Mrs. Monica Gilbert is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and the founding president of Crystal Minds New Beginning. Mrs. Gilbert has been working with children, adolescents and adults for almost ten years and has worked with infants and toddlers as an Infant Toddler Developmental Specialist (ITDS). She graduated from Florida International University with a Bachelor degree in Psychology and a minor in Behavior Analysis and Masters of Science degree from FIU in Education with Mental Health Counseling minor. Mrs. Gilbert obtained a second Masters of Science in Psychology from CAU. Currently, Mrs. Gilbert is in the process of obtaining her Doctorate in Psychology (PSY.D) to acquire yet more knowledge in the application of treatments and testing with children and adults and is working on her dissertation on using motivation to integrate family members into therapeutic sessions. She is fluent in English and Spanish and understands French. Mrs. Gilbert is deeply passionate about what she does as a professional and looks forward to using her expertise as well as gaining further experience in this field. She has extensive experience conducting behavior assessments and supervising clinicians as well as training parents, teachers and staff. Mrs. Gilbert has presented on behavior analysis techniques at workshops, Parent-to-Parent trainings, internationally, UMCARD, various autism awareness events, private/public schools, charity events, and foster homes and shelters in both Spanish and English. Mrs. Gilbert has co-authored articles in Parent with Special Needs magazine and has conducted RBT (Registered Behavior Technician) trainings as well as the 40 hour required Behavior Assistant training. Additionally, Mrs. Gilbert is an adjunct professor and teaches Applied Behavior Analysis courses at CAU and is an active member of the southern region Agency for Persons with Disabilities, Local Review Committee where along with the other members provides ongoing technical assistance and consultation as well as approvals for behavior plans presented by other analysts in her region.
Claudia is a Board Certified Behavior Analysts and has been in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis ever since she fell in love with her behavior analysis courses as an undergrad at Florida International University in 2009. At the time, she had been working as a private tutor with children ages 6-8 helping them prepare for exams and complete reading and math assignments. Once she began to learn about ABA and its practical implications, she could not wait to start being able to use these techniques to help others succeed. She has since worked with individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities ranging from ages 2 to 55 in homes and school settings. She graduated with her Bachelor’s degree with a concentration in Behavior Analysis in 2010. In 2012, she became a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) and at the same time began obtained her Master’s degree in Behavior Analysis at FIU. Mrs. Quintana has provided services to over 60 families and has worked in various schools in Miami Dade and Broward counties. She feels fortunate to have found a company that shares her beliefs and provides unlimited support to their staff and clients. She is glad to say that she is a part of the Crystal Minds Team! And may we add that she is not only “a part of CMNB but a “HUGE” part of Crystal Minds!
Jonathan Plaza is a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) who was introduced to the field of Behavior Analysis through a professor at FIU. He found a genuine interest in the field and soon after, became Behavior Technician working in home settings; a decision that ultimately changed his career path. After completing his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, he joined the Special Education Master’s Program at the University of Miami. This program focused on age appropriate development, and it made him a more well rounded professional in the field of special needs. Shortly after completing his BCaBA, he joined Crystal Minds. He envisioned an opportunity where he would be able to apply what he has learned in the field of ABA and Special needs to provide positive life changes. As a member of the Crystal Minds team, he has had the opportunity to be part of an interdisciplinary team focused on providing support to professionals working with the special needs population. The ability to work directly with children and witness the positive changes that occur in their lives, is definitely the most gratifying aspect and motivating force for him in this field.
Veronica Medina is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) who graduated in Psychology and Nutrition from Florida International University. She discovered her passion for children through volunteering and working in schools as an afterschool counselor. She acquired her experience of working with children in the spectrum through a practicum program of the university and various companies in the field. She has participated in research studies, picky eating interventions, group therapy sessions, and both clinic and home based interventions.
As her experience grows in the field, so does her passion for implementing and developing techniques that will help individuals in need of ABA based interventions to reach their desired goals.
