Martha Herbert, MD PhD, Chair and Principal Investigator
Martha Herbert, PhD, MD, is a pediatric neurologist and neuroscientist at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. She is an affiliate of the Harvard-MIT-MGH Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging where she directs the TRANSCEND Research Program, which uses advanced brain imaging techniques and biomarkers to look at metabolic, perfusion, and brain function measures of brain change. Her academic research interests include how changes in whole-body physiology, structure and organization of movement may impact electrophysiology to alter brain function, development and structure; how environmental influences can act through our physiology to degrade molecular, tissue and neuroglial function – or create improvement and fulfill potential; and how emerging bioinformatics and small-scale measurement technologies can facilitate crowdsourcing of health and lifestyle data, which she is pursuing through her Higher Synthesis Foundation (www.highersynth.org). She is working on how to convey to the scientific, policy and public communities that there is a better, more inclusive and action-promoting way of looking at autism, brain health and chronic disease, which is the message of her book, The Autism Revolution: Whole Body Strategies for Making Life All It Can Be (Harvard Health Publications and Random House, 2012, www.AutismRevolution.org and www.autismWHYandHOW.org).
Richard Boles, MD
Dr. Richard G. Boles completed medical school at UCLA, a pediatric residency at Harbor-UCLA, and a genetics fellowship at Yale. For over two decades, Dr. Boles' clinical and research focus has been on changes in genes involved in energy metabolism, and more recently ion channels, and their effects on the development of common functional disorders. Dr. Boles practices the "bedside to bench to bedside" model of a physician-scientist, combining an active clinical practice with basic research into the underlying genetic predispositions leading to the same conditions. He has over 80 published papers, mostly in mitochondrial medicine. For 20 years, Dr. Boles was a faculty member at the Keck School of Medicine at USC and a practicing medical geneticist and metabolic specialist at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. He was a Medical Director of the genetic testing companies, Lineagen and Courtagen. Dr. Boles became involved in genetic testing in order to facilitate the translation of the vast amounts of acquired genetic knowledge into applications that improve routine medical care. Dr. Boles has an active private practice in Pasadena and Aliso Viejo, CA (at the Rossignol Medical Center). Dr. Boles is the primary designer of SpectrumNeedsTM, a nutritional product with 33 active ingredients designed for individuals with autism or other neurodevelopmental disorders, with an emphasis on assisting mitochondrial function (https://www.neuroneeds.com).
Datis Kharrazian PhD, DHSc, DC, MS, MMSc, FACN
Dr. Datis Kharrazian is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine at Loma Linda University School of Medicine, a faculty member for the Institute for Functional Medicine, and Fellow of the American College of Nutrition. As a researcher, Dr. Kharrazian earned a Doctor of Health Science degree and a Ph.D. degree with concentrations in immunology and toxicology from the Department of Health Sciences at Nova Southeastern University. He completed his postdoctoral research training as a research fellow at Harvard Medical School and the Department of Neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital. He also earned a Master of Medical Sciences degree in Clinical Investigation from Harvard Medical School. As a preventive medicine healthcare provider, Dr. Kharrazian earned a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Southern California University of Health Sciences and conducted postgraduate studies in neurology. Dr. Kharrazian also earned a Master of Science degree in Human Nutrition from the University of Bridgeport. He is a Diplomate of the Board of Nutrition Specialists and a Diplomate of the American Clinical Board of Nutrition. Dr. Kharrazian is an award-winning researcher, clinician, and educator. He has been awarded, the Researcher of the Year award by the International Association of Functional Neurology for his research on neurological autoimmunity. He received an Award of Recognition by the Institute for Clinical Ergonomics and Applied Neuroscience for his outstanding contributions as an educator in the field of neurological therapeutics. He was also the recipient of the Clinical Trailblazer Award by the International Association of Functional Neurology and Rehabilitation for his outstanding clinical skills in brain rehabilitation. Dr. Kharrazian has a private practice for patients suffering from chronic conditions seeking non-pharmaceutical alternatives through diet, nutrition, and lifestyle approaches.
