Conference Speakers

Dr. Richard Boles

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Dr. Roseann Capanna-Hodge, Ed.D., LPC, BCN, LLC

Self-regulation/Neurofeedback

Supporting Self-Regulation in Children with ASD, ADHD, PANS/PANDAS, OCD & Anxiety: A Parent’s Guide

Navigating the challenges of raising children with clinical issues demands a deep understanding of self-regulation. This presentation equips parents with insights into recognizing both under and overstimulated behaviors indicative of dysregulation, and offers effective strategies for nurturing support.

By identifying the unique challenges faced by dysregulated children, we can provide the right intervention and support, which can lead to improved outcomes, including better social skills, learning outcomes, and emotional balance.

Our discussion will cover a range of practical interventions tailored for these specific conditions:
*Nutritional and Dietary Adjustments: Demonstrating how strategic dietary choices can positively impact brain function and emotional health.
*Physical Activity and Structured Routines: Highlighting the importance of regular exercise and predictable routines to enhance mood, reduce anxiety, and improve cognitive function.
*Brain-Based Therapies: Examining targeted therapies such as neurofeedback, PEMF and biofeedback, discussing their relevance and application.
*Psychotherapeutic Techniques: Detailing therapy modalities that foster emotional management and self-regulation skills.

Parents will be armed with the knowledge and strategies needed to facilitate their children’s path to improved self-regulation across all life facets. Participants will leave with a deep understanding of self-regulation challenges and a suite of interventions to foster mental well-being and life quality in neurodivergent children.

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Mary Coyle, DIHom

Homotoxicology and Bioregulatory Therapeutics

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Dr. Richard Frye, MD, Ph.D MD, PhD, FAAP, FAAN, CPI

Neurodevelopmental and Neurometabolic Disorders

Science behind Autism – The Future of Diagnosis and Management

Autism is a behaviorally diagnosed disorder with unclear underlying etiology in which effective treatments are lacking. Neuroimaging, neurophysiology, genetic, molecular and metabolic studies have provided evidence for some of the basic pathophysiological mechanisms underlying autism. Other studies focusing on medical co-morbidities have highlighted the many organ system associated with autism suggesting that autism manifests as a multisystem disease in some patients. This evidence has started to provide an emerging picture of how biology drives behavior and has pointed to novel promising approaches to treatment.

Dr Frye is a Child Neurologist with expertise in neurodevelopmental and neurometabolic disorders. He received an MD and PhD in Physiology and Biophysics from Georgetown University. He completed a residency in Pediatrics at the University of Miami, Residency in Child Neurology and Fellowship in Behavioral Neurology and Learning Disabilities at Harvard University/Children’s Hospital Boston and Fellowship in Psychology at Boston University. He also received a Masters in Biomedical Science and Biostatistics from Drexel University. He holds board certifications in Pediatrics, and in Neurology with Special Competence in Child Neurology. He has authored over 300 publications and book chapters and serves on several editorial boards and is currently the Editor-in-Chief for the Section on Mechanisms of Diseases of the Journal of Personalized Medicine.

Dr. Dayan Goodenowe

Plasmogens

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Dr. Laura Graye

Medical and Emotional Intuitive

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Dr. Myriah Hinchey

The Basics and Beyond of Healing Lyme Disease

LECTURE ABSTRACT: This lecture offers a detailed look at Lyme disease and other vector-borne illnesses, challenging prevalent myths, and clarifying issues with symptom identification and diagnostics. It connects Lyme induced immune dysfunction and inflammation to conditions like ASD, PANS, and PANDAS, while exploring the biological mechanisms of Lyme disease and the effectiveness of various herbs and supplements in treatment. This talk also highlights how infections and lifestyle choices impact susceptibility to illness, promoting a comprehensive treatment strategy that combines conventional and alternative methods, particularly for the pediatric population.

Dr. Myriah Hinchey, a Naturopathic physician and Fellow of the Medical Academy of Pediatric Special Needs (MAPS), is a recognized expert in the field of Lyme disease and other complex chronic inflammatory conditions, with over 17 years of specialized experience. As a physician and the Medical Director at TAO, an integrative center for healing, she has successfully guided thousands of patients towards recovery from their complex chronic inflammatory conditions. Additionally, she is the founder and owner of LymeCore Botanicals, a herbal medicine company focused on providing effective solutions for healing vector-borne diseases. Dr. Hinchey is dedicated to treating patients of all ages, with a specialty in pediatrics, and is also a sought-after speaker, passionately educating healthcare professionals on the pathophysiology of vector-borne diseases and how to successfully integrate functional, herbal, and lifestyle medicine into their practices.

