FAACT's Roundtable

FAACT's Roundtable

Presented in a welcoming format with interviews and open discussions, FAACT’s Roundtable podcast episodes cover all aspects of living with food allergies across the lifespan. You don’t want to miss out, so subscribe, sit back, relax, and welcome FAACT


36: Catching up with Thomas Silvera from Elijah-Alavi Foundation
Sep 23 • 26 min
Thomas Silvera tragically lost his son, Elijah, to a food allergic reaction. Now, Thomas and his family are changing the lives of thousands of children with food allergies globally. We sit down with Thomas to learn about his family’s latest endeavors…
35: ‘My Food Allergy Resilience Kit’: How to Teach Resilience to Your Family
Sep 16 • 29 min
In this episode, we take a deep dive into how to achieve success using FAACT’s new ‘My Food Allergy Resilience Kit’ with FAACT’s Director of Behavioral Health, Emery Gewirtz. The kit conceptualizes resilience into a relatable concrete tool, which…
34: Using Your Voice to Help Others with Elizabeth Hamilton-Guarino
Sep 9 • 22 min
We’re speaking with inspirational author, advocate, and TV and radio personality, Elizabeth Hamilton-Guarino, about how she uses her voice to impact others. Elizabeth, a FAACT Spokesperson, has penned a new children’s food allergy book to support…
33: Your Family - Building Resilience in Kids with Emery Gewirtz
Sep 2 • 23 min
Resilience won’t take away problems, but resilient kids know how to tackle life’s challenges, know when to say no, and don’t define themselves by their problems. FAACT’s Director of Behavioral Health, Emery Gewirtz, MA, School Psychology, shares how to…
32: Living in Empathy with Erin Matthews and Nima Novak
Aug 26 • 33 min
In this episode, we explore diversity, equity, and inclusion with the founder of Living in Empathy, LLC, Erin Matthews, LCSW, and Nima Novak, MS, CCC-SLP, COO and co-facilitator of Living in Empathy, LLC. Erin and Nima offer a unique program which helps…
31: Facing and Conquering Change When Life Feels Overwhelming with Karen Palmer
Aug 19 • 25 min
Professional coach, consultant and former television producer, Karen Palmer, explores change and how our mindset plays a role while sharing inspiring words of wisdom of hope for a better tomorrow. Ms. Palmer is also a parent of children with food…
30: How to Talk to Your Kids About Back-to-School During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Aug 12 • 27 min
We explore how to hold productive conversations with elementary to college-aged children about Back-to-School while getting comfortable with uncertainty. FAACT’s Director of Behavioral Health, Emery Gewirtz, MA School Psychology, provides practical and…
29: Food Service and Food Allergies with Chef Keith Norman
Aug 5 • 18 min
In this episode, Executive Chef Keith Norman, South Point Resort and Casino, candidly talks about managing food allergies from his unique perspective behind the stove. Chef Keith challenges us to ask our servers and food establishments not only about…
28: Flying with Food Allergies: The Latest News and Conversation with the No Nut Traveler
Jul 29 • 29 min
We catch up with Lianne Mandelbaum, air travel food allergy advocate and Founder of the No Nut Traveler. Ms. Mandelbaum shares the latest news and a few shocking stories about passenger experiences with food allergies on airplanes including the impact…
27: OIT Must-Knows and Learning About Palforzia with Dr. Brian Vickery
Jul 22 • 36 min
Ep. 27: In this episode, we take a very straightforward and deep dive into the world of Oral Immunotherapy (OIT) with board-certified allergist, Dr. Brian Vickery, who also demystifies the new peanut food allergy drug named Palforzia. In this very…
26: COVID-19 Back-To-School Must Knows with Robin Cogan, MEd, RN, NCSN and Amelia G. Smith, JD
Jul 15 • 45 min
Nationally certified school nurse, Robin Cogan, MEd, RN, NCSN, whose commentary has been featured on CNN and the New York Times, and FAACT’s General Council and Vice President of Civil Rights Advocacy, Amelia G. Smith, JD, discuss concerns, possible…
25: Making a Seven Percent Difference - How to Be Part of the Food Allergy Solution
Jul 13 • 19 min
Everyday we advocate for children with food allergies, but what do you do when a sector of your community needs your support? Emily Brown, Founder and CEO of Food Equality Initiative, sits down with us to discuss the new Seven Percent Fund and Coalition…
