Florida Brain Injury Support Groups

Daytona Beach

Daytona Beach Hospital Campus
This group meets on the fourth Thursday of the month from 3 to 5 p.m.
Contacts:
Dawn Leuck: 386-677-7559 or sparklessparkeles@cfl.rr.com
Jackie Walsh: 386-214-7477 or Jacks413@msn.com
Meeting place:
Daytona Beach Hospital Campus
3rd Floor, Bldg 201
303 N. Clyde Morris Blvd.
Daytona Beach, FL 32114

Deland

Deland Brain Injury Support
This group meets regularly to offer brain injury patients emotional and practical support.
Contacts:
Tom Dockery: 386-532-9670 or tdoc@fbs.net
Annie Thomas: 386-532-4522
Meeting place:
Deland Hospital
Classroom 1A
701 W. Plymouth Ave.
Deland, FL 32720

Delray

Pinecrest Brain Injury Support
This group meets the second Wednesday of the month from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Contact:
Mary Kaye: 561-495-3048 or Mary.Kaye@tenethealth.com
Meeting place:
Pinecrest Rehab Hospital
Delray Medical Center
5360 Linton Blvd.
Delray, FL 33484

Fort Walton Beach

Okaloosa-Walton Brain Injury Support
This group meets on the first Thursday of the month from 5 to 6 p.m.
Contact:
Martha Bayer: 850-244-1310 or pfbayer@aol.com
Meeting place:
Fort Walton Medical Center
Physician Café
1000 Mar Walt Dr.
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547

Gainesville

Shands Rehab Brain Injury Support
This support group’s meetings take place on the fourth Thursday of every month from 6:15 to 7:30 p.m. Shands Healthcare is affiliated with the University of Florida’s Health Science Center.
Contact:
Marie Mysiuk, RN, CRRN: 352-265-5494 or Mysuima@shands.ufl.edu
Meeting place:
Shands Rehab Hospital
4101 N.W. 89th Blvd.
Gainesville, FL 32606

Hollywood

Memorial Regional Brain Injury Support
This group meets on the third Thursday of every month from 6 to 8 p.m.
Contact:
Cheri Surloff: 954-265-4725 or CSurloff@mhs.net
Meeting place:
Memorial Regional Hospital
3501 Johnson St.
Hollywood, FL 33021

Jacksonville

Shands Jacksonville Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Support Group
This group welcomes patients with either a brain injury or a spinal cord injury. The group meets at the Shands Jacksonville Medical Center, Tower II, first floor Blue Room from 12 noon to 1 p.m. each second Wednesday of the month. For more information, please contact Khalisha Mitchell or Myria Mitchell at 904-244-4427 or khalisha.mitchell@jax.ufl.edu or myriad.mitchell@jax.ufl.edu.
Meeting Place:
Shands Jacksonville
655 W. Eighth St.
Jacksonville, FL 32209
Tower II, first floor Blue Room

Hope Brain Injury Support
This group meets every third Saturday of the month from 10:15 a.m. to noon.
Contact:
Jane Elkins: 904-0771-6658
Meeting place:
Brooks Outpatient Rehab Center
3901 University Blvd. S.
Jacksonville, FL 32216

Largo

Largo Brain Injury Support
This group meets the first Wednesday of the month from 5 to 6:30 p.m.
Contact:
Brian Madrinan: 727-588-1864 or Brian.Madrinan@healthsouth.com
Meeting place:
HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital Largo
Classroom C
901 N. Clearwater-Largo Rd.
Largo, FL 33770

Leesburg

Brain Injury Support of Central Florida
This group meets on the fourth Monday of each month from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Contact:
Barbara Castlow: 352-483-1353 or wordcrafter954@aol.com
Meeting place:
Leesburg Regional Medical Center
North Annex
700 N. Palmetto
Leesburg, FL 34748

Miami

Traumatic Brain Injury Family Education and Support Group (English and Spanish)
This group meets under the auspices of the University of Miami’s Jackson Health System and is part of the hospital’s Neurological Rehabilitation Program. The group, which meets from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on the first and third Tuesday of each month, focuses on educating and supporting families of TBI patients.
Contact:
Susan Ireland, Ph.D.: 305-585-1267
Meeting place:
Jackson Memorial Hospital
Ryder Trauma Center
Room 459 Dining Room
1800 N.W. 10th Ave.
Miami, FL 33136

HealthSouth Brain Injury Support
This group meets on the last Thursday of the month from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Contacts:
James Nadell, Ph.D.: 305-259-6433 or JNadell2000@yahoo.com
Rhonda Vivas: 305-259-6434
Meeting place:
HealthSouth Rehab Hospital
20601 Old Cutler Rd.
Miami, FL 33189

Miami Brain Injury Support at Baptist Hospital of Miami
Please call Sharon Wright at 786-596-6578 or Caroline Godinez at 786-596-6108.

New Port Richey

New Port Richey Brain Injury Support
This group meets every Saturday from noon to 2:30 p.m. at the Lane Glo bowling alley.
Contact:
Joan Tavarese: 727-375-5395 or art10710@yahoo.com
Meeting place:
Lane Glo North Lanes (bowling alley)
6935 Ridge Rd.
New Port Richey, FL 34655

Orlando

Orlando Brain Injury Support (O-BIS)
This group meets on the third Wednesday of the month from 7 to 9 p.m. Founded in 1988, it focuses on recreational activities for people with brain injuries as well as on recovery from brain injury.
Contact:
Marie-Terese Henderson: 407-228-2818 or mt@orlandobraininjurysupport.org
Meeting place:
Mayor William Beardall Senior Center
800 S. Delaney Ave.
Orlando, FL 32801

Panama City

Second Chance
This group meets the first Tuesday of every month from 6 to 9 p.m.
Contact:
Cheryl Morden: 850-769-7779 or secondchancefl@hotmail.com
Meeting place:
Second Chance
222 East Beach Dr.
Panama City, FL 32401

Brain Injury Support Group
Please contact Mark E. Todd or Angela Todd at 954-776-5010.

