responsibilities include psychoeducational evaluations, counseling, staff consultation, and developing and monitoring Functional Behavior Assessments, Behavioral Intervention Plans, Individualized Education Plans, and Response
to Intervention programs.
has been trained in, and practices, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Interpersonal Therapy.
Prior to joining the Southfield Center, Dr. Heitzman was a full-time professor of Psychology at Fairfield University for seven years, teaching courses in Human Neuropsychology, Developmental Psychology and Tests and Measurements, and conducting clinical research on the diagnosis of concussions in young adult populations.
Ann has presented to many parent groups and professional organizations, including the Association of School Nurses
in Connecticut, SPED*NET Wilton, Fairfield SEPTA, Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities, and at the 2011 School Health Conference of the Connecticut Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics
For the past 14 years, Paige has been a member of the Special Education Support Committee of the Greenwich PTA Council, four of those years as Co-Chair.
Paige is a graduate of Colgate University.
Heather is a certified occupational therapist who has over a decade of experience.
She received her Bachelor of Science, Health Sciences from the University of New England in 2001, and her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of New England in 2002.
has extensive training in sensory integration, oral motor/feeding, and fine motor/handwriting.
has provided occupational therapy in numerous settings including Birth
/ Early Intervention, elementary and middle school, and out-patient pediatric services.
has experience with a variety of diagnoses including but not limited to, Traumatic Brain Injury, Autism Spectrum Disorders
, Rett Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Dyspraxia
, seizure disorders and a variety of genetic syndromes.
Currently, she contracts with Angelfish Therapy and has her own private practice providing pediatric therapy and running groups at The Pilot House, in homes, at schools and other natural environments.
Abby's nutrition career began in New York City as a Clinical and Ambulatory Care Nutritionist at Hospital For Special Surgery.
Karen received her Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy from Sacred Heart University, and earned her Bachelor of Science in Sociology from Southern Connecticut State University.
In addition to providing therapy at The Southfield Center for Development
contracts with Angelfish Therapy and Upwards Pediatric Therapy.
Jen is a licensed Physical Therapist who received both her B.S. and MSPT at Northeastern University in Boston.
David Kucher, MA, is an accomplished executive functions coach who has worked as a teacher and learning coach in the New Jersey / New York / Connecticut schools for the past ten years.
Gwen Lopez-Cohen, M.D., is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist with expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders, ADHD, Anxiety and Mood Disorders, OCD, Tourette's Syndrome, Bipolar Spectrum Disorders, and behavioral difficulties.
In addition, Jennifer earned her Bachelor of Arts and NYS Certification in Childhood Education and Students
from William Smith College.
experience includes development of Individualized Education Plans, parent training, developing programs for augmentative and assistive communication, and consulting and co-treating with ABA
, physical and occupational therapists.
Nicole received her Masters of Science in Speech Language Pathology from Teacher's College, Columbia University, and her Bachelors of Science from Boston University.
Courtney O'Brien-Ernest, MSEd is a certified school psychologist and educational specialist who conducts psychoeducational evaluations and targeted educational evaluations for children and adolescents.
previous experience in the Bedford Central school district (NY) has provided extensive knowledge of Response
, Individualized Educational Plans, Functional Behavior Assessments and the implementation of evidence based interventions, counseling, and staff consultation.
also provides Animal Assisted Therapy, with her
chocolate Labrador Retriever, Boom Boom Merryweather.
Kadria's prior professional experiences are diverse, and include her work as director of an Old Greenwich-based nonprofit organization titled G.O.A.L.D (Greater Opportunities for Adults with Learning Disabilities), her work as Family and Child Advocate in a San Francisco transitional housing program, and her therapeutic work at Hall Brooke Behavioral Center's Intensive outpatient program with a dual diagnosis population.
She received her undergraduate degree from Trinity College, and has a Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Fairfield University in Fairfield, CT.
After moving to the United States, Anthony returned to the area of his early passion, simultaneously obtaining Masters Degrees in Psychology from the University of Phoenix and Marriage and Family Therapy from Fairfield University.
Liz is a certified Connecticut Physical Therapist and
Liz is a certified physical therapist and Children's Yoga Facilitator.
She received her Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences from Boston University in 2000, and her Master's
of Science in Physical Therapy from Boston University
has extensive training in sensory integration and manual therapy techniques.
Liz worked as a staff physical therapist in the hospital setting, in both acute care and acute rehabilitation settings.
is experienced in treating patients with diagnoses including, but not limited to, Multiple Sclerosis
Brain Injury, Williams Syndrome, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Autism Spectrum Disorders
, and Rett Syndrome.
Liz also served as Pediatric Physical Therapy Supervisor where she was responsible for school-based physical therapy staff in the public schools, program development and continuing program facilitation.
In 2004, she
Currently, she contracts with Angelfish Therapy and has her own private practice providing therapy and running groups at The Pilot House, in homes, at schools and other natural environments.