who we are

We have dedicated our careers to providing the highest quality services to children with autism spectrum disorders and their families. All of our clinicians are either board-certified (BCBA) or are in the process of becoming board-certified. 

That means that you will receive support from a specialist that has been trained to the highest standards of professional practice.

Our Team

Benjamin Beus, BCBA, L.B.A.

Ben began working with children with autism in 2009 while pursuing a bachelor’s degree in psychology. He has had extensive experience providing one-on-one therapy for children with autism since that time. He studied psychology at Brigham Young University, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree. He then studied special education at Utah State University, eventually obtaining a master’s degree in this field. He specializes in Discrete Trial Training (DTT) for children with autism. He is passionate about helping people with disabilities to live purposeful, fulfilling lives.

Briana Burwell, BCBA, L.B.A.

Briana has a Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education and Recreation Administration from Southern Virginia University and a Master's Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis-Dual Certificate from Teachers College, Columbia University. She specializes in providing behavior analytic services to young children with autism and their families. Briana is passionate about finding the most effective strategies to teach each of her children individually, and firmly believes that if her kids are not learning quickly she needs to be doing a better job.

Brittany Dye, BCBA, L.B.A.

Brittany has a Bachelor's degree in Social Work and an Autism Studies minor from Utah Valley University and a Master's degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Florida Institute of Technology. She began working with kids with autism in 2013 and has worked in all settings. Her experience ranges from toddlers to adults, and is currently working with clients between the ages of 7-19. Brittany is always learning from the people she supports and strives to individualize their learning experience as much as possible. She is passionate about helping families find resources and solutions that work with their lifestyle, training, and supporting Registered Behavior Technicians, and helping the people she supports gain and maintain the skills needed to successfully thrive in their environment.

Brittney Cramer Ellingson, BCBA, L.B.A.

At a young age, Brittney noticed the accommodations her parents made to ensure that her older sister, who experienced a traumatic brain injury at birth, could live a fulfilling life. After obtaining a Bachelor's degree in Sociology from Brigham Young University, she lived and worked in Washington, D.C. for several years, and received her Master's degree in Education and Human Development: Special Education and Teaching from George Washington University. During her career, she has worked with preschoolers, young adults, and most ages in between. Regardless of the setting (classroom, at home, in-clinic, or out in the community), she knows that every client is teachable, and it is her responsibility to find the bet way to reach them.

Bruce Glad, BCBA, L.B.A.

Bruce obtained a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Social Work at the University of Utah. He has worked in varying capacities with people who have disabilities: from group home manager, to interventionist at a school for the treatment of autism, to helping start the first state funded ABA treatment services in Utah. Bruce loves helping interventionists and families identify ways they can use the principles of ABA to help the individuals they support to gain the skills they need to be able to function more fully, decreasing or eliminating the need for many problem behaviors.

Cicely Nickerson, BCBA, L.B.A.

Cicely Nickerson completed her Master's degree in Special Education with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis from Utah State University in the autumn of 2015. While at Utah State University, she worked at the Utah Behavior Support Clinic, providing behavioral assessment and intervention to children and adults who engaged in severe problem behavior. Cicely helps technicians and families understand how every-day situations play a role in behavior and how to adjust those variables to help a child be more successful. She loves working with children to help them acquire them skills they need in home, school, and community settings.

Erica Carpenter BCBA, L.B.A.

Erica has been providing ABA treatment to children with autism when ABA was still relatively unknown in this state. She obtained her Bachelor's degree from the University of Utah in Early Childhood Special Education, and continued to obtain her Master's degree in Special Education Professional Practice (also from the University of Utah) with an emphasis in Board Certified Behavior Analysis. Erica knows the IEP process and special education law inside and out. She specializes in function-based behavior interventions, curriculum adaptation for young children, and helping families navigate and understand the public school system. Heidi also understands the value of providing realistic support for families facing the day-to-day challenges of helping a child with autism thrive in their home.

Heidi Cozzens, BCBA, L.B.A.

Heidi has a Bachelor's degree in General Studies from Southern Utah University, combining courses in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, and Special Education and Psychology. She furthered her education with a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis from Arizona State University. She has over 22 years of experience working with individuals wit autism. Her experience ranges from toddlers to adults across home, school, and site-based settings. She believes that problem behaviors can be effectively reduced through improved communication and social and leisure skills, and she prioritizes these in her program. Heidi is passionate about her work and she believes she has one of the most fun and rewarding jobs in the world.

