First Person: Cynde Margritz, CEO of Peak Neurofitness, 52, Alexandria
December, 2014 edition
Interview by Amanda Long
I had a head injury as a kid. I was 5, standing on concrete steps, and another girl grabbed my ankles and pulled my feet out from under me. I whacked my head. When I came to, I didn’t want to leave school. I loved school so much that I didn’t want to go to the hospital.
My mother took me. They whacked my knee, said my reflexes were fine and sent me home. I’ve learned since that anytime the brain is injured it can go into an anxious state. By the time I was in second grade, I had severe anxiety, almost agoraphobia. I would only go to school if the neighbor boy would hold my hand in class.