Since 1967, our offices in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan have been offering individuals, students, and families the caring educational and psychological help they need. Our staff includes a multi-disciplinary team of certified licensed, and highly experienced: Teachers, Educational Specialists, Psychologists, Licensed Counselors, Licensed Social Workers and Career Counselors. Highlights and specialties are listed for each of our team of professionals, from Student Coaching to Athletic Training in Sports Psychology to Aspergers and Autism, the vast array of specialties assist in choosing from our dedicated professionals.
Laura Rodriguez-Kitkowski, Ph.D.
Dr. Laura Rodriguez-Kitkowski is a professor for Wayne State University, Oakland University and Madonna University in Michigan. Originally from Texas and a graduate of Texas A&M University with a degree in Psychology, Laura currently lives in the Detroit Metropolitan area where she has a private practice specializing in depression, suicide, bi-polar, dual diagnosis, substance abuse, eating disorders and human sexuality with children, adolescents and adults. She is a public speaker and presenter on a variety of wellness topics as well as a trainer throughout the United States on personal and professional development. Laura coordinated 211 Initiative communications throughout the nation and Canada and continues with legislative efforts in a variety of counseling-relate and wellness related initiatives. She has managed specialized programs in Elder Care, Child Care, Employment & Training and Employee Assistance. She is a Past-President of the Michigan Counseling Association (MCA) and Chairman of the Board for The Information Center, Inc. She is a member of ACA, MCA, the MCA Governing Council, the Bloomfield Hills Optimist Club, and Past-President of the Oakland Counseling Association. She received both her Master of Arts and Doctorate of Philosophy in Counseling from Wayne State University.
Mitchell Parker, Ph.D, is a clinical psychologist who has over 30 years of experience working with the families of children with learning and developmental disorders. Dr. Parker has been employed in clinical, school, university and informal settings. Most recently Dr. Parker was the principal and clinical director at a school for children from 6 weeks to 21 years of age, with developmental challenges. Since 2002, Dr. Parker has been the head psychologist at Keller Clinic where he specializes in offering comprehensive psychoeducational evaluations and the diagnosis and treatment of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, and learning and developmental disorders. Dr. Parker believes that treatment is most effective when there is a cooperative partnership of child, family and school.
Martha Miller received a Bachelors of Arts at Michigan State University, a Masters of Education in Special Education with emphasis on Learning Disabilities from Marygrove College, and a Reading Recovery certification from Oakland University. She attended Wayne State University in the area of Special Education Administration and is State endorsed as a Supervisor of Special Education. She also holds an Elementary Administration Certification from Michigan State University. Martha has served as a special education teacher and teacher consultant for nearly 30 years and was a private advocacy consultant. She worked in the public school system coordinating and facilitating special education evaluations and meetings for children with special needs. Her in-depth knowledge of the assessment process and how it impacts teaching decisions, as well as her expertise in special education law entailing due process, have resulted in positive outcomes for children and families.
In addition to her special education and evaluation experience, Martha completed training and certification as a Reading Recovery Teacher Leader and coached Reading Recovery teachers in Oakland County and Traverse City, MI. Through her Reading Recovery training, she gained considerable experience teaching reading and writing to first grade students who struggled with early literacy acquisition. In her time with students during Reading Recovery, she recognized that progress is based upon determining what the child already knows and building from there. Martha has also served as an adjunct instructor at Oakland University and Saginaw Valley State University.
When she is not dedicating her time to helping students succeed, Martha enjoys reading, knitting, practicing and teaching yoga as well as spending time with her family and friends.
Cindi graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a both a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Special Education. She has taught in the public school system for 26 years, both in the special education and in the general education setting. Throughout her career as a resource room teacher she assessed, taught and supported children facing many different types and degrees of learning, physical, and medical challenges. As a general education teacher, she designed and adapted educational strategies that could be successfully implemented in a classroom in order to provide all students the opportunity to meet with success. At Keller Clinic Cindi specializes in educational testing and uses her experience to make recommendations for academic success.
