Ashley Baker, (RBT)
After completing her BA in Psychology, Ashley became interested in the Autism field. She first gained experience by volunteering with children with developmental and physical disabilities at Bloorview Kids Rehab. This led her to A Balanced Approach. After taking some time off to start her family, Ashley pursued a graduate certificate in Autism and Behavioural Science. She returned to A Balanced Approach as an instructor therapist in 2016. Now, working towards completing her BCABA Ashley strives to teach in creative ways. “I am passionate about my work and I am rewarded everyday as I see the children accomplish amazing things! I am grateful to a part of the A Balanced Approach Team”.
Brittany Berwaldt, (RBT)
After developing a strong interest in the field of psychology, Brittany discovered the IBI field as a student at in her last year at McMaster University. After observing an IBI program during an experiential placement, she knew she wanted to be a part of it and went on to the Autism and Behavioural Science program at Mohawk College. Since she began working as an IT at A Balanced Approach in 2016, Brittany has enjoyed seeing the resilient children she works with grow and learn. She also appreciates the support, expertise and experience of the Balanced Approach team. When she’s not working, Brittany enjoys reading, yoga, crafts and playing the piano.
Heather Bishop, (RBT)
Heather has always gravitated towards a career in which she could make a difference. During her university career she began to be more exposed to the autism community, and she knew this was the direction she needed to take. Whether it’s the little steps the children make day-to-day, or the huge milestones she gets get to be apart of, it leaves her excited to come in each day. Heather graduated from the University of Guelph with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2009. Her primary focus was Psychology and Family Relations/Human Development. She completed her Post-Graduate Certificate at Algonquin College with honours in Autism & Behavioural Sciences in 2016. Heather loves that every day is a new experience, and absolutely never dull! Seeing the gains each child makes is amazing, and being part of an awesome team to realize these goals is very rewarding. Outside of work Heather enjoys reading, running, visiting the movie theatre far too often, volunteering with the Children’s Foundation, and spending time with her husband Kirk and dogs Stella and Mila.
Jessica Mercer, (RBT)
Jessica has always had a passion for working with children since she was a child herself. During one of her ECE field placements, she met a young boy with autism whom she connected with right away. It was then that she decided she wanted to work more closely with children living with Autism. A few years after graduating ECE from Conestoga College, getting married and having some babies, she took the Autism Behavioral Sciences program at Mohawk College and graduated with Honors. That same year she joined A Balanced Approach and has fallen in love with her job and the center team. She loves the excitement the children have when they are enjoying their most favored toys and activities, as well as the milestones they are able to achieve with ABA/IBI therapy. She feels truly blessed to be someone who looks forward to Mondays! In the near future, she hopes to continue her education to be able to upgrade her RBT certification with the BACB, to a BCaBA.
Gabrielle Walsh, Photo to come…
Gabrielle has always had a passion for educating young children and creating an inclusive environment for those with special needs. Gabrielle has several close family members on the Autism Spectrum, so she has grown up attending many therapy appointments for her sister and learning how to support different developmental stages.
Hana Ibrahim, (RBT)
Hana has always had a passion for working with children, which is one of the main reasons she chose to do her undergraduate degree in Psychology. Hana went on to do her postgraduate degree in behavioural science and fell in love with the ABA field after her first placement. The amount of joy and warmth the kids brought with them everyday made her realize this is the career she wanted to pursue. When she graduated from her postgraduate and started working, her passion for the field grew more and more! Not only does she get the chance to make a real impact in their lives, she is so grateful for the things they teach her everyday. When she is not working, Hana enjoys travelling, hiking, and reading.
Meghan McCoy, (RBT)
Meghan has known she wanted to work with kids from a very young age. After completing a teaching degree and teaching grade one for 4 years she realized she enjoyed working one on one with children with special needs more than teaching in a classroom setting. Meghan went back to school, completed the Autism and Behavioural Sciences program and started doing home and centre based therapy with A Balanced Approach. Meghan loves this job because she feels the relationships you develop with the kids and their families are so special and it is rewarding to see the progress the kids make. Everyday is different and the kids and centre staff truly do make this job so much fun. Outside of work – Meghan enjoys reading, hiking, swimming, and spending time with her husband and 3 kids.
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.
Samantha Reimer, (RBT)
Samantha completed a bachelors of education and wanted to work with kids to make a difference in their lives, so she completed her autism and behavioural sciences graduate certificate. Samantha fulfilled one of her field placements with A Balanced Approach and loved the experience she had in an IBI setting. She started working in the centre in 2018 after completing her ABS program. Samantha loves working with the team to help kids reach their full potential and finds it exciting to see them work so hard to reach new goals! Outside of work Samantha likes to play piano, go biking, paint and read.
Vanessa Puim, (RBT)
Whitney Bell, (RBT)
After completing a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Nutraceutical Sciences at the University of Guelph, Whitney got a job as a nanny for a young girl. She discovered her love for working with children, and after looking into the field she decided to continue her education at George Brown College in the Autism and Behavioural Science program. Whitney loves coming to work everyday knowing that something amazing will happen. In her free time, Whitney enjoys hiking, reading, watching movies, and playing with her cat, Taz.
Yusra Mahrez, (RBT)
Yusra has always wanted to work in a field which inspires and makes a difference. She completed a Bachelor’s degree in Music Therapy in 2015. Throughout her degree she completed music therapy placements where she had a chance to work with children on the Autism Spectrum conducting music therapy sessions. Her work as a direct support worker helped her gain further experience with supporting families and children with various disabilities. This led her to her work as an IT with A Balanced Approach where she completed her training to become a Registered Behaviour Technician (RBT). Yusra feels being able to witness children achieve positive outcomes whether they are big or small is the greatest reward of being an IT. Outside of work Yusra is a part-time community musician, she plays the flute, piano and guitar. She love hiking, cooking and travelling in her spare time.