Terri Hirning, NHD

LECTURE ABSTRACT: It is well known that heavy metal toxicity can wreak havoc on one’s health. However, there are many other toxins and toxicants that are affecting the health of our children as well as adults with chronic health challenges. Terri will explore and compare the different methods of detoxification, the charges of toxicants, and then dive into the often misunderstood science of ionic footbath detoxification.

Terri Hirning serves the autism and chronic illness communities as a mentor, educator, integrative wellness coach, co-author, summit host, and motivational speaker.

It is the personal story of her son’s autism recovery journey that was the inspiration and motivation to move into the integrative wellness community to support others. Terri has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and then went on to complete a doctorate program in traditional naturopathy. She had an integrative wellness and detox coaching practice until 2020.

She has worked for New Beginnings Nutritionals since 2009 and is their Director of Marketing.

Recently, she and her son Matthew launched a podcast called Our I’MPossible Journey to share their story of improving the symptoms of autism and making the impossible possible.

Teresa Holler MS, PA-C

LECTURE ABSTRACT: This presentation is designed to help parents understand the scientific rationale for herbal treatments of Lyme that are both cost effective and efficacious. The information will be presented in an easy-to-digest manner, and participants will leave the presentation with the knowledge of simple, safe, and effective treatment options to discuss with their practitioners.

Teresa is a Family Practice Physician Assistant and Owner of Victory Health. She is a fellow of the Medical Academy of Pediatric Special Needs and a Member of the International Society for Environmentally Acquired Illness as well as a Former Assistant Professor of Medicine. She has a Master’s in Rural Primary Care Medicine and has completed Doctoral Coursework in environmental health and medical writing. She is the author of CARDIOLOGY ESSENTIALS, HOLLER FOR YOUR HEALTH, and ON MEDICINE AND MIRACLES. Teresa has been a speaker for the American Academy of Physician Assistants, North Carolina Integrative Medicine Society, Medical Academy for Pediatric Special Needs, LymeBytes, the Virginia Academy of Physician Assistants, and more. She has been featured on NPR, FOX TV, Good Morning Arizona, The Dr Jill Show, Advance for Physician Assistants, and more.

Her website is TeresaHoller.com

MARIA RICKERT HONG

MARIA RICKERT HONG is a Co-Founder of, and the Education and Media Director for, Epidemic Answers, the 501(c)3 sponsoring non-profit of The Documenting Hope Project. She is a former sell-side Wall Street equity research analyst who covered the oil services sector at Salomon Smith Barney and Lehman Brothers under Institutional Investor #1 ranked analysts. Later, she covered the gaming, lodging & leisure sector at Jefferies & Co. and Calyon Securities. She quit working on Wall Street when her first son was born. Prior to working on Wall Street, she was a marketing specialist for Halliburton in New Orleans, where she also received her MBA in Finance & Strategy from Tulane University. She is the author of the bestselling book Almost Autism: Recovering Children from Sensory Processing Disorder and the co-author of Brain Under Attack: A Resource for Parents and Caregivers of Children with PANS, PANDAS, and Autoimmune Encephalitis. Maria is also a Certified Holistic Health Counselor. Her work can be found on EpidemicAnswers.org, DocumentingHope.com, Healing.DocumentingHope.com, Conference.DocumentingHope.com and MariaRickertHong.com

Her website is TeresaHoller.com

Dr. Dana Johnson, Ph.D., MS OTR/L

Spellers, Tampa

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Dana is the co-creator of the Spellers Method, owner of Spellers Center- Tampa (formerly Interplay Therapy), & Founder of Invictus Academy Tampa Bay. Dana’s career has canvassed multiple settings including the public school system, private clinics, and her own private practice focusing on autism, apraxia/dyspraxia, and sensory-motor differences. As a Spellers Method practitioner, as well as an OT, Dana focuses her work today on teaching purposeful motor skills to treat apraxia and help nonspeakers communicate.

Dr. Pejman Katiraei, DO

Microglial and Mast Cell Activation From Toxin-mediated Gut Disruptions in Autism Spectrum Disorder

Environmental toxins compromise various organ systems including the gut, the micro and mycobiomes. If infants or genetically vulnerable individuals are exposed to any additional or excessive toxin load, such as environmental mold toxin exposure, this collective load disrupts the gut and causes it to enter a perpetual cycle of dysfunction and inflammation. This creates an environment that is highly conducive to bacterial and fungal dysbiosis. These combined events lead to chronic microglia and mast cell activation, endotoxemia, and abnormalities in histamine. These combined dysfunctions alter neurophysiology and chemistry, and can lead to severe states of anxiety, OCD, abnormalities in the fear response and sensory pathways, etc., and thus the manifestation of autism. This presentation discusses these events and offers a simple treatment to improve the clinical findings associated with autism in this subset of individuals.

