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Dr. Lisa Rankin

ADHD and Autism
Stuart, FL
26 years experience female

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Wednesday: 8:00am - 6:00pm
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Dr. Rankin has an Integrative Medical practice that provides care to patients of all ages with a special focus on providing care for children and adults with neurodevelopmental disorders including autism and ADHD. This includes evaluation and diagnosis, implementation of a biomedical plan as well as providing a therapy plan that is unique to each patient. She also incorporates these principles when working with patients with endocrine, autoimmune and rheumatologic conditions. Her undergraduate degree in nutrition is utilized daily as nutritional interventions play an important role in any comprehensive plan. She also works with patients who are struggling to lose weight as well as women looking to ulitilze bioidentical hormones to maintain optimum health.

Specialties
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ADHD and Autism

Anti-Aging Medicine

Bariatrics

Family Medicine

Integrative Medicine

Licenses

United States: Florida

Doctor Q&A

431 Answers
114 Agrees
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lisa Rankin
ADHD and Autism 26 years experience
Several : Some classic symptoms of overactive thyroid would be weight loss despite no change in activity or intake, feeling warmer than others, an elevated and/... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lisa Rankin
ADHD and Autism 26 years experience
Not just one type: There is not just one specialty that works with patients with Autism. Early on it tended to fall under the care of Psychiatrists but we now realize it... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lisa Rankin
ADHD and Autism 26 years experience
Increasing quickly: The number of those diagnosed with autism is now under 1/100 with the majority of those being male and in the category of high functioning. The signif... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lisa Rankin
ADHD and Autism 26 years experience
Not Likely : It would be unlikely to make it to adulthood without having been diagnosed with autism. An exception could be aspergers. The majority of those who st... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lisa Rankin
ADHD and Autism 26 years experience
Yes : Adult adhd is misleading term. You do not develop this as an adult. By definition the symptoms of add/adhd are present before the age of 7. The diagno... Read More
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lisa Rankin
ADHD and Autism 26 years experience
It depends : Aspergers has also been called high functioning autism which means they are both autism spectrum disorders. Difficulties with the subtleties of lang... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lisa Rankin
ADHD and Autism 26 years experience
Go to the ER: If these symptoms are recent in onset, especially if there is any fever, you need to go to the emergency room now. If there is no fever and the sympt... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lisa Rankin
ADHD and Autism 26 years experience
Unlikely: Patients wth down's have farily classic features that would not likely be missed if they had been seen by a medical provider. Screening for down's i... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lisa Rankin
ADHD and Autism 26 years experience
Yes : The first step is to determine what may be causing the screaming. If he is non-verbal it may be related to pain, frustration from inability to commun... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lisa Rankin
ADHD and Autism 26 years experience
No specific name: There is not a variant of autism in which children bite off their lips. Some children with autism engage in self injurious behavior which could includ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lisa Rankin
ADHD and Autism 26 years experience
At times: Almost all children on the autism spectrum have some sensory processing difficulties but it can also be a stand alone problem. In either case the in... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lisa Rankin
ADHD and Autism 26 years experience
Possibly: It sounds like you are describing stimming behavior or stereotypic movements or even a tic. They can be sensory seeking in nature, related to ocd or s... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lisa Rankin
ADHD and Autism 26 years experience
More in than out : Unless there is a diagnosed medical condition obesity is caused by consuming more calories than are being burned off. Our diets have become very high ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lisa Rankin
ADHD and Autism 26 years experience
Many: Teachers, speech , physical and occupational therapists as well as medical providers and psychologists are some of the career paths that would allow... Read More
A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lisa Rankin
ADHD and Autism 26 years experience
Likely no different: What will likely happen is that most with asperger's syndrome will be reclassified as autism spectrum disorder and hopefully most services will remain... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Lisa Rankin
ADHD and Autism 26 years experience
You can : Elevated prolactin levels can be associated with pituitary adenomas which are benign brain tumors. They cause elevated prolactin and are often associa... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lisa Rankin
ADHD and Autism 26 years experience
Eustacian tube : You may have an issue with your eustacian tubes not equalizing pressure in your ears. This will cause a build up of pressure that can be painful. At t... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lisa Rankin
ADHD and Autism 26 years experience
Depends on age: Typically parents and providers start to notice signs closer to a year as they realize there have been delays in milestones and speech is not developi... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lisa Rankin
ADHD and Autism 26 years experience
Thirty: Thirty minutes of exercise daily in addition to removing processed foods from diet will improve mood.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lisa Rankin
ADHD and Autism 26 years experience
Start with primary: Unlike children in which the primary may be comfortable and able to do screenings and make the diagnosis adults will usually be diagnosed by a psychia... Read More
A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lisa Rankin
ADHD and Autism 26 years experience
Post nasal drip: Chronic post nasal drip with or without allergic cause or reflux would be two of the most common causes of those symptoms. You can do a trial of antih... Read More
A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lisa Rankin
ADHD and Autism 26 years experience
Probably normal : With menstrual bleeding you may seen brown, maroon, bright red and at times what appears to be purple blood. The color varies as there may be a combi... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lisa Rankin
ADHD and Autism 26 years experience
