Our Clinical Team
Matthew L. Newell
has traveled and lectured internationally in all phases of development and brain neuroplasticity. He is certified in Child Brain Development. During more than thirty years of experience, Matthew has helped and taught over 15,000 parents. He has personally designed and developed mobility programs for thousands of children, teaching their parents how to take them through each step of functional mobility—from paralysis to independently crawling on their stomachs, from creeping on their hands and knees to walking independently without braces, from walking to running, and continuing on through to physical excellence. Matthew has world-leading expertise in respiration, Mild Hyperbaric Therapy, cranial sacral therapy, myofascial release, and other modalities to support the development of children and adults.
Carol J. Newell
was originally certified as a National Nursery Nurse in England for Early-Child Education, where she worked with healthy children and children with varying degrees of health problems. She has also traveled and lectured internationally in all phases of development and brain neuroplasticity and has over 30 years of experience teaching and guiding parents of children with special needs. This includes the development of their child’s emotions and improving their challenging behavior and social competence so they can integrate into the family and beyond. Carol succeeds in taking children who have cortical vision impairment to seeing, from deafness to hearing, from an inability to read to reading at age level, and from far below average intelligence to being equal with their peers. Together with Matthew, Carol has been certified in Child Brain Development, Craniosacral and Myofascial Release, SoListen, and FastForWord.
Kristin Clague Reihman, M.D.
Dr. Reihman is a board-certified Family Physician and Diplomate of the American Board of Integrative and Holistic Medicine, with additional training in Medical Acupuncture. She graduated from Stanford School of Medicine in 2004, and completed her residency in Family Medicine at Lehigh Valley Hospital, in Allentown, Pennsylvania. In addition to working at the Family Hope Center, she balances her time between teaching residents and medical students; starting an holistic wellness center in her home office; raising four beautiful children; and cultivating the healthy lifestyle that makes it all possible. She is passionate about empowering patients to transform their health and move beyond diagnoses into vibrant wellness.
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.
Mira Helena Bergkvist, M.D.
International Medical Team
graduated as a Medical Doctor in 1980 from the Medical Faculty of Odense University in Denmark. Her practice has spanned over 25 years of clinical experience from public hospitals in Denmark and Sweden in which she worked 12 years as a senior eye specialist. From 2003 through 2013, she practiced as a Consultant Eye Specialist. Her postgraduate education included Internal Medicine, Urology, Ear/Nose/Throat, Neurosurgery and Ophthalmology. Her special concern and interest revolves around visual function and rehabilitation in the brains of all children and especially children with neurological challenges. She does research about childrens’ health and held a lecture about Danish childrens’ development at the 16
Meeting of the Nordic Pediatric Ophthalmology Group, which was held in Sweden in September 2013.
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 evaluating and helping children through the FHC from Mexico, America, and Canada over the next 6 years, he published his third book, The Brain Score Approach, in 2010.
Clinical Family Support
has worked as an educator with parents and children for more than 30 years in a variety of medical, mental health, and educational settings. Jennifer specializes in helping parents promote social-emotional connections, dynamic thought processes, and effective, productive behavior. In 1990 she received her Master’s degree in education from Bank Street College of Education in New York City. From 2006 until 2012 she was a Certified Consultant in Relationship Development Intervention (RDI
), a parent-training program for the treatment of autistic spectrum disorders. She continues to integrate the principles of RDI
into her work with families.
Gregory G. Fischer
Director of Sensory and Respiratory Education
joined The Family Hope Center in October 2004 and comes to us with 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.
Mark Davies, B.S.C. (hons), BTP
Director of Operations - UK/Ireland
As the key liaison to our families in the UK, Mark supports families currently on an FHC Program, as well as creating awareness and education to families, educators and medical professionals throughout Great Britain, Ireland and Western Europe through seminars, webinars and social media to introduce parents to programs that empower them with strategies to help their children diagnosed with special needs.
Mark has a 16-year background as a firefighter in England, where he also had a private practice using his degree in traditional Chinese medicine. He supported his clients with acupuncture, BodyTalk and Cranial Sacral Therapy. As Mark’s clientele increasingly included hurt children, and after hearing about the success of the Family Hope Center’s Program, he joined our team in September 2011 and has since organized parent trainings in the UK.
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. 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 at FHC.
Our Administrative Team
Family Support Coordinator
Parent Training Registrar
Director of Marketing and Promotion
Chief Financial Officer
Operations Support Coordinator
Administrative and Family Support
To enquire about Family Hope Center or Parent Training Conferences in your country,
please contact one of our Associates or Parent Support Coordinators:
Chartered Physiotherapist, Cranial Fascial Therapist,
Certified Bodytalk Practitioner
* An Associate is a valuable asset to each family within their country. Their role is to support the FHC Team in helping bring the FHC approach to their country in an administrative capacity. An Associate is not in any capacity clinically trained and ... MORE
Parent Support Coordinators