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2018 Speakers

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Education Oversight Committee:

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Jerry Kartzinel, M.D., FAAP


Dr Jerry Kartzinel is Board Certified pediatrician and a Fellow in the American Academy of Pediatrics. He specializes in the recovery of neurodevelopmental, chronic neuro-inflammatory diseases, and hormonal dysfunctions. After receiving his medical degree at St Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his residency in pediatric medicine in the Air Force. Following Desert Storm, Dr. Kartzinel practiced general pediatrics in private practice for 10 years until his fourth boy was diagnosed with Autism. A nationally recognized speaker and New York Times Best Selling Author, Dr. Kartzinel has presented medical interventions that work to improve the lives of his patients who suffer from many types of medical conditions that include: autism, allergies, inflammatory bowel disease, chronic constipation, chronic diarrhea, sleep cycle disruptions, and hormonal imbalances. He regularly teaches Continuing Medical Educations courses on children's health issues to physicians and other health professionals. His clinical approach is to treat the whole patient by carefully obtaining a full and complete history and based on this history, obtaining very detailed laboratory evaluations. Individualized plans are implemented integrating the very latest medical interventions that include both traditional and complimentary medicine approaches.

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Dan Rossignol, M.D., FAAFP, FMAP


Dan Rossignol, MD, President of the Medical Academy of Pediatric Special Needs (MAPS), has been part of the International Child Development Resource Center (ICDRC) in Florida and is current faculty at the IHC Centers in Irvine, California. He had previously worked as a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Virginia Department of Family Medicine. He received his Doctorate of Medicine at the Medical College of Virginia and completed his residency in family medicine at the University of Virginia. He is the father of two children with autism, ages five and three. Coming from an academic background, Dr. Rossignol searched the medical literature looking for a solution after both of his children were diagnosed with autism. He has made it his mission to research and publish in autism. In the last six years, he has 26 publications and three book chapters concerning autism and related conditions. Dr. Rossignol has a special interest in autism spectrum disorders, PANDAS, cerebral palsy and related neurological and developmental disorders as well as medically complex children and adults. One of his clinical interests is the use of hyperbaric oxygen therapy in neurodevelopmental disorders including autism.  He has published peer-reviewed studies and many articles on the biomedical therapies for autism, including hyperbaric treatment for children with autism: a multicenter, randomized, double-blind, controlled trial (BMC Pediatrics 2009; 9:21) and his most recent published article, “Hyperbaric oxygen treatment for inflammatory bowel disease: a systematic review and analysis,” (Med Gas Res 2012;2(1):6). Dr. Rossignol is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians (FAAFP).

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Anju Usman Singh, M.D., FAAFP, ABIHM, Hom-C

Dr. Anju Usman is director and owner  of True Health Medical Center and Pure Compounding Pharmacy in Naperville, Illinois.  She specializes in biomedical interventions for children with ADD, Autism, Down Syndrome and related disorders. She has been involved in research regarding copper/zinc imbalances, metallothionein dysfunction, biofilm related infections and hyperbaric oxygen therapy. She is on the executive committee for the Autism Society of Illinois, as well as serves on the advisory boards for TACA (Talk About Curing Autism and Generation Rescue).  She is on faculty for MAPs (Medical Academy for Pediatric Special Needs). Dr. Usman received her medical degree from Indiana University and completed a residency in Family Practice at Cook County Hospital, in Chicago, Illinois.  She is board certified in Family Practice and Integrative and Holistic Medicine (ABIHM).  

2018 Speakers

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Ronald Aung-Din, M.D., PA

Dr. Ronald Aung-Din practices General Neurology & Neuro-Psychiatry in Sarasota, FL. He is board-certified by American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology; and member, American Academy of Neurology.

