David Laman

Licensed Psychologist, Founder


P: 616-499-2218 ex. 202


24 hours after volunteering for the Special Olympics, I quit my job at an Engineering company and went back to school for 7 more years to become a psychologist. Best decision ever.

My love for Michigan football led to me change the colors of the DE logo to maize and blue. And now we are having our house painted blue. With a maize door.

I'm not concerned when teenagers have no idea what they want to do for a living. Prior to my 30 years in psychology, my college majors included biochemistry, business, engineering and special education. Its a journey.


I am one of the fortunate people who loves their job. I can’t describe how rewarding it has been to work with children and families for the past 30 years. Starting Developmental Enhancement and helping it develop into what it has become today has been an amazing experience. I have always been driven by my belief that treatment has to focus on the whole child, and uniqueness and potentials, not just problems. And I am so happy with the dedication of the staff at DE to that belief. DE has become a big part of my life and seeing the impact of our work on children and families continually reminds me of how fortunate I am to be part of it. Outside of DE, my life is very full. My priority is my family. I have been married more than 20 years and have 3 teenagers. We love to go to our cottage, go camping, and take vacations out West in the summer, and to Anna Maria Island during spring break. We love beaches and water, and spend a lot of time on our boat. Having grown up in Montana makes me appreciate the mild winters in Michigan where we like to ski. Sports take a lot of our time. I have loved coaching youth sports for the past 10 years. With all of my kids now involved in high school sports (football, basketball and volleyball), life can get quite crazy. Somehow we still find time to be obsessed with the Michigan football and basketball, and the phrase “Go Blue” is probably the most used phrase in our house.


Northeastern Illinois University, BA in Educational Psychology


University of Illinois, Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology


Oregon Health Sciences University, Clinical Internship



Amazingly, I have now worked with children and adolescents for more than 30 years, most of that in West Michigan. I have always specialized in children, particularly children who have neurodevelopmental, genetic or medical disorders. Early in my career, my focus was primarily on providing psychological assessment and treatment, as well as conducting research on mental health issues, which lead to developing new treatment programs for children. The programs focused on children with neurodevelopmental disorders, and I have also provided similar training and consultation throughout the United States. In 2006, I decided to open Developmental Enhancement with the goal of bringing in highly qualified professionals to provide state-of-the-art treatment for children, adolescents, and adults. Due to this growth, I have recently decided to minimize my clinical practice to focus on the continued development of our services at DE.