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Leadership Team
Patti Pickering, MBA, LPC

Patti Pickering, MBA, LPC

President

Patti Pickering joined Vanguard as Head of School in May 2016. She has master’s degrees in business administration and professional counseling and over 25 years of experience in a variety of healthcare and therapeutic environments. Prior to joining Vanguard, Patti was the Vice President of the transplant programs at Baylor Scott & White Health (BSWH) in Dallas and Fort Worth.

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Becky Hodnett, MS, LPC-S

Becky Hodnett, MS, LPC-S

Vice President, Clinical Services

Becky Hodnett has been a part of the Vanguard faculty for over 23 years. She completed her undergraduate degree in psychology from Southern Methodist University, and a masters degree in counseling from Texas A&M University in Commerce. She obtained her licensure as a professional counselor in Texas (LPC) in 2002 and began seeing children in group therapy as well as individually.

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Jason Mishalanie, Ph.D., BCN

Jason Mishalanie, Ph.D., BCN

Clinical Director of Neurotherapies

Jason F. Mishalanie, Ph.D. is a Licensed Psychologist working in private practice in Dallas, Texas as the Clinical Director of Peak Neuroscience, LLC. He is BCIA board certified in neurofeedback and has over 18 years of experience in the field. Dr. Mishalanie is trained in the assessment, diagnosis, and psychological treatment of children, adolescents, and adults.

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Tara Cottrell, BCBA

Tara Cottrell, BCBA

Clinical Director, Behavioral Therapy

Tara Cottrell is VCNH’s Clinical Director of Behavioral Therapy. Tara started in the field of ABA in 2008, just before graduating with her Associate’s in Science in 2009. While continuing to explore her passion for ABA professionally, she continued her studies, receiving her BS in Behavioral Studies, with minor focus in counseling and play therapy, in 2013.

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Kerry Pickering, PMP

Kerry Pickering, PMP

Operations Director

Kerry Pickering joined Vanguard Center for Neurological Health (VCNH) in 2019 as Operations Director. She graduated from the University of North Texas with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and later received her certification as a Project Management Professional (PMP).

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Frank Farino

Frank Farino

Program Coordinator, Behavioral Therapy

Frank Farino has a Bachelor’s degree in early childhood education and special education. He has over 23 years experience in the academic and behavioral development of children and young adults. Frank has been part of the Vanguard Prep School for 6 years and is dedicated in facilitating a nurturing environment for students to grow both academically and socially.

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CONTACT US

ADDRESS: 4230 Sigma Road Dallas, TX 75244

PHONE: (214) 356-9364

FAX: (972) 404-1641

EMAIL: info@vcnhdallas.com

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