Tania is currently attending FIU working on her bachelors in psychology. She wishes to specialize in behavior therapy and become a BCaBA in the near future . She loves children and is excited to be able to make a difference in a child’s life. She has been working with CMNB for almost a year and a half and has shown competence as well as passion in working with our families.
Jacquelyn Ingar also known as “Jacqui” is a half Puerto Rican and Peruvian, born in Miami. She graduated with her Bachelor’s in Psychology and a Master’s in Exceptional Student Education. She began working in the ABA field as a Behavioral Assistant for about 3 years and have been with CMNB for 2 and a half now. Jacqui states that “working with CMNB has brought her so much knowledge and motivation to become a BCBA”. Which his why she is currently taking her certification classes to increase her knowledge and experience further! Jacqui has attended ABA conferences and shares CMNB’s passion of making a difference in the world. And indeed she has!
Jackeline is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst ( BCBA) who started working with children diagnosed with autism, developmental delays, as well as other behavioral disorders, and she remembers thinking how lucky she was to make a difference in their lives. She loves being a part her clients’ development while helping them work through their challenges. She also enjoys working with the parents in order to help them continue to reinforce their child’s new positive changes. She has seen the wonderful results of ABA interventions and truly believes in their ability to decrease maladaptive behaviors by replacing them with appropriate ones. Jackie has joined the CMNB team in conferences, workshops and events and is actively involved in the Autism community.
Stephanie Llanes has been working in the field of Behavior Analysis, both as a practicum student and as an employee in the field, for nearly two years. She is a Registered Behavioral Technician and will be graduating with her Bachelor’s in Psychology in December. She is working towards becoming a BCaBA within the next 6 months and will then pursue graduate studies to become a BCBA.
Her love for Behavior Analysis began when her godson was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and she saw the great difference that ABA Therapy made in his life and decided she wanted to be a part of that in the lives of many children.She truly loves the material, the field of research, and the impact that ABA makes on the world and she has learned through her experiences at Crystal Minds New Beginning and has shared her research and clinical knowledge in the work that she performs with our families and great TEAM!
Yuraci Berta is a senior at FIU majoring in psychology. She is also a Registered Behavior Technician, but her goals are to further her studies and graduate with a Bachelor’s in psychology by the end of summer ’16. She also intends to obtain an ABA masters degree and become a BCBA. And lastly she aims to eventually pursue my doctorate in developmental psychology. She took an interest in this field when she saw a video of Skinner improving the behavior of inmates in my general psychology course, and her curiosity grew once she learned more about the science in a behavioral analysis course at FIU. Once she got a taste of working in the field, she knew she had to pursue this as my career. She has fallen in love working with children and most of all, she’s gained a grand admiration working as an RBT. Most importantly, she has the pleasure of showing the children she works with how to reach a certain level of independence and how to adapt into their community; that in itself is a gift. As a member of CMNB, she aspires to share and collect creative ideas from everyone in the TEAM as well as collectively work together support one another while working with families.
Elizabeth is a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst who earned her Bachelor degree in Psychology with a concentration in Behavior Analysis at Florida International University in 2012.
Since 2012, Elizabeth has worked with children under the Autism Spectrum as well as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Elizabeth has spent most of her experience as a Verbal Behavior Therapist, implementing individualized verbal behavior programs in order to increase language skills, academic skills, and social skills. Elizabeth is also fluent in both English and Spanish. Her experience includes implementing verbal therapy, train staff member and helping BCBA’s to create programs.
Elizabeth’s goal is to provide her clients and their family’s with a professional service that will help them improve their lives and family relations.
Gretel Diaz is a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the Florida International University. Gretel has over four years of experience working with children under the Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and typical children in the foster program. Her experience consists of conducting behavioral assessments, development and implementation of individualized behavior programs to increase language, social, academic and independent living skills, as well as reducing problem behaviors by teaching replacement behaviors, to a range of children from 2 years old to 15 years old. In addition, she has conducted parent training programs and staff trainings. Currently, she is pursuing her Master’s in Applied Behavior Analysis at Capella University, where she would be graduating in December 2017 to then become a BCBA. Her passion for ABA and the love for children drive her work. She is in a constant state of learning to become better in her profession and provide her clients with the best practice.
Antonio Rodriguez is a student Intern at Nova University. He was drawn to the field of applied behavior analysis after taking a class on it and seeing how much it was applicable to real life situations. Additionally, being able to use what he learned to help others was something that he felt he could see himself doing which is why he decided to pursue this path. He graduated in May of 2015 from the University of Florida with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, and is currently pursuing his master’s degree in developmental disabilities with concentration in applied behavior analysis to soon become a BCBA.
Bianca is a Registered Behavior Technician and Behavior Assistant for CMNB. Bianca graduated from Nova Southeastern University with a Masters of Science in Developmental Disabilities and a concentration in Advanced Applied Behavior Analysis. Her Bachelors Degree in Biology was also completed at NSU. She first developed a passion in the field while working at The Child Development Center of America, a developmental pediatrician’s office which specializes in the treatment of children and adolescents with developmental concerns. Since beginning working with CMNB, she has implemented direct ABA therapy with our clients and has gained a great deal of experience doing so. She absolutely loves what she does!!! She is expected to sit for her board exam this year in hopes to be added to CMNB’s list of BCBA’s!
Khadija McCarthy graduated from Clark Atlanta University in 2014 with a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology. During her undergraduate career, she was introduced to behavior analysis by one of her professors, while completing her independent research. Khadija later went on to work as a Behavioral Youth Counselor before relocating to the South Florida area. Khadija is now pursuing a career in Applied Behavior Analysis & is a first year graduate student, studying Mental Health Counseling at Nova Southeastern University. Khadija wishes to pursue her BCBA once she graduates from Nova and become a BCBA at CMNB.
Brittany has had experience in the studies of psychology and carried it on to her Associates, Bachelors, and now graduated with her Masters in Mental Health Counseling. She has 4+ years of experience working with children with special needs and gets so much joy and fulfillment when she sees what she does that makes a difference in a family’s life. She believes with great passion that she gives children the tools they need today for a better tomorrow. She has worked with children and families and has specialized in parent training as well as coaching. She intends to pursue her BCBA in the near future.
Sherry Vaquero is a Board Certified assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) who was born and raised and currently lives in Miami. She graduated from FIU in 2014 with a BA in psychology and is currently working on her Masters at Nova Southeastern University. She began working in the field of behavior analysis 3 years ago at FIU’s summer treatment program. She has worked with young children diagnosed with Autism and is truly grateful for all the experiences she has shared with them, experiences that have also helped her grow as a clinician. Helping families and young children is the most rewarding part of her job and she states that she “wouldn’t trade it”. Her ultimate goal is to become a BCBA once she completes her Masters!
Ms. Vanessa Robinson is a Behavior Clinician Assistant who graduated from Florida International University with a Bachelor degree in Psychology with a concentration on Behavioral Analysis, and Philosophy. Ms. Robinson is in the process of obtaining her certification as a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) to further her knowledge in the application of treatments with adolescents. She is fluent in English and Spanish, and loves to get everybody involved in therapeutic sessions. She is passionate about helping others build healthy, social relationships through functional communication training and self-management skills.
I recently graduated from FIU with a Bachelor’s in Psychology at the top of my class, while raising my 6 year old little girl, and working over 35 hours a week as a Registered Behavior Technician and a Peer Consultant. During my first semester at FIU my passion was in Forensic Psychology, during this time I took the introductory course to Behavior Analysis. As time progressed I fell in love with the course, I met a friend in class who worked for Crystal Minds New Beginning, and I began inquiring about what her job entailed, she spoke about her job with such passion. I’ve always loved the idea of working with children and helping them work towards a brighter future. I began my internship in December of 2013, and I must say it’s the best decision I’ve ever made. My job is so rewarding, being able to make a difference in a child’s life is the best feeling in the world. Fortunately, I have a job in which I cannot wait to wake up the next day and go to; and you know what they say “when you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life.” I have now been working in the field for 2 years with Crystal Minds and I have had the pleasure of working with a great team of analysts and therapists who I have learned a great deal from. I cannot wait to begin studying in order to sit for the BCaBA exam!
