For years, the healthcare community has turned its back on people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). For years physicians, dentists, hospitals, and emergency rooms have quietly told patients with IDD and their families seeking care for them, to find that care elsewhere. Now there’s another way. A better way. A healthy way. There’s a place where people with IDD are treated with tenderness, compassion, understanding, and respect. There’s a place where doctors care for their patients with IDD with sensitivity; and they accept each of their patients as important and valued individuals.
“The idea behind the Lee Specialty Clinic was a dream of mine for many years. It provides a safe, seamless and comfortable place for its patients to get the kind of all-round support and care that can be very hard for them or their families to find. The clinic plays a vital role in caring for our special needs population.”
“I have followed the evolution of the Lee Specialty Clinic for nearly a decade, and I've seen the results of the work done by the doctors who work there. They are truly international leaders in this field.”
“I put all of my trust in the team at Lee Specialty Clinic. The big difference here is the empathy and the listening skills that they have for people with disabilities. The Clinic has given me the tools, the resources, and the confidence to learn enough about my body to do things that have surprised not just me but everyone around me.”
“I have been a patient at the Lee Specialty Clinic for many years, and all of the staff are kind, welcoming, and very understanding. There are no other dental clinics that will take people with disabilities in Kentucky, so I have recommended the Lee to lots of friends. They all thank me every time I see them. It’s a wonderful place.”
Chief Executive OfficerMattHolder@admed.usView Bio
Dr. Matthew Holder is recognized as an international leader in the care of individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD).
Dr. Holder began working on what would result in Developmental Medicine becoming a recognized medical expertise soon after starting his career. In 2002, he took over the American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry (AADMD). Since then the AADMD has set the curriculum and standards that guide medical students, residents and fellowship-level physicians to better treat and understand patients with IDD. Medical schools and residency programs around the world have implemented curriculum changes based on the work done by Dr. Holder and the AADMD.
In 2005 Dr. Holder became Global Medical Advisor for the Special Olympics. Dr. Holder has trained thousands of healthcare providers in addressing the health needs of athletes with IDD. He also assists the American Medical Association and the American Dental Association in developing and passing resolutions that improve the lives and healthcare of IDD patients.
Dr. Holder, alongside colleague Dr. Henry Hood, designed and developed a unique, interdisciplinary patient care and teaching model that meets the health needs of adults with IDD living in the community – the first of its kind in the nation. Today the Lee Specialty Clinic exists as a testament their shared vision.
Dr. Holder is a graduate of the University of Louisville School of Medicine.
Chief Clinical OfficerHenryhood@admed.usView Bio
Dr. Henry Hood is the Chief Clinical Officer at the Lee Specialty Clinic. Dr. Hood’s entire career has focused on clinical, teaching, research and advocacy work in the care of patients with IDD.
Dr. Hood is a nationally-recognized leader in Developmental Dentistry. He is responsible for multiple pre-doctoral and postgraduate IDD dentistry clinical and didactic teaching programs. He has also written internationally-published book chapters and scientific articles on IDD dentistry. In 2014 the Kentucky Board of Dentistry recognized Dr. Hood’s leadership in special needs dental education by designating the Lee Specialty Clinic as an independent teaching institution.
Dr. Hood has served as a forensic consultant in the evaluation of abuse, neglect, and death of community-based and institutionalized individuals with IDD. He has worked with multiple law enforcement and protective agencies in promoting the wellbeing of individuals with IDD in community and institutional settings.
Dr. Hood is also the co-founder and Past President of the American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry, the nation’s first and only interdisciplinary professional organization of physicians and dentists with expertise in the care of patients with IDD.
Dr. Hood is a graduate of The University of Louisville Dental School.
Medical DirectorFelissaGoldstein@admed.usView Bio
Felissa Goldstein joined the Lee Specialty Clinic as Medical Director and psychiatrist in 2016. She specializes in treating patients with developmental disabilities and complex medical issues.
Prior to joining Lee, she was Interim Medical Director and staff psychiatrist at the Marcus Autism Center in Atlanta, Georgia. During her time there she established three outreach clinics in Georgia, providing medical guidance and supervision for children with special needs and their families. Additionally, she created a telehealth program to treat children with developmental disabilities in rural Georgia, the first of its kind in the state.
Dr. Goldstein serves on the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Telepsychiatry Committee. The committee is developing the standard of care and educates providers on pediatric telemental healthcare.
She also serves as President of the Georgia Council of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, advocating for and educating others on pediatric mental health throughout the state. She served as a program developer and group facilitator for Visiting Nurse Health System Hospice Atlanta’s Camp Stars, children and family bereavement camps.
Dr. Goldstein is a graduate of Goucher College and the Medical College of Ohio. She did her general psychiatry residency and child psychiatry fellowship at the University of Kentucky. She is board certified in adult, adolescent and child psychiatry.
Chief Administrative OfficerTanyikaWan@admed.usView Bio
Tanyika Wan began her career working with IDD patients in 1997 following nine years in hospital coding and statistics. She then served as Director of Health Information Management at the Hazelwood Center, an intermediate care facility for IDD patients, overseeing medical information and records for all residents.
In 1998, Ms. Wan began working with Dr. Henry Hood in the development of an outpatient medical and dental clinic for community-based individuals with IDD. Ms. Wan provided critical support to Dr. Hood in the founding of the Underwood and Lee Medical Clinic in 2002, where she served as Clinic Manager before becoming Chief Administrative Officer in 2006. In 2011, building on what was then a fourteen-year career dedicated to people with IDD, Ms. Wan began working with Drs. Holder and Hood in the development of the Lee Specialty Clinic.
Ms. Wan also has a ten-year body of consulting work focused on practice management principles in general medicine and neurosurgery.
Ms. Wan graduated from Western Kentucky University as a registered health information technician.
Senior Developmental PhysicianView Bio
Crisis Intervention Unit DirectorBobNapolilli@admed.usView Bio
As the father of a son with cerebral palsy, Bob Napolilli has dedicated his life and career to supporting all people with disabilities.
Bob began his career in serving individuals with IDD in 2001 as a program assistant with the JCPS Providing Access to Community Transition program, which provides students with educational, employment, and transitional opportunities at the University of Louisville for students age 18-21. In 2002, Bob moved to Seven Counties Services where he helped to develop a regional Crisis Prevention and Intervention program in his role as Unit Manager in the Developmental Services Division.
Bob has a varied history of volunteer work in service to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including crisis intervention advisory and board positions at the Home of the Innocents, Region Six Supported Living Council, and at the Mattingly Center.
Bob has served as Lee Specialty Clinic’s Director of Crisis Intervention Services since the clinic opened in 2014, creating a new model of crisis support and services for families and individuals with IDD in a multidisciplinary clinical setting.
Bob graduated with a BA in English from Northern Illinois University.
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Funding for the Lee Specialty Clinic is provided by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Kentucky Cabinet Health and Family Services — Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities.Web Design Louisville