Tick Boot Camp

Bitten a Thousand Times – an interview with Nolan Fernandez

Nolan Fernandez is a microbiologist who has dedicated his career to researching ticks

Tick Boot Camp’s guest today is Nolan Fernandez. Nolan Fernandez is a microbiologist from Pittsfield, Massachusetts. He dedicated his educational career to researching ticks and has been bitten by ticks over 1000 times. As a result, he has many tips on avoiding ticks and protecting yourself from tick diseases. He also discusses genetically modified mice, Deet, permethrin and utilizing ticks as bio-weapons. If you would like to learn more about how Nolan Fernandez is using his knowledge of ticks to help others avoid ticks, Lyme and tick diseases, then tune in now!

There’s a Whole World of People Out There That Need Help - an interview with Emma Franklin

Emma Franklin is a young woman from England who was completely bedridden and in a semi-conscious state where she couldn’t move her arms or legs

Tick Boot Camp’s guest today is Emma Franklin. Emma Franklin is a young woman from England who first started experiencing the symptoms of a tick disease when she was just 11 years old. As her symptoms progressed, she lost close friends, family members, and romantic partners. By the age of 20, she was completely bedridden and in a semi-conscious state where she couldn’t move her arms or legs. She couldn’t even have clothing or bed sheets touch her skin without experiencing severe discomfort. She finally visited a private clinic where she tested positive for Lyme. If you would like to learn more about Emma Franklin’s healing journey and how she is helping other Lymies to feel less alone, then tune in now!

We Are On Our Own - an interview with Shona Curley

Shona Curley is a 45-year-old woman from San Francisco who was bitten by a tick, but told by her doctors not to worry unless she developed a fever or rash

Tick Boot Camp’s guest today is Shona Curley. Shona Curley is a 45-year-old woman from San Francisco. In 2014, she was bitten by a tick, but told by her doctors not to worry unless she developed a fever or rash. One year later, she began to experience constant flu-like symptoms, spent weeks in bed, and was forced to miss out on her young children’s lives. She eventually made an appointment with a Lyme specialist, and her healing journey began. She now balances her health with working part-time and being an active mother. If you’d like to learn more about Shona Curley’s tick disease journey and how she hopes to help Lymies through her guided meditations, then tune now!

They Were Sick of Me Being Sick - an interview with Rayanne Dooley

Rayanne Dooley, a 21-year-old woman from Ireland, started experiencing flu-like symptoms which her doctors dismissed as anxiety

Tick Boot Camp’s guest today is Rayanne Dooley. Rayanne Dooley is a 21-year-old woman from Ireland. In September 2018, she started experiencing flu-like symptoms which her doctors dismissed as anxiety. Her family also dismissed the severity of her illness and she struggled to stay in school. A woman from a Facebook group mentioned to Rayanne Dooley that she should get tested for Lyme Disease, and that’s when she finally received a proper diagnosis. With the support of her partner, Rayanne Dooley has embarked on a mission to heal. If you’d like to learn more about Rayanne Dooley’s tick disease journey and how she hopes to help Lymies with frayed family ties, then tune in now!

Riding Out Lyme - an interview with Brandi Dean

Brandi Dean is the founder and president of Ride Out Lyme, and founder and advisory board member of the Dean Center for Tick Borne Illness

Tick Boot Camp’s guest today is Brandi Dean. Brandi Dean is the founder and president of Ride Out Lyme, and founder and advisory board member of the Dean Center for Tick Borne Illness. After finishing a four-year tour in the Coast Guard, she began to feel the symptoms of a tick disease. At its worst, Brandi Dean would have to take her son to school in a taxi, because she was incapable of driving. She was bitten for a second time in 2016 and her symptoms returned with a vengeance. If you’d like to learn more about Brandi Dean’s tick disease journey and how she and her husband are helping others with tick borne illnesses, then tune in now!

