Lisa M. Stephenson founded the Hamilton Neuro-Immune Treatment Centre of Excellence and currently serves as President and Chair of the Board of Directors. Lisa, a graduate of the University of Toronto, has continued her post-graduate studies in education and is an Ontario Certified Teacher (OCT) with an additional qualification in Autism-Communication.
When Lisa’s son was diagnosed with autism 8 years ago, she embarked on an independent research project to prove something she knew in her heart but doctors dismissed – that her son’s “autism” was caused by an underlying illness and related to the health problems that plagued his brother and her family for generations.
Lisa has spent the past 8 years diligently researching and analyzing the emerging medical research on autism and related neuro-immune disorders. Her methodical research skills and a keen eye for detail have enabled Lisa to assist her oldest son in a complete recovery from ADHD, Sensory Processing Disorder, chronic fatigue/illness, PANDAS/PANS, asthma and anaphylactic mold allergy, and her youngest son, who was diagnosed with severe autism at the age of two, regain most lost skills and enjoy improved health and a better quality of life.
“My success in recovering my own children has prompted my decision not to return to the classroom, as it is just too painful for me to attempt to educate the ever-expanding number of children coming into the school system with debilitating immune-mediated conditions that are preventing them from achieving academic success and learning life skills that most children learn almost instinctively. I feel that I can better serve these children and their families outside of the classroom so I am now working to give all individuals with neuro-immune dysfunctions health, happiness and the future they deserve”.