|Nancy Muirhead, Psy.D.
Licensed Psychologist (Psy14996)
Specialist in Assessment and Testing
Dr. Nancy Muirhead is a clinical psychologist and Diplomate in the area of Psychological Assessment and Testing through the American Board of Psychological Specialties. She has worked in the field of attention and learning disabilities since 1993. In 1995, Dr. Muirhead founded and coordinated services for the Attention Deficit Disorders Clinic at Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica.In 2000, she established the Center for Attention and Learning Disorders at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.In 2002, Dr. Muirhead developed the Family Services Unit at Center for Learning Unlimited (CLU), a specialized school for children with complex neuro-regulatory disorders.Currently, in addition to private practice, Dr. Muirhead provides educational seminars and workshops on attention and learning issues throughout the life span to local agencies, public and private schools, mental health training programs, and parent support groups. Dr. Muirhead, who has spoken to professional and parent groups around the country, had the honor of serving as the keynote speaker at Egypt’s first conference on attention and learning disorders in youth.
|Kaycie L. Deane, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist (Psy29824)
Specialist in Assessment and Therapy
Dr. Deane earned her M.A. degree in Psychology from Pepperdine University and her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles. She has over a decade of clinical experience working with and assessing children and adolescents and has particular expertise in the areas of AD/HD, Learning Disabilities, Autism and Developmental Delays, Anxiety, and Mood Disabilities. In addition, she has worked as a Cogmed Working Memory Training Coach for over a decade.
Dr. Deane specializes in diagnostic assessment and is certified to administer the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS), which is considered the gold standard in the field of diagnosing autism. In addition to assessment, Dr. Deane has extensive experience in both researching and implementing effective interventions for children and adolescents with autism and co-morbid disorders such as anxiety. Dr. Deane has a comprehensive understanding of academics and school-related challenges, which she has obtained through her work in private, public, and non-public schools, as an Academic Coach, and as a lead supervisor of Academic Coaches within the practice.
|Trevor Elder, M.A.
Academic Coach & Tutor Trevor earned his B.A. in Philosophy from California State University, Long Beach and his M.A. in Humanities from California State University, Dominguez Hills. With past experience as a Learning Specialist at a local private school, Trevor has spent a considerable amount of time working with students both inside the classroom and inside the home. This background lends itself nicely to his work as an Academic Coach and Tutor, as Trevor is keenly in tune with the differences between the two settings, and the importance of setting students up for success in both.Additionally, in 2011 Trevor founded and continues to run Champ Camp, a kids’ summer program that is dedicated to exciting youth about being active and outdoors, by way of group games and creative play. Whether he’s encouraging his campers or his students, Trevor’s passion for helping kids succeed drives him to do all that he can to motivate each and every one of his youngsters to reach their highest potential.
|Timothy Ojetunde, M.A.
Academic Coach & Tutor Timothy earned his B.A. in Sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles and his M.A. from Arizona State University. Timothy’s background is strongly rooted in the field of education. He has taught middle in Phoenix, Arizona and high school English in Los Angeles, California over the past five years. He received his single subject teaching credential from Arizona State University while in his Master’s program. In his time in the classroom he has supported and worked with students with a variety of backgrounds and needs. In his work, he has consistently been able to provide students with individual and tailored support based on their needs.In addition to his work as an Academic Coach and Tutor, he works with various high schools across Los Angeles with school administrators, focusing on how to build positive school culture that supports students for success in and outside of the classroom. He is extremely passionate about education and is dedicated to supporting students with specific and unique skills. This will allow them to advocate for themselves and develop into strong and successful students with specific and unique skills.
|Lindsey Gaudenti, B.A.
