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Board Certified Behavioral Analysts

Najib Zaman, Regional Clinic Administrator

Najib completed his BSc. in Business Studies and MSc. in Service Management at the University of Buckingham, UK and has worked for a variety of industries including the Hotels & Hospitality sector, Information Technology, Real Estate, Construction Supplies and Business Consulting. With an in-depth understanding of service industry operations, Najib brings knowledge about best practices across these industries to the health care sector and looks after the regional administration and business development of the Monarch House service streams across Ontario.

 

 

 

Rachel Koffman, Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA), Manager of Paediatric ABA Services

Rachel is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst® who has been working with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental disorders for over 10 years. She has a Master’s of Arts in Applied Disability Studies, with a specialization in ABA. Rachel is member of the Ontario Association of Behaviour Analysis (ONTABA), the Association for Behaviour Analysis (ABAI), and the Association for Professional Behaviour Analysis (APBA). In addition, she is also an adjunct instructor and subject matter expert at Seneca College in the Autism and Behaviour Science Certificate Program and the Behaviour Science Diploma Program. In 2004, Rachel began her career as an instructor therapist and has since worked as a senior therapist and clinical supervisor with various ministry-funded programs delivering ABA and IBI services. In these roles, Rachel has been responsible for staff hiring, training and supervision, client supervision, program and curriculum development, workshops and parent trainings. Some of her interests include verbal behaviour, functional analysis, behavioural feeding assessment and treatment, treatments for severe problem behaviours, evidence-based treatments for adolescents and adults with developmental disabilities, and parent and staff training.

 

Jennifer Cook, Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA), Manager of Research and Clinical Policy

Jennifer is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA) and earned her Master of Science (MS) in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) from St. Cloud State University, MN with Dr. John Rapp as her advisor. She is currently a doctoral student in ABA at the University of South Florida in Tampa, advised by Dr. Ray Miltenberger. Jennifer has worked in the field of ABA since 1999, and is a member of a number of professional associations, as well as having served on several committees. Jennifer began working as a clinic supervisor in 2005, and then as a clinical coordinator in 2010. She was a part of Monarch House Oakville at its inception 2014 as the Manager of Clinical Services and Research. In 2013, Jennifer developed a research lab, and continued to lead the research team throughout her time at Monarch House. Her research involves ongoing collaborations with Auburn University and Université de Montréal, resulting in several published studies. Her research interests include the assessment and treatment of stereotypy, increasing eye contact, compliance, verbal behavior, and developing practitioner models based on evidenced-based practices. Since beginning her PhD studies in 2017, Jennifer has expanded her research interests to include using ABA to increase exercise. She now serves Monarch House as the (distance-based) Manager of Research and Clinical Policy.

 

Bailey Scherbak, Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA), Manager of Complex Behaviour Services

Bailey is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst® who has been working with children with dual diagnoses (e.g., Autism Spectrum Disorder, PDD-NOS, down syndrome) since 2010 using Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA). She graduated with honours from West Virginia University Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She then began an internship at the Kennedy Krieger Institute with the Neurobehavioural Unit. There she used Functional Behaviour Assessments to identify the function of clients’ problem behaviour in order to develop effective treatments for increasing alternative skills and decreasing problem behaviour. Furthermore, she completed her Masters of Arts in Applied Behaviour Analysis at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. She began her career with Monarch House in the Fall of 2015 as a Senior Therapist. She continues to increase her learning by attending conferences and staying current with research. Her special interests include various topics such as Functional Analysis procedural application in clinical settings, Skinner's analysis of verbal behavior, and application of applied behaviour analysis in school settings. She has presented posters and talks at multiple conferences (see below) and she is a member of the Ontario Association for Behaviour Analysis (ONTABA), the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI), and the Association for Professional Behaviour Analysts (APBA).

