ThinkFirst Safety TipsRENO, Nev. (Dec. 4, 2013) – Sierra Neurosurgery Group (SNG) is proud to announce its alliance with ThinkFirst of Northern Nevada, the Reno-Tahoe area chapter of the ThinkFirst National Injury Prevention Foundation. ThinkFirst of Northern Nevada was founded in 2011 by SNG’s Dr. Lali Sekhon with the purpose of helping prevent head and spinal cord injuries among children and teens. As part of its mission, ThinkFirst is dedicated to providing high-quality, impactful, scientifically-validated programs, acting socially responsible and leading by example.

As a national organization founded in 1986, each locally established ThinkFirst chapter is sponsored by a local neurosurgeon who is committed to public education and injury prevention. In April 2013, Dr. Sekhon was named 2013 Physician Sponsor of the Year for his outstanding commitment and contribution to injury prevention. He joins Doctors Demers and Morgan on the non-profit organization’s board of directors.

“I am honored to be part of an organization that is committed to such a worthy cause,” said Dr. Sekhon. “Traumatic brain and spine injury is a serious, life-changing issue that affects millions of people each year and as a physician who is in a position to help address the issue, I consider it a privilege to be the founding sponsor of ThinkFirst of Northern Nevada.”

ThinkFirst of Northern Nevada is headed by Chapter Director Kathy O’Sullivan, MSPT. Its slogan, “Use your mind to protect your body,” helps reinforce its mission that prevention is the only cure for traumatic brain and spinal cord injury. Each year, ThinkFirst of Northern Nevada hosts a Helmet Giveaway in conjunction with the Kiwanis Club Bicycle Rodeo along with visiting area high schools to present teen-oriented information on vulnerability to brain injury and the importance of making safe choices. The organization is also dedicated to affecting legislative policy pertaining to traumatic injury.

Members of the ThinkFirst of Northern Nevada Board of Directors include:

  • Dr. Martin Bain, MD
  • Dr. Christopher Demers, MD
  • Dr. Hayden Hill, MD
  • Dr. Frieda Hulka, MD
  • Dr. Jay Morgan, MD
  • Cathi Peterson LPN
  • Dr. Lali Sekhon, MD, PhD, FACS
  • Sherise Smith, MS, PT, CBIS
  • Kathy O’Sullivan, MSPT, Chapter Director

For more information on ThinkFirst of Northern Nevada, including educational and donation opportunities, visit www.ThinkFirstNevada.org.

Sierra Neurosurgery Group is the largest private practice neurosurgery group on the West Coast. Together, its 12 physicians have a range of expertise including complex brain and spine care, treatment of brain tumors using stereotactic radiosurgery, motor mapping, pain management and carpal tunnel.