LymeDisease.org Team

Board Of Directors

Barbara Barsocchini, MBA

Barbara Barsocchini, MBA

Board Secretary

Ms. Barsocchini established and implemented Lymedisease.org’s (LDo) national Physician Education Program. In addition, She was instrumental in bringing LymeDisease.org to the Los Angeles area and for arranging the 1997 ‘Tick-borne Disease in the Western United States.’ Ms. Barsocchini has co-organized conferences: 1998 Chico, 2002 San Francisco,  2009 – 2010 East Bay San Francisco, and 2012 San Diego. In addition, she organized the 2004 California Senate Hearing on Lyme Disease at the State Capitol. Ms. Barsocchini is on LDo’s Research Committee. And is LDo’s representative on the Lyme Disease Advisory Committee under Senate Bill #1115, the first of four California Lyme disease legislations LDo chaptered into law. She has served as Trustee of Los Angeles County West Vector Control District since her appointment in 2000. She continually gives support and information to people who contact her locally, state, nationwide, and is a tireless patient advocate.

Christine Green, MD

Christine Green, MD

Board Of Directors

Dr. Green is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Reed College in biology and ecology, an appropriate choice for a doctor treating tick-borne diseases. She attended medical school at UC San Diego, followed by a family practice residency at Stanford University. Dr. Green practices Complementary, Integrative and Orthomolecular Medicine in San Francisco and Mountain View, California. Dr. Green is involved in constant collaboration and ongoing research within the patient and medical communities. She is on the Board of Directors of the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society, where she serves as the Director of Education. She is also Chair of the Research Committee of LymeDisease.org.

Mitchell L. Hoggard, Pharm.

Mitchell L. Hoggard, Pharm.

Board Secretary

A pharmacist by training, Mitch Hoggard pioneered the field of home infusion therapy and was the founder and president of an international home infusion company. As the president of a hyperbaric treatment center, Mr. Hoggard has published research on treatment of stroke, Crohn’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. He turned his attention to tick-borne illnesses when his children became infected with Lyme disease. Mr. Hoggard is a frequent lecturer to physicians and patients on the subject of antibiotic therapy for Lyme. While leading companies in several other industries, Mr. Hoggard continues to devote much time to research, education, and treatment of Lyme disease.

Lorraine Johnson, JD, MBA, Chief Executive Officer

Lorraine Johnson, JD, MBA

Chief Executive Officer

Lorraine Johnson, JD, MBA, is the Chief Executive Officer of LymeDisease.org. She is an attorney advocate on issues related to the medico-legal and ethical aspects of Lyme disease, is an expert in patient-centered big data, and has published over 50 peer-reviewed articles. She co-authored the Lyme disease guidelines of the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society, published in 2014. She serves as a patient representative of the Patient Engagement Advisory Panel for the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), served on the Executive Committee of PCORnet, the big-data project of PCORI, and participated in the White House Precision Medicine convening. In addition, she is co-chair of the steering committee of Consumers United for Evidence-Based Healthcare, a nationwide coalition of consumer groups associated with the international Cochrane Collaboration. She has spoken before US government agencies, legislatures and participated in healthcare policy conferences throughout the world.

Erica Lehman, MD

Erica Lehman, MD

Board Of Directors

Dr. Erica Lehman is an Integrative Physician, Tick-Borne Disease Specialist, Board Certified Ophthalmologist, Cornea Specialist, and Eye Surgeon in Beverly Hills, California. ” She received her under undergraduate education from Northwestern University as part of the Honors Program in Medical Education (HPME), an accelerated six year medical program. She received her medical degree from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. After receiving her MD she completed her internship at USC in internal medicine. She then did her residency in Ophthalmology at University of Chicago. This was followed by a two year surgical fellowship in Cornea, Refractive Surgery, and Anterior Segment Surgery at Louisiana State University. At LSU she participated in laboratory and clinical research. She was part of the FDA Excimer Laser team for the Phase IIB trials. She has worked for 25 years in private practice offices in San Leandro, San Francisco, Santa Clara, Chicago, New Orleans and at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation collaborating with Stanford faculty. Her focus on Lyme began a decade ago. She treats tick-borne diseases and related conditions including infections from Bartonella, Babesia, Anaplasma, Erilichia, Rickettsia, Parasites, Mold, Marcons and viruses. Additional focus includes thyroid disease, adrenal fatigue and Gastrointestinal disturbances. She combines allopathic and functional medicine in her treatments. Dr Lehman is fluent in Spanish. Her publications include chapters on Corneal Topography, Refractive Surgery, Keratitis Sicca and several Ophthalmology Journal publications.

