My name is Larry Nall, and I am a board member for the
Healing Heads Foundation. My wife and two daughters and I
moved to Franklin, TN in 1996. I started my career in hospital
finance and spent the last 25 years with Cigna, United
Healthcare and lastly was the SVP of BlueCross BlueShield
of Tennessee Network Management before retiring in May of
In November, 2019, at only 58, I had a massive brain stem
stroke leaving my left side compromised. After spending 2
weeks in the Trauma ICU at Erlanger Hospital in
Chattanooga, I was transferred to Shepherd Center in Atlanta
where I spent 2 months of inpatient rehab, where I was one of
the oldest there. Although I was around healthcare my entire
career, I found out that I knew very little about strokes as I
thought you had to be old and that you could not recover.
Wrong and wrong.
I had just started going to their outpatient clinic (Pathways)
when Covid hit. Because I was considered high risk, due to
my tracheotomy and feeding tube we were sent back to
Franklin, TN in March of 2020.
Ironically, both of our daughters are Pediatric Therapists for
kids with special needs. Keely is an OT and Katee is an SLP.
They took the lead on researching Neuro Providers in Middle
Tennessee. While my wife Julee, started researching Neuro
Plasticity in addition to becoming my full time caregiver. She
made sure I got therapy 6 days a week.
I am fortunate I did not have my memory or vision impacted.
Now, I am able to drive after a year of rehab. I am excited to
be on the board and hope to use the platform to help others
and share my journey. I look forward to giving back.