Center for Children with Special Needs Staff

drbrennanDr. Ron Brennan, Neurodevelopmental Pediatrician, LIFE Program and Neurodevelopment Clinics
Ron received his college and medical education at Harvard College, Dartmouth Medical School, and the University of Washington and Children's Hospital in Seattle.  He then worked as a Pediatrician in the Alaska Native Health Service in Bethel from 1979-1989.  During this time he served as Chief of Pediatrics, President of the Medical Staff, and co-founder of the PATCH (Professional Assistance Teams for the Chronically Handicapped) Team.  Ron then completed a 2 year Developmental Disabilities Fellowship at the University of Washington/Children's Hospital Child Developmental Center in Seattle from 1990-1992.  Since 1992, Ron has worked as a Developmental Pediatrician in Alaska for Providence Alaska Medical Center and the State of Alaska through outreach clinics.  He sees children with a wide variety of Neurodevelopmental Disorders including children with general developmental delays, autism, neuromotor disorders and "high risk" newborns.
Beth Kaplan, Family Care Coordinator, LIFE Program and Neurodevelopment Clinics
Beth has dedicated her career to supporting families and coordinating care for children with special health care needs.  Before joining the Providence Neurodevelopmental Clinic in 1993 and the LIFE Program in 1996, she was a Family Services Specialist with the Infant Learning Programs in Fairbanks and Anchorage.  She was an original member of the Stone Soup Group team.  She has lived in Alaska for thirty years and enjoys the challenges of working collaboratively with providers throughout the state to improve care for children and their families.  Beth has a Master’s Degree in Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education.
De Lewis, Physical Therapist, LIFE Program Clinic
De has specialized in pediatric physical therapy since graduating from Emory University in 1987 with a Master's Degree.  Her work experience includes inpatient pediatric services; neonatal intensive care units; special infant care follow-up clinics; selective Dorsal Rhizotomy evaluation and treatment; home-based early intervention; and contract services in rural Alaska.  De is NDT and TAMO certified and has maintained a pediatric private practice in Anchorage for over 9 years.
Carol Matthews, Occupational Therapist, LIFE Program Clinic
Carol has a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy with advanced certification in Neurodevelopmental therapy for children and infants, sensory integration, lactation consulting, neonatal intensive care therapy, and neonatal individualized developmental care. Mother of two with 30 years professional experience. Carol has worked in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Providence Children's Hospital since 1988.
Jill Beverlin, Administrative Assistant, LIFE Program and Neurodevelopment Clinics
Jill began her employment as a Ward Clerk for the NICU in 1979.  She transitioned to Alaska Newborn Care Project in 1981 which merged in 1985 to become LifeGuard Alaska.  In 1994, Jill joined the team at the Center for Children with Special Needs.  Jill became a Certified Coding Specialist - Physician Based in 2002.