I have been suffering from the effects of a traumatic brain injury for the last 13 years. I also have a severed nerve in my eye and severe damage to my inner ear which affected my equilibrium and caused me to fall a lot...at least a couple times a month, resulting in many concussions.
I had constant brain fog, severe memory issues - I was prescribed a drug for early onset alzheimers -, I was unable to take more than one step, heel to toe, without falling. I was breaking bones from falling and always black and blue with numerous trips to the ER.
These are just the most severe complications. There are more. I was so desperate for healing, I traveled from Oklahoma to Wexford, PA to see Dr. Simkovich. No more brain fog, my memory is vastly improved, I haven't fallen in about two months (since my treatment), and I can walk backwards and forward heal to toe across a room without falling! Dr. Simkovich changed my life. I would highly recommend anyone with a TBI to get treatment from him. I would have done whatever necessary to get into his office and I'm so very glad I did.
He has helped two family members. Excellent staff!!! Wonderful doctor!!! They all know their patients and their families. Our family highly recommends!
Dr. Charlie treated me for the head injuries I had as a player. Before he treated me, I would read something and have no idea what I had just read. Because of his treatment, when I read I don't get tired and understand everything I read.
I used to get tired after reading just one paragraph. My ability to concentrate was awful. Thanks to Dr. Simkovich’s treatment, I can now read several chapters without a problem.
I once was plagued with balance problems. Being a professional athlete, I cannot afford to have balance problems. I started going to Dr. Simkovich for treatment. After a few treatments, I began to see great improvement with my balance. My balance is no longer a problem for me, thanks to the treatment given by Dr. Simkovich.
Tom had the following problems: He could only hold a pen like a dagger; He would switch hands, usually mid-line on a page; He was unable to cross mid line with his left hand (he writes left handed); He had difficulty following instructions; He had difficulty handling multiple commands or thoughts.
When Tom had completed his treatment with Charles Simkovich and went back to his learning disability teacher for the first new session, she immediately asked, “What happened?!” She remarked to me that the change in Tom was “unbelievable”. She noticed the following things: His motor coordination was almost completely normal; He could hold a pen properly in his left hand, not like a dagger; He was not switching back and forth between hands while writing; He could cross the mid-line of a page, continuing to write with his left hand; He could follow instructions, even complex ones, he was tuning in instead of out; He was able to deal with multiple concepts and directions at one time; Tom was happier and remarked that Dr. Simkovich’s work “made it easier”. There was a tremendous boost in his confidence and self-esteem.
Later when Tom had further cranial/spinal adjustments by Dr. Simkovich, Linda Miller noticed “another surge” in Tom’s development. When I thanked Linda Miller, a learning disability specialist having her master’s degree in special education/learning disability and who has extensive experience in working with disturbed and mentally disabled kids, she stated: I can’t take credit for the help” (meaning that it was Dr. Simkovich, rather than she, who turned Tom around).
To: Athletes and Coaches:
The Duquesne University basketball team has worked with Dr. Simkovich’s Athletic Engineering program for the past year. The results were impressive, with significant improvements measured in their vertical leap, standing broad jump and in the weight room.
My Son also worked in the program, which allowed me to observe the program and the changes it makes from both a coach’s and parent’s perspective. Dr. Simkovich picked up on gait issue with my son during his first session with him. I can say that the improvements my son make in his coordination, foot speed and strength were accomplished quickly, and to a much larger degree than expected.
I would recommend this program to any athlete who wishes to improve their physical skills.
People come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime. My daughter and I are truly grateful for the time we spent with Dr. Simkovich. He has transformed her life in such a positive way.
She began to show symptoms of a mild brain trauma in her junior year of high school. She lost her ability to concentrate for periods of time. She showed symptoms of depression and started to have OCD tendencies at the same time. She began playing competitive soccer at 7 years old and the header was her favorite way to contact the ball.
By her freshman year of college, her symptoms had gotten worse. She couldn’t sleep through the night and would have anxiety attacks. She began to need ADD medication to study at all. Her grades were sub-par to say the least.
