Bringing Vision and Counsel
Through strategic planning and collaboration we are creating a model that brings together different disciplines that allows us amalgamate interdisciplinary knowledge into how we assess, intervene and support the whole child and family.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, LEARNING CENTER OF NORTH TEXAS
Lloyd Day is the Director of Administration at the Learning Center of North Texas. He holds a Master’s degree in Educational Administration from Texas Woman’s University and a Bachelor of Science degree from Oregon State University.
Day recently retired after 33 years in public education. He began his career as a teacher in Dallas ISD. Soon after marrying his wife, Lisa, Day served as a teacher for nine years in Arlington ISD before moving into administration. He began his career as principal at Speer Elementary in Arlington. After serving three years as the principal of Pine Tree Elementary in Longview, Texas, he returned to Arlington ISD and served as principal at both Berry Elementary and Lynn Hale Academy. Later, Lloyd served as a secondary school administrator at Boles Junior High School and Turning Point High School in Arlington ISD before returning to the elementary level to complete his career as principal at Hill Elementary School.
In addition to public school teaching and administration, Lloyd Day has taught as an adjunct professor at the University of Texas at Arlington. He also served as the Interim Youth Minister at Connect Church in Arlington.
Lloyd enjoys spending lots of time on the Trinity Trail with his dog, Izzy, as well as reading, restoring older homes and antiques, gardening, relaxing to music, and mastering the art of oil painting.
DR. LEE LEGRICE
Lee LeGrice graduated with her Master’s in Social Work from The University of Texas at Arlington in 1993. She completed her advanced license in clinical social work in 1996 and then went on to complete her PhD in Social Work in 2003 from The University of Texas at Arlington. Dr. LeGrice has over 20 years’ experience working with children, adolescents and adults with mental health needs. She worked at Lena Pope Home, Inc. from 1993-2009 serving children with a wide range of issues. Dr. LeGrice has provided LCSW supervision since 1998. She served as Executive Director at Mental Health America of Greater Tarrant County from 2009-2012. She has served as an adjunct professor for The University of Texas at Arlington and for Texas Christian University. In 2012 she opened a private practice focused on counseling and consulting. She then received the 2013 Social Worker of the Year award for the State of Texas from NASW. Her passion is bringing the best treatment available to the children, adolescents, adults and families in need.
BRIAN J. DIXSON MD
Growing up, my Momma taught me that "if you know better, you have to do better." I have had the great fortune of working with kids in multiple settings and have learned that the field of child psychiatry is often misunderstood from multiple angles. A physician mentor during my training once said "no child is born with a Risperdal deficiency" and this resonated with me: medications can provide benefits, but their over-emphasis diminishes the true healing premise of mental health: the relationship between patient and provider.
Having worked in the teaching, community mental health, and private health care settings, I have found many forces (personal, professional, financial, psychological, etc) affect the availability, access, expectation, and quality of mental health care. Building this private practice allows me to take the best parts and provide them to my patients; I am proud of what we've accomplished so far.
While I am a fully trained and board certified child & adolescent psychiatrist, I founded Progressive Psychiatry to show Texans that mental health is important and can be completed in safe, efficient, and empowering techniques for people of all ages. We look forward to working with you.
Onward and upward!
JIM OTTE M.A.ED., LPC
Jim Otte is an LPC and has his masters in education. He is in private practice counseling in Fort Worth seeing adults, young adults, individuals, & couples.
It is in his work with couples, families, and churches that Jim noticed a trend, which he sought to address: the lack of the necessary skill sets which families need to work effectively through their differences, diversity, and conflicts. He observed that this deficit was not limited to people growing up in dysfunctional families – many people of varied backgrounds and faiths struggled with the same thing!
To help remedy this, Jim has developed a training module called “Let’s Talk Out Your “IT!” Kit”®. It is designed to coach individuals and family members the skills of whole-brain listening, courageous repairing of hurt, and collaborative problem-solving. Stitched together in a structured format, many individuals, couples, and families benefit from a protocol which emphasizes mutual respect, protecting each person’s interests, & valuing each other’s points of view.
