Shanghai Team

Clinical Services

Helen Gu
Client Care Coordinator (Lead)
Helen joined LIH Olivia’s Place Shanghai after graduating from a joint program between Beijing Institute of Technology and Utah State University (US) in 2013. Previously the Front Desk Manager, Helen brings her experience and knowledge of assisting families with scheduling and providing information and resources to her role as Client Care Coordinator. Languages: Mandarin, Cantonese, English, Shanghainese
Shelly Hall
Learning Facilitator/Client Care Coordinator

Shelly Hall is a Care Coordinator and Learning Facilitator for LIH Olivia’s Place Early Intervention program. Shelly is originally from the UK, where she started out her professional career teaching adults. For several years, Shelly worked at The Children’s Trust in Surrey, UK a rehabilitation center for children with acquired brain injury. Focusing on each child’s individual physical, mental, and educational needs during their rehabilitation program, she worked closely with the Trust’s inter-disciplinary team, on-site school, and local educational authorities to get children back home following their rehabilitation and back into school with the most appropriate support.
Stephanie Watters, B. Psychology (Hons)
Assistant Psychologist & Psychology Intake Coordinator
Stephanie graduated from the University of Newcastle (Australia) in 2014 with an honors degree in psychology and is currently completing a Master of Counselling through Monash University (Australia). Steph’s undergraduate honors thesis was published in the scientific journal Frontiers in Neuroscience in 2015. Steph has training and experience in counselling children and adults on a range of concerns including stress, low mood, relationship issues, and learning difficulties. She has experience in conducting assessments for learning difficulties and incorporates evidence-based approaches in her therapy, with a particular focus on Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT). Language: English
Liam Zhang, MSc
Client Care Coordinator

Liam received his bachelor degree in Applied Psychology in China, and then he graduated with an Masters of Science in Human Resource Management from University of Stirling, UK in 2015. He is a certified mental health counselor assistant (Level 3, China). Liam has experience working with primary students and their families. Languages: Mandarin, English

Occupational Therapy Services

Faith Lee, OTR
Occupational Therapist

Faith received her Bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy and has taken accredited courses in Special Education from Chang Gung University in Taiwan. After being certified as an occupational therapist, she worked in the field of mental rehabilitation in Taipei Hospital for nearly five years. Later, she became the head of Han-Yu Half-Way House (Mental Rehabilitation Institute) and has since led the institute in several audits conducted by the Department of Health in Taipei. She has over 8 years of experience in the field of mental health and has been certified by the Occupational Therapy Association in Taiwan for teaching clinical occupational therapy. Languages: Mandarin, Taiwanese, English

Elle Millward, DHS, BScOT Hons
Occupational Therapist & Occupational Therapy Lead

Elle is a registered occupational therapist both in the UK (HCPC) and Singapore (AHPC). She graduated with an Honours Degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of East Anglia (UK). For the last five years she has been working solely in pediatrics in Singapore. She has experience working in a private clinic, local early intervention centres, and international schools. She has had regular worked with children with diagnoses of dyspraxia, autism spectrum disorder, developmental coordination disorder, trisomy 21 (Down syndrome), cerebral palsy, ADHD, dyslexia, dysgraphia, and global developmental delay. Language: English

Anna Liza Yap Tan Pascual, MRS, OTRP

Occupational Therapist

Anna is a registered occupational therapist in the Philippines and Australia. She has a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy and Master of Rehabilitation Sciences, both from the University of the Philippines. In her more than 20 year career, she has worked in a wide range of pediatric settings. Anna’s clinical interests include helping children meet school and classroom demands, especially handwriting, as well as working with children who are blind or have low vision. Languages: English, Filipino, Fookien

Grace Tseng, OTR

Occupational Therapist

Grace qualified as an occupational therapist in Taiwan. She holds a Bachelor in Occupational Therapy (Kaohsiung Medical University) and an MS degree in Medical Information Management (National Chong-Cheng University) in Taiwan. Grace has nearly 10 years of experience as an occupational therapist in a teaching hospital and private early intervention centers as well as working as a certified clinical supervisor of occupational therapy. She specializes in working with children with special needs, including autism spectrum disorders, developmental delay, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, and developmental coordination disorder. Language: Mandarin, English, Taiwanese