Dorothy Kupcha Leland

Dorothy Kupcha Leland

Vice-President, Outreach And Education

Dorothy Kupcha Leland has a professional background in journalism, politics and book publishing. After her daughter became seriously disabled by Lyme disease in 2005, she became active with LymeDisease.org. Dorothy writes the Touched by Lyme blog, coordinates LDo’s social media, and spearheads LymeDisease.org’s public education efforts. She facilitates a Lyme patient support group in Sacramento and has a special interest in how Lyme disease affects the whole family—not just the person with the illness. She is co-author of the book When Your Child Has Lyme Disease: A Parent’s Survival Guide.

Ron Lindorf, M.A.

Ron Lindorf, M.A.

Board of Directors

Ron has worked 25 years as an entrepreneur in the survey research and polling industry and 10 years as Associate Professor at Brigham Young University.  Ron’s survey research training is put to use on the large scale survey projects conducted by Lymedisease.org.  He serves as executive director of the Utah Lyme Disease Association and is active in sponsoring fundraising for various patient projects in Lyme disease.

Phyllis Mervine, EdM, President

Phyllis Mervine, EdM,

President

In 1977, Phyllis Mervine contracted Lyme disease near her home in Mendocino County, California, before the disease had been discovered. She was diagnosed in 1987 and in 1989 established the nonprofit Lyme Disease Resource Center, later re-named LymeDisease.org. She also founded the organization’s journal, the Lyme Times. Her interest in grassroots patient advocacy led her to set up LymeDisease.org’s network of online state support groups, which help Lyme patients join together for mutual support and political action. She has collaborated with researchers studying ticks, animal reservoirs, and human infection in northern California. She has served on advisory committees both locally and nationally, and is a former member of the National Institute of Health’s Advisory Panel for Studies on Chronic Lyme Disease. Her letters and articles have been published in peer-reviewed medical journals, and her posters have been displayed at international Lyme conferences. Her special interests are networking and community-building, improving patient access to accurate information, and educating, mentoring, encouraging and supporting the next generation of Lyme disease advocates.

Raphael Stricker, MD, LymeDisease.Org Medical Director

Raphael Stricker, MD

Medical Director

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. He is currently the Medical Director of Union Square Medical Associates, a multispecialty medical practice in San Francisco.

Dr. Stricker is a member of the American Society of Hematology (ASH), the Federation of Clinical Immunology Societies (FOCIS), the American Federation for Medical Research (AFMR), the American Society for Reproductive Immunology (ASRI), the American Society of Microbiology (ASM), the American Academy of HIV Medicine (AAHIVM). He is President-Elect of the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS). He serves on the Lyme Disease Advisory Committee that advises the California Dept. of Public Health. He has received the American Medical Association Award for Physician Excellence, and has authored over 200 medical journal articles and abstracts. Areas of special interest include immunologic infertility, immunodeficiency, coagulation disorders and tick-borne diseases.

Robert S. Lane, Ph.D.

Robert S. Lane, Ph.D.

Advisory

An internationally recognized entomologist, Dr. Lane has published numerous articles on ticks and Lyme disease in peer-reviewed medical journals. He is a top-rated NIH grantee. He conducts field studies in northern California and is a Professor Emeritus UC Berkeley. He serves on California’s Lyme Disease Advisory Committee and is a member of LymeDisease.org’s Scientific Review Committee.