Our therapists are the core of what we do and we love them for it! Our therapists have received extensive training in Applied Behavior Analysis techniques developed by our highly qualified BCBAs and BCBA-Ds. The educational backgrounds of our therapists vary from each individual, which contributes a wide array of skills, fundamentals, and personality to Unlocking The Spectrum. Each therapist presents a unique sense of self that strengthens the bond of our team. Our therapists provide the highest quality ABA therapy to our families, and are essential to helping our clients reach their maximum potential.
Ilana Hernandez, MA, BCBA
Ilana Hernandez is the Managing Director and Founder of Unlocking The Spectrum. In addition to over 14 years of experience working with children with autism and other developmental disabilities Ilana holds a Masters in Special Education and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. In her free time Ilana loves spending time with her husband and two young boys, traveling to new places, learning about different cultures, the ocean, and reading.
Marc Baumgardt, MAT, BCBA
Marc Baumgardt joined the team at UTS in August of 2016. Marc has worked in the field of ABA, and with individuals with autism, developmental and intellectual disabilities for over fourteen years, with experience in home, center and community settings. Marc is committed to employing evidence-based practices to improve outcomes for individuals with disabilities and their families. Marc is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and possesses a Master of Arts in Teaching with an Applied Behavior Analysis Specialization.
Dr. Leslie Cohen has been working with children and adults with anxiety, autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, dual diagnoses, and developmental delays for the past 17 years. Dr. Cohen specialized in helping interventionists, parents and families effectively support children with creative, positive, science-based interventions. Dr. Cohen holds a Ph.D. in psychology from Temple University with research specializations in Behavior Analysis and Learning and Perception. In her free time Dr. Cohen enjoys growing organic garlic and shallots, walking in nature, and writing.
Regional Director – Bloomington
Pamalee graduated from Indiana University with a Master’s of Science in Education and received her ABA certification from Ball State University. She is also a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. Pamalee has worked with families and with individuals with intellectual disabilities as well as autism for over 20 years. Pamalee joined the team at UTS in February of 2015 and is using her diverse experiences to help UTS provide the best possible services to all clients in numerous settings within their communities and at home. Pamalee enjoys walks with her dogs, working out, reading, and visiting family during her leisure time.
LaTosha Lafferty, MS, BCBA
Regional Director – Indianapolis
LaTosha (Tosha) joined UTS in April 2016, bringing over five years of supervisory and consulting experience in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis. Tosha is an Ohio native who grew up in Steubenville, a small steel mill town. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Psychology in 2007 at Baldwin-Wallace University and completed her Master of Science degree in Human Services with a certificate in Marriage and Family Services in 2011 at Capella University. She has been a Board Certified Behavior Analyst since 2011 and has worked in the field since 2004. Tosha has experience working with children from 18-months old through young adulthood who have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and related disabilities, as well as those who are typically-developing. Tosha moved to the area with her husband and two young children. Outside of work, she enjoys dancing and spending time with her family.
Regional Director – Houston
Shawn received his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Houston and his Master’s degree from the University of West Alabama. He is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who understands the importance and the impact that can be made with early intervention in children. Shawn is dedicated to providing impeccable services and is grateful to have the opportunity to be part of the Unlocking The Spectrum team of professionals. Outside of work Shawn enjoys spending time with his wife and four daughters. Shawn enjoys volunteering with events in the community, with his daughters that involve children with special needs.
Michelle Hickman, MA, BCBA
Regional Director – Southern Indiana
Michelle is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who received her Master’s degree in Child and Adolescent Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Michelle has been working in the field of ABA for over 8 years. Michelle loves the atmosphere and team work that comes along with Unlocking the Spectrum and feels extremely blessed to be a small part of such a wonderful company. In her free time Michelle enjoys spending time with her family. They spend most of their time outdoors, hiking, camping, and having bonfires.
Regional Director – Terre Haute
Erica has been with UTS since August of 2011 and knew from the time she was a peer tutor in as a middle school student that she wanted to work with individuals who had special needs. Erica received her Masters from the Florida Institute of Technology and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2016. Erica has been an integral part of UTS’s growth in Terre Haute and is very excited to be a part of the team of Directors. Erica is also a wife and mother to three boys. She loves being active with her family and traveling. They love the beach and treasure and free time they all get to spend together.