Sheila Rivera is a Board Certified assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) who graduated from Florida International University (FIU) in 2013. While at Fiu she interned in their summer treatment program ( STP) where she had the opportunity to do early intervention with children from age 2-4 years- old. The children’s diagnoses ranged from Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Conduct Disorder, Oppositional-Defiant Disorder, learning problems, and related behavior problems.
After the program she felt sure of becoming a BCBA. Thereafter, she obtained a bachelors in psychology with a specification in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). She is currently pursuing her masters degree in Developmental Disabilities with a concentration in ABA. She plans to take her boards and become a BCBA as well as to continue learning and aiding individuals merge into a least restrictive environment, through ABA, so they can be part of the community. Through ABA principles their behavior will be modified and they may lead independent happy lives.
Alexandra a native Peruvian who has always enjoyed taking care and interacting with children. She began volunteering in a day care with her peers in order to get our CDA certification. She also volunteered in a summer camp in 2010 working with children from 4-14. Through working in the day care she gained an interest in working with learning disabilities.
In FIU she decided to pursue this interest through psychology. Taking the intro to experimental analysis of behavior opened her eyes to ABA therapy and ever since then she has been doing whatever she can to enter the field. After a year working at Crystal Minds New Beginning and she states that she feels “at home, enjoying what she loves to do, especially when she sees the difference I am making”. And what a difference that is! Alexandra is pursuing her BCaBA and is attending as well as facilitating a study group. She is also a peer consultant at CMNB as well as a well respected and admired clinician.
Marci Nelson is currently majoring in Early Childhood Education at Miami Dade College and is also pursuing her newfound passion for ABA therapy. Ever since she was a young girl, she knew she wanted to work with children and help them grow and better themselves. Once she began working in the behavioral therapy field, she states that she “absolutely fell in love”! She is happy to be doing something that fulfills her and allows the children and families she works with the ability to show progress in such profound ways. She cannot wait to continue to better the lives of those around her and make strong connections with each child that she works with! Marci is energetic, empathetic and has a great passion for behavior analysis. She has worked in schools as a substitute teacher and has experience working with other professionals as well as parents.
Mirella Benavides is a Board Certified assistant Behavior Analyst who graduated Summa Cum Laude from Florida International University with a bachelor is psychology and a concentration in applied behavior analysis. She is currently working on her masters in science in developmental disabilities with a concentration in advanced applied behavior analyst at Nova Southeastern University. She has been working with children for over 10 years and with the special needs population for the past 3 years. She has experience working with children with a variety of developmental disabilities as well as providing parent and teacher training in behavior analytic principles. She deeply cares about helping families through the power of behavior change and fuels her passion from raising her son with autism.
Alice Ynirio is a BCBA in the Kendall area who has a Masters of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis and has been practicing ABA for
9 years. She began working in the field several months before having her first child and is now a mother of three who lives, breathes, and
sleeps behavior. Alice has experience with ASD and various developmental/genetic disorders. One of her accomplishments is earning
PECS certification and using this communication system to enhance language acquisition with nonverbal children. Future goals include a
doctoral program and exploring how the study of neurology can enrich her ability to serve the field of ABA.
Mitzi Martinez is a BCaBA and Registered Mental Health Intern. She received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Florida International University in December 2015. Mitzi has been working in the field of Behavior Analysis for almost 5 years. She has had the opportunity to work with a variety of clients, ranging in age, diagnoses, and settings. From a very young age, she knew that helping children and families was her passion and the most rewarding career choice for herself. She believes helping teach, guide and support children is essential for healthy and happy development. She is a firm believer in the strength of Applied Behavior Analysis as an effective therapeutic practice and thoroughly supports an individualized and collaborative approach. She believes in CMNB’s vision of using an integrative approach to provide the best care for children and families. She believes each child is an individual and has inestimable potential. All they need is a team of people who are willing to push and strive for him or her to be the best they can be using scientifically based strategies to help achieve their goals.
