2017 Medical Practitioners Poll: Which Ones Do Mold Group Members Believe Have Helped Them?

July 20, 2017


Dear Friends,

A total of 304 mold illness patients participated in the 2017 Medical Practitioners Poll, and more than 100 doctors and nurse practitioners received mentions.

The results are summarized in a new Paradigm Change blog post [BELOW], titled “2017 Medical Practitioners Poll: Which Ones Do Mold Group Members Believe Have Helped Them?”


New on the Paradigm Change website is a Yelp-style Locations Ratings section, where those pursuing mold avoidance can share information about how they have felt in different places they have lived or visited. The average ratings are summarized in a color-coded map that I think provides some interesting insights.

I wrote a new article on the Paradigm Change blog, called “Could Laura Ingalls Wilder and Almanzo Wilder Have Been Toxic Mold Victims?”

A new survey-based article on the Paradigm Change blog is called “Symptoms Experienced By Mold Illness Patients – And By Their Partners, Their Kids and Their Pets.”

A collection of other survey-based findings on topics such as “Helpful Medical Testing,” “Recovering from Mold Hits” and “Air Purifiers” are presented on the Living Clean in a Dirty World blog.

A new section of the Paradigm Change website provides citations for more than a thousand journal articles on the Health Effects of Aflatoxin, organized by topic.


An issue that has been getting increasing amounts of coverage in the news media is the extent to which many schools have particularly bad toxic mold problems in their classrooms and dorms.

The Wall Street Journal  wrote an in-depth overview article on the topic last month, for instance.

In many cases, schools have been very reluctant to address the problem or even to allow ADA accommodations for those students who are especially sensitized to the toxins.

Consequently a few lawsuits have been filed by small groups of individuals – including one currently being funded by a crowd-funding campaign at the prestigious London School of Economics, for instance.

I am wondering if a not-for-profit organization to fund some additional high-profile cases and establish some strong legal precedent might be worthwhile to set up.


A few other recent news items:

I have been particularly dismayed recently by reports out of the University of Maryland of scientists having developed a new toxic mold potentiated with spider and scorpion venom, with the goal of killing mosquitoes. I am not so sure that is a good idea at all.

The CDC website section on what it is now calling “ME/CFS” has been updated and is looking a good bit better than before. If they now can be persuaded to include avoidance of moldy buildings as one of the approaches that may be helpful for those with the disease, many more such patients have the potential of finally being helped by them.

Julie Rehmeyer’s new book on ME/CFS and mold avoidance, called Through The Shadowlands, has received a good bit of positive press, including an article in O: The Oprah Magazine and favorable reviews in The New Yorker and the Washington Post.

study by French researchers that mold toxins can aerosolize directly into the air (which mold avoidance pioneer Erik Johnson discovered through his own experiments in 1999) also received a goodly amount of media play during the past month.

The 2009 movie “Black Mold Exposure” is now available through streaming video on Amazon (free for Prime members).


On the mold avoidance front:

Basic information on pursuing Mold Avoidance – including on how to obtain a PDF of the popular book A Beginner’s Guide to Mold Avoidance for free – is available on the Paradigm Change site.

The book is also available in Amazon Kindle format.

A page on the Paradigm Change site details some examples of patients who have improved subsequent to beginning mold avoidance.

Two sisters pursuing mold avoidance with kids according to the approach discussed in the Beginner’s Guide also have started a new blog, called Journey of Resilience.


Thanks very much for your interest in the topic of mold-related illness and for reading this newsletter.
Best regards,

Lisa Petrison, Ph.D.
Executive Director
Paradigm Change
Website: www.paradigmchange.me
Email: info@paradigmchange.me




By Lisa Petrison, Ph.D.

Recognition of the issue of mold-related illness has gone much more mainstream over the past year, and many new practitioners have begun focusing on the illness.

This is not an easy condition to treat, however, and knowledge about the most effective therapies and approaches is still being developed.

