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I have known Elizabeth Harris for about 20 years. My dermatologist originally referred me to an aesthetician and I ended up at her salon. I found her to be very energetic, bright and knowledgeable. We soon became friends as we shared many hours together over the years.

As time progressed her young son began to have some very exotic problems. Without going into detail, she began a long journey of trying to identify what was causing his problems. Trying to find an accurate diagnosis was daunting in itself. Many of the professionals she encountered were not sympathetic with the idea of PANDAS which they doubted was a real disorder. Yet, she was tenacious in pursuing understanding what his symptoms were, the origin of these symptoms and finding someone who would cooperate with her in developing a treatment plan.

Unfortunately, there were many who were not sympathetic with her quest at all. She was written off as eccentric, obsessive about her son and as crazy as he was. She was tireless in defending him and even herself, against formidable odds from mental health professionals to the judicial system. She was not to be deterred and spent day and night reading and researching to understand the basis for brain-based disorders. This inevitably led her to study infectious diseases which she did with a passion.

She also has an insatiable desire not only to learn, but also to be able to help others who could profit from working with her. After a very long journey of several years her son is now functioning very well. Her story is recorded in detail in her book America is Infected by Daniela Grace (a pseudonym).

Dr. Land, LCSW


December 6, 2020

Dear Drexel University Review Committee,

I am writing in enthusiastic support of Elizabeth Harris’s application for graduate school admission to Drexel University. Elizabeth has the talent, intelligence, and drive that far surpasses many with an advanced degree. She has a deep rooted passion to understand disease and more importantly, determine how to prevent and best treat disease.

I met Elizabeth five years ago when I became a client of her Day Spa LaBella e Famosa Spa. At my first appointment, she inquired about at my career and I shared with her that I was a Professor and Medical Researcher at Vanderbilt University studying immunology and infectious diseases. She immediately impressed me with her questions and knowledge of the fields. On later appointments, she shared with me her life work: that of treating and preventing Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders (PANDAS). During that next year, I learned more about her investigation into what caused PANDAS and her studies on how to treat it. She was collecting data from multiple subjects and using this to determine potential causes and outcomes of these patients. She was confident that she was on the path to better understanding this disease and reached out to experts in the field for advice and direction. She was able to communicate with these medical experts at a high level of understanding and continued to move her studies forward with their feedback and support. She has been working at the level of a Senior investigator for several years now, independently running a research project, but without the degree to validate her work. I was thrilled to hear that she was applying for the Master’s Degree in Infectious Disease. This is the next step on her path – she has already earned the Master’s Degree on so many levels, but it is time for her to complete the academic training to make the degree official.

Elizabeth embodies the characteristics of an excellent investigator, clinician, and teacher. She is passionate about her research and continues to learn new areas of science to investigate PANDAS. She has been relentless in the pursuit of an answer and a solution. She will thrive as Master’s Student, she will be a inspiration and resource to her peers, and a joy to teach to her professors. I highly recommend Elizabeth as a candidate for the program. Please let know know if I can provide any further information.

Sincerely,
Kyra Richter, Ph.D.
Immunology and Clinical Trials Consultant
Adjunct Professor, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine


Dear Review Committee,

I am writing in enthusiastic support of Elizabeth Harris’s application for graduate school admission. Elizabeth has the talent, intelligence, and drive that far surpasses many with an advanced degree. She has a deep rooted passion to understand disease and more importantly, determine how to prevent and best treat disease.

I met Elizabeth five years ago when I became a client of her Day Spa LaBella e Famosa Spa. At my first appointment, she inquired about my career and I shared with her that I was a Professor and Medical Researcher at Vanderbilt University studying immunology and infectious diseases. She immediately impressed me with her questions and knowledge of the fields. On later appointments, she shared with me her life work: that of treating and preventing Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders (PANDAS). During that next year, I learned more about her investigation into what caused PANDAS and her studies on how to treat it. She was collecting data from multiple subjects and using this to determine potential causes and outcomes of these patients. She was confident that she was on the path to better understanding this disease and reached out to experts in the field for advice and direction. She was able to communicate with these medical experts at a high level of understanding and continued to move her studies forward with their feedback and support. She has been working at the level of a Senior investigator for several years now, independently running a research project, but without the degree to validate her work. I was thrilled to hear that she was applying for the Master’s Degree in Infectious Disease. This is the next step on her path – she has already earned the Master’s Degree on so many levels, but it is time for her to complete the academic training to make the degree official.

Elizabeth embodies the characteristics of an excellent investigator, clinician, and teacher. She is passionate about her research and continues to learn new areas of science to investigate PANDAS. She has been relentless in the pursuit of an answer and a solution. She will thrive as a Master's Student, she will be an inspiration and resource to her peers, and a joy to teach to her professors. I highly recommend Elizabeth as a candidate for the program. Please let me know if I can provide any further information.

Sincerely,
Kyra Richter, Ph.D.
Immunology and Clinical Trials Consultant
Adjunct Professor, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine