Annie Hopper, founder of the Dynamic Neural Retraining System™ is a Limbic System Retraining and Rehabilitation Specialist who has been in the health and wellness field for over twenty years. Hopper is an expert in the field of acquired limbic system brain injuries and neuroplasticity.
As a keynote speaker at a national Brain Injury Conference in June 2009, Annie delivered ground breaking research on “Acquired Toxic Brain Injuries and Neuroplasticity.”
Annie had her own first hand experience of impaired limbic system function and how devastating it can be. In 2005, at the peak of her overflowing counselling practice, she developed severe and disabling Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS) from working in a sick building, which progressed to include Fibromyalgia (FM) and Electric Hypersensitivity Syndrome (EHS).
Annie is now completely recovered from Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, Electric Hypersensitivity Syndrome and Fibromyalgia through self-directing neuroplastic changes in the Limbic System. She now travels internationally to bring these tools to patients who suffer from Limbic System Impairments like Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS/ME), Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, Fibromyalgia, Electric Hypersensitivity, Chronic Pain, Anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and associated Depression.
Her work on neuroplasticity and the limbic system has caught the interest of Dr. Norman Doidge a leading medical researcher in neuroplasticity and author of the best-selling book, "The Brain That Changes Itself". By invitation, Annie met with Dr. Doidge in early 2010 to present her findings and discuss her work in helping patients recover through neuroplasticity.
In addition to being a Brain Retraining Specialist and Environmental Advocate, Annie also has years of experience as a Core Belief Counsellor, Life Coach, Workshop Facilitator, Keynote Speaker, Newspaper Columnist and featured guest as an Emotional Wellness Expert on talk radio.
With a deep understanding of illness and brain function, today Annie provides a wide range of programs and services to facilitate healing for others. Through limbic system neuro rehabilitation programs, counselling services, writing and keynote speeches, Annie provides vital, ground-breaking information and tools for recovery.
Candy Widdifield joined our DNRS staff in the fall of 2010. She began as a course participant in 2009, struggling with severe Chronic Fatigue and Multiple Chemical Sensitivities.
Having completely recovered as a result of the Dynamic Neural Retraining Program, Candy was inspired to assist others with limbic system injuries find their way back to health (read her story here).
Candy holds undergraduate degrees in Commerce, Education, and Psychology, and a Masters degree in counselling psychology. She has been in the helping profession for years, working primarily in the areas of trauma, chronic illness, anxiety, and grief & loss.
In addition to her role as a senior Dynamic Neural Retraining Facilitator, she currently practices as a Registered Clinical Counsellor, Canadian Certified Counsellor, and Reiki Master Teacher in Kelowna, B.C. Canada. She brings a wealth of information and experience to our program and we are delighted to have her on board.
Candy's story and recovery using DNRS can be seen here.
Alita Hetland is a successful graduate of the Dynamic Neural Retraining System and no longer suffers from a limbic system disorder - an issue that plagued her for over 20 years.
For Alita, this impairment manifested as symptoms of fatigue, nausea, shakiness, reactivity to chemicals, heightened sense of smell and lack of mental clarity associated with Multiple Chemical Sensitivities and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
Alita had been to see countless of well-meaning specialists throughout the years, however they were not able to assist her in a full recovery.
Alita is passionate about personal growth and healing. She also works as a career counselor assisting clients in overcoming their barriers and developing their individual path to achieving their goals.
While Lauren studied engineering at the University of Colorado, she contracted mononucleosis which impaired her body's ability to regulate her heart rate and blood pressure. Extreme physical discomfort left her unable to sit upright or stand for more than a couple minutes. During this time, Lauren saw over 30 specialists which included two stays at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Unfortunately, many of the recommended treatments caused further nervous system activation resulting in exacerbated chronic widespread pain, extreme fatigue, the inability to achieve restful sleep, severe hypersensitivity to light, sound, and motion, and additional persistent infections.
However, once she attended the program's in-person seminar, she resumed a normal and active life within just a few months - wheelchair free! Formerly restricted to a dozen non-reactive foods, she now eats all her favorite foods once again!
As a coach, Lauren is skilled at applying the tools of neuroplasticity to those experiencing a wide variety of symptoms related to autonomic nervous system and immune system dysfunction. She also oversees and moderates the program's online Community Forum. Lauren currently resides in southern California. To learn more about her recovery story, visit Lauren's website at www.wheelchairtorollerblades.com.
Lauren's featured story and recovery using DNRS can be seen here.
Pat Parisi , psychotherpist and long time meditator is familiar with the principles of neuroplasticity.
