Our Story

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

The Injury

In October 2013, while teaching in Detroit, Spencer Smith was hit in a near fatal car crash, while running an errand for his school. He suffered life threatening injuries including a ruptured spleen, collapsed lung and broken ribs, collarbone, and pelvis. While all of these injuries were very serious, we were especially concerned about the traumatic brain injury (TBI) he suffered. The doctors were able to save his life, but unfortunately, they gave his family very little hope that Spencer would overcome his TBI, and thought he would spend the remainder of his life in a nursing home.

Traumatic Brain Injury recovery

The Recovery

Spencer began to show signs of progress while still in the ICU, which allowed our family to have him moved to an inpatient rehab facility. Spencer quickly made great progress during his rehab which allowed him to move to outpatient therapy just five weeks after his accident.


While Spencer rehabilitated, we were alarmed at how little medical professionals knew about TBIs once we got out of the brain specialized regions of the hospital. It’s not their fault, but rather a lack of teaching of TBI care in school. The more doctors, physical therapists, occupational therapists, nurses, and other healthcare providers we talked to, the more we realized that they wanted to learn and help, they just didn’t have a route to do so.

Smith family from Smith Brain Connections with medical professionals

The Outcome

Spencer is now walking, talking, full of witty puns, and even teaching just like before. We were blessed to have Spencer make a full recovery and we have been blessed to meet some amazing medical professionals along the way. We established Smith Brain Connections to help give the best opportunity to TBI patients and families to have a successful outcome.


Our family isn’t claiming to have all the answers about TBI, but we are saying that there are medical professionals out there that can help educate other medical providers about TBI treatment, and it’s our mission to set up these brain education connections.

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Documentary

Watch Spencer's recovery from TBI, how Smith Brain Connections formed, and what we are doing to better Traumatic Brain Injury education. Filmed and edited by A.J. Schriml.

Our Team

Ty Smith

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Co-Founder and President of Smith Brain Connections

Spencer Smith

Spencer Smith - TBI Survivor, Co-Founder, and Vice-President of Smith Brain Connections

TBI Survivor, Co-Founder, and Vice-President of Smith Brain Connections

Teri Smith

Teri Smith - Co-Founder and Secretary of Smith Brain Connections

Co-Founder and Secretary of Smith Brain Connections

Brad Smith

Brad Smith - Co-Founder and Treasurer of Smith Brain Connections

Co-Founder and Treasurer of Smith Brain Connections

Dr. Sheital Bavishi

Dr. Sheital Bavishi - Board Member of Smith Brain Connections

Board Member of Smith Brain Connections

Dr. Joseph Bianco

Dr. Joseph Bianco - Board Member of Smith Brain Connections

Board Member of Smith Brain Connections