We are extremely honored to have such a highly qualified, caring, and diverse group of specialists from multiple areas of medicine, that both treat and research POTS & dysautonomia. We appreciate that they find time to devote to furthering the goals and mission of Dysautonomia SOS in their busy schedules, and truly want to help as many people affected by dysautonomia as possible.
Dr. Moskowitz is Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine and Chair of the Division of Pediatric Cardiology and Vice Chair of the Department of Pediatrics for Clinical Operations at The Children’s Hospital of Richmond, Virginia Commonwealth University. He directs the Pediatric Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory and the Pediatric Heart Transplantation Program at CHoR. His past research focused on the effects of childhood passive smoking on coronary artery risks, and was cited in the Surgeon General's Report and the EPA Report on Respiratory Health Effects of Passive Smoking. He is currently working with bioengineers to design a cardiac assist device as a bridge for the failing Fontan patient. He is the Immediate Past President of the Virginia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a member of the Committee on Pediatric Workforce for the national AAP. He actively cares for many patients with orthostatic hypotension, POTS, and many patients with connective tissue diseases such as Ehlers Danlos Syndrome.
Dr. Dowd is a Board Certified Orthopedic Physical Therapist with a special interest in caring for a caseload of patients ranging from young pediatric to adult patients with dysautonomia’s. He has experience with patients suffering POTS, NCS, and/or NMH for a variety of reasons such as EDS, Marfan’s syndrome, Joint Hyper-mobility Syndrome, Hyper-adrenergic, Diabetes related small fiber neuropathy, Pre and Post-surgical Chiari Malformation, Mast-cell degranulation disorder, Multiple Sclerosis, Syringomyelia, and Lyme Disease. Treatment directed to try to return the autonomic nervous system back to a state of homeostasis to help relieve the various symptoms commonly associated with dysautonomia such as headaches, migraines, joint pain, fatigue, weakness, de-conditioning, abdominal discomfort, palpitations, tremulousness, chest discomfort, and cognitive impairment.
Dr. Sica is the head of the Section of Clinical Pharmacology and Hypertension at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center. He has published extensively in the area(s) of hypertension, renal disease, and drug pharmacokinetics with over 500 abstracts, publications and chapters to his credit. Dr. Sica's research areas of interest include the pharmacotherapy of hypertension, cardiovascular risk factors in adolescent African-Americans, the pharmacokinetics of drugs in renal failure, as well as the role of the renin-angiotensin axis in disease state presentation and/or progression. Dr. Sica has been extensively involved in a service and leadership capacity with a number of the nephrology, clinical pharmacology, and hypertension organizations.
Dr. Sica has several times been awarded the Best Teaching Attending award by the medicine housestaff and/or the medical student classes at the Medical College of Virginia. In addition, he has received a number of awards in the City of Richmond for his commitment to the community and his involvement with youth. Dr. Sica established the Ram Slam Scholarship Program and the Single Mother’s Scholarship Program through which he gives back to the community by assisting those who desire to continue their education, but may need assistance in order to reach their goals.
Shari J. Schindel, Psy.D., C.H.H.C .
Private Practice, New York
Dr. Schindel is a New York State Licensed Clinical Psychologist, a Board Certified Holistic Health Practitioner, and a Certified Health Coach. She specializes in working with people diagnosed with chronic illnesses such as Dysautonomia, Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome, and Adrenal Insufficiency. Dr. Schindel received her Doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from Long Island University in 1996. She earned a Masters in Applied Psychology from Long Island University in 1994 and a Masters of Social Work degree from New York University in 1992. Most recently she became a Board Certified Holistic Health Practitioner from the American Association of Drugless Practitioners, and received her certification as a Holistic Health Coach from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Dr. Schindel is a current member of the American Psychological Association, the American Association of Drugless Practitioners, the American Association of Nutritional Consultants, and the International Association for Health Coaches. Having had Adrenal Insufficiency, Dysautonomia, and other related conditions since childhood herself, Dr. Schindel uniquely understands the experience of living daily with chronic illness from both a personal and professional perspective. As a Holistic Health Psychologist, Dr. Schindel currently works with clients by phone to support them in making necessary lifestyle changes to improve their overall health and wellbeing. Dr. Schindel can be reached through her website www.CreateYourBestHealth.com.