24: Parents - How to Listen When Your Teens Are Ready to Talk About Mental Health
Jul 1 • 22 min
Listening can be considered an art, but when you are a parent of a child with food allergies, listening becomes your most powerful tool. FAACT’s Director of Behavioral Health, Emery Gewirtz, MA, explores how parents can learn active and mindful…
Episode 23: Teens - How to Talk to Your Parents About Your Mental Health
Jun 30 • 20 min
In her usual warm and down-to-earth style, FAACT’s Director of Behavioral Health, Emery Gerwirtz, MA, gives practical tips for teens to use to talk to their parents about stress, anxiety, or depression.To keep you in the know, below are a few, free…
22: Food Allergy Anxiety and Depression with Emery Gewirtz, MA
Jun 24 • 24 min
In an open and sometimes vulnerable conversation, FAACT’s Director of Behavioral Health, Emery Gerwirtz, MA, explores food allergy anxiety and depression. Learn about the differences and how it relates to food allergies, plus a few self-soothing…
21: How a Peanut Farmer Became an Advocate for Food Allergies
Jun 16 • 20 min
In this episode, we meet a sixth generation peanut farmer, Casey Cox, who returned home from college to help run the family farm. Not only is Casey a proud farmer, but she is proud of the peanut farmers’ role in tackling the issue of peanut and food…
20: Managing Food Allergies When You Are Food Insecure with Emily Brown
Jun 10 • 24 min
Inspired by experience and an unwavering determination, Emily Brown, Founder and CEO of the Food Equality Initiative, explains how food allergies impact food insecure families. In 2014, the only food available to her family during a visit to a pantry…
19: Preparing for College: Part 2 with Jill Mindlin, JD
Jun 3 • 21 min
Welcome to Part 2 with food allergy parent and attorney, Jill Mindlin, JD candidly shares her personal experience, stories and advice for families preparing their students to leave for college. She reviews her top five tips and explains the four most…
19: Preparing for College: Part 1 will Jill Mindlin, JD
Jun 3 • 17 min
Food Allergy parent and attorney, Jill Mindlin, JD candidly shares her personal experience, stories and advice for families preparing their students to leave for college. She reviews her top five tips and explains the four most important documents to…
18: Managing and Inspiring Family Life During the COVID-19 Pandemic with Curtis Zimmerman
May 29 • 30 min
Keeping your family inspired and enjoying each other can feel overwhelming due the COVID-19 Pandemic. Renowned keynote and motivational speaker, and FAACT’s Teen Retreat Keynote speaker and presenter, Curtis Zimmerman, shares his powerhouse tips for…
17: Dr. Ruchi Gupta’s Latest Food Allergy Research and How It Impacts Advocacy
May 26 • 20 min
In this episode we sit down with Ruchi Gupta, MD, MPH and the Director of the Center for Allergy and Asthma Research (CFAAR) to learn more about their current research and how CFAAR’s work impacts advocates nationwide. Dr. Gupta explains how you can…
16: Self-care and Coping Skills Tips for You and Your Family with Emery Gewirtz
May 22 • 22 min
FAACT’s Director of Behavioral Health, Emery Gerwirtz, MA, explores the meaning behind self-care while she offers easy tips to get you on your way to self-care, even when your time and space might be limited. Ms. Gerwirtz dives deep into how to engage…
15: Auvi-Q Updates, Programs and Back to School Readiness with Kaleo CEO and President, Spencer Williamson
May 19 • 17 min
In this episode, we sit down with the President and CEO of Kaleo, Spencer Williamson. Kaleo is the maker of the Auvi-Q epinephrine auto-injector. Mr. Williamson highlights special patient programs and text reminders, including direct delivery to homes…
14: Early Allergen Introduction with Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson
May 19 • 36 min
This episode dives deep into Early Allergen Introduction with pediatrician, innovator and digital media expert, Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson. In this lively conversation, Dr. Swanson explains the importance of introducing allergens to infants as she empowers…
13: Nutrition and Food Allergies - Leveling up with Sherry Coleman Collins
