We are medical professionals, therapists, educators and other professionals who are dedicated to the children and families we serve


Michael Stewart

Executive Director

M.B.A., Seattle University; B.A., History, Occidental College; Certificate in Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language, Seattle University; Certificate in Fundraising Management, University of Washington; Leadership Tomorrow, 2009. Experience working in administration for a private hospital, 1993-1994; Wells Fargo’s Investment Management Group, 1994-1996. Boyer Children's Clinic, 1997-present.

Chona Horton

Executive Assistant

Bachelor of Business Administration, Organizational Behavior and Management; over 13 years experience working with Boards and governance of a local nonprofit health care system. Boyer Children’s Clinic, 2014-present.

Therese Smith

Medical Secretary

B.S., Commerce, major in Accounting, in the Philippines. Extensive experience in International corporate retail. Global Mission volunteer serving community youth in Accounting/Counseling position. Provided in-home Adult Care to private individuals. Boyer Children’s Clinic, 2008-present.

Livia Salvi

Administrative Specialist

B.A. History, The Evergreen State College. Boyer Children's Clinic, 2014-present.


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Tammy Helgeson

Chief Financial Officer

B.A., Business Administration (Accounting), University of Washington; CPA (inactive). Auditor, PriceWaterhouseCoopers; Controller, Shurgard Capital Group; Director of Accounting, Alaska Airlines; Consultant/Contract CFO & Controller specializing in the non-profit industry. Clients include charitable foundations, private foundations & program based operating non-profits. Boyer Children's Clinic, 2011-present.

Stephanie Krum

Billing Specialist

Boyer Children’s Clinic, 2013-present.

Barbara Kelly


Boyer Children’s Clinic, 2015-present.


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Ellen Kuo

Director of Development

BA/BS Sociology & Communications, Boston University. Experience working as Project Manager in high tech industry for 5+ years; Major Gifts Development experience since 2002; Director, Major Gifts for large non-profit hospital and cancer research organizations 2007-2014. Boyer Children’s Clinic, 2014 – present.

Lindsay Johnson

Development and Communications Manager

B. A., English, minor Communications, University of Washington. Planned Giving and Major Gifts experience since 2007. Boyer Children’s Clinic, 2014-present.


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Denise Swanson

Education Department Coordinator, Special Education Educator

M.Ed., Virginia Commonwealth University; B.S., Speech and Hearing Sciences, Washington State Teaching Certificate, University of Washington. Experience in early childhood intervention programs as speech therapist, special educator, and family resources coordinator in Virginia, Colorado and Washington State. Boyer Children’s Clinic, 1988-present.

Mary-Ellen Buchanan

Special Education Educator

M.S., Special Education, Hofstra University; B.A., Political Science, George Washington University; Washington State Teaching Certificate. Neurodevelopmental Treatment certification Teacher Course, Kent State University; participation in Washington State project to upgrade professional skills teaching infants and toddlers who have vision impairments; REIKI training level two. Peace Corps Volunteer, Liberia, West Africa. Boyer Children's Clinic, 1983-present.

Kris Echigo

Special Education Educator

M.A., Teaching, Seattle University; Washington State Certificate in Teaching, Seattle University; B.A., English, Seattle University. Teaching experience includes primary school and preschool, high school English, and English as a Second Language. Boyer Children’s Clinic, 2003-present.

Shawna Harbin

Special Education Educator

M.Ed., Early Childhood Special Education, Washington State Teaching Certificate, University of Washington; B.A., Music; B.A., Psychology, University of Washington. Experience working with toddlers and children with a wide range of abilities in both preschool and birth to three settings. Boyer Children’s Clinic, 2012-present.

Cynthia Hohlbein

Special Education Educator, Nurse Coordinator, Family Resources Coordinator

M.S., Early Childhood Special Education, Washington State Teaching Certificate, University of Washington; B.S., Nursing, Washington State University. School nurse in public schools; preschool teacher; and working with the families of special needs children ages birth to three. Boyer Children’s Clinic, 2009-present.

Amy Barnes

Special Education Educator, Family Resources Coordinator

M.S., Early Childhood Special Education, University of Miami; Washington State Teaching Certificate; B.S., Biology, University of Puget Sound. Teaching experience includes working with children birth to three with special needs in a variety of environments. Boyer Children’s Clinic, 2007-present.

