As a therapist, Marianne Middlebrook knows the value of mental health. She is passionate about helping others and hopes to make a difference in her community. Born with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), Marianne has been using a power wheelchair for mobility since she was two years old. Currently, Marianne has a Quantum Power Wheelchair with iLevel® technology.
“I like that my power chair fits my body so well and allows me to do everything I need to do,” Marianne said. “Plus, it’s sturdy and reliable.”
While Marianne loves her power articulating foot platform, the front and rear LED fender lights and her USB charger, iLevel technology is by far her favorite feature. iLevel on her Quantum Power Wheelchair allows Marianne to elevate her seat so she can reach what she needs and be at eye level with her peers.
“It’s really handy!” Marianne said.
Pursuing Her Education with Her Quantum Power Wheelchair
A resident of Berkeley Heights, NJ, Marianne enjoys coffee, spending time with her family and friends, getting her nails done and watching reality television.
Marianne is passionate about reading and learning and has been busy pursuing her doctorate degree. As part of her dissertation, she interviewed different people who also live with SMA. She asked them how they cope with their disability and how their self esteem is affected by their disability status. Completing her dissertation benefited Marianne in more ways than one, as she really enjoyed connecting with these individuals.
“It has been a great experience to connect with people who are in a similar situation as I am,” Marianne said.
Looking to the Future
This coming May, Marianne will graduate with a Doctorate in Psychology. She is looking forward to new opportunities in her work and making a difference in the lives of her clients.
“I’ve worked really hard to get to where I am and I’m excited to be able to use my knowledge of psychology to help people who are struggling with mental health,” Marianne said.
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