Meet Our Team
Our eXtraordinarY Kids Clinic Team is multidisciplinary and includes providers who have significant expertise and truly understand X&Y chromosome variations. Our team includes:
- Developmental Pediatrics: Nicole Tartaglia, MD, MS
- Genetic Counseling: Susan Howell, MS, CGC, MBA
- Endocrinology: Shanlee Davis, MD, MS
- Occupational Therapy: Syd Martin, MA, OTR
- Speech and Language: Jackie Bolders Frazier, MA, CCC-SLP and Lindsay Cohen, MA, CCC-SLP
- Neuropsychology: Richard Boada, PhD., ABPP-CN and Jennifer Janusz, Psy.D., ABPP-CN
- Clinical Psychology: Rebecca Wilson, PsyD and Adrienne Villagomez, PhD
- Research Team: Talia Thompson, PhD; Lisa Cordeiro, MS, CSP; Tanea Tanda, BS; Mariah Brown, BA
Nicole Tartaglia, MD, MS
“Dr. T” is a Developmental Pediatrician and the Founder and Director of the eXtraordinarY Kids Clinic. She has seen more than a thousand patients with all varieties of X&Y chromosome variations during her tenure. She often spends several hours with families, and sometimes over two separate appointments.
As a medical doctor, she will review the medical, developmental and behavioral history, address questions and concerns about the child and their diagnoses, and make recommendations for the medical and developmental care of the child being seen. With older children, she will often request to spend time with the child as well as the parents separately. She conducts and oversees developmental testing for infants and toddlers with a prenatal diagnosis to monitor development and determine the initiation of therapies that may be needed.
Susan Howell, MS, CGC, MBA
Susan Howell is a board-certified Genetic Counselor and she serves as the eXtraordinarY Kids Clinic, Clinic and Research Coordinator. She provides prenatal genetic counseling and serves as the initial contact for families coming to clinic. She can address general questions and concerns about the conditions, make recommendations for evaluations, and facilitate getting you ready to be seen in our clinic.
As a Genetic Counselor, she will gather information about the family history and interpret any implications, explain the genetics of your child’s condition and any implications, and counsel families and children about what X&Y chromosome variations are, what it means to you, how to talk about the condition, and concerns you may have about the diagnosis. In addition, should you choose to participate in our research, she will direct you into the appropriate study and facilitate any referrals necessary.
Rebecca Wilson, PsyD
Dr. Wilson is a child psychologist with a special interest in children with genetic disorders including X&Y chromosome variations, Fragile X syndrome and 22q deletion.
Evaluations with Dr. Wilson focus on early child development and social-emotional development, including assessment for anxiety, depression, mood disorders and autism spectrum disorders.
She has expertise in considering the learning, speech, and emotional aspects of X&Y chromosome variations when evaluating behavioral and social emotional problems in children and adolescents.
Adrienne Villagomez, PhD
Dr. Villagomez is a child psychologist with specialized training in development and genetic disorders, including sex chromosome variations and fragile X syndrome.
She earned her doctorate in school psychology at UNC Chapel Hill and completed her postdoctoral fellowship at Children’s Hospital Colorado, where she first began working with children with X&Y chromosome variations.
Dr. Villagomez enjoys working with young children and their families in developmental assessments and behavioral play-based therapy.
Syd Martin is an occupational therapist specializing in pediatric neurodevelopmental and genetic disorders.
She is a specialist in the evaluation and treatment of children with autism, X&Y chromosome variations, ADHD, and other developmental delays. Her master’s thesis included evaluation and comparison of motor skills and visual motor integration in children with X&Y chromosome variations.
She evaluates and treats problems including fine and gross motor skills, self-care skills, sensory processing problems, and self-regulation disorders.
Jackie Bolders Frazier, MA, CCC-SLP
Jackie has worked as a speech-language pathologist at Children’s Hospital Colorado since 1975 and currently serves as the Diagnostic Coordinator for Speech Pathology at Children’s Colorado.
For the past 30 years, Jackie has been involved in a variety of activities including participation in “Brain Stars”, a grant targeting children with head injuries which involved working on a comprehensive manual for parents and teachers that describes the ramifications of a head injury and offers suggestions for dealing with the consequences of a head injury; served as a consultant for legal evaluations through the Rehabilitation Department traumatic brain injury team since 2000; initiated and managed a clinic for children with swallowing disorders since 1986; worked with a multidisciplinary outpatient diagnostic rehabilitation team since 1976 that assesses children with a variety of diagnoses including traumatic brain injury, learning disability, and cognitive impairment; and has served as the Speech-Language Pathologist for the eXtraordinarY Kids Clinic since 2008.
Jennifer Janusz, Psy.D., ABPP-CN
Dr. Janusz is a board certified clinical neuropsychologist with expertise in the neuropsychological features of genetic disorders including X&Y variations, neurofibromatosis, tuberous sclerosis, and 22q11 deletion syndrome. She also works with children who have other neurologic conditions.
