Videos, Testimonials, and Reviews

Read what some of our patients, care-givers and colleagues have said about our program*. They include reviews from Facebook, Healthgrades and Google:


*All testimonials used with express permission.

I have RSD, triggered by a knee replacement operation that I had several years ago. I was misdiagnosed for almost three years and tried everything for the pain that western medicine had to offer. Nothing worked. When I first went to Dr. Pedro, I was down to 100 pounds. My heart rate was very high. I had severe cold sweats and was hospitalized three times for constipation. I suffered for almost three years, Dr. Pedro got me better in five weeks. Insurance does not cover this program currently, and that’s a shame. Dr. Pedro has put years of time, effort and research into this therapy.  If you are in the pain that I was in, you know that you can not put a price on living pain free. His treatment is non-invasive and is a better way. This program works. I am 100% better. I am so very grateful that I found Dr. Pedro. He is one of the most compassionate doctors that I ever met. He took his time. He worked with me. He was hands-on. Because of Dr. Pedro and his treatment, I have hope of getting my life back and becoming an athlete again. Thank you Dr Pedro and staff.

Kim Lohnes Aglietti

Patient, Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy

In 1994, Cydney Menihan slipped on back ice and landed on the back of her head. She was immediately dizzy, her head felt full, all ambient sound was painfully loud, and she had lost her sense of smell. During the following months, Cydney developed head pressure, difficulty concentrating, weaknesses in all her extremities, numbness in her feet, and irritability. This continued for the next 24 years with no treatment and no improvement. Cydney was told her injuries were permanent and she would just have to live with it. Through self-education, Cydney finally correctly diagnosed herself, and when she found Dr. Pedro’s website, she knew she had found the help she needed. Here is Cydney’s story.

Cydney Menihan

Patient, Post Concussion Syndrome

Retired Police Officer Brian Crum describes his recovery from being injured in the line of duty. He lost the use of his legs in 1997 after being struck by a vehicle. While he regained the ability to walk through physical therapy, he had limited mobility and spent nearly two decades seeing countless specialists until he met Dr. Pedro. Here he shares the impact of Cortical Integrative Therapy on his recovery:

Brian Crum

Patient, Ataxia of Gait

This video highlights Pennsylvania native Tracy Yatsko and her battle with (and recovery from) the aftermath of traumatic brain injury stemming from a concussion in 2005:

I suffered a severe concussion from a head to head hit playing basketball in 2005. My life went from the excitement of being an all-star athlete looking at a Division 1 scholarship in track and field to spending every waking moment in disabling pain, and traveling from one doctor to the next throughout the state of Pennsylvania. For 8 years, doctors had told me that I suffered from Post Concussive Syndrome and that I would continue to suffer from migraines for the rest of my life, because “that is just the way it is”. The only treatment they offered me were pills, pills, and more pills. I tried Botox shots, nerve blocks, and have I mentioned pills? From 18-20 years old I was taking anywhere from 10-30 pills a day. Very few doctors had hope for me while others told me I was crazy, that nothing was wrong with me, and that I would just have to learn to deal with my pain. Eight agonizing years later I had the opportunity to travel up to Rhode Island to consult with Dr. Pedro. I had met him a few years earlier through a mutual friend at a brain injury event and he told me then that I should come up to Rhode Island for treatment, but at that point in life, I was so disgusted with doctors that I didn’t think a cure was possible, and I had already accepted that my life would be filled with pain. Finally, I took the risk, because I thought that if he couldn’t help me, it wouldn’t have been a disappointment, it would have been expected. If he did help me, it would become the greatest thing in my life…and he did. Within 5 minutes of meeting Dr. Pedro, simply by looking into my eyes and noticing the size of my pupils, he knew he could help me. After taking a few tests to confirm his thoughts, he diagnosed me. He actually diagnosed me, meaning there was something wrong with me and that I wasn’t crazy! It was hard to comprehend and understand, but in normal people terms: a part of my brain wasn’t working properly and getting the juices it needed. I was also blacking out because my heartbeat was spiking every time I stood up and the oxygen wasn’t making it to my brain. When Dr Pedro told me he could help me, I went back to my hotel room that night and cried hysterically. I was shocked, excited, nervous, and experienced many other emotions that were new to me. Then I became angry and questions started racing in my mind like: why hasn’t any other doctor in 8 years notice that my pupils were two completely different sizes? Why have doctors always ignored the fact that I was blacking out and just mentioned that I should probably just drink more orange juice? Why has it taken 8 years to find a doctor that wanted to help me? Well, after about an hour of feeling sorry for myself, I snapped out of it because there was a great possibility that in just a few months I could live a normal life again. A few weeks later, I moved into a hotel room in Rhode Island and received treatment with Dr. Pedro twice a day, every single day for about 2 months. After leaving RI to head back to PA to start a new life, I was excited because I witnessed my test results were so much better than day 1, my pupils were the same size, and I felt better! I almost felt like a new person, but there was definitely still a hesitation because it all felt too good to be true. I believed in Dr. Pedro and I believed in his treatment, it was just the mental aspect that I now had to battle, and I did. As soon as I got back into my normal routine, things just felt right. I wasn’t having daily headaches, I could work out without getting dizzy or sick, and the best part: I could read for hours and hours without getting sick and feeling like I just ran a marathon. I am now currently enrolled at Temple University and I am getting the education that my brain injury once took away from me. Dr. Pedro gave me that incredible opportunity to live again…

Tracy Yatsko

Patient, Post Concussion Syndrome

Lynn, a local farmer, shares how she suddenly suffered an unknown brain event that left her completely bedridden. Dozens of medical tests came back negative, and doctors only treated her for vertigo and dehydration. But then she met Dr. Pedro, who she credits for saving her life after “retraining her brain”. She’s now walking the farm again. Hear her touching story:

Lynn M.

