Beijing: Eliott’s Corner Staff

Occupational Therapy Services

Kristi Troutman
Kristi is a US-licensed occupational therapist with 22 years of experience, earning her BS from Elizabethtown College (US) in 1990. In the US, she worked in a variety of settings including hospitals, out-patient centers, school systems, and early intervention (birth-3 years). Pediatric therapy has been her sole focus for the last 14 years. Kristi has worked with children with a variety of diagnoses including, but not limited to, cerebral palsy, brain injury, blindness, Angelman Syndrome, Noonan Syndrome, ADHD/ADD, Autism Spectrum, Selective Mutism, and developmental delay. She has had the opportunity to work with children on routine based therapy within the home, integrated and pull out models within the school system, and clinic based sessions. Kristi utilizes neurodevelopmental, sensory integrative, and psychosocial frames of reference in treatment and has experience with a variety of specialized programs including Handwriting Without Tears and the Alert Program. Language: English
Sorcha Ni Chadhain
Sorcha is an occupational therapist from Galway, Ireland. She received her degree from Trinity College, Dublin and has worked as an OT for eight years. Sorcha has worked in a variety of pediatric settings and teams including early intervention, childhood physical and sensory disability, and pediatric primary care services. In her previous role in Ireland, she was involved in the roll out of new services including specialised wheelchair and seating service and school-based OT for children with language disorders. Sorcha worked as a volunteer in a children’s medical and social rehabilitation center in Vietnam in 2011 which inspired her to return to Asia to work full time. Languages: English

Physical Therapy Services

Dr. April Gamble

April Gamble DPT, PT earned her doctorate of physical therapy at Grand Valley State University in Michigan in 2012 and is a licensed physical therapist in the United States. During her doctoral work, April was a research collaborator in a randomized controlled trial investigating locomotion interventions for individuals with Parkinson’s disease. Clinical experiences furthered her abilities in burn and wound care, pediatrics, and manual therapy. She held the Lulenski-Smith Neurologic Residency at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in 2013. In this position, she had the opportunity to expand her clinical and research skills by working with a variety of neurological diagnoses,  children and adults, and in inpatient and outpatient settings. April demonstrates a passion for providing physical therapy to underserved populations through her direct work with a Michigan pro bono clinic, a rehabilitation clinic in Guatemala, and a children’s home in Mexico. Languages:  English, Spanish

Marc Innerhofer
Marc received his Bachelor of Physiotherapy at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia and worked there for a year in a public hospital. During his clinical year at university he served in a school for disabled children and a children’s hospital. Prior to studying physiotherapy, Marc completed national mandatory social service in a conductive therapy center for children with cerebral palsy in Vienna. Marc is originally from Austria. Languages: English, German, Mandarin
Zili Wang
ZiLi Wang is a physiotherapist from Montreal, Canada. Earning his Masters in Physical Therapy from McGill University, he worked in a private out-patient clinic before moving to China. Zili’s clinical experiences while interning at the Montreal Shriners Hospital for Children and working at a school for disabled children helped fuel a passion for pediatric therapy. ZiLi has experience evaluating and treating children with a wide range of musculoskeletal/orthopedic conditions. Languages: English, French, Mandarin, Cantonese

Speech-Language Services

Trish Hull
Trish is a  speech language pathologist from Australia who has also worked in Canada and England. She has had 14 years of experience with young children in teams specializing in disability, education, and early intervention, as well as running her own private practice. Trish is a Makaton sign language instructor and a certified Hanen therapist. She is passionate about empowering parents, carers, and teaching staff to help children reach their potential. Her areas of specialty are in developmental delay, autism, early intervention, augmentative and alternative communication, and the use of PROMPT for speech disorders. Languages: English, French.
Zara Kan
Zara is a UK-licensed speech and Language Therapist and registered with the Health Care Professions Council in the UK. She is a current member of both the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists in the UK and the Hong Kong Association of Speech and Language Therapists. Zara holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Linguistics and a Master’s Degree in Speech and Language Sciences from University College London, UK. During her time in London, Zara worked at the NHS with children under the age of six with particular emphasis on early intervention and early assessments of children with special needs. Since her return to Hong Kong, Zara has been working at a non-government organization with children in clinic and school settings both individually and in groups. Zara specializes in assessing children with special needs and working with bilingual children, autism spectrum disorders, global developmental delay, social interaction difficulties, stammering and articulation difficulties. Languages: English, Cantonese, Mandarin

