Strengthening Families, Building Communities, Developing Minds

Dr. Natalie Dick, BSc (Hons), MBBS, FAAP

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Dr. Natalie Dick, BSc (Hons), MBBS, FAAP has a passion to see Persons with Disabilities attain their highest God-given potential by accessing the best, most appropriate health, educational and employment opportunities, to allow them to live with dignity. She is a graduate of the University of the West Indies (UWI), where she attained an undergraduate degree in Natural Sciences prior to the successful completion of a Bachelor in Medicine and Surgery at the St Augustine and Cave Hill Campuses of UWI. Dr Dick then pursued US-based postgraduate Residency training in General Pediatrics at the Brooklyn Hospital Centre, followed by sub-specialty Fellowship training in Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics at the University of Maryland Medical System. As a dually American Board of Pediatrics-certified Specialist Developmental Behavioral Pediatrician and General Pediatrician, Dr Dick returned to her homeland and chose to work primarily in the public health system in Trinidad and Tobago. She conducts Child Development Clinics for children and teenagers at risk for, and with existing physical and/or mental health and/or neurodevelopmental disabilities, school functioning challenges, chronic medical illnesses and other complex “special needs” and is also required to work in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit within the North Central Regional Health Authority. She provides monthly Developmental Behavioral Pediatric consultative services for the Tobago Regional Health Authority. In the private sector, Dr Dick provides services at the KAIROS Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics, Caribbean Ltd, of which she is the founder

Dr Dick is committed to initiatives that “Raise the Bar” on the standard of care for those with “special needs” and their families, has dedicated the last several years as a “change-agent” persistently advocating for the creation of the Child Development & Behaviour Unit, an innovative and pioneering multi-disciplinary public health service for diagnosis and management of vulnerable, marginalized “high risk” children and adolescents with a variety of disabilities; and for the training and support of their caregivers. She is currently an Associate Lecturer in Child Health and also lectured to District Health Visitors (Nurses) at the University of the West Indies, St Augustine.

For the past 4 years, Dr Dick has provided technical support for the Office of President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, in disability advocacy, specifically with the attendance of the First Lady to the annual World Focus on Autism meetings, at the opening of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. Internationally:- Dr Dick serves on the International Affairs Committee of the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy & Developmental Medicine; is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and is also a member of the Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics and the International Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect. Regionally, she serves as a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Epilepsy Society of the Caribbean and on the inaugural Steering Committee of the English/Dutch Caribbean Network for Community Based Rehabilitation. At a national level, Dr Dick was part of inter-ministerial teams that conceptualized an Autism Support Centre of Trinidad and Tobago and also planned for the setting up of a National Children’s Registry. At present, she is part of an inter-ministerial team working with the World Health Organization and US-based NGO, Autism Speaks, to implement the local pilot project of a global initiative – the Parent Skills Training programme for Families of Children with Developmental Disabilities. Dr Dick currently serves on the Board of Directors of the state agency, the Children’s Authority of Trinidad and Tobago.

Her early perspectives on disability were shaped by her experiences as a young child, when her mother suddenly acquired a physical disability; and this enhanced her commitment to family-centered, holistic, comprehensive and effective services for persons with disabilities.

Living by the motto “to whom much given, much is required”, Dr. Dick provides voluntary service to non-profit organizations like National Centre for Persons with Disabilities, on which she serves as the Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors; & is also a founding board member of Caribbean Kids and Families Therapy Organization. She is a member of the Trinidad and Tobago Critical Incident Stress Management Team. She provides technical support for the NGO’s Victim Support Foundation, and the Elpis Crisis Pregnancy and Family Centre; and also provides health care and educational and disability advocacy lectures in many faith-based community medical outreaches.