Phone: (316) 684-5500 Email: [email protected]

Join us for our 2018 Spring Meeting
Hilton Park City/Dallas
Dallas, Texas


March 1 -2, 2018
      The Diagnosis and Treatment of Inhalant Allergies and
        Food Sensitivities
March 3-4, 2018
      Advanced Techniques in Environmental Medicine
        focusing on Molds, Mycotoxins and Human Health



AAEM Officers and Directors 2017 - 2018


Officers:

President:

Derek Lang, D.O.

789 Lonesome Dove
Hurst, TX 76054
Tel: (817) 577-0480

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


President-Elect :

Irma Rey, M.D.

Center for Collaborative Research
3321 College Avenue, Suite 405
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314
Tel: (954) 262-2850

Director of Medical Education, Institute for Neuro Immune Medicine, Nova Southeastern University
Assistant Professor, College of Osteopathic Medicine, Nova Southeastern University

As one of the founding members of the Institute for Neuro Immune Medicine, Dr. Irma Rey's professional experience in Internal Medicine and Allergy/Immunology is an integral part of the success of the INIM Clinic. After more than 20 years of private practice, Dr. Rey joined the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine as Assistant Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine, with an Appointment in Clinical Immunology. Dr. Rey's experience with treating patients with ME/CFS is what drew her to the opportunity to be a founding member of the INIM. Dr. Rey understands that exceptional patient care is what is needed, and this is what she provides.

Besides providing patient care, Dr. Rey is the Director of the Medical Edu-cation Committee for the INIM, developing Medical Rotations for 1st through 4th year NSU College of Osteopathic Medicine (COM) students. Currently, Dr. Rey supervises and mentors Medical Rotations for 1st year NSU-COM students and Allergy/Immunology Fellows in Clinical Immunology from the joint NSU/Larkin Hospital Fellowship program and is also a lecturer in the College of Osteopathic Medicine.


CME Chair and Immediate Past President:

Gregg Govett, M.D., FAAEM, DABEM

1201 S Post Road
Midwest City, OK 73130
Tel: 405-732-3755

Dr. Gregg S. Govett, M.D.is certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology and is practicing in Midwest City, Oklahoma. He became certified by the American Board of Environmental Medicine after completing all the instructional courses and examinations given by the American Board of Environmental Medicine. He is also a fellow of the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy.

Dr. Govett graduated from Texas Tech University School of Medicine and completed his post-graduate residency training in Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana.

He became interested in environmental medicine by accident. His first patient with chronic sinusitis after completing his residency training program was a four year old boy with a lifelong history of illness. The child had had two sets of tympanostomy tubes and an adenoidectomy and was now plagued with chronic sinusitis. Despite sinus surgery and normal humoral immune laboratory testing, the boy continued to have infections. The child was noted to have numerous inhalant allergens and was begun on immunotherapy. However, Dr. Govett performed a serologic test for foods and the child had a questionable reaction to oats. Once the patient stopped eating oats, he was not ill for another nine months. Since that patient, Dr. Govett has continued to evaluate patients for environmentally induced causes of chronic otolaryngic illnesses.

Dr. Govett practiced otolaryngology in Chickasha, Oklahoma from 1995-1998. During that time, he encountered a rare, reportable malignancy along with other malignancies that exceeded the statistical incidence of those malignancies in that county. Using toxicology testing, Dr. Govett determined that the malignancies were induced by chlorinated pesticides. Upon making this find, Dr. Govett discovered that crop dusting was pioneered in Grady County, Oklahoma after WWII. This is another example of environmental causes of human pathology.


Treasurer:

James W. Willoughby, D.O.

24 South Main St
Liberty, MO 65212
Tel: 816-781-0902

Dr. Willoughby grew up learning environmental medicine from the founders, Herb Rinkle, Theron Randolph and his father, James Willoughby, M.D. Jim is a Past President of the AAEM and is currently the Treasurer and Course Director for the AAEM Instructional Course on Inhalant Allergies and Food Sensitivities. Dr. Willoughby is in private practice in Liberty Missouri.


Secretary:

William A. Ingram, M.D.