Educational and Clinical Psychology Services

Dr. Olivia Gavin

Dr. Gavin is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist from the UK, specialising in Pediatric Psychology and is registered with the Health & Care Professions Council.  She earned an undergraduate degree in Psychology (BSc) at The University of Bath before completing her Clinical Doctorate in Psychology at The University of East Anglia. She has worked for a number of years in the National Health System in the UK, most recently at a Child Development Centre in North East London as part of a multidisciplinary team. Dr. Gavin has extensive experience in assessing developmental conditions including autistic spectrum disorders, AD/HD, and learning disabilities. She has worked with children who have a variety of complex emotional and behavioral problems, including anxiety, phobias, depression, self-harm, and eating disorders as well as developmental disorders and chronic medical conditions.  Dr. Gavin’s area of expertise is in assessing autistic spectrum disorders and she has specialist training in diagnostic tools for this purpose.  Dr. Gavin is available for consultations, developmental and psycho-educational assessments as well as individual therapy with both younger and older children including adolescents.  Language: English

Dr. Jennifer B. Rhodes

Jennifer B. Rhodes, Psy.D. is a California  and New York State (US) licensed psychologist who specializes in child forensic psychology and early childhood mental health. Prior to joining Elliott’s Corner in Beijing, China, she  maintained a private practice in San Francisco and Menlo Park, California where she provided psychotherapy and psychoeducational assessments to school age children and adolescents. Dr. Rhodes has special training in the assessment and  treatment of childhood anxiety disorders, ADHD, and learning disorders. She also has advanced training in the assessment of attachment, parent-child relationships, and the impact of divorce on children’s development.

Prior to receiving her doctorate, Dr. Rhodes completed a Masters degree in Child Development and a Masters degree in School Psychology. She received her doctorate degree in 2008 from Yeshiva University (New York, US) with an emphasis in clinical child psychology and completed clinical training at Bellevue Hospital, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, the Early Childhood Center at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and the New York University Child Study Center. In 2009 Dr. Rhodes completed her post-doctoral fellowship in Infant Mental Health at Tulane University School of Medicine (New Orleans, US). Dr. Rhodes also has training in parenting coordination and divorce mediation. She is currently on the editorial board of the Journal of Child Custody.  Language: English

Dr. Ru-Chi Yang
Dr. Ru-Chi Yang is originally from Taiwan. She obtained a Ph. D. from Ganon University in Pennsylvania and a M.S. in Counseling Psychology from State University of New York, Albany. She also holds a B.S. in Nursing from Taiwan. Dr. Yang is a licensed psychologist and a registered play therapist-supervisor in the US. She is also a licensed nurse in Taiwan. Dr. Yang has eight years of experience as a psychologist primarily with children and adolescents who present with ADHD, ODD, disruptive behaviors, negative attention-seeking behaviors, low self-esteem, anxiety issues, depression, difficulty in expressing thoughts/feelings, adjustment issues, grief, parental divorce/separation, low frustration tolerance, anger problems, parenting issues, parent-child relationship problems, trauma, poor decision-making skills, non-compliance behaviors, social skill deficits, relational issues, autism spectrum disorder, and limited coping skills. Dr. Yang provides individual, group, family, and vocational counseling; comprehensive psychological assessments; crisis intervention/risk assessment. Dr. Yang utilizes cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and behavioral therapy approaches. She also incorporates child-centered play therapy, cognitive behavioral play therapy, filial therapy, and child parent relationship therapy intervention in treatment. Dr. Yang believes that her energy, creativity, playfulness, and flexibility enhance her ability to successfully engage in therapeutic interventions with children and adolescents. Dr. Yang is a member of the Association for Play Therapy (APT) and graduated from the APT Leadership Academy in 2012. She has served on several APT committees and task forces. She has also previously supervised graduate level clinicians. Languages: English, Mandarin
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