The Practice – Who We Are
This practice is unique to The Bay Area. A number of practices describe themselves as using “natural” or “holistic”, “integrative”,“evidence based” or “traditional” approaches. This practice is proud to offer the only comprehensive integration of all of the above. In addition, Dr. Traver is the only Bay Area physician to regularly attend both the Stanford Autism Working Group and the University of California San Francisco Autism and Neurodevelopmental Program research meetings. He employs agents currently offered in research studies which may be otherwise challenging to procure due to limited enrollment.
Dr. Traver is uniquely qualified to see patients diagnosed with autism. Not only does Dr. Traver utilize interventions shared by other health care practitioners, such as nutritionists, naturopaths or those whose background is family practice, but he is a board certified pediatrician by The American Board of Pediatrics and an award winning Fellow of The American Academy of Pediatrics. His years in practice as a pediatrician and professional credentials offer his patients some of the most comprehensive care available. However, Dr. Traver also believes strongly in practicing as a member of a diversified health care team for each patient, which offers families the strongest platform for clinical benefit. For this reason, he collaborates with many different health care practitioners, both in academic centers as well as in private practice.
Philosophy and Approach
Dr. Traver has focused his practice on treating autism for the past fifteen years. Many of the families who arrive at our practice have had a member diagnosed with a neurodevelopmental condition. This includes, but is not limited to, Autistic Spectrum Disorders and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. The mission of this practice is to offer the safest, most effective and state of the science treatments available for individuals in whom gastrointestinal, nutritional, biochemical, metabolic and immune issues have been demonstrated. This practice focuses on the testing and treatment of the biological and medical conditions often associated with these diagnoses.
Although not comprehensive, the list below is a sample of some of the conditions with which people arrive at our practice.
- Autistic Spectrum Disorders
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
- Behavioral and Cognitive Challenges
- Developmental Delays
- Down Syndrome
- Emotional regulation and self-regulation challenges
- Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
- Fragile X Syndrome
- Gastrointestinal Dysfunction, e.g. constipation
- Immune dysregulation
- Learning Disabilities
- Mitochondrial Dysfunction
- PANDAS, PANS, CANS, PITANDS
- Processing Disorders
- Sensory Issues
- Sleep disturbances
- Tic and Tourette’s Disorders
It is becoming compellingly clear that in order to curb the rising tide of individuals afflicted with the wide variety of neurodevelopmental conditions medical professionals encounter, focus must include prevention.
There is a growing understanding that many of these conditions appear to have as part of their origins aspects which involve both the pre-conception as well as the prenatal periods of a woman’s life. Therefore, for both preventative reasons related to future pregnancies as well as personal health issues directly related to the woman, this practice focuses on addressing a woman’s status during these periods. Because of this, a separate arm of the practice is devoted exclusively to testing women who are faced with a variety of health related conditions.
At the intake, individualized testing is recommended based on the patient’s history and physical. Although patients may share common testing, the final decision for which tests to order is based on the person’s history and physical. All tests are reviewed in detail at the follow up appointment, where a copy of each test is given to the family.
In addition to medical evaluations, history review, physicals and testing, additional feedback is provided with regard to environmental exposures and diet.
Environmental factors often exert a significant role in a patient’s clinical condition, e.g. mold, lead or other heavy metal exposure, and represent modifiable risk factors which, when addressed, may result in improvement. The practice will address these as indicated by history and testing. Treatment options are also discussed in detail.
Nutritional counseling is a central part of the ongoing patient encounters. Dietary advice is offered with relationship to test results. Dr. Traver also works collaboratively with a number of excellent clinical nutritionists, to whom he can facilitate referrals for both teaching and actual home food preparation.
- Food reactivity panels
- Nutritional status profiling
- Gastrointestinal function and microbiome assessment
- Metabolic and biochemical profiles
- Mitochondrial studies
- Infectious diseases, including viral, bacterial and parasite testing
- Autoimmune assessment
- Assessment for altered Immunity and dysfunction
- Environmental toxicity
- General medical assessment