Listen, Learn, Take Action for Your Child with Autism
Hope Track is ideally for families newer to the journey, or have been doing biomedical interventions for less than two years.
Believe Track is best for those who have been actively doing biomedical interventions for over two years.
Friday, May 11, 2018 from 4:00 - 9:00 PM
Evening Sessions and Speaker Mingle
Following our evening sessions, we will be offering an opportunity to meet the speakers and chat face to face. This will also be a great chance to aks questions and learn from our knowledgeable speakers.
Track Schedules (subject to changes)
|Hope Track||Believe Track|
|4:00 - 4:30 PM||Registration|
|4:30 - 5:30 PM||Improving Language & Behavior in Autism|
with Dr. Rossignol
|Microbiome Depletion, Dysbiosis, SIBO and Parasites
with Dr. Usman
|5:30 - 6:30 PM||Food is Medicine:|
Diet and Supplements to Treat Autism
with Dr. O’Hara
|Low Dose Immunotherapy: Novel Treatment for Lyme, PANDAS and Other Infections
with Dr. Ingles
|6:30 - 7:00 PM||Break - Vendor Viewing with Light Fare|
|7:00 - 8:00 PM||Teens, Hormones, Rage and Aggression|
with Dr. Usman
|CIRS (Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome): Is it Mold? Is it Lyme?
with Dr. O’Hara
|8:00 - 9:00 PM||Physician Mingle, Mentoring and vendor support|
Saturday, May 12, 2018 from 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Real Help Now Conference - Full Day
Track Schedules (subject to changes)
|Time||Hope Track||Believe Track|
|7:30 - 8:00 AM||Registration & Breakfast|
|8:00 - 8:15 AM||Welcome Address with Mary Romaniec||Welcome Address with Honey Rinicella|
|8:15 - 9:15 AM||Recovery from Autism:|
One Mother's Story
with Mary Romaniec
|Advanced Lyme within Autism: How to Recognize the Issue and Find Proper Treatment
with Dr. Demio
|9:15 - 10:15 AM||Environmental Issues within ASD|
with Dr. Ahsan
|POTS & PANS: A Review of Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Syndromes and Associated Dysautonomia
with Dr. O’Hara
|10:15 - 10:45 AM||Break and Vendor Viewing|
|10:45 - 11:45 AM||Identifying and Treating Medical Conditions that Contribute to ASD Symptoms|
with Dr. Montico
|The Chronic Illness Puzzle: Understanding the Role of Mold and Toxins within Autism
with Dr. Corson
|11:45 AM - 12:45 PM||GI issues and Dietary Strategies to Bring Healing in ASD|
with Dr. Usman
|Mast Cell Issues: Immune Storms in the Brain and How to Calm Them
with Dr. Theoharidis
|12:45 - 1:45 PM||Lunch & Networking||Lunch & Learn: How Hyperbaric Therapies and Safe Detoxification Can Reduce the Symptoms of Autism
with Dr. Dornfeld
|1:45 - 2:45 PM||Identifying and Treating Potentially Reversible Causes of Autism|
with Dr. Rossignol
|Utilizing Herbs and Oils for Immune and Inflammatory Support
with Dr. Usman
|2:45 - 3:45 PM||Lyme Treatments for ASD|
with Dr. Demio
|Alternative Therapies in Autism and Epilepsy: A Review of Cannabis Use
with Dr. Gatainas
|3:45 - 4:15 PM||Break - Vendor Viewing with Light Snacks|
|4:15 - 5:15 PM||PANDAS/PANS - Transforming a Devastating Chronic Illness into a Treatable Disorder|
with Dr. O’Hara
|Update on New Research in Autism
with Dr. Rossignol
|5:15 - 5:30 PM||Conference Wrap Up|
with Mary Romaniec
TACA Massachusetts Coordinator
|Conference Wrap Up
with Honey Rinicella
TACA Pennsylvania Coordinator
Check back for updates.
Friday Night - HOPE Track
Improving Language and Behavior in Autism with Dr. Dan Rossignol
Are you still searching for ways to improve you child’s language capabilities? Is your child still struggling with behavior issues at school or at home? Impaired language and behavioral challenges are two of the biggest issues that children with autism face in their daily lives. In this presentation Dr. Rossignol will discuss various treatment options to help improve your child’s language capabilities and decrease negative behaviors associated with having an autism spectrum disorder.
