Progress to Date

Funds Raised 2018: $245,517

46% of ATPF 2018 Operating Budget

Children Screened: 15,548

Clinical Advisory Board

Dr. Michael L. Levy, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Michael L. Levy, M.D., Ph.D.

Chief of Neurological Surgery, Rady Children's Hospital & Clinical Professor of Surgery, UCSD School of Medicine, ATPF Board Officer

Dr. Michael Levy, Chief Neurosurgeon at Children's Hospital of San Diego Division of Pediatric Neurological Surgery and the University of California San Diego Division of Pediatric Neurological Surgery. With 24 years of medical practice, Levy's current hospital appointments also include LAC-USC Medical Center Los Angeles and USC University Hospital Los Angeles. He has served as Clinical Instructor, Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery and Associate Professor with Tenure of Neurological Surgery – all for the University of Southern California School of Medicine, as well as a Residency Program Director for the Division of Neurological Surgery at UC San Diego. Dr. Levy has been actively involved with ATPF since 2003.

Dr. Doris A. Trauner, M.D.

Dr. Doris A. Trauner, M.D.

Dr. Doris A. Trauner has served as Interim Chair of the Department of Neurosciences as well as Chair of the Health Sciences Faculty Council, Vice Chair of the Department of Neurosciences, and Chief of Pediatric Neurology at UCSD.

Widely recognized and respected for her academic leadership, Dr. Trauner has held a joint appointment in Neurosciences and Pediatrics since 1977. Her research emphasizes the cognitive consequences of conditions that alter brain development early in life. These include both structural and metabolic disorders affecting the developing brain. Her study subjects include children with neurodevelopment, genetic, and metabolic disorders.

Dr. Jean Novak, Ph.D.

Dr. Jean Novak, Ph.D.

ATPF Director of Global Research, Bay Area Early Intervention Screenings & Programs

Dr. Jean Novak is a bilingual professor in Speech Pathology and was the 1st Department Chair of the Communicative Disorders & Sciences Department at San Jose State University. She is a clinical supervisor for speech pathology graduate students in assessment and therapy clinics for children with speech, language, and communication disorders. She is Director of the Bilingual Toddler and Preschool Screening Project which is funded by the Autism Tree Project Foundation. The screening project provides students with training and offers the community a needed service.

 

Dr. Jennifer Oke, Ph.D.

Dr. Jennifer Oke, Ph.D.

Director & Founder of ATPF Mommy, Daddy & Me Playtime Group

Dr. Jennifer Oke, Ph D, is a clinical child psychologist specializing in the assessment and treatment of autism spectrum disorders. She is the Founder & Director of ATPF's monthly Mommy, Daddy & Me Playtime group. Dr. Oke received her doctorate under Dr. Laura Schriebman at UCSD. She has been practicing in the San Diego community for 18 years.

 

Bobbi Hanna

Bobbi Hanna

Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant

Bobbi Hanna recieved her associate of science degree in occupational therapy in 1997. She has over thirteen years of experience as a certified occupational therapy assitant working in private pediatrics practices, schools, and mental health settings in the San Diego community. She is a co-owner of Kids on the POINT OT, Inc.

Kara Dodds, M.S., CCC-SLP

Kara Dodds, M.S., CCC-SLP

Speech-language Pathologist

Kara Dodds, M.S., CCC-SLP is a licensed speech-language pathologist and a a member of ASHA and CSHA. She is a director of Kara Dodds and Associates, Inc. a private practice in San Diego and specializes in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of children with Autism, Apraxia, sensory feeding disorders and in developmental delay. Dodds is the Director of the ATPF Early Intervention Preschool Screening Program. 

Helen Ghio

Helen Ghio

Co-Director Of ATPF School & Education Resources Team

Helen Ghio, Esq.

A 2001 graduate of the University of San Diego School of Law, Helen began her law career in real estate has worked at Luce Forward Hamilton & Scripps, Chicago Title Company, and Hovey & Kirby. She has been advocating for her son since he was born with cerebral palsy and other disabilities in 2002. Helen and her husband Chris Ghio have been involved with ATPF since its inception in 2003. She previously served on several nonprofit boards of directors and currently is involved with various other nonprofit organizations. Helen has also been a mentor in ATPF’s Parent Mentor Program for several years. She joined forces with Cara Lucier’s firm in 2015.
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Cara Clemens Lucier

Cara Clemens Lucier

Co-Director of ATPF School & Education Resources Team, Attorney & Faculty at University of San Diego

After USD Law School, Cara began her career representing school districts in the areas of special education law, charter schools, and litigation. She represented school districts at IEP team meetings, mediations, due process hearings, and in Federal and state courts. When Cara’s son was diagnosed with Autism, Cara switched to assisting families with special needs. Cara is on the faculty at the University of San Diego, where she teachers Special Education Advocacy, Fundamental Legal Studies, Introduction to Law, and the Practice of Law. She is a Board Member for Autism Tree Project Foundation and was the Co-Chair of the Early Intervention Committee for the California State Senate Autism Task Force for South Counties. Cara is frequently asked to teach legal trainings and seminars in the area of education and disabilities law. Lucier has been active with ATPF since 2008. 

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Julie Guy

Julie Guy

Co-director of the Music Therapy Center of California

Julie Guy, M.M., MT-BC, NMT, a board-certified music therapist, is founder and co-director of the Music Therapy Center of California. She has received several grants and scholarships including a Craig's Fund Grant, Brian Smith Memorial Scholarship for Music Therapy Interns, MJ Gelder Performing Arts Fund, and he Kalamazoo Chapter National AMBUCS Living Endowment Fund.  

Angela Neve, MT-BC

Angela Neve, MT-BC

Neurological Music Therapist

Angela Neve, MT-BC is a board-certified neurologic music therapist and co-owner of the Music Therapy Center of California. She has been working as a music therapist for over seven years in the San Diego area with children, teenagers and adults with autism. 

Michelle S. Connelly, M.A., CCC-SLP

Michelle S. Connelly, M.A., CCC-SLP

Speech & Language Pathologist

Michelle S. Connelly, M.A., CCC-SLP is a licensed speech-language pathologist and member of ASHA and CSHA with over 20 years’ experience. She is the founder of Connelly Speech & Language Clinic in the San Francisco Bay Area. Michelle is the Director of the ATPF Early Intervention Screening Program in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Breena Hayman, M.S

Breena Hayman, M.S

Speech-Language Pathologist

Breena Hayman, M.S., CCC-SLP is a licensed speech language pathologist and a member of ASHA and CSHA. Breena is a certified Hanen instructor and along with Kara Dodds, M.S., CCC-SLP also a certified Hanen instructor teach the parent training class "More Than Words".