Dr. Meena Chintapalli - Developmental pediatrician - ApoKOS Rehabilitation
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Dr. Meena Chintapalli – Developmental pediatrician

Dr. Meena Chintapalli graduated from Gandhi Medical College in 1975.  She completed her Pediatrics residency in Washington D.C. and received additional training in Ambulatory Pediatrics at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (1978-1980)

Dr. Chintapalli developed a mission-driven approach to pediatric practice.  She believes that all children deserve to reach their highest potential, and as part of her counseling with patients and their parents, fosters family unity, engagement, and nurture.  Through this approach, she has seen incredible results among her patients dealing with wide-ranging issues from developmental and learning disorders, to emotional and behavioral concerns. She worked on early child developmental disorders in emotional child trauma since 1979 and continued her vision and mission till the early child brain network development research on data was available to public in 1997. She had integrated the knowledge of early brain structure and function formation 0-3 years through experiences and specially worked on connecting the available cells in extreme low birth weight infants post NICU care, in emotional trauma, physical abuse and adverse experiences to prevent neuro developmental disorders.IN this quest for integrating behavioral health in primary care settings also developed successful interventions and better outcomes for Autism Spectrum Disorder children , ADHD when they presented by 32 months or earlier by educating parents about sensory nurture besides usual therapies, so that infants could get 24/7/365 days nurture and interventions during play and routines in the house.

She has held clinical adjunct staff status at UW – MCMC, UTHSCSA, UNT, Iowa, Galveston and precepted many medical and nurse practitioner students along the way.

In 1995, she received the Woman of the Year award from the San Antonio Mayor’s Commission on the Status of Women for her work, leadership, and community engagement.  She also received the 2006 Alamo Asian Chamber of Commerce Award for Professional Accomplishments and Community Service.  She received the AMA Foundation Award for Professional Excellence and Leadership in 2008 for her community-based initiatives integrating neuroscience in primary care practice and efforts to raise awareness about the importance of nurture during 0-3 years of age.  Dr. Chintapalli also received the Easter Seals “Avance” award in 2016.  She has received lifetime recognition in Who’s Who of America and Marquis Who’s Who since 2006. Was recognized by World Physicians and awarded a palque.

Since her recent departure from private practice, she has continued to provide teaching at the intersection of pediatric behavioral medicine in primary pediatric practice implementing 0-5 -year neuroplasticity, nurture,  with a focus on interventions during the 0-5-year age window for prevention of many physical, behavioral, and neurodevelopmental disorders including Autism spectrum, Anxiety, Depression, Child Trauma and ADHD.

She authored her first book in 2004, based on her experiences and research implementing 0-5 year neuroscience-based Universal Nurture Curriculum with behavioral counseling in her own clinics, “Brain, Mind, SAI Educare” published by University Press of America, distributed by Lanham and Oxford Press.

She completed her second book in 2017, entitled “Early Brain Sprouts from States to Traits.”

Her third book is a guide to parents on following Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ) of child development for parent referencing child’s developmental trajectory for each health care visit, teaching parent’s introspection of their parenting skills in reference to 0-3 brain development from sensory experience, teaching parents support for selfcare and to practice positive and active , responsive parenting skills.

Between 1996-2005 she was involved with numerous medical missions to India, British Guyana, and Haiti (2010) after the earthquake.

She is a member in good standing of AAP, AMA, TMA, BCMS, TPS, TIPS and AAPI. Loves training the trainers on 0-3 brain nurture and early development strategies and gives support. In her spare time, she loves to read medical literature, with her spouse, a recently retired Professor of Radiology, enjoy gardening, seeking evolution of personality in spirituality, and serving at their local Hindu Temple.  She has two lovely daughters who practice law, four grandchildren, and sons-in-law who are like her own sons. Had lovely dearness and nearness to Sree Satya Sai Baba while he is in physical form or not.

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