Food is Medicine: Diet and Supplements to Treat Autism with Nancy H. O’Hara, MD, MPH, FAAP
Many of us agree that the gut is the second brain. In fact, it is probably the first brain. Dr. O’Hara will discuss how food, nutrition and nutritional supplements can help heal Autism and neurodevelopmental disorders.
Teens/Hormones/Rage/Aggression with Dr. Usman
What parents doesn’t watch their tween become a teen without a twinge of anxiety? Factor autism in the equation and parents may well wonder how the physical and hormonal changes of puberty and adolescence will effect their child with autism. As your child moves closer to puberty and their teen years, it becomes increasingly important to know what to expect and how to help them cope with hormones, rage, and aggression. In this presentation Dr. Usman will discuss various biomedical strategies to ensure a smoother transition into puberty, the teen years, and beyond.
Friday Night - BELIEVE Track
Microbiome Depletion, Dysbiosis, SIBO and Parasites with Dr. Usman
Did you know that at least 1/3 of children with autism have Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO)? Did you know that some of the erratic behaviors exhibited by children with autism can be caused by undiagnosed parasitic infections? These treatable gastrointestinal issues can cause an array of GI disturbances such as diarrhea, constipation, bloating, and gassiness. Dr Usman will discuss the impact of SIBO, parasites, and dysbiosis in the overall functioning and health of the gastrointestinal system.
Low Dose Immunotherapy: Novel Treatment for Lyme, PANDAS and Other Infections with Dr. Ingles
Does your child struggle with Lyme Disease and/or PANDAS/PANS? Low Dose Immunotherapy or LDI involves both the desensitization to reactive triggers such as allergens and toxins and retraining the immune system to respond appropriately to immune provocations. This exciting new therapy can help resolve the core issues associated with Lyme Disease and PANDAS/PANS. In this presentation Dr. Ingles, an expert in Low Dose Immunotherapy, will discuss how LDI works to balance the immune system thus helping resolving the core issues associated with Lyme Disease and PANDAS/PANS.
CIRS (Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome): Is it Mold? Is it Lyme? with Dr. O’Hara
Some children on the autism spectrum who do not seem to improve after treatment for Lyme or yeast dysbiosis may in fact have Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (CIRS). These children have a genetic susceptibility that makes them unable to appropriately respond to mycotoxins from mold and biotoxins from Lyme. Dr. O’Hara will discuss how to diagnose and treat this complicated disorder.
Saturday - HOPE Track
Recovery from Autism: One Mother’s Story with Mary Romaniec
Autism is treatable and recovery is possible! Children are recovering from autism and yet the general public is largely unaware that this is even possible, let alone happening at astounding rates. Mary Romaneic, author of Victory over Autism (2016) recovered her son Daniel from autism using a biomedical approach to treatment. In this presentation, Mrs. Romaniec will discuss her personal journey through autism recovery as well as tips and strategies to help your own child and family recover from this devastating illness.
Environmental Issues within ASD with Dr. Ahsan
Have you ever wondered how the environment plays a role in the development of autism? Exposure to adverse environmental factors before conception, during pregnancy, and after birth can significantly increase or decrease a child’s risk of developing autism. A wide range of environmental risks such as prenatal conditions, air pollution, exposure to pesticides and biotoxins, nutrition, and mercury and other contaminants can all play a role in the development of autism. In this presentation, Dr. Ahsan will discuss a variety of environmental issues that impact children with autism as well as how to clean up your environment for a healthier lifestyle.
Identifying and Treating Medical Conditions that Contribute to ASD Symptoms with Dr. Montico
Have your identified and treated ALL the underlying medical conditions that contribute to the development of autism? There are an array of underlying medical issues that cause and contribute to the signs and symptoms of autism. Some of the most prevalent co-morbid condition include gastrointestinal disorders, sleep issues, anxiety and OCD, ADD/ADHD, mitochondrial dysfunction, lyme disease, and seizures. Dr. Montico will discuss various way to identify and treat the underlying medical conditions that cause and exacerbate the symptoms of autism.
GI Issues and Dietary Strategies to Bring Healing in ASD with Dr. Usman
GI Disorders such as food allergies, constipation, diarrhea, and dysbiosis are among the most common medical issues associated with autism. Research suggests that greater than 50% of children with autism have significant GI disturbances. Dietary strategies such the SCD diet, the GAPS diet, the ketogenic diet, and the autoimmune Paleo diet are just some of the gut healing diets that families have utilized to help their children. In this presentation Dr. Usman will discuss the various GI issues that impact children with autism as well as various healing modalities that can help your child improve their gut function.
