Hershey Conference Speakers
Steven J. Bock, MD
Steven Bock, M.D. has been practicing integrative medicine for over 35 years. He attended New York Medical College and received his M.D. in 1971. He was Board Certified in Family Practice in 1977 and is certified in Acupuncture. Dr. Bock was the Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Rhinebeck Health Center. He is a Diplomate of the American College of Family Practice, a Diplomate of the American Academy of Acupuncture and a Diplomate of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine. Dr. Bock’s medical practice merges traditional medicine with alternative and complementary medicine, combining the modalities of acupuncture, functional and nutritional medicine, homeopathy, herbal medicine and environmental medicine into an integrated medical model for optimal wellness.
Steven J. Bock
B. Robert Mozayeni, MD
Dr. Mozayeni was trained in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology at Yale and at NIH. He has had pre- and post-doctoral Fellowships in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry at Yale, and also at NIH where he was a Howard Hughes Research Scholar at LMB/DCBD/NCI and later, Senior Staff Fellow at LMMB/NHLBI/NIH. He is an expert in Translational Medicine, the science and art of advancing medical science safely and efficiently. He is a Fellow of the non-profit Think Lead Innovate Foundation and is a co-founder of the Foundation for the Study of Inflammatory Diseases. He is a Founder of the Foundation for the Study of Inflammatory Diseases to crowd-source medical solutions for complex conditions using existing knowledge, diagnostic methods, and therapies to meet patient needs immediately. He is the Chief Medical Officer of Galaxy Diagnostics, LLC. Dr. Mozayeni has held admitting privileges (since 1994) on the clinical staff of Suburban Hospital, a member of Johns Hopkins Medicine and an affiliate of the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center.
Holly Ahern, MS, MT(ASCP)
Holly Ahern, MS, BS MT(ASCP) is Associate Professor of Microbiology at SUNY Adirondack, where she teaches laboratory courses in Microbiology and Human Anatomy and Physiology, and mentors undergraduate research students. She is the author of nationally published textbooks, including the first microbiology laboratory textbook available as an open educational resource (OER). As a result of her family’s experience with Lyme disease, Ahern co-founded and is vice-president of the NYS-based 501-c-3 advocacy organization Lyme Action Network, and additionally serves as Scientific Advisor for Focus on Lyme Foundation in Arizona. As a scientist and advocate, Ahern has served on subcommittees of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Tickborne Disease Working Group in 2018 and 2022, and has accepted a commission to serve on the New York State Lyme and Tickborne Disease Working Group in 2022.
Nancy O'Hara, MD
Nancy H. O'Hara, MD is a board certified Pediatrician. Prior to her medical career, Dr. O’Hara taught children with autism. She graduated with highest honors from Bryn Mawr College and as a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society from the University of Pennsylvania School Of Medicine. She earned a Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Pittsburgh. After residency, chief residency and general pediatric fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh, Dr. O’ Hara entered general private practice in 1993, and in 1998 began her consultative, integrative practice solely for children with special needs. Since 1999 she has dedicated her practice to the integrative and holistic care of children with neurodevelopment disorders, ADHD, PANDAS/PANS, OCD, Lyme and Autistic Spectrum Disorder.
Noam Cohen, MD, PhD
Dr. Noam Cohen is the Ralph Butler Professor of Otorhinolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery and Director of Rhinology Research at The Perelman School of Medicine at The University of Pennsylvania. Additionally, he is an Adjunct Member of The Monell Chemical Senses Center and a Staff Surgeon at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center. He obtained his medical degree and doctorate degree in Neuroscience from the The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1998 and completed his General Surgery Internship as well as his Otorhinolaryngology Residency (2003) and Rhinology and Skull Base Surgery Fellowship (2004) at The University of Pennsylvania. His research interests include host-microbe interactions in the upper airway with a focus on sinonasal innate defenses focusing on airway taste receptors and mucociliary clearance, microbial biofilms, solitary chemosensory cells, and the development of novel sinonasal topical antimicrobial therapies. At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic his focus switched to coronavirus infections of human nasal epithelial cells using many of the established techniques in the lab. He has authored over 200 publications, given multiple presentations around the world and has been principal investigator on NIH and VA grants as well as Industry-sponsored studies.
Samuel M. Shor, MD, FACP
Dr. Shor is an Associate Clinical Professor at George Washington University Health Care Sciences. Dr. Shor developed his long-standing interest in chronic fatigue in the late 1980s. He subsequently cultivated an interest in managing associated conditions that ultimately led to his developing an expertise in Lyme disease. Dr. Shor served as President of ILADS from 2016 to 2018. He continues to serve the public as Chair of the Loudoun County Lyme Commission, while actively pursuing clinical activity in the management of complex patients. He also oversees research and contributes to publishing in the peer reviewed literature.
Robert C. Bransfield, MD
Dr. Robert C. Bransfield, MD, DLFAPA 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, is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Psychiatry and is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. Dr. Bransfield’s primary activity is an office based private practice of psychiatry. In addition, Dr Bransfield is the Past President of ILADS, the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Educational Foundation and the New Jersey Psychiatric Association. He has held a number of administrative positions with organizations involved with health, mental health and community related activities. He is a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Rutgers—Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Dr Bransfield has authored and co-authored a number of publications in peer-reviewed literature, other medical publications and books; has been active in political advocacy on an international, national, state and local level.