There’s nothing like having a nice, big chunk of time with people who understand exactly where you have been and what you are going through.  We are able to do this in bits and pieces within our FaceBook TSW Support groups, but meeting face to face, sitting down for meals together, and being able to really share our stories and our experiences takes support up to a whole new level. 

Having a good support system is so essential during this very challenging road and is the reason why we  want to provide an opportunity to come together to connect. We hope you will come join us in Atlanta for an informative, collaborative, fun-filled weekend this November!

We’re in for an AMAZING weekend!

Not only will you have a great time connecting with your fellow TSW friends, but we’re also super excited about what we will learn from the great speakers who will be joining us!  We are so honored to have these distinguished physicians share with us!  Presentations will include topics from research regarding Dupixent and TSW, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and Stem Cell Therapy.  Check out our speakers and the agenda!


Briana Banos, has journeyed across the world to speak with specialists and sufferers on the prevention and understanding of Red Skin Syndrome for her documentary, “Preventable”. As we know, this condition not only affects the skin but blankets over an entire spectrum of problems: financial trouble, mental health, hormone disruption, allergic imbalance, and family and relationship woes. By interviewing individual sufferers as well as doctors, she has delved inside this condition, exposing the horrors of an easily preventable syndrome. “Preventable: Protecting Our Largest Organ” will be the first documentary to shed light on the over-prescription of topical steroids, as well as spreading education and information on the intended use of topical steroids.

Dr. Peter A. Lio, MD is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Dermatology & Pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, and a Diplomate of the American Board of Dermatology (board-certified in Dermatology). Dr. Lio received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School, completed his internship in Pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital, and his Dermatology training at Harvard where he served as Chief Resident in Dermatology. While at Harvard, he received formal training in acupuncture.


Dr. Ian White PhD is the Chief Scientific Officer at IMAC Regeneration centers and resides in Miami, FL.  He is a research scientist with expertise in cardiovascular biology, tissue regeneration and stem cell biology. Dr. White is also experienced in immunology, biophysics, genetic medicine and Innovate approaches to frontier research in medicine. He is the president of BioFirma, a stem cell research and manufacturing company, and is also the Chairman of the Scientific Committee for the American Association of Stem Cell Physicians.


Dr. Olivia Hsu Friedman is Founder and Acupuncturist/Herbalist of Amethyst Holistic Skin Solutions in Chicago, IL.  Her credentials and experience include receiving her Traditional Chinese Medicine Dermatology Diploma from Avicenna, UK., Register of Chinese Medicine Dermatology, Constitutional Facial Acupuncture Certificate from Northwestern University of Health Services, Cosmetic Acupuncture & Facial Rejuvenation Certificate  and Masters of Science in Oriental Medicine from National University of Health Services. She graduated Summa Cum Laude as a Joseph Janse Outstanding Graduate.  Olivia also is a NCAAOM Diplomate in Oriental Medicine and is a Licensed Illinois Acupuncturist.







Dr. Xiu-Min Li is Professor of Pediatrics, Allergy and Immunology at New York’s Mount Sinai Medical Center. She studied both traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and Western medicine in China before coming to the United States to conduct research at several medical schools, including the Jaffe Food Allergy Institute at Mount Sinai. She researches and uses TCM formulas to treat allergies, including food allergies, asthma, and eczema. She also works in private practice.





 November 3rd
  • 9:30 am  –   Registration
  • 10: 00 am –  Welcome, Kelly Barta 
  • 10:20 am –   Sneak Peek of “Preventable” documentary, Briana Banos
  • 10:45 am  –  Ways to get the word out and change the tide of TSW, Jodie Ohr
  • 11:00 am –  BREAK
  • 11:20 am  –  Q & A Panel with TSW vets, Briana Banos, Rochelle Richter, and Johanna Seabolt
  • 12:00 pm – Dupixent and TSW Case Studies, Dr. Peter Lio, MD
  • 1:00 pm  – LUNCH
  • 2:00 pm – Light Yoga Stretching to promote healing, instruction by registered Physical Therapist, Roseanne Hein
  • 3:00pm – Stem Cell Therapy for TSW, Dr. Ian White PhD
  • 4:00 pm – How can Traditional Chinese help TSW? Dr. Olivia Hsu Friendman
  • 5:00 pm  – Topical Steroids and the Immune System, Dr. Xiu-Min Li
  • 6:30 pm – DINNER
  • 7:30 Wrap- up, Kelly Barta

November 4:

For those interested, we will spend November 4th in the city of Atlanta, hitting some favorite places including:

  • 10: 30 am- Highland Bakery – a super delish, Southern Breakfast and Lunch spot that has the BEST Ricotta Blueberry Pancakes and Shrimp and Grits
  • 1:00 pm – Georgia Aquarium – one the largest aquariums in the world with so much to see and lots of fun, interactive hand’s on exhibits

Click the links to check then out!


For attendees coming in from out of town, there are several affordable and nice hotels nearby that are also right across the street from the Mall of Georgia.

Hampton Inn Atlanta-Mall Of Georgia 
3240 Buford Dr, Buford, GA 30519
Tel:(678) 546-1200

SpringHill Suites by Marriott Atlanta Buford/Mall of Georgia
3250 Buford Dr, Buford, GA 30519
Tel:(678) 714-2150

The address of my home where we will be meeting on November 3rd  is:

The Barta Home
1419 Harris Rd.
Lawrenceville, GA   30043

ITSAN currently runs on a very tight budget, so we don’t have all of the bells and whistles to make registration a breeze. We’ll have to do it a little old school at this point. 

Cost for Registration is $35 per person, which will cover lunch and dinner on Nov. 3rd.  All other meals, travel expenses, and extra activities, will be covered on your own.

To Register please pay $35 on our donate page by October 29th in the space for other:

And let me know that you are coming by responding to  Thanks!

Hope to see you there!

Kelly Barta, 
ITSAN President