Eun

I am a Physical Therapist based out of Seattle, Washington. In addition I also specialize in Geriatric medicine and Rehabilitation medicine. I have deep experience working with ALS patients, including for wheelchair fittings.

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Heather Rae

I am a functional health practitioner specializing in genomic analysis. I work in collaboration with my clients to reveal potential root causes of their chronic health conditions. Together we are health detectives, looking at emotional chemical and structural stress on the body and mind. My first client with an ALS diagnosis contacted me via my website with an interest in exploring his genetics. I offer a roadmap to navigate this journey which, for me, begins with the cards dealt at birth, neither good nor bad, but the enzymes (those genes) that are the machinery of inflammation. Chronic inflammation is at the root of countless serious diseases. This we know now. Oxidative stress and detoxification. They are at the heart of inflammation. In my coaching practice, we look deep into the genes associated with inflammation, like superoxide dismutase, or SOD, a gene in the inflammation pathway that has been associated with ALS. I do not start with a disease diagnosis and work backward into an explanation. I start with functional nutrition, your unique biochemistry. I also look at the integrity of the gut, and the balance of the microbiome and autonomic nervous system, and other essentials of health. I use nutrition, diet and lifestyle to detoxify, relieve oxidative stress, and calm the chronic inflammation that can lead to degeneration and other dysfunctions. I do this using targeted testing. I am not a doctor. I am not a nutritionist. I do not diagnose or treat or cure disease. I am a champion for my clients who want to understand themselves deeply and take responsibility for their own health.

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Casey Duan

I am a student at USC and planning to become a medical doctor. This is my test page for a new service at CaringALS.com. Please get my test service and provide your feedback on how this worked. A test credit card with the number 4111111111111111 can used for a test purchase.

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Jay Lombard MD

I am a neurologist with over 25 years of experience. Having completed both my neurology and psychiatry residency at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, I currently treat patients with neurodegenerative diseases like ALS, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and MS at my private practice in Tarrytown, New York. My current research is in identifying specific metabolic factors that precipitate neurodegeneration in hopes of advancing the connection between a dysregulated immune system and neurodegenerative disorders, which is often referred to as a state of “immune exhaustion” and chronic infectious disease. I also focus on research regarding the mitochondria in Autism, gene therapy in Batten’s disease, and antisense technologies in pediatric brain cancer. I have a strong sense of optimism and my efforts are dedicated to aligning with my patients in fighting against ALS by utilizing my philosophy of taking an integrative approach of pharmaceutical, non-pharmaceutical, and near-infrared light therapy approaches to address both the physical and existential-emotional issues that play a key role in prognosis.

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Shelena Lalji

Dr. Shelena C. Lalji, founder of Dr. Shel Wellness & Aesthetic Center, has served the medical and wellness needs of women and men in the greater Houston area for over 20 years. An honors graduate of Emory University in Atlanta Georgia, Dr. Shel (as she is fondly known by her patients) is a board-certified OB/GYN with extensive experience in functional medicine, aesthetics, and regenerative treatments. After 13 years of practicing traditional medicine, she felt compelled to be her patients’ advocate and treat them with a root cause and holistic approach. In 2006, she founded Dr. Shel Wellness & Aesthetic Center in Sugar Land which combines the art of aesthetics with the science of wellness. Dr. Shel is a sought-after international speaker, media expert and trainer for other physicians around the world. She is also the author of an inspiring book called I Am Woman: Our Journeys to Health, Happiness, and Harmony. In November 2017, Dr. Shel’s husband, Dr. Ayeez Lalji, an entrepreneur, dentist, and father, was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). This would cause most to crumble, but Dr. Shel, alongside her family, turned it into a mission and created The Lalji ALS Foundation (www.ALSHeroes.com). As a researcher, Dr. Shel is committed to help find a cure for this debilitating disease along with other neurodegenerative diseases like MS, Parkinson’s, Alzheimers, Dementia, Autism and more. In fact, through her tremendous research, she has developed a Functional Medicine Brain Regeneration Program using a comprehensive, integrative approach to help those with little to no hope. She has spent literally thousands of hours searching, consulting, researching and creating therapies and protocols with the knowledge and information she has gained from hundreds of worldwide experts and studies. She believes in going from “incurable to unstoppable!” She is also a strong advocate for caregivers and families who are deeply affected. Because of her belief in a strongly balanced life, Dr. Shel enjoys her many roles as physician, women’s advocate, entrepreneur, caregiver, loving wife, and devoted mother to her two beautiful children, Zoe and Zade.

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Tom Grodski

Dr. Tom Grodski, ND is a licensed Naturopathic Physician, whose practice focuses on naturopathic and integrative family medicine in South Surrey, British Columbia. He is a member of the British Columbia Naturopathic Association, the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors, the Association of Perinatal Naturopathic Doctors, and the Pediatric Association of Naturopathic Physicians, and a former professor and research fellow at the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine. After completing a degree in Astrophysics at the University of Toronto he went on to complete medical school at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, and enter the psychotherapist training program at the Gestalt Institute of Toronto. He has completed family medicine prescribing privileges, and CNPBC certified for Intravenous and Chelation Therapy (International Society of Chelation Technicians), Acupuncture / Chinese Medicine, Allergy Testing, Medical Aesthetics (Botox/Xeomin, Cosmetic Fillers, PRP), and Advanced Injection Therapies (Prolotherapy, Neural Therapy, Perineural Therapy, PRP Therapy, Prolozone). In addition, his practice includes: clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, homeopathy, osteopathic medicine (Bowen & Cranial Sacral therapy), counseling, and psychotherapy. Whether caring for his patients as a naturopathic family physician, maintaining their health via preventative medicine, or guiding and supporting patients through deep seated chronic conditions, Dr. Grodski’s goal is to get to the root of the illness, and restore not only a foundation of health, but also vitality and balance. His primary goal and interest clinically, is to encourage and cultivate a sense of Flow in the daily life of each of his patients.

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Mike Colella

Having extensive training in the community health field, I can determine the needs of a population, act on those needs by implementing an intervention, and assess those interventions for future benefits. Graduated from University of Maine at Farmington in 2015. I hold a community health degree with a minor in physical fitness. I have a strong passion to help others in any way that I can. Being a Type 1 Diabetic, I understand many of the frustrating moments in life where a disease can be of an utmost burden. I strive to take the challenges that people face with and kick them out the door with positive encouragement, self efficacy, and decrease barriers that one may have or face. Be the best you can be and strive for excellence.

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Coco Newton, MPH, RD, CNS

I am a Registered Dietitian & Certified Nutrition Specialist. I began my training in conventional dietetics and public health nutrition. These models provided a basic background in foods and nutrition, but could not address the myriad of issues in chronic disease or complex symptoms. Since 2000, my patients and loved ones have been my inspiration to pursue advanced scientific training and practice in Functional Medicine and Functional Medical Nutrition Therapy (FMNT). This allows me to delve much further into all aspects of your lifestyle and biochemistry to uncover underlying factors (root causes) that might contribute to your health problems. This is about treating the whole person, not just using protocols to treat a diagnosis, lab values, or statistics. My view is that there is no perfect diet that works for alI people, as every individual has unique requirements. I truly enjoy the challenges of the detective work of uncovering the root causes of your symptoms and medical conditions, however, the ultimate reward is guiding you towards renewal and optimal health.

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Laynie Dratch, ScM, CGC

Hi all! My name is Laynie, and I am so excited to be a part of the Penn FTD Center. I received my master’s degree from the Johns Hopkins University and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) genetic counseling training program. For my master’s thesis project, I interviewed individuals living with FTD or at genetic risk for developing FTD; some participants were even recruited from the Penn FTD Center, so I have already gotten to know some of you! Previously, I graduated summa cum laude from Colgate University with a BA in neuroscience and a minor in psychology. I also spent two summers interning with the Penn FTD Center in 2015 and 2016. I am always happy to answer any genetics questions that may come up for you and your family. You might interact with me in clinic or as part of a research study.

