Need a recommendation for a psych evaluator for an 11yo ADHD boy

Hi parents!
I'm looking for a licensed psychologist who can help perform a neuro psych evaluation for my 11yo ADHD son. Does anyone here have any experience with any of these 4 evaluators?

  1. Lisa Sporri, PhD: (415) 264-4313
  2. Dr. Jeremy Jensen https://www.drjeremyjensen.com
  3. Ghazaleh Rafati, PhD: https://www.alignable.com/corte-madera-ca/ghazaleh-rafati-ph-d
  4. Silva Hassert https://www.linkedin.com/in/silva-hassert-ph-d-23896876

Or maybe you have an amazing referral to give me? 
I'm looking for someone who has experience with tween male ADHD, depression, mood disorders, and huge plus if they can help with classroom accommodation adjustments. 

Thank you, parents! 

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Dr. Manisha Punwani has been a godsend for our family. We have two boys, ages 12 and 9 with ADHD, sensory processing, anxiety, are 2E (twice-exceptional - very bright and ahead in some areas but with challenges in other areas due to the other diagnosis.)

We have been with her for 3 years and she has completed changed our family dynamics for the better. 

She is thoughtful, intuitive, knows how to speak to tweens and an all-around amazing practitioner.

Cons: located in SF (but was worth the drive,) and doesn' take insurance (most good psych evals don't take insurance though.)

Dr. Manisha Punwani, 1801 Bush Street, SF, CA 94109  http://www.drmanishapunwanimd.com

I am could have written your post, down to the age of your boy!  I've been looking as well and so far, the one place that was highly recommended to me is https://summitcenter.us/.

All the best to you and your family! 

I randomly opened the newsletter and had to respond to second and third dr punwani. My 10yo son has been seeing her since June - adhd anxiety 2e. We meet monthly. She has been a godsend to our family. So much so that I asked for her to treat/see me (his mother) in January. I’ve known I needed medication as my midwestern grit was no longer working to the same high level. It was a tough decision for me to make but I knew I was in good hands with dr punwani  - becoming a parent particularity to my older 2e son has challenged me in so many areas.

I’ve  had some experience with the summit center and would recommend there too. We live in the suburb east bay and every time I trek into the city to meet with dr punwani I’m reminded how awesome she is with my kid and me and our well-being. 

Please note dr punwani is a psychiatrist. She meets with my son for the bulk of his appointments and has established a great relationship with him. 

I highly recommend Dr Carina Grandison. She provided a thorough and insightful evaluation for our ADHDer (combined type) with sensory challenges. It helped us immensely in understanding and how to support our child. Her evaluation and recommendations have held up in two different schools (public & parochial) to get our child the necessary accommodations. She’s not inexpensive, but you may be able to get insurance to reimburse (depending on diagnosis) if you can create a paper trail indicating it’s medically necessary (start with your pediatrician).

We recently completed an evaluation with Dr. Alex Peterson in Oakland and not only was he fantastic with our 8 year old, our school and the people we are working with (OT, behaviorist etc.) have all commented on how well-written the report was.  We had a great experience and will most likely have him evaluate our other child next year.