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Our highly skilled team of BCBAs, RBTs, behavioral therapists and specialty therapists communicate and work together to increase your child’s success, independence, and functioning in daily life at home, at school and in the community.
We provide applied behavior analysis, speech therapy, feeding therapy and occupational therapy in our one of a kind, state of the art, 8,000 square foot therapy center throughout the day and week, as necessary and authorized for your child. In addition, ABA therapy is available at schools, in home and in the community.
Meet our team
Jay Katari is married to Kimmy Katari and is the father of four wonderful boys. Jay was born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. He moved to Florida in 1991 to finish his senior year of high school at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. After high school, he went on to Florida State University where he majored in Business Administration and Marketing.
Jay is a serial entrepreneur with a passion for building amazing companies with amazing company cultures. He is very excited to serve My Favorite Therapists’ clients and their families and do all that he can to help to make their lives better. Jay is very passionate about giving back to the community, sitting on the Board of Directors of Autism Speaks of Broward County, the Board of Directors of FAU’s Center for Autism and Related Disabilities, the Love Boca Homeless Charity, and the Board of Directors of The Boca Raton Police Foundation.
My Favorite Therapists is a very special place for Jay, having created a place where his passion for success translates to the clients getting the very best therapies available, all in one incredible place.
Kimberly Katari, best known as “Kimmy” to those who know her, is the quintessential working woman turned parental advocate. She was a practicing commercial litigation attorney, licensed in the states of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Florida. She met and married her husband 21 years ago and gave birth to 4 boys. While pregnant with her middle twin boys, Kimmy’s mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. Kimmy made the difficult but determined decision to leave the practice of law to focus her attention on her ailing mother and baby boys. Kimmy’s mother survived the breast cancer, but was diagnosed with ovarian cancer approximately two years later, when Kimmy was pregnant with her youngest son.
Having the twins provided a much different perspective as far as keeping track of her babies’ progression. Blake’s brother soon surpassed him on the pediatrician’s checklists of milestones. Kimmy and her husband brought Blake for early evaluation and were told that Blake simply had low muscle tone and was speech delayed. About a year later, however, Blake’s therapist suggested that they bring him to see a neurologist because it seemed as if Blake’s was “spacing out” often. That was the beginning of a whole new life for the Katari family…Blake was diagnosed on the autism spectrum with PDD-NOS.
Kimmy has been passionate about finding and doing all that she can for her son, Blake, since that diagnosis. Not one to give up, give in, or accept defeat, she became the voice, advocate, cheerleader, pincushion, and counselor for Blake. She watched, she listened, she learned, she read, she argued – all for her son. She cried often, yet maintained a strong, stable image and persona for the betterment of the rest of her family and those that she loved so deeply.
Kimmy quickly discovered that there is an entirely separate world out there for children with special needs and their families. In that world, values are different, priorities are different, relationships are different, and people are different. In that world, being different is good. It is special. Small things could be astronomical in that special world.
Over the next decade, Kimmy delved into the life of being a mom of a son with autism as well as a wife, daughter, and mom of three “typical” boys. She incorporated into their lives the gluten free casein free diet, doctors’ visits, RDI therapy, ABA therapy, OT therapy, equine therapy, speech therapy, social skills classes, Tomatis listening therapy, floortime therapy, and acupuncture because there was no telling what would be best for Blake.
She spent countless hours with therapists, teachers, paraprofessionals, school administrators, and doctors and even more on the phone with insurance companies in order to try to obtain the best services possible to help her son. It seemed as if time was passing by and yet Blake was at a standstill with the choices of local therapists and therapy clinics. Kimmy and her husband agreed to take a gamble and seek services outside of the state of Florida. She traveled alone with Blake and homeschooled him for months, leaving her supportive family behind, a very difficult and emotional time for the entire family.
Kimmy returned to Florida with the revelation that there needed to be better options for families like hers in Florida. Parents needed and deserved to focus their time and efforts on their special children and not drive around town from one appointment to another. It was rarely possible to describe and update each therapist on what another one had accomplished or noticed with Blake. Those therapists should be able to converse and share notes with one another. Kimmy strongly felt that children with special needs deserved to be in a caring, well-equipped environment conducive to optimizing the child’s capabilities and not in a small cluttered room. Most importantly, she wanted qualified, talented therapists who were not robotic or routine. She did not believe in leaving Blake with a “glorified babysitter”. She complained repeatedly to her husband, a self-made entrepreneur, and he encouraged her to “do something about it”. With his extensive business knowledge, acumen, and guidance, My Favorite Therapists began to emerge.
Jen majored in Education, is the mother of two amazing daughters, a master multi-tasker, a 3rd degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and an obsessive perfectionist. Jen loves going to work each and every day to see the amazing progress of all of the clients at My Favorite Therapists. She plays a vital part in the daily operations of the therapy center.
Dr. William “Tim” Courtney
Tim is foremost a behavior analyst who is passionate about the science of human behavior. His journey began with a chance meeting back in 2002 with a friend who explained his career as a behavior analyst. Tim was instantly intrigued, as this role was well aligned with his value for effective intervention. Highly motivated, he then quickly obtained his BCaBA certification, enrolled in the Master of Applied Behavior Analysis program at Florida Institute of Technology, and became a BCBA. Tim received his Doctorate in Business Administration from Benedictine University.
