AAEM Officers and Directors 2012 - 2013
Amy L. Dean, D.O., FAAEM, DABEM
1955 Pauline Blvd Ste 100D
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
Dr. Dean graduated from the University of Michigan and received her D.O. degree from A.T. Still University in Kirksville, MO. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine through St. John Health System in Detroit where she served as chief medical resident. Dr. Dean is board certified in Internal Medicine and in Holistic Medicine.
She is dedicated to the principles and practice of Environmental Medicine, attending her first AAEM conference a year prior to starting medical school. Dr. Dean has studied with experts in the field of Environmental Medicine and has been published in the Journal of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine. She is a member of AAEM's research and education committee and serves as a diplomate for A.T. Still University.
Dr. Dean is the founder and director of EcoLogical Internal Medicine in Ann Arbor, MI. She combines Environmental, Holistic, and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine to address patients' complex medical conditions. She is committed to raising awareness regarding Environmental Medicine and the irrefutable like between environment and health.
Janette Hope, M.D.
304 W Los Olivos
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
Janette Hope, M.D. is a board certified family practitioner who has re-trained in the field of environmental medicine in which she has also become board certified. She has a busy solo environmental medicine practice in Santa Barbara, California where she lives with her husband and daughter. Dr. Hope graduated from the University of Hawaii, John A. Burns School of Medicine in 1995 where she earned Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society honors and received multiple awards including an award for excellence in pulmonary medicine. Dr. Hope then completed family practice residency at Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center in 1998 and is board certified in family practice having passed her most recent board exam with a score in the top 3%. She has worked as a family doctor in many capacities, including routine out-patient clinic work, prenatal and obstetric care, urgent care, private practice, student health, and work at county medical clinics. From 2004 to 2008, Dr. Hope worked in the field of developmental disabilities evaluating patients and recommending testing and treatment for those with a variety of developmental disabilities and autism. More recently, Dr. Hope has served as a guest editor for the Journal of Environmental and Public Health and has been published in peer reviewed journals on the topic of mold and mycotoxins and Hawaiian health and given talks on the topics of environmental toxins, mold and mycotoxins and autism. She has actively promoted improved indoor air quality in schools and currently serves on the board of directors for the American Academy of Environmental Medicine and the Global Indoor Health Network.
Her path to environmental medicine began with a personal experience with mold and mycotoxins in 2006 which led her to research available information on human illness resulting from exposure to water damaged buildings, mold and mycotoxins. Since this time she has studied environmental medicine and regularly attends conferences and courses in the field. She has had the opportunity to train onsite with many experts in environmental medicine. In addition to board certification in family practice and environmental medicine, Dr. Hope recently became board certified in integrative and holistic medicine.
Dr. Hope's true passion is patient care and enjoys a busy practice where she sees patients from throughout the United States as well as international patients. She is very grateful for the training she has received in environmental medicine which allows her to address causation of illness and to truly help patients. Dr. Janette Hope is looking forward to a long career in environmental medicine.
Jennifer Armstrong, M.D., FAAEM, DABEM
3364 Carling Ave
Ottawa, Ontario K2H 5A8
As founder of the Ottawa Environmental Health Clinic in 1997, Dr. Jennifer Armstrong has extensive knowledge in the areas of environmental sensitivities, chronic fatigue, fibromyalagia, allergies, autism, asthma and migraines. Through personal life experience and a medical practice with over 3000 patients, Jennifer has grown the Ottawa Environmental Health Clinic into a thriving centre of excellence in the area of Environmental Medicine.
Holding a medical degree from the University of Toronto, a board certification in Environmental Medicine with the AAEM and international certification with the International Board of Environmental Medicine, Jennifer has had the privilege of studying extensively with Dr John MacLennan, a renowned Environmental Physician and one of the founders of the AAEM. Through her comprehensive study and practical use of Serial Dilution Allergy testing, allergy serums, intravenous vitamin and mineral supplementation, ortho-molecular techniques, heavy metal chelation and oxygen therapy, Jennifer has become an expert in the field of Environmental Medicine in the Ottawa and surrounding area, and has been called upon to testify as an expert witness in various court cases involving environmental sensitive patients. She has been recognized as a leader in her field and has received numerous awards of distinction.
