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Matthew Abrams, Medical Council Member at Feeding Matters

Matthew E. Abrams, MD, FAAP

Neonatologist, Phoenix Perinatal Associates/Pediatrix Medical Group

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Dr. Abrams received a bachelor's of science degree in zoology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his medical degree from the Sackler School of Medicine in Tel Aviv Israel.

He completed his pediatric residency, chief residency and Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine fellowship at Riley Children's Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana. He is board certified in Pediatrics and Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine and is a member of the perinatal section of the American Academy of Pediatrics. His professional interests include the late preterm infant, noninvasive ventilation, and neonatal nutrition. He is married with three children (including twins) and enjoys playing the guitar, photography, and physical fitness. He joined Phoenix Perinatal Associates in July 2004.

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Joan Arvedson, Medical Council Member at Feeding Matters

Joan C. Arvedson, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, ASHA Fellow

Coordinator, Feeding and Swallowing Services, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Clinical Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Medical College of Wisconsin

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Dr. Arvedson is Program Coordinator of Feeding and Swallowing Services at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She is Clinical Professor in the Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Pediatrics, Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Arvedson received her BS, MS, and PhD degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has three books in publication: Interpretation of Videofluoroscopic Swallow Studies of Infants and Children: A Study Guide to Improve Diagnostic Skills and Treatment Planning, 2007; Pediatric Swallowing and Feeding: Assessment and Management, 2nd edition, 2002 (with L. Brodsky, MD) and Pediatric Videofluoroscopic Swallow Studies: A Professional Manual with Caregiver Guidelines, 1998 (with M. Lefton-Greif, PhD). She has given many presentations on swallowing and feeding disorders in infants and children throughout the world. Patient care, teaching, and research endeavors are focused in these areas. Dr. Arvedson is an ASHA Fellow.

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Julie Barkmeier-Kraemer, Medical Council Member at Feeding Matters

Julie Barkmeier-Kraemer, PhD, CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow

Professor, Division of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery

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Julie Barkmeier-Kraemer, PhD, CCC-SLP is a Professor in the Division of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, Clinical Director for the Voice Disorders Center, and adjunct faculty to the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department at the University of Utah.  Dr. Barkmeier-Kraemer served as a coordinator for SIG 3: Voice and Voice Disorders, co-chaired the ASHA Annual Research Symposium on Neural Regeneration in 2009, served as ASHA’s representative to the AAO-HNS Guidelines on Improving Voice Outcomes after Thyroid Surgery, and is currently a member of the Instrumental Voice Assessment Protocol working group and the Research and Scientific Affairs Committee for ASHA.  She was awarded Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in 2011.  Dr. Barkmeier-Kraemer serves as co-chair of the Feeding Matters Research Committee and contributed to their study of the Infant and Child Feeding Questionnaire and its potential use in the early identification of feeding and swallowing problems in infants and children.  Her research focuses on normal and abnormal voice and swallowing with specific focus on sensorimotor controls of the larynx (aka “voice box) for respiration, voice production, and swallowing.  She is also interested in developing effective methods for treating voice and swallowing problems with particular focus on behavioral management of vocal tremor and spasmodic dysphonia.

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Joy Browne, Medical Council Member and Former Board Director at Feeding Matters

Joy V. Browne, PhD, PCNS-BC, IMH-E

Clinical Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry, Director, Center for Family and Infant Interaction and Fragile Infant Feeding Institute, JFK Partners, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Professor, Queen’s University Belfast School of Nursing and Midwifery, Belfast, Northern Ireland

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Joy V. Browne, Ph.D., PCNS-BC, IMH-E (IV) is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics.  She holds dual licensure as a Pediatric Psychologist and a Board Certified Clinical Nurse Specialist.  She is Director of the Center for Family and Infant Interaction, a component of JFK Partners, Colorado's University Center of Excellence for Developmental Disabilities.  She also directs the Colorado Newborn Individualized Developmental Care and Assessment Program (NIDCAP) Center, the Family Infant Relationship Support Training (FIRST) programs and the Fragile Infant Feeding Institute.  Her area of expertise is in neurobehavioral assessment and intervention with high-risk infants and their families, as well as systems change toward developmentally supportive and family centered care in both hospital and community settings.  Dr. Browne developed BEGINNINGS, an interim Individualized Family Service Plan for newborns with special needs.  She is a Zero to Three graduate fellow, and founder and past president of the Colorado Association for Infant Mental Health. 


