Medical Advisory Board for Morgellons

  • Elizabeth Anderson, RN, BSN, GNP - Gerontological Nurse Practitioner
  • Robert Bransfield, MD, DLFAPA - Psychiatry and Neurology
  • Eboni Cornish, MD - Internal Medicine
  • Edward Kilbane, MD - Psychiatry, Psychosomatic and Psycho-Oncology Medicine
  • Peter Mayne, MD - GP Dermatologist
  • Melissa McElroy, FNP - Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Carsten Nicolaus, MD, PhD - Internal Medicine
  • Ginger Savely, DNP, MEd, FNP-C, ACN - Family Nurse Practitioner, Doctorate in Nursing Practice
  • James Schaller, MD, MAR - Psychiatry, Neurology
  • Greg Smith, MD, FAAP - Pediatrician
  • Harold A. Smith, MD - Emergency Medicine
  • Raphael Stricker, MD - Internal Medicine, Subspecialties Hematology/Oncology, Immunology and Immunotherapy
  • Amelia M. Withington, MD - Psychiatry, Neurology

Elizabeth “Betsy” Anderson, RN, MS, GNP

Gerontological Nurse Practitioner

Medical Advisory Board

Ms. Anderson received her BS in Nursing from the University of Arizona in 1988. In 1990, she moved to San Francisco and began working as a Cardiovascular ICU nurse where she met Cindy Casey (1991). She completed a Masters in Nursing at the University of California-San Francisco in 1998 and became a Gerontological Nurse Practitioner. She lives in the San Mateo, CA. area, is active in her church and community while continuing to work in the ICU. “I have seen the effect Morgellons has on patients and am honored to be on the Medical Advisory Board of the Charles E. Holman Foundation, “stated Ms. Anderson. Betsy is an avid supporter of Morgellons research and bringing awareness to the medical community and public. She has served as moderator for several of The CEHF’s annual conferences.

Robert Bransfield, MD, DLPAPA

Psychiatry and Neurology

Red Bank, NJ

Medical Advisory Board

Dr. Robert C. Bransfield is a graduate of Rutgers College and the George Washington University School of Medicine. He completed his psychiatric residency training at Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital. He is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Psychiatry, is certified in Clinical Psychopharmacology by the American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology and is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.

Dr. Bransfield has held teaching appointments at Hahnemann Medical College and Eastern Virginia Medical School. He has taught in many settings to physicians, mental health professionals and the public. He has performed research, and has a particular interest in psychopharmacology, a unified theory of mental health and illness, the link between microbes and mental illness, Lyme and other tick-borne disease, violence, and the link between microbes and violence.

Dr Bransfield has been active in political advocacy on a national, state and local level. He has appeared on network and regional television, radio and various publications. He has authored and co-authored a number of publications in peer-reviewed literature, other medical publications and books. He has held a number of administrative positions for various organizations involved with a number of health, mental health and community related activities.

Dr. Bransfield maintains a private practice of psychiatry in Red Bank, NJ. Additionally, he is the Associate Director of Psychiatry and Chairman of Psychiatric Quality Assurance at Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, NJ. As Immediate Past President of the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS) and Immediate President of the New Jersey Psychiatric Association, Dr. Bransfield is a strong advocate for Mental Health, Lyme Disease and Morgellons Disease.

Edward Kilbane, MD

Stanford University

Department of Psychiatry
Psychosomatic and Psycho-Oncology Medicine

Medical Advisory Board

Edward Kilbane obtained his undergraduate degree in Anthropology from Loyola University of Chicago and a Master's Degree in Medical Anthropology from Case Western Reserve University. Subsequently, he completed his medical education at The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, followed by a medicine and surgical internship. He returned to the United States for psychiatric residency training at Beth Israel Medical Center, NYC, where he was Chief Resident. He finished his formal psychiatric training at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, NYC, completing a fellowship in Psychosomatic Medicine and Psycho-oncology and received the Jimmie Holland Award for Outstanding Clinical Fellow.

In September 2011, Dr. Kilbane joined the Department of Psychiatry at Stanford University as a Clinical Instructor. Dr. Kilbane performs inpatient psychiatric consultation for medical and surgical services, sees outpatients with comorbid medical and psychiatric illness, and supervises fellows, residents, and medical students. His immediate mission is to serve as liaison to the Comprehensive Cancer Center at Stanford and develop a Psycho-oncology Service.

His specific interests include the psychiatric issues in cancer care, working with patients and families dealing with end of life issues, psychiatric manifestations in neurological disease, and understanding how individuals and groups understand illness and access health care.

Dr. Kilbane’s background in psychosomatic disorders will help to dispel the myth that Morgellons disease is a delusional disorder. Dr. Kilbane is eager to help bring this condition to light in the medical community allowing for Morgellons patients to be treated with respect and dignity while scientific research is being done to better understand the pathophysiology.

