Staff

All Summit Center staff believe that building trusting relationships with our clients is the foundation of our work, and we are dedicated to focusing on a strengths-based approach to help our clients reach their fullest developmental potential.

You can learn more about our talented staff at our offices in Northern California (Walnut Creek, Napa, Novato, and Millbrae) and Southern California (Santa Monica).

Daniel B. Peters, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Co-Founder
Licensed Psychologist, PSY 16823
drdanpeters@summitcenter.us

Dr. Dan Peters is co-founder and Executive Director of the Summit Center. Dr. Peters has devoted his career to the assessment and treatment of children, adolescents, and families, specializing in overcoming worry and fear, learning differences such as dyslexia, and issues related to giftedness and twice-exceptionality. He is passionate about helping parents and teachers to better engage children in the classroom, at home, and in life, so that they can realize their full potential. Dr. Peters serves on the California Association for the Gifted (CAG) Advisory Board, the Supporting Emotional Needs of Gifted (SENG) Editorial Board, the Advisory Board for the 2e Center for Research and Professional Development at Bridges Academy, and as Co-Chair of the Assessments of Giftedness Special Interest Group of the National Association of Gifted Children (NAGC). He speaks regularly at state and national conferences and writes articles on topics related to parenting, learning differences, and education. Dr. Peters is author of Make Your Worrier a Warrior: A Guide to Conquering Your Child’s Fears (Great Potential Press, 2013), and the companion book for children, From Worrier to Warrior: A Guide to Conquering Your Fears. In addition, he is co-author (with Dr. Susan Daniels) of Raising Creative Kids (Great Potential Press, 2013). Dr. Peters is a regular blogger on Huffington Post.com and Psychology Today. He is also co-founder of Camp Summit, a sleep-over summer camp for gifted youth.


Susan Daniels, Ph.D.
Co-Founder, Educational Director
Professor and
Educational Consultant
drsusandaniels@summitcenter.us

Dr. Susan Daniels is co-founder and Educational Director of the Summit Center as well as Professor of Educational Psychology and Counseling at California State University – San Bernardino. At the Summit Center, Dr. Daniels provides Differentiated Educational Plans for children and adolescents as part of the Gifted Comprehensive and Gifted Complex Assessments. She is also available for consultation with families and schools. Dr. Daniels is an internationally recognized expert in the field of gifted education and creativity, with numerous publications and presentations at educational and psychological conferences. She specializes in the social and emotional development of gifted children and adolescents, intensity and sensitivity of gifted individuals across the lifespan, and the development of creative potential. Dr. Daniels is co-author of Raising Creative Kids (Great Potential Press, 2013), and co-editor and co-author of Living with Intensity (Great Potential Press, 2008). In addition, she directs the College of Education Graduate Certificate in Gifted Education at California State University – San Bernardino. Along with Dr. Peters, Dr. Daniels is a Co-founder of Camp Summit, a residential summer camp for gifted youth.

Northern California Staff

 

Tami Boulet, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCS12190
tamiboulet@summitcenter.us

Ms. Tami Boulet provides individual (child and adult), couples, and family counseling for the Summit Center. She has worked with children, adolescents, and families, as well as supervised therapists, for 25 years in a variety of settings — residential treatment, education (including special education), and community-based therapy. Ms. Boulet’s philosophical and clinical approach to therapy is strength-based and collaborative, with the goal of sustainability. Her therapeutic work is attachment-based with the use of cognitive behavioral interventions and techniques, as well as play and expressive arts therapy when indicated. Ms. Boulet earned her Master’s in Social Work at UCLA. In addition, she works as a Clinical Supervisor at a non-profit agency, supervising therapists working with children and families. Ms. Boulet is also a yoga instructor, and is interested in the neurophysiological and neuropsychological benefits of yoga.

 

Stephen H. Chou, Psy.D.
Licensed Psychologist, PSY 19254
drstephenchou@summitcenter.us

Stephen H. Chou, Psy.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist at the Summit Center and at his private practice in Millbrae, CA. Dr. Chou is an adjunct professor with the Alliant International University – California School of Professional Psychology at the San Francisco Bay Area and Hong Kong campuses. He serves on the board of directors for the national Supporting the Emotional Needs of Gifted (SENG) organization. Dr. Chou has specialties in Family/Child and Multicultural/Community counseling and psychological assessment, especially within the field of giftedness that was developed at his private practice and in conjunction with The Nueva School. He has been delighted with the myriad of fascinating mind, heart, and soulful presentations of gifted and talented children, youth, and their families; not only with their intelligences, but also with their unique socio-emotional development over the lifetime.