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Elizabeth Clawson, Medical Council Member at Feeding Matters

Elizabeth Clawson, MS, PhD, LCP, HSPP

Clinical Child Psychologist and Director for the Pediatric Feeding Program, St. Mary’s Center for Children

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Elizabeth is a Clinical Child Psychologist and Director for the Pediatric Feeding Program at St. Mary’s Center for Children in Evansville, Indiana. Elizabeth received her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Virginia Commonwealth University. She completed her internship at the Kennedy Krieger Institute/Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine with rotations in pediatric feeding therapy and hospital consultation/liaison intervention. Her postdoctoral fellowship was at Cumberland Hospital, a long-term pediatric hospital for children and adolescents with autism, brain injury, chronic illness and other neurobehavioral disorders.

Dr. Clawson has worked in the area of pediatric psychology since 1990. She previously served as the Behavioral Director for the feeding program in Virginia at the Children’s Hospital in Richmond, VA. Dr. Clawson has specialized in treating children with feeding disorders since 1996. She has multiple research publications, presentations, and consultation contracts in the area of pediatric feeding therapy.

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Amy Delaney, Medical Council Member at Feeding Matters

Amy L. Delaney, PhD, CCC-SLP

SLP Program Specialist-Research Feeding & Swallowing, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin; Assistant Adjunct Professor of Otolaryngology, Medical College of Wisconsin

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Dr. Amy Delaney has worked as a speech-language pathologist at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin since 1999 with clinical expertise in the assessment and treatment of children with motor-speech, feeding and swallowing disorders.  She has been a member of the interdisciplinary feeding program at CHW since inception and has special interest in collaborative treatment approaches. Dr. Delaney earned her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin in 2010.  Her studies centered on motor-speech development and oral-motor assessment with a minor focused in kinesiology and motor learning theory.  Her dissertation and subsequent research have focused on the measurement of oral-motor feeding skill development in the first year of life.  In 2011, Dr. Delaney was awarded the NIH LRP through the Child Health and Human Development Institute supporting new and promising investigators. 

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Pamela Dodrill, Medical Council Member at Feeding Matters

Pamela Dodrill, PhD, CCC-SLP

Works as part of the Feeding and Swallowing Program at Boston Children’s Hospital

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Dr. Pamela Dodrill has broad clinical and research interest in feeding and swallowing problems, nutrition, and growth in young children.

Pamela has worked with children with feeding difficulties for over a decade.  Before relocating to Boston Children’s Hospital, Pamela worked at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Brisbane, Australia for 12 years, during which time she managed both inpatient and outpatient caseloads.  Pamela completed her PhD in the area of infant feeding difficulties through the Children’s Nutrition Research Centre in Brisbane, and continues to conduct research in the area of childhood feeding difficulties and their management.   Pamela has a number of publications in this area, regularly presents at national and international scientific conferences, and teaches courses and workshops on managing pediatric feeding problems for students and practicing health professionals.

