Meet Our Team

Applied Behavioral Analysis

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Teresa Edwards, RBT
Teresa Edwards, a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT), has worked with children and adults with Autism and varying disabilities for 18 years. She worked in a special education classroom for 13 years while providing ABA to children. Teresa has provided in-home ABA services for five years. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in education.

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Tiffany Finnegan, RBT

Tiffany is a Registered Behavior Technician who is pursuing her Master’s degree to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). She is originally from Southern California and has lived in the Las Vegas area for three years. Tiffany has experience in self-contained autism on the high school level and in-home and clinic treatment settings for early intervention and elementary-aged students. Upon completion of her degree in December she plans to study for her board exam to become a BCBA in the spring of 2020 to continue serving families and children affected by autism.

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Doris Lofton, CABI, RBT

Doris Lofton, CABI, was born in San Bernardino, California. Doris moved to Las Vegas, Nevada in 1989 and began a journey working with children with special needs as a preschool teacher at First Christian Child Development Center that developed into a career. She was open to including children who had special needs in her mainstream classroom. Doris enjoyed working with children and families, so she opted to accept a position as a Program Assistant with Early Childhood Mental Health for the State of Nevada/Department of Child and Family Services. In this position, Doris was responsible for setting up respite care for families, case management, and parent training; advocating for families with WIC, Social Security, Child Find, and Welfare appointments; and serving as an alternate teacher for the Day Treatment Program. Doris continued her higher education by taking classes in Early Childhood Education and Social Work.

Doris retired early from the State of Nevada to pursue other endeavors; like starting a wedding consultant business and becoming a licensed realtor. It was during this period that she received a call from Nevada Early Intervention Services with a job offer. The position was an Instructional Aide for families whose children were diagnosed with Autism and behavioral disorders. It was a call to duty that she could not ignore. Doris enjoyed working with this population and subsequently went on to accept a position as an ABA interventionist at Southwest Autism & Behavioral Solutions. In this position, Doris was the lead Interventionist implementing one-on-one home-based ABA therapy. It was during her tenure at Southwest Autism & Behavioral Solutions that Doris completed her Board Certified Autism Behavior Interventionist License.

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Patrick Leytham, PhD, RBT

Dr. Leytham is a Registered Behavior Technician and Associate Professor for the School of Education. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Special Education, Master of Education in Autism and Intellectual Disabilities and PhD in Autism and Reading Strategies, all from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Dr. Leytham is a member of the Council for Exceptional Children and is a part of their Division of Autism and Developmental Disabilities and Division of Teacher Education. He has previously taught special education for the Clark County School District for six years, as well as Sierra Nevada College, College of Southern Nevada, University of Nevada Las Vegas, and Weber State University.

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Sarah Peralta, RBT
 

Sarah Peralta graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno with a Bachelor's of Arts in Psychology & a minor in Addiction Treatment Services in May 2019. During her time at the University, she volunteered frequently with the Washoe County School District Special Education classrooms. Alongside, she worked as a Student Worker in Reno, Nevada's Early Intervention & Early Head Start Services with children ages infancy-3 years old.

Upon moving back to Las Vegas, Sarah continued to work with individuals on the Autism Spectrum and other developmental disabilities as a Senior Recreation Assistant with the City of Henderson. She subsequently obtained her RBT Certification and continued on to work as a Registered Behavior Technician at an ABA Clinic in Henderson. In this position, she implemented one-on-one home-based ABA Therapy to individuals aged 4-12 years old across the City. Sarah thoroughly enjoys working with this population is excited to be part of the CADD team.

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Tonishia Porter, MS, RBT
 

Tonishia Porter, MS, was born and raised in Reno, Nevada where she began her education in psychology at the University of Nevada, Reno. She then moved to Las Vegas for a change in scenery where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in psychology from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2006. While researching possible avenues with her degree, Tonishia's behavior modification professor sent her an invitation to attend an autism training session, where she fell in love with the children and the field of behavior modification. Tonishia then set her sights on working with this population and went into home program therapy in Las Vegas where she worked with children from the ages of seven to 14 years of age.

While working as a home program tutor, Tonishia began working for Clark County School District. She worked in a self-contained autism classroom for two years at the school district and then transferred to work in a primary resource room for one year, all the while still attending graduate school and working as a home program tutor. In 2009, Tonishia graduated with a Master of Science degree in clinical psychology from Walden University.

