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A Tribute to Dr. Jane Gillett, a true pioneer in the field of brain injury treatment

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Gluckstein & Associates LLP wishes to extend our most heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Dr. Jane Gillett.  Dr. Gillett was well known to our firm as both a medical expert and a friend.  She will be greatly missed by all. The Globe and Mail published a wonderful article this week discussing the life and career of this supremely talented doctor. To read the full article, click here. Dr. Gillett was well known as the medical director of the Acquired Brain Injury Program at Hamilton Health Sciences and as an associate professor at McMaster University in Hamilton. She also founded, and was president of the International Pediatric Brain Injury Society.  She also founded the Pediatric Acquired Brain Injury Community Outreach Program in London, Ontario; an innovative care program that became an international prototype. Dr. Gillett and her team worked closely with teachers, parents, other caregivers and the patients themselves. Her approach when designing a pediatric care program was three-fold: 1. Base the program in the patient's community; 2. The program has to be child and family centred; 3. The program has to optimize the use of local resources. Dr. Gillett was also a spokesperson on concussions before they hit the recent media spotlight. She would always emphasize the importance of wearing helmets and insisted that a concussion is a brain injury that requires immediate treatment. Dr. Gillett was also chair of the Knowledge Mobilization Committee of the Trauma Foundation. She aimed to teach educators, parents and coaches about proper safety gear for children and youth. Dr. Gillett early in her career founded the Aphasia Centre in North York for people affected by stroke, traumatic brain injuries or neurological diseases. She continued to work directly with speech pathologists around issues related to eating or swallowing throughout the course of her career. Even when she attended conferences, she would insist on team members accompanying her. She had a unique style and when it came to her patients, she looked at the big picture: where would these patients be in six months, one year, five years down the road? She took a practical, rational approach to treatment, working with occupational therapists and speech pathologists. A fellow physician states, "The biggest loss is for the people with acquired brain injury who will never have her care." "You must be the change you wish to see in the world" - Ghandi

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