Peter Mayne, MD

Laurieton NSW, Australia

GP Dermatologist

Medical Advisory Board

Dr. Peter Mayne is a GP Dermatologist with a large, active practice in Laurieton, NSW just north of Newcastle, Australia. He has been treating Lyme disease and other tick borne diseases for over 22 years in his current practice setting and is an honorary teaching associate at Cardiff University Department of Medicine (Dermatology). He is a pioneer in recognizing Morgellons Disease within Dermatology and in addressing it as a multi-systemic illness, not as just a skin issue.

Dr. Mayne joins our efforts with an optimistic outlook on the horizon. He has become a strong, positive force in educating his peers as well as all members of the medical community about Morgellons Disease. In 2011, Dr. Mayne gave a well-received presentation on Morgellons Disease at a Dermatological Medical Conference held in Cardiff, Wales, England. It is with renewed hope that combining his knowledge and expertise with others on our research team, we will soon prove to the world that Morgellons disease is a real physiological and debilitating medical condition with unique pathology.

Carsten Nicolaus, MD, PhD

Augsburg, Germany

Internal Medicine

Medical Advisory Board

Dr. Carsten Nicolaus, MD, PhD has had a very distinguished, mufti-faceted medical career which spans over 20 yrs. He is Chief Medical Director of the BCA-clinic, a treatment center for tick-borne diseases in Germany. His medical experience and interests include Emergency Medicine, Family Practice, Geriatric & Preventive Health Medicine, Vascular Medicine, and P.A.I.N. Therapy complemented by Acupuncture and Neural Therapy. Within recent years, Dr. Nicolaus has begun treating as well as researching Morgellons Disease in Germany.

Ginger R. Savely, DNP, MEd, FNP-C. ACN

Washington, DC

Family Nurse Practitioner, Doctorate in Nursing Practice

Medical Advisory Board

Dr. Ginger Savely is a Family Nurse Practitioner with a Doctorate in Nursing Practice from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland where she was honored with the Dean’s Legacy Award for her research on Morgellons disease. Her private practice is in Washington, DC where patients come to see her from all over the United States. Dr. Savely is a Certified Applied Clinical Nutritionist and uses an integrative approach to patient care. She has treated thousands of Lyme disease patients and over 500 Morgellons disease patients since she began specializing in these diseases ten years ago. She was honored with the Texas Nurse Practitioner of the Year Award when practicing in Texas in 2004.

Dr. Savely is considered by her colleagues to be one of the top experts in the United States on the diagnosis and treatment of tick-borne diseases and Morgellons Disease. She speaks and publishes frequently on both topics and is a referral source for practitioners around the U.S. Dr. Savely has been on the advisory boards of the California and Texas Lyme Disease Associations, The Morgellons Research Foundation and The Charles E. Holman Foundation.

Greg Smith, MD, FAAP

Gainesville, GA


Associate Director
Medical Advisory Panel.

Dr. Greg Smith practiced General Pediatrics for 28 years before becoming disabled by the systemic and neurological symptoms of Morgellons Disease. He has been active in the Morgellons "movement" advocating for research, recognition of Morgellons Disease as a unique pathology and, eventually, a treatment and cure of this affliction. He worked with the Morgellons Research Foundation for 2 years, and then, was one of the founders of The New Morgellons Order / The Charles E. Holman Foundation. Dr. Smith continues to serve with The CEHF as the Associate Director and as a member of the Medical Advisory Panel.

Harold A. Smith, MD

Bloomsburg, PA

Emergency Medicine

Medical Advisory Board

Dr. Smith graduated from Duke University medical school. He went on to become Board certified in Emergency Medicine. Dr. Smith, an ILADS member, was one of the first doctors to complete the ILADS physicians training program. Currently, Dr. Smith is in private practice in Bloomsburg, PA.

Raphael B. Stricker, MD

San Francisco, CA

Internal Medicine,
Subspecialties Hematology/Oncology,
Immunology and Immunotherapy

Medical Advisory Board

Dr. Stricker received his medical degree and training in Internal Medicine at Columbia University in New York. He did subspecialty training in Hematology/Oncology at the University of California, San Francisco and supplemental training in Immunology and Immunotherapy at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco.

Dr. Stricker is Past President and currently Vice President of the International Lyme & Associated Diseases Society (ILADS). He is a member of the American Society of Hematology (ASH), the Federation of Clinical Immunology Societies (FOCIS), and the American Federation for Medical Research (AFMR) and the American Society of Reproductive Immunology (ASRI).

He is a recipient of the American Medical Association Award for Physician Excellence, and he has authored over 200 medical journal articles and abstracts. Areas of special interest include coagulation disorders, immunodeficiency, immunologic infertility and tick borne diseases.

As a pioneer in HIV research during the 1980's and Lyme disease diagnosis and treatment during the 1990’s, Dr. Stricker understood the controversy that occurs when dealing with a newly emerging or poorly understood medical condition. In 2004 he met Cindy Casey, a seasoned nurse who began her battle with Morgellons Disease in San Francisco. Learning of this, Dr. Stricker became her advocate and supporter. He has continued this involvement to the present day, seeking answers in his research that will help Morgellons sufferers worldwide. Dr. Stricker serves as a volunteer on The CEHF Medical Advisory Panel.