Jessica Toro BCBA, L.B.A.

Jessica has a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Southern Utah University and a Master's degree in Education: Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis from Arizona State University. Jessica has experience working one-on-one in at-home settings as well as clinic-based settings with ages ranging from toddlers to young adults. Jessica loves to help those she works with learn and grow. She strives to find the best and most effective techniques and strategies to help the people she works with reach their goals and be successful. Jessica's passion is working with children. She speaks both English and Spanish fluently, and enjoys spending time with family and her dog, Dembe.

Kristy Gardner BCBA, L.B.A.

Kristy has a Bachelor in Special Education from Idaho State University. She taught special education in the Granite School District for seven years and continued her training with a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis from Arizona State University. She has worked with many families and clients providing in-home therapy as an RBT and a BCBA. Kristy enjoys helping other RBTs improve their skills and abilities to help families. She is passionate about giving each child and family the tools they need to access the world around them. In her spare time, Kristy enjoys spending time with her four children and husband. You can usually find them on the lake in the summer or cruising the mountains in her side-by-side.

Noël Brady, BCBA, L.B.A.

Noël received her Bachelor's degree from the University of Utah in Human Development and Family Studies and her Master's degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Ball State University. Noël began her working with children with autism in the school setting, fell in love with this field, and then continued providing ABA therapy in home settings. Through this experience, she realized her passion for providing treatment to clients in their homes and the close collaboration that the in-home setting offers. She understands the importance of family support in regards to growth and development for her clients and enjoys seeing firsthand how behavior analysis changes lives. In her free time, Noël loves serving others, playing in the local symphony, and grounding in nature.

Jordache Leiker BCBA, L.B.A.

Jordache has a Bachelor's degree in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Utah and a Master of Special Education with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of North Dakota. She has worked in many settings from clinics, to in-home, and age range from toddlers to adults. Her experience includes severe behaviors, early intervention, social skills, functional communication training, parent training, staff training, and functional analyses. Jordache values evidence-based practices and promoting effective and scientifically-based procedures with her clients. She hopes to bring meaningful behavior change with her clients that are functional and important to increase quality of life by collaborating with parents and other professionals.

Saralyn Messegee BCBA, L.B.A.

Saralyn has a Bachelor's degree in Behavioral Science with an emphasis in Psychology from Utah Valley University. She also has her Master's degree in Psychology with a specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis. Saralyn became interested in ABA while working at Primary Children's Hospital working with children with autism who had experienced trauma. Since then, she has worked with children with autism in many different settings, such as schools and hospitals, but providing treatment in-home and clinics are her favorite places to work. She is passionate about working with families and providing support to help children with special needs. She loves watching families and children with disabilities grow to live happy and successful lives. Saralyn loves hiking, camping, and cooking.

Sari Maughan, BCBA, L.B.A.

Sari has a Bachelor's degree in Special and Elementary Education from Northern Arizona University and a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis from Arizona State University. She has worked with children and teens in a variety of settings. Sari is most passionate about working with children that are non-verbal and helping them communicate positively through different means and seeing how their world opens up as a result. She enjoys working with families to tailor instruction to their child's needs and seeing the growth that comes from having parents involved in treatment. Sari loves to spend time with family and friends and loves to travel.

Timothie Unick BCBA, L.B.A.

Timothie has a Bachelor's degree in Speech Sciences and Technology from Northern Arizona University and a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis from Arizona State University. Having worked in different settings, she knows how to tailor treatment to the unique needs of each client. She has experience working with all ages, but her speciality is working with children aged 1-6. She is uniquely able to help parents learn and apply effective strategies to not only teach and support their children during services, but on into the future as well. She is passionate about her work, helping kids learn and grow, spending time soaking up the sun on the beach, and going hiking with her family.

Virginia Jimenez, BCBA, L.B.A.

Virginia holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Brigham Young University and a Master's in Counseling from the University of Phoenix. She completed her post-graduate training in Applied Behavior Analysis at Florida Institute of Technology.  Virginia specializes in working with children, teens and adults with moderate to severe behavioral problems and providing behavioral coaching for their families. She is passionate about helping children improve while at the same time, understanding and supporting the real-life demands that families experience. In her spare time, Virginia loves spending time with her family and going to sporting events, and doing yoga.

For more information on board certification for behavior analysis, go to www.bacb.com, or,  contact us, we're happy to answer any questions you have!