“You have helped us to hope again and see positive possibilities for our future as a safe and happy family.”

“Your intervention throughout all the steps have blessed us and secured us.  I fall short of words.  I know that you also had something to do with this.”

“Your attention to detail and compassion for student’s and the clientele you work with is evident.”

“Our son reached his goal – to walk with and graduate with his high school class.”

“You have been the behind the scenes guardian.”

“We appreciated Gail’s expertise when we were grasping at straws for our son’s care. She really helped us stop our indecision and to make decisions and find a proactive path. We were first able to meet quickly with Gail in person. Gail has a unique way of being attuned with our wishes and our family while really looking and researching best options to find the best situation and individualized care for our son. When we had questions, she was very responsive getting back with reliable and relevant information.”

Our Mission

There are many options and easy access to information that selecting the optimal choice of school or program for your child can be a daunting task. Our mission is to identify optimal educational and therapeutic options that meet the individual needs to assist students, struggling teens or young adults overcome challenges and reach their full potential.

Parents Don’t Know Where to Begin.

In times of crisis, parents are often overwhelmed with a barrage of emotions. The confusion and desperation associated with having a struggling teen, young adult or even young child can be extremely trying. Parents may not be aware of the options available, or may not be able to decide on their own what option best meets their situation and needs of their child. Among the questions, we often hear:

  • How do we know when treatment is necessary?
  • What would be best for our child?
  • Is an intervention needed? What exactly is an intervention?
  • Should we find a residential program?
  • What is a wilderness therapy program? It sounds scary. Is it a real choice?
  • Will insurance pay?

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We are passionate and committed to helping students, adolescents, and young adults realize their potential to lead productive and fulfilling lives.

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Phoenix & Tucson Offices:
Phone: 602.904.1282 or Fax: 877.563.5774
Office Hours: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm, Monday-Friday
Saturday and Sunday appointments are available upon request for your convenience.

Serving Arizona, the Southwest and throughout the United States of America.

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Our Passion

Formerly Nancy P. Masland & Associates, Optimal Edu Options has helped thousands of families with struggling teens for over 30 years. We are passionate, committed and determined in helping students, adolescents, and young adults realize their full potential to lead productive and fulfilling lives.

We can save you time and resources with our broad knowledge of available schools and programs, therapists, psychologists and psychiatrists.

Collectively, our staff has over 40 years of experience helping families find appropriate services and placements in specialized programs and educational settings.

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 29TH, 2020 9 AM-2 PM CHANDLER COMMUNITY CENTER 125 E. COMMONWEALTH AVENUE Parents and community members are invited to this FREE symposium on mental health in our youth! Events include comments by the state suicide prevention coordinator, questions...

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