Patient, Ataxia

My son Tommy was a soccer goalie and athlete for Cedar Crest High School in Lebanon, PA, before he sustained two (simultaneous) high-impact hits to his head during a soccer game on October 8, 2013. It put him in a coma for 10 hours. After that, he experienced several other comas, debilitating pain, periods of non-responsiveness, and times when he could not walk or talk. He was consumed with anger and rage, had difficulty sleeping, and avoided social situations and places and things that were over-stimulating. His doctors diagnosed him with PTSD. Fast-forward three years. He was playing golf and socializing. He got his life back, and it’s because of the treatment he received from Dr. Victor Pedro and Rhode Island Integrated Medicine. Getting Tommy to Rhode Island to see Dr. Pedro was not easy. He did not want to see one more doctor or take one more test. On the first day with Dr. Pedro, I felt like a cement building had been lifted from me. Tommy’s pain went from an 8 to a 0. The prior 2 and ½ years was a vicious rollercoaster ride of the unknown. If we had known about Dr. Pedro and Cortical Integrative Therapy, we would not have had to go through all the darkness. Here is my son’s story before meeting Dr. Pedro. This documentary is appropriately titled, “Out of the Darkness”:

Tess Krall

Mother of Tommy Black, a patient with traumatic brain injury

I came to RI Integrated Medicine on February 10, 2017, 14 months post concussion. My symptoms were overall getting worse. Most notably diplopia, blurred vision and headaches were the worst. I had already done the tried and true treatments for concussion, like rest, physical therapy, and symptom management with medications. I had seen a concussion specialist, a therapist, and even tried acupuncture. Two different ophthalmologists had ruled out anything physically wrong with my eyes. I had prism lenses prescribed by a neuro ophthalmologist with negligible improvement. My first visit with Dr. Pedro was extensive and included a history, physical, and visual, vestibular and auditory measurements. Dr. Pedro was able to pinpoint where the concussion had occurred and a treatment plan was devised. It would be approximately 5 weeks in duration and then a re-evaluation exam. His approach to therapeutic treatment involves a program that he has pioneered using cortical integrative therapy. It is non-invasive and is based on external stimulation of the brain. Treatments are patient specific and use sensory stimulation to reset and restore brain balance thereby improving symptoms and producing positive outcomes for the patient. Being a registered nurse, I decided to commit to treatment but was skeptical at the start. I had already seen many providers that yielded little improvement. His treatment lays a foundation on which he builds a system of very specific visual and spatial exercises which help to re-synchronize the brain hemispheres. After my second week of treatment, I began noticing that I had less occurrences of double vision and my headaches had decreased in both pain level and duration. This is week 3 and I feel that I have made more progress in these three weeks than in the last 14 months since my accident occurred. This skeptic no longer questions this approach to treatment. I feel that I am getting my life back thanks to Dr. Pedro and RI Integrated Medicine. It is unique and very different from other brain rehabilitation programs. This one works! I have approximately 2-3 weeks left of treatment and I fully expect to build upon the progress I have already made. I am a work in progress, but I am hopeful for a full recovery. This is an exciting time as we learn more about concussion, mTBI, and post concussion symdrome, and to now have another method for treatment. This will help those of us who have come to feel that recovery is out of reach.

Jean Geer

Patient, Post Concussion Syndrome

testimonial from the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference

David K. Johnson, MS, ATC, LAT, CSCS, CAA

Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC)

I am very familiar with his [Dr. Pedro’s] current research work and I strongly believe that support to this project is essential and will contribute significantly to the field and to the school success of so many students who have been left far behind. CIT is a unique neurological treatment approach pioneered by the Principal Investigator [Dr. Pedro] of this project. The results of his research at the Kuss School in Fall River are very impressive because they point to the positive impact of this intervention in the lives of students who have experienced continuous school failure. In addition, the CIT approach adds great significance to the effective treatment of students with ADHD, Learning and Reading Disabilities, because it helps students overcome the main reasons why they don’t learn. In my professional opinion – Cortical Integrative Therapy (CIT) holds tremendous promise to the learning success of students with a history of academic failure across American Schools…

Dr. Maria B. Serpa, Professor

Director, M L Assessment Project | Co-Director, BECE Masters Program, Lesley University

The fact of the matter is I’ve had a long journey. I’ve seen so many doctors, and had so many surgeries and procedures. My journey would’ve been a lot shorter if I had known about Victor Pedro, DC, and Cortical Integrative Therapy sooner. (Full article in painpathways.org magazine.)

Paula Abdul

Entertainer

Only Dr. Pedro could tell us where in the brain the issue was and how he was going to fix it – he was going to treat the brain, not the symptom.  This gave us hope that no other doctor could.

Marcia Griffith

Parent, Post Concussion Syndrome

…his grades are better. He is more focused. His tics are gone (facial twitches and twitching his shoulders). His coordination, especially on his left side, has improved enormously, and he is no longer irritable…

Parents

Child with Dystonia, neurobehavioral disorder

We truly feel that you saved our daughter from struggling her whole life…

Parents

Child with neurobehavioral disorder

Sarah Jane Brain Project