Zach Bush, MD
Dr. Bush is a triple board-certified physician and internationally-recognized educator on the intersection of the microbiome with human health/disease and our food production systems. His work is giving new insights into root-cause solutions in the sectors of farming, big pharma, and Western Medicine at large. Zach’s work in both for-profit and nonprofit arenas alike is creating avenues to foster collaborative action for all stakeholders in the global community, promoting a regenerative future of health for the planet and our children. Learn more at www.zachbushmd.com
Michelle Perro, MD
Dr. Perro is a Board certified 37 year veteran pediatrician, with a background in Pediatric Emergency Medicine and Integrative Medicine. She did her undergraduate work at Yale University, medical school training at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York and completed her residency in Pediatrics at NYU/Bellevue Hospital. She presently supervises complex, chronically patient care at Gordon Medical Associates in Northern California and teaches Integrative Medicine nationally as well as internationally. She has just published her first book, "What's Making our Children Sick?", exploring the links between the epidemic of chronically ill children and modern food with a lens on genetically engineered foods and their associated pesticides. She is Executive Director of the non-profit website, www.gmoscience.org, a scientific-based organization focused on the interface of health and genetically modified foods/pesticides. She also serves on the Advisory Boards of a non-toxic based website (https://madesafe.org) and a website supporting families and toxic exposures (https://www.familyacts.org).
Suruchi Chandra, MD
Dr. Chandra is a board-certified holistic psychiatrist practicing at Whole Child Wellness in Belmont, CA. In addition to her psychiatric degree, Dr. Chandra has completed extensive biomedical training that she uses in an integrative approach to help children and adults with challenging psychological, behavioral, and medical issues. Dr. Chandra has an undergraduate degree from Harvard University and a medical degree from Yale University. She completed her residency in psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital/McLean Hospital combined program at Harvard Medical School. After residency, Dr. Chandra spent 5 years studying with, and working with, Dr. William Lee Cowden, MD a leading expert in the treatment of chronic Lyme disease and other complex medical conditions. Dr. Chandra is a member of the Autism Research Institute think tank, and meets regularly with researchers and other clinicians to discuss cutting edge research and treatments for ASD.
Sylvia Fogel, MD
Dr. Fogel is a board-certified psychiatrist and psychoanalyst practicing in the Boston area. She completed her degree and her medical training at Cornell University. Dr. Fogel went on to complete a psychiatry residency at Columbia University and the New York State Psychiatric Institute. Since graduating from residency, Dr. Fogel developed an interest and expertise in perinatal and reproductive psychiatry. In addition to her private practice, Dr. Fogel is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Columbia, where she supervises psychiatric residents and also teaches and supervises fellows at the Women’s Program. Dr. Fogel is also a faculty member at the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research, where she teaches and serves on the executive council. Dr. Fogel has had a long-standing interest in integrative and alternative methods for healing but immersed herself more fully in functional medicine and alternative modalities after her youngest son regressed into autism around the age of 2. She now integrates an aggressive focus on nutrition and toxicity in her work with patients and in her own life. She is delighted to be a part of Documenting Hope and hopes to inspire and empower parents to become active agents in their children’s healing.
Julie Matthews, BS, NC
Julie Matthews is a Certified Nutrition Consultant and published researcher specializing in complex neurological conditions, autism spectrum disorders, and ADHD. She is the author of the award-winning book, Nourishing Hope for Autism, and co-author of a study proving the efficacy of nutrition and dietary intervention for autism published in the peer-reviewed journal, Nutrients. Julie’s approached is based on the BioIndividual Nutrition® needs of each person and stems from her 16 years of work with autism. Using autism as a model for complex chronic disease, her approach and methodology has help practitioner specializing in varied disorders help improve the health and healing of their clients through strategic bioindividual nutrition and dietary intervention. Julie has a private nutrition practice in San Francisco, California, and supports families and clinicians from around the world with her nutrition learning tools and professional training courses. Visit http://NourishingHope.
