Our Name

The Foundation was named after The Road Back: Rheumatoid Arthritis – Its Cause and Its Treatment, the seminal 1988 book on antibiotic treatment for rheumatic disease written by Dr. Brown and author Henry Scammell, who would later write The New Arthritis Breakthrough which both adds to and incorporates the original book.

How We Work

The Foundation is a peer-to-peer endeavor, comprised entirely of volunteers who receive no salary or financial compensation for their contribution. It is supported largely through monetary donations from individuals who have experienced or who have witnessed the life-changing results of antibiotic treatment for rheumatic disease.

Our Mission

Advocating antibiotic therapy as an effective treatment choice for rheumatic diseases

Board of Directors


Road Back Foundation’s Board of Directors is comprised of volunteers, individuals who have been positively impacted in some way by Antibiotic Therapy. Past Presidents have included Pat Ganger, scleroderma patient whose story is highlighted in Scleroderma:The Proven Therapy that Can Save Your Life; Diane Aronsen, RA patient, whose story is featured in The New Arthritis Breakthrough and Henry Scammell who co-authored The Road Back and wrote The New Arthritis Breakthrough and Scleroderma: The Proven Therapy that Can Save Your Life

Cheryl Ferguson (President)

Lives in California, USA

Introduction to Road Back
For Cheryl, it was in 2006 when her 16 year old daughter was diagnosed with systemic scleroderma. After conversations with conventional physicians and then a former Director of Road Back Foundation, she decided to travel to Boston with her daughter to see the physician who conducted the small clinical trial using minocycline in the treatment of systemic scleroderma

Giving Back
After her daughter’s recovery, Cheryl became a volunteer and, shortly afterwards, a Director, assuming the role of President in 2008. With a background in Business and Tax Administration, Cheryl’s primary focus is on the creation of partnerships for the Foundation and on fostering co-operation with organizations and individuals to further the Foundation’s mission.

Madeleine Scammell, DSc

Lives in Massachusetts, USA

Introduction to Road Back
A long association with The Foundation dates back to her childhood. Daughter of medical writer, researcher, author and past President of RBF, Henry Scammell, Madeleine had the honor of meeting Dr. Brown and many of his patients.

Giving Back
After the death of her father in 2006, Madeleine was invited to serve on the Board, continuing her family’s contribution to the Foundation and she has done that in the role of Treasurer since 2007. When not volunteering, she is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Health at Boston University School of Public Health.

Marion Odgers

Lives in Connecticut, USA

Introduction to Road Back
In 2006, Marion contracted Lyme Disease which triggered severe, swift onset rheumatoid arthritis. Investigating all options, she discovered Road Back Foundation and the hope of recovery in Dr. Brown’s life work.

Giving Back
While undergoing treatment, Marion became a frequent user of the Foundation’s peer-to-peer forum and an avid student of infectious research. She became a Volunteer in 2007 and a Director in 2008. Marion added a comprehensive list of US Lyme Literate Doctors to the Foundation’s resources. With a background in Business Administration and Personal Development, her focus is to develop a current knowledge base of research on infectious causes for rheumatic diseases.

Lyn Gamwell

Lives in Sydney, Australia

Introduction to Road Back
For Lyn this was in 2001 when she found an online testimonial for the use of antibiotics in the treatment of Palindromic RA (her diagnosis). After reading The New Arthritis Breakthrough, AP became the only approach to the cause and treatment of rheumatic disease that made sense to her and she began a protocol in 2003.

Giving Back
After achieving near remission within 12 months on AP, Lyn became a Forum volunteer and, in 2007, the AP Doctor contact point for Australia and New Zealand. She was invited to become a Director of the Foundation in 2008. With a background in Branding and Communications, her main priorities have been to augment the Australian AP Doctor lists and help maintain the Foundation’s online presence. She has lead the project for design, architecture and content of a new website.

Bonnie Lucas

Lives in Illinois, USA

Introduction to Road Back
For Bonnie, this was in 2007, shortly after she was diagnosed with RA. After finding out about AP and Dr. Brown’s antibiotic approach, she chose that treatment option.

Giving Back
Achieving near remission within 2 years and grateful for Road Back’s ongoing information and guidance, Bonnie continued to support others via the Forum, sharing her experience and success. She became a volunteer and was invited to become a Director in 2012. With a background in educational technology, policy and planning, her primary focus has been on implementation of the new website.

Katherine Poehlmann, PhD

Lives in California, USA

Introduction to Road Back
Katherine read Dr. Brown's The Road Back in 1995, after which she researched widely, achieving remission from severe RA 8 months after beginning AP.

Giving Back
Katherine continues to study infectious causes of RA and other inflammatory conditions. She has published 2 books on the infectious connection between RA and other autoimmune diseases. A Director since 2012, a major project has been to collect and archive Dr. Brown's papers, conference transcripts, and articles. With technological help from her husband, she is now in the process of saving them in digital format for the Foundation's resource collection.