Shanghai Team

Health Services

Nonto Mlambo, BSc, MSc Clinical Psychology, PG Dip Mental Health Nursing, Reg. Nursing and Midwifery Council
Health Services Manager
Nonto obtained her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology at the University of Zimbabwe in 1995. She then worked at a medical rehabilitation center which included a school for children with profound and multiple learning disabilities. In 2000, she began work as an advocate for children in need. In 2007, Nonto obtained her postgraduate diploma in Mental Health Nursing from the University of Southampton (UK). She has worked in the NHS for the past 10 years in various settings, most recently as a liaison psychiatry nurse at a general hospital. Languages: English, Shona and Ndebele
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.

Occupational Therapy Services

Abby Huang, MSc
Occupational Therapist

Consultant
Abby is a fully licensed occupational therapist from Taiwan. She obtained her Master of Science and Bachelor’s of Science in Occupational Therapy (OT) from National Taiwan University and Chang-Gung University in Taipei, Taiwan. Abby is also a certified kinesio taping practitioner (CKTP) in Taiwan. She has over 3 years of experience assessing and treating children of all ages with a variety of difficulties and diagnoses, including autism, ADHD, cerebral palsy (CP), developmental delay, and Down syndrome. Abby also has been a teaching assistant for undergraduate level pediatric OT courses, focusing on clinical skills (e.g., treatments and assessments) in clinical settings and kindergartens. She is available for clinical assessments, sensory integration, motor function training, rehabilitation in virtual reality, cognition training, social skills training and ADL training. Languages: English, Chinese
Aisha Alli, BSc Occupational Therapy (Hons), MSc Health and Rehabilitation
Occupational Therapist

Consultant
Aisha is a British-trained occupational therapist who qualified in 2012 and completed a Master’s degree in Health and Rehabilitation in 2015. Aisha has extensive experience in hospital and community settings throughout the United Kingdom. As part of her Master’s dissertation, Aisha explored the role of occupational therapy in non-traditional settings and she has a keen interest in how culture impacts occupational therapy practice in non-western societies. Aisha’s experience spans across specialist areas including neurology, sensory processing disorders, and orthopedics. She has worked with clients from different backgrounds with a range of complex diagnoses including cerebral palsy, Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, developmental coordination disorder, and autism. Languages: English
Andrew Gao, MSc
Occupational Therapist

Consultant
Andrew is a Licensed Occupational Therapist from Taiwan. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Occupational Therapy from Fu Jen Catholic University (Taiwan) and a Master Degree in Behavioral Science and Occupational Therapy from Chang Gung University (Taiwan). Andrew has more than 5 years of experience as an occupational therapist in teaching hospital and medical center in Taipei. He also has experience as a home-based therapist and in a mental health hospital. He has various experience working with children with disability. He is interested in sensory integration, pre-term infants, and assistive technology. Languages: Mandarin, Taiwanese, English
Grace Tseng, OTR
Occupational Therapist
Consultant
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

Grace Hsng-Wen Chang, MA, OTR
Occupational Therapist
Consultant
Grace Hsing-Wen Chang is a licensed Occupational Therapist in the United States (California) and Taiwan. She has over 4 years of experience in the occupational therapy field, and is adept in neurological and physical development, remediation, compensation, and pain management. Hsing-Wen (Grace) also has experience working with children in home-based occupational therapy. She has a special interest in developing individualized education programs to maximize functional skills for children with special needs and utilizing principles of sensory integrative approach to treat children with sensory processing difficulties.

Hsing-Wen (Grace) earned her Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy in 2016 and Certification of Advanced Training in Sensory Integration and Treatment in 2017 from the University of Southern California (USC). She completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Occupation Therapy at Fu Jen Catholic University Taipei. While studying in Taiwan, Hsing-Wen (Grace) trained as a student Occupational Therapist at several hospitals, and treated patients ranging from 4-year-old children to aging seniors.

Nicole Yuewen Wang
Occupational Therapist
Consultant
Nicole graduated from Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and received her Bachelor Degree of Science, specialized in rehabilitation therapeutics (occupational therapy). She has a Master’s of Rehabilitation Science with a concentration in Occupational Therapy from Duquesne University (US). Languages: English, Mandarin, Shanghainese

