Santa Maria, California

220 E Clark Ave
Orcutt, CA  93455
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Trumpet Behavioral Health – Santa Maria Provides Leading Autism Therapy Using Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)

Our 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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Michael Wright

Regional Director

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Michael Wright

Regional Director
Years Working in Field: 21

Dr. Michael Wright is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. He received his undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of California and received his Master’s and Doctorate degrees in Clinical Child Psychology from the University of Kansas.    He has received post doctoral training for the treatment of children and adults with developmental disorders and interventions specific to Autism Spectrum Disorders. He has also had training in cognitive behavioral therapy, family therapy, intensive in-home family therapy and behavioral therapy to deal with issues of ADHD, Conduct Disorder, Oppositional Defiance Disorder, Depression, Anxiety, and Adjustment Disorders.

Dr. Wright completed his internship at the Child and Family Guidance Center in Northridge California and completed his Post Doctoral Training at Alakai Na Keiki in Honolulu, Hawaii.  He was the Honolulu District Supervisor and staff trainer at Alakai Na Keiki.  Dr. Wright joined Trumpet Behavioral Health in 2005 as a Consultant and has been the Director of Clinical Operation for Humboldt since 2010. Currently, he serves as the Regional Director for Southern California and Hawaii.  This region is comprised of areas North of Los Angeles, Los Angeles, and Orange County in California and the islands of Oahu, Maui, and the Big Island in Hawaii.

Over the past two decades Dr Wright’s focus has been on providing service to individuals on the Autism Spectrum and individuals diagnosed with conduct disorder through contracts with the Department of Education and Department of Health.  In his private practice he has focused on children with Adjustment Disorders, Depression, and ADHD.  He provides evidenced based treatments to the individuals and clients he serves.


Ph.D in Clinical Child Psychology, University of Kansas, 2004
M.A. in Clinical Child Psychology, University of Kansas, 1997
B.S. in Psychology, University of California, Berkeley, 1990

Philosophy of Care

I love providing ABA services for children and families because properly targeted ABA services can and do make meaningful life changes in their lives. This is accomplished through partnering with families to create long lasting effective interventions in the home and the community.

Candace Robertson

Senior Clinician

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Candace Robertson

Senior Clinician
Years Working in Field: 12

I have been working with children, adolescents, and adults on the Autism Spectrum and their families for more than 8 years. I have worked in a variety of settings including residential treatment, supported living, supported employment, Tri-Counties Regional Center, and in a non-public school providing behavior therapy for emotionally disturbed children. After earning my BA in Psychology from SJSU, I began working in a residential treatment setting for children and adolescents with Developmental Disabilities where I fell in love with behavior analysis and helping children and their families to achieve their highest potential.

In addition to my ABA experience, I have received training and experience treating a wide variety of childhood disorders in a therapeutic setting, including behavioral and emotional disturbances, PTSD, and attachment disorders. I have been with Trumpet Behavioral Health since June 2011 and currently work out of the Central Coast office as a Clinician providing services to Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties.


MA in Psychology, Chapman University, 2009
BS in Psychology, San Jose State University, 2005

Philosophy of Care


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Paige Ritari

Associate Clinician

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Paige Ritari

Associate Clinician
Years Working in Field: 6

I began working with children with developmental disabilities in an Autism classroom at a public school in Fairfax, Virginia while an undergraduate at George Mason University. I was inspired by my experience and knew I wanted to pursue a career where I could make a difference in someone’s life. I decided to continue my education and attend graduate school where I studied Special Education and Applied Behavior Analysis. Through my experience I have worked with children and adults with developmental disabilities in a variety of settings including school, home, and community settings.


M.Ed. in Applied Behavior Analysis, George Mason University, 2016
B.A. in Psychology, George Mason University, 2014

Philosophy of Care

I love providing therapy to individuals with autism because everyday is new and exciting. I enjoy celebrating small and big accomplishments and love the feeling of helping a client become more independent. Independence is especially important to me because having worked with adults with developmental disabilities I have seen first hand the importance of independence skills and self-determination. ABA allows me to implement scientific and socially valid treatments that make a difference in my client’s and their families lives.

My experience has included home therapy, a post-secondary education classroom setting for adults with disabilities, employment work sites, and community integration at sport camps. I have also had the experience of being part of several research teams and had the opportunity to present a research poster at the Virginia Applied Behavior Analysis conference in April 2016.

Our Location Offers:

  • Insurance Specialists to help families navigate autism 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


  • Tri-Counties Regional Center
  • Aetna
  • Anthem – California
  • Cigna
  • Holman Group (Medi-Cal)
  • Humana (LifeSynch)
  • Magellan
  • United Behavioral Health

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

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)

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

Additional Services Offered Throughout the Year

  • Summer camps and programs
  • Summer Camp for children with Autism (siblings welcome!)
  • Summer Intensive Behavioral Therapy: designed to reduce/eliminate behavior effecting your child’s potential for success at home and school
  • Toilet Training Clinic: an intensive parent-child approach
  • Feeding Therapy – Introduction of oral consumption, food repertoire and diet expansion