Tonishia's clinical and research interests are in language training, behavior reduction and social skills deficits in teens and young adults with Autism and Asperger Syndrome. She is planning on continuing her American Sign Language (ASL) skills to help facilitate the learning of language in young children. Tonishia hopes to one day publish a research study on social skills and the hidden curriculum with teenagers and young adults on the spectrum. Tonishia is currently working at Touro University Nevada as a Registered Behavioral Therapist under the supervision of a BCBA. She is working directly with the population that she has been in search of since graduating with a B.A. Tonishia thrives at learning every day, not only from her supervising BCBA and other clinicians at Touro, but from her clients at the clinic as well.

Meet Our Team

Applied Behavioral Analysis

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Teresa Edwards, RBT
Teresa Edwards, a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT), has worked with children and adults with Autism and varying disabilities for 18 years. She worked in a special education classroom for 13 years while providing ABA to children. Teresa has provided in-home ABA services for five years. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in education.

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Tiffany Finnegan, RBT

Tiffany is a Registered Behavior Technician who is pursuing her Master’s degree to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). She is originally from Southern California and has lived in the Las Vegas area for three years. Tiffany has experience in self-contained autism on the high school level and in-home and clinic treatment settings for early intervention and elementary-aged students. Upon completion of her degree in December she plans to study for her board exam to become a BCBA in the spring of 2020 to continue serving families and children affected by autism.

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Doris Lofton, CABI, RBT
 

Doris Lofton, CABI, was born in San Bernardino, California. Doris moved to Las Vegas, Nevada in 1989 and began a journey working with children with special needs as a preschool teacher at First Christian Child Development Center that developed into a career. She was open to including children who had special needs in her mainstream classroom. Doris enjoyed working with children and families, so she opted to accept a position as a Program Assistant with Early Childhood Mental Health for the State of Nevada/Department of Child and Family Services. In this position, Doris was responsible for setting up respite care for families, case management, and parent training; advocating for families with WIC, Social Security, Child Find, and Welfare appointments; and serving as an alternate teacher for the Day Treatment Program. Doris continued her higher education by taking classes in Early Childhood Education and Social Work.

Doris retired early from the State of Nevada to pursue other endeavors; like starting a wedding consultant business and becoming a licensed realtor. It was during this period that she received a call from Nevada Early Intervention Services with a job offer. The position was an Instructional Aide for families whose children were diagnosed with Autism and behavioral disorders. It was a call to duty that she could not ignore. Doris enjoyed working with this population and subsequently went on to accept a position as an ABA interventionist at Southwest Autism & Behavioral Solutions. In this position, Doris was the lead Interventionist implementing one-on-one home-based ABA therapy. It was during her tenure at Southwest Autism & Behavioral Solutions that Doris completed her Board Certified Autism Behavior Interventionist License.

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Patrick Leytham, PhD, RBT
 

Dr. Leytham is a Registered Behavior Technician and Associate Professor for the School of Education. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Special Education, Master of Education in Autism and Intellectual Disabilities and PhD in Autism and Reading Strategies, all from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Dr. Leytham is a member of the Council for Exceptional Children and is a part of their Division of Autism and Developmental Disabilities and Division of Teacher Education. He has previously taught special education for the Clark County School District for six years, as well as Sierra Nevada College, College of Southern Nevada, University of Nevada Las Vegas, and Weber State University.

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Sarah Peralta, RBT
 

Sarah Peralta graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno with a Bachelor's of Arts in Psychology & a minor in Addiction Treatment Services in May 2019. During her time at the University, she volunteered frequently with the Washoe County School District Special Education classrooms. Alongside, she worked as a Student Worker in Reno, Nevada's Early Intervention & Early Head Start Services with children ages infancy-3 years old.

Upon moving back to Las Vegas, Sarah continued to work with individuals on the Autism Spectrum and other developmental disabilities as a Senior Recreation Assistant with the City of Henderson. She subsequently obtained her RBT Certification and continued on to work as a Registered Behavior Technician at an ABA Clinic in Henderson. In this position, she implemented one-on-one home-based ABA Therapy to individuals aged 4-12 years old across the City. Sarah thoroughly enjoys working with this population is excited to be part of the CADD team.

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Tonishia Porter, MS, RBT

Tonishia Porter, MS, was born and raised in Reno, Nevada where she began her education in psychology at the University of Nevada, Reno. She then moved to Las Vegas for a change in scenery where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in psychology from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2006. While researching possible avenues with her degree, Tonishia's behavior modification professor sent her an invitation to attend an autism training session, where she fell in love with the children and the field of behavior modification. Tonishia then set her sights on working with this population and went into home program therapy in Las Vegas where she worked with children from the ages of seven to 14 years of age.