Lunch and Learn: Detoxification, Hyperbarics and ASD with Dr. Dornfeld
Have you ever wondered if Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy know as HBOT could benefit your child with autism? HBOT has been scientifically shown to help reduce inflammation throughout the body, reintroduce blood flow, and induce a wide array of positive physiological and biochemical effects on children with autism. This has been demonstrated to help overall functioning, receptive language, speech, sociability, and eye contact in ASD kids. During this lunch and learn presentation, Dr. Dornfeld will discuss the role of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy in treating children with autism, and will share insight into additional detoxification protocols to bring healing.
Identifying and Treating Potentially Reversible Causes of Autism with Dr. Rossignol
Several metabolic abnormalities have been reported to contribute to or cause a potentially reversible form of autism (e.g., Cerebral Folate Deficiency/CFD). The goal, from day one of evaluation, is to rapidly screen these abnormalities and start treating them. Testing can be done by measuring certain biomarkers (laboratory tests that may identify abnormalities) to help children address issues that exasperate ASD symptoms. Treating can reduce and often reverse these symptoms.
Lyme Treatment for ASD’s with Dr. DeMio
Did you know that it has been estimated that up to 90% of children with autism are also infected with Lyme Disease? Understanding this profound link between Lyme Disease and autism can be a major factor in treating the underlying signs and symptoms of autism. Lyme disease is the fastest growing vector born disease and continues to be under diagnosed and misdiagnosed in the autism population. In this presentation, Dr. DeMio will discuss a variety of treatment modalities he uses in his practice to eradicate and treat Lyme Disease.
PANDAS/PANS - Transforming a Devastating Chronic Illness into a Treatable Disorder with Nancy H. O’Hara, MD, MPH, FAAP
Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders associated with Streptococcal Infections, or PANDAS, is a common autoimmune disorder with far-reaching movement, behavioral, and cognitive consequences. While OCD and tics are still common, other issues like anxiety, bedtime fears, inability to control urination, aggression, and deficits in learning, attention, and social interaction are among the many manifestations that result from PANDAS/PANS and impair the daily functioning and cognitive progress for many children. Not only Strep, but Lyme, Viruses, Mycoplasma and other germs can lead to Autoimmune Encephalitis. Autoimmune Encephalitis can be implicated in ASD, ADHD, Learning Disabilities, Depression, Anxiety, Dementia, Scizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, in addition to PANDAS/PANS. Heightened clinical suspicion and more appropriate and comprehensive treatment with antibiotics and immune-modulating therapy will transform PANDAS/PANS from a devastating chronic illness with episodic flares into a treatable disorder. Dr. O’Hara will discuss how to recognize and appropriately treat PANS and PANDAS.
Saturday - BELIEVE Track
Advanced Lyme within Autism: How to Recognize the Issue and Find the Proper Treatment with Dr. DeMio
Did you know that Lyme Disease can contribute to the development of autism? Lyme Disease has been well established in the autism community as an underlying root cause of ASD symptoms in many of our children. Research estimates that up to 90% of children with autism are also infected with Lyme Disease, therefore establishing a profound link between these two medical conditions. In this presentation, Dr. DeMio will discuss various ways to recognize the various issues associated with advanced Lyme Disease and how to find the proper treatment options for your child.
POTS & PANS: A Review of Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Syndromes and Associated Dysautonomia with Nancy H. O’Hara, MD, MPH, FAAP
Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders associated with Streptococcal Infections, or PANDAS, is a common autoimmune disorder with far-reaching movement, behavioral, and cognitive consequences. While OCD and tics are still common, other issues like anxiety, bedtime fears, inability to control urination, aggression, and deficits in learning, attention, and social interaction are among the many manifestations that result from PANDAS/PANS and impair the daily functioning and cognitive progress for many children. Not only Strep, but Lyme, Viruses, Mycoplasma and other triggers can lead to Autoimmune Encephalitis. Autoimmune Encephalitis and PANDAS/PANS can also lead to significant dysautonomia, including POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome). Heightened clinical suspicion and more appropriate and comprehensive treatment for both disorders with antibiotics and immune-modulating therapy will transform these devastating illnesses into a treatable disorders. Dr. O’Hara will discuss the latest findings and treatment options.
