SyncThink has added Dr Jeffrey Kutcher, Dr Kristen Steenerson, Dr Lenore Herget, Dr Marie Boo, and Dr Gordon Matheson to its clinical advisory board.
They will work closely with the SyncThink team to advise advances along the product roadmap, gather valuable user feedback, and serve as subject matter experts in the acceleration of the SyncThink Platform.
Jeffrey Kutcher, MD, FAAN, is the founder and Global Director of The Sports Neurology Clinic. With offices in Michigan and Utah, Kutcher specializes in the diagnosis and management of concussion, post-concussion syndrome, and neurological conditions in athletes. Kutcher was a member and co-author of the International Consensus Conference on Concussion in Sport in Zurich (2012) and Berlin (2016.) Prior to launching The Sports Neurology Clinic, Kutcher founded and directed the University of Michigan NeuroSport Program where he established the first fellowship in Sports Neurology in 2012. He has also founded the Sports Neurology Section of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN), serving as the section’s first chair, and established and co-directed the annual Sports Concussion Conference for the American Academy of Neurology.
Kutcher is currently a Team Physician for US Ski and Snowboard and served as the Team Neurologist for the US Olympic Team at the 2014 and 2018 Winter Games. He also serves as the Director of the NBA concussion program and works as an advisor to the National Football League (NFL) Players’ Association and National Hockey League (NHL) Players’ Association.
Kristen Steenerson, MD, is a Clinical Assistant Professor in Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery and Neurology at Stanford University. She specializes in otoneurology and brings unique expertise in the study of the relationship between the inner ear and brain disorders. Additionally, Steenerson’s clinical focus includes vertigo, vestibular migraines, postural-perceptual dizziness, and Ménière’s Disease. Steenerson is a board-certified Neurologist, and completed her Neurology Residency at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona, which is where she first found her interest in balance disorders. She also completed an Otoneurology fellowship at Barrow Neurological Institute.
“As a neurologist who specializes in vestibular disorders, I work with a patient population faced with debilitating orientation difficulties. Unfortunately, very little technology has been dedicated to better understanding and quantifying this historically murky area of medicine,” Steenerson says in a media release from SyncThink.
“SyncThink has accepted that challenge and already made great strides in the concussion world. I look forward to collaborating with SyncThink to help the vestibular perspective as well as even broader applications to come.”
Lenore Herget, PT, DPT, SCS, MEd, CSCS, is a Senior Physical Therapist, Board Certified Sports Clinical Specialist, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Certified Clinical Instructor and Certified Emergency Medical Responder at the Sports Medicine Center at Massachusetts General Hospital. She is a member of the New England Patriots Medical Staff and serves as the Concussion Rehabilitation Consultant to the Boston Bruins, Boston Red Sox, New England Revolution, Home Base Program, and the MGH Sports Concussion Clinic. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre and Psychology from Wheaton College in 2000, her Masters in Education degree from SUNY in 2005, her post-baccalaureate pre-med certificate from Hunter College in 2006, and her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from MGH Institute of Health Professions in 2009.
“I have been extremely fortunate to use the EYE-SYNC technology since close to its inception. It has drastically changed my practice, both in increasing my confidence with ruling in/out concussion as well as aiding in my return to play decision-making,” Herget states in the release.
“As clinicians, any time we are able to be involved in cutting-edge, new software and provide feedback to make it more user-friendly and patient-appropriate, great things can happen. I wholeheartedly embrace and value being part of the SyncThink family and look forward to seeing what comes next.”
Herget’s practice includes rehabilitating athletes who have sustained a sports concussion, most specifically evaluating and treating high school through professional-level athletes with concussions and assisting in their safe return to play. Her clinical expertise is in the cervicogenic contributions and visuo-vestibular treatment of athletes and military personnel who sustain concussions as well as the progression of exercise through exertional protocols.
Her research has focused on management of athletes with post-concussion syndrome and the efficacy of pre-season and post-season visuo-vestibular testing to aid in return to play decision-making, alternative exercise testing protocols, atypical mTBI presentations and considerations in the military population, as well as managing care for the female athlete triad diagnosis. She has lectured nationally on the topics of concussion and the non-acute management of athletes with post-concussive syndrome.
Marie Boo, PT, DPT, SCS, CSCS, is a Physical Therapist in the Department of Sports Medicine at Stanford University, where she has worked in close clinical practice with SyncThink founder Dr Jam Ghajar since 2016. Boo specializes in sports-related concussion assessment and rehabilitation, in addition to other areas of focus which include biomechanical assessment, manual therapy, and functional rehabilitation. She works alongside Stanford athletic trainers and team physicians to make return to play decisions as well as sport specific functional progressions with a focus on minimizing injuries after return to sport. Prior to her arrival at Stanford, Boo worked at Ben Hogan Sports Medicine in Fort Worth, Texas. During this time she completed her sports physical therapy residency in conjunction with Texas Christian University where she provided rehabilitation services to student-athletes across 21 varsity sports.
Gordon Matheson, MD, PhD, is a world-renowned primary care sports medicine physician, thought leader, and academic. He has authored more than 200 publications and given more than 250 lectures in 16 countries. He founded the Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine, chaired the Board Governance Committee for the International Justice Mission, served as an expert for the World Anti-Doping Agency, and headed the International Olympic Committee Disease Prevention Working Group.
Matheson has also been a past President of the Canadian Academy of Sports Medicine, team physician for the Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey League, and the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association. As Professor and Director of Sports Medicine at Stanford University from 1994-2016, he established the first Head Division of Sports Medicine in the medical school and was a member of the Medical Senate. Matheson also taught many undergraduate courses at Stanford to students in Human Biology and established the fellowship program in primary care sports medicine. Currently, he serves as Chairman of the Board for Worldplay, a video technology company.
“We are thrilled to be working with these experts who bring decades of clinical research and evidence-based practice to the SyncThink team that will help us further the mission of developing a robust, multi-functional platform that services the needs of many healthcare professionals,” says Laura Yecies, CEO of SyncThink, in the release
This group joins professional football athlete Coby Fleener, NFL Hall of Fame Quarterback Steve Young, and former US and Major League Soccer star Taylor Twellman as current SyncThink advisors.