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Marcella Bothwell, MD FAAC

Marcella Bothwell, MD, FAAP

Marcella Bothwell, MD, FAAP

Clinical Professor of Otolaryngology at University of San Diego, CA Medical School

Otolaryngology Pediatric Specialist at Rady Children’s Hospital

President of the San Diego Academy of Otolaryngology

When she isn’t busy working for her professional organization and teaching medical students, Dr. Bothwell enjoy working on her informational website for ENT (ear, nose, throat) issues for her patients and community.

She also enjoys playing tennis whenever she gets the chance, as well as gardening.

Dr. Bothwell also has three dogs that she loves dearly: Rocco, PT and Bailey.

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Tad Bruneau OTR/L

Tad Bruneau, OTR/L

Tad Bruneau, OTR/L – Tad graduated magna cum laude from Boston University in 1997 with degrees in Occupational Therapy and Psychology. He worked for three years in Boston’s Dimock Early Intervention program and also part time in the Cambridge and Brookline Public Schools. In 2001 he moved to San Diego and started working as an Occupational Therapy Consultant for the HOPE Infant Family Support Program. While at the HOPE program, Tad worked as part of an interdisciplinary feeding team and received his swallowing and feeding (SWC) credential from the state of California. Since starting his own private practice in 2004, Tad has received training on administration of the Sensory Integration and Praxis test (SIPT), become a Level 1 Handwriting Without Tears provider, and studied to learn Spanish in order to better serve the families he works with. Tad enjoys working together with families to come up with therapeutic ideas that can be easily woven into daily routines across natural settings.

Tad Bruneau Occupational Therapy Services
3026 Juniper Street
San Diego, CA 92104
Fax/Phone: (619)-255-1639
Email: tadbruneau “at” hotmail “dot” com

Neil Goyal, MS, PT

Neil Goyal, MS, PT

Neil Goyal, MS, PT Neil is a Physical Therapist with over 8-years of pediatric experience, who continues to have the privilege of working with infants, children, and young adults in a wide variety of situations. He graduated in the year 2000 from Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY with a Masters of Science degree in Physical Therapy. Neil enjoys being on both sides of education, playing the role of teacher and student. He strives to build relationships with people and tailor his interactions and recommendations to best fit the needs of individual children and those who care for them.

Neil comes to us highly recommended by the San Diego Regional Center. His personable style and gentle manner with infants and toddlers is well noted among the parents who have had the pleasure of working with him.

Of note, Neil strives to make sure that parents understand the reasons behind the various physical therapy maneuvers that he makes a child go through. He also works with the children rather than creating resistance and finds that if you just go with the flow, the time spent as PT tends to be more like play which makes for happier kids.

Neil can be reached by email at: neil.goyal08 “at” gmail “dot” com.

Dr. David B. Granet, MD

Dr. David B. Granet, MD

David B. Granet, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.A.A.P., F.A.A.O., is the Anne Ratner Chair of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Director of the Anne F. and Abraham Ratner Children’s Eye Center located within the Shiley Eye Complex. He is the Director of the Divisions of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Eye Alignment Disorders for the University of California, San Diego and Professor of Ophthalmology and Pediatrics at UCSD. He is also the Adult ocular motility specialist for the Shiley Eye Center.

Pediatric Ophthalmology and Eye Alignment Disorders (strabismus) are Dr. Granet’s specialties. His interests also include nystagmus and learning disorders. In addition to his expertise in childhood eye misalignments and disorders, he has extensive experience in Adult eye movement problems as well as state-of-the-art adjustable suture strabismus surgery.

Dr. Granet is one of the founders of the Shiley Thyroid Eye Disease Clinic. His work has led him to be named in “Best Doctors in America” and “Top Doctors” and he is the only Pediatric Ophthalmologist voted into “Best Doctors in San Diego.” He also earned the Achievement Award for the Academy of Ophthalmology and the Honor Award for the American Association of Pediatric Ophthalmology.

