Paula Brockenbrough, BS, CRT
Disclosures: Nothing to disclose

Paula worked as neuro-critical care respiratory therapist for 32 years prior to entering the Neuromuscular/ALS setting. Her years working in the Neuroscience ICU instilled in her a deep appreciation for the brain and nervous system. She enjoyed the therapist/patient/family interaction as well as teaching nurses and residents about respiratory care in the NSICU. She participated in nationally-recognized research on Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) during her tenure in the Neuroscience ICU.

Paula joined the Neuromuscular/ALS Clinic in 2010, sharing her work week with the NSICU. She values the role a multi-disciplinary clinic plays, with its potential to increase longevity in patients with ALS (PALS). Over time, she became interested in how to improve noninvasive ventilation protocols in PALS in hopes of improving quality of life. She worked with the ALS Clinic Nurse Coordinator to start an ALS support group for patients.

She has presented at national and international meetings on TBI, SCI, respiratory protocols in PALS, Radicava experience in an academic setting, and the outcomes of facilitating end-of-life discussions.

When she is not working in the Neuromuscular/ALS Clinic, Paula enjoys rooting for VCU basketball, traveling, and being with her family.