18015 Oak St Ste B
Omaha, NE 68130
Tel: 402-991-1975

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

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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


Advisor:

Gary R. Oberg, M.D., FAAEM, DABEM

31 North Virginia Street
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
Tel: (815) 455-1990

Dr. Gary R. Oberg has been the Medical Director of the Northern Illinois Center for Integrated Healthcare in Crystal Lake, Illinois since 1975. His clinic is dedicated to finding and correcting the causes of chronic health problems in adults and children. Dr. Oberg is a graduate of the Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine and is board certified in Pediatrics and Environmental Medicine.

He is a Past President and past Chairman of the Continuing Medical Education Committee of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM). He is the author of The Principles and Practices of Environmental Medicine and a major contributor to The Practice Guidelines of the AAEM. He is a recipient of two major awards from AAEM: The Jonathan Forman Award for outstanding contributions to the field of Environmental Medicine, and the Herbert J. Rinkel Award for excellence in teaching the techniques of Environmental Medicine. His current medical education priority is the development of a comprehensive integrated curriculum for the fields of Environmental Medicine and Functional Medicine.

In his community, he has also served on the local Community High School District #155 Board of Education for 23 years, where he was instrumental in helping design and build the first environmentally safe high school in the state of Illinois. He is currently working with the district’s Wellness Committee and Curriculum Committee to add the preventive and proactive principles of Environmental Medicine and Functional Medicine to the Health Curriculum of his district, stressing a knowledge about the roles of the diet and environment in health and illness, with the goal of giving the students of District #155 the tools and insights to make effective choices for their future lifestyles and health.

In his spare time, he enjoys travel and reading science fiction/fantasy.

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Directors:


Darin Ingels, N.D., FAAEM

22 Fairfield Place
Fairfield, CT 06824
Tel: (203)254-9957

Dr. Ingels is a respected leader in natural medicine with numerous publications, international lectures and more than 25 years experience in the healthcare field. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in medical technology from Purdue University and his Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington. Dr. Ingels completed a residency program at the Bastyr Center for Natural Health. Prior to attending medical school, Dr. Ingels worked as a clinical microbiologist/immunologist at Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, IL.

Dr. Ingels is a licensed naturopathic physician in the State of Connecticut and a licensed Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine in the State of California, where he maintains practices in both states. He is Board certified in Integrated Pediatrics by the American Association of Integrative Medicine. Dr. Ingels is a member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, the American Association of Integrative Medicine, the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS), the American Academy of Environmental Medicine and many State associations. Dr. Ingels is currently a Board member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians.

Dr. Ingels has been published extensively and is the author of The Natural Pharmacist: Lowering Cholesterol (Prima, 1999) and Natural Treatments for High Cholesterol (Prima, 2000). He is a former medical journalist and contributing author to Healthnotes Newswire, a medical report of the latest journal articles on nutritional and botanical medicine. He has also written a chapter on allergy desensitization for autistic children in “Cutting Edge Therapies for Autism” (Skyhorse, 2014). He is the author of the upcoming book on Lyme disease, The Lyme Solution: A 5-Part Plan to Fight the Inflammatory Auto-Immune Response and Beat Lyme Disease (Avery, March 2018), which will cover an integrative, natural approach to the treatment and management of Lyme disease.

Dr. Ingels’ practice focuses on environmental medicine with special emphasis on chronic immune dysfunction, including Lyme disease, autism, allergies, asthma, PANDAS, recurrent or persistent infections and other genetic or acquired immune problems. His practice is comprised of both children and adults. He uses diet, nutrients, herbs, homeopathy and immunotherapy to help his patients achieve better health.


Lynn Lafferty, PharmD, ND, CNC, CNHP

43200 S University Dr #1423
Davie, FL 33314
Tel: 954-262-1483

Lynn Lafferty, PharmD, N.D., MBA, CNC, CNHP is a doctor of Pharmacy and licensed pharmacist, naturopath, herbalist, nutritionist and chef who is committed to finding the safest and most effective means to promote health and wellness over disease and illness. She is an Assistant Professor in Family Medicine and developing an Integrative Medicine Department at NOVA Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine. She has a Functional Clinical Nutrition and Herbal Medicine practice in the NOVA Southeastern University Clinic of Pharmacy. She is proud to serve on the boards of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine and Broward County Pharmacy Association. She is currently conducting research on Antibiotic Resistance and Natural Immune Builders.

Her goal is to educate and help as many people as possible to the amazing possibilities of combining the best of both worlds from modern medicine and age old traditional therapies.


Alan B. McDaniel, M.D.