 

Lindsey Gomes, Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA), Clinical Practice Leader

Lindsey is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst® who has been working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) since 2007 using Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA). She graduated with honours from York University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and began developing her knowledge of the principles of ABA by attending conferences and seminars on various topics in the field. Recently, she completed a Master of Applied Disabilities Studies (MADS) with a specialization in ABA. Lindsey began with Four Points as an instructor therapist and quickly took on a lead therapist role under the supervision of the Clinical Coordinator and Clinical Director, then advanced to the position of Senior Therapist at Four Points. She continues to educate herself by attending conferences and staying current with research. Her special interests include various topics such as the application of Skinner's analysis of verbal behavior and using behavioural principles to increase food acceptance in selective eaters. Lindsey acted as an investigator for a study published in Behavioral Interventions (see publications), and continues to assist in current studies conducted at the centre. She is a member of the Ontario Association for Behaviour Analysis (ONTABA), the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI), the Speech Pathology and Applied Behavior Analysis SIG and the Recruitment Committee for ONTABA.

 

Jim Haesen, M.Ed. Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA), Youth and Adult Services

Jim Haesen is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst® and a member of the Ontario College of Teachers who has been working the field of applied behavior analysis (ABA) since 2013.  After graduating from the Schulich School of Education in 2011 Jim taught English in Korea for a year, following which he was hired as an Instructor Therapist in Durham region in Ontario.  Having accumulated experience working with children with Autism in a clinical environment, Jim started his Master’s of Education (ABA) with University of Western Ontario. He has performed multiple roles in the world of ABA, with clients of all ages, and in many different settings (homes, schools, group homes).  Along with assessing behaviour and implementing treatment, he has also trained caregivers of all types in one-on-one settings, in large groups, and in trainings broadcast over the Ontario Telemedicine Network. 

 

Kelly Ko, MSc. (ABA), Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA)

 Kelly is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst® who has been working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) since 2012 using Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA).  She graduated with honours from McMaster University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Neuroscience, and Behaviour.  During her undergraduate degree, she worked as a summer intern at Monarch House and was eventually hired as an Instructor Therapist in both the home and center based settings. She eventually progressed through the ranks as a Float Therapist, Lead and eventually, BCBA having acquired the requisite degrees and certifications. She has a Masters of Science in ABA and Autism from The Sage Colleges in New York. She is a member of the Ontario Association for Behaviour Analysts (ONTABA) and the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI). 

 

Lisa Gachet, Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA)

 Lisa is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst® who works with individuals across the lifespan. She was introduced to developmental disorders early on in life when her sibling was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. It is with this unique perspective that Lisa approaches all of her clients.  In 2013, she graduated with honours from the University of Guelph with a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology. She began with Monarch House as a Research Assistant in 2013 and took a position as a Behaviour Therapist later that year. In 2016, she graduated with a Masters of Applied Disability Studies with a specialization in Applied Behaviour Analysis. Lisa has held the position of Lead Behaviour Therapist and since progressed to her current position as Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She currently works with both paediatric and youth/adult populations within various settings. She has particular experience with parent training and assessing and treating severe challenging behaviour.

 

Emily Brown, Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA)

 Emily BrownEmily is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst® who has been working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) since 2015 using Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA). Emily graduated in 2013 from McMaster University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She began working as an instructor therapist at Monarch House in 2015 while continuing her education in the field of ABA. In 2016, she graduated with a Master’s of Arts in Applied Disability Studies, with a specialization in ABA. Since then, she has worked in the Lead Therapist role at Monarch House, and is currently working as a BCBA in the pediatric department. Emily’s primary interests include language development, literacy development, and the application of ABA within group learning environments. She currently assists with the supervision of a small group based ABA classroom project at Monarch House. She is a member of the Ontario Association for Behaviour Analysis (ONTABA).

