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Nicholas Ascolese

Nicholas has been working in the autism field for over 15 years. His passion was instilled from an early age when his sister was diagnosed with Downs’ Syndrome. 

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Joshua Miller

Josh graduated from Platt College, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Counseling.  Josh is currently working on securing his Doctorate Degree in Psychology. 

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Taylor Crawford

Taylor Crawford has worked in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis for over 5 years. She earned her Master’s degree in Education from Arizona State University and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). 

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Adrian Pierce

Adrian has spent about four years serving children with autism as a Registered Behavior Technician. These include school districts, homes, and clinics with various families and school staff. His focus is on passion, patience, creativity, and the eagerness to be an avid learner to continue to provide the effective service that your child deserves.

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Lauren Mitchell

Lauren Mitchell has been working in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) for over 8 years. She has always had a passion for working with children: coaching sports teams, being a nanny, and volunteering in the community with children with diverse needs. After completing her Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Southern California, Lauren researched the certification process to become a Board Certified Behavior Analysis (BCBA).

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Bethany Hurtienne

Bethany Hurtienne has worked in the special education field for 6 years now and obtained a B.S. in Speech Language Pathology and a Master in Applied Behavioral Analysis, currently pursing my BCBA

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Naomi Canlas

Naomi Canlas is a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) who is dedicated to continual learning and growth for both her clients and herself. She believes there is always room for improvement, but also values victory in tiny successes.

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Grayson Liebes

Grayson Liebes is a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) who has always loved working with children and has recently developed a special passion for helping children with disabilities. She received her undergraduate in Psychology from San Diego State University (SDSU).

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Jacob Slouka

Jacob is a local graduate from University of San Diego who pursued the field of ABA to assist others in actualizing their potential. Having working in the field since 2012, Jacob attained his BCBA to further his mission in helping families in need by providing quality, evidence-based interventions. 

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Nereida Melchor

I learned about applied behavioral analysis during my undergraduate when I accidentally took an introduction to applied behavioral analysis and since then I fell in love with the science. 

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Talia Gaytan

Hello, my name is Talia Gaytan. I am an RBT with four years of experience working in the field. I am beyond proud to join the San Diego ABA team, and with utilization of my expertise of working in the mental health field in collaboration with my background in ABA, I am confident that I will meet the needs of my clients and their families.

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Mallory Shirazi

Mallory is a RBT working toward becoming a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). She has been working as a registered behavior technician(RBT) for more than a year.

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Aranzazu Larios

Aranzazu Larios has been working in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis for over 7 years. After completing her B.A. and M.A. in Liberal Arts she went on to work for SDUSD in the Early Childhood Special Education program.

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Marina Murzina

Marina Murzina holds a Ph.D. in Theoretical Astrophysics and M.S. in Physics and Mathematics from Moscow State University, Russia. She came to the USA and became a US Citizen as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Virginia and University of NY at Stony Brook, then worked as a senior scientist in private companies (Nuclear Physics, hyperspectral analysis, Data Mining, encryption, etc.)

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Joey Belanger

I've always had a passion for helping young people, from coaching youth sports, directing after school programs, and volunteer mentoring for teenagers. I've been in the field of ABA for four years as an RBT and I'm currently in a master's program to become a BCBA.

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Cathy Madrigal

Cathy is a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT). She has been in the field of special education for 7 years. She received her undergraduate in Sociology from UC Berkeley. In 2020 she completed her Masters of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) at National University.

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Niko Garcia

Why ABA?  I am in ABA because I have always cared for youth and strive to help individuals with ASD. I love the opportunity to work with kids in a demographic that needs more support. 

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Morgan Peterson

I have been working in the special education field for a little over 8 years now. After completing my Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Arizona I moved out to San Diego and began in the field of ABA.

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