Physical Therapy Services

Lenka Lukovska, MSc, BC, PT
Physical Therapist & Shanghai Physical Therapy Lead
Consultant
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
Lexi Guo
Physical Therapist
Consultant
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
Xin Tang, MSc
Physical Therapist
Consultant
Xin is a Fully Licensed Physical Therapist from Belgium. She has her Master of Science in Rehabilitation Science and Physical Therapy from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, specialized in children. She has studied and worked in various clinical rehabilitation settings for children in Belgium, including private clinic, general hospital, rehabilitation center, and research institution, focusing on infant and child development and rehabilitation. She is also a Certified Rehabilitation Therapist in China and has three years’ work experience in a children’s hospital. Her rehabilitation training has included orthopedics, orthosis, neurological, respiratory, metabolic, and psychomotor. She is interested in preterm infants, pathological gait analysis, and treatment of cerebral palsy. Languages: Mandarin, English

Speech-Language Services

Angela Mitchell, MS CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist
Consultant
Angela is an ASHA-certified speech-language pathologist. She holds a B.S. in psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a B.S. in communication disorders from Utah State University, and an M.S. in speech-language pathology from Illinois State University. Angela’s experience has centered around providing family-centered, home based early intervention therapy to the birth-3 years age group. She has also worked in US schools with both grade school and high school students. Angela has provided direct therapy services to children with developmental disorders, autism spectrum disorders, speech sound disorders, and articulation and language disorders. She has also had significant experience working as part of a multi-disciplinary clinical team. Language: English
Dennis Mlambo, BA, MSc SLPT, Reg. MRCSLT
Therapy Director & Speech-Language Therapist

Consultant
Dennis obtained his Master’s degree in Speech and Language Pathology and Therapy at University College London in 1997. He worked in Zimbabwe for 2 years at a government head office for special needs education and was involved in establishing a national center for augmentative and alternative Communication. Dennis then worked for the National Health Service in the UK for 15 years, within a community clinic as a clinic coordinator as well as working in special schools. Dennis obtained a Diploma of Credit in ‘Advanced Clinical Practice in Dysphagia’ in 2010 from The Manchester Metropolitan University and has experience in carrying out video fluoroscopy jointly with consultant radiologists. Dennis also provided dysphagia competency training for junior speech and Language therapists within the NHS. For the last two years, Dennis has been a therapy team manager at a special education school in the UK. Languages: English, Shona and Ndebele, French
Martin Qiu MSc SLT, Reg. HCPC, RCSLT
Speech and Language Therapist

Consultant
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

Consultant
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
Paula Willis, MSc, Reg. RCSLT, HCPC
Speech-Language Therapist

Consultant
Paula graduated from the University of Reading, UK in 2012 with an MSc in Speech and Language Therapy, and is registered with the Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC) and the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) in the UK. After graduating, she spent a year doing voluntary work for a mainstream school in the UK. From 2014-2017, she worked she with local and expatriate families at a child development clinic in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, treating children with a diverse range of disorders, including language delay, global learning delay, dyspraxia, speech sound disorders, and autism spectrum disorders. She also supported therapy assistants at the clinic and teaching staff in local schools, developing their knowledge of speech and language disorders, and how to support the children in their care. Language: English
Hannah Gates, BSc
Speech Language Therapist

Consultant
Hannah Gates obtained her Speech and Language Therapy BSc from The University of Exeter, UK in 2009. Since graduating, she has provided therapy plans and carried out therapy in school settings for children with developmental speech and/or language disorders. She also worked in the UK National Health Service community services, providing assessment and intervention for adults with acquired swallowing and communication disorders. She holds a certificate in Lee Silverman’s Voice Treatment and has experience of this Parkinson’s Disease specific intervention. Language: English
Stephanie Li MSc
Speech-Language Therapist Assistant

Consultant
Stephanie graduated from the University of Bristol, UK in 2018 with a Masters of Science in Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Public Health. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Sport Rehabilitation from Chengdu Sports University. She is also China-certified National Senior Nutritionist. She has worked as a teaching assistant for FAB Kids (Food, Activity, Body) at the University of Bristol, teaching basic knowledge on health and diseases to primary school children in the UK. She has also volunteered her time working with special education school in China that supports children with autism. Stephanie previously completed a physical therapy internship in a Chinese public hospital, observing intervention pathways for child development delay and cerebral palsy. She is interested in working with children with speech and language delays. Languages: Mandarin, English

Educational and Clinical Psychology Services

Veronica McKibbin, BA (Hons), PGradDip, Psych and Post Grad Dip Coun.
Child & Family Therapist

