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2020 ThinkFirst Chapter Medical Director of the Year, Dr. David Cavanaugh

Dr. David Cavanaugh has practiced Neurosurgery in Shreveport-Bossier for 33 years. He provided support to ThinkFirst nationally for years prior to starting ThinkFirst of the Ark-La-Tex in 1996 with his wife, Donna. Dr. Cavanaugh has continued to serve as his ThinkFirst chapter’s medical director and has been awarded the honor of ThinkFirst Medical Director of the Year in 2020.



Please join us in welcoming our new chapters and chapter directors!

New Chapters:

Lakewood, CO- ThinkFirst Foothills RETAC
Chapter Director Natalie DeBakker, Medical Director Dr. Kara Beasley

Albuquerque, NM- ThinkFirst AASTEC
Chapter Director Sixtus Dominguez

Morganfield, KY- ThinkFirst Bravehearts
Chapter Director Rachel Jones, Medical Director 

Welcome! Welcome!

We are growing with new Thinkfirst chapters. Please extend a warm welcome to all the new ThinkFirst Chapter members that have joined this Fall!

New Chapters:

Santa Monica, CA- ThinkFirst Achieve Brain & Spine, Achieve Brain & Spine
Chapter and Medical Director Dr. Deven Khosla

Chapter Director Spotlight: Julie Philbrook, RN, DNP

Julie Philbrook (MN) has been a registered nurse at Hennepin County Medical Center, a Level 1 Peds and Adult trauma center in downtown Minneapolis, for 35 years. She holds a Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP) from Augsburg College. She has been a Chapter Director for ThinkFirst Hennepin County for 26 years and has planned and coordinated countless prevention programs including bike rodeos, high school mock car crashes, worksite traffic safety programs, and car seat safety events.

ThinkFirst Southern Illinois University School of Medicine Celebrates 25 Years

A reception was held October 28, 2014, in Springfield, Illinois to celebrate 25 years as a chapter-- originally known as Risky Business, and later as ThinkFirst Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. Chapter director Nancy Kyrouac and sponsoring physician Dr. Per Freitag presented information and a photo history, and honored retired chapter director Mary Kay Reed. Current and past chapter members attended, as well as staff and invited guests.