Academic Coach & Tutor Lindsey earned her B.A. in philosophy with a concentration in the philosophy of disability and education from the University of San Francisco. She is a South Bay native who attended Peninsula Heritage and Rolling Hills Preparatory schools prior to earning her degree. Currently, Lindsey is working with students who have a variety of learning differences and executive functioning disorders at Summit View West.Additionally, she works as a private tutor and coach helping children and adults with a variety of developmental and academic difficulties. Lindsey believes that academic success relies more on organization, diligence and strategic planning rather than simply comprehension and mental acuity. She is committed and passionate about improving and elevating the educational experience for students with learning differences. Outside of work, Lindsey has worked extensively with the Best Buddies program, which helps promote disability awareness. In addition to that, she also participates in weekly deaf community functions and works to improve her sign language skills.
|Lisa Ramos, M.A., MFTi 99008
Academic Coach & Tutor Lisa earned her B.A. in English from University of California, Los Angeles and her M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. Lisa was born and raised in the South Bay and attended West Torrance High School and El Camino College prior to earning her degrees. Lisa has a wide range of experience and has worked closely with students and families in both home and school settings.In the past, Lisa has provided Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) therapy to children and adolescents diagnosed with autism and other developmental disorders. In addition to serving as an Academic Coach and Tutor at Dr. Muirhead & Associates, Lisa is a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern (MFTi) at Cancer Support Community Redondo Beach, and provides psychosocial support services for cancer patients their support persons. Lisa also works as an MFTi and provides psychotherapy support for adolescents, adults, couples, and families in resolving emotional and relationship issues.Lisa is dedicated to providing consistent support and creating a system that works for the unique needs of each student. She believes that building upon existing strengths and providing tools to develop new skills will help all students succeed in reaching their goals.
|Diana Kieu Nhung Quach, B.S.
Academic Coach Diana earned her B.S. in Neuroscience from the University of California, Los Angeles. She was born and raised in San Diego, and attended Mira Mesa High prior to earning her degree. She has dedicated her upper division studies and research to understanding the inherent neuro-plasticity of the central nervous system. In the past, Diana has worked in both neuro-imaging and neurosurgery laboratories, analyzing MRI scans of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) subjects and conducting clinical research on spinal cord injury rehabilitation. In addition to her academics, she participated in a variety of extracurriculars, from volunteering at a sports and recreation center for children with special needs to participating in a medical mission trip to service impoverished communities in South America.In addition to serving as an Academic Coach and Tutor at Dr. Muirhead & Associates, Diana is currently a Child Development Associate, working with children with various developmental disorders and applying behavioral intervention at a local medical center in Torrance, California. She is passionate about working with young children to bring awareness to their capabilities, foster their skills, and set the foundation for their success. Diana seeks to work diligently to provide each student with the tools they need to lead a balanced, healthy life.
|Tristan Moffat, B.A.
Academic Coach & Tutor Tristan earned his B.A. in Liberal Arts from Reed College in Portland, Oregon. His studies have ranged from Psychology to the Humanities, which included an analysis of literature and history from a multicultural and theatrical perspective. Alongside study of languages and the arts, including Spanish, German, Poetry, and Theater, Tristan trained in Tai Chi, Contemporary Dance, and Zen Meditation. He believes that the physical state directly correlates to the mental state, as evidenced with even the simple importance of breath before thought and effective action. A native of the South Bay, he attended Rolling Hills Preparatory School.Following three years of grassroots activism, Tristan became an Academic Coach and Tutor at Dr. Muirhead & Associates. In addition, he works as a Substitute Teacher at Rolling Hills Preparatory School while training to be a credentialed English teacher. Tristan utilizes the methodology of teaching Executive Functioning Skills and developing character strengths to increase a student’s success from elementary school through the college years.
|Mackenzie Dickens, B.A.
Academic Coach & Tutor Mackenzie earned her B.A. in Family and Human Services from the University of Oregon, in Eugene. She is a South Bay native who attended Palos Verdes Peninsula High School prior to earning her degree. In addition to serving as an Academic Coach and Tutor at Dr. Muirhead & Associates, Mackenzie works at Summit View West where she teaches art, math, and sign language to students who have a variety of learning differences and delays in executive functioning. She also coaches boys and girls volleyball at the high school level.While earning her degree, she studied abroad in Cape Town, South Africa. Mackenzie worked with the JAG Foundation to use sport and play as a catalyst for change, exosing children in disadvantaged communities to a healthier life path. When she was not coaching, she went to schools around the western cape and developed an anti-bullying program. Mackenzie understands the power of educational tools which are necessary in succeeding in academic pursuits. She is passionate about helping students identify their strengths and weaknesses to build a strong foundation to grow and flourish.