 

Kathleen D. Crombie, M.A., M.Ed.
Parent Consultant
SENG Parent Group Trainer
kathleencrombie@summitcenter.us

Ms. Kathleen Crombie provides organizing and consultation services for gifted adults, children and families. She offers on site step-by-step supportive coaching with emphasis on cognitive and behavioral techniques. She is a SENG Model Parent Support Group facilitator, a certified facilitator trainer, and the Northern California SENG Liaison. In addition to the Summit Center, Ms. Crombie works at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Berkeley in the department of Psychiatry. She is the President of the Piedmont GPS (GATE Parent Support) Board of Directors. Kathleen D. Crombie earned Master of Arts and Master of Education in Counseling Psychology from Teachers College-Columbia University in New York. She has two gifted children in public school.

 

Michelle Limon Freeman, Psy.D.
Neuropsychological Assessment Specialist
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, PSY 23888
drmichellefreeman@summitcenter.us

Dr. Michelle Limon Freeman specializes in the assessment of complex children and adolescents who are highly sensitive, creative, talented deep thinkers, and those who march to the beat of their own drum. Through neuropsychogical testing of giftedness, twice-exceptionality (2e), and learning and processing disorders, Dr. Freeman aims to provide the highest quality of care by using a comprehensive model of assessment that is strength-based, therapeutic, and collaborative for youth and their families. By identifying an individual’s strengths, strategies, and unique abilities when faced with challenging tasks early on, the client is encouraged to use what they have learned about their processing style to confidently approach similar challenges in their learning environments. Dr. Freeman empowers youth and their parents through this collaborative and therapeutic testing process. Her clinical interests include the neurocognitive process, emotional sensitivities, and the skill development of the gifted and twice-exceptional. Dr. Freeman holds a doctorate in clinical psychology and has worked in the field for over fourteen years. She joined the Summit Center shortly after it opened in 2009.

Danielle Jaynes
Educational Therapist
daniellejaynes@summitcenter.us

Danielle Jaynes provides individualized educational interventions for students with learning challenges. She was a classroom teacher for over eight years (in both Saratoga and Walnut Creek) and worked one-on-one with students who have struggled with reading, writing, math, and executive functioning skills. She has experience working with different Orton-Gillingham based systems to help remediate children who have specific learning disorders and need a multi-sensory approach. Danielle understands each child is different and knows how to help support that child. She also works as a liaison between the child, family and classroom. Danielle has three children and enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, and exploring.

Deanna M. Kim, M.Ed.
Educational Therapist
deannakim@summitcenter.us

Deanna Kim is an educational therapist and a member of the Association of Educational Therapists. Currently, she coaches students in executive functioning to improve T.O.P. skills (Time Management, Organization, and Planning) both at the Summit Center, Walnut Creek and off-site at the Athenian school, Danville. Prior to this, she was a learning specialist at the Ann Martin Center and Valley Montessori School. With experience as a classroom teacher in both urban and suburban schools, Deanna understands the demands of the current educational system. She holds a B.A. from UC Berkeley and has graduated from the Educational Therapy program at Holy Names University. She is the blessed mother of twin boys, an active member of her local church, and enjoys relaxing through yoga and reading.

Nancy Knop, Ph.D., E.T.
Educational Therapist
nancyknop@summitcenter.us

Dr. Nancy Knop E.T./P, offers educational therapy to Summit Center clients in Walnut Creek and in San Francisco. She has practiced as an Educational Therapist for ten years, joining Summit Center in 2010. Previously, Dr. Knop taught science for 23 years to grades 7-12 at Head Royce and served as Department Chair for five years. Dr. Knop works with clients to understand the nature of their issues, then designs individual programs to remediate problems and build confident, independent thinkers and performers. She uses Making Math Real® courses to remediate problems in math, and the Wilson and Neuhaus programs for reading and reading comprehension. In addition, Dr. Knop speaks on topics related to the brain and learning at conferences, school professional development sessions, and to parents and students across the country. She holds a degree in science education, a Ph.D. in the Dept. of Natural Resources at UC Berkeley, and a graduate-level Certificate in Educational Therapy from UC Berkeley Extension. Dr. Knop is a member of the Association of Educational Therapists, the International Dyslexia Association, and Sigma Xi, an organization that honors those who work in research.

