Turning Point Assessments is the private practice of Patty Martens, MA.
Patty Martens, MA
Patty Martens offers families an incredible combination of both scientific observation and an instinctive insight into a child’s strengths and possible weak spots. She’s helped all three of our girls more fully recognize and embrace their natural potential. We are so very thankful for Patty’s guidance and highly recommend her! – Elizabeth A. Billups, Author & Illustrator of “The Puddle Jumper’s Guide to Kicking Cancer” (available on amazon.com in paperback and Kindle) TeachKidsAboutCancer.
Patty received her Master of Arts degree in Education and Psychological Studies with an added endorsement in School Psychology in 1987 from the University of Denver. The same degree program is now conferring what is called an Ed.S. She has been providing diagnostic services and IQ testing in private practice since 2007. She held a Professional Special Services license from The Colorado Department of Education for 26 years. She worked as a School Psychologist for Denver Public Schools for 17 years and for Jefferson County Public Schools for 2 years. She is an active member of the National Association of School Psychologists. Prior to working in the schools as a licensed School Psychologist, Patty earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Art and Art Therapy where she developed skills in client centered, interpersonal practice.
Patty has the following experience with gifted education and assessment:
- Trained with nationally renowned experts in the field.
- Served as Director of Gifted Education for the Sheridan public school district.
- As a past School Psychologist she provided counseling, advocacy and assessment for gifted and twice-exceptional students in public schools including GT magnet schools.
- Taught art at Macintosh Academy for gifted and talented students and at The University for Youth gifted program at Denver University.
- Served on the GT advisory council for Denver Public Schools.
- Developed and taught the life skills curriculum for gifted inner-city students attending the Loni Porter Summer Academy at Regis University.
- Raised a gifted and talented child.
Patty’s mission is to offer the expertise of School Psychology to the general public. School Psychology is the psychology of thinking, feeling and learning which impacts socializing, family interactions and school or work performance. Experience in the schools includes unique insight into how the education system impacts students from the highest levels of administration to the teacher-student relationship and the social dynamics of the classroom. This applies to the elementary, secondary and college level.
Patty Meek, Ph.D
Dr. Meek has a Ph.D. in School Psychology and an endorsement in Special Education from the University of Denver. She has been providing diagnostic and testing services with Turning Point for 5 years.
Originally an elementary school music teacher, Dr. Meek went on to work as a School Psychologist for Englewood Public Schools where she later taught learning disabled middle school students. Having recently retired as adjunct professor in the Educational Psychology program at the University of Colorado at Denver, Dr. Meek is an avid and highly specialized assessment provider. She keeps abreast of current developments in the field by attending numerous annual literacy conventions and is a private tutor for children with reading disorders. Likewise, she is passionate about math instruction and methodology. She has served as the Assistant Coordinator of Rocky Mountain Talent Search which provides enrichment and acceleration programming for high-ability children. She has participated in research on curriculum-based assessment in reading and has extensive training in learning disabilities intervention including Lindamood-Bell, Language!, and Wilson Reading programs. She is also trained in Responsive Mathematics and Transactional Mathematics.
Dr. Meek provides psychoeducational assessment of children and adults as a member of the Turning Point Assessment team. Dr. Meek is an independent service provider. Although working in collaboration with Turning Point Assessments, she maintains her own opinions and legal responsibilities.
Lisa Baker, Office Manager
Lisa joined us in 2016 and has a wide range of management experience. She managed a Dermatology Practice on Mercer Island, WA for over 7 years. Prior to that she was an Operations Manager for a private health club. She has an extensive background in electronic medical records and CMS Medicare reporting for both EMR’s and PQRS. Her background includes general accounting, bookkeeping, taxes, marketing, hiring, and supervising staff at all levels. She is also a registered nurse and works at Swedish Medical Center on the spine unit. At Turning Point Lisa helps Patty with the general bookkeeping tasks, website, and accounting. She is also responsible for making sure clients stay connected and have every resource available to them. In her spare time you will find Lisa running, hiking, boating, practicing yoga and spending time with her husband and daughter.