After studies in Mechanical and Environmental Engineering at Bucknell (Lewisburg, PA) and Cornell (Ithaca, NY) Universities, he worked for a period as an engineer. He then attended Columbia University in New York City for Premedical studies, followed by Medical School at University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Dallas, TX. Residencies in Neurology and Neurosurgery were at University of Florida, Gainesville, FL. Additional studies included a Medical Student Fellowship in Cardiology at Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford and Clinical Neurology Postgraduate Fellowship at National Hospital for Nervous Disease, Queen Square, London, UK.

Through affiliation with Lovelace Scientific Resources, Inc., Albuquerque, NM and his own clinical practice, he has participated in over 60 pharmaceutical industry-sponsored clinical trials. He currently functions as Principal Investigator in a number of ongoing drug research studies in MS, epilepsy, pain, Parkinson’s disease; and other neurological and psychiatric disorders. Dr. Aung-Din is also active in treating varied conditions using delivery of neuro-active drugs with Direct Effects Therapy, a technology developed by him for which 8 patents have to date been granted in the United States, Europe, and Australia; with others pending.

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Dr. Taz Bhatia, M.D.

Dr. Tasneem Bhatia, M.D., is a board-certified physician specializing in integrative and emergency medicine, pediatrics and prevention, with expertise in women’s health, weight loss and nutrition. She is the author of What Doctors Eat and The 21-Day Belly Fix and the host of RadioMD’s The Dr. Taz Show: The Super Woman's Whole Health Fix podcast and of the popular YouTube series, Kitchen Cures. She has served as the medical expert for CNN Headline News, a Dr. Oz Sharecare expert, and has been featured in such media outlets as The Dr. Oz Show, TODAYAccess HollywoodGood Morning AmericaEXTRA!Live with Kelly, and The Doctors. She is a contributing editor to Prevention magazine and an Assistant Professor at Emory University. She lives in Atlanta, GA, with her husband and two young children.

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Amber Brooks, DC, CACCP

Dr. Amber Brooks, DC, CACCP has dedicated her career to changing the health of children around the world by providing individualized and comprehensive approaches to pediatric wellness. Her passion and enthusiasm for helping children has led to a fulfilling and successful career as a business owner, author, national speaker, advocate, mentor and the development of a children's nutritional line.

Through Whole Child Wellness her private practice, she has developed specialized methods of treatment that deliver key nutritional & physiological answers to today’s pediatric health concerns: allergies, constipation, chronic ear infections, developmental delays, digestive problems, autism, ADD/ADHD, nutritional and behavioral problems all while supporting the whole child. She has also successfully created a pediatric nutritional supplement line that has become paramount to her practice and many others. Her book 15 Things Your Doctor Doesn't Know About Your Child: Questions Answered About Developmental Delays helps both professionals and parents get on a wellness path and offers up much of what she teaches her patients. She has seen remarkable results in conjunction with other therapies on a variety of problems and looks forward to empowering you too!

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Zach Bush, M.D.

Zach Bush, MD is one of the few triple board-certified physicians in the country - with expertise in Internal Medicine, Endocrinology and Metabolism, and Hospice/Palliative care. The breakthrough science that Dr. Bush and his colleagues have delivered offer profound new insights into human health and longevity. In 2012 he discovered a family of carbon-based redox molecules made by bacteria. He and his team subsequently demonstrated that this cellular communication network functions to compensate for glyphosate, and many other dietary, chemical, and pharmaceutical toxins that disrupt our body's natural defense systems. This science has resulted in a revolutionary class of dietary supplements, including the product, RESTORE. Dr. Bush points to his kids as the driving force behind his passion for change. He is fiercely motivated by a desire to have them experience a much brighter and healthier future. His education efforts provide a grassroots foundation from which we can launch change in our legislative decisions, ultimately up-shifting consumer behavior to bring about radical change in the mega industries of big farming, big pharma, and Western Medicine at large. Learn more at

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Will Cole, D.C.

