Although many people know that mold exposure can cause respiratory difficulties, not many know that it can cause an array of other complaints such as:
Brain fog & memory difficulties
Numbness & tingling
Excessive thirst & urination
Nosebleeds and many more
Dr. Lauren Tessier
Greetings, and congratulations on taking your first steps towards your Life After Mold!
I am Dr. Lauren Tessier, a Naturopathic Physician licensed by the state of Vermont.
My passion for treating those with mold related illnesses started when I moved to Waterbury, Vermont in 2013. I wanted to serve a small community in rural Vermont, however, nothing could have prepared me for what I was about to see in my office.
Waterbury, two years later, was still recovering from an unimaginable flood caused by Hurricane Irene in 2011. Patients sick with unexplainable rashes, brain fog, allergies non-responsive to treatment, fatigue, breathing difficulties, neurological complaints, headaches, nausea, and general immune system dysfunction appeared in my office, day after day. When the traditional western medicine and Naturopathic approaches didn't seem to work, that was when I decided to "dive deep" into what I suspected was mold related illness.
As a result of this "deep dive", I underwent training to become a Shoemaker Certified Physician in 2016 (New England’s only certified CIRS Naturopathic Physician; and the only certified CIRS Naturopathic Physician east of the Mississippi). However, after some time spent applying this approach, I soon realized that there was more to mold related illness than simply Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (CIRS). In order to be successful, one needed to consider non-CIRS mold related illness: mycotoxicosis, mold allergy & hypersensitivity and etc. As there are many ways one can become sick from mold exposure, there are thus many case approaches; and unfortunately, it is not uncommon to see failure of strict cookie-cutter protocols. While I am thankful that CIRS started my foray into mold related illness, and I am even more thankful for all the additional things I've learned beyond that initial first step.
Over several years and as a result of much time spent in research, education, and application of various tools, I was able to develop approaches that got results. And after seeing many successful patient outcomes, I decided to strictly focus on those suffering from illnesses relating to mold, biotoxins, mycotoxins and water damaged building exposures.
Now, as mold illness specialist, I enjoy helping those who are looking for an answer to their mold related illness and associated health concerns. However, my work with people does not stop at mold related illness. Over the years I have come to believe that environmental exposures underscore nearly all forms of complex chronic illness. EAI, or Environmentally Acquired Illness includes, but is not limited to: mold related illness, heavy metal exposure, glyphosate exposure, chronic infections, Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS), and Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS), PANS/PANDAS just to name a few.
Life After Mold was created in response to the insurmountable support needed by the mold related illness and EAI community. Life After Mold is able to provide virtual Educational Wellness Consultation services for those looking for support in navigating the complex world of mold exposure. For years, I have provided well rounded, experienced and compassionate Educational Consultation Services to those suffering from mold illness, biotoxin illness, CIRS, Lyme Disease, tick co-infections (Bartonella, Babesia, Anaplasma, Ehrlichia, Powassan, Mycoplasma), Epstein Barr Virus (EBV), Cytomegalovirus (CMV), MCAS, histamine intolerance/overload, MCS, Sick Building Syndrome, pyrrole disorders and many more.
For those looking for more in-depth care, beyond Educational Wellness Consultations, I offer Tessier Medical LLC; a medical practice specializing in mold related illness, and associated conditions. This practice services Medically Established Patients, who travel to be seen in-office in beautiful Waterbury, Vermont. In fact Tessier Medical LLC services Patients from all around the world! Aren't sure which option is right for you? That's ok! Please call the office at 802.595.4229; we will be sure to help you decide which fit is best for you.
As a result of my time spent in this field, I am honored to have become an international educator on the topic of mold related illness. Not only do I write on the topic, but I also speak on the topic at international professional medical conferences and on podcasts too (can't leave the public out of all the fun!).
As a person who has also suffered from mold related illness (surprise!), making an impact in this field is near and dear to my heart. Thus, in 2017, I jumped at the chance to be of service to an international professional educational non profit that focused on this field; ISEAI or The International Society for Environmentally Acquired Illness. Over the years, I have dedicated a great amount of time to ISEAI, and have served in the roles of general board member, Secretary, Vice President, and now current President.
As for my training, I should mention that I received my Bachelors in Science from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy in Boston, where I graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor’s of Science in Premedical Sciences and Health Psychology. I then went on to undergo training as a Naturopathic Physician at the prestigious Bastyr University in Kenmore Washington. After earning my Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine, I returned to New England, finally calling Vermont my home.
Naturopathic physicians are trained to treat the whole person, to determine and address underlying causes of illness, to educate the patient and to develop preventative strategies for maintaining health. Although such components are integral to my practice, I believe they must be accompanied by empathy and compassion in order to be truly effective. I have made this simple human truth the cornerstone of my practice. I believe that individually tailored approaches, education, and personal empowerment are the keys to success. We will work side by side as we achieve your goals on your journey towards health; plus I hope to share a few laughs a long the way!
My interests, aside from my practice, share the underlying commonality of environmental awareness and appreciation. I support eco-conscious living, locavorism, and sustainability. I enjoy spending my free time with friends and family, and doing the things I love most-- such as cooking, gardening, skiing, yoga, hiking and just having fun.
Thank you for taking the time to learn about myself and my practice; congrats I've you're read this far! I look forward to hearing from you and hope to work with you soon.
Dr. Lauren Tessier