“Mended Minds co-founders Hugh and Jackie Bruder dedicated their lives to putting others first in their careers as Firefighter/Paramedics. They have seen first-hand the effects of PTSD on many of their beloved colleagues. They are powered by the successes they see with each person they treat and are dedicated to improving the lives of not only PTSD sufferers but all who can be touched by this revolutionary technology. Hugh also serves as IASIS Technologies Lead Instructor, Clinical Team Advisor, and liaison to both The Fire service and The US Military.”
“Mended Minds co-founders Hugh and Jackie Bruder dedicated their lives to putting others first in their careers as Firefighter/Paramedics. They have seen first-hand the effects of PTSD on many of their beloved colleagues. They are powered by the successes they see with each person they treat and are dedicated to improving the lives of not only PTSD sufferers but all who can be touched by this revolutionary technology. Hugh also serves as the IASIS Technologies Clinical Team Advisor for the Fire/Medical/PTSD practice.”
Hugh has been in public service for over 38 years. He began his career in 1980 as a USAF Firefighter.
After getting out of the military he worked for several other fire departments, until getting hired with Miami Dade Fire Rescue (MDFR) in 1988. During his 28 years with Dade County Fire Rescue, he rose to the rank of Chief Fire Officer/Paramedic and holds Florida State licensure for Paramedic, Firefighter, and Fire Service Instructor.
Among his many credentials, Hugh is certified in Aircraft Firefighting, Marine Firefighting, Wild Land firefighting, Aero-Medical Treatment/Transportation, Rescue Scuba Diver, and a multitude of other fire and emergency medical services related accreditation’s. He also holds a College Degree in Emergency Medical Services.
In 2015 he retired from MDFR and remains in the reserve firefighter program with Miami Dade Fire Rescue, where he stays involved by volunteering his time mentoring and teaching classes.
Hugh also serves as the IASIS Technologies Fire/ Military/Clinical Team Advisor and is a certified IASIS trainer. Most recently, Hugh authored and delivered the IASIS Technologies foundation training curriculum geared directly toward Physicians/Psychologies/Healthcare Professionals delivering the technology.
Being a caregiver at heart, Hugh and his wife Jackie decided to become Certified IASIS Micro Current Neurofeedback Providers and open Mended Minds, which is dedicated to helping those who suffer from symptoms associated with neurological disorders or deficits.
Jackie is a 30-year veteran of the Fire Service where she retired as a Fire Captain/Paramedic with Miami Dade Fire Rescue. While serving her community, she treated medical and trauma patients as a first responder. As well as the Fire Service, she worked with Hollywood Memorial in the Emergency Room in the adult and pediatric department and Air Ambulance, transporting ill and injured patients all over the world.
Jackie began her career with Lauderdale Lakes Fire Department in 1987 where she learned to manage a large elderly community with significant health issues. In 1992 she moved onto Miami Dade Fire Rescue. Being with a large Metropolitan Fire Department, she quickly moved up the ranks to Fire Captain/Paramedic. She also became active in the departments SCUBA dive team which rescues persons involved in water accidents like drowning, boating accidents and submerged cars with persons trapped. With the natural capacity to teach, she assisted in the training of the fire department’s Trauma Transport Protocol throughout the department for nearly two years.
Jackie has a Degree in Emergency Medical Services, Florida Paramedic License as well as Firefighter State Certification. She also holds her BLS (Basic Life Support) Certification, ALS (Advanced Life Support) Certification, PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support) Certification with the American Heart Association and a Certified Rescue Diver.
Today, Jackie is a co-founder of Mended Minds, where she’s focused on continuing to give back to the community. Mended Minds uses the IASIS MCN Neurofeedback system which helps to balance the brainwave activity that aggravates conditions such as PTSD, Anxiety, Depression, Anger, ADD/ADHD, Insomnia and more. She is also active with the non-profit organization, ProJecto de Amor a Jesus, which helps the underprivileged in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. When not helping others, Jackie enjoys boating and diving with her husband, four children, and two dogs.
Patrice started her first career working in Miami Reservations in 1983 with Delta Airlines. Toward the end of her 25-year career, Patrice changed roles and entered the In-flight Services division to enhance her corporate knowledge and love for customer and employee satisfaction. She was selected for a Performance Manager position to supervise a vast group of Flight Attendants across three different cities. She built a reputation among her peers and frontline workforce as an expert in corporate knowledge, and employee and customer satisfaction. This resulted in a rapid response and resolution to both personal and professional challenges within the daily operation involving both staff and customers. Departing a company, she absolutely loved was a difficult decision, but she quickly realized it opened up new avenues for personal growth.
Retiring after 25 years of service with Delta Airlines, Patrice decided she yearned to serve her community in a new and exciting role. She decided to pursue a career as a Firefighter/Paramedic and was hired by Miami Dade Fire Rescue in 2007. As a lifelong learner, she wanted to be able to provide a higher level of medical care to the community she was serving. She earned a degree in Emergency Medical Services and a degree in Nursing. After approximately 14 years in the fire service, she retired and has once again entered into an exciting opportunity to help those who are suffering from PTSD and a host of other Neurological and Psychological issues, as well as other personal life altering challenges.
Today, Patrice is an IASIS Certified Provider for the Mended Minds family. She has wholeheartedly focused on contributing to the lives of others and giving back to her community and has become an integral part of our team.
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