 

Jamie Anson M.ADS, (ABA), Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA)

 Jamie is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst® who has been working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) since 2010 using Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA). She graduated from the University of Alberta with Bachelors in Psychology , where she participated in data collection for several psychology research studies and proctored in several introductory-level Psychology courses. She completed the Certificate Program in Autism and Behavioural Science (BST) at George Brown College in 2008. She worked in several private and government-funded agencies delivering ABA services to a wide variety of clients with various diagnosis such as Fragile-X Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). She later completed her Masters of Applied Disabilities Studies (MADS) with a specialization in ABA following which, she consulted as a Senior Therapist and Behavior Analyst for a privately funded ABA school and therapy centre, focusing on services provided to clients with diagnosis such as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Downs Syndrome (DS), Developmental Delay (DD) and Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS) in both 1:1 therapy and in low ratio school-based learning environments. Jamie began her career at Monarch House in 2017 as a Behaviour Analyst in the Pediatric Department. She continues to increase her learning by attending conferences and staying current with search. Her special research interest’s include the development of receptive language in early learner’s, using behavioural principles to increase feeding and food repertoire, evidence based practice in the application of speech and language development, as well as the application of behaviour analysis in school settings. She is a member of the Ontario Association for Behaviour Analysis (ONTABA).

 

Kathryn R. Mann, Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA)

Katie is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst® who has been working with children and youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders since 2009. She completed her undergraduate degree with an honours specialization in Health Sciences and a Minor in Psychology from Western University in 2005. In 2008, Katie attended Mohawk College to pursue a post-graduate diploma in Autism and Behavioural Sciences, and in 2014 completed a Master of Science in ABA and Autism at The Sage Colleges based in New York, USA. She continues to educate herself by attending conferences, workshops and seminars on various topics in the field of ABA. Katie is a member of the Ontario Association for Behaviour Analysis (ONTABA), the Association for Behaviour Analysis International (ABAI) and the Speech Pathology and Applied Behaviour Analysis (SPABA) Special Interest Group. Katie began her career as an instructor therapist working in home-based therapy and joined the Four Points team to provide centre-based services in 2009. She took on the lead therapist role under the mentorship of Jennifer Cook and Tracie Lindblad in 2013. Additionally, she provides outreach supervision and therapy services to Four Points' clients in other regions. Some of Katie's experience includes conducting behaviour and skill assessments, the development and implementation of skill acquisition and behaviour reduction protocols, team and parent trainings, and working collaboratively with community partners to promote meaningful interactions with the larger community. Additionally, she provides supervision of staff and students, and is involved with professional research activities conducted at the centre.

 

Occupational Therapy

Rebecca D'Onofrio, Occupational Therapist

Rebecca D’Onofrio is a registered occupational therapist with the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario (COTO). Graduating from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Rebecca earned a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy in 2015. She is up to date with current best practices for paediatric occupational therapy services and is committed to client-centered care and interdisciplinary collaboration to support her clients and their families. Rebecca provides occupational therapy assessment, consultation, and treatment services to children with various developmental disabilities and learning disabilities including Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Down Syndrome, and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).  She addresses children’s self-care skills, fine motor skills, and school participation, in order to promote independence and engagement in their daily activities. 

 

Speech Language Pathology

Zareen Ali M.Sc. (Applied), Speech Language Pathologist, Manager of Paediatric Rehabilitation Services 

Zareen is a qualified speech-language pathologist, registered to practice with the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO). She earned her Master of Science (Applied) degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders with specialization in Speech-Language Pathology from McGill University in 2009. Her Master's training is complemented with an Honours Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and Psychology. She has provided service in a variety of settings both within the private and public sector.

At Monarch House, Zareen is committed to client-centred care, interdisciplinary collaboration and evidence-based practice to support her clients and their families.  She provides individual and group therapy to children with developmental delays which impact their speech, language, and communication skills. Zareen's areas of practice include: developmental language delays, motor speech disorders, articulation, phonology, fluency, and augmentative and alternative communication. She has extensive experience working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She has completed formal training in the Picture Exchange Communication System as well as the Lidcombe Program.

Zareen also works with adults with acquired language disorders as a result of stroke, brain injury or illness. Within the community, she facilitates social communication groups for adults living with aphasia using supported conversation for adults living with aphasia (SCATM) to support communication.