Lilianne is a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) since 2013. She has been working with children and adults diagnosed with autism and other developmental disabilities since 2010. In 2011 she graduated from Florida International University with a Bachelor degree in Psychology and a minor in Behavior Analysis. She is currently working on her Masters degree in Applied Behavior Analysis. After graduating, she will pursue her BCBA certification and continue to develop professionally in the field of ABA. Lilianne’s goal is to become a skillful practitioner to make a difference in each of her client’s life.
Damaris Conte graduated from FIU with a Bachelor’s in Psychology with a concentration in Behavior Analysis. She will be going back to school for her Master’s in both Mental Health Counseling as well as Behavior Analysis. She is currently working on her hours towards certification, and has always loved the field. Her goals are to grow in both fields. She plans to help children and people of all ages, and really make a difference in people’s lives.
Jacquelyn Molina is a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) who began working as an Assistant Behavior Therapist in August of 2012 with Crystal Minds New Beginning Inc. She has experience working with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, Pervasive Developmental Disorder, and ADHD, ranging from childhood to adulthood. Her experience also extends to typically developing children in the school setting. In 2013, she graduated from Florida International University with a BA in Psychology, specializing in Applied Behavior Analysis.
Vanessa Valdenegro is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and has been working in the Applied Behavior Analysis field since 2012. She completed her undergraduate degree at Florida International University with a focus on Applied Behavior Analysis and a Master of Science Degree in Developmental Disabilities with a certificate in Advanced Applied Behavior Analysis from Nova Southeastern University. Before completing her BCBA certificate, Vanessa was certified as Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA), which provided her with the training needed to transition into the role of a BCBA. Vanessa has presented on various topics in Applied Behavior Analysis to future behavior analysts and parents.
While undecided about a career choice while completing her undergraduate degree, Vanessa discovered Applied Behavior Analysis and fell in love with the pragmatic nature of the science. Since then Vanessa has focused her career on the early intervention population focusing on behavior reduction and increasing verbal behavior skills. Vanessa has worked in several different settings throughout South Florida, including in home settings, school settings, and therapy centers.
Natalie Nau is a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) currently working in Miami-Dade County. She received her Master’s degree in Cognitive Behavioral Disorders at Nova Southeastern University in 2014. She is currently taking ABA courses at Florida Institute of Technology, pursuing her BCBA certification. She has been working in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis since 2010 and is fiercely dedicated to helping individuals with disabilities in her community. She has experience working with children in the home and clinic settings, training therapists and parents, and working one-on-one with clients. She has 2 years of experience leading and creating programs for social skills groups. She has had an opportunity to work closely with staff in adult group homes and children in foster care. Natalie is passionate about the field of Applied Behavior Analysis and truly loves working closely with families, staff, and educators to improve the quality of life of individuals diagnosed with developmental disabilities. In her spare time, Natalie enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.
Lisette is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who is currently completing the Behavior Analysis Certification program at Florida Institute of Technology. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Florida International University and a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Nova Southeastern University. She has always had a passion for working with people and helping them to achieve their goals. Starting in high school, she worked as an after school care teacher and a tutor. In the last 5 years she has counseled children, adolescents and adults in different settings ranging from school to rehab. She began working specifically with behavior and autism 2 years ago and fell in love with the field. She loves teaching new, important skills to her clients and being able to witness children flourish and reach their maximum potential through ABA principles. She also enjoys teaching parents and teachers how to apply techniques that will help maintain change and encourage future growth. Her goal is to complete schooling and become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst by summer 2017 and continue to help people through ABA.
