Bridget works with leading specialists around the world to educate medical professionals and tackle the common misunderstandings, not only about patients with functional disorders, but also about diagnostic error and the coding crisis. She has a diverse and unique approach to this field, which she has gained through advocacy work with patients.
Bridget became interested in functional illness after she experienced how the various psychosomatic labels impede patient care. When her medically unexplained puzzle morphed into a medically explained picture and she finally received proper treatment, Bridget transitioned into the medical world, actively engaging as a patient advocate.
Bridget spends most of her time advocating for the right to care for FND patients and discussing communication barriers between patients and doctors. She is an active particpate of the Stanford FND Consortium. Fall of 2015 Bridget was invited by Emory University Ethics department to participate in a consensus conference entitled Controversial Labels and Medical Uncertainties. She gave the closing remarks at an FND training seminar in Birmingham, England. While in the UK, Bridget met with leading researchers in the FND field from Scotland and England, holding patient support meetings throughout the UK. She has submitted commentary to the relevant work groups connected with DSM and ICD coding changes, and a response in the British Medical Journal advocating for those with medically unexplained symptoms. In an article published by Mad in America entitled ‘Turning Patients Into Numbers’, Bridget uses her unique perspective to discuss the diagnostic stigma associated with FND.
Bridget is a wife and mother of three. She feels passionate about spreading awareness and bridging the gap between what is known and what is believed about medically unexplained symptoms.
Holly Graduated from Idaho State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing in 1996. Holly and her husband, who also holds the same degree, chose to live in rural Salmon, Idaho. Holly has held various positions throughout her nursing career including: Emergency Room, OB, Medical/Surgical floor, Outpatient clinic, Quality Assurance, Outpatient therapies, Discharge Planning, Chemotherapy, and for the last 4 years Home Health Nurse. “Home Health has given me a Holistic approach to nursing as you see every aspect of your patient’s lives. Nurses in Home Health are there to support patients in so many more ways then just their Diagnosis.”
When Holly is not working she enjoys spending time with her 4 wonderful children and husband on the Salmon River and the many other local outdoor recreational activities. Holly is also active in her community serving in the Scouting Program, teaching gymnastics, as well as supporting various community programs.
“I have seen FND Hope grow from the beginning and I believe in its mission! I have a passion for what FND Hope does to provide positive support and outcomes to individual lives and the health care community.
Kyle is the co-founder of T1D Exchange. T1D Exchange is a non-profit organization dedicated to advance research in chronic diseases, facilitate greater industry collaboration, build a common registry-based data exchange platform and bring together a community that allows better understanding of patient interactions. Kyle’s dynamic and professional business skills mixed with his diverse experience in fast-paced clinical research will no doubt be an asset to FND Hope. Kyle is detail-oriented with excellent communication, problem-solving, strategic planning, critical thinking, analytical, and leadership skills. Kyle’s expertise will be a great asset to not only FND Hope but to all those we serve worldwide.
Norma Kossler attended Kent State University and University of Colorado. After receiving her degree she taught school for 10 years in Ohio & Boulder, Colorado. In 1974, Norma and her husband moved from Colorado to the beautiful Salmon Valley after purchasing a ranch. They worked hard on their ranch until selling in 2001. Norma also volunteered and worked at the Salmon Public Library, and was Business Manager from 1997 – 2013.
Norma has been an active volunteer in her community since 1978. After Norma’s husband passed away in April, 2014 she went on to volunteer at the Library, Hospice, Sacajawea Center, & she belongs to various organizations including an active member in the United Methodist Church.
“I am honored to be asked to be a part of FND Hope, and I look forward to learning more about them and those they help.”
Annette, a retired educator, dedicates a great deal of her time doing volunteer work and helping others. Annette enjoys traveling with her husband and spending time with her family.
Terri is a longstanding local business owner in her community. Terri recently retired from the insurance industry where she worked for over 30 years. Terri enjoys traveling and trying new adventures. However, her favorite pass time is spending time with her 16 grandchildren at her lakehouse.