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Carol Elliott, Medical Council Member at Feeding Matters

Carol Elliott, BS, OTR/L

Senior Clinician, Children's Feeding Program Children's Hospital of Richmond Virginia

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Carol Elliott is a widely recognized and energetic speaker. She is a master clinician at Children’s Feeding Program at the Children’s Hospital of Richmond, Virginia. Carol has worked in the area of pediatric Occupational Therapy since 1987 after receiving her degree at Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown, PA. Carol has devoted the past 13 years developing and implementing treatment techniques utilized in the TR-eat™ Model for children with complex feeding disorders. She provides treatment for infants through teenagers both in an outpatient clinic setting and as part of the Intensive Day Feeding Program. Along with her full time clinical practice, she has published multiple articles, conducted numerous presentations and has provided consultative services to other professionals and treatment centers in the area of pediatric feeding evaluation/treatment.

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Elaine Ellis, Medical Council Member at Feeding Matters

Elaine Ellis, MD

Developmental Pediatrician, Phoenix Perinatal Associates/Pediatrix Medical Group

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Dr. Ellis graduated from Tulane University Medical School in New Orleans, Louisiana, and completed her pediatric residency in nearby Mississippi at Keesler Air Force Base Medical Center. She received fellowship training at Children's Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and the University of South Florida's Section for Child Development in Tampa. Among a career highlighted by various honors and recognition, she received the T. Berry Brazelton Infant Advocacy Award for early childhood intervention.

Board certified in both pediatrics and neurodevelopmental disabilities, Dr. Ellis boasts nearly two decades of experience in NICU follow-up and developmental pediatrics. In her work, Dr. Ellis' has seen patients with conditions such as cerebral palsy, autism, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and mental retardation. In June of 1988 she started a follow up program for a thriving neonatal practice in Dallas, Texas. She has been in Phoenix since September 2005, working for Phoenix Perinatal Associates and contracted with Phoenix Children's Hospital. She was on the Arizona Infant Mental Health Coalition Board for a year. She is on the North Phoenix regional council for First Things First. She is a member of the Arizona Autism Coalition.

Dr. Ellis is married with two children. Her husband is a psychologist who teaches behavioral medicine as part of the family practice residency at Phoenix Baptist Hospital.

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Mary Beth Feuling, Medical Council Member at Feeding Matters

Mary Beth Feuling, MS, RD, CSP, CD

Children's Hospital of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

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Mary Beth specializes in working with pediatric patients in the area of food allergy, gastroenterology, and feeding disorders. She is part of the interdisciplinary feeding team and Eosinophilic Esophagitis clinics. She has a vast range of experience as she was a Food Scientist providing product and process development services for a variety of food manufacturers including entrepreneurs to fortune 500 food manufacturing companies. Her food science background has provided knowledge that has assisted her in continuing the development of the Food Allergy Nutrition Clinic and the interdisciplinary Eosinophilic Esophagitis Clinic at Children's Hospital. She has become specialized in the area of pediatric nutrition, food allergies, feeding disorders and instrumental in developing services that improve the nutritional status of these patients. She has presented on these topics to a variety of local, regional and national audiences. She is authoring the Food Allergy Chapter for the first ASPEN pediatrics core curriculum. Mary Beth has been instrumental in helping many families navigate the nutritional challenges of food-allergic and/or food restricted children.

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Elizabeth Fischer, Medical Council Member at Feeding Matters

Elizabeth Fischer, PhD

Assistant Clinical Professor, Psychiatry & Behavioral Medicine and Pediatrics Medical College of Wisconsin Clinical Coordinator, Psychiatry Center Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Dr. Elizabeth Fischer is a pediatric psychologist at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin and Medical College of Wisconsin. In addition to other responsibilities, she is the clinical coordinator in the Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine Center and the lead psychologist in the Feeding and Swallowing Center at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin. Dr. Fischer's clinical and research interests are in the areas of health psychology and feeding disorders. Dr. Fischer received her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her doctoral degree in clinical child psychology from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.

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Ron Fischler, Medical Council Member at Feeding Matters

Ron Fischler, MD

North Scottsdale Pediatric Associates, Immediate Past President Arizona Chapter American Academy of Pediatrics

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Pediatrics and Family Medicine at the University of Arizona, where he won awards for teaching and community service serving on the Board of Pilot Parents, a peer support organization for parents of disabled children. He has also published numerous scientific papers.