Yan “Irene” Zhang, OTR
Occupational Therapist

Irene is a Hong Kong-registered occupational therapist. She has a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from Hong Kong Polytechnic University and a diploma in Rehabilitation Science from Sichuan University. She has worked with adults and children in rehabilitation center, hospital, and school settings. Her clinical interests are in working with children with a variety of special needs, especially sensory processing and handwriting concerns, as well as home modification. Language: English, Mandarin, Cantonese

Physical Therapy Services

Lexi Guo
Junior Physical Therapist
Lexi is a licensed physical therapist (China). She graduated from Chengdu Sports University, majoring in sports rehabilitation and health. She has experience working with children with cerebral palsy, autism spectrum disorder, and developmental delay, in both outpatient and inpatient settings. Lexi is good at helping children with movement dysfunction by using games. Languages: Mandarin, English
Lenka Lukovska, MSc, BC, PT
Physical Therapist & Shanghai Physical Therapy Lead
Ms. Lenka Lukovska holds professional degrees from Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, United Kingdom and Faculty of Medicine Palacky University, Olomouc, Czech Republic. She has vast experience in working with children with neurological, orthopaedic, surgical and traumatic diagnoses. She has worked as head of physical therapy departments in international hospitals and rehabilitation centers. Ms. Lukovska has experience in lecturing and supervising medical rehabilitation and physical therapy students. She is specifically interested in early intervention and physical therapy for babies. She is also certified in neurodevelopmental treatment. Languages: English, Czech

Speech-Language Services

Sophia Guarracino, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Therapy Lead (Shanghai), Speech-Language Pathologist
Sophia is a US licensed speech-language pathologist with ASHA certification (CCCS). She has three years of experience in a school, clinical, and rehabilitative settings. Sophia has evaluated and treated children with articulation and phonological disorders, learning disabilities, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, autism, and other health impairments. In addition, she has treated children with severe cognitive communicative and sensory disorders in an inclusive school setting. She has been a national-level ASHA presenter for several learning disability topics. Sophia has volunteered with organizations that serve children in the US, Latin America, and Germany. Sophia holds a BS in Communication Disorders and an MS in Speech-Language Pathology from Bowling Green University (Ohio, US). Languages: English
Martin Qiu MSc SLT, Reg. HCPC, RCSLT
Speech and Language Therapist

Martin is a UK qualified speech and language therapist. He holds double master degrees from the University of Edinburgh (Special and Inclusive Education) and the University of Reading (Speech and Language Therapy). He is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council and a member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT). Martin has worked with both adults and children with speech and language difficulties in a variety of settings. He has experience working with children with autism, hearing impairment (cochlea implant users), speech sound disorder, fluency disorder, and severe learning and physical difficulties. He has special interests in working with children with autism, hearing impairment, and AAC speakers. Language: Mandarin, English
Cristina Sakthivel, MS CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist

Cristina is an ASHA-certified speech-language pathologist from California, US. She holds a B.S. and M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology from California State University Sacramento, and has completed training in PECS and PROMPT methods. Cristina has treated adults and children with speech and language needs for the past 6 years in a variety of settings, including medical/skilled nursing, public schools, and as a private practitioner. Cristina specializes in working with individuals with complex communication needs and multiple impairments. She served as an Augmentative & Alternative Communication Specialist in the San Francisco School District for four years. During this time, she provided direct therapy to students and consulted with other speech-language pathologists, teachers, and classroom staff to support the language needs of children using aided language methods.  Language: English
ChiHui Yong, MS, CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist

