ABOUT

Get to Know Us
and Our Philosophy

Meet our team of Board Certified Behavior Analysts, Registered Behavior Technicians, Speech-Language Pathologists, and Certified Sleep Consultants

A B O U T  U S

Dominika & Rebecca

Dominika and Rebecca met in graduate school in Washington, D.C.  They shared a passion for Applied Behavior Analysis and providing comprehensive services to families in the D.C. area. 

 

Rebecca and Dominika founded The Language and Behavior Center in 2017 with the mission of providing exceptional services to clients while also fostering a unique company culture that is supportive of employees and encourages continuous growth and development.  Focusing on living-wages, unmatched benefits, and a positive work environment resulted in the current team of highly-trained and motivated professionals that make up The Language and Behavior Center today. 

 

With their own families and children, Dominika and Rebecca truly understand what it means to want the best for your child and are committed to providing that to every family they work with.

O U R  A P P R O A C H

Learning through Play

The Language and Behavior Center believes that a child's natural environment is the best place for them to learn.  By following the child's lead and incorporating learning opportunities in to play, the child enjoys their ABA or Speech Therapy sessions. 

TLBC's evidence-based treatment is built on a foundation of parent involvement. From the start of services, parents are trained on techniques that will allow their child to flourish outside of a therapy setting.

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M E E T  O U R  C L I N I C A L  T E A M

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Rebecca Correll, LBA, BCBA

Founder & CEO

Rebecca has provided Behavior Analytic services, with an emphasis on Verbal Behavior, since 2005. Her work has primarily focused on in-home Applied Behavior Analysis services for children with autism and related diagnoses.  As a mother herself, Rebecca values working closely with families to develop treatment plans that fit within their day-to-day lives and ensuring that families feel supported throughout the treatment process.
 

Rebecca currently holds a Master's of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology as well as Bachelor's of Science in International Business and Finance from the University of South Carolina.  She is a Doctoral student in Applied Developmental Psychology at George Mason University, with a research focus on autism and parenting.

When she's not working, Rebecca enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, as well as taking her dog, Fenway, on adventures.  She can often be found enjoying wine and cheese with TLBC's cofounder, Dominika.

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Dominika Sillery, LBA, BCBA

Founder & Chief Clinical Officer

Dominika began her career in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) in 2012, although she has been interested in a career that involves helping children and families for as long as she can remember.

Dominika received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Central Connecticut State University in 2012. She began graduate school that same year, where she studied Applied Behavior Analysis and worked as a Behavior Technician. In 2014, she graduated with her Master of Science in ABA from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). Since then, she has worked as a Behavior Analyst in the DMV area, with a primary focus on early intervention services for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. 

During her time in graduate school, Dominika met Rebecca Correll, and so began the lasting friendship and professional partnership that formed TLBC in 2017.

In her spare time, Dominika likes to cook, travel, and spend time with her family. 

Shannon Fitzpatrick, LBA, BCBA

Clinical Director

Shannon began her career in ABA working with a Licensed Psychologist and BCBA-D implementing ABA in school and home settings. She then went on to work in-home in Virginia while completing her Master’s degree in ABA at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She earned her BCBA in 2017.

 

Shannon spent the two years before joining TLBC working in an early intervention clinic with a focus on verbal behavior. During this time, she discovered a passion for early intervention and mentoring future BCBAs. Shannon joined the TLBC team in June 2019 and is extremely excited to be reunited with her friends and to build new relationships.

 

Outside of work, she loves trying new exercise classes, watching British TV shows, hiking with her husband and dog, and reading a good book.

Mariah McLane

ABA Program Coordinator

Mariah began working at TLBC as a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) in 2019, but has since taken on the role of the ABA Program Coordinator. After graduating with two undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Sociology from Mount St. Mary’s University, Mariah was eager to begin her challenging and rewarding work at TLBC.  

As an ABA Program Coordinator, Mariah has the privilege to work with the families that TLBC provides services to while simultaneously learning from her clinical supervisors. She is grateful to wake up each day and do meaningful and essential work for the ASD community. 

In Mariah’s free time, she enjoys time with her two fur babies, Wrangler and Hunny. In addition to this, she enjoys trying new foods, traveling with her family and binge watching scary movies.

Rebecca Murray, LBA, BCBA

Social Skills Program Director & Clinical Supervisor

Prior to starting her career in ABA, Rebecca studied psychology at Colgate University and worked in a brain imaging lab at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia examining brain activity in children with ASD. She received her Masters degree in Early Childhood Special Education with a concentration in ABA from Vanderbilt University in 2018. She has worked within preschool classrooms in various roles, and has provided center-based and home-based services as well. Her love for teaching play skills stems from her time at Vanderbilt spent working for faculty who were involved in play research. She is also passionate about research and advocacy for early screening and diagnostic practices for ASD.

