that had shut down because of the head trauma.
The program made a difference for me personally as well. I had incurred a head trauma that resulted in permanent loss of smell and problems with visual processing. I went through the program, got my sense of smell back, and began to read books again. I completed an internship with Dr. Walker, obtained the necessary BCIA certification in 2004 and worked with him until 2009. Dr. Walker is a true pioneer in the field and has published many studies in his 35 years of practice, some of which are listed on this site.
I met Sally Cocjin in December of 2007,when her son came into the practice for neurofeedback as part of a rehabilitation program she was organizing. At the age of sixteen he had a sinus infection that turned into meningitis when the bacteria hit the brain. He then had a stroke and went into a coma. He came out of the coma, but still had a long road to travel. Various therapies contributed to his rehabilitation, but it was neurofeedback that alleviated his cognitive issues.
Sally was drawn to the field, much like I was, through a personal experience. She joined the team in 2009 and has utilized her personal experience and formal BCIA certification to benefit many others. The combination of personal experience and formal training allows us to connect with each person we meet both on an intellectual and emotional level.”
Leigh enjoys educating the senior population on what they can do to improve their brain helath as they age. For more information watch the video below.