May 19 • 24 min
In this episode, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Sherry Coleman Collins, provides listeners with powerhouse nutrition tips and ideas for healthy eating when living with food allergies. Ms. Collins shares a few of her favorite websites to help parents…
12: Civil Rights Advocacy: Responding to the CDC’s Interim Guidance and Meals in the Classroom
May 12 • 15 min
In this episode, FAACT’s General Council and Vice President of Civil Rights Advocacy, Amelia G. Smith, JD, details FAACT’s position and response to the CDC’s new guidelines, including the suggestion to eat meals in the classroom. Ms. Smith discusses…
11: How the National Peanut Board Impacts Food Allergy Research
May 12 • 22 min
In this episode, we sit down with National Peanut Board (NPB) President and CEO, Bob Parker, to discuss how the NPB became involved with peanut allergy research, education and outreach. To date, the NPB has invested $32 million dollars to support food…
10: A Fresh Conversation about FAAW, Self-care and How to Support Those in Our Community Who May Be Struggling
May 8 • 20 min
In this episode, we celebrate Mother’s Day as we kick-off Food Allergy Awareness Week with FAACT President and CEO, Eleanor Garrow-Holding, with how the #TealLoveShinesBright campaign was brought to life, fresh ideas to raise awareness and focus on…
9: Navigating Social Media & Making it Work For You with Dr. Dave Stukus
May 6 • 17 min
In this episode, we’re speaking with food allergy social media guru and physician, Dr. Dave Stukus. We’re exploring how to avoid social media pitfalls, find vetted and trustworthy sources, and how to skip over those frustrating posts and conversations…
8: Shining a Light on Food Allergy Awareness Month - Activities and fun with Stephanie Lowe, Founder of Turn It Teal
May 3 • 16 min
We explore how to keep our Teal Love Shining Bright during these COVID-19 Pandemic times with Turn It Teal Founder, Stephanie Lowe. She updates us with her recent activities and special contest to keep kids busy and joins in our Food Allergy Awareness…
7: Demystifying ER Visits During COVID-19 with Food Allergy Recommendations from Dr. Dave Stukus
Apr 29 • 21 min
In this episode, Dr. Dave Stukus demystifies the recently released article, “Acute At Home Management of Anaphylaxis During the COVID-19 Pandemic,” which suggests protocol for possibly re-treating specific types of allergic reactions at home in order to…
6: Catching Up with Kyle Dine
Apr 22 • 20 min
We catch up with Food Allergy Educator, Musician and Entrepreneur, Kyle Dine. Well known for his live concerts and videos, Kyle shares how he is addressing his cancelled 2020 Tour. He also gives us a peek into his new venture, Equal Eats. Discover…
5: The Lost Memories of Students in Transition: Where Do We Go from Here?
Apr 15 • 22 min
FAACT’s Director of Behavioral Health, Emery Gerwirtz, MA, explores how parents can better understand what their high school, college or 8th graders preparing to graduate are experiencing right now. Including freshman, these students suddenly found…
3: The Latest in Food Allergy Research and Treatments
Apr 4 • 16 min
Dr. S. Shahzad Mustafa discusses new food allergy research and treatments. One of the biggest announcements this year has been the approval of Palforzia for use with Oral Immunotherapy (OIT). Dr. Mustafa discusses this new drug and other biologics…
4: FAACTs vs Myths
Apr 4 • 19 min
Dr. S. Shahzad Mustafa joins the FAACT Roundtable Podcast today as he busts a few common food allergy myths. As the management of food allergies evolve, it is important to stay up to date. In this podcast, Dr. Mustafa addresses kissing, cross-contact,…
2: Understanding COVID-19 Part 2
Apr 2 • 15 min
In this episode, FAACT’s Medical Advisory Board Chair, Dr. Shahzad Mustafa, explores food allergies, how allergists are currently managing their practices, including allergy shots and Oral Immunology (OIT), and best of all, a message of hope. Listeners…
1: Understanding COVID-19 Part 1
Apr 2 • 23 min
In this episode FAACT’s Medical Advisory Board Chair, Dr. Shahzad Mustafa, explains COVID-19, current “treatments” and how asthma impacts the virus, and what you can do. To keep you in the know, below is a helpful link:FAACT’s Resource Page for…