LABORATORY DIRECTOR | William Shaw, PhD
William Shaw, PhD, is board certified in the fields of clinical chemistry and toxicology by the American Board of Clinical Chemistry. Before he founded The Great Plains Laboratory, Inc., Dr. Shaw worked for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Children's Mercy Hospital, University of Missouri at Kansas City School of Medicine, and Smith Kline Laboratories. He is the author of Biological Treatments for Autism and PDD, originally published in 1998 and Autism: Beyond the Basics, published in 2009. He is also a frequent speaker at conferences worldwide.
Dr. Shaw is the stepfather of a child with autism and has helped thousands of patients and medical practitioners to successfully improve the lives of people with autism, AD(H)D, Alzheimer's disease, arthritis, bipolar disorder, chronic fatigue, depression, fibromyalgia, immune deficiencies, multiple sclerosis, OCD, Parkinson's disease, seizure disorders, tic disorders, Tourette syndrome, and other serious conditions.
ASSOCIATE LABORATORY DIRECTOR | Matthew Pratt-Hyatt, PhD
Matthew Pratt-Hyatt received his PhD in cellular and molecular biology from the University of Michigan. He has trained under Dr. Paul Hollenberg, a prominent researcher on drug metabolism and Dr. Curtis Klaassen, one of the world's leading toxicologists. He has over a dozen publications in well-known research journals such as PNAS and Cell Metabolism. At The Great Plains Laboratory, he is focused on assisting with diagnosis and treatment of mitochondrial disorders, neurological diseases, chronic immune diseases, and more. He specializes in developing tools that examine factors at the interface between genetics and toxicology. His work is bringing new insight into how genes and toxicants interact and how that may lead to mental health disorders, chronic health issues, and metabolism disorders.
ASSOCIATE LABORATORY DIRECTOR | Elisabet Nalvarte, PhD
Elisabet Nalvarte, PhD, has been an active member of the American Board of Toxicology since 2010. Before joining The Great Plains Laboratory, she worked in the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Pharmacy, the University of Kansas Medical Center and XenoTech LLC. Dr. Nalvarte has been involved in numerous collaborative research efforts and directed a laboratory for toxicological assessment of medical devices applying GLP and ISO 10993 guidelines. She has over 15 years of experience in the field of applied toxicology, working on immunological mechanisms of cell DNA damage, inflammation, and sensitization.
Jessica Bonovich, RN, BSN, Nurse Consultant
Jessica Bonovich has worked with The Great Plains Laboratory for close to 10 years. In addition to her nursing degree, she has multiple certifications ranging from biochemistry to pain management. Her intention is to guide patients and practitioners through test results in a succinct and thoughtful manner. During her consultations, she will incorporate all available research with a practical application of the known biochemical pathways to interpret results. She wants patients and practitioners alike to feel empowered with the knowledge required to achieve their goals. She considers it a privilege to be part of the journey.
Pamela Gilford, MA, CCN, Nutrition Consultant
For over 15 years, Pamela Gilford has been a nutritional consultant for The Great Plains Laboratory, helping practitioners and patients better understand test results and serving as a resource for dietary and treatment options. Pam has a Masters in Biochemistry from the University of Kansas, as well as experience as a pharmaceutical researcher. She spent 10 years with Midwest Research Institute in Kansas City as an environmental scientist involved in exposure assessment and evaluation of toxic compounds. She is also a Certified Clinical Nutritionist (CCN), which has allowed her to incorporate integrative and functional medicine approaches in her consultations.