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Meet Our Team

Dana Dean Doering ARNP

Dana Dean Doering is a leading national educational consultant and child and adolescent psychiatric mental health specialist who has dedicated a 35 year career to helping children, adolescents, young adults and families improve their lives. She has also distinguished herself as an international child advocate, parenting coordinator, and children's book photo illustrator. She helps children, adolescents, young adults and parents explore creative options for educational planning. Her goal is to uplift a child and student's life and bring new possibilities, strategies and solutions to bear, as well as providing comprehensive assessment and consultation for critical moments of evaluation and decision-making in a student's and family's life.

She believes in optimizing a child's future, talents and capacities. She and the team build recommendations from a strength based approach centered on child, adolescent, young adult and family development. With over 13 years of college and advanced graduate studies at University of Texas, Johns Hopkins University and University of Washington, Dana continues to be an informed and valued contributor in her field. Dana has served in both academic and research positions, as well as in many decades of private practice. Dana is also involved in volunteer work, community development and community philanthropy.

Other areas of interest include her work in international child advocacy and human rights, reading and photography. She is also an avid garden designer.

Awards, Academics & Accomplishments:
  • Distinguished Scholars Award: Johns Hopkins University
  • Dean's Club International Scholarship: University of Washington
  • Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing
  • Graduation Research Award for Creativity and Excellence in Research: Johns Hopkins University
  • National Dean's List
  • Outstanding Service Award-Reconnecting At-Risk Youth: University of Washington
  • Governor's Task Force- Washington State Suicide Prevention Plan for Youth Committee
  • ISPA Visionary Award
  • Excellence Award
  • University of Washington MSN
  • Johns Hopkins University BSN
Special Projects:
  • Children's book photo illustrator Go Outside Ten Speed Press
  • Battle Point playground Bainbridge Island
  • Photo-documentary "I am a Child of Burma" KIRO TV specials
  • United States Special Report to United Nations: ILO Commission of Inquiry on Forced Labor

Guy Oram PhD

Guy Oram, PhD is a clinical psychologist and neuropsychologist with over 10 years of experience serving children, adolescents and adults with neurological, learning, behavioral, and emotional problems. After receiving his bachelor's degree from Whitman College, Dr. Oram attended the University of Massachusetts, where he earned a master's degree in counseling psychology. In 1994, he earned a doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the University of Virginia. He completed his postdoctoral training in clinical neuropsychology at the University of Washington School of Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

Dr. Oram is a licensed psychologist in the state of Washington. In addition, he is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Washington State Psychological Association, the Learning Disabilities Association of America, the National Academy of Neuropsychology, and the International Neuropsychological Society. He is also an associate member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association.

  • Private practice since 1998
  • Neuropsychologist in the brain injury program at Harborview Hospital
  • Adjunct professor and supervisor of graduate psychology at Seattle Pacific University
  • Consulting neuropsychologist at Dean Doering Educational Consultants

Sarah Persha MA

Sarah Persha MA is both an educational consultant and family systems therapist. She has dedicated the last 20 years to helping children and their families navigate educational options and the challenges of young life transitions. As a young adult transition specialist, Sarah supports students in the task of successfully launching into college, career and dynamic adult social scenes with a healthy independence. She assists teens and young adults as they explore the educational paths leading to a motivated and purposeful adulthood. Sarah also provides ongoing parent education for all stages of childhood & young adulthood development.

Sarah and the Dean Doering team develop placement options for middle school, high school and college, as well as pre-college choices with fifth and gap year opportunities, internships, and study abroad. In addition, she provides coaching for young adult students who need academic skill building support, and mentors students in meeting objectives while increasing their executive thinking and organizational skills. Sarah has nine years of college with graduate studies at the Leadership Institute of Seattle at Bastyr University. She is certified with national fitness organizations, and brings her experience in healthy physical fitness practices to her coaching sessions with young adults.

Sarah is an accomplished artist and jewelry designer, as well as naturalist and outdoor enthusiast.

  • Founding faculty member of Mount Bachelor Academy (Aspen Education Group), 1988, with roles as teacher, counselor, mentor, parent educator, Upper School Head, and Director of Admission
  • Therapeutic school curriculum consultant to several national organizations
  • Private practice serving families in the Northwest with locations in Seattle, Portland, Bend, and Boise

Kelly Guynes MSW, (LSWA-IC)

Kelly Guynes, MSW, LSWA-IC is a clinical social worker who has a long-standing passion for working with children, adolescents and families. Her professional career began at Herman Children's Hospital in Houston, Texas. Through the Child Life Specialist Department and Palliative Care Services Kelly was able to implement therapeutic recreational activities and provided emotional support to children and families suffering from chronic and terminal illnesses. After graduating with her B.A. in Psychology, Kelly began work as an Early Childhood Specialist providing crisis intervention, case management, and counseling for abused and traumatized children. In addition, she facilitated therapeutic recreation and psychoeducation classes to women and children who were escaping sexual and domestic violence.

Kelly's passion led her to serve abroad with the Kenyan National Council for Children's services in 2006. As a childhood trauma expert, Kelly implemented and designed a therapeutic treatment protocol for orphaned children with AIDS diagnosis and developed a curriculum for local Kenyan teachers on trauma and mental health. In addition, Kelly provided individual counseling and crisis intervention services in Nairobi and surrounding communities.

Upon returning to the United States, Kelly began a graduate degree in clinical social work at the University of Texas at Austin. Her graduate research focused on post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, grief and loss, attachment, neurobiology, and the mental health treatment of children and adolescents. Since receiving her MSW, Kelly has continued to work with children and families who face emotional, psychological, physical, social and environmental challenges. In her clinical practice, Kelly utilizes a wide range of techniques including cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic, motivational enhancement, solution-focused, narrative, art and play therapeutic techniques.

Kelly is a classically trained cellist and in her spare time enjoys hiking, sailing and cooking.

Daryn Darr BA

Daryn came to Dean Doering and Associates in the beginning of 2005 after five years in the United States Navy and a year of independent humanitarian work in Zimbabwe. Since then she has served in many roles, including office manager, assistant head to Canterbury Academy, and her current position as associate educational consultant & wilderness field liaison.

Daryn has worked in a range of therapeutic settings including wilderness, therapeutic boarding school, and a learning differences day school. Passionate about the joys of outdoor learning, Daryn often visits our students at their respective schools and programs. Her knowledge of wilderness therapy and field work helps to bring the experience of therapeutic wilderness programs alive for parents, and her faithful follow-through on details, school tracking, parent travel and interview scheduling have made her a favorite with our clients.

Daryn graduated from Seattle University, a social justice institution, with a bachelor's degree in cultural anthropology. Her academic work within this field increasingly adds value to the educational consulting process and pushes us to stretch further to meet a child and family's cultural, religious and emotional needs and unique specifications. She is currently pursuing her masters in counseling psychology with an emphasis in adventure therapy from Prescott College.

Daryn balances her work life by rock climbing, skiing, whitewater kayaking, cycling, reading, and working on her house.