In 1985, he became Director of Outpatient Pediatrics at Children's Health Center of St. Joseph's Hospital in Phoenix, Founder and Director of the Center for Child Abuse Prevention, and Medical Director for the Central Arizona Child Evaluation Center.

In 1988 he started a private practice of pediatrics, North Scottsdale Pediatric Associates, which has grown to 10 doctors and 2 offices. He has been recognized by Phoenix Magazine as one of its "Top Docs" and Best Doctors in America. He has served as Chairman of Pediatrics and as President of the Medical Staff of Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Hospital. In 2008 he began a two year term as President of the Arizona Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.


Dr. Fischler has been married for over 35 years to Lory a business leadership consultant. They are the proud parents of two young adults, Jesse and Lindsay.


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Erika Gisel, Board Member and Medical Council Member at Feeding Matters

Erika Gisel, PhD, OTR, erg

Professor, Faculty of Medicine School of Physical and Occupational Therapy, McGill University, Founder and Director, Swallowing and Dysphagia Clinic, Montreal Children’s Hospital

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Mention d’excellence, Ordre des ergotherapeute du Quebec, 2007
Associate member, Department of Pediatrics, Montreal Children’s Hospital
Associate member, Faculty of Dentistry, McGill University


Ph.D., Biology, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
B.S., OT, Occupational Therapy, University, Philadelphia, PA
B.A., Textile Arts, Arbeitslehrerinnen Seminar, Zurich, Suisse

Research Focus:
oral-motor development, dysphagia intervention, oral-motor test-development (seniors), cerebral palsy.
Autism Spectrum Disorders: feeding problems, motor problems, sensory processing/modulation, activities of daily living.

Publications: Over 80 publications on feeding issues across the life span.

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Daniel Kessler, Board Member and Medical Council Member at Feeding Matters

Daniel B. Kessler, MD, FAAP

Medical Director, Children’s Developmental Center Easter Seals Southwest Human Development, Daniel B. Kessler and Associates Phoenix, Arizona

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Daniel B. Kessler, a developmental and behavioral pediatrician with over 30 years of experience, serves as medical director of Southwest Human Development's Children's Development Center where he works with a transdisciplinary team to provide comprehensive, integrated care for young children with developmental and behavioral problems and their families. Dr. Kessler served as the director of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at the Children's Health Center of St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center for over 21 years. At the University of Arizona College of Medicine, he has an appointment as Clinical Professor of Pediatrics.

In 2013, Dr. Kessler received the Phoenix Business Journal's Health Care Heroes Award in the Physician category and has also been recognized as a "Top Doc" by Phoenix Magazine and nationally in the Best Doctors in America list on multiple occasions.

He received his Doctor of Medicine degree from New York University School of Medicine and completed his residency training in Pediatrics and Fellowship training in Child Development and Family Violence/Child Abuse at New York University/Bellevue Hospital Center in New York and the Children's Hospital in Boston where he trained with noted "Baby Doctor" T. Berry Brazelton.

In addition to his abiding interest in babies and the earliest relationships, Dr. Kessler has expertise in autistic spectrum disorders, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and related co-morbidities, problems of learning and emotional adjustment, feeding and self-regulation.

Dr. Kessler’s private practice, Daniel B. Kessler, M.D. and Associates, where he provides evaluation and treatment for children and adolescents, is located at Southwest Human Development. Dr. Kessler is assisted in his practice by long-term colleague Lynn Aiken, RN, MS, PNP.

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Marsha Dunn Klein, OTR/L, Med, FAOTA

Founder, Mealtime Connections, LLC

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Marsha is founder of Mealtime Connections LLC, is a pediatric occupational therapist, author and educator who specializes in eating and mealtime issues with infants and children. She has a private practice in Tucson, Arizona, Mealtime Connections, LLC with four other pediatric therapists. They evaluate and treat children who have feeding challenges. Her energies are focused on helping children who have special motor, sensory and mealtime challenges. Marsha has a Bachelor of Science degree in occupational therapy from Sargent College of Allied Health Professions at Boston University and a master of education in special education from the University of Arizona. She is Neurodevelopmental Trained (NDT).

