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 specialists and then a former Director of Road Back Foundation, she decided to travel to Boston with her daughter to see the rheumatologist at Harvard’s Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital who conducted the small clinical trial using minocycline in the treatment of systemic scleroderma. Her daughter started the therapy and recovered fully. She was able to go away to college the following year, participated in four years of NCAA athletics, winning a National Championship, and went on from college to complete medical school.

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 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 website informational resources and a current knowledge base of research on infectious causes for rheumatic diseases.

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 Community 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, she assisted in the implementation of the Foundation 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.

Rebecca Bewley

Lives in Texas, USA

Introduction to Road Back
After a stressful year, including the death of her father, Rebecca began having symptoms and tested positive for Lyme and autoimmunity. Not waiting for a formal rheumatic diagnosis, she immediately began AP. Rebecca has had great quality of life in the last four years with the support of Road Back Foundation.

Giving Back
The Road Back Foundation has been instrumental in Rebecca’s healing and wellbeing through AP. She received such useful knowledge from the volunteers, and has been happy to give back in the past two years by answering questions and sharing patient-to-patient information with others. Rebecca became a Director in 2018. Her background in education lends itself to patient knowledge and to communicating with others in a positive way.

Kathleen Fedewa

Lives in Michigan, USA

Introduction to Road Back
After the onset of Scleroderma in 2017, Kathleen discovered the Road Back Foundation and began AP therapy immediately. With the support of the Foundation's community, Kathleen is currently on a path back to good health.

Giving Back
Becoming a Director in 2018, Kathleen is active on the Community Forum, providing hope and peer-support to newcomers seeking information about AP. With a background in graphic design and the creation of social media communities, she plans to assist the Foundation in optimizing the AP community's online presence and outreach.