The Paradigm Change mold practitioners poll allows individuals participating in online mold groups to share information about which medical professionals have been helpful to them.

This is the second year for this poll, and the 2016 results were published in a previous Paradigm Change blog post.

The goal of the poll is to provide recognition to those practitioners who are thought by patients to be particularly helpful and also possibly to gain insights into the practitioner characteristics that are especially valued by patients.

The Poll

This year’s poll question read as follows:

Have you consulted personally with any medical practitioners helpful to you so far? Please check those healthcare practitioners who have been at least moderately helpful to you in terms of addressing your chronic illness issues.

If there are additional practitioners who have been helpful to you, please write their names in the comments or add them to the list. 

This poll also is being shared in other mold-oriented groups on Facebook. Please participate in the poll only one time. 

This is the 2017 version of this project. The results will be shared as a Paradigm Change blog article. 

The results of the 2016 version of this poll are here: http://www.paradigmchange.me/wp/practitioners-2016

A list of mold-oriented practitioners may be found here: http://www.paradigmchange.me/practitioners

Thank you for your participation in this poll!

Practitioners who had received two or more mentions in the 2016 poll as well as those listed on the Mold Illness Practitioners page on the Paradigm Change website were listed as the initial choices for all groups.

The poll was conducted in nine different Facebook mold groups, including the six largest groups as well as some additional particularly active groups. A total of 304 individuals participated.

The poll was first shared in the Mold Avoiders group on June 28, 2017. It then was shared in the other groups a week later.

Individuals were instructed to participate in the poll only one time, and participant names were checked across groups to make sure that no one had participated more than once.

Practitioners were not permitted to vote for themselves.

A total of 135 people in the Mold Avoiders group participated.

The other groups where the poll was posted were Toxic Mold, CIRS and Lyme Disease Support Group (58 participants); Toxic Mould Support Australia (30 participants); Surviving Toxic Mold (27 participants); Mold and Chemical Sensitivity Lifestyle (20 participants); Black Mold Symptoms (12 participants); Healing Mold, Mycotoxicosis, Lyme, CIRS, MCS and Biotoxin Illness Support (10 participants); Toxic Mold – Rediscovering Health and Wellness (8 participants); and Toxic Mold Support Group (4 participants).

A total of 104 different practitioners were mentioned by participants, and 50 practitioners received at least two mentions.

About 25% of all participants (78 individuals) checked the following response: “I have not yet found any medical practitioners to be at least moderately helpful to me.

Following is a summary of the results, as well as some background information about those practitioners receiving the most mentions.

1. Daniel Cagua-Koo, M.D. (24 mentions)

Dr. Daniel Cagua-Koo is a physician incorporating integrative, functional and environmental medicine approaches into his practice.

He has experienced severe mold hyperreactivity himself and spent most of 2015 seeking out pristine locations in the western half of the United States while living in a converted cargo trailer.

His experience was that many treatments work much better when patients are clear of exposures (including from small amounts of toxins from cross-contamination and the outdoor air), and he encourages his patients to attend especially diligently to avoidance issues.

Although he treats a variety of biotoxin illness patients, a particular focus is on more severe patients.

He graduated in 2007 from the Tufts University School of Medicine, where he received the Presidential Award for Citizenship and Public Service.

In his prior career, he ran a faith-based non-profit, organizing and serving high-risk Vietnamese youth in Dorchester, Massachusetts.

He works in private practice in Massachusetts.

2. Keith Berndtson, M.D. (17 mentions)

Dr. Keith Berndtson is an integrative practitioner and Shoemaker-certified physician.

He is the author of the book Seek Wisdom: The Modern Quest for Health and Sustainability and of the peer-reviewed journal article “Review of Evidence for Immune Evasion and Persistent Infection in Lyme Disease.”

He also authored a popular slide presentation on mold toxicity and an article on why mold toxicity has been so invisible for so long.

