Dani Gehle has made a life compiling many careers as an Actor, Standardized Patient, Professor, Data Processor, Tutor, Nanny, and anything else she could dream up! After surviving a severe traumatic brain injury in high school, and being told she could no longer handle school or performing, Gehle made it her mission to prove everyone wrong. She went on to earn her BFA degree in Musical Theatre where she graduated Summa Cum Laude and ranked 3rd in her graduating class, then worked for her MA from Duke University in Graduate Liberal Studies, and recently completed a Higher Education Teaching Certificate online from the Derek Bok Center for Teaching at Harvard University. Dani Gehle enjoys speaking and writing about advocacy for TBI Survivors, the ethics of care, as well as Neurodiversity, Invisible Disabilities and the rhetoric and stigmas of such topics. She is a big believer in advocating for yourself, as well as turning back around and helping others. While she still spends much time reading, learning, and working in various fields, she also enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and dogs.
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In 2018, I had the honor of giving the Keynote Speech at the Brain Injury Association of North Carolina's Family and Survivor Conference. The main focus of my speech was advocacy while trying to instill hope and the knowledge that we are not invisible, and never alone. As the audience was comprised of Survivors, Family Members, and Healthcare Professionals, my speech had three sections, one dedicated primarily to each group. I had worked with BIANC earlier in the year while making my short documentary film "Unmasked," which was part of my thesis project at Duke. I publicly premiered the film during this presentation.
In this presentation geared towards healthcare workers, I discussed the importance of not only meeting patients where they are, but also in helping them remember who they are and achieve their own goals. Patients are still people; they are not simply a list of symptoms or a disease or a diagnosis, and need to be treated as such.
As a TBI survivor, actor and professor, I can craft and deliver speeches to best fit any audience.