Allison began her career in ABA as a line therapist shortly after completing her undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Central Florida. She was offered an opportunity to learn more about the field and gain an assistant behavior analyst certification. Allison completed her BCaBA coursework through Florida Institute of Technology in 2014. She knew this was her passion and immediately started her coursework for a Master's in Education: Curriculum & Instruction (emphasis in ABA) from Arizona State University. She received her degree and the BCBA certification in 2016. Since beginning her career in ABA, Allison has worked with individuals affected by Autism (ASD) and other behavioral disorders ranging in age from 2 to 22 years. She has worked in homes, clinics, schools, and community settings in Colorado and Kentucky. Allison enjoys traveling and spends her free time attending festivals, hiking, touring museums, and preparing for the next big adventure with her husband.
Ben has worked with children and teenagers with autism from ages one and a half to eighteen. He began this work in 2017 a behavior therapist in Phoenix, Arizona, before completing his Master’s Degree in Psychology with a focus on Applied Behavior Analysis from Capella University in 2020. He is passionate about providing direct therapy to children and teenagers—and designing individualized programs to help them succeed. Ben enjoys cooking, walking, hiking, biking, chess, and swimming. He speaks native English and is learning German.
Danielle is a Washington State native who found her passion for working with neurodiverse populations while working in a research lab providing parent training. She was inspired by the positive effects of the ImPACT curriculum to families in the Greater Seattle region. Danielle began working as a behavior technician and assistant behavior analyst before receiving her BCBA credential in 2020. She has experience primarily working with children aged 18 months to 6 years of age with a range of developmental disabilities (including Deaf/hard of hearing, global developmental delays, Down syndrome, and Autism Spectrum Disorder). For the past year and a half, she has been working with a multi-disciplinary team providing services following the Early Start Denver Model in a clinical and preschool setting. Danielle is passionate about promoting socially significant behaviors and skills in the populations she works with by utilizing naturalistic, developmental/behavioral, and empirically validated practices. She enjoys spending her free time with her family traveling, going on leisurely hikes, crafting, and being outdoors. She speaks native English and some American Sign Language.
Haley is a military spouse who was born and raised in the small town of Pocahontas, Arkansas. After she graduated with her bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with emphases in Psychology, Health, and Exercise Science, she found work in a specialized daycare for children with special needs. This experience motivated her to return to school to study occupational therapy. She became a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant in Oklahoma, Missouri, and Georgia. At Teaching Tree Clinic, she both applies her certification as an OTA as well as, more recently, as Registered Behavior Technician. Haley enjoys traveling around Europe, learning about the local culture, with her husband and two small children. She speaks native English. Haley enjoys traveling around Europe, learning about the local culture, with her husband and two small children. She speaks native English.
Katya began her career as a language instructor at Minsk State Linguistic University. A few years later she started looking into Applied Behavior Analysis, as her own son was developing with a speech delay, and immediately fell in love with the science. Her keen interest in the area grew into a new profession – she completed the ABA program and obtained her Master’s degree in Psychology in 2020. For some time, Katya combined her teaching job at the university with work with children with special needs implementing behavior analysis in both settings, but eventually transitioned to the latter. She is truly passionate about her work, as both its process and result give her immense joy and inspiration. Katya is a constant learner, has a vibrant curiosity for new places, people and experiences. In her free time, she enjoys travelling, hiking and reading. She speaks native Russian and Belarusian, fluent English, and some Italian.
Samantha Cimirro was born and raised in New Jersey, USA. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a bachelor's degree in Psychology from Stockton University. While pursuing a PhD in Clinical Psychology, she met an occupational therapist at a residential school for children and adults with severe and profound disabilities. She was inspired. She changed course and spent the next 2 years working full-time and taking night classes to qualify for the Masters of Occupational Therapy program at The University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. Samantha graduated 2 years later with high honors and proceeded to work with pediatrics to geriatrics in homes, schools, and private and state facilities. As Teaching Tree Clinic's occupational therapist, she intends to continue to expand her training and become a certified feeding specialist. Having struggled with sensory processing differences as a child, especially in the area of eating, gives her the perspective to understand and empathize with what her clients and their family are going through. These days, Samantha enjoys spending time with her own child and her husband. Samantha speaks native English.
