Location, Golden, CO
In 2003, Jared King’s future was bright. The 19-year-old was on track to get a degree in the geosciences at the Colorado School of Mines, a public research university for engineering and applied science in Golden, Colorado, which boasts some of the nation’s highest admissions standards.
A car accident changed everything. Jared was on his way back to college from New Mexico when he rolled his truck and sustained a traumatic brain injury. He came to Craig Hospital to begin the rigorous process of healing, both cognitively and physically.
As he worked toward regaining his independence, Jared made an important personal goal: to return to the School of Mines and continue his education. His recovery was slower than he’d hoped, but the shared support of his peers at Craig offered the motivation he needed to improve.
“My time at Craig was hard, because the memory issues were extremely frustrating,” Jared said. At first, his balance was also very poor. He remembers struggling to walk on the treadmill. “There were others there who may never walk again who were encouraging me to work hard, to walk faster and to get better and get better. It was incredibly encouraging.”
When he graduated from Craig, Jared says he knew he was still healing. He wanted to go back to the Colorado School of Mines, but he soon realized he wasn’t ready. Jared stayed in New Mexico and took junior college classes.
“When I first went back to school, I realized I couldn’t function on the same academic level I was able to before my accident,” he said. Although he was eager to advance, he says that some of the best advice he got was to slow down and give his body the time it needed to heal.
After completing his bachelor’s degree, Jared was accepted into graduate school at the Colorado School of Mines. “That’s when I felt like I’ve made it full circle.” He did return to the place where he could do everything academically that he could do before the accident, but it felt different. “It was defining a new normal for me,” he said.
Today, Jared works as a hydrogeologist at a software company in Colorado. A multi-year recipient of the Craig Hospital Alumni Scholarship, Jared says he likes being able to contribute to help other Craig patients go back to school.
“For me recovery was primarily about perseverance and getting through it,” he said. “I now have the confidence that almost anything I encounter will pale in comparison to what it took to overcome my injury.”
Alan H. Weintraub, MD, FACRM Physician
Alan Weintraub, MD, FACRM, served as Medical Director of the Brain Injury Program at Craig Hospital from 1986 to 2020. Dr. Weintraub also served as Medical Director for the Rocky Mountain Regional Brain Injury System, a federally-designated Model System of Care focusing on extensive clinical, research and dissemination activities.
Over his tenure in the field of Brain Injury Care and Rehabilitation, Dr. Weintraub has served as Medical Director of several post-acute residential brain injury and long-term subacute brain injury programs. He is an Associate Clinical Professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and a Consultant to the Colorado Division of Workers' Compensation Medical Treatment Guidelines TBI Task Force.
In 2011, Dr. Weintraub received the prestigious North American Brain Injury Society Award for Innovative Clinical Treatment. In 2017, he was honored by the Brain Injury Association of America, receiving the Sheldon Berrol Award for Clinical Excellence. In 2018 and again in 2019 he received Becker's Healthcare Top 100 Hospital Health System Physician Leaders Awards. From 2012 through 2020, Dr. Weintraub has been recognized as a "Top Doctor" in his specialty by 5280 Magazine and Castle Connelly/U.S. News & World Report.
As a Brain Injury Medicine Certified Subspecialist and ACRM Fellow, Dr. Weintraub has special interests in predictive biomarkers for recovery, neuroimaging, disorders of consciousness, pharmacologic rehabilitation, sports-related concussion and the long-term consequences of brain injury. He is active in local, regional and national organizations and is devoted to the aging and long-term needs of brain-injured survivors and their families. For over 35 years, Dr. Weintraub has lectured extensively to broad audiences and written on a number of specific clinical and research topics related to both traumatic and acquired brain injury.
Karen Ramsey Registered Nurse
Kent Hamstra Director of Clinical Care Management
Clinical Care Management
Kent Hamstra MA, received his training and degree in Psychology from Hastings College in 1985 and Master of Arts degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from University of Iowa in 1986. He has been a member of the Craig Hospital inpatient TBI clinical team since 1987. Kent has been involved with multiple projects involving TBI. He is a member of the Craig Hospital TBI Supervisors Group.
Brenda Bertrand Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist
Tiffany Heck Director of Occupational Therapy
Jim Berry, Ph.D., ABPP Rehabilitation Neuropsychologist
Dr. Berry earned a BA from the University of The South in 1980. He completed his Master’s Degree in Public Administration at The University of Colorado in 1983. He obtained a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology in 1989 and was awarded a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 1991. His dissertation examined The Presence of Neuropsychological Deficits in Abstaining Cocaine users. He completed a two year Neuropsychological Fellowship at Craig Hospital in 1993. He has been Board Certified in Rehabilitation Psychology since 2004. Dr. Berry continues to work as a clinical neuropsychologist at Craig Hospital, specializing in the diagnostic assessment and treatment of traumatic brain injury.
Darlene Dumont Director of Respiratory Therapy
Darlene Dumont, RRT, BSHA, is Director of Respiratory Therapy at Craig Hospital.
In her time at Craig, Darlene has progressed her career from bedside therapist, to supervisor, to Respiratory Department Manager and then to Director.
Darlene's responsibilities are the oversight of the respiratory therapy staff and department services provided, as well as facilitating the BLS and ACLS programs at Craig.
I made it full circle.Jared King, Craig Grad 2003