Marsha has over 37 years experience assessing, treating, and working in partnership with families of children who have cerebral palsy and other neurological issues, prematurity, sensory processing disorders, visual impairments, genetic and metabolic disorders, as well as autism. She works with many families whose children are fed by supplemental tube feeding. Marsha helps with the oral motor sensory, tube feeding aspect of feeding. Support is given through individual evaluation and treatment, education, parent and professional consultation, education workshops and resources.

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Suzanne Evans Morris, Medical Council Member at Feeding Matters

Suzanne Evans Morris, PhD

New Visions

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A speech-language pathologist with New Visions near Charlottesville, Virginia. She is nationally and internationally known for her work in identifying and treating young children with feeding and pre-speech disorders. Dr. Morris is the director of New Visions, which sponsors innovative workshops for the teaching of feeding-related skills, and provides family-oriented clinical services. Her work includes direct clinical services, continuing education workshops, development of clinical materials and clinical research. Dr. Morris has studied Neurodevelopmental Treatment approaches extensively in England, Switzerland and the United States. She is the author of the Pre-Speech Assessment Scale, a rating scale for the measurement of pre-speech behaviors in children from birth through two years, and co-author of Pre-Feeding Skills: A Comprehensive Resource for Mealtime Development, 2nd Edition, The Mealtime Participation Guide and the Homemade Blended Formula Handbook.

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Richard Noel, Medical Council Member at Feeding Matters

Richard J. Noel, MD, PhD

Section Chief, Pediatric GI, Hepatology, and Nutrition, Duke University Medical Center

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Dr. Noel was born in Mexico City and grew up in San Antonio, TX. He attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and graduated with an MD/PhD (biochemistry) combined degree in 1998. Following a residency in pediatrics at Wake Forest Medical Center, he received training in pediatric gastroenterology at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. Part of his training focused on the care of children with complex airway disorders and the interdisciplinary care of children with feeding disorders. Current clinical and research interests include pediatric feeding disorders, eosinophilic diseases of the GI tract, and pediatric endoscopy.

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Trudi Norman-Murch, Medical Council Member at Feeding Matters

Trudi Norman-Murch, PhD, CCC-SLP

Director, Services for Children with Disabilities, Easter Seals/Southwest Human Development

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Dr. Trudi Norman-Murch is Director of Services for Children with Disabilities at Easter Seals/Southwest Human Development a community-based human service agency serving young children and families in the Greater Phoenix area. In this capacity she supervises a staff of 95 professionals including speech/language pathologists, early childhood special educators, early interventionists, occupational therapists, nurses, and assistive technology specialists.

Department programs include disability services to more than 50 Southwest Human Development Head Start classrooms; Early Intervention services to 450 families in Maricopa County; the NICP Community Nursing Follow-Up Program; Child Development/Disabilities Consultation to agency Healthy Families, Early Head Start, and mental health programs; and the Assistive Technology Training and Resource Center which provides training and technical assistance to school districts across Arizona. Each of these programs includes a screening, assessment, intervention planning, direct service delivery, consultation, and transition planning component.

The Easter Seals/Southwest Human Development Infant-Toddler Feeding Program offers comprehensive, multi-disciplinary services to all young children and families with feeding difficulties who are enrolled in agency programs (Early Intervention, NICP Community Nursing Follow-Up, Healthy Families, Early Head Start, and the Good Fit Center – infant mental health). Dr. Norman-Murch has a special interest in development of the infrastructure which will support coordinated care, a family-centered serviced delivery system, early diagnosis, and a process by which assessment and treatment are understood to be on-going and reciprocal processes.