I found out about Dr. Simkovich through a friend, and I immediately arranged to take my daughter to Pittsburgh during her spring break of her freshman year of college. After only a few treatments, she felt the benefits. She was able to sleep through the night for the first time in months. The cloud of depression-like symptoms that hung over her head lifted and felt rejuvenated.
Upon returning to school, her reading comprehension improved dramatically such that she could understand and focus without the help of her ADD medication. Her grades improved tremendously, but the best part is that her self-confidence increased all thanks to the work of Dr. Simkovich.
Thanks to your great care, our son Rockwell has been dismissed from further speech therapy session that was treatment his verbal apraxia condition.
Rockwell has been receiving speech therapy one to two times per week since he was two year old (4 years total). Our speech therapist, Dr. Miller, released Rockwell much earlier than expected.
He has experienced great success in school and reading which attributable to the progress in his speech and cognitive functions.
Thank you for all of your treatment, support and insight! Your care is why our son’s progress has been extraordinary!
Dear Dr. Simkovich,
I want to let you know how well Michael is doing since his treatment in July.
The first evidence of success came after Michael took the hunter safety course to be able to get a junior hunting license. The class started at 6-9:30pm on Friday and then 8-4 on Saturday with the rest in the last hour. Out of 104 questions, which were true/false, multiple choice, essay, and matching, Mike missed 2. It’s a major miracle for him to be able to retain, sort out and keep it in proper order.
The first week of school, I went to his teacher and took the information I received from your office. I asked her to not treat Michael any differently than the other students in testing. For two years, he has had to have oral spelling tests to be able to achieve a passing grade. On his written tests, he would miss 11-14 out of 20 words. Last Friday he took his first written spelling test and got a 100%!
The anger and frustration are no longer a problem. He’s actually enjoying learning! We have seen such a big change in his attitude about school and homework. He’s bringing very little home where he used to bring 4-5 books home before and have almost the entire lesson to do in each subject. There is such a difference! Thank you so much for being there for these kids.
I am telling other mothers of L.D. children about you and Michael’s results. It has been worth every penny and second of time we invested.
Again, thank you so much!
A grateful mother,
My son Robert Michael Work became a patient of Dr. Charlies Simkovich. Dr. SImkovich has been treating Mike for dyslexia and learning disabilities.
Mike has been a L.D. student since 5th grade, Mike is now a senior at Moon High School. The last few months of his junior year, we noticed a big change in his school work. Mike came up from a D-C average to a C-B+ average. Mike said he noticed a big change after his first treatment. He was able to understand things more clearly in the classroom. Mike improved so much in reading, that I found him his room reading a book and he couldn’t put it down because he was enjoying the book so much. Mike never sat in his room before reading, in fact, I had a hard time getting him to read anything. Now it is a joy to see him so happy and enjoying class because he understands what is going on.
Mike is a football player for Moon High School. Mike hopes to get a full scholarship to a Division I school. Mike has improved so much this season; we know that he is feeling good about himself. Mike will be starting offense and defense lineman. Last year, Mike only started defense. We know that the only way to go is all the way to the top. Thanks to people like Dr. Simkovich who devoted so much of his time to helping people like my son.
Dear Dr. Simkovich,
About fifteen years ago, I brought my daughter Lottie to you for treatment. As a first grader, she had difficulty concentrating, comprehending, and retaining her school work.
I am proud to tell you that this summer Lottie will graduate with highest honors from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and plans to continue post graduate studies to become a professional in art.
Lottie still remembers the time she “had her head put back on straight” as she calls it.
Thank you and God bless your work,
I can’t thank you enough for providing the treatment that allowed my son to completely heal from his concussion. He was diagnosed with a concussion and whiplash injury from playing ice hockey in November 2014. We had tried many types of therapy over a period of about nine months prior to seeing you include physical and vestibular therapy, acupuncture, and chiropractic. Although those therapies were helpful for some of his symptoms, my son continued to have daily headaches, fatigue, and dysfunction of his endocrine system. Fortunately, one of his doctors recommended you for therapy and it was the best decision we could have made.
