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Sports concussions in children with Dr. Alison Alford

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Join host Amy Zellmer as she speaks with Dr. Alison Alford.

I was born and raised in Lancaster, PA.  I attended undergraduate at University of Miami obtaining a BS in Psychobiology.  I then attend Jefferson Medical College back in Philadelphia, PA.  Once I graduated, I did my residency and fellowship at Virginia Commonwealth University. In 2012 I became a board-certified Child Neurologist.  I had a strong interest in headaches and studied to obtain my second board in Headache Medicine in 2013.  I have become the only board-certified Pediatric Headache Medicine Specialist in Virginia. 

I would see a fair amount of post-concussion syndromes for their headache management.  However, in 2016 one of our concussion clinics lost their primary physician.  I, personally was not a fan of the way other clinics were run, so I decided to start managing more of the concussion symptoms myself.  I pride myself and my clinic on bringing the relationship back into medicine and I felt that needed to happen with concussion/TBI patients as well.  So many people do not understand the far reaches of a TBI and how much disability it can cause.  So, I felt this was very important to protect this patient population and provide the best care possible.  I was also asked to join the board of directors for the Brain Injury Association of Virginia.  I have learned so much about the need for even more resources for TBI in Virginia.  This has made me all the more passionate about getting these patients what they need. 

I live in Richmond with my husband of 13 years.  We have two young children and a loving Golden Retriever.  

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