In addition to treatment, Zareen also remains committed to the transfer of clinical knowledge and skills within the field of communication sciences and disorders. She provides community workshops and trainings in her areas of practice and also serves as a clinical educator, supporting the learning and development of graduate students

 

Brittany L. Clark, Speech-Language Pathologist, Manager of Youth & Adult Rehabilitation Services 

Brittany is a registered Speech-Language Pathologist who has been working with children and adults since 2008. Brittany graduated with honours from Queen's University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Minor in French. She then completed a post-graduate certificate program at Georgian College as a Communicative Disorders Assistant (CDA). Brittany began providing speech and language therapy as a CDA in 2008 at the Child Development Centre of Oakville under the supervision of Tracie Lindblad, SLP. In 2011, Brittany graduated with a Masters in Speech-Language Pathology from Bowling Green State University, Ohio. She is a member of the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO), the Ontario Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (OSLA), and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Building on her Masters in Speech-Language Pathology, Brittany has specific experience assessing and treating language and literacy disorders and is trained in the Simultaneous Multisensory Teaching Program (SMT) for students with dyslexia. Brittany also has a passion for working with clients with aphasia and has been an SLP team member of residential and community stroke rehabilitation programs. Brittany is currently the Speech-Language Pathologist for the Halton Aphasia Centre programs. Brittany is trained in the Lidcombe Program for Early Stuttering and the Palin Parent-Child Interaction (PCI) Therapy method for children who stutter. As well, she has Level 1 training in PROMPT (Prompts for Restructuring Oral Musculature Phonetic Targets). Her other areas of interest and experience include: articulation, phonology, and early language development. 

 

Kathrine (Katie) Van Gammeren, Speech-Language Pathologist

Kathrine (Katie) Van Gammeren is a registered speech-language pathologist. She received her undergraduate degree in Communication Science and Disorders from Nazareth College of Rochester in 2003 and her Masters degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Florida in 2006. She is registered to practice in Ontario by the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO), holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) with the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) as well as certification with Speech Audiology Canada (SAC).  Katie has provided speech-language pathology services in a wide variety of settings including schools, hospitals, homes and clinics. She has experience working with children and young adults with a wide variety of communication and swallowing disorders, including but not limited to: expressive and receptive language delays, voice disorders, resonance disorders, articulation, motor speech disorders, alternative and augmentative communication. Katie has provided speech-language pathology services to individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) in a variety of ways including individually, in groups and as a consultant to Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) programming. Katie strongly values collaboration between team members. She believes that evidence based practice and collaboration between all parties including the client, the family and all professionals are important for success. In addition to her role as a speech pathologist, Katie also works as an instructor therapist for Monarch House and is currently enrolled in a Master of Education (M.Ed.) inCurriculum and Instruction (Applied Behavior Analysis) through Arizona State University online program.

 

Carly Woods, Speech-Language Pathologist

Carly is a Speech-Language Pathologist, registered to practice in Ontario by the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO) and holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) with the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA). Graduating from Ithaca College in New York state, Carly earned a Masters of Science in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology in 2016. Carly also completed Graduate and Undergraduate level Communication Disorders coursework from Utah State University and earned a bachelor degree in Honours Kinesiology and Physical Education from Wilfrid Laurier University in 2012. Carly has experience working as an ABA therapist under the supervision of a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and has completed Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) coursework. Carly promotes an interdisciplinary approach to therapy, consulting into ABA programming on speech and language programming, and conducting Interdisciplinary assessments and screening clinics working with an Occupational Therapist and BCBA. Carly facilitates conversation and utilizes a Life Participation Approach to Aphasia (LPAA) through her work at the Halton-Peel Community Aphasia Programs with adults with acquired language disorders. Carly trains individuals on Supported Conversation Approach (SCA), a communication method developed by the Aphasia Institute that focuses on participation through providing appropriate support to reveal communication competence, as well as providing information on acquired language disorders, with a focus on aphasia. Carly works with children and adults to achieve their communication goals. Utilizing current research, Carly uses treatment methods that have been shown to be effective her sessions. Carly has received formal training in and the Lidcombe Program a behavioral intervention, developed to treat stuttering in preschool aged children with a train the trainer approach, teaching parents to provide appropriate feedback regarding their child’s speech. As well as, Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), an Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) system designed to assist individuals in communicating their wants and needs, and Supported Conversation Approach (SCA).

