PA Lyme’s Third Annual Tick-Borne Disease Patient Symposium

“Lyme, PANS and Associated Disorders”


Saturday, May 4th, 2019

8:30AM – 5:00PM 


Monroeville Convention Center

209 Mall Plaza Boulevard, Monroeville, PA 15146


We are committed to making a difference in the lives of Lyme patients here in Pennsylvania and sharing this important day with friends,
families, fellow patients. exhibitors and our renowned speakers who will share their expert knowledge and understanding of Lyme and tick-borne diseases.

Our goal for this annual event is to reduce the suffering and impact of Lyme and related Tick-borne diseases by sharing leading edge science and research to help patients gain practical strategies to improve their health and wellness.

Join us for this exciting day of education, awareness, prevention and advocacy.


Our all-volunteer organization operates on a shoe-string budget, and sponsors play a crucial role in helping us defray the cost of this event and extending our mission of awareness, prevention and advocacy for those inflicted with tick-borne diseases. As a sponsor, you will be able to present yourself as a major participant in bringing support and leading education to Pennsylvania Lyme patients. Many opportunities exist to support our 2019 Patient Symposium while meeting your PR and marketing needs.

Thank you so much for organizing this conference! It
is so needed.

-Previous Patient Symposium Attendee



Kenneth Bock MD, FAAFP, FACN, CNS

“Brain Inflammation: The Role of a Dysregulated Immune System in Lyme and PANS”

Kenneth Bock MD, FAAFP, FACN, CNS, is with Bock Integrative Medicine in Red Hook, NY. He is Board Certified in Family Medicine, a certified clinical nutrition specialist, and a fellow of the American Academy of Family Practice, the American College of Nutrition and the American College for Advancement in Medicine, of which he is a former President. He is also a faculty member of the Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM). For more than three decades, he has dealt with complex medical problems by integrating “alternative” modalities with conventional medicine into a comprehensive integrative medicine practice. His expertise lies in tackling problems that have been difficult to diagnose and/or treat. These include complex multi-symptom, multi-system disorders such as immune disorders, including chronic and/or recurrent infections, autoimmune disorders, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, Lyme disease and other tick-borne disorders as well as multiple childhood disorders, including autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, asthma and allergies.

Dr. Phillip DeMio, MD

“Diagnostic Considerations in Lyme and PANS”

Dr. DeMio is an experienced biomedical physician, an author of medical topics including alternative and conventional medicine, and is accredited for speaking nationally on medical topics including brain toxicology, nutrition, and use of supplements in health and disease for children and adults. Dr. DeMio’s practice focuses on the medical testing and treatment for autism, AD/HD, Lyme and other related diseases.

Dr. Sharon Jellinek, MD

“Genomic Evaluation for the Determination of Prolonged Symptoms/Testing for Directive Treatment Protocols”

Dr. Jellinek has decided to dedicate her career to a revolutionary new field of medicine called epigenetics. Her background in microbiology and molecular biology has allowed her to offer personalized medicine for adults and pediatric patients. She is certified by Neurobiologix and the Institute of Functional Medicine in Epigenetics.

Dr. Linda D’Eramo, D.O.

“Beyond Strep and Lyme: Chronic Viruses and Co-Infections”
Dr. D’Eramo practices Functional and Integrative medicine in Pittsburgh Pa, and is devoted to discovering the underlying causes of chronic medical conditions. She is passionate about helping patients with a multitude of ailments including thyroid disorders, adrenal fatigue, and autoimmune disorders such as Lyme disease.

Susan Merenstein, RPh

“CBD Oil”
Susan Merenstein, RPh is a holistic clinical pharmacist with over 36 years of pharmacy experience. She has obtained more than 300 hours of continuing education in hormone balancing, compounding, and holistic approaches to individual patient problems with a focus on the biochemistry and interactions of thyroid, adrenals, and sex steroids. She has a passion for helping, educating and guiding people in their quest for health.

Dr. Shannon Smith, DC

“Mast Cell Activation Syndrome: A Key to Progress in Lyme & PANS” & “Food and Diet’s Role in Recovery: Understanding Immune Reactivity in Gut-Brain-Immune Regulation”
In addition to his Doctor of Chiropractic degree, Dr. Smith, DC, CCN, CCSMS, MAPS is board certified in Clinical Nutrition. He specializes in functional medicine autoimmune support. He is one of only a few Doctors of Chiropractic to be invited to MED MAPS certification (Medical Academy of Pediatric Special Needs) specializing in Autism Spectrum Support and evaluation.

Dr. Jodie A. Dashore, OTD, HHP, BCIP, SIC

“Herbal Formulations/Essential Oils as Treatment Options” & “Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (CIRS): Adult and Pediatric Clinical Approaches, Special Focus on Plant-Based Treatment”
Dr. Dashore is an internationally recognized pioneering clinician in Complex Autism, Biotoxin Illness and Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome(CIRS), PANDAS/PANS and Lyme Disease. As a Lyme Literate Naturopathic clinician and a member of ILADS Dr. Jodie A. Dashore uses all natural protocols for helping patients with chronic and treatment-resistant Lyme disease. She is also certified in the Shoemaker protocol for CIRS.