Dr. Norman-Murch has had extensive experience in designing and delivering training programs to Head Start personnel, school district teams, early intervention programs, and state and national speech/language pathology associations in the areas of inclusion, early intervention program design, reflective supervision, and the Integrated Therapy Model. She is actively involved in numerous community collaboration projects with local hospitals, medical providers, parent advocacy groups, and Arizona State University.

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Daniel Openden, Medical Council Member at Feeding Matters

Daniel Openden, PhD, BCBA-D

President and CEO of the Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center

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Daniel Openden, Ph.D., BCBA-D is President and CEO of the Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC) in Phoenix, Arizona.  Since joining SARRC in 2007, Dr. Openden has advanced the center’s clinical research, programs, and services.  In 2009, Dr. Openden and Dr. Christopher J. Smith, SARRC’s VP & Research Director, received funding to initiate and research SARRC’s Remote Telemedicine Program to provide follow up access to services via the internet for families living in rural/remote areas.  In 2011, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) identified SARRC’s innovative, cutting edge inclusive preschool among the most promising practices in autism services to influence the development of effective care systems in other states.   

Dr. Openden is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst—Doctoral (BCBA-D) and is licensed as a behavior analyst in Arizona.  He has expertise Pivotal Response Treatment (PRT), a comprehensive, evidence-based treatment model for children with ASD; presented research at regional, state, national and international conventions; served as Associate Editor for the Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions (JPBI) from 2008-2013; and been published in several peer reviewed journals and book chapters in the field.   

Dr. Openden is also an adjunct professor at Arizona State University (ASU) and serves on the Autism Speaks Family Services Committee; Scientific Council of the Organization for Autism Research (OAR); Arizona State University President’s Advisory Community Council; Feeding Matters Medical Professional Council; and the Arizona Autism Coalition Advisory Committee.  Further, he is a founding member of the Council on Autism Services (CAS), a networking organization that brings together Presidents, CEOs, Executive Directors, Clinical Directors, and Program Directors to share high level information and identify gaps facing autism service delivery organizations.  In 2011, Dr. Openden was honored as one of the Phoenix Business Journal’s “Forty Under 40” up-and-coming community leaders.    

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James A. "Jaime" Phalen, MD, FAAP

Member at Large

Developmental Pediatrician, University Health System University Medicine Associates, San Antonio, Texas; Adjunct Professor of Peds, University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio; Clinical Professor of Peds, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.

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Dr. Phalen received a bachelor’s of science degree in biology from Arizona State University; his medical degree from the USUHS F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland; and completed a fellowship in developmental-behavioral pediatrics at The Children's Hospital/JFK Partners, Denver, Colorado. He has led interdisciplinary teams (Feeding Team, Autism Clinic, Infant-Toddler Clinic, and Cochlear Implant Board) and is an active graduate medical educator. He published a comprehensive review article on feeding disorders in Pediatrics in Review in 2013. From 2007 to 2012, he was a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics PREP® DBPeds Editorial Board. In 2016, he retired from the US Air Force after 28 years of service and is now spearheading new efforts to advocate children with special health care needs in San Antonio.

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Erin Sundseth Ross, Medical Council Member at Feeding Matters

Erin Sundseth Ross, PhD, CCC-SLP

Clinical Instructor, School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, Section of Nutrition, University of Colorado Denver, Developmental Specialist, Rose Medical Center, Denver, Colorado

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Erin Sundseth Ross, Ph.D., received her Master's degree in Speech and Language Pathology from California State University, Stanislaus in 1988. She received her Doctoral degree in Clinical Sciences–Health Services Research from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in 2007. Dr. Ross is currently a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, Section of Nutrition at the University of Colorado Denver. She has specialized clinically in the development of feeding skills, and the etiology and treatment of feeding and growth problems in infants and very young children. Dr. Ross' research interests are focused on understanding normal feeding and growth, and on identifying and treating infants and young children who are not developing typically in these areas.