During the four-day intensive treatment, my son noticed a significant decrease in the intensity of his headaches, improved energy, clearer thinking, and just an overall feeling of improved wellness. As we continued over the next several weeks with some of the other therapies (acupuncture, chiropractic), we noticed that he was responding much better than previously.
I am happy to tell you that six weeks after completing his intensive treatment, he was back playing ice hockey with his team and working at his usual level in school. Prior to his evaluation with you, I was starting to doubt whether he would ever play hockey again or be able to have academic success. Thanks to you, I have my son back.
When I was the offensive coordinator for the University of Pittsburgh football team, I was a patient of Dr. Charles A. Simkovich. While in his office one day, I became aware of the fact that Dr. Simkovich had treated many athletes with a “special procedure that actually improves their athletic ability.
This interested me, because as a coach, I am always searching for newer and better ways for my players to improve their performance… to help them reach their full potential and be the best possible athlete they can be. We spoke at length about the procedure. He filled me in on some details about the procedure and even demonstrated a few of the techniques on me. He also showed me a common exercise that had detrimental effects. The changes were not only surprising, but they were immediate. The doctor made a good point that not only was it important to know what to do to improve yourself, but it is equally important to know that things that you do that are counter-productive, so that they can be avoided.
I referred one of our quarterbacks to Dr. Simkovich to see for myself if this treatment could make as much an improvement in a player’s ability as I suspected. The particular young man had loads of potential that he just wasn’t realizing.
The changes in this player were, to say the least, dramatic! In just two weeks after his treatment, his times in agility drills were reduced by several tenths of a second. His forty-yard dash time went from 5.4 seconds to 5.1 seconds.
Even more impressive was the change in the way this quarterback threw the football and found his receivers. Before the treatment, he had poor field vision and had an extremely difficult time finding his receivers. After the treatment, he was able to find his receivers easily and was also much more accurate with his throws.
I remarked to Dr. Simkovich about the chain in this player’s ability to find his receivers and the improvement in his accuracy. He explained to me that he had objects with his eyes. The doctor treated the problem and that is why there was an improvement in the quarterback’s ability to find his receivers.
It is exciting to know that there is a treatment that is able to literally improve someone’s coordination and athletic ability. I am not aware of any other such program.
As a coach, I feel that this work is imperative for any athlete that is serious about improving their skills.
I suffered with migraine headaches since I was 12 years of age. Currently, I am 53 years old. Over the years I have doctored with numerous MDs, Neurologists, Gynecologists, and Headache Specialists and Chiropractors. I progressed from there and I sought out a Headache Specialist from Cleveland Clinic, the head of Neurological services from WVU Hospital and the head of Gynecological services from WVU hospital. At this point, we had them narrowed down to hormonal migraines and I had a complete hysterectomy. This helped somewhat taking the headache count from 15/16 to 6/8 migraines each month. I had pills and self-injecting shots that would stop the migraine, but I didn’t like taking the medicine. It left me drowsy and sluggish. If you are a migraine sufferer, you know that you have to take the medicine or your day is finished. Your life stops until the migraine passes. This also left my head “foggy” on off headache days. I just didn’t feel well.
One day a family friend mentioned they too suffered from migraines. She sought treatment with Dr. Charles Simkovich and no longer suffers with the headaches.
It took me several months to finally make the initial appointment You see, I was very disgusted with all the failed doctor’s appointments, tests, medication trials, etc. I had been through a lot of treatment and I didn’t know if I had another headache appointment/discussion in me.
I started treated with Dr. Simkovich in September 2014. My headaches peaked at 16 during the treatment. Dr. Simkovich explained they may get worse before they get better and it is going ot take some time because I suffered for so long. He was right.
In June of 2015, my migraine count was only 3, two of them being slight migraines that didn’t progress to major ones. This is a major improvement going from migraines 50% of the month to only 3…
I am so glad I made the decision the give one more doctor a try. I must say that he hung in there with me and when I was discouraged he kept going. He was very confident in his ability, and I was used to it not working.
I am walking proof that his treatment words and will be referring others to him for migraine relief.
THANK YOU SO MUCH DR. SIMKOVICH!
