I had been an avid surfer, up with the sun each day and working full-time at night, having graduated high school two years early.
I went to the beach that day with my best friend. When the mid-day heat sent us running for the water, my dive under an oncoming wave would be my last able-bodied act.
When the top of my head slammed into the sand bar, fracturing my 5th and 6th cervical vertebrae, I was instantly paralyzed.
Since 1999 I have served as a patient's rights advocate representing individuals with disabilities who have been denied mandated services by Medi-Cal or Regional Center at State Fair Hearings. I also advocate on behalf of residents of skilled nursing facilities to assure quality and continuity of care and train nurses and case managers in the specific care of patients with spinal cord injuries.
From 1994 through 1999 my medical consulting firm Adaptive Technologies Group conducted wheelchair seating evaluations for Medi-Cal providers.
- Collecting and delivering desperately needed wheelchairs.
- Advocating on behalf of, and actively representing, individuals with disabilities who have been denied medically necessary mobility equipment or health care services.
- Advocating on behalf of individuals whose doctors have recommended marijuana under California’s Compassionate Use laws to treat symptoms accompanying a terminal illness or severe disability by providing patient counseling and care team training and education.
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