Professional Education

Professional Conferences

Lyme Connection is especially proud of the relationship we have fostered with medical and mental health practitioners, researchers, health directors and, health educators and ancillary professionals. We are always looking for opportunities to build on the body of knowledge that improves illness prevention, diagnosis and patient care.  

Top physicians and mental health practitioners gathered at the Leir Retreat Center in Ridgefield, CT to present the latest research on the brain impact of tick-borne diseases. Pictured ( l. to r.) are Lyme Connection Chair Karen Gaudian, Dr. Elena Frid, Dr. Sheila Statlander, Dr. Robert Bransfield, Dr. Kenneth Liegner and Dr. Sheila Statlander.

Past Professional Conferences

  • INFECTIONS AND THE BRAIN: Essentials for Mental Health and Health Care Practitioners, October 2017

    Mechanisms of brain involvement, infection-induced autoimmune encephalopathy, the role of psychoimmunology, symptom presentation, and diagnostic and treatment considerations.

  • Infectious Causes of Mental Illness: The Impact of Infections on the Brain, October 2016

    Fifth professional conference for mental health practitioners held at Leir Retreat Center in Ridgefield, CT

  • Lyme Disease and the Brain, November 2015

    Fourth professional conference for mental health practitioners held at Leir Retreat Center in Ridgefield, CT

  • Mental Illness in Children - The Lyme/PANS/PANDAS Connection: November 2014

    Comprehensive look at the role infection plays in children with mental health and learning diagnoses.

  • Healing the Patient with Lyme: October 2012

    Professional conference for Naturopaths and alternative practitioners interested in treating Lyme disease patients held at Leir Retreat Center in Ridgefield, CT.

  • Impact of Lyme on the Brain 2: June 2011

    Second professional conference for mental health practitioners held at Leir Retreat Center in Ridgefield, CT

  • Impact of Lyme on the Brain: November 2010

    Conference for Mental Health Practitioners held at Leir Retreat Center in Ridgefield, CT.

  • Tackling Tick-borne Diseases 2: November 2009

    Second event to educate health educators and public health professionals at Leir Retreat Center in Ridgefield, CT.

  • Tackling Tick-Borne Diseases: November 2008

    Symposium for Fairfield County Health Directors and Health Educators held at Leir Retreat Center in Ridgefield, CT.

If you are a mental health professional interested in receiving an invitation to the Fall 2018 conference, email rldtf@comcast.net.

Karen Gaudian welcoming participants to the beautiful Leir Retreat Center in Ridgefield.