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David Dansereau Know Stroke Podcast

The Know Stroke Podcast is presented by co-hosts Mike Garrow (stroke Caregiver) & David Dansereau (stroke survivor). Listen back to Episode 1 of the podcast to hear our personal stories of how stroke impacted our lives and sparked a mission to amplify the voices, contributions, and achievements of change makers in stroke care.

Our Mission: Empowering stroke survivors and their care teams to take control of life after stroke.

Co-Hosts Profiles:
David Dansereau is a stroke survivor and the founder of Know-Stroke.org - a community for patients with stroke and PFO. His story was featured in the NY Times.
A licensed physical therapist, nutritionist, and clinical PT consultant, David has a keen interest to explore the intersection of stroke rehabilitation and digital therapeutics to expand the reach of post stroke therapy and improve patient outcomes. He is a CAPS (Certified Aging in Place) certified specialist and is the founder of SmartMovesPT a digital health and rehab tech consulting company based in Rhode Island.
David is also an Amazon best selling author with the publication of his preventive medicine book, Body in Balance.

Michael Garrow grew up as a Caregiver for his mother who had a stroke at age 28. He earned his graduate degree from Griffith College Dublin and spent the early stage of his career in Dublin, Ireland working in the health tech space as a market research analyst and then Moving into a wellness start-up. Michael currently resides in NYC working as a Senior Digital Product Manger with CVS Health.

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Advancing Stroke Recovery (Asr) Program By Headway Neurology &Raquo; Tiyfc9133Njh6I0X4D1Dnd1Mqp1T
Advancing Stroke Recovery (ASR) Program by Headway Neurology

Chime In, Send Us a Text Message!Episode 74 Guest Lester Leung,MD- Founder Headway Neurology,LLCIn Season 2 Episode 7  we first interviewed Lester Y. Leung, MD, MSc of  Tufts MC.Dr Leung is a Board …

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Chime In, Send Us a Text Message!Episode 74 Guest Lester Leung,MD- Founder Headway Neurology,LLCIn Season 2 Episode 7  we first interviewed Lester Y. Leung, MD, MSc of  Tufts MC.Dr Leung is a Board Certified Vascular & Neneral Neurologist, Assistant Professor of Neurology, Director, Comprehensive Stroke Center at Tufts Medical Center and Director and Founder, Stroke and Young Adults (SAYA) Program. In this episode we caught up with Dr. Leung again to learn about the launch of his new Advancing Stroke Recovery Program (ASR) at Headway Neurology,LLCHeadway Neurology LLC is a neurology micr…

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June Snapcast &Raquo; 3Tqql8Aum2At01Etfxwsob1Sd0Ns
June SnapCast

Chime In, Send Us a Text Message!In this SnapCast, David and Mike discuss their transition to a new recording studio and their plans for the future. They also talk about Mike's appointment to an …

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Chime In, Send Us a Text Message!In this SnapCast, David and Mike discuss their transition to a new recording studio and their plans for the future. They also talk about Mike's appointment to an advisory committee for the American Heart and American Stroke Association. The hosts mention their upcoming break and the possibility of replaying previous episodes during that time. They express gratitude for the feedback received on the Vivistim series and encourage listeners to stay active and participate in community events.TakeawaysThe hosts have transitioned to a new recording studio, which …

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Stroke Thriver Spotlight: Tim Blinten'S Journey With Vivistim® Paired Vns™ System &Raquo; 3Tqql8Aum2At01Etfxwsob1Sd0Ns
Stroke Thriver Spotlight: Tim Blinten's Journey with Vivistim® Paired VNS™ System

Chime In, Send Us a Text Message!Episode 73: We’re excited to continue our partnership with Vivistim as part of a  Know Stroke Podcast spotlight series for May! Today's  interview  is with T…

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Chime In, Send Us a Text Message!Episode 73: We’re excited to continue our partnership with Vivistim as part of a  Know Stroke Podcast spotlight series for May! Today's  interview  is with Tim Blinten, a young stroke survivor from Massachusetts who shares his story and a #strokethriver and real world experience with Vivistim. In our first episode of this series we spoke with Teresa Jacobson Kimberley, PT, PhD, FAPTA. She walked us through the science behind vagus nerve stimulation and her research findings with the Vivistim technology.Thank you again  Vivistim for your support  in …

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Snapcast: Keeping The Pace In May For Stroke Awareness Month &Raquo; 3Tqql8Aum2At01Etfxwsob1Sd0Ns
SnapCast: Keeping the Pace in May for Stroke Awareness Month

Chime In, Send Us a Text Message!In this SnapCast we recapped a great day out at the Trillium Spring 5K running alongside our friends from Tufts Medical Center Stroke and Young Adults (SAYA) program a…

