Our faculty is led by Daniel Rossignol, MD FAAFP and MAPS Chairman and embraces the philosophy of evidence-based research and its application in practice. Dr. Rossignol's background as a researcher, coupled with years of practical experience as a clinician, have given him the background needed to develop the growing course of study incorporated in the philosophy of Medical Academy of Pediatric Special Needs.

 

As a primary subject matter expert for MAPS, Dr. Rossignol utilizes his experience and knowledge of evidence-based ASD treatment to direct the development of the MAPS fellowship training program and supporting course materials.

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Dan Rossignol, MD, FAAFP, FMAP
MAPS President

Dr. Rossignol received his Doctorate of Medicine at the Medical College of Virginia and completed his residency in family medicine at the University of Virginia. He is Board Certified in Family Practice and is a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. Coming from an academic background, Dr. Rossignol searched the medical literature looking for a solution after both of his children were diagnosed with autism. He has made it his mission to research and about ASD. In the last six years, he has published 23 articles and three book chapters concerning autism.

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Dr. Sidney Baker

Dr. Baker received his undergraduate, medical, and medical postgraduate training from Yale University where he served was Chief Resident in Pediatrics on the full time medical faculty as an Assistant Professor of Medical Computer Sciences with appointments in the Departments of Pediatrics and Obstetrics from 1969 to 1971. He is Board Certified in Pediatrics. He has practiced in Chad Africa as Peace Corps Volunteer, and in family practice for seven years in New Haven. He was Director of the Gesell Institute of Human Development in New Haven for seven years (1978-1985). Currently he is in private practice with a special interest in chronic illness in adults and children.

He was co-founder of Defeat Autism Now!, a national organization devoted to dialog among parents, practitioners and scientists regarding biomedical treatment options and the environmental origins of the current autism epidemic. He is the co-author of two Gesell Institute books on child development. He is the author of Detoxification and Healing (McGraw Hill, 2003) and The Circadian Prescription (Putnam/Penguin, 2000). He is co-author of Autism: Effective Biomedical Treatments. He is Associate Editor of the Journal of Integrative Medicine. He was the 1999 recipient of the Linus Pauling Award of the Institute for Functional Medicine for his contributions to the development of Functional Medicine.

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David Berger, MD, FAAFP

David Berger is a board-certified pediatrician who specializes in holistic pediatric primary care, nutritional and detoxification therapies for autism, ADHD and related disorders and immune dysregulation, such as allergies, asthma and autoimmune disorders. He also sees adults with these medical conditions.

 

He graduated from the Medical College of Pennsylvania in 1994 and completed his Pediatric Residency at the University of South Florida. He started using holistic therapies at the Tampa General Hospital/USF Pediatric Clinic during his residency. He has served as the team doctor for Tampa Catholic High School, the Medical Director for a summer camp run by the Tampa AIDS Network and the Medical Liaison for the Palm Beach County Breast Feeding Task Force. He has been in private practice since 1997, and in 2005, he opened Wholistic Pediatrics in Tampa, Florida. Dr. Berger has been an advanced practitioner of the Defeat Autism Now!/Autism Research Institute philosophy since 1999. In 2010, he became an Assistant Professor at the University of South Florida College of Nursing.

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Dr. Russell Blaylock

Dr. Russell Blaylock is a nationally recognized, board-certified neurosurgeon, health practitioner, author, and lecturer. He attended the Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans and completed his internship and neurosurgical residency at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, S.C. For 25 years, he has practiced neurosurgery and after retirement had a nutritional practice for several years. He retired from his neurosurgical duties in 2000 to devote his full attention to neuroscience, nutritional studies and research. Dr. Blaylock has authored four books on nutrition and wellness, including “Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills,” “Health and Nutrition Secrets That Can Save Your Life,” “Natural Strategies for Cancer Patients,” and his most recent work, “Cellular and Molecular Biology of Autism Spectrum Disorders,” edited by Anna Strunecka. Dr Blaylock has also made several health DVDs and audio-lectures. An in-demand guest for radio and television programs, he lectures extensively to both lay and professional medical audiences on a variety of nutrition related subjects. His newsletter The Blaylock Wellness Report is read by over 120,000 subscribers.  He is the 2004 recipient of the Integrity in Science Award granted by the Weston A. Price Foundation. He serves on the editorial staffs of the Journal of the American Nutraceutical Association, Surgical Neurology International, and the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons, official publication of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons. He also serves as an associate editor-in-chief for the journal Surgical Neurology International and is a reviewer for the journal Food & Chemical Toxicology among other journals. In addition Dr Blaylock was a teaching lecturer for the Foundation on Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine fellowship program and until his retirement, served as clinical assistant professor of neurosurgery at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi.

