Meet Deborah Krupp
Correction- Due my brain injury Dr Darryl Kaelin is Dr. Darryl Louis Kaelin in my story
Gemassist Founder and
Believer of Giving Life Back
"Pay It Forward"
Gemassist Brain founder Deborah Krupp was a very successful engineer at the height of her career. Employed by one of the Atlanta area's most prestigious engineering firms, she was poised to become one of its next Vice Presidents. Then the unthinkable happened, and she suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) from the Hemiplegic Migraine. Her TBI not only robbed her of a promising career, it left her with debilitating hemiplegic migraines, trigeminal nerve damage, extreme sensitivity to light and impaired speech.
After consulting numerous doctors, she was referred to the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, a private, not-for-profit hospital that focuses on the medical treatment, research and rehabilitation for people with spinal injury and disease, acquired brain injury, multiple sclerosis, chronic pain and neuromuscular problems.
She was treated at the Shepherd Center by Dr. Darryl Louis Kaelin. She credits him with saving her life. She trusted his approach to medicine so much that she moved to Louisville, KY to continue under his treatment. Dr. Kaelin is medical director of the University of Louisville Frazier Rehabilitation and Neuroscience Institute.
As part of her rehabilitation, Deborah began designing and and creating jewelry as well as unique art objects in leather, pewter, aluminum and copper. She also produced coffee table books of her photography. Under the trademark name "Gemassist", Deborah Marie has designed over more than 1800 individual pieces . All profits from her designs help fund her Gemassist Brain Awareness Foundation. Gemassist and the logo is an United States Patent and Trademark that Deborah Marie designed with her nephew, Ben Watters.
Our Past Beneficiaries:
The primary beneficiary of Gemassist funds is the University of Louisville Medical Health System, including: Frazier Institute, Dentistry, Trager Institute and Doctors Without Borders. Secondarily, we give funds to the following organizations in the Atlanta Metropolitan area: The Shepherd Center and NextStep. We have donated to Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's; Thirdly, to MS and Hemiplegic Migraine patients when funding is high.