Education and public policy in the field of Environmental Medicine is a priority for Jennifer. She is a Master Trainer for the WHO Program on Children and the Environment, has lectured to many varied audiences and sits on numerous boards and committees with mandates focused on environmentally safe housing, eliminating pesticides and building awareness of environmental illness and treatment.
Jennifer possesses a steadfast dedication to the continued development of the field of Environmental Medicine. Her commitment to education, research and clinical practice makes her a recognized leader in her field.
Richard G. Jaeckle, M.D., FAAEM, DABEM
8220 Walnut Hill Lane, Ste 404
Dallas, Texas 75231
A native Texan, Dr. Jaeckle completed high school and university in San Antonio, Texas. He attended medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, Texas, graduated in 1961, and then completed a straight medicine internship there. Missionary interests led to philosophy and theology, followed by two-years in central and southern Brazil. Dr. Jaeckle then returned to the USA for residency training in psychiatry from 1969 to 1972 at St Louis University Hospitals, fellowship in child psychiatry at Washington University Child Guidance Clinic from 1972 to 1974, and then opened his private practice. A life-changing five and one-half years of psychoanalysis during those years prompted his return to Dallas in 1968 and the Dept of Psychiatry, Child Division, for two years. His Dallas private practice opened in 1980 at the current location. He extended his long interest in Allergy further to Environmental Medicine, which includes nutrition, toxicology, endocrinology, and immunology and other related areas. Dr. Jaeckle has just celebrated his fortieth year of patient care in Psychiatry.
Dr. Jaeckle's life was transformed in 1957 by learning first-hand the benefits of allergy shots and then tracking food allergy for over 47 years. Subsequently, after a mold-induced immune disorder in 1964, he gained insight to the impact that the environment can have on a person's total health. These experiences led him to complete post-graduate courses in Allergy and Environmental Medicine starting in 1989. Shortly thereafter, Dr. Jaeckle worked with the Pan American Allergy Society, teaching courses and holding Board roles including President and CME director. Additionally, Dr. Jaeckle has worked with the American Academy of Environmental Medicine, giving lectures and teaching courses in food allergy, in addition to serving on the Board as Secretary. Since 2007, he has been associated with Pharmasan Laboratory, for whom he has conducted extensive urinary neurotransmitter testing on his patients. This testing has uncovered many opportunities for psychiatric treatment beyond conventional methods.
Dr. Jaeckle continues to be enriched by ongoing studies of the internationally recognized gastroenterologist Fuad Lechin MD, PhD, who has to his credit over forty years of research, over two hundred and forty publications, and nomination for the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 2001. He is especially influenced by Dr. Lechin's 2002 publication "Neurocircuitry and Neuroautonomic Disorders," and his 2009 publication of "Crosstalk Between the Autonomic and Central Nervous Systems."
This wealth of experience brings a unique perspective to Dr. Jaeckle's practice of Psychiatry, serving the whole body, mind, and person.
Immediate Past President:
Alvis L. Barrier, M.D., FAAOA
University of Missouri
One Hospital Dr Room MA 314
Columbia, MO 65212
Dr. A.L. Barrier is a board certified Otolaryngologist - Head and Neck Surgery. Dr. Barrier received his medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio in 1972 and performed his surgical internship at the William Beaumont Army Medical Center. His head and neck surgery residency was at Brooke Army Medical Center. Dr. Barrier is an Assistance Professor of Clinical Otolaryngology at the University of Missouri - Columbia.
William J. Rea, M.D., FAAEM, DABEM
8345 Walnut Hill Ln Ste 220
Dallas, TX 75231
William J. Rea, M.D. is a thoracic, cardiovascular and general surgeon with an added interest in the environmental aspects of health and disease. Founder of the Environmental Health Center - Dallas (EHC-D) in 1974, Dr. Rea is currently director of this highly specialized Dallas-based medical facility.
Dr. Rea was awarded the Jonathan Forman Gold Medal Award in 1987 and the Herbert J. Rinkle Award in 1993 and the 1998 Service Award, all by the American Academy of Environmental Medicine, and was named Outstanding Alumnus by Otterbein College in 1991. Author of four medical textbooks, Chemical Sensitivity, and co-author of Your Home, Your Health and Well-Being, Dr. Rea has published more than 150 peer reviewed research papers related to the topic of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery as well as that of environmental medicine.
