Iowa: Great People, Great Places

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Iowa may get a bad rap for its endless cornfields and sparse population, but it’s really a marvelous state, and it’s all because of the people. As one of the most pro-active brain injury associations in the midwest, the Iowa BIA operates through the support of some incredibly capable and knowledgeable types–not least among them is Julie Fidler-Dixon, current president of the BIA and director of On With Life rehab in Ankeny. I had the pleasure of chatting with Julie today at her facility and learned all about their location in Glenwood, a center capable of treating minimally conscious TBI survivors.

Earlier this morning, I also enjoyed a visit with social worker Sherry Bowles at Woodward Resource Center and we discussed Brookhaven’s neurobehavioral and mental health programs. As you can see in the picture below, Woodward Resource Center has a stately campus–not an uncommon look for mental health facilities in Iowa.

In between my two meetings, I grabbed a quick, delicious lunch near the Des Moines Art Center (thanks, La Mie!) and snapped a couple of shots. Here’s a picture of a tremendous Andy Goldsworthy egg:

And here’s a small glimpse of the marvelous early work of architect I.M. Pei, who designed a wing of the Des Moines Art Center, then went on to fame as the architect of the Louvre:

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