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Chime In, Send Us a Text Message!In this SnapCast we recapped a great day out at the Trillium Spring 5K running alongside our friends from Tufts Medical Center Stroke and Young Adults (SAYA) program and past guest Jenna Muri-Rosenthal from Fit to Function Recovery.We’re excited to continue our partnership with Vivistim as part of a  Know Stroke Podcast spotlight series for May! Last episode we spoke with Teresa Jacobson Kimberley, PT, PhD, FAPTA she is the Director of the Rehabilitation Science PhD Program School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences MGH Institute of Health Professionals.…

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Navigating Recovery With Vivistim®: A Deep Dive On Paired Vagus Nerve Stimulation With Dr. Teresa Jacobson Kimberley &Raquo; 3Tqql8Aum2At01Etfxwsob1Sd0Ns
Navigating Recovery with Vivistim®: A Deep Dive on Paired Vagus Nerve Stimulation with Dr. Teresa Jacobson Kimberley

Chime In, Send Us a Text Message!We’re kicking off Stroke Awareness Month with our first business spotlight series in partnership with Vivistim®. On this episode we’ll introduce you to Teresa Jac…

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Chime In, Send Us a Text Message!We’re kicking off Stroke Awareness Month with our first business spotlight series in partnership with Vivistim®. On this episode we’ll introduce you to Teresa Jacobson Kimberley, PT, PhD, FAPTA  Director of the Rehabilitation Science PhD Program School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences MGH Institute of Health Professionals.About our Guest:Dr. Kimberley is a Professor and Director of the Brain Recovery Lab in the MGH Institute’s Department of Physical Therapy. She is also a research associate at Harvard Medical School, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospit…

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Snapcast: Stroke Awareness Month Brought To You By Vivistim &Raquo; 3Tqql8Aum2At01Etfxwsob1Sd0Ns
SnapCast: Stroke Awareness Month brought to you by Vivistim

Chime In, Send Us a Text Message!May is Stroke Awareness MonthWe’re excited to announce our partnership with Vivistim as part of a  Know Stroke Podcast spotlight series for May! Throughout the mon…

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Chime In, Send Us a Text Message!May is Stroke Awareness MonthWe’re excited to announce our partnership with Vivistim as part of a  Know Stroke Podcast spotlight series for May! Throughout the month of May we’ll be bringing you two episodes highlighting the breakthrough technology of Vivistim to improve arm and hand function in stroke survivors impacted by chronic ischemic stroke.On our first episode in this May spotlight series we’ll be speaking with Teresa Jacobson Kimberley, PT, PhD, FAPTA she is the Director of the Rehabilitation Science PhD Program School of Health and Rehabilitat…

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Underinsured, Unabandoned: Strokeot'S Commitment With Dr. Carolyn Brown &Raquo; 3Tqql8Aum2At01Etfxwsob1Sd0Ns
Underinsured, Unabandoned: StrokeOT's Commitment with Dr. Carolyn Brown

Chime In, Send Us a Text Message!Episode 71 Guest: Carolyn Brown, OTD, OTR/L, CLT Executive Director, StrokeOT,LLCDr Brown joined us back in season 2 episode 3 (Oct 2021) when she first formed Stroke …

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Chime In, Send Us a Text Message!Episode 71 Guest: Carolyn Brown, OTD, OTR/L, CLT Executive Director, StrokeOT,LLCDr Brown joined us back in season 2 episode 3 (Oct 2021) when she first formed Stroke OT, her CT based non profit for opening long term care access and providing  essential health and wellness services to stroke survivors and caregivers.  Our guest has worked with the stroke community for 27 years.  Her expertise areas in stroke rehabilitation include Neuro-developmental Treatment, the Lifestyle Redesign® model, Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy, and Saebo orthotics and most …

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Snapcast: What'S Happening Next In April? &Raquo; 3Tqql8Aum2At01Etfxwsob1Sd0Ns
SnapCast: What's Happening Next in April?

Chime In, Send Us a Text Message!Know Stroke Podcast April SnapcastWhat's a snapcast?A quick recording where Mike and David jump in to release short shoutouts of timely events and upcoming episod…

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Chime In, Send Us a Text Message!Know Stroke Podcast April SnapcastWhat's a snapcast?A quick recording where Mike and David jump in to release short shoutouts of timely events and upcoming episodes +release  announcements for our sponsors.  On this snapcast we open with  the voices of podcasts hosts Jordan and Kevin of the Buzzcast podcast.  They are both with Buzzsprout, our Know Stroke Podcast hosting partner.  The name 'snapcast' was born directly from the hosts at Buzzcast and we have adopted the snapcast concept for use at Know Stroke. Mentions:Episode 69  Stroke Thri…