Dr. Rea currently serves on the board and is president of the American Environmental Health Foundation, vice president of the American Environmental Board of Medicine and serves on the board of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine. He previously held the position of chief of surgery at Brookhaven Medical Center and chief of cardiovascular surgery at Dallas Veteran's Hospital, and he is a past president of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine and the Pan American Allergy Society. He has also served on the Science Advisory Board for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, on the Research Committee for the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy and on the Committee on Aspects of Cardiovascular, Endocrine and Autoimmune Diseases of the American College of Allergists, Committee on Immunotoxicology for the Office of Technology Assessment and on the panel on Chemical Sensitivity of the National Academy of Sciences. He was previously adjunct professor with the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center College of Public Health. Dr. Rea is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the American Academy of Environmental Medicine, the American College of Allergists, the American College of Preventive Medicine, the American College of Nutrition, and the Royal Society of Medicine.
Born in Jefferson, Ohio, Dr. Rea graduated from Otterbein College in Westerville, Ohio, and Ohio State University College of Medicine in Columbus, Ohio. He then completed a rotating internship at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, Texas. He held a general surgery residency from 1963-67 and a cardiovascular surgery fellowship and residency from 1967-69 with The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School system, which includes Parkland Memorial Hospital, Baylor Medical Center, Veteran's Hospital and Children's Medical Center.
From 1969 - 1972, Dr. Rea was assistant professor of cardiovascular surgery at the University of Texas S.W. Medical School; from 1984-85, Dr. Rea held the position of adjunct professor of environmental sciences and mathematics at the University of Texas, while from 1972-82 he acted as clinical associate professor of thoracic surgery at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Dr. Rea held the First World Professorial Chair of Environmental Medicine at the University of Surrey, Guildford, England from 1988 - 1998.
Gary R. Oberg, M.D., FAAEM
31 North Virginia St
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
Dr. Gary Oberg is a graduate of Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine in Maywood, Illinois. He completed his Pediatric Internship at Children's Memorial Hospital of the Northwestern University Medical Center, Chicago IL, and his Pediatric Residency at Rush-Presbyterian-St.Luke's Medical Center, Chicago, IL He has been practicing in Crystal Lake for 37 years, where he is the Medical Director of the Northern Illinois Center for Integrated Healthcare. He practiced in general pediatrics for 12 years, and since then has specialized in pediatric and adult allergy, environmental medicine, and clinical endocrinology.
Dr. Oberg is board certified with the American Board of Pediatrics and the American Board of Environmental Medicine. He has lectured internationally on topics of allergy, environmental medicine, nutrition, and bio-identical hormone balancing. He is actively involved with physician education in the American Academy of Environmental Medicine and has served on many of the academy's committees:
- Board of Directors (1985-2009)
- Membership Committee (1984-1988)
- Paramedical Committee (1984-1988)
- Public Education Committee (1987- )
- Position Paper Committee (1988- )
- Practice Standards Committee (1989- )
- Director, Annual Advanced Scientific Meeting (1991-2001)
- Chairman, Continuing Medical Education Committee (1993-2001)
- Senior Adviser to the CME Committee (2001- )
Craig Bass, M.D.
2599 Glen Eden Rd #3
Corona, CA 92883
Dr. Bass received his undergraduate premedical training from the University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida and his degree in Medicine from the University of Miami Medical School, Miami, Florida. He completed a year of internship at Presbyterian-St. Luke's Hospital in Chicago, Illinois, where he received the Best Surgical Intern award.
Dr. Bass served in the United States Navy and the Navy Reserve. He was discharged with the rank of Lieutenant Commander.
He then completed four years of general surgery residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Florida. He received the Best Teachers award in his senior year. He then completed two years of plastic and reconstructive surgery under D. Ralph Millard, Jr., M.D., one of the preeminent plastic surgeons of the world.
He served as the director of the Burn Unit at the University of Miami for three years and held an appointment as Clinical Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery for ten years.