He wrote the foreword to the biography of mold avoidance pioneer Erik Johnson, called Back from the Edge.

He also participated in a mold avoidance group discussion in 2008-09 that is featured in the book The Role of Toxic Mold in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

He was interviewed in 2015 by High Intensity Health.

He is a graduate of Rush Medical College.

Dr. Berndtson has spent his career working in the Chicagoland area, but very recently joined the mold-oriented practice at Haven Medical in Chapel Hill, NC.

3. Dr. Raj Patel, M.D. (16 mentions)

Dr. Raj Patel focuses on mold illness, Lyme disease and autism in his practice and is a Shoemaker-certified physician. He states that he uses a wide range of treating modalities.

He is mentioned as the treating physician in the Living Clean in a Dirty World blog post “Age 24 and Feeling Fantastic: How Addressing Mold Got Rid of My Lyme Symptoms After a Decade of Illness.”

He recently participated in a video interview with Better Health Guy and also did another interview with him several years ago.

He is a graduate of Rutgers Medical School in New Jersey.

His website is at DrRajPatel.net.

He practices in Foster City, California.

4. Mary Ackerley, M.D. (15 mentions)

Dr. Mary Ackerley is an integrative psychiatrist and Shoemaker-certified physician.

She is the author of the popular Paradigm Change blog article “Brain on Fire: The Role of Toxic Mold in Triggering Psychiatric Symptoms.”

She did her M.D. at the University of Maryland; her medical residency at Johns Hopkins; and her M.D.H. at the American Medical College of Homeopathy.

Her website is called My Passion 4 Health.

She practices in Tucson, Arizona.

5. Sonia Rapaport, M.D. (11 mentions)

Dr, Sonia Rapaport is a holistic and integrative physician and is Shoemaker-certified.

She participated in an interview on Dr. Neil Nathan’s radio program.

She received her M.D. from the University of Virginia.

Her website is at Haven Medical.

She practices in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

6. Steve Nelson, Pharm.D., Ph.D.  (10 mentions)

Dr. Steve Nelson is a naturopathic and holistic practitioner focusing much of his attention on difficult-to-treat chronic illness cases.

He has written many academic and clinical papers, and is featured in a chapter of Suzanne Somers’ book Breakthrough.

He has participated in several video interviews.

He holds a Ph.D. in clinical nutrition from Indiana University; a clinical Ph.D. in pharmacology from the University of Wisconsin; and a doctorate in pharmacy from the University of Wisconsin.

His website is at DrSteveNelson.com.

He practices in Palm Desert, California.

7 (tie). Sandeep Gupta, M.D. (9 mentions)

Dr. Sandeep Gupta focuses on nutritional, environmental and Ayurvedic medicine and is a Shoemaker-certified doctor.

He also provides basic information about chronic inflammatory response syndrome (CIRS) to patients in an online training course, called Mold Illness Made Simple.

He was interviewed in a podcast by Better Health Guy and also spoke in a brief video about his holistic approach to medicine.

He has a website at Lotus Holistic Medicine and a nutritional medicine blog at DrSandeepGupta.com.

He graduated from medical school from the University of Queensland.

He practices in Queensland, Australia.

7 (tie). Ritchie Shoemaker, M.D. (9 mentions)

Dr. Ritchie Shoemaker has been studying and treating mold illness for nearly 20 years and now trains other physicians in his protocols through the Shoemaker certification program.

He developed a panel of laboratory tests that is now widely used to help to diagnose and evaluate mold illness patients, as well as the HERTSMI-2 environmental test.

He has written a number of books, including State of the Art Answers to 500 Mold Questions (2014); Surviving Mold (2010); Mold Warriors (2005); and Desperation Medicine (2001).

He has written many peer-reviewed journal papers and participated in a number of in-depth interviews. He also was featured in Dave Asprey’s 2015 movie “Moldy.”

