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Clinical Team Bios

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Matthew Newell
Director

Matthew Newell is a co-founder and director of the Family Hope Center. Since 1981, Matthew has dedicated his life to helping children and adults with special needs and brain injuries. Over the past four decades, Matthew has worked with parents and specialists from 34 countries, creating neurodevelopment programs and helping and educating more than 15,000 families. After spending the first 20 years of his career working for an international non-profit where he specialized in sensorimotor development, 10 of which he spent as clinical director, Matthew believed that integrating new approaches in brain development into his practice was the key to creating even more successful neurologically-based strategies for promoting growth and development. In 2002, he co-founded the Family Hope Center with Carol Newell, his wife. Together, they gathered a team of physicians, therapists, educators, and clinicians specializing in teaching, guiding, and supporting parents in facilitating tremendous improvement in the lives of their children. Matthew and his team have helped children achieve extraordinary breakthroughs and develop new abilities in functional independence, motor development, communication and speech, vision, and cognition. The Family Hope Center maintains an ever-evolving interdisciplinary, neurodevelopmentally-based approach, incorporating new scientific advances, treatment modalities, and techniques into its successful treatment model while remaining true to the initial guiding principles that drove Matthew to found the center. In addition to decades of clinical experience and training in sensorimotor development, Matthew holds advanced certifications in Child Brain Development, Dynamic Postural Reflex Integration, Structural Integration, Cranial Sacral Therapy, Myofascial Release, AcuNova Acupuncture, Muscular Biofeedback, Yuen Method, BodyTalk, Food and Environmental Sensitivity Clearing, Fascial Energetics, and Quantum Laser Reflex Integration.
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Carol J. Newell
Co Director

Carol Newell is a co-founder and director of the Family Hope Center, having served in this role since its development in 2002. Prior to this, she spent roughly 20 years working for various non-profits serving families of children with special needs, including 10 years as director of an early development program. She founded the Family Hope Center with Matthew to continue her life’s mission of finding the best ways to support families of children with disabilities. Carol’s 40 years of experience and training reflect her expertise in areas such as education, communication, social-emotional and sensory development, and behavioral support. Over the course of her career, she has trained in multiple systems including early child education, residential care, and community-based mental health. She is an international lecturer and has taught parents of children with special needs on topics including visual stimulation and development, auditory processing, sign language and alternative communication, language development, and reading. She is a graduate of the Infant Parent Mental Health Fellowship at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and has additional training in SoListen/Tomatis, Fast ForWord, applied behavior analysis (ABA), and Relationship Development Intervention (RDI). Carol leads and mentors her specialized clinical team to educate parents in improving the cognitive, social, and sensory development of their child.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 of Science 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 postgraduate certificate in Infant-Parent Mental Health from the University of Massachusetts Boston. Before joining the Family Hope Center in 2010, she worked with families in a variety of medical, mental health, and educational settings. At the Family Hope Center, she serves as one of the evaluation team members. In addition, she teaches parents how to promote their children’s social-emotional development, communication, and learning. As Director of Clinical Family Support, Jennifer oversees the center’s ongoing support for parents working at home with their children. She helps parents with structure, motivation, methods, and strategies to help the whole family succeed.

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Gregory G. Fisher
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.

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Andrea L. Stevens, M.S.
Nutritionist

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.

Support Team



Donna Stark
Family Support Coordinator


Carla Kishbaugh
Conference Director


Natalie McCrea
Finance Manager


Hope Regester
Receptionist