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Alexander Shikhman MD, PhD, President

IAREF President, Dr. Alexander Shikhman, is board certified in internal medicine and rheumatology with a PhD in immunology. He is also CEO and owner of Institute for Specialized Medicine, a private rheumatology practice in San Diego, CA. He is a highly sought after physician for diagnosing and treating the connection between autoimmune disease and chronic infections. He is a leading author of numerous scientific publications in peer review journals, including Journal of Immunology, Arthritis and Rheumatism, Annals of Rheumatic Diseases, New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of Gluten Sensitivity and Nature Biotechnology.

Michael Lehman, ND, Vice President

A graduate of Bastyr University, an accredited school of naturopathic medicine, Dr. Lehman is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor trained in natural therapies including nutritional, botanical/herbal, and physical/structural medicine applications. He specializes in the holistic care of those wrestling with autoimmune and chronic disease.

Neenah Grade, PA-C, Secretary

Neenah Grade is a board certified Physician Assistant with a background in primary care and integrative pain medicine. She received a Bachelor’s degree in genetics, cell and molecular biology from Arizona State University before completing her Masters in Science at Arcadia University in Philadelphia.