Chihui Yong received her M.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Pennsylvania State University in August 2011. Her graduate research focused on visual screen displays for augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices, using state-of-the-art eye-tracking technology. She has worked in various school and preschool home-health settings, as well as skilled nursing facilities. She has assessed and treated children with cerebral palsy, autism, stuttering, apraxia of speech, speech sound disorders, and language and learning delays. Chihui has additional training in PROMPT-Level I, a program of tactile-kinesthetic cues targeting motor speech; certification in VitalStim, neuromuscular electrical stimulation for dysphagia; and Lee Silverman Voice Treatment-LOUD, a program of voice treatment for Parkinson’s and other neurological diseases. She has a clinical interest in applying recent findings in the use of music to enhance language acquisition and retrieval to facilitate communication. Languages: English, Chinese, and Malay
Cookie Zhu (Zhu Yan Ting)
Speech Therapist Assistant
Cookie graduated from Shanghai Lida Polytechnic Institute, majoring in foreign nursing. She has worked in the field of speech therapy for more than three years. Cookie has had specific training in Floortime, ABA, oral motor therapy, articulation, and cognition therapy from therapists from the United States and Hong Kong. She has worked with many children with Down syndrome, autism, developmental delay, cerebral palsy and other special needs to improve their oral motor, articulation, and cognitive skills. Language: Mandarin

Educational and Clinical Psychology Services

Becci Dow, Bsc (Hons), D. ClinPsy, Cpsychol
Shanghai Clinical Manager & Clinical Psychologist
Dr. Dow is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist and health care professional council ( UK HCPC) registered practitioner psychologist. She holds an undergraduate degree in Applied Psychology and Sociology from the University of Surrey, UK and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of East Anglia. Dr Dow worked initially as a research psychologist at Nottingham University’s department of psychiatry exploring the causes and nature of psychosis and schizophrenia. Following qualification she worked in a specialist learning disability team, an adoption and fostering team, and then moved to work with older adults and their families. Dr Dow has extensive experience and knowledge of specialist neuropsychological assessments, neurodegenerative disorders and therapeutic approaches to these difficulties as well as all aspects of mental health difficulties for people of all ages. Most recently Dr. Dow led a general health psychology service specializing in the assessment, case management, and psychological therapy for adults and children with complex health needs and life limiting disorders. She is the current chairperson for the faculty of the psychology of older people with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and sits on the Executive Board for the Division of Clinical Psychology. Dr Dow is on the BPS register of Applied Psychology Practice Supervisors (RAPPS). Dr Dow is available for consultation, clinical and neuropsychological assessments, individual and family therapy [including Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)], pre-diagnostic counseling, bereavement work, and teaching and training. Dr Dow has a special interest in multilingual neuropsychology assessment and functioning. Languages: English, Welsh
Alice Fok-Trela, PsyD
Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Fok-Trela is a registered clinical psychologist from Canada. She holds PsyD and Masters degrees in Clinical Psychology from Azusa Pacific University in California, and a BA in Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario, Canada. Dr. Fok-Trela has worked in a variety of settings including pediatric therapy centers, schools, community counseling centers, and hospitals in Canada and the U.S. She has specific training in assessing and treating children with severe emotional and behavioral disorders. One of her special interests is working with cross-cultural issues, including immigrants and expatriates. Language: English, Cantonese, Mandarin
Veronica McKibbin, BA (Hons), PGradDip, Psych and Post Grad Dip Coun.
Child & Family Therapist

