Briana Makofske, Ph.D.

Dr. Briana Makofske is a Licensed Psychologist in the state of Colorado (License # 4062).  She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Colorado College and her Doctorate in School Psychology from the University of Northern Colorado.   Dr. Makofske has worked in schools for over a decade, specializing in supporting students with neurodevelopmental disorders through assessment, developing collaborative goals and interventions, and providing direct and consultative services. She is the author of Self-Regulation and Active Problem Solving, a tool created for educators and therapists to help children generalize learned skills to real-life situations.

Dr. Makofske’s professional experience includes administering a wide range of assessment batteries, consulting with families and educators to develop both personal and academic related goals and skills, and providing direct service, consultation, and interventions for children and young adults with diverse needs.

Dr. Makofske identifies individual strengths and needs in order to develop supports and interventions that will help each child gain skills to become independent and successful.  She works with parents and educators to help ensure interventions and supports meet the needs of each child and can be realistically implemented over time.

 

Rachel Toplis, Ph.D.

Dr. Rachel Toplis is a Licensed Psychologist in the state of Colorado (License # 4059). Dr. Toplis earned her PhD in Psychology from the University of East London, UK in 1997 before immigrating to the USA. She completed her Educational Specialist Degree in School Psychology through the University of Northern Colorado in 2004.

For over 30 years Dr. Toplis has worked with children and young people in a variety of settings from residential treatment facilities to K – 12 schools and university. As a School Psychologist and Clinical Child Psychologist Dr. Toplis has many years’ experience administering a wide variety of assessments addressing diverse concerns, including Autism Spectrum Disorders, ADHD, Learning disabilities (e.g., Dyslexia) and Traumatic Brain Injury.

Dr. Toplis’ neuro-education evaluations are designed to identify your child’s strengths as well as barriers to your child’s learning and progress. Dr. Toplis believes an important piece of a neuro-educational evaluation is the strategies, interventions, supports and resources that she is able to outline for your child based on your child’s specific needs.

Dr. Toplis’ training and practice within the educational setting, her knowledge of special education laws and processes, and section 504 classroom accommodations etc. means your child’s evaluation will translate easily into the educational setting to support their learning. Dr. Toplis can help you navigate the legal requirements in schools to provide necessary supports and promote individual independence and success in the future.

In 2017 Dr. Toplis was awarded School Psychologist of the Year by the Colorado Society of School Psychologist.