Pat has a vast array of knowledge and over twelve years of experience in this area, yet she was still suffering from severe anxiety. Even though Pat’s training and practices- and in particular her meditation practice - helped quite a lot, they didn't completely lift her anxiety.
Pat is excited to help people find renewed life and relief through DNRS and bring hope to those who have been disappointed by conventional wisdom and treatments. In addition to her role as a certified DNRS Coach, Pat is a practicing psychotherapist and careeer counsellor in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Christine Lindberg joins the DNRS team having experienced healing from limbic system impairment not only for herself, but for others in her family as well. Her oldest son, now 22 years old, has experienced full recovery from symptoms related to long-term chronic Lyme disease, including food sensitivities, digestive and sleep issues, temperature regulation, anxiety, OCD tendencies and fatigue.
Imagine that you have an illness that prevents you from even being able to hug your own mother. It also prevents you from working, hanging out with your friends, going to church, shopping, talking on a phone or using a computer. Merely walking by someone who is wearing perfume or cologne might cause you to have seizures. Now imagine what it would be like to become homeless. Neither the medical community nor government has any idea how to help you, nor is a hospital a safe place or refuge for you.
That is what life was like for me when I had debilitating severe Multiple Chemical Sensitivities and Electrical Sensitivities. At its worst, the chemicals found in common, everyday household cleaners, personal hygiene products and perfumes would cause me to have seizure-like reactions.
I started to become chemically sensitive back in early 2005 due in part to exposure to toxins in a “sick building” where I had rented office space for my busy counselling practice as a Core Belief Counsellor. I also write a weekly newspaper column and was a regular featured guest on local talk radio. My life was in full bloom until everything came crashing to an abrupt halt.
In effect when I became sick I not only became homeless, but I had to let go of everything that gave me any sort of comfort and security in life. I left my home, my job, my partner, my friends, and in the process almost lost my faith.
My family doctor did not know what to suggest beyond referring me to an allergist and suggesting that I avoid the things that made me react. Anyone who lives with severe Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) knows that avoidance translates to barricading yourself like a prisoner within your own home – if you’re lucky enough to still have a home.
I intuitively knew that MCS was not an allergy, but rather some kind of brain injury.
Trauma in all of its various forms - whether it is physical like a chemical injury, car accident or viral infection, and emotional or psychological trauma – has an accumulative damaging effect on the brain and alters brain function.
As a result, brain synapses do not fire properly. The brain goes into a high alert status or a chronic fight or flight response and sends alert messages to cells in other systems of the body. This results in a host of various physical, emotional and mental ailments or conditions.
When your brain does not work properly, your body and mind do not work properly.
In my search for answers I exhausted alternative therapies that focused on MCS as a toxic overload syndrome. Toxic overload is indeed associated with MCS; however I believe it is merely another symptom of a much bigger problem.
It was not until I rewired my limbic system, that I was able to successfully eliminate symptoms of Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS), Fibromyalgia (FM), and Electric Hypersensitivity Syndrome (EHS). Within a short period of time my sense of smell and taste returned to normal. I no longer have the feeling that I am constantly being poisoned or injured by my environment. Chronic joint and muscle pain are completely eliminated and my body feels healthy and strong. My body no longer goes into “reaction mode” with exposure to chemicals or electro magnetic fields and I am able to fully participate in life in whatever way that I choose, without limitation. As a result of the knowledge that I have acquired throughout the course of illness, I still choose to live my life with a high degree of environmental awareness.
The brain has an innate ability to rapidly change and heal itself, otherwise known as neuroplasticity. In fact every second there are one million synapses firing in your brain. This extraordinary, internal healing mechanism is discussed in the book “The Brain That Changes Itself” by Dr. Norman Doidge. Neuroplasticity was also a featured topic recently in David Suzuki’s program The Nature of Things. The discovery that the brain is adaptable and regenerative is the biggest breakthrough in neuroscience in four hundred years.
Creating positive neuroplastic changes has also been successfully involved in treatment and recovery from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Anxiety Disorders, Chronic Pain Syndromes and Depression.
The brain is far more capable of adapting and regenerating then we thought. It is also involved in all aspects of health, not just brain function. We are truly on the leading edge of a new science in discovering not only how the brain functions, but also its role in optimal health and understanding its wondrous capacity to heal.
Since 2008 I have been travelling internationally to assist others in healing. The Dynamic Neural Retraining System™ focuses on how to manually rewire the limbic system and restore optimal brain function, health and vitality.
My vision is to facilitate global healing while also promoting environmental awareness that precipitates big changes in how we live on this planet. My intent is to empower you with the knowledge and tools that you need to retrain your brain, transform your health and reclaim your life! Together we can create a unified and strong voice for much needed change in the world!
Keep the Faith!