Autism Medical Treatment Center
Sutter Neuroscience Institute
As the only clinical autism treatment program in the Sacramento Region, and one of the only programs in California, the Sutter Autism Treatment Center and Sutter Transition for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders Clinic (STAND) takes great pride in treating an underserved population with compassion and clinical excellence.
We offer the latest in clinical diagnostic techniques and also medical and non-medical treatment recommendations that can offer relief for many symptoms of autism and autism spectrum disorders.
To provide comprehensive care to patients along the autism spectrum, while continuing research that will provide a breakthrough cure for autism.
Nalini Chandra, M.D., Child Neurologist
Nalini Chandra, M.D., board certified child neurologist and is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Neurology with Special Qualification in Child Neurology. While her practice focuses on all aspects of child neurology, Dr. Chandra has a special interest in neurodevelopmental/cognitive disorders, autism and headaches. Dr. Chandra received her medical degree from the State University of New York, Brooklyn. She completed a residency in pediatrics at the University of California, Los Angeles, Mattel Children’s Hospital, and a residency in pediatric neurology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Children’s Hospital at Montefiore. She is a member of the American Academy of Neurology, Association of California Neurologists, Child Neurology Society and Autism Society of America. She is a Sacramento native and is excited to return and give back to the “community that raised her” after spending the last 15 years training and working with underprivileged urban communities. To learn more about Dr. Chandra or to make an appointment please call (916) 454-6667.
Michael G. Chez, M.D., Child Neurologist
Michael G. Chez, M.D., Director of Pediatric Neurology, has almost 20 years' experience in the innovative use of drug and immunological therapies for refractory autism and in epilepsy research, treatment and epilepsy surgical monitoring. Dr. Chez received his medical degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine and served his internship and residency in Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He performed his fellowship in Pediatric Neurology at Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago and the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, and subsequently received his fellowship training in epilepsy at Rush Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center in Chicago. Dr. Chez has been certified by the American Board of Pediatrics, and the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, with special competence in Child Neurology. He is an Associate professor of Neurology at UC Davis Medical Center. Dr. Chez is the author of numerous articles and recently published a book entitled, "The Medical Management of Autism: A Guide for Parents and Professionals." To learn more about Dr. Chez or to make an appointment please call (916) 454-6667.
Shawn Kile, M.D., Adult Cognitive-Behavioral Neurologist
Shawn Kile, M.D., is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and works with the Sutter Autism Team to treat adults with autism and neurodevelopmental disorders. Dr. Kile has a special interest in treating cognitive disorders and has published on topics including neurodevelopmental aggression, traumatic brain injury, encephalopathy, complex partial seizures, neuropsychiatric disorders, and dementia. Dr. Kile received his medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch. He completed a neurology residency as well as a psychiatry residency (neuropsychiatry track and forensic fellowship) at the University of California, Davis. He was chief resident in neurology and has recently completed subspecialty training in Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology at the University of California, Davis. He continues to have an affiliation with the University of California, Davis serving as a member of the Volunteer Clinical Faculty in the Department of Neurology. To learn more about Dr. Kile or to make an appointment call (916) 454-6850.
Amer Khan, M.D., Child Neurologist
Amer Khan, M.D., is a child neurologist with special interests in pediatric sleep medicine and general child neurology including epilepsy and headaches. Dr. Khan has been certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, with special competence in Child Neurology. Dr. Khan received his medical degree from the University of Karachi, Pakistan. He completed his residency in pediatrics at Cook County Children's Hospital, Chicago, and fellowship in child neurology at the University of Minnesota School of Medicine, Minneapolis. With each new patient, Dr. Khan collaborates with the child and family to explore all their concerns and neurological symptoms. He works with them in creating an individualized plan of treatment with the goal of improving their quality of life. Dr. Khan also offers many cutting-edge treatment options, including ones for headaches, epilepsy and spasticity. Dr. Khan is an active member of the Child Neurology Society, the American Academy of Neurology and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. He has been a Sacramento resident for more than eight years. To learn more about Dr. Khan or to make an appointment please call (916) 454-6667.