Carina McGee

Special Education Educator

M.Ed. Early Childhood Special Education, Washington State Teaching Certificate, University of Washington; B.S Child Development and Family Relations, emphasis Early Childhood Special Education, University of Idaho. Teaching experience with children of all abilities in a variety of settings, including birth to three, preschool, and elementary school classrooms, and in both home and clinical environments. Experience in research for the National Center on Quality Teaching and Learning. Training and research focus is on feeding challenges and the effective use of mobile technology in early childhood settings. Boyer Children’s Clinic, 2015 - present.

Kimberly Kendall

Special Education Educator

Boyer Children’s Clinic, 2014-present.

Tsege Redae

Teacher's Assistant

Boyer Children’s Clinic, 2015-present.

Holly Pirret

Teacher’s Assistant and Classroom Volunteer Coordinator

Boyer Children’s Clinic, 2015-present.

Family Support Services

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Jennifer Thies

Family Support Services Department Coordinator

B.S., Elementary Education, Western Illinois University; Illinois and Washington K-9 certificate with endorsements in Science, Language Arts, Social Science, Western Illinois University. Developmental Educator serving children 2-5 in classroom setting; several years teaching primary grades in public school. Boyer Children’s Clinic, 2006-present.

Nicole Presta

Family Resources Coordinator

Boyer Children’s Clinic, 2015-present.

William Scott

Social Worker, Family Resources Coordinator

M.S.W., University of Washington; B.A., Psychology, Northeastern University; Washington State Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker. Experience in birth to three, preschool, kindergarten and elementary school settings since 1990. Experience facilitating groups for siblings, couples, fathers and parents of children with disabilities. Interdisciplinary team experience includes two years as a clinical social worker at the EEU and the Center on Human Development and Disability. Received award from ARC of Washington State in 2002 for work with fathers of children with special needs. Boyer Children’s Clinic, 1994-present.

Karen Rio

Family Resources Coordinator

B.A., History, University of Washington. Moms to Moms Program facilitator. Boyer Children’s Clinic, 2016 – present.

Kathleen Greaney

Intake Coordinator

Boyer Children’s Clinic, 2016-present.


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Kelvie Buckley

Nurse Coordinator, Family Resources Coordinator

B.S., Nursing, Boston College. Experience includes inpatient pediatric medical/surgical nursing, outpatient pediatric primary care nursing, and home-based public health nursing services for children with special health care needs. Boyer Children’s Clinic, 2007-present.

Sandra Johnson

Nurse Coordinator, Family Resources Coordinator

M.S.N., Seattle University; B.S.N., Seattle University. Experience working with cancer patients, 1986-2000. Three years working with families and children through a home health care agency. Boyer Children’s Clinic, 2000-present.

Karen Takatsuka

Nurse Coordinator

R.N., B.S.N., Seattle University. Many years of pediatric nursing in clinics, a private office, and with elementary and middle school students in a public school setting. Boyer Children’s Clinic, 2012-present.


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Cheryl Buettemeier

Program Director, Speech-Language Pathologist, Family Resources Coordinator

M.S., C.C.C.–S.L.P., Speech-Language Pathology, University of Wisconsin – Madison; B.S., Speech and Hearing Science, University of Minnesota – Minneapolis. Completed Basic Neurodevelopmental Treatment Course in August, 1987, Neurodevelopmental Baby Treatment Course in August, 1990, and Baby DATA Training for Young Children with Autism, University of Washington, 2003. Experience working with infants and preschool children with neuromuscular difficulties since 1983. Conducted research in the area of augmentative communication for the severely physically handicapped. Boyer Children's Clinic, 1984-present.

Gay Naganuma Burton

Therapy Department Coordinator

M.S., University of Washington; B.S., University of Washington. Certified in Basic and Baby Neurodevelopmental Treatment. Presents workshops on the use of manual therapy and NDT with children. Pediatric Physical Therapist in early intervention, school, and hospital settings since 1984. Boyer Children’s Clinic, 1987-present.

Avery Eckland

Speech-Language Pathologist

Boyer Children's Clinic, 2015 - present.