I began seeing Dr. Simkovich after experiencing concussion-like symptoms following a minor car accident last winter. I experienced a significant improvement in acute symptoms after just a couple of treatment sessions. As treatment continued, I also saw improvements in cognitive function, memory, and concentration, all of which had clearly been affected by previous concussions. Cranial movement therapy significantly improved my quality of life and Dr. Simkovich continues to be my top recommendation to those suffering from TBI in the Pittsburgh area.
Once treatment began, Christian began to acquire language in a "snowball" type manner just as young children typically do. Every day the pace of his language acquisition advanced by leaps and bounds. He was finally using words he had picked up from daily living experiences just as he had before his regression in early toddlerhood. We were extremely amazed by his rapidly advancing language skills. Finally he could express his wants and needs. This new ability enhanced Christian's life and development in countless ways.
I have had exceptional care. I am cared for with respect and consideration. The treatment always helps any symptoms he is treating. I would and do recommend him to all my friends, family and strangers.
Dr. Simkovich is nothing short of a miracle worker.
Dr. Simkovich is in a league of his own. I have worked with neurologists, orthopedic concussion doctors, neuro-ophthalmologists, and a multitude of vestibular therapists since my traumatic brain injury. Dr. Simkovich has been the only medical professional to aid and augment my recovery in a sizable manner. He is very astute, a broad thinker and has been a pleasure to work with.
My son had delayed motor development, difficulty processing information, and difficulty remembering things. We had tried OT, PT, nutritionist, and neurologist and had no success. Then we discovered Dr. Simkovich. After a couple visits with Dr. Simkovich, my sons was picking up motor skills that he was unable to do with PT and OT. He went from getting D's an F's to A's and B's in school. My son has been seeing Dr. Simkovich for almost 3 years now and I honestly don't know what we would do without Dr. Simkovich. Everyone at Simkovich Cranial Institute is incredibly friendly and professional. He has one of the nicest office staff I have been around. I am so grateful to have this quality doctor in the Pittsburgh area.
I have suffered with concussion symptoms after having two whiplash injuries, causing multiple symptoms including severe head and neck pain, dizziness, and memory problems. I had trouble spelling words and often couldn’t remember my phone number and address. A friend of mine told me that I should see Dr. Charlie Simkovich. After trying other treatments without any success, I thought I would see Dr. Charlie. Now my mind feels clearer and I am able to remember simple things that I used to take for granted.
My dtr was in an auto accident and diagnosed w concussion. We referred to treatment w Dr Simkovich and I saw immediate improvment in her. I also had head trauma and concussion in the last. I was so impressed w the treatment adjustments I have been keeping regular appts for myself. I can feel the results w less compression in my skull and cervical spine.
Dr. Simkovich is truly amazing! He has worked wonders for me and my health needs. I thank you!!! Dr. Grabski
Tamara was in a motor vehicle accident on December 16, 2014 and suffered a traumatic brain injury. This caused her to have post concussive syndrome along with symptoms of memory issues, trouble focusing, unsteady gait, involuntary muscle movements and lack of coordination on her left side along with several other symptoms. She still has residual problems including difficulty with fine motor skills that require continued treatment. She has seen multiple specialists for this. She is seeing Dr. Simkovich specifically for the post concussive syndrome symptoms. He is not providing any manipulation with her treatment. Give her symptoms and their severity, I feel that she requires this treatment and that it is medically necessary.
Dr. Simkovich is like a hero. I sufferred from a concussion for about 8 weeks. I tried all of the "normal" treatments/therapy and nothing was working. I thought it was going to take months to get over. My mom did some research and found out about Dr. Simkovich. I signed up for a 4 day intensive treatment. I can truly say that I felt relief immediately. He was also able to fix other problems from previous blows to my head. As the weeks go on, I continue to feel better and better. I highly recommend Dr. Simkovich to anyone who has had a concussion, whether it be minor or severe.
