Dr. Geneva Tonuzi talks new robotic treatments for spinal cord injuries [INTERVIEW]

New advanced cybernetic treatment options are helping more people walk

Dr. Geneva Tonuzi is the Medical Director for Spinal Cord Injury at Brooks Rehabilitation is an expert on new cybernetic treatments for people who have suffered from spinal cord injuries. The new Hybrid Assistive Limb, a.k.a. HAL, (no not that HAL from 2001: A Space Odyssey) is revolutionizing treatment options using neurobiology.

We are one step closer to really having bionic men and women all around us.

While HAL has been available in Japan and in other countries, it was recently approved to be used in the USA by the FDA.   The first place to have this amazing technology is at the Brooks Cybernetic Treatment Center in Jacksonville, Florida.

HAL is used by attaching to a patients lower body and limbs and works by using neurologically-controlled signals from the body.  People who use the device are pleased with their newfound ability to walk using this revolutionary treatment option.


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The Brooks Rehabilitation Center has been helping people with spinal cord injuries for 45 years.

Dr. Geneva Tonuzi spoke with Michelle Tompkins for TheCelebrityCafe.com about her medical background, what is the science behind HAL, what it feels like to use HAL, what are some of the other treatment options at Brooks Rehabilitation Center and more.

See the full interview here:

Dr. Geneva Tonuzi and more information on Hybrid Assistive Limb at Brooks Rehabilitation here.

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Michelle Tompkins

Michelle Tompkins is an award-winning media, PR and crisis communications professional with more than ten years experience with coverage in virtually every traditional and new media outlet. She is currently a communications and media strategist and writer, as well as the author of College Prowler: Guidebook for Columbia University. She served as the Media Relations Manager for the Girl Scouts of the USA where she managed all media and talking points, created social media strategy, trained executives and donors and served as the organization’s primary spokesperson, participating in daily interviews with local, regional, and national media outlets. She managed the media for the Let Me Know internet safety and Cyberbullying prevention campaign with Microsoft, as well as Girl Scouts’ centennial Year of the Girl To Get Her There celebration in 2012, which yielded more than 800 million earned media impressions. In addition to her extensive media experience, Michelle worked as a talent agent in Los Angeles, California, as well contracting as a digital content developer and her writing has appeared in newspapers and online. She is passionate about television, theater, classic movies, all things food and in-home entertaining. While she has lived and worked in NYC for more than a decade, she is from suburban Sacramento and gets back there often to watch the San Francisco Giants on TV with her family.

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