In her free time, Rebecca enjoys being active by hiking new trails and working out at the gym and pool. She likes to try new restaurants and enjoys cooking, especially Italian food. 

Elizabeth Hughes LBA, BCBA

Clinical Supervisor

Elizabeth has been working with children with Autism since 2012 in the home, community, and school settings. She has worked with clients ranging in ages from 2 to 21 years on language acquisition, decreasing maladaptive behaviors, social skills groups, and vocational training. Elizabeth also enjoys developing trainings for parents, staff, and school professionals. Elizabeth attended Coastal Carolina University where she earned a B.S. in Psychology and then continued to Ball State University where she earned her M.A. in Applied Behavior Analysis. Elizabeth is credentialed as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and Licensed to provide services in Maryland and Virginia.

Sara Davis, LBA, BCBA

Clinical Supervisor & Certified Sleep Consultant

Sara began her career in ABA as a behavior therapist while earning a Bachelor’s degree in Hearing and Speech Sciences from the University of Maryland. She went on to complete a Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Ball State University, then earned her BCBA certification in 2015. 

Sara has worked as a BCBA in clinic, home and school settings. Her focus has been in early intervention, working with young learners and their families to increase language, functional life skills, and social skills. She developed a passion for teaching parents and caregivers how to use ABA to promote meaningful change for their children and their families.

In addition to her work as a Clinical Supervisor, Sara also works as a Certified Sleep Consultant for families that need support with sleep challenges. 

Outside of work, Sara enjoys practicing yoga, exploring new hiking trails, and spending time with her friends and family.

Aliza Sial, LBA, BCBA

Clinical Supervisor

Aliza joined The Language and Behavior Center in July of 2018.  She received her Master’s in Psychology from Boston University with a focus on Child/Adolescent Developmental Psychology. She has over eight years experience working with children, adolescents, and adults with Autism. Her areas of interest include social skills and verbal behavior.

Kendra Michael, LBA, BCBA

Clinical Supervisor

Kendra is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and Licensed Behavior Analyst (LBA) in Maryland. 

 

Kendra received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Mathematics from Virginia State University in 2015. Kendra began her career in ABA as a behavior therapist in 2016. She went on to complete a Masters in ABA in December of 2019 from Georgia State University, then earned her BCBA certification in 2019. Kendra is beginning a PhD program in School Psychology at Howard University in August 2019. 

 

Kendra has worked within multiple settings including clinic, home, and school. She has experience conducting intensive toilet training and mild feeding programs. Her focus has been working with young learners in the classroom setting. She has a passion for bridging the gap for young learners to succeed within their communities. Kendra is passionate about advocating for her students needs. 

 

Kendra enjoys traveling to new cities, trying new foods, kickboxing, and spending time with her family and friends. 

Dina Khair, LBA, BCBA

Clinical Supervisor

Dina is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and Licensed Behavior Analyst (LBA) in Maryland and Virginia. Her experience in ABA began in 2007, and in 2008 she attained her post-graduate certificate in Behavioral Intervention in Autism from the University of Massachusetts – Lowell. In 2014, she went on to earn her master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis with an Emphasis in Autism from Ball State University. 

Dina has worked in school and home settings as well as center-based programs. Her professional interests include treatment of problem behavior, verbal behavior and social skills training.

Toni Rose Agana, LBA, BCBA

Clinical Supervisor

Toni Rose began her career in behavior analysis in 2015 in Dallas, TX, at a clinic for children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. She then moved to Boston, MA, where she received an M.S. in Behavior Analysis from Simmons College. During her time in Boston, Toni Rose worked closely under Emily Sweeney-Kerwin, a BCBA-D, who trained her in the verbal behavior approach.

 

Toni Rose's experiences include working with children in the home and clinic settings. She values using the verbal behavior approach and the conditions of motivation to teach language and skills to her clients, families, and RBTs.

Monica Phillips, LBA, BCBA

Clinical Supervisor

Monica began her career in Applied Behavior Analysis in 2008 as a line therapist. With a major in psychology and a minor in education, Monica knew she was very interested in working with children.

 

Monica received her Bachelor of Arts in Experimental Psychology from the University of South Carolina in 2007. It was shortly after graduating that Monica was introduced to the world of Applied Behavior Analysis by Rebecca Correll and has been in love with it ever since. Monica has experience conducting ABA sessions in a variety of places, including homes, schools, churches, and aftercare programs. She has worked with children and adults of various ages, but her primary area of focus is early learners and signers.

In 2016, Monica graduated from Arizona State University with a Masters in Special Education and Curriculum Studies and went on to becomes a BCBA in February 2019. 

 

In her spare time Monica can be found playing dungeons and dragons, creating make up tutorials, and spending time with friends and family.

Erin Simpson, CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

Erin is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist. She lives about 30 minutes outside of Boston, Massachusetts. 