Maya Shetreat-Klein, MD
Dr. Shetreat-Klein is an integrative pediatric neurologist who is board-certified in Adult and Pediatric Neurology as well as in Pediatrics. She teaches integrative neurology as faculty at New York Medical College and UMDNJ, and lectures nationally and internationally. She completed residency training for Pediatrics at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, and then her Adult and Child Neurology fellowship at Montefiore Medical Center. Prior to that, she received her medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, where she was awarded the Edward Padow Award for Excellence in Pediatrics and graduated with a Special Distinction in Research in Child Neurology for her work in Autism. Dr. Shetreat-Klein graduated with honors from Columbia College in New York City with a B.A. in English literature. Dr. Shetreat-Klein sits on expert advisory boards for Autism Society of America’s Treatment Guided Research Initiative founded by Dr. Martha Herbert, for Healthy Child, and for Better School Foods. A “foodie” and lifelong environmental activist, Dr. Shetreat-Klein’s passion is to understand the connection between food, environmental exposures and health. In 2008, she started Mitzvah Meat and Mindful Meat, a co-op bringing local, grass-fed, humanely-raised and -slaughtered meat and chicken to both kosher and non-kosher communities in the tri-state area.
James Bronson, DDS
Dr. James M Bronson is a 1983 Cum Laude Graduate of Georgetown University School of Dentistry. Dr. Bronson taught for 5 years at Georgetown University School of Dentistry in the Department of Fixed Prosthodontics. For 30 years, he has maintained a private practice in McLean, Virginia that is dedicated to “Whole Body Dentistry”, with special interests in TMD, Cranial Facial Pain, Implant Dentistry, Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy, and Transformational Orthodontics. Dr. James M. Bronson has lectured in the US, Canada, Asia, and Europe on: The ALF Paradigm “Cranial Friendly Orthodontics” Transformational Orthodontics A Team Approach and “The Platinum Age of Dentistry".
Stephen Cowan, MD
Dr. Cowan is a board certified pediatrician with 30 years of clinical experience working with children. He has a subspecialty in Developmental Pediatrics and is a fellow in the American Academy of Pediatrics serving as a member of the section on Developmental Disabilities. He is a clinical instructor at NY Medical College and a member of the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture. He is the author of Fire Child Water Child, how understanding the five types of ADHD can help you improve your child's selfesteem and attention. Dr. Cowan has developed a unique holistic approach to evaluating and treating children struggling with chronic physical, emotional and cognitive disorders that integrates the principles of Chinese medicine and homeopathy. Considering the child as a reflection of the interrelated forces of family and environment is the central focus of his practice. This approach respects the inseparability of mind, body and spirit and promotes a deeper understanding of what it means to be healthy.
Morton Teich, MD
Dr. Teich is a pediatric allergist and immunologist in private practice in New York City. He is affiliated with Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City and is a clinical instructor at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He is board-certified in pediatrics, allergy & immunology, and environmental medicine. Dr. Teich received his MD from Dalhousie Medical Center. He completed his residency in pediatrics at Kings County Hospital and Maimonides Medical Center and his fellowship in allergy & immunology at Kaiser Permanante Medical Center in San Francisco under the mentorship of Benjamin Feingold, MD (Feingold Diet). His interests in food allergy and additive sensitivity, environmental and inhalant allergies, chemical sensitivities and candida have enhanced his long-standing involvement in the components of the autism spectrum disorders and related problems. Dr. Teich is currently appointed to the committee for Adverse Food Reactions of the American Association of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. He is a former president of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine, and is currently an advisor to their board of directors.