The Gut, Brain Allergy, and Autism

Environmental toxins compromise the gut, the micro and mycobiomes. If infants or genetically vulnerable individuals are exposed to any additional or excessive toxin load, such as environmental mold toxin exposure, this collective load disrupts the gut and causes it to enter a perpetual cycle of dysfunction and inflammation. This ultimately leads to the activation of microglia and mast cells, along with chronic endotoxemia and abnormalities in histamine. These combined events can alter neurophysiology and chemistry and lead to anxiety, OCD, abnormalities in the fear response and sensory pathways, and thus the manifestation of autism. This presentation discusses these events and offers a simple treatment to improve the clinical findings associated with autism in this subset of individuals.

Pejman Katiraei (Dr. K) was born in Iran, and he and his parents had to flee their home to avoid persecution. His parents instilled in him a strong sense of morals, ethics and values. Dr. K was the curious child who always wanted to know how everything works. It was this curiosity that encouraged Dr. K to explore and later specialize in holistic and integrative medicine.

Before graduating cum laud with a degree in Biology from UCLA, Dr. K started the UCLA Stroke Force where he led over 70 undergraduate students to educate the senior community about strokes.

After UCLA, he went onto obtaining his osteopathic medical degree from Western University of Health Sciences. He then started his pediatric residency at Loma Linda University. Early in education and training, Dr. K questioned why some diseases “just happen” without any conventional explanation? Why would some patients die of horrible infections and others never have any problems? These questions ultimately led Dr. K to complete a fellowship under Dr. Andrew Weil at the University of Arizona and then to start the Loma Linda University Wholistic Medicine Clinic, of which he was the Medical Director until 2014.

The challenging cases Dr. K saw in this clinic inspired him to expand his training through the Institute of Functional Medicine. He would regularly lecture to large groups of medical students, physicians and other healthcare professionals on various holistic topics such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, ADHD, Mental Health, Detoxification, and general holistic medicine. Dr. K has also published a scientific paper on irritable bowel syndrome and has helped numerous patients with severe gastrointestinal problems.

Dr. K was blessed with his own health challenges that later became his greatest teachers. It is one thing to study a topic; it is another thing to experience it. Dr. K suffered from anxiety, depression and ADHD. In addition to food reactions, Dr. K discovered in himself a significant genetic mutation (MTHFR) that could have had disastrous future consequences for him including heart attack, stroke and even cancer. By learning his own biochemistry, Dr. K has learned how to eat and care for his body based on its needs to be in great health and vitality.

Despite his clinical proficiency and education, Dr. K believes he can do more to help his patients. In May of 2012, he started a second fellowship in endobiogeny, which is a sophisticated study of how hormones and our nervous system interact with one another to control health and disease. This endless desire for professional growth and learning is a testament to Dr. K’s desire to help the sick regain their health and his commitment to keeping children healthy by identifying and treating subtle imbalances as early as possible before they ever turn into a disease. Dr. K hopes he can serve the children in Wholistic Kids and Families with the same mindset as the Chinese practitioners thousands of years ago.

 

Briana Ladapo

Energetic Healer, Coach, Author, and Speaker

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Joseph Ladapo, MD, PhD,

Professor of Medicine at the University of Florida and serves as State Surgeon General of Florida.

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Dr. Nancy O’Hara, MD, MPH, FAAP

PANS/PANDAS

LECTURE ABSTRACT CASE STUDIES: Demystifying PANS & More: Learning Through Case Studies

PANS & PANDAS are complex autoimmune diseases that require a multi-system approach. PANDAS (Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorder Associated with Strep) involves antibodies from a strep infection reacting with brain tissue (specifically the basal ganglia in the brain) and triggering an abrupt onset of immune dysregulation and movement, learning and behavioral problems including OCD, anxiety and tics. With PANS (Pediatric Acute-Onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome), other infectious etiologies besides strep (yeast, viruses, other bacteria, parasites), toxic exposures, and metabolic abnormalities are among other potential triggers for the immune dysregulation resulting in an abnormal autoimmune reaction and negative behavior, physical, and cognitive changes. Dr. O’Hara will discuss the latest research in the assessment and treatment of these devastating but recoverable illnesses in the context of several illustrative case studies.  Participants will learn the research-based functional medicine approach to the care, diagnosis and treatment of these children.