Dr. Bass is board-certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He is also board-eligible in Anti-Aging Medicine and is a member of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine. This universal interest in the healing arts represents his core principles and philosophy. It is as important to heal and to improve self esteem from the inside out as to restore and beautify from the outside in, thus creating an ideal blend of form, function and beauty.
Dr. Bass is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is a member of American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.
He practiced in Miami, Florida until 1981. He ran the Burn Unit at the University of Miami from 1972 until 1975. In 1981 he moved his practice to Sun Valley, Idaho. While in Sun Valley he was the Director of the Cleft Palate Clinic for South Central Idaho for 25 years.
He is a member of several surgical societies. He has written numerous articles for scientific publications and a chapter on burn care for the text book Patient Care in Plastic Surgery.
Dr. Bass has enjoyed his many years serving his patients in the wonderful state of Idaho before retiring to California.
Robin Bernhoft, M.D., FAAEM, FACS
1200 Maricopa Hwy Ste A
Ojai, CA 93023
Dr. Bernhoft graduated with honors from Harvard College, and earned his medical degree at Washington University in St. Louis. He completed the General Surgery Residency at the University of California, San Francisco, spending two years as a research fellow and publishing twenty-two papers. He did a Hepatobilary Fellowship at Hammersmith Hospital, Royal Post-graduate Medical School, London, England, then went into private practice with a clinical faculty appointment at the University of Washington, Seattle.
After developing a very busy surgical practice, he became disabled by soap allergy which quickly became true environmental illness. With the help of Drs. Phil Ranheim and David Buscher, he regained his health and subsequently retrained in Environmental Medicine.
He is a Diplomate of the American College of Surgeons and the American Board of Environmental Medicine and a Fellow of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine. Dr. Bernhoft is medical director of the Bernhoft Centers for Advanced Medicine in Los Angeles and Ojai, California. He continues to write, having recently published the only existing comprehensive review of the medical literature on mercury.
Martha Grout, M.D., MD(H)
9328 E Raintree Dr.
Scottsdale, AZ 85260
Dr. Grout graduated from Radcliffe College (Harvard University) and received her medical degree from the Medical College of Pennsylvania. She did a residency in Emergency Medicine at that same institution (one of the first in the country) and became board certified at the first examination in 1980. She spent the next many years doing conventional allopathic Emergency Medicine. It finally became clear to her that there had to be a better way to treat all those patients with chronic illness than bombarding them with acute therapies that are not healthy for the body in the long run. She started training in Environmental Medicine and acupuncture in 1997, having a clear understanding that without a healthy environment, there is no health of the population or of the individual.
Dr. Grout is the founder and director of the Arizona Center for Advanced Medicine. She is on the verge of opening the Arizona Center for Advanced Medical Specialties, to incorporate cardiology, gastroenterology and oncology into the practice, for those physicians who have decided to move beyond specialty pharmaceutical medicine into functional and environmental medicine. Her website, promotes the new paradigm of functional and environmental medicine, to further the understanding that we all make choices which can put us on the path to illness or to good health.
William A. Ingram, M.D.
18015 Oak St Ste B
Omaha, NE 68130
William A. Ingram, M.D., graduated from the University of the Health Sciences, Chicago Medical School.
He completed his first year of general surgery at Letterman Army Medical Center in the Presidio of San Francisco and completed a second year of general surgery at Fitzsimmons Army Medical Center in Aurora, Colorado. He then completed an otolaryngology/head and neck residency at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and Affiliated Hospitals.
Dr. Ingram served as a field surgeon and Chief of Otolaryngology at the 121st General Hospital in Seoul, Korea. He then served as Chief of Otolaryngology at Irwin Army Community Hospital, Fort Riley Kansas.
Dr. Ingram also served on the faculty of the University of Nebraska Medical Center for over nine years, where he was the Director of the Allergy Division in the Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery.
Dr. Ingram is board certified in Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery and currently owns and operates his private practice in Omaha, Nebraska, where he specialized in the treatment of allergies of the ear, nose and throat
Derek Lang, D.O.
