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Trumpet Behavioral Health – Humboldt Provides Leading Autism Therapy Using Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)

Our Humboldt team of Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) and therapists collaborate with educators, healthcare providers, families, and most importantly, each person we serve. At Trumpet, we utilize a multi-layered approach to serving our clients: from our in-house insurance team to our financial consult, we make the process of accessing services as seamless as possible.

We believe clients come first. We strive to live out this value each day in all that we do.

Our Clinical Team

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Kristen Kelley Trumpet Behavioral Health

Kristen Kelley

Clinical Director
PhD, BCBA

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Kristen Kelley

Clinical Director
PhD, BCBA
Years Working in Field: 17

I have had the opportunity to work with individuals with developmental disabilities and their families through circles of support for the last 14 years. I have worked with individuals from 2 years of age up to individuals in their 70’s. I have also been able to work across environments including school, home, residential settings and community. A lot of my experience lies in working with adolescents and adults , individuals with significant challenging behaviors, teaching functional/daily living skills and working through transitions.

Education

Ph.D. in Disability Disciplines, Utah State University, 2013
M.A. in Psychology, Humboldt State University, 2008
B.A. in Psychology, Humboldt State University, 2006

Philosophy of Care

I absolutely love working in this field. Behavior Analysis makes so much sense to me in every aspect of life. I love the progress we see with clients, families and other caregivers. I love seeing people feel empowered and independent. I also find it incredibly reinforcing to teach people about Behavior Analysis and to see it “click”

Lauren Cook

Senior Clinician
BCBA

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Lauren Cook

Senior Clinician
BCBA
Years Working in Field: 11

I have worked in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis since 2006.  After obtaining my Bachelor of Arts degree and a Bachelor of Science Honours degree, I was fortunate to be offered position as a personal tutor for a child with Autism.  This sparked my passion and drive to build on a career in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis.  While pursuing my Master’s of Science in Psychology- Applied Behavior Analysis, I worked with Special School District as a Lead therapist in a classroom for children with Autism and a region wide Autism consultant for rural schools.  I gained a more vaste perspective on the need to expose ABA to communities in need while living abroad and volunteering my time as a special needs service coordinator and Behavioral Consultant.  Upone joining with Trumpet Behavioral Health (QBO) I saw the local need for a social skills focused group for clients during summer months when school was not in session.  I initiated, planned, and directed our summer academy which then extended into the school year as a weekend social skills group.  I am a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and I currently serve as a Senior Clinician in the Humboldt Division of Quality Behavioral Outcomes.  I provide clinical direction to client teams for individuals with Autism and other Developmental disabilities ranging from early childhood to adulthood. 

Education

BCBA in , Nova Southeastern University and University of Missouri, St. Louis, 2012
M.A. in Psychology - Advanced Applied Behavior Analysis, Nova Southeastern University, 2011
B.S. in Resources and Environmental Studies, University of Wollongong, 2002

Philosophy of Care

I am working with individuals with ASD and other developmental disabilities because I have always looked to find the positive qualities and abilities of those I meet.  My goal is to enable my clients with the tools, enthusiasm, and confidence to move towards the most fulfilling and independent life they may achieve.  This includes involving the family, caretakers, and educators to ensure that this goal is made more probable by understanding and working with their needs and expectations as well.  At times these needs, ideals, or expectations of key players may not match up with those of the client.  Thus, it should be known that my devotion will always be to my client and my clients’ rights.  My philosophy of care is to go beyond expectations to communicate with, collaborate with, and dig trenches with all key players involved in the pursuit of  a more positive and independent livelihood for my client. I carry a strong value to ethical standards. As I have come to understand that varying situations and demographics call for varying degrees of approach, influence, involvement, or initiative, my devotion to ethical standards remains the same.    My exposure to this field began when I was in elemaentary school when I was chosen to be an aide or “friend” to younger children with special needs.  I continued with this work through high school.  When I entered college, I began with a major in Child Development and a specialty in Special Education.  I transfered to a school abroad and took on a degree in my other passion, Resources and Environmental Studies.  In my Honours degree, I sought to bring humanism and enviornment together.  After completing my Honours degree and returning back to the States, I was introduced to a gentleman who asked me to work with his son, who had Autism.  As excited as I was to have this opportunity, I told the gentleman that we would have to let his son meet me and see if I was a good match.  Needless to say, it matched. I was reminded of my place and passion and have not looked back, once.  I like to think that I have a strong sense of the entirety of environments and am able to gauge where individuals are in relation to their environment.  As I stated previously, my devotion and strive goes to the individual or client and their ability to lie a fulfilling life.

