Our BCBA Team

Brittany Probert

BCBA, Clinical Director
Brittany Probert is the president and Clinical Director of Advanced Behavior Analysis, INC. She has extensive experience working with children diagnosed with ASD in their homes and clinical settings. Her expertise includes one-on-one instruction with children ages 2-15 utilizing different behavior procedures including Discrete Trial Training, Incidental Training, Precision Teaching, and verbal behavior. With over 14 years of experience in the field of ABA, she has a passion for working with children and making a difference with each individual.

Mary Tortorici

BCBA, Director of Professional Development
Mary began working in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis in 2013. She started her ABA journey as a para-professional in a special education preschool just outside of Boston, MA. After moving to Utah in 2014, Mary worked as an RBT providing in-home ABA services for children on the Autism spectrum. In May 2018, she graduated from the University of Utah with a Master’s in Special Education and an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis. She then passed her exam to earn the title of a BCBA in August, 2018. Mary has felt fortunate to provide behavior analytical services to families in need. When she is not working as a BCBA, you can find her hiking in the mountains, teaching yoga or traveling with her husband and dog.

Jaimie D'Agostini

BCBA, Education & Marketing Manager
​Jaimie has worked in the ABA field for over a decade. In 2016, she earned the title of BCBA. Over the years, Jaimie’s philosophy and approach to ABA has evolved as she has dedicated her time to learning about the neurodiversity movement. As an ADHDer, Jaimie identifies as neurodivergent. Jaimie believes in a whole-child approach to ABA, where establishing connection and safety are the foundation of successful relationships, as well as behavior change and learning. Jaimie is dedicated to promoting a compassionate approach to ABA where emotional and sensory needs are prioritized, as well as keeping the focus on self advocacy and communication skills. Jaimie is a neurodivergent mom to neurodivergent kids. This has fueled her passion for intentional, conscious parenting and it is her goal to support parents in meeting their child where they are at, while also helping kids fully access their environment in the least restrictive way possible.

Erin Gates

BCBA, Quality Assurance Coordinator

Erin Gates has been working as a Consultant at Advanced Behavior Analysis since September of 2019. She became enamored with children diagnosed with ASD and the science of human behavior during her undergraduate studies when she got a job as a Registered Behavior Technician in 2016. Her fascination with the field lead her through the rest of her undergraduate coursework at Utah State University, and toward a Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis with an emphasis in autism at Ball State University, graduating in May 2019. She loves that every day brings new challenges and opportunities to learn and grow. She is passionate about bettering the lives of each child she works with, as well as creating positive change in the lives of their families.

Tori Chrupalo

BCBA, Assistant Director

Tori Chrupalo joined the Advanced Behavior Analysis team in 2017 after 5 years of working in the field of recreational therapy. As a Board Certified Recreational Therapist, she specialized in providing adaptive adventure opportunities for children with Autism and children with various behavioral and cognitive impairments. Once she discovered the field of human behavior she fell in love and headed back to school to get her Master degree in Special Education (BCBA track) at the University of Utah. She has been a BCBA with our company since May 2019 and loving every minute of it.

Nicole Wakefield

BCBA, Area Manager

Nicole’s passion for working with the neurodiverse population began while growing up with her autistic brother. During her time in the field of ABA, her approach has evolved significantly as she delved into the principles of the neurodiversity movement. Nicole believes deeply in a holistic, whole-child approach where a child’s trust is earned by demonstrating respect, safety, kindness, and empathy. Nicole is dedicated to fostering a compassionate ABA methodology that prioritizes emotional and sensory needs, while concurrently emphasizing self-advocacy and communication skills. As a BCBA, she is a committed advocate for her clients and their families.

Lavere Harward

BCBA, Area Manager

Lavere has been working with kids for years now and found that for him, there is no greater profession. He loves seeing them grow and change over time and use the coping tools and tactics he has taught them in their everyday life. ABA has allowed him to grow and expand my repertoire of skills and knowledge, and it has allowed him to continue working in the field he loves!

Ali Sotile

BCBA

Ali has been working in the field of ABA for Advanced Behavior Analysis since 2018 when she moved to Utah from the east coast. She has a background in adaptive sports and an undergraduate degree from UNC-Wilmington in Recreation Therapy. Ali currently attends the University of Utah where she is earning a Master of Education degree to obtain her BCBA certification. Ali chose to pursue this career because she enjoys working with neurodiverse children and being involved in their continual progress. In her spare time you can find her in the Wasatch mountains skiing or mountain biking.

Bayley Bruner

BCBA

Bayley received her undergraduate degree at the University of Oregon where she received a bachelors of science in general science with minors in chemistry and psychology. During her undergraduate years, Bayley also played division1 soccer and softball. Bayley also completed her masters program at Ball State University in Applied Behavior Analysis with an emphasis in autism. In her free time, she loves to workout, hike, and play with her french bulldog, Theo. Bayley loves working in ABA and helping her clients reach their fullest potential.

Jordan Chamberlain

BCBA

Jordan Chamberlain is a Board Certified Analyst at Advanced Behavior Analysis. She graduated from Ball State University with a Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis with a focus on Autism. She absolutely loves spending time with children on the autism spectrum and hopes to make a difference in the lives of many children and families throughout her career.

Jilllian McKinney

BCBA

Jillian began working in the field of ABA in 2014 after finding her passion for individuals with special needs while volunteering through Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation’s Adaptive Programs. She has worked in various settings such as in-home, clinics, community, and schools providing ABA therapy to a range of 2-22 year olds. She graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Utah, and completed her Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis at Ball State University. Jillian earned her BCBA credential in March of 2021. She is passionate about implementing trauma-informed and compassionate care, and loves using skill-based treatment with her clients. In her free time she enjoys watching football, going to concerts and spending time with her son and dog!