I Did Everything You’re Supposed to Do, and I Still Got Sick - an interview with Sara Brunner

Sara Brunner suffered for two years and had an unsuccessful trip to the Mayo Clinic

Tick Boot Camp’s guest today is Sara Brunner. Sara Brunner is a clinical dietician from Ontario, Canada. In 2014, she was bitten by a tick and started experiencing flu-like symptoms. She was still suffering two years later and had an unsuccessful trip to the Mayo Clinic. The night of the trip, her husband conducted his own research pertaining to his wife’s illness, and Lyme Disease repeatedly came up. The next day, Sara Brunner ordered an IGenex test and her healing journey began. If you’d like to learn more about Sara Brunner’s tick disease journey and how she hopes to someday create a program that helps other Lymies, then tune in now!

The Naturopathic Mama - an interview with Dr. Nicola Ducharme

Dr. Nicola Ducharme is a Naturopathic Doctor, the author of several books on Lyme Disease, and has developed online Lyme Disease training programs

Tick Boot Camp’s guest today is Dr. Nicola Ducharme. Dr. Ducharme is a Naturopathic Doctor trained in Australia and the US. She is also the author of several books on Lyme Disease and has developed online Lyme Disease training programs. Early in her career, Dr. Ducharme recognized that many of her patients with Autism had sick mothers. She theorized that the mothers may have Lyme Disease and could have passed it on to their children in utero. If you would like to learn more about her research, her educational programs, her books, and her international travels to share Lyme education with patients, then tune in now!

The Resurrection of a Health Coach - an interview with Stefanie Smit

Stefanie Smit's diagnostic and healing journey began after she was failed by 17 medical doctor

Tick Boot Camp’s guests today is Stefanie Smit. Stefanie Smit is a 38-year-old woman from Atlanta, Georgia. In 2016, her Lyme Disease symptoms began to interfere with her everyday life and her ability to be present as a mother and a wife. Her diagnostic and healing journey began after she was failed by 17 medical doctors. As a result of the transformation caused by her Lyme Disease experience, she is now enrolled in an educational program to become a certified health and wellness coach. If you would like to learn more about how Stefanie Smit’s Lyme Disease journey prepared her to help others manage and overcome chronic illnesses, then tune in now.

Lyme Taught Me to Validate Every Patient - an interview with Dr. Lindsay Vose

Dr. Lindsay Vose's personal Lyme disease experience taught her to listen to and validate her patients

Tick Boot Camp’s guest today is Dr. Lindsay Vose. Lindsay Vose is a 24-year-old woman from Enfield, Connecticut. In 2013, during her freshman year at college, her Lyme disease symptoms became so severe she could no longer exercise, and her brain fog made it difficult to study for exams. Her diagnosis and healing journey began after she began to treat with a naturopath. In May, Lindsay earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Her personal Lyme disease experience taught her to listen to and validate her patients. If you would like to learn more about how a Doctor of Physical Therapy used her Lyme disease journey as a tool for professional development, then tune in now!

Kindness Personified - an interview with Brooke Stoddard

Over the past 6 years he has treated with the famous Lyme Literate Medical Doctor (LLMD), Dr. Kenneth Liegner, using antibiotics to regain 95% of his health

Tick Boot Camp’s guests today is Brooke Stoddard. Brooke Stoddard is a 39-year-old resident of New York City, New York. In 2010, Mr. Stoddard’s Lyme Disease symptoms became career threatening: brain fog made it difficult to find words to complete sentences and occasionally he would have a conversation with a co-worker and realize that he couldn't remember their name. Over the past 6 years he has treated with the famous Lyme Literate Medical Doctor (LLMD), Dr. Kenneth Liegner, using antibiotics to regain 95% of his health. He is also the co-founder of Generation Lyme, a platform for young Lyme Disease patients and their supporters to meet online and in person so they can feel “less alone.”

Tick Boot Camp is designed to further the conversation about ticks, Lyme Disease and other tick diseases. Check out our podcast to hear first hand experiences.