The developmental pediatric specialists at St. Luke’s Children’s support your child’s behavioral and developmental health with compassion, sensitivity, and skill. Our expertise covers a wide range of conditions including autism, Asperger’s, ADHD/ADD, developmental delay, mental retardation, cerebral palsy, genetic and birth disorders, fetal alcohol syndrome, learning issues, sleeping problems, post-traumatic stress disorder, cognitive deficits, speech delay, and aggression. Care is provided to patients from birth to 18 years of age.
Our team of specialists is dedicated to the care of children with disorders that affect development, behavior, and learning.
Amy Francis, DO, FAAP specializes in the comprehensive care of children with neurodevelopmental differences. Her primary clinical activities involve the evaluation and care of children with autism spectrum disorder, developmental delays, intellectual disability, speech and language disorders, learning disabilities, ADHD, and behavioral concerns. She has a special interest in early identification and diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder in toddlers.
Dr. Francis enjoys practicing medicine in a multidisciplinary setting where providers, nurses, and therapists work together as a team to optimize care and help children with special health care needs thrive. She is also committed to teaching medical students and residents to ensure they receive an appropriate education in pediatric development.
While serving as a developmental and behavioral pediatrician at Advocate Children’s Hospital, Dr. Francis was appointed as the site director for resident and fellow education in developmental pediatrics. She has received awards for excellence in teaching and mentorship. She also serves on the Education Committee for the Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics.
Monica McCullough, MSN, RN, CPNP is a certified pediatric nurse practitioner and has served in a variety of nursing, educational, and leadership roles. She specializes in the treatment of autism spectrum disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and other neurodevelopmental and behavioral mental health conditions. She is passionate about supporting quality of life for families with a child/children with an autism spectrum disorder and helping these children enter adulthood with a strong sense of self-worth.
Monica earned her bachelor's degree in nursing from the University of Delaware and her first master's degree in child and adolescent mental health nursing from the University of Pennsylvania and her second master's degree in pediatric primary care nursing, nurse practitioner from Gwynedd Mercy College.
In her free time, Monica enjoys traveling with her family, gardening, and hunting for antique and flea market treasures.
Dawn Orchard, DNP, CPNP-PC is board certified in pediatrics. She earned bachelor's degrees in nursing from Idaho State University and anthropology from Gannon University. She earned her doctoral degree in nursing practice from the University of Utah, where she also completed her residency.