Dan Shapiro, M.D.
Creator, Parent Child Journey
I came from my hometown of East Lansing, Michigan to attend medical school at George Washington University in D.C. My Pediatric Residency training was at Children’s Hospital in DC. Then I practiced Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine in Silver Spring, Maryland for 13 years before shifting my focus to Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. I enjoy seeing children and consulting with parents in my home office. I also observe children and collaborate with educators at dozens of area schools. I developed the Journey Program and offer this behavior management training group throughout Greater Washington. I am a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a member of the Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. I am married with 4 children and 2 grandchildren- all wonderfully different. My hobbies include music, reading and floating down the Potomac in a kayak.
Sarah C. Wayland, Ph.D.
Guiding Exceptional Parents, LLC
Special Needs Care Navigator
Relationship Development Intervention (RDI) Consultant
I grew up in New Mexico and went to college at Rice University in Texas; then on to Boston where I received a Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology at Brandeis University and postdoc training at Northeastern University. I was a research scientist at the University of Maryland’s School of Medicine and the Center for Advanced Study of Language. After many years in research and industry, I decided to put my practical experience as a parent to use as a special needs care navigator and RDI Consultant. I help parents of children with ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, learning disabilities and other challenges that make it hard to function at school or home.
Melissa C. Goldberg, Ph.D.
Consultant, Developmental Neuropsychology and Learning Differences
I grew up in Rockville, MD, graduated with a degree in psychology from Washington University, St. Louis, MO, then went on to Harvard University to receive an Ed.M. degree in Counseling Processes. I then attended McMaster University for a doctoral degree in Developmental Psychology. I came back to the Washington D.C. area for my post-doctoral training in childhood neuropsychiatric disorders in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. I’ve held appointments as both a Research Scientist at The Kennedy Krieger Institute and as an Assistant Professor, Psychiatry at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. I was the Principal Investigator on NIH-funded research studies on executive function, reward, and brain mechanisms in children with autism and ADHD. My husband and I have 3 children who are all at excitingly different stages of development. My hobbies include enjoying time with my family, taking long walks, and teaching yoga.
Deborah S. Marks, MSW, LCSW-C
Clinical Social Worker, Private Practice
I grew up in Michigan and graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.A. I earned a M.Ed. in Early Childhood and Elementary Education at Boston University. Later, I acquired a M.S.W. at Catholic University. In the early days of my career, I taught in elementary schools in the Chicago suburbs and in Milwaukee. I specialized in working with developmentally delayed, learning disabled, and gifted students. Since then, I have been guiding parents with challenging children; starting with home visits, continuing with parent/child therapy and play therapy, and providing parent consultation. I particularly enjoy my ongoing work with families and my collaboration with colleagues. My hobbies include yoga, walking, reading fiction, researching innovative strategies to use with families and children, and hanging out with my family and friends.
Counselor and Play Therapist
Christy Donley is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) and a Registered Play Therapist (RPT) with a background in elementary education. With 20 years’ experience working with children, Ms. Donley has spent the last 8 years working as a mental health professional in the Model Asperger Program at the Ivymount School in Rockville, MD with students in 1st-8th grade. She is currently working with the Center for Assessment and Treatment in Chevy Chase, Maryland where she provides individual therapy, parent training, Unstuck and On Target Group for kids 2nd-5th grade, and social skills group training.
Her eclectic approach focuses on child-centered play therapy and cognitive behavior therapy, with an emphasis on parent involvement and communication. Ms. Donley is also a dog lover and is pursing licensure as an Animal Assisted Play Therapist. Ms. Donley has also helped children and adults overcome their fear of water utilizing a combination of more traditional therapeutic strategies including behavior modification, self-actualization, relaxation techniques and exposure therapy.