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Autism expert pediatrician to speak in Trinity


Published:   |   Updated: September 6, 2013 at 04:33 PM

TRINITY — A nationally recognized authority on autism will speak at the next meeting of Helping HANDs at Medical Center of Trinity.

David Berger is scheduled to appear at the Hope for Autism and Neurological Disorders meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, at the hospital, 9330 S.R. 54.

Berger, who is with Wholistic Pediatrics and Family Care in Tampa, is a board-certified pediatrician who specializes in biomedical therapies, as advocated by the Autism Research Institute, according to hospital spokeswoman Mary Sommise.

Berger also specializes in treatment for ADHD and related disorders.

He graduated from Medical College of Pennsylvania in 1994 and did his pediatric residency at the University of South Florida. He began in private practice in 1997 and opened Wholistic in 2005.

In 2010 Berger was named an assistant professor at the University of South Florida College of Nursing.

National Autism Association has tapped Berger to speak Saturday, Nov. 16, during the National Autism Conference Nov. 14-17 in St. Pete Beach.

His remarks at the conference will focus on “Preconception and Prenatal Strategies for a Healthy Baby.”

The national autism spectrum disorders incidence stands at 1 in 88 children, while the incidence of autism spectrum disorder in a second child 1 in 7, Berger notes.

“Many parents are looking for strategies to prevent ASD in future offspring,” Berger wrote in a summary. “This lecture will explore nutritional, dietary and detoxification approaches for women prior to conception, during pregnancy, and during early childhood.”

Helping HANDs is a community support group for parents, family members, and friends affected by autism and related neurological disorders. Those can include Tourette’s syndrome, sensory processing disorder, ADHD, Asperger syndrome or other autism spectrum disorders.

Helping HANDs meets the second Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. in the hospital’s main building, off the lobby in Conference Room B.

For more information contact Jonica Chittum, founder of the support group. Her son has been an autism patient of Berger’s since 2005. Email jonica.chittum@hcahealthcare.com or call (813) 402-9442 or (727) 534-8230. The group has a Facebook page.

For more information on Medical Center of Trinity, go online to www.medicalcentertrinity.com, call (727) 834-4000 or follow the hospital’s Facebook page.

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