Gladys Martinez is a BCaBA who has worked in the field of behavior analysis since 2011. She graduated from Florida International University (FIU) in December 2013 with her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. While at FIU she worked in the Behavior Analysis Autism Research Lab and participated in the Summer Treatment Program, both directed by Dr.
Anibal Gutierrez, BCBA-D. After graduating, she worked as a Behavior Therapist until 2015 when she became a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA). She continues to implement behavior therapy, administer assessments, coordinate social skills groups and implement ABA in early intensive settings. Gladys is interested in continuing her education at Arizona State University by completing a master’s degree in education with an emphasis in ABA.
Eloisa Pantoja is a BCaBA (Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst) and has been in the field of applied behavior analysis since 2009. She is originally from Colombia and fluent in English and Spanish. Her experience has been with children ages 2 to 16 mostly with autism, but she has also worked with pre-school and grade school children that are typical presenting with behavior problems in the classroom. Eloisa is very passionate about the field of behavior analysis and is advancing her education by pursuing her Masters of Science (MS) in psychology with a concentration in applied behavior analysis. When Eloisa is done with her MS Summer 2017, she will take her Board examination to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Eloisa plans to continue helping children learn to communicate in an appropriate manner, decreasing their problem behaviors, as well as teaching them proper replacement behaviors in order to improve their quality of life.
Jessica Valencia graduated from FIU with a Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice. She is currently at NOVA University working on her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling with a concentration in Advanced Applied Behavior Analysis. She discovered her love for behavior analysis when she began volunteering at an equine therapy ranch and was able to participate in the Special Olympics. She has worked with children since high school and really enjoys being around them. She is currently working on her hours towards certification, to be able to sit for the exam by the end of the year.
Catalina Triana, originally from Bogota, Colombia and raised in Miami, FL graduated in 2010 with a bachelor in Psychology, and has worked with children doing volunteer work at her local church upon graduation. Back in 2012 after having her child, she realized how much therapy helped with not only his speech delay but also his behavior at school and home. She began her career shortly after she had her son, by working as BA for children with Autism and has realized how passionate and eager she is to learn and gain more experience in the field. She is currently taking her RBT certification board test as well as take her remaining courses to eventually sit for her BCaBA exam. She is hard working and compassionate. And she strives to educate children and families about the advantages of behavior therapy and how this can improve the quality of their life. She feels blessed and honored to be able to join the CMNB team and is ready to learn and make a difference in more families and their children life.
Bethania Carrión is a Doctoral Student Clinician at Albizu University seeking her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (Psy. D) with a concentration in children. She is also a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) seeking her Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) certification.
Bethania obtained her Bachelor degree in Psychology in 2013 at Florida International University, where she took Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) courses. Soon after she achieved her Master of Science in Psychology (M.S.) in route to the Psy. D.,Bethania continued seeking ABA education by enrolling in theMaster level program at Florida Institute of Technology.
She has clinical experience providing psychological services to children, adolescents, and adults in both English and Spanish.Bethania has acquired professional training in providingindividual therapy and couples therapy. She also conducts psychoeducational and neuropsychological assessments. Her area of interest involves working with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, and Major Depressive Disorders.
She is very passionate about working with children and their parents. She began providing ABA home services to children that encountered behavioral, communicational, and daily living challenges with the aim to improve their quality of life! She has provided parent training on behavioral modification to help the children generalize learned skills and decrease undesired behaviors.
Yani began to work in the field of ABA in FIU’s Summer Treatment Program where she worked with adolescents with ADHD. During that time she also volunteered for two programs called Summer Preparatory Program (SPP) and the Supporting Teens Academic Needs Daily (STAND) program for one year. In both programs she worked closely under the supervision of Margaret Sibley an assistant professor of psychiatry at FIU. She will be graduating this upcoming summer from FIU and is hoping to sit in for her BCaBA. Her ultimate goal is to become as possibly knowledgable as she can in the field of ABA and of course, accomplish the ultimate dream of becoming a BCBA. She is the first person in her family to earn a college degree and absolutely loves what she do! Yani is receptive and loves to tackle new opportunities and her great rapport with parents and feedback from analysts have made her clinic a of the month!
