Keynote: Elizabeth Vosseller, M.A.
Changing the Narrative on Autism: How non-speakers have informed us
Non-speakers Are Speaking Up: Spelling to Communicate Q&A Panel with Non-Speakers
Elizabeth Vosseller has worked with individuals with complex communication and sensory-motor differences since 1995. She began her career as an SLP at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC where she began to specialize in autism. From there, Elizabeth spent twelve years as an Assistant Professor at The George Washington University teaching more than twenty different courses to undergraduate and graduate students in both Speech and Hearing Sciences and the Graduate School of Education and Human Development. Elizabeth developed a passion for clinical training through her work with field supervision and training to teachers and SLPs during their graduate studies.
Elizabeth’s greatest joy is working with clients and families she opened Growing Kids Therapy Center (GKTC) in Herndon, Virginia. In 2013 she began using Assistive Technology to educate and teach students the purposeful motor skills to Spell to Communicate (S2C). Elizabeth enjoys teaching parents, educators, caregivers, and other professionals to support nonspeaking individuals through S2C.
Chantal Sicile-Kira is an advocate who inspires hope, creates community connections and motivates people to be their best selves. She is a leader in the field of autism, with a deep passion for self-determination and inclusion, and firmly believes the world is a better place when we all have the ability to contribute fully. Currently Chantal channels that passion and leadership into her role as Marketing Director and Team Mentor for Jeremy’s Vision, her son Jeremy’s business as an award -winning professional artist. Despite being minimally speaking, Jeremy graduated from high school at age 22 with an academic diploma, and then discovered his gift of synesthesia and his love of painting.
James B. Adams, Ph.D.
Microbiota Transplant Therapy (MTT) for Treating Gastrointestinal Problems in Children with ASD
Dr. Richard Boles
Changing the Course of Anxiety, ADHD and Depression Through Genetics Guidance
Post Secondary Parenting, Life Skills and Beyond
Dr. David Dornfeld
Environmental Issues within ASD
Michael W. Elice, M.D.
Allergy, Asthma, Eczema & MCA in Integrative Medicine
Non-speakers are Speaking Up!: Spelling to Communicate panel presentation
Non-speakers Are Speaking Up!: Spelling to Communicate panel presentation
Dr. Richard Frye
Mitochondrial Dysfunction in Autism Spectrum Disorder: Unique abnormalities & targeted treatments
Dr. John Gaitanis
CBD for Seizures and Autism
Non-speakers Are Speaking Up!: Spelling to Communicate panel presentation
Vicki Kobliner, MS, RDN
Advanced Diet Strategies and Micronutrient Testing
Dr. Julie Logan
Gut On Fire: The role of SIBO, Dysbiosis, and the power of leveraging the microbiome
Mycotoxins: The Hidden Cause of Inflammatory Illness
Non-speakers are Speaking Up!: Spelling to Communicate panel presentation
Lynn Medley, M.S., CCC-SLP
Dr. Michael Montico
Identifying Treatable Issues Within ASD
Dr. Nancy O’Hara
Lyme: What you need to know to regain health
POTS/PANS: Update on latest findings & treatments
Non-speakers Are Speaking Up: Spelling to Communicate panel presentation
Dr. Dan Rossignol
Identification and Treatment of Seizures and Seizure-like Activity in Autism
Advanced Insight on Treating Mitochondrial Issues
Dr. Jason Sonners
Hope and Possibilities: Treating Chronic Illness with HBOT
Dr. Anju Usman-Singh
Improving Language in Apraxia and Additional Speech Disorders
Puberty: Surviving Teens, Hormones & Rage
Dr. T.C. Theoharides
Mast Cell Activation & Brain Inflammation in ASD
Non-speakers are Speaking Up!: Spelling to Communicate panel presentation
Dr. Bev Weinberg
Empowering Individuals with Disabilities to Lead
Dr. Lindsey Wells
Stress and Toxicity: How they correlate and practical solutions to improve your child’s health
* Schedule and speakers are subject.
James B. Adams, Ph.D., is the Director of the Autism/Asperger’s Research Program at Arizona State University. His research focuses on the medical causes of autism and how to treat and prevent it including the areas of nutrition (vitamins/minerals, essential fatty acids, carnitine, digestive enzymes, special diets), oxidative stress, gut problems, gut bacteria, toxic metals, and seizures.