LECTURE ABSTRACT PARENT TRACK: Demystifying PANS/PANDAS: Assessment and Treatment Specifics for Parents

PANS & PANDAS are complex autoimmune diseases that require a multi-system approach. PANDAS (Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorder Associated with Strep) involves antibodies from a strep infection reacting with brain tissue (specifically the basal ganglia) and triggering immune dysregulation and movement, learning and behavioral problems including OCD, anxiety and tics. With PANS (Pediatric Acute-Onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome), other infectious etiologies (especially Borrelia, Bartonella and Babesia as well as COVID, viruses, & more), toxic exposures, and mold are among other potential triggers. Dr. O’Hara discusses the assessment and treatment of these devastating but recoverable illnesses in our children.

Dr. Nancy O’Hara 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 functional medicine practice to the integrative and holistic care of children with chronic illness and neurodevelopmental disorders such as ADHD, PANDAS/PANS, OCD, Lyme and ASD. She is also a leader in the training of clinicians, both in the United States and abroad. Dr. O’Hara has written a comprehensive guidebook, “Demystifying PANS / PANDAS: A Functional Medicine Desktop Reference on Basal Ganglia Encephalitis”, which is available on Amazon in e-book or soft-cover formats. For more information on her membership and mentoring program, please visit www.drohara.com. Additionally, Dr. O’Hara’s research on Folate Receptor Auto Antibodies and PANS/PANDAS was recently published. (https://doi.org/10.3390/jpm14020166)

William V. Padula

OD SFNAP FAAO FNORA

LECTURE ABSTRACT: A neurological event affects visual processing interfering with development, learning abilities as well as socialization. Symptoms, such as blurring, double vision (diplopia), photophobia, headaches, balance difficulties and dizziness, are often mistaken for other problems and/or overlooked due to the prioritization for medical treatment.

Vision is more than just the image that we see. Vision occurs in the brain but is facilitated by the eyes. A neurological or systemic event will affect the brain and in turn affect the visual processing causing difficulty with tracking, convergence and focusing. These are not eye muscle problems but are characteristics of dysfunction in visual processing in the brain.

This presentation will explore the visual process and its two modes of organization: the focal process delivering consciousness and attention and the spatial process. The spatial visual process is often overlooked. It is the platform of the higher seeing process.

Research will be presented to demonstrate an evidenced based model and approach to diagnosing and treating visual processing dysfunction.

The presentation will provide an understanding how compromise of the visual process causes interference with development, learning and motor function as well as how treatment through lenses and prisms can provide a means to reorganize visual processing.

William V. Padula, O.D., is a graduate of Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University of Health Sciences. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, the Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association International (NORA), and the National Academy of Practice.

Dr. Padula completed a fellowship at the Gesell Institute where he was also Director of Vision Research. He was the founding Chairman of the Low Vision Section for the American Optometric Association, and the founding President of NORA. Dr. Padula was appointed the National Consultant in Low Vision Services for the American Foundation for the Blind. He has also served as Consultant to the Committee on Vision for the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C. Recently he has served as a consultant to the Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, D.C. He is the Past Chairperson of the National Academy of Practice in Optometry, and is the Treasurer of the National Academy of Practice (NAP).

Dr. Padula founded the first low vision clinic at the Zhongshan Eye Research Hospital in Guangzhou, People’s Republic of China, which was named in his honor. He lectures and consults internationally in China, India, Italy, Mexico, etc., with programs regarding children’s vision related to learning and development, and adult vision problems related to stroke, TBI and other physical challenges.

Michelle Perro, MD

Microbiome

Michelle Perro, MD is a veteran clinician with over four decades of experience in both pediatrics as well as in integrative medicine treating both children and their families. Her career began in Pediatric Emergency Medicine winding its way into integrative medicine over the past 25 years. She has been director of a Pediatric Emergency Department in NYC and spent over a decade at UCSF Benioff Oakland Children’s Hospital. Dr. Perro has been a tireless advocate regarding the role of GM food and their associated pesticides centered on their affect on children’s health. She is co-author of the highly acclaimed book, “What’s Making our Children Sick?” . She is the CEO and co-founder of the website www.gmoscience.org. Her monthly podcast, The New MDS can be found here: https://gmoscience.org/the-new-mds/. For parents Advice, visit: https://gmoscience.org/parent-education/. Her next book, “Making our Children Well” is scheduled to be released at the end of 2024.

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Dr. Shelese Pratt, N.D.

