Logo of National Eczema Association mobile menu icon
Icon link to National Eczema's Instagram feed. Icon link to National Eczema's YouTube channel. Icon link to National Eczema's Facebook page. Icon link to National Eczema's Twitter feed. Icon link to National Eczema's inspire.com page. Search Icon to search the site

Get the tools and support you need to best manage your eczema

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Expo ’19 Presenters and Partners

Presenters, Partners, and Collaborators

Learn from the leaders in eczema and get support from your peers. Eczema Expo 2019 features an all-star cast of experts and innovators.

Katrina Abuabara, MD, MSCE

image of the presenter.

Dermatologist at UCSF Medical Center with special interest in treating eczema. In her research, Abuabara uses large collections of related data – integrating genetic, clinical, environmental and social factors – to gain a better understanding of patterns and predictors of eczema activity.

When:

  • Friday, July 19 - Eczhausted: The impact of eczema on sleep Breakout session

Additional links & resources:

Andrew Alexis, MD, MPH

image of the presenter.

Chair of the Department of Dermatology at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s and Mount Sinai West, and Professor of Dermatology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. As Director of the Skin of Color Center, he is actively involved in advancing patient care, research, and education pertaining to dermatologic disorders that are prevalent in ethnic skin.

When:

  • Saturday, July 20 - Eczema in skin of color: What you need to know Breakout session
  • Saturday, July 20 - Ask the Ecz-perts Expo Camp - Senior Warriors

Additional links & resources:

Richard Aron, MB Ch B

image of the presenter.

Widely-known dermatologist based in South Africa, creator of the internet-renowned Aron Regimen. MB Ch B (University of Cape Town) 1963, Master of Medicine (Dermatology) University of Cape Town 1969. Registered with the Human Sciences Council of South Africa (No. MP0110817). Private Practice as a Consultant Dermatologist from 1986 to 2015 at BMI Hendon Hospital.

When:

  • Sunday, July 21 - The Buzz General session
  • Sunday, July 21 - The Buzz in Depth Breakout session

Additional links & resources:

Tiffany Avery, L.Ac., MSAc, MSOM, DACM #1090

image of the presenter.

Clinical director of Modern Acupuncture Arcadia. Nationally Board Certified Diplomate in Acupuncture by the NCCAOM and is a graduate of the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (DACM) and Phoenix Institute of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (MSAc, MSOM).

When:

  • Friday, July 19 - Healing Space: Acupuncture
  • Saturday, July 20 - Healing Space: Acupuncture

Additional links & resources:

Kelly Barta

image of the presenter.

President of ITSAN, a non-profit that works to bring awareness to the potentially adverse effects caused from long-term topical steroid use for chronic skin conditions like eczema. A lifetime sufferer of eczema, after 26 years of prescribed topical steroid treatment, Kelly went through a harrowing withdrawal which turned her life completely in a different direction. She left her career of working as a contract musician and e-commerce business owner to completely dedicate her time and energy to the eradication of TSW, and to help those suffering from the same condition.

When:

  • Friday, July 19 - The Skinny on Steroids Breakout session
  • Sunday, July 21 - Raise your voice! Breakout session

Additional links & resources:

Cindy Salm Bauer, MD

image of the presenter.

Board certified allergist and immunologist. Co-Director, Multidisciplinary Eosinophilic Gastrointestinal Disease Clinic and Co-Director, Immunohematology Clinic at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Founded the Phoenix Children’s Allergy and Immunology Clinic in 2013. Her areas of interest include food allergy, eosinophilic esophagitis, asthma, allergic/atopic diseases, and immunodeficiencies.

When:

  • Saturday, July 20 - What about the food? Managing food allergies and eczema Breakout session

Additional links & resources:

Tim Berger, MD

image of the presenter.

Professor of Clinical Dermatology, UCSF Department of Dermatology. Specializes in itch and complex skin disorders.

When:

  • Friday, July 19 - Starting from Scratch Breakout session

Additional links & resources:

Tracee Blackburn, PA-C

image of the presenter.

Board-Certified Physician Assistant at Illinois Dermatology Institute, nationally certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) and licensed by the state of Illinois.Likes to focus her attention on patient education, as she believes it is a vital part to every patient’s recovery.