2807 Newburg Rd
Louisville , KY 40205
Tel: (502) 294-9053

Alan McDaniel, MD is a 1977 Tulane medical graduate. He trained in General Surgery and Emergency Medicine before becoming Board-certified in Otolaryngology with sub-specialties in Neurotology and Allergy. He practices privately since a two-year professorship at the University of Louisville. He has presented to various national meetings, including the American Neurotology Society and the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and to the World Congress of Otorhinolaryngology. He has been a faculty member for American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy Basic and Advanced Courses. His two-day course "New Endocrinology" has been presented annually at the American Academy of Environmental Medicine since 2005, to physicians from five continents. Work with dizziness and allergy in the 1980s led him to seek solutions for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. In turn, these investigations extended to the endocrine aspects of this and related conditions. Since basic surgical training emphasizes the need to know several alternative approaches to an operation, it was logical for him to study integrative and controversial medical methods. He has endeavoured to understand these in the light of new facts from research, perceiving that Medical history shows innovation begins as a minority opinion. He is excited that applying new research to patient care offers solutions to many of the chronic and worsening problems that are epidemic in modern society.


Dane Mosher, D.O.

The Johnson Center for Child Health and Development
1700 Rio Grande Street, Suite 200
Austin, TX 78701
Tel: (512) 732-8400

Dane Mosher, D.O., is a board-certified family physician; like many people in the field, he began studying the treatment of autism after his son received an autism diagnosis.

Dr. Mosher was raised near Houston and has spent most of his life in Texas. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from New Mexico State University, followed by several years working as a computer programmer in Austin and West Texas. In 1999, he changed careers, becoming the head brewer for an Austin-area microbrewery. He later decided to pursue his longstanding interest in the health sciences and committed himself to a career of helping others by obtaining his Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine from the University of North Texas Health Science Center of Fort Worth.

He completed a three-year family medicine residency at East Tennessee State University in Kingsport, Tennessee, a primary care training program in an area of the country that sees a wide variety of pathologies. The teaching hospital in Kingsport has one of the busiest emergency rooms in Tennessee. His training there included pediatric outpatient and inpatient care, as well as time in the pediatric ICU. In 2015, Dr. Mosher became an IFM Certified Practitioner.

Dr. Mosher’s professional interests include childhood development, osteopathic manipulative medicine, functional medicine, and urgent care medicine.


Gerald D. Natzke, D.O., FAAEM, DABEM

9475 Holly Rd Ste 205
Grand Blanc , MI 48439
Tel: (810) 344.4567

Dr. Natzke is president of the Preventive Medical Center and Director of the Allergy and Environmental Medicine Center of Flint, Michigan. These specialized clinics have grown to become a focal point for the state and surrounding area, providing expertise in diagnosing and treating chronic disease with principles taken in large part from Environmental Medicine. Serving as a Board member of the Genesee County Medical Society, for years chaired the Environmental Health Committee, working in County free clinics and a long time physician for the Area Special Olympics he continues to give back to the community he loves.

Dr Natzke was born in Michigan and attended Michigan State University, obtaining his bachelors of Science degree with honors in 1978. He obtained an Osteopathic medical degree from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1982 and subsequently became Board Certified in Family Practice. After several years in practice he returned to study and became an affiliate Fellow of the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy in 1993 and then a Fellow of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine in 1995.

Since 2002, Dr Natzke has served the AAEM by participation as a Board member and as its president in 2006-2007. He also serves as a clinical professor for both the Michigan State Departments of Osteopathic and Human Medicine. As co-chair of the Integrative Medical Consortium (IMC) he has helped establish a centralized entity that unifies the integrative medical community providing additional services and a greater voice in medicine.

His steadfast passion has been to better serve the health care needs of the people of this nation utilizing the principles of Environmental Medicine. His blessings include a loving family, numerous friends, a good spiritual foundation, good health and an optimistic outlook toward the future.


Robert E. Taylor, M.D., FAAOA

4210 North Roxboro Rd., Suite 140
Durham, NC 27704
Tel: (919)620-7800

Dr. Robert Taylor is a Fellow of the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergists, a select group of ENT physicians specializing in allergy treatment. He is a board certified Otorhinolaryngologist (ENT physician). Other professional memberships include: The American Academy of Environmental Medicine, The American College of Surgeons, Pan American Allergy Society, North Carolina/South Carolina Otolaryngology Society and the North Carolina Medical Society. Dr. Taylor received his medical degree from the University of Alabama, Birmingham in 1976. After completing a residency in ENT at the Naval Hospital, Oakland, California, he served as the ENT physician at the Naval Submarine Base, Groton, Connecticut for four years. The last seven years of his 21 year naval career were spent as the training director and chairman of the ENT residency program at the Naval Hospital, Oakland, California.