Dr. Shoemaker’s Third Annual Conference “CIRS – Cutting Edge in Diagnosis and Treatment State of the Art” was held in Irvine, California, in 2016.

He provides information on his website Surviving Mold.

After a long career of treating thousands of biotoxin illness patients, he retired from private practice in early 2013.

9 (tie). Margaret DiTulio, A.P.R.N. (6 mentions)

Peg DiTulio is a family nurse practitioner and a Shoemaker-certified practitioner.

She has served as a clinical nursing instructor of pediatrics at St. Anselm College in New Hampshire.

She also is pursuing advanced studies in clinical herbalism at the Boston School of Herbal Studies, with a particular interest in the use of herbs for treatment of tick-borne infections.

She practices in Atkinson, New Hampshire.

9 (tie). Andrew Heyman, M.D. (6 mentions)

Dr. Andrew Heyman currently is the program director of integrative medicine at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

He also treats patients in his own private practice, The Virginia Center for Health and Wellness, located in Aldie, VA.

In addition, he is the chief medical officer for the Metabolic Code Enterprise, a group of clinical experts focusing on developing wellness, lifestyle and nutrition programs.

He is the online editor for the integrative medicine section of the Journal of Men’s Health and the editor-in-chief of the Internet Journal of Anti-Aging and Aesthetic Medicine.

He interviewed Dr. Ritchie Shoemaker in a podcast presentation in 2014.

Dr. Heyman obtained his M.D. as well as a masters in health services administration from the University of Michigan, and also has training in traditional Chinese medicine and shiatsu.

9 (tie). Robin Thomson, N.D.  (6 mentions)

Dr. Robin Thomson is a naturopathic and Shoemaker-certified physician, focusing on treating patients with biotoxin and other chronic illnesses.

She received a grant to study tick-borne disease treatments with Dr. Bernard Raxlen in New York City, and now says that mold avoidance and treatment has allowed her to avoid the use of antibiotics for the large majority of her patients.

She graduated from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon.

Her website is at Trillium Integrative Medicine.

She practices in Bozeman, Montana.

12 (tie).  Dr. Greg Emerson (5 mentions)

Dr. Greg Emerson focuses on environmental and nutritional medicine, with a particular interest in fungal diseases.

He also is interested in hyperbaric oxygen and ozone therapies; acupuncture; heavy metal toxicity; Lyme disease and other stealth infections; and bioidentical hormones.

He has talked about the role of fungal infections in chronic disease on the TV program Know the Cause on a number of occasions.

He has published a number of peer-reviewed papers and lives on a 50-acre organic permaculture farm.

His website is DrGregEmerson.com.

He practices in Queensland, Australia.

12 (tie). Steven Harris, M.D. (5 mentions)

Dr. Steven Harris is a physician with a particular interest in Lyme disease, and he is actively involved in lymedisease.org and the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS).

He shared some of his thoughts in the book Insights into Lyme Disease Treatment.

Although he is not a mold illness specialist, he is reported as encouraging many of his patients to become more aware of mold issues and to seek out treatment from mold practitioners.

He practices in Foster City, California.

12 (tie). Neil Hirschenbein, M.D., Ph.D. (5 mentions)

Dr. Neil Hirschenbein is a Shoemaker-certified physician who also is board certified in internal medicine and gastroenterology.

He has a particular interest in bio-identical hormone replacement, and also has received training in holistic and integrative medicine; anti-aging medicine; functional medicine; and nutrition.

Dr. Hirschenbein has been especially focused on treating issues related to toxic mold and Lyme disease for more than eight years.

His M.D. is from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and he also holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Boston University. He did his medical residency and fellowship at UC San Diego.

His private practice is located in San Diego.

12 (tie). Janet Kim (5 mentions)

Dr. Janet Kim is family physician in private practice in Chatsworth, NSW, Australia.

She recently became certified in the Shoemaker protocol.