He has published over 150 peer-reviewed scientific articles, including over 40 related to autism. He is also the President of the Autism Society of Greater Phoenix, the President of the Autism Nutrition Research Center, the co-leader of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Autism Research Institute, and chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Neurological Health Foundation. He has an adult daughter with autism.
Gregory Tino says, "I am a 27 year old autistic man and for 25 of those years I was unable to speak even basic wants and needs. At Urnes l thought l wouldn't survive. l am telling you this not to feel sorry for me, but in the hope that we can help others that are still locked in a silent world in which no one understands you. Autism is a disorder in which there is a mind body disconnect. I am here to tell you that I am as intelligent as anyone else and have feelings and emotions just like you. Autism is not what I would have chosen for myseff, but I can tell you that my life now is better than I could have imagined and I am able to do anything that I want. I even wrote a book called "The Autistic Mind Finally Speaks" and I feel that I have a bright future. Autism very misunderstood and I want to show people what we are capable of.
Thank you for opening your mind."
Kevin McGinnis says, "I am a 28 year-old unreliably speaking autistic man. Sometimes my mouth says things that are different than what I am thinking. This has always been frustrating to me. Then, in February, 2017, I began learning Spelling to Communicate. It has opened the world to me. It has allowed me to make decisions about my life and to show what I have to offer the world. My life is fuller than ever and I’ve made many friends and allies through S2C. It is important to me to advocate for others living in silence. I’ve participated in several Spelling to Communicate presentations so that people will learn that speech is not the only method to communicate."
Brian Foti says, "Hi my name is Brian. I am 28 years old, and I began expressively communicating, using a letterboard when I was 24 years old. Before finding my voice through Spelling to Communicate I was stuck in the prison of a body and mind unable to work in harmony. For the past 4+ years the letterboard has been my primary tool for communication and has unlocked a world of opportunity. I have a passion for advocacy and have had the pleasure of sitting on several panels and Q&A discussions spreading the message of presuming competence. When I’m not trying to “save the world“ you can find me spending time with my loved ones… ideally on a beach with a cocktail in hand. I am just a normal guy with a different means of interacting with the world around me. Thank you for the invitation to speak with you today."
Dr. Boles is a Medical Geneticist with expertise in mitochondrial and other metabolic disorders. He completed medical school at UCLA, a pediatric residency at Harbor-UCLA, and a genetics fellowship at Yale. He received board certifications in Pediatrics, Clinical Genetics and Clinical Biochemical Genetics. For over two decades, Dr. Boles’ clinical and research focus has been on sequence changes in genes involved in energy metabolism, and more recently ion channels, and their effects on the development of common functional disorders. Examples include autism, pain syndromes, cyclic vomiting, bowel dysmotility, dysautonomia, depression, and SIDS. Dr. Boles practices the “bedside to bench to bedside” model of a physician-scientist, combining an active clinical practice with basic research into the underlying genetic predispositions leading to the same conditions. He has over 70 published papers, mostly in mitochondrial medicine.
Holly Bortfeld is a single mother of 2 adults with ASD, one in managed recovery. A long-time homeschooler, Holly now owns a biomed-friendly homestead farm for men with autism in York County PA. www.facebook.com/FeltonHomestead
Ms. Bortfeld was the Parent Support Manager and Lead Author at TACA for 10 years.
Pat Bergmaier is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP®) and has a passion for working with families. His knowledge and expertise allows him to develop comprehensive and holistic financial plans for his clients that provide the framework for making financial decisions that will help achieve their lifetime and legacy planning goals.
Pat is also a Chartered Special Needs Consultant™ (ChSNC™) This designation has provided Pat with the knowledge to address the unique circumstances and requirements of planning for individuals with special needs, a core focus of his practice. Pat received his Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from Albright College in Reading, PA and holds his FINRA Series 7, 66, 63 & 6 Securities Licenses. Pat began his career in the financial services industry in 2005 after a successful baseball career at Albright where he was awarded Conference Player of the Year during his senior season.
Prior to joining 1847Financial, Pat partnered with the MetLife Center for Special Needs Planning where his passion for working with the special needs community began. He is a board member of the Timothy School in Berwyn, PA which is devoted exclusively to teaching students with autism. He is involved with supporting many special needs organizations such as Ascend – the Asperger and Autism Alliance of Greater Philadelphia, Autism Cares Foundation, Down Syndrome Interest Groups, and PLAN of PA.
