OUR TEAM

Owner and Director

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rachel avner torrance, m.ed, bcba, coba

Rachel first learned ABA at The Ohio State University while studying under the acclaimed Drs. Cooper, Heron, and Heward in the early 1990’s. As a Special Education teacher, consultant, behavior analyst and supervisor, Rachel has initiated district programs, provided supports to learners with ranges of abilities, and has trained worldwide. Primary areas of focus are 1) training professionals, 2) complex cases (dual diagnosis, multiple disabilities, long histories of ongoing behaviors) and 3) working with teams to implement positive supports and keep students in the school setting.

BCBA Team

Cleveland and Eastern Region: E. Cuyahoga, N. Summit, Geauga, and Portage Counties

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anne winkelman, m.ed, bcba, coba

Anne has over a decade of experience working in a variety of settings across different ages. She has provided consultative and direct supports in private and public schools, therapeutic programming in home and community settings, job coaching and also currently works as a program leader for an innovative, social skills training program. Anne is highly specialized in assessing, developing and implementing programming for independence. She is also incredibly detail-oriented.

Cleveland and Western Region: W. Cuyahoga, Lorain, and Huron Counties

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Katie Cook, M.Ed, BCBA, COBA

Katie has been working in the field since 2009.  She has worked with individuals with autism and related developmental disabilities of all ages, primarily in a school setting.  Katie loves to use individuals' interests and strengths to drive their programming.  She strives to help those she serves achieve independence and self confidence.  Katie absolutely adores working with persons on the spectrum, and helping to educate others in the field.  

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Nicole petrella, m.ed, bcba, coba

 Nicole has been working with individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities since 2011. She has experience working with children and adults ranging from 2 to 21 years old and has implemented ABA therapy services in the home, community, and school settings. Nicole values the collaborative approach of ABA and works closely with families and other important team members involved in the lives of those receiving her services. She aims to ensure that every individual is given the opportunity to thrive in their natural environment.

Akron/Canton and Southern Region: Summit, Stark, Medina, and Carroll Counties

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jennifer pearson, m.ed, bcba, coba

Jennifer has been in the field for over 15 years. She specializes in working with children birth through age 8, as well as adults with autism and other developmental disabilities. Focused on individualized education and behavior intervention plans, her experience includes classroom, home and the community settings. Jennifer has excelled in not only helping others learn new skills, but how to also teach parents and fellow educators the tools to expand the learner's abilities.

Behavior Therapists