Her medical degree is from the University of NSW in Australia, and she has additional training in acupuncture; counseling and psychotherapy; and nutritional and environmental medicine.

12 (tie). Sheryl Leventhal (5 mentions)

Dr. Sheryl Leventhal is a former oncologist currently practicing functional medicine.

Her private practice is in Valley Cottage, NY.

She focuses particularly on chronic health problems such as mold-related illness, Lyme disease, chronic fatigue and Crohn’s disease.

She is an advisory board member for Dr.  Patricia Kane’s Neurolipid Research Foundation.

Her M.D. is from New York University, and she also has completed additional training in functional medicine.

12 (tie). Scott McMahon, M.D. (5 mentions)

Dr. Scott McMahon was the first doctor to become Shoemaker-certified. His interest in mold illness began when he identified a school where many of the children were suffering from what he realized were mold-related symptoms.

He previously completed a pediatric residency at Duke University Medical Center and has maintained a particular clinical and research interest on the effects of mold toxicity on children.

He was featured in the 2015 movie “Moldy,” produced by Dave Asprey.

His medical degree is from the Creighton University School of Medicine.

He practices in Roswell, New Mexico.

16 (tie). David Bird, M.B.Ch.B. (4 mentions)

Dr. David Bird is a former general practitioner who now has a clinic specializing in nutritional and environmental medicine in Melbourne, Australia.

He focuses on the use of integrative medicine to treat chronic conditions, and is particularly interested in mold-related illness, chronic fatigue syndrome, heavy metal toxicity, post-viral syndrome, thyroid disorders and weight management.

16 (tie). Gordon Crozier, D.O. (4 mentions)

Dr. Gordon Crozier is a board-certified practitioner focusing on treating patients with integrative medicine, with a particular interest in genetic testing.

He focuses on the treatment of mold toxicity, Lyme disease, autoimmune disorders, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, parasitic diseases and hormone imbalances, among other health problems.

His book is called Healing One Cell at a Time, and he also has created a series of informational videos.

His private practice is in Lake Mary, FL,

He obtained his D.O. degree from the Des Moines University & College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery.

16 (tie). Cindy Fraed, M.D. (4 mentions)

Dr. Cindy Fraed is physician who is board-certified in obstetrics-gynecology and who recently became Shoemaker-certified.

She treats patients with mold-related illness and other chronic illnesses through an integrative approach at Haven Medical, located in Chapel Hill, NC.

Her M.D. is from the Creighton University School of Medicine, and she has received additional training in craniosacral therapy and other integrative approaches.

16 (tie). Kristine Gedroic, M.D. (4 mentions)

Dr. Kristine Gedroic an integrative medical physician with a private practice in Morristown, NJ.

Her practice provides mostly naturopathic and homeopathic management of complex medical conditions.

She was interviewed on Dr. Neil Nathan’s radio program on the topic of “Healing Membranes in Chronic Illness Using Unique Treatments,” and serves on the advisory board for Dr.  Patricia Kane’s Neurolipid Research Foundation.

Her approach to Lyme disease was summarized in an article in the Townsend Letter and in a podcast interview on Lyme Light Radio.

She and her husband are the founders of Trust Foods, which produces grain-free and mostly organic cookies.

Her medical degree is from Thomas Jefferson University, and she also is certified by the American Board of Medical Acupuncture.

16 (tie). Irene Grant, M.D. (4 mentions)’

Dr. Irene Grant is an infectious disease specialist with a focus on integrative medicine practicing in Tarrytown, NY.

She currently focuses much of her attention on treating mold-related illness, focusing on addressing fungal infections as well as toxicity and allergic elements.

She also treats a number of other conditions, including various immune deficiencies, cancer, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, heavy metal toxicity and malnutrition.

The first part of her career during the 1980’s and 1990’s were devoted to the AIDS epidemic.

She has published a number of journal articles and book chapter on AIDS, bacterial infections and fungal infections.

