Evaluators for Psych/Ed: Dr. Blakely Mulder conducts comprehensive assessments aimed at understanding each person’s unique profile of strengths and needs. She began her assessment experience as an intern at the Medical University of South Carolina’s neurology clinic, where she conducted neuropsychological evaluations for adults with memory loss due to seizures, head injury, dementia, and aging. Dr. Mulder went on to specialize in providing psychoeducational evaluations and psychological evaluations for children and teens. She holds a specialist degree in School Psychology from the University of Maryland and is a Licensed School Psychologist with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Before coming to Lepage Associates, Dr. Mulder conducted psychoeducational evaluations in schools in North Carolina, Maryland, and Virginia, as well as in private practice and hospital settings. She has specialized experience working with preschoolers and individuals with mental health conditions, Autism, and intellectual disabilities. In her ‘former life’ as a school psychologist, Dr. Mulder was an integral member of school MTSS, 504, and IEP teams, helping to identify students in need of support and guide schools in providing best-practice interventions. As such, Dr. Mulder is very familiar with national and state law surrounding students with disabilities and uses this knowledge when designing her assessment batteries, writing reports and recommendations, and reviewing results with families. She guides families throughout the evaluation process to ensure clients get the support they need to learn their best.
Dr. Mina Ratkalkar provides comprehensive psychological and psychoeducational assessments in addition to a range of forensic assessments. Dr. Ratkalkar has experience evaluating adults for AD/HD, trauma symptoms and PTSD, substance abuse, and personality functioning and behavior. Dr. Ratkalkar is thoughtful and thorough in her approach to testing. She also acknowledges each client’s strengths in evaluations. Dr. Ratkalkar takes care to interpret and present findings within each client’s individual cultural context. She believes diagnoses should be given with care and uses them to inform effective treatment recommendations to help determine next steps.
Dr. Alexandra Maestre provides comprehensive psychological testing assessment to address a range of emotional, behavioral, developmental, learning, academic, and adjustment concerns in children, adolescents, and adults. She has ample training and experience conducting thorough assessments in different settings including private practice, community mental health, the juvenile justice system, and residential treatment centers. During the assessment process, Dr. Maestre aims to foster a welcoming and pressure-free environment in which the client can participate comfortably in testing. Furthermore, Dr. Maestre is fully bilingual and conducts comprehensive assessments in both English and Spanish.
Dr. Parker provides psychological, psychoeducational, substance abuse, and trauma assessments, as well as a variety of forensic evaluations. She has substantial training and experience providing testing and assessments to evaluate for learning disorders, AD/HD, general personality functioning and behavior, trauma, and forensics.
Dr. Lindsey Ohler has extensive training and experience completing psychological and educational evaluations with children, adolescents and adults. She also has expertise in the differential diagnosis of eating disorders, having contributed to research investigations assessing the neurocircuitry of disordered eating. Dr. Ohler’s training began at an inpatient child and adolescent facility where she conducted psychological evaluations of youth. She further refined her evaluation skills at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center where s
Rae Ann Hamilton has specialized training and experience in conducting educational and psychological evaluations. She considers it a privilege to assist individuals through a comprehensive evaluation process with the identification of specific learning and/or life difficulties, which then informs recommendations for effective interventions and treatment options. Over the years, Mrs. Hamilton has worked with individuals between the ages of four and seventy-nine in private and public school settings as well as private practice. A specific are
Child specialist with in-depth experience assessing children of all ages; through direct observation and/or parent descriptions of very young children, and testing with preschool children and older, assesses children ages birth through 18. Dr. Hamilton is one of few child psychologists specialized in the birth to preschool years as well as K-12 children. Extensive experience conducting trauma assessments, compre
Dr. Piechocinski has experience conducting psychological, psychoeducational, neurocognitive, and forensic assessments with children, adolescents, adults, and geriatric populations. She has conducted psychological and neuropsychological evaluations assessing emotional functioning, suicide and self-injury, and executive functioning. Dr. Piechocinski is competent in assessing intellectual and adaptive abilities, personality, diagnosis, emotional functioning, behavioral functioning, and self-injurious behaviors.
Ms. Tufts provides psychological, educational, and autism-spectrum evaluations for all ages. She has over 20 years of experience diagnosing and working with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD, also commonly called ‘ADD’) and Specific Learning Disabilities (also commonly called ‘LD’). Ms. Tufts specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders. She has extensive experience and knowledge in identifying learning problems that may be due to learning disabilities, ADHD, TBI, and other neurological deficits.
Dr. Julie Michalowski has training and experience completing psychological evaluations in both inpatient and outpatient settings. She completes psychological testing for children, teens, and adults to assess for possible mood, anxiety, thought or behavior disorders, trauma, and general emotional and personality functioning. Dr. Michalowski provides a safe, nonjudgmental environment to help put individuals at ease during the testing process. She aims to not only identify areas for improvement but also highlights the individual’s strengths. Dr. Michalowski also has training and experience completing psychoeducational evaluations to assess children, teens, and young adults for learning dis
Several years experience doing psychological, substance abuse, and forensic evaluations for the schools, courts, community centers, and in private practice settings. Expertise in diagnostic clarification in clinically complex cases in which there has been over-diagnosis, misdiagnosis, or an inability to diagnose. Dissertation on custody evaluations, and extensive forensic evaluation experience. A Certified Forensic Evaluator, trained by the University of Virginia Institute of Law, Psychiatry, and Public Policy, one of the premier nationally recognized training institutes for forensics.
Psychological assessments are often useful in helping individuals understand more about themselves, their strengths, and areas where they may have opportunities for growth. Dr. Varley has extensive experience conducting psychological evaluations for children, adolescents and adults referred from educational settings, including testing for attention-deficit and learning disorders. He also has experience conducting psychological evaluations for adults with a variety of presenting concerns. When conducting evaluations, Dr. Varley strives to create a supportive and low-pressure environment. He takes care to interpret assessment results in ways meaningful to his clients, and to include practical and actionable recommendations as a central component of evaluation feedback.
Dr. Bailey Cole has experience conducting educational, psychological, forensic, and substance abuse evaluations with varying ages. Through the entire evaluation process, he aims to create a non-judgmental and empathic environment to increase his clients’ motivation to put forth their best effort. Dr. Cole also focuses on ensuring his clients have an understanding of their evaluation results by highlighting their strengths, explaining diagnoses, and providing realistic recommendations to help in areas of concern.