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Colin Rudolph, Medical Council Member at Feeding Matters

Colin Rudolph, MD

Vice President, Global Medical Affairs, Mead Johnson Nutrition

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Dr. Colin Rudolph is the VP for Global Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer. Previously he was a Professor and Vice-Chair of Pediatrics and the Director of the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee.  He is recognized as an expert in pediatric feeding and gastrointestinal motility disorders.  He has authored over 100 manuscripts in peer reviewed journals and 20 chapters in textbooks.  He is also the editor-in-chief of RUDOLPH’s Pediatrics, one of the leading textbooks of pediatrics.    

Dr. Rudolph obtained his undergraduate degree at the University of California at Berkeley, his doctorate in Endocrinology at the University of California in San Francisco and his medical degree at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.  He completed his Pediatric residency at the Children’s Hospital in Boston and his subspecialty training in Pediatric Gastroenterology at the University of California in San Francisco.  He subsequently served as a faculty physician for 10 years at the Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati prior to moving to Milwaukee.

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Ronald Serbin, Medical Council Member at Feeding Matters

Ronald M. Serbin, MD


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Dr. Serbin is a graduate of the University of Arizona College of Medicine. He received his pediatric training at the Phoenix Children's Hospital and Maricopa Medical Center. He has been in private practice at Pediatrix since 1997. He has an interest in treating children with special needs, asthma, adolescents, and sports medicine.

Dr. Serbin grew up in Phoenix. He is married and has a daughter who was a 26 week premature infant. He enjoys travel, playing basketball, jogging, and hiking.

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Alan Silverman, Medical Council Member at Feeding Matters

Alan Silverman, PhD

Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Medical College of Wisconsin, Medical Staff Section Chief of Pediatric Psychology Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

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Dr. Silverman is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Medical College of Wisconsin, and the Medical Staff Section Chief of Pediatric Psychology for Children's Hospital of Wisconsin. His primary clinical services are provided through the section of Gastroenterology and Nutrition working with families of children diagnosed with Feeding Disorders of Childhood. He also leads the research efforts of the interdisciplinary feeding program at the Children's Hospital in Wisconsin, which includes studies of disease etiology, treatment efficacy, and telemedicine interventions. He has authored many original publications including a review of feeding and vomiting disorders for the Handbook of Pediatric Psychology.

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Denise Stats-Caldwell, Medical Council Member at Feeding Matters

Denise Stats-Caldwell, MA, CCC-SLP

ASU Clinical Associate Professor

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Denise Stats-Caldwell, MA, CCC-SLP is a practicing speech-language pathologist and Clinical Associate Professor at Arizona State University (ASU). She has a 10-year history in the field, and has both experience and passion for the areas of swallowing and feeding disorders across the lifespan. Denise started the first Arizona chapter of Support for People with Oral, Head and Neck Cancer with the support of a co-facilitator, and is now excited to be involved in Feeding Matters. She teaches graduate coursework in swallowing and feeding disorders at ASU, and trains new graduate student clinicians. Through her work at ASU, Denise continues to provide clinical services in speech-language pathology at the on-site Speech-Language Clinic, as well as by providing services at a local otolaryngology office. Denise is the mother of 4 children: Jacob (9), Paige (8), Lucy (3) and Josie (2). Jacob was born at 36 weeks gestation and experienced mild feeding difficulties, which subsequently fueled Denise's desire to develop her skills in pediatric feeding and swallowing.

