MEDICAL DIRECTOR MD, MPH
Dr. Naveen Mehrotra is a pediatrician in private practice and an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Pediatrics at Rutgers - Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and the Assistant Chief of Pediatrics at the JFK Medical Center in Edison, NJ. Practicing in Central New Jersey with one of the highest concentrations of South Asians, Dr. Mehrotra is dedicated to improving the health of South Asians, particularly those who have recently immigrated. With a lack of awareness in areas such as disease prevention within the community, Dr. Mehrotra helped found the SKN Foundation a community based non-profit organization to address these needs at a grassroots level. This community based organization provides an innovative way to eliminate health disparities. SCOPE (Special Needs Community Outreach Program for Empowerment (SCOPE) is one such program of SKN that works to bring families with children of Special Needs together. Mentored by Dr. Naveen Mehrotra, My Whole Child, USA is an effort to bring all children related health information under one umbrella
Hemie Gupta is a graduate of the New York University with a medical background in dentistry from the United States. She moved to India 15 years ago for personal reasons and since then has had extensive experience in management of various business ventures in this country. Over the last two years after the birth of her daughter, she has developed a keen interest in working on child health issues.
She became intricately involved with and led the renovation and revitalization of the Child Development Center at the Sunderlal Jain Hospital in Delhi, India along with the Rotary Club and Dr. Mehrotra. She is currently working in the capacity of Managing Director to develop the My Whole Child Center for Special Needs in Delhi as a patient centered medical home for children with special needs.
PT, DPT, C/NDT
Jane Styer-Acevedo, PT, DPT, C/NDT is Senior Adjunct Faculty at Arcadia University, teaching in the Physical Therapy Department, and maintains a clinical practice, treating individuals through the lifespan with neurological challenges. She is a master clinician in the areas of pediatrics, neurology, and therapeutic aquatics and has been teaching continuing education workshops, nationally and internationally since 1983. Jane’s scope of teaching includes aquatic and “land-based” courses in Australia, Europe, Asia, India, Africa, and North, Central, and South America. She is currently Chair of the Neuro-Developmental Treatment Association (NDTA) Instructor Group and an Active Pediatric Coordinator Instructor for the NDTA, teaching continuing education courses of varying lengths related to the NDT Practice Model. Jane excels in the problem-based approach to promoting functional shifts for an individual through therapeutic intervention from the acute phase, through rehabilitation, and community entry or re-entry towards life long participation, health and fitness.
Kathleen Miller-Skomorucha, OTR/L, C/NDT is a Senior Clinician at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware where she maintains a robust clinical practice working with children with neuromusculoskeletal and neurosensory challenges from infancy through young adulthood. She actively maintains a certificate in the Neurodevelopmental Treatment Practice Model (NDT), using this specialty in practice to promote functional shifts in children of all levels of medical complexity. She works as a clinical lead of a dynamic interdisciplinary team of clinicians and family members who work to meet the needs of children with a wide range of medical and therapeutic needs. She serves as a mentor to colleagues, within the discipline of occupational therapy and outside of it, seeking to create a holistic approach to treatment of the child with congenital or acquired brain injury. Kathleen has co-authored two book chapters detailing the therapeutic management of children and youth with cerebral palsy. She has recently co-presented nationally on topics related to the effectiveness of using an interdisciplinary approach to therapy in working with children with mild acquired brain injury. She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and three young children.
Nisha is an M.Phil. in Clinical Psychology from the Institute of Human Behavior and Allied Sciences, Delhi (University of Delhi). She pursued her Masters in Clinical Psychology from the University of Delhi along with a Post Graduate Diploma in Counseling Psychology (PGDCP). She has over 8 years of experience consulting at various clinical and academic setups primarily centered on academic assessments with children, parenting work, workshops and psychotherapy with adolescents. Apart from My Whole Child she is also consulting with the Holy Family Hospital, New Delhi.
PLAY, LANGUAGE AND COMMUNICATION THERAPIST
Kanica is a Child Psychologist with interests in play, language and social communication. She works with toddlers from age 2 to young adolescents and parents too.
She has extensively worked with children with developmental delay, language and speech delays, children on spectrum etc. She empowers every child to become an active agent of change in their own lives, more expressive and comfortable in their own being. The principle she works on is accepting myself as I am and Joy of being me.
Meenakshi realized her childhood dream of making a difference in the world by working with children. After completing her Bachelor's in Occupational Therapy she did her internship at Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital.
She started her career as a professional at an NGO (Delhi Council for Child Welfare) with children facing physical and cognitive challenges. Then, she worked at 'Potentials Therapy Centre' and began training in our unique intervention methodology. She got an opportunity to get training and guidance under Dr. Amrapali Leahri (Gold Medalist, Senior Occupational Therapist).
After gaining 4 and a half years of working experience with special children, she is here at 'My Whole Child' to bring light into lives of many more children and families.
Dania Qamar has her Master degree in Occupational Therapy (MOT) in Pediatrics, from HIMSR (Hamdard Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi. She has an experience to work with pediatric population and has been treating kids with Autism, ADHD, Developmental Delays, Stroke, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy and Handwriting Difficulties. She has done a detailed case study on Autism Spectrum Disorder and a research work on "Assessing the Accessibility in Schools and Facilitating a Barrier Free Environment".
She has an year of experience with ACE (Autism Centre for Excellence, The Heritage School, Gurgaon) where she has been actively providing Sensory Integration Occupational Therapy, Neuro-Development Treatment and ABA Based Behavior Modification Therapy. She is a hard working, determined and well motivated individual who is flexible and develops good professional and supportive relationships with children, their families and careers.
DANCE MOVEMENT THERAPIST
Akanksha is a dancer/choreographer and a Registered Dance/Movement Therapist with the American Dance Therapy Association. Akanksha's primary work has been with children and adolescents coping with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder & other emotional and/or behavioral challenges. Using the mind-body connection, she works on furthering emotional, social, cognitive and physical integration in children and adolescents. She hopes that through movement, she is able to touch the lives of others like movement has touched hers.
NEURO DEVELOPMENTAL THERAPIST
Anshu has a 9 year work experience with children with special needs. An Occupational Therapist with masters
in developmental disabilities is a certified Neuro Developmental Therapist - from the NDTA-USA. NDT helps
children with neuro-motor disabilities gain functional, trained in Sensory Integration by the USC-WPS, and
certified in use and evaluation by the Handwriting without tears program. She enjoys working with Children in
the pool. In the eight years of experience she has been associated with several pediatric clinics in Gurgaon,
Delhi and Bangalore and worked with Inclusive and special schools in Gurgaon and in Noida. She has helped
set up and maintain OT setups and strengthen inclusive programs.
She has completed and presented research on inclusion and on Sensory Integration in national forums.
Charandeep Kaur Keer
Charandeep Kaur has her B.Ed in Special Education from Lady Irwin College, New Delhi. She has also done her Masters in Child Care and Education She has an experience to work with kids with Autism, GDD, ADHD, Developmental Delays, Downs Syndrom, learning disability.She has also done her course with Handwriting without tears(HWT) She has worked as a head of a special school-”Different strokes” for four years. She has worked in clinic setups, hospitals and schools like Shri Ram School-Aravali, BLK Hospital, Child Development Clinic. She is trained and has an experience to deal with special children and has many children going to normal setup after having trained with her. She also gives home plans and understands the parent’s perspective too. She was part of the organising committee of NCPD-2017-18 held in Delhi.