Dr. Janusz’s research interests include examining the impact of neurocognitive deficits on a child’s social, adaptive, and behavioral functioning. A neuropsychological evaluation with Dr. Janusz includes a thorough assessment of a child’s cognitive strengths and weaknesses, academic achievement profile, as well as other domains such as attention, memory, executive functions, and visual-spatial abilities. Results of these assessments are used to establish diagnoses, and provide recommendations for interventions and strategies to be used at home and in the school setting.
Richard Boada, PhD., ABPP-CN
Dr. Boada is a board certified clinical neuropsychologist with expertise in the neuropsychological features of genetic disorders including X&Y variations, Down syndrome, and other neurodevelopmental learning disabilities. He also works with children who have other neurologic conditions, such as epilepsy and stroke. Dr. Boada’s research interests include language-based learning disabilities (e.g., dyslexia), executive function deficits, and ADHD.
A neuropsychological evaluation with Dr. Boada includes a thorough assessment of a child’s cognitive strengths and weaknesses, academic achievement profile, as well as other domains such as attention, memory, executive functions, and visual-spatial abilities. Results of these assessments are used to establish diagnoses, and provide recommendations for interventions and strategies to be used at home and in the school setting. Dr. Boada provides clinical evaluations and consultation in Spanish as well.
Dr. Davis is a Pediatric Endocrinologist in the eXtraordinarY Kids Clinic and co-director of the eXtraOrdinary Kids Turner Syndrome Clinic. She has had the opportunity to help care for children with X&Y chromosome variations since 2004 and values being a part of the care team in the eXtraordinarY Kids Clinic.
In the clinical setting Dr. Davis provides evaluation and management of growth, puberty, hormone treatment, and screening for other medical conditions including thyroid, liver, and metabolic function.
Dr. Davis is also passionate about conducting meaningful clinical research that will make a difference in the lives of children with X&Y chromosome variations. She is currently funded by the NIH and leads studies for boys with XXY and adolescent girls with Turner syndrome.
Talia Thompson, PhD
Dr. Thompson is a nationally certified school psychologist with a special interest in neurodevelopmental and genetic disorders.
After working as a psychologist in the public schools for five years, she returned to the University of Denver where she earned her doctorate in child, family, and school psychology with a focus on research methods. While there, she also taught graduate level coursework in special education and low incidence disabilities. She holds a certificate for early childhood school psychology with specialized training in the assessment of young children and ecological interventions aimed at supporting families and improving developmental outcomes.
Dr. Thompson’s research interests are focused on enhancing quality of life and promoting psychological thriving for children with developmental differences.
Lisa Cordeiro, MS, CSP
Lisa Cordeiro has worked in the field of research and clinical assessment of children and adolescents with neurodevelopmental disorders since 2003.
She has a Research Faculty position (Senior Research Associate) at the University of Colorado for both the Denver Fragile X Treatment and Research Center and eXtraordinarY Kids clinic (directed by Dr. Nicole Tartaglia). She is the project lead and Psychometrist for the TriXY study, as well as a Psychometrist for the eXtraordinarY Babies study. She has authored and co-authored several peer-reviewed articles and has extensive presentation experience at both scientific and service-oriented conferences, locally and nationally.
She is very experienced in developmental assessment, principally in individuals with developmental disabilities who require specialized approaches to assessment to obtain optimal performance. Previously, she has been the Psychometrist on numerous clinical trials in fragile X syndrome, a longitudinal study of testosterone treatment in Klinefelter’s syndrome, as well as a study aimed at identifying neuromotor outcome measures for clinical trials in fragile X syndrome.
Prior to her work in Colorado, she managed the Psychophysiology Lab of the Fragile X Research and Treatment Center at the UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute under the mentorship of Dr. Hagerman and Dr. Hessl. Lisa earned a M.S. in Child Development at UC Davis and has a Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis.
Tanea Tanda, BS
Tanea Tanda has served as research assistant in the eXtraordinarY Kids Clinic and Fragile X Clinic at Children’s Hospital Colorado since 2010. She received her B.S. in Biomedical Sciences from Colorado State University in 2011.
During Tanea’s tenure with our team, she has coordinated five different pivotal research studies in X&Y chromosome variations for both adolescents and infants as well as four research studies in Fragile X syndrome, including longitudinal data collection and novel approaches to autism screening.
Her expertise and empathetic nature in working with complex patients and their families as a research assistant has led her to become a cherished and invaluable member of our team.
Mariah Brown, BS
Mariah Brown is a research assistant and study coordinator for both the TESTO and eXtraordinarY Babies research studies. She received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and first became involved in research as an undergraduate research assistant in 2013.
She has previous experience as a study coordinator for a research study examining the short and long-term effects of mindfulness training in adults at Dr. Davidson’s Center for Healthy Minds at UW-Madison.
She has embraced the change of working with infant participants rather than adults, and is happy to be a part of the eXtraordinarY kids research team!