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Debbie Walhof, M.D.



Debbie’s journey into the arena of learning differences has been both personal and professional.

First and foremost, she is a parent and believes that all children need to be in an environment that helps them blossom and be the best they can be. Her son Jack is 13 years old and has Dyslexia. It is a journey for him, their family and those involved in his education. In her words, “the field of education just likes the field of healthcare needs to undergo a paradigm shift: a shift that supports multiple styles of learning.”

Debbie is also a Pediatrician who specializes in Integrative Medicine. During the past 20 years, she has been involved in hospital-based, clinic-based, academia and community-based projects. Her work focused primarily on multi-cultural and underserved populations who present as "at risk" across many developmental and behavioral domains. Debbie also completed an Associate Fellowship of Integrative Medicine under the leadership of Dr. Andrew Weil. Her philosophy has always been to tweak the environment not the child, especially when it comes to the area of learning differences. She currently works as a Pediatrician at Kaiser Permanente in Santa Rosa, California.

In her own words: “Advocating for children’s needs and allowing their spirits to shine is my heart and passion.”