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Jeff Bradstreet, MD

A graduate of the University of South Florida College of Medicine, Dr. Bradstreet received his residency training at Wilford Hall United States Air Force (USAF) Medical Center. In addition, as a flight surgeon, his post graduate work involved research in aerospace medicine, with special training in Toxicology, Hyperbaric Medicine, Neurology, Ophthalmology, ENT and Cardiology. Dr. Bradstreet is a fellow of the American Academy of Family physicians and a member of the American College of Toxicology. His extensive experience and training in environmental medicine and toxicology makes him keenly suited to treat conditions such as autism, Asperger’s, and other immuno-toxic and neuro-developmental disorders.

 

Dr. Bradstreet is ever involved in autism-related outcome studies and environmental research through the Universities of Washington and California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Much of his work has analyzed the dynamics between toxins and the autoimmune response in children with autism; the end goal being to find concrete biomedical and behavioral solutions.

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MICHAEL CABANA, MD, MPH
Professor of Pediatrics, Epidemiology & Biostatistics Chief, Division of General Pediatrics University of California, San Francisco

Michael Cabana, MD, MPH, Professor of Pediatrics, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, is the Director of the Division of General Pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He is a member of the core faculty at the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies. Dr. Cabana completed his undergraduate medical training through the combined program at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and the Wharton School of Business, where he earned a Masters Degree in Public Policy and Management. Dr. Cabana trained in pediatrics at the Harriet Lane Service at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center. He continued at Johns Hopkins as a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar, where he completed his Masters in Public Health at the same institution. Dr. Cabana’s work has focused on measurement of quality of care, physician use of clinical practice guidelines, asthma management, and primary prevention of asthma.

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Dr. Stephanie Cave

Dr. Cave is a family practitioner in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She worked with the Autism Research Institute and Defeat Autism Now! from 1996 until recent years. As the Director of Cypress Integrative Medicine, she has treated over 10,000 autistic children from several countries. Dr. Cave received a Master of Science Degree in Clinical Chemistry from LSU Medical School in 1978 and her MD from the same institution in 1983. She completed a three year residency in Family Practice at Earl K. Long Memorial Hospital in 1986 and board certified in Family Practice in 1986, 1992, 1998, 2004, and 2011. She recently became certified in Functional Medicine with the Institute of Functional Medicine in Gig Harbor, Washington. In 2000, she testified before the US Congressional Governmental Reform Committee regarding the mercury in vaccinations. She has spoken nationally and internationally on the Metabolic Treatment of Autism and has authored several papers on the subject of autism. She authored a book, What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Children’s Vaccinations, and has testified as an expert witness in the United States Vaccine Court in Washington, DC. She was on the clinical preceptor faculty of LSU Medical School from 1987 to 2003 and is presently on the clinical preceptor faculty for the Family Medicine Residency Program at Baton Rouge General Hospital.

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Dr. Rodney Dietert

Dr. Rodney Dietert is Professor of Immunotoxicology in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Cornell University.  He received the BS degree from Duke University (1974) and his PhD from University of Texas at Austin (1977). During the past 37 years at Cornell, Rodney has served as Director of Graduate Studies for the Graduate Field of Immunology, Associate Director of the Cornell Superfund Program, Senior Fellow in the Center for the Environment, Director of the Institute for Comparative and Environmental Toxicology, Director of the Program on Breast Cancer and Environmental Risk Factors and President of the Immunotoxicology Specialty Section of the Society of Toxicology.  He has more than 300 publications concerning early life risk factors for childhood and adult disease with a focus on the developing immune system.

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Dr. David Dornfeld

David Dornfeld, DO, has been practicing Family Medicine for over twenty six years, with extensive experience covering the full spectrum of clinical family medicine, including children beyond the age of two. Throughout this time, he has developed a special interest in working with children that have Autism Spectrum Disorders. His experience encompasses all spectrums of family medicine, spinal manipulation, chelation therapy, IV infusion therapy and hyperbaric therapies. Focusing on whole body and alternative therapy techniques, he alleviates pain in patients through hands-on osteopathic therapy, manipulation and nutritional support, with additional experience that encompasses nutritional counseling, diving medicine, chelation therapy, weight loss and many areas of holistic medicine and primary care medicine.
 
He received his degree in Osteopathic Medicine, from the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine – Maine, then completed his residency and internship at Rocky Mountain Hospital, Denver, Colorado, and Doctors Hospital of Stark County, Massillon, Ohio. He is Board Certified, Family Practice 1995 ACOFP, and Board Certified in Anti-Aging Medicine by International Society of Anti-Aging 2000. Dr. Dornfeld has been a member of ACAM , the American College for Advancement in Medicine since 1994 and became Certified in Chelation Therapy. Recently He completed his Fellowship training with MAPS. His Family Wellness Center is in Middletown, NJ

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Jane El-Dahr, MD

Jane Maroney El-Dahr is a Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Clinical Professor of Medicine, and Chief, Section of Pediatric Immunology, Allergy and Rheumatology, Department of Pediatrics at Tulane University Medical School. Dr. El-Dahr earned a BA from Harvard University and a medical degree from Thomas-Jefferson University. She completed an internship in Pediatrics at Yale New Haven Hospital and residency in Pediatrics at the University of Virginia Health Science Center, where she also completed a Fellowship in Allergy and Immunology. Her current research interests include post-Katrina pediatric asthma, as well as the immunologic aspects of autism in children.