Prasad Dhurjati, PhD
Dr. Dhurjati is a Professor of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Delaware with joint faculty appointments in Mathematical Sciences and Biological Sciences. His research specialization is in Systems Medicine, Artificial Intelligence, Systems Biology, and Biotechnology. He obtained his undergraduate degree in chemical engineering from IIT Kanpur, India in 1977 and a PhD in biochemical engineering from Purdue University in 1982. He joined the faculty of the University of Delaware in 1982. He is the author of over 100 research publications in leading journals with a total of over 2600 citations and an H index of 27. In 1986, he was awarded the National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award by President Ronald Reagan. In 2004, he was elected a Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering. In 1988-89, he was a visiting scientist at the Pasteur Institute in Paris, France and he has also been a visiting professor at the University of Lyon, France, at VNIT, Nagpur, India and at the University of Toronto, Canada where he currently holds an honorary appointment. His most recent research has been in developing systems level models of autism using mathematical modeling and artificial intelligence approaches. More details on his research and hyperlinks to his publications can be obtained at http://www.che.udel.edu/dhurjati
Sidney Baker, MD
Dr. Baker is a former faculty member of Yale Medical School, where he received his medical and specialty training in pediatrics. He is former director of the Gesell Institute of Human Development. Dr. Baker's practice has gradually shifted from pediatrics and family medicine to treatment of adults and children with complex chronic illness. Dr. Baker is the author of Detoxification and Healing, The Circadian Prescription, Autism: Effective Biomedical Treatments (with Jon Pangborn, PhD), and Child Behavior (with Ilg and Ames) among other titles. In 2000 he founded Medigenesis.com (Autism360.com), which is based on the proven capacity of structured clinical data to capture the threads of individuality into a tapestry in which we can see otherwise invisible patterns. Honored for his contribution to the development of integrative medicine, he has practiced and published the principles that underlie effective listening, recording, retrieving and reporting the details that allow us to see and present ourselves as individuals, regain balance and retain the control that favors healing of chronic illness. He is currently in private practice in Sag Harbor, NY.
Patricia Fitzgerald, DAOM, DHM, LAc, CCN
Dr. Fitzgerald practices founded the Santa Monica Wellness Center in 1994 after being in private practice for several years. She has a Doctorate Degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, a Master’s Degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine, and a Doctorate in Homeopathic Medicine. She is a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist, as well as a Certified Clinical Nutritionist. She has served on the faculty of Yo San University and is the Wellness Editor of the AOL Huffington Post Media Group. Dr. Fitzgerald is the author of the best-selling award winning book, The Detox Solution: The Missing Link to Radiant Health, Abundant Energy, Ideal Weight, and Peace of Mind. Dr. Fitzgerald is a member of the American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and the California State Oriental Medical Association. She serves on the Board of Directors of Emperor's College of Traditional Oriental Medicine and the Professional Advisory Council of the American Holistic Veterinary Association Foundation. Dr. Fitzgerald is also a volunteer with Los Angeles Animal Services and is dedicated to supporting the animal rescue community in matching homeless pets with loving hearts and homes.
Kathryn Gill, M.D.
Dr. Gill has practiced Traditional Osteopathic Medicine and Family Medicine in Santa Monica, CA since 1992. Dr. Gill attended Dartmouth Medical School in New Hampshire for her pre-clinical medical education and graduated from Brown University Program in Medicine in Rhode Island. She completed her Postgraduate Medical Training at U.C.L.A. Santa Monica Family Medicine Residency. Throughout her medical education, Dr. Gill did post-graduate courses in Traditional Osteopathic Medicine and numerous long-term, individual clinical Osteopathic rotations with some of the top Osteopathic Physicians in the United States. Although her unique educational background allows Dr. Gill to bridge the worlds of Allopathic and Osteopathic Medicine to care for patients of all ages, she is passionate about working with newborns and children with special needs.Dr. Gill is internationally recognized in Biodynamic Pediatric Osteopathy. She is one of a core faculty, selected by James Jealous, D.O., the inventor of Biodynamic Osteopathy, to teach the Osteopathic Biodynamic Phase Courses, and Biodynamic Pediatric courses throughout the United States and Europe. Her work in Biodynamics has led to a fascination with human embryologic development, which she utilizes both in her teaching and in treatment of patients. She also works closely with Functional Dentists and Oral Myologists interested in physiologic methods to develop the face and repair structural abnormalities and swallowing dysfunction. An assistant Clinical Professor for Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Gill also holds a Proficiency Certification from the Osteopathic Cranial Academy.