Her integrative practice includes the use of Oriental medicine, acupuncture and herbology, as well as nutritional medicine and conventional prescription medicines.

Her medical degree is from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, where she also taught for several years.

16 (tie). Michael Gray, M.D., M.P.H. (4 mentions)

Dr. Michael Gray has treated mold illness cases since the 1990’s as part of his internal medicine and toxicology practice.

He has written a number of peer-reviewed journal articles on the effects of mold and mycotoxins found in water-damaged buildings.

He was featured in the 2009 CBN program called “The Hidden Dangers of Mold Exposure” as well as in an additional short video.

He earned his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and his master of public health at the University of Illinois. He did a residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in occupational medicine at Cook County Hospital in Illinois.

He practices in Benson, Arizona.

16 (tie). Janette Hope, M.D. (4 mentions)

Dr. Janette Hope is a physician who has specialized in the treatment of mold illness in a dedicated environmental illness practice for more than 10 years.

She has served as President of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine and is on the board of directors of the Global Indoor Health Network.

Her peer-reviewed papers on the topic of mold illness include a overview article on clinical treatment and a review article on the health effects of ochratoxin.

She gave the keynote address for the 2015 Building Biology Conference and a short interview for the series Your Environmental Minute. She also was featured in Dave Asprey’s 2015 film “Moldy.”

She graduated from the John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawaii. Her residency was at the Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center.

She practices in Santa Barbara, California

16 (tie).  Allan Lieberman, M.D. (4 mentions)

Dr. Allan Lieberman has practiced environmental medicine and toxicology for more than 36 years.  Prior to that, he specialized in pediatrics.

He has published more than 15 peer-reviewed journal articles and dozens of conference proceedings articles on mold illness, environmental illness, chronic fatigue syndrome and many other topics.

He earned his doctor of medicine degree at Chicago Medical School, and also trained at Mount Sinai Hospital and Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago.

He is the head of the Center for Occupational and Environmental Medicine, which has treated more than 10,000 patients over the past 33 years.

He practices in North Charleston, South Carolina.

16 (tie). Jacquelyn Meinhardt, F.N.P.-B.C. (4 mentions)

Jacki Meinhardt is a board-certified family nurse practitioner who also has become a Shoemaker-certified practitioner.

Her current focus is on chronic inflammatory response syndrome, vector-borne illnesses, chronic fatigue, chronic pain, thyroid and adrenal management, detoxification, and autoimmune disease.

She works with Dr. Andrew Heyman at The Virginia Center for Health and Wellness in Aldie, VA.

In addition, she teaches in the graduate degree program at Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Studies.

Her prior experience includes working as a trauma nurse at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

She holds a master of science in health studies as a family nurse practitioner from Georgetown University.

16 (tie). Neil Nathan, M.D. (4 mentions)

Dr. Neil Nathan is a physician focusing on complex medical conditions who has been treating mold illness patients for more than a decade.

He is the author of a book called Mold and Mycotoxins: Current Evaluation and Treatment 2016. (A review of the book is on the Living Clean in a Dirty World blog.)

Dr. Nathan collaborated with Scott Forsgren and Dr. Wayne Anderson, N.D., on an article published in Townsend Letter in July 2014. The title was “Mold and Mycotoxins: Often Overlooked Factors in Chronic Lyme Disease.”

Dr. Nathan’s previous book also includes some mold discussion. It is called Healing is Possible: New Hope for Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, Persistent Pain, and Other Chronic Illnesses.

His radio program, “The Cutting Edge of Health and Wellness Today,” has focused on mold-related issues several times.

His interview with Dr. Ritchie Shoemaker was presented as a Paradigm Change blog post in 2014.

Dr. Nathan also recently participated in a podcast interview with Better Health Guy.

His M.D. is from the University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Medicine.

His website and blog are at NeilNathanMD.com.

He practices in Redwood Valley, California.