Christopher A. Lepage, Psy. D., Neuropsychologist
Christopher A. Lepage, Psy. D., is a fellowship-trained psychologist with, special training in the autism spectrum and neurodevelopmental disorders. He conducts neuropsychological assessments and autism diagnostic observations for children and adults, and consults with team members including neuropsychology, neurology, social workers, physicians and nurses on each patient’s individual treatment path. A neuropsychological evaluation assists in better understanding of an individual’s functioning in areas such as memory, attention, language and behavior. Dr. Lepage received his master’s in clinical psychology and doctorate in clinical psychology from the Wisconsin School of Professional Psychology. He completed a pre-doctoral internship at Golden State Psychology Internship Consortium and a post-doctoral fellowship at Kaiser Permanente Northern California, South Bay Consortium. Dr. Lepage is a member of the American Psychological Association, California Psychological Association, International Neuropsychological Society, and National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology. To learn more about Dr. Lepage or to make an appointment please call (916) 454-6667.
Renee Low, Ph.D., Neuropsychologist
Renee Low, Ph.D., is a fellowship trained in neuropsychologist with specialty training in understanding the relationship between brain function and behavior. Dr. Low has more than 10 years experience working with children and parents affected by autism. Active in research, Dr. Low has participated in trials on executive functioning and autism, and is currently involved in autism research study with Michael G. Chez, M.D. Dr. Low conducts neuropsychological assessments for patients of all ages and consults with team members, including physicians, social workers and nurses. A neuropsychological evaluation assists in better understanding of an individual’s functioning in areas such as memory, attention, language and behavior. This can help provide diagnostic clarity, determine if cognitive functions have been affected by illness or injury, monitor changes in cognitive functions over time, provide a baseline of functioning prior to treatment or surgery, and provide individualized recommendations. Dr. Low received her master’s and doctorate degrees in clinical psychology from The California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University in San Diego. She completed a neuropsychology post-doctoral fellowship at the UC Davis Medical Center with the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Low is a member of the American Psychological Association and the International Neuropsychological Society. To learn more about Dr. Low or to make an appointment call (916) 454-6850.
Ashutosh Raina, M.D., Child Neurologist
Ashutosh Raina, M.D., is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology with special qualification in Child Neurology. Dr. Raina completed a Residency in Pediatrics at Brookdale Hospital, Brooklyn, NY, and a Residency in Pediatric Neurology at Wayne State University; Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Detroit, MI. He is Fellowship-trained in Clinical Neurophysiology with special interest in refractory epilepsy. Dr. Raina is a member of the American Academy of Neurology. Dr. Raina believes the key to a successful relationship with his patients and their families is to see each new case through the patient’s eyes. His practice philosophy is to care more for the individual patient than for the special features of the disease, and he goes above and beyond by offering kind words, a cheerful greeting, or sympathetic look to better connect with his patients.
We work with a number of specialists to provide ancillary care and treatment to our patients, including:
- Clinical Psychology
- Genetic Counseling
- Sleep Consultations
- Social Work
- Speech and Occupational Therapy
Sutter Autism Treatment Center on Facebook
Hear from Dr. Michel Chez about the top news in autism. Watch the autism video.
In partnership with the Cord Blood Registry, we have launched he first FDA-regulated clinical trial to assess the use of a child's own cord blood stem cells to treat select patients with autism. Learn moreabout the Cord Blood Study at www.cordblood.com.
Watch a video about our comprehensive Autism Treatment Center featuring Dr. Michael Chez and Danyelle, a parent of one of his patients.
Read an article recently published in The Journal of the American Society for Experimental NeuroTherapeutics by Dr. Chez and Natalie Guido-Estrada
Dr. Chez recently released a book, The Medical Management of Autism: A Guide for Parents and Professionals.Learn More about Dr. Chez's book.