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Our Leadership Team
Rick Watson – Co-Founder, Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Watson has personal experiences contending with the symptoms and care demands of Alzheimer’s disease and cancer-induced dementia. In response to these personal challenges, Rick began work on the original research and clinical development that would eventually lead to the creation of A Wiser Mind and its Brain Activation Therapy.
Over the last 25 years, he has provided leadership for a variety of Fortune 500 corporations including work to improve the fraud-detection capabilities for Medicare Carriers in regional processing centers across the United States, and leading teams producing ground-breaking software to bring assistive technology to special-needs children.
Rick has served on the advisory board of The Invisible Disabilities Association, a non-profit organization focused on educating, supporting and assisting those touched by chronic illness and pain. He also acted as an adviser for the Alliance for Healthy Aging, a Colorado non-profit which championed the needs and support of our aging citizenry.
Dan Kostelnik – Co-Founder, Chief Operations Officer
Mr. Kostelnik has been instrumental in bringing entrepreneurial innovations to the care and treatment of individuals and families in need in the senior community and the mental health care community.
Prior to co-founding A Wiser Mind, Mr. Kostelnik was a founding partner in Mountain Life Home Care a senior in-home and transitional care organization. Mr. Kostelnik has a successful track record as an entrepreneur building a number of technology consulting businesses from the ground up including Cyber Business Solutions and CRP Solutions. His vision and leadership were responsible for the early recognition of Siebel Software as a leader in the CRM industry and the establishment of one of the first alliances with them.
An avid golfer, he resides in Colorado with his wife.
Dr. David Ward, DC, MS, ATC – Co-founder, Chief Science Officer and Director of Functional Health Services
Dr. David Ward a licensed Doctor of Chiropractic and Board-certified Athletic Trainer with a Master of Science Degree in Sport Health Science. He has completed extensive post-doctorate education with a focus on Functional Health and uses an approach that includes teaching lifestyle-based strategies for the restoration and maintenance of health and prevention of disease. He is a certified ReCODE 2.0 practitioner of the Bredesen Protocol™, which is a comprehensive, personalized program designed to support brain health for those at risk for cognitive decline.
Dr. Ward’s passion for helping individuals with complex health conditions was born out of his own health challenges. After being diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder at age 17 he floundered within the conventional medical paradigm, experiencing a number of severe flare ups and short-lived remissions. It was only after discovering a Functional Health approach that he was able to attain long-term remission. Dr. Ward often says, “Conventional medicine kept me alive, but a functional healthcare approach gave me my life back.”
Dr. Ward spends his free time enjoying the great Colorado outdoors with his wife, Rose.
If you’d like to read more about Dr. Ward’s inspiring journey with autoimmune disease and how he got his life back, click here.
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