5GMDs Advisory Board

Karen Kornick, RN

I am a licensed Registered Nurse and Health Educator. In addition, I am certified in plant-based nutrition.  Like most people, I  grew up eating meat and dairy along with other processed foods leading me to believe that I was maintaining a healthy lifestyle.  However, after learning about evidence to support the disease-reversing power of a plant-based diet, I was convinced that this simple change could have a drastic impact on one’s health. This discovery influenced me to begin studying how the environment impacts our health as well.  On my health and wellness journey, I discovered that food is only one key component of a healthy life.  Our health is impacted by countless factors such as the products we use on our bodies and the cleaning products we use in our homes.  I have developed an understanding as to how important our daily environment is to our overall health.  I now appreciate the need to avoid or minimize our exposure to harmful toxins such as  electromagnetic fields (EMF).  We are being exposed to EMFs more than ever before as technology continues to advance at such a rapid pace before many of us can understand its potential risks.  Wireless technology is featured in almost all new appliances, smart-meters are being attached to many of our homes without our knowledge by the utility companies and most of us could never imagine a world without our smartphones.

Abhijit Deshmukh, MD

Dr. Abhijit Deshmukh is a board certified radiation oncologist with many years of experience treating cancer patients using highly targeted radiation. He received his undergraduate degree with honors in biochemistry from Harvard University. He received his MD from Cornell University Medical College, where he was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. He completed his residency in radiation oncology at Stanford University Medical Center, after which he passed his radiation oncology written board exam with the highest score in the country. He has held senior positions both in private practice in Jacksonville, FL and in academic practice, with clinical appointments at University of California, San Diego, Medical University of South Carolina, and Marshfield Clinic, where he is currently staff radiation oncologist. As a radiation oncologist, Dr. Deshmukh has long been interested in focusing radiation dose on target areas while minimizing exposure to sensitive surrounding tissues. He is keen on working towards better public awareness and understanding of possible risks associated with exposure to electromagnetic radiation in our highly connected society

Jennifer Byron, MD

After graduating from The University of California, Irvine with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, Dr. Byron earned her medical degree from The George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, D. C. . She then completed her residency in pediatrics at UCLA in 1996. Dr. Byron worked at a multi-specialty group in Orange County, California where she was involved with pediatric resident teaching at The Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC). She later left California to practice medicine in an underserved community in rural Georgia where she had a successful solo practice for many years.  Dr Byron has an interest in educating parents about the risks associated with wireless devices in order to help them reduce their family’s overall cumulative exposure level and protect their health.

Archna Shah-Patel, PharmD

I became a licensed registered pharmacist in 2005 and practiced in the retail setting for 6 years before taking a  position with Cancer Specialists of North Florida until 2014.  Since that time, I have also become a licensed realtor and work in the commercial industry.  Life was going normal for my family until 2020 when my 9-year old son was diagnosed with epilepsy while participating in on-line school during the Covid lockdown.  Because of his medical issue, I started researching the harmful effects of frequent blue light exposure including photosensitivity and altered sleep cycles which can cause seizures.  This experience made me realize that society depends on the internet to function which can also pose numerous risks to the health and well being of our families  I am honored to be on this panel which will allow me to educate myself and others about the potentially harmful effects of wireless radiation as well as mitigation strategies.