POCA of DuPage

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Co-leaders and advisors guide the group

POCA of DuPage is managed by Kellee Konieczny under the guidance of medical advisors and with the aid of several key volunteers who are members of the Leadership Team. Additional POCA members focus their attention on special projects.

Although our members are not trained in the medical profession, all of us have personal experience in living with food allergies and are committed to helping others live as safe and normal a life as possible in the face of life-threatening food allergies.

We have two medical advisors:

Renee Lantner, M.D. attended Northwestern University for both undergraduate and medical education, earning her M.D. in 1984. She completed a residency in pediatrics at the Indiana University Medical Center followed by a combined adult and pediatric fellowship in Allergy and Immunology at the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1989.

Dr. Lantner first spent ten years of her career as an attending physician at Loyola University Medical Center and as Associate Professor in the Stritch School of Medicine at Loyola in the Department of Pediatrics and Department of Medicine. She then chose to pursue a part-time career in private practice and joined Dr. Ganju in 2000, who retired in 2013.

Dr. Lantner has a strong interest in integrative medicine, drawing from traditional medicine, but also evaluating lifestyle, diet, exercise, supplements, medications with their interactions and other holistic ways to improve health.

Dr. Lantner served as President for both the Illinois Society of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology and the Suburban Asthma Consortium. She is a Fellow of both the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology and the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. She is also a volunteer with the Medical Reserve Corps of Western Springs.

Dr. Lantner has published and lectured in the fields of asthma, allergy, and nutrition. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, piano, cooking, yoga and Pilates.

Dr. Lantner is on-staff at Adventist La Grange and Hinsdale Hospitals.


Dr. Robison is an Assistant professor of pediatrics at the Northwestern Feinberg school of medicine and an attending physician at Lurie Children Hospital. 

Dr. Robison completed her undergraduate studies at Emory University.  Her medical degree at Vanderbilt University and her training in both pediatric and Allergy and Immunology at Northwestern.

She is a member of the food allergy research team at Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago.

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