Which Practitioners Do Mold Group Participants Believe Helped Them?

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August 22, 2016

By Lisa Petrison, Ph.D.

Three years ago when I first set up the Paradigm Change website, I put together a list of practitioners with experience in treating mold illness and was able to find only a dozen or so individuals who seemed to have the potential of being helpful.

Since that time, the Paradigm Change Mold Illness Practitioners list has expanded to include nearly 100 physicians and nurse practitioners, with new practitioners being pointed out to me by patients at least once or twice a week these days.

The numbers of individuals identifying themselves as having mold-related illness has been growing in leaps and bounds as well, with thousands and thousands of people now participating in online forums and waiting up to a year or more to see certain mold illness specialists.

It therefore is seeming that the treatment of mold illness by healthcare practitioners is starting to come into its own.

In a previous Paradigm Change blog post, the results of a poll asking improved mold group participants to supply information about which therapies had been helpful to them were summarized.

In this blog post, I will summarize results of a new poll of mold group participants with regard to their views on which practitioners have been helpful to them.

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

The poll was conducted in the five largest Facebook mold patient groups as well as the largest mold-oriented Facebook group from outside the U.S.  A total of 195 people participated.

The poll was first posted on August 7, 2016, in the Mold Avoiders group (98 participants). Several days later, the poll was posted in the Toxic Mold, CIRS and Lyme Disease Support Group (41 participants); in the Toxic Mold Support Group (18 participants); in the Toxic Mold – Rediscovering Health and Wellness group (10 participants); in the Black Mold Symptoms group (9 participants); and in the Toxic Mould Support Australia group (19 participants).

The survey question read as follows:

Have you consulted with any medical practitioners who have been helpful to you so far? Please check those healthcare practitioners who you have found to be at least somewhat helpful to you on the whole. Feel free to add practitioners to the choices. Thank you for your participation in this poll.  


The initial list of choices consisted of individuals who had previously been listed on the Mold Illness Practitioners page of the Paradigm Change website.

Responses were checked to make sure that each individual participated in the poll only one time.

A total of 96 practitioners received at least one mention by participants.


Top 20 Practitioners

Following is a list of the 20 practitioners who received the most mentions in the poll, with some basic information about each individual.

Listings of the remaining doctors who received at least one mention by poll participants follow.


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1. Mary Ackerley, M.D. (19 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; her M.D.H. at the American Medical College of Homeopathy; and her undergraduate degree at Harvard University.

Her website is called My Passion 4 Health.

She practices in Tucson, Arizona.


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2. Keith Berndtson, M.D. (15 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 my 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.

His website is at Park Ridge Multimed.

He practices near Chicago in Park Ridge, Illinois.


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3. Dr. Raj Patel, M.D. (13 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 recent 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 participated in an interview on the role of mold in Lyme disease with Scott Forsgren.

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

His website is at DrRajPatel.net.

He practices in Redwood City, California.


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4. Ritchie Shoemaker, M.D. (12 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 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” will be held in Irvine, California, on October 13-16.

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.


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5. Daniel Cagua-Koo, M.D. (11 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.

His website is at Groton Wellness.

He currently is practicing in Groton, Massachusetts.


6. Robin Thomson, N.D.  (9 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.


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7. Sandeep Gupta, M.D. (8 mentions)

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

He 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.


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7. Scott McMahon, M.D. (8 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.


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7. Neil Nathan, M.D. (8 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 the new book called Mold and Mycotoxins: Current Evaluation and Treatment 2016. (My 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.

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.


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7. Sonia Rapaport, M.D. (8 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.


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11. Steven Harris, M.D. (7 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 Redwood City, California.


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

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


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12. Janette Hope, M.D. (6 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


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12. Dietrich Klinghardt, M.D., Ph.D. (6 mentions)

Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt is the founder of the Klinghardt Academy and the American Academy of Neural Therapy.

He is especially known for his work in the areas of treatment of chronic Lyme disease and on the health effects of heavy metals and electromagnetic fields.

In more recent years, he has become interested in the effects of toxic mold (and also on the interactions between EMF’s and molds) as well.

He earned his medical and Ph.D. degrees in Germany before emigrating to the U.S. His doctoral dissertation was on the topic of the involvement of the autonomic nervous system in autoimmune disorders.

He has received awards as physician of the year by both the Global Foundation of Integrative Medicine and the International Academy of Biological Dentistry and Medicine.

He is featured in the movie Under Our Skin, which deals with the topic of chronic Lyme disease.

He practices in Woodinville, Washington.


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15.  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.


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15. Steve Nelson, Pharm.D., Ph.D.  (5 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.



17. Donald Dennis, M.D.  (4 mentions)

Dr. Donald Dennis is an ear, nose and throat specialist with a particular interest in fungal infections and other issues caused by exposures to mold and mycotoxins.

He graduated from the Medical College of Georgia.

