Meet Our Staff

Medical Team

Dr. Laurie Philips H.C. Philipps, Ph.D., FABPS

Dr. Laurie Philipps

Colleen Kay, M.A.

Colleen Kay

Samantha La Rocco, M.A.

Samantha La Rocco

Caitlyn Suen, M.S.

Caitlyn Suen

Kelsey Keady, Clinician

Kelsey Keady

Nicholas Smith, B.A.

Nicholas Smith

Caitlin Murray, B.A.

Caitlin Murray
Testing Coordinator

Mira Cucci - Marketing

Mira Cucci

Tim Vaco, Office Manager

Tim Vanco
Office Manager

Joseph Rossi, A.A., Marketing

Joseph Rossi

Joy Xu, B.S., Administrative Assistant

Joy Xu

Halle Czarnecki, B.A.

Halle Czarnecki

Allison Andreasen, B.S.

Allison Andreasen

David O Connor, B.S.,

David O Connor

David O Connor, B.S.,

Priya Vadaya Bhatt


Dr. Laurie H.C. Philipps, Ph.D., FABPS
  • Dr. Laurie Philips H.C. Philipps, Ph.D., FABPS
  • play_arrowPrincipal, Executive Director
  • play_arrowLicensed Clinical Psychologist
  • play_arrowClinical Pediatric & Adult
  • play_arrowClinical Pediatric & Adult Forensic

Dr. Laurie Philipps is the founder of NeuroHealth. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in
Biological Psychology and English Literature from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan and
her M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and Pediatric Neuropsychology from The University of Iowa. She
completed fellowships in the areas of Developmental Disabilities and Pediatric Neuropsychology at The
University of Iowa Medical Center, Departments of Pediatrics and Neurology, and subsequently completed
her residency in pediatric psychology and neuropsychology at Rush-Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical
Center/Rush Medical College in Chicago, Illinois.

Over the course of her career, Dr. Philipps has held faculty and clinical appointments at The University
of Chicago Medical Center, Rush Medical Center/Rush Medical College, Northern Illinois University, the
Illinois School of Professional Psychology, and in the Advocate Healthcare System. She also served as
the Dean of Students at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Philipps is an invited
lecturer at a number of academic institutions and professional societies, and she is a member of the
training committee for the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She has also published numerous
original research articles.

Dr. Philipps is a Fellow of the American Board of Psychological Specialties, with certifications in the
areas of pediatric and adult neuropsychology and pediatric and adult forensic psychology. She has been
on the medical staff of Advocate Lutheran General Hospital since 1993. She has also held previous
medical staff appointments at The University of Chicago Medical Center, Alexian Brothers Medical Center
in Elk Grove Village, Illinois, and at Resurrection Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois.

Dr. Philipps specializes in direct school consultation and advocacy for patients at NeuroHealth,
assisting children, adolescents, and their families in obtaining and retaining 504 Accommodation Plans,
as well as Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) in both public and private school settings. She also
provides direct school advocacy for students whose special education needs require a Private Therapeutic
Day School Placement.

Dr. Philipps’ areas of expertise include pediatric and adult psychological, neuropsychological, and
forensic assessment, as well as treatment and case management of pediatric and adult autism-spectrum
disorders, learning disorders, developmental disorders, neurologic disorders, anxiety, OCD, depression,
bipolar disorders, and behavioral disorders. Dr. Philipps also has experience and expertise with
neurocognitive remediation of executive function and memory disorders. She embraces a systems approach
to assessment and treatment, providing both marital and family interventions as well.


Alif Muhammad, M.A., LPC
  • Alif Muhammad, M.A., LPC

Alif (Al) Muhammad, L.P.C., earned his B.S. in Elementary Education from Saint Xavier University in
Chicago, IL, and his M.A in Community Counseling from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology in
Chicago, IL. Al has served as a Community Support Specialist/Case Manager at Thresholds in Chicago, IL,
providing case management, psychotherapy, and crisis intervention to children and adolescents. He also
provided school-based therapy to children and adolescents and facilitated parenting groups through
Turning Point Behavioral Health in Chicago, IL. Earlier in his career he provided special education
support to students in the Chicago Public School System.

On the NeuroHealth team, Al provides psychotherapy to children, adolescents, adults, and families in the
treatment of a variety of concerns including mood disorders, anxiety, depression, autism spectrum
disorders, health psychology, and ADHD.


Colleen Kay, M.A.
  • Colleen Kay, M.A.

Colleen Kay earned her B.A. from the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater, Wisconsin, and her M.A. in
Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Concordia University in River Forest, Illinois. She completed her
Clinical Mental Health Counseling Internship at the Counseling Center of Illinois in Arlington Heights,
Illinois where she subsequently became a Site Supervisor upon completion of her internship.

Colleen also completed training in the Advanced Substance Abuse Counseling Program. Earlier in her
career, Colleen worked with infants and young children at Bright Horizons in Arlington Heights,

Colleen has extensive experience with the planning, implementation, and management of programs for the
treatment of depression, mood disorders, anxiety, trauma, and substance abuse issues. She has expertise
in the provision of individual, couples, family, and group therapy, as well as parenting work.

On the NeuroHealth team, Colleen provides psychotherapeutic interventions to children, adolescents,
adults, and families regarding a variety of concerns including mood/bipolar disorders, anxiety,
depression, trauma, anger management, ADHD, substance use, and neuro-developmental issues.


Caitlyn Suen, M.S.
  • Caitlyn Suen, M.S.

Caitlyn Suen earned her M.S. in Applied Cognitive and Neuroscience from the University of Texas, Dallas
TX. Caitlyn also holds a Bachelor of Honors in Psychology and a Masters of Applied Psychology from HELP
University in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. In the past, Caitlyn has served as an Autism Therapist at the
Autism Care Centre and as an Executive Psychological Analyst at EDUVO Academic and Training Center, both
in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Caitlyn has also served as a Patient Care Liaison at Divine Residential Care
in Dallas, Texas. Most recently, she was a Neuropsychological Testing Technician and Research Assistant
at the University of Texas at Dallas.

On the NeuroHealth Team, Caitlyn provides psychological and neuropsychological testing, formulation of
diagnoses and recommendations, and co-leads testing feedback sessions for children, adolescents, and


Kelsey Keady, Clinician
  • Kelsey Keady, Clinician

Kelsey Keady earned her M.S. in Clinical Psychology from Missouri State University in Springfield,
Missouri and her B.A. in Psychology from Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri. Prior to joining
the NeuroHealth team, Kelsey provided psychological and neuropsychological diagnostic testing services
at the Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri where she worked with children, adolescents,
and adults.

Kelsey also previously provided academic support services to students at Rockhurst University Learning
Center. She has conducted university-based research in the areas of psychological perception and
communication and has presented research results at various academic consortiums, including the Annual
Conference of the American Psychological Association in Washington, D.C. On the NeuroHealth team, Kelsey
provides psychological and neuropsychological assessments, as well as psychotherapy, for children,
adolescents, and adults.