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Neuropathy Alliance of Texas

Who is affected by neuropathy? And how does NATX help?
Did you know that 1 in 12 Americans are affected by neuropathy?

Chances are that you know someone who has neuropathy, but you may not realize it. About 40 million Americans suffer from neuropathy; that translates into about 2.3 million Texans, with 166,000 people in the Austin metro area alone. That’s more people than those with Parkinson's, HIV, and Alzheimer's COMBINED. Many people, however, do not understand the causes of their symptoms and never receive a timely, or even accurate, diagnosis. Founded in late 2010 by two caregivers who chanced upon each other, Neuropathy Alliance of Texas (formerly known as “Hands Feet & Heart”) seeks to provide neuropathy patients and their caregivers the information, support, resources and hope that had not existed for its founders. Although there is currently no cure for this neurological disorder, NATX provides the tools its members need to “Live Well with Neuropathy”.

  • Support Groups

    3 Central Texas neuropathy support groups whose monthly meetings feature expert speakers from a variety of disciplines.

  • Tai Chi classes

    Currently offered in 2 locations to help with balance, strength, and meditation.

  • Resources

    Lending library, online meeting videos, network of healthcare providers, shared information at group meetings and more.

  • hope

    "I no longer think: 'I don't think I can live like this.' I CAN live like this. And that's what I got from the Neuropathy Alliance of Texas." -Kim, a regular meeting attendee.

Upcoming meetings

All neuropathy patients and caregivers are invited to attend.
Oct 08

Austin West Support Group Meeting

October 8 @ 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Oct 10

Georgetown Support Group Meeting

October 10 @ 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Oct 31

Northwest Hills Support Group Meeting

October 31 @ 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Noteworthy

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Our Team

Board of Directors, Medical Advisory Committee, Staff and Volunteers
Nancy Herlin
Nancy Herlin
President & Executive Director
Nancy brings to NATX twenty-plus years experience in health care management. She has volunteered in health care, school and religious organizations, and has sat on several not-for-profit boards. In 2007 her 15 year old son was diagnosed with Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (CIDP).
Rick Beyer
Rick Beyer
Treasurer Pro Tem, Board of Directors
Rick was one of the first members of the Hands Feet & Heart support group. He had been diagnosed with CIPD 4 years earlier and found a “home” in the organization which later became NATX. He brings with him 30 of years federal government service as a senior IT manager.
Marshall Maringola
Marshall Maringola
Secretary, Board of Directors
A graduate of the US Air Force Academy, Marshall served as a healthcare administrator in the Active Duty Air Force for five years. Afterwards, he earned a law degree with a focus in Health Law from Texas Tech University. He follows the example of his parents’ with a healthcare-related career.
Marshall Lyles, LMFT
Marshall Lyles, LMFT
Member, Board of Directors
Marshall, a LPC-S, LMFT, RPT-S, has been a counselor in a variety of settings over the past 10 years. He currently works with families and children in addition to speaking at conferences and workshops. Marshall was diagnosed with CMT at an early age.
Chad Henson
Chad Henson
Member, Board of Directors
Chad’s father was diagnosed with CIDP in 2009 after having symptoms for about two years. He has seen the effects of neuropathy on patients and caregivers, as well as the scant resources available to them. With 13 years of experience in the financial services industry, Chad brings a background in business development, management, and lending.
Lauren Hoffman-Arriaga, MPH
Lauren Hoffman-Arriaga, MPH
Member, Board of Directors
As a Public Health Biologist, Lauren is a fellow for the US Army Public Health Command Region-South. With a background in proposal development, research presentations, and statistical analysis, she brings a community health approach to helping neuropathy patients. Lauren serves in honor of her mother, whose neuropathy was a debilitating side effect of chemotherapy.
Vicki Read
Vicki Read
Member, Board of Directors
Vicki, an LPC, is the Senior Program Coordinator at the Center for Public Policy Dispute Resolution at UT. She provides dispute resolution training for government and nonprofit employees, as well as the public at large. No stranger to nonprofits, Vicki also brings experience in PR, marketing, health education, project management and mental health counseling.
Marjory Haddix
Marjory Haddix
Director Emeritus
Yessar Hussain, MD
Yessar Hussain, MD
Medical Director & Chair, Medical Advisory Committee
Sara Austin, MD
Sara Austin, MD
Member, Medical Advisory Committee
Adam Horvit, MD
Adam Horvit, MD
Member, Medical Advisory Committee
Jimmy Yen, LAc
Jimmy Yen, LAc
Member, Medical Advisory Committee
Haden Sirmon
Haden Sirmon
Marketing and Programs Manager
Diane Ricklefsen
Diane Ricklefsen
Volunteer, Georgetown Group
Tish Gossen
Tish Gossen
Volunteer, Georgetown Group
Blake Betts
Blake Betts
Tai Chi Coordinator
 Norm Gill
Norm Gill
Tai Chi Instructor
Jeff Morgan
Jeff Morgan
Volunteer, Finance Manager