Dr. William Cole D.C, graduated from Southern California University of Health Sciences in Los Angeles, California. He has his post doctorate education and training in Functional Medicine and Clinical Nutrition through The Institute for Functional Medicine and Functional Medicine University. Dr. Cole consults in the Pittsburgh area and phone or webcam consultations for people around the world. He specializes in clinically investigating  underlying factors and customizing health programs for chronic conditions such as thyroid issues, autoimmune, hormonal dysfunctions, digestive disorders, diabetes, heart disease and fibromyalgia.

Dr. Cole has been featured numerous times on Pittsburgh news affiliates WTAE-TV, KDKA-TV and WPGH-FOX. He is a health writer for international publications such as mindbodygreen and lectures nationally.


David Dornfeld, D.O.

Dr. David Dornfeld has been practicing family medicine for 31 years, with extensive experience covering the full spectrum of clinical family medicine, including children beyond the age of two. Throughout this time, he has developed a special interest in working with children who have autism spectrum disorders. His experience encompasses all spectrums of family medicine, spinal manipulation, chelation therapy, IV infusion therapy, and hyperbaric therapies. Focusing on whole body and alternative therapy techniques, he alleviates pain in patients through hands-on osteopathic therapy, manipulation, and nutritional support, with additional experience that encompasses nutritional counseling, diving medicine, chelation therapy, weight loss, and many areas of holistic medicine and primary care medicine. He received his degree in osteopathic medicine from the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, Maine, then completed his residency and internship at Rocky Mountain Hospital, Denver, Colorado, and Doctors Hospital of Stark County, Massillon, Ohio. He is Board certified, family practice, 1995 ACOFP, and board certified in anti-aging medicine by the International Society of Anti-Aging 2000. Dr. Dornfeld has been a member of ACAM, the American College for Advancement in Medicine, since 1994 and became certified in chelation therapy. He completed his fellowship training with MAPS in 2013. Recently, he was the only US physician asked to participate in an Autism Summit in Cairo, Egypt, expanding his guidance to help physicians in the Middle East combat the issues associated with recovering children and adults suffering with autism spectrum disorders. His Family Wellness Center is in Middletown, NJ.

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David Foss, D.C.

Dr. David Foss received his chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 2000 and since then he has focused his skills in pediatrics and neuro-developmental disorders. Dr. Foss has been a member of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association since 2002. In his post-graduate training, Dr. Foss has become an expert in his field at identifying potential causes of autism and how to correct them. Dr. Foss’ chiropractic practice has a central focus in neurology and utilizes integrative therapies including nutrition, supplementation and detoxification to name a few. Dr. Foss’ passion for autism stems from having an older brother with neurodevelopmental disorders. He understands the stresses and joys that parents experience in raising children on the spectrum. Dr. Foss enjoys life with his beautiful wife Jaime and son Gabriel.

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Ernesto Gutierrez, M.D.

Ernesto Gutierrez’s training background includes an MD degree from Anáhuac University's Faculty of Medicine –the most prestigious private medical school in Latin America– as well as training in the US and abroad achieving additional degrees in Age Management and Regenerative Medicine.

He currently serves as Chief Medical Officer for World Stem Cells Clinic and Rehealth, the premier destinations for autologous and allogeneic stem cell therapies in the world. His passion towards the development of novel therapeutic approaches to treat previously untreatable conditions has driven the clinic’s team to develop a unique, safe and highly effective Advanced Stem Cell Therapy for Autism which has already changed the lives of hundreds of autistic patients and their families.

Dr. Gutierrez is a Faculty Member for the Metabolic Medical Institute’s Stem Cell Fellowship as well as a lecturer at the American Academy of Antiaging Medicine (A4M), Generation Rescue, and the Medical Academy of Pediatric Special Needs (MAPS). He also regularly participates in peer-led interviews, podcasts, webinars and in person seminars aimed at patients and stem cell advocates.

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JB Handley

JB Handley is the co-founder of Generation Rescue, inspired by the journey of his son, Jamison, and co-producer of the documentary film Autism Yesterday. 