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Dr. Alessio Fasano

World-renowned pediatric gastroenterologist, research scientist, and entreprenuer Alessio Fasano, MD, is an expert on celiac disease and gluten-related disorders. In 1996, he founded the Center for Celiac Research, now at Massachusetts General Hospital. Treating patients of all ages, the Center offers research, clinical expertise and teaching for the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of gluten-related disorders including celiac disease, wheat allergy, and gluten sensitivity.
 
Trained in Naples, Italy, as a pediatric gastroenterologist, Dr. Fasano was recruited to the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 1993 and founded its Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition. Puzzled by the absence of children exhibiting symptoms of celiac disease in the clinic, he resolved to uncover the mystery of missing American “celiacs.” His perseverance in the face of skepticism about celiac disease in the U.S. eventually led to his publication of the groundbreaking study in 2003 that established the rate of the autoimmune disorder at one in 133 Americans.
 
In early 2013, Dr. Fasano was appointed division chief of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition at MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC). Dr. Fasano also heads the Mucosal Immunology and Biology Research Center and is Associate Chief for Basic, Clinical and Translational Research for the Department of Pediatrics at MGHfC. He is visiting professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. He is the author of Gluten Freedom, a book published by Wiley Health on celiac disease, gluten-related disorders, and the gluten-free diet.

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Stuart Freedenfeld, MD

Dr. Freedenfeld received his Bachelor of Science Degree with Distinction from the University of Rochester in 1970. He received his Medical Degree, with honors, from the College of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in 1975.

 

He completed a three-year residency in Family Practice at Hunterdon Medical Center in 1978 and served as chief resident there from 1977-1978. He became board-certified and a diplomat of the Academy of Family Practice in 1978, and was re-certified in 1984, 1990, 1996, 2002 and 2008.

 

Dr. Freedenfeld served as clinical instructor at Delaware Valley Family Health Center until opening his practice in December 1978. He served as president of the Hunterdon County Medical Society from 1985-86. He presently holds a position as clinical instructor with the Rutgers Medical School and was chairman of the Quality Advisory Committee of a major health maintenance organization from 1992-2001. Dr. Freedenfeld is licensed to practice medicine and surgery in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

 

In 1988, Dr. Freedenfeld began studying herbal medicine, nutritional therapies and homeopathy, and gradually offered these as options for his patients. Over the years, he has undertaken hundreds of hours of additional study to gain expertise in traditional herbalism, Chinese herbalism, homeopathy, nutritional medicine and IV therapies such as chelation. He is a respected international lecturer in areas including autism, ADD/ADHD, detoxification and many afflictions associated with aging.

 

He has become recognized as one of the leading experts on the integration of multiple forms of healing. He offers consultation on the most complex and challenging problems of our day. His forte is in the areas of autism, chronic fatigue, chronic pain, allergy, autoimmune disease, colitis, cancer, heart and cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, detoxification, longevity and health maintenance. He believes there is a vast array of routes to health and healing, and teaches the integration of the routes most appropriate to the individual.

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Richard Frye, MD, PhD

Dr. Frye is the Director of Autism Research at Arkansas Children’s Hospital/University of Arkansas Medical Sciences in Little Rock, AR. He is a recognized expert in the diagnosis and treatment of ASD and other developmental disorders. Dr. His broad background includes specific training in neurodevelopmental disorders, physiology, psychology and biostatistics. He is fellowship-trained in Behavioral Neurology and Psychology and has clinical expertise in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of children with ASD.

 

While at the University of Texas, he developed a medically-based autism clinic, specifically designed to diagnose and treat neurological and metabolic abnormalities associated with ASD in order to improve quality of life and promote recovery. Over the past two years. he have completed three clinical studies related to ASD, including an open-label trial examining the metabolic and behavioral effects of tetrahydrobiopterin, a clinical study of the metabolic and genetic characteristics of children with ASD and mitochondrial disease, and a clinical study on the prevalence of the folate receptor alpha autoantibody in children with ASD as well as the response to leucovorin treatment in ASD children with the folate receptor alpha autoantibody.

 

As Director of Autism Research at the Arkansas Children’s Hospital, he strives to develop an integrated autism program that includes a multi-specialty autism clinic, a translational research program focusing on biomarkers and clinical-trials and a basic science program focusing on mitochondrial and redox metabolic metabolism.