I first heard Dr. Simkovich speak at an autism conference about helping kids on the spectrum with anything from food allergies to becoming verbal for the first time. He got my attention but I put it in the back of my mind because I had my son (who was nine at the time and diagnosed with PDD-NOS) involved in so many other therapies, a special diet, and with a handful of supplemental nutrients that I couldn't possibly take on one more thing. Why my son entered 4th grade, his simple tics such as eye blinking suddenly turned into more complex tics to the extent that some thought he had cerebral palsy. I remembered Dr. Simkovich’s lecture and even though he was over 40 minutes away, I thought it was worth a try to see if he could help him with his tics. It turned out to be the best decision I could have made for not only was Dr. Simkovich able to reduce his tics initially, he later was able to eradicate them. The therapy also improved his reading comprehension, but the icing on the cake for me was his improvement in language as far as being more talkative and conversational. Since we were driving the distance anyway, I started the therapy also with my six year old son boy who was having some learning difficulties in school. As a result of the therapy, my son was able to focus more readily in school and his decoding and comprehension abilities improved significantly. Dr. Simkovich (or “Dr. Charlie” as my sons like to call him) has been more than a blessing to our family and we will always be grateful for his expertise in his specialized cranial treatment as well as his amazing connection with kids, especially those on the autistic spectrum.
Cranial Movement Therapy is not like other current methods that are used to treat concussions. This Cranial Movement Therapy actually reverses the symptoms of concussion
My daughter was treated by Dr. Simkovich when her academic performance began to suffer without explanation. We came to find out that a sporting injury to her head, was actually a concussion. We begin treatment immediately after learning concussions do not heal themselves. Within a short span of time her grades improved and so did her attitude and outlook. We can say with confidence now she has been restored to good health, and are very grateful to the Doc, and his team!
I suffered a concussion a couple of years ago from a student who hit me in the head with a bass drum mallet. I had memory issues and constant dizziness along with pressure and fullness in the head. I saw Dr. Simkovich and I am amazed how awesome I feel after just a week of treatments. He really cares about his patients and their well being. The whole staff are very friendly and I plan on telling everyone I know this is the place to go for treatment.
Me and my husband were in a car accident and he has been working with us,very professional and easy to work with.
About fifteen years ago, I brought my daughter Lottie to you for treatment. As a first grader, she had difficulty concentrating, comprehending, and retaining her school work. I am proud to tell you that this summer, Lottie will graduate with the highest honors from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and plans to continue post-graduate studies to become a professor of art. Lottie still remembers the time she “had her head put back on straight,” as she calls it.
“I first met Dr. Simkovich in January of 1989 when my daughter, Angela was 8. The grade school she was attending wanted my husband and I to admit her to a facility in Pittsburgh to have her evaluated and put on drugs until she responded to their satisfaction. We refused to do so. My daughter talked about ending her life because of the pressure she was under. We were referred to Dr. Simkovich by another doctor. After several treatments, Angela was able to finally read for the first time. She was so excited. Angela also displayed autistic characteristics, and also would tear her own hair out, pinch herself, and bang her head on any hard surface she could find. This all stopped after Dr. Simkovich began treating her. Her physical abilities began to slowly improve also. Angela was born with a genetic disorder called fragile X syndrome, but despite that she is now a very happy person and lives life to the fullest.
My daughter Amanda had grand mal seizures on a daily basis, so we had Dr. Simkovich treat her. The seizures stopped and she hasn’t had one since she was 13. In January of 1997, Amanda was in a car accident and suffered a head injury. Her vision and hearing were affected, but four hours after Dr. Simkovich treated her, her vision returned to normal. The hearing returned to normal shortly after. My grandson, Nicholas, was born to parents who have addictions to alcohol and drugs. He was very aggressive at daycare with the other children, and would hide under chairs and tables when in social situations. At the age of two, he would go into rages and would wake up during the night screaming. When we would enter his room, he would leap out of his bed into our arms and shake until we could calm him down. When he entered kindergarten, he had trouble focusing on school work during class and at home. Nicholas began seeing Dr. Simkovich in 2010.
After several sessions with Dr. Simkovich, the rages stopped and Nicholas quit hiding under the furniture. His social skills improved and he can now focus on school work and has begun to read. The improvements were quite noticeable after each treatment. He is a much happier child, has made more friends, and gets along quite well with most everyone. Nicholas still receives treatments periodically, which keep him progressing further. I have hope for him now that he will become a productive adult.”
