Charles J Huebner MD
I am extremely grateful for the outstanding care that I have received from Beth LaFramboise of Therapy Solutions that has helped me to recover from a severe case of viral encephalitis (brain infection). In April of 2016, I became very ill with a severe headache. The day after the onset of this headache, I ended up in the ER of McLaren Northern Michigan unconscious with continuous seizures. Thanks for excellent medical care, I was stabilized, which included being put on a ventilator. Due to the severity of my illness, I was airlifted to UM and placed in the Neuro Intensive Care Unit. I was at UM until early Summer, when I was transferred to Bay Bluffs Care Facility. That is when I first met Beth LaFamboise MA my speech therapist who works at Therapy Solutions. When Beth first saw me, I was lying in bed in a fetal position, with a feeding tube in my stomach. I was essentially nonverbal. Beth worked with me to help with my swallowing and speech. There, I also had physical therapy to get me walking again. I was able to come home later in the summer of 2016. I had therapy at home after discharge. I made slow progress with my physical abilities, but my physicians felt that I would benefit from further speech therapy. I reconnected with Beth LaFramboise in March of 2017 at Therapy Solutions. I must say that she has been a tremendous help in my recovery from a serious brain injury. As a physician, I had an incomplete view of what speech therapy involves. My view was that therapists helped patients who had strokes or surgery in their throats learn to speak again. As a patient, I have realized how limited and wrong that view was.
There is so much more to Speech-Language therapy. Beth has done an outstanding job of finding out where my brain was not working as well as it could be. She is an excellent diagnostician in this regard. She then came up with an array of assignments and exercises to help correct these deficiencies. She had me working on deductive reasoning problems and other tasks that have been challenging, but helpful. Oh yea, there are homework assignments too ( not open book)! I have noticed significant improvements in mental functions since going to see Beth at Therapy Solutions. My thought processes work more smoothly. I have had less, “analysis paralysis”, as Beth calls it. That is getting stuck in thinking how to do a task, instead of moving ahead and actually doing it. I feel that my reading and comprehension are better. Also, I was able to pass a detailed driving assessment at Munson Hospital and now I am able to drive once more. My wife, Melanie Manary MD, has even noticed some of these improvements. She would also agree with Beth that I have had issues with “analysis paralysis”! Based on my experience as a patient and physician, I give Beth LaFramboise and Therapy Solutions my highest recommendation.
Therapy Solutions is the place to go! Amy Dubey is a brilliant occupational therapist. My daughter has suffered two separate traumatic brain injuries (TBI). We came to Amy the first time and my daughter made significant gains. She then got into another car accident and suffered her second severe traumatic brain injury. We are back with Amy once again. I’ve witnessed more improvement with Amy’s occupational therapy than any other therapies she is participating in. The atmosphere is comfortable, almost like being at home. Northern Michigan is lucky to have a gem like Amy. I know myself and my family are forever grateful for her.
I have worked with Amy and Beth. What a team! I cannot say enough or even come close to the gratitude I have for them both. I came to them after a car accident where I had a closed head injury. My memory, thought process, speech and eyesight were not functioning as they should. You can imagine I came to them with very low self esteem and out of sorts. Amy and Beth worked with me and helped me through this very tough time. They also gave me such encouragement that I know I would have given up if weren’t for them. I now believe in myself and know how to deal with the pain and I am able to function with a smile on my face!
Beth was more than a Speech Therapist to me. In therapy, she helped with my verbal skills, writing and completing thoughts. I still struggle in some areas, but it was Beth’s gentle nature that made me feel that I could keep trying. I continue to move forward to this day. I graduated with high honors from NCMC, and have my own successful new business which allows me to work from home. None of that would be possible without the constant encouragement of all my therapists, but especially Beth.