A client described Dr. Stuart Donaldson as “Yoda from Star Wars and/or the wise guru master of brain injuries and mental health.” Stuart's lifelong struggles with health issues and chronic pain gave him a deep understanding and empathy with the challenges his clients were facing.

As a child, Stuart suffered numerous broken bones from what his physicians labeled “brittle bones.” He had multiple bouts of pneumonia and in 1953 at the age of 8 was part of the polio epidemic that swept North America. This left him with some residual paralysis, a leg length difference, and post–polio symptoms later in life. While recuperating from polio, he developed Legg-Calve-Perthes disease, which led to hip issues as an adult.

A lifelong resident of Alberta, Canada, Stuart attended the University of Alberta and graduated with a BA in psychology in 1968. After graduation, he spent...

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