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Susan Kim

I specialize in helping with Mucus control for ALS patients Glycopyrrolate (robinul): This drug reduces the amount of oral secretions and dries out the mouth. It may make phlegm a little stickier, but it reduces the amount of runny saliva that can cause a gag reflex. Take it 4 times a day with the largest dose before bed. It has helped him a lot with sleep. NAC Nebulizer: This is great for breaking up the phlegm that's deep in the lungs. It can cause coughing, So do it with albuterol. Cough assist machine: Every ALS patient should have one of these... When the individual's cough capability starts declining, it can provide mechanical assistance. Many do the cough assist once or twice per day. Often, it causes what many call a "waterfall", where one empties out a significant portion of the junk that was in his throat/lungs. Dental-style suction machine: This is very useful for getting out runny phlegm in the mouth or if one is having difficulty coughing. Sleeping at an incline: Sleeping on your back on a very gentle incline works very well for phlegm drainage. If you had been sleeping on his side, the saliva can pool in the mask, waking you up. Mouth rinses with hot water: If at the sink coughing up sticky gunk, this helps get it out a lot faster. Mucinex: OTC expectorant. Works for some people in thinning the phlegm. Ambroxol monosulfate: An OTC drug from Mexico (that is sold in most countries). I read on a forum of people trying this. Again, worked well for some, not for us. Papaya juice: This may help, but could be hard to swish it around in your mouth in a coordinated way. Coca cola: The same challenges as with the papaya juice. It may be difficult for some to manipulate the fluid in their mouth.

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McFinn Lovere

In September of 2005, McFinn began having difficulty with grip with his hands, and by the time he was diagnosed with ALS in January of 2006, he was already in a wheelchair and his situation was becoming life threatening. McFinn wanted to give up and die at this point. A friend recommended McFinn see a naturopath and in March of 2006, he went to see Dr. Greg Weisswasser. Dr. Weisswasser found an overabundance of lead and low B12 levels even though his MD said those levels were normal. Even while on treatment for both, McFinn, after nine months from onset of symptoms, progressed to the point he could only move his head and a few fingers. McFinn had a poor attitude towards his family and friends until he had an Ah-ha moment. He decided to to try and find a way to help himself. He began to accept the help of his family and friends. He started physical therapy and began to release the stress of thinking he was going to die. He began to say that he was going to live. He realized that lead and B12 levels were only part of the mystery and that acceptance of the disease was the true killer. Instead of stress that was leading his day to day existence, McFinn began a spiritual journey, meditating often during the day. It was his spiritual foundation that helped him through his illness. He now had a reachable goal he could believe in. In September 0f 2006, after seven months of hard work, McFinn was walking with crutches. By December of 2006, he was using a cane. Today he has returned to his former way of life. He is physically active, hiking and climbing mountains.

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Dr. Pang Ming

As a doctor trained in Eastern and Western medicine as well as a Qi Gong und Tai Chi Grandmaster, Dr. Pang Ming was inspired to create a Qi Gong form which people could learn without much efforts and yet very effective. His intention was to support particularly people who aim to develop and uplift their own health and well-being. Dr. Pang Ming himself started to practice Tai Chi and Qigong at the age of 6. He was trained by 19 Grandmasters. He devoted several years in solitude in order to complete his own deep understanding of Qigong and be able to create the diverse principles, methods and profound and intelligent theories of Zhineng Qigong. He was one of the first to combine the old Chinese tradition with the modern science of medicine. In fact since the late 70s he is a pioneer in creating the new Qigong science. He was the founder and president of different scientific institutions, which focused on the research of impact and effects of Qigong. In 1979 he founded the Beijing Qigong Association and initiated the first national convention on Qigong. He was the first Qigong Master who broke with the tradition and started to share the power of Qigong with a broader mass of people. Therefore Zhineng Qigong is also referred to as an “open Qigong form”. At the beginning of the 20th century, Zhineng Qigong was officially recognized as the most effective Qigong form and over 10 million people at that time where practicing it. Dr. Pang has done a lot of pioneering work in many areas. A particular achievement was to describe the systematic Qigong theory in a well-founded manner and to undermine it with scientific research and studies. Zhineng Qigong and Hunyuan Qi Therapy is an effective system of methods and tools to achieve holistic health. In a natural way, vital functions of the body are restored, strengthened and improved. Many of the 4 million Chinese Zhineng Qigong practitioners were very sick before entering the Huaxia Zhineng Qigong Training Centre – also known as the first drug-free hospital in the world – but recovered during their stay. Between 1988-1994, over 130 000 Zhineng Qigong practitioners were enrolled as learners and were affected by up to 180 various, stubborn types of illness. During this period, the average cure rate was 85%. The traditional Chinese Medicine and Qigong Science believe that diseases are caused by Qi and blood deficiency and Qi and blood circulation disorders which results in an imbalance of various vital functions to occur. The Qigong practice and Hun Yuan Qi therapy increases Qi and blood in sufficient quantities and supports the uniform and smooth circulation of Qi and blood flow throughout the body. Research in the Huaxia Zhineng Qigong Training Centre has also shown that the use of Qi can improve the yield of various crops in agriculture as well as improve poultry production with virtually no additional costs. More than 3000 research papers have been published on this work in China. In 1997 the China State Sports General Administration published a book on 21 different styles of Qigong, which rated Zhineng Qigong as the most effective. One year later the same organization evaluated eleven Qigong styles and again rated Zhineng Qigong the most effective Qigong for improving health. Its efficacy drew an estimated 10 million people to practice it.

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Dr. Ashish Patel

Dr. Patel received his BAMS from Indore University and his MD degree at BHU in India in Ayurvedic Medicine with a specialty in neurological disorders and neuropsychiatry. He also has is diploma in Yogy at BHU, and has worked as an assistant professor at the Ayurvedic Medical College in Rewa. He is currently a government Ayurvedic Medical Officer. He runs an Ayurvedic clinic in Central India.

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Dr. Carl Paige, MD

Dr. Carl Paige has been an independent health care practitioner for over 20 years. He has been board certified as both a pediatrician and internist, allowing him to care for patients from childhood to the geriatric stages of life. He obtained a bachelor of science degree in biology from the University of Kentucky in 1984, received his medical degree from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine in 1988 and completed a four-year dual residency program in internal medicine and pediatrics with the University of Louisville in 1992. Over time, Dr. Paige realized a substantial need for a more proactive approach to health care. He disagreed with waiting until patients were unwell to provide reaction-based help. As a result, he completed a fellowship in anti-aging, regenerative and functional medicine and is board certified by the American Board of Anti-Aging/Regenerative Medicine. This board is associated with the Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, an international non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of technology to detect, prevent, treat and optimize the human aging process. With these respected credentials and his unique knowledge, Dr. Paige opened the Medical Transformation Center in 2013, this region’s premier resource for Personalized Medicine. In addition to offering innovative health solutions at the Medical Transformation Center, Dr. Paige has also incorporated state-of-the-art diagnostics. He is one of a few elite practitioners in the country incorporating genomics analysis into patient care. With genomics, Dr. Paige can study chromosomes, genes and their functions to identify, prevent and control disease. He is an expert resource for maximizing genetic potential. For Dr. Paige, the Medical Transformation Center is not just professional — it’s personal. It has enabled him to offer the focused time, innovative diagnostics and vast knowledge required to foster optimum health. He is providing the progressive, custom medical care of his dreams. Carl loves his work as a true partner in health with patients willing to pursue their personal best.When he is not helping patients achieve their very optimum health, he enjoys spending time with his wife Terri and their 8 children on their farm outside of Louisville, Ky.

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Dr. Gregory Weisswasser, ND

Dr. Greg began his health education by earning a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Michigan State University. He went on to earn his Naturopathic Doctorate from Bastyr University, a leading educational institution in the Natural Health Sciences. During his five years at Bastyr he was well trained as a primary care Naturopathic Doctor and also searched out additional training in particular areas including physical medicine and mind-body medicine. Dr. Greg has studied over 15 forms of bodywork, including Cranio-sacral therapy and Visceral Manipulation, which he combines into a multifaceted approach to treatment. The goal of his treatments is to remove trauma patterns, release repressed emotions, remove blockages, reduce pain and stiffness and to increase the vital healing ability of the patient. His physical techniques are combined with diagnostic tests, conventional physical exams, counseling, and the full array of natural medicines. Dr. Greg has had great success in treating a wide variety of health conditions including digestive disturbances, neurological diseases, psycho-emotional imbalances, pain syndromes and infectious disease. Dr. Greg is passionate about the naturopathic principles: always treating the whole person, looking for the cause of disease and striving to stimulate the patients’ own healing ability. He truly enjoys getting to know his patients, to educate and to share in their healing process. Dr. Greg spends significant time researching and evaluating all his cases in an effort to find the best medicines and treatment approach for each individual. As a person he is a great listener, deeply spiritual, kind, and honest. Dr. Greg’s goal is to bring peace, health, happiness, and balance to the world.

