|Nancy Curtis, MD
Dr. Curtis founded the International Adoption Clinic at Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland in 2004. Her avid interest and dedication to children of the world began while working as a primary care pediatrician during the 1980s and 90s. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a fellow and assistant clinical professor of Pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Curtis serves as a member of the Subsection of Adoption and Foster Care of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Subsection on International Child Health. She received her MD from the Medical College of Georgia and completed her residency in Pediatrics at UCSF. A mother of two, Dr. Curtis has a long standing interest in and involvement with international issues facing Third World countries, including micro-financing.
|Audrey Bethke, PhD
Dr. Bethke is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in child neuropsychology. She sees children ranging in age from infancy to young adulthood and has specific training in the unique needs of children with international adoption histories. Dr. Bethke also has experience assessing children with learning disabilities; developmental disorders; attention, processing and memory disorders; emotional and behavioral problems; head injuries; toxin exposure; and various medical conditions that affect the central nervous system. Dr. Bethke's clinical internship was completed in the Department of Psychiatry at California Pacific Medical Center. Her postdoctoral fellowship was done in the Department of Neuropsychology at Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland. Dr. Bethke continues to be on the medical staff at Children's Hospital Oakland. In addition she has a private practice in San Francisco, and is on staff at UCSF in the Division of Infant, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, where she both assesses children and supervises trainees.
|Denise Dismuke-Gideon, LPN
Denise oversees the clinic's operational, logistical and financial management. She is a licensed practical nurse with previous broad-based healthcare service management experience, giving her the background to understand both the medical and business sides of clinic operations. Denise works closely with Mary and other Children's Hospital staffers to ensure smooth provider and customer services. Her business skills, industry knowledge and strong medical background provide the clinic staff time to focus on the needs of patients and their families.