Veronica holds a Bachelor’s of Psychology from the University of Sydney and postgraduate degrees in Psychology (Charles Sturt University) and Counseling (Australian College of Applied Psychology). Veronica has experience working in a school setting to provide support to students transitioning from special education to mainstream programs, as well as in providing therapeutic social skills programs. She has worked extensively as a counselor for youth and adolescents with a variety of mental health and developmental concerns. Among the strategies that Veronica has used with children, adolescents and families are systemic family therapy, play therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, motivational interviewing, narrative therapy, and creative interventions. In addition to working with children, Veronica enjoys providing support to families to strengthen parent-child relationships and help parents develop parenting skills that meet the needs of complex family situations. Veronica has extensive experience in delivering the ‘Rock and Water’ program for adolescents in school and community settings. Language: English
Beth Rutkowski, MA, PsyD
Clinical Psychologist
Dr. Beth Rutkowski is a Fully Licensed Psychologist from the United States. She has her Doctorate of Psychology her Masters of Arts in Psychology and her Doctoral Certificate of Child and Family Studies from Roosevelt University. Dr. Rutkowski obtained her Bachelor’s of Science in Biopsychology and Cognitive Science from the University of Michigan. She is a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CAADC), and is certified in Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Dr. Rutkowski has been a professor at both undergraduate and graduate level college settings, focusing on Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy and Basic Clinical Skills. Dr. Rutkowski was on the Michigan Governor’s Task Force Mental Health Standards Committee, which defined and regulated quality mental health care for that state’s children and families. Dr. Rutkowski worked with the Detroit Wayne County Mental Health Authorities to assist treatment facilities in becoming capable of treating individuals with mental health and substance use disorders. Dr. Rutkowski was also on the board for the Detroit Parent Network and conducted parent training throughout Detroit. She has worked with youth, families, and adults in outpatient and inpatient settings, with a focus on utilizing evidence-based treatments. Dr. Rutkowski has worked in various multidisciplinary teams comprised of state agencies and medical professionals. She is available for consultation, clinical assessments, child and adolescent therapy, parental and family therapy, addiction counseling, supervision and training. Language: English
Stephanie Watters, M. Counselling, B. Psychology (Hons)
Assistant Psychologist & Psychology Intake Coordinator
Stephanie graduated from the University of Newcastle (Australia) in 2014 with an honors degree in psychology and is currently completing a Master of Counselling through Monash University (Australia). Steph’s undergraduate honors thesis was published in the scientific journal Frontiers in Neuroscience in 2015. Steph has training and experience in counselling children and adults on a range of concerns including stress, low mood, relationship issues, and learning difficulties. She has experience in conducting assessments for learning difficulties and incorporates evidence-based approaches in her therapy, with a particular focus on Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT). Language: English
Sophie Westwood
Clinical Pyschologist

Dr. Westwood is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist and registered practitioner psychologist with the UK Health & Professions Care Council (HCPC). She completed an undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of Birmingham and began her career in mental health services by supporting people with severe and enduring mental health difficulties and people with intellectual disability in London. Following this, she provided individual and group cognitive-behavioral interventions as a Psychological Well-being Practitioner for people experiencing difficulties with depression and anxiety. Alongside this, she gained a post-graduate certificate in evidence-based psychological treatments at the University of Reading. Dr. Westwood completed her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Surrey. She has practiced in a memory assessment clinic; a community mental team for people with intellectual disability; a community mental health recovery service for working age adults and a primary mental health care service for people over 18 years of age. She has worked with children, young people, and their families in community mental health services, including an ‘early intervention for psychosis’ service, and a secure setting. She is experienced in conducting neuropsychological assessment and incorporates a range of therapeutic approaches such as Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Narrative Therapy, and Systemic Family Therapy. Language: English.