Kathleen is a limited licensed psychologist who received her Master’s degree in Child Clinical Psychology from Vanderbilt University in Tennessee in 1999. She was employed as a Psychometrist in the Neuropsychology Division at the University of Michigan Health Systems from 2001-2007. She has been working in various school districts since 2007, completing psycho-educational evaluations to determine special education eligibility.
Paolo Todesco, Ph.D.
Dr. Paolo Todesco obtained his undergraduate degree with honors from the University of Windsor. Additionally, he received his Master’s degree in School and Community Psychology and Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from Wayne State University in Detroit. His graduate level work focused on child and adolescent development and he has published an article on adolescent risk-taking behaviors. Dr. Todesco has been a Psychologist for several school districts including Detroit Public Schools, Grosse Pointe Public Schools and Warren Woods Public Schools for the past 11 years. He has been an adjunct professor at Wayne State University for 6 years, teaching classes on Educational Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, and Psychological Testing. Dr. Todesco has also been an Adjunct professor at Macomb Community College for the past 6 years. He also conducts numerous custody and guardianship evaluations for the Macomb County Probate Court System and testifies in court hearings. Dr. Todesco has worked extensively with children and adolescents who have learning disabilities, cognitive impairments, ADHD, Autism, Aspergers, depression, anxiety disorders and other emotional impairments which negatively impact daily functioning and academic performance. Dr. Todesco is happily married and has two wonderful children
Claudia Pearson, M.A.T.
Claudia began working with children in 1972 when she had the wonderful opportunity to be an au pair in France for a family with seven children. After a year in Paris, she returned to the states to continue working with children as a teacher’s aide with Severely Mentally and Physically Impaired children and later with Emotionally Impaired at Fairlawn Center, a state psychiatric hospital for children and adolescents. Working as a teacher’s aide inspired Claudia to complete a BA in English and Masters Degree in Education. At Keller Clinic, Claudia works with elementary to college students primarily within the areas of English, writing, reading, study skills and ACT/SAT prep.
Mike Ehlers, Michigan Certified Teacher
Mike Ehlers, Michigan Certified Teacher
For four years Mike taught high school mathematics, but is now a full-time private tutor. Mike works with students on topics ranging from Pre-Algebra to Calculus, whether specifically for a class, or as part of test preparation for an entrance exam. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Wayne State University’s College of Science, where he combined his curriculum with the University’s College of Education to receive his Teacher’s Certification. Prior to becoming a teacher/tutor, Mike installed, trained and programmed Point-of-Sale equipment, while performing accounting functions, such as Business Personal Property Taxes. Mike draws on these practical application experiences for his tutoring as well as his ability to be flexible, adaptable and most of all, patient.
Alyssa is a Michigan Certified, K-8 teacher with master’s level training and professional development in technology, reading, writing, and RTI. She has been an elementary teacher in both private and public schools for 13 years. During her career she has been a curriculum coordinator, a lead teacher, the director of a child care center and a recruitment coordinator. She has a great passion for teaching and works hard to engage students in learning by exploring their different learning styles, abilities, and interests. She differentiates all of her instruction, either in a classroom or in a one-on-one tutoring scenario. Alyssa continually provides instruction to maximize the potential of her students in order to optimize their success in the learning environment. She enjoys helping her students become responsible and independent children who love learning.
John has been teaching since 1981. John started working at Keller Clinic when he got out of college as a full time tutor. He has worked as a fifth and sixth grade teacher prior to his resource teaching position. John prides himself as strictly a one-on-one tutor at the clinic and as the Homework Program Instructor at Keller Clinic.
Susan Bishop-Crowley is a Spanish tutor at Keller Clinic, a graduate of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor campus and an avid fan of all things maize and blue. She has been working with businesses and families from Spain, Mexico, Laredo TX and San Diego, CA for over 20 years. At Keller, Sra. Susan offers her students a variety of approaches to enhance language retention and promotes the appreciation of Hispanic cultures worldwide. When she is not tutoring, Susan enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading, boating, healthy-gourmet cooking and creating art.