Pensacola

Pensacola Brain Injury Support
This group meets on the second Wednesday of every month from 4 to 5 p.m.
Contacts:
Joann Massey, Psy.D.: 850-494-6178 or Joann.Massey@HCAHealthcare
Rinda Gray-Astley, CTRS: 850-494-6195 or Rinda.GrayAstley@HCAHealthcare
Meeting place:
West Florida Rehab Institution
Community Room
8383 North Davis Highway
Pensacola, FL 32514

Port Charlotte

Brain Injury Support
This group meets on the first Thursday of the month from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Contact:
Bob Binese: 941-697-3055 or 941-268-7879 or bobhb7@aol.com
Meeting place:
Med County Regional Library
Meeting Room A
2050 Forrest Nelson Rd.
Port Charlotte, FL 33952

Rockledge

Rockledge Brain Injury Support
This group meets on the second Wednesday of the month from 7 to 9 p.m.
Contact:
Chris Jeavarde: 321-637-0009 or nike000033@yahoo.com

Sarasota

BIG Brain Injury Group
This group, which meets on the second Monday of every month from 1 to 3 p.m., emphasizes learning to do things independently.
Contact:
Mary Morris: 941-351-9545 ex 105 or Mary@scil4u.org
Meeting place:
Sun Coast Independent Living
2989 Fruitville Rd., Suite 101
Sarasota, FL 34237

Sebring

New Beginnings Brain Injury Support
This group meets on the first Thursday of some months from 6 to 8 pm. For more details on the exact dates, contact Deanna Pieretti at 863-385-1196 or halloinc@embarqmail.com
Meeting place:
HALLO
112 Medical Center Ave.
P.O. Box 7082
Sebring, FL 33872

St. Petersburg

Pinellas County Brain Injury Support
This group meets twice a month on the second and fourth Thursdays from 6 to 7 p.m.
Contacts:
Steven Frank, Ph.D.: 727-322-6123
Anita Lenas, LCSW: 727-322-6123
Meeting place:
Bayfront Medical Center
Sheen Conference Center
701 6th Street S.
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Sumpterville

Brain Injury Support Group of Sumterville
This group meets on the third Thursday of each month from 2 to 4 p.m.
Contact:
Margie Sovercool: 352-793-7841
Meeting place:
Lake Sumter Community College
Sumter Campus
1405 CR 526A
Sumterville, FL 33585

Tallahassee

Big Bend Brain Injury Support
This group meets on the second Monday of the month from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.
Contact:
Teddy McQuat, RN: 850-421-3890 or 850-431-1155
Meeting place:
Tallahassee Memorial Hospital
Ground Room Conference A
1300 Miccosukee Rd.
Tallahassee, FL 32303

Tampa

Tampa South Brain Injury Support
This group meets on the first Wednesday of the month from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Contact:
Bob Barrett: 813-908-1375 or bobjbarrett@msn.com
Meeting place:
Tampa South Brain Injury Support
McFarland Park Barksdale Building
1801 N. Lincoln Ave.
Tampa, FL 33602

VA Brain Injury Survivor Support
This group has two different meetings: one for TBI patients and one designated “families only.” The meeting for TBI patients is held every Monday from 3 to 5 p.m. The meeting for families is held every Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon.
Contact:
Steve Klemz: 913-972-2000 ex 6663 or steve.klemz@med.va.gov
Office: 2C West
Meeting place:
James Haley Veterans’ Hospital
Poly Trauma Unit 5 North
13000 Bruce B. Downs Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33612
The Monday meetings are held in the Family Day Room and the Saturday meetings are held in the Conference Room of the Second Floor Rehab Unit.

Tampa Brain Injury Support at Tampa General Hospital
Please contact Rebecca McAlaster at 813-844-7759.

Tampa Brain Injury Support at the University of South Florida
Please contact Gayle Holden at 813-949-1564.

The Villages

North Lake Brain Injury Support
This group meets on the second Thursday of the month from 2 to 4 p.m.
Contact:
Florence Korpi: 352-553-2370 or FlorenceKorpi@hotmail.com
Meeting place:
North Lake Presbyterian Church
Harbor Building
975 Rolling Acres Rd.
The Villages, FL 32159

West Palm Beach

Brain Injury Support
This group’s meetings take place at a Goodwill center every fourth Tuesday of the month (except December) from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Contact:
Ellise Johansen: 561-848-7200 or Johansen@gulfstreamgoodwill.com
Marsha Martino: 561-848-7200 or Martino@gulfstreamgoodwill.com
Meeting place:
Gulfstream Goodwill
1715 Tiffany Dr. E.
West Palm Beach, FL 33407

Wildwood

Wildwood Brain Injury Support
This support group meets from 6 to 8 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church.
Contacts:
Linda Bull: 352-446-5647 or lindabull63@hotmail.com
Tom Bull: 352-399-2166
Meeting place:
St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church
5323 E. Country Rd. 462
Wildwood, FL 34785

Winter Haven

Winter Haven Brain Injury Support
This group meets on the fourth Tuesday of every month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. It offers the Esteem Program.
Contact:
Linda Rumrell: 863-292-4061 or linda.rumrell@mfms.com
Meeting place:
Winter Haven Outpatient Hospital
3425 Lake Alfred Rd.
Winter Haven, FL 33881

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