Our Team

Victoria Tuchscherer, PhD

Founder & Pediatric Neuropsychologist

I am Dr. Victoria Tuchscherer, or Dr. T, a pediatric neuropsychologist who specializes in the assessment of children, teens, and young adults. I evaluate patients with a variety of illnesses and disabilities including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Learning Disorder, anxiety, depression, neurologic disorders, and genetic disorders.

I am from the northwest suburbs of Chicago and completed all of my schooling and training in the Chicagoland area. I earned my bachelor’s degree at DePaul University and my graduate work at Rosalind Franklin University. My residency and fellowship were completed at Alexian Brothers Health System (now Amita Health). Following my work at Alexian brothers, I worked as a staff neuropsychologist at NorthShore University Health System. I have since been serving patients in private practice.

Living in this area all of my life, and currently residing in the northwest suburbs with my husband and two young children, has allowed me to establish strong relationships with a variety of schools, psychiatrists, therapists, and group practices. This makes it easy for me to connect my patients with additional services and providers.

Elizabeth Heideman, PhD, ABPP-CN

Board-certifed Pediatric Neuropsychologist

I am Dr. Elizabeth Heideman, a board-certified pediatric neuropsychologist who specializes in the assessment of children, teens, and young adults. I evaluate patients with a variety of illnesses and disabilities including Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Learning Disorder, anxiety, depression, neurologic disorders, and genetic disorders. I take a whole child approach
to testing and evaluation. I view my role as using what I know about the brain to help understand how children think, learn, and navigate their daily lives in order to develop educational, psychosocial, and medical recommendations to support optimal development. I’m originally from Minnesota, but completed my schooling and training in various places. I earned my bachelor’s degree from Creighton University in Omaha, NE and from there completed my PhD at Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI. I first moved to the Chicagoland
area in 2011 to complete my internship at Alexian Brothers (now AMITA health) and fell in love with the city. I then moved to Boston for my fellowship at Children’s Hospital Boston where I met my now husband. After fellowship, I was able to convince him to move to Chicago where I took a staff neuropsychologist position at NorthShore University Health System. I currently live in Chicago with my husband and three children.

I spent seven years at NorthShore before leaving to serve patients in private practice. Spending this time in the North Shore at NSUHS, I have been able to establish relationships with a variety of other professionals and schools which has provided me with a strong grasp on how to connect patients with necessary services.

Maura Wolfe, PhD

I am Dr. Maura Wolfe, a pediatric neuropsychologist who specializes in the assessment of children, teens, and young adults. I earned my bachelor’s degree in Special Education and Psychology at University of Dayton and my master's degree and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Rosalind Franklin University. I completed my residency at AMITA Health on the pediatric neuropsychology rotation. I then went on to complete my 2-year fellowship here at Northwest Suburban Psychology Group. Throughout my training, I worked at children’s hospitals, community mental health centers, inpatient psychiatric units, and private practices where I was trained in evidence-based assessment and intervention with a specific focus on pediatric neuropsychology. I also have more focused experience conducting developmental evaluations for young children.

I enjoy working with children, teens and young adults with a range of concerns including Autism, ADHD, learning difficulties, psychiatric concerns, and medical conditions (e.g., epilepsy, genetic conditions, prematurity, congenital heart defects, etc.). My goal of each assessment is to help families better understand why their child is struggling and provide a roadmap of how to help them succeed. I believe that it is equally important to identify both strengths and weaknesses in a child in order to make the most effective and individualized recommendations.

Allison Brown, PhD

Neuropsychology Fellow

I am Dr. Brown, a first year neuropsychology fellow focusing on the assessment of children, adolescents, and young adults. I evaluate patients with a variety of neurodevelopmental and psychiatric presentations, including attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, autism spectrum disorder, learning disorders, mood and anxiety disorders, developmental delays, neurologic disorders and conditions, and genetic disorders.
I earned my bachelor’s degrees in psychology and sociology at the University of Wisconsin and spent some time after college working with teenagers with behavioral disorders. I then went on to earn my doctorate in clinical psychology at Rosalind Franklin University. I completed my doctoral internship at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida with an emphasis in pediatric neuropsychology and pediatric health psychology.
I am from the north suburbs of Chicago and am thrilled to be back living and working near my family and friends. My time growing up in the local suburbs provided helpful insight into the expectations and difficulties many children and adolescents face at local schools, as well as the many wonderful resources available to families. I am excited to continue to grow and learn as a provider who helps children and families understand the relationship between brain development and function, behavior, and social/emotional development.

Ellen Hurdish, M.S.

Parent Coach

I am Ellen Hurdish, a Parent Coach at Northwest Suburban Psychology Group. In my role, I work closely with parents, teachers, and other providers to offer coaching and consultation to support adults & children at home, at school, and in the community. I am passionate about empowering parents with skills that create a safe, connected, problem-solving environment in order to manage behavior and build strong, nurturing relationships.
I earned my bachelor's degree in psychology at Mississippi State University and my master's degree in psychology at Illinois Institute of Technology. While in graduate school, I gained valuable experience working with children, adolescents, and their families in therapy. I also received extensive training in the administration and interpretation of neuropsychological assessments and worked for a number of pediatric neuropsychologists in the Chicagoland area. Following the completion of my master's degree, I worked as a Parent Coach at a private practice in downtown Chicago. I also gained a few years of experience working in a private therapeutic preschool as the Director of Social-Emotional Learning as well as Co-Director of Academic & Therapeutic Programs there.

Carly Jugo

Administrative Assistant

My name is Carly Jugo and I am the Administrative Assistant at Northwest Suburban Psychology Group. I earned my bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Kansas and my Master's in Clinical Counseling from Rosalind Franklin University. I joined Northwest Suburban Psychology Group in January 2024. Prior to my role as an administrative assistant, I worked as a case manager in a psychiatric hospital and then as a customer service representative. My past roles have provided me with the opportunity to support those in the community which I am delighted to do in a new way. As the Administrative Assistant I support our clients through scheduling evaluations, managing our doctors' calendars, and assisting the Practice Manager. Outside of work I enjoy reading, spending time in nature, playing with my cats, and trying new foods.

Mark Tuchscherer

Business Operations and Growth

My name is Mark and I am leading growth and business operations for Northwest Suburban Psychology. I earned a bachelor’s degree from DePaul University in information systems. I joined the team in 2023 after 15 plus years working in the startup world with a focus on fintech and payment systems. During my career I have worked with a wide range of companies including fortune 500 all the way down to early stage starts up with 40 employees. I was part of multiple teams building out and delivering cutting edge payments platforms. I hope to use this background to foster growth, brand recognition, and to ensure the practice offers the best experience to our patients.

Monil Desai

Therapist 

I'm Monil Desai, a dedicated licensed social worker. Having earned my master's degree in social work from the University of Baroda, I try to bring a diverse experience to the practice. I have had the privilege of working closely with children with autism and their families, gaining invaluable insights into their unique challenges and strengths.

I'm deeply committed to supporting young minds facing challenges including but not limited to ADHD, ASD and learning disabilities. My focus extends beyond mere therapy; I aim to empower these children by guiding them through the intricate journey of emotion regulation and helping them understand the profound impact of their thoughts through compassionate reframing techniques.

I have settled down in northwest suburb of Chicago after getting married. When I am not working, I enjoy traveling to different places, outdoor sports and play competitive cricket in the leagues held in the Chicagoland area.
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