The Metabolic Approach to Autism Spectrum Disorders

Autism is a behaviorally diagnosed disorder with unclear underlying etiology in which effective treatments are lacking. Neuroimaging, neurophysiology, genetic, molecular and metabolic studies have provided evidence for some of the basic pathophysiological mechanisms underlying autism. Other studies focusing on medical co-morbidities have highlighted the many organ system associated with autism suggesting that autism manifests as a multisystem disease in some patients. This evidence has started to provide an emerging picture of how biology drives behavior and has pointed to novel promising approaches to treatment.

Dr. Shelese Pratt, N.D. is a specialized Naturopathic Doctor who earned her doctorate degree in naturopathic medicine in 2004 from the National University of Natural Medicine. Over the last 21 years of practice, she has developed a specialized focus on treating complicated cases of metabolic disorders, particularly for special needs children. Dr. Pratt is recognized for her expertise in methylation and physiology. She possesses a deep understanding of biochemical pathways, enabling her to develop individualized and specialized treatment plans for her patients. She has developed a comprehensive approach to treating autism. She recognizes the complexities of the conditions and tailors her approach to meet the specific needs of each patient. Dr. Pratt has a passion to see each child reach their full potential.

Dr. Elisa Song

Holistic Pediatrician

Elisa Song, MD, is a Stanford-, NYU-, UCSF-trained integrative pediatrician and pediatric functional medicine expert, and most importantly, a mother to two thriving children. She has dedicated her career to helping parents and practitioners bridge the gap between conventional and holistic pediatrics with an evidence-based, pediatrician-backed, parent-approved approach. Dr. Song has lectured around the world at leading integrative and functional medicine conferences and premier parenting events. She has also been featured in hundreds of top podcasts, print and online media outlets including Dr. Mark Hyman’s Broken Brain podcast, the Wellness Mama podcast, BloomTV, Forbes, Healthline, MindBodyGreen, National Geographic, PopSugar, Parents, Motherly, Parade, Verywell Health, and New York Post.

Kimberley Sukhum PhD

Microbiome Biomarkers

LECTURE ABSTRACT: The gut microbiome is integral to a child’s immune system development and is linked to various immune-related disorders. Research has linked gut microbiome imbalances and several health issues, including allergic disorders like asthma and eczema, autoimmune diseases such as Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IDB) and behavioral conditions like ADHD.

Shotgun metagenomic technology stands out as an innovative tool in this field. It provides a detailed analysis of the microbial composition in children’s guts, offering tailored ranges specifically for the pediatric population, actionable insights and probiotic strain tracking.

This presentation will explore why using shotgun sequencing is so transformative in children’s healthcare. It will showcase how shotgun metagenomics not only enhances our understanding of pediatric conditions but also supports the advancement of targeted treatments and preventive strategies for children’ health with focus on allergic diseases.

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Theoharis Theoharides, BA, MS, MPhil, PhD, MD, FAAAAI

Mast Cells, Microglia, Neuroinflammation

Dr. Theoharides, is Professor and Vice Chair of Clinical Immunology and Director, Institute for NeuroImmune Medicine-Clearwater, and Adjunct Professor of Immunology, Tufts School of Medicine where he was Professor of Pharmacology and Internal Medicine, Director of Molecular Immunopharmacology &
Drug Discovery, and Clinical Pharmacologist, Massachusetts Drug Formulary Commission (1983-2022).
He received his BA, MS, MPhil, PhD and MD degrees and the Winternitz Price in Pathology from Yale
University. He also received a Certificate in Global Leadership from Tufts Fletcher School of Law and
Diplomacy and a Fellowship at Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He trained in internal medicine
at New England Medical Center which awarded him the Oliver Smith Award “recognizing excellence,
compassion and service.” He received the Tufts Distinguished Faculty Recognition and Excellence in
Teaching awards multiple times, and the Alumni Excellence in Service award. He showed that the unique
tissue immune cells, mast cells, communicate with the brain microglia and are critical for
neuroinflammation, especially the pathogenesis of autism spectrum disorder, chronic fatigue syndrome
and Long-COVID. He has 486 publications (46,491 citations; h-index 107) placing him in the world’s top
2% of most cited authors and was rated the worldwide expert on mast cells by Expertscape. He was
inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha National Medical Honor Society, the Rare Diseases Hall of Fame
and the World Academy of Sciences. He has also developed novel dietary supplements containing
liposomal flavonoid supplements formulated in olive pomace oil to increase absorption. He has received
30 patents and trademarks (www.mastcellmaster.com).