 

Erin received her Bachelor of Science degree from the College of the Holy Cross in 2011. She graduated with a self-designed major, “Language Acquisition and Culture,” which included coursework in Deaf Studies and American Sign Language. Erin then attended Syracuse University for graduate school, where she received her Masters degree in Speech-Language Pathology. Since then, Erin has worked as a Speech Language Pathologist in the Boston area. Although she has a primary focus with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing population, Erin has experienced working with children and young adults with a wide range of communication disorders.

Debbie Martinez, CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

Debbie has been working with children with disabilities since 2009.  She has experience providing applied behavior analysis and bilingual speech-language therapy services in the home, school, and clinical settings.  She received her undergraduate degree from University of Maryland, College Park and her graduate degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.  She is currently a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist in Maryland.  When she’s not working, Debbie enjoys outdoor activities and staying active.

M E E T  O U R 

B E H A V I O R   T E C H N I C I A N S

Amanda started working as an RBT with TLBC in February 2020. She received her Bachelor’s in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Pittsburgh in 2019 and is now working toward her Master’s in ABA from Ball State University. Her goal is to earn her BCBA certification after completing her Master’s program. She has been working with children for many years and has a special interest in Autism Spectrum Disorders. She loves working with children and enjoys helping them learn new skills and gain independence. Outside of work, Amanda loves to go hiking and camping and hopes to go on her first backpacking trip soon. She also enjoys spending time with her friends and family and attending music events.

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HEATHER N.

Heather joined the Language and Behavior Center as a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) in February of 2019. Prior to working in ABA, Heather received her Bachelor's of Science in Psychology with a concentration in Counseling from Mansfield University in Pennsylvania. After graduation, she worked as a Psychiatric Rehabilitation Counselor for clients, ages 4-17, with varying mental health diagnoses. Heather continued to pursue a Master in Social Work for one year before discovering her passion for ABA.

 

Heather currently attends Florida Institute of Technology and is anticipated to graduate in August 2021 with a Masters in Professional Behavior Analysis. Outside of work, Heather enjoys hiking new trails, traveling, and trying new foods.

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ASHLEY T.

Ashley began her career in ABA in 2017 after graduating from George Mason University, with an undergraduate degree in Psychology and a concentration in Child Development. She has been able to grow in her clinical experience through working with children from the ages of 2 to 10 years old in home and school settings. She is motivated to use fun behavior analysis techniques to assist in the growth and development of her clients and their families.  When she is not spending her time with kids during the day, Ashley loves to travel and try different cultural cuisines.

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AMANDA P.

Amanda started working as an RBT with TLBC in February 2020. She received her Bachelor’s in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Pittsburgh in 2019 and is now working toward her Master’s in ABA from Ball State University. Her goal is to earn her BCBA certification after completing her Master’s program. She has been working with children for many years and has a special interest in Autism Spectrum Disorders. She loves working with children and enjoys helping them learn new skills and gain independence. Outside of work, Amanda loves to go hiking and camping and hopes to go on her first backpacking trip soon. She also enjoys spending time with her friends and family and attending music events.

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SHELBY M.

Shelby started as a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) at The Language and Behavior Center in August 2019. She earned a Bachelor's degree in Social Work and Psychology from Salisbury University. She has been working with children since 2014 in multiple settings including schools, homes, and group centers.

 

At TLBC, she enjoys a play-based approach and teaching in natural settings. Outside of work, Shelby can be found hiking, binge-watching reality TV shows and exploring Downtown Frederick.

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NIMISHA K.

After graduating with a Bachelor’s in Psychology, Nimisha began her career as a Behavior Therapist back in 2014 while pursuing a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. It was during this time she was introduced to the world of ABA. She graduated from the program in 2016 from Florida International University in Miami with experience in ABA and Mental Health Counseling. After graduation, she worked primarily as a Mental Health Clinician and provided services in clinic, home and school settings. Her experience ranges from providing individual and group counseling to children and adults, to providing crisis counseling through National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and Veterans Crisis Lines. She had also worked with local programs such as Girl Power, Groups for non-offending caregivers, Family Empowerment Program and Help Me Grow. She began working as an Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) at The Language and Behavior Center in 2018 and is currently working towards her license in Behavior Analysis. Nimisha enjoys providing ABA services to early learners and loves to incorporate all kinds of play to increase functional communication, life and social skills. Nimisha enjoys spending time with her family and friends, trying out new places to eat, cooking and traveling.

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AMBER P.

Amber received her Bachelor of Science from Howard University in December 2020, with a major in Psychology and minor in Sociology.  Prior to graduating, Amber became a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) with The Language and Behavior Center in 2019. Soon after beginning her career, she was adamant to make a difference in the lives of others.

 

Amber has experience working with children who have been diagnosed with autism, speech or language disorders, motor-skill delays, and cognitive disabilities. She has worked with children of varying ages, but has a soft spot for working with toddlers.