Dr. Granet earned a medical degree from Yale University School of Medicine where he served as President of his class. He spent a transitional internship year at UCLA-Harbor Medical Center and served as a chief resident at New York University Medical Center. He then completed a special two year fellowship in pediatric ophthalmology and ocular motility disorders at the renowned Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the Scheie Eye Institute of the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center. He selected UCSD and the Shiley Eye Center for his practice.

Recently, Dr. Granet published groundbreaking work on a new and simple way to identify childhood eye disorders using a digital camera and computerized analysis. His diverse research interests have ranged from devising a new technique to facilitate Adult adjustable suture eye muscle surgery to re-evaluating the use of electro-physiologic testing in apparently blind infants. At the National Pediatric Ophthalmology meetings, Dr. Granet has presented his work on a new and improved approach for anesthesia during strabismus surgery; a simplified system for calibrating complex eye glass prescriptions; Botox use in Thyroid Eye Disease; and new work on ADHD’s affect on the eyes. He is considered an authority on ocular protection in sports and the role the visual system contributes to athletic performance.

Because of his clear and engaging speaking style, he was selected to host UCSD-TV’s “Health Matters” archived on ( He is also the founder and moderator of the International Pediatric-Ophthalmology Internet discussion group. Dr. Granet’s infectious good nature and enthusiasm make him perfectly suited to work with children.

Anand, Arabella and Annie Kolatkar

Anand, Arabella and Annie Kolatkar

Annie, Anand and Arabella Kolatkar, Founders

Our story begins with the day our daughter was born and we learned that she had Down syndrome shortly after her birth. Since that day, we have been learning all we can to help our daughter. Her complications included PPHN at birth and later on, Infantile Spasms around 4 months of age. We have used the San Diego Regional Center for the Developmentally Disabled to help us with our journey. They helped us get enrolled in the Infant and Toddler Program at Alcott Elementary, obtain physical and occupational therapy outside of the school program, a consultation with a nutritionist and more. We explored the Rady Children’s Down Syndrome Multidisciplinary Clinic in her first year. We consulted with lactation experts, chiropractic and osteopathic doctors, a homeopathic practitioner, traditional Chinese medicine doctors, nutritionists and more. And we have more to learn and discover as our daughter grows towards new milestones and developmental phases. You can read more under the category “Life At Home”.

Anand received his PhD in biochemistry/biophysics from Rice University. He completed a post-doctoral fellowship in structural biology at Standford University. He currently works as a staff scientist at The Scripps Research Institute. His varied biochemical training in structural and cell biology and bioinformatics enables him to evaluate the medical and genetic scientific literature involving Down syndrome. His gift for teaching will help you understand the complex scientific jargon in easy to understand terms. Look for his articles under many different topics.

Annie, currently a stay-at-home-mom, has just over fifteen years of childcare and early education experience. She possesses vast experience and knowledge in a variety of natural and alternative medicines, and is dedicated to the healing process. A gourmet cook, she is keen on eating organics, traditional foods and foods that still contain their life force energy. She has been a teacher of many subjects, most notably teaching teenagers how to sail and oil painting to beginners of all ages. She is passionate about writing, especially children’s stories, doing graphic arts and web design. She has blissfully left the corporate world behind her, but not its lessons.

Arabella is the Center of the Universe in the Kolatkar home. She loves to listen to classical music, study her hands often, commando crawl and be bounced to “Giddy-up Horsey”. Her favorite pastime is saying “blah, blah, blah” when mom is on the phone. She is fascinated by water, especially the shower spray. She has learned to smile for the camera and loves to sit up in her crib when she really ought to be sleeping. She is 14-mos at this writing.

May 24, 2009
San Diego, CA

Dr. Mary Anne Morelli-Haskell, DO

Dr. Mary Anne Morelli-Haskell, DO

Mary Anne Morelli Haskell, D.O., F.A.C.O.P.
Dr. Mary Anne is a 1988 graduate of College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, now part of Western University of Health Sciences. She completed an internship at Doctor’s Hospital, Montclair, CA where she received the Intern of the Year Award. In 1992 she completed her residency in pediatrics at Loma Linda University Medical Center.

With a successful career spanning over 15 years, Dr. Mary Anne has distinguished herself as a physician, professor and lecturer. As a board certified osteopathic pediatrician, she is committed to improving the health of children and their families.

