Beijing: Eliott’s Corner Staff

Clinical Services

Angela Cooper
Integrated Teamwork and Psychology Services Intake CoordinatorAngela is a UK-trained social worker, gaining her Masters qualification from University of Warwick and a degree in Biology from University of Wales, Bangor. She has worked in both hospital and community settings, assessing needs and planning care as part of a multi-disciplinary team across adult and child services. As a social worker, Angela has considerable experience in developing and delivering policies and procedures relating to child protection, vulnerable adults, and legislation. Angela also has training in counselling, working with children who are adopted and fostered, and with adults with neurodegenerative conditions. Prior to social work, Angela worked as an Emergency Medical Technician for 9 years was responsible for attending to accidents and emergencies, providing medical care, and managing risks in the Ambulance Service. Angela has also worked as a medical technical officer in respiratory medicine where she carried out physical functioning tests on patients preparing for heart and lung transplants. As a result Angela has many years experience in medical and hospital settings, including patient contact and support. Angela has lived in China for two years with her husband, daughter and dog. Language: English

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, 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
Dai Hu
Dai holds an undergraduate degree in Clinical Medicine Science from KunMing Medical University and a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Queen Margaret University, He enjoys helping children in a classroom setting, including handwriting and attention concerns. He is also interested in sensory integration and using sensory strategies with a variety of diagnoses. In addition to treating children at Olivia’s Place, he is leader of occupational therapy curriculum at Kunming Medical University, in charge of occupational therapy teaching, courses provision, clinical teaching, and talent cultivation. He also provides occupational therapy-related services for the China Rehabilitation Medical Association and YunNan Rehabilitation Medical Association. He is a member of an expert committee on rehabilitation therapy education in China and is involved in writing and editing the China Rehabilitation Therapy Handbook and the teaching materials for the Twelfth Five-year Plan of the China Ministry of Health. Languages: Chinese, English

Physical Therapy Services

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 is a physiotherapist from Austria. He received his degree at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. Marc worked for a year in a public hospital predominantly treating adults, but has since spent the last 3 years specialising in the field of pediatrics. He has experience working with children with a variety of diagnoses including developmental delay, ADHD, developmental coordination disorder (DCD), autism, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, Erb’s Palsy, and Down Syndrome. Marc regularly volunteers his time to various orphanages and non-profit organizations, providing expertise and treating children with a wide arrange of disabilities. Languages: English, Mandarin, German

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.
Edna Elisabeth Nyang
Edna Elisabeth is a certified speech language pathologist from the United States who also worked in Canada for several years. She is expert in working with clients with articulation, language, and swallowing disorders. In addition to working in private practice, Ms. Nyang spent many years working in rehabilitation and hospital settings providing cognitive communication, feeding, articulation, and language therapy, and consultation to patients ranging from newborns to the geriatric population. In addition to providing direct therapy to clients, Ms. Nyang has spent several years serving as a clinical educator to undergraduate and graduate students who are studying speech pathology, helping them fulfill their clinical practicum requirements. Language: English
Joyce Fok
Joyce is a registered Canadian speech-language pathologist. She obtained her Master’s degree from the University of Alberta in 2013. She has worked in schools, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and private pediatric clinics in Canada. She is a certified Hanen instructor for the “It Takes Two to Talk” and “More Than Words” parent programs. She is currently involved in two research projects, measuring the impact of stuttering in preschoolers and developing a speech-language pathology program in Cambodia. It is her passion to cultivate the field of speech-language pathology in South East Asia, through her research endeavors and in the provision of quality speech and language services.
Language: English

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. 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 US registered play therapist-supervisor. She is also a Taiwan-licensed nurse. Dr. Yang has almost ten years of experience as a psychologist primarily with children and adolescents who present with learning difficulties, ADHD, ODD, disruptive behaviors, negative attention-seeking behaviors, low self-esteem, anxiety, depression, difficulty 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(i.e. cognitive, academic, attention, executive function skills, social, emotional, personality, adaptive, developmental, & behavioral functioning); and crisis intervention/risk assessment. She 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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