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Bay Area Lyme Speaker SeriesAmong our many community events every year is a series of free speaker forums that focus on our research and science programs as well as Lyme disease prevention. These events provide new information on various Lyme topics in an open discussion format. Our vision is to make Lyme disease easy to diagnose and simple to cure. We believe the more informed, connected, and inspired we are, the better we feel, and the stronger our families, schools, businesses, and communities become. 

Each of these Speaker Series events features one of our esteemed scientific researchers paired with a Lyme survivor sharing their inspirational story and begins at 6 pm. Seating is limited. RSVP information as below.

Upcoming Speaker Series Events


 

Thursday, October 19 • New York City

It’s not hopeless—a much-needed perspective and information about Lyme disease

6:00–8:30 pm (Speakers begin at 6:30) • light bites & refreshments • by invitation only

Featured Speakers:

Steven Phillips, MD
Steven E. Phillips, MD is a Yale-educated, world-renowned expert on zoonotic infections who has treated over 20,000 patients from over 20 countries. He is well-published in the peer-reviewed medical literature, acclaimed for his work in linking chronic diseases to occult infections, and successfully treating some of medicine’s most complex cases. He specializes in the management of stealth pathogens, which include Lyme disease, bartonellosis, babesiosis and other vector-borne diseases. With over two decades of experience in successfully treating patients with zoonotic infection, he discovered that inflammatory and rheumatic conditions were associated with bartonellosis.  He is currently involved in drug development to bring public a durable and effective treatment for this infection and change the face of rheumatology forever.

David Roth
David Roth is a Senior Managing Director in Blackstone’s Real Estate group where he serves as the head of Latin America investments, based in New York. Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Roth was a Principal in the acquisitions group at Walton Street Capital. Early in his career David ran acquisitions in Europe for Security Capital Group and was an associate attorney at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. Mr. Roth received a BA with a major in Government from Dartmouth College, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude. He also received a JD from New York University School of Law and is a Chartered Financial Analyst charter holder. David is a sufferer of Lyme and Babesia and was one of the founders of the Tick Borne Disease Alliance. He currently serves on the Board of Jazz Aspen Snowmass and the International Board of the Sao Paolo Biennale.

Honoring Dana Parish
Dana Parish is a NYC-based SonyATV singer/songwriter known for her powerful voice and emotional delivery. Parish’s first single, “Not My Problem”, from her debut album Uncrushed, charted at #23 on Billboard, and she soon became one of the highest-charting independent artists ever. This led to several appearances on major talk shows, including The CBS Morning Show, Good Morning America, and KTLA. An in-demand songwriter, Parish penned two songs (Thankful and Always be Your Girl) on the most recent Celine Dion album and had the #1 song in China with “Someday I’ll Fly” by G.E.M. Her song “Broken Ones” performed by Jacquie Lee, The Voice Season 5 finalist, was a chart success. She is now working on the albums of superstars. While still fully engaged in her music career, Dana has become an advocate and champion for those suffering with Lyme and other tick-borne diseases. In May 2016, she performed “Pull You Through” at LymeAid, Bay Area Lyme’s annual fundraiser, helping to raise more than $815,000 to fund research for Lyme disease. Read her Lyme Disease Story here.

By invitation only. For more information, please contact Kate MissKelley: kate@bayarealyme.org

 

Wednesday, November 29 • Martinez, CA
What is Lyme Disease? How Should it be Treated?

6:00–8:00 pm (speakers begin at 6:30) • at a private home in Alhambra Valley, Martinez, CA • light bites & refreshments • free to attend

Speaker Series

Synopsis of presentation:
Tickborne diseases, and Lyme disease in particular, cause complex, multi-system health issues with devastating consequences.  This talk focuses on the importance of using a broad and comprehensive diagnostic and treatment approach.  We will explore important avenues for testing and treatment to help:

  • Identify and treat hidden triggers
  • Optimize immune function
  • Decrease auto-immune activation
  • Decrease systemic inflammation
  • Improve the body’s ability to detoxify and tolerate treatments
  • The importance of optimizing lifestyle factors such as stress reduction, diet, exercise, sleep. Specific tools and suggestions will be discussed

With careful attention to these factors, patients have the ability to recover their health more quickly and completely, using important new tools beyond simply trying to eradicate the infections.