Dr. David Dornfeld has been preventing and reversing illness at Family Wellness Center in Middletown, NJ, for 33+years, while focusing towards "environmental medicine concerns" and how to repair those exposure related insults.
Throughout this time, he has developed a special interest in working with children with autism spectrum disorders, and encompasses many aspects of family medicine, osteopathic spinal manipulation, chelation therapy, IV infusions therapy, and hyperbaric therapies to help many improve. He received his medical degree from the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in Maine and completed his residencies in Ohio and Colorado in 1986. He is board certified in family medicine (ACOFP) and board certified in anti-aging medicine by the International Society of Anti-Aging medicine in 2000. Dr. Dornfeld has been a member of ACAM, the American College for the Advancement in Medicine since 1994 and became double certified in chelation therapy through his training. He completed his Fellowship from MAPS (Medical Academy of Pediatric Special needs) in 2013, and helps train many professionals and parents in safe hyperbaric therapies, chelation therapies, Lyme related disorders (ILADS trained) and preventive medicine, both nationally and internationally.
Recently, Dr. Dornfeld was the only US physician asked to participate in an autism summit in Cairo, Egypt, expanding his guidance to help physicians in the Middle East combat the issues associated with recovering children and adults with autism spectrum disorders.
Michael W. Elice, M.D. is a board certified pediatrician who has treated Autistic Spectrum Disorders, mitochondrial, PANDAS, immune and metabolic dysregulation for the past 10 years. The treatment is based on the theory that autism and related disorders are actually complex neurodevelopmental disorders with genetic, biochemical and immunological origins, thus making these autoimmune disorders the incidence of which has been increasing rapidly over the past 30 years.
As the research in this field advances, Dr. Elice has treated not only the affected children but their siblings, parents and family members who suffer from other genetically based autoimmune disorders. Dr. Elice is on the board of NYFAC –New York Families of Autistic Children, National Autism Association – New York Metro Chapter and MAPS Physician.
He has lectured at MAPS (Medical Academy for Pediatric Special Needs,) Autism Research Institute (formerly Defeat Autism Now!) conferences, Autism One conferences and local SEPTA and school conferences. Dr Elice has participated in TV and web interviews. He has contributed several chapters to “Cutting Edge Therapies in Autism – 2010-2013” editions and has coauthored papers on immune therapy for autism spectrum disorders. Dr. Elice is also certified in Hyperbaric Medicine.
Dr Elice is a graduate of Syracuse University and the Chicago Medical School. He maintains teaching positions at New York University Medical School and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and has adjunct professorship at North Shore University Hospital, Manhasset, New York and the Cohen Children’s Hospital of the Long Island Jewish Medical Center, New Hyde Park, New York.
Dr. Michael Elice has been awarded Member status in the American Association of Integrative Medicine® (AAIM). AAIM recognizes individuals working in the health care field who are dedicated to the advancement of integrative medicine and are determined to heighten public awareness.
Dr. Elice has also been awarded the prestigious Board Certified in Integrative Pediatrics, BCIP, credential by the American Association of Integrative Medicine® (AAIM). The BCIP designation is reserved for those individuals who are able to meet the stringent requirements of AAIM in the areas of knowledge, skill, education, training and experience in their health care specialty.
Tom Foti has been surrounded by autism for most of his life. His younger brother, Brian, is autistic, but joining the autism field had never been a thought until the summer of 2016. Tom was in the middle of building a career in radio when he observed a Spelling to Communicate (S2C) session between his brother & Elizabeth Vosseller of Growing Kids Therapy Center (GKTC). During the session, Brian spelled about breaking free from his “prison of silence.” It was in that moment, Tom decided to become an S2C professional. He graduated from the I-ASC professional cohort and has been a full-time practitioner at AALIVE’s Inside Voice Program since June 2017. Tom and his colleague, Emily Pinto, have presented at numerous colleges such as Princeton University, Swarthmore College, & St. Joseph’s University. Tom presented at the 2019 Motormorphosis Conference and will be presenting again at Motormorphosis in 2020.
Dr. Richard Frye, MD, PhD. is a Child Neurologist with expertise in neurodevelopmental and neurometabolic disorders. He received an MD and PhD in Physiology and Biophysics from Georgetown University and completed his Child Neurology Residency and Fellowship in Behavioral Neurology and Learning Disabilities at Harvard University/Children’s Hospital Boston. He has authored over 200 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters, and serves on several editorial boards. He has conducted several clinical trials demonstrating the efficacy of safe and novel treatments that target underlying physiological abnormalities in children with ASD. He is the Chief of Neurodevelopmental Disorders at the Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children’s Hospital.
