PATRICIA S. LEMER is a co-founder of Developmental Delay Resources, which has now merged with Epidemic Answers. Ms. Lemer serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for Epidemic Answers. She holds a Masters of Education in counseling and learning disabilities from Boston College and a Masters in Business from Johns Hopkins University. Ms. Lemer is a National Certified Counselor, and practiced as an educational diagnostician for over 30 years. Ms. Lemer lectures internationally on viewing developmental delays, including autism, PDD, AD(H)D, LD, OCD, NLD and others, as a spectrum of disorders. She is the Editor of EnVISIONing a Bright Future: Interventions that Work for Children and Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders, published in 2008. She specializes in combining developmentally appropriate practice with sound theory. She is especially interested in combining a biomedical approach with vision and other movement and sensory-based therapies. Ms Lemer lives in Pittsburgh, PA and is the mother of an adult daughter and the grandmother of Penelope, born in August, 2006.
BETH LAMBERT is a former healthcare consultant and teacher. As a consultant, she worked with pharmaceutical, medical device, diagnostic and other health care companies to evaluate industry trends. She is the author of A Compromised Generation: The Epidemic of Chronic Illness in America’s Children (Sentient Publications, 2010). In 2009, Beth founded Epidemic Answers and currently serves as Executive Director. Beth attended Oxford University and graduated from Williams College and holds a Masters Degree in American Studies from Fairfield University. She is a member of Alpha Sigma Nu, the Jesuit Honor Society. Beth is also the mother of three young children.
MICHELLE TORTORA recieved a B.S. in Communications from Boston University. She spent many years in financial marketing, most recently working as an associate in marketing operations for JPMorgan Chase. When Michelle’s son was diagnosed at 18 months old with autism spectrum disorder, she began a journey of discovery into the root causes of his condition. Using a combination of the gluten free/casein free diet, supplements, developmental and occupational therapies her son is recovered. Michelle also has a neurotypical daughter who has recovered from chronic Lyme disease, food allergies, inflammation and chronic ear infections. Armed with the knowledge that her son’s autism symptoms stemmed from gut dysbiosis and immune dysregulation, Michelle was able to apply similar healing protocols to her daughter with great results. Michelle is now a Vibrational Therapy practitioner and Certified Reiki Master.
VICKI KOBLINER, MS RD, CD-N, is a Registered Dietitian and owner of Holcare Nutrition (www.holcarenutrition.com). She practices using a functional nutrition approach to help the body heal itself has extensive experience using various diet modalities to help children with autism and related disorders. Vicki works with infants through adults with chronic illnesses, digestive disorders, food allergies, ADHD and autism and provides fertility and prenatal nutrition counseling. She is a contributing author to A Compromised Generation: The Epidemic of Chronic Illness in Americas Children. She can be reached at email@example.com.
NANCY O’HARA, MD, MPH is a board certified pediatrician. Until January 2010, she was the Assistant Medical Director for Defeat Autism Now!® Physican Training and the Physican Mentoring Director for Defeat Autism Now!® in Europe. Prior to her medical career, Dr. O’Hara taught children with autism. She graduated magna cum laude from Bryn Mawr College and as a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society from the University of Pennsylvania School Of Medicine. She earned a Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Pittsburgh. After residency, chief residency and general pediatric fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh, Dr. O’Hara was in private practice for 7 years. Dr. O’Hara has worked with Dr. Sidney Baker and other practitioners in the research and care of children with autistic spectrum disorder for many years. Since 1999 she has dedicated her practice to the integrative and holistic care of children with neurodevelopmental disorders and Autistic Spectrum Disorder.
GAIL SZAKACS, MD is board certified in Internal Medicine. She graduated from Hamilton College in 1995 with honors. After three years of working in the healthcare field and doing medical research, she attended St. George’s University School of Medicine where she was a member of the Iota Epsilon Alpha International Medical Honor Society. After completing her Internal Medicine residency at St. Michael’s Medical Center (a Seton Hall University program) in Newark, NJ, Dr. Szakacs worked as a Hospitalist in CT. Through personal involvement with Autism, she met Dr. O’Hara and in September 2006, Dr. Szakacs began a mentor program with Dr. O’Hara and subsequently joined her practice in January 2007. In July 2008, Dr. Szakacs and Dr. O’Hara became partners and opened Optimal Health Initiatives, LLC.