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Kay Anne Toomey, Medical Council Member at Feeding Matters

Kay Ann Toomey, PhD

Clinical Director, SOS Feeding Solutions at Star Center, President, Toomey & Associates, Inc., Developer, SOS Approach to Feeding

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Dr. Kay Toomey is a Pediatric Psychologist who has worked with children who don't eat for over 25 years. She has developed the SOS Approach to Feeding as a family centered program for assessing and treating children with Feeding Problems. Dr. Toomey speaks nationally and internationally about her approach. She also acts as a consultant to Gerber Products. Dr. Toomey helped to form The Children's Hospital–Denver's Pediatric Oral Feeding Clinic, as well as the Rose Medical Center's Pediatric Feeding Center. Dr. Toomey co-chaired the Pediatric Therapy Services Department at Rose Medical Center prior to entering private practice. Dr. Toomey is currently the President of Toomey & Associates, Inc. and works as the Clinical Director of the SOS Approach to Feeding Clinic at the STAR Center.  

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Michelle Trumpy MPH, RD, LD

Public Health Administrative Manager

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Michelle Trumpy has always been passionate about partnering with children and families to improve their feeding relationship. Michelle trained at the Pediatric Pulmonary Center at the University of Wisconsin Medical School. She worked at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin as a dietitian in the Feeding and Swallowing Center and Gastroenterology clinics. She then went on to develop the nutrition component of the adolescent eating disorders treatment program at The Emily Program located in St. Paul, Minnesota. She now works as an administrative manager in a large county health department implementing quality improvement initiatives.  Michelle received her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her master of public health degree from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.

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Lisa Vickers, Medical Council Member at Feeding Matters

Lisa Vickers, MSed, CCC-SLP

Easter Seals Southwest Human Development

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Lisa graduated from State University College at Buffalo with a Bachelors degree in Special Education/elementary education and a Masters degree in Speech-Language Pathology, which included working on a Federal grant involving an early intervention curricular sequence, specializing in children Birth to 3 with a variety of special needs and their families. She is a Pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist who has worked with children birth-5 with a variety of special needs and their families over the past 16 years, at Southwest Human Development. Her special interests have included pediatric feeding and mealtime issues and the impact on the child and their families; as well as the influence of social-emotional development and early language acquisition of children with special needs and the importance of the caregiver/parent- child relationship.

Currently, Lisa serves children and families in a variety of ways, through assessment, consultation and team collaboration. She conducts team assessments through The Easter Seals/Southwest Human Development Infant-Toddler Feeding Program which offers comprehensive, multi-disciplinary services to all young children and families with feeding difficulties who are enrolled in agency programs. She has developed and trained many professionals in various programs including Healthy Families, Early Head Start and other mental health programs on early language acquisition and the influence of the parent-child interactions. Lisa is involved in the Reach Out and Read project in medical facilities and pediatric practices; and conducts lunch and learn visits to pediatric medical providers in the valley with a founding parent of P.O.P.S.I.C.L.E., with special efforts in building collaboration around pediatric feeding difficulties and the importance of early identification and intervention.

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Dana Williams, Medical Council Member at Feeding Matters

Dana Williams, MD

Attending Pediatric Gastroenterologist, Phoenix Children's Hospital

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Dr. Williams graduated with a BS in Mathematics and Physics from Ion Luca Caragiale Lyceum in Bucharest Romania in 1986. In 1992 she received her medical degree from Carol Davila School of Medicine also in Bucharest Romania. Dr. Williams completed her residency in Pediatrics and Pediatric Gastroenterology at New York Presbyterian Hospital in New York. She also received fellowship training in Pediatric Gastroenterology at New York Presbyterian Hospital.

Dr. Williams has had a career highlighted by numerous awards and recognitions among them being the Charles H. Revson Foundation Fellowship in Biomedical Research, and the Distinguished House Staff Award by the Cornell Medical Center Alumni Council. Dr. Williams is also well published on a variety of topics. Dr. Williams is board certified in Pediatric Gastroenterology and Pediatrics by the American Board of Medical Specialties. She is also affiliated with the American Academy of Pediatrics, North American Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, and Fellow American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Williams's research and areas of interest are in Hepatitis C, Gastroesophogeal Reflux Disease, Novel Gastrointestinal Endoscopic techniques and Capsule Endoscopy.

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