Dr. Fliedner, MD, MPH, FAAP is an Integrative and Functional Medicine Pediatrician. A Southern California native, Dr. Fliedner earned his Doctorate of Medicine while also earning his Master of Public Health from New York Medical College. He completed his Pediatric Residency Training at University of California, Irvine. He has had a diverse career having worked from Community Clinics in underserved areas in California to working in the emergency room as a faculty member of the Department of Pediatric Emergency Medicine at UT Southwestern Medical School/Children’s Hospital of Dallas.
Dr. John Gaitanis, a graduate of Brown Medical School, completed his neurology training at Children’s Hospital Boston. He went on to finish an epilepsy fellowship at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center before returning to Children’s Hospital Boston to join their epilepsy staff. While there, he co-founded the Comprehensive Brain Malformation Program, helping bridge clinical and basic science knowledge of these conditions. In 2004, Dr. Gaitanis returned to Brown Medical School and Hasbro Children’s Hospital where he served as the director of pediatric epilepsy. He aided in the development of ketogenic diet and epilepsy surgery programs at Brown, providing comprehensive epilepsy care for children in Rhode Island. He now serves as the Director of Child Neurology at Tufts Medical Center/Floating Hospital for Children. Apart from his clinical duties, Dr. Gaitanis serves as the Chairperson of the Matthew Siravo Memorial Foundation’s Scientific Advisory Board, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving epilepsy advocacy and education. Dr. Gaitanis’ research is aimed at improving the sensitivity of EEG through digital signal processing. He has also published original articles and book chapters on status epilepticus, cortical malformations, and epilepsy in infancy and childhood.
Shannon Kenitz is the executive Director of the International Hyperbarics Association (IHA). The IHA is a non-profit organization that promotes the use of hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) for neurological conditions through education, research and fundraising of treatments for families in need. Ms. Kenitz has been working in the field of hyperbaric medicine since 2003 as a strong advocate for HBOT to treat children with special needs. Ms Kenitz has been instrumental in the education of primary physicians in the benefits of HBOT and is highly regarded as an expert on its treatment of neurological conditions. Since 2013, Ms. Kenitz has served as the Senior Administrator of the Medical Academy of Pediatrics Special Needs (MAPS).
Shannon Kenitz resides in Madison, Wisconsin with her two daughters Lily and Grace.
Heidi Light-Giglio, BCBA has been working with individuals with developmental disabilities for more than 18 years, consulting to various school districts, private schools and home programs across New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York. Her foundations were established through her years working at Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center, of Rutgers University, and through the Pennsylvania Verbal Behavior Project, now PaTTAN Autism Initiative. She has spoken at many local, regional and national conferences, and acted as an expert witness in a variety of due process hearings. Her passion is for using the analysis of Verbal Behavior to develop spontaneous and functional use of language and related skills based on each individual’s strengths and needs, establishing curricula that marries both developmental and practical skill progressions, and overall, using best practice behavioral principles to increase meaningful skills for every child.
Lori Knowles is a mother of a child who has recovered from autism as well as the co-founder and Director of New Beginnings Nutritionals, a cutting edge nutritional supplement company that supports the unique needs of children with autism.
She is a frequent speaker on biomedical interventions to parents and professionals at autism conferences around the world. Over the past six years, she has collaborated with physicians, naturopaths, scientists, autism researchers and parents in order to create a diverse product line that parents and physicians can trust. Lori enjoys drawing from both her extensive research, professional and personal experience in recovering her own child to support parents and practitioners seeking answers to improve the lives of children affected with Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD).
Vicki Kobliner, MS RDN is a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist with years of expertise in applying a functional approach to nutrition. She develops individualized plans for clients which are designed to promote wellness, prevent disease and rebalance underlying nutritional impairments. A key element of this approach is the optimization of digestive function. Research shows that impairments in this critical nutritional pathway can have a far reaching impact on our brain, immune, detoxification, and other seemingly unrelated systems. Vicki has extensive experience in using dietary modification, appropriate supplementation and functional lab testing to achieve optimal wellness.
