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 Developmental Behavioral Pediatricians
 
    Bennett Gertz, MD
Dr. Gertz has always been interested in how the brain works, and how it affects the way people navigate their world. His particular clinical interests include children with social and executive dysfunction, such as those with Autism and ADHD. Dr. Gertz joined CDHS in 2010 from Washington, DC where he completed his Pediatrics residency at Georgetown University and his Neurodevelopmental Disabilities fellowship at Children’s National Medical Center. During his training, he also completed the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) fellowship. He participated in research, using advanced imaging techniques to examine the executive challenges of people with metabolic disorders, which he presented at multiple national conferences. In addition, he took part in autism research at the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Gertz was born and raised just outside of Boston. He received his B.S. in Biology with a minor in Cognitive Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and M.D. at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
 
     
    Elizabeth Forbes, MD, MPH
Dr. Forbes received her medical degree from the University of Colorado, then completed a pediatric residency at the University of Utah. Dr. Forbes went on to complete two fellowships at Brown University/Rhode Island Hospital, first in developmental behavioral pediatrics and then in ambulatory pediatrics. Dr. Forbes also obtained a Master of Public Health from Brown University, and continues to have a strong interest in community education and health promotion. Prior to CDHS, Dr. Forbes was the Director of Pediatrics and Infection Control at a children’s psychiatric hospital in Rhode Island. Dr. Forbes is board certified in general pediatrics and developmental-behavioral pediatrics, has practiced developmental behavioral pediatrics since 2003 and enjoys treating a broad spectrum of neurodevelopmental, behavioral, and emotional problems. 
 
Clinical Psychologists 
 
    Megan Nichols, Psy.D.
Dr. Megan Nichols received her B.A. from New York University with a major in psychology. She then obtained her Masters of Science in Elementary Special Education with a specialization in Learning Disorders from Hunter College. After working as a special education teacher in a self-contained classroom, she moved to Chicago and went back to school for a Masters of Art in Clinical Psychology and Doctorate of Psychology with a specialization at Streamwood Behavioral Healthcare Systems where she worked predominately on the child inpatient unit. In addition, Dr. Nichols worked as a mental health and disabilities consultant for Head Start. 

Dr. Nichols specializes in the treatment and evaluation of children and adolescents. She provides comprehensive psychological evaluations that highlight the child's strengths and weaknesses. In treatment, she examines attachment strategies and family dynamics to understand how they impact behaviors. Dr. Nichols has also developed and facilitated many workshops for parents. She has training and experience in play therapy, sandtray, Collaborative Problem Solving, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Theraplay.
     
Child and Family Therapists 
     

  Erica Findley, MA, LPCi
Erica is a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern with a Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and Art Therapy from Phillips Graduate Institute in Chatsworth, California. She also holds a Bachelors degree in Art and Psychology from Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas. Erica’s post graduate training has been in early childhood mental health, Child Parent Psychotherapy, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Collaborative Problem Solving. Erica utilizes traditional talk therapy, play and art therapy with kids and parents to achieve improved behaviors and family dynamics. Erica works from a “family centered” framework and considers family culture, belief systems and child development in the treatment process. When she’s not doing therapy with kids Erica likes to cook, play guitar, make art, and snowboard in the winter.
     

  Holly-Marie Schor, LCSW
Holly is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the University of Colorado in 2010. Holly obtained a Masters of Social Work from the University of Denver with a concentration in Clinical Social Work with Families and a certificate in Interpersonal Trauma Studies in 2013. She has also received training in Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), and Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS). Holly has experience working with children of all ages and in a variety of settings including: schools, their homes, and outpatient clinics. Holly specializes in working with children and families who have experienced trauma and she approaches counseling from an interpersonal and trauma-informed framework. In therapy, she focuses on working with individuals and families to utilize their strengths and create positive change for themselves. Holly’s personal interests include hiking, playing flag football, and reading. She also enjoys spending time with her friends, family, and of course her cat.
     
Occupational Therapists
     
    Jenna Gordon, MS, OTR/L
Jenna completed a clinical fellowship through the Leadership and Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) program through the Children’s Developmental Rehabilitation Clinic at OHSU. She has training in sensory processing and modulation, vestibular rehabilitation, visual processing/oculomotor deficits, vestibular/visual/auditory connection, DIR/Floortime, Autism Spectrum Disorders and Brain Gym. 
     
    Kari Jones, MS, OTR\L
Kari received her Master’s degree in occupational therapy in 2008 from Western Michigan University. She is Level 1 Certified in Handwriting Without Tears and has had additional professional training in Pictures Exchange Communication System (PECS), Treatment and Education of Autistic and Related Communication-handicapped Children (TEACCH), NDT of the infant, vision screening, sensory processing, anxiety and behavioral interventions.