 

Jeannie M. Lopez, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychologist/
Neuropsychologist, PSY 18357
drjeannielopez@summitcenter.us

Dr. Jeannie Lopez provides comprehensive neuropsychological and educational assessments to children, adolescents, and adults at Summit Center. She has experience identifying and assisting gifted individuals with the unique challenges they face in navigating their academic and social paths within society. During her training, Dr. Lopez provided neuropsychological assessments and psychotherapy to patients coping with neurological ailments in medical settings at St. Mary’s Hospital in San Francisco, University of California San Francisco’s (UCSF) Behavioral Medicine Clinic, the Bronx Veteran’s Affair’s Hospital, and the University of New Jersey (UMDNJ) Newark. Dr. Lopez believes in a multi-disciplinary and strengths based approach to the difficulties individuals face over the course of their lifespan with the goal of social and emotional well-being. She has an eclectic style of psychotherapy incorporating supportive and cognitive-behavioral strategies, narrative therapy, spirituality, and yoga/meditation. In addition, Dr. Lopez can identify resources and supports for those with nutritional challenges, such as food allergies/ sensitivities and Celiac Disease.

 

Lisa White, Ph.D.
Registered Psychological Assistant
PSB 34241
drlisawhite@summitcenter.us

Dr. Lisa White provides comprehensive psychoeducational and neuropsychological evaluations and consultations with families and teachers. She has been working with gifted children and families since 2003. Dr. White has worked at the Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics department at Oakland Children’s Hospital and The Berkeley Therapy Institute. Her clinical interests include psychodiagnostic assessment of gifted children, children with learning disabilities, autistic spectrum disorders, and ADD. Dr. Lisa White earned her Ph.D. at the California School of Professional Psychology, where her doctoral dissertation research explored parent-child interactions in families with gifted children. Dr. White also works with families with twins or higher-order multiples, and she facilitates a regular discussion group for new and expectant parents of multiples through Twins By The Bay.

 

Gregory Desierto, M.A.
Psychological Assistant
PSB 36882
gregorydesierto@summitcenter.us

Gregory Desierto, M.A. provides comprehensive psychological, educational, and neuropsychological assessments at Summit Center. He loves helping children, adults, and families discover themselves, overcome their struggles, and understand their minds better. He is also a predoctoral intern at Access Institute for Psychological Services where he’s providing psychoanalytic psychotherapy and psychological assessments to children, adolescents, and adults. Gregory is a sixth-year clinical psychology graduate student at the California School of Professional Psychology, San Francisco, where he is currently finishing his dissertation. He completed his practicum trainings at UCSF/SFGH Child and Adolescent Services, New Leaf: Services for Our Community, and Richmond Area Multi-Services, Inc. where he gained experiences in working with children and their families. He also has specialties with children and youth with histories of trauma and abuse, gay men, and Asian American clients. In his free time, Gregory enjoys hip-hop dance and acoustic covers of Pop/R&B songs.

Brett Gaynor
Doctoral Trainee

Brett Gaynor is a 3rd year doctoral student in clinical psychology, pursuing a specialty in the area of children and families. She holds a BA in Psychology from the University of San Francisco. She is a former preschool teacher and has training in adult and child cognitive and emotional assessment. Brett is a Bay Area native, and a former participant in school GATE programs. She has a good understanding of the rigorous academic and achievement demands made on children today. Brett also has experience with children facing additional social-, emotional-, or health-related stressors.

Anaïs Wong
Doctoral Trainee

Anaïs Wong is in her 4th year working towards a Psy.D. (i.e. Doctorate in Clinical Psychology). She holds a BA in Psychology from Queen’s University in Canada, where she specialized in cognitive psychology and language development in children. Anaïs previously worked at the Ann Martin Center in Oakland, where she provided therapy and assessment services to elementary and middle school students.
Anaïs is originally from Mauritius (an island in the Indian Ocean). Her professional interests include gifted children and adults, bilingualism, and the acquisition of emotional intelligence in children.

 

Southern California Staff

 

Sharon Duncan
Home School Consultant
SENG Model Group Facilitator
Community Outreach
sharonduncan@summitcenter.us

Sharon is the mother of two gifted children and the home school mom to her teenage son. Sharon recognizes the common challenges faced by those raising and working with gifted children and consults with parents and schools to assist them in understanding the social and emotional needs of this population. Sharon also provides guidance on homeschooling whether one is still contemplating the decision or looking to enhance their current program. Prior to homeschooling her son, Sharon spent 26 years in the aerospace industry at JPL/NASA. She has served as president of the School Site Council at a public elementary school, and on the Board of Trustees at a private school. She is a member of the Mensa Gifted Youth Committee, and speaks on the topic of gifted children at schools, districts, and state and national conferences.

