My new book, Demystifying PANS/PANDAS: A functional medicine desktop reference on Basal Ganglia Encephalitis, is a comprehensive guide to recognizing, understanding and treating PANS, PANDAS and BGE.
Whether you are an MD, ND or DO, a nutritionist or dietitian, a registered nurse or nurse practitioner, a PA or DC, a therapist or psychologist or any medical professional with a complex patient, then this guidebook, membership program and mentoring service is for you. If you are a teacher with a student in need or a parent looking for answers, share this book and its accompanying program with a medical professional to obtain the necessary tools to help your child get better and start their journey and yours to restored health.
WHAT IS PANS/PANDAS?
PANS and PANDAS (also known as Basal Ganglia Encephalitis) are disorders of the immune system that occur in 1 in 200 children. The course is of abrupt onset and is often episodic or waxing and waning, and sometimes difficult to understand. My guidebook, membership and mentoring program helps medical professionals understand, diagnose and treat PANS, PANDAS and BGE.
ABOUT DR. O’HARA
Nancy Hofreuter O’Hara, MD, MPH, FAAP is a board-certified pediatrician who specializes in helping children and families heal from chronic illnesses, including PANS, PANDAS and BGE. She is a leading lecturer and mentor of clinicians, both in the United States and internationally, educating medical professionals to recognize, diagnose and treat this condition.
MD – Arundel Pediatrics, Linthicum, Maryland
The one good thing about getting so many complicated PANDAS/PANS patients is that it often gave me the opportunity to learn from Dr. O’Hara. I have had several mentoring sessions over the past few years, and each one gave me new ideas and filled me with new passion. I literally have my notes from every session, and I go back to them often for guidance and advice. It was so comforting to know that when I hit a block, I could reach out to Dr. O’Hara and get fantastic, helpful advice as well as a friendly and supportive ear. I can't say enough great things about Dr. O’Hara, she is just an incredible source of experience, wisdom and inspiration - I feel lucky to learn from her, always!
Stephanie (mom of a child with autism)
I know it has been awhile since James visited your practice, but I wanted to send you both a message of immense gratitude. I truly believe that your interventions had a profound effect on James' development. James is verbal, conversational and very social now. His behavioral issues are manageable and most importantly he is a happy and HEALTHY kid. What a difference since we brought him to you over two years ago. Thank you both.
MD, IBCLC, FAAP, IFMCP - Living Water Pediatrics, Charlotte, NC
Dr. O'Hara is a leader and innovator in the field of functional medicine. Drawing on her years of experience in functional medicine, Dr. O'Hara's mentoring sessions help practitioners take their treatment plans of medically complex patients to the next level. She is organized, informative, a wealth of knowledge and great to work with in the collaborative mentoring sessions. Lastly and most importantly, Dr. O'Hara is an advocate for patient care and healing that pushes the boundaries of traditional care to help her patients get well.
Mother of Patient
After PANDAS onset for my 4 year old, I lost trust in doctors. Dr. Ohara not only reinstated that trust, but she gave us our lives back. Beyond grateful to her and her team!
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