Governor Abbott Reappoints Thirteen To Pediatric Acute-Onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome Advisory Council | Office of the Texas Governor

September 9, 2021 | Austin, Texas | Appointment

Governor Greg Abbott has reappointed thirteen members to the Pediatric Acute-Onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome Advisory Council for a term expiring August 31, 2023. The council advises the committee and the legislature on research, diagnosis, treatment and education related to pediatric acute-onset neuropsychiatric syndrome.

Brandon Brock, DNP, DC van Sunnyvale Texas is a Registered Nurse and Physician at the Carpathia Collaborative in Dallas, Texas. Brock holds a doctorate in chiropractic from Parker University and a doctorate in family nursing from Duke University, while pursuing postgraduate training as a Global Clinical Research Scholar from Harvard Medical School. He also attended Duke Medical Center for specialization in orthopedics and completed a fellowship in regenerative medicine. He is currently working on a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) at Texas Woman’s University.

Kara Chasteen van Bertram was an educator and worked in insurance services before devoting time to raising her children. She previously served on the board of directors for the Burnet County Livestock Show, the Williamson/Burnet Counties Opportunities Board and has spent years raising money for 4H & FFA Clubs. Chasteen holds a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Economics from Tarleton State University and a Master of Education in IT from West Texas A&M University.

Anne Esquivel, Ph.D. van New Braunfels is a clinical psychologist and owner of Mind Works. She is a member of the American Association of Play Therapists and is past president of the Bexar County Psychological Association. Esquivel holds a bachelor’s degree in International Studies from Auburn University in Montgomery, a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from National University and a PhD in Philosophy in Clinical Psychology from United States International University.

Lisa Formby of Hereford a school nurse at Hereford ISD. She is the former president and current secretary of the Texas School Nurses Organization and a member of the National Association of School Nurses and Region 16 School Nurses. She is a board member of BRIDGE and a former board member of the American Red Cross. She also volunteers with the American Cancer Society and the American Heart Association. Formby received a nursing degree from the Northwest Texas Hospital School of Nursing.

Dan Freeland, DO van Lakeway is an osteopathic physician, owner and medical director of Bee Caves Family Practice. He is a past president and current member of the Texas Society of American College of Osteopathic Family Practice. In addition, he is a member of the American College of Osteopathic Family Practice, and chairs the Osteopathic Clinical Research Committee and vice chair of the Credentials Committee. He is a member of the American Osteopathic Association, Texas Osteopathic Medical Associate, American Osteopathic College of Occupational and Preventative Medicine, Texas Medical Association, and Travis County Medical Society. Freeland received a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Truman State University and a Doctor of Osteopathy from AT Still University Medical School. He served as a captain in the medical corps and was honorably discharged from the United States Air Force.

Sarah Garrett of Spicewood is the founder and executive director of the Phoenix Center and a registered play therapist and licensed psychotherapist with over 20 years of experience working with children and families. She is a member of NASW and the American Association for Play Therapy. She volunteered at CASA. Garrett received a Bachelor of Arts in Art from the University of Texas at Austin and a Masters in Clinical Social Work from the University of Houston.

Suzanne Gazda, MD of San Antonio is a senior partner of the Neurology Institute of San Antonio and owner and director of Gazda Integrative Neurology. She is also co-director of the PANS and PANDAS Center of South Texas. She is a member of the International Society of Environmental Medicine, American Academy of Neurology, American Society of Antiaging Medicine, Texas Neurological Association, ILADS, and the Institute of Functional Medicine. Gazda holds a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from the University of Texas at Austin and a Doctor of Medicine from the University of Texas Health Science Center Medical School.

Lisa Hardy is the former president and executive director of the Children’s Autoimmune Brain Disorder Association, which merged with Alliance to Solve PANS and Immune Related Encephalopathies. Hardy graduated from the Georgia Baptist School of Nursing and spent 10 years as a registered nurse in surgical and open heart care. She is currently an advisor to the Alliance to Solve PANS Board.

Qazi Javed, MD van Austin is a psychiatrist at Integrated Psychiatry-Austin. He is a member of the American Psychiatric Association, Texas Society of Psychiatric Physicians, Texas Medical Association, Integrative Providers of Austin, and Austin Wellness Collaborative. Javed holds a Bachelor of Medicine from King Edward Medical College and a Bachelor of Science from Punjab University.

Paula Kruppstadt, MD of The Woodlands is the owner, CEO and medical director of Hope for Healing. She is a diplomat of the American Board of Pediatrics, Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, an Institute for Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner, and a member of the American Academy of Ozone Therapy, International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society, and International Society for Environmentally Acquired Disease . Kruppstadt holds a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from the University of Texas at Dallas and a doctorate in medicine from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. She completed a child internship and residency at the William Beaumont Army Medical Center in Fort Bliss, Texas. She served in the United States Army Medical Corps and was honorably discharged in 1995. Before opening her functional medicine and general pediatrics practice in 2015, she worked as a general pediatrician in several locations, including Texas Children’s Pediatrics and Texas Children’s Urgent Care, and she also served as a pediatric hospital and faculty for Baylor College of Medicine at St. Luke’s Hospital in The Woodlands, Texas.

Sharon Lemons van Saginaw is the Dietitian Sr of MHMR of Tarrant County. She is currently the United States House of Representatives Representative for the Behavioral Health Nutrition Council Dietary Practice Group. Lemons holds a bachelor’s degree in dietetics and institutional management and a degree in nutrition from Texas Woman’s University.

Amy Offutt, MD van Marble Falls is the medical director and owner of Heart and Soul Integrative Health and Yoga. She is a member of the Texas Medical Association. Offutt received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Abilene Christian University, a Doctor of Medicine from the University of Texas Health San Antonio, a Master of Arts in Integrative Medicine from George Washington University, and completed her residency in family medicine at Christ Santa Rosa in San Antonio.

Nathan Pullen van Austin is the Texas Education Agency’s Autism Coordinator. He is a member of the Association for Applied Behavior Analysis, Texas Association for Behavior Analysis, Association of Professional Behavior Analysts, Council for Exceptional Children, and National Association of Special Education Teachers. Pullen holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Ethics from Baylor University and a Master of Education in Applied Behavior Analysis: Autism from Texas State University. Pullen is a board-certified behavioral analyst, certified educator, and also received his senior certification from Lamar University.

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