Instructor Therapists

Samantha Shipley BCBA

Samantha graduated from McMaster University with an Honours degree in Psychology in 2012. She then completed her Masters degree in Applied Disability Studies at Brock University in 2014. Samantha was hired as a self-employed Instructor Therapist with A Balanced Approach in 2012. In September 2013, she started her student placement at A Balanced Approach and was hired as part of the centre-based team in January 2014. In June 2018, Samantha finished her BCBA certification and she accepted her position as Senior Therapist in August 2018. Samantha loves seeing the progress the children make each and every day knowing that she is making a difference in their lives and they are making a difference in hers. Outside of work she enjoys caring for her puppy, Minnie, as well as, reading, camping, step dancing, and skiing.

Pam Madill

Pam’s experience in working with children with autism began 9 years ago when her youngest son was diagnosed with the disorder. Wanting to learn skills that could help her son, Pam enrolled part time in the Autism and Behavioural Science program at Mohawk College. Over the next 5 years she slowly worked towards completing the program, while witnessing first hand the difference that a team of dedicated therapists  and IBI made in her son’s life. She is very excited to be a part of the amazing team at A Balanced Approach. In her spare time Pam loves to spend time with her husband and two boys, read, and experiment with new recipes in the kitchen.


Brittany Berwaldt
Brittany graduated from McMaster University with a degree in Life Sciences in 2014. During that time she developed a strong interest in psychology and autism in particular. She graduated from the post-graduate Autism and Behavioural Science program at Mohawk College with honours in 2016. Brittany completed her final placement for that program at A Balanced Approach, and afterward started working both at the centre and in-home. She is grateful to be at A Balanced Approach, surrounded by amazing clients and staff who have so much to offer. She looks forward to gaining further expertise and experience in the field. Brittany loves to play to piano, read, and play volleyball.

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