His residencies were at Johns Hopkins Hospital and Union Memorial Hospital, both in Baltimore, Maryland.

He states that he has treated more than 30,000 chronic sinusitis patients during his 30-year career.

His website is at Sinusitis Wellness.

He practices in Atlanta, Georgia.


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17. 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.


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17.  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.


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17. William Weirs, M.D. (4 mentions)

Dr. William Weirs is in his second 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

Ellen Antoine, D.O. (Carmel, IN)

Dr. David Bird (Melbourne, Australia)

Carla Brook, N.P. (Whitefish, Montana)

Jill Carnahan, M.D. (Boulder, Colorado)

Gordon Crozier, D.O. (Lake Mary, FL)

Kristine Gedroic, M.D. (Morristown, NJ)

Irene Grant, M.D. (Tarrytown, NY)

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

Neil Hirschenbein, M.D. (La Jolla, CA)

Sheryl Leventhal, M.D. (Valley Cottage, NY)

Kellyn Milani, N.D. (Bozeman, MT)

Jose Montoya, M.D. (Palo Alto, CA)

Dr. Adam Nuttall (Australia)

William Rea, M.D. (Dallas, TX)


Practitioners with Two Mentions

Yvonne Berry, M.D. (Ann Arbor, MI)

Joseph Brewer, M.D. (Kansas City, MO)

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

Ann Corson, M.D. (Kennett Square, PA)

Lauren Deville, N.M.D. (Tucson, AZ)

Stephen Fry, M.D. (North Scottsdale, AZ)

Alan Gruning, D.O. (Ft. Myers, FL)

Chris Hatlestad, M.D. (Portland, OR)

Janet Kim, M.B. B.S. (Sydney, Australia)

Susan Kolb, M.D. (Atlanta, GA)

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

Elizabeth Large, N.D. (San Rafael, CA)

David Ou, M.D. (Atlanta, GA)

Sunjya Schweig, M.D. (Berkeley, CA)

Ann Shippy, M.D. (Austin, TX)

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

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

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

Dr. Mark Westaway (Brendale, Queensland, Australia)


Practitioners with One Mention

Wayne Anderson, N.D. (Santa Rosa, CA)

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

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

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

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

Burton Berkson, M.D., Ph.D. (Las Cruces, NM)

Susan Black, M.D. (Vienna, VA)

Michael Cantwell, M.D., M.P.H. (San Francisco, CA)

Stephanie Daniel, D.O. (San Francisco, CA)

Amy Derksen, N.D. (Edmonds, WA)

Dr. Peter Dobie (Edgecliff, Australia)

Shreenath Doctor, M.D., Ph.D. (Bellaire, TX)

Dr. Mark Donohoe (Mosman, Australia)

Eric Dorninger, N.D., L.Ac. (Boulder, CO)

Mark Filidei, D.O. (Costa Mesa, CA)

Cindy Fraed, M.D. (Chapel Hill, NC)

Robert Fried, M.D. (Oak Ridge, NC)

Jeff Greenfield, D.O. (Falmouth, ME)

Julie Griffith, M.D. (San Rafael, CA)

Dale Guyer, M.D. (Indianapolis, IN)

Cathryn Harbor, M.D. (Lexington, VA)

Andrew Heyman, M.D. (Aldie, VA)

Bruce Hoffman, MSc, MBChB (Calgary, Canada)

Richard Jaeckle, M.D. (Dallas, TX)

David Kaufman, M.D. (Mountain View, CA)

Dayna Kowata, N.D. (Irvine, CA)

Chris Kresser, M.S., L.Ac. (Berkeley, CA)

Derek Lang, D.O. (Hurst, TX)

Martin Lerner, M.D. (Since Deceased)

Dr. Colin Little (Mt. Waverly, Victoria, Australia)

Randee Miller, M.S.N., A.P.R.N., B.C. (Indianapolis, IN)

David Minkoff, M.D. (Clearwater, FL)

Omar Morales, M.D. (Puerto Vallarta, Mexico)

Dr. Sarah Myhill (Upper Weston, UK)

Amy Nett, M.D. (Menlo Park, CA)

Dr. Kate Norris (Bondi Junction, Australia)

Miriam Peachy, N.M.D. (Peoria, AZ)

Heidi Peterson, N.D. (Portland, OR)

Terry Pfau, D.O. (Las Vegas, NV)

Daniel Pompa, D.PsC. (Park City, UT)

Mary Kay Ross, M.D. (Savannah, GA)

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

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

Dr. Jonathan Turtle (Mosman, Australia)

Alena Zweben, N.D. (Seattle, WA)


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.

Despite the limitations of the methodology used here, I personally am very pleased with how the results came out.

The backgrounds of all the practitioners profiled (and also many of those individuals listed but not profiled) are really impressive!  It is really exciting to have so many good people working to help sufferers of this disease now.