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Dr. Stephen Genuis

Dr. Stephen Genuis is a clinician and researcher involved in many areas of medical science. He is board certified in both Obstetrics and Gynecology as well as in Environmental Medicine and has authored 100 scientific publications for over 50 different peer-review medical journals including Lancet, British Medical Journal, Canadian Medical Association Journal, Public Library of Science, Public Health, and Environmental Research. In addition to writing, he lectures extensively and has reviewed papers for over 65 different scientific and medical journals on issues ranging from medical ethics to environmental health, from evidence-based medicine to nutritional science, and from physician professionalism to medicine and cyberspace. He has served as the women’s health care physician for an inner city clinic, worked as an Obstetrician/Gynecologist at a University teaching hospital, and served as co-director of medical services in a West African hospital. Included in his awards are the Commemorative Medal from the Governor General in recognition of significant contribution to Canada, the 1983 ‘Resident of the Year’ award chosen by the graduating medical class at the University of Alberta medical school, and a ‘Teacher of the Year’ award from the University of Alberta – where he serves as a Clinical Professor in the Faculty of Medicine. He plays piano and sings in a doctor’s band called DixieDocs. Most importantly, he enjoys ballroom dancing with his wife Shelagh, and being his five kids’ “Pa”.

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Dr. Suzanne Goh

Dr. Suzanne Goh is a board-certified pediatric neurologist with expertise in the evaluation and treatment of children with neurological conditions that impact brain development, cognition, and behavior.

Dr. Goh received her Bachelors of Arts degree, summa cum laude, in History and Science from Harvard University (1993-1997). She went on to attend Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar (1997-1999). In 2004, she graduated from Harvard Medical School, cum laude. Dr. Goh completed her Pediatrics internship at Massachusetts General Hospital and her Pediatric Neurology residency at University of California San Francisco.

Following a postdoctoral fellowship in the Pediatric Brain Imaging Laboratory at Columbia University, she joined Columbia’s faculty as Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology, with joint appointments in the Departments of Psychiatry and Neurology. At Columbia she also served as Co-Director of the Developmental Neuropsychiatry Clinic for Autism and Related Disorders where she oversaw a multi-disciplinary team of physicians and psychologists specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of children with autism.

Dr. Goh’s research has focused on mitochondrial and other metabolic disturbances in autism. She has also conducted brain imaging research to identify differences in brain circuits in children with autism. She has been affiliated as an author or reviewer with several leading neuroscience journals, including Neurology, Annals of Neurology, Pediatric Neurology, & Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology. She has taught at Harvard University, Columbia University, and the University of California San Francisco

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Martha Herbert, MD, PhD

Dr. Martha Herbert is a pediatric neurologist and research neuroscientist at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, an affiliate of the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging. Dr. Herbert is also director of the TRANSCEND Research Program which uses multimodal brain imaging and takes a whole body approach to studying autism spectrum disorders in the brain and in whole body/brain development of high-risk infants.

 

She earned her medical degree at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and then trained in pediatrics at Cornell University Medical Center and in neurology and child neurology at the Massachusetts General Hospital, where she has remained.  Her background in pediatric neurology, evolutionary biology and history of science has oriented her toward systems biology, brain connectivity, brain plasticity, and brain-body interrelationships. Her research aims to look at how changes in whole-body physiology may impact brain structure, function and development.

 

Her book The Autism Revolution: Whole Body Strategies for Making Life All It Can Be (Harvard Health Publications and Random House, 2012) explains these in clinically useful ways to the general public through stories of people with autism who got a lot better.

 

She is particularly interested how environmental influences can act through our physiology to degrade molecular and neural function, and in what can be done with what we already know to reduce these problems and improve how well we can do.

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Jerry Kartzinel, MD

Dr Jerry Kartzinel is Board Certified pediatrician and a Fellow in the American Academy of Pediatrics. He specializes in the recovery of neurodevelopmental, chronic neuro-inflammatory diseases, and hormonal dysfunctions.

 

After receiving his medical degree at St Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his residency in pediatric medicine in the Air Force. Following Desert Storm, Dr Kartzinel practiced general pediatrics in private practice for 10 years until his fourth boy was diagnosed with Autism.

 

A nationally recognized speaker and New York Times Best Selling Author, Dr. Kartzinel has presented medical interventions that work to improve the lives of his patients who suffer from many types of medical conditions that include: autism, allergies, inflammatory bowel disease, chronic constipation, chronic diarrhea, sleep cycle disruptions, and hormonal imbalances. He regularly teaches Continuing Medical Educations courses on children's health issues to physicians and other health professionals.

 

His clinical approach is to treat the whole patient by carefully obtaining a full and complete history and based on this history, obtaining very detailed laboratory evaluations. Individualized plans are implemented integrating the very latest medical interventions that include both traditional and complimentary medicine approaches.

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Arthur Krigsman, MD

Arthur Krigsman is a pediatrician and board-certified pediatric gastroenterologist who has evaluated and treated over 1400 children suffering from autism and a variety of gastrointestinal problems.