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Shannon Babcock, MOT/L, MFR

Shannon Babcock, MOT/L, MFR Shannon Babcock is a licensed Occupational Therapist and a Myofascial Release Practitioner. She received her Bachelor’s in Social and Behavioral Sciences followed by a Master’s in Occupational Therapy from the University of Southern Maine in 2009. The combination of these degree programs facilitated a unique understanding of the mind-body connection necessary to achieve holistic wellness. Shannon spent 8 years as an Occupational Therapy practitioner and Manager of rehabilitation in skilled nursing facilities throughout Maine. During her practice she became an expert in Dementia Care, training physicians, therapists and families, focused on increasing understanding of the individual disease process, modification of behavior and enhancing both independence and quality of life. Shannon also became skilled in wheelchair seating and positioning and the use of physical agent modalities such as ultrasound, diathermy, and e-stim treatments. After years of treating skilled clients, Shannon was introduced to The John F. Barnes Myofascial Release Approach (MFR) and this was the turning point of her career. Having utilized traditional therapy modalities for years and observing minimal or temporary gain with clients it became clear MFR was the missing link. After being introduced to the profound importance of the fascial system she incorporated this technique into her practice. Immediately, she began to note a transformation in clients who previously could not attain relief from chronic pain and failed to increase both their range of motion and strength that was limiting their daily activities. MFR produced unparalled results in these areas and many others. Shannon’s time in skilled rehabilitation affirmed her belief that the current model of care rarely produces lasting results and can promotes illness. This is due to the failure to accurately identify and treat the underlying causes. She found there were areas of education clients required to maximize wellness that were/are considered off limits. She realized this model fragmented clients into parts rarely addressing the connection between all the parts. She chose to leave skilled care and align herself with medical and wellness professionals who were interested in understanding and promoting the holistic nature of the client so true wellness, longevity and happiness can be achieved. In addition to Myofascial Release, Shannon is also advancing her knowledge and skills in the areas of functional nutrition. She currently works with a national team of healthcare professionals and community members who seek to provide accessible education to the community regarding functional nutrition. This same team also seeks to restore the gut microbiome through clean eating and supplementation through Univera. At IHCM, Shannon offers Myofascial Release treatment to all ages and diagnoses. Assessment, treatment and in-home support for clients who have dementia and the families who provide care for them. Referrals within IHCM to functional health practitioners, community resources to support functional nutrition and education regarding Univera when deemed appropriate. The initial examination will involve a physiological assessment of the fascia, ROM and areas of symptomatic pain. Each client is an individual who has a unique story. Within this story, I can begin to ascertain causes of physical and emotional pain limiting one’s ability to live their best life. This story also demonstrates individual goals and dreams of who they want to be and achieve in life. Therefore, an assessment will also include your story. One that may unfold over time as trust is developed. If I fail to assess all aspects of your being and instead separate you into parts, we will never be successful in creating the fully integrated, beautiful human that you are capable of being. Referrals within IHCM will be made to ensure you achieve the best possible path to wellness.

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Nick Bodi, MS, FNP-C

Nick Bodi is a functional medicine Family Nurse Practitioner. He has worked in functional medicine for many years, first as a functional medicine RN, and then as a functional medicine Family Nurse Practitioner. Nick firmly believes functional medicine is the best type of medicine and the future cure for chronic disease in the United States and the rest of the world. He is currently in the process of obtaining certification through the Institute of Functional Medicine and will be fully IFM certified by Spring of 2020. Nick is a master at many functional medicine therapies including disease specific diets, IV nutrition, Ozone therapy, chelation therapy for heart disease and heavy metals, nutritional/herbal supplements, cancer support, bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, Lyme disease treatment, leaky gut/brain treatment, weight loss, and autoimmune disease treatment. He is also adept at evaluating specialty testing including Doctor’s Data, Genova Diagnostics, ZRT, DUTCH, ALCAT, IgeneX, 23 and Me, methlylation detox panels, organic acid testing, advanced cardiometabolic testing, autoimmune antibody testing, Cyrex, RGCC, and genetic and allergy testing. Nick is also certified in the BioTe hormone replacement method, Botox and dermal fillers, Prolozone joint injections, and cosmetic Prolozone. In addition, he is certified by ACAM in chelation therapy and certified by IIVNT in nutritional IV therapy.

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Stanley H. Appel, MD

Stanley H. Appel, MD is Co-director of Houston Methodist Neurological Institute, chair of the Stanley H. Appel Department of Neurology and the Peggy and Gary Edwards Distinguished Chair in ALS at Houston Methodist Hospital. He also is Professor of Neurology at Weill Cornell Medical College. An internationally renowned researcher and neurologist, Dr. Appel is dedicated to the treatment of patients with ALS and is one of the nation's foremost experts on the disease. He has spent more than 40 years devoted to understanding the human brain. Dr. Appel is creator and director of what is now the Houston Methodist Neurological Institute's MDA/ALSA ALS Research and Clinical Center in Houston. Established in 1982, the center was the first multidisciplinary clinic dedicated to ALS patient care and research in the United States. Dr. Appel's laboratory focuses on developing new insights into ALS, Parkinson's disease, and Alzheimer's disease, and was the first to document regulatory T-lymphocytes modulate disease progression in ALS patients. His focus is on enhancing the protective immunity of T-reg cells and anti-inflammatory microglia in neurodegeneration. Dr. Appel has written 15 books and more than 400 articles. His achievements include the Gold Medal for Excellence in Biomedical Research from Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, Sheila Essey Award for ALS Research, Texas Neurological Society Lifetime Achievement Award, Forbes Norris Award from the International Alliance of ALS/MND Associations and John P. McGovern Compleat Physician Award from the Houston Academy of Medicine.

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Anjali Shah, MD

Anjali Shah, M.D., is an Associate Professor in UT Southwestern Medical Center’s Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. She is the only physiatrist in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area who focuses exclusively on the management of patients with multiple sclerosis and related illnesses. She is the Director of the Neurorehabilitation Program in the UT Southwestern Clinical Center for Multiple Sclerosis. She also is the Director of the wheelchair/seating program at UT Southwestern. Physiatrist Anjali Shah, M.D., specializes in rehabilitation medicine, a field that helps patients with disabilities live better lives. Dr. Shah is the only physiatrist in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area who is focused solely on multiple sclerosis (MS) and related diseases. Dr. Shah works in UT Southwestern Medical Center’s Clinical Center for Multiple Sclerosis, the largest such facility in the country, where people with MS can see a variety of specialists under one roof.

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Dr. Richard Bedlack, MD, PhD

Neurologist, Dr. Richard Bedlack, MD PhD runs the ALS Clinic at Duke Medical School. He is a pioneer in the ALS Community, leading the research into the causes of ALS reversals. As of July 29, 2020, he has confirmed 48 reversals. In this presentation, he discussed that research as well as new studies he's conducting into Gut Health, Clenbuterol and Methycobalamin.

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Dr. Peter D. Donofrio, MD

Dr. Donofrio’s major research interests are in the fields of peripheral neuropathy and in motor neuron disorders. He has authored articles on the treatment of neuropathic pain in patients with diabetic neuropathy and the treatment of chronic inflammatory neuropathies, particularly with plasma exchange and intravenous immunoglobulin. He has participated in many clinical trials of potential agents for the treatment of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often called Lou Gehrig’s Disease in the United States.

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Dr. Jonathan Glass, MD

Jonathan D. Glass received his undergraduate degree from Middlebury College (Vermont) and his MD from the University of Vermont. He trained in Neurology and Neuropathology at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, where he was a faculty member until being recruited to Emory in 1996. He is widely known for his research on the pathogenesis and prevention of nerve degeneration in neurological diseases, and for his work in human and experimental neuropathology. His laboratory focuses on the study of ALS and other neurodegenerative diseases using animal models, cell cultures, and human tissues to investigate the causes and potential cures for ALS. Dr. Glass is also Director of the Emory ALS Center, which has grown to be one of the largest clinical centers in the Southeast, and is the co-Chair of the Northeast ALS Consortium (NEALS), an organization dedicated to advancing clinical research for ALS patients and their families. Dr. Glass is an active clinician who has been cited each year since 2001 as one of "America's Top Doctors" (Castle Connelly) and since 2005 as one of "Atlanta's Top Doctors" (Atlanta Magazine). He is also a teacher and mentor to young physicians and served as the director of Emory's Neurology residency program from 2001-2006.