Featured speakers:

Sunjya K. Schweig, MD
Sunjya K. Schweig, MD, has been studying, teaching, and practicing integrative and functional medicine for over 25 years. Dr. Schweig received his B.A, from the University of California, Berkeley. He attended medical school at the University of California, Irvine, where he helped design and lead the complementary and alternative medicine curriculum. He served on the Board of the Susan Samueli Center for Complementary and Alternative medicine and was chosen as one of twenty medical students to attend the NIH Leadership Training Program in Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Dr. Schweig completed his family medicine residency at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), Family Practice Residency Program in Santa Rosa, CA. During his residency, he was instrumental in developing and founding the Integrative Medicine Fellowship program. Dr. Schweig continues to be active in medical education and has served as volunteer clinical faculty at the UCSF Santa Rosa Residency. He currently holds an adjunct faculty position at Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Schweig has lectured nationally and internationally at conferences, hospitals, and universities. Dr. Schweig is board certified in integrative and holistic medicine (ABIHM) and family practice (FAAFP). In 2014, Dr. Schweig launched the California Center for Functional Medicine (CCFM) with Chris Kresser, MS, LAc. He lives in the Bay Area with his wife and their two children.

Lia Gaertner
Lia Gaertner, MS serves as a member of the Bay Area Lyme Foundation Science Committee. She is passionate about cultivating better research and recognition for tick-borne illnesses. Lia has experienced, first hand, the obstacles to effective diagnosis and treatment of tick-borne illness. She was first bitten by a Lyme-carrying tick while while in graduate school at Cornell in 1998, but was misdiagnosed until 2008 when she was infected by another tick bite while camping in Mendocino, California.  Lia has worked as a principal at Halteres Associates, a bioscience consulting company, and she has over 20 years of international experience in scientific and field research, technical writing, teaching, and project management. She has also worked for several science and medical companies as consultant, project manager, content producer, and affiliate relations director. Ms. Gaertner earned her BS in Environmental Science with minors in Ethnobotany and Agroecology from UC Berkeley and her MS in Ethnobotany from Cornell University. She lives in the Bay Area with her Lyme-literate physician husband, Sunjya Schweig, MD, and their two children.

 

Recent Speaker Series Events


Wednesday, March 8 • Berkeley, CA
Treating Lyme Disease: A Functional and Integrative Medicine Approach to Lyme Disease

6:00–8:00 pm (speakers begin at 6:30) • home of Anna Lappé and John Marshall, Berkeley • light bites & refreshments • free to attend

Synopsis of presentation:
Tickborne diseases, and Lyme disease in particular, cause complex, multi-system health issues with devastating consequences.  This talk focused on the importance of using a broad and comprehensive diagnostic and treatment approach.  We explored important avenues for testing and treatment to help:

  • Identify and treat hidden triggers
  • Optimize immune function
  • Decrease auto-immune activation
  • Decrease systemic inflammation
  • Improve the body’s ability to detoxify and tolerate treatments
  • The importance of optimizing lifestyle factors such as stress reduction, diet, exercise, sleep. Specific tools and suggestions will be discussed

With careful attention to these factors, patients have the ability to recover their health more quickly and completely, using important new tools beyond simply trying to eradicate the infections.

Featured speakers:

Sunjya K. Schweig, MD
Sunjya K. Schweig, MD, has been studying, teaching, and practicing integrative and functional medicine for over 25 years. Dr. Schweig received his B.A, from the University of California, Berkeley. He attended medical school at the University of California, Irvine, where he helped design and lead the complementary and alternative medicine curriculum. He served on the Board of the Susan Samueli Center for Complementary and Alternative medicine and was chosen as one of twenty medical students to attend the NIH Leadership Training Program in Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Dr. Schweig completed his family medicine residency at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), Family Practice Residency Program in Santa Rosa, CA. During his residency, he was instrumental in developing and founding the Integrative Medicine Fellowship program. Dr. Schweig continues to be active in medical education and has served as volunteer clinical faculty at the UCSF Santa Rosa Residency. He currently holds an adjunct faculty position at Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Schweig has lectured nationally and internationally at conferences, hospitals, and universities. Dr. Schweig is board certified in integrative and holistic medicine (ABIHM) and family practice (FAAFP). In 2014, Dr. Schweig launched the California Center for Functional Medicine (CCFM) with Chris Kresser, MS, LAc. He lives in the Bay Area with his wife and their two children.

Lia Gaertner
Lia Gaertner, MS serves as a member of the Bay Area Lyme Foundation Science Committee. She is passionate about cultivating better research and recognition for tick-borne illnesses. Lia has experienced, first hand, the obstacles to effective diagnosis and treatment of tick-borne illness. She was first bitten by a Lyme-carrying tick while while in graduate school at Cornell in 1998, but was misdiagnosed until 2008 when she was infected by another tick bite while camping in Mendocino, California.  Lia has worked as a principal at Halteres Associates, a bioscience consulting company, and she has over 20 years of international experience in scientific and field research, technical writing, teaching, and project management. She has also worked for several science and medical companies as consultant, project manager, content producer, and affiliate relations director. Ms. Gaertner earned her BS in Environmental Science with minors in Ethnobotany and Agroecology from UC Berkeley and her MS in Ethnobotany from Cornell University. She lives in the Bay Area with her Lyme-literate physician husband, Sunjya Schweig, MD, and their two children.