JB is also the co-founder of Swander Pace Capital, a middle-market private equity fund with more than $1 billion under management, a frequent contributor for Medium, and host of the podcast, ‘How to End the Autism Epidemic.’ He has made several television appearances, including Larry King Live, The Doctors, and CNN. 

He is a graduate of Stanford University and lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife, Lisa, and their three children. 

His new book, How to End the Autism Epidemic is set to debut this September. 

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Darin Ingels, N.D.

Dr. Ingels is a respected leader in natural medicine with numerous publications, international lectures and more than 20 years experience in the healthcare field.

He is a licensed naturopathic physician in the State of Connecticut and a licensed Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine in the State of California, where he maintains practices in both states. He also has a practice in Manhattan, New York, where he serves as a health consultant.

Dr. Ingels has been published extensively and is the author of two books, The Natural Pharmacist: Lowering Cholesterol (Prima, 1999) and Natural Treatments for High Cholesterol (Prima, 2000). He is a former medical journalist and contributing author to Healthnotes Newswire, a medical report of the latest journal articles on nutritional and botanical medicine. He has also written a chapter on allergy desensitization for autistic children in “Cutting Edge Therapies for Autism” (Skyhorse, 2014).

Dr. Ingels’ practice focuses on autistic spectral disorders with special emphasis on chronic immune dysfunction, including allergies, asthma, recurrent or persistent infections and other genetic or acquired immune problems. He uses diet, nutrients, herbs, homeopathy and immunotherapy to help his children achieve better health.

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Amy Myers, M.D.

Amy Myers, MD is a renowned leader in Functional Medicine and New York Times Bestselling author of The Autoimmune Solution and The Thyroid Connection. She received her Doctorate in Medicine from LSU Health Sciences Center and spent five years working in emergency medicine before training with the Institute of Functional Medicine. She has helped hundreds of thousands around the world recover from chronic illness through her dietary-based program, The Myers Way®, and she has created multiple interactive eBooks and eCourses to guide readers through her revolutionary approach to health. Her blog and website serve as a beacon of hope to the many sufferers of chronic illness.

Her second book, The Thyroid Connection, a 28-day program to overcome thyroid dysfunction and jumpstart your health, is now available for 

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Marco Ruggiero, M.D.

Marco Ruggiero was born in Firenze, Italy, in 1956. He holds a PhD in Molecular Biology, is a Medical Doctor specialized in Clinical Radiology, and has been a professor of Molecular Biology at the Department of Experimental and Clinical Biomedical Sciences of the University of Firenze, Italy for more than 20 years. He has published more than 150 peer-reviewed scientific papers on signal transduction, reporting original observation in the fields of neurosciences and cancer.


Christopher Shade, PhD

Dr. Christopher Shade, PhD, founder and CEO of Quicksilver Scientific, continues to be the driving force of development and innovation. Dr. Shade’s vast depth and breadth of knowledge, passion for healing, and intuitive understanding of chemistry and biology are reflected in Quicksilver Scientific’s well-designed detoxification protocols, unique supplement delivery systems, and patented mercury speciation test. Dr. Shade is in high demand as a lecturer and is beloved for his amiability and quick (silver) wit. It is because of Dr. Shade’s many innovations and charismatic personality that Quicksilver Scientific is well recognized globally.

Dr. Shade is a recognized expert on mercury and liposomal delivery systems. He has lectured and trained doctors in the U.S. and internationally on the subject of mercury, heavy metals, and the human detoxification system. Dr. Shade developed the patented liquid chromatographic mercury speciation technology used at Quicksilver Scientific while conducting his PhD dissertation work with advisor Robert Hudson at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. This technology was used to create the Mercury Tri-Test.

Dr. Shade's current focus is on the development of cutting-edge, lipid-based delivery systems for nutraceuticals, such as liposomes and micro-emulsion systems, to address the growing need of high quality, affordable detoxification solutions.