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Dr. Charles Crist, MD, PC

Dr. Crist grew up in Shelbina, Missouri and attended medical school at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. After his family medicine residency at St. John’s Mercy Medical Center in St. Louis, he served three years on active duty as an A-10 flight surgeon in the United States Air Force. He is a former president and current member of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM). Dr. Crist has a nationwide practice, seeing patients from almost all fifty states. The primary goal of his practice is to find and eliminate the root causes of symptoms that his patients deal with daily. If you are looking for a doctor that will take the time to not only discover what is causing your symptoms, but will also make sure you are heard during your appointment, Dr. Crist is the one for you. From long appointment times, to extensive methods for testing and treatment, Dr. Crist examines your symptoms through a number of different lenses. After years of experience dealing with chronically ill patients Dr. Crist says, “When patients use words like weird, strange or crazy, usually they have a Lyme disease-like illness.” The symptoms that his patients face vary extensively and no one patient is exactly like another. Tick-borne infections may imitate almost any symptom or disease, but the top medical problems Dr. Crist diagnosis and treats are pain, fatigue, brain/cognitive, eye, and neurological problems. A lot of time and care is put into diagnosing and helping each patient and ninety-seven percent of Dr. Crist’s patients get better after his treatments.

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Dr. Edward Kasarskis, MD, PhD

Dr. Kasarskis earned an MD from the University of Wisconsin Medical School, in Madison. He completed residencies at the University of Wisconsin Center for Health Sciences in Madison and at the University of Virginia Hospital in Charlottesville. He is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Neurology and was named a Best Doctor 2013. Clinical interests include Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), Biochemistry, Lou Gehrig's Disease, Neurology, and Nutrition.

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Dr. Tawfiq Al-Lahham, MD

Dr. Tawfiq Al-Lahham, MD is a Neurologist in Ocoee, FL. Dr. Al-Lahham was board certified by the American Board of Neuromuscular Medicine.

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Dr. Robert Neel, MD

Robert Neel, MD, has been a neurologist at the University of Cincinnati Gardner Neuroscience Institute, UC Health and the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) Clinic at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center (UCMC) since 2005. He serves in the neuromuscular division of the department, and is the director of the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Clinic at UC Health, specializing in ALS and autoimmune neuromuscular disorders. He continues to work with the ALS Association and the MDA Association for the development of a comprehensive local ALS clinic for residents of our community. He is currently an associate professor of Neurology and the co-director of the Neurology Residency Program at the UC College of Medicine. In addition to his resident education responsibilities, Dr. Neel has enjoyed working on the Curriculum Committee for the medical school, becoming more involved in the future of medical education in our region. Dr. Neel was honored with the Cincinnati Business Courier’s Forty under 40 award in 2010 and has been named to Cincinnati Magazine's Top Doctors since 2009.

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Dr. Bashar Katirji, MD

Director, Neuromuscular Center and EMG Laboratory, UH Cleveland Medical Center Professor, CWRU School of Medicine Program Director, Neuromuscular Medicine, UH Cleveland Medical Center Director, Autonomic Laboratory, UH Cleveland Medical Center EXPERTISE Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Electrodiagnostic Testing Electromyography (EMG) Entrapment Neuropathies Myasthenia Gravis (MG) Neuromuscular Disorders Peripheral Nerve Disorders

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Erik Pioro, MD, PhD

Erik P. Pioro, MD, PhD, FRCPC, is Director of the Section of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Related Disorders at Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio, where he specializes in the care of patients with ALS and other complex neurodegenerative motor neuron disorders and runs clinical trials to find effective treatments for these diseases. His primary research focus is using magnetic resonance imaging to identify and monitor the progression of motor neuron degeneration in the brains of patients with ALS and related conditions, and the correlation of imaging changes with human and mouse ALS brain tissue. Dr. Pioro received his medical degree from the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada, which was followed by a doctorate in philosophy (PhD) at the University of Oxford in England as a Rhodes Scholar. He completed his neurology residency at the Montreal Neurologic Institute at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, where he also completed a fellowship in magnetic resonance spectroscopy. He also trained as a clinical and research fellow in electromyography/neuromuscular diseases at Cleveland Clinic, where he remained on staff. Dr. Pioro is the recipient of several awards well as grants from the National Institutes of Health, the ALS Association and the Packard Center for ALS Research at Johns Hopkins University. He is a member of several professional associations, including the American Academy of Neurology, Society for Neurosciences, American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine and World Federation of Neurology. He serves on the scientific committee for the international ALS CARE Database. He holds the Barry Winovich Chair for ALS Research at the Lerner Research Institute of Cleveland Clinic. Dr Pioro has published numerous journal articles, book chapters and abstracts on clinical and basic-science topics related to neuromuscular function and disease, particularly in relation to ALS and related disorders. He also serves on the Editorial Board of the journal Neuroscience Imaging, and he serves as an ad hoc reviewer for several journals, including ALS and Motor Neuron Disorders, Annals of Neurology, Brain, Muscle and Nerve, Journal of Neurochemistry, Journal of Neuroimmunology, Journal of Neuroscience, Molecular Neurobiology, and Neurology.

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Dr. Evgeny I. Tsimerinov, MD

The research of Evgeny I Tsimerinov, MD, focuses on neuro-muscular disorders, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, electromyography, diaphragmatic pacer and neurophysiology.

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Richard A. Lewis, MD

The research of Richard A Lewis, MD, focuses on neuromuscular disorders, ALS, inherited neuropathies, CMT, inflammation neuropathies (GBS + CIDP) and myasthenia gravis.

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Dr. Nicholas T. Olney, MD

A personal experience with ALS is what drew Dr. Nicholas Olney to the field of medicine. Following several years of working in biotech, Dr. Olney learned that his father had been diagnosed with ALS. He was inspired to study the disease and provide clinical care. "Being a caregiver for my father changed my life. Being selected as co-director of the Providence ALS Center is an honor." After receiving his medical degree at the University of California, San Francisco, Dr. Olney completed a neurology residency at the University of California, Los Angeles. Following his residency, Dr. Olney returned to UCSF to focus on neurodegenerative disease and research. "The first year of my fellowship, I was focused on dementia and imaging research. My final two years focused on ALS clinical care and spinal imaging research in ALS." In his spare time, Dr. Olney enjoys spending time with family and collecting records. He is excited about participating in outdoor activities in the Northwest like hiking and fishing.

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Dr. Thomas Ragole, MD

Dr. Thomas Ragole is a Neurology Specialist from Aurora, Colorado. He graduated with honors from University Of Colorado School Of Medicine, Denver in 2014. Having more than 6 years of diverse experiences, especially in NEUROLOGY, Dr. Thomas Ragole affiliates with many hospitals including Ohsu Hospital And Clinics, Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center, Samaritan Albany General Hospital, Salem Hospital, cooperates with many other doctors and specialists in medical group Oregon Health And Sciences University / University Medical Group.

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Dr. Raghav Govindarajan, MD

Dr. Govindarajan’s research surrounds the development of serological and electrophysiological biomarkers that can be used to monitor therapeutic response in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). He is interested in developing novel therapies and repurposing orphan drugs for treatment ALS. In addition, Dr. Govindarajan's research incorporates the design and development of newer models of clinical trials for ALS which are patient-centered and can provide meaningful answers applied in clinical practice. Dr. Govindarajan founded and serves as the medical director of the ALS Association Center of Excellence clinic at MU Health Care and serves on committees of the northeast ALS research consortium and western ALS research consortium.

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Dr. Joseph Americo Fernandes Jr, MD

Dr. J. Americo M. Fernandes is an Associate Professor in the Department of Neurological Sciences joining our staff in July of 2006. He is the chief of the neurology section at the Omaha VA medical center. He received his Medical Degree from Federal University of Bahia in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. He completed a neurology residency and EMG training in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He completed his Neurology Residency at Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals of Cleveland. Two fellowships were completed; the first in Clinical Neurophysiology (EMG) at Case Western Reserve University and the second in Neuromuscular Disorders at Washington University in Saint Louis. Dr. Fernandes is the director of the UNMC ALS multidisciplinary clinic and co-director of the UNMC muscular dystrophy clinic. Dr. Fernandes evaluates patients with neuromuscular disorders including ALS, motor neuron disease, muscular dystrophy, myopathies, myasthenia gravis and other neuromuscular junction disorders, peripheral neuropathies. He is working on enhancing neuromuscular research at UNMC. Dr. Fernandes is board certified in Neurology and Neuromuscular Medicine by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and in Electrodiagnostic Medicine (EMG) by the American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine. He is a member of the American Academy of Neurology, The American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine, the American Medical Association, the Northeast ALS consortium (NEALS), the Western ALS study group (WALS), and the ALS research group.

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Dr. Randall Trudell, MD

Dr. Trudell is interested in the role of the microbiome in chronic diseases including Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) and spondyloarthropathies. These data could lead to new insights into how our microbiome influences the immune system and whether immunomodulatory medications may work best for these conditions.