Kari began her career in Chicago, Illinois at an Autism Therapeutic Day School where she was a paraprofessional and arts and craft coordinator while she completed her Masters. This is also where she began her career as an occupational therapist and her passion for working with children with autism was born. Upon moving to Portland, OR in 2009 she worked as an Autism Specialist for the school districts. For the next four years she refined her skills in the outpatient pediatric clinical setting where she enjoyed working with children of all ages and abilities, including autism, sensory processing disorder, cerebral palsy, Down’s syndrome, prenatal drug exposure and other developmental delays. Kari is passionate about making therapy playful by bringing out her inner child and making the child and family feel relaxed. 

Outside of the clinic she enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter, golden retriever and cat. They enjoy outdoor adventure sports including snowboarding, canoeing, rock climbing, and biking. During PNW rainy days she enjoys yoga, knitting and sewing.

     
  Amy Buchholz, OTR\L
With 15 years practicing OT, Amy has attained a broad scope of practice. She has served in school-based, children’s hospital, outpatient, and private practice – gathering a breadth of knowledge of childhood development and interventions to help children and families dealing with disability. Her interests and training include approaches for motor planning and development, sensory processing, self-regulation, emotional development, visual processing, fine motor skills, and handwriting. She is focused on therapeutic interventions tailored to individual child and family needs, and developing accessible resources to share with families and caregivers for integrated programs.
     
  Brett Erspamer, MS, OTR/L
Brett received her master’s degree in occupational therapy from Boston University and her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Pomona College in southern California. Before starting at Albertina-Kerr, she was at the Child Development and Rehabilitation Center at Oregon Health Sciences University, working in specialty clinics including the Autism Clinic and the Early Childhood Assessment Team. She is trained in sensory integration and teaching self-regulation. Outside the clinic, she enjoys playing with her two baby nephews, getting outside and enjoying the greenness of the PNW, photography, and traveling.
     
 

Belkis Iravani, MS, OTR/L
Belkis graduated from Florida International University with a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy. She has worked in various pediatric settings including, hospital outpatient, early childhood intervention, residential treatment center, and private clinic. She has training in sensory processing, emotional regulation, and DIR/floortime. Outside of the clinic, she enjoys hiking, yoga, volleyball, travelling, and spending time with family and friends.


 
Speech-Language Pathologists 
 
    Christine Moore, MS, CCC-SLP
Christine specializes in working with children with expressive and receptive language disorders, literary concerns, speech-sound disorders, and pragmatic language disorders. She has experience working with interpreters to provide speech services to bilingual children and their families. She enjoys working with families to ensure therapy goals will be relevant to life outside of the clinic. 
     
    Kelsey Wegner, MA, CCC-SLP
Through her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communicative Disorders (University of Wisconsin) and a Master of Arts in Speech Language Pathology (University of Minnesota), Kelsey has cultivated her interests in early language development, expressive and receptive language disorders, speech-sound disorders, and social-pragmatic deficits. She has formal training in Beckman Oral-Motor assessment and treatment, Project ImPACT provider training, and intervention programming for non-verbal children.

Kelsey has worked with many populations from infancy to adulthood and across a broad range of abilities.
 
Whether inside the home, in a school-based setting or in the clinic, she truly enjoys finding effective methods to making therapy meaningful for each client and their support system. Like with her hobbies of hiking, cooking, and yoga, Kelsey thinks every discovery is just as important as the results it builds, and she is thrilled go on this journey with each and every person she is fortunate to see.
     

  Robin Goldberg, MA, CCC-SLP
Robin received her Master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology from The George Washington University, and is American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)-certified and Oregon state-licensed. Before relocating to Portland, Robin served as the Chair of the Speech and Language Department at an independent special education school in New York City, where she worked with children with autism spectrum disorders, language-based learning disabilities, speech and language delays, and social pragmatic difficulties. Much of her work has targeted improving receptive and expressive language, social relatedness, and social cognition, in order to support communication and academic confidence and to strengthen peer interactions and friendship development. Robin uses a fun and highly interactive child-centered approach to therapy. She strongly believes that children learn best when they feel safe to explore, take risks, and try new things! She incorporates a wide variety of structured and play-based techniques that support the whole child and ensure that new skills are carried over from therapy into the child’s daily life at home, school, playdates, and extracurricular activities. Robin has participated in many training programs to support her work, including The DIR-Floortime Method, Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), The Social Thinking Curriculum by Michelle Garcia Winner, Nancy Kaufman’s Speech to Language Protocol, and PROMPT.
     
