How did Autism Specialty Group start?
It started by wanting to combine two socially significant desires. The ambition of bringing together a group of professionals who share a common vision and the need to uncover the potential of a rapidly growing population of children with Autism. From the beginning, I understood that the collective impact of a group with a strong vision far exceeds that of any individual and, therefore, is the most potent tool when positively changing children’s lives. To back this effort, we wanted to create a workplace in which clinicians are supported, providing them with continuing education, collaboration, teamwork, and excellent benefits.
Did you ever think when you were younger that you would owe your own company?
Growing up, I witnessed my father as a successful business owner in the industry of management and marketing consulting. So, the thought of creating my own business was never far-fetched. However, it was only after I discovered my passion for psychology and health care that I understood the need for a vehicle that allows me to create a larger social impact. This vehicle is my company.
What is your favorite part about the work you do?
There are many things that motivate me. Seeing children improve, creating positive outcomes for whole family units, as well as seeing a diverse workforce reaching their professional goals is very rewarding. We put a lot of time and effort into training our staff to achieve optimal outcomes with our children and families. When I see this flourish, I feel grateful.
You mention that you work with many diverse people. How does that inspire you?
Yes, our people are diverse across many demographics. I am always inspired by seeing people with diverse backgrounds work together to achieve common goals. When there is a truly meaningful and a socially significant mission, you will see people shedding a lot of their differences, aligning their approach, and achieving these goals together.
Have you always wanted to be a Behavior Analyst?
I always wanted to be a psychologist. However, I did not know which discipline of psychology would speak to me as a practitioner until I discovered Applied Behavior Analysis. I was immediately taken by its pragmatism and applied value for treating individuals with developmental delays and/ or disorders. However, I am a hybrid. I have an extensive research background in Developmental Child Psychology which greatly influences the directions I set for the treatments we provide to children.
What do you enjoy in your free time?
In my free time I like to travel, hike, ride horses, and spend time with my family and friends.