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Dr. Sharique A. Ansari, MD, MPH

Sharique Ansari, MD, MPH is ABPN Board Certified in Neurology and ABEM Board Certified in electrodiagnostic medicine. He holds a Master's in Public Health. He holds a BS from the University of Michigan and attended Medical School at the University of Saint Eustatius School of Medicine. His Neurology residency was at the University of Nebraska/Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska. He completed a fellowship in Clinical Neurophysiology in Neuromuscular/EMG at Wayne State University – Detroit Medical Center, and was Assistant Clinical Professor of Neurology at the University of South Dakota. Dr. Ansari's primary clinical interests are neuromuscular and electrodiagnostic medicine. Kane Hall Barry Neurology has been recognized as a Center of Excellence for Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT) by the Charcot-Marie-Tooth-Association (CMTA) Dr. Sharique Ansari is the director of the CMT Center at Kane Hall Barry Neurology.

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Dr. Jaya Trivedi, MD

Jaya Trivedi, M.D., is a Professor in the Department of Neurology at UT Southwestern Medical Center. She specializes in treating neuromuscular disorders. Jaya Trivedi, M.D., has dedicated her career to treating challenging neurological conditions; she has particular expertise at caring for patients with neuromuscular disorders. Dr. Trivedi specializes in treating conditions such as amytrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), myasthenia gravis, chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIPD), peripheral neuropathy, inflammatory myopathies, and muscular dystrophy.

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Dr. Alan W. Martin, MD

Dr. Martin is a graduate of Texas A & M University and received his medical degree from Texas A & M College of Medicine. He completed his neurological training at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas and at Parkland Hospital where he served as Chief Resident in Neurology from 1987 to 1988. Dr. Martin completed his neuromuscular fellowship at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. In 1989, he began private practice at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas. Dr. Martin is the Clinical Director of the Neuromuscular Center at The Institute for Exercise and Environmental Medicine at Presbyterian Hospital, Dallas, Texas.

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Simona O. Treidler, MD

Board Certifications: Psyc & Neur (CAQ: Neuromuscluar Medicine) Psychiatry & Neurology - Neurology

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Dr. Lauren B. Elman, MD

Recognized by America's Top Doctors 2015 – 2017 Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2011 - 2018 Recognized in Philadelphia magazine's annual Top Docs issues, 2011 to 2019

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Dr. Zachary Simmons, MD

Dr. Zachary Simmons' primary research focus is on amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, Lou Gehrig's disease). He has published extensively on quality of life in ALS and was the co-developer of the ALS Specific Quality of Life Instrument. Related to this, he has published on ethics of care and end-of-life issues. Telemedicine, including both synchronous videoconferencing and asynchronous remote monitoring initiatives, are being pursued in collaboration with colleagues in engineering and in speech and communications. These include initiatives in home pulmonary function testing, monitoring of gait and falls and monitoring of speech and swallowing. Cognitive and behavioral dysfunction in ALS are other active areas of Dr. Simmons' research, including the use of an instrument to measure apathy and the study of a mindfulness program to improve quality of life and to decrease anxiety and depression. Dr. Simmons is also actively involved in ALS clinical trials, and has served as the site principal investigator for many studies during the past two decades. In the clinic, Dr. Simmons evaluates newly-referred patients for possible ALS and sees them for follow-up care. Patients with related disorders such as primary lateral sclerosis, progressive muscular atrophy, progressive bulbar palsy and hereditary spastic paraplegia are also seen regularly. Dr. Simmons continues to provide ongoing care for patients with a variety of other neuromuscular disorders and to perform electrodiagnostic studies (nerve conduction studies and electromyography, or EMG).

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Dr. Alan Pestronk, MD

Dr. Pestronk's practice is primarily restricted to neuro muscular diseases. You must received a referral from your physician prior to scheduling an appointment with Dr. Pestronk. Dr. Pestronk is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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Dr. Robert Bucelli, MD, PhD

Dr. Bucelli has been a practicing neurologist at the ALS Clinic since 2011. He is an Associate Professor of Neurology at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis where he serves as the Site Principal Investigator on several clinical studies relating to ALS. After graduating summa cum laude from Canisius College in Buffalo, New York with a degree in biology, Dr. Bucelli went on to receive his medical degree and PhD from the State University of New York at Buffalo as part of the Medical Scientist Training Program. He then completed an internship in internal medicine and postgraduate residency in neurology at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and the Washington University School of Medicine, followed by a postgraduate Clinical Fellowship Training Program in the Department of Neurology’s Neuromuscular Section, also at Barnes-Jewish and Washington University. He is also a graduate of the Washington University and Barnes-Jewish Hospital Academic Medical Leadership Program for Physicians and Scientists. Dr. Bucelli is expert in diagnosing and treating neuromuscular disorders including amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. He also reads and interprets muscle and nerve biopsies to aid in the diagnostic evaluations of patients seen at Washington University and many additional outside institutions. Dr. Bucelli’s clinical expertise guides exemplary multidisciplinary ALS care in the neuromuscular clinic. His skill in delivering drugs to the fluid surrounding the spinal cord has enabled Dr. Bucelli’s and Washington University’s leadership in trials using antisense oligonucleotides to turn off the production of harmful genes that cause ALS. Dr. Bucelli has received numerous awards for excellence in teaching and clinical work at Washington University. He is a five-time recipient of the Eliasson Award for Teaching Excellence and has authored over 40 peer-reviewed manuscripts. He is a frequently invited guest lecturer and presenter at regional and national conferences.

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Dr. R. Brian Sommerville, MD

Dr. Sommerville specializes in treating adults with neuromuscular diseases, Muscular Dystrophy, nerve disorders, muscle disorders, ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) and Myasthenia Gravis. You must received a referral from your physician prior to scheduling an appointment with Dr. Sommerville.

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Dr. Merit Cudkowicz, MD, MSc

Dr. Merit Cudkowicz is the Director of the Sean M. Healey & AMG Center for ALS, Chief of Neurology at Mass General, Director and the Julieanne Dorn Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Cudkowicz’s research and clinical activities are dedicated to the study and treatment of people with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). Dr. Cudkowicz is one of the founders and past Co-Chairs of the Northeast ALS Consortium (NEALS), a group of over 134 clinical sites in the United States, Canada, Europe and the Middle East dedicated to performing collaborative clinical trials and research in ALS. She has brought innovations to accelerate the development of treatments for people with ALS, including senior role in first antisense oligonucleotide treatment for a neurological disorder (SOD1 ALS), adaptive trial designs, central IRB - all with goal to bring the best treatments rapidly. Dr. Cudkowicz is Principal Investigator of the Clinical Coordination Center for the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke’s Neurology Network of Excellence in Clinical Trials (NeuroNEXT). Dr. Cudkowicz is launching the first platform trial initiative in ALS, the HEALEY ALS Platform Trial, a program that will greatly accelerate therapy development in ALS. Dr. Cudkowicz received the American Academy of Neurology 2009 Sheila Essay ALS award, the 2017 Forbes Norris Award from the International MND Alliance, the 2017 Pinnacle Award from the Boston Chamber of Commerce and the 2019 Ray Adams American Neurological Association Award. A dedicated educator, Dr. Cudkowicz mentors many young neurologists in clinical investigation of ALS and related neurodegenerative disorders. Dr. Cudkowicz completed her undergraduate degree in chemical engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and obtained a medical degree in the Health Science and Technology program of Harvard Medical School. She served her internship at Beth Israel Hospital in New York and her neurology residency and fellowship at MGH. She also obtained a master’s degree in Clinical Epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health.

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Dr. Namita A. Goyal, MD

Dr. Namita Goyal is a UCI Health specialist in neuromuscular medicine, with board certifications in neurology, electrodiagnostic medicine and neuromuscular medicine. Her clinical interests include muscular dystrophies, muscle disease, myasthenia gravis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and demyelinating neuropathies. She performs a number of diagnostic procedures including adult and pediatric electromyogram (EMG), single-fiber EMG and muscle biopsies. Goyal completed a residency in neurology at University of Chicago Medical Center, followed by a fellowship in electromyography, clinical neurophysiology and neuromuscular disease at Harvard University’s Massachusetts General Hospital, where she subsequently served as a faculty member. At UC Irvine, Goyal continues her work in neuromuscular medicine. In addition to evaluating and treating patients, she is a mentor to fellows and residents, serving as fellowship director for the Department of Neurology. She also is an investigator in several clinical trials involving neuromuscular diseases.

