Lecture Title: PANS and Lyme Disease
Lecturer: Lindsey Wells, ND
Abstract: Pediatric Acute-onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome (PANS) and Lyme Disease are common autoimmune disorders that present with physiological, behavioral, and cognitive challenges. Acute onset of OCD, tics, anxiety, urinary frequency aggression, food restriction, and behavioral regression are among the many symptoms indicative of PANS. These symptoms manifest from strep, viruses, mycoplasma and other germs, which can lead to Autoimmune Encephalitis. Although no longer included the diagnostic criteria for PANS, Lyme Disease, and other tick-borne illnesses can complicate PANS symptoms and should be explored. This lecture will review clinical evaluation, and comprehensive treatment approach of PANS and tick-borne illnesses that focuses on antimicrobial and immune-modulating therapy.
Lindsey Wells, ND is a naturopathic physician. She focuses her practice on pediatric integrative care for PANS/PANDAS, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Tick-borne Illnesses, and other neurodevelopmental disorders. Also, she cares for the parents of her pediatric patients which allows for a comprehensive model of care for the whole family. She currently serves as the President of the Connecticut Naturopathic Physicians Association (CNPA) and is a Fellow of the Medical Academy of Pediatric Special Needs. She frequently lectures on PANS/PANDAS and ASD to both professional and parent organizations and is the author of the children’s book, Super Sam and the Battle Against PANS/PANDAS. In 2016, Dr. Wells was recognized as “Young Influencer in Naturopathic Medicine” by the AANMC.