Healthcare Professionals

The ABTA is your partner in treatment and care. We offer a wealth of resources for your patients and caregivers, continuing education and training opportunities for you, and data on the current state of brain tumor research, diagnosis, and care in the United States.

In partnership with the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses (AANN), the ABTA has created nursing clinical practice guidelines for treating adults and children with brain tumors. These guidelines give healthcare professionals the tools they need to deliver the best possible patient care to both adults and children.


The ABTA’s publications and support group facilitator training courses can help you educate patients and prepare you to lead support groups for brain tumor patients and caregivers.

The ABTA offers presentations that can be used by health care professionals as educational material or as supplemental material for brain tumor support groups.
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Mindee Plugues


Mindee J. Plugues, of Los Angeles, CA, is vice president, marketing for the Applebee’s brand and brings skills including brand strategy, executive leadership, and marketing to the board. Plugues has been an ABTA donor since April 2001, following her father’s passing from GBM. She is also a former member of the ABTA endurance program, Team Breakthrough.

Bob Kruchten


Bob Kruchten, of Mount Prospect, IL, is a sales manager at Extreme Reach, a leading advertising technology company. He has strong skills in communications and fundraising, and has been advocating for the ABTA for 19 years in tribute to his best friend, Paul Fabbri, who lost his 10-year battle with GBM in 1998. Kruchten accepted the ABTA’s Joel A. Gingras Jr. Award in 2015 on behalf of the Paul Fabbri Memorial Fund.