Be seen again: If there is any history of trauma to the wrist and no initial xray was done that should be done now. It is possible to have a hairline fracture that d... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lisa Rankin
ADHD and Autism 26 years experience
Surgery last: Surgery is usually the last resort for endometriosis and involves removing the endometrial tissue that has migrated to other areas, causing pain and ... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lisa Rankin
ADHD and Autism 26 years experience
NO: There is no harm to taking a prenatal with folic on top of eating foods that are fortified. It is a water soluble vitamin and you will excrete exces... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lisa Rankin
ADHD and Autism 26 years experience
It depends: If the original diagnosis was being used interchangeably with asperger's then the skill set must have changed enough to feel there was not enough spe... Read More
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lisa Rankin
ADHD and Autism 26 years experience
Vague symptoms : Those symptoms are vague and without more information not able to say. If pain was on side or around to the back it may be a kidney stone. A contusion... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lisa Rankin
ADHD and Autism 26 years experience
Possible pregnancy: If your cycles are very regular then being four days late may mean you are pregnant. Pregnancy tests are very reliable even if you are just a few day... Read More
A 77-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lisa Rankin
ADHD and Autism 26 years experience
Need to be seen: Without a visual and more information it is hard to say. If they have been there for long time with no change and no other symptoms then less likely s... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lisa Rankin
ADHD and Autism 26 years experience
Possible infection: Taking antibiotics can alter the bacteria in your gastrointestinal tract and allow bad bacteria to multiply and produce infections which can be seriou... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Lisa Rankin
ADHD and Autism 26 years experience
Possibly: If the pain developed one week prior to your menstrual cycle this is fairly normal and related to hormone effect on breast tissue. It tends to improve... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lisa Rankin
ADHD and Autism 26 years experience
Follow up appt: Bilateral swollen arms is a symptom that needs to be investigated. There can be be a blockage in either the venous system or lymph system causing thes... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lisa Rankin
ADHD and Autism 26 years experience
Likely pinched nerve: You can have a pinched nerve at the neck, in the muscles after the nerve leaves the spinal cord or more peripheral and closer to the area where you f... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Lisa Rankin
ADHD and Autism 26 years experience
More info: The sequence of symptoms is a little unusual with the white patch turning red. One thing to consider is a possible bite initially that woke you and no... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lisa Rankin
ADHD and Autism 26 years experience
Maybe : If you can say with certainty that the shot corresponded with an increase in your appetite that was persistant then you likely will see a decrease. E... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lisa Rankin
ADHD and Autism 26 years experience
More info: If the cramping was bladder in nature and you see it recur whenever you urinate you may have a bladder infection. If you have discomfort while you are... Read More
A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lisa Rankin
ADHD and Autism 26 years experience
May be lab : I will at times see elevated ammonia levels if the specimen is not handled properly and i always repeat those. You can fractionate the alkphos for bon... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lisa Rankin
ADHD and Autism 26 years experience
Not likely: If I understand the question, you want to know if taking one and one-half Klonopin (clonazepam) only ONCE will cause any harm. In that scenario there ... Read More
A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lisa Rankin
ADHD and Autism 26 years experience
Depends : It depends on what your LDL was to start and if you have any co-existing vascular disease, diabetes, hypertension, family history or smoking history. ... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lisa Rankin
ADHD and Autism 26 years experience
May need care now: If you are describing a recent head injury which has now resulted in a fever, nausea and vomiting as well as dripping from your nose you should be see... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lisa Rankin
ADHD and Autism 26 years experience
yes : You may have engaged muscle groups you are not used to working and/or you may have aggravated some muscle groups if not done in an appropriate manner.... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lisa Rankin
ADHD and Autism 26 years experience
depends on cause : For most causes of elevated bilirubin it is not reasonable to expect it to be lowered in two weeks. Some causes are actually genetic and will always b... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lisa Rankin
ADHD and Autism 26 years experience
might not help : You could take the two together but may not help. Zofran (ondansetron) is for nausea and unless you get a significant amount of this with your cycle i... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lisa Rankin
ADHD and Autism 26 years experience
Possibly: There are genetics involved but it is not as simple as looking for one gene mutation on a blood test so worrying about it if you already have a child ... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lisa Rankin
ADHD and Autism 26 years experience
very likely : As you sneeze and increase pressure temporarily it can get transmitted to the ears. The fact that you are having bleeding suggests some issues with eq... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lisa Rankin
ADHD and Autism 26 years experience
Go to the ER : If you really took 900 mg of vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) you can expect to have very serious cardiac side effects and you need to be seen ASAP. If you... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lisa Rankin
ADHD and Autism 26 years experience
A little much: Adderall three times a day is higher than usual dose and Neurontin (gabapentin) is typically split up two to three times a day with that dose and you ... Read More
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lisa Rankin
ADHD and Autism 26 years experience
Need to be seen: There are several conditions that could give those symptoms and more possibilities in a female. In both genders appendicitis , colitis, and low urinar... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lisa Rankin
ADHD and Autism 26 years experience
Ignore: Never give up trying to improve your life or the life of your child. Be persistent and accept help.
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lisa Rankin
ADHD and Autism 26 years experience
Yeast infection : Your description sounds consistent with a yeast infection which would not be an uncommon thing to develop before your cycle. If there is a change in p... Read More

