Turning Point Assessments is the private practice of Patty Martens, MA.
Patty Martens, MA
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 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 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 20 years. She worked as a School Psychologist for Denver Public Schools for 17 years and for Jefferson County Public Schools for 2 years. In her current practice, she provides a broad spectrum of diagnostic services for gifted children and adults, persons with disabilities, college students and The Colorado Department of Vocational Rehabilitation. 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 and worked as a creative arts therapist, portrait painter and photographer. Her experience in these fields has given her a unique perspective into the creative process and the multiple gifts of her clients. As an art therapist she honed her skills in client centered, interpersonal practice.
Patty’s mission is to offer the expertise of School Psychology to the general public. For prospective clients who are not familiar with the field of School Psychology, School Psychologists are highly trained in the psychology of thinking, feeling and learning which impacts every aspect of life including socializing, family interactions and school or work performance. They are educated in the emotional, social and behavioral challenges that children and adults experience. They apply their understanding of human development, psychodynamics, learning theory and the impact of culture, health and the environment to serve clients and their families. Experience in the schools provides them with unique insight into how the education system impacts children 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. The holistic, empirical and scientific based training of school psychologists makes them uniquely qualified to apply theory and practice to education, employment and daily life.
“Hello Patty, You will be happy to know that [my child’s] school… was immediately responsive to the testing report you put together! They were very impressed with your report and wish they could have a report like that for every kid in school! We met with them today and they are placing [my child] on an ALP and keeping his IEP, and he will be in the Gifted program at school. His classroom teacher and special ed teacher are more than willing to make some accommodations that you recommended to help him. After spring break, we will be meeting with the District’s Twice Exceptional Specialist and the Gifted Specialist for next steps and suggestions. I was not aware there is a district specialist for twice exceptional students.” -Anonymous
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 3 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 Anderson, Office Manager
Lisa joined us in 2016 and has a wide range of management experience. She recently moved back to Colorado from Seattle, where 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 is a Certified Medical Practice Executive (CMPE) and is currently in nursing school, pursuing her BSN. She has an extensive background in electronic medical records and CMS Medicare reporting for both EMR’s and PQRS. Having been a consultant for other local physicians and training their staff on use and reporting of EMR she is able to train on any level; medical assistants, nurses and physicians as well as billing departments and management on the reporting side. Her background also includes general accounting, bookkeeping, taxes, marketing, hiring, and supervising staff at all levels. At Turning Point Lisa helps Patty with the general bookkeeping tasks and accounting. She is also responsible for making sure clients stay connected and have every resource available to them. As a certified yoga instructor she enjoys both practicing and teaching yoga as well as hiking, crossfit and snowshoeing in her spare time.