After thirty-six years of teaching in public, parochial, and independent high schools in four states, Eleanor Jones retired in 2014. For her last twenty-eight years of teaching Eleanor taught primarily Biology, Honors Biology, Genetics, and Honors Molecular Biology at the Academy of the Sacred Heart in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Sacred Heart is Michigan’s oldest independent school. Eleanor is passionate about science and taught general study skills that her freshman Biology students at the Sacred Heart needed in order to be successful in high school. During the 1996-97 school year Eleanor received Honorable Mention for the Michigan Outstanding Biology Teacher Award and the following school year she was the Michigan OBTA winner. This award is presented by the National Association of Biology Teachers. Eleanor brings with her great knowledge and passion for Biology that she now shares with all of her tutoring students at Keller Clinic.
Donna Webb attended Lawrence Technological University and Oakland University, earning degrees in Electrical Engineering and Mathematics. She taught at both the collegiate and high school levels, as well as worked in the automotive industry, before realizing her dream of working independently from home as a high school tutor. For the past 16 years Ms. Webb has been fortunate to work as a private math tutor helping hundreds of students recognize the “awesomeness” that is mathematics. She has been described by students as a “math wizard” and can’t think of a higher compliment. She understands that each student is a true individual and that one explanation won’t work for everyone. She has a unique style of teaching and is able to relate to students of all ages with ease. Ms. Webb is currently writing a series of Algebra textbooks that she hopes will help not only to teach, but to inspire.
Brian Debbaudt was raised in Utica , MI and graduated from Michigan State University. While in East Lansing he was trained as a chemical engineer. Upon earning his undergraduate degree he entered the chemical industry and spent almost ten years working in various roles at Dow Corning Corporation in Midland, MI. About 8 years later he decided to make a huge change and embark on a second career. He enrolled in the Noyce Scholars program at Oakland University. This unique program is designed to train post Baccalaureate career changers to teach STEM subjects at the secondary level. Mr. Debbaudt finished this program and began teaching mathematics and chemistry at several schools in the metropolitan area. His specialty is helping students learn how to learn so they can be self-sufficient, real-world problem solvers. His engineering background gives him a different perspective than traditional teachers. He is a continuous learner in his own right as many people call him the master tinkerer. He takes this approach as he works with students at Keller Clinic to acheive their goals. He feels this allows for successful and time-driven results with respect to students trying navigating the math and sciences.
Dawn Gafa has taught high school mathematics, physics and chemistry for the past 15 years. Dawn received her Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Kettering University and her Masters of Education from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor campus. Before becoming a teacher, she worked in the automotive industry reducing noise levels in vehicles. While she found the engineering work fun, she didn’t find it nearly as rewarding as her current passion for helping students to find successful strategies in learning math and sciences.
Ryan Gates graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics – Secondary Education from Eastern Michigan University in 2013 with a minor in Communications and Theater Arts. He has over 5 years of tutoring experience at a middle school, high school, and college level. In his past, he has worked as a full-time teacher at Michigan Math & Science Academy in Center Line, Michigan, where he taught 7th grade mathematics and high school geometry. While attending Eastern Michigan University, he was a Tutor Team Leader at the Holmann Success Center and the Vice President of the Math Club at EMU. While in high school, he attained the rank of Eagle Scout in 2006 as a member of Troop 1001. His goal in teaching is to show students their own strengths and encourage them to persevere in problem solving and to never stop improving themselves or helping others.
Ron Harrison, M.A.
Ron holds a B.A. and Masters degree from Wayne State University and is certified in secondary education. He enjoys tutoring and is gratified when his students are successful. During his career, Ron helped train new teachers and wrote curriculum for new classes. Beyond the classroom Ron owned and operated a retail business for many years, which gives him added perspective. This, together with extensive travel helps in giving students a wider range of ideas with which to learn. At Keller Clinic, Ron tutors math (through pre-calculus), biology, chemistry, Spanish and study skills. He also specializes in ACT/SAT prep. With a conscience and caring approach, Ron’s organized lessons focus on achievement for his students, and he looks forward to helping you.
Heather Calcaterra, M.A.
