Helping Children and their Families as they navigate the education and healthcare systems.
Contact Patty for immediate assistance: 212-828-3927 or

Experience and Professional Credentials

  • • Undergraduate degree in psychology and elementary education

  • • Master's degree in Special Education

  • • Permanently licensed in Education (N-6) 1980

  • • Permanently licensed in Special Education (K-12) 1982

  • • Child Life Specialist (1986-present)

  • • General education teacher

  • • Special education teacher

  • • Health-education specialist in a multi-site hospital study

  • • Child life educational coordinator

  • • Hospital-school teacher

  • • Director of Child Life and educational services at the North Shore - Long Island Health System

  • • Responsible for bringing Child Life services to the NICU

  • • Hired the first family-centered care specialist in Pediatrics in the Greater New York area

  • • Developed and implemented a Family-Center Care Approach in Pediatrics as part of a multi-disciplinary team including social work, nursing, physicians, and all members in the Department of Pediatrics

  • • Private clinician for children with special needs

  • • Initial Director of Child Life Master's Degree Program at Bank Street College of Education

  • • Faculty Mentor to Graduate Students in Child Life at Bank Street College of Education

  • • Educational Consultant to Making Headway's On-Going Care Team Supporting Children with Brain and Spinal Cord Tumors and their Families

  • • Educational Consultant and Advocate

  • • Board member (8 years) The Starlight Children's Foundation of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut

  • • Steering committee member of The Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine, Beth-Israel Medical Center, New York