Tick Boot Camp

Episode 189: Simplicity is Power - an interview with Erin Reeves

Ms. Reeves taught the importance of mindset on healing from Lyme disease

Erin Reeves is a 27-year-old veteran of the Air Force reserves originally from Plymouth, Massachusetts. She is a medical technician, a published model, and a student. During her time in the military, she served as an Aerospace Medical Technician and after discharge she worked in a diverse set of medical environments. Ms. Reeves began to suffer from the symptoms of Lyme disease at the age of 12. The time between the onset of symptoms and diagnosis was 13 years, during which time she was treated by scores of doctors including a number of military doctors during her 6 years of military service. Ironically, Ms. Reeves was diagnosed when she was scanned with a diagnostic tool during a training. A colleague scanned her arm and discovered evidence of a Lyme co-infection that was later confirmed by her treating physician. Finally locating a diagnosis liberated Ms. Reeves from terrible anxiety and provided hope she would locate a plan to end her suffering. If you would like to learn more about how a veteran of the American armed forces is winning the war with Lyme disease, then tune in now!

Episode 188: Mighty Well - an interview with Emily Levy

Ms. Levy is the visionary creator of adaptive fashion

Emily Levy is the 27-year-old visionary female entrepreneur and co-founder of Mighty Well. Mighty Well is a medical wearables company that grew from a vascular access equipment company (PICCPerfect) to a community that has defined the Adaptive Fashion industry. Ms. Levy’s journey to CEO of a venture capital backed category king began when she was bitten by a tick at the age of 6. For the following 6 years, untreated Lyme disease presented as chronic illness without a diagnosis until the end of Ms. Levy’s first year of college. The many trials faced by Ms. Levy and her 2 best friends and caregivers during their collective college experiences became the inspiration for the three to start a movement “to change the perception of patients from victims to fighters.” If you would like to learn more about how functional and stylish apparel, accessories and medical wearables were manifested by Lyme disease and the love that developed between 3 college classmates, then tune in now!

Episode 187: Rediscovered Powers - an interview with Jennifer Hoffmann

Ms. Hoffman has returned to her artistic roots to promote Lyme disease awareness

Jennifer Hoffmann is a 36-year-old multi-talented artist from New Rochelle, New York. She is a touring opera singer, board member of Generation Lyme and a project manager at Project Lyme. Ms. Hoffmann recalls having suffered multiple tick bites during her childhood, and she was recently reinfected after a tick bite in 2020 from visiting New York City’s Central Park. Since the age of 7, she has suffered classic but undiagnosed Lyme disease symptoms that interfered with her artistic, educational, and social activities. Prior to receiving a Lyme diagnosis from an enlightened allergist, she received “double digit” diagnosis and treatments that “never yielded positive results.” Since testing positive for Lyme, she has utilized a diverse set of treatment tools including antibiotics, antivirals, antifungals, herbs, ozone and IVIG. If you would like to learn more about how an artist is using her creative spirit to heal herself and others from the suffering caused by Lyme disease, the tune in now!

Episode 186: Powering Through Lyme - an interview with Ava Passarelli and Liza Blas

Ava and Liza are overcoming many hurdles in their drive to remission from Lyme disease

Ava Passarelli is a 15-year-old young woman from Chicago, Illinois. Ava lives with her dynamic mother Liza Blas, her father, and her younger brother. Prior to attending high school, Ava attending a sleep away camp in Minnesota where she suffered multiple tick bites over two summer seasons. The summer camp officials did not notify Ava’s parents of the tick bites, nor did they provide Ava with prophylactic medical treatment. Ava’s parents discovered that Ava was bitten by a tick after they received a letter from their daughter 10 days after one tick bite incident. Shortly after returning home from her summer camping experience, Ava began to suffer various neurological Lyme disease symptoms that were diagnosed by health care providers as anxiety, depression, OCD, eating disorders and Tourette syndrome. Eventually, a Chinese medicine doctor offered to test Ava for Lyme disease using an IGeneX test kit that returned positive results for Lyme disease. Ava’s mother Liza built a multi-level healing framework for her daughter by locating and hiring many of the most highly regarded treatment professionals in the world; including in-patient treatment at Sanoviv Medical Institute in Mexico, Michelle McKeon (Tick Boot Camp Podcast episode 141) of Lyme and Cancer Services in New York and the renowned Lyme Literate Integrative Medical Doctor, Doctor Casey Kelley (Tick Boot Camp Podcast episode 98), MD, of Case Integrative Health. If you would like to learn more about how Ava Passarelli and her mother Liza Blas are working together to power through Lyme disease, then tune in now!

Episode 185: Wisdom Beyond... an interview with Cole Elbel

Childhood onset Lyme disease forced Cole to develop wisdom beyond his years

Cole Elbel is a 25-year-old native of rural Pennsylvania residing in Chicago, Illinois. Mr. Elbel’s rural childhood experience caused him to suffer 3 attached tick bites resulting in constant fatigue during his youth. His immune system managed the undiagnosed Lyme disease symptoms until he was faced with several high stress events during his senior year in college. He then began to suffer debilitating symptoms including headaches, nightmares, severe fatigue and joint stiffness. Because his symptoms continued to spike, he accepted the advice of a family member and returned home to Pennsylvania to visit a Lyme literate doctor who diagnosed him with Lyme disease. Mr. Elbel spent 3 years treating with antibiotics, vitamins, dietary restrictions and the Canadian SOTA protocol. Mr. Elbel has returned to full-time work and enjoys a social life with restrictions. If you would like to learn more about how a financial professional utilized the power of the mind and the power of his relationship with God to heal from Lyme disease, then tune in now!

