Restoring Balance: Autism Recovery -- Movie and Panel



Free movie screening, Friday night, May 25, 2018, 7:00 - 8:30 PM, with panel discussion following.  Panel includes physicians and parents and the filmmaker. 

We are under an epidemic red alert with autism not only in the United States but around the world. In the US by the year 2032, 1 child out of every 2 is projected to be autistic! That's a scary thought, but a relieving one is knowing that we can be in control of this. Thousands of families have recovered their children from the symptoms known as autism, losing their diagnosis and thriving in all the areas they weren't “supposed to.” You can see from firsthand experience in our documentary, Restoring Balance: Autism Recovery, how the doctors and families accomplished these amazing feats. The cornerstone of these miraculous recoveries is of course one of the most ancient...our food.

Through interviews with parents, children, and practitioners, audiences explore how biomedical and dietary interventions are dramatically changing how children have achieved new levels of connectivity. While recovery looks different for each family and each child, some children are actually losing their autism diagnosis through these applied interventions.

These children show us the potential of all affected by this condition to change their reality.

4 time Emmy award-winning animator Charlie Canfield is the Animation Director with 3 supporting animation students from Actors for Autism under him. The animation will blend art with these complex concepts into an easily digestible form so more parents and practitioners can understand these biological mechanisms on a deeper level. This will translate to a motivational, and entertaining blueprint for those in need!

The screenings will connect local families with the type of autism literate doctors they need to start the recovery journey. These screenings and meetings will all lead back to a web hub of sharing resources, blogs, and even mentor programs. The practitioners in the movie will be able to hold online meetings with parents and educating other doctors. Believe in Autism Recovery... 


With the screening of the documentary, there will be statements from the director as well as a panel of doctors and families. The documentary will provide entertaining and educational resources where parents and practitioners can see the benefits of following medical treatment for autism. 




Ryan Hetrick, BA

Ryan Hetrick is a producer/director, teacher, & high performance coach who has worked in the behavioral health field with a focus on autism for more than a decade. After years working with children on the autism spectrum receiving biomedical intervention, Ryan was motivated to make this documentary. He saw first-hand the difference that dietary and biomedical therapies can have in helping kids reach their full potential. The goal of the documentary is to provide resources and opportunities for families and practitioners to be educated on the process of autism recovery. 

One of Ryan’s behavioral clients became his first biomedical experience which put him in awe to the powers of addressing things form the inside out compared to outside in. Ryan was able to alleviate a medial condition of his own by going organic and gluten-, dairy-, and egg-free himself. With the personal changes he experienced along with the changes he witnessed in the child he decided these stories needed to be told and there was much more to this than appeared on the surface.

Ryan teaches courses in acting, writing, and film editing for students the nonprofit organization Actors for Autism. While in Los Angeles, Ryan became a health and nutrition coach, working with teens and young adults on the autism spectrum. The goal of the documentary is to provide resources and opportunities for families and practitioners to be educated on the process of autism recovery.

Marcia Hinds, MA

Marcia Hinds is a DIY autism parent. She is a credentialed teacher with degrees in sociology and psychology from UCLA. Her inspirational book “I KNOW YOU’RE IN THERE – Winning Our War Against Autism ” shows what is possible for children who are treated medically in conjunction with intensive behavioral and educational rehabilitation. “The experts” said Ryan would need to be institutionalized, but today her son is an engineer at a major aerospace company.

Marcia works as a behavioral and educational consultant and has done so for more than two decades. But her most impressive credential is that she is Ryan’s mother and their family survived autism. Her book I Know You’re In There tells their story in a way that is heartwarming, heartbreaking, and sometimes hilarious. Preview it on Amazon or her website  All profits go to AutismOne 

Julie Logan, DC

Julie Logan, DC, practices with Dr. Anju Usman at True Health Medical Center in Naperville, IL. She also has a chiropractic practice in Warrenville, IL. She is a fully MAPS trained and certified physician and specializes in working with children with the symptoms of Autism, ADD/HD, PANDAS/PANS, food sensitivities, thyroid problems, methylation defects, GI issues, and environmental illnesses. She applies both biomedical as well as chiropractic principles of restoring optimal health to her patients.  She has successfully battled some of these conditions and problems in her own health as well as resolving the symptoms of autism in one of her own children. This has given her a heart to help others who are suffering from the same.   

James R. Neuenschwander, MD

James Neuenschwander, MD (aka Dr. Neu), is a graduate of the University of Michigan Medical school and is dually certified in Emergency and Integrative Medicine.  He has an integrative medicine practice in Ann Arbor, Michigan for the past 30 years in which he focuses on chronic illness.  He has been involved in the biomedical management of children with behavioral/learning issues, including kids on the autism spectrum, for the past 10 years.  He is a member of multiple professional societies including the Medical Academy of Pediatric Special Needs for whom he is a frequent speaker.

Barry Smeltzer, MPAS, PA-C

Barry Smeltzer, MPAS, PA-C, is the primary practitioner at Healing Provisions. He is a holistic practitioner who specializes in biomedical and environmental medicine interventions to assist the body in the healing process. He has dedicated his career to healing children and families after his own son was diagnosed with multiple medical conditions, from which all he has significantly improved.

Barry has a Masters in Physician Assistant studies from Finch University/Chicago Medical School and has been certified as a Defeat Autism Now! clinician. He has several published articles in The Autism File and Autism Science Digest. He has presented across the country for organizations such as TACA, Holistic Mom’s Network, National Autism Association and AutismOne. Barry has also spoken for local organizations – the San Antonio Natural Parenting group and Any Baby Can San Antonio.