The Chronic Illness Puzzle: Understanding the Role of Mold and Toxins within Autism with Dr. Corson
Did you know that exposure to mold and other biotoxins can increase the severity of neuropsychological abnormalities seen in children with autism? Although the symptoms they create are treatable, these biotoxins can exacerbate autism traits and wreak havoc on the health of children with autism. In this presentation, Dr. Corson will discuss the role of mold and achieve optimal health and well being.
Mast Cell Issues: Immune Storms in the Brain and How to Calm Them with Dr. Theoharidis
Does your child experience significant allergic reactions, unresolved gastrointestinal issues, or hypo tension? Research indicates that mast cell activation may be the root cause of autism in some children. Mast cell activation is an immunological response in which mast cells inappropriately and excessively release chemical mediators, resulting in a range of chronic symptoms including anaphylaxis or near anaphylactic attacks. Dr Theoharidis will present treatment strategies to reduce mast cell activation and subsequent inflammation that effect many children with autism.
Utilizing Herbs and Oils for Immune and Inflammatory Support with Dr. Usman
Have your ever wondered how medicinal herbs and essential oils could benefit your child with autism? Research shows that immune dysfunction and inflammation are two of the major underlying issues in the development of autism. Natural therapies targeting the immune system and inflammation can have a major impact on the resolution of the signs and symptoms of autism. This presentation by Dr. Usman will help you further understand how to utilize these natural treatment modalities for additional immune and inflammatory support in your child with autism.
Alternative Therapies in Autism and Epilepsy: A Review of Cannabis Use with Dr. Gatainas
Medical Cannabis is currently helping a vast majority of disorders and has recently been shown to greatly benefit children with autism, as well as those who suffer Seizure disorders. Dr. Gaitanis will be discussing the latest studies on using medical cannabis to improve health and behaviors directly related to both.
Update on New Research in Autism with Dr. Rossignol
Do you know the best place to look to continually improve your child's overall health and decrease their symptoms of autism? This talk will provide insight on the most relevant research published on autism over the last year. In this presentation, Dr. Rossignol will not only review the latest research on autism and the comorbid medical conditions such as sleep, language, and mitochondrial disorders, seizures etc., but he will also be discussing the latest therapies and treatments used to help alleviate the signs and symptoms of autism. Over 3,000 research articles were reviewed by Dr. Rossignol in order to put together this cutting edge new talk for the Pennsylvania Real Help Now Conference 2018!
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Salma Ahsan, DO, FMAPS is a board-certified Internal Medicine physician and a fellow of the Medical Academy of Pediatric Special Needs (MAPS). After her undergraduate education, she worked at Johns Hopkins University doing research in Genetics and Molecular Biology. She received her doctorate in Osteopathic Medicine from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed her residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey School of Osteopathic Medicine. After residency training, she specialized in hospital medicine and practiced as a hospitalist physician at the Medical College of Central Georgia in Macon, Georgia and then at St. Mary’s Hospital in Athens, Georgia. After her youngest son was diagnosed with Autism and her oldest son with ADHD and dyslexia, she started attending Autism medical conferences and researching the medical literature to find ways to help her children. Her children have been patients of Dr. Rossignol’s for many years and she saw great improvements with biomedical interventions under his care. She has completed the clinician training series through the Autism Research Institute and completed the fellowship program from the Medical Academy of Pediatric Special Needs under Dr. Rossignol’s mentorship and training.
Phillip DeMio, MD is Board-certified in Emergency Medicine and is also trained in internal medicine and pathology and laboratory medicine. Much of his research and clinical work involve the immune system in chronic diseases. He is the chief medical officer of the US Autism and Asperger Association and founder of the American Medical Autism Board. Dr. DeMio has extensive experience in primary and acute care as well as the care of children and adults with neurocognitive disorders, autism, developmental disorders, neurodegenerative disorders, and many forms of debilitating illnesses. He completed ILADS physician training program and presented at the 2015 ILADS Annual Fall Conference. The overlap of many chronic diseases with Lyme disease allows him to take his experience in these areas and to apply them to patients with Lyme and/or co-infections. Dr. DeMio has dedicated his life to helping people by providing care to his patients and he and his staff feel it is a privilege to do so.
