Beaumont Center for Exceptional Families

The care team at CEF includes our physicians, Dr. Donovan, PMR, and Dr. Youngs, Medical Director as well as nurse practitioners, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, social workers, dieticians, nurses, medical and administrative assistants.
Additionally at the Center we house mental health practitioners, neuropsychologist, orthotists, and seating specialists, which allows us to coordinate care more conveniently for our patients. Our professionals are excellent in their respective discipline, and highly respected in their fields.

Susan Youngs, M.D.

The Center for Exceptional Families is led by Susan Youngs, M.D. Dr. Youngs has specialized training in pediatrics, physical medicine and rehabilitation and pediatric rehabilitation medicine. She is passionate about providing comprehensive, coordinated, culturally competent health care for all children with special needs including children with physical disabilities, genetic syndromes, autism spectrum disorders, behavioral disorders and learning disorders.

Dr. Youngs approaches each family with sensitivity, compassion and love, knowing that the best care supports the whole child and family. She is committed to creating innovative care plans to enhance skills and life quality for children and their families. More importantly, Dr. Youngs comes alongside families to guide them to the “next steps” for raising- up their unique child.

Eileen Donovan, M.D.

Eileen Donovan, M.D. has a subspecialty in pediatric rehabilitation medicine and completed her residency at Children’s Hospital of Michigan and the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan combined program in pediatrics and physical medicine and rehabilitation. Her special clinical interests include cerebral palsy, spasticity management, biomechanics and developmental delay.

Dr. Donovan has been the Medical Director of the Detroit Institute for Children for the past 12 years. Additionally she serves as Clinical Assistant Professor at Wayne State University School of Medicine, University of Detroit Mercy, and previously at George Washington University, and Oakland University. Dr. Donovan serves as Medical Consultant to the State of Michigan in Lansing. Prior to taking the lead of the DIC, Dr. Donovan worked as Director of the Spina Bifida Program, and as Attending Physician at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC. Dr. Donovan also comes to us with a long list of presentations and publications in areas related to pediatric physical medicine and rehabilitation.

Nurse Practitioners

  • Stephanie Pritula, NP
  • Mandy Lawson, NP