Vicki has extensive experience using gluten-free, dairy free, low allergen, GFCF, SCD, GAPS, FODMAPS, and other appropriate diets to reduce inflammation and promote healthy digestive function . She has contributed her expertise to www.gfcfdiet.com and worked with schools to develop a whole foods approach to student meal planning. She lectures frequently, both locally and nationally, on topics such as autism, special diets for food allergies and intolerances, healthy pregnancy planning and choosing appropriate nutritional supplementation. She has appeared on television and video. Vicki is a contributing author to the books A Compromised Generation: The Epidemic of Chronic Illness in America’s Children and Essential Remedies for Women’s Health.
Dr. Julie Logan specializes in helping children with the symptoms of Autism, ADD/HD, PANDAS/PANS, food sensitivities, methylation defects, GI issues, and environmental illnesses. She is fully MAPS certified (Medical Academy of Pediatrics Special needs) and has been working alongside Dr. Usman for the last 4 years.
Before earning her medical degree, Dr. Julie Logan was introduced to the world of medicine as a patient. After being diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Autoimmune Thyroiditis, she began treatment with a chiropractic physician and soon recovered from the disorder. But as a concerned mother, Dr. Logan was pushed further into the medical world. Educators began telling her that her older son showed signs of ADHD and her younger son developed Autism. Like so many other parents, Dr. Logan was plunged into the struggle to rescue her sons. She watched their amazing paths of recovery through chiropractic care and nutritional therapies, and soon she had discovered an incredible truth; the human body has the power to heal itself when given the right care.
Prior to joining True Health Medical Center, Dr. Logan worked in the field of Environmental medicine, addressing biotoxin mediated illnesses such as mold exposure and sick building syndrome. Her chiropractic background gives her insight into correcting the dysregulation of the central nervous system, known as dysautonomia.
She obtained her undergraduate degree at Wheaton College and completed her physician’s degree National University of Health Sciences in Lombard, graduating as Valedictorian of her class. She currently also works in private chiropractic practice in Warrenville to further serve the health needs of her patients.
Dr. Kerry Magro is an award winning national speaker and best-selling author. Kerry has become a rolemodel in the disabled community. Non-verbal at 2.5 and diagnosed with autism at 4, Kerry has overcame countless obstacles to get to where he is today.In May of 2019, Kerry received his doctorate in Educational Technology Leadership from New Jersey City University to become Dr. Kerry Magro. He currently is CEO and Founder of KFM Making a Difference, a non-profit corporation focused on disability advocacy and housing.
Today Kerry travels the country sharing his story and telling our society to define their lives and their dreams in the best way they can. Of his highlights include publishing 2 best-selling books (Defining Autism From The Heart and Autism and Falling in Love) and working on the 2012 Motion Picture Joyful Noise. Kerry currently resides in Hoboken, New Jersey. Send Kerry a speaker inquiry today here.
Lynn Medley is a speech-language pathologist, with a rich variety of training from which she combines current methods for the treatment of individuals with ASD, dyspraxia, and other significant communication disorders. Lynn earned her undergraduate degree at Vanderbilt University, and her Master’s Degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she received additional training at the TEACCH program, in a Sensory Integration private practice, and in a range of home programs utilizing Applied Behavioral Analysis principles.
In 1995 Lynn moved to Baltimore, where she worked for the Center for Autism and Related Disorders of the Kennedy Krieger Institute. During her time at CARD as a communication specialist and later as the Clinical Director and eventually Assistant Director, Lynn assisted in starting the Achievements Therapeutic Day Program, consulted to school systems in several states, lectured internationally, and provided advocacy and expert witness services for children with autism and their families, while also participating in direct interdisciplinary evaluation and therapy service provision. From 1999-2000 Lynn served as an Adjunct Professor in the School of Continued Studies in Business and Education at the Johns Hopkins University, where she taught students in the Masters Certificate program in Autism, the first of its kind in the country.
Early in 2002 Lynn moved to Pennsylvania and opened a private practice providing therapy, advocacy, and consultation to individuals with autism and their families, and consultation and training to school systems. In 2005, Lynn’s friend and colleague from Kennedy Krieger, Janice Mesaric, joined her in partnership, and they opened Medley & Mesaric Therapy Associates, LLC. Lynn continues to specialize in social engagement and social cognition across ages and diagnoses, providing evaluative and therapeutic services with individuals with communication disorders, and consultative services to schools and school systems.