Heather Calcaterra is a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC). Her professional experiences include over eleven years of clinical case management and counseling of young children, adolescents, adults, and families. In addition, she has extensive experience working with abused, neglected, and delinquent youth, youth with severe behavioral problems, juvenile sexual offenders, and families in need of prevention services or reunification assistance. She is a member of the American Counseling Association.
Heather’s academic preparation includes the Master of Arts degree in Community Agency Counseling and a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice, both from Wayne State University. Heather is also a Certified Addictions Counselor (CAC). In addition to her academic preparation Heather served as a volunteer for the Macomb County Cooperative Extension Service Parent to Parent program for five years, and the Common Ground Sanctuary for one year. She has also received additional experience in the areas of Play Therapy, HIV / AIDS awareness, Behavior Modification, Career Counseling, and Crisis Intervention.
Catherine Johnston, M.A.
Catherine Johnston is a nationally certified counselor with over 25 years of experience in the human services field. At the Family Independence Agency, she worked with individuals and families in a variety of capacities, including caseworker and casework supervisor. While at Oakland County Children’s Village, she provided individual, family and group therapy for 13 – 17 year old residents who had been adjudicated by the courts. At HAVEN she performed crisis intervention, monitored high-risk parental visitation exchanges at area police departments, and worked extensively with domestic violence and sexual assault survivors. Catherine obtained her Master’s Degree in Counseling from Oakland University. She has also recently completed training and certification in the Positive Parenting/F.A.M.I.L.Y. Rules Program and utilizes this philosophy in her work with families, when appropriate. The goal of this program is to reduce conflict and tension among family members, while improving communication in the home through clarification of the rules, consequences and rewords. She is a member of the American Counseling Association, Michigan Counseling Association, American Mental Health Counselors Association, and Chi Sigma Iota, an international honor society for counseling professionals. She currently treats individuals, couples and families ranging in age from pre-adolescent to senior citizens.
Alicia C. Mindlin, Psy.D.
Alicia is a native to Michigan. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan Dearborn campus, and received her Master of Arts, with honors, in counseling from Oakland University. Alicia received her specialist degree in Humanistic & Clinical Psychology from the Michigan School of Professional Psychology, and is pursuing her doctorate in Humanistic & Clinical Psychology.
Alicia completed her internship at Oxford-Addison Youth Assistance, where she worked with families and youths of all ages, and was a part of the day-to-day operations. Her caseload included an array of life challenges. Prior to her internship, Alicia worked with emotionally impaired children, children who were abused and neglected, as well as teenagers who were pregnant at The Saint Vincent Sarah Fisher Center Residential Facility. Here, Alicia served as a youth specialist and was part of the treatment planning and its implementation as well as a part of the day-to-day operations.
At this time, Alicia’s areas of focus include working with adolescents, adults, families, grief and loss issues, as well as psychological problems related to health issues. Alicia also administers psychological testing.
When Alicia is not working she shares her life with her family.
Ryan Miller is dynamic individual dedicated to sports therapy and wellness. Ryan has a passion for helping athletes work through their sporting, academic and personal challenges. He has a keen
interest in group and community running, especially distance running with a strong focus in Minimalist / Barefoot Running. Ryan believes that running and exercise is a great relief for many problems we face on a daily basis. Ryan has successfully completed 35 marathons in 33 different states. Additionally as an ‘Ultra Marathoner’, with accomplishments of 50K distances, Ryan has successfully completed three Ultra Marathons with distances of 50 Miles, 75 Miles, and 80 (+) Miles. Educated at the University of Detroit-Mercy, Ryan received his Bachelor of Science in Sports Medicine in 1996 and his Maters of Science in Counseling at Wayne State University in 2003 with a specialization in Sports Exercise Psychology and Substance Abuse as it relates to sports. He has over 20 years of experience in the field. He holds state licensure as a Professional Counselor, is a State Licensed Athletic Trainer, and also holds certification as a National Athletic Trainers Association Certified Athletic Trainer. Ryan is dedicated to research in the field of sports therapy with thesis projects investigating Sports Injury and Decisions on Return to Play. Both student athletes and professionals in the industry hold Ryan in high regard.