The early years of a child's life are very important for later health and development. One of the main reasons is how fast the brain grows starting before birth and continuing into early childhood. Although the brain continues to develop and change, the initial years can build a foundation for future health, learning and life success.

Because children's brains are still growing, they are especially vulnerable to traumatic head injuries, infections, or toxins

The Pediatric Brain & Resilience Summit faculty will lecture on topics related to:

  • Early Brain and Child Development

  • Epigenetic Factors

  • Toxic Stress - Why Environment Matters

  • Healing the New Childhood Epidemics

  • Autism

  • ADD / ADHD

  • Asthma and Allergies

  • Depression / Mental Health

  • Nourishing Mind, Body & Microbiome / Nutrition

  • Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders

A4M's Pediatric Brain and Resilience Summit will tailor traditional and functional medicine techniques for young patients.

To reverse the dramatic rise in pediatric brain health conditions, clinical care needs to evolve.

This course is designed for

  • Pediatricians
  • General and Family Practice Physicians
  • Nurses, Nurse Practitioners
  • Physician Assistants

Program Chair

Elisa Song, MD

Dr. Elisa Song, MD is a holistic pediatrician, pediatric functional medicine expert, and mama. In her integrative pediatric practice, Whole Family Wellness (, she’s helped 1000s of kids get to the root causes of their health concerns and helped their parents understand how to help their children thrive – body, mind, and spirit – by integrating conventional pediatrics with functional medicine, homeopathy, acupuncture, herbal medicine, and essential oils. These health concerns have ranged from frequent colds, ear infections, asthma, and eczema; to autism, ADHD, anxiety, depression, and autoimmune illnesses.



KEYNOTE: Promoting Pediatric Immune Resilience in 2022
Jeff Bland, PhD
Kids and Post-Covid Complications: Building Resilience
Elisa Song, MD
Foundations for Resilience in Pediatric Functional Medicine
Elisa Song, MD
Bioindividual Nutritional Resilience for Children
Julie Matthews, CNC
KEYNOTE: Hardwiring Happiness for Life
Rick Hanson, PhD
Epigenetics and DOHAD: Everything is Modifiable
Elisa Song, MD
Little Things Matter: Toxic Chemicals and the Developing Brain
Bruce Lanphear, MD, MPH
The Developing Gut-Brain Connection: Implications for Future Health
Elisa Song, MD
Kids' Brains on Sugar
Michael Goran, PhD
The Brain Drain: Glyphosate, and What's Making Our Children Sick
Michelle Perro, MD
Functional Medicine Approach to Autism/ADHD
Nancy O'Hara, MD, MPH, FAAP
Functional Medicine Approach to Child & Adolescent Anxiety
Zendi Moldenhauer, PhD, NPP, PNP, IFMCP
Q & A
KEYNOTE: Cell Danger Response (CDR). Mitochondria and the Healing Cycle
Robert K. Naviaux, MD, PhD
Mitochondria and The Pediatric Brain
Suzanne Goh, MD
Functional Medicine Approach to PANS/PANDAS
Scott Antoine, DO, FACEP, FMNM, ABOIM
Mast Cell Activation, POTS and Children 
Nancy O'Hara, MD, MPH, FAAP
Mold Toxins & Children's Brains
Pejman Katiraei, DO
CBD, Ketamine, Psychedelics for Children
Epigenetics and its Role in Pediatric Resilience
Bridget Briggs Waters, MD
Epigenetically Reconditioning Your Body to a New Mind
Svetlana Dubinsky
Panel Discussion/Q&A


Pediatric Brain Health Summit