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Hawaii Gains New Pediatric Neurodevelopment Center with Milestones Milestones offers Hawaii families complete keiki and family support at flagship location
(Honolulu, Hawaii), November 30, 2018 – Families in Hawaii have a new healthcare resource for their keiki with the opening of Milestones, a center for pediatric neurodevelopment. Their location on Mililani Street in downtown Honolulu is a full-service assessment, treatment, and support center. Founded by a team of dedicated physicians and therapists, Milestones focuses on providing a higher level of transdisciplinary healthcare to children and adolescents with neurodevelopmental and behavioral conditions.
Milestones has a mission to transform not only keiki’s lives, but the lives of their families. Milestones opened their flagship location in March of 2018 to meet increasing growth and expanding services. Their team provides the highest quality assessment and treatment services, and strives to lead the way in research, professional, and workforce development throughout the Pacific. This goal includes a commitment to interisland and rural care support, working with clinics, medical centers and community providers.
Four Divisions at Milestones, Neurodevelopmental Services, Rehabilitation, Behavioral Health and Research, Training and Outreach, offer personalized programs for keiki and teens at Milestones:
- The Trans-Disciplinary Program partners with community resources and government agencies to provide early diagnoses and transdisciplinary management for children 0-5 years who are at risk due to fetal exposure to toxic substances or adverse childhood experiences.
- The Rehabilitation Program uses an integrated approach including occupational therapy, speech and language pathology and nutrition to work with families to develop sensory, communication and behavioral strategies to ensure positive outcomes for each child.
- Available for children diagnosed with autism is the Autism Treatment Program, using an integrated therapy approach with both language and behavior.
- The Ketogenic therapies program; The Ketogenic Diet is a high-fat, adequate-protein low carbohydrate diet that in medicine is an established, effective non-pharmacologic treatment for intractable childhood epilepsy. It has been used to treat epilepsy in children since 1921.
- A 12 week SOS (Sequential Oral Sensory) Feeding Program is designed to help picky eaters improve feeding behaviors and food preferences.
- For children of all ages, a long-term Behavioral Health Program is available to address neurological or behavioral challenges.
The Milestones team is spearheaded by Dr. Ryan Lee as President and CEO. Dr. Lee is a Pediatric Neurologist with special interest in ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities. He is joined by Dr. Irisa Devine, Pediatric Neurologist and Medical Director of the Neurodevelopment Services Division. Milestones is proud to have Dr. Devine on board as the only pediatric physician in Hawaii with specialty training in Electromyography (EMG) and Neuromuscular Disorders. Dr. Allison Przekop is a Pediatric Neurologist and a specialist in movement disorders and chronic pain management. Dr. Przekop offers Botox injections for children with spasticity and is the only pediatric neurologist in Hawaii with training in Deep Brain Stimulation. Rachel Weber, APRN, is an invaluable part of the neurodevelopmental team and empowers children to develop to their best potential by providing the highest quality care.
Director of Milestones’ Rehabilitation Program is Gaye Arakaki, SLP. As a speech language pathologist, Arakaki has experience in the public school, at-home early intervention, and hospital settings. Also part of the Rehabilitation Program team is Lori Asada, Milestones’ Occupational Therapist. She loves working with her patients while also coaching their families, so they can assist with their child’s development.
Dedicated to patient care, Miki Wong, RD, helped launch a program for Ketogenic Therapies for epilepsy and autism. She is currently Milestones’ Director of Research and the Outreach and Training Program.
In charge of the Trans-Disciplinary Program is neuropsychologist Ashley Levan, PhD. Dr. Levan has been involved in research examining executive functioning, academic and social outcomes in children with epilepsy, traumatic brain injuries and concussion throughout her medical career. Her specialty in providing neuropsychological evaluations to children and adolescents with medical, neurological and neurodevelopmental disorders is invaluable.
Joelle Rodriguez, Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), M.Ed., LBA, is Director of the Autism Behavioral Therapy Program. Rodriguez started working with students with autism in Hawaii as an undergraduate. Her experience also includes working with the Department of Education as a special education teacher and behavioral consultant. She takes an interest in shaping behaviors to promote independence and functional communication.
Working with Rodriguez on the Autism Behavioral Therapy Program team are Registered Behavior Technicians (RBT) Dayna Murata, Rachael Russell, Violet Arriola, Jade Teruya and Ailana Bachmann. Their goals in the program are to assist children through one on one therapy by teaching independent skills and functional play while increasing motor abilities and addressing behaviors. These goals, achieved through one on one applied behavior analysis therapy, help children with autism to lead functional independent lives by using functional play and implementing behavioral plans while increasing motivation and awareness. Each one on one therapy is unique to each patient to address their individual challenges.
These team specialties are represented in the programs available at Milestones, with new specialties in development for 2019. After an individual private assessment, patients can benefit from a personalized care program. A dedicated Milestones team will work with families and patients to determine which treatments would provide the best outcome throughout the program. Every child is treated with care and is encouraged to reach for their milestones during treatment.
Milestones’ team-centered transdisciplinary approach combines accurate diagnoses with individualized, patient-centered care for children and adolescents with neurodevelopmental and behavioral conditions. Every family and patient’s unique needs are recognized and accommodated. The Milestones team works with parent groups, primary care providers, community partners, schools, and government agencies to strive toward the highest level of coordinated patient care. To find out more, please call (808) 979-6700 or visit www.milestoneshawaii.org