When:

  • Thursday, July 18 - Skincare 101 Hands-on instructional stations
  • Sunday, July 21 - We go together Breakout session

Additional links & resources:

Kanwaljit K. Brar, MD

image of the presenter.

Pediatric allergist and immunologist at National Jewish Health.

When:

  • Friday, July 19 - Triggered: Managing contact and environmental allergies Breakout session

Additional links & resources:

Paula Bogar, M.Ed

image of the presenter.

Holds a BS in Exercise and Sports Science from The Pennsylvania State University and a MA in Education from the University of Connecticut. Through her 30 year career as an aquatic fitness professional, she has taught a variety of class formats and populations. Most importantly, she is the mom and head cheerleader to an eczema warrior.

When:

  • Friday, July 19 - Water fitness Wellness session
  • Saturday, July 20 - Water fitness Wellness session
  • Sunday, July 21 - Water fitness Wellness session

Samantha Casselman, DNP, RN, CPNP-PC

image of the presenter.

Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and program director for the Severe Eczema Clinic and Eczema school at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Has presented nationally on the topic of atopic dermatitis management at the Dermatology Nurses Association and the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners. Began her career in dermatology as a nurse where she discovered her interest in managing eczema with patients and families, and hopes to positively impact research and education for eczema patients to improve management of this devastating skin condition.

When:

  • Thursday, July 19 - Skincare 101 Hands-on instructional stations
  • Friday, July 19 - Caretakers of children 0-5 Breakout session
  • Friday, July 19 - Caretakers of children 6-12 Breakout session
  • Friday, July 19 - Caretakers of children 13-20 Breakout session
  • Saturday, July 20 - Ask the Ecz-perts Expo Camp - Senior Warriors

Emily Cole, RN

image of the presenter.

Nurse at National Jewish Health, in the Pediatric Care Unit for over 10 years. Her focus includes asthma, atopic dermatitis, and food allergies. Her passion is educating families and teaching them how to better manage their diagnosis. Emily is a leader is teaching skin care and wet wrap therapy at NJH.

When:

  • Thursday, July 18 - Skincare 101 Hands-on instructional stations

Irene Crosby

image of the presenter.

Co-founder of National Eczema Association who's lived with atopic dermatitis for most of her life.

When:

  • Saturday, July 20 - Fireside chat General session

Additional links & resources:

Jennifer Moyer Darr, LCSW

image of the presenter.

Licensed clinical social worker in the Division of Pediatric Behavioral Health at National Jewish Health in Denver. Specializes in mental health counseling for individuals and families of all ages, psychological factors related to illness, management of chronic illness, parenting difficulties, impact of trauma, behavioral and cognitive behavioral intervention, and biofeedback. Certified in EMDR.

When:

  • Friday, July 19 - The mind-body connection: Mental health and eczema Breakout session
  • Friday, July 19 - Biofeedback and relaxation Wellness session
  • Saturday, July 20 - How to be well when you don’t feel well: Coping strategies for eczema Breakout session
  • Saturday, July 20 - Biofeedback and relaxation Wellness session

Additional links & resources:

Robert Dellavalle, MD, PhD, MSPH

image of the presenter.

Associate Professor of Dermatology and Public Health at the University of Colorado School of Medicine where he also serves as Chief of the Denver VA Medical Center Dermatology Service. Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology at Colorado School of Medical Health, Professor of Dermatology, Chief of Service, Denver Veterans Administration Hospital.

When:

  • Sunday, July 21 - The Buzz General session
  • Sunday, July 21 - The Buzz in Depth Breakout session

Additional links & resources:

Lawrence Eichenfield, MD

image of the presenter.

Chief of Pediatric and Adolescent Dermatology at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego, and Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine (Dermatology), at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine. Member of NEA’s Scientific Advisory Committee.

When:

  • Saturday, July 20 - The new era of eczema care General session

Additional links & resources:

Emily Fesler

image of the presenter.

As a fellow Eczema Warrior, a techie, and a certified yoga and meditation teacher, she works to empower warriors to find their own practice and push forward research on the powerful effect of meditation in relation to stress and itchiness. She is well versed in meditation technology that can help warriors on their journey.

When:

  • Friday, July 19 - Sunrise yoga - Outdoor practice Wellness session
  • Saturday, July 20 - Sunrise meditation - Outdoor practice Wellness session
  • Sunday, July 21 - Morning meditation Wellness session

Additional links & resources:

Dathan Hamann, MD, FAAD

image of the presenter.