 

Mya Vardi, MA, CCC-SLP
Mya received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Hearing & Speech Sciences from the University of Maryland and her Master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology from George Washington University.  She has worked with children with expressive and receptive language delays, articulation and phonological disorders, fluency disorders, literacy concerns, and social pragmatic difficulties.   Mya has participated in the following training programs: AEIOU Integrated Approach to Pediatric Feeding, Hanen’s More Than Words workshop, and Orton-Gillingham Plus Literacy Training.   She practices child-centered treatment and believes that a strong clinician-family relationship is an asset to effective therapy.  Mya’s personal interests include reading, hiking, traveling, and spending time with her dog and family.


 
Care Coordinators
 
    Cecilie Han, MA
In her current role at Albertina Kerr, Cecilie will be coordinating care and providing support for families at CDHS. Prior to joining Albertina Kerr, Cecilie worked in Seattle, WA as a Social Service Specialist for Washington State DSHS and helped families navigate through the child welfare system. She worked extensively with children and families experiencing significant trauma, and collaborated with professionals to address various areas of needs. Cecilie has experience in providing case management and advocating for families by helping them identify their strengths, barriers to treatment, and understanding systems of care. Cecilie received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Portland and her M. A. in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Southern California.  
 
Access Team
     
  Aimee Reichert, LPC, CADC-I, Access and Community Outreach Manager
Guided by humanistic principles, Aimee believes in the inherent potential of communities. In order to succeed, community members can embrace challenges together as an opportunity to deepen awareness and actively pursue change. Aimee has a background in direct care as a licensed professional counselor and life coach and is passionate in providing exceptional care to children, adolescents and adults. She received her Bachelor’s in Science in Biopsychology from the University of Vermont and her Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. She has also pursued post-graduate studies in Developmental Psychology at the University of Washington and strives to bring a balance of science and heart to her work in the community. In her free time, you might find Aimee volunteering at the Dougy Center, going for a hike in Forest Park, or hanging out with her partner and 2 wild dogs.
     
  Taylor Kreider, Lead Access Coordinator 
As the Lead Access Coordinator, Taylor is responsible for any and all things relating to scheduling, waitlists, and referrals at CDHS. A Portland native, Taylor graduated from Lewis & Clark college with her BA in Psychology in December of 2013. After graduating, Taylor continued to work as the Office Manager and Event Coordinator at Ultrazone Laser Tag, a job she picked up while in college, and also began working in Residential Group Home for adolescents as a Residential Counselor. Prior to that, Taylor gained management experience (and a knack for putting together balloon bouquets) at Party City, where she worked for five years during high school and college. Taylor began working with Albertina Kerr in June of 2015 as an Access Coordinator and was promoted to a lead role in October of 2016. Taylor takes advantage of her free time by reading, spending time with friends and family, hiking, and going out to eat.
     
  Cassie Humphrey, Access Coordinator
Cassie is originally from SE Portland, and is currently a student with a background in Administration and Medical scheduling. She has been with Albertina Kerr since September of 2016, and schedules for all departments at CDHS. Prior to working for Albertina Kerr, Cassie was the Lead Scheduler for Northwest Cardiovascular Institute and Front Desk Associate with Massage Envy. Her background ensures she provides quality medical care while focusing on the patients’ individual needs. When she’s not taking courses, or delegating with insurance companies, Cassie’s personal interest includes, baking, painting, listening to music and spending time with her family.
     
  Kim Cowley, Access Coordinator
Kim joined CDHS in 2010.  In her current role, she helps parents gather necessary information for intake and set their child’s first appointment.  She has previously served the patients of CDHS in the medical records department, reception desk, and scheduler for the Developmental Pediatric Doctors.  She received her diploma in Medical Coding and Billing from Anthem College in 2010.  Prior to joining CDHS, Kim received an Associate’s Degree from San Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas in 1982 and was an Aviation Electronics Technician working on airplanes and helicopters until 2009. She takes great joy in being able to talk with patient’s parents, explaining the services that CDHS provides, and ensuring that families receive treatment they need.  Outside of work she enjoys being around family, friends, and continuing her classes in Taekwondo as a second degree Black Belt.
     
  Maria Ramos, Access Coordinator
Maria started with Children’s Developmental Health Services in 2007. Since then, she has enjoyed working in various positions including Front Desk, Medical Records, Prescription Coordinator, Data Entry, Audiology Assistant and Access Coordinator. Maria is primarily responsible for processing referrals, scheduling, and working with our Spanish speaking clients.  However, she also helps to support other families who call seeking services.  Outside of the clinic Maria enjoys spending time with her husband and 4 boys.