For more than 30 years, Dr. Michael Rizzo (A.K.A. Coach Mike) has worked with children (and their families) who struggle with understanding and managing social, emotional, behavioral, and/or academic difficulties. Dr. Rizzo is no stranger to these challenges, as he himself struggled as a child with what was later diagnosed as chronic childhood illness, ADHD, Anxiety, and Dyslexia. Unaware of the depth and range of his challenges, he and those who loved him were perplexed by his lack of success in many venues of life. His challenges led to academic failures, incredible frustration, and family conflict.
Despite these difficulties, Dr. Rizzo never gave up! On his journey toward completing his education, he took many detours, which later served as a rich experiential base from which to understand the world outside of academia. Eventually, at the age of 29, he finished college and entered graduate training. Against all odds, while working full-time as a school psychologist in the public-school system, a 38-year-old Mike Rizzo completed his Ph.D. In 2014, going beyond his Ph.D. training, Dr. Rizzo earned his Diplomate in School Neuropsychology from the American Board of School Neuropsychology.
In 1998, after 10 years of working as a school psychologist in public education, Dr. Rizzo was recruited to develop the Psychology Department at Miami Children’s Hospital Dan Marino Outpatient Center in Weston, Florida. Since the early days, his group has expanded far beyond the walls of this facility.
Dr. Rizzo’s philosophy is that no child should have to endure the journey toward adulthood that he took. By specializing in the cutting edge science of the brain, he has dedicated his life to ensuring that he, and those he mentored, prevent this for as many children as they can.
Child Provider Specialists provides a host of integrated psychology and remedial educational services, as well as prescriptive school programming, in a variety of locations spanning the tri-county area.
For more information or to book an appointment, please call 954.577.3396