 

He maintains offices in both New York City and Austin, Texas, is actively involved in clinical research and has presented his findings in peer reviewed journals, scientific meetings and at a congressional hearing dealing with autism and its possible causes.

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Dr. Pierre Marois

Dr Pierre Marois is a pediatric physiatrist working at Ste-Justine University Hospital (Montreal) as well as in many rehabilitation centers in the province of Quebec.
He completed his medical studies at Montreal University, and then specialized in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He completed a fellowship in pediatric rehabilitation at the University of Karolinska, Sweden, at the University of Palo Alto, California, at the University of Minneapolis (Minnesota), at the Rancho Los Amigos Center (Los Angeles) and at the Toronto Sick Children Hospital.
 
He his responsible for the treatment of 1,500 children with the diagnosis of cerebral palsy. He has put together, and directed since 1982, the first dorsal rhizotomy clinic for the treatment of cerebral palsy in North America. He is actively involved in researches and in the development of techniques for the treatment of handicapped children. He initiated the three Canadian studies using hyperbaric oxygen therapy on children having cerebral palsy, and worked in close collaboration with Dr. Mukherjee in the last UDAAN study, completed in India. He was involved in the publication of many papers and letters and has lectured in international meetings on the subject of hyperbaric oxygen therapy in neurological conditions.

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Dr. Mary Megson

Mary Megson, MD FAAFP is a developmental pediatrican in private practice in Richamond, VA. She is board a certified pediatrician. She was director of Developmental Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital in Richmond for nine years. Her current private practice is devoted to diagnosing and treating developmentally delayed children, specializing in autism, learning disabilities, ADHD, Cerebral Palsy and Mental Retardation. Her research area is use of vitamin A and Bethanechol in treatment of ASD. Dr. Megon is on the clinical faculty in the Department of Family Practice at the Medical College of Virginia.
 
She enjoys teaching at home and abroad. Dr. Megson treats children based on their personal genetic biochemical profile.
 
Dr. Megson is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Medicine, did her internship and residency at Tufts New England Medcial Center. She has three years of Fellowship training in Developmental Disabilities at Boston’s Children’s Hospital and the Medical College of Virginia. She has had 32 years of experience working with children with disabilities.

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Dr. Arun Mukherjee

Dr. Mukherjee graduated (as MBBS) from Patna University, India, in 1970 and completed his Post Graduate Doctoral Degree (MD in Medicine) in 1976. He was Tutor in Medicine at Nalanda Medical College at Patna for 2 years, before moving to the Main Referral Hospital of Hindustan Copper Ltd. at Ghatsila, India, as head of the Medical Department, for 2 years. Thereafter he shifted base to New Delhi as a Senior Consultant in Medicine in 1979, which he continues to this day. He is a Senior Consultant in Medicine at the National Heart Institute and Fortis Center of Diabetes & Obesity Control Hospital in Delhi. He is a Life Member of many Post Graduate Medical Associations of India. He is also one of the first batch attendees to complete all three Modules of MAPS. Dr. Mukherjee is the Founder Trustee and Director of UDAAN for the Disabled, a non profit organization providing children with early medical intervention as adjuvant to Standard Rehabilitation for Cerebral Palsy, Autism, Down Syndrome, Muscular Dystrophy, etc. He pioneered Pediatric Hyperbaric Therapy in India in 2001 and has extensive experience in treating and improving children with many types of Neurodevelopmental Delays, using intensive one-to-one long term Standard Rehabilitation combined with need-based HBOT at various pressures and oxygen levels as per SPECT Scan analysis, evidence based Biomedical Therapy, Pulsed Magnetic Field Therapy, purified standardized Herbal Therapy, advanced site-specific catheter delivered Stem Cell Therapy, etc. His paper on platform independent HBOT in 150 CP children in three different HBOT pressure groups plus Control group, done in collaboration with Dr. Pierre Marois of Canada, has been published in the March 2014 issue of the Undersea Hyperbaric Medicine Society, USA, accompanied by an extensive supportive Editorial.

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Elizabeth Mumper, MD, FAAFP

Elizabeth Mumper is a board-certified pediatrician who practices an integrative approach with both her general pediatric patients (at Advocates for Children) and her patients who have autism spectrum disorders (at Advocates for Families) in Lynchburg, Virginia. She founded the Rimland Center in 2007 to mentor clinicians interested in learning about the medical needs of children with developmental disorders. For five years, she served as medical director of the Autism Research Institute where she was actively involved in clinician teaching and clinical research. She has lectured widely nationally and internationally about biochemistry, gastrointestinal pathology and immune dysregulation as they relate to children with developmental disorders including autism.

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Nancy O’Hara, MD

Nancy O’Hara is a board-certified pediatrician. Until January 2010, she was the Assistant Medical Director for Defeat Autism Now! Physican Training and the Physican Mentoring Director for Defeat Autism Now! in Europe. She is now a partner at the Center for Integrative Health. Prior to her medical career, Dr. O’Hara taught children with autism.

