Dr. Kortney West

Chief Medical Officer


Board Certifications: American Board of Pediatrics

Residency: UT Southwestern-Dallas


What is your connection to our mission?

My interest in autism began in grade school and the more I learned the more interested I became. I knew then I would dedicate my career to working with these exceptional kids. As a pediatrician, I have spent the last decade diagnosing and treating children with autism. I have also served on the Board of Directors at The Emerge Center which was instrumental in bringing the first charter school for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) to Louisiana.

Why do you love helping children?

Because I truly believe ALL kids are amazing and deserve the opportunity to make a mark on this world!

What are your hobbies?

Cooking, painting, hiking with my family, and attempting to garden

What (or who) inspires you?

Lots of people! Right now, I’m loving this Eleanor Roosevelt quote “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent” 

Tell us about your family. Any children? What about pets?

4 kids (2 of whom are neurodivergent), Bruiser the old black lab and Stella the yellow lab puppy. Should probably also mention my incredible and supportive husband!