The Institute for Therapeutic Discovery was incorporated as a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization in 2003.

Based in the greater Albany area, the Institute is incorporated in the State of New York. Rather than developing a large infrastructure,  management’s efforts are concentrated on coordinating the activities of its discovery team with institutional collaborators at Brown University, the University of Maine, and the University of Virginia, Baylor University, Rhode Island Hospital and other nonprofit organizations such as The Monroe Institute.


John McMichael, Ph.D., President and Chief Scientific Officer
Dr. McMichael is President, the Chief Scientific Officer, and founder of the Institute. In 2004, he also founded Beech Tree Labs, Inc., a discovery and early-stage development biopharmaceutical company. In 1993, he founded Milkhaus Laboratory, Inc. (MLI), and served as President from MLI’s inception through September 2000. From 1991 to 1992 he was Vice President of Molecular Rx, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company focused on products for managing inflammatory responses. Before this, Dr. McMichael was engaged in independent research and served as general manager of ImmunoTherapeutics, a proprietorship focused on developing new therapeutic products. From 1975 through 1986, Dr. McMichael was Assistant Professor, then Associate Professor, and for the last four years, Professor of Biology and Health Sciences at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. Dr. McMichael is cited as an inventor on more than 200 domestic and foreign patents. He received his B.S. in Microbiology from the University of Maine and his Ph.D. from Oregon State University in Immunology and Virology, and did his post-doctoral work at the Wistar Institute in Philadelphia, PA.

Board of Directors

Kara Fitzgerald, ND IFMCP
Dr. Fitzgerald received her doctorate of naturopathic medicine from National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon. She completed the first CNME-accredited post-doctorate position in nutritional biochemistry and laboratory science at Metametrix (now Genova) Clinical Laboratory under the direction of Richard Lord, Ph.D. Her residency was completed at Progressive Medical Center, a large, integrative medical practice in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Fitzgerald is lead author and editor of Case Studies in Integrative and Functional Medicine, a contributing author to Laboratory Evaluations for Integrative and Functional Medicine and the Institute for Functional Medicine’s updated Textbook for Functional Medicine. She has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Fitzgerald is on faculty at the Institute for Functional Medicine and is an Institute for Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner. She regularly lectures internationally for several organizations and is in private practice in Sandy Hook, Connecticut.


Betty Sadaniantz, DNP, MSN, RN
Dr. Sadaniantz holds a faculty position as an associate professor of nursing at the New England Institute of Technology, teaching on both the associate and bachelor’s degree levels. Dr. Sadaniantz brings experience in management, education, educational leadership, publishing, and clinical practice to this faculty role. She has served on numerous national and regional boards, including the RI Board of Nursing, the American Organization of Nurse Executives, the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, and the American Heart Association. Her diverse clinical practice experience has been in the areas of intensive care, coronary care, and medical-surgical nursing, as well as labor and delivery. She is the author of many publications and presentations on topics related to nursing, health care, and leadership.

A graduate of Rhode Island College, Dr. Sadaniantz completed her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree at the University of Rhode Island and her Master of Science in Nursing Administration from the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Sadaniantz focused her DNP clinical hours and capstone project on the Institute of Medicine Report of 2011: The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. She has been involved in the implementation of these IOM recommendations for the transformation of health care as a board member of the Rhode Island Action Coalition of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Campaign for Action and as former Project Director for the Rhode Island Center for Nursing Excellence.


Lloyd R. Saberski, MD
Dr. Saberski has authored more than 200 manuscripts, textbook chapters, papers, and lectures. He is past Editor-in-Chief of the medical journal “The Pain Clinic.” He serves as consultant to organizations and businesses and lectures frequently on topics in pain management. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Anesthesiology and is a fellowship trained board-certified pain management specialist.

For a decade, Dr. Saberski was a member of Yale Center for Pain Management, serving as Clinical and Medical Director. He founded the Yale University Fellowship in Pain Management. Dr. Saberski is the first Yale faculty member ever promoted to the rank of Associate Professor of Anesthesiology for achievements in the field of Chronic Pain Management.