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The Cortica building in Irvine, CA


16800 Aston St
Ste 175
Irvine, CA 92606
United States

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(949) 748-8571


(949) 748-8602

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Monday: 8:00 am-7:00 pm
Tuesday: 8:00 am-7:00 pm
Wednesday: 8:00 am-7:00 pm
Thursday: 8:00 am-7:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am-7:00 pm
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
Brian Wong, MD
Brian Wong, MD
Pediatric Neurologist, Irvine

Brian Wong, MD, is the director of pediatric neurology at the Irvine, California, location of Cortica. His combined experience as a board-certified pediatric neurologist and a trained behavior analyst allows him to identify underlying medical issues and conditions and bridge medical and behavioral therapies for children with neurodevelopmental differences. Read more.

Cathy Lopez
Cathy Lopez, PT, DPT
Center Director, Irvine

Cathy is a pediatric physical therapist with over 15 years of experience, who truly has a passion for helping children and their families. Throughout her career, she has specialized in evaluating and treating the pediatric neurodevelopmental population, as well as the medically fragile and complex pediatric patient. She is well versed in various neurodevelopmental diagnoses and is trained in pediatric NDT, sensory integration, yoga for the special child, pediatric electrical stimulation, kinesiology taping, and other specialties.

As a clinician, she has practiced in a variety of settings including hospitals, outpatient clinics, home-based early intervention, schools, and founded and operated her own pediatric physical therapy and yoga clinic. Over the last decade, Cathy uniquely transitioned into an administrative role and served as a leader for the rehabilitation team at Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC). She fostered daily process improvement while also focusing on patient and family satisfaction, clinical excellence, and associate engagement. Cathy is excited to bring her clinical background in conjunction with her leadership skills to serve as one of the center directors for Cortica.

Cathy received her master's degree in physical therapy from Boston University and her doctorate in physical therapy from the MGH Institute of Health Professions. During her spare time, Cathy enjoys spending time with her husband, two daughters, and three dogs.

Kyle Gravel
Kyle Gravel, MS, LMFT, BCBA
Director of Cognitive and Behavior Therapies, Irvine

Kyle is both a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT #106538). His extensive background in the Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Child Mental Health fields contributes to his skillset in providing an integrated treatment approach for children with Autism. At Cortica, Kyle leads the ABA team of BCBAs and Registered Behavior Technician’s (RBTs) at the Irvine Clinic. Kyle graduated from the University of Connecticut with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and from California State University, Fullerton with a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology.

Kristen Weitz
Kristen Weitz, MEd, CCC-SLP
Director of Sensorimotor and Communication Therapies, Irvine

Kristen is a patient and playful Speech-Language Pathologist with over a decade of experience in the field of speech therapy. She has worked with a variety of ages and diagnoses over the years. She enjoys using various techniques in her therapy sessions, as well as providing parent training and collaborating with other disciplines to optimize her clients’ overall response to therapy. Kristen has experience working in multiple private practices, rehabilitation hospitals, and was previously an adjunct professor within the field of Communication Disorders. She uses all of these unique professional experiences to help guide her therapy, supervision, and director responsibilities at the new Irvine care center. Kristen earned her bachelors degree in Communication Disorders from Biola University and her masters degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of West Georgia.

Marjan Talebizadeh
Marjan Talebizadeh, MA, LMFT
Family Wellness Counselor, Irvine

Marjan graduated from Pepperdine University's Master's program in Marriage and Family Therapy. She has a passion for working with children and families.

Tiffany McDougal
Tiffany McDougal, M.A., BCBA
Pre-k Readiness Early-Intervention Program (PREP) Manager

Tiffany leads Cortica's Pre-k Readiness Early-Intervention Program (PREP) across all locations. Her focus is on developmental, behavioral, and relationship-based intervention programming for infants and toddlers with autism spectrum disorder between the ages of 12 and 48 months. She has practiced ABA since 2007 and has been in a supervisory role, focusing on parent education and collaboration, since 2010. Tiffany holds multiple degrees, including a BA in psychology from the University of Maryland and a masters degree in teaching with a specialization in autism from National University.