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You're Invited to the Scleroderma Foundation's So Cal Chapter's Virtual Patient Education Day 
When: Saturday, September 18 at 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM Pacific Time on zoom:

Speakers and Topics:
Lynn Steblecki - Topic: Cosmetic Procedures and Scleroderma and clinical trials and research findings in Stem Cell Face Therapy
Dorinda A. Smith, MS FNP - Topic: An Introduction to Functional Medicine
Elaine Furst - Scleroderma: The Third Wheel In Your Relationship (includes interviews from couples living with scleroderma)
Please register in advance for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
About Our Speakers:


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Lynn Steblecki  

Lynn is a successful entrepreneurial businesswoman and published author living in New Forest, England.

Lynn participates in public speaking at engagements sharing her personal story as a scleroderma warrior setting the example and inspiring many. Lynn took a special interest in the research of stem cells for facial scleroderma, and accompanies Dr. Peter Butler, a Professor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Director of the Wolfson Centre for Reconstructive Surgery during his expert presentations on stem cell based therapeutic solutions for the treatment of patients with fibrosis secondary to Scleroderma, Post Cancer Radiotherapy, Lichen Sclerosis, Graft Versus Host Disease and Burn Injury. 

Lynn is also one of the original administers for the Facebook pages, Scleroderma and Cosmetic Procedures as well as Stem Face, stem cells for facial scleroderma with an activist's interest in wildlife conservation.  

Her determination to not be defined by scleroderma has led her to become an ambassador for the Charles Wilson Center who reached the semifinals of the Venus awards and influential women of the year in 2015.   


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Dorinda A. Smith, MS FNP

In 1996, Dorinda completed her Bachelor of Science in Immunology and Microbiology and Masters of Science in Immunotoxicology in 1998 from Virginia Tech, followed by a PhD Fellowship in Autoimmunity and Environmental Toxicology at Duke University Medical Center & National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and a PhD Candidate in Immunology with an emphasis on Autoimmunity and Environmental Toxicology at North Carolina State University from 1998-2002.
Some of Dorinda's more recent studies and experience include work towards her Board Certified Functional Nutrition Practitioner from the School of Applied Functional Medicine, aspiring to complete her Doctor of Clinical Nutrition and Certified Nutrition Specialist licensure, and coursework with the Institute for Functional Medicine.  
Thirteen years into Dorinda's career as a research scientist in autoimmunity, she suffered a major life crisis with her own set of autoimmune diseases.  She became disabled for about 14 years but found the science of Functional Medicine and got her life back.  It’s now her passionate mission to teach others these new proven breakthroughs.  She is now the owner of True Wellness Today in San Diego since 2017 providing scientific health coaching and education to private clients, specializing in optimizing health in autoimmune diseases and chronic illness.  She is the organizer for The Evolution of Medicine Functional Forum in San Diego, educating health practitioners in the latest science and best practices of Functional and Integrative Medicine.  
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Elaine Furst, RN, MA

Elaine is registered nurse and a nurse-educator. She received her nursing bachelor’s from Alfred University in New York State, a master’s in liberal arts from Johns Hopkins University, and a Masters in Mental Health Nursing and Administration from the University of Iowa.

Elaine is a past-Chair of the National Board of the Scleroderma Foundation, having joined one of the two original organizations, the United Scleroderma Foundation, in 1994 in Seattle and even led support groups for people affected by scleroderma, respected as a mentor and friend to many. Elaine has dedicated years, actually “decades” to supporting the Scleroderma Foundation and more importantly, the patients and families living with this disease. 

Learning from people with scleroderma and making use of her teaching and nursing background, she has given many workshops and lectures on how scleroderma affects people, both patients and their loved ones, at local support group meetings, Education Days and National conferences. As the wife of Dr. Furst, Elaine has had the opportunity of witnessing the advancements in scleroderma research, awareness and support come a long way and we could have never done it without her genuine support and giving spirit.

She is currently working as a background actor in movies and TV and is delighted to travel with Dan to his speaking engagements around the world.