Jeanna Milton

Senior Clinician
BCBA

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Jeanna Milton

Senior Clinician
BCBA
Years Working in Field: 14

Jeanna has worked in the field of Behavior Analysis for over eleven years. She started working under BCBA’s as a Behavior therapist in home based programs. While working on her Master’s degree,  Jeanna worked as a Behavior Therapist at the Oklahoma Autism Day School and as Senior Therapist at the University of Central Oklahoma Autism Day School.  Soon after graduation Jeanna worked as the Supervising Behavior Analyst at the University of Central Oklahoma Autism Day School where she worked directly with students and provided training and supervision for BCBA candidates.  Jeanna has provided trainings in Elementary Schools as well as providing University Trainings and Presentations on Behavioral Strategies.  Jeanna also worked for Maxim Healthcare and as a Tricare Provider providing direct services to clients.  Jeanna served clients through her own company Active Learning Behavioral Consulting, LLC.  She has been with Trumpet Behavioral Health since July of 2011.  Her passion is in Verbal Behavior Analysis, and she provides training on Verbal Behavior teaching procedures.  As a Senior Clinician at TBH her focus has been on Supervising BCBA Candidates, training and supervision of staff, verbal behavior and parent training. Jeanna is a Special Olympic Coach in the Northern California region. Her main concern and passion is change individuals and families lives through behavioral intervention.

Education

BCBA in , University of Central Oklahoma, 2010
M.S. in Applied Behavioral Analysis/Special Education, University of Central Oklahoma, 2010
B.S. in Molecular Biology/Chemistry, Humboldt State University, 1997
B.S. Minor in Biology, College of the Redwoods, 1994

Philosophy of Care

Applied Behavioral Analysis is a science that helps people.  In my initial educational pursuits I envisioned my self in a research lab finding a cure for cancer or other inflictions.  I received my BS in Biology and Chemistry and then I got married and had kids.  And with my second son I became introduced to Autism.  I then threw myself into the research of Autism and it’s treatments and found out about ABA.  I found a BCBA and therapist and started my son on ABA and he made so much progress!  I then decided that ABA and providing ABA services to individuals and families was one of the most important and needed  and rewarding careers.  I began working with my son and other individuals with autism as a therapist, when my third son (a twin) started showing symptoms of Autism, I started him in ABA immediately, and then went back to school to pursue my Masters Degree and Board Certification as a Behavior Analyst.  I have worked with many children with Autism over the last nine years and I know that it changes lives.  It has changed mine and my family’s lives.  I want families to know that I am committed to improving the quality of life for individuals with Autism.  I want families to know that I believe in the methodology of Applied Behavior Analysis.  My life is devoted to the progress and improvement in my son’s lives and the lives of other individuals with autism through the correct application of behavioral analysis.  I hope to help my clients achieve their highest level of functioning and reach their greatest potential through consistent and appropriate application of behavioral analysis therapy.

Stephanie Vanlathanith

Clinician
BCBA

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Stephanie Vanlathanith

Clinician
BCBA
Years Working in Field: 15

I have been working with children with Autism and other disabilities since 2002. Early in my career, I worked directly with children and their families in their homes, communities and center-based behavioral programs.  During my first year of my Master’s program, I worked at the New England Center for Children where I worked with children in school and residential settings.  During the latter part of my Master’s program, I worked as an Assistant Residential Director for the May Institute, where I provided supervision and oversight to three group homes.  I earned a MS degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Northeastern University in 2011 obtained my BCBA in 2012.