Thursday, November 3 • Corte Madera, CA
Lyme in Marin? What You Need to Know and How to Protect Your Family

Synopsis of presentation:
Tickborne diseases, and Lyme disease in particular, cause complex, multi-system health issues with devastating consequences.  This talk will focus on the importance of using a broad and comprehensive diagnostic and treatment approach.  We will explore important avenues for testing and treatment to help:

  • Identify and treat hidden triggers
  • Optimize immune function
    Decrease auto-immune activation
    Decrease systemic inflammation
    Improve the body’s ability to detoxify and tolerate treatments
    The importance of optimizing lifestyle factors such as stress reduction, diet, exercise, sleep. Specific tools and suggestions will 2be discussed

With careful attention to these factors, patients have the ability to recover their health more quickly and completely, using important new tools beyond simply trying to eradicate the infections.

Featured speakers:

Todd Maderis, ND, LAc
Founder & Medical Director, Marin Natural Medicine Clinic • “Lyme disease in Northern California: information to help you protect yourself and your family”
Dr Todd Maderis is the founder and Medical Director of Marin Natural Medicine Clinic in Larkspur, CA. He specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of  complex chronic illness, including tick borne infections. It was through his interest of finding and treating the cause of illness that he discovered the world of Lyme disease. Dr. Maderis is a member of the international Lyme and Associated Disease Society (ILADS).

Kirsten Stein
Lyme Patient • “A personal story: Lyme’s effect on your well-being”
A mother of two, business owner and a prolific community volunteer Kirsten became disabled from Lyme and co-infections over 6 years ago. She put her dreams on hold of an MBA (and more) until receiving the correct diagnosis in 2013. Recovery has been slow but significant. Today, she is focused on raising her children, maintaining her organizing business and writing on her terrifying experience, diagnosis, and healing process. Setting her sights on the future she will be taking steps to become a Health Coach, specializing in Lyme Disease. As a regular volunteer with the Bay Area Lyme Foundation she reflects “Lyme disease is what I have, but no longer defines who I am.”

Jo Ellis
Director of Education & Outreach, Bay Area Lyme Foundation • “Lyme disease: prevalence and prevention”
Jo Ellis has over 20 years of experience developing and marketing educational programming for schools, nonprofits, and corporations. A native of the UK, Jo was Product Development Executive for BBC Education & Training, developing award-winning educational programs distributed worldwide. Here in the US, Jo worked as Director of Executive Education at Stanford and then for Charles Schwab, launching “Schwab U,” the company’s internal management education provider. When Jo started a family, she went back to school and got her Montessori teaching qualification. She received her BA/MA from Cambridge University, and a post-graduate high-school teaching certification from the University of London. Jo holds the AMI middle school teaching certification, and is a nationally recognized gifted and talented educator with Johns Hopkins University.

A special thank you to Kirsten Stein and Carolyn Margiotti for helping us build awareness in Marin with this exciting event.

Wednesday, September 14th • Portola Valley
“No Give Up” : What I Learned  from my 9-1/2-year Struggle with Tick-borne Illness

Featured speaker:

Jordan Fisher Smith
Cast member of “Under Our Skin” and “Under Our Skin 2: Emergence,” writer and author of ENGINEERING EDEN and NATURE NOIR, and former Lyme patient

In June of 1998, Jordan Fisher Smith was bitten by a tick while working as a park ranger. By 2005 he had lost his job, written a bestselling book and was working for Andy Abrahams Wilson on the first “Under Our Skin” movie.  By 2010, when “Under Our Skin” made the Oscar Shortlist for Best Documentary Feature, Jordan was cured and had settled his ten-year court battle against his insurance company. In this Speaker Series, Jordan will share what he learned about himself in the process.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016  • Palo Alto
Transmission Cycles & Risk Factors for Lyme in CA

Featured speakers:

