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Arcadia

Our Team

Leadership

Al Katawazi

Chief Executive Officer

Father of two children with autism and another child with CPVT, he is dedicated to developing real life therapies and cures that will help children today. Al is a graduate of the Cornell Industrial Labor Relations School, the Rochester Institute of Technology, and the State University of New York with multiple interdisciplinary degrees. He is also an international best selling author in the field of computer science and has worked heavily in the field of genomics and bioinformatics. At Arcadia Therapeutics Al is working to integrate Ai into the drug development pipeline to produce novel therapies using already approved drugs in unique ways. 

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Chris Spiekerman, DO, FAAP

Medical Director

Dr. Christopher Spiekerman has dedicated his career to pediatric care, specializing in the often underdiagnosed or misdiagnosed condition of Autoimmune Encephalopathy since 2001. His unwavering commitment to enhancing healthcare protocols for children and pioneering innovative therapies is exemplified through his role at Arcadia Therapeutics. Dr. Spiekerman is an alumnus of the University of Colorado and Western University of Health Sciences, where his excellence in the field earned him the title of Pediatric ER Resident of the Year during his residency.

In collaboration with the University of Arizona, Dr. Spiekerman played a pivotal role in shaping the National Protocol used for treatment standards across the seven C.P.A.E. Centers of Excellence. Nationally renowned, he has lectured at esteemed institutions such as A.T.S.U, Oklahoma State University, and the Arizona Osteopathic Association, covering diverse topics ranging from PANDAS, psychiatric medications for children with autism, long Covid, PCR testing, to groundbreaking therapies for children with autism.

Dr. Spiekerman was born in Tacoma, Washington and was raised in Arizona. He attended the University of Colorado at Boulder and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology in 1994. In 1998 he completed his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine at Western University of Health Sciences, where he served as the Health Clinic Coordinator. He would later make his way to Jacksonville, Florida for his residency. While at the University of Florida at Jacksonville he was awarded Pediatric ER Resident of the Year.

Dr. Spiekerman enjoys devoting his time to teaching medical students working as a Pediatric Preceptor for Midwestern University- AZCOM, as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at A.T. Still University- Kirksville, and is affiliated with Banner Estrella Medical Center and Abrazo West Campus. He also serves as a Chairman of Pediatrics for West Valley Hospital.

Dr. Spiekerman is married. He and his wife Tiffany have 3 children; Addison, Layne and Bo. His hobbies are Golf, fishing and hunting.

Education:

  • University of Florida Health Science Center
    Residency Hospital
    Year?
  • Western University of Health Sciences/College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
    Medical School – Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine
    1998
  • University of Colorado
    Undergraduate School – Bachelor of Arts in Biology
    1994

Research Positions:

  • Adjunct Assistant Professor
    A.T. Still University
    Mesa, AZ
    ????-present
  • Director of Student Medical Education
    A.T. Still University
    Mesa, AZ
    ????-present
  • Regional Dean
    A.T. Still University
    Mesa, AZ
    ????-present
  • Pediatric Preceptor
    Midwestern University – AZCOM
    ????, AZ
    ????-present
  • Chairman of Pediatrics
    West Valley Hospital
    ????, AZ
    ????-present
  • Phoenix Children’s Hospital
    Preceptor for Residents
    Phoenix, AZ
    ????-present
  • Pediatric ER Resident of the Year
    University of Florida Health Science Center
  • Health Clinic Coordinator
    Western University of Health Sciences/College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific

???+ publications


Curtis Bay, PhD

Chief Science Officer

Curt Bay Phd. Professor Biostatistics, Department of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences, Chair, Institutional Review Board, A.T.S.U. Mesa, AZ. Dr. Bay brings his expertise in statistical analysis, design methodology, evidence based medicine, and human subjects research to Arcadia Pediatrics Consulting. Dr. Bay has helped to author 197 articles, works actively with the medical students at ATSU, and is widely accepted to be the best researcher at any of the Osteopathic Medical Schools. Dr. Bay lives in Tempe, Arizona.

Education:

  • Arizona State University
    Tempe, Arizona
    Ph.D., Psychology (quantitative emphasis)
    December, 1991
  • Arizona State University
    Tempe, Arizona
    M.A., Psychology
    May, 1987
  • Wittenberg University
    Springfield, Ohio
    B.A., Psychology and English
    May, 1974

Research Positions:

  • Professor, Biostatistics
    Department of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences
    A.T. Still University
    Mesa, AZ
    2005-present
  • Chairman, Institutional Review Board
    Maricopa Medical Center
    Phoenix, AZ
    2004 – 2005
  • Director, Office of Medical Research Support
    Department of Academic Affairs
    Maricopa Medical Center
    Phoenix, AZ
    1993 – 2005
  • Faculty Research Associate/Adjunct Professor
    Psychology Department
    Arizona State University
    1991 – present
  • Statistical Consultant/Faculty
    University of Phoenix
    Phoenix, Arizona
    1992 – 1999

200+ publications

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