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William Shaw, PhD

William Shaw, PhD, is board certified in the fields of clinical chemistry and toxicology by the American Board of Clinical Chemistry. Before he founded The Great Plains Laboratory, Inc., Dr. Shaw worked for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Children's Mercy Hospital, University of Missouri at Kansas City School of Medicine, and Smith Kline Laboratories. He is the author of Biological Treatments for Autism and PDD, originally published in 1998 and Autism: Beyond the Basics, published in 2009. He is also a frequent speaker at conferences worldwide.

Dr. Shaw is the stepfather of a child with autism and has helped thousands of patients and medical practitioners to successfully improve the lives of people with autism, AD(H)D, Alzheimer's disease, arthritis, bipolar disorder, chronic fatigue, depression, fibromyalgia, immune deficiencies, multiple sclerosis, OCD, Parkinson's disease, seizure disorders, tic disorders, Tourette syndrome, and other serious conditions.


Jared Skowron, N.D.

Dr. Jared Skowron is the Amazon best-selling author of 100 Natural Remedies For Your Child, and co-founder of the Pediatric Association of Naturopathic Physicians.

Dr. Skowron’s life work and passion is to help children using natural therapies instead of unnecessary drugs and medications. Practicing for over ten years, he is one of the country’s leading experts in natural therapies for special needs children with Autism, PDD-NOS, Sensory Processing Disorders, PANDAS, and ADHD.

Dr. Skowron serves on the advisory board of Autism Hope Alliance and editorial board of Natural Practitioner magazine. He is founder of the supplement company, Spectrum Awakening, which creates high quality supplements for children with developmental delays, focus/behavior problems, and sensory disorders.

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Kendal Stewart, M.D.

Dr. Kendal Stewart's educational background includes a BA with Honors in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from the University of Texas at Austin followed by his Medical Doctorate from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. During his time in Medical School, he received the Distinguished Student of Clinical Medicine Award for his class in 1988. Additionally, during his medical school years, he was a biomedical research assistant in the Dept. of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at MD Anderson Cancer Institute under the tutelage of Takahashi Yamora, PhD. His area of research involved the biochemical analysis of surface protein markers in colorectal cancer. During his residency at the Univ. of Texas Houston Affiliated Hospitals/MD Anderson Cancer Institute he received awards including the Outstanding Clinical Resident Teaching Award in 1993 and was awarded the Outstanding Resident Research Award and Scholarship from the Texas Medical Association/Texas Association of Otolaryngology in 1992. He was specifically chosen for a highly sought after clinical fellowship in Otology/Neurotology - Skull Base Surgery at Baylor University Center in Dallas, TX and served as a Clinical Adjunctive Professor during this time.

Dr. Kendal Stewart is Board Certified in Otolaryngology / Head and Neck Surgery and has sub specialty training in Otology/Neurotology - Skull Base Surgery. He served as a Clinical Associate Professor at the Univ. of Texas Medical School at San Antonio in the Dept. of Otolaryngology from 1994-1996. Over the past decade, he has been invited to speak at 40+ national conferences due to his expertise. During his career, he has routinely volunteered his time in numerous academic pursuits including intimate involvement in assisting in the design of numerous masters and doctorate candidate projects for the Depts. of Kinesiology, Psychology and Speech and Language Development at the Univ. of Texas at Austin, as well as, opening a patient database for these endeavors. He has also had the pleasure of participating in two separate doctoral candidate review boards at the Univ of Texas.

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Barry Smeltzer, MPAS, PA-C

Barry Smeltzer MPAS, PA-C BCIP is a holistic practitioner and owner of Healing Provisions, PLLC, specializing in biomedical and environmental medicine. He has his Masters in Physician Assistant studies from Finch University/Chicago Medical School. Barry is Board Certified in Integrative Pediatrics and is a member of the Academy of Environmental Medicine and American Association of Integrative Medicine.  

