JENNIFER BOYD, PA serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for Epidemic Answers. Ms. Boyd graduated Summa Cum Laude from the prestigious PA program at LIU/Brooklyn Hospital after a career in international business development and an undergraduate degree from Syracuse University. Ms. Boyd has multiple post-graduate certifications and has completed professional coursework in Functional Medicine, Biological Medicine, Darkfield Microscopy, Biological Terrain Analysis, Lyme Literacy, and Organic Land Management. She has also earned her Master designation as a Reiki professional. Jennifer is the owner of Boyd Wellness, a holistic practice for patients engaged in the serious pursuit of wellness. She is a sought after speaker and guest of national radio programs and contributor to various on-line magazines.
PATRICIA S. LEMER, is a co-founder of Developmental Delay Resources, which merged with Epidemic Answers in 2013. 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 author of Outsmarting Autism: The Ultimate Guide to Management, Healing, and Prevention and 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.
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 is also our Media Director. She is a Certified Holistic Health Counselor who specializes in helping parents making dietary and lifestyle changes for children with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), autism, ADHD, allergies, asthma, autoimmune and more. She also helps tired mothers of special-needs children reclaim their energy. Maria has recovered her sons from SPD, allergies, asthma and acid reflux, and is the author of Almost Autism: Recovering Children from Sensory Processing Disorder, A Reference for Parents and Practitioners. She is a frequent blogger about these issues for Epidemic Answers. Maria is a former sell-side Wall Street 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. Maria is also a contributing writer for Autism File magazine.
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.
ROBIN MUMFORD is a London University Special Chemist whose early career was with Honeywell working with Fibers and Asset Management. Robin also founded the Mumford Institute in 1998, which deals with the effect of environmental lighting on learning and visual efficiency. He served as a of Director of Developmental Delay Resources and a Director of Central Park Historical Field Trips Inc., as well as Past Director of National Association for The Visually Handicapped.
TERESA BADILLO received her Honors Bachelor degree from the University of Toronto in 1977. In the 1980s she worked overseas in Rome, Italy at the Japanese Embassy in the office of the United Nations (FAO) as a speech writer. She also began her long journey in alternative healing while living in Rome. After moving to New York and while raising her family of seven children, Teresa embarked on a mission to find alternative non-invasive biomedical, therapeutic, sensory and educational solutions for autism after the diagnosis of her son in the early 90s. She won a court case in 1995 against the Rockland County School District in New York to enable ARC Prime Time for Kids to be the first school using Applied Behavioral Analysis teaching method for autism that was paid for by the Rockland County School District. The following year she was instrumental in getting the New York Minister of Education to approve an extension of the ARC license from 5 to 21 years. She has worked over the years in a number of alternative medical practices with doctors and practitioners organizing various biomedical intervention options for children with autism. Since the mid 90s, Teresa has served on several Boards: Foundation for Children with Developmental Disabilities (FCDD); The Autoimmunity Project (TAAP), Developmental Delayed Resources (DDR) and currently Epidemic Answers (EA). She continues to consult and advise parents on all different areas of autism especially nutritional protocols. Since 2006 she has worked with NutraOrgana, LLC and BioCellular Analysis Testing. www.phtestlab.com She currently researches, writes the newsletter and blogs Teresa’s Corner for The Autism Exchange (AEX). www.theautismexchange.com
TRIESTE MATTE earned her Bachelors degree in Economics with a concentration in Information Systems from the Boston College Honors Program in 2000. After graduating, she worked as a consultant for Computer Sciences Corporation before moving into IT and Operations consulting in the hedge fund industry. Trieste is currently at home raising four children and involved in her passion of bioethics and healthy living. She serves on the board of Epidemic Answers.
SHEILA REED, LCSW, CHHP, BEP, LLC is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a board certified Holistic Healthcare practitioner and BioEnergetic practitioner who specializes in Homotoxicology. Sheila came to BioEnergetic Medicine after seeing the success it has had healing her own children and now offers holistic healthcare which incorporates homotoxicology to adults and children. Sheila has a BA in Sociology/Applied Social Relations, a BA in Psychology and a Masters Degree in Social Work along with certifications in Homotoxicology, BioEnergetic Medicine and Neurofeedback.