Ms. Mehalick is a shareholder of McAndrews Law Offices and the supervising partner for the firm’s estates and trusts department. She is an accomplished estates and trusts attorney whose practice includes Estate Planning, Special Needs Trusts, Guardianship, Post – Litigation Planning, Personal Injury Settlement Planning, Trust Administration Counseling, Waiver Program Counseling, Medicaid/Social Security Compliance, Estate Administration, Elder Law Planning, and Orphans Court matters.
Ms. Mehalick has extensive experience in post-litigation planning and utilizing various techniques and trusts designed to meet the specific needs of the plaintiff, which may include maintaining eligibility for public benefits or making a plan to protect the monies. She regularly assists families in navigating through special needs planning, whether a young child, adult or elder family member is involved. These efforts include qualifying clients for public benefits when they receive a lawsuit recovery, preparing special needs trusts, bringing guardianship proceedings, and carefully crafting an estate plan that maintains a disabled family member’s eligibility for essential public benefits.
She is privileged to counsel clients regarding elder law issues and ways to protect the assets and promote the dignity of loved ones who may require skilled nursing care. She regularly appears in Orphans’ Court and she is a frequent lecturer to both attorneys and families on these topics. Ms. Mehalick previously practiced civil litigation in Northern Virginia, and she has litigated suits in both Virginia and Maryland. Prior to her private practice, she served as the judicial law clerk for the Honorable Stanley P. Klein, Judge of the Fairfax County Circuit Court in Fairfax County, Virginia. Ms. Mehalick holds an LL.M. (Master of Laws) in Taxation and a Certification in Estate Planning from the Villanova University School of Law, Graduate Tax Program, and she received her J.D. from the George Washington University Law School, where she served as the executive articles editor on the American Intellectual Property Law Association Quarterly Journal.
Dr. Michael Montico is board certified in both family medicine and sports medicine. After his son Owen was diagnosed with ASD, Dr. Montico pursued training in the biomedical approach to ASD. Previously trained as a “DAN” physician, Dr. Montico is on course to become a MAPS fellow (Medical Academy of Pediatric special needs). Dr. Montico now does consulting for the Holland Center Biomedical Clinic outside of Minneapolis.
Meg Murphy discovered RPM 4 years ago when looking for a way to connect with her oldest son Finn, who is now 8, and has nonverbal autism. She always knew Finn was smart, but he struggled with PECS, sign language, and ABA, and didn't have a reliable way to communicate. Through RPM she was able to teach Finn to spell, and now Finn can type and spell his thoughts fluently. After practicing at home for 2 years, Meg received her Parent Training Certification through HALO Institute in April of 2017.
Today she works primarily with her son, but she also enjoys helping families throughout the community when she can. Meg also started Chester County RPM and hosts multiple workshops throughout the year with RPM Practitioners from all over the country.
RPM is an educational method for autism and related conditions. It empowers the student to communicate thoughts, reason, opinions and answers to questions. This is accomplished by assessing the open learning channels in the instance of learning. Students further can learn using RPM for self help tasks, leisure skills, and many other skills leading to independence. RPM was developed by Soma Mukhopadhyay.
Dr. Nancy O’Hara is a board certified Pediatrician. Prior to her medical career, Dr. O’Hara taught children with autism. She graduated with highest honors from Bryn Mawr College and as a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society from the University of Pennsylvania School Of Medicine. She earned a Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Pittsburgh. After residency, chief residency and general pediatric fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh, Dr. O’ Hara entered general private practice in 1993, and in 1998 began her consultative, integrative practice solely for children with special needs.
Since 1999 she has dedicated her practice to the integrative and holistic care of children with neurodevelopment disorders, ADHD, PANDAS/PANS, OCD, Lyme and Autistic Spectrum Disorder. She is a leader in the training of clinicians, both in the US and abroad.
Emily Pinto has worked with individuals on the autism spectrum since 2009. She worked closely with individuals with ASD throughout her time at Saint Joseph's University. She spent her four years at SJU working at the Kinney Center, graduating with a dual major in early childhood education and special education with a minor in autism studies. Emily was introduced to the Spelling to Communicate (S2C) method in 2016 and began her training with the I-ASC professional cohort to become a communication/regulation partner. After spending a year in the public school system, Emily and her colleague Tom began their work as full-time practitioners at AALIVE’s Inside Voice Program. They have been working to grow the Philly S2C community since June of 2017. They have presented at numerous colleges such as Princeton University, Swarthmore College, & St. Joseph’s University. Emily’s greatest passion is serving and advocating for individuals with differing needs and abilities.
