We came to you a few years ago with a very, very sick little girl whom her other doctors, including a team of specialists, had basically given up on. No one knew what was wrong; no one had any answers as to why she was only getting worse despite a myriad of treatments and medications. We have no doubt that over time she would have continued to worsen, and we shudder to think what may have happened in the end.
However, those fears and days of worry and uncertainty have been all but forgotten because of you and your amazing team. Your approach to truly wholistic and integrative care have changed (and possibly saved) our daughter’s life. You were able to help her when no one else could; you gave us answers when there were none. We can never thank you enough for all you have done for us, and we continue to refer others to you time and time again because we have seen with our own eyes what a difference you have made for us.
You are truly a blessing to all who know you and those you treat.
The Conours - November 15, 2014
I hope you have been well. I know it has been several years since we have last spoken. I wanted to give you a quick update about our son, who is now 20 years old.
After chelating by IV for what feels like forever, his lead levels finally normalized. We still chelate about once a month to keep things in check.
He is a miracle. This young man who potty trained at age 5 and whom I thought would never be conversational is now doing so wonderfully. He attends a local college and is a resident student in his junior year with a science major. He made Deans List last semester and has a 3.15 overall GPA. He received a merit scholarship, too. He is taking classes that I would surely fail, including organic chemistry. Other than extended time on tests, he has almost no accommodations. He is on the Ultimate Frisbee team, and he drives his teammates to competitions in neighboring states.
In high school, he was captain of the bowling team for 2 years, having bowled three 300 games. Most importantly, he is happy. Though he has never really had “friends,” he has a ton of acquaintances who are always glad to see him, and that’s good enough for him. We pray that he will be able to get a job and live reasonably independently after graduation.
Thank you for all the care you have given him through the years. It has been truly appreciated.
BK - November 5, 2014
I just wanted to write a little note to thank you so much for being such an amazing doctor! After struggling with many health issues of my own, I was forced to take my health into my own hands. Along the way, I learned a lot, but it was not always an easy task. When I became pregnant with Seraphina, I wanted so badly to find her a doctor that wasn’t so mainstream, and who believed in alternative methods. Well, you have well exceeded all of my hopes and expectations! I value and trust your opinions so much, and I truly feel so lucky and blessed to have found you for her, and for me!
I just thought you should know that my family and I appreciate you so very much!!!!
Mariena G. and Family - June 3, 2013
Dr. David blew me away; I thought he was amazing and loved his approach. He is so down to earth and easy to talk to. He meets you where you are at, which is the most amazing thing about him. There are no expectations about where you should be, and he doesn’t push you to do anything you’re not ready to do. I thought he was incredible.
Erica D. - January 3, 2013
I am many years late with this letter. My son William was a patient of yours around 2004? When you first met us William was delayed, non-verbal, zero eye-contact. Honestly, I didn’t know my son- he did not react or interact with anyone, not even me, his mom. He was severely withdrawn and only made noise when he desperately wanted his way……which was always OCD related, or so it seemed. We couldn’t leave a waiting room until all of the blocks were touched or lined up or sorted or put away…whatever the order was for the day.
I don’t think we were under your care for that long, but we did everything you suggested, including educating ourselves and looking for other people making progress in our town (Ocala). We drove hours every week to secure pure local foods. We prayed and we worked and we studied and we learned and we applied your principles to our lives……for years.
And we succeeded! Today William is 10 1/2 yrs old and thriving! He is the most loving, emotional and caring boy I ever did meet! He’s smart and intuitive. He cares about others- He is the boy holding the door, helping to load the groceries or starting a conversation with strangers!
Today people of all ages are drawn to him-like they just want to be near him. OCD gone! Sometimes, I find myself tuning him out!!! And then I remember, say a prayer, and thank God!
Leigh Ann Parent - August 10, 2012
On Tuesday, May 29, 2012, Santana had a follow up with his neurologist. I am so thrilled and excited to share with you the feedback and experience from the neurologist appointment. I just could not wait to see you next month in July to share with you, so this is the reason for this email. Our first visit with the neurologist was January 2011. Since then, Santana was seen again by the neurologist on December 2011, and we began treatment with you on January 2012. In December 2011, neurologist mentioned that we should start ABA, but in our most recent visit May 2012, he mentioned that Santana did not need ABA therapy anymore. His words were “he is doing great” “he is doing excellent”. He also mentioned that he only wished his grandson, who has the same problem as Santana would be making the progress that Santana is making.
The Neurologist also mentioned that we do not see this kind of progress in the autism world. He also mentioned that an average doctor would at this point miss Santana’s diagnoses because he is “very, very, high functioning PDD”. He mentioned that his eye contact is so much better. His echolalia has decreased since December 2011, and suspects for the echolalia to continue to decrease as to where it is not even heard anymore. He says that once his speech becomes more conversational, no one will ever be able to tell that he had a speech problem. I know we still have a lot more to do to help Santana fully recover, but I just could not wait to thank you for the progress that he has made. Thank you so much!
The Washington Family - June 5, 2012
Just wanted to share some good info to you and Dr. David about Noah. He is in 3rd grade now and just got his first big boy report card from Independent Day School (A, B, C, D, or F grade reports). Noah got straight A’s and is doing awesome. We are amazed at how far he has come since getting the lead out of his little body. We have never forgotten those days and the great people that helped him. This story could of had such a different ending if we had not found you. You changed all of our lives for the better. Thank you all!
Rob & Lisa Breakiron - December 2, 2011
It’s been 2 yrs since we all began our journey recovering my amazing Grandson Brady. Thank-you so much for everything you have done for Brady. Although thank-you seems like such a small word to describe all I feel. With your help you gave him back all that was stolen from him. I have had the pleasure of meeting you once, when Sam and Joe first began bringing Brady to you. A guy after my own heart, (BROOKLYN where I was also born and my favorite past-time THE YANKEES). Sam has also told me you are going to help them bring another child into the world that hopefully will not have to go through all that Brady has in his short life, so again, thank-you.Because of you, Brady is a Healthy Happy little boy that has the whole world in front of him to explore. I still am not sure whether God put you in Tampa or my kids in Tampa to cross paths but whichever way that happened I and all of us will be forever grateful.
Helene Barowski - November 12, 2010
I just received a welcome note for signing on to get your newsletter. I am very excited to receive these. I just wanted to let you know that I am Olivia and Bella ‘s grandma. We met at Livi’s first appointment in January. I cannot tell you how much we appreciate your help in Livi’s recovery. The changes are amazing! I just spent last week in Tampa with them and she was still dealing with the regression from the new medication for yeast. It was very difficult , but by the end of the week (which was her second week on the new medicine) everything calmed down and good things began to appear. I don’t even want to think what Livi’s life would be like without you. This has been the most devastating event in our lives. Angie is holding on by sheer strength and determination. We all thank God everyday for having you in our lives.
Kathy H. - August 1, 2009