After completing residency, she practiced for many years at San Diego’s Osteopathic Center for Children with Viola Frymann, D.O., F.A.A.O. During which time Dr. Mary Anne earned a certificate of special proficiency in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine from the American Academy of Osteopathy and became certified in cranial osteopathy by the Cranial Academy. In 2005 she moved her practice to Coronado, California, where she is close to her family and community.

Dr. Mary Anne is passionate about the contribution that osteopathy’s holistic approach makes to children’s health and development. She has taught about the osteopathic approach to treating children in the United States, Europe and Australia and has served as faculty for The Cranial Academy, the Osteopathic Center for Children and the Sutherland Cranial Teaching Foundation. She is an associate professor for Western University, serving as a preceptor for medical students interested in treating children. She has published in the AAO Journal and was a contributing author for the Foundations of Osteopathic Medicine, 2nd Ed. 2003. Dr. Mary Anne, an avid student, continues to take courses related to osteopathic medicine, functional medicine, children’s health issues and nutrition.

Dr. Mary Anne is also active in giving community and school lectures on the contribution of osteopathic medicine to children’s health and learning ability, and the importance of a good diet.

In order to stay current in her field Dr. Mary Anne is a member of the American Osteopathic Association, the American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians, American Academy of Osteopathy, and the Cranial Academy.

Gabrielle Traub, HOM, CCH, H.D. (Hon.)

Gabrielle Traub, HOM, CCH, H.D. (Hon.)

Gabrielle Traub, HOM, CCH, HD (Hon.)

“My mission in life is to help others to attain optimum health in the most gentle, natural way possible; to bring forth awareness about natural health solutions, and to contribute towards creating a society blessed with vibrant, natural health- free of suffering and existing in harmony.”

Gabrielle is a world renowned homeopathic practitioner and lecturer. She is the founder of the World Homeopathy Awareness Organization (WHAO), and the founder of World Homeopathy Awareness Week. She was recently awarded an honorary doctorate for her contribution to the profession.

She has conducted a double-blind clinical trial on the effect of homeopathic medicine on thought interference (difficulty concentrating and focusing), nervousness and anxiety.

She lectures on anatomy, physiology, pathology and homeopathy at the Homeopathic Academy of Southern California. She mentors homeopaths and runs the student clinic. She is on the faculty of the American Medical College of Homeopathy and Pioneer University (London).

Gabrielle has 2 practices in San Diego, a multidisciplinary spa and medical wellness Kliniek and an OB-GYN clinic at Scripps Medical Center. Until recently she was part of the core treatment team at a residential treatment center for Trauma, Eating Disorders, Pain and Addictions. She also specializes in treating infants and children.

Gabrielle graduated from a 6-year homeopathic medical degree in South Africa. Her training includes experience in private practice, hospital and rural settings. She went on to complete 2- years of post graduate course in Clinical and Classical homeopathy (M.F. Hom and C.E.H.D).

Gabrielle is regularly invited to speak at conventions both nationally and internationally (London, Pakistan, Dubai, South Africa and Columbia in the last year), as well as frequently on television and radio.

She is published in Arabic, Bulgarian, English, French, German, Japanese, Norwegian, Portuguese and Swedish.

Elizabeth Wagner, RD, CCN

Elizabeth Wagner, RD, CCN

Elizabeth Wagner, RD, CCN

Nutritionist with 10-years professional experience and over 5-years in Functional Medical Nutrition Therapy, optimizes your nutritional status by first conducting an individual nutritional analysis. Using nutritional testing, diet and supplements a person’s body is then able to start the process of re-balancing to improve health and energy.

Graduated from Iowa Sate University with a B.S. in Nutritional Science in 1999, Elizabeth’s strengths include the ability to educate and coach clients on the science behind nutrition so they will be able to make lasting changes that will positively affect their health.

She completed a dietetic internship at the VA Hospital of Los Angeles; managed the Nutrition department at Sanoviv (an integrative medical institute) and specialized in Functional Medical Nutrition Therapy for all ages.

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