Kids’ Brain Trust Board of Directors

Eric J. Dolgin, D.O., F.C.A., Founder and President
Raised in the Midwest, Dr. Dolgin has exhibited a work ethic best reflected in the thousands of hours he has donated as a board member and president emeritus of the Cranial Academy, a non-profit educational society of physicians in his specialty. He has served on the Board of the Osteopathic Center for Children and Osteopathy’s Promise to Children.
He is considered a leader in the field of osteopathic medicine and has been consulted as an expert in several academic and mainstream publications:
Mothering magazine, Visions magazine, LA Parent, and The Autism Perspective (see media clips). He has remained in private practice in Santa Monica for more than 25 years and started his career in medicine in La Jolla’s prestigious Osteopathic Center for Children, where he was invited on staff by Dr. Viola Frymann, one of the leaders in the field of osteopathic medicine.

Robyn Dolgin, Treasurer
Robyn Dolgin, spouse of founder, Dr. Eric Dolgin, is the first volunteer and board member of KBT. She is a former publicist for Universal Studios and her extensive background in corporate communications makes her an essential part of the KBT board. Early in her career, Ms. Dolgin acted as a reporter for Copley News Service where she was part of a reporting team that earned the Associated Press Award for Best Business Series. The focus of her career today involves volunteer writer and event organizer for Color Me Bright, a non-profit dedicated to funding libraries in the Los Angeles Unified School System; and freelance writer for various newspapers and magazines.

John Melnychuk, Secretary
John Melnychuk earned national recognition as a gifted homeopath after being profiled in the book titled, Impossible Cure.
Author Amy Lansky, a Ph.D. in computer science from Stanford University. Like many parents, Ms. Lansky refused to accept the label “incurable” for her autistic son, Max, and turned to homeopath Mr. Melnychuk. Her son was diagnosed as mildly autistic and today does not exhibit any symptoms associated with the autism spectrum.
A homeopath for 15 years, Mr. Melnychuk is recognized as one of the most gifted practitioners in the country and is one of the few to specialize in treatment of children with developmental and neurological conditions such as autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, cerebral palsy, and mental retardation. The credentials Mr. Melnychuk acquired in his field reflect his status in the specialty: designation as “Master Clinician” from the Council for Homeopathic Certification, a nationally recognized peer-review organization; undergraduate and graduate degrees in homeopathy in England, graduating with honors from a four-year professional program of study at the London College of Classical Homeopathy; and an advanced practitioner’s degree from the Dynamis School for Advanced Homeopathic Studies in London, a postgraduate two-year program of study.
He continues to study and teach domestically and abroad. In 2006 he was invited to teach about autism and its treatment in Wellington, New Zealand. Recently he spoke about autism at the 2008 California Homeopathic Medical Society conference. Mr. Melnychuk works in Santa Monica and Palo Alto, California.

Elaine Hall, Director
Ms. Katz is the founder of the Miracle Project, a non-profit arts program for children with autism, which was the recent subject of an Emmy-winning HBO documentary film, Autism: The Musical. She initially launched the Miracle Project more out of necessity than desire: Her own son, Neal, is afflicted with severe autistism and her goal was to bring out the “poetry” in these children through song, dance, and stage theatrics. The extraordinary accomplishments of her work has been profiled in major media outlets, including People magazine, The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times.

Hollis King, D.O., Director
Dr. Hollis King’s 12-page resume reflects a career steeped in research that will prove invaluable to generations of future osteopathic physicians. The many prestigious studies he has conducted include: Department of Defense: Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment for Trauma-Induced Spectrum Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury; American Osteopathic Association: The Effects of Lymphatic Pump Manipulation on Tumor Development and Metastasis; and Osteopathic Heritage Foundation: A Pilot Clinical Trial of Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT) and Pregnancy.
Among Dr. King’s most prestigious honors are “Physician of the Year Award” by the Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons of California; the Northup Memorial Lecture, American Academy of Osteopathy; and Fellow of the American Academy of Osteopathy (FAA). Dr. King graduated from the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine in Forth Worth, Texas.

Melvin Friedman, D.O., Director
Melvin Friedman, D.O., will assume the prestigious post of president of the non-profit Cranial Academy (from 2009 to 2011). He earned the post for his medical expertise in the field of osteopathic medicine, as well as his distinct gifts as a negotiator and highly respected member of the board. Many of his colleagues admire him for his long-standing commitment to teaching and advancing the profession. He has served as associate professor at the Pomona College of Osteopathic Medicine and as instructor for Touro University, San Francisco, in the Osteopathic Principles and Practices Department since 1997. Dr. Friedman maintains a busy private practice in Northern California, where he lives with his wife and two children.

Jennifer Cohen, Director

David Strauss, Director