Brandon was born and raised in Alberta, Canada. He grew up in a blue collar family consisting of 6 members in a small town west of Edmonton, Alberta. His early years were spent playing sports and hanging out with his large extended family and friends. A natural leader, Brandon’s love of athletics eventually drew him to the sport of football where he played quarterback for many years, as well as through high school.
Unsure of his next step upon graduation from high school, Brandon took a couple of years off and continued to play football while working primarily in industrial type jobs. This experience became quite formative as he learned much about the nature of money and happiness (or lack thereof) and its effect on quality of life. Two years after graduating from high school, Brandon was contacted to play football at Bishop’s University in the Canadian province of Quebec. His decision to fly across the country and attend this university would alter the course of his life forever.
It was within the first few weeks of attending Bishop’s University that Brandon met, and fell in love with, his future wife Jennifer. He made the decision to major in psychology and began the busy life of a student athlete. It was in the third year of his four year program that Brandon had to make the difficult decision to leave behind his love of football to concentrate on his new passion… understanding and helping people. Brandon graduated from Bishop’s University in 2007. His want for travel, as well as a desire to continue his education, led him to Stirling University in Scotland where he graduated with a Master’s degree in Health Psychology in 2008.
Following this adventure, Brandon and Jennifer moved back to Alberta and got married in the fall of 2008. Brandon began the process of moving from a provisional to fully registered psychologist and was fortunate to have received work experience in the areas of public health and education. Brandon became a registered psychologist in the province of Alberta in 2013.
Brandon and Jennifer started their family in 2011 and currently have 3 children, all healthy boys, which keep them both very busy. Brandon currently works within the public health system and enjoys spending time with his family as well as both watching and playing sports during his time off.
Brandon makes it clear from the start that you are the expert in your own pain and how it affects you. I immediately felt like he wasn’t trying to be a know-it-all and tell me what I should and shouldn’t be doing. I’ve read books and articles online before which have put me off as the author or presenter comes across in a very unsympathetic way. Brandon is the complete opposite. He has a very empathetic tone and his style keeps you listening.
The theory and psychology behind chronic pain and coping with it can be very complex, but not in this programme. There is no technical language; no complex science and theory to understand. Everything is in plain English and makes a lot of sense.