Amelia Withington, MD

Psychiatry, Neurology

Crozer-Chester Medical Center

Upland, PA.

Medical Advisory Board

Dr. Amelia Withington is a psychiatrist on staff at the Crozer-Chester Medical Center in Upland, Pennsylvania. She has Morgellons, and treats patients from across the country with Morgellons. Dr. Amelia Withington was born and raised in Concord, MA. While a student at Williams College she collaborated with members of the staff at the Federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to become the first author of the book Teenage Sexual Health. After graduating from medical school at the University of Texas-Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, she completed her residency at the Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia. In 1995 she joined the staff of Friends Hospital, the nation’s oldest freestanding psychiatric hospital, where she served in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings for the next decade. In 2006, Dr. Withington became a staff psychiatrist at the Crozer-Chester Medical Center in Chester, PA, where she has continued her outpatient practice in ambulatory clinic, community mental health, and special needs settings. In 2007 she collaborated on an international diagnostic manual for patients with developmental and intellectual disabilities and psychiatric symptoms, the DM-ID. She helped to establish a specialty clinic for patients and families with Fragile X Syndrome at the Elwyn Institute in Media, PA. Dr. Withington is currently working on a book about her experiences with Morgellons Disease.

Eboni Cornish, MD

Internal Medicine

Medical Advisory Board

Dr. Cornish graduated from Brown University undergraduate Phi Beta Kappa and Brown University Medical School. She completed her family medicine residency at Georgetown University. During her training at Georgetown, she volunteered her time by serving as a medical consultant on a DC Human Rights Committee for Individuals with Disabilities. As a Howard Hughes Medical Fellow, Dr. Cornish conducted translational research at the National Human Genome Research Institute of NIH. She was an apprentice in the laboratory of Francis Collins, M.D Ph.D. the current Director of NIH and leader of the Human Genome Project. Under his leadership, she analyzed genetic associations of chronic illnesses.

She is current a member of the American College for Advancement in Medicine (ACAM), the Institute of Functional Medicine (IFM) and the International Lyme Association Disease Society (ILADS). As partner at Internal Medicine of Northern Virginia, Dr. Cornish has developed expertise in the management of Chronic Lyme Disease, immune disorders, Chronic Fatigue, and Fibromyalgia. Dr Cornish’s approach to the treatment of chronic disease is to find the root cause of a person’s health problems by performing a comprehensive evaluation of the body’s various biological systems .She understands that all of these symptoms are interconnected and contribute to the emergence of disease as well as its resolution.

Her paradigm is based on the evaluation of both environmental and genetic predisposition to disease by incorporating evidence based treatment approaches as well as integrative strategies for healing. Dr. Cornish has truly valued the opportunity to extend her treatment modalities to the Morgellons patient population. She has combined her passion for patient advocacy, interest in chronic illness and extensive genetic research experience at NIH to manage the challenges facing her patients.

Melissa McElroy, FNP

Family Nurse Practitioner

Crozer-Chester Medical Center

San Francisco, CA

Medical Advisory Board

Melissa is a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner. Melissa received her B.S. in Medical and Public Health Microbiology, and Minor in Biotechnology from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and received her B.S.N. from Samuel Merritt University, graduating Summa Cum Laude. She worked as a registered nurse for a UCSF Dermatology Professor, prior to receiving her M.S. in Nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner from Georgetown University.

Melissa currently works with Dr. Raphael B. Stricker, M.D. at Union Square Medical Associates in San Francisco, where she treats patients with tickborne diseases and Morgellons Disease. Aside from working at USMA, Melissa currently practices as an NP at an urgent care clinic on weekends.

Melissa is member of the California Association for Nurse Practitioners (CANP), American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), American Nurses Association (ANA), and the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS).

James Schaller, MD

Psychology and Neurology

Naples, FL

Medical Advisory Board

Dr. James Schaller received his medical degree from the Medical College of Pennsylvania, completed residency in Psychiatry/ Neurology, and did a Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Among his accomplishments are many certifications including the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, American Board of Pain Management, American Board of Forensic Medicine and American Association of Clinical Psychopharmacology. He is also certified both as a mold investigator and remediator.

Dr. Schaller founded his own research center in S.W. Florida. He vigorously pursues promising leads in research and continually incorporates appropriate new information to help improve his patients' lives. He has published extensively in over 10 areas of medicine, with 27 publications and over 30 books. Many of these are offered, complimentary, as E-books on his office website.

Dr. Schaller is an energetic, hardworking, compassionate, caring physician. He is dedicated to the understanding of many illnesses, including those difficult to diagnose, mystery illnesses. He was honored by colleagues by being included in the 2010 Top and Best MDs in the USA and by patients with the prestigious 2011 Patients' Choice Award.

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