 

As of January 2021, Amber is preparing to pursue her Masters in Speech Language Pathology at the University of Maryland. In her spare time Amber can be found binge watching 90 Day Fiancé, dog sitting, or spending quality time with her loved ones. 

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JESSICA S.

Jessica graduated from George Mason University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology in 2020. She plans to attend graduate school in the future and knows her work at TLBC will give her some amazing experience in the field of Psychology.

 

Jessica is bilingual and Arabic and English. In her free time, Jessica enjoys binge watching shows, trying new foods and hiking.

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KATHLEEN E.

Kathleen began working as a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) at the Language and Behavior Center in 2018. She has worked with children ranging from infancy to adolescents.

 

Prior to working in ABA, Kathleen worked as a Pre-k teacher for a number of years. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Human services with a concentration in Public Health. Kathleen enjoys ABA because she loves seeing the growth and improvements that her client's make.

 

In her spare time, she loves traveling, spending time with family and friends, and having game nights.

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SHANNIS A.

Shannis joined the Language and Behavior Center as a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT)  in July 2018. She received her Bachelors in Family Science from The University of Maryland.

 

Shannis has always had a passion for working with children and their families which is why she instantly fell in love with ABA. She has experience working with children for 5 years in schools, clinics, home and community settings.

 

During her free time Shannis loves to watch movies, explore new places and spend time with her friends and family.

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MARISSA H.

Marissa earned her Bachelor's Degree in Music from The University of the District of Columbia in 2018. Immediately after college, she started working part-time with the DC public school system as an aftercare fellow. Shortly after, she began her full-time teaching position as a dedicated aide where she fell in love with Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).

 

Marissa enjoyed this rewarding field of work for 1 year and decided to advance her career as a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) with The Language and Behavior Center in 2019.

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BRENDA B.

Brenda joined The Language and Behavior Center as a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) in 2019. Prior to starting her career in ABA, she received her dual Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Anthropology-Sociology. As an RBT, she  has worked in school and in-home settings, most recently providing ABA services through telehealth. When she is not working, Brenda loves to paint, cook, and spending time with family and friends.

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ERIKA H.

Erika is a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) with a Bachelors in Psychology and pursuing a Masters in Special Education; working towards becoming a BCBA. She has experience working with special needs individuals of all ages.

 

Before joining The Language and Behavior center in 2019, Erika worked as a Substitute and Preschool Teacher in an inclusive setting. She attended West Virginia University for both her undergraduate and graduate degree. On a personal level, she is the youngest of six siblings and has an older brother with autism, who has been her inspiration for pursuing this field.

 

In Erika’s free-time, she enjoys finding new recipes to cook, spending time with loved ones and exercising.

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ARYANA N.

Prior to starting with The Language and Behavior Center in 2020, Aryana recently graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park, and received her Bachelor's in Psychology. Along with TLBC, Aryana volunteers as a research assistant for Maryland Psychotherapy Clinic and Research Lab where she collects data and codes transcripts. Her future goals are to receive her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology and work as a therapist. After graduating from UMD,

 

Aryana wants to use her degree and gain more experience in the field of psychology before applying to graduate school. When she came across TLBC, she was very excited to find that she would be working with children and helping them flourish their skills into everyday life.

 

A little bit about Aryana is that she is Iranian-American and can speak two languages (English and Farsi). Her dual nationality gives her an advantage of understanding different cultural perspectives which helped her become a well-rounded person. In Aryana’s free time, she enjoys playing soccer, watching basketball (Go terps!), and spending time with her friends and family.

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JENNIFER P

Jennifer joined The Language and Behavior Center as a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) in 2020. She has been working with students that have a disability since September 2012. She has a Masters in teaching students with disabilities from Touro College and is a licensed Special Education teacher with over 3 years experience teaching students in the classroom. She completed a certificate program for Autism Spectrum Disorder last spring from Regents University. She is currently working towards a certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis at George Mason University. Outside of work, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and her fur-child named Jewel.

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LINDA C.

Linda joined The Language and Behavior Center in September of 2020 as a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT). Prior to joining TLBC, she received her Bachelor's in Psychology and Criminal Justice from The George Washington University in May 2020. With a strong sense to help others, she is inspired by the progress of every child she has worked with to grow and succeed in their life.

 

Linda is currently looking for PhD programs in Clinical Psychology to pursue a career as a therapist to help promote healing and growth, and provide services to individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds. As Mexican-American, she is also able to acknowledge cultural perspectives and understand the importance of culture in the individual's treatment. Linda is a dedicated therapist with native English and Spanish language ability desiring to help everyone she works with not only grow but learn more about themselves. In Linda’s spare time, she likes to go out for runs, trying out a new place to eat, and play Mario Kart with her two younger siblings.