Sara was born on a small island called Menorca. She has split her time between Spain and Germany for the past 3 years, but she is ready to set down roots in Germany. Sara studied tourism and, for 5 summer seasons, worked with children as an entertainer. It fulfills her, helping and making families happy, be it as an entertainer or as a therapist. Sara loves nature, animals, and traveling. Sara speaks native Spanish and Catalan, excellent English, some German, and a bit of Italian.
Sonia is military spouse residing in the Kaiserslautern Military Community. She has worked with students ranging from preschool to high school as a para-educator, a Special Education teacher, and now a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She believes that every child is capable of learning and developing—socially, emotionally, and academically—when provided a nurturing environment. In her experience, these environments entail collaboration with other professionals, including occupational therapists, speech pathologists, and educators. Sonia graduated with an undergraduate degree in psychology, holds a teaching credential in early childhood special education, and obtained her master’s degree in in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis in applied behavior analysis. Sonia speaks native English, native Spanish, and a bit of German.
Veneta Dimitrova is a behavior analyst in recovery who wrestles herself over the edges of what she knows, she thinks she knows, and she will never know. Two decades of direct work with survivors of domestic violence and human traffic, elementary schoolers, individuals with autism and their families, obliged her to begin unlearning things she learned in the ivy-league towers of objective truth. She attempts to balance her competence with curiosity, her expertise with awe, her sharp-edges with parasympathetic calm. Her teachers include children who could conjure up a behavioral storm, mothers who have forgotten sleep, willow trees, love and grief. Since Veneta established Teaching Tree in 2014, the American US-Military families’ access to ABA services has increased by 1900%. Veneta wonders what would the quality of her work be if she integrates science with heart and strives to model and evoke playful, curious and authentic responses to the world. Veneta finds intriguing the fact that indigenous cultures rarely have a word for disability. She strives to see the human beings behind the colonial, neoliberal or DSM-5 labels they have been given. She has many unanswered questions and is clumsy at showing compassion. Instead of trying to fix problems or people, she tries to develop new ways of understanding, shedding old futile patters of behaviors, and embracing more useful perspectives. Veneta is devoted to the type of learning that breaks her open, that threatens her rigid identity, and makes more room for otherness.
With an undergraduate degree in Sociology and Anthropology, Anja has always had an interest in people. Yet, her entering the field of ABA in 2014 was unplanned. While she enjoyed her time in the banking industry, she desired something that would allow her to both give back to her community and spend more time with her family. By chance, she came across a posting for RBT positions, and she never looked back! In her time in the field, she has worked in both Georgia and Florida, with children as young as 18 months and as old as 19 years. After graduating from Ball State University with her Master of Arts in ABA and becoming a BCBA, she was excited to transition into a role that allowed her to mentor others in their journey to become practitioners. In her spare time, Anja enjoys reading, getting lost on long drives, and attending concerts and music festivals. She speaks native English and some French.
Carla directs our Kindsbach clinic as well as oversees all ABA services in Germany. Carla has almost two decades of experience working with children with special needs and their families. At Carthage College, where she obtained her undergraduate degree in Psychology, she served as Chapter President of Psi Chi and presented research at the American Psychological Association Convention. She obtained her master's degree in Applied Behavior Analysis with an emphasis in Autism and was nominated by her peers to run for President of Four Corners Association for Behavior Analysis. Carla joined Teaching Tree Clinic in 2018 and has been serving as our Clinical Director since soon thereafter. Carla plays soccer competitively, hikes with her dogs, and travels as much as possible with her husband and two boys. Carla speaks native English, fluent Spanish, and a bit of German.
Before joining Teaching Tree Clinic in 2018, Emily worked for an ABA company in California, climbing her way from behavior technician to clinical director. During this time, she gained experience working with toddlers, children, and young adults in home, school, and community settings. Emily has experience in Early Start Denver Model, Pivotal Response Training, attending IEPs, providing community training events, and collaborating with large teams of autism service providers. collaborating with large teams of autism service providers. She always aims to provide individualized ABA service focusing on the highest priorities of the families she works with. When Emily is not building block towers and facilitating social skills opportunities, you can find her hiking, cooking and exploring new cities. Emily speaks native English and fluent German. Emily hat Erfahrung mit dem Early Start Denver Model, dem Pivotal Response Training, der Teilnahme an IEPs, der Durchführung von Schulungsveranstaltungen in der Gemeinde und der Zusammenarbeit mit großen Teams von Autismus-Dienstleistern. der Zusammenarbeit mit großen Teams von Autismus-Dienstleistern. Sie ist stets bestrebt, individuelle ABA-Dienste anzubieten, die sich auf die höchsten Prioritäten der Familien konzentrieren, mit denen sie arbeitet. Wenn Emily nicht gerade Klötzchentürme baut und soziale Fähigkeiten fördert, kann man sie beim Wandern, Kochen und Entdecken neuer Städte antreffen. Emily spricht fließend Englisch und Deutsch.
