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Meet Our Founder!

Dr. Teri Krakovich (aka “Dr. K.”) founded Achieve Quality of Life, in order to solve every-day problems for families who are looking to make meaningful changes in their lives. Many of the families who benefit from Achieve Quality of Life’s services are impacted by Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities or neurodiversity (e.g., a family member has been diagnosed with a condition such as Autism, ADHD, Anxiety, or Dementia).

 

Dr. K.’s brother was diagnosed with Autism, Moderate ID, and ADHD in the 1990s. Through her own life experiences and while working as a Clinical Psychologist and Certified Brain Health Coach, Dr. K. has had the pleasure of getting to know families across a variety of settings (e.g., residential, academic, medical, skilled nursing, and assisted living) while living and working in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Nebraska, and Denmark.

 

Dr. K. has researched (and observed) the stresses of parenting individuals with disabilities as well as the role that being a sibling to a disabled individual can play in impacting the non-disabled sibling’s development and outcomes. Her academic work included studying topics such as interventions/treatments for adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder, as well as burnout and retention for support staff who work with those who have Intellectual and Developmental disabilities.

As a clinical psychologist, Dr. K. has had the privilege of working with hundreds of families and clients to assist them in achieving their goals.

Dr.K. recognizes how raising children with disabilities affects mental health and tests people financially, spiritually, emotionally, and physically in unique ways. She also recognizes that disabilities and mental health conditions can co-occur in families across generations, which makes treatment even more critical! The decisions that we make affect our bodies and can also impact our genes, thereby impacting our loved ones.

 

As a clinician, a mom, and an athlete, Dr. K. is very passionate about brain health and utilizing natural treatments to reduce stress and to build skills. She is passionate about alternative approaches to healing including psychotherapy, coaching, integrative medicine, exercise, essential oils, nutrition, energy healing, and supplements and vitamins to reduce symptoms of mental health conditions and to optimize brain functioning.

 

Personally, Dr. K. is a wife and mom. She currently resides with her family in Carmel, Indiana. As someone who is balancing career, family, and personal goals, Dr. K. knows that she too, is working to achieve her own Quality of Life, just like the rest of us!

 

Achieve Quality of Life was born with the mission of assisting families in improving their quality of life for current and future generations.

 

How Are We Unique?

1

Typically, a family may receive services from therapists or professionals who work for different organizations and don’t talk or collaborate with one another.

2

Families may receive services to address one aspect of quality of life (e.g., physical health or emotional health) but may be neglecting other important areas (e.g., relationships or spirituality).

3

Due to geography or distance, families may not be able to access all of the services they would benefit from, if they are not offered in their area.

 

By offering a multi-disciplinary team within a “one-stop shop”, online, we aim to solve these 3 problems!

Examples of Who We Can Help:

A sedentary adult with Intellectual Disability, ADHD, and OCD who resides in a supported living setting who has been on a number psychotropic medications for years and continues to experience symptoms of anxiety and aggressive behaviors.

A family who is raising a pre-diabetic teenager who would play video games all day if he could, and has difficulty making friends.

A newly-diagnosed-with-Autism-3-year-old, who cannot fall asleep at night, and refuses to eat anything except chicken nuggets, fries, and macaroni and cheese.

A married couple of 12 years who sleeps in separate bedrooms and rarely connects, in order to work different shifts to make sacrifices for their family.

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