​Board certified dermatologist, currently serving as the medical director for the Contact Dermatitis Institute in Phoenix, Arizona. Co-author of 2 textbook chapters on rubber and metal allergy.

When:

  • Friday, July 19 - Personal care tips and hacks Breakout session
  • Saturday, July 20 - #awkward Breakout session
  • Saturday, July 20 - #awkward men Breakout session

Additional links & resources:

Jon Hanifin, MD

image of the presenter.

Professor of Dermatology at Oregon Health & Science University. Co-founder of National Eczema Association. Internationally-recognized expert and lecturer on atopic dermatitis.

When:

  • Saturday, July 20 - Fireside chat General session

Additional links & resources:

Sarah Harris

image of the presenter.

Writer and audio storyteller who’s lived with moderate-to-severe eczema for most of her life. Founder of Skin Stories, a website that espouses the belief that the dominant cultural narrative around skin needs to be changed, because all skin is good skin.

When:

  • Sunday, July 21 - Celebrate your skin Workshop

Additional links & resources:

Mamta Jhaveri

image of the presenter.

Assistant professor of dermatology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She specializes in eczema care and contact dermatitis. She conducts research focused on integrative medicine in dermatology, including the role of meditation and herbal therapies.

When:

  • Friday, July 19 - Morning yoga Wellness session
  • Friday, July 19 - School and work Expo Camp - Senior Warriors
  • Friday, July 19 - Eczema and women Breakout session
  • Saturday, July 20 - #awkward women Breakout session
  • Sunday, July 21 - Mindful meditation Wellness session

Additional links & resources:

Peter Lio, MD

image of the presenter.

Clinical Assistant Professor of Dermatology & Pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, and a Diplomate of the American Board of Dermatology (board-certified in Dermatology). Eczema Expo 2019 Medical Director.

When:

  • Friday, July 19 - Other eczemas Breakout session
  • Friday, July 19 - The skinny on steroids Breakout session
  • Saturday, July 20 - Complementary and alternative therapies: Separating fact from fiction General session
  • Saturday, July 20 - Eczema sucks Expo Camp - Senior Warriors
  • Saturday, July 20 - Biologics pediatrics Breakout session
  • Saturday, July 20 - Biologics adults Breakout session
  • Sunday, July 21 - The Buzz General session
  • Sunday, July 21 - Eczemawise: Getting the care you need Breakout session

Additional links & resources:

Ashley Lora

image of the presenter.

Eczema warrior committed to helping others on their journey of healing. Founder of VisionHery, a conscious movement dedicated to empowering others to take action towards living a fulfilling life, utilizing vision boards to heal one’s mind, body, and spirit.

When:

  • Thursday, July 18 - Vision Boarding Workshop
  • Friday, July 19 - Morning meditation Wellness session
  • Saturday, July 19 - Morning meditation Wellness session

Additional links & resources:

Amanda Michaud, PA-C

image of the presenter.

Board certified Physician Assistant by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants since 2012, Amanda is currently President of the American Association of PA’s in Allergy and serves as the Medical Liaison to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. Special interests in the field are severe asthma, atopic dermatitis, and food allergy. Practices at Arizona Asthma and Allergy Institute.

When:

  • Thursday, July 18 - Skincare 101 Hands-on instructional stations
  • Friday, July 19 - #Awkward Expo Camp – Senior Warriors

Judith O'Haver, PhD, RN, CPNP-PC

image of the presenter.

Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Child Health, University of Arizona, College of Medicine. Specializes in improving healthy lifestyle behaviors, physical health and adaptation to living with chronic illness or dermatologic conditions for children and adolescents. Practices at Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

When:

  • Friday, July 19 - Eczema 101, Jr. Expo Camp – Junior Warriors

Brandie Perry

image of the presenter.

When:

  • Friday, July 19 - Ecz-ercize Wellness session
  • Saturday, July 20 - Ecz-ercize Wellness session

Harper Price, MD

image of the presenter.

Division Chief of Pediatric Dermatology at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Dr. Price specializes in the complex systemic treatment of atopic dermatitis in children with a multidisciplinary focus.

When:

  • Friday, July 19 - Eczema 101 Expo Camp – Senior Warriors

Additional links & resources:

Camille Requiestas

image of the presenter.