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&Quot;Better Than Good Enough&Quot;: Fit To Function'S Neuro Rehab Fitness Model &Raquo; 3Tqql8Aum2At01Etfxwsob1Sd0Ns
"Better Than Good Enough": Fit to Function's Neuro Rehab Fitness Model

Chime In, Send Us a Text Message!Episode 70 with Jenna Muri-Rosenthal of  Fit to Function RecoveryAbout our Guest:We met Jenna Muri-Rosenthal through an introduction by our previous episode guest Ror…

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Chime In, Send Us a Text Message!Episode 70 with Jenna Muri-Rosenthal of  Fit to Function RecoveryAbout our Guest:We met Jenna Muri-Rosenthal through an introduction by our previous episode guest Rory Polera (Ep69).  Jenna has her clinical roots at Spaulding Rehab and is an experienced speech and language pathologist (SLP) who uses her passion for Crossfit and advanced training in brain injury and rehabilitation to offer a neuro adaptive fitness and cognitive communication rehabilitation model.  Her new gym is based just outside of Boston (Roslindale/West Roxbury,MA) where she has built an …

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Stroke Thriver Spotlight: Rory Polera &Raquo; 3Tqql8Aum2At01Etfxwsob1Sd0Ns
Stroke Thriver Spotlight: Rory Polera

Chime In, Send Us a Text Message!Episode 69 - we welcome Rory Polera to the show to share his story as a young stroke survivor - or as we like to say, "stroke thriver". Show highlights:Rory Polera sha…

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Chime In, Send Us a Text Message!Episode 69 - we welcome Rory Polera to the show to share his story as a young stroke survivor - or as we like to say, "stroke thriver". Show highlights:Rory Polera shares his incredible journey of Resilience and recovery after experiencing multiple ischemic strokes within a short span at the age of 36.Despite the challenges, Rory's determination and support system propelled him through a rigorous rehabilitation process.Rory shares how data tracking played a crucial role in monitoring progress and providing motivation throughout his recovery journey.Rory hi…

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Closing The Loop: Ohiohealth'S Path From Rehab To Community Fitness &Raquo; 3Tqql8Aum2At01Etfxwsob1Sd0Ns
Closing the Loop: OhioHealth's Path from Rehab to Community Fitness

Chime In, Send Us a Text Message!Episode 68 - join us as we chat with Lauren Esposito, Operations Manager at OhioHealth Neuroscience Wellness Center.Lauren provides insight into the origins of the Neu…

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Chime In, Send Us a Text Message!Episode 68 - join us as we chat with Lauren Esposito, Operations Manager at OhioHealth Neuroscience Wellness Center.Lauren provides insight into the origins of the Neuroscience Wellness Center, highlighting the key individuals who brought it to life. She explains how community needs for neurological care led to the center's establishment, emphasizing its role in filling critical gaps in patient support.Gain a deeper understanding of the patient experience within the center, particularly for stroke survivors. Lauren shares details about specialized programs…

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Innovating Community Fitness: Building Bridges From Research To Post-Stroke Rehab &Raquo; 3Tqql8Aum2At01Etfxwsob1Sd0Ns
Innovating Community Fitness: Building Bridges from Research to Post-Stroke Rehab

Chime In, Send Us a Text Message!Episode 67 - Innovating Community Fitness: Building Bridges from Research to Post-Stroke Rehab.New National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines …

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Chime In, Send Us a Text Message!Episode 67 - Innovating Community Fitness: Building Bridges from Research to Post-Stroke Rehab.New National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines in the UK recommend stroke patients receive at least three hours of rehabilitation a day, five days a week. This is a dramatic increase from previous guidance of 45 minutes a day. Currently there are big gaps in service when it comes to supporting people with stroke after they’re discharged from care not only in the UK but worldwide. Often, survivors have nowhere to go to exercise and accessing …

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Become A Know Stroke Podcast Supporter! &Raquo; 3Tqql8Aum2At01Etfxwsob1Sd0Ns
Become a Know Stroke Podcast Supporter!

Chime In, Send Us a Text Message!Welcome back to the first Know Stroke Podcast episode of our 2024 season! Co-hosts Michael Garrow and David Dansereau appreciate you taking some time out of your day t…

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Chime In, Send Us a Text Message!Welcome back to the first Know Stroke Podcast episode of our 2024 season! Co-hosts Michael Garrow and David Dansereau appreciate you taking some time out of your day to listen to this episode. If you find our podcast valuable, we ask that you consider supporting us with a small monthly donation or through a sponsored business spotlight. In this episode we walk you through both options and what we have planned for 2024.Here's How: Consider becoming a monthly supporter of the show here  starting at $3 per month and help us to continue to create content for …

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Replay: Let'S Make It Okay To Say You'Re Not Okay &Raquo; 3Tqql8Aum2At01Etfxwsob1Sd0Ns
Replay: Let's make it okay to say you're not okay