After living and working in seven different countries, Hoong arrived in her 8th country with Milo, her mini poodle. Hoong is very interested in cross-cultural issues after being involved in the ABA field from the East to the West for more than a decade. She is always striving to create ABA programs that are culturally sensitive and the outcomes are ready to meet the needs of different cultures and the immediate environment. During her free time, she enjoys mat pilates, golfing, reading, baking, and cuddling Milo.
Jenna is a California native who found her love for the science of Behavior Analysis 10 years ago while working in a preschool Autism classroom. She graduated with her Bachelors degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of North Texas and obtained her Masters degree from the University of South Wales. Her experience has led her to various roles within the field. From working in clinics, to school districts, and community based settings, she has experience with a variety of diagnoses and age ranges. Her true passion lies in disseminating the science and collaborating with others to help individuals and their families attain meaningful and long-term goals. Through it all, Jenna considers herself a lifelong learner, always seeking new information and experiences to enhance her skills as a BCBA and better serve her clients. In her free time, Jenna loves reading, traveling to new places, trying different foods, and spending time with loved ones. She speaks native English and is learning German!
Nydia is a military spouse residing in the Stuttgart Military Community. She has been in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis since 2015. During this time, she has focused on being an advocate to those in need. She prioritizes on helping individuals reach their fullest potential. A quote she lives by is from Dr. Ole Ivar Lovaas: “If they can’t learn the way we teach, we teach the way they learn.” She understands the importance of meeting her clients at their level and thinking creatively. Nydia loves to work with a multidisciplinary team that allows a collaborative approach when providing the most effective services. Nydia enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, photography, trying new food, dancing, and playing soccer. She is excited to attend soccer games in Europe! One of her long-term goals is to learn Sign Language. She speaks native English and fluent Spanish.
Leif originally comes from the IT security consulting industry, where he worked as a freelancer in the banking sector for 10 years. After leaving consulting, he became more and more involved through his wife Veneta - first as an IT person, then as a supporter in the office and finally as CEO.
Stephen hails from Ireland, and it is there that for many years he lived alongside the children, teenagers, and adults with disabilities with whom he worked as a carer. He found that the people he worked with grew and became happier when they experienced encouragement from carers who showed interest, compassion, and empathy for them. However, he eventually noticed that many of people he worked with also appeared to be “stuck.” Over the years, they did not significantly expand their activities, access to educational opportunities, social circles, or self-help skills. Indeed, they would even regress, like by engaging in self-harm behaviours. After researching therapies that offered to increase the self-help and social skills of people with disabilities, Stephen learned of a scientifically validated method proven successful with all types of individuals to improve all types of socially significant behaviour. In 2015, he returned to school to obtain a second master’s degree, this time in Applied Behaviour Analysis. As a trainee, Stephen introduced ABA-based strategies to a large residential centre in Ireland that had come under scrutiny for poor practices, cultivating a culture of Positive Behavioural Support. Since then, his practice has centered on consulting with German families with infants and children with autism. Stephen speaks native English and some German
Tenny has been in the field if Applied Behavior Analysis since 2009. She obtained her Master’s degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Behavioral Clinical Psychology from California State University, Northridge. She worked with individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities at home, school and community setting for several years. She also has experience working as an Autism Program Specialist at the Behavioral Health Department at one of the largest health plans in Los Angeles. She believes that teamwork makes the dream work, specially when helping families that have kids with special needs. She loves conducting different types of functional analysis and doing assessments in general. She is passionate to teach new skills to her clients and make meaningful changes using safe and dignified treatment plans. Tenny loves to travel with her husband as well as take a long walk or hike in nature and learn something new everyday. Tenny speaks fluent English, excellent German, and native Armenian and Farsi.
