DSF President, Director of DSF Medical Advisory Board
Dr. Darlene A. Lobel is a Neurosurgeon and Neuroscientist whose passion is to help you make quantum shifts in your health, business, and relationships by using innovative tools in brain science, so you can achieve your potential and fulfill your destiny. During her decade of active neurosurgical practice, she primarily focused on helping patients with essential tremor (ET), Parkinson’s Disease, and chronic pain to find relief from their symptoms through surgical and non-surgical methods. Dr. Lobel is considered an authority in these areas because of her high level of clinical expertise and vast research experience. She authored a book Stop Spilling Your Soup: The Complete Essential Tremor Solution, which provides detailed information describing over 50 treatments, from holistic to medical to surgical, to find relief from tremors due to ET. She has served as the Director of Medical Research for the Diann Shaddox Foundation for Essential Tremor since July 2019.
Dr. Lobel earned her undergraduate degree from Duke University, completed medical school and neurosurgery residency at the Medical College of Georgia, clinical and research fellowships at UCLA, Emory, Mayo Clinic, and the Atomic Energy Commission in Grenoble, France. At the time of her neurosurgery training, she was one of only 200 female neurosurgeons in the world. She achieved board certification and practiced as a neurosurgeon for 10 years, and she has conducted research in how to use neuroscience to heal your body and to maximize the function of the brain for the last 20 years.
From 2013-2017, Dr. Lobel held an appointment as an Associate Professor of Neurosurgery with a joint appointment in Biomedical Engineering at Cleveland Clinic. In partnership with the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, she developed national and international courses to train residents in surgical techniques, and trained dozens of professors how to teach trainees skills quicker and more effectively than had ever been done before.
She is an acclaimed international speaker and is a celebrated author with over 25 publications of scientific manuscripts and several books, including Stop Spilling Your Soup, How to Walk on Fire, and The Science of God’s Healing Power. She has been featured in U.S. News & World Report, Fox News, CBN, Inside Science, Thrive Global, and many more media outlets.
Since 2018, Dr. Lobel is Founder and CEO of AVUCA MD, PLLC, a consulting company whose focus is on teaching you how to use strategies in brain science to maximize your physical health, mental clarity, and emotional intelligence so that you can create, implement, and expand strategic global initiatives that will help to transform the world’s systems to bring health, hope, and freedom to all people. In 2020, Dr. Lobel founded Healing in the Kingdom, a global ministry designed to bring healing to your body, mind, and spirit through strategies in brain science and scripture. As of 2022, she is also Co-Founder of Quantum Shift Network, an organization dedicated to helping those in direct sales and network marketing to make quantum leaps in your business, using strategies in brain science and quantum physics, so you can expand your reach and accelerate life transformation for those you are called to serve.
Cheryl Burnham Matterson - Trustee & Director of the Family Assistance Program
Cheryl, who is known to our ET family as Cher, introduced herself to us in 2016 after looking for additional information on a condition that has affected her, her Grandmother, Mother, Father, Brother and now has passed on to her son. She also worked with her mother until her passing in 2016 on helping her deal with dominant ET and Parkinson's. Her mother went through dual DBS surgery at age 82 which greatly helped give her back some quality of life and her fabulous skills as a concert/professional pianist.
Dr. Drew Christensen has never been satisfied with the status quo. He's always challenging himself and those he serves to try new things, overcome obstacles, and push the limits of what they believe is possible. He believes everyone has God-given greatness within.
It's no wonder he hasn't let his essential tremor dictate what is possible for him. Having been diagnosed with essential tremor at age 14, he knows intimately the challenges tremor brings to everyday life, a professional career, and social interactions.
When his tremor threatened to derail his career plans more than once, he pivoted and found another path to practicing medicine his way. After more than 18 years as a Family Medicine doctor, he founded Living Health Functional Medicine in 2014, and began to help patients find healing by addressing root causes and making lifestyle changes.
Applying the principles of Functional Medicine to his own health has led Dr. Christensen to discover that these protocols also improve essential tremor. This has fueled his passion and desire to help others with essential tremor utilize the knowledge and tools he has discovered in his journey to improve tremor without drugs or surgery. He continues to study and search for solutions while helping others reduce tremor, slow its progression, and protect their brains. Determined to NOT be defined by tremor, he is seeking other intrepid souls to join him in the quest to live an unshakable life.
