A little about AutoImmune Diseases
Sep 30, 2020 7:30 AM
Sandra Boek Werness - Global Auto-Immune Inst.
A little about AutoImmune Diseases

Sandy personally experienced a common story of autoimmune disease misdiagnosis – where patients are shamed, their symptoms are dismissed, and their problems are written off as psychological. It took over seven years for her daughter to be diagnosed with celiac disease, followed by eleven years of excruciating pain and chronic fatigue until doctors diagnosed her with thyroid disease and postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome, or POTS, an autoimmune condition of the circulatory system. The challenges she faced with her daughter’s illness serve as a driver for her actions, to help ensure that no more families have to endure such an improper and emotionally taxing autoimmune misdiagnosis.

Sandy is a 1977 graduate of Duke University, with a B.A. in Political Science.  She earned a J.D. from the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary in 1981. She served as the Assistant Minority Counsel of the House of Representatives Select Committee on Narcotics 1982-83, following which she maintained a private law practice until 1995, primarily in Old Town, Alexandria. From 2003 -2013 she served as Vice President of Northern Virginia Pathology, in charge of billing, financial, and legal matters. In 2013 she accepted her current position with the Global Autoimmune Institute.

She currently lives in Great Falls, Virginia with her husband, Dr. Bruce Werness, and two of their three children. Sandy has been involved in many attorney, school-related, and community organizations over the years. She enjoys nature, her book clubs, reading about science and health, traveling and hiking, and spending time with extended family and friends.