In 1993 Dr. Karen Fried and Dr. Melissa Mullin were each beginning private practices in educational therapy, when a mutual friend introduced them.
At this early stage, they quickly realized that there were more students in need of their services than they could individually see. Melissa and Karen took the opportunity to join forces and form a center. Melissa and Karen’s educational background and training blended together to offer the latest research in learning theory and practice, along with developmental learning theory and methodology. Together they offered a unique view on the remediation of learning differences, and began training educational specialists to work at their center.
Karen and Melissa’s mission statement was to help students learn to their potential. That mission has not changed over the years. Each child that comes to the K & M Center is seen as an individual with his or her own learning style and unique talents. Each child has a treatment plan created just for him to address the areas that need remediation. Melissa and Karen work with parents and teachers to create a plan that will work for the child.
Our educational specialists continue to bring the latest in educational theory and methods from their graduate programs into the K & M Center. All the educational specialist at the K & M Center benefit from each other as they discuss students and the teaching/learning process, as well as the hands on experience they have gained teaching children and adolescents.
Having a Center allows Karen and Melissa the resources to invest time and resources to research and provide the latest research based programs in all areas of cognitive processing and academic skills. We continually look for, and acquire, programs that will benefit our students.
It is a privilege to fulfill our mission of helping children work to their potential. We are thankful for all the families who chose to trust us to work with their children, as well as the excellent educators who have worked with the K&M Center. Helping children learn and do well in school, and life, is a rewarding career that continues to motivate Melissa and Karen to provide the best learning center possible.
Our People Make All The Difference!
Karen Fried holds a doctorate in psychology from Ryokan College. She received master’s degrees in both Human Development and in Clinical Psychology, as well as a Certificate in Educational Therapy, from the College for Developmental Studies. A licensed MFT, she has practiced educational therapy and psychotherapy for over 15 years.
Melissa Mullin holds both a master’s and doctoral degree in Education with an emphasis on Educational Psychology from UCLA. She has practiced as an Educational Psychologist for over 15 years.
Directors Karen Fried, Psy.D., M.F.T., and Melissa Mullin, Ph.D., supervise a team of educational professionals at The K&M Center. We specialize in meeting children’s individual learning needs with respect and compassion. Each of our Educational Specialists has a master’s or teaching degree in Education, Educational Psychology, or a related field. Several hold a Ph.D. degree, and many have a counseling background. Educational Specialists receive on-going training and supervision for the entire time they work at The K&M Center. Most important, every Educational Specialist at The K&M Center demonstrates that magic blend of education, experience, and sense of fun optimal for helping students, as well as an outstanding ability to apply both classic and cutting-edge approaches.
In keeping with our philosophy of attending to the whole child–including cognitive, academic, social and emotional aspects–we offer each student the unique benefit of developing a one-on-one alliance with a trusted Educational Specialist who is supportive, expertly trained, and professionally objective.
Learn more about us: www.kandmcenter.com