Richard S. Lord, PhD
After receiving his B.S. in Chemistry, Dr. Lord earned his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Texas followed by postdoctoral fellowships at the Clayton Foundation Biochemical Institute, the University of Arizona, and the National Institutes of Health (Institute of Arthritis and Metabolic Diseases). He served as Chairman of Biochemistry and Clinical Nutrition for 10 years at Life College, during which he maintained an active practice of clinical nutrition consulting. From 1989 to 2012 he served as Chief Science Officer and directed the development of new testing methodologies and innovative laboratory report designs at Metametrix and Genova Diagnostic Laboratories. He teaches and studies new ways of assessing relationships between nutrients, toxicants and cellular controls and their integration into clinical practice. His publications include several books and numerous peer-reviewed journal articles on various topics. He continues to teach courses on clinical metabolic assessments in multiple university graduate programs.
Jay Gordon, MD
Dr. Gordon is a pediatrician in private practice in Santa Monica, California. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, a member of the attending staff, and teaches at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, as well as an assistant clinical professor of pediatrics at UCLA School of Medicine. Dr. Gordon is also an inspirational lecturer, author, television and radio commentator, and is internationally recognized in the areas of pediatric nutrition and parenting. Intensely interested in infant nutrition and breastfeeding, Dr. Gordon is the first male physician to sit for and pass the International Board of Lactation Certification Exam and has served on the Professional Advisory Board of La Leche League for twenty-four years. Dr. Gordon has authored many books including: Good Food Today, Great Kids Tomorrow, Brighter Baby, Good Nights: The Happy Family’s Guide to the Family Bed, Preventing Autism, among other titles. He is also a journalistic contributor to Fit Pregnancy, Mothering Magazine, New York Parent, Parenting Magazine, the Huffington Post, among other widely circulated print and online publications.
Mark Hyman, MD
Mark Hyman, MD has dedicated his career to identifying and addressing the root causes of chronic illness through a groundbreaking whole-systems medicine approach known as Functional Medicine. He is a family physician, a six-time New York Times bestselling author, and an internationally recognized leader in his field. Dr. Hyman is Chairman of the Institute for Functional Medicine, and was awarded its 2009 Linus Pauling Award for Leadership in Functional Medicine. He is currently medical editor at the Huffington Post and on the Medical Advisory Board at The Doctor Oz Show. He is on the Board of Directors of The Center for Mind-Body Medicine, and a faculty member of its Food As Medicine training program. He is also on the Board of Advisors of Memhet Oz’s HealthCorps, which tackles the obesity epidemic by “educating the student body” in American high schools about nutrition, fitness and mental resilience. He is a volunteer for Partners in Health with whom he worked immediately after the earthquake in Haiti and continues to help rebuild the health care system there. He was featured on 60 Minutes for his work there.
Frank Lipman, MD
Dr. Lipman received his initial medical training in South Africa, qualifying in 1979 and emigrated to the United States in 1984. He became board certified in internal medicine after serving as Chief Medical Resident in his final year of residency at Lincoln Hospital in New York City. Becoming more and more aware of both the strengths and the weaknesses of his training, he began to study acupuncture, Chinese medicine, functional medicine, nutrition, herbal medicine, biofeedback, meditation and yoga. He began to see that the polarization between western modalities and other healing philosophies merely negated positive attributes of both. He saw that true healing lay in a blend between the two. He now practices his unique blend of what he calls “Good Medicine”, combining all the systems in which he has trained. Dr. Lipman is the author of 2 books: Total Renewal; 7 Key Steps to Resilience, Vitality and Long Term Health and Revive: Stop Feeling Spent and Start Living Again (previously released as Spent; End Exhaustion and Feel Great Again). He is very involved with non-profit work in South Africa and lectures throughout the world on health-related topics.