 

She graduated magna cum laude from Bryn Mawr College and as a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society from the University of Pennsylvania School Of Medicine. She earned a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University of Pittsburgh. After residency, chief residency and general pediatric fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh, Dr. O’ Hara was in private practice for seven years.

 

Since 1999, she has dedicated her practice to the integrative and holistic care of children with neurodevelopmental disorders and autistic spectrum disorders.

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William Parker, Ph.D.
Department of Surgery Duke University Medical Center

Education
B.S. Biology, University of Arkansas, Little Rock, AR. 1987
B.A. Chemistry, University of Arkansas, Little Rock, AR. 1987
Ph.D. Chemistry, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE. 1992
 
Research Interests

The effects of GERD on lung disease: asthma, pulmonary fibrosis, and transplant rejection
The Biome Depletion Theory: The immune system in “normal” immunity
Gut Immunity: The support of microbial growth by the immune system
Protein folding: Conserved protein sequence motifs which potentially form transient-helices during the folding of all proteins.
 
Positions held
Course instructor for senior undergraduate and graduate level biochemistry,
University of Nebraska, Lincoln. 1993
Research Associate, Duke University Medical Center, Department of Surgery, Durham, NC. 1993-1994
Assistant Research Professor in Surgery, Duke University Medical Center, 1995-2000
Assistant Professor in Surgery, Duke University Medical Center, 2000-2011
Associate Professor in Surgery, Duke University Medical Center, 2011-present
 
Awards, honors, professional and honorary societies
University of Arkansas Scholars Program, 1983-1987
Weyerhaeuser Foundation National Merit Scholar, 1983-1987
Outstanding undergraduate research award, 1987
Secretary, Rho chapter, Phi Lambda Upsilon, Honorary Chemistry Society 1989-90
Outstanding graduate teaching award, 1992
Listed in the 100 top science stories of 2007 by Discover Magazine for determination of the apparent function of the human appendix
Listed in the 70 top ideas of 2007 by The New York Times Magazine for determination of the apparent function of the human appendix
Editorial board member, World Journal of Gastroenterology, 2010-present, ISRN Immunology, 2011-present
 
Member, Sigma Xi, Scientific Research Society, American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Chemical Society, American Society of Transplant Surgeons, Protein Society, Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, Society for the Study of Evolution

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David Quig, PhD

Dr. Quig received his Ph.D. in Nutritional Biochemistry from the University of Illinois.  He recently co-authored and facilitated several studies pertaining to toxic and essential elements in children with autism and learning/behavioral disorders.  His current studies include, ” Efficacy of DMSA suppositories to mobilize mercury and lead into the urine of young autistic children”; “The acute effects of fast-push Ca-Na2-EDTA on biliary/fecal and urinary excretion of toxic and essential elements”, and “Lack of effect of chlorella supplementation to enhance fecal excretion of mercury in healthy subjects with dental amalgams.”

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Dr. Cindy Schneider

Dr. Schneider is the Medical Director of CARE, the Center for Autism Research and Education. Her integrative medical practice is exclusively dedicated to individuals with autism and related neurological and immune disorders. Dr. Schneider’s areas of special interest include treatment of the immune, gastrointestinal, and metabolic aspects of autism and the identification of environmental toxins contributing to the autism epidemic. She has designed and implemented multiple research studies and collaborated with researchers worldwide.
 
Dr. Schneider is a unique healthcare provider who has established a reputation for responsible and effective management of patients who have not found relief through conventional treatment. She takes a functional medical approach to a variety of complex conditions including autism spectrum disorders, attention deficit disorders, Tourette’s, tic disorders, and Down syndrome. Her emphasis is on optimizing each patient’s nutritional status and insuring that key metabolic pathways are supported when necessary.
 
Dr. Schneider obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Illinois. She then completed both medical school and a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Illinois College of Medicine and practiced obstetrics and gynecology from 1990-1998. This background provided a comprehensive understanding and appreciate of fetal development and the dangers posed by environmental toxins, viral infections, and nutritional deficiencies. Her interest in nutrition, immunology, genetics, and toxicology is now applied to her general practice. As a physician, researcher, and mother of two children with autism, Dr. Schneider offers both a professional and personal assessment of current and promising treatment options.

