Dr. Ani Khatchadourian Garcia (Dr. Ani) is the Founder and Clinical Director of Mind Blossom Center. She is a clinical neuropsychologist who specializes in the evaluation of children, adolescents, and young adults with various conditions that may impact their cognitive, academic, behavioral, or social-emotional functioning. These include neurodevelopmental disorders such as ADHD, learning disorders, autism spectrum disorder, intellectual disability, and language issues; medical conditions and treatments that may affect the central nervous system (e.g., epilepsy, genetic disorders, late effects of cancer treatments); traumatic brain injury (TBI)/sports concussions, and emotional issues such as anxiety and depression.
In addition to neuropsychological evaluations, Dr. Ani has a secondary specialization in executive function skills coaching, which incorporates strategies and principles based on cognitive training and behavior modification. Through her proprietary Mind Blossom Coaching approach to executive function skills training, Dr. Ani provides individualized interventions for students in middle school, high school, and college to help them develop skills related to organization, planning, prioritizing, and time management, with tailored goals that will help optimize performance and functioning at school and other important areas of their life.
Dr. Ani earned her bachelor’s degree in English from UCLA, her master’s degree in clinical psychology from CSUN, and her doctoral degree in clinical psychology with distinction from Pepperdine University. She completed a predoctoral internship at the Kennedy Krieger Institute/Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and a two-year postdoctoral fellowship specializing in pediatric neuropsychology at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. She has specialized experience evaluating and treatment planning for children, adolescents, and young adults with concussions and prolonged post-concussion symptoms. During her fellowship, Dr. Ani was part of a multi-disciplinary sports concussion clinicthat serves the needs of youth with sports-related injuries. Dr. Ani has presented at national and international conferences of clinical and pediatric neuropsychology on her findings and treatments.
Dr. Ani’s clinical approach emphasizes the importance of understanding her clients’ unique set of strengths and vulnerabilities, helping students and their parents develop an internalized sense of self-competence and empowerment, and helping youth develop intrinsic motivation and drive to achieve success and overall well-being, no matter the obstacles they may face.