Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

2009 Models of Excellence in the Healthcare Profession

Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

2009 Models of Excellence in the Healthcare Profession

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For their dedication, creativity, compassion, and professionalism, EP is proud to honor the following healthcare professionals as individuals who have gone above and beyond in the care of those with special healthcare needs and disabilities. We asked our readers to tell us--in their own words--who they would like recognized for their contributions to the healthcare of people with special needs and these three individuals stood out as the best of the best in our search for the 2009 Models of Excellence in the Healthcare Profession.

Jaseph Barber, MD

Pediatrician/Child Neurologist

Children's Community Pediatric


Joseph Barber, MD has spent his medical career serving children with special needs and their families. With a unique combination of medical degrees in pediatric neurology and pediatrics, he has a knowledge base seldom found outside of large medical centers. Specializing in autism spectrum disorders for the past 15 years, he stands at the "front line" in diagnosis and treatment of children. "Best practice," is second nature to Dr. Barber. Knowledge about the latest treatment methodologies and behavior and pharmaceutical management are just some of his many strengths. But most importantly, Dr. Barber is an advocate for children with autism and their families. The Erie community is truly very fortunate to have Dr. Barber.

--Karen Groshek

Elizabeth D. Tate, FNP-C, MN

Nurse Practitioner

National Pediatric Myoclonus Center


Liz Tate is a UCLA-trained Nurse Practitioner who has worked for 19 years on bettering the lives of children with opsoclonus-myoclonus syndrome, a rare orphan disease. She showed creativity in her instrumental way of developing a national program and established the website: She's been co-investigator on nine grants (including FDA) totaling $950,000 for innovative multi-agent drug trials, published 26 research articles, given 20 lectures, and 15 media presentations. …

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