(214) 356-9364

Patti Pickering MBA, LPC,


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, she was the Vice President of the transplant programs at Baylor Scott & White Health (BSWH) in Dallas and Fort Worth. Her responsibilities included directing strategic initiatives and program development including a collaboration with Children’s Medical Center Dallas. Patti left BSWH to found and become the executive director of a non-profit serving adopted children and their families and to establish a private counseling practice for adolescents. Patti is passionate about helping children who have experienced trauma and other challenges find a safe place to heal and discover their full potential.

As Head of School, Patti combines her business and clinical experience to expand and strengthen the program at Vanguard. Under her leadership, the Vanguard Center for Neurological Health (VCNH) was launched in April 2019, offering a continuum of therapeutic services at the school including testing, individual and family therapy, speech, occupational, and neurotherapies. 

When she isn’t at Vanguard, Patti enjoys spending time with her partner, Luci. They have been together for 14 years and were married in 2016. She also enjoys traveling, reading, hiking, birdwatching, and spending time with friends as well as her dogs, Rosie, Cory, and Bodie. Bodie can’t wait to finish his training so he can join Sunny and Hershey as a Vanguard therapy dog!



4230 Sigma Road Dallas, TX 75244

PHONE: (214) 356-9364

FAX: (972) 404-1641


ABA and Clinic Hours Neurotherapy Hours
Monday 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM