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Community Advocates

In order to stay up to date on latest treatments, drug discovery, clinical studies and how to cope with atopic dermatitis every day, AtopicDermatitis.net brings you frequent articles, points of view and advice from leading patient advocates and experts.

Current advocates

Terry Alabata

27 years after experiencing my first outbreak, I am here, alive and well and virtually rash-free. I will still get patches here and there, but they are small and quickly heal because I’ve studied my body and patterns so much and so well that I know what I need to heal each type of outbreak as it occurs and without losing my mind. Read more

Shawntel Bethea

Writer, speaker and (soon to be) Certified Health Coach, Shawntel Bethea was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis and Atopic Dermatitis in her youth. Initially, Shawntel chose to hide her symptoms and conditions until her health took an unfortunate turn for the worst. Read more

Stefanie Bord

I’ve been dealing with atopic dermatitis for about twenty years now, since I was in high school. It was completely embarrassing. I got it on my eyelids, palms of my hands, and the back of my neck. I dealt with the symptoms of chappy looking, flaking skin with regular skin lotion, thinking it was normal and not making a fuss about it. Read more

Jeff Ten Broeck

Jeff Ten Broeck has been an #EczemaWarrior for most of his life. Throughout his journey, he has experienced moderate to severe eczema all over his body. Read more

Abi Covert

Hi, I’m Abigail! I’ve had eczema all my life, but it wasn’t a problem for me until 2 years ago. After years of following a modified diet and using prescription creams, it went away. In 2016 I got a small cluster of bumps on the very bottom of my palm and after a few doctor visits we found out it was eczema. Ever since I’ve been doing my best to eat as healthy as possible and to be as positive about it as I can. It’s a tough thing to deal with, but I’ve learned to make the best of it. Read more

Sarah Hackley

Sarah Hackley’s personal struggle with Atopic Dermatitis began when she was ten. Since then, she’s gained control of her own skin and helped both of her children through the condition as well. Read more

Karen Hoyt

I’m Karen Hoyt and skin disease runs in my family. My experience with atopic dermatitis spans across 3 generations. That includes my grandma, sister, daughter, and granddaughter. I’ve provided support and caregiving for them all my life. Read more

Noreen Jesani

Noreen is an Atlanta native that spent the last 2 years in Boston pursuing her Masters in Public Health. She now lives in San Francisco, where she works as a fellow for a health insurance company. Read more

Liz Lebowitz

Elizabeth R. Lebowitz is a Registered Nurse for over forty years. She has worked in busy metropolitan Medical Centers in a variety of Nursing and Administrative positions. Liz began her professional career as a staff nurse, went on to be a Nurse Recruiter and Employment Manger of a large city hospital, to currently employed as the Lead School Nurse for a Long Island School District. Read more

Harrison Li

Greetings from Hong Kong. My name is Harrison Li. Your typical example of an eczema sufferer (though now barely visible), who has gone through the tides and storms of steroid therapy, herbal medicine, and visiting numerous doctors and dermatologists you can ever find. Read more

Ashley Ann Lora

Ashley Ann Lora has been an eczema warrior since 1992. She was diagnosed with moderate-to-severe Atopic Dermatitis (AD) when she was just a few months old. Growing up, Ashley thought she was going to suffer from eczema all of her life – the itching, scratching, skin discoloration and being overly cautious of her allergens had become part of her everyday thought and routine. But in November of 2014, she experienced one of the worst and uncontrollable flares in her adult life causing her great frustration and yearn for healing. Read more

Jennifer Martin

Jennifer Martin is a mom of two teenagers, one of them has Atopic Dermatitis. It is just one of the many struggles of raising a teenager! She is also a veterinarian in Austin, Texas. Read more

Missy Neihart

Hi! My name is Melissa (Missy) and I am a 24 year old EMT and Biochemistry student. I was diagnosed with Atopic Dermatitis when I was just 8 years old. At that age, I didn’t really think much of it, other than that it was something that occasionally allowed me to miss school. Read more

Larissa Olsen

Publicist by day and blogger by night, Larissa is no stranger to eczema. She was first diagnosed as a toddler, and although she had “clear years,” she continued to struggle with her skin into adulthood. Upon doing her own research, she decided to take her wellness into her own hands and go through topical steroid withdrawal. Read more

Linette Roungchun

Linette Roungchun is a singer, foodie, and Eczema/TSW Warrior finally sharing her story openly and unapologetically on various social media platforms. She has fought this illness since she was 3 years old, never losing her positive outlook and humorous view on life. Read more

TK Sellman

TK Sellman, RPSGT CCSH is a career journalist (Columbia Chicago, ’90). She was diagnosed with idiopathic hypersomnia in 2010, which inspired her to go back to school to become a sleep technologist in 2012 and a professional sleep educator in 2014. Read more

Peter Tapao

Greetings and many blessings my name is Peter Tapao I have eczema and it’s been with me all my life, been going in and out to the hospital and suffering many days and nights. Read more

Truc Thanh

For the past 8 years, I’ve worked as a director in a multidisciplinary role (or sometimes just plain disciplining multiple children!). In my house that means I’m a child mediator, chauffeur, and 24-hour maid to 3 young children. Through our active lives I’ve worked towards keeping them healthy and strong . . . and itch-free. Read more

KeTwanna Young

KeTwanna Young was born in Charlotte, North Carolina. Her experiences with teachers and schools as a student (and sister to students) in the Charlotte Mecklenburg School System inspired her to become a teacher in that school system herself. KeTwanna teaches first grade in CMS. Read more

Former Advocates

Karolyn DeMarco

Hi, my name is Karolyn. I am 33 years old. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Counseling and Human Services and a Master’s degree in Elementary Education. I grew up in Northeast Pennsylvania. I have two amazing children, Ryan (9) and Madi (8). Luckily, one of those children, Madi got my husband’s skin type. I was diagnosed with eczema when I was 5 years old. Read more

Nav Gosal

I am Nav Gosal, creator of Eczema Tracker app and a mother of a child with moderate to severe eczema. Despite mild eczema being a part of our family for generations, I was not prepared to handle the severity of my son’s eczema. Read more

Jennifer Roberge

Jennifer Roberge is the founder of The Eczema Company and the award-winning blog, Its An Itchy Little World. Read more

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