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Michael Fred Hehmann
(970) 249-4665
815 S 3rd St
Montrose, CO
Specialty
Neurology

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Michael Hehmann
(970) 249-4665
816 S 5th St
Montrose, CO
Specialty
Neurology, Alzheimer's Specialist

Stephen David Johnson, MD
(303) 861-2266
1601 E 19th Ave Ste 4400
Denver, CO
Specialties
Neurological Surgery
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tn, Memphis, Coll Of Med, Memphis Tn 38163
Graduation Year: 1974
Hospital
Hospital: St Joseph Hosp, Denver, Co; Presbyterian -St Lukes Med Ct, Denver, Co
Group Practice: Western Neurological Group

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Michael Cherington, MD
(303) 629-5600
Castle Rock, CO
Specialties
Neurology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Pittsburgh Sch Of Med, Pittsburgh Pa 15261
Graduation Year: 1960

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John Paul Elliott
(303) 783-8844
499 E Hampden Ave
Englewood, CO
Specialty
Neurosurgery

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Michael Fred Hehmann, MD
(970) 249-4665
816 S 5th St
Montrose, CO
Specialties
Neurology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mo, Columbia Sch Of Med, Columbia Mo 65212
Graduation Year: 1988

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Randall John Bjork, MD
(719) 473-3272
175 S Union Blvd Ste 310
Colorado Springs, CO
Specialties
Neurology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mn Med Sch-Minneapolis, Minneapolis Mn 55455
Graduation Year: 1979
Hospital
Hospital: Penrose Hosp, Colorado Spgs, Co
Group Practice: Colorado Springs Neurological

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Ian G Dresner
(970) 947-9999
1905 Blake Ave
Glenwood Springs, CO
Specialty
Neurology

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Mark Conrad Spitz, MD
4200 E 9th Ave
Denver, CO
Specialties
Neurology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Az Coll Of Med, Tucson Az 85724
Graduation Year: 1979

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James Bradley Gibson, MD
(303) 388-6755
210 University Blvd Ste 220
Denver, CO
Specialties
Neurology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ar Coll Of Med, Little Rock Ar 72205
Graduation Year: 1965
Hospital
Hospital: St Anthony Hosp Central, Denver, Co

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The Flexible Brain

Modern scanning technology has shown that our brains can
adapt to changing circumstances at any age—if we let them.

April 2010

by Lisa James

Susan Barry’s eyes crossed when she was three months old. When she looked at something with her left eye, her right eye would turn in, and vice versa. But after three childhood surgeries corrected her appearance “I assumed I had fine vision, even though I had a hard time learning how to drive,” says Barry, a professor of biological sciences at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts. “Then I got into college and learned I didn’t have stereovision—I took all these 3D tests and didn’t pass them.” Barry had strabismus, a misalignment of the eyes that confuses the brain and causes loss of 3D vision.

What’s worse, “the same day I learned I didn’t have stereovision I learned I could never get it,” says Barry. That’s because the developing brain was thought to be like a vat of drying concrete: The flexibility that allowed a young child’s brain to acquire skills such as stereovision was simply lost by the time a person reached adulthood. Barry would even use herself as an example in passing along that conventional wisdom to her students.

Barry’s perspective changed, literally and figuratively, when she consulted a developmental optometrist, someone who specializes in problems with binocular vision. “She told me, ‘Your eyes don’t point at the same place in space at the same time,’” Barry recalls. Barry started doing vision exercises with aids such as a Brock string, a series of colored beads on a string that taught her eyes how to work in unison.

At age 48, Barry was finally able to perceive 3D images. “The first time you see in stereo is incredible,” says Barry, who has written about her experience in Fixing My Gaze: A Scientist’s Journey into Seeing in Three Dimensions (Basic Books). “You see that the leaves on a tree have layers of depth; before that the tree seemed sort of flat.”

Barry’s eyes remained the same, but her brain had changed. So had her beliefs about the brain’s limitations. Barry had experienced neuroplasticity, the idea that the brain is capable of renewing itself and remaining flexible no matter how old you are.

New Pathways

The brain contains about 100 billion neurons, which carry the electrical charges that make up nerve impulses. They do not touch each other directly. Instead, chemicals called neurotransmitters carry messages across small spaces known as synapses between neurons.

Over the past several decades, sophisticated brain scans such as functional MRI (fMRI) and PET have turned scientific thinking about the brain on its head. “They began to see that different areas of the brain build more synapses,” says Patt Lind-Kyle, leader of workshops in brain/mind exploration and author of Heal Your Mind, Rewire Your Brain (Energy Psychology Press, www.healrewireyourbrain.com ). “In the areas that you use, brain cells grow and multiply.” Barry says that su...

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