Alana is a certified Special Education and Early Education Teacher. She has been working with children on the spectrum for the last 12 years and worked as a Special Education teacher for the last 5 years. Alana received her undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Early/Special Education from New York University and completed her Masters in Mental Health Counseling with a concentration in Applied Behavioral Analysis from Nova Southeastern University.
After Alana’s younger twin brothers were diagnosed with PDD-NOS at the age of three, Alana immediately became interested in pursuing a career in working with children with special needs particularly in the field of Behavioral Therapy. Alana is now working to take the Board examination to become a Board Certified Behavioral Analyst.
Tracy Sanchez began working in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis in May 2014. Tracy has worked with children all over South Florida ranging in ages three to sixteen. However, her expertise is Early Intensive Behavior Intervention and Social Group. In the summer of 2015, Tracy graduated Cum Laude from Florida International University and earned a Bachelors in Psychology with a focus in Applied Behavior Analysis. Shortly after, Tracy took the Assistant Behavior Analyst Board Exam and passed, thus earning her title. She then began her Masters in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus in Applied Behavior Analysis in May 2016. Tracy looks forward to graduating from Arizona State University in the Summer of 2017 and becoming a Board Certified Behavior Analyst shortly after. She has already expressed interest in furthering her education and has applied to various PhD programs.
Natalie Odio is a Behavioral Assistant who received her Bachelors in Psychology from Florida International University. Natalie has worked in the field of applied behavior analysis for almost one year, providing one to one therapy with children who have been diagnosed with a developmental disability, specifically autism. Natalie has had the opportunity to shadow other clinicians in a school setting, as well as most recently participating in the social skills group training at CMNB. Natalie is very passionate about the change that behavior therapy brings to each client and has begun taking the coursework necessary to advance in the field as a BCaBA. Natalie is looking forward to her ABA journey at CMNB!
Isabel is a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) working towards her BCaBA certification. She received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Florida International University, and is currently working on her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. During her undergraduate career, Isabel fell in love with the field of Applied Behavior Analysis, and plans to ultimately become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, as well as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. She has been working in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis for the past two years, and has found the experience both challenging and rewarding. Isabel has worked in therapy center and school settings, and is excited to gain experience working in home settings as well. She wants to continue growing as therapist and making a positive difference in her client’s lives.
Maylen Muñoz is a BCBA who graduated from FIT with a Masters of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis. Where she has worked at CMNB Audit the past four years and has worked with various populations as well as was different roles. She is currently one of CMNB’s oversight analysts.
Andrea Talpos discovered her love for ABA and mental health while pursuing her Bachelor’s of Science degree; as a psychologist specialist, she gained extensive experience working with various populations and conducting a multitude of neuro-developmental tests, but quickly realized she was passionate about two things: working with children/young adults and ABA. Shortly after obtaining her undergraduate degree, she secured a job at a clinic that provided ABA services to children and young adults – she fell in love with the field as soon as she was assigned her first case and knew it was a career she wanted to pursue. Since then, she has continued to gain experience in the field, working with children and young adults, across a variety of settings, and is a just a few months away from attaining her Master’s of Education, specializing in ABA. Next step: become a BCBA! Andrea is super excited to be a part of the CMNB team; she is eager to be out in the field, learn from and contribute to the CMNB team, and continue to grow both academically and professionally.
Eimi Mejia is an RBT (Registered Behavior Technician). One of the unique things about her is that she is born and raised in Japan and have moved to United States (Miami) in May 2011. She has been working in the applied analysis field since August 2015, and loves what she does. She loves that she gets to be a part of people’s life in a positive way and bring the best out of others. Nothing makes her happier than when she sees her clients learn to do things independently, and when parents report huge successes they experience with their children when she is not around. She looks to continuously excel in this field and provide the best service possible for our clients.