Clinial Team Bios

Matthew Newell

Matthew has dedicated his life to helping children and adults with special needs and brain injuries since 1981. For more than 35 years Matthew has created neurodevelopment programs internationally, working with parents and specialists from more than 34 countries. He has helped and educated well over 15,000 families. After spending twenty years creating and managing development programs for an international clinic for brain-injured children, Matthew believed that integrating new advances in brain development were the keys to a child’s successful neurological growth and development. In 2002 he co-founded “The Family Hope Center” with Carol his wife, and brought together a team of physicians and clinicians to help teach, guide and support parents in helping develop their children. Since that time, he and his team have helped children achieve extraordinary breakthroughs and advances in independent movement leading to walking and running, communication and speech, vision and reading, social development, and learning. Matthew and his team continue to educate themselves and incorporate new developments and techniques into the Family Hope Center’s neurodevelopment approach--which continues to grow and evolve, much like the many children whose lives he has touched. Matthew has advanced certifications in Child Brain Development, Structural Integration, Cranial Sacral Therapy, Myofascial Release, Yuen Method, BodyTalk, Food and Environmental Sensitivity Clearing, Fascial Energetics, Muscular Biofeedback, Dynamic Postural Reflex Integration, AcuNova Acupuncture, and Quantum Laser Reflex Integration.
Carol J. Newell
Co Director

Carol has traveled and lectured internationally on all phases of brain development. She has been teaching, guiding and counseling parents of both neuro-typical and special needs children for over 35 years. Her knowledge and training is extensive, highlighting full sensory integration - including visual stimulation/development and auditory processing, SoListen/Tomatis, FastForWord, language development, sign language, reading, emotional and social development, ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) and RDI. (Relationship Development Intervention) and she has completed a 2 year fellowship course in Infant Parent Mental Health at University of Massachusetts, Boston. Carol leads and mentors her specialized clinical team to educate parents to improve the overall development for their child.
Kristin Clague Reihman, MD, ABIHM Diplomat
(American Board of Integrative and Holistic Medicine)

Dr. Reihman is a board-certified family doctor. She received her medical degree in 2004 from Stanford College of Medicine and served as Chief Resident at her family medicine residency at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown, Pennsylvania. She found her way to an interest in brain healing projects in 2011, when she contracted Lyme disease and her own brain stopped working for a while. A year later she joined the team at the Family Hope Center when it became clear that their philosophy, natural approaches to healing, and commitments to relationship-centered care were in perfect alignment with her own values and practice. She has additional training in medical acupuncture, Autonomic Response Testing, group facilitation, Balint work, ketogenic therapies, and whole, real foods approaches to healing from chronic illness, and maximizing wellness. Dr. Kristin is a member of the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society and is board-eligible in Integrative and Holistic Medicine. Her first book, “Life After Lyme, Revive Your Inner Rock Star and Achieve a Full Recovery,” offers a comprehensive path to recovery for anyone suffering from a complex, chronic, medically mysterious illness. It is due out at the end of 2018. She brings her experience of mothering (and feeding) her own four children to every encounter with families, and wants them to know that yes, it really is possible to feed your family this way and enjoy your life.
Coralee Thompson, M.D.
Associate Medical Director

Dr. Thompson received her medical degree in 1989 from the University of Washington School of Medicine and completed her family practice residency at the Medical College of Virginia. In addition to being part of The Family Hope Center, she works with Dr. Philip Maffetone to create a holistic approach to evaluating and treating the brain, body and mind. Together, they wrote the book “Healthy Brains, Healthy Children.” The focus of her expertise includes nutritional intervention, Quantitative EEG analysis and Neurofeedback, and a variety of natural approaches to help in the assessment and treatment of brain dysfunction. From 1992 until 2006, Dr. Thompson was a board-certified member of the American Academy of Family Physicians. Other memberships include The International Academy for Child Brain Development, The American Medical Society, and The Cranial Academy.
Barry R. Gillespie, D.M.D., M.S.D., L.M.T.
Director, The Gillespie Approach

In 1975 Dr. Gillespie began his professional career as a periodontist. Because of his own headaches and sinus infections that his medical doctors could not resolve, he began his own research into integrative approaches. This led him to cranial sacral therapy and fascial therapy, which provided an excellent therapeutic combination for him. He applied these modalities with success to his patients suffering from headaches and TMJ. In 2003 he joined the medical staff at The Family Hope Center and has trained the FHC team in Cranial Sacral Fascia Therapy. While working with FHC to evaluate and help children from Mexico, America, and Canada, he published his third book, The Brain Score Approach, in 2010.
Jennifer Paget
Director of Clinical Family Support

Jennifer has worked as an educator with parents and children for more than 35 years. Jennifer received a Master’s Degree in Education from Bank Street College of Education in 1990. From 2006 until 2011 she was a Certified Consultant in Relationship Development Intervention® for autism. In 2015 she received a post-graduate certificate in Infant-Parent Mental Health from the University of Massachusetts Boston. Before joining the Family Hope Center in 2010, she worked in a variety of medical, mental health, and educational settings. At the Family Hope Center, she serves as one of the evaluation team members and teaches social and learning aspects of children’s programs. In addition, she oversees the ongoing support for parents working at home with their children. Using insight about brain function from the Integrative and Developmental Progression Chart, she helps parents with structure, motivation, methods, and strategies to help families succeed.
Gregory G. Fischer
Director of Sensory and Respiratory Education

Greg joined The Family Hope Center in October 2004 bringing a wealth of experience helping brain-injured children and their families, including supervising and directing the treatment program for a brain-injured young adult. He specializes in respiratory and sensory development and has extensive experience in mild hyperbaric therapy, neurofeedback evaluations, and cranial sacral and fascia release therapies. Greg is certified in SoListen, Craniosacral and Myofascial Release therapy, and as a Body Talk Practitioner. He brings unusual insight and care to all his work with our families and is constantly seeking new and better ways to help the children who come to our Center.
Andrea L. Stevens, M.S.

Andrea has devoted years of study and practice to diet, nutrition, and human wellness. She is a Registered Nurse with an M.S. in Human Nutrition and a B.Ed. in Health Science. She is also a Certified Nutrition Specialist and a Certified Body Ecologist. Andi comes to The Family Hope Center with years of experience helping people of all ages improve their health through diet, nutrition and a comprehensive approach to wellness. She presents nutrition information through an education-based approach that is easy to understand and implement. As The Family Hope Center considers proper diet and nutrition essential to the healing process for our special children. We are delighted to have a nutritionist of Andi’s experience, professionalism and compassion filling this vital role and presenting information to our parents that is easy to understand and implement.

Administrative Team

Donna Stark
Family Support Coordinator

Carla Kishbaugh
Conference Director

Maya Baker
Conference Coordinator

Christy Hoks
Operations Support Coordinator

Natalie McCrea
Finance Manager

Judy Reif

Mark Newell

International Parent Support Coordinator

Hannes Viljoen

Director and Founder of
Brain Child Fund
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