Kourosh Kashani, MAc, LAc, DiplAc (NCCAOM), Cert Chinese Herbal Medicine, Cert ZB
Kourosh (aka “Ilyas”) is a hakim of Traditional Islamic Healing and Medicine –trained by his father since the age of six– and a licensed practitioner of Oriental Medicine (Classical Five-Element and Eight-Principle). His studies in meditation, yoga, qigong, and the martial arts began in 1990, for which he was awarded a black belt in 1994. He received a BS in Mining Engineering from Virginia Tech in 1994, a Master of Acupuncture degree from the Traditional Acupuncture Institute in 1999 (now the Maryland University of Integrative Health), and a certification in Chinese Herbology from the Academy for Five Element Acupuncture in 2006. Kourosh practices both traditional therapies (qigong, sound, acupuncture, tuina, cupping, moxabustion, herbal medicine, dietetics, essential oils, stones, Plant Spirit Medicine, Usui Reiki, Tibetan Raku-Kye, yoga, and meditation) and modern holistic therapies (Zero Balancing and Osteopathic manual therapies: cranial, myofascial, strain-counterstrain, visceral, and lymphatic). In 2000, he founded the Circle of One 501c3 Center of Traditional Medicine, to serve people in need regardless of their financial or other circumstances. In 2010, he founded the Hakim Wellness project to revive the study and practice of Traditional Islamic Healing and Medicine (TIHM), which includes building a health-education- retreat center, writing a multivolume TIHM text, producing a film documentary, and launching a curriculum to train the next generation of physician-healers. Kourosh is a lifelong student of sacred knowledge from both the eastern and western wisdom traditions—studying directly with several masters. His journey has equipped him with the perspective and skills to offer holistic solutions to the personal, communal, and global challenges of our times. He lectures publicly on various subjects relating to spirituality, religion, personal growth and development, and traditional medicine. His local interfaith efforts include serving on the board of the Lake Junaluska Peace Conference since 2013.
Norman Schwartz, MD
Dr. Schwartz is an integrative medicine specialist with over 30 years’ experience and an extensive background in treating complex chronic health problems. Formerly medical director of Integrative Medicine for Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, he is now in private practice, focusing on helping individuals and families who are dealing with ADHD and autism spectrum and neurodevelopmental disorders. As a Defeat Autism Now! practitioner, he approaches autism as a medical disorder that is treatable. Dr. Schwartz has a special interest in the application of ecological principles for the creation of a safer, more sustainable world for present and future generations. In addition to his medical degree and residency training, Dr. Schwartz has received postgraduate training and education from the American Academy of Environmental Medicine, the Santa Fe Institute for Complex Studies, the Functional Medicine Institute, the International College of Integrative Medicine, and the American Academy for the Advancement of Medicine. He is a founding member of the American Society of Integrative Medical Practice and a Fellow of the Health Studies Collegium, a health policy and clinical outcomes research foundation.
Heather Tallman Ruhm, MD
Dr. Tallman Ruhm is a Board Certified Family Physician whose primary focus is integrative medicine and patient education. She draws on both her conventional western training and experience with complementary health. Dr. Tallman Ruhm specialty is in utilizing integrative approaches to facilitate autism recovery. Dr. Tallman Ruhm was born and raised in Montana. She attended Montana State University as an undergraduate and later the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard where she received a Master’s in Public Policy. She then attained her MD degree from the University of New Mexico School of Medicine and completed her Family Medicine Residency in Colorado and Alabama. She practiced ambulatory medicine on the West Coast first with a large HMO and then with an integrative clinic, the Whitaker Wellness Institute, before settling in Southern New Hampshire with her family.