Eczema warrior, certified yoga instructor, self-professed skincare fanatic, blogger, and Social Media News Anchor for Wake Up West Texas.

When:

  • Saturday, July 20 - Morning yoga, Gentle yoga Wellness session
  • Sunday, July 21 - Morning yoga Wellness session

Additional links & resources:

Janet Ritter

image of the presenter.

Medical Managed Care, Associate Director, Sanofi Genzyme. Focus on payers and managed care. Therapeutic areas include immunology, MS, and oncology.

When:

  • Saturday, July 20 - Crack the code: Understanding insurance Breakout session

Vivian Shi, MD, FAAD

image of the presenter.

Board-certified dermatologist and an Assistant Professor of Medicine in Dermatology at the University of Arizona where she directs the Eczema and Skin Barrier Specialty Clinic. She has extensive clinical and research experience in eczema and repair of the skin’s natural protective barrier. Her principal focus is atopic dermatitis (AD) and she’s a longtime AD sufferer herself.

When:

  • Friday, July 19 - Career, education, and eczema Breakout session
  • Saturday, July 20 - #awkward Breakout session
  • Saturday, July 20 - About face: Facial eczema Breakout session
  • Saturday, July 20 - #awkward women Breakout session
  • Sunday, July 21 - The Buzz General session
  • Sunday, July 21 - The Buzz in Depth Breakout session

Additional links & resources:

Alexis Smith

image of the presenter.

Eczema warrior and Instagram influencer, known as EczemaLove, who's helping to change the way people see their skin.

When:

  • Sunday, July 21 - Celebrate your skin Workshop

Additional links & resources:

Tori Soper

image of the presenter.

Commercial photographer based in Chicago. Official photographer of Expo 2018 and Expo 2019.

When:

  • Sunday, July 21 - Celebrate your skin Workshop

Additional links & resources:

Craig Teller, MD

image of the presenter.

Clinical Instructor of Dermatology in family medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. Clinical Instructor of Dermatology at the University of Texas Medical School in Houston. Dermatologist, Bellaire Dermatology in Houston, TX

When:

  • Friday, July 19 - Eczema 101 General session
  • Friday, July 19 - You're not alone: Eczema and men Breakout session
  • Friday, July 19 - You’re not alone: Partners and supporters of people with eczema Breakout session
  • Saturday, July 20 - Systemic treatments: When and how should they be used? Breakout session

Additional links & resources:

Susan Tofte, RN, MS, FNP

image of the presenter.

Dermatologist nurse practitioner, Department of Dermatology, Oregon Health and Sciences University. Co-founder of National Eczema Association.

When:

  • Saturday, July 20 - Fireside chat General session

Additional links & resources:

Eunice Yu, M.Ed

image of the presenter.

Former educator, therapist, and licensed yoga instructor with a background in Psychology and a Ms. Ed from Johns Hopkins University. She has been practicing yoga since 2007 and has over 10 years experience working with at-risk youth, building youth and community access to the arts and extracurriculars. She left the classroom to pursue advanced degrees in Clinical Psychology, but avidly practices yoga and volunteers in schools all across the Chicagoland Area. She is currently working towards launching a program, based on the foundations of yoga therapy in order to build access to alternate learning and self regulative strategies into classrooms and safe spaces in under resourced communities.

When:

  • Thursday, July 18 - The Story of Self Workshop
  • Friday, July 19 - Family fitness, Gentle yoga Wellness session
  • Friday, July 19 - The Magic Within Expo Camp – Senior Warriors
  • Saturday, July 20 - Family fitness Wellness session
  • Saturday, July 20 - The Magic Within Expo Camp - Junior Warriors
  • Saturday, July 20 - Eczema and self-image Breakout session
  • Sunday, July 20 - Family fitness Wellness session

JiaDe (Jeff) Yu, MD

image of the presenter.

Board-certified dermatologist and fellowship trained pediatric dermatologist specializing in allergic contact dermatitis and occupational dermatitis in adults and children. Practices at Mass General Hospital for Children. Eczema Expo 2019 spa and housekeeping product consultant.

When:

  • Friday, July 19 - Can I be allergic to my “natural” skincare products? Breakout session
  • Saturday, July 20 - What on earth am I touching? Breakout session
  • Sunday, July 21 - Living my best life Breakout session