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Conference speakers and panelists

Scott Akins, D.O.

Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Chief, Developmental/Behavioral Pediatrics and Medical Director UC Davis MIND Institute
Dr. Akins is a developmental and behavioral pediatrician specializing in the care of children with
neurodevelopmental disabilities. He is the Chief of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, Associate
Director of the Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities and Medical Director at the UC Davis, MIND
Institute. Prior to joining the MIND Institute, Dr. Akins was a general pediatrician, then a developmental
pediatrician in the US Navy, where he served as Community Leader for Developmental Pediatrics and then as
the Children’s Health Community Leader and Advisor to the Surgeon General.
He has special clinical interest and expertise in Autism Spectrum Disorders, Intellectual Disability and Trisomy
21. Dr. Akins' research has focused on telehealth support to families of children with Autism Spectrum
Disorders in remote communities, partnerships between pediatric specialty providers, schools and medical
home providers and utilization of complementary and alternative medicine in families of children with Autism
Spectrum Disorders.

Susan Andrien, LCSW

NMT Trainer, C.E.O., Hope Reimagined

Hannah Davis, B.A.

Lindsay Diamond, Ph.D.

Assoc. Professor of Special Education and Human Development Univ. of Nevada
Lindsay is currently Department Chair, Educator preparation for the College of Education and Human
Development at UNR. She holds teaching certifications in Early Childhood Developmentally Delayed,
Early Childhood Education, 0-2 grade, and Special Education Autism, 3-21 years, with the State of Nevada. Dr.
Diamond has numerous publications and research citations and has managed multiple grants and projects in
the field of special education and developmental disabilities.

Rachel Gilgoff, M.D.

Integrative Medicine Specialist, GetzWell Personalized Pediatrics
Dr. Gilgoff is certified in both General Pediatrics and Child Abuse Pediatrics, as well as Clinical Trauma, and
Integrative medicine. She is a Senior Clinical and Science Advisor for the ACES Aware Initiative and UCLA-UCSF
ACES Aware Family Resilience network. Rachel is also the Chief Medical Officer at Stronger Brains Inc.. She has
numerous research projects, publications, and presentations on her CV, on various topics related to adverse
childhood experiences, trauma, toxic stress, relational health, and resiliency.

Elizabeth D. Grady, M.D.

Pediatrician, South San Francisco Clinic, San Mateo County Health

Angel Hixson

Katharine Harlan Owens

Master's Entry Program in Nursing Student (Class of 2024), Program Manager, The
PATH Program, CEDD at the UC Davis MIND Institute, Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities

John A. Salvato, M.D., FAAP 

Medical Director, Early Developmental Screening Kaiser Permanente- TPMG
Northern CA
Dr. Salvato is a board-certified developmental and behavioral pediatrician, which means he specializes in
helping families take care of children with learning, behavioral, and developmental issues. He received his
training at the Golisano Children’s Hospital in Rochester New York. He is also a board-certified pediatrician
and has dedicated his life to the health and well-being of children.
Dr. Salvato provided developmental and pediatric services in Maine for 29 years. He was the Medical Director
of the Edmund Ervin Pediatric Center in Augusta ME till 2010. And then he decided to join the US Navy where
he met one of his mentors and a speaker at today’s conference. He grew up in Boston but feels as if he is from
Maine, especially since he now lives in Folsom California. He has three adult children, one of whom is
neurodivergent, but who made it through college with an IEP and even ran competitively for the XC team.
Most importantly they are all good-looking and athletic like their dad.
Dr. Salvato owned and operated an indoor playground and preschool in Maine for 15 years, claiming that’s
where he really learned about developmental pediatrics.

Randolph Thomas, M.D.

Sutter Medical Group

Judy Yang, D.O.

Pediatrician, NorthBay Health
Dr. Yang has been a general pediatrician at NorthBay Health since 2007. She was instrumental in implementing
developmental surveillance utilizing the Ages and Stages developmental questionnaires across specialties
within the organization. Dr. Yang also implemented the Reach Out and Read Early Literacy program at
NorthBay and acts as medical director of the initiative for the Solano County region. She has been a Physician
Champion in the pediatric Immunizations Quality Improvement workgroup since 2017. Judy is a talented
clinician known for her attunement with families in creating optimal developmental trajectories and outcomes
for children, through preventive care and surveillance.

Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest
Postgraduate Institute for Medicine (PIM) requires faculty, planners, and others in control of educational
content to disclose all their financial relationships with ineligible companies. All identified conflicts of interest
(COI) are thoroughly vetted and mitigated according to PIM policy. The existence or absence of COI for
everyone in a position to control educational content will be disclosed to participants prior to the start of each
The faculty reported the following relevant financial relationships with ineligible entities related to the
educational content of this CE activity. These relationships have been mitigated:
Dr. Scott Akins, D.O. has nothing to disclose
Dr. Lindsey Diamond, Ph.D. has nothing to disclose

Dr. John A Salvato M.D. FAAP has nothing to disclose
Dr. Rachel Gilgoff, M.D. has nothing to disclose
Dr. Elizabeth D. Grady, M.D. has nothing to disclose
Dr. Randolph Thomas, M.D. has nothing to disclose
Dr. Judy Yang, D.O. has nothing to disclose
Susan Andrien LMFT has nothing to disclose
Katharine Harlan Owens has nothing to disclose

The PIM planners and others have nothing to disclose. The Special Care Services and partner conference
planners and others have nothing to disclose.

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