Dr Simkovich helped both of my sons with their concussions. He relieved them of all their symptoms head aches, dizziness, Dyslexia, eye focus and memory problems. They both had severe concussions and are doing great now. Thanks to Dr. Simkovich
Loved our experience with him, gave us the answers we have been looking for!
I've been going here for over 20 years now, excellent work every time! Couldn't ask for a better doctor!
If you have suffered a head injury and are living with the debilitating effects of a concussion there is no need to suffer endlessly. I suffered my head injury 30 years ago in the military and slowly declined over the years until the symptoms were so bad the quality of my life deteriorated to the point I could barely function. Unaware of what was happening I visited many doctors and specialists with everyone presenting the same conclusion they didn't know what was causing the symptoms and they had no answer or cure.
I tried rehab and different vision therapies with limited results. Thankfully I found Dr Simkovich and immediately scheduled an appointment. If you are reading this post you have the same questions and concerns I did. Is this real and does it work? I can personally attest the treatment is real and works. I only wish I had found Dr Simkovich years ago and could have ended the symptoms and effects of my head injury when my accident occurred.
Dr Simkovich is very caring and passionate about the patient and treatment. The office staff is fantastic and will ensure you are well taken care of during your visit. I usually do not post reviews however I know what it is like to suffer the affects of a concussion and promised myself I would do everything possible to let people know there is a legitimate treatment available that can alleviate your symptoms. I encourage you to schedule an appointment or phone consultation to discuss your symptoms and treatment with Dr Simkovich. I promise you it will be the best decision of your life.
I am forever grateful that my Doctor shared with me the powerful results of treatment for head injuries in his own family with Dr Simkovitch. When I first came to Dr Simkovich I was suffering from symptoms from my first concussion and had sustained a second one. I was under the care of Dr Collins at UPMC when I went for my consultation with Dr Simkovitch. Because I needed to know for myself and still had issues from my first concussion after care at UPMC, I strictly treated with Dr Simkovitch and then returned for follow up at UPMC. Tests confirmed ( as did my symptoms) that I had recovered fully and quickly. Incredible!! I then brought my son to Dr Simkovitch as well. He had previously been treated at UPMC for a head injury but had residual lingering symptoms. He did the intensive while on college break with awesome results. He is now learning and RETAINING successfully in dental school. We are so blessed and working to pay it forward with referrals to Dr Simkovitch to help others!
Dr. Simkovich is very personable and the staff is super friendly. They treat us like family. Happy to have found the Cranial Institute. They came highly recommended after my sons concussion.
Amazing! I am greatful beyond words to have found Dr. Simkovich! I was told by UPMC that nothing could be done to treat my concussion. They could give me medications but that was it. After 4 months of treatment I can say that I am truly healed! I feel better than I have in over 20 years! MSR
Words can not describe how grateful we are to have found Dr. Simkovich!
It truly was an answer to prayer. My son had suffered several concussions. With his last one he started his treatment within the UPMC concussion program. (As we had prior) His progress was very slow. They tried medication, vestibular therapy, glasses and more. We continued that route for approximately 6 months. During this time he became more discouraged and was feeling like he would never be well again. He was struggling with his studies and was unable to return to baseball. We knew we had to find something or someone who could help him and thankfully we did. Dr Simkovich saw him for an evaluation and assured us he could help. He did the 4 day intensive treatment and this was the fix! On his second day of treatment you could see the improvement in his eyes and even his hearing! In 3 weeks we returned to UPMC concussion rehab for exit testing, because he needed to be cleared with them, to play baseball again. The physical therapists were all astounded by his progress! When they saw that he was scheduled for exit testing, they thought that there would be NO way that he would be passing. He was put through an intense exit test and he passed, surprising them all! We then went back to the concussion doctor, she too was very pleased and he was released. He returned to class and has since made the Dean’s list and could see the baseball more clearly than ever! His overall well-being was back. His overall happy personality was back.
We are and will always be so thankful for how Dr Simkovich was able to help him. We continue to tell everyone we meet, if they or someone they know has been dealing with a concussion or other symptoms he treats, that they NEED to see him.