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Our Purpose

  • To understand this disease through education, information, and research
  • To provide support and encouragement to those who have been diagnosed
  • To help others in their search for answers

Our Organization

The Syndrome X Association was incorporated as a non-profit organization on April 23, 2003 with the Secretary of State of the State of Ohio.


President Lana Koehler
Secretary Jacqueline Swart, R.N.P.
Treasurer Lana Koehler

Board of Trustees

Jaqueline Swart, R.N.P. Master of Science in Nursing, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA; Bachelor of Science in Nursing, La Roche College, Pittsburgh, PA; Diploma in Nursing, Riverside Methodist Hospital, Columbus, OH; Nurse Practitioner, General Office Manager, Arnold Family Practice, Forest Hills, PA; 2001 Who^s Who in American Colleges and Universities; Member of Association of Women^s Health Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses.

Michael J. Waickman, M.D. Doctor of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio; A.B., the College of Holy Cross; Assistant Professor, Department of Clinical Internal Medicine, North Eastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine; Private Practice, Francis J. Waickman, M.D.  & Associates, Inc.; Member, Continuing Medical Education Committee; Milton B. Schweid Memorial Award for Cardiovasculr Excellence, Case Western Reserve University; Member, American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology; Member, American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology.

Paul Berez, M.D. Doctor of Medicine, George Washington University, Washington, Delaware; B.A. California State University Board Certified Internal Medicine; Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine, The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences; Director of Insulin Resistance and Diabetes and Lipids Clinic, Crofton, Maryland.

Executive Director

Lana W. Koehler, B.S. Ed Bachelor of Science, Education, University of Akron, Akron, OH; Founder of the Syndrome X Association; Editor, XChanges Newsletter; President of the Syndrome X Association.

Medical Advisors

Paul B. Berez, M.D.

Valerie Berkowicz, M.S., R.D., C.D.E., C.D.N.

Jane Daniel, M.D.

Charles Davis, D.O.

Al Grzegorek, Ph.D.

Kathy Karas, RPh

Michael Menolasino, III, D. O., F.A.C.O.I.
Cristine Spiroch, Ph.D., PA-C
Dorothy Sprecher, M.D.

Jacquiline Swart, RNP

Michael Waickman, M.D.


How We Began

On January 21, 2003, the Akron Beacon Journal, Akron, Ohio, featured an article about Syndrome X called "Syndrome X - X Marks a Lot"

The response was overwhelming. People wanted to know more about the disease. Our first informational meeting drew 300 people seeking answers to their lifelong battle with weight, fatigue, PCOS and many other problems. It was evident that more information was needed and the Syndrome X Association was born.

Since then, we have sponsored informational meetings, support group meetings, and Continuing Education Conferences for health care professionals. We have also published and distributed a bi-monthly newsletter, XChanges, for patients with Metabolic Syndrome X.

Contact Us

Syndrome X Association
4297 Cheval Circle
Stow, Ohio 44224