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Brain Awareness Week Celebrated with Free Lectures March 16

Richmond, Virginia- West End Location LearningRx is hosting The Amazing Brain, a day of free brain-related lectures on Saturday, March 16th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Tuckahoe Library in Henrico County. The lectures are in affiliation with Brain Awareness Week, a public information campaign created in 1996 by the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives to focus public attention on the importance of the brain and brain research.

Lectures will be provided by the following local brain and learning experts:

• Dr. M. Omar Faison, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor & Interim Chair in the Department of Biology at Virginia State University. Dr. Faison will be lecturing on Human Brain Development & Neuroplasticity.

• John Aaron is National Field Supervisor for the NFL Regional Combines and Super Regional Combine. He has assisted in the operation of over 200 pro football combines, including combines conducted for the NFL, CFL, XFL, and AAFL. Mr. Aaron will be discussing Sports Related Injuries & the Effects on the Brain.

• Sarah Thacker MA, ATR-BC, CHHC, RYT-500, offers a holistic approach to health and wellness. She is a board certified art therapist, a registered yoga instructor, and a certified holistic health coach. She has had extensive experience working with both individuals and groups in a variety of clinical settings. Mrs. Thacker will lecture on Healthy Brain Foods- Smart Choices for a Healthy Brain.

• Amber Devers, PT, DPT, NCS is board certified in Neurologic Physical Therapy & Cristin Beazley, PT, DPT help individuals overcome and face their challenges with new energy and purpose at Sheltering Arms Physical Rehabilitation Centers. They will lecture on the state-of-the-art science for the Rehabilitation of Brain Related Injuries such as concussions, strokes, TBI etc.

• Mariko Saito, M.A., ATR-BC is a Therapist for United Methodist Family Services. Working in the Child & Family Healing Center of UMFS, she helps children and families overcome struggles through Art and other Therapies. Ms. Saito will lecture on using Art and Creativity to Overcome Trauma.

Brain Awareness Week activities run internationally throughout the month of March. Individuals are invited to attend for as much or as little as they want. For more information about Brain Awareness Week, visit To learn more about The Amazing Brain lectures in Richmond, contact Ed Lawrence at [email protected] or 804-612-9959.

Tracy Scott is a self-professed baking addict and foodie who lives in Chesterfield County with her husband and two kids. She managed the calendar and handled social media for RFM before moving on to the corporate world.

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