16 (tie). William Weirs, M.D. (4 mentions)

Dr. William Weirs is in his third year of practicing environmental medicine alongside Dr. Allan Lieberman at the Center for Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 

He also is a fellow-in-training with the Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona and a fellow-elect in the American Academy of Environmental Medicine.

Previously he practiced emergency medicine.

His medical degree is from the Mercer University School of Medicine.

He practices in North Charleston, South Carolina

Practitioners with Three Mentions

Carla Brook, N.P. (Whitefish, MT)

Casey Kelley, M.D. (Chicago, IL)

Dietrich Klinghardt, M.D. (Woodinville, WA)

Kellyn Milani, N.D. (Bozeman, MT)

David Ou, M.D. (Atlanta, GA)

Werner Vosloo, N.D. (Portland, OR)

Practitioners with Two Mentions

Ellen Antoine, D.O. (Carmel, IN)

Tania Ash, M.B., B.S. (Malvern, Australia)

Jill Carnahan, M.D. (Louisville, CO)

Margaret Christensen, M.D. (Dallas, TX)

Eric Gordon, M.D. (Santa Rosa, CA)

Alan Gruning, D.O. (Ft. Myers, FL)

N. Thomas LaCava, M.D. (Worcester, MA)

Gerald Natzke, D.O. (Grand Blanc, MI)

Eric Potter, M.D. (Franklin, TN)

Michael Rothman, M.D. (Spring Lake, NJ)

Patricia Salvato, M.D. (Houston, TX)

Sunjya Schweig, M.D. (Berkeley, CA)

Ann Shippy, M.D. (Austin, TX)

Jennifer L. Smith, N.M.D. (Scottsdale, AZ)

Adrienne Sprouse, M.D. (New York, NY)

Alan Vinitsky, M.D. (Gaithersburg, MD)

Dr. Christabelle Yeoh (Wyoming, NSW, Australia)

Practitioners with One Mention

Lucinda Bateman, M.D. (Salt Lake City, UT)

Robin Bernhoft, M.D. (Santa Monica, CA)

Ian Bier, N.D. (Portsmouth, NH)

Teresa Birkmeier-Fredal, M.D. (Rochester Hills, MI)

Karen Bridgman, N.D. (Gordon, Australia)

Bela Chheda, M.D. (Walnut Creek, CA)

Karen Clickner, N.D. (Holden, MA)

Beverly Copeland, M.D. (McKinleyville, CA)

Ann Corson, M.D. (Kennett Square, PA)

Donald Dennis, M.D. (Atlanta, GA)

Dr. Hugh Derham (Bicton, Western Australia)

Shaw Graeme, M.D. (Los Altos, CA)

Jeff Greenfield, D.O. (Falmouth, ME)

Dale Guyer, M.D. (Indianapolis, IN)

David Haase, M.D. (Clarksville, TN)

Dr. Georgina Hale (Buderim, Queensland, Australia)

Chris Hatlestad, M.D. (Since Retired)

Sharon Hausman-Cohen, M.D. (Austin, TX)

Bettina Herbert, M.D. (Philadelphia, PA)

Kristann Heinz, M.D. (Pipersville, PA)

Nazanin Kimiai, N.D. (Kirkland, WA)

W. Jamey Kirkpatrick, N.D. (Atascadero, CA)

Susan Kolb, M.D. (Atlanta, GA)

A. Martin Lerner, M.D. (Since Deceased)

Paris Mansmann, M.D. (Yarmouth, ME)

Jose Montoya, M.D. (Palo Alto, CA)

Amy Myers, M.D. (Bee Cave, TX)

Lisa Nagy, M.D. (Vineyard Haven, MA)

Stephen Nitz, M.D. (Rockford, IL)

Raymond Oenbrink, D.O. (Asheville, NC)

Milena Pavlova, M.D. (Boston, MA)

Terry Pfau, D.O. (Las Vegas, NV)

