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 and Career Counselors. Highlights and specialties are listed for each of our team of professionals, from Student Coaching to Aspergers and Autism, the vast array of specialties assist in choosing from our dedicated professionals.
Mitchell Parker, Ph.D, is the senior clinical psychologist and owner of Keller Clinic. Dr. Parker has over 30 years of experience working with the families of children with learning and developmental disorders. Prior to becoming owner of Keller Clinic, Mitch was employed in clinical, school, university and informal settings. Recently, Dr. Parker served as the principal and clinical director at a school for children from 6 weeks to 21 years of age with developmental challenges. Dr. Parker has been the head psychologist at Keller Clinic since 2002, specializing in offering comprehensive psychoeducational evaluations as well as 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.
Laura Rodriguez-Kitkowski, Ph.D.
Dr. Laura Rodriguez-Kitkowski is a professor at South University and has taught 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.
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.
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.
Shayna Klein, MA, LPC, NCC
Shayna Klein has many years of experience in the field of education. Shayna earned her Bachelor of Arts in Education from the University of Michigan and a Masters in Counseling from Oakland University. She has taught US History, Sociology, Psychology and AP Psychology. Counseling students through the college application and admission process has been a long-standing strength and interest for Shayna. Her talents and experience in working with high school students for fifteen years have allowed her to develop invaluable skills at a level not easily found. Shayna has visited many Ivy League colleges, met with numerous college representatives from across the country, and has participated in the coordination of scholarship, financial aid and college fair events. As a Licensed Professional Counselor and National Certified Counselor, Shayna has the expertise, knowledge and passion for guiding students through a successful and rewarding high school to college transition.
Alicja Jahnke is retired educator, with 38 years of experience as a teacher and a counselor. She holds three Masters Degrees: Music from University of Michigan, Learning Disabilities from Eastern Michigan University, and Counseling from Eastern Michigan University. She has experience as both a middle school and high school counselor, specializing in personal, academic, and college counseling. Her background in music and learning disabilities gives her additional insights for students with these needs/interests. She is a member of NACAC (National Association of College Admission Counseling), MACAC (Michigan Association of College Admission Counseling) and an Associate Member of IECA (Independent Educational Consultants Association).
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.
Eleanor Jones, M.S.,Ed.
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: 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.
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, M.A., Ed.
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, encourage them to persevere in problem solving and to never stop improving themselves or helping others.
Cheryl Kelly M.A., Ed.
Cheryl Kelly is currently a high school math teacher. She has taught at the high school level for over 12 years, and before that she taught 8 years at the middle school level. She received a full scholarship to Wayne State University and received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Mathematics Education, and also a Master’s degree in Instructional Technology. She has taught a variety of math courses and an ACT prep course. She tutors students during an after-school program at her school. She has helped create curriculum and played an active role in her school district’s school improvement team. She enjoys coaching boys varsity tennis, golfing, and raising money for cancer research by running half-marathons. Throughout her years of teaching, she has learned many techniques to help students understand mathematics. She encourages students to think for themselves and find their own strategies to solve problems. She is looking forward to helping your student be successful in math!
Susan Bishop-Crowley is a tutor who works with students in ACT/SAT Prep and Spanish at Keller Clinic. Susan is a graduate of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor campus and is an avid fan of all things maize and blue. She has been working with businesses and families from Spain, Mexico, Michigan, Laredo TX and San Diego, CA for over 20 years. At Keller, Sra. Susan offers her students a variety of approaches to enhance grammar and language retention, while promoting the appreciation of hispanic cultures. When she is not tutoring, Susan enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading, healthy-gourmet cooking, gardening and creating art.
Rita Gorial, B.A.
Rita Gorial received her Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Wayne State University. As part of her engineering program and passion for sciences, she also studied advanced sciences extensively. She has worked as para-professional for special needs students in the Oak Park School District. Rita has tutored all grade levels of math, as well as chemistry and physics. She currently homeschools her children and enjoys teaching them and others based on her educational and work experiences. Rita strives to be an inspirational individual who believes that every student has the potential to learn and to succeed. Rita values the importance of building strong relationships. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family.
Sara Zielinski is an English tutor at Keller Clinic. Sara graduated from Central Michigan University with a secondary education degree in History, English and Social Studies (concentrated in Geography). She is certified to teach 6-12th grade. Sara likes to help her students build off of prior knowledge to ensure lasting and meaningful connections. At Keller, Sara offers academic tutoring as well as ACT/SAT Prep tutoring. When she is not tutoring, Sara enjoys being out on the lake. She also has a puppy at home, named Darcy, who needs tutoring from time to time.