Learning and Behavioral Support Services

Jamie Fanelli, MSEd
Learning & Behavior Support Lead

Jamie has extensive experience working both with children with special needs and typically developing children in educational and clinical settings. She holds an M.S.Ed in Special Education from Simmons College in Boston, US, and a professional educator’s license. Before joining Olivia’s Place, she worked as a psychometrician for the TRANSCEND Research Program, affiliated with Harvard Medical School and MIT, at Massachusetts General Hospital. As a psychometrician, she administered a full battery of neuropsychological assessments and diagnostic interviews and provided behavioral management support to infants and children while they underwent neuroimaging. Jamie has also been a special educator, with experience developing and implementing Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) and Behavior Support Plans (BSPs) and educating children with special needs using an ABA methodology and a variety of instructional approaches, including PECS, sensory integration activities, differentiated instruction, and incidental teaching methods. She has provided reading support utilizing specialized instructional approaches and conducted educational and functional behavioral assessments. She has worked with children with a variety of diagnoses, including autism spectrum disorders, sensory integration dysfunction, dyslexia, ADHD, developmental delay, seizure disorder, and traumatic brain injury.Language: English
Joseph Ortez, MA
ABA Therapist
An experienced ABA therapist, Joseph holds a Masters of Arts in Teaching with a specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) from National University in California, US. He is BCBA eligible. Joseph has extensive experience and knowledge in ABA methodology and has worked with children and adults with various diagnoses, such as autism, cerebral palsy, and Down syndrome. He has experience conducting Functional Behavioral Assessments (FBA), working with Individualized Education Plans (IEP’s), and developing and implementing Individualized Behavioral Support Plans. Joseph incorporates a range of ABA methodologies in his interventions, such as Discrete Trial Training (DTT), Pivotal Response Training (PRT), Verbal Behavior (VB), and Differential Instruction. Prior to joining LIH Olivia’s Place, Joseph was as a Lead Therapist/Supervisor in California, US, where he trained other therapists. He has also helped organize social events for people with special needs so that they can further develop their social skills and take part in everyday activities, such as a day in the park, playing games with peers, or even a trip to Disneyland. He was chosen from amongst more than 100 therapists to be awarded ‘Therapist of The Year 2015.’ Languages: English, Spanish
Gayatri Shankar, MSc
Learning &  Behavior Support Specialist

Gayatri has a Masters in Psychology from University of Madras (India) along with a Diploma in Guidance and Counselling. She has completed postgraduate training on evidence-based practices on helping children develop executive functioning and study skills from Southern New Hampshire University in the United States. She uses the Barton Reading & Spelling System, a systematic intervention program based on the Orton-Gillingham methodology, to help children with dyslexia or other learning disabilities develop their literacy skills. Gayatri has spent 7 years across China, Malaysia and India working in schools for children with learning difficulties and other special needs. She is experienced in working with children with dyslexia & language based learning difficulties, autism, ADHD, cognitive impairment, and Down Syndrome. Her core teaching areas include math, phonics, and executive function skills. She also has a strong background in creating Individualized Education Plans (IEPs), behaviour management, and social skills. Language: English

LIH Olivia’s Place Learning Center Team

Akshata Kamath,MA, PGDM,PGD
Learning Support Specialist

Akshata is a versatile child advocate with a solid focus on the individual needs of special education students. She designs and implements inspiring hands on lessons, wide ranging manipulatives, and Individualized Learning Programs to enhance student achievement. She is skilled in addressing her student’s needs, ensuring children will thrive and develop in an adaptable educational atmosphere. She has a Masters in History and Post Graduate Diploma in Education Management from Mumbai University. She also has a Post Graduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology and is pursing a Masters in Education from Karnataka University. She has worked in India as a classroom teacher for over 5 years and at SHINE Academy, Shanghai for 3 years as a Learning Facilitator for children with autism, ADHD, learning difficulties, cognitive impairment, and Down Syndrome. Her core teaching areas include mathematics, language, and science. She also has a strong background in creating Individualized Learning Plans (ILPs), behavior management, and social skills.
Shelly Hall
Learning Facilitator/Client Care Coordinator

Shelly Hall is a Learning Facilitator for LIH Olivia’s Place Early Intervention program. Shelly is originally from the UK, where she started out her professional career teaching adults. For several years, Shelly worked at The Children’s Trust in Surrey, UK a rehabilitation center for children with acquired brain injury. Focusing on each child’s individual physical, mental, and educational needs during their rehabilitation program, she worked closely with the Trust’s inter-disciplinary team, on-site school, and local educational authorities to get children back home following their rehabilitation and back into school with the most appropriate support.
Robyn Song
Learning Facilitator/Learning Assistant

Robyn song has a bachelor of science in education psychology from Anhui Normal University. She has worked with special needs children since 2008. She has previously taught children with sensory integration disorders through leveled sensory integration training and worked with preschoolers with special needs to develop their language, behavior, feeding, toileting, music, art, academics, and social skills. She has also worked with children who have ADHD, dyslexia, and math difficulties in an international school learning support team. She is skilled in using Applied Behavior Analysis and visual communication systems. Language: English, Mandarin
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