Dr. Taylor established Triangle ENT Services Association in Durham, NC in 1995, with the philosophy of helping patients understand the cause of their medical problem and helping them set achievable goals for wellness. Dr. Taylor provide his patients with a unique blend of “millennium medicine” combining pioneering new treatments, as well as treatment for the cause of the problem is a unique aspect of his practice. “I want to provide my patients with the information they need to make decisions about their care and encourage them to become active participants in their health.”


Jessica Tran, N.D., FAAEM

14795 Jeffrey Rd Ste 101
Irvine, CA 92618
Tel: (949) 551.8751

Dr. Jessica Tran is a doctor of naturopathic medicine with an integrative perspective on health and healing. She specializes in naturopathic medical care for children and adults of all ages with special emphasis on the impact of environmental factors on the human body. Dr. Tran’s comprehensive and diverse training allows her to combine traditional medical practice with complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) to diagnose and treat underlying causes rather than isolated symptoms and conditions, yielding more successful long-term results.


Robert Waters, M.D.

320 Race St ~ PO Box 357
Wisconsin Dells WI 53965
Tel: (608)254-7178

Robert S. Waters, MD received his bachelor’s degree in biology cum laude from the University of Illinois. He went on to do graduate research in genetics there and then enrolled in medical studies. He was awarded the Doctor of Medicine degree in 1976. After completing his degree, he served a general and orthopedic surgery internship through the Loyola-Hines Affiliated Hospitals program and began to practice general and industrial medicine. He gradually became interested in the use of nutritional principles as the main focus of his medical practice. He has studied a diversity of alternative and innovative therapies both in the United States and Europe. These have included orthomolecular medicine, acupuncture, homeopathy, neural therapy, prolotherapy, endocrinology and trace element biology. He is board certified by the American Board of Clinical Metal Toxicology.


William Weirs, M.D., FACEP, FAAEM, DABEM

The Center for Occupational and Environmental Medicine 7510 Northforest Drive North Charleston, SC 29420 Tel: (843) 572-1795

Dr. Weirs is in his second year of practicing Environmental Medicine and is a fellow-elect in the American Academy of Environmental Medicine. He is also a fellow-in-training with the Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona. Dr. Weirs is board certified in Emergency Medicine, having practiced for over 10 years, gaining valuable exposure to many different kinds of patients and clinical problems. He is also a fellow in the American College of Emergency Physicians. Dr. Weirs has attained certification in Age Management Medicine from Cenegenics. His bachelor’s degree in Psychology, as well as a second degree in Outdoor Education, are from Georgia College & State University. Dr. Weirs earned his medical degree from Mercer University School of Medicine in 2003.

He is well trained in the areas of allergy-induced illness, neutralization-provocatization allergy testing for relief of allergy symptoms, food allergy symptoms and whole body reactions, as well as various auto immune disorders which are impacted by the total body allergic load.

Dr. Weirs’ interest in environmental medicine and the treatment of allergies, as well as the prevention of illness with nutrition, are the direct result of his own severe environmental allergies, asthma, and atopic dermatitis from a very young age. An avid reader, he was exposed to the concepts of food allergy and despite having controlled his allergies with weekly shots and traditional medications, including steroids, he still suffered from eczema. His own personal research led him to the concept of dairy allergies in particular, and by elimination of the same his eczema cleared up completely.

Despite enjoying the fast pace of emergency medicine, Dr. Weirs became frustrated seeing so many illnesses in the ER that could have been completely prevented. Due to the limited interaction that emergency medicine allowed for, and its focus on the acute rather than the chronic or preventative, he finally decided to leave the ER and begin practicing environmental medicine, utilizing his love and interest in nutritional and integrative medicine.

Dr. Weirs believes that each person is a unique individual. In his own words, ‘All humans have similarities, but we are each biochemically unique. The perfect diet and environment for one person may not be perfect for someone else.’ His goal is to help his patients achieve optimal health by optimizing their personal wellbeing by controlling their exposures to environment and through proper nutrition.