Beth McCarthy

Physcial Therapist

M.S., Behavioral Neuroscience, University of Washington; B.S. Physical Therapy, B.A., Psychology, University of Washington. Certified in Neurodevelopmental Therapy. Experience in pediatric physical therapy in hospital, school, and early intervention settings since 1990. Taught Physical Therapy Curriculum at the University of Washington, 1998 – 2000. Assisted with continuing education courses focused on the use of manual therapy in pediatrics, 1992-1994. Boyer Children’s Clinic, 2000-present.

Kathy Stewart

Occupational Therapist and Research Coordinator

M.S., O.T.R./L., FAOTA, Occupational Therapy, University of Washington; B.S., Occupational Therapy, San Jose State University. Clinical experience with families and children with developmental disabilities since 1978, including working on interdisciplinary teams for fourteen years at the University of Washington’s Center on Human Development and Disability. Teaching and research experience related to pediatrics in the occupational therapy curricula at the University of Washington and the University of Puget Sound since 1986. Advanced training includes sensory integration, neurodevelopmental treatment, and parent-child interaction assessment. Boyer Children’s Clinic, 2003-present.

Burnley Dluhosh

Occupational Therapist

M.S. Occupational Therapy, University of Puget Sound. B.S. Community Health, Western Washington University. Experience with toddlers, preschoolers, and school age children with a wide variety of fine motor, gross motor, and sensory delays. Boyer Children's Clinic, 2015 - present.

Kalli Goodwin

Speech-Language Pathologist

M.A., C.C.C.-S.L.P., Speech-Language Pathology, Western Washington University; B.S., Speech and Hearing Sciences, University of Washington. Experience working with toddlers and children presenting with a variety of communication, speech/language, oral motor and feeding difficulties. Boyer Children’s Clinic, 2007-present.

Amy Forbes

Physical Therapist

DPT, Doctor of Physical Therapy, University of Washington; B.A, Physics, Bryn Mawr College. Experience working with toddlers and preschoolers with a variety of fine motor and gross motor delays. Boyer Children’s Clinic, 2008-present.

Nancy Glidden-White

Occupational Therapist

B.S., Occupational Therapy, University of Washington; B.A., Communications, University of Washington. Specialized trainings in sensory processing disorder, feeding issues and treatment and development of visual-motor skills in young children. Specialty practice in pediatric care and diverse training; experience in a variety of work settings including school district, hospital inpatient and outpatient settings, and a private clinic. Boyer Children’s Clinic, 2006-present.

Judy Dittmer

Speech-Language Pathologist

M.S.,C.C.C. –S.L.P., Speech Pathology, University of Michigan; B.A., Psychology, Kalamazoo College. Extensive experience in speech pathology including work with children and adults in hospital, school and clinic settings. Experience teaching English as a foreign language; fluent in Spanish. Boyer Children's Clinic, 1992-present.

Laura Kerr

Occupational Therapist

M.S. Occupational Therapy, Columbia University; BA Anthropology and Sociology, Lafayette College. Experience working with toddlers, preschoolers, and school aged children from diverse backgrounds with a variety of fine motor, gross motor, and sensory delays. Boyer Children’s Clinic 2014-present.

Jen Cramlet

Speech-Language Pathologist

Boyer Children’s Clinic, 2015-present.

Carolyn Kates

Physical Therapist

M.S., PT, University of Washington; B.S., PT, University of Florida. Has worked exclusively in pediatrics since 1982. Specialized training: Eight-week Basic Neurodevelopmental Treatment course; three-week Neurodevelopmental Treatment of Babies course; lower extremity biomechanics, casting and orthotics; overall developmental training including sensory integration; feeding therapy. Experience with children of all ages and diagnoses. Assisted with the teaching of pediatric manual therapy courses since 1990 and is proficient in pediatric manual therapy. Boyer Children’s Clinic, 1987 - present.

Linnea Mahoney

Occupational Therapist

B.S., Occupational Therapy, University of New Hampshire. Experience working with infants and children in a variety of settings including hospitals, clinics, and early intervention settings. Trained in Neurodevelopmental Treatment (NDT) and the Movement Assessment of Infants. Special interests and education are also related to maternal and child health care issues and infant and childhood sensory motor development. Boyer Children’s Clinic, 1998-present.

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