Education

BCBA in , Northeastern University, 2012
M.S. in Applied Behavior Analysis, Northeastern University, 2011
in Psychology, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, 2003

Philosophy of Care

I am working with children with autism spectrum disorders because I find it rewarding to help these kids to reach their highest potential.  My hope is to teach kids the skills they need in order to learn within their natural environment, and to teach parents the skills they need in order to support their children’s learning throughout their daily lives.  I have worked with a wide variety of children and adolescents with a wide variety of personality and charm.

Kimberly Kowalski

Clinician
MA, BCBA

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Kimberly Kowalski

Clinician
MA, BCBA
Years Working in Field: 17

Kimberly’s professional interests include implementing developmentally appropriate ABA interventions for young children with ASD and behavioral challenges, empowering parents to take an active role in their child’s intervention program, and staff training and development. In addition to clinical work with families, she also guest lectures at Humboldt State University and has provided supervision to practitioners who wish to become Board Certified Behavior Analysts.

Education

M.A. in Education, Humboldt State University, 2010
B.A. in Child Development, Humboldt State University, 2005

Julie Sanborn Trumpet Behavioral Health

Julie Sanborn

Clinician
MEd, BCBA

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Julie Sanborn

Clinician
MEd, BCBA
Years Working in Field: 8

I began working with developmentally disabled children shortly after I began pursuing a Psychology degree at Sonoma State University. I successfully completed 360 hours and 8 academic units of training in Autism Theory and Interventions, including research, coursework, site visits and direct work with children on the Autism Spectrum. I went on to complete a Masters of Education in Foundations in Behavior Analysis through University of Cincinnati in 2014 and became licensed as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in early 2015. I have worked with a variety of populations with age groups ranging from Early-Age Learners (up to 3 years) to Adults (26-65 years).

Education

M.Ed. in Foundations in Behavior Analysis, University of Cincinnati, 2014
B.A. in Psychology, Sonoma State University, 2011

Philosophy of Care

My experience in the field of ABA has taught me that every child is unique and every treatment option should be individualized to best meet the needs of the client and their families. I enjoy collaborating closely with families and helping facilitate individual growth and development.

Chris Missias

Clinician
MA

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Chris Missias

Clinician
MA
Years Working in Field: 5

I began working with children with ASD and other developmental disabilities as a senior undergraduate student at Western Michigan University, in January 2012. I worked as a one-on-one tutor in an Early Childhood Special Education classroom near WMU’s campus until graduation in June 2012, and then immediately began working as a behavior technician at the Great Lakes Center for Autism Treatment and Research. After an amazing experience with GLCATR, I decided to pursue another degree in the field of behavioral science. Dr. Richard W. Malott accepted me into his Master of Arts program in Applied Behavior Analysis at WMU in June of 2013. Under his supervision, I returned to the ESCE classroom as a tutor and supervisor to complete my required BCBA supervision hours. During this time, I continued to grow and expand my skills at GLCATR until September 2014, when I focused on research. During all of these experiences I gained many valuable skills by experiencing and implementing interventions including; pre-educational skills training, early intensive behavior interventions, social skills training (group and individual), interventions for challenging behaviors, activities of daily living training, community integration training, and parent involvement training, among others. Finally, in May 2015 I received my M.A. and quickly relocated to Arcata, CA to join the Trumpet Behavioral Health team.

Education

MA in Applied Behavior Analysis, Western Michigan University, 2015
BS in Behavioral Psychology, Western Michigan University, 2012

Philosophy of Care

I love facilitating ABA therapies for children with ASD and other developmental or intellectual disabilities for two main reasons. First of all, behavior analysis is the science of behavior, and we have learned to utilize it to help teach our clients the skills that they need to reach their highest potential, achieve their goals, and live less assisted lives. Second of all, ABA treatment can help the families and friends of those affected with by a diagnosis to take back control of their lives.

While I was working as a tutor and supervisor in the ESCE classroom, I learned the importance of communication skills for our clients. It was the first time that I played an integral role in helping a child develop functional skills that they could use to communicate with their families for the first time in their lives. It was single most rewarding experience of my whole life.