While working as a home program tutor, Tonishia began working for Clark County School District. She worked in a self-contained autism classroom for two years at the school district and then transferred to work in a primary resource room for one year, all the while still attending graduate school and working as a home program tutor. In 2009, Tonishia graduated with a Master of Science degree in clinical psychology from Walden University.

Tonishia's clinical and research interests are in language training, behavior reduction and social skills deficits in teens and young adults with Autism and Asperger Syndrome. She is planning on continuing her American Sign Language (ASL) skills to help facilitate the learning of language in young children. Tonishia hopes to one day publish a research study on social skills and the hidden curriculum with teenagers and young adults on the spectrum. Tonishia is currently working at Touro University Nevada as a Registered Behavioral Therapist under the supervision of a BCBA. She is working directly with the population that she has been in search of since graduating with a B.A. Tonishia thrives at learning every day, not only from her supervising BCBA and other clinicians at Touro, but from her clients at the clinic as well.

Speech Language Pathology

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Maria Brandon, MS, CCC-SLP

Maria is a Pediatric Speech Language Pathologist who has a passion for working with children with special needs. Since relocating from New York to Las Vegas in 2009, Maria has worked in various settings across the Las Vegas Valley, including Clark County School District, private practice, and early intervention services. Maria's determination and steadfast desire to ensure the delivery of speech-language therapy is a delightful experience for children and their parents, and has proven to be effective and remains the goal for every child's treatment program.

Maria received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders from CUNY/Queens College, and her Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology from Adelphi University. Maria specializes in children with developmental disabilities, and has continued with her education to advance her therapeutic skills in children with Apraxia, Autism, and Speech and Language Delay. Maria has a solid knowledge base of in both assessment and treatment of: Pediatric Feeding, Oral Motor Dysfunction, Tongue Thrust, Apraxia, Phonological Impairment, Articulation, Receptive and Expressive Language Impairment, Autism, Pragmatic Language and Play Behavior, and Augmentative & Alternative Communication systems. Maria has training in PECS, P.R.O.M.P.T, and Play Therapy, as well as the AEIOU approach to feeding. Maria prides herself on pulling from all sources to provide each child with the most advantageous therapeutic approach, as each child is unique, even though the diagnosis may be the same.

Occupational Therapy

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Kayla Boucher, OT

Kayla graduated from the University of Kansas Medical Center in 2012 with a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy. She is currently working to complete her Doctorate of Occupational Therapy. Kayla has worked in pediatrics since her graduation including school based, outpatient and early intervention. She is passionate about working with children and helping them be independent and live life to the fullest.

Kayla is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and prides herself on staying up to date on the latest research and evidence-based interventions to provide the highest quality care. She works in close collaboration with families and caregivers to help facilitate carryover of services. Kayla specializes in working with children with developmental disabilities and delays, down syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy, and sensory processing disorder.

Physical Therapy

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Kathryn Valdez, PT

Kathryn Valdez is a Pediatric Physical Therapist, born and raised in Monterey, California. She received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from California State University, Fresno. In 2004, she graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Health and Rehabilitative Services, Pre-Physical Therapy. She then went on to receive her Masters in Physical Therapy, graduating in 2006. Early in her career, she worked in both the acute care and out-patient hospital settings, initially working with adults before progressing to working primarily with the pediatric population. She moved to Las Vegas in 2012 and has since worked full time with the pediatric population in private/out-patient settings.

In 2016, Kathryn became a board-certified clinical specialist in pediatric physical therapy, helping her pursue the highest level of skill with which to best serve the pediatric population. She specializes in working with children with all developmental disabilities; especially those with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, and Developmental Delays. She also has knowledge and expertise in assessing a child's needs for adaptive equipment (wheelchairs, standing frames, and activity chairs) and also their need for orthotics in order to improve balance and mobility.

Front Office Specialist

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Luz Sanchez

Medical Billing Specialist

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Dara Batemon

Center Director

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Lisa Kunz
Lisa Kunz has worked at the Sharon Sigesmund Pierce and Stephen Pierce Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities since 2015. She is passionate about working at CADD and loves the compassionate nature of the staff. Prior to working at Touro Nevada, Lisa worked at HealthCare Partners Nevada (Director of Operations), University of Nevada School of Medicine (Director of Patient Billing), and OhioHealth. Lisa grew up on a farm in Galloway, Ohio and later attended Mount Caramel School of Nursing. In her free time, Lisa likes to spend time with her family, go to Disneyland, or go to the beach.

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