Natalie received her Postgraduate Certificate in Educational Therapy from UC Riverside Extension (4.0) and her B.A. with honors (3.9) from UC Davis. She performed her clinical educational therapy internship at Black Pine Circle School in Berkeley. Between her undergraduate and educational therapy studies, Natalie lived in London and attended graduate courses in education and policy at King's College London.
Courses from Natalie's higher education coursework include Understanding Learning Differences; Principles of Educational Therapy; Techniques of Educational Therapy; Advanced Educational Assessment; Advanced Educational Assessment Practicum; Strategies for Remediation of Dyslexia and Dysgraphia; Management of Clinical Practice; Clinical Internship; Education, Policy, and the City; Abnormal Psychology; Social Psychology; Human Development; Philosophical and Social Foundations of Education; Psychology in Modern Life; and Psychology of Human Learning.
Lectures, trainings, and webinars Natalie has attended in 2020 include "Phonology" (Dr. Louisa Moats), "Reading in the Digital Age" (Dr. Maryanne Wolf), "Fluency" (Dr. Jan Hasbrouck), "Assistive Technology" and "Apps to Support Literacy Acquisition" (Dr. David Winters), and Lively Letters/Sight Words You Can See training through Reading with TLC.
memberships & qualifications
Associate Educational Therapist through the Association of Educational Therapists (AET)
Member of the Reading League and the AET
Passed KPEERI-IDA's Knowledge and Practice Examination for Effective Reading Instruction
Learning Ally Specialist qualified to verify print disabilities
Certified Irlen SyndromeScreener
Founder of East Bay Therapists professional networking group
IMSE Intermediate Orton Gillingham- accredited by the International Dyslexia Association
Structured Literacy-Literacy How
Lively Letters/Sight Words You Can See- Reading with TLC
Handwriting Without Tears K-5 Handwriting; Pre-K Readiness & Writing
Making Math Real Introduction
Irlen Syndrome Screener Training
Dyslexia Screening- Dyslexia Training Institute
areas of focus
Dyslexia is Natalie's foremost clinical interest area. Natalie understands how dyslexia evolves in response to intervention, in the absence of intervention, and throughout the lifespan. Natalie also understands the ways in which dyslexia impacts performance (both positively and negatively) in each academic area and the optimal ways in which dyslexic individuals can learn and thrive.
Natalie has cultivated a large network of professionals in related fields, with whom she enjoys collaborating on complex cases. Clients that work with Natalie benefit from referrals to and advice from members of Natalie's network, including psychologists, neuropsychologists, speech therapists, occupational therapists, child therapists, MFTs, lawyers, advocates, LCSWs, and tutors.