Robert S. Lane
Professor Emeritus of Medical Entomology and Professor of the Graduate School, University of California, Berkeley
Dr. Lane studies the ecology and epidemiology of Lyme disease with a focus on the transmission cycles of the Lyme-causing spirochete and other emerging bacterial disease agents. His work has yielded the identification of several new species of spirochetes not previously documented in North America and clarified the role of over 50 bird species in the ecology of Lyme bacteria in the far Western US. Dr. Lane has also developed predictive models to assess county and state level variations in Lyme disease risk and is working on environmentally safe pesticides that target rodent reservoir hosts. Dr. Lane is a fellow of the California Academy of Sciences and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Alix Mayer
Lyme Patient
Non-Profit Development & Health Coach
Alix Mayer, MBA, worked in corporate research for Fortune 100 companies until becoming disabled by late Lyme disease. She is happy to report she is substantially recovered. She is featured along with Mariel Hemingway and Gabby Reese in an upcoming documentary, Blood, Berries or Butter, about health mavericks who didn’t settle for the top-down approach to healing. Her story is featured in Gifted and Sick by A.M. Runyan, now available on Kindle. She is co-authoring an academic book on Lyme disease and works as a health coach and consultant to non-profits

Wednesday, March 2, 2016 • Portola Valley
The Primary Care Doctor & Emerging Tick-borne Disease: How Does the Diagnosis Get Made?

Featured speakers:

Christine Green, MD
Director of Education for International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society Board Member, International Lyme and Associated Disease Society (ILADS) and LymeDisease.org (formerly CALDA) and Board Member, Bay Area Lyme Foundation Scientific Advisory Board 

Dr. Green is a recognized leader in Lyme disease diagnosis and treatment who practices complementary, integrative, and othomolecular medicine from her private family practice, Green Oaks Medical, in northern California.  She serves on the board of ILADS (International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society) and lymedisease.org and has helped to bring greater awareness to the medical community through patient research and advocacy. She currently serves as the Director of Education for ILADS. Dr. Green has a true passion for her profession and patients, demonstrated by her commitment to constant collaboration and ongoing research within the patient and medical community and she possesses a unique ability to problem solve patient issues, seeking out unconventional uses of therapy, based on Western Medicine research and clinical studies.

Allie Cashel
Allie is the author of Suffering the Silence: Chronic Lyme Disease in an Age of Denial, a collection of  stories from Lyme patients all over the world and their struggles for recognition and treatment of this debilitating disease. Learn about Allie’s story in our blog and on our Faces of Lyme page or visit SufferingtheSilence.com, an online community designed for people living with chronic illness, co-founded by Allie and a good friend.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015 • Portola Valley
The Role the Immune System Plays in Lyme Diagnosis and Treatment

Featured speakers:

Lisa K. Blum, PhD
Postdoc Fellow, Stanford University School of Medicine (Immunology & Rheumatology)
Dr. Blum is a 2014 Bay Area Lyme Foundation Emerging Leader Award winner and fellow at Stanford University in the laboratory of Dr. William Robinson, where she is currently working on DNA sequencing of human antibody responses to Borrelia burgdorferiinfection. She received her Ph.D. in immunology from Cornell University in the laboratory of Dr. Judith Appleton studying parasitic pathogens and infectious diseases. For a description of her current Lyme research, click here.

Shelby Anderson
Medical student and Lyme Patient Advocate
Shelby Anderson is a courageous young student who has battled Lyme disease for over 19 years. Inspired by the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and determined to raise awareness about Lyme disease, she launched #Lime4Lyme — a revisit of the ALS Ice bucket challenge (see the inspiring story here). Shelby’s challenge inspired hundreds of donations and many more challenges, and she continues to work diligently towards Lyme disease awareness using social media and key events to share her harrowing story.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015 • Portola Valley
Hunting the Elusive Culprit of Lyme

Featured speakers:

Jerome F. Bouquet, PhD,
Postdoc Fellow, UCSF (Microbiology)
Dr. Bouquet is a 2014 Bay Area Lyme Foundation Emerging Leader Award winner and Postdoc Fellow at University of California, San Francisco in the laboratory of Dr. Charles Chiu studying infectious disease,  particularly Lyme and other tick-borne illnesses. His current project focuses on RNA transcriptome profiling with intent to develop a host biomarker assay for Lyme diagnosis. Learn more.

Robert Buelteman
Artist and Lyme patient, author of Living with Lyme: One Artist’s Interpretation
Robert Buelteman is a globally collected fine art photographer and native Woodsider whose passion is life and light. From his widely collected black-and-white landscape works to his unique camera-lens-and computer-free “energetic photograms,” his ongoing inquiry into nature celebrates and questions our role in the found world. Over the last 20 years Mr. Buelteman has been a guest of the Santa Fe Institute, Stanford University, and the Djerassi Resident Artists Program in Woodside. First diagnosed with Lyme Disease in 2007 and now disabled as a result, his writings about his illness and decline have been widely published in an effort to warn the larger community and illuminate the danger posed by this insidious infection. See more of Robert’s work at Buelteman.com.

Read more about this informative evening in our blog.