John A. Green III MD
I grew up in Colorado and Idaho, graduating from the University of Idaho in 1970 with majors in Psychology, Spanish and Chemistry. Medical school at the University of Utah was next, and then Family Practice training at the University of New Mexico. This was followed by eight years of work as an emergency room physician with a part-time family practice ongoing.
During these early years in practice, I trained in holistic medicine and environmental medicine, becoming a charter member of the American Holistic Medical Association (AHMA) and obtaining board certification in environmental medicine. Since the beginning of my practice in 1975, I have worked with children and adults with chronic health problems which have not responded to conventional therapies. Our patients frequently experience significant improvements by exploring and modifying diet and nutrition, toxic load factors, allergies and sensitivities, hormones and psychological influences. Ongoing training and experience in these areas has been an excellent preparation in learning to help children affected by the epidemic of autistic spectrum disorders which was soon to come. In the late 1990′s, I was lead by several of my early autistic patients to the Autism Research Institute which has been an extraordinary source of inspiration and continuing education in the treatment of these children. In the past 14 years, I have evaluated and treated more than 2500 children with autism spectrum disorders from all over the world.
In addition to seeing patients individually, I have mentored doctors in Italy, Hungary, China and Poland and participated in numerous round tables including the Autism Research Institute’s Clinician’s Training and Thinktank, and the Northwest Physicians Autism Forum. I have also served as the editor for the AHMA quarterly member letter, authored two chapters in Recovering Autistic Children and made numerous presentations to DAN!, as well as other venues such as the Washington and Hawaii TACA (Talk About Curing Autism) meetings. In addition, our office regularly participates in research related to preventing and reversing symptoms associated with autistic spectrum disorders.
On a personal note, I have 5 children and 2 step-children, ages 21 to 42, as well as three grandsons. At this time, admittedly, there is a strong grandfatherly feeling with many of the hundreds of children for whom I am privileged to provide care. Hobbies include organic gardening, hiking, cycling, hunting, piano and cello.
Polly M. Green LMSW
I grew up in Spokane, Washington then went off to the east coast to study biology at Williams College. At that time, my favorite class was environmental chemistry. We learned about the devastating effects of toxins on humans and the environment. This planted the seed for the passion I feel about supporting parents to raise healthy kids in a toxic world. My career path has been a winding road, including a Masters in Social Work from the University of Michigan with concentrations in family systems therapy and interpersonal therapy and training at the School for Conscious Healing and the Jaffe Institute for Medical and Spiritual Healing. For many years, I served as a hospice and medical social worker, most recently at Housecall Providers, an innovative primary care group that serves patients in their homes.
Throughout my life, I have had passion for healthy food and for children. I strongly believe in the power of food to heal and love supporting families in this regard. My greatest teachers are my children and step-children. May our grandchildren and great grandchildren thrive in a less toxic world.