Valentina was born and raised in Frankfurt Germany. In 2019 her interest in children and psychology began to increase. As an alternative practitioner in the field of psychotherapy, she also absolved a further education in addiction therapy. In the past, she used to work with children with conduct disorder tendencies and helped young people to reintegrate back into the system. She believes in the power of each Individual to be unique and stays always curious to different kinds of personalities. Right now she’s absolving her RBT Training to get more knowledge on the autism spectrum and is looking forward to work in that field. In her free time Valentina loves to spend time with her dog and doing sports. She also loves to travel, especially discovering the culture of different countries.
Ashley directs our Hochheim and Stuttgart clinics as well as oversees all occupational therapy services. Ashley grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. She graduated from The Medical College of Georgia (now Augusta University) with a Master of Health Science in Occupational Therapy in 2013. After several years of working with children in a multidisciplinary setting and seeing the gains her clients made when they received ABA services, Ashley decided to return to school and graduated from Georgia State University with a Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis in 2018. After conducting her first research study as a master’s student, Ashley developed a passion for bridging the gap between research and practice. She is particularly interested in interventions that facilitate generative language and derived relational responding in children with autism and other intellectual and developmental disabilities and has had her work published in multiple behavior analytic journals. Ashley is working on her dissertation as a doctoral candidate in the Educational Psychology program at Georgia State University. As a BCBA and an OT, Ashley has had experience working with clients from birth to adolescence with a variety of diagnoses and abilities. Ashley believes in treating the whole child and working in collaboration with providers across all disciplines to advance a client’s independence. Outside of work, Ashley enjoys spending time with her husband and son, reading, and traveling. In the fall, you can find her wearing red and black and cheering for the UGA Bulldogs in NCAA football. She speaks native English.
Dayra is a military spouse who is dedicated to helping families. Dayra has been in the field of ABA since 2016, serving young children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families. She started as a Registered Behavior Technician and maintained this position while she completed her schooling. She attended Arizona State University where she completed a Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis. She has worked with children and young adults ranging from 2 years of age to 17 years old. She believes in creating individualized programs to help families reach their goals. Dayra loves to travel. She enjoys trying new foods and spending time with her family. She speaks native English and native Spanish.
Ivanah hails from the Philippines, graduating cum laude from the University of the Philippines with a degree in Behavioral Sciences. Sometime later, sitting in front of a computer as a talent acquisition agent, a thought that crossed her mind: She would rather be moving, playing, and working with children. Six years ago, Ivanah began working a registered behavior technician with children with autism in the Philippines, before completing her master’s degree in applied behavior analysis at Bangor University in the United Kingdom. There, she wrote a thesis on teaching sign language to staff in a nursery using SAFMEDS and Precision Teaching. Ivanah completed her training to become a BCBA at Teaching Tree Clinic. Since then, she has spent her days working and playing with children and savoring life-changing improvements captured in everyday incremental progress. You could say that this is what reinforces her waking up and walking into work every morning. She cannot imagine doing anything else. She values Teaching Tree Clinic as a place for continued development and learning and where the team cares for the clients and each other. Ivanah speaks native English and native Tagalog. Vor sechs Jahren begann Ivanah als registrierte Verhaltenstechnikerin mit autistischen Kindern auf den Philippinen zu arbeiten, bevor sie ihren Master in angewandter Verhaltensanalyse an der Bangor University im Vereinigten Königreich abschloss. Dort schrieb sie eine Diplomarbeit über das Lehren der Gebärdensprache für das Personal einer Kindertagesstätte mit Hilfe von SAFMEDS und Precision Teaching. Ivanah absolvierte ihre Ausbildung zur BCBA an der Teaching Tree Clinic. Seitdem verbringt sie ihre Tage damit, mit Kindern zu arbeiten und zu spielen und die lebensverändernden Verbesserungen zu genießen, die in den täglichen Fortschritten festgehalten werden. Man könnte sagen, dass es das ist, was sie darin bestärkt, jeden Morgen aufzuwachen und zur Arbeit zu gehen. Sie kann sich nicht vorstellen, etwas anderes zu tun. Sie schätzt die Teaching Tree Clinic als einen Ort, an dem man sich weiterentwickeln und lernen kann und an dem sich das Team um die Kunden und um einander kümmert. Ivanah spricht Englisch und Tagalog als Muttersprache.