The “Let’s Talk Out Your “IT!” Kit” training module has been used with church staffs, marriage retreats, pre-marital workshops, work-place conflict interventions, and family strategic training sessions.
FOUNDER POWER TOOLS FOR LEARNING
Bockenkamp started her training with the Davis Dyslexia Training Program in Burlingame, CA, followed by training with Structure of Intellect (SOI). She is now an Advanced Associate Trainer for Structure of Intellect. Vickie also studied with Dr. Frank Belgau of Balametrics, Inc., becoming an Advanced Level trainer with the program. Adding to the training programs, Bockenkamp was part of the National Association for Child Development’s Psycho-Acoustic Research Team and trained in the application of the Listening Program developed by Advanced Brain Technologies.
Bockenkamp has a Masters of Science degree in Psychology, and has completed all course work for her Doctorate in Educational Leadership with an emphasis on Curriculum and Instruction. She is currently completing her research and dissertation exploring teachers’ perceptions related to student learning styles and the influence on reading comprehension. Her latest research on student learning styles bridges the gap between how students performed in a private practice setting and the individuals’ classroom performance.
DR. DEBRA WILSON
Dr. Debra Em Wilson is the Founder of S’cool Moves and a graduate from the University of Southern Queensland Professional Studies Research Program. Her dissertation uncovered attributes of successful collaboration between occupational therapists and general education teachers working together in the classroom environment.
She is a Reading Specialist who possesses teaching credentials in the areas of biology, physical education, multiple subjects, and reading and language specialist. Debra has taught at the college, high school, and elementary levels.
Debra consults with districts, focusing on collaboration between support staff and teachers. For fifteen years, her workshops have provided evidence-based strategies to support all students in the classroom. She is the author of numerous books and instructional materials integrating therapy techniques with academic standards. Debra’s experience as the mother of a child with special needs enhances her understanding of children who learn differently and have a difficult time fitting in with their peers.
Judith is a Licensed Professional Counselor & School Counselor, Registered Play Therapist Supervisor, Certified Synergetic Play Therapist & Supervisor, Early Trauma Specialist, Certified EMDR Therapist, Parent Educator, Mindfulness Instructor. Judith has been working with children and families for over 20 years.
Daniel Rowland is an accomplished entrepreneur and visionary. He leads his industry in innovation and helps C level executives with transformational coaching.
DR. PENNY ARMSTRONG
Dr. Armstrong has over thirty years of experience in public and private school administration. A native of Minnesota, she graduated from St. Cloud State University with a B.S. Degree in Elementary and Secondary Education. While working as a classroom teacher in St. Paul, she earned her M.A. from St. Thomas University in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialty in Reading Instruction. She spent the next two years working in an alternative high school serving inner city youth and young adults.
While earning her doctorate (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership from St. Thomas University, Dr. Armstrong worked in both elementary and secondary public school administration. Her Dissertation was completed in 1999 and focused on education reform and organizational change from the perspective of classroom teachers. This research was later re-written for public distribution and was published by Rowman and Littlefield in 2008. The book, What Teachers Can Expect in Reform, is available through commercial distribution web sites and used in graduate level instruction.
Dr. Armstrong has been a leader in education reform and change initiatives in Minnesota, New Hampshire and Texas. She has led districts in compliance issues as schools worked to align curriculum goals with state guidelines. Since her move to Texas in 2003, Dr. Armstrong has headed a Fort Worth college preparatory school while continuing to speak on education reform and school change on the state and local levels in Texas. In 2010, she was chosen by the Chinese government to be an education delegate. She met with schools in Bejing and Guilin to discuss international relations, global education and school improvement. As a visiting administrator to India, she visited schools and worked directly with faculties to define and implement school improvement.
Dr. Armstrong holds certifications as a superintendent, elementary and secondary school administrator, and teaching credentials. She owns and operates Armstrong Innovative School Solutions, a Texas company that provides customized consultation, leadership coaching, professional development and strategic planning through organizational change initiatives to private and public school systems.
Kid's Brain Tree brings together the brightest minds of professionals in Fort Worth with diverse backgrounds to help guide the philosophy and model of brain based and interpersonal neurobiology child and family centered best practices.