Avner Stern, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in diagnostic and psychoeducational assessment of learning disabilities and ADHD in children, adolescents and adults. He received his doctorate from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and completed the Postgraduate Diagnostic Program at the Menninger School of Psychiatry and Mental Health Sciences. Prior to being in private practice, Dr. Stern was Director of ADHD and Learning Disability Services at Crittenton Behavioral Health, and Director of Doctoral Intern Training and Clinical Services at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Counseling Center. He serves as testing consultant to Horizon Academy.
Sandi Isaacson, Ph.D., ABPdN is a Board-certified neuropsychologist who specializes in assessing children, adolescents and adults with brain impairments. She has worked with individuals with learning, attention, memory, executive functioning and behavioral and emotional concerns for over 30 years in hospitals, schools and correctional settings. She received her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Michigan State University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Menninger Clinic. She received postdoctoral training in Neuropsychology from the Fielding Institute and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Neuropsychology.
Christopher Niileksela, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist and school psychologist specializing in the assessment and diagnosis of learning disabilities (including dyslexia, dysgraphia, and dyscalculia), attention disorders, and other concerns related to learning. He received his Ph.D. in School Psychology from the University of Kansas in 2012 and joined Midwest Neuroeducational Services in 2016. He is also a lecturer for the School Psychology program at the University of Kansas, where he supervises student clinicians and psychoeducational evaluations at the Center for Psychoeducational Services. Prior to teaching at the University of Kansas, he worked as a School Psychologist for Topeka Public Schools. He continues to work with and consult with schools in addition to private practice work at Midwest Neuroeducational Services.
Julia Shaftel, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist and school psychologist specializing in the assessment of learning disabilities (including reading, mathematics, written and oral language skills) and ADHD. Prior to her doctorate, Dr. Shaftel earned her Master of Education degree in special education and taught students with learning disabilities for over a decade. Most recently she served as the Director of the Center for Psychoeducational Services at the University of Kansas for seven years. In addition to running the Center, she taught and supervised graduate students in school psychology and provided clinical services to children, adolescents, and adults. In addition to offering psychoeducational evaluations, Dr. Shaftel alsoprovides transition planning for high school students ages 16 and up.
Lauren Spears, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in psychodiagnostic and psychoeducational assessment. She evaluates children, adolescents, and adults for ADHD, learning disabilities, differential psychiatric diagnoses, and bariatric surgery. Dr. Spears received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Kansas after completing her pre-doctoral internship at the University of Kansas Medical Center. She went on to complete a post-doctoral residency at the Kansas City VA Medical Center, where she then worked as a staff psychologist in the outpatient behavioral health clinic. In addition to psychological assessment, Dr. Spears specializes in the evidence-based diagnosis of complex anxiety and trauma/stressor-related disorders.