Gillienne is from Philadelphia, where she studied theatre and worked as a theatre teacher for children and adolescents. It was in Hawaii in 2011 where she fell in love with behavioral science, eventually earning a master’s degree in Behavior Analysis and Autism Studies from Sage College. Gillienne loves both the science of behavior and getting to engage with amazing children and teenagers while watching them grow and learn! She is especially passionate about helping children learn through their natural environment and giving them the tools to express themselves as individuals. Gillienne has supervised experience in the community, schools, homes, and clinics with individuals aged 2–18 years. She has presented research to the Hawaii Association for Behavior Analysis, Learning Disabilities Association of Hawaii, Association for Behavior Analysis International, and The Autism Community in Action. Gillienne loves dancing, baking, riding her bike, and every cat she meets. She stays involved in theater, performing whenever she can. She speaks fluent English.
Justyna hails from Lower Silesia in Poland. There, her master's degree studies in special education introduced her to the field of autism. That led her to write her thesis on the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), introducing her to Applied Behavior Analysis. This brought Justyna to Germany, on an Erasmus Program internship. In Germany, Justyna quickly settled in, treating children in homes and schools, obtaining her BCBA certification, and pursuing recognition of her training in Poland as a Sozialpädagogin. She enjoys spending her free time with her son, family, and friends. She also loves cooking, yoga, and the mountains. She speaks native Polish, fluent German, and a bit of English. In Deutschland lebte sich Justyna schnell ein, behandelte Kinder in Heimen und Schulen, erwarb ihre BCBA-Zertifizierung und strebte die Anerkennung ihrer Ausbildung in Polen als Sozialpädagogin an. Ihre Freizeit verbringt sie am liebsten mit ihrem Sohn, ihrer Familie und Freunden. Außerdem liebt sie Kochen, Yoga und die Berge. Sie spricht Polnisch als Muttersprache, fließend Deutsch und ein wenig Englisch.
Miriam is a German native born in Heidelberg. She is a mom of 3 with a background in elementary school education. She moved to the Rheinland Pfalz region during her time as a military spouse and returned after a few years in the frozen tundra aka North Dakota. While living in Minot, North Dakota she worked as a Support Parent for Early Intervention and served as a member of the Family Voices of North Dakota, providing families of children with disabilities and special needs with support and information. She was also actively involved with CHASA, the Children's Hemiplegia and Stroke Association and wrote Proclamations to the ND governor to establish a national Pediatric Stroke Awareness Day. Miriam is not only an RBT but also a mother of an autistic son who survived an in utero stroke so she is very familiar with the parents' side of the Autism world. Her son actually inspired her to become an RBT. Miriam has since taken on the role of Office Manager. She is fluent in both German and English and has basic language skills in French and Spanish. She has a love for food so naturally she enjoys cooking and baking. She even took her love for baking and turned it into a small business. When Miriam is not working at the center or baking she enjoys spending time with her 3 kids, dog and cat.
Noemi was born and raised in San Jose, California. After graduating with her bachelor’s degree in sociology in 2015, she found work with neuro-divergent children in a school setting. Ranging from 3 to 16 years old, most of the students had limited verbal and social skills and high levels of aggression. It was here that she was introduced to mentors and colleagues who showed her how ABA could be used to design individualized treatment precisely and efficiently for each student. Over the next several years, she immersed herself in her newfound passion, while traveling summers to Southeast Asia to volunteer teaching English, supporting local special needs programs, and building housing and other infrastructure. She began a master’s degree in Behavioral Psychology from Pepperdine University in Los Angeles, California, and in 2021, she passed her board examination as a behavior analyst. Noemi enjoys visiting new countries, learning local customs, eating food from all over the world, and playing soccer in her free time. She speaks native English, fluent Spanish, and a bit of Japanese.
After earning his Bachelors Degree in psychology, William began working at Eden Autism in New Jersey where he discovered his career. He has worked in the field of ABA for 6 years starting as a Teaching Assistant working with middle school age children. William earned his Masters degree in Applied Psychology focusing on Applied Behavior Analysis at Rider University in New Jersey. He completed his training to become a BCBA at the adult services program of Eden Autism. William has worked with both Children adolescents and adults with a primary diagnosis of Autism from age 6 to 70. William enjoys baking and going for long walks with his dog. He speaks native English and some German. William backt gerne und unternimmt lange Spaziergänge mit seinem Hund. Er spricht Englisch und etwas Deutsch als Muttersprache.