Consultant
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
Consultant
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
Sandy Tien, MS
Clinical psychologist
Consultant
Sandy is a licensed psychologist from Taiwan (R.O.C). She received her Master degree in clinical psychology from the medical school of Chang Gung University in Taiwan. After she graduated, she worked as a child clinical psychologist in a rehabilitation hospital in New Taipei City. She also joined a multidisciplinary project as a clinical researcher in National Taiwan University Hospital neurosurgery department, focusing on social-psycho development, and neuropsychological evaluation for children with rare disease. She has focused on psychological assessment and psychotherapy for adults and children, and psychoeducation and psychological support for parents. She is currently studying in a parent-infant psychotherapy program in Columbia University. She is available for consultation, psychological assessment, child psychotherapy, and psychoeducation for parents. Language: Mandarin
Stephanie Watters, M. Counselling, B. Psychology (Hons)
Counselor
Consultant
Stephanie completed her Master of Counselling mid-2017 through Monash University (Australia) and graduated from University of Newcastle (Australia) in 2014 with an honors degree in psychology. 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 also has experience in conducting assessments for learning difficulties. Steph incorporates evidence-based approaches in her therapy, with a particular focus on Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Narrative Therapy. Language: English
Sophie Westwood
Clinical Psychologist

Consultant
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.
Qinchen (Corrine) Wu, MSEd
Clinical Mental Health Counselor

Consultant
Ms.Wu is a national certified mental health counselor from China, and received her degrees and related clinical practice and training from the U.S. Ms. Wu has her Bachelor degree in Psychology from University of Arizona, and her Master of Science of Education in Counseling and Mental Health Services from University of Pennsylvania. She is a certified trained responder in Penn I CARE network for suicide prevention, counseling and psychological services, and is also a counselor of physical and psychological health issued by Chinese Mental Health Association. Ms. Wu was a counselor in an international school and worked with school’s learning support team to support children and teenagers’ academic, behavior, and mental needs. Ms. Wu has also been a clinical mental health counselor in the Child Mental Health Research Center of Nanjing Brain Hospital, which leads national children’s mental health in China. Ms. Wu worked with the center’s medical team and focused on clinical aspects of children’s and teenagers’ psychological well-being. She has worked with young children, teenagers, and families in outpatient and inpatient settings, with a focus on utilizing CBT strategies. Ms. Wu has worked in various multidisciplinary teams comprised of international school support teachers and clinical specialists. She is available for child and adolescent counseling and parental guidance. Language: Mandarin, English
Lauren Mifsud, LMSW
Licensed Master Social Worker

Care Coordinator/School Relations Specialist
Lauren completed her Master of Social Work at New York University Silver School of Social Work and earned her Bachelor of Arts from DePaul University (Chicago, US). Prior to completing her graduate work, she spent a year teaching English at Early Childhood Education Centers in Wenzhou and Shanghai, China. During her master’s program, Lauren was a trained volunteer counselor for summer camps at the Child Mind Institute in New York City. These intensive group behavioral treatment camps were designed to help children ages three to eight with selective mutism speak in school and other public places. Lauren also has experience as a mobile crisis social worker in New York City, providing direct psychosocial services and crisis intervention to individuals who are experiencing a psychiatric crisis and are unable to secure traditional mental health services in the community. In addition, Lauren has worked as an emergency room social worker, supporting the complex needs of high risk patients and establishing a bridge to community services. Lauren is experienced in conducting biopsychosocial assessments for individuals experiencing mental health issues and incorporates Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) in her therapy. Lauren also has experience using motivational interviewing and a strengths based approach when working with clients. 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
Hiu Yin Haidy Li, MA, BCBA
Applied Behavior Analyst

Haidy is a registered Board Certificated Behavior Analyst (BCBA). She received a Masters degree in Applied Behavior Analysis at Pennsylvania State University in 2015. She has worked in work center, residential, clinic, special education school, and home settings. Haidy has worked with children and adolescents with diverse diagnoses such as autism, emotional disorder, Down syndrome, and developmental delay. She has experience in Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA), developing Individual Education Plans (IEPs), and conducting Positive Behavior Support plans (PBS). She has also had intensive training and experience in VB-MAPP and ABLLS assessments and has expertise in Verbal Behavior therapy (VB) and feeding therapy. For utilizing ABA methodologies in intervention, Haidy is skilled in using differential instruction, Discrete Trial Teaching (DTT), and behavior reduction methodologies. She also uses other approaches such as natural environment teaching (NET). Language: Cantonese, Mandarin, English
Zexi Ma, MA
Learning and Behavior Specialist

Zexi Ma is a graduate of Teachers College Columbia University, with an M.A. in Early Childhood Education and Special Education. She has taught in a wide range of settings, including general and special education programs, monolingual and bilingual settings, and private and public schools– with children ranging in age from infancy to adolescence. Zexi has experience in curriculum design and development, incorporating differentiating instruction, and assessing student learning. She has also worked with children with autism spectrum disorder using the Developmental Individual Differences Relationship-based (DIR) methodology in a special education school in New York City. Zexi has special interest in working with children with autism, early intervention programs, and infant care and education. Languages: Mandarin, 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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