Lisa L. Hancock
Evaluator/Doctoral Trainee
Supervised by Dan Peters, Ph.D., PSY 16823
lisahancock@summitcenter.us

Lisa Hancock conducts assessments to better understand a child’s cognitive and processing strengths and weaknesses to guide educational planning, intervention, and parenting. While working with all children and families, she has particular expertise in twice-exceptional children (those who are bright and have learning or processing challenges), as well as those who are highly gifted.

Lisa has worked as a Gifted Advocate for many years helping families of gifted and twice-exceptional children navigate both public and private school systems; has taken Master’s level coursework in gifted education; and holds her MBA. She served for five years on her district’s Gifted and Talented Education Advisory Board; is certified by SENG as a parent support group facilitator; served three years on the board of PG Retreat; is a proposal reader for NAGC; and speaks regularly at local, state, and national gifted conferences. As part of her job as the co-founder of the California Gifted Network, she also works with administrators to design and implement educational and social programming for gifted children; provides teacher in-service training; and conducts parent education workshops. Lisa is completing her doctorate in clinical psychology and is supervised directly by Dr. Dan Peters.
Stephanie Meyer, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist, PSY 20399
Clinical Consultant
drstephaniemeyer@summitcenter.us

Dr. Stephanie Meyer is a child psychologist specializing in the comprehensive assessment of young children, with a particular interest in the unique challenges facing gifted preschoolers. She provides initial consultation for parents considering evaluation services at Summit Center in the Los Angeles office. Dr. Meyer received her PhD from the Institute of Child Development at the University of Minnesota, conducted her dissertation research at the National Institute of Mental Health, and completed her internship and research fellowship at UCLA. She is currently the Vice President of the Los Angeles Parenting Specialists Network.
Melanie Prager, J.D., C.P.E.
Parent Educator
melanieprager@summitcenter.us

Melanie Prager teaches parenting courses and workshops at Summit Center’s Santa Monica office. Melanie is the co-founder of Empowered Parenting, where she taught parenting for nearly 10 years in the Los Angeles area. She is dedicated to educating others with the same parenting tools that she and her husband consistently apply — to make parenting easier, more effective, and more enjoyable. Previously, Melanie pursued a career in law and served as a Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney in the juvenile justice system. She is a certified parent educator and has been trained in numerous parenting programs including Positive Discipline, Reflective Parenting, Redirecting Children’s Behavior, and Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG). Melanie also offers courses online through momassembly.com and does private parent consultations. She is the mother of three twice-exceptional children.
Connie Wax, MSW, LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCS 27430
Counselor, SENG Parent Group Facilitator
conniewax@summitcenter.us

Connie Wax specializes in counseling with gifted and talented children, adults and their families. Connie came to appreciate the unique needs of this group while raising her own gifted children. Her personal experience blossomed into a passion for helping parents of the gifted guide and support their children towards a fulfilling and meaningful life. She is committed to assisting parents navigate the often rough waters of child rearing. In addition to working with the gifted, Connie has provided counseling services to individuals, couples and families since 2000.

Connie is a SENG Model Parent Group Master Facilitator and has been doing SENG Model Parent Groups for 8 years. She is also certified to train others to become SENG facilitators.
Paula Wilkes, Ph.D.
Gifted Education Consultant
drpaulawilkes@summitcenter.us

Dr. Paula Wilkes is a Gifted Education Consultant at the Summit Center in Los Angeles. Dr. Wilkes provides counseling and consultation for parents and students on gifted and “twice-exceptional” issues (including sensitivity and intensity); works as an advocate for gifted students to help schools understand and implement Differentiated Educational Plans; offers educational therapy in the area of reading fluency; and consults on spiritual sensitivity. Dr. Wilkes is available for face-to-face consultations in Los Angeles, and by Skype internationally.

Previously, Dr. Wilkes created and coordinated the Center for Gifted Education at Pacific University in Eugene, Oregon, for nine years. Before that, Dr. Wilkes was a public school teacher for 25 years in the Eugene School District, where she taught grades 1 – 8 and was a gifted education specialist. She is the author and co-author of curriculum designed to promote higher-level thinking through the dimensions of depth and complexity (J Taylor Education). Dr. Wilkes has experience with bioenergy work that promotes wellness and modulates the negative impacts of high sensitivity and intensity.