I completed my Bachelor’s of Science in Behavioral Psychology at Western Michigan University (2003). During the completion of my undergraduate education at WMU I elected to participate in a practicum involving the implementation of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) within a public school for children with autism and other developmental delays. Through this experience I saw firsthand how effective ABA is in changing behavior. The realization that treatment can be empowering, optimistic and effective (documented & data driven) sparked a strong love for what I now do.
Upon graduation I began a challenging yet rewarding position with a residential facility in Southwest Michigan responsible for counseling abused, neglected, and emotionally impaired boys and girls ages 8-16 years old. I witnessed and took part in implementing ABA in a completely new environment. I was able to build many relationships with a population that struggles to connect with others and learned the sensitivity, patience, and persistence required to be successful.
After relocating to beautiful Naples, Florida I worked with ABLE Academy for over 7 years as a behavioral therapist. As a case manager, I implemented individual and whole group interventions for children in a classroom setting. I also provided intensive one on one (1:1) instruction and conducted individual and whole group behavior trainings for parents, caregivers and siblings.
While working full time, I completed my Master’s of Science in Counseling Psychology and Advanced Applied Behavior Analysis through Nova Southeastern University (2009) and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (2010). I have experience working with a variety of populations affected by, but not limited to, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down syndrome, chromosomal disorders, developmental delays and typically developing children ages 18 months-22 years.
I am currently a member of both the Florida Association for Behavior Analysis (FABA) as well as the Association of Professional Behavior Analysts (APBA).
It is my mission to provide quality individualized services to children and families, in their natural environments, empowering all individuals involved in treatment to evolve successfully in their roles in order to achieve the desired outcomes. I strongly believe that engaging in an open, collaborative relationship with families and other helping professionals allows for more personal, effective, and comprehensive treatment at home, the child’s school and within the community.
In a fast paced world, where many people search for a medication to solve a problem I fully believe in the saying, “Give a man a fish and you will feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” If you are searching for a new path that has unlimited potential to “feed” your behavioral needs for a lifetime then ABA is the way!