Rebecca Zelis’ interest in pediatric illness comes from her own experience parenting a child with severe neuroborreliosis – neurological Lyme disease.
She advocates for families affected by Lyme disease, speaking as a trained mental health professional and as a parent of a child affected by tick-borne illnesses.
Rebecca works to promote a systems approach to health care, advocating for family resources, environment, and skills to be considered as integral parts of treatment planning. She facilitates workshops, and developed free online resources, for parents of children with chronic illnesses or disabilities.
Rebecca also educates health providers and education professionals about the psychiatric and cognitive manifestations of tick-borne diseases, and emphasizes the way chronic diseases affect family systems as well as individual patients.
Rebecca is the founder of VTLyme.org, and a member of ISAHEM, The Institute for a Systems Approach to Health, Education and Medicine.