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May 11, 2013
Dr. Rankin is such a rich source of information about ADHD and Autism. It is clear that this is not only her expertise but also her passion. I most strongly recommend Dr. Rankin.
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Feb 12, 2013
I have never met a more passionate, caring or educated Dr. My children and I are more than a number when we are at her office. She spends time with each of us and makes sure we understand the issues w...Read More
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Sep 13, 2013
Dr. Rankin is extremely knowledgeable and has excellent bedside manner. Her staff is courteous and caring and truly cares about each and every patient. Highly recommend.
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Thank u I have been taking the b6 & folinic w/ no issues. My question is right now Im going through a stressful time.My grandfather is passing my family is creating a ton of issues & problems.I handle...Read More
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Got the Sticker, Thnx. Helped allot since I had 2 episodes before I ever got out of bldg. They didn't say when they would do that test. Guess I have to do a consult with the Neuro first?? Don't kn...Read More
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This was very helpful. Thanks! This is excellent info that dieticians would never be able to supply. All THEY do is download templates that I can do myself. What happened to a case-by-case basis. Than...Read More

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, FL
Graduated 1996MD

Residency

Univerity of Florida Shands

Awards

Thought Leader, Second Place, Fort Lauderdale, FL - Winter
2013
Top ADHD and Autism Specialist, First Place, National - Winter
2013
Top ADHD and Autism Specialist, First Place, National - Summer
2013

Affiliations

Treasure Coast Autism Project
Suncoast Mental Health
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