Eva Vanamee, PhD
Dr. Vanamee is a research scientist with expertise in protein chemistry, structural biology and bioinformatics. Dr. Vanamee earned her Master’s Degree in Chemistry from Budapest, Hungary. She completed her post-graduate education at Georgetown University and at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, where she earned her Ph.D. in Biophysics. Her research interests include DNA regulation, autoimmunity, and biomarker development. Her awards include a long-term fellowship from the Human Frontiers Science Program in Strasbourg, France and a National Research Service Award Fellowship from the National Institutes of Health. She is currently an independent research consultant and an adjunct assistant professor at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
Amy Yasko, Ph.D., NHD, AMD, FAAIM
Dr. Amy Yasko holds a doctorate in Microbiology, Immunology, and Infectious Diseases from Albany Medical College graduating Summa Cum Laude with an award for outstanding research excellence in the field of antibiotic resistance. Dr. Yasko completed two research fellowships at Strong Memorial hospital in Rochester NY; the first as a member of the Department of Pediatrics and Infectious Diseases working with H. Influenza, the second as a member of the Wilmot Cancer Center researching the molecular basis of cancer. Her third fellowship, developing shuttle vectors between prokaryotic and eukaryotic systems, was in Cell Biology in the Department of Hematology at Yale Medical Center in New Haven. Dr. Yasko then went on to join a biotechnology company in Connecticut where she established a line of molecular diagnostic kits. Followed by a collaboration to successfully develop one of the first low cost DNA synthesizers in the biotech industry, she later co-founded a successful biotechnology company where she was recognized as an expert in the field of DNA/RNA based diagnostics and therapeutics. Prior to shifting her focus to integrative healthcare she was consultant to the medical, pharmaceutical, and research communities for almost 20 years with an expertise in biochemistry, molecular biology, and biotechnology. Dr. Yasko continued her education in the area of integrative healthcare receiving two additional degrees; Doctor of Naturopathy and Doctor of Natural Health. She is a Fellow of the American Association of Integrative Medicine and has previously served on the Scientific Advisory Board for the National Foundation of Alternative Medicine. Dr. Yasko has authored several books on the subject of chronic neurological inflammatory disorders, nutrigenomics, autism, RNA based support and the benefits of custom supplementation, as can be found in her latest book, Feel Good Nutrigenomics: Your Roadmap to Health. She is a recipient of the CASD Award for RNA Research in Autism.
Rachel Paletsky Ash
Rachel Ash runs complimentary programming at The Ash Center for Comprehensive Medicine, a leading center in Integrative/Alternative medicine, in New York City. She is the Founder of wellNEST, a center for healthy living in the Hamptons and wellNEST Energy School in Litchfield County, CT. Rachel has developed a yoga, healing and spirituality studio within wellNEST and offers classes, lectures and training in various healing modalities. Rachel is also the Co-Founder of Mama Glow, a holistic maternal lifestyle company.
Jennifer Boyd, PA
Physician Assistant Jennifer Boyd graduated Summa Cum Laude from the prestigious PA program at LIU/Brooklyn Hospital after a career in international business development and an undergraduate degree from Syracuse University. Jennifer has multiple post-graduate certifications and has completed professional coursework in Functional Medicine, Biological Medicine, Darkfield Microscopy, Biological Terrain Analysis, Lyme Literacy, and Organic Land Management. She has also earned her Master designation as a Reiki professional. Jennifer is the owner of Boyd Wellness, a holistic practice for patients engaged in the serious pursuit of wellness. She is a sought after speaker and guest of national radio programs and contributor to various on-line magazines as well as a "Green Diva" correspondent.
Geri Brewster, RD MPH CDN
Geri began her clinical career nearly 30 years ago, specializing in pediatric and young-adult developmental disabilities, including metabolic and gastrointestinal disorders; specialized tube feedings; dysphagia; autism; behavioral, attention, sensory and oral-motor integration disorders; and eating disorders. Ms. Brewster received a Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition and Foods from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Virginia, where she graduated summa cum laude. She earned her Masters in Public Health Nutrition from New York Medical College in Valhalla, New York and was awarded the Sirach Award for outstanding achievement in the field of Public Health. Ms. Brewster is a registered dietitian-nutritionist with the State of New York. She also holds certificates of study in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia from Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, IAACN, and the Institute of Functional Medicine, in addition to an advanced certificate in Adult Weight Management from the American Dietetic Association.