Dr. Dan Rossignol received his Doctor of Medicine at the Medical College of Virginia and completed his residency in family medicine at the University of Virginia. Coming from an academic background, Dr. Rossignol searched the medical literature looking for a solution after both of his children were diagnosed with autism. He has made it his mission to research and publish in autism. In the last 14 years, he has 61 publications concerning autism and related conditions.
Dr. Rossignol has a special interest in autism spectrum disorders, PANS/PANDAS, cerebral palsy, and related neurological and developmental disorders as well as medically complex children and adults. Dr. Rossignol is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians (FAAFP) and a Fellow/President of the Medical Academy of Pediatric Special Needs (FMAPS).
Dr. Jason Sonners has always been fascinated by the machinery of the human frame and strives to learn everything and anything he can that might help even one of his patients. Always working to integrate new knowledge and practical experience, in addition to his Doctor of Chiropractic, Jason earned his Diplomate of the Chiropractic Board of Clinical Nutrition (DCBCN) and his Diplomate of the International Board of Applied Kinesiology (DIBAK). He is one of only 250 professionals in the world with this distinction.
Dr. Sonners utilizes his combined training in various modalities to create comprehensive programs and help patients achieve their health goals. His patients are dealing with, among other conditions, a variety of autoimmune and neurological conditions, allergies, autism and cancer. He combines Chiropractic, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, Nutrition, Exercise, Detoxification programs and more to naturally support patients and guide them through their health challenges.
Dr. Anju Usman-Singh is director of True Health Medical Center in Naperville, Illinois and owner of Pure Compounding Pharmacy. She has been using evidence based integrative medical interventions to help children diagnosed with ADD, Autism, Allergies, Gastrointestinal issues and related disorders for over 15 years. She has conducted research involving copper/zinc imbalances, metallothionein dysfunction, biofilm related infections, vitamin D in pregnancy, and hyperbaric oxygen therapy. She serves on the executive board for the Autism Society of Illinois as well as the scientific advisory board for Generation Rescue and TACA. She is on faculty for MAPs (Medical Academy for Pediatric Special Needs).
Dr. Usman-Singh received her medical degree from Indiana University. She completed a residency in Family Practice at Cook County Hospital, in Chicago, Illinois and is board certified in Family Practice. In addition she is board certified in Integrative and Holistic Medicine, and holds a certificate in Homeopathy.
Dr. T.C. Theoharides is Professor of Pharmacology and Internal Medicine, as well as Director of Molecular Immunopharmacology and Drug Discovery, in the Department of Immunology at Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, MA. He was born in Thessaloniki, Greece, and graduated with Honors from Anatolia College.
Dr. Bev Weinberg is an Occupational Therapist with a passion for enhancing community engagement for individuals of all abilities, with a special focus on partnering with individuals with developmental disabilities. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Urban Studies from the University of Pittsburgh, and her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Temple University. She returned to Temple and received her Clinical Doctoral degree in Occupational Therapy in May of 2016, along with a Certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship from the Temple University Fox School of Business.
Bev has over twenty five years of experience in service delivery, research, training, and program development. She is passionate about helping individuals who are often the recipients of assistance assume leadership roles as providers of service to their communities. Bev has partnered with corporations and local, national, and international non-profit organizations to create innovative opportunities for individuals of all abilities to build social capital and community connection. She brings this passion and experience to Integrate for Good as the Founder and Executive Director.
Dr. Lindsey Wells is a naturopathic physician in Wilton, CT. She has focused her practice on pediatric consultative care for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), PANS/PANDAS, other neurodevelopmental disorders, and various chronic illnesses.
Dr. Wells is an adjunct professor at Sacred Heart University where she teaches anatomy and physiology undergraduate nursing students. Also, Dr. Wells is the President of the Connecticut Naturopathic Physicians Association (CNPA). In 2016, Dr. Wells was recognized as “Young Influencer in Naturopathic Medicine” by the AANMC.
Shannon Zish is the Founder and Director of Unspoken Thoughts. Shannon earned her M.A. in Applied Developmental Psychology from George Mason University and a B.A. in Psychology from Arcadia University.
Shannon began her career working for a variety of non-profits and therapy centers throughout the Philadelphia and Northern Virginia areas. Certifications and trainings include: RDI, TEACCH, and DIR/Floor time, ABA, and RPM (should complete Soma internship in August, 2019)