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Stephen Dolle Bio: Neuroscientist, Drum Circle Facilitator, and Keynote Speaker
My life & work are not an everyday story!
I initially graduated from the University of Cincinnati back in 1976 with a degree in nuclear medicine technology, and went to work as a nuclear medicine technologist. In my very first job out of school, I opened up a nuclear medicine department at the Terre Haute Regional Hospital in Indiana, and served as the chief technologist. At 21, I was even holding in-service lectures for hospital physicians eager to learn about this new field. But I got bored after a year, and took a job in chemical sales in Cincinnati, only to be confined to QA & product development work as the industry struggled with new strict EPA standards. Oddly enough, I was doing the work of a chemist, but with only one year of college chemistry.
A year later (1978), I moved to Orange County, CA, and settled back into nuclear medicine at Hoag Memorial Hospital since the economy was still in the tank. I worked here for 3 and 1/2 years, and left in 1982 to start my own imaging company, Certified Nuclear Imaging, which I ran until my auto accident in 1992.
Since 1982, I've founded 3 companies. But, it was my
efforts after my 1992 brain injury and hydrocephalus that attracted
other's interests. You never know what you're capable of until you are
truly tested. And going from a fit and active healthy male and father at
37, to undergoing a series of brain shunt operations, not being able to
care for yourself, or be a father to your own child - was difficult on
so many levels. But on the flip side, it left me with no "down side
risk." I mean, once you loose it all, there's not much else to fear. And
a year later, I was left functionally at about the age of a 12 year old.
In 1981, while
exploring a couple of mind-body
therapies, I serendipitously developed the skill of “medical intuitive,”
and began to know the specific progression of the illness in many of
my patients before test results were out. But there weren’t many
applications for this at that time. Not like today. In 1982, I founded my own imaging company,
Certified Nuclear Imaging, and over the next 10 years provided imaging
services in over 50 hospitals and imaging centers. During those years, I
was also able to continue use of my "intuitive" abilities in
sales & business development, acting for film &
theatre, for my own personal health, for survival skills, and in a limited capacity in my medical work. I also
used it to help friends and family.
Since my 1996 FDA petition on anti-siphon shunts, there have been quite a few shunts cleared to be on the market that led to unnecessary shunt malfunctions and/or corrective surgery. I've not undergone a total of 12 shunt revisions since 1992. I believe "7" of my surgeries were from shunt malfunctions due to design problems that were known by the manufacturer, yet not reported to the Food & Drug Administration. For these reasons, I have not consulted for any of the shunt manufacturers or connected hydrocephalus organizations. With my wealth of experience and research, I provide global information and hydrocephalus monitoring consults on hydrocephalus.
More recently, I put my personal health challenge online as a Case Study for Open Source Medical Cure.
My interests in the neurosciences led to discoveries in sound & music,
cognition, and eventually drumming. In recent years, this has been
become a part of the
cognitive neurosciences. Since 2004, I've created numerous
applications for drumming or drum circles for wellness, education & learning, team
sports, and even methods to improve safety and efficiency in driving a
My relationship with the “unseen” and intuitive abilities continues
today in my work with
drum circles, and
keynote speaking on the brain
and opportunities today.
This site was last updated 05/01/15