While growing up, Dr. Brenner played soccer competitively. She experienced her first concussion at age 14. She continued to play through high school and eventually played D1 soccer at Wagner College in New York City. Through high school and college, Dr. Brenner sustained 4 more concussions and was forced to stop playing. After her fifth concussion, Dr. Brenner experienced first hand the impact a brain injury could have. She began to experience headaches, brain fog, and personality changes. As a mathematics and pre-medicine dual major, she found the demands of her course work extremely difficult and would often experience memory lapses and difficulty concentrating.
Dr. Brenner slowly recovered and began deciding where she was going to attend graduate school. She always thought she would continue on to medical school, but found herself being drawn to more holistic approaches. She ultimately chose to enrolled in chiropractic school, and within the first month of classes she was introduced to functional neurology.
The focus on the brain with a holistic approach matched perfectly with Dr. Brenner’s family and personal experiences. She studied under Dr. Frederick Carrick and eventually began teaching to both students and practicing physicians as the president of the Functional Neurology Club. She continued her studies receiving her Diplomate in Functional Neurology and a Fellowship in Brain Injury and Rehabilitation. She also received her health coach training from Duke Integrative Medicine and is currently completing her certification process through the Institute of Functional Medicine.
Over the past year Dr. Brenner and Dr. Traster have traveled through Europe and Australia and across the United States consulting on complex cases with other physicians. Dr. Brenner is excited to now serve her local community as well as visiting patients with a holistic, neurological approach.