Expert Profile - Brandon Brock
Dr. Brandon Brock’s Bio:
Dr. Brandon Brock is a full-time clinical practitioner at Carpathia Collaborative in Dallas, Texas, and holds a Doctorate in Family Nursing Practice from Duke University, a Doctorate in Chiropractic, and a Master in nursing practice from Samford University. He collaborates with Dr. Margaret Christensen, MD, and multidisciplinary staff. He has diplomate status in Functional Neurology, nutrition, conventional medicine, and integrated medicine. He holds multiple fellowships in childhood developmental disorders, neurology, electro-diagnostic medicine, and neurochemistry. He is a Global Clinical Research Scholar from Harvard Medical School, emphasizing secondary analysis and survey design. He serves as the research chair on the diagnosis and treatment committee for the Pediatric Acute-Onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome Advisory Council (PANSAC Committee) in Texas. He is a member of multiple academic organizations, including The Society for Collegiate Leadership & Achievement, Sigma Theta Tau, the National Society of Leadership & Success, and a Fellow of the International College of Chiropractors.
Dr. Brock received the most outstanding functional neurology teacher of the year from the ACA council of Neurology four years straight and two times from the International Association of Functional Neurology and Rehabilitation (IAFNR). He also received a humanitarian award from the same organization. Dr. Brock is also the recipient of the prestigious Living Legacy Award from Samford Universities Ida Moffett School Nursing in 2015. He has served as a lecturer for Vibrant America, Xymogen Nutrition, and Erchonia Medical. He was a co-developer of Functionalneurologyseminars.com, Brainchat, Dr. Brock Seminars, and BTB Health Systems. He is also a board member of the scientific development committee of SNA technologies. He is adjunct faculty at multiple Universities.
His unique blend of clinical and teaching experience, along with a background in medicine, chiropractic, neurology, orthopedics, regenerative medicine, and nutrition, has created an integrated clinical background that has helped him treat complex cases and offers wide angles on education, research, and clinical presentations.
He enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, helping his patients, and learning new things to integrate into patient care, student lectures, and research.
What life events or challenges that you have experienced (could be minor, could be major) whether you have experienced them directly or via someone close to you, have had any type of impact on your desire to have a practice focus on patients with mental health challenges?
When I was 12 years old, I lost my father to heart disease. I also afterward dealt with a mother who suffered from alcoholism. Grief, anxiety, and low performance developed quickly in my entire being and performance as a human. I went from a very talented student to a person who barely got through high school and went into a junior college system, which was good for me. This ultimately led me to a place where I had to decide to move forward or backward in life.
How did those events impact you emotionally/morally? How, if at all, did those events impact the way you view how our current system teaches us to treat patients with mental health challenges?
I ended up at one of the only schools that would accept me after high school. I was told by my high school counselor to “aim low.” I then encountered one college history professor who brought me into his office early in my first year; he asked me what I was going to do with my life, and I told him I did not know. Earlier that day in his class, I answered a question he asked about a famous politician’s disease, and I just knew the answer. I used to watch the discovery channel. He looked at me straight and said, “Go to the office, change your major, and become a doctor. “He then told me to leave, so I did. I went and did as he said, and I now have three doctorate degrees and went to Duke and Harvard. It only took one person believing in me to make a change.
When and why did you decide to focus on working with patients with mental health issues, specifically, and how was your decision shaped by the experiences above?
Every patient has a mental health issue of varying degrees. I learned from the first day that if a patient did not have a significant mental illness, they still had a life, and most lives have trauma, previous adverse childhood events, issues with resiliency, post-traumatic stress from something they will not talk about, relationship problems, work problems, abandonment, or real psychiatric issues that will involve a lifetime of work and support in order to thrive. I realized that whether I liked it or not, I had to meet each patient on their level of mental and emotional reality and help them through their illnesses of any type, and often mental health support is a significant part of their care.
What methods or practices do you utilize to help individuals get/feel better?
I typically spend one or two hours with a patient initially, and I run labs along with a physical exam and often a multitude of specified diagnostics. In integrative medicine, all systems are evaluated, and a piece of each one often makes the totality of their clinical story. Going into that fractured story and aligning it in a fashion to function better is my practice. This can be anything from traditional medical care, nutrition, diet, orthopedics, regenerative therapy, peptides, IV treatment, laser-based care, functional neurological and orthopedic rehabilitation, and mild surgical procedures. In the midst of this, a patient’s mental health is critical to allow hope, stability, and positivity. I also have patients with mental illness as a diagnosis that we address genetically and with neurochemical evaluation. I enjoy the multidisciplinary team that I work with because all aspects of care can be covered for each patient, and collaborative treatment or referral can often be life-changing for the patient.