ANNALISA BEHLING, ND received her Bachelors in Psychology at Duke University in Durham, NC and Doctorate degree from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, OR. NCNM is the premier institution of the five accredited Naturopathic medical schools in the country. With her doctorate she practices general family medicine with emphasis on natural and complementary therapeutics. Dr. Behling is clinically trained and experienced in nutritional medicine, homeopathy, hydrotherapy, oriental medicine, naturopathic manipulation, Low Level Laser Therapy, physical medicine, botanical medicine, as well as psychological and lifestyle counseling. Dr. Behling also trained in Leuven, Belgium for Homeopathy and in Stockholm, Sweden for Medical Laser Therapy and has experience working with musculoskeletal pain management and women’s health concerns including PCOS, Endometriosis, Fertility, and Fibroids. She also has clinical experience with cancer, HIV/AIDS, anxiety and depression, ADHD, dermatitis, back pain, and other conditions. Dr. Behling is also the Vice-President of the Michigan Association of Naturopathic Physicians (MANP); Practitioner member of American Holistic Health Association (AHHA) and American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP), and NAET
LAUREN LEE STONE, PHD, MS, HHP is a nutritionist and holistic health practitioner who uses BioEnergetic Medicine as a healing modality. Lauren came to BioEnergetic Medicine in the search to heal her own children, and chose to make it her career after experiencing its success first hand. In addition to a B.A. from Yale University and a PhD from Cornell University, Lauren has a Masters in Human Nutrition from the University of Bridgeport. She also holds an advanced certificate in BioSET, Quantum Reflex Analysis, and is a Certified Holistic Health Practitioner.
MARIA RICKERT HONG, Media Director, is a Certified Holistic Health Counselor trained at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She specializes in helping parents with special diets for children with autism, ADHD, allergies, asthma, autoimmune and more. She also helps tired mothers of special-needs children reclaim their energy. Maria has mostly recovered her sons from sensory processing disorder, allergies, asthma and acid reflux as well as mostly recovered herself from heavy-metal poisoning, adrenal fatigue, hypothyroidism, pancreatic insufficiency, insomnia, systemic Candida and immune dysregulation. Most of these recoveries were done with food — the types of food chosen as well as the kinds of food avoided. She is a frequent blogger about these issues for Epidemic Answers. Maria is a former equity research analyst covering the oil services sector at Salomon Smith Barney and Lehman Brothers. 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.
EILEEN IORIO earned her Bachelors Degree in Business Studies from the University of Limerick, Ireland. She worked as an accountant for Ernst & Young and later as a relationship manager for Northern Trust before taking time off to have her 3 children. When her son developed autism, a journey of discovery led her to the world of healing through biomedical protocols for children with autism and other chronic illnesses. Her son is finally on a path to recovery. Eileen is currently studying to become a health coach to further her learning on the health and nutritional needs of our children.
MARY ELIZABETH TOULOUSE graduated from Boston College in 1995 and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications. Mary worked in fixed income at Cantor Fitzgerald International in London and New York as well as in Fixed Income at JP Morgan. After leaving finance, Mary began a second career in education. She taught at Greenwich Academy, while pursing her Master’s in Elementary Education at Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY. Mary also worked at her alma mater, Convent of the Sacred Heart in Greenwich, CT. Currently, Mary is serving as a Board member of Epidemic Answers. Mary is married to Brendan Toulouse, she has two children and resides in Harrison, NY.
JANINE BURNHAM RUTH is a holistic homeschooling mom of two boys. Janine’s professional training includes Neurodevelopment, Sound Based Therapy, Reiki, Meridian Energy Balancing through TKM and Jin Shin Jyutsu, Autonomic Response Testing to identify energy blockages, their causes, and what will relieve them, Retained Neonatal Reflex Integration, and Homeopathy. Janine is passionate about finding the deepest core disturbances to health and well being and using energetic and natural means to resolve them. In her community, Janine started a local Holistic Moms Network chapter and co-developed Conscious Parenting for Aware Kids. Besides professional pursuits, Janine enjoys organic gardening, traditional cooking, spiritual endeavors, and seeing life through the adventurous eyes of her children.