Joseph E. Pizzorno Jr., ND
Dr. Pizzorno is one of the world's leading authorities on science-based natural/integrative medicine. He was appointed by President Clinton in December 2000 to the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy and by President Bush's administration in 2002 to the Medicare Coverage Advisory Committee. A naturopathic physician, educator, researcher and expert spokesman, Pizzorno is founding president of Bastyr University. Under his leadership, Bastyr became the first fully accredited, multidisciplinary university of natural medicine and the first NIH-funded center for alternative medicine research. From 1996 to 2002, he served on the Seattle/King County Board of Health and, in 1996, was a founding board member of the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia. He served as chairman of the American Public Health Association SPIG on CAM from 1999 to 2001. In 2001, he joined the Scientific Review Board of the Cancer Treatment Research Foundation and the Institute for Functional Medicine Board of Directors (for which he now serves as chairman). In 2002, he became the founding editor of Integrative Medicine: A Clinician's Journal, the most widely distributed peer-reviewed journal in the field. He has been a licensed naturopathic physician in Washington State since 1975. In June 2000, Pizzorno retired after 22 years from the presidency of Bastyr University. He continues as president emeritus. Dr. Pizzorno is the author of Total Wellness and co-author of the internationally acclaimed Textbook of Natural Medicine and its companion books, Natural Medicine Instructions for Patients and the Handbook of Natural Medicine. He also co-authored Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine, Natural Medicine for the Prevention and Treatment of Cancer, and Encyclopedia of Healing Foods.
Andreas Kogelnik, MD, PhD
Dr. Kogelnik is founder and Director of Open Medicine Institute and a practicing physician. Prior to OMI, Dr. Kogelnik founded two companies and a non-profit organization. Having received his MD from Emory University, a PhD in Bioengineering from Georgia Tech, and completing his medical residency and fellowship at Stanford, he has been centrally involved in the information and genomic revolutions in medicine. He has served as an advisor/consultant to many Silicon Valley biotech and IT organizations including Epocrates, Counsyl, the Fogarty Institute for Innovation, and the El Camino Hospital Genomic Medicine Institute.
Russell Jaffe, MD PhD, Emeritus
Dr. Jaffe is a Founding Fellow of Health Studies Collegium Foundation and Chairman and Lab Director of ELISA/ACT Biotechnologies, PERQUE Integrative Health, BetterLabTestsNow, and MAGic10 Therapeutics. Through his expertise in non-invasive studies of cells, he developed novel tests for blood platelet survival, fibrinogen survival, platelet aggregation, and lymphocyte response (LRA by ELISA/ACT®). He also developed the first test for traces of blood in stool that is not made falsely negative by ascorbate (vitamin C). Dr. Jaffe received his BS, Ph.D., and MD from the Boston University School of Medicine in 1972. He completed residency training in clinical chemistry at the National Institutes of Health (1973 - 1979) and is board certified in Clinical Pathology and in Chemical Pathology. Dr. Jaffe is the recipient of the Merck, Sharp & Dohm Excellence in Research Award, the J.D. Lane Award, and the U.S.P.H.S. Meritorious Service Award. He was also named an International Scientist of the Year (2003) by the International Biographical Commission for his contributions to Medicine, Biochemistry, and Clinical Immunology. Dr. Jaffe teaches and lectures widely on the causes and consequences of immune defense and repair function in health and disease. His research interests focus on outcome studies based on effective, comprehensive care guidelines and practice parameters.
In Memoriam: Richard Ash, M.D. Dr. Ash was an internal medicine specialist and a leader in the field of Integrative and Environmental medicine. Once a victim of his toxic environment, Dr. Ash was able to heal himself through alternative therapies and developed a program that achieves dramatic, lasting improvement for patients who have not found relief from conventional methods. Dr. Ash’s approach to health and wellness included treating the body as a unique whole and getting to the root cause of illness instead of just masking symptoms. Dr. Ash founded The Ash Center for Comprehensive Medicine in New York City, WellNEST, a center for healthy living in the Hamptons, and spent much of his time educating the public for the past 20 years through his radio talk show, “Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired”. Dr. Ash was an author, spoke across the country, and made numerous radio and television appearances including ABC’s World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, The Sunday Times UK, DuJour, Hamptons Magazine, Gotham Magazine & Martha Stewart’s Whole Living. We remember Dr. Ash's many contributions both to the Documenting Hope Project and to the field of Integrative Medicine.