Our Team for evaluation consists of a Nurse/Social Worker and a Developmental Pediatrician.
We also have a behavioral therapist, occupational therapist, and a nutritionist that we may also include into the evaluation process.
Dr. Rubin is originally from South Africa where he trained in Pediatrics and came to the United States to specialize in Neonatology and then in Developmental Pediatrics. He was initially at the Hospitals of the Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland Ohio and then moved on to The Children's Hospital in Boston and the Harvard Medical School where he spent 14 years.
In July 1994 he moved to Atlanta, Georgia as Director of Developmental Pediatrics at Emory University School of Medicine and as Medical Director of the Marcus Center. At Emory, he developed Residency and Fellowship programs in Developmental Pediatrics and helped to establish Project DOCC, a project that exposes pediatric residents to families who have children with developmental disabilities and other chronic medical problems. At the Hughes Spalding Children's Hospital he actively participated in the development of clinical programs in International Adoption, Cerebral Palsy, Autism, and general child development.
In 1998, he became part of the Southeast Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit (PEHSU) at Emory University which is part of a national network focused on children's environmental health. He is on Chair of the Environmental Health Committee of the Georgia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and participates actively in national discourses on children’s environmental health with a special focus on the more vulnerable children.
Dr. Rubin left Emory University and Marcus Institute in September 2004 and joined the Department of Pediatrics at the Morehouse School of Medicine, where he is Research Associate Professor and Director of Developmental Pediatrics. He continues to direct the interdisciplinary Autism, Cerebral Palsy and Developmental clinics at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Hughes Spalding.
In 2004 he founded the Institute for the Study of Disadvantage and Disability (ISDD) which is dedicated to improving the lives of children who grow up in circumstances of social and economic disadvantage. The ISDD works intimately with PEHSU to inspire students from a variety of universities and colleges to 'break the cycle' of disadvantage and disability and of environmental health disparities with annual conference and journal publications – now in its 7th year!
He is currently on a number of local, regional, national and international committees and projects that address the needs of children and adults with Developmental Disabilities as well as those who live in circumstances of social and economic disadvantage. He has co-authored and co-edited a number of publications and books in this area, most notably with Allen Crocker on Delivery of Medical Care for Children and Adults with Developmental Disabilities. 2nd Edition. Paul Brookes, 2006. and Safe and Healthy School Environments Oxford University Press, 2006 co-edited with Howie Frumkin, Bob Geller and Janice Nodvin. In addition the Break the Cycle projects have generated Journal Supplements to date co-edited with Bob Geller, Kelly Ace, Michele Marcus, Janice Nodvin and Joav Merrick: Break the Cycle of Adverse Health and Developmental Outcomes for Children in the International Journal of Child and Adolescent Health 2009 and Vulnerable Children: Break the Cycle of Environmental Health Disparities in the International Journal of Child Health and Development 2010 and a Special Issue on Vulnerable Children: Break the Cycle of Environmental Health Disparities in Reviews in Environmental Health 2011.
Susan graduated from Emory University's Nell Hodgson School of Nursing with a BSN, and University of Georgia's School of Social Work with an MSW.
She has accumulated a broad range of experiences over the past 17 years and began her nursing career in Public Health serving both children and adults. While working with the EPSDT (Early Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment) program performing routine physical and developmental assessments, she developed an interest in pediatrics, particularly in the area of pediatric developmental disabilities. Within the population generally served by public health clinics, services for children with developmental delays and disabilities were scarce and difficult to access. It was this realization that led Susan to pursue an MSW with a curriculum focused on servicing individuals with developmental disabilities. While in graduate school, Susan completed an internship at The Marcus Institute, where she became acquainted with Dr. Rubin, then Medical Director at the Institute.
After graduate school, she took a position as Service Coordinator with Fulton County Children's Medical Services, working with children with a broad range of developmental disabilities and chronic medical conditions, and their families. Through CMSs involvement with Hughes Spalding Children's Hospital Cerebral Palsy Clinic, she had the opportunity to work with Dr. Rubin, leading to their present affiliation. Susan joined Developmental Pediatric Specialists in 2004.
Susan engages each family from a strengths perspective, focusing on each individual child's and each family's unique strengths. Her goal is to assist parents in recognizing their child's strengths and challenges, and to help them develop to their full potential, regardless of their challenges.
Kelly Matthys joined Developmental Pediatric Specialists as Administrative Assistant almost 10 years ago and has since taken on the multiple, essential tasks of making sure the office runs smoothly, she is now the Practice Manager.
Kelly is the first person you will speak to when you call and will answer all your questions. She will schedule your appointments and give send you all the forms you need to have. She will also give you information about insurance reimbursement, referrals and any documentation you might need. She is the person you will call if you need to make or change and appointment, or if you need reports of your visits, letters of medical necessity or prescriptions. She also checks voice messages and will make sure to respond within a short period of time.
Kelly's personal goal is to treat all families with whom she comes in contact with the same standard of care she would wish for members of her own family, with patience, understanding, and compassion.