Chime In, Send Us a Text Message!Episode 65: Closing out 2023 with a replay of our highest downloaded episode of the year. Tim Whitmire joined us for episode 48, he is a young stroke survivor and foun…

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Chime In, Send Us a Text Message!Episode 65: Closing out 2023 with a replay of our highest downloaded episode of the year. Tim Whitmire joined us for episode 48, he is a young stroke survivor and founder of F3 Nation. He speaks to us about how he grew a community built around fitness, fellowship, and faith into the largest mens' fitness movement in the US, and how those pillars transferred into his rehab journey.Thank you to all of our listeners and guests that joined us in 2023. We look forward to continuing to bring you conversations with survivors, caregivers, and clinical experts brin…

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Achieving Balance (Part 1): Food As Medicine To Fuel Stroke Recovery &Raquo; 3Tqql8Aum2At01Etfxwsob1Sd0Ns
Achieving Balance (Part 1): Food as Medicine to Fuel Stroke Recovery

Chime In, Send Us a Text Message!Episode 64 - Achieving Balance (Part 1): Food as Medicine to Fuel Stroke RecoveryA comprehensive stroke recovery plan of care often includes a combination of physical,…

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Chime In, Send Us a Text Message!Episode 64 - Achieving Balance (Part 1): Food as Medicine to Fuel Stroke RecoveryA comprehensive stroke recovery plan of care often includes a combination of physical, occupational, and speech therapy, along with other medical interventions. These therapies are vital for regaining physical and cognitive abilities. Often overlooked, however, in the stroke recovery pathway is the quality of a stroke survivor’s diet. Quality nutrition offers the potential to improve stroke outcomes by promoting healing, providing high performance fuels to support the physical de…

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2023 World Stroke Day #Greaterthanstroke &Raquo; 3Tqql8Aum2At01Etfxwsob1Sd0Ns
2023 World Stroke Day #GreaterThanStroke

Chime In, Send Us a Text Message!Special Edition Episode 63 for World Stroke Day #GreaterThanStroke This year’s theme for World Stroke Day 2023 is stroke prevention. One in four of us will have a s…

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Chime In, Send Us a Text Message!Special Edition Episode 63 for World Stroke Day #GreaterThanStroke This year’s theme for World Stroke Day 2023 is stroke prevention. One in four of us will have a stroke in our lifetime. It is estimated that 90% of those strokes could be prevented by addressing a small number of risk factors including high blood pressure (hypertension), irregular heartbeat (atrial fibrillation), smoking, diet and exercise. The Know Stroke Podcast stands behind this mission as well so together we can be #GreaterThanStroke. Today we join the global stroke community to raise aw…

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Maximizing Safe Home Mobility Access: Addressing One Of The Most Important Issues In Stroke Discharge And Recovery With Justin Oakley Of Oakley Home Access &Raquo; 3Tqql8Aum2At01Etfxwsob1Sd0Ns
Maximizing Safe Home Mobility Access: Addressing one of the most important issues in stroke discharge and recovery with Justin Oakley of Oakley Home Access

Chime In, Send Us a Text Message!Episode 62: Justin Oakley, MSOTR/L CAPS of Oakley Home AccessPreparing your home for all of life's changes after a stroke can be overwhelming. In fact, the word …

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Chime In, Send Us a Text Message!Episode 62: Justin Oakley, MSOTR/L CAPS of Oakley Home AccessPreparing your home for all of life's changes after a stroke can be overwhelming. In fact, the word discharge can be terrifying for both survivor, Caregiver and treating therapists alike to provide access to continued safe mobility solutions. We’ve heard many times from past expert rehabilitation guests on our podcast that they predict ‘the future of stroke recovery will be in the home’. But that home must be safe and accessible first. So, how do we make it the best place to be? For the …

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Leading The Stroke Care Revolution: A Conversation With Dr. Lee H. Schwamm &Raquo; 3Tqql8Aum2At01Etfxwsob1Sd0Ns
Leading the Stroke Care Revolution: A Conversation with Dr. Lee H. Schwamm

Chime In, Send Us a Text Message!Episode 36 Interview with Kyle Zebley, Senior Vice President of Public Policy at the American Telemedicine Association and Executive Director, ATA ActionIn this episod…

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Chime In, Send Us a Text Message!Episode 36 Interview with Kyle Zebley, Senior Vice President of Public Policy at the American Telemedicine Association and Executive Director, ATA ActionIn this episode you’ll be hearing from the first policy expert we’ve had on our show and we don’t think we could have brought you a better one! It is important for us to emphasize this interview would not have been possible without the great coordinated cooperation from Gina Cella Senior VP of Strategic Connections and Ann Mond Johnson CEO of the ATA, so we want to thank them both here as well along with…

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