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.
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 with 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 children with autism in 2013 and has worked in different settings, including in-home, after-school programs, and site-based clinics. Her experience ranges from toddlers to adults, and she is currently working with clients between the ages of 7-19 who have been diagnosed with autism, as well as other co-morbidities. She is continually 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 navigate and thrive in their environment.
Brittney Cramer Ellingson, BCBA, L.B.A.
At a young age, Brittney noticed the accommodations her parents made to ensure her older sister, who experienced a traumatic brain injury at birth, could live a fulfilling life. A similar passion drives Brittney's professional goals: To meet every client where they are at, and make the world an easier place for them to navigate. 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 (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 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 received her Bachelor's degree from the University of Utah in Early Childhood Special Education, and her Master's degree in Special Education Professional Practice (also from the U of U) 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 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 continued her education and obtained 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 on the autism spectrum. Her experience ranges from toddlers to adults across home, school, and site-based settings. She has a firm belief that problem behaviors can be effectively reduced through improved communication, social and leisure skills, and she prioritizes these in her program. She is always seeking to expand her knowledge to improve the lives of the clients and families she serves. 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. She began working with children with autism in 2014 in Vernal, UT before transferring to Utah County in 2015. She 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 those 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.
Joel Tangaro, BCBA, L.B.A.
Joel received his bachelor's degree in Psychology at Gonzaga University, is master's degree in Social Work at the University of Utah, and continued his post graduate work in Applied Behavior Analysis at the University of North Texas. Joel specializes in Functional Assessments, VBMAPP Assessments, Verbal Behavior Training, Functional Communication Training, and the development of positive behavior supports. He is passionate about seeing progress in the individuals he supports.
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 began working with children with autism in 2012 and since then has worked in many different settings from clinics, to in-home, and age range from toddlers to adults. Her experiences have included severe behaviors, early intervention, social skills, functional communication training, parent training, staff training, and functional analyses. She also has experience with conducting numerous assessments and curriculum such as VB-MAPP, ABLLS-R, AFLS, and PEAK. She 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.
Kori Esplin, BCBA, L.B.A.
Kori has her Bachelor's and Master's degree in Special Education from Brigham Young University. She has worked in homes, clinics, and schools providing educational and behavior analytic services to children with disabilities from ages 2-22. She taught special education in secondary schools and worked as a district behavior intervention coach in general education elementary classrooms. She specializes in teaching independent living skills to children with disabilities and working with families to treat challenging behaviors. Kori is passionate about her work and loves watching her clients grow and flourish.
Kristy Gardner BCBA, L.B.A.
Kristy studied early childhood development at Idaho State University receiving a Bachelor's degree in Special Education. Kristy taught special education in the Granite School District for seven years with most of her time spent in self-contained classrooms. Kristy has worked as a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) for Affinity and recently went back to her her Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis from Arizona State University. She has worked with a range of families and clients providing in-home therapy. Her experiences have helped her develop into a BCBA who is always looking for new ways to approach skill acquisition for her clients. 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 has provided ABA therapy in both the school and home settings, however, she enjoys 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.
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 then went on to pursue her Master's degree in Psychology with a specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis. During this time, Saralyn has worked with children 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.
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 is passionate about working with children that are non-verbal and helping them communicate positively through different means. 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.
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. She has worked in many different settings, from clinics, to in-home, and schools, to ensure that her programs and treatment plans can suit the unique requirements of each of her clients. Her experience ranges from toddlers to teens, but her speciality is working with younger 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 husband Evan, and her dog Harvey.
Troy Angus, BCBA, L.B.A.
Troy received his bachelor's degree in Psychology and his master's degree in Social Work from the University of Utah. He obtained his post-graduate certification in Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of North Texas. Troy specializes in working with people with moderate to severe behavioral problems and coaching interventionists. He is passionate about training families and interventionists to provide the supports needed to help individuals with autism become successful.
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.