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Paul C. Schreckenberger, Ph.D,Diplomate (ABMM).
Fellow (AAM) Professor of Pathology Director, Clinical Microbiology Acting Director Molecular Pathology Loyola University Medical Center

Dr. Schreckenberger is currently a Professor of Pathology at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine and the Director of the Clinical Microbiology Laboratory and Acting Director of Molecular Pathology at Loyola University Medical Center. Dr. Schreckenberger is a Diplomate of the American Board of Medical Microbiology, D(ABMM), and a Fellow in the American Academy of Microbiology, F(AAM). He is also certified as a medical technologist by both the American Society of Clinical Pathology, MT(ASCP) and the National Certifying Agency for Medical Laboratory Scientists CLS(NCA). Dr. Schreckenberger is co-author of the Color Atlas and Textbook of Diagnostic Microbiology, 4th, 5th, and 6th editions, Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins; and, author of the chapter on Miscellaneous Nonfermentative Gram-Negative Rods in the Manual of Clinical Microbiology, 7th, 8th, and 9th editions, ASM Press. Dr. Schreckenberger is active in the American Society for Microbiology, serving as Chairperson of Division C (Clinical Microbiology) in 2001-2002. He also served as president of the Illinois Society for Microbiology (1991-92), and president of the South Central Association for Clinical Microbiology (1990). He is an active participant in the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI) Subcommittee on Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing, serving on a number of Working Groups. He has written over 250 articles, abstracts, monographs and self-study courses and serves as a member of the editorial boards for the Journal of Clinical Microbiology and Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease. Dr. Schreckenberger received the Illinois Society for Microbiology Pasteur Award for Lifetime Achievement in Microbiology in November 2010. Dr. Schreckenberger has lectured extensively both nationally and internationally, presenting both workshops and seminars on a variety of topics in clinical microbiology. His research interests are identification and characterization of enteric and non-fermenting gram-negative bacilli, rapid and automated identification of bacteria, methods for detection of antimicrobial resistance and characterization of the adult female urine microbiome.

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ROBERT SEARS, MD

Robert W. Sears, MD, FAAP, is a board-certified physician in full-time general pediatric practice in Dana Point, California, where he provides a unique blend of mainstream and integrative medical care. Dr. Bob, as he likes to be called by his little patients, received his medical degree from Georgetown University and did his pediatric residency training at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. He is a co-author in the Sears Parenting Library, including The Baby Book and The Portable Pediatrician. Dr. Bob is the solo author of The Vaccine Book, and is very involved in speaking and writing to help parents make an educated decision for their families. He is also the solo author of The Autism Book, a comprehensive guide to mainstream and biomedical treatments for autism, and is a MAPS trained provider. Dr. Bob has appeared on Dr. Oz, The Doctors, CNN, CBS Early Show, Fox Morning News, and Dr. Phil to discuss parenting advice and pediatric health issues. He is on the medical advisory board for various organizations, including La Leche League International, Talk About Curing Autism, Autism Care and Treatment Today, SafeMinds, and Kaplan University Department of Health Sciences. He is the proud father of three boys, ages 20, 17, and 11, and lives with his wife and kids in Dana Point, CA.

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Dr. Kenneth Stoller

Dr. Kenneth Stoller completed his training from the University of California at Los Angeles School of Medicine in 1986 and was a practicing pediatrician for over two decades focusing on brain injured children and adults. Dr. Stoller’s area of expertise is functional medicine, also known as integrative medicine. He has been working with patients with brain injuries ranging from traumatic brain injury, stroke, autism, cerebral palsy, MS, chemo-brain, and Lyme brain since the late 1990s.
 
Dr. Stoller recognizes that many infectious agents are actually at the root cause of many mental health problems. Lyme Disease is the most recognized of the medical illnesses that will cause everything from bipolar depression, dementia to seizures. He believes countless patients have been misdiagnosed with a mental illness when they actually have an untreated infection. He also believes that the conventional testing protocol for Lyme may miss half the infected patients.
 
Dr. Stoller is one of the few physicians that has been made a lifetime Fellow of the American College of Hyperbaric Medicine, and he has published numerous articles on using hyperbaric oxygen to treat brain injuries. He pioneered the use of hyperbaric oxygen for treating fetal alcohol syndrome and the journal, Pediatrics, published his work in 2005. Dr. Stoller is at the leading edge of physicians who use natural supplements and bio-identical hormones to help patients heal their brains.
 
Dr. Stoller is Board Certified in Hyperbaric Medicine and has been president of the International Hyperbaric Medical Association since 2002. He is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the AT Still School of Medicine Arizona.  Dr. Stoller specializes in Hyperbaric medicine, traumatic brain injury (TBI) and what he calls crypto-infectious diseases, such as Lyme disease.
 
Dr. Stoller’s extracurricular activities include being a founding board member of the Humane Farming Association.

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Dr. Anju Usman

Anju Usman is director of True Health Medical Center in Naperville, Illinois. She specializes in biomedical interventions for children with ADD, Autism and related disorders.

 

She has been involved in research involving copper/zinc imbalances, metallothionein dysfunction, biofilm related infections and hyperbaric oxygen therapy. She is also co-founder of ACE (Autism Center for Enlightenment), a non-profit organization that supports research, education and biomedical therapies for families in need.

 

Dr. Usman received her medical degree from Indiana University. She completed a residency in Family Practice at Cook County Hospital in Chicago, Illinois and is board-certified in Family Practice.