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Dr. Craig Oster, PhD

In 1994, at the age of 30, Craig Oster was given the “death sentence” diagnosis of ALS, better known as “Lou Gehrig’s disease.” Even though Craig’s physical functioning was slipping away, he successfully fought to fulfill his dream of earning a Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Michigan State University in 1996. What you can type in five minutes, currently takes Dr Craig Oster about a half-hour to accomplish. Dr Craig (the name by which many refer to him) entered hospice in late 2008, after he had lost over 45 pounds of muscle and was requiring breathing machines to make it through the night. Digging deeply and praying earnestly, with an undeterred spirit he gave everything to continuing his holistic healing quest. Dr Craig was discharged from hospice on May 30th, 2009. Dr Craig is on a mission to demonstrate as much wellness as possible and to inspire people to approach whatever “hand that they have been dealt in life” in the most constructive manner possible. His professional training as a behavioral research scientist and clinical psychotherapist was followed by postdoctoral training in psychoanalytic psychotherapy, including years of personal psychoanalytic treatment. Dr Craig has treated himself as a case study during his 23 years of experience of living with ALS, including recording and working with over 1,100 nighttime dreams.

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John Hansen-Flaschen

As the Founding Medical Director of the multidisciplinary Paul Harron Lung Center at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and a practicing physician with 35 years of experience, I offer clinical consultations focusing on diagnostic dilemmas and second opinions in pulmonary medicine. My diagnostic expertise encompasses most rare diseases of the chest. I am the senior member of a multidisciplinary group of clinicians devoted to diagnosis and management of nontuberculous mycobacterial diseases and related chronic infections of the lungs. We are generally acknowledged as the mid-Atlantic Center of Excellence for management of these diseases. I am the Founding Medical Director of the Jay and Randy Fishman Program for Home Assisted Ventilation at the University of Pennsylvania. Our team offers comprehensive care for patients with chronic neuromuscular and thoracic skeletal diseases that compromise breathing, including amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), muscular dystrophy, spinal muscular atrophy, and scoliosis. Our services include ongoing care of patients who require long-term noninvasive or invasive mechanical ventilation at home.

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Bruce H. Lipton, PhD

Bruce H. Lipton, PhD is an internationally recognized leader in bridging science and spirit. Stem cell biologist, bestselling author of The Biology of Belief and recipient of the 2009 Goi Peace Award, he has been a guest speaker on hundreds of TV and radio shows, as well as keynote presenter for national and international conferences. Dr. Lipton began his scientific career as a cell biologist. He received his Ph.D. Degree from the University of Virginia at Charlottesville before joining the Department of Anatomy at the University of Wisconsin’s School of Medicine in 1973. Dr. Lipton’s research on muscular dystrophy, studies employing cloned human stem cells, focused upon the molecular mechanisms controlling cell behavior. An experimental tissue transplantation technique developed by Dr. Lipton and colleague Dr. Ed Schultz and published in the journal Science was subsequently employed as a novel form of human genetic engineering. In 1982, Dr. Lipton began examining the principles of quantum physics and how they might be integrated into his understanding of the cell’s information processing systems. He produced breakthrough studies on the cell membrane, which revealed that this outer layer of the cell was an organic homologue of a computer chip, the cell’s equivalent of a brain. His research at Stanford University’s School of Medicine, between 1987 and 1992, revealed that the environment, operating though the membrane, controlled the behavior and physiology of the cell, turning genes on and off. His discoveries, which ran counter to the established scientific view that life is controlled by the genes, presaged one of today’s most important fields of study, the science of epigenetics. Two major scientific publications derived from these studies defined the molecular pathways connecting the mind and body. Many subsequent papers by other researchers have since validated his concepts and ideas. Dr. Lipton’s novel scientific approach transformed his personal life as well. His deepened understanding of cell biology highlighted the mechanisms by which the mind controls bodily functions, and implied the existence of an immortal spirit. He applied this science to his personal biology, and discovered that his physical well-being improved, and the quality and character of his daily life was greatly enhanced. Dr. Lipton has taken his award-winning medical school lectures to the public and is currently a sought after keynote speaker and workshop presenter. He lectures to conventional and complementary medical professionals and lay audiences about leading-edge science and how it dovetails with mind-body medicine and spiritual principles. He has been heartened by anecdotal reports from hundreds of former audience members who have improved their spiritual, physical and mental well being by applying the principles he discusses in his lectures. He is regarded as one of the leading voices of the new biology.

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Dr. Joe Dispenza, DC

Dr Joe Dispenza is an international lecturer, researcher, corporate consultant, author, and educator who has been invited to speak in more than 33 countries on six continents. As a lecturer and educator, he is driven by the conviction that each of us has the potential for greatness and unlimited abilities. In his easy-to-understand, encouraging, and compassionate style, he has educated thousands of people, detailing how they can rewire their brains and recondition their bodies to make lasting changes. In addition to offering a variety of online courses and teleclasses, he has personally taught three-day Progressive Workshops, five-day Advanced Workshops, and seven-day Week Long Advanced Retreats in the U.S. and abroad. Starting in 2018, his workshops became week-long offerings, and the content of the progressive workshops became available online. (To learn more, please visit the events section at: www.drjoedispenza.com.) Dr. Joe is also a faculty member at Quantum University in Honolulu, Hawaii; the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies in Rhinebeck, New York; and Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. He’s also an invited chair of the research committee at Life University in Atlanta, Georgia. As a researcher, Dr. Joe’s passion can be found at the intersection of the latest findings from the fields of neuroscience, epigenetics, and quantum physics to explore the science behind spontaneous remissions. He uses that knowledge to help people heal themselves of illnesses, chronic conditions, and even terminal diseases so they can enjoy a more fulfilled and happy life, as well as evolve their consciousness. At his advanced workshops around the world, he has partnered with other scientists to perform extensive research on the effects of meditation, including epigenetic testing, brain mapping with electroencephalograms (EEGs), and individual energy field testing with a gas discharge visualization (GDV) machine. His research also includes measuring both heart coherence with HeartMath monitors and the energy present in the workshop environment before, during, and after events with a GDV Sputnik sensor. As a corporate consultant, Dr. Joe gives on-site lectures and workshops for businesses and corporations interested in using neuroscientific principles to boost employees’ creativity, innovation, productivity, and more. His corporate program also includes private coaching for upper management. Dr. Joe has personally trained and certified a group of more than 70 corporate trainers who teach his model of transformation to companies around the world. He also recently began certifying independent coaches to use his model of change with their own clients.

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Dr. Patrick Vickers, DC

Dr. Patrick Vickers is Director and Founder of the Northern Baja Gerson Center in Rosarito, Mexico; the world’s premier clinic for the natural treatment of cancer and advanced disease specializing in the Advanced Gerson Therapy. At the age of 11, after witnessing a miraculous recovery from a chiropractic adjustment, Dr. Vickers’ passion for natural medicine was born. Born and raised outside of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Dr. Vickers obtained undergraduate degrees in Pre-med from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Life University in Marietta, Georgia before going on to receive his Doctorate in Chiropractic from New York Chiropractic College in Seneca Falls, New York in 1997. While a student at NYCC, Dr. Vickers befriended Charlotte Gerson; the last living daughter of Dr. Max Gerson, M.D. Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Dr. Albert Schweitzer, called Dr. Gerson, ” The most eminent genius in medical history,” as Dr. Gerson was reversing a vast majority of degenerative diseases, including terminal cancer. Upon graduation, Dr. Vickers went on to study directly under Charlotte Gerson, which included studying Dr. Gerson’s handwritten files of all his active patients between 1910-1959. Six years ago, recognizing a desperate need to preserve Dr. Gerson’s legacy and the progression of his therapy, Dr. Vickers opened up Northern Baja Gerson Center in Rosarito, Mexico which, rapidly, has become one of the premier clinics in the world for the treatment of advanced disease. Since its inception in 2013, Dr. Vickers and his clinic have been chronicled in the epic documentary, The Truth About Cancer: A Global Quest and his patient chronicled in the movie, The Beautiful Truth. Currently, Dr. Vickers is in the process of opening Asia’s first Gerson Clinic with Secretary of State of Cambodia, Sean Ngu.

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Dr. Vanessa Edwards, ND

Vanessa Edwards began her journey of Natural Healing in 1994. She was first trained as a health minister with hallelujah acres. At that time she taught classes and seminars on Nutrition and Health. She then furthered her education by attending medical school at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe AZ. In the state of Arizona she is a licensed primary care physician with prescription privileges. Upon graduation she became the medical director of Arizona Preventive Medicine Clinic in Yuma AZ. She also opened her own practice in Chandler AZ, Water of Life Naturopathic Healthcare. In 2008 Dr. Edwards relocated her practice to Dayton OH. Dr. Edwards has volunteered her expertise on many medical missions, offering naturopathic healthcare including: Mexico, Russia, Romania, South Africa, Philippines and Dominican Republic. She was also the staff doctor for Sound Words ministry on tours to Israel, Egypt, Greece, Turkey, and Rome. Education: NMD degree: Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, Masters degree: Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture, Rainstar University and Guan Amen Hospital Beijing China, Bachelor’s of Science degree: Biology, East Tennessee State University, Bachelor of Science degree: Medical Technology, Tennessee State University, Certified Medical Technologist MeHarry Medical College.