 

Faiza Ali, Speech-Language Pathologist

Faiza is a Speech-Language Pathologist, registered to practice in Ontario by the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists on Ontario (CASLPO) and has graduated with honours from McMaster University with a Bachelor of Science in Life Sciences and a double Minor in Psychology and Linguistics. She recently earned her Masters degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Toronto.
Faiza has experience working with preschool and school-age children, adults, and families in a variety of settings including clinics, hospitals, and schools and has provided speech-language pathology assessment and treatment in areas including: language delays, literacy, social communication, articulation, phonology, fluency, motor speech disorders, augmentative and alternative communication, aphasia, and swallowing disorders. She has experience with supervising communication disorders assistants (CDAs) and providing speech and language consultation for Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) programming, as well as within a school board setting.
Faiza is passionate about inter-disciplinary collaboration and was selected as a recipient of the Susan J. Wagner Student Leadership Award in Interprofessional Education. She values evidence-based practices to support clients and is a strong advocate for providing family-centred care. 
Some of her additional certifications and training include Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), Level 1; Hanen’s “It Takes Two to Talk”; Gentle Persuasive Approaches (GPA) in Dementia Care; experience with videofluroscopic swallow studies (VFSS); completion of the Aphasia Institute’s “Introduction to SCA: Educational Module 1” and training for using Supported Conversation for Adults with Aphasia (SCA) from Halton-Peel Community Aphasia Program.

 

Erin Swinkels, M.H.Sc., SLP(C) Reg. CASLPO, M.S., BCBA. Speech Language Pathologist, Board Certified Behaviour Analyst

Erin is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst and registered Speech-Language Pathologist. She completed her Master of Health Science in Speech Language Pathology at the University of Toronto in 2015 and completed her Master of Science in Applied Behaviour Analysis at Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama in 2016. In addition, Erin earned a certificate of Speech and Language Sciences from Brock University in 2013 and graduated with honours from the University of Guelph in 2012 with a bachelor degree in Child, Youth and Family Studies. Erin has provided speech-language pathology services in a variety of settings including hospitals, homes and clinics. She has experience working with children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) as well as children and adults with traumatic brain injury (TBI). She has provided applied behaviour analysis services in school, home and clinic settings, working with children with dual diagnoses (e.g., ASD, Down Syndrome). Erin also acts as the Clinician in Charge for a caseload of clients that receive government funding. Erin has experience working on various research projects including eye contact, vocal stereotypy and passive compliance. She is a member of the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO), the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) and the Speech Pathology and Applied Behavior Analysis Special Interest Group.

 

Social Worker

 

Paula-Jane Bellizzi, Social Worker

Paula-Jane is a Registered Social Worker specializing in health and disability issues. Her experience spans 30 years, during which time she has worked in a variety of settings including child welfare; vocational rehabilitation, hospitals, community settings and private practice. Paula-Jane earned her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Toronto in 1994, and also holds Bachelor of Social Work and Bachelor of Arts (Honours Psychology) degrees from McMaster University (1987). Paula-Jane has worked with individuals (children and adults); families, and groups as well as providing training to parent groups and teachers on managing anaphylaxis in schools. Paula-Jane uses a combination of Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy; Emotion-Focused Therapy; Solution-Focused Therapy; Systems Theory and Motivational Interviewing in her practice. Her clinical work reflects her belief in a collaborative approach that builds on client strengths, fosters hope and promotes emotional growth and positive change. In her current role as the Social Worker with the Halton-Peel Community Aphasia Programs, Paula-Jane provides one-on-one counselling and support to people with aphasia as well as caregivers along with facilitating caregiver support groups. Paula-Jane is passionate about supporting clients in identifying and achieving meaningful goals that promote reintegration in the community along with full participation in their lives and relationships.