daVinci's Brain came about because there was a need for a comfortable and safe physical space in our community to give students the individualized attention for academic and emotional support in a small group setting. 

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Too many children are falling through the cracks because of their emotional needs are not being fulfilled. Sometimes life events create too much “brain fog” to learn concepts in school. Having a safe place to unwind, socialize, play and create among a few peers will provide more opportunities for learning success. A place where learning trial and error can happen without “classroom” consequences. A place to develop and practice social communication skills. A place to work on mastering a new skill before moving too far ahead and building that self esteem for confidence in life. A place for children to have positive experiences that build resiliencies and can have lifelong effects on being a healthy adult. 

 
 

We enjoy learning new technology to use as an engagement tool and to integrate it into lesson learned to school to reinforce academics.

We want to partner with institutions for research and development as a way to provide quality service and valuable outcomes. We strive to be a valuable asset to the communities we serve and to lift others up and complement those who aspire to inspire.


A note from the founder of daVinci’s Brain

 Valerie Kiley, Founder

Valerie Kiley, Founder

A little about myself and my qualifications that makes me the right person for this organization. I am a seasoned Occupational Therapist, I have worked in 6 states in a variety of practice settings including: NICU, pediatric, adult rehab, acute psychiatric, chronic psychiatric with Veteran Affairs, ventilator unit,  school system, home care and long term nursing care. I have treated across the entire lifespan and aim to recognise and value cultural diversity. I am also an experienced therapy department manager, leading teams as small as four therapist and managing as many as 200 employees across Michigan and Indiana.

With that said, the job that I am most proud of is the job of being MOM to four bright, creative and sensible children. Because of the loss of our youngest, Alex in 2010 at the age of two, my children know first hand how stress and complex grief can make school very difficult, thereby causing more stress. As a mom, I didn’t know what to do, I tried everything. I found that it takes a lot of time and the positive influence of multiple programs or practitioners to support those who live in chronic stress environment to process and rise up.

This is how daVinci’s Brain came to be. It has been a process of creating something for my children’s needs and quickly it became apparent that it was something that our community needs. A place away from home and away from school to be a solid support between the two. A place for children and youth to unwind thoughts; using creative media such as art, technology or writing for expression. Over the last two years, I have married the needs of my children and my work as an Occupational Therapist in this organization.  Everything about daVinci’s Brain is true to the Occupational therapy’s distinct value; to improve health and quality of life through facilitating participation and engagement in occupations, the meaningful, necessary, and familiar activities of everyday life. Occupational therapy is client-centered, achieves positive outcomes, and is cost-effective.

Occupational therapy distinctly focuses on participation by: • Using a holistic approach • Focusing on inclusion in natural environments • Building skills • Adapting the environment and activities • Providing expertise in both mental and physical health • Offering a lifespan approach • Providing evidence-based and cost-effective services.

I am grateful to be on this path to serve my community in a fantastic environment and a way that is meaningful to me.

Sincerely,

Valerie Kiley

 
 Valerie Kiley - Executive Director 

Valerie Kiley - Executive Director 

 President - Matt Vititoe

President - Matt Vititoe

 Vice President - Amy Liedel 

Vice President - Amy Liedel 

 Treasurer - Christina Hills

Treasurer - Christina Hills

 Secretary - Gabriella Bennett

Secretary - Gabriella Bennett

 Dr. Brian Chappell

Dr. Brian Chappell

 Mary Crawford

Mary Crawford

 Kelley Baldwin 

Kelley Baldwin 

    Michelle Trojniak is a doctoral candidate from Huntington University Fort Wayne Indiana, she will be joining daVinci’s Brain for her level 2 fieldwork experience. She has completed a level 1 fieldwork experiences at the YWCA working with women and some men with domestic violence, a level 1 fieldwork with Pathfinders, in the 0-3yr. first steps nursery and a level 1 at Parkview Regional Medical Center in the ICU.     Michelle has work at Rainbow Rehabilitation Centers, in both Ypsilanti and Farmington Hills for several years as a rehabilitative assistant. In addition, she been on 3 medical mission trips working with the pediatrics in Costa Rica with the foundation for the international medical relief of children, then in Haiti with Joni and Friends: Wheels for the world where we fitted adults and children for wheelchairs and most recently, she recently went to China this past January with Living Hope and worked with orphans with sever medicinal conditions.     Michelle has her eyes set on working in Neuro Rehab upon graduation and possibly looking into a role in leadership or administration. She really enjoy working on client with improving their cognition.

 

Michelle Trojniak is a doctoral candidate from Huntington University Fort Wayne Indiana, she will be joining daVinci’s Brain for her level 2 fieldwork experience. She has completed a level 1 fieldwork experiences at the YWCA working with women and some men with domestic violence, a level 1 fieldwork with Pathfinders, in the 0-3yr. first steps nursery and a level 1 at Parkview Regional Medical Center in the ICU.

 

Michelle has work at Rainbow Rehabilitation Centers, in both Ypsilanti and Farmington Hills for several years as a rehabilitative assistant. In addition, she been on 3 medical mission trips working with the pediatrics in Costa Rica with the foundation for the international medical relief of children, then in Haiti with Joni and Friends: Wheels for the world where we fitted adults and children for wheelchairs and most recently, she recently went to China this past January with Living Hope and worked with orphans with sever medicinal conditions.

 

Michelle has her eyes set on working in Neuro Rehab upon graduation and possibly looking into a role in leadership or administration. She really enjoy working on client with improving their cognition.