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AAEM Officers and Directors 2016 - 2017


Officers:

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.


President Elect:

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


Secretary:

Janette Hope, M.D.

304 W Los Olivos
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
Tel: 805-698-7483

Janette Hope, M.D. is a board certified family practitioner who has re-trained in the field of environmental medicine. Dr. Hope has successfully completed the training and examination process and achieved the status of Diplomate of the American Board of Environmental Medicine and Fellow of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine. 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 Board 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.



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.


Immediate Past President:

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:

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.


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.


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.

16251 Laguna Canyon Rd Ste 175
Irvine, CA 92618
Tel: (949) 428-8878

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.