Karnik Institute of Austin Connects with Centro Rehabilitation San Miguel de Allende
By Camilla Fenton
In late May, Martha Sahagún de Fox, wife of ex-President Vicente Fox, gave a report to community leaders and board members on the progress of Centro de Rehabilitation Integral de San Miguel de Allende (CRISMA), which is under the umbrella of her national charity, “Vamos Mexico.” CRISMA provides rehabilitation therapies in the areas of intellectual, motor, and mixed disabilities for disabled children, youth, and now, adults, who require neuro-rehabilitation, physiotherapy, and early stimulation. This allows them and their families to improve their quality of life.
“Since our official introduction to the community a year ago in June, we have made great progress and connections with people who are truly passionate about helping us create our vision of making CRISMA a nationally recognized leader and center for treating disabled children and adults,” said Mrs. Fox. “We are very grateful to have made valuable international connections, including those with Dr. Karnik of the Karnik Institute in Austin, Texas.”
Dr. Karnik, a practicing neurologist for over 30 years, a diplomate of the American Board of Pediatrics and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Texas in Austin, said, “This is such a worthwhile project that we could not help but volunteer to be involved.” His team for their visit included Dr. Rachel Robillard, a neuropsychologist specializing in pediatric neuropsychology; Dr. Holly Custard in International Academic Strategy; and Christie Neville, CEO of the Karnik Institute with a master’s degree in occupational therapy. The team met CRISMA patients and families as they helped assess patient needs and worked to create effective strategies, pathways, and protocols for CRISMA staff, now working under the leadership of Sergio Legorreta. Legorreta, the new director of CRISMA, is an emergency medicine doctor with a master’s degree in public health administration.
The Karnik Institute team worked at CRISMA from May 19 to 22 and will continue to share their expertise in the areas of evaluation and intervention for autism, ADHD, memory disorders, dysgraphia, and dyscalculia. “The families are so committed to caring for their kids that it was a delight to be able to refine patient assessments and begin to share with family members specific strategies to continue care at home toward the improvement of the patients and their lives,” commented Dr. Robillard. “We have much work to accomplish with CRISMA and look forward to many years of growth, development, and service for the children and adults who need such specialized therapies,” said Dr. Karnik, “and we are happy to coordinate all this with such a worthwhile and needed charity serving San Miguel.” The center is currently serving around 100 children and adults.
CRISMA, even under the umbrella of “Vamos Mexico,” must raise its own funds. One meaningful option that has been created due to popular demand is the “Sponsor a Child” program. Caring individuals are able to select a child they would like to sponsor and know that their funds go directly to the therapies needed by that child on a monthly basis. The cost is 40,000 pesos per year and sponsorship can be purchased in six-month periods.
As Mrs. Fox concluded her report to the community, she noted, “With just over a year of operation in San Miguel now complete, it is with this spirit of determination and connectivity that CRISMA continues to serve and look for ways to bring more help to disabled children, youth, and adults of San Miguel and the surrounding communities. We need hearts like yours to align with us in gratitude and compassion for this cause. For the very least of those who cannot do for themselves, we are happy to do this for them.”
CRISMA, formerly operating as Centro de Crecimiento (CENCRE), is located at Zamora Ríos 6, Colonia Allende. The director, Dr. Sergio Legorreta, welcomes your call. 415 152 6039. Visit vamosmexico.org.mx.