A Transdisciplinary Approach to Feeding Therapy

April 13, 2023 12:15 pm

Presentation Summary

A Developmental behavioral pediatrician, a pediatric gastroenterologist, an occupational therapist and a speech therapist collaborated to create one that serves the children within our safety net healthcare system. This presentation highlights how a multidisciplinary team serves children with unmet needs that are often compounded by social determinants of health.

Learning Objective

Recognize how social determinates of health contribute to feeding disorders.


  • Stephanie Tran

    Stephanie Tran MS, CCC-SLP

    Stephanie Tran has a Master of Science in Communicative Disorders from San Francisco State University. She has experience working in outpatient clinics, acute hospitals, and schools. Her interests in the field include feeding disorders, early intervention, autism spectrum disorders, bilingual language acquisition, and developmental delays. She is trained in the SOS (Sequential Oral Sensory) Approach to Feeding, P.R.O.M.P.T; ADOS (Autism Diagnostic Observation Scales), and the NBO (New Born Observation Screening). Stephanie is reliable in the NCAST Feeding Scales. Stephanie has specialized training in working with children on the autism spectrum through Project Common Ground, a project supported by the U.S. Department of Education. She is an alumni of the Napa Infant-Parent Mental Health Fellowship. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

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  • Tina Nguyen

    Tina Nguyen MOT, OTR/L

    Tina Nguyen graduated from UCLA in 2010 with a BA in Psychology and a Master’s of Occupational Therapy in 2014 from Samuel Merritt University. She has a variety of clinical experiences in multiple settings including psychiatric facilities, inpatient hospitals, SNFs, schools, and outpatient pediatric clinics. Her passion includes working with children with feeding disorders, mental health disorders, and developmental delays. Tina currently works as a psychosocial occupational therapist at Santa Clara County in a pediatric outpatient clinic and a feeding clinic as part of a transdisciplinary team. She is trained in the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding, Learning Without Tears, ADOS-2 assessment, SPARK communication, and DIR FloorTime. In her free time, she likes to scrapbook, explore new places, and spend time with her family.

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  • Emily Whitgob

    Emily Whitgob MD, MEd

    Emily Whitgob is a developmental behavioral pediatrician at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. She got her start in pediatric feeding disorders as a medical student at UC Davis where she spent Friday afternoons with their multidisciplinary feeding clinic. She fell in love with the team approach and the variety of patients and families. Before medical school, Emily was a special education teacher in New York, Boston, and Oakland and has always used the principles of inclusion to guide her. When she is not at work, she is trying new foods with her infant daughter.

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  • Rachel Ruiz

    Rachel Ruiz MD, FAAP

    Rachel Ruiz is a mom of three, a board-certified general pediatrician, and a pediatric gastroenterologist. She completed her undergraduate at Dartmouth College, doctorate of medicine and pediatrics residency at Vanderbilt University, and pediatric gastroenterology fellowship at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford. Rachel practices at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose, CA and is an affiliated clinical instructor of pediatric gastroenterology at Stanford. While she treats a wide range of conditions, she is extremely passionate about feeding-related disorders.

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