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Dr. Lee Howard, MD, FACS

Dr. Howard founded Compass Cellular Healing, a Nashville alternative medicine clinic, to provide patients the tools needed to achieve optimal health and longevity. Dr. Howard is a board certified general surgeon, a cosmetic surgeon, and a functional medicine practitioner. He encountered the effects of chronic disease and the shortfalls of modern medicine too frequently. He found that patients are not provided the proper tools and information to get well and stay well. Spurred on by his own desire to achieve health and wellness, he has dedicated his career to helping his patients achieve their unique health goals. At our Nashville alternative medicine clinic, we take a practical approach to health and provide our clients with proper education. We incorporate ways to improve their quality of life by treating the person as a whole and not simply putting a bandaid (a pill) on the symptom.

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Jill Monster, ND

By her own account, Jill has led a relatively charmed life. Born in Alaska, Jill was raised in picturesque areas of Idaho, Wyoming, and on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State. She always connected easily with people and enjoyed the sense of community that came with living in small towns. Adventurous by nature, Jill's early exposure to medicine was mostly limited to emergency room visits related to broken bones and deep cuts. Jill developed an early fascination with medicine, but an unusual circumstance in her mid-thirties led to the fulfillment of her lifelong dream of becoming a physician. Seemingly overnight, Jill developed a disabling illness in the prime of her life. Previously energetic and healthy, she became weak to the point of having difficulty even standing or walking. Despite years of working with some of the best medical doctors in the country, Jill had no definitive diagnosis and her condition was not improving. Jill eventually turned to natural medicine for alternative solutions and ultimately regained her health and resumed an active lifestyle. Her journey back to health led to her enrollment at Bastyr University, the leading school for Naturopathic medicine. Jill subscribes to naturopathic philosophy- treating people as individuals and looking for the underlying cause of disease rather than just alleviating symptoms. She believes that the solution to most health problems is not contained in a pill. Jill finds that most illnesses are due to complex interactions of various factors and enjoys putting the puzzle pieces together with her patients. She highly values the gift of health in her own life and wants to give that same gift to her patients. Jill connected with Naomi Bryant in medical school and was immediately attracted to her authenticity. In addition to sharing a passion for helping patients, Jill and Naomi share a love for life's simple pleasures-like Belgian chocolate and fabulous shoes.

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Rachel Winstedt, ND

Rachel completed her pre-med studies at the University of Washington where she earned a degree in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology. After working in the medical field for several years she was feeling burnt out until she met a naturopath who introduced her to the idea of treating the root causes of illness rather than treating the symptoms of a disease. She was drawn to the idea of using the scientific method to treat the underlying cause of illness and was inspired by Naturopathic Medicines’ ability to unite cutting edge technology and research with highly effective natural therapies. She attended medical school at Bastyr University and over time, she decided to specialize in naturopathic neurology. Ironically, she chose her specialty because many people in her life were affected by neurological disease. Rachel treats many neurologic conditions including chronic pain, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, Autism spectrum disorders and Alzheimer’s Disease. She in particularly loves helping patients optimize cognitive function. She also has a special interest in chronic infections like Lyme disease and in heavy metal toxicity. Doctor, scientist and healer, she tirelessly investigates symptoms to find the root of illness. She is particularly interested in the connection between neuroendocrine disorders and gut health dysbiosis as they relate to neurological and mental health challenges. She feels these root causes are often misunderstood in today’s social and medical cultures. She works with methylation/genetic mutations, advanced IV and nutrient therapies, Injection therapies (Neural Therapy, Perineural Injection Treatment), heavy metals testing and treatments including chelation therapies.

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William Vickers, MD

Dr Vickers has an undergraduate degree in microbiology/biochemistry with emphasis on Virology, including research in Herpes Simplex Virus, Cytomegalovirus, plasmid vector molecular genetics, and parasitology of T cruzi. He completed medical school at New York Medical College, went on to train in Internal Medicine. and then trained in Anesthesiology/Pain/Critical Care Medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he was elected Chief Resident. He also has an interest in medical mission work traveling to Haiti, Caribbean health clinics, and orphanages. Since medical school, he has had his own experience of chronic disease, including celiac disease, persistent Lyme and other vector-borne diseases, and Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome/PostLyme Syndrome, which has led him on this journey of more comprehensive and integrative treatments for chronic disease. He has also spent many years in competitive athletics, including an olympic campaign, which has fueled his passion for sports and exercise physiology. Lastly, he has a passion for brain injury and wellness including Past President of the Neurobiofeedback Research Foundation, and creating a Lyme Foundation focusing on research in Neurologic aspects of Lyme, QEEG and Loretta analysis of NeuroLyme, PostTreatment Lyme Syndrome and helping families in Maryland get diagnosed and manage symptoms of PostTreatment Lyme. His own family has gone thru mold illness/CIRS and experienced two remediation efforts.

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Dr. Ilene S. Ruhoy MD, PhD

Ilene S. Ruhoy MD, PhD founded the Center for Healing Neurology with one purpose in mind: to help people heal and live a vibrant life. Since entering medical school in 1996, she has pursued additional training in order to offer patients informed treatments and healing protocols that will guide them toward optimal health. After receiving her medical degree, she earned a PhD in Environmental Toxicology, completing her dissertation on pharmaceutical residues in our waters. She collaborated with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and published peer-reviewed research on the toxic effects of pharmaceuticals and chemicals. Dr. Ruhoy has trained in both pediatric and adult neurology at Seattle Children’s Hospital and the University of Washington where she received additional training in mitochondrial medicine and neuromuscular medicine. She further completed a two-year fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona under the tutelage of renowned physician Dr. Andrew Weil, MD. She is currently co-editor for Integrative Neurology, scheduled for release in Summer, 2020, of Dr. Weil’s Integrative Medicine Series published by Oxford University Press. In addition, Dr. Ruhoy has devoted time to intensive studies in herbal medicine, and has received her certification in medical acupuncture. She is a plant-based advocate and believes strongly in the power of food as our medicine. Importantly for modern health care, Dr. Ruhoy is adept at bridging the gap between allopathic and alternative medicine to offer a more comprehensive approach to neurological health and healing. She and her team strive to find the perfect treatment plan for each patient. Today, as a physician, teacher, wife, mother, and healer, she makes sure to practice what she preaches, especially after her own experience as a patient with a brain tumor necessitating surgery and then radiation. She does her best to maintain a nourishing work-life balance spending her time hiking in the mountains with her husband, daughter, and two dogs practicing yoga, running, and reading a good book on a rainy Northwest morning. She is a regular contributor to various wellness blogs, websites, and magazines.

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Dr. David C. Kennedy, DDS

Dr. David C. Kennedy, a pioneering biological dentist, practiced dentistry for more than 30 years and retired in 2000 to work full-time toward improving the dental profession and public understanding of oral health. He has produced more than 30 documentaries including a recently released blockbuster documentary film about the fundamental reasons behind the 18,000 excess infant deaths annually in the United States. Dr. Kennedy is the Past President of the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (www.iaomt.org), which was formed to review, support, and disseminate research on the suitability of materials and methodologies used in the dental practice. He is currently the Information Officer on fluoride for the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology. He has lectured to dentists, physicians and other health professionals all over the world on the subjects of preventive dental health, mercury toxicity, and fluoride. He is the author of the book How To Save Your Teeth With Toxic Free Preventive Dentistry that provides instruction and insight for both professionals and the layman on how to provide and receive toxic-free dentistry, Dr. Kennedy and his wife, hosted by the China Medical University and the People’s Republic of China Department of Endemic Disease Control, produced his first documentary film titled Crippling Waters on the problems of excess natural fluoride in drinking waters of China and the government’s efforts to reduce fluoride intake. His most viewed film on YouTube is Smoking Teeth = Poison Gas that highlights the 20 years of pivotal medical research funded by the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology into the impact of mercury from dental amalgams. Smoking Teeth has rapidly become a best seller for the IAOMT and the internet version is available for free viewing at www.iaomt.org. In addition, he, with the help of Michael Connett, has compiled a series of videos into a two-part DVD made for use in the home, office or play on public access TV, titled: Fluoridation, Let The Truth Be Told Parts I & II.