During my time with the Great Lakes Center for Autism Treatment and Research, I’ve been exposed to the challenges faced by our clients and their loved ones in their homes and communities. As a result, I have acquired a special spot in my heart for those affected by the most challenging behaviors. It is my aim to return these clients and their families to a position in their homes where they can continue to foster growth and development together.

During my time at Western Michigan University, some of the most renowned professors and professionals in the nation collaborated to provide myself and my colleagues with a robust understanding professional and clinical ethical standards, and analytical skills to assess intervention designs. As a result, I consider the preservation of the fidelity and integrity of our interventions to be paramount to the success of our therapies.

My experience comprises many settings including schools, homes, supported living settings, residential treatment centers, and center-based treatments.

Mary Bonow

Clinician
MA, BCBA

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Mary Bonow

Clinician
MA, BCBA
Years Working in Field: 15

Starting in 2002 I began practicing ABA therapy with young children gaining experience in decreasing problem behaviors and teaching new skills. By 2007 I achieved a Masters degree in Psychology with an Emphasis in Behavior Analysis. Since then I have worked with children from ages 18 months to 17 years of age in varying diagnoses (e.g. Autism, Intellectual Disorder, etc.). In 2013 I became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. In 2011 and 2015 I taught a Behavior Analysis course at Humboldt State University as part time lecturer for 2 semesters.

Education

M.A. in Psychology with Emphasis in Behavior Analysis, Humboldt State University, 2007
B.A. in Psychology, Humboldt State University, 2004
A.A. in Art, Pasadena City College, 2001

Philosophy of Care

I enjoy helping parents and their child/children meet their goals through ABA therapy creating lasting results that improve their quality of life. To help facilitate this change in families and see them change and develop in a positive way is beautiful and rewarding.

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Our Arcata Team Offers:

  • Insurance Specialists to help families navigate ABA therapy coverage options
  • Coordinated therapy across all providers & physicians
  • Parent training and support
  • Individualized programming for each consumer
  • Free Insurance Eligibility Review
  • Board Certified Clinicians

Insurance Information

  • Aetna
  • Anthem
  • Cigna
  • Humana (LifeSynch)
  • Magellan
  • Medi-Cal
  • Partnership Health Plan of California
  • Redwood Coast Regional Center
  • United Behavioral Health

Center-Based ABA Therapy for Autism and Intervention Services

  • Initial educational and functional behavior assessments
  • 1:1 intensive ABA-based treatment focused on skill acquisition and problem behavior reduction
  • Functional communication and social skills
  • Practice transitioning and independence
  • Early group learning skills
  • Toilet training
  • Social skills groups, based on age and skill level

Benefits of Center-Based ABA Therapy

  • Training & Supervision
  • Clinician Collaboration
  • Social Skills
  • Generalization
  • School Readiness
  • Consistency of Services

Autism Services for Military Families

  • Verbal Behavior Assessment and Placement
  • Functional Behavior Assessment
  • Program monitoring and evaluation
  • Functional communication
  • Social and play skills
  • Behavior management
  • Parent training
  • Pre-academic/Academic and school readiness

School-Based Services

  • Functional Behavior Assessments (FBAs)
  • Functional Analysis Assessments (FAAs)
  • Program design, development & implementation
  • Individualized Positive Behavior Support Plans (PBSPs)
  • Positive Behavioral Intervention Plans (PBIPs)

Social Skills Group

  • Social thinking group
  • Grouping
  • Social skills play group
  • ‘Typical’ children are invited and encouraged to attend

In-home Intensive ABA-based Intervention Service

  • In-home therapy service for children with developmental delays and Autism Spectrum Disorder.
  • Focus on skill acquisition and behavior management
  • A combination of incidental teaching, social skill instruction, and structured teaching methods
  • 1:1 intensive ABA-based treatment focusing on skill acquisition and problem behavior reduction
  • Parent, sibling and other care giver involvement and participation during all phases of the therapy program
  • Toilet training

Supplementary Services

  • Behavior Consultation with school districts and families
  • Assistance accessing insurance funding for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Presentations and trainings for family groups and other professionals
  • Presentations and trainings covered in a wide range of topics