A few quick more quick comments that struck me as I looked at the list of the top five practitioners in this poll:

* Dr. Mary Ackerley’s blog post “Brain on Fire: The Role of Toxic Mold in Triggering Psychiatric Symptoms” has been the top article on the Paradigm Change sites over time (with more than 60,000 page views so far) and she also is the top practitioner in this poll. I’m sure that this is partially because she is an excellent physician in general and also a wonderful person, but I also think that the mental health effects of mold illness are extremely important and have yet to receive even a small fraction of the amount of general attention they deserve. There needs to be much more research into this topic and much more understanding among mental health professionals in general that mold can be a big driving factor in causing or exacerbating mental health issues.

* I first met Dr. Keith Berndtson in early 2008, very soon after he started his own integrative practice after decades of working for other people. He did not have a nurse yet and was doing his own push IV’s, and so I had a half an hour per session to talk to him about whatever I wanted. Which, of course, was to introduce him to the idea that mold could cause health effects. After about 20 total hours of my just chattering away, he finally said, “I think it’s time for me to read Mold Warriors,” and I ran out to the car to get my copy for him.  And now he is one of our top-rated physicians! The moral of the story:  if you come across a physician you really like, please consider trying to bring him or her into our fold. We really need more good people and it seems that for a lot of doctors, focusing on mold is turning into a good career decision for them.

* Dr. Raj Patel is the doctor mentioned in the recent Living Clean in a Dirty World blog post called “Age 24 and Feeling Fantastic: How Addressing Mold Got Rid of My Lyme Symptoms After a Decade of Illness.” One thing that really struck me about that recovery story is what a wide range of treatments Dr. Patel used to help get Rachel healthy again. Even under the best of circumstances, mold illness is not an easy illness to treat at all. Ultimately, expanding therapeutic modalities to include a much wider range of approaches than many practitioners are currently using may be needed to get people really well, I think.

* Like virtually everyone in the mold community, I owe my own recovery in large part to Dr. Ritchie Shoemaker. Although Erik Johnson first got me interested in mold and then ultimately served as my role model for recovery, it took reading Mold Warriors for me to realize that mold toxicity was a legitimate phenomenon and that I really needed to focus my attention on it. In looking at this list of doctors, I feel pretty darned sure that if it hadn’t been for Dr Shoemaker’s remarkable efforts, ALL of us still would be wandering around in the dark, wondering what the heck could be at the root of this mystery disease. So a really big thank you to him from this community seems to be in order.

* Finally, I could not be more thrilled to see Dr. Daniel Cagua-Koo leapfrog over a whole bunch of much more established and high-profile clinicians to take the number five spot. A year ago, Dr. Cagua-Koo was camping off the grid on the north rim of the Grand Canyon and finding (as I learned myself early in my recovery) that if severely ill patients can get clear enough of all kinds of mold exposures (including outdoor mold and cross-contamination) that treatments of all kinds work much better than they otherwise would and that healing can occur remarkably quickly. I thus see his work as a much-needed bridge between the mold avoidance approach pioneered by Erik Johnson and the medical approach pioneered by Dr. Shoemaker and the other established clinicians on this list. I anticipate that Dr. Cagua-Koo’s contributions are going to be particularly great as we all move forward into the next stage of understanding and treatment.

In general, in looking at this list, I feel really lucky that we have gotten to the point where there are so many wonderful people working to help people with this sort of illness. It has been a long hard slog for all of us to get to this point, so it’s really an accomplishment for all concerned.


Reader Comments

Always in the past, I have made it a point to encourage civil non-commercial comments of all sorts on Paradigm Change blog posts.

In addition, I am of the strong belief that it is important for patients to have the opportunity to discuss their experiences with practitioners with one another in online forums. No practitioner is appropriate for every mold illness patient, and hearing about the experiences of other patients with particular practitioners increases the likelihood that each individual will find find the most suitable practitioner for his or her own situation.

However, in the case of this particular blog post, I am asking that any critical comments about practitioners that readers of this blog may have be shared in the Mold Avoiders group on Facebook, rather than in the comments section here.

Group membership is open to anyone who agrees to follow the group rules. Although the general policy is that participants must have read or be in the process of reading the book A Beginner’s Guide to Mold Avoidance, I am waiving that requirement with regard to practitioner discussion.

All comments made about practitioners and other prominent individuals made in the Mold Avoiders group must adhere to the commenting guidelines previously summarized in the group.

Positive comments about practitioners may be shared in the comments section of this blog or in the Facebook group. Critical comments should be shared only in the Facebook group.



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.


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.


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About Paradigm Change

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 Kindle format.

The book serves as the foundation for the Facebook recovery help forum Mold Avoiders, which now has more than 3500 members. Please feel free to join us there!

If you haven’t already done so, please take part in the current Chronic Illness Survey. It focuses primarily on reproductive issues, including health issues experienced by children of those with chronic illness and fertility issues. Anyone who has ever had any kind of chronic illness is welcome to participate.

Those signing up for the Paradigm Change newsletter also 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. 

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