The professional staff of ACE have specialized training in the program outlined by Dr. Feuerstein.

Dr. Sherk, the Academy's Director, received training for Levels 1 and 2 in the Feuerstein Developmental Enrichment Program (FIE). Academy staff are professionally trained and licensed in their respective fields:

Special education pedagogy

Special education pedagogy

Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy

Art

Art

Play

Play

Speech and language pathology

Speech and language pathology

Emotional Learning

Emotional Learning

Nursing

Nursing

Curriculum development/school administration

Curriculum development/school administration

Dr. Yakov Sherk

Dr. Yakov Sherk is a child and adolescent psychiatrist based in Columbus, Ohio. He is the founder of A Child & Family Psychiatry LLC.

Dr. Sherk is a 2011 graduate of the Jacobs School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry at the University of Buffalo in Buffalo, New York. Recently, he has received awards from the University of Buffalo for "Outstanding Contribution to Child and Adolescent Psychiatry" as well as for his publication "Liquid melatonin via gastrostomy as an alternative hypnotic in a child with Pervasive Developmental Disorder" published in the Journal Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology.

Dr. Sherk has a highly comprehensive approach to mental health treatment based on mindfulness and positive self expression. He believes in tailoring treatment options to fit the need of each individual patient. While medication alone is enough for some, it is not always the sole solution. He believes that a combination of medication management and an appropriate, tailored form of therapy is often the best path to treatment success.

Alix Hoekzema, M.S. CCC-SLP

Alix Hoekzema, M.S. CCC-SLP

I hold a master's degree in communications disorders and current state and national licenses as a Speech-Language Pathologist. I have been practicing for 9 years and specialize in pediatric speech therapy. I believe the ability to communicate is a human right and helping people achieve functional communication greatly improves the quality of life.

As a speech-language pathologist I understand and apply different therapy techniques and theories to each individual's personalized therapy plan and sessions. I hope to create a fun and productive session each time a client is seen that will help them gain the skills necessary to communicate and participate in the community.

ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF

Candice West, Billing/Credentialing Specialist

Candice West, Billing/Credentialing Specialist

Candi is our billing and credentialing specialist. She processes all insurance claims and ensures that our clinicians maintain the proper credentials to accept the insurance providers we are contracted with.

Tony Junkin, Office Manager

Tony Junkin, Office Manager

Tony attended the University of North Carolina at Greensboro before moving to Westerville, OH to pursue a career in the mental health field. He has worked in both the nursing and administration sides of the field and is happy to have found a home with ACFP. He is the office manager, primary scheduler, intake specialist, and patient-clinician liaison. When not working at the clinic, he enjoys spending time with his husband, 2 cats (Oscar and Yentl) and dog (Loki). He also writes genre movie reviews for various websites in his free time.

Katelyn Caniford, Administrative Assistant

Katelyn Caniford, Administrative Assistant

Katelyn is our administrative assistant. She assists the Office Administrator with all office duties.