Barry has dedicated his career to healing children, adults and families after his own son was diagnosed with multiple medical conditions, from which all he has significantly improved and no longer has a diagnosis of autism. Barry is an expert in the medical benefits of Camel's Milk and utilizing Low Dose Allergen/Low Dose Immunotherapy.  Barry has spoken all over the country regarding these topics and more for organizations like Generation Rescue, National Autism Association, Autism One, TACA, Holistic Moms Network, Any Baby Can, and the South Texas Special Needs Network 

Some of the health issues Barry addresses are adrenal fatigue, ADD/ADHD, allergies, autism spectrum disorders, bowel issues/disorders, chronic inflammation, chronic infections (viral, bacterial, fungal, parasitic, EBV, Lyme), detoxification disorders, eczema, environmental toxicity, gastrointestinal issues, heavy metal burden, hormone imbalances, immune dysregulation, malabsorption/maldigestion, mitochondrial dysfunction, MTHFR, neurotransmitter issues, nutritional deficiencies, PANDAS/PANS, rashes, and thyroid conditions. He schedules in office visits at his offices in San Antonio and Austin, TX and is available via skype and telemedicine consultations upon request. 

Barry is also the owner of and recently hosted a webinar regarding the significance of and treatments for epigenetics and preconception/pregnancy.  

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Peter Sullivan

Peter Sullivan is the founder and CEO of Clear Light Ventures, Inc., as well as an environmental health funder who focuses on toxins and wireless safety. 

Over the last 10 years, Peter has funded efforts to reduce mercury and other toxic metals in the environment. He funded roughly half of the National Resource Defense Fund’s mercury program, and in 2008, they successfully sued the EPA to close the cement industry’s exemption from the Clean Air Act. This victory resulted in an annual healthcare savings of approximately 6.7 billion dollars. Additionally, he supported the work of several non-profits working toward the UN’s international mercury treaty (The Minamata Convention on Mercury), which was signed in 2013. 

His efforts are now focused on raising awareness about the known health effects of wireless radiation and EMF (electromagnetic fields), both of which are listed as group group 2B carcinogens by the World Health Organization. He speaks about autism and environmental health at conferences throughout the United States and abroad. 

Peter's work on detoxification and EMF have been featured in the book Toxin Toxout: Getting Harmful Chemicals Out of Our Bodies and Our World, and has also be featured in the 2016 season of CNN's Inside Man with Morgan Spurlock, as well as Mother Jones magazine.

Previously, Peter was a software designer for Netflix, Inc., Interwoven, Inc., Excite@Home, and Silicon Graphics. Prior to working in high-tech, he was an Executive Officer and pilot in the United States Navy. He has a B.A. in psychology from University of Detroit and an M.S. in computer science from Stanford University.

Celebrity Keynote with Jenny McCarthy & Special Guests

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Jenny McCarthy

Jenny McCarthy’s honesty, humility and humor have enabled her to transcend the boundaries of her roles as comedian, actress, host, best-selling author and influential activist in the world of healing and preventing autism. When she first made her own experience with her son Evan’s diagnosis and subsequent recovery from autism, her unique ability to articulate the unspoken words of thousands of mothers and fathers across the world was recognized immediately. A highly-regarded NY Times Best Selling author, McCarthy’s books include the bestsellers Louder Than Words: A Mother’s Journey in Healing Autism and Mother Warriors: A Nation of Parents Healing Autism Against All Odds, and  Healing and Preventing Autism, co-written with Dr. Jerry Kartzinel. 

Upon completion of her 10th book, Jenny decided to re-focus her attention on her first love – TV, radio and comedy. The actress and one-time “Singled Out” star co-hosted with the ladies of ABC’s The View during the 2013-2014 season in addition to co-hosting Ryan Seacrest, reporting live from Times Square on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve every December 31st.

Jenny is a board member of Generation Rescue, an organization dedicated to recovery for children with autism spectrum disorders by providing guidance and support for medical treatment to directly improve the child’s quality of life for all families in need. Currently, you can listen to Jenny weekday mornings on The Jenny McCarthy show on Sirius XM.

Jenny McCarthy currently resides in St. Charles, Illinois  with her son, Evan and husband, Donnie Wahlberg.