Dr. N. Thomas LaCava, MD
Areas of Expertise
Dr. LaCava has committed his practice to helping patients struggling with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, multiple chemical sensitivities, Lyme Disease, multiple allergies and other chronic complex illnesses. He is known and recognized for uncovering the causes of diseases and unwellness and helping to restore healthy function where usual medical care has failed to do so.
Most of the patients we encounter have had their symptoms for months or even years. They have tried and failed with conventional approaches to their problems and have often seen many other practitioners without success. Our holistic approach uses an integrative functional medicine model to uncover the underlying root cause of disease which might be related to chronic infections, environmental toxicity, genetic susceptibilities and hormonal or nutritional imbalances. Our personalized treatment plans utilize more effective and less invasive treatment methods with the goal of restoring the body’s natural healing abilities.
N. Thomas LaCava, M.D., Comprehensive Environmental Medicine, Pediatric Primary Care
Dr LaCava has been in practice for over 40 years and is devoted to helping the hard-to-diagnose and hard-to-treat chronically ill patients. He is board certified in Environmental Medicine, which focuses on defining and treating the causes of the disease. His treatments include dietary restructuring, allergy shots, intravenous nutrition, chelation therapy, detoxification, bio-identical hormone replacement and oral nutritional supplementation. Dr LaCava completed a fellowship in neurology and continues with this interest in his current practice treating chronic Lyme disease, mold and chemical toxicities, as well as other neurotoxic disorders.
Education: B.S., University of New Hampshire, Durham, N.H., 1966; M.D., Saint Louis University School of Medicine,
Saint Louis, Missouri, 1972
Internship/Residency: Intern in Pediatrics, Hahneman Medical College and Hospital, Philadelphia, P.A., 1972-1973;
Residency in Pediatrics, Hahneman Medical College and Hospital, Philadelphia, P.A., 1973-1974
Fellowship: Clinical Fellow in Child Neurology, Saint Christopher's Hospital for Children, Philadelphia, P.A.,
Academic Appointment: Instructor in Pediatrics, UMASS Medical School, 1982-Present
Membership and Office in Professional Associations: Worcester District Medical Society/Grievance Committee
Chairman, Massachusetts Medical Society, American College of Advancement in Medicine, American Academy of Environmental Medicine (Fellowship/Member Board of Directors), Christian Medical Society, American Scientific
Affiliation, Broda Barnes Research Foundation
Licensure: State of Massachusetts and New Hampshire
Board Certification: American Board of Environmental Medicine, American Board of Pediatrics
Recent Conferences Attended:
American Academy of Environmental Medicine - October 2016
International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS) annual scientific conference
Pan American Allergy Society - March 19-22, 2015
Mycotoxins and Chronic Disease Seminar - January 19, 2013 - Sponsored by The Institute for Medical Studies (IMS)
8 TestimonialsView most helpful
chronic condition. I feel better than I have in 40 years!"
"I suffered from one of the most common and easily diagnosable female ailments for years.
I saw an Ob/GYN, PCP, Endo; I nearly gave up. He spent 2.5 hrs with me at our first
appointment. He diagnosed me instantly, as every symptom was classic. Although he
ordered a multitude of blood tests, he treated me immediately. I found relief within weeks, for
5+ years of 'mystery' ailments. I've never seen anyone else since. He saved my quality of life,
and I recommend him to everyone I know. He runs late sometimes, because he spends
quality time with his patients; and he's worth it. I'm so grateful. He's a great listener, and I trust his judgement."
struggled with chronic issues as well that only Dr. L was able to help us with despite years of
visiting other so called experts. I appreciate that Dr. L expects you to be responsible and
do your part in regards to your wellness...his manner could be described as abrupt, but
we have never found him off putting. He is no nonsense with adults and straight forward,
but highly supportive. With my children he has always been terrific..they love him and
everyone on the staff. I will be forever grateful to Dr. LaCava for giving my children a healthy
start in life and for supporting our wellness choices.
Health Issue(s) Addressed
Upon his last visit to your office when he was experiencing difficulty, you ran some blood work for food allergies. The results were normal with the exception of a slight indication of corn allergy. At that time, I found out that B..'s daily diet consisted of a lot of corn or foods made from corn. We decided to put him on a corn-free diet for a month. I was very skeptical of this, but decided to give it a try.
I am very happy to say that your advice did him a world of good. He has not been on any medications for over a month - not even inhalers. His cough is gone as well as his other symptoms. He still maintains a little eczema, but not as bad as it was.