Tick Boot Camp

Episode 335: Kindness in Combat - an interview with Tony Felice

Tony Felice is the 58-year-old founder of Felice Agency, an award-winning branding, advertising, marketing, and public relations firm. He is a dual citizen of Phoenix, Arizona, and San Diego, California.

After a summer vacation trip to tick-endemic Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Mr. Felice returned home with an extensive skin rash, joint pain, brain fog, vertigo, and flu-like symptoms that lasted for months. For the next 2 years, his health steadily declined prompting him to visit 24 doctors in search of a diagnosis.

Unfortunately, the mysterious symptoms were not new to Mr. Felice. Two decades earlier, he lived in Maryland where doctors diagnosed him with “Lowland Swamp Fever” a diagnosis he believes may have been a precursor to the discovery of Lyme disease.

His diagnostic puzzle was finally solved when a Naturopath administered diagnostic tests confirming active infections for Lyme, Bartonella, and Babesia.

If you would like to learn more about how Lyme disease redirected a marketing and public relations expert to lend his talents to Lyme disease advocacy and charitable works, then tune in now!

PS Dani Tygr special guest co-hosted this interview with Rich from Tick Boot Camp!

Episode 334: Leading Lyme - an interview with Dr. Kent Holtorf

Dr. Kent Holtorf, MD is the founder of the Holtorf Medical Group with offices in El Segundo, California and Marietta, Georgia. He is also the founder and director of the not for profit National Academy of Hypothryoidism and Integrative Science (NAHIS). His work has been featured on numerous TV shows including the Today Show, CBS Sunday Morning, ABC News, ESPN, CNN and Fox Business.

Dr. Holtorf suffered from and managed a series of undiagnosed childhood and early adult illnesses that caused him to have difficulty getting out of bed. By the time he attended medical school, he suffered from terrible fatigue leaving him barely able to function.

He visited numerous medical colleague practitioners and specialists and was told that he was “depressed or stressed and needed to get more sleep and more exercise”. The standardized diagnostic tests he studied and learned to utilize in medical school “revealed nothing abnormal”.

His undiagnosed medical condition left him feeling hopeless until he tested positive for Lyme disease, Babesia, Bartonella, reactivated viruses and mold toxicity. Finally securing a diagnosis allowed Dr. Holtorf to resolve his symptoms by using innovative treatments including peptides, SOT therapy, NK cells and other progressive treatment practices.

If you would like to learn how a journey with Lyme disease inspired a doctor to open treatment centers to help others who are suffering the way he had, then tune in now!

PS Daisy White special guest co-hosted this interview with Rich from Tick Boot Camp!

Episode 333: Heart of Wellness - an interview with Doctor Miles Nichols

Dr. Miles Nichols is the 37-year-old co-founder of the highly regarded Denver, Colorado based Lyme and mold treatment clinic: Medicine with Heart. He also co-founded the Medicine with Heart Institute to provide professional training to clinicians in the treatment of complex chronic diseases.

Born into a high achieving Ivy League educated family, Dr. Nichols followed the family tradition and was accepted into gifted and talented educational programs through middle school. By the time he entered high school, a multitude of nagging childhood illnesses merged and presented as chronic fatigue causing his grades to decline.

Debilitating fatigue forced Dr. Nichols to seek alternative educational models. He attended a school founded by a Buddhist Monk and then he gritted his way through graduate school. Unfortunately, his physician father and scores of doctor colleagues could not solve Dr Nichols’ chronic fatigue puzzle.

Finally, in 2016, Dr Nichols tested positive on a blood test for Lyme disease. In 2019, he tested positive for Babesia and Barronella. If you would like to learn more about how Lyme disease inspired a doctor to build a heart centered treatment institute in an effort to end suffering caused by Lyme and mold diseases, then tune in now!

PS Micaela Hoo special guest co-hosted this interview with Rich from Tick Boot Camp!

Episode 332: Enlightened Wellness - an interview with Kristi Kusske

Kristi Kusske is a 37-year-old Registered Nurse (RN) and Functional Diagnostic Nutritional Practitioner from Lakeville, Minnesota. She is the entrepreneurial founder of Enlightened Integrative Wellness.

Ms. Kusske’s Lyme disease journey is both personal and parental. Despite suffering from classic Lyme disease symptoms, including brain fog and fatigue, she was not diagnosed by western educated medical practitioners until after her daughter was born with congenital Lyme disease.