Episode 184: Gracefully Fed - an interview with Traci Weintraub

Traci's Lyme journey inspired her to open a Lyme-friendly soup business

Traci Weintraub is a 40-year-old entrepreneur and sitcom television entertainment professional from West Hollywood, California. Originally from the Long Island, New York region of the east coast Lyme belt, Ms. Weintraub moved to California after she graduated from college. She enjoyed an active professional, social and athletic west coast lifestyle until she began to suffer leg heaviness and pain, migraines and POTS symptoms shortly after she ran a half marathon in memory of a deceased friend. Her diverse symptoms caused her to treat with 19 doctors on both coasts before she was prescribed an IGeneX Lyme disease test by an Integrative Gastroenterologist. Today, her Lyme disease is remitted after utilizing a diverse set of treatment tools, including, antibiotics, herbs, ozone, and dietary changes. Her Lyme mandated dietary changes inspired her to develop Lyme and chronic illness friendly soup recipes that later became the foundation of a new career. If you would like to know more about how Gracefully Fed, a Lyme and chronic illness friendly soup and food business was inspired by the healing journey of a Hollywood TV sitcom professional, then tune in now!

Episode 183: Pastoring Lyme - an interview with Dan Price

Lyme disease graced Pastor Dan with empathy and a second career as a photographer

Dan Price is a 42-year-old married father serving as the Executive Pastor of a church located in Bend, Oregon. The Price family began a relationship with Lyme disease in 2012 when Pastor Dan began to suffer a long-term fever and fatigue that progressed to brain fog, short term memory loss, anxiety, and depression. He treated with 5 doctors before he was diagnosed with Lyme disease. After his diagnosis, his symptoms continued to progress and Pastor Dan lost hope that he would heal from Lyme disease until 2 members of the Lyme social media community recommended a doctor practicing outside of Detroit, Michigan. Shortly after Pastor Dan’s health began to improve, his wife and family “rock” was diagnosed with acute Lyme disease. Pastor Dan suspects that he unknowingly infected his wife with Lyme through sexual contact. The final chapter of the Pastor’s healing journey required EMDR therapy with a “brain injury focused therapist.” Today, Pastor Dan and his wife have attained remission from Lyme disease. If you would like to learn more about how a Pastor and his family have recovered strength from weakness inflicted by Lyme disease, then tune in now!

Episode 182: A Hero's Journey - an interview with Noel Elie

A shaman helped a Hollywood actress complete her Lyme disease transformation

Noel Elie is a 35-year-old actor, model, director, producer and entrepreneur from Los Angeles, California. Her acting resume includes appearances on CBS’s Blue Bloods, CW’s Dynasty, NBC’s Shades of Blue and ABC’s Shark Tank. In her business life, she worked with many iconic brands and NY Times bestselling authors until she became chronically ill. Approximately one year ago, Ms. Elie developed debilitating symptoms; including, brain fog, tremors, chronic fatigue, anxiety, and depression. When these symptoms “kicked into high gear,” she visited a carousel of 8 doctors before she was diagnosed with Lyme disease. The diagnosis inspired Ms. Elie to utilize traditional and alternative treatment modalities such as antibiotics, vitamin IV therapy, plant therapy (Ayahuasca), and Kambo (frog poison). If you would like to learn more about how an uber talented entertainment and business professional is writing and producing the script to recover her health from Lyme disease, then tune in now!

Episode 181: Captain America - an interview with John Tubbs

The inadequate treatment of Lyme disease triggered Mr. Tubbs' Crohn's disease

John Tubbs is a 41-year-old empathic Licensed Massage Therapist and Certified Health Coach from upstate Slingerlands, New York. His Lyme disease journey began at the age of 27 when he suffered classic flu like symptoms, intense neck pain and Bell's Palsy. He was diagnosed with Lyme disease by a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) and achieved short term remission after being treated with several courses of antibiotics. Shortly thereafter, Mr. Tubbs suffered a relapse and Lyme disease "came back with a vengeance" causing him to become chronically ill and hospitalized. Mr. Tubbs was determined to heal and intuitively understood he had to become his own advocate, doctor, and a student of self-care. He also learned that he had to connect with other people in the chronic illness community where he found a "kindred community of people who understood him." To give back to the "kindred community," Mr. Tubbs was inspired to create the BeYourOwnPhysician Instagram page. If you would like to learn more about how a Licensed Massage Therapist and Certified Health Coach is using the lessons he learned on his personal Lyme disease journey to help others build a tool box for healing, then tune in now!

Episode 180: Love Wins - an interview with Tori Piskin

Family and cultural support allowed Tori to shortcut her journey and move directly to physical healing

Tori Piskin is a 30-year-old comedian, producer, editor and podcaster from Los Angeles, California. Ms. Piskin was raised in a traditional close-knit New York Jewish familial environment. Her family was activated to help as soon as her chronic symptoms presented during her senior year of college. She was diagnosed and in treatment with a well-known Lyme Literate Medical Doctor (LLMD) within months of the onset of her symptoms. After graduating from college, Ms. Piskin returned home to earn a "graduate degree in Lyme disease" by dedicating herself to "full time healing." During that time, she and her family filmed and posted the highs and the lows of her Lyme journey on YouTube. YouTube served to channel Ms. Piskin's talents and to validate the Lyme experience for others in the community. Today, Ms. Piskin describes her health as "87 percent" improved and she is "taking care of herself" by "listening to her body." If you would like to learn more about how an entertainer and media professional is dedicating her vast talents to sharing the humorous love and support she received on her healing journey, then tune in now!

The purpose of Tick Boot Camp is to help you liberate yourself and others from suffering caused by Lyme disease.