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Vicki Kobliner

Vicki Kobliner MS RDN, CD-N is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and owner of Holcare Nutrition in Wilton, CT.  She received her Bachelor’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis and graduated with high honors from Oregon State University with a Master’s degree in Food and Nutrition. She is a contributing author to two books: A Compromised Generation: The Epidemic of Chronic Illness in Americas Children, andEssential Remedies for Women’s Health. Vicki is an advisory board member and monthly contributor to Natural Nutmeg Magazine, sits on the professional advisory board of Epidemic Answers, and is a member of the Connecticut PANDAS/PANS Advisory Council.  She has lectured nationally and internationally about the role of nutrition in autism and related disorders and was a member of the nutrition faculty of the Autism Research Institute.  Vicki’s practice employs a functional nutrition approach, using natural agents to help the body heal itself.  Vicki works with infants, through adults with chronic illnesses, digestive disorders, food allergies, ADHD and autism and provides fertility and prenatal nutrition counseling.

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Dana Laake, RDH, MS, LDN

Dana Godbout Laake is a Licensed Nutritionist providing preventive and therapeutic medical nutrition services. Her practice, Dana Laake Nutrition, is located in Kensington, Maryland. A health professional for more than 38 years with 25 years in medical nutrition, she is an honors graduate from Temple University with a Master’s degree in nutrition from the University of Maryland. In addition to media presentations, writing, radio talk show host and providing professional continuing education courses, Dana Laake has been a Maryland Legislative Assistant on health issues and has served three Gubernatorial appointments on health care regulatory boards. Currently she serves by Governor’s appointment on the Maryland State Board of Dietetic Practice. Her practice includes the nutritional evaluation and treatment of the full spectrum of health issues affecting children and adults. She resides in Kensington with her husband Peter Laake and they have four sons. 

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Julie Matthews

Julie Matthews is a Certified Nutrition Consultant specializing in autism spectrum disorders. She provides dietary guidance backed by scientific research and applied clinical experience. Her award winning book, Nourishing Hope for Autism, has helped people around the world to make food and nutrition choices that aid the health, learning, and behavior of those with autism, ADHD, and other developmental delays. She presents at leading autism conferences in the US and abroad, and is the Nutrition Editor of the Autism File magazine. Julie has a private nutrition practice in San Francisco, California, and supports families and clinicians from around the world.

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Algis Augustine, Esquire

Algis K. Augustine graduated from Notre Dame in 1966, and the Law School of the University of Illinois in 1969. After graduating from law school, he entered private practice as an associate of Crowley, Barrett and Karaba until August of 1974.

 

From August 1974 through May 1979, Mr. Augustine was the Chief Regulatory Attorney for what is now called the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, where he was responsible for regulating over 600,000 professionals. In May of 1979, Mr. Augustine founded the law firm now known as Augustine, Kern and Levens, Ltd. He also served for five years on the Inquiry Panel for the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission in Illinois, resigning in 1990.

 

Mr. Augustine currently represents primarily health-related professionals, such as doctors, dentists, nurses and so on, but has represented many different professionals with licensing and governmental problems in over thirty states and he is a nationally recognized speaker on professional disciplinary matters. He is an active member in good standing of the Illinois bar (1970) and is admitted to practice in the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Federal District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

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Jeffrey Levens, Esquire

Jeffrey B. Levens, earned his B.A. from the University of Illinois in 1971 with distinction in political science and a minor in journalism, while working as a reporter for the student newspaper, the Daily Illini, and other papers. After graduation, Jeff was a legislative intern in the Illinois Senate; then attended Loyola College of Law (Chicago), earning his Juris Doctorate in 1975.

 

In the late ’70s, Jeff prosecuted professional license violations for the agency now known as the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. His supervisor then was his partner now: Al Augustine.

 

In 1980, Jeff and his friend, the late Timothy D. Sturm, founded Sturm & Levens, a general practice firm in Springfield, Illinois. Jeff practiced administrative law and represented some of the most successful realtors in the city in real estate and licensing matters, while also representing clients in wide ranging legal matters. He has conducted many jury and bench trials and, ever mindful of the expense to clients and relative uncertainty of litigation, is a skilled negotiator.

 

Jeff chaired the Springfield Human Relations Commission and Fair Housing Board, and in 2009 successfully defended a large Illinois real estate agency against allegations of racial discrimination before the Department of Human Rights.

 

Jeff is admitted to practice in the U.S. Supreme Court (1986); the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals (1983); the federal district courts for the northern (1987), central and southern districts (1978) of Illinois; the Eastern District of Wisconsin (1994); and the State of Illinois (1975). He is a Law Member of the American College of Legal Medicine. He has authored more than 150 appeals in Illinois, New York and Tennessee, has argued many of them, and twice successfully opposed petitions for writ of certiorari to the U. S. Supreme Court.