Her dual roles as Lyme Mom and Lyme patient mandated that Ms. Kusske expand her medical education and training. In addition to her sturdy foundation that included RN, PICU, ER, and Certified Pediatric Nurse, she felt called to study and work with practitioners that would utilize traditional eastern protocols.

Treating for 2.5 years with Lyme Literate practitioners and developing an understanding of the necessity of connecting her mind, body and spirit during healing has allowed the Kusske family to overcome and manage the majority of their Lyme related symptoms.

If you would like to learn more about how Lyme disease inspired a mom and registered nurse to construct and manifest an integrative wellness practice focusing on women’s health, preconception health, and pediatrics, then tune in now!

PS Ashley Belanger special guest co-hosted this interview with Rich from Tick Boot Camp!

Episode 331: Lyme Inspired Nurse - an interview with Briana Jamshidi

Briana Jamshidi is a 27-year-old Registered Nurse (RN) and certified personal trainer from Charleston, South Carolina. Ms. Jamshidi loved to lift weights, run races, dance, go to concerts, attend music festivals, and was a top performer on her National Guard physical fitness test.

At the age of 21, Ms. Jamshidi suddenly fell ill while attending her annual training with the Army National Guard in Virginia. Shew was first diagnosed with Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) and then doctors said it was Interstitial Cystitis (IC) because her urine cultures never grew any bacteria.

Some of Ms. Jamshidi’s early symptoms included severe burning when peeing like glass slicing her bladder, spasms of her bladder and pelvic floor, frequent and urgent urination, urinary incontinence, and painful sex. Her symptoms worsened and she developed severe lower back pain, swollen lymph nodes, neck pain, hives, muscle spasms, hand tremors, extreme fatigue, cognitive decline, constipation, food sensitivities, and the feeling of bugs crawling all over her at night.

Ms. Jamshidi was finally diagnosed with Lyme and Bartonella when she was 24. She treated using antibiotics, Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN), supplements, diet changes, and more.

If you’d to learn how a young woman realized her body is strong and resilient while going through the battle of her life, then tune in now!

PS Sara Brunner, the Lyme Dietitian, special guest co-hosted this interview with Matt from Tick Boot Camp!

Episode 330: Psychiatric Superhero - an interview with Dr. Rosalie Greenberg

Dr. Rosalie Greenberg MD is a Board-Certified Adult, Child, and Adolescent Psychiatrist from Summit, New Jersey. She is known for her expertise in the diagnosis and management of complex problems in children and pediatric psychopharmacology.

Dr. Greenberg earned her MD from the Ivy League Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, where she served as chief resident and then member of the teaching faculty after completing a fellowship in child psychiatry.

In practice for over 40 years, Dr. Greenberg brings her expertise to a wide range of topics including adolescent suicide, pediatric bipolar disorder, and the many psychological aspects of Lyme disease.

Treating patients living in Lyme endemic New Jersey has granted Dr. Greenberg the opportunity to discover that a large number of the children she evaluated for psychiatric disorders are positive for tick-borne illnesses, despite many never having recalled a tick bite.

Dr. Greenberg is a highly regarded author, researcher, lecturer, and host of an award-winning TV show related to children’s health. For the past several years, she has focused on the psychiatric manifestations of tick-borne illnesses in children.

If you would like to learn more about how a medical doctor is working to stem the tide of psychiatric disorders caused by Lyme disease, then tune in now!

PS Debbie Kimberg from Hijacked Brains special guest co-hosted this interview with Rich from Tick Boot Camp!

Episode 329: The Lyme Boss - an interview with Heather Gray

Heather Gray is a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition practitioner with a background in advanced DNA and mold from Colorado. She uses her skills to help other tick-borne disease patients heal.

Prior to getting sick, Ms. Gray experienced childhood trauma and didn’t have a “normal” child’s life. She contracted Lyme disease at the young age of 13 and aggressive symptoms began when she was 15.

Some of Ms. Gray’s symptoms included back pain, gut issues, a swollen knee, depression, anxiety, and more. She was sick for almost 20 years and was finally diagnosed with Lyme disease when she was 34 years old. She was diagnosed with Lyme through a blood test and high-resolution dark field microscopy, which is a live blood analysis.

Ms. Gray treated using many modalities, including Disulfiram, antibiotics, herbs, rife, ozone, silver, MMS, and somatic experiencing. Today, she’s 110% recovered and is enjoying life.

