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St. Luke's Children's Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities

At St. Luke's Children's Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities, we're dedicated to the care of children with disorders that affect development, behavior, and learning. If you're concerned about your child’s development, our team of trained and experienced clinicians will work with you to discover your child’s strengths and struggles, develop a treatment plan, and connect you with community resources that will help your child reach their potential.

We are passionate about the worth of every child, their unique purpose in life, and future happiness; and we're committed to providing excellent care and service to each child and family who invests their trust in us. We'll partner with you and your child's primary care provider to offer guidance and encouragement as we all cheer every improvement your child experiences.

We serve children from infancy to 18 years of age.

Providers

  • Developmental Pediatrics

    Biography

    Lindsay Cary, DO is a developmental and behavioral pediatrician with clinical interests in ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, learning difficulties, and genetic disorders. She is passionate about helping children and their families reach their goals. 

    Dr. Cary earned a bachelor's degree in exercise science from Miami University. As part of her medical education, she completed her general pediatric residency in Dayton, OH where she spent time treating children at Dayton Children’s Hospital, as well as caring for children of military families at Wright Patterson Air Force Base. Dr. Cary completed a fellowship in developmental and behavioral pediatrics at the Medical University of South Carolina. 

    In her free time, Dr. Cary enjoys baking, running, and spending time outdoors with her family and dog. 

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
     
  • Developmental Pediatrics

    Biography

    Amy Francis, DO, FAAP specializes in the comprehensive care of children with neurodevelopmental differences. Her primary clinical activities involve the evaluation and care of children with autism spectrum disorder, developmental delays, intellectual disability, speech and language disorders, learning disabilities, ADHD, and behavioral concerns. She has a special interest in early identification and diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder in toddlers.

    Dr. Francis enjoys practicing medicine in a multidisciplinary setting where providers, nurses, and therapists work together as a team to optimize care and help children with special health care needs thrive. She is also committed to teaching medical students and residents to ensure they receive an appropriate education in pediatric development.

    While serving as a developmental and behavioral pediatrician at Advocate Children’s Hospital, Dr. Francis was appointed as the site director for resident and fellow education in developmental pediatrics. She has received awards for excellence in teaching and mentorship. She also serves on the Education Committee for the Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
     
  • Pediatric Behavioral Health

    Biography

    Travis Haase, LCPC has professional interest in organic processing of behaviors and the development of chronic mental illness. He has clinical experience with individuals struggling with mental health disorders including, but not limited to, depression, mood disorders, bipolar disorder, ADHD, pragmatic communication disorder, autism spectrum disorders, anxiety, adjustment disorder, and psychotic disorders.

    Travis also has experience in grief counseling and crisis management, with further education in cognitive behavioral therapy, desensitization, relaxation, and behavioral modification.

    Travis earned his bachelor's degree in psychology at the University of Idaho and his master’s degree at Walden University. 

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
     
  • Pediatric Behavioral Health

    Biography

    Colby Hammer, LCPC earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology at Western Oregon University and his master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling at George Fox University. He has additional training in the treatment of trauma, anxiety, substance abuse, psychosis, and autism. He has a wide range of clinical experience with all ages in outpatient settings and with adolescents in residential treatment.

    Colby's primary interest is in building relationships with kids and families to help them gain the skills they need for lasting improvement. He believes connecting with clients and families is the most important part of therapy and he works hard to individually tailor his methods and approach. The primary methods of counseling he uses are cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, collaborative problem solving, and feedback-informed treatment.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
     
  • Pediatric Neuropsychology

    Biography

    Elena Harlan Drewel, PhD is a pediatric neuropsychologist at St. Luke's Children's Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities. She conducts diagnostic and treatment planning evaluations for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders and is also a member of a multidisciplinary autism diagnostic team. 

    In addition, Dr. Harlan provides neuropsychological evaluation and consultation for children and adolescents who have spina-bifida myelomeningocele and specializes in the evaluation of preschool aged children who present with a variety of behavioral, emotional, and developmental concerns.

    Dr. Harlan earned her doctoral degree in clinical psychology (child emphasis) at the University of Missouri-Columbia. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at the University of California-Los Angeles; and her post-doctoral fellowship in pediatric neuropsychology at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
     
  • Pediatric Behavioral Health

    Biography

    Kim Knudson, DO, MBA is a child and adolescent psychiatrist with experience caring for patients through all life stages and development. He specializes in the treatment of children and adolescents with developmental disorders, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, trauma, and other disruptive behaviors. He maintains specific interest in working with transitional age youth, in addition to autism spectrum, obsessive-compulsive, and Tourette’s disorders.  Dr. Knudson uses a patient-centered approach to promote self-advocacy in the decision-making process for interventions and treatment.

    Dr. Knudson has a strong interest in education and teaching. He enjoys working with students and residents/fellows to further cultivate their knowledge and expertise in the field. He is also passionate about mental health advocacy on the local, state and national levels, particularly as it relates to access to care, evidence-based treatment, and the interface between medicine and the law. 

    Prior to his medical education, Dr. Knudson earned his bachelor's degree from Idaho State University, and his master's degree in business administration from Lincoln Memorial University. During his medical training, he served as chief fellow and had opportunity to present various posters and workshops at both the local and national level. In his free time, Dr. Knudson enjoys spending time playing and watching sports, leisure reading, and exploring/traveling with his wife and children.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
     
  • Developmental Pediatrics

    Biography

    Monica McCullough, MSN, RN, CPNP is a certified pediatric nurse practitioner and has served in a variety of nursing, educational, and leadership roles. She specializes in the treatment of autism spectrum disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and other neurodevelopmental and behavioral mental health conditions. She is passionate about supporting quality of life for families with a child/children with an autism spectrum disorder and helping these children enter adulthood with a strong sense of self-worth.

    Monica earned her bachelor's degree in nursing from the University of Delaware and her first master's degree in child and adolescent mental health nursing from the University of Pennsylvania and her second master's degree in pediatric primary care nursing, nurse practitioner from Gwynedd Mercy College.

    In her free time, Monica enjoys traveling with her family, gardening, and hunting for antique and flea market treasures.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
     
  • Developmental Pediatrics

    Biography

    Dawn Orchard, DNP, CPNP-PC is board certified in pediatrics. She earned bachelor's degrees in nursing from Idaho State University and anthropology from Gannon University. She earned her doctoral degree in nursing practice from the University of Utah, where she also completed her residency. 

    Availability

    Accepting new patients
     

Conditions

  • Autism

    A brain disorder that often makes it hard to communicate with and relate to others.

  • Adaptive Functioning

    Adaptive functioning or behaviors are the conceptual, social, and practical skills we all need to function in our daily lives.

  • ADHD

    A condition in which a person has trouble paying attention, tends to act without thinking, and has trouble sitting still.

  • Anxiety in Children

    Worries or fears that cause significant distress and interfere with usual activities.

  • Learning Disorders

    Specific learning disorders indicate an individual has difficulty learning a specific academic skill and isn't learning at the expected age level.

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