WAEC is a support group for families living in the Washington DC, Virginia, and Maryland area who are dealing with Eosinophilic Disorders (EE, EG, and EC). We are a group dedicated to increasing awareness about the disease and giving support to families who learn that their loved ones have been diagnosed with an Eosinophilic disease.
This group will not only give you the support you are looking for, but you may also make some lifelong friends in the process. We certainly hope that you will join us at our next meeting. Send us a message or just show up if you’d like to join and we’ll get you setup on Big Tent and into the wonderful world of WAEC support.
Currently running the show are the two founders and our medical advisors.
|Rosemary lives in Northern Virginia with her husband, Jon (who is to blame for the website), and two sons. Her oldest son was diagnosed with Eosinophilic Esophagitis in 2009 at the age of 3 1/2, after several years of concerns with food in his diet and unanswered allergy testing. Quickly thrown into the world of Eosinophilic Disorders, Rosemary began spending much of her time researching the condition and looking for answers. Rosemary quickly realized she was in need of local support and after reaching out to Vicki, they together began searching for others in the Washington DC metro area who also had family members with Eosinophilic Disorders.|
|Vicki lives in Virginia with her husband and three children. Her son was diagnosed with multiple food allergies after an anaphylactic reaction around 9 months old. Despite a limited diet, his health continued to decline over the next 6 months. She began to research and stumbled across information related to eosinophilic disorders, which explained the symptoms her son was experiencing. Around 15 months old, he was diagnosed with Eosinophilic Esophagitis. It was through reading about another family’s journey that led to a diagnosis for their family. She is committed to helping other families searching for answers both before and after diagnosis.|
|Dr. Otto Louis-Jacques is currently a Pediatric Gastroenterologist, member of Pediatric Specialist of Virginia, with offices in Fairfax, VA and Rockville, MD. Dr. Louis-Jacques’ special interests include eosinophilic esophagitis and celiac disease. Formerly, Dr. Louis-Jacques completed his fellowship in Pediatric Gastroenterology at the University of Michigan.|
|Dr. Oral Alpan is a Pediatric Allergist practicing in Annandale and Springfield, VA. He treats patients in allergy and immunology at Inova Fairfax Hospital for Children. Alongside Dr. Louis-Jacques, Dr. Alpan helped to set up the Inova Eosinophilic and Autoimmune Gastrointestinal Diseases Program, serving children with difficult allergic and immune diseases. Dr. Alpan completed his fellowships at the National Institute of Health in Bethesda, MD and his residency at S.U.N.Y. at Stony Brook in New York.|
|Dr. Benjamin Enav is a Pediatric Gastroenterologist in Northern Virginia. He is a member of the medical advisory panel of the American Partnership for Eosinophilic Disorders (APFED). Dr. Enav completed his medical training at the Techion – Israel Institute of Technology, Faculty of Medicine. His Pediatric Residency was at Winthrop Univeristy Hospital, SUNY Stony Brook, followed by a Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition fellowship at Mattel Children’s Hospital, UCLA Medical Center.|