Dr. Douglas J. Phillips (West Palm Beach, FL)

Colleen Pietrowski, D.C. (Timonium, MD)

William Rea, M.D. (Dallas, TX)

Mark Sanders, N.D. (Fairfield, CT)

Karen Saylor, M.D. (Mt. Vernon, KY)

Guy Schenker, D.C. (Mifflintown, PA)

Dr. Zoe Sherrin (Lismore, NSW, Australia)

Mary Short-Ray, D.O. (Jacksonville, FL)

Roland Solensky, M.D. (Corvallis, OR)

Laura Stone, M.D. (Aldie, VA)

David Systrom, M.D. (Boston, MA)

Janine Talty, N.D. (Roanoke, VA)

Wallace Taylor, N.D. (Austin, TX)

Kam Tecaya, D.N.M. (Tucson, AZ)

Lauren Tessier, N.D. (Waterbury, VT)

Natasha Thomas, M.D. (Myrtle Beach, SC)

Dr. Erin Thomson (Iroquois Falls, Ontario, Canada)

Geordie Thomson, M.D. (Peterborough, NH)

Michael Veselak, D.C. (Camarillo, CA)

Peggy Watson, M.D. (Land O Lakes, FL)

Stephen P. Weiss, M.D. (Albuquerque, NM)

Kevin Young, M.D. (Plymouth, NH)

General Comments

Please note that the results of this poll should not be taken to suggest that the individuals who received the most votes are definitely the best mold illness practitioners out there.

There are many reasons that a practitioner providing quality care to mold illness patients may not have come up with very many mentions or even any mentions in this poll.

For instance, practitioners may be relatively new and not yet have built up their practices; may be serving a patient population consisting mostly of people who do not participate in mold groups; may serve a limited number of new patients or patients in general; or have patients who just happened not to see the poll when it was posted.

Note also that the methodology of the poll limited responses to those who had had positive experiences with these clinicians. Insofar as some mold group participants had seen clinicians but did not find them to have been helpful, this would not have been reflected in the poll results.


Please understand that the listing of physicians and other medical practitioners in this blog post does not constitute an endorsement or recommendation by anyone associated with Paradigm Change. We do not suggest that individuals actually become patients of these professionals or follow their treatment recommendations based on their inclusion on this list. Mold illness is an emerging area, not all patients may benefit from the same treatments, and our knowledge about these practitioners is limited (in some cases, based on a single reported experience from someone who we do not personally know). Practitioners listed here use a wide range of treatment modalities, most of which may not be appropriate for all situations. The information provided through the sharing of these poll results is at most provided only to give patients a starting point with regard to doing their own due diligence in terms of learning about and interviewing practitioners that might be appropriate for their situations. Best of luck to all with regard to finding a practitioner appropriate for your situation.

Suggestions for corrections to this article may be sent to info at paradigmchange dot me.

About the Author

Lisa Petrison is the executive director of Paradigm Change. She holds a Ph.D. in marketing and social psychology from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

About Paradigm Change

Paradigm Change is an organization with the goal of providing information about the role of mold toxins in chronic illness.

Information on contacting most of the practitioners listed in this article can be found on the Mold Illness Practitioners page of the Paradigm Change website. Note, however, that many of the individuals mentioned here have long waiting lists and that a few are not accepting new patients at all. The mold illness field still has plenty of room for many more good practitioners, it seems.

An introduction to a variety of mold avoidance topics is provided in the book A Beginner’s Guide to Mold Avoidance, written by Lisa Petrison and Erik Johnson. The book is available for free to those signing up for occasional emails on mold avoidance topics and also is sold in Kindleformat.

Those signing up for the Paradigm Change newsletter will receive a free PDF copy of the popular book about the remarkable life of mold avoidance pioneer Erik Johnson, called Back from the Edge. 

Links on this page are in orange (no underlining).

Thanks very much for reading this blog.

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