Dr. Allen Lewis, MD

“Biochemistry and Behavior: Targeted Nutrient Management of Learning, Mood, and Behavioral Problems”

Dr. Lewis, MD began his journey into integrative medicine many years ago. He is board certified in pediatrics and is certified by the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine. He has spoken nationally and internationally regarding targeted nutrient management of learning, mood, and behavioral problems. He is recognized as a leading physician by and is devoted to bringing hope and healing to patients and their families affected by PANS/PANDAS. His experience with PANS led him to recognize the need to treat Lyme and related illnesses as a cause of chronic illness.

Dr. Elizabeth Spaar, DO

“Treating the Neurocognitive Symptoms of PANS with Cannabis and Other Integrative Options”

Dr. Spaar is a family medicine physician and owner of Spectrum Family Practice. She specializes in integrative medical care with a focus on medical marijuana, IV vitamins, opiate addiction, and the pediatric condition PANS. She is a graduate of Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed her training in family medicine at the Latrobe Hospital Family Medicine Residency. She has been published in the journals American Family Physician and Pennsylvania History and speaks regularly at continuing medical education events on the topics of medical marijuana, PTSD, intimate partner violence and PANS. She is married with four children affected by PANS and spends her free time writing, baking and attempting to reign in the three ring circus she calls her family.

A TON of valuable information.

-Previous Patient Symposium Attendee


  • Pennsylvania leads the nation for seven years running with nearly 30% of all Lyme cases in the U.S.. in 2017, there
    were more than 9,250 confirmed cases with another 2,650 probable new cases, translating to 119,000 cases based on
    the CDC’s estimate of 10x more cases than reported.
  • As reported by the CDC, there are more new Lyme disease cases in the U.S. annually than Hepatitis, HIV, Colon
    Cancer and Breast cancer combined.
  • Lyme disease can have debilitating symptoms and is often accompanied by several co-infections such as Babesiosis,
    Anaplasmosis, Ehrlichiosis and Bartonellosis.
  • Lyme disease is difficult to diagnose because the available tests are unreliable and its symptoms mimic those of other
    disorders like MS, Fibromyalgia, arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, Lupus, Alzheimer’s and more. It can be
    complicated by underlying chronic illnesses as well.


  • Lyme disease can attack virtually any system in the body and can be fatal in late stages if left untreated.
  • The “Lyme Journey” is often traumatic, not just because of the illness, but also the fear, uncertainty, frustration, anger,
    and financial hardship that comes along with any rapidly emerging disease.
  • Lyme disease can also cause PANS (Pediatric Acute-Onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome), a devastating disorder. Lyme
    and other infectious triggers create a misdirected immune response which causes brain inflammation. Children with
    this disorder experience a rapid onset of severe debilitating symptoms including OCD, severe restrictive eating, sensory
    sensitivities, anxiety and tics.

Thank you so much! I am grateful for the hard work
put into this and the willingness of so many
knowledgeable people to share their insights. Thank
you for making it so affordable. Very grateful!

-Previous Patient Symposium Attendee



We are thrilled to have Tick Killz as one of our amazing 2019 Patient Conference sponsors!

Their product offers 100% all-natural tick and mosquito control.

Tick Killz is committed to providing safe and effective products to help you safeguard your family and pets. Tick Killz was formulated to be an environmentally friendly and effective alternative to the potentially hazardous chemicals too often used for tick and mosquito control. Their goal is to be eco-friendly to your surroundings and not harm the beneficial insects that naturally protect your landscape.

Check out more about them – including testimonials, product info and their blog – here.


We are thrilled to have Visit Monroeville as one of our amazing 2019 Patient Conference sponsors! Their extremely generous donation has touched our hearts and helped to make this powerful event possible.

Visit Monroeville was established in 1987 to increase and serve the convention, trade show, entertainment and sports industries. They also work closely with the Monroeville Area Chamber of Commerce to promote local businesses and services – including hotels, restaurants and retail establishments – to visitors to the region. The staff markets the Monroeville Convention Center, hotels and other indoor and outdoor venues in the area to promote the region as a low-cost, high-quality location for trade shows, conventions, entertainment and sporting events.

Check out more about them – and learn all of the amazing ways that you can experience Monroeville, PA – here.


How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Contact with questions.

What’s the refund policy?

You can ask for a refund up to two weeks prior to the event. The refund cut off date is Saturday, April 20, 2019. After this date, there will be no refunds.

I can’t attend, but still want to make a donation. How can I do that?

To make a donation, please click here.

Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

No ID is needed. Age requirement is 12 years of age and older.

What is the Lunch Menu?

A lunch buffet with gluten-free and vegetarian choices will be served, exact menu is still being finalized and will be posted here when its complete.

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

Parking is complimentary at the Monroeville Convention Center. For all transportation options. please click here.

Is my registration/ticket transferrable?

Yes, you may transfer your ticket to someone else, but please let us know the name of the new attendee at

Can I update my registration information?

Yes, you can update your registration through

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Yes. But don’t sweat it if you forget. We will have an attendee list.

The name on the registration/ticket doesn’t match the attendee. Is that okay?


Is there a wait list?

Yes. If we have reached the maximum capacity, contact and we will add your name to the list. After our refund date of Saturday, April 20, 2019, we will contact you if we have any space available.

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