Ann Foulke Corson, MD grew up in Southeastern Pennsylvania and obtained the Doctor of Medicine degree in 1982 from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA. She is board certified in Family Medicine and Integrative Holistic Medicine. Dr. Corson’s solo practice in Chester County, PA is devoted full time to the treatment of patients suffering from chronic illness. Since 2004, she has spoken across the United States, Canada and Europe to health care professionals, community groups, and politicians regarding the epidemic of vector borne and environmental illnesses and the consequences these pose for society.In 2008, she joined the non-profit organization Doctors Against Forced Organ Harvesting (DAFOH) and currently serves as Editor-in-Chief of DAFOH’s bimonthly e-newsletter. Dr. Corson also volunteers her time to educate health care professionals and government leaders about the forced live organ harvesting of prisoners of conscience in China.
David Dornfeld, DO has been practicing Family Medicine for over twenty nine 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 aspects of Preventive and Family medicine, spinal manipulation, Chelation therapy, IV infusion therapy and hyperbaric therapies. Focusing on whole body and alternative therapy techniques, he tries to alleviate 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 residency and internship at Rocky Mountain Hospital, Denver, Colorado, and Doctors Hospital of Stark County, Massillon, Ohio. He became 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. He completed training with Diver's Alert Network and Defeat Autism Now! So some people call him double DAN certified. Recently he completed his Fellowship training with MAPS. He is owner of Family Wellness Center is in Middletown, NJ. In June 2015, he was the only US physician asked to represent comprehensive Autism care at the Medical conference for the Middle East summit, in Cairo Egypt. It was a very rewarding event to be honored to be asked to help guide the physicians from that region in the various therapies available to help children on the Autism Spectrum.
Dr. John Gaitanis is the Chief of Pediatric Neurology at Tufts Floating Hospital for Children in Boston. He is a graduate of Brown University Medical School and a former Chief of Pediatric Neurology at Hasbro Children's Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island. He specializes in pediatric brain malformations and epilepsy. He aided in the development of ketogenic diet and epilepsy surgery programs at Brown, providing comprehensive epilepsy care for children in Rhode Island. Apart from his clinical duties, Dr. Gaitanis serves as the Chairperson of the Matthew Siravo Memorial Foundation’s Scientific Advisory Board, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving epilepsy advocacy and education. Dr. Gaitanis’ research is aimed at improving the sensitivity of EEG through digital signal processing. He has also published original articles and book chapters on status epilepticus, cortical malformations, and epilepsy in infancy and childhood.
Darin Ingels, ND, FAAEM is a respected leader in natural medicine with numerous publications, international lectures and more than 25 years experience in the healthcare field. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in medical technology from Purdue University and his Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington.
Dr. Ingels is a licensed naturopathic physician in the State of Connecticut and a licensed Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine in the State of California, where he maintains practices in both states. He is Board certified in Integrated Pediatrics and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians.
Dr. Ingels has been published extensively and is the author of two books, The Natural Pharmacist: Lowering Cholesterol (Prima, 1999) and Natural Treatments for High Cholesterol (Prima, 2000). He has written a chapter on allergy desensitization for autistic children in “Cutting Edge Therapies for Autism” and is the author of the newly published book “The Lyme Solution: A 5-Part Immune Boosting Plan to Fight Inflammation and Beat Lyme Disease Permanently”, a comprehensive natural approach to treating Lyme disease.
Dr. Ingels’ specializes in Lyme disease, autism and chronic immune dysfunction, including allergies, asthma, recurrent or persistent infections and other genetic or acquired immune problems. He uses diet, nutrients, herbs, homeopathy and immunotherapy to help his patients achieve better health.
Michael Montico, MD, (MAPS) has been working with families at The Holland Center in Minnesota since 2010, and as a Biomedical consultant at Oxygen Oasis Hyperbaric Wellness Center (Langhorne, PA) since 2015. After earning his M.D. degree from Wayne State University in 1998, Dr. Montico completed his residency in family medicine at Providence Hospital in 2001, and completed a fellowship in sports medicine at Providence Hospital in 2002. Dr. Montico is a Medical Academy of Pediatric Specialty (MAPS) physician. He received his training in biomedicine and functional medicine through “DAN” conferences: 2007-2012 and MAPS conferences: 2013-present. Dr. Montico’s son, Owen, has Autism and has experienced dramatic improvements following the biomedical approach since 2007. Seeing the profound difference this approach had for his own son is what motivated Dr. Montico to reach out to other parents. His passion is to partner with parents so they can use the same biomedical approach with their own children. He uses a functional medicine approach in evaluating children and adults, with a focus on children on the autism spectrum.
