Amy Travers, M.S., CCC-SLP (650-694-4673), received her Masters Degree in Communicative Disorders from San Francisco State University in 1999. Since then, Amy has worked in clinical and public and private school settings. She has closely collaborated with teachers and specialists in curriculum design and implementation. In an effort to educate local school professionals about the neurodevelopmental constructs that affect learning and how to identify and address learning differences in the classroom, Amy also facilitated Dr. Mel Levine’s Schools Attuned program. For the last four years, she has worked at The Children’s Health Council as an educational specialist as well as a speech-language pathologist. In this setting, Amy served on multi-disciplinary evaluation teams specializing in identifying the language and learning needs of children with complex medical conditions, congenital disorders, traumatic brain injury, and developmental disorders, with an emphasis in autistic spectrum disorders. She provided individual speech and language therapy to children between the ages of 18 months and 13 years, educational therapy to school-aged children, and group social communication skills intervention for children ages 5-7 with autistic spectrum disorders.
Lori E. Bond, Ph.D. (650-694-4607) received her doctorate in Psychology (School Psychology specialization) from the University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Education in 1992. She completed her training in the Department of Pediatric Psychology, Children’s Seashore House and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the Penn Early Intervention Project at the University of Pennsylvania. While in Philadelphia, she was the Clinical Director of a multidisciplinary clinic for high risk young children and their parents. Dr. Bond moved to the Bay Area in 1995 and from 1996-2006 she conducted multidiscipoinary evaluations in the Pervasive Developmental Disorders Clinic and the Infant/Young Child Departments at The Children’s Health Council in Palo Alto. She provided psychological assessment services in the Mary L. Johnson Development and Behavior Unit at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital. Dr. Bond’s clinical work includes the evaluation and treatment of preschool and school age children with developmental disorders.
N. Rebecca Fineman, Ph.D. (650-694-4678) received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from UCLA in 1994. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at UCLA and then was a staff member at the UCLA/NPI where she continues to have a research appointment. She was also in private practice in the greater Los Angeles area for seven years, where she specialized in the evaluation and treatment of children ages birth to ten years. Dr Fineman has been a member of outpatient/multipdisciplinary clinical teams assessing young children at both UCLA/NPI and Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford. Dr. Fineman moved to the Bay Area in 2001 and joined the staff of the Children’s Health Council. In 2003, Dr. Fineman opened her own private practices in both Los Altos and Palo Alto.
Renee P. Pyle, Ph.D. (650-694-4672) received her doctorate in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara’s combined Counseling/Clinical/School Psychology program in 2003. She completed her training at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital and the Children’s Health Council (CHC) and remained at the CHC as a staff psychologist until 2008. Dr. Pyle’s clinical work at the CHC included conducting multidisciplinary evaluations, therapy, parenting support, and social communication groups as part of the Infant/Young Child and Mental Health Departments. She also conducted developmental assessments through Packard Hospital’s Development and Behavior Unit. Dr. Pyle specializes in the evaluation and treatment of high and at risk infants and children with developmental delays, social, emotional and behavioral difficulties.
Elizabeth Zias, M.A.Ed, OTR/L, SWC (650-694-4667), graduated from San Jose State University in 1989 with a B.S in Occupational Therapy. In 2007, she obtained a Masters of Arts in Early Childhood Special Education with an emphasis on autism spectrum disorders from Santa Clara University. She has worked in a variety of settings including hospitals, in-home, public and private schools and therapy clinics. She worked at the Children’s Heath Council from 2002-2011, providing evaluation and treatment for children with gross and fine motor, visual motor and visual perceptual, sensory processing, feeding and self-care difficulties. While at CHC, she collaborated with a variety of professionals on multi-disciplinary teams and provided clinical supervision to both the occupational therapy staff and occupational therapy intern students. Elizabeth also developed the SPOT (speech pathology and occupational therapy) preschool social skills program and co-led the program with speech therapists. To continue her expertise with young children, she obtained a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Special Education at Santa Clara University with a special emphasis on autism spectrum disorders in 2007. She holds an Advanced Practice Certificate in Swallowing Assessment and Intervention (SWC) and has lectured in the occupational therapy program at San Jose State University.