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Andrews/Reiter Epilepsy Research Program Inc

1103 Sonoma Ave.

Santa Rosa, California 95405

United States

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Ph.D.

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Donna J. Andrews, Ph.D

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Elsas SM, Gregory WL, White G, Navarro G, Salinsky MC, Andrews DJ.
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Andrews, D, Reiter J. Comprehensive Neurobehavioral Approach. Complementary and Alternative Therapies for Epilepsy , Chapter 4. New York: Demos, 2005.


Epilepsy Conference Toronto: Speakers

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The October conference in Toronto will feature a range of knowledgeable, passionate speakers, including Donna Andrews, Ph.D., and Joel Reiter, M.D., the psychologist and Harvard-trained neurologist who together developed the Andrews-Reiter approach to epilepsy.

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Donna Andrews, Ph.D.
Neuropsychologist Donna Andrews is the co-director of the Andrews-Reiter Epilepsy Research Program in Santa Rosa, California. She is a pioneer in the use of behavioral therapy to treat epilepsy.
Dr. Andrews is the author of Taking Control of Your Epilepsy, a comprehensive guide for patients seeking to halt their seizures.
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Dr. Andrews and Harvard-trained neurologist Joel Reiter, co-director of the A-R Research Program, were the first doctors in the country to make several critically important medical discoveries about epilepsy.
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With further research, Andrews and Reiter showed that seizure triggers do not have to be physical pressures.
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Dr. Andrews has shown that if a patient identifies his auras and responds with focused relaxation instead of panic, he can stop his brain's electrical misfirings before those misfirings become full-blown seizures.
To establish long-term health, at their clinic in California, Andrews and Reiter start patients on the path to resolving the emotional pressures that trigger their seizures.
In 30 years of treating epileptics with this approach, Dr. Andrews has helped thousands of patients halt their seizures, many of whom were considered refractory, or untreatable, cases. Her work has drawn global recognition and been called "an important step forward in the treatment of epilepsy."
Dr. Andrews' interest in epilepsy came from personal experience. As a child, she suffered from debilitating seizures. Doctors told her there was nothing she could do beyond taking medication. Refusing to accept that prognosis, Andrews began researching the medical condition and investigating its function in her body, explorations that led to the Andrews-Reiter methods.
Today Dr. Andrews has been seizure-free for over 40 years and has been off all medication for several decades. She continues to treat patients, as well as lecture about the A-R approach at medical facilities across the U.S., Europe and Canada.
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Soon Dr. Reiter connected with Dr. Andrews, an epileptic herself who had developed techniques to halt her own seizures.
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When Park and Novack learned about the Andrews-Reiter behavioral approach to epilepsy, they flew to California to meet with Dr. Donna Andrews.


Epilepsy Conference Toronto: About the Andrews-Reiter Approach

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The approach—part neurology, part psychology, part commonsense—is the life's work of neuropsychologist Donna Andrews.

As a child, Dr. Andrews suffered from debilitating seizures. Doctors told her there was nothing she could do beyond taking medication. Refusing to accept that prognosis, Dr. Andrews began researching the neurological condition, investigations that led to several significant medical discoveries.
For generations, neurologists had believed that epileptic attacks struck randomly, like lightning from the damaged neurons of an epileptic brain. Dr. Andrews discovered that this was not the case, that seizures have definite triggers, pressure factors in a patient's life that spark an attack.
With further research, Dr. Andrews was able to prove that seizure triggers do not have to be physical pressures. They can also be emotional. She documented how stress, anger, fear and shock can also spark seizures in epileptics.
Dr. Andrews realized that these discoveries could significantly benefit epileptic patients, most of whom were told that seizures are indeed random and that there was little they could do to stop them beyond taking medication.
In 1981 Dr. Andrews joined forces with Dr. Joel Reiter, a Harvard-trained neurologist, establishing the Andrews-Reiter Epilepsy Research Center in Santa Rosa, California.
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Andrews has shown that if a patient identifies his auras and responds with focused relaxation instead of panic, he can stop his brain's electrical misfirings before those misfirings become a full-blown seizure.
To establish long-term health, at their clinic in California, Andrews and Reiter start patients on the path to resolving the emotional pressures that trigger their seizures.
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Schachter, Devinsky and Pacia are forceful in their praise of Andrews and Reiter, calling their work "an important step in the treatment of epilepsy."
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Andrews and Reiter's research have presented a different view.
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Including Dr. Andrews herself. By continuing to employ the A-R techniques, Dr. Andrews has been seizure-free for over 40 years and has been off all medication for several decades.
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Taking Control of Your Epilepsy, a workbook for patients seeking to stop their seizures, written by Dr. Donna Andrews, Dr. Joel Reiter, and nurse Charlotte Janis
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"A Neurobehavioral Approach for Treatment of Complex Partial Epilepsy:Efficacy," a medical study analyzing the effectiveness of the A-R approach, written by Dr. Donna Andrews and Dr. Joel Reiter, published in the respected medical journal Seizure
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A Neurobehavioral Treatment For Unilateral Complex Partial Seizure Disorders: A Comparison of Right- and Left-Hemisphere Patients , a second medical study analyzing the A-R approach, published in Seizure, written by Dr. Andrews, Dr. Reiter, Dr. Albert Kastl, Warren Schonfeld and Pat Denning

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