Dr. Christensen grew up in Arizona and spent most of his life there with his wife and four children. He currently practices in Park City, Utah. He loves spending time with his children and grandchildren, and relishes the mountain lifestyle of skiing, hiking, biking, and soaking his feet in a cold stream whenever he gets the chance.
Dr. Brady R Dorn, DC
The Diann Shaddox Foundation for Essential Tremor is proud to announce the appointment of Dr. Brady R. Dorn, DC from Oconomowoc Wisconsin as a new member of DSF Medical Advisory Board.
Dr. Dorn attended the Indiana University Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology 1991-1995; Palmer College of Chiropractic, Davenport 1996-1999; Board Certified Doctor of Chiropractic 1999; 40 hours of continuing education every 2 years; Certified Nutritional Counseling 2008-Present; and Certified low-level laser therapy 2018.
He has many awards: Football Scholarship to Indiana University; Academic All-Big Ten 1995; Graduated with honors from Palmer College of Chiropractic 1999 and held positions; Teaching Assistant Palmer College of Chiropractic 1998; Internship Heffernan Shepherd Chiropractic Clinic 1999-2001. Dr. Dorn is the owner of Dorn Chiropractic, LLC Oconomowoc Wisconsin.
Dr. Dorn is very active in his community. His volunteer works include Varsity Assistant high school football coach Oconomowoc 1995; YMCA at Pabst Farms Board 2007-2009; Oconomowoc Public Education Foundation 2012-2015; Crosspoint Community Church Sunday school teacher 2003-2004; Oconomowoc Youth Basketball Coach 2012-2018; and Oconomowoc Youth Football Coach 2014-2016
He is a member of the Chiropractic Society of Wisconsin.
“Dr. Dorn will be a knowledgeable assist to DSF and will be a wonderful addition to advance understand and recognition of Essential Tremor to the world,” said Cher Matteson, DSF Board Trustee.
Bill is a Director at Cedar Wealth Management where the firm focuses helping clients with a variety of Investment advice ranging from retirement funds to Private Investing opportunities. Prior to joining Cedar Wealth Bill was a senior vice president and principal at Eubel Brady & Suttman Asset Management in
Dayton, Ohio. Bill’s experience includes managing asset allocation, equity, and alternative strategies for institutional investors including state and local municipalities, retirement and pension funds, educational foundations, endowments and large retail organizations.
Bill served on Sinclair Community College Foundation Investment Committee. Vice Chairman for CAMO LLC CAMO a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned, Small Business (SDVOSB) with headquarters in
Bill earned a B.S. in Business Management from Capitol University, member of Rotary International, a
Paul Harris Fellow, and supports the Wounded Warriors Foundation and several local charities.
Mr. Foster has more than 40 years of progressive management and Operational experience in Naval, Commercial and Department of Energy nuclear programs. His experience includes the fields of Performance Improvement, Quality Assurance, Training, Operations, Operational Readiness Reviews, Management Self-Assessment, and the Transportation and Storage of Spent Nuclear Fuels. Mr. Foster retired from SRS in December 2013. And became a consultant.
His experience Critical Function Evaluations and operational assessment at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Mr. Foster supported the Parsons Corporation with the Prestart Readiness Assessment of the Salt Waste Processing Facility (SWPF). Mr. Foster’s expertise was invaluable in support of the Operations, Maintenance, Procedures, Training and Quality Assurance organizations in their preparations ahead of the successful Contractor and Department Of Energy, Operational Readiness Reviews. Mr. Foster provided expert services for Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, Independent Evaluation Board. Conducting multiple facility assessments evaluating the implementation of Training, Conduct of Operations, Maintenance and Engineering functions. He has acted as a Conduct of Operations mentor for the Savannah River Remediation DWPF facility. Mr. Foster has provided expert consulting advice to the Associate Directorate of Environmental Safety and Health (ADESH) at the Los Alamo National Laboratory (LANL). Services include developing and implementing training in the area of Conduct of Operations and mentoring maintenance and craft in Conduct of Maintenance activities.
Mr. Foster holds a B.S., General Business, University of the State of New York, and A.A., Nuclear Engineering, Saddleback College, Mission Viejo, CA. He is also a Bechtel Certified LEAN/Six Sigma Black Belt.
Mr. Foster is retired from the USN-R Submarine Nuclear Propulsion Program.