Nancy O’Hara, MD is a board certified Pediatrician. Prior to her medical career, Dr. O’Hara taught children with autism. She graduated with highest honors 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 entered general private practice in 1993, and in 1998 began her consultative, integrative practice solely for children with special needs. Since 1999 she has dedicated her practice to the integrative and holistic care of children with neurodevelopment disorders, ADHD, PANDAS/PANS, OCD, Lyme and Autistic Spectrum Disorder. She is a leader in the training of clinicians, both in the US and abroad.
Mary Romaniec is the author of Victory Over Autism. She works as a reporter and is the mother of a child who recovered from autism by the age of four. In addition to mentoring hundreds of families around the U.S. and the world, she speaks and writes about autism, IEP and special needs issues. Her articles about autism have appeared in Mothering Magazine, Autism/Asperger Digest, The Autism File, Autism Today and Journeys Magazine.
Dan Rossignol, MD, FAAFP is a board certified family physician. He received his Doctorate of Medicine at the Medical College of Virginia and completed his residency in family medicine at the University of Virginia. 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 publish in autism. Since 2006, he has 55 papers, abstracts, editorials, and book chapters (including those in press) concerning autism and related conditions.
Dr. Rossignol has a special interest in autism spectrum disorders, PANS/PANDAS, cerebral palsy, and related neurological and developmental disorders as well as medically complex children and adults. Dr. Rossignol is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians (FAAFP) and a Fellow of the Medical Academy of Pediatric Special Needs (FMAPS). Dr. Rossignol sees patients in both the Florida and California offices.
Theoharis C. Theoharides, BA, MS, MPhil, PhD, MD, FAAAAI is Professor of Pharmacology, Internal Medicine and Psychiatry, as well as Director of Molecular Immunopharmacology and Drug Discovery at Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, MA. He was born in Thessaloniki, where he graduated from Anatolia College. He received all his degrees with Honors from Yale University, and was awarded the Dean’s Research Award and the Winternitz Price in Pathology. He trained in internal medicine at New England Medical Center, which awarded him the Oliver Smith Award “recognizing excellence, compassion and service.” He also received a Certificate in Global Leadership from the Tufts Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and a Fellowship at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He has been serving as the Clinical Pharmacologist of the Massachusetts Drug Formulary Commission since 1986. In Greece, he has served on the Supreme Advisory Health Councils of the Ministries of Health and of Social Welfare, as well as on the Board of Directors of the Institute of Pharmaceutical Research and Technology. He is a member of 15 academies and scientific societies. He was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha National Medical Honor Society and the Rare Diseases Hall of Fame. He has received the Tufts Alumni Award for Faculty Excellence, the Tufts Distinguished Faculty Recognition Award, Boston Mayor’s Community Award, and the Dr. George Papanicolau Award, as well as Honorary Doctor of Medicine from Athens University and Honorary Doctor of Sciences from Hellenic-American University. He is “Archon” of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople. He first showed that mast cells, known for causing allergic reactions, are critical for inflammation, especially in the brain, and most recently in the pathogenesis of autism. He has published 375 papers (JBC, JACI, JPET, NEJM, Nature, PNAS, Science & Translational Psychiatry) and 3 textbooks with 23,011 citations (h-factor 73) and he is in the top 5% of authors most cited in pharmacological and immunological journals. He has received 37 patents and trademarks, including three covering brain inflammation and autism: US 8,268,365 (09/18/12); US 9,050,275 (06/09/15); US 9,176,146 (11/03/15), and has developed the dietary supplements BrainGain®, NeuroProtek® and NeuroProtek®-Low Phenol.
Anjum Usman Singh, MD, FAAFP, FMAPS, ABIHM, Hom-C is director and owner of True Health Medical Center and Pure Compounding Pharmacy in Naperville, Illinois. She specializes in biomedical interventions for children with ADD, Autism, PANDAS/PANS, Down Syndrome, and related disorders. She has been involved in research regarding copper/zinc imbalances, metallothionein dysfunction, biofilm related infections and hyperbaric oxygen therapy. She serves on the advisory boards for TACA (Talk About Curing Autism) and Generation Rescue. She is a faculty member of MAPS (Medical Academy for Pediatric Special Needs). Dr. Usman received her medical degree from Indiana University and completed a residency in Family Practice at Cook County Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. She is board certified in Family Practice and Integrative and Holistic Medicine (ABIHM).