Ty Smith

Ty Smith

Co-Founder and President of Smith Brain Connections

Ty is currently pursuing a Master's in Applied Psychology with a concentration in Industrial Psychology at University of Cincinnati while working as a Graduate Assistant. Ty is a graduate of Wittenberg University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in neuroscience. During his time at Wittenberg, Ty had the chance to volunteer with developmentally challenged adults and work as a lab assistant in the Psychology department. Ty developed an interest in the function of the brain before Spencer’s accident. He became more interested in the brain and how it affects the rest of the body as he watched Spencer’s recovery. Ty helped Spencer reacclimate to the world and participated in Spencer’s therapies during both inpatient and outpatient rehab. Ty’s background in Psychology helped him on the football field as a kicker. He is in the team record book for number of successful consecutive extra points and percentage of extra points made.

Spencer Smith



TBI Survivor, Co-Founder, and Vice-President of Smith Brain Connections

Spencer is currently a PhD student in Education at The Ohio State University. Spencer graduated with a Master of Arts in English with a concentration in rhetoric and composition from Ohio University. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in English from Ohio University’s Honors Tutorial College as well as minors in Philosophy and Psychology. In 2013, he graduated summa cum laude. During his undergraduate studies, Spencer studied abroad in Milan, Italy where he studied at the University of Milan. Spencer is a member of Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. He began his teaching career in Detroit as a high school teacher as part of Teach for America. As he learns how to write and tell his story, he helps students write theirs. He knows his recovery would not have been possible without the support of his parents and his brother. Spencer’s interest in education and how to connect people with the tools they need has become the foundation for our non-profit.

Teri Smith



Co-Founder and Secretary of Smith Brain Connections.

Teri has had a progressive career in healthcare administration, including work in hospitals, a nursing home, and with an emergency medicine physician group. She has also worked in training and development providing interpersonal and job skills training to employees at large and small companies in the midwest. Teri provides business support to Brad’s golf services business. Teri holds a MBA from Winthrop University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Wright State University. She also holds a life-time certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) as well as a current Society for Human Resource Management - Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) certification. Teri, like Brad, was with Spencer through every step of his recovery.


Brad Smith



Co-Founder and Treasurer of Smith Brain Connections

Brad has been a successful golf professional as a member of the Professional Golf Association (PGA) for over 30 years. He owns a golf services business providing individualized golf instruction to golfers all over the world. Brad has also coached men's and women's golf teams at the both the college and high school level. He is the current women’s golf assistant coach at the University of Cincinnati. Brad has volunteered his time with a non-profit providing golf lessons to individuals with disabilities including TBI patients. Brad holds a Bachelor's degree in Marketing from Ohio University. Brad was the guiding force in Spencer’s recovery recognizing Spencer’s abilities to progress even before the medical professionals did.

Dr. Sheital Bavishi



Board Member of Smith Brain Connections

Dr. Sheital B Bavishi, DO, is a Physical Medicine And Rehabilitation specialist currently located at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. She graduated from Ohio University Heritage College o​f Osteopathic Medicine in 2004, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency at University of Cincinnati in 2009, and Polytrauma and Traumatic Brain Injury Fellowship at Virginia Commonwealth University and the Hunter Holmes McGuire Veterans Administration Medical Center in 2010. She is Board Certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Brain Injury Medicine. Dr. Bavishi is a Physiatrist who specializes in Acquired Brain Injury Rehabilitation, Spasticity Management, and Neurological Gait Disorders. She is affiliated with the James Cancer Hospital & Solove Research Institute, Ohio State University Hospitals. Dr. Bavishi served as a integral part of Spencer's recovery, serving as his Physiatrist. She also helped Smith Brain Connections see the need for our work. It's no surprise that she is rated in the top 10 percent of physicians in the nation for patient satisfaction, 2014, 2015, 2016 due to her passion for helping people and rehabilitation medicine.

Dr. Joseph Bianco



Board Member of Smith Brain Connections

Joseph Bianco is an Assistant Professor of Social and Behavioral Medicine in the Department of Social Medicine at Ohio University. He received a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Columbia University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in health psychology/integrated behavioral health and primary care at Ohio University. Dr. Bianco has clinical experience treating children, adolescents and adults in both mental health and medical settings. He is currently the Instructor of Record for the Addiction, Pain, and Palliative Care course and teaches child psychiatry, addiction medicine and case-based learning seminars at OU-HCOM. Dr. Bianco’s research explores various facets of traumatic stress and health, including the effects of childhood trauma on adult health, the prevalence and correlates of traumatic stress among primary care patients, and the relationship between patient stress and physician burnout. Since 2012, Dr. Bianco and his collaborators (Tracy Shaub, DO, Sue Meeks, RN, BC, and Dawn Graham, Ph.D.) have had continuous funding from the MEDTAPP Healthcare Access Initiative to develop and deploy the Integrated Mind-Body Medicine Program, a trauma-informed training and intervention program for members of the primary care workforce. In addition, he currently serves as the Principal Investigator of “Sustaining IPAC,” a rural health network development grant funded by HRSA. Dr. Bianco served as Spencer's undergraduate thesis advisor.

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