If you’d like to learn how a determined young woman overcame 20 years of undiagnosed Lyme disease, childhood trauma, and more, then tune in now!

PS Pastor Dan Price special guest co-hosted this interview with Matt from Tick Boot Camp!

Episode 328: Migraine Solutions - an interview with Dr. John Allocca

Dr. John Allocca is a medical research scientist and biophysicist from “the Lyme capital of the world”: Long Island, New York. He is the author of more than 60 books on medicine, physics, nutrition, and photography and the founder of Allocca Biotechnology.

Dr. Allocca’s journey with Lyme disease began over 30 years ago when he began to suffer knee pain, headaches and fatigue. Despite his medical training and experience writing medical diagnostic software programs, he “could not figure out what was wrong with [him]”. He consulted with several medical doctor colleagues to help him unravel his personal medical mystery without success.

One day he used his own blood to calibrate his microscope and noticed spirochetes in his blood. By happenstance his medical mystery was solved. He treated with antibiotics, nutritional intervention, and supplements for detoxification and anti-oxidation.

In May 2022, Dr. Allocca took a hike at a local park and noticed a deer tick on his back. The bite resulted in a reinfection causing a bullseye rash and triggered the return of his previous Lyme symptoms. He also learned that wearing long pants while hiking does not offer adequate protection.

If you would like to learn more about how 2 Lyme disease infections inspired a doctor to build a 3 point wellness plan utilizing neuro chemical nutrition, brainicity brain biofield enhancement, and photography as a path to healing, then tune in now!

PS Tiffany Perez special guest co-hosted this interview with Rich from Tick Boot Camp!

Episode 327: Exposing Lyme - an interview with Alexis Raleigh

Alexis Raleigh is a 25-year-old reporter from upstate New York. She has a bachelor’s degree in business management from Binghamton University and a master’s degree in broadcasting and journalism from Syracuse University.

Ms. Raleigh was “able to do anything” before she got sick when she was 20 years old. Some of her symptoms included severe headaches, nerve pain, POTS, neck pain, and neurological symptoms.

Ms. Raleigh was misdiagnosed with Lupus, POTS, and migraines before receiving a proper diagnosis of Lyme disease 2 years later when she was 21 years old.

Ms. Raleigh first used IV antibiotics for 8 months to treat chronic Lyme disease, but she didn’t get better. Next, she went to Sanoviv Medical Institute in Tijuana, Mexico to get hyperthermia.

If you want to learn how a young reporter refused to give up and found solutions for chronic Lyme disease, then tune in now!

PS Dana Papadopoulos special guest co-hosted this interview with Matt from Tick Boot Camp!

Episode 326: Kitchen Remedy - an interview Dianna Brescia

Dianna Brescia is a holistic wellness coach, the entrepreneurial founder of Kitchen Remedy and native New Yorker residing in sunny California.

Ms. Brescia grew up in the bosom of an ethnic New York Italian family. The practice of daily food preparation during her childhood had nurtured and connected her with her culture and family despite being “unable to function like a normal person or do normal things”.

At the age of 25, she began to lose her vision and brain function. The severe symptoms caused her to visit a hospital and several doctors including a a neuro ophthalmologist. After she tested negative for Lyme disease, her doctors diagnosed her with intracranial hypertension caused by “bad luck”.

Hopeful that a change of environment would offer her an opportunity to overcome a healing plateau, she moved from New York to California. There she connected with folks on social media and was told by Micaela Hoo (Tick Boot Camp Podcast episode 318) that her health symptoms “sounded kind of Lymie ” and recommended that she visit LLMD Dr. Erica Lehman.

Utilizing IGeneX testing, Ms. Brescia tested positive and began treatment for Lyme disease. She was also inspired to serve the chronic illness community by building a business around the physical, emotional and spiritual healing powers of food.

If you would like to learn more about how Lyme disease took a holistic wellness coach back home to the nurturing power of food, then tune in now!

PS Daisy White special guest co-hosted this interview with Rich from Tick Boot Camp!

The goal of the Tick Boot Camp Podcast is to help people liberate themselves and others from suffering caused by Lyme disease through validation, community building, belief that healing is possible, and modeling success. Listen to our Tick Boot Camp podcast using all major podcast streaming services such as Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Google Podcasts. Our podcast is also integrated with smart home devices, such as Amazon Alexa and Apple TV. Ask your device to "play the Tick Boot Camp Podcast!"