4201 Brown Trail, Ste 100
Colleyville, TX 76034
Dr. Lang received his medical degree from the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth. He completed his residency at East Tennessee State University in Kingsport, Tennessee. Dr. Lang is board certified through the American Board of Family Medicine
Allan D. Lieberman, M.D., FAAEM, DABEM
7510 Northforest Dr
North Charleston, SC 29420
Dr. Lieberman has practiced medicine for 51 years, specializing for the last 33 years in Environmental Medicine and Toxicology (for both adults and children), and formerly in Pediatrics. As a research scientist, he developed Molecular Signal Therapy to help treat autism and other neurological disorders, and has published numerous research articles. In 2002, he was awarded the prestigious Herbert J. Rinkel Award for Academic Excellence and Achievement in Environmental Medicine.
He earned his Doctor of Medicine degree at Chicago Medical School in 1960 and continued training at Mount Sinai Hospital in Chicago, IL, in the practice of General Medicine, and at Children's Memorial Hospital in Pediatrics and Pediatric Pathology.
As a former pediatrician, he co-authored multiple papers in clinical pediatrics and worked in hepatitis virus research, as well as participating in early clinical experience with the new measles virus vaccine. He became Medical Director for the MUSC Vince Moseley Diagnostic and Evaluation Clinic for the Neurologically Handicapped and for the SC Coastal Center for medically retarded and neurologically handicapped children. He was also a private practice pediatrician.
Dr. Lieberman was one of the first physicians to recognize environmental triggers as causes of alterations in health, thinking, and behavior, and earned Fellowship in the American Academy of Environmental Medicine. Environmental Medicine embraces a comprehensive approach to medicine and addresses problems related to allergy, immunology, nutrition, and toxicology.
In 1978, he built The Center for Environmental Medicine, the first facility in the Southeast designed to be an environmentally safe haven for the chemically sensitive patient. (The name was later changed to the Center for Occupational and Environmental Medicine.) His intensive Program for Biodetoxification, developed to treat those who have been chronically or acutely poisoned by chemicals, draws patients from all over the nation.
He continues to teach not only his own patients (and their parents), but also lectures at the American Academy of Environmental Medicine annual meetings and at the International Conference of Man and His Environment, held annually in Dallas, TX. His Center for Occupational and Environmental Medicine has treated over 10,000 patients in the last 33 years.
Lisa Nagy, M.D.
50 Old Lighthouse Rd
Vineyard Haven, MA 02568
Lisa Lavine Nagy M.D. graduated Magna Cum Laude from The University of Pennsylvania and then from Cornell Medical College in 1986. After a surgical internship she completed Emergency Medicine residency in NYC and practiced in Los Angeles until becoming severely ill (Addison's Disease, Mitochondrial Myopathy, Dysautonomia) - as a result of a complex medical condition known as Chemical Sensitivity or Environmental Illness.
Her story of survival and journey of discovery which led her to determine what had made her have such severe symptoms inspired ABC's "Nightline" to interview her this year and many newspapers and magazines to feature her recovery. In her case it was due to toxic mold and in others it is due to pesticide or chemical exposure. She learned about the field of Environmental Medicine and its focus on finding the causes of disease including genetic, hormonal, nutritional, allergic, and environmental factors.
She is now president of Preventive and Environmental Health Alliance which is a group focused on educating medical students, doctors, the AMA, congress and the public and assists patients to find help nationwide. Listening to physicians and other people who have developed severe Environmental Illness is the first step towards helping the 75 million people in the country with various health issues, including autoimmunity, related to their environments. She was appointed as a delegate to the Massachusetts Medical Society and to the CDC's National Conversation on Chemicals and Public Health. Lisa was also named to a roundtable at NIH on Buildings and Health and just started her own practice called Vineyard Personalized Medicine.
She recently delivered speeches at the Lyme meeting in Toronto (ILADS), University of Pennsylvania Medical School, and the EPA in Boston on diagnosing health effects of mold and chemicals and how to treat them.
Kalpana D. Patel, M.D., FAAEM, DABEM
65 Wehrle Dr.
Buffalo, NY 14225
Dr. Kalapa Patel is an internationally known board certified environmental medicine specialist. She is a coauthor of the four volume textbook on "Reversibility of Chronic Degenerative Disease and Hypersensitivity". She is a director of the Environmental Health Center - Buffalo NY providing care to Mold-Chemical-Food sensitive patients with special emphasis on environmental control, dietary modification, and special intradermal antigen testing by the Provocation-Neutralization (P&N) technique.
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