Our BCBA Team

Michelle Culley

RBT & BCBA Candidate

Michelle graduated from the University of Tennessee with a bachelor’s in Therapeutic Recreation in 2017. Through her education, she worked alongside individuals with mild to severe intellectual and developmental disabilities with an emphasis in camp, community and school settings. Michelle moved to Utah in 2018, where she continued providing inclusive recreational opportunities as a CTRS until she joined the ABA team in 2020. Michelle loves the creative challenge of teaching concepts through client specific interests and always seeks to incorporate back into play. She is currently pursuing her master’s in Applied Behavior Analysis through the University of Scranton, and when she’s not working or in school, you can find her outside.

Katie Gottas

RBT & BCBA Candidate

Katie started working in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis in 2020. Katie started as an RBT and very quickly fell in love with the kids and the work. After 6 months of working for ABA, she knew she wanted this to be her career. She is on her journey to become a BCBA. Katie is currently in her Masters Degree program at the University of Utah. Katie loves that her clients teach her something new every day, to her the clients are the true teachers. When she is not working, you can find her traveling with her husband and dog, rock climbing and teaching/practicing yoga.

Smoki Suckla

RBT & BCBA Candidate

Smoki Suckla graduated from Westminster college in Salt Lake City with her public health degree in May of 2020 amid a pandemic. She has a younger brother who is on the spectrum and has always been interested in helping individuals with disabilities. Smoki became a registered behavior technician in August of 2020 and quickly found this field was her passion. In January of 2021 she furthered her education to perused her masters in Applied Behavior Analysis from Arizona State University. Smoki expects to graduate in August of 2022 and expects to sit for the board certified behavior analyst exam in the fall. In her free time she loves playing with her cat, traveling, and disc golfing.

Alexus Leyva

RBT & BCBA Candidate

Alexus Leyva joined the Advanced Behavior Analysis team in 2018, and has experience working with children ranging from 3-11 years old. Alexus earned her Bachelors of Psychology from the University of Utah, and her Masters of Education from Arizona State University. Alexus has been an RBT for over 2 years and within the past year has transitioned into the Jr. Consultant role within ABA . She is passionate about the field of Applied Behavior Analysis and she credits all of the amazing children she’s come across for her growing love for this field. Outside of work, Alexus enjoys spending time with her daughter and being outdoors! She looks forward to helping each kiddo grow into the amazing individual they were destined to be!

 

Callissa Candalot

RBT & BCBA Candidate

Callissa has worked in the field of ABA since May of 2020. The best part of her job is making personal connections with the client and watching them achieve their goals. Callissa received her AA in Psychology while at Long Beach City College (LBCC) and her Bachelors degree from Utah State University (USU) in Health Science with a minor in Behavioral Health. At LBCC Callissa played indoor and beach volleyball as well as threw javelin. She then went on to throw javelin for the track and field team at USU. Callissa is currently working towards her Masters of Special Education from Arizona State University and plans to become a BCBA. In her free timeline she enjoying working out, playing volleyball/sports, being with the people (and pups) she loves, baking and going on adventures.

 

Sara Phillips

RBT & BCBA Candidate

Sara moved to Utah in April 2022 from Maine, though she is originally from Vermont. She attended the University of Vermont and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 2015. She then moved to Charleston, South Carolina, where she worked in trauma research at the Medical University of South Carolina. Upon moving back home to Vermont, Sara started working as a Behavior Technician and started a graduate program in Behavior Analysis. She finished her Master’s program at Florida Institute of Technology in September 2022, and she looks forward to finishing her supervised fieldwork hours at ABA. Sara has always had a large appreciation for helping individuals with disabilities, which runs in her family. Her grandmother, mother, and father all worked in special education and later became special education administrators. They have been largely involved in curriculum development in the state of Vermont. Sara is the youngest of five siblings, and all but one sister live on the east coast. Sara enjoys hiking, hot yoga, weight training, hanging out with her dog, Jupiter, and film photography.

Frequently Ask Questions

What is ABA therapy?

Applied behavior analysis (ABA) is the science in which the principles of behavior are applied systematically to improve socially significant behavior and experimentation is used to identify the variables responsible for behavior change” (Cooper, Heron, & Heward, 2007). In simpler terms, ABA is the science of altering the environment and applying strategies to reduce challenging behaviors while increasing adaptive behaviors. We believe that each individual should be part of the planning process for their engagement in ABA therapy. ABA therapy targets social skills (in a neurodiversity affirming way), communication, daily living skills and more by applying evidence-based methods to improve a child’s ability to interact with their natural environment. We focus on the use of intrinsic motivation to work with the child while promoting a safe and controlled environment, giving them the best chance at success. Our approach is completely individualized for each child. We seek to understand the function (or the reason) behind each behavior with the knowledge that behavior is communication. We attempt to listen to this communication by implementing evidence-based interventions while keeping a neurodiversity-affirming approach in mind each step of the way.

What does the current wait list look like?

The waiting list for Advanced Behavior Analysis changes frequently depending on staff availability. To get our most current availability and wait list information, please email our billing manager at Tara@Advancedbehavioranalysis.com.

How does scheduling work?
Advanced Behavior Analysis schedules ABA sessions into 3-time blocks. Block 1 includes 8/9am-Noon, Block 2 includes Noon-3pm and Block 3 includes 3-6pm. We have adopted this scheduling system as it allows the technicians to have consistent schedules. This helps us with retention and organization. Individual scheduling needs are handled by our scheduling department.
What is the process for getting started with ABA therapy?
Once insurance authorization for beginning the assessment process has been received by our billing team, a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) will be assigned to the case. During the first meeting, the BCBA will get to know the family, the concerns of the family, get to know the child, observe the child and use assessment tools to determine what strengths the child already possesses and what skills can be worked on to further grow the existing strengths. Each company uses different assessment tools; we use the ABLLS, Vineland III, VB-MAPP and AFLS assessments. While we may not use all assessments, the BCBA will determine which assessments are appropriate for the child based on the information given from the parent. After assessments are completed, the BCBA will create an individualized treatment plan that is reviewed by a regional manager to ensure the plan follows neurodiversity affirming practice in line with our values. Once the treatment plan is approved by the parent, the treatment plan will be submitted to insurance for approval. After approval, a team will be created and assigned and services can begin.

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