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Dr. Juan Sanchez-Ramos, MD, PHD

BIOGRAPHY: Dr. Juan (Zeno) R. Sanchez-Ramos, M.D., Ph.D. received a B.S. Degree in Biology from the University of Chicago. After 3 years experience as a free lance artist in France, Spain and Denmark, he returned to the scholar’s life, earning a Ph.D. in Pharmacology and Physiology from the University of Chicago in 1976 and a medical degree (M.D.) from the University of Illinois in 1981. He trained in Neurology at the University of Chicago and as a Fellow in Movement Disorders at the University of Miami. Currently, he is Professor of Neurology at the University of South Florida (USF) in Tampa where he holds the Helen Ellis Endowed Chair for Parkinson’s Disease Research. Dr. Sanchez-Ramos has been a staff Neurologist at the James Haley VA Medical Center since 1996. He is also the Director of the HDSA Center of Excellence at USF, a comprehensive clinic dedicated to patients with Huntington’s Disease. He is an Investigator in the NIH Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at the Bryd AD Institute at USF. In addition to teaching and attending patients with Movement Disorders, he directs a basic research laboratory at the Haley VA with active projects in neurodegeneration, neurotoxicology and adult stem cell biology. Dr. Sanchez-Ramos is a member of the Heffter Research Institute Scientific Advisory Panel. He has had a long-standing interest in the history of hallucinogenic drug use in different cultures as well as in their untapped potential in experimental therapeutics. Most recently he is investigating the relationship between neurogenesis in adult brain and the use of tryptaminergic drugs. He is married to Catherine O’Neill Sanchez and has three children, Zachary, Zoe and Sofia.

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Jeffrey Rothstein, MD, PhD

Dr. Jeffrey Rothstein focuses on neuromuscular diseases, with a particular focus on Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Other clinical areas relevant to his laboratory-based research include: idiopathic stupor, epilepsy and motor neuron degeneration. His laboratory includes more than 20-post doctoral fellows, neurology residents, neuromuscular and epilepsy fellows, undergraduate students, technicians and ALS clinic staff. He has been the principal and/or local investigator in eight national or international trials in ALS. He is the author of more than 100 articles on basic and clinical neuroscience. Dr. Rothstein's laboratory research is funded through the National Institutes of Health, the Muscular Dystrophy Association, the ALS Association and Project A.L.S. Dr. Jeffrey Rothstein received a masters degree in neurochemistry from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. in physiology and biophysics from the University of Illinois Health Sciences Center. He then obtained his medical degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine. He went on to complete an internship at the University of North Carolina Memorial Hospital before joining The Johns Hopkins for his residency. While at Johns Hopkins, he became chief resident in neurology and completed his fellowship in neuromuscular disease.

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Dr. Vincent M. Tedone, MD

Dr. Vincent Tedone discovered the Deanna Protocol® Metabolic Plan (DP™ Plan) and currently establishes the focus and goals for all research on the DP Plan. Dr. Tedone also is Chief Medical Liaison to the medical and science communities on behalf of Winning the Fight, Inc., the non-profit organization responsible for funding the DP Plan research. He also serves as medical consultant and liaison to individuals who are on the DP Plan. Dr. Tedone discovered the DP Plan through years of research on cell metabolism and its impact on nerve cells. He used his in-depth knowledge of Biochemistry to find possible ways to stop the death of nerve cells in individuals with ALS and other nerve diseases. Dr. Tedone developed the present day Deanna Protocol using knowledge gathered from his research, anecdotal evidence, and evidence resulting from scientific studies. Prior to Dr. Tedone’s daughter Deanna’s diagnosis with ALS, Dr. Tedone was an orthopedic surgeon. He operated on professional and college athletes and introduced several new surgical techniques, which are now popular, into the field of orthopedics. He retired from a 34 year career in medicine in 1997.

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Dr. Viviane Ugalde, MD

Dr. Viviane Ugalde is a fellowship trained Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) doctor, and provides non-surgical solutions to injuries or illnesses that affect how people move. Her clinical focus is neurological rehab with a special interest in biomechanical sports research. She joined The Center’s team of expert physicians in 2007. Dr. Ugalde has practiced concussion management since 1990 and runs a weekly concussion clinic to help coordinate care for both pediatric and adult patients. The multidisciplinary approach to concussion management includes a range of specialists including physical therapists, neuropsychologists, vision specialists, and representatives from High Desert Educational School District. In addition, she works with the ALS Association to run the multidisciplinary ALS clinic held at The Center every other month, providing a collaborative plan for each patient’s individual needs. Dr. Ugalde has always been fascinated with research and spent 11 years as an academic physician at University of California Davis Medical Center. She is passionate about biomechanical sports research and is currently in the second phase of a research study designed to prevent injury in young athletes. She completed the first phase of research collecting data to prove that a simple squat test correlates with injury rates, and is now spending time in the local high schools testing teams and collecting additional data. Dr. Ugalde and her family fully embrace all Central Oregon has to offer; exploring on cross-country and downhill skis, hiking, camping, and mountain biking when they’re not settled at home painting or watching funny movies.

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Dr. Biswaroop Roy Chowdhury

Dr. Biswaroop Roy Chowdhury is an internationally acclaimed Indian Medical Nutritionist having a doctorate in Diabetes from the Alliance International University, Zambia. Having successfully developed a 3-Step Protocol called “The DIP Diet” to reverse diabetes in 72 hours, Dr Chowdhury runs his centers in India, Vietnam, Malaysia and Switzerland, and conducts his highly popular programme called the ’72 hours Diabetes Tour’ through the app “Diabetes72”. He also conducts ‘The Code Blue Certification Training’ (training for medical emergencies) in collaboration with Lincoln University College, Malaysia. As an honorary Research Adviser at Sant Hirdaram Medical College, Bhopal and an active member of the Editorial Board of reputed international medical journals.He is H.O.D. of Shridhar School of Oriental Science, Shridhar University, Rajasthan, India .He is among top 100 bestseller author in amazon.in

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Dr. Peter W. Kfoury, DC, DABCI,

Peter W Kfoury is a Chiropractic Specialist in Charleston, South Carolina. He graduated with honors from Logan College Of Chiropractic in 1978. Having more than 42 years of diverse experiences, especially in CHIROPRACTIC, Peter W Kfoury affiliates with no hospital, cooperates with many other doctors and specialists without joining any medical groups.

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Dr. Emily Anderson, MD

Dr. Emily Anderson joined Lake Superior Community Health Center in 2013 as both provider and Medical Director. She graduated from the University of Minnesota Duluth Medical School and shortly after, completed the Duluth Family Medicine Residency Program. Her professional interests include preventive care for the whole family including women, children, and prenatal care. What she enjoys most about her job is hearing people’s life experiences. Her favorite health tip is that laughter is the best medicine.

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Lindsay Abromaitis

I have been living with ALS for over eight years. It is the most difficult, heart wrenching thing I have ever done. What is ALS like? I am so tired all the time. I doubt that most people have anything to compare this to. On my best days, my energy is comparable to when I was exhausted before ALS. This is beyond tired in your bones, the bones that now show because the muscles are so atrophied it’s as if they don’t exist. The muscles are gone… so that itch that I have on my cheek has to either wait until I am able to tell a caregiver and have them scratch it for me (and despite best efforts is never quite in the right place), or I can sit with it and wait for it to go away. And very often I would rather just sit with the itch and pretend that I have some time to myself. For some reason people with ALS get itchy all the time, so this scenario happens every day. I would rather have the minute torture of an itch in false solitude than have to use the energy of calling out to someone in the next room and explaining what I need help with yet again. Because I’m never alone, not even to go to the bathroom. Forget modesty and having any sense of control. Independence is found in the small moments of still being able to move my head to get the toothbrush in a better place while someone else is holding it, or choosing what tea I want to drink. Now, take all of this and add some daily pain that you are so used to that you don’t realize how much you hurt. On top of that, imagine how hard it is to breathe when a full grown Bernese Mountain dog is sitting on your chest and you have phlegm in your throat that you cannot cough up. And then imagine trying to talk with a spike going through your tongue and someone has their hands around your throat. Add that sense of depression that can only come with the knowledge that you are dying (probably soon), that the government and health care industry don’t really give a damn about your plight, and that no matter how bad you might be feeling right now, it will get worse…much worse, before the end. Finally, try to be patient and kind and forgiving when the people who are taking care of you spill your entire meal of liquid food all over you and your bed. Somehow, I still find that I love my life and manage to find joy almost every day.

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