Tommy Ligman

BCBA

Tommy has worked in the field since 2015. He began working as an RBT while studying at Dixie State University before transferring to Southern Utah University where he obtained an undergraduate degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with an emphasis in Special Education, Psychology, and Sociology. He then attended Florida Institute of Technology where he obtained a M.A degree in Professional Behavior Analysis. In 2021 Tommy became a BCBA and continues to learn how to better help those he works with. In his free time Tommy enjoys golfing, fishing, concerts and traveling.

 

James Heberling

BCBA

James has been in the field of ABA since 2017, beginning his career in Pennsylvania, and is experienced in working with clients between 2 and 22 years of age. James moved to Hawaii in 2018, where he completed his Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Ball State University and then passed the BCBA certification exam in August 2019. James is married to his fantastic wife, Jessica and has a three-year-old son, a baby girl due this year, and a three-month-old German Shorthaired Pointer, or GSP for short. In James’ free time he enjoys surfskating, fishing, and spending time with my family outdoors.

 

Katie Gottas

BCBA

Katie began working in the field in 2020 as an RBT and 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. Katie completed her Master’s Degree at the University of Utah in 2023 and became a Board Certified Behavior Analysis in June 2023. 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 dog and her husband, rock climbing, trail running, and practicing yoga.

 

Andy Saalfield

BCBA

 

 

Mark Tayler

BCBA

 

 

Monica Zaugg

BCBA

Monica Zaugg is a mother of 6 and grandmother of 11. She and her children are all neurodivergent, including ADHD, learning issues and Autism. She has worked with children and adults with special needs for over 40 years and has been a BCBA since 2021. She believes that individuals are not broken but need different tools in their tool box to help them navigate the world around them. In her spare time she loves to spend time and laugh with her family, sew, and crochet or knit, and of course, give grandkids her time.

 

Jesse Rhodes

BCBA

Jesse earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology in 2015 from Brigham Young University. During undergraduate studies Jesse gained research experience in labs on attention and cognition, and biofeedback/stress management, as well as worked with neurodiverse teens and adults in wilderness and boarding school settings. His research papers focused on nutrition, academic accommodations, and ADHD. Jesse gained his master’s degree in special education in December 2022 from BYU. During his graduate studies Jesse had experience working as a special education paraprofessional, conducting ABA research, presenting at conferences, and writing research papers. Jesse’s thesis work was a mixed method study including creation of video models for social emotional learning and biofeedback monitoring for ages 7-13. Jesse passed his BCBA exam in September of 2023. In his free time, he loves finding bugs or crafting with his kids, baking or playing games with his partner, and reading or gardening by himself.

 

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.

We Are Here to Help You and Your Children

We believe in your child's potential and are ready to help them grow through effective ABA therapy services and treatments.

What Our Clients Say About Us

Elizabeth Walsh
Elizabeth Walsh
2022-10-05
Advanced Behavioral Analysis is a wonderful organization. Nicole our BCBA has matched by son Brandon (6) with the best ABA technicians. Nicole has been a great support to our family and Brandon has progressed so much under their care. I highly recommend this organization they really do care about their clients.
Andrea Bruerton
Andrea Bruerton
2022-08-12
My son Collin (4) was paired up with an AMAZING team. Our BCBA is Jillian and our RBT is Camille. Collin calls them his Jillie and Milk. They have truly been amazing. When we started this journey Collin maybe said 10 words functionally. He is now talking in 3 to 4 word sentences. He can identify emotions in others and is learning how to express his wants, needs, and feelings. He is learning how to play with others and so, so much more. They disguise everything as fun games or activities. Even my 2 older daughters want to join in. Collin received a diagnosis of ASD when he was 2yr old. Our Pediatrician really stressed the importance of ABA therapy. To be honest I was very reluctant as I have heard mixed reviews. After calling about 10 different companies to get information about their programs I found ABA. I was looking for someone that would work with me on how many hours a week he would be required to do. Most places I talked with wanted a minimum of 20 hours a week. At 3yrs old that is to much in my opinion. I also wanted in home and clinic sessions. I want to be involved. They have been willing to work with me on all of the above and so much more. Jillian and Camille are phenomenal at what they do. They truly care and love my little boy. I could not ask for a better team. He looks forward to going to the Clinic (Milks House) and them coming to our home. I can honestly say that I whole heartily trust them and feel so lucky that they are in our lives.
Jerome Braga
Jerome Braga
2021-05-19
We have had and continue to have such a great experience with the whole team at Advanced Behavior Analysis. From the office team, to Leads, to BCBA's and Jr Consultants, everyone seems to genuinely care about the great work they are doing. We have been working with them for about six months now and are very pleased with our progress together. Everyone truly believes in our unified mission. Thank you for always taking time out to answer my questions and help keep us moving forward. We Highly Recommend.
Tara Wackerly
Tara Wackerly
2020-08-06
I love working at Advanced Behavior Analysis. I have worked at 2 other ABA companies and this one has the best interest for clients and staff by far. I feel respected and heard by the entire team!
Jordan & Heather Callister
Jordan & Heather Callister
2020-07-16
They have been so helpful with our son. We appreciate them working with him!
Annie Leon
Annie Leon
2020-05-19
I am an employee at ABA and have been extremely proud to see this business grow. I have been at ABA for almost 5 years. ABA has truly been a wonderful company to work for. Supportive teams, passionate and professional employees. All knowledgeable in their fields and take the time to consider each individual. A great company to work for if you want to make a difference in a child life.

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