KRISTA ROSEN, BS is an Energy Medicine Practitioner who uses Reiki (Master level), Accunect, and Homeopathy in her practice. She specializes in parents and children with chronic illnesses, including chronic Lyme disease and other infections. Krista supports parents all over the world online and with phone consults, providing guidance and emotional support. Krista is also a parent liason for the Oregon Lyme Disease Network in Portland. Krista is a parent of a 14-year-old girl and 16-year-old boy in remission from chronic health issues. She is also in remission from multiple health problems including chronic Lyme disease. Krista holds a BS in Business Administration and a minor in Economics from California State Univeristy, Northridge. Krista worked in media and the corporate world. Later, she took pre-med classes in order to become a Physical Therapist and worked in a clinic. Once she realized her first child had major health problems, she left school and started a new chapter in life discovering holistic medicine. Because of her hands-on experience with various therapies, she also worked as a preschool teacher while studying, attending conferences, and recovering her children.
DR. ROSEANN CAPANNA-HODGE is a Connecticut Certiﬁed School Psychologist, a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Board Certiﬁed Neurofeedback Provider (BCN), with more than 20 years working with children, teens, adults and parents. She answered her calling to be a psychologist, and currently has private practice offices in Ridgefield and Newtown, CT, where the focus is on neurofeedback, counseling and assessment for a variety of issues and conditions. After seeing individuals and families suffer with unsuccessful attempts at traditional therapies, Dr. Roseann became passionate about using highly effective research-based, holistic, non-medication and brain-based therapies to alleviate stress and suffering, bringing children and adults to a point of wellness. Dr. Roseann is a well-respected BCN practitioner who is a popular and sought after speaker. She serves on the Board of the Northeast Regional Biofeedback Society and Lyme Connection Task Force Professional Adviser.
JENNIFER GIUSTRA-KOZEK, LPC, NCC, is a board certified licensed psychotherapist with 16 years of clinical experience treating clients with Asperger’s, depression, anxiety, OCD and ADHD. She is the author of an award winning book, Healing without Hurting: Treating ADHD, Apraxia and Autism Spectrum Disorders Naturally and Effectively without Harmful Medication. Jennifer had seen the ADHD/Autism epidemic unfold in her own private practice and has watched the harmful impact of medication on many of her young clients. The ADHD/autism epidemic turned personal when Jennifer’s young son was diagnosed. She plunged into the world of safe and natural healing modalities outside of the pharmaceutical model and found much success. She now teaches other mothers about nutrition and biomedical interventions for the treatment of these disorders and is now on the panel of nutritional experts at the National Autism One Conference and speaks across the country. Her blog has amassed a following from all around the world. She has written many newspaper and magazine articles and has appeared as a guest on numerous radio shows. Jennifer’s book has also been featured on NBC and FOX5 news. Jennifer earned her Master’s Degree in Community Counseling and a Bachelor’s Degree in English/Criminal Justice from Western Connecticut State University. She has since become certified in EMDR, Reiki and Hypnotherapy.
JILLIAN BURNE was diagnosed with multiple autoimmune issues in 2011. After which she was certified in Holistic health Coaching, Nutritional Therapy, Functional Diagnostic Nutrition and Breathing Physiology. She maintains a private practice in Manhattan and is the founder of AIP Approved, LLC. Using the principles of Functional Medicine and Non-Linear Systems Medicine she reversed and continues to manage her family’s own chronic illnesses including: autoimmunity, medical product-injury, toxic mold exposure, Lyme disease and other chronic conditions. She holds a BA in Visual Communication and lives in the West Village of New York City with her two children.
JOE KULAK is an impact investor, philanthropist, good-hearted coach and sometimes motivational speaker. His interests lie in supporting disruptive companies that benefit society as much as shareholders. Joe’s partnership with and support for his wife, Shazi, who started and led a business that has become an iconic U.S. organic brand has given him a unique inside perspective to both the challenges and winning strategies for entrepreneurship. As a dad to a son with autism, he also has a deep sense of responsibility to support families and children dealing with the challenges they face. He lives happily in Weston, CT with his wife and two kids.