He had the amazing opportunity to work in several diverse settings: public schools, residential programs, center-based programs as well as in private and group homes. Tim loved doing clinical work and soon found his calling when he shifted to operations and system-wide performance. As a result, Tim’s research focus became the practice of behavior analysis — management, supervision and leadership as well as working with insurance companies.
When Tim is not working or engaged in work-related reading, he is active in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and any outdoor activities. Tim has been married to his wife Jennifer for 20 years and they have 3 kids (Sierra, Will, Liam), 2 grandchildren (Gordy, Scarlett) and 3 dogs (Flower, Noir, Obi)!
Mallory LucilloMembers is a Nationally Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She received her Masters of Science in Cognitive Behavioral Disabilities with a concentration in Emotional Behavioral Disorders from Nova Southeastern University and her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Sociology and Interdisciplinary Studies from Florida Gulf Coast University.
Mallory has been working in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis for over a decade. She has experience working with individuals with developmental disabilities ranging in ages from eighteen months to twenty-one years old. She has worked in the environments of clinic, school, home, and community focusing on improvement in the quality of life for every client.
Mallory has extensive background in increasing language and functional communication, reducing problem behaviors, acquisition of self-help skills, parent training, training of other clinicians, social skills, acquisition of new skills and generalizing them to be used in the real world, and vocational skills. Her passion is to continually grow and learn as a clinician to make the biggest positive impact on the lives of others.
Mallory also leads the team at My Favorite Therapists in obtaining insurance authorizations for services as well as running the supervision programs for up and coming BcaBAs and BCBAs.
When you don’t see Mallory working, she is usually spending time with her family and friends exploring new adventures or working out in the gym. Mallory is a Crossfit nut with a passion for physical fitness. She has competed throughout the state of Florida in many state and local Crossfit competitions.
Dr. Amanda N. Kelly
Dr. Amanda N. Kelly is trusted and respected throughout the global autism and behavior analytic communities. She specializes in showcasing effective applications of behavior analysis, most notably extending from autism to areas of public policy, ethics, and sustainable behavior change. Dr. Kelly’s commitment to increasing access to behavior analytic services and to elevating the quality of providers is evident through her advocacy for behavior analyst licensure legislation and perhaps most notably through her dissemination of free content on her Behaviorbabe.com and her social media platforms.
Marek is driven by his passion for traveling, creativity and marketing. Since being a kid, he always knew that he wanted to travel and work abroad. While studying in Czech Republic, Spain, Austria and Ireland he completed a BA in Economics and Management, Film Production and a Masters degree in International Diplomacy.
By studying Internationaly, he was able to land an amazing job at Google. At Google he helped the biggest advertising agencies in the industry grow, by providing support and education around the newest trends in digital marketing. On his team he was responsible for the teams KPI´s in his CSAT role. He trained both colleagues and Google vendors to improve communication skills in order to provide the best customer support.
He is a founder of a creative co-working space called BOOX (located in Monterrey MX), which serves as a hub for talented creators who produce content, organize cultural events and creative workshops.
As a Director of Marketing he is on a mission to help My Favorite Therapists grow exponentially, so many kids with autism can succeed, and live happy independent life.
Stacey Rollins has worked in Early Childhood Education for over 20 years.
Originally from Trinidad and Tobago, she began working as a teacher in south Florida and then relocated with her family to Kissimmee where she continued teaching and taking on additional leadership roles. Stacey served as the Assistant Director of several preschools before undertaking the responsibility of Chief of Center Operations at My Favorite Therapists.
Working with children is and always will be her passion. She cannot imagine being in any other field as she loves to see the impact that we have on young minds.
Jessica Sharrott, BCBA has worked in the behavior analysis field since 2014 in schools, homes, communities and remote clinical settings. She has extensive experience working with individuals with autism ranging from 7-21 years old. She facilitates behavioral plan implementations, redirects behaviors, assesses and assists in the functional development of her clients.
Jessica received her B.S. in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology from Ithaca College. She then attained her dual M.S. in Childhood Education and Special Education with a concentration in Autism from Long Island University. In addition, Jessica earned her Advanced Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis.
Shannon has a great deal of experience working with children under the age of 10 in both the center and home environments. Her focus has directly impacted the childrens’ social, personal, daily living, communication, sensory
Shannon has a great deal of experience working with children under the age of 10 in both the center and home environments.
Her focus has directly impacted the children’s social, personal, daily living, communication, sensory, and academic skills. Shannon received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Central Florida and her Master’s Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Ball State University.
She is excited to be a part of the BCBA team at My Favorite Therapists.
Tiffany Sierra, BCBA has been in the ABA field for years, passionately working with children with autism and their families to improve their quality of life. She believes in creating a fun and positive experience for her clients while rewarding and encouraging them to work to their fullest potential. Outside of work, Tiffany loves to read and spend quality time with her 2 beautiful daughters and little fur baby.
For over a decade, Milissa has been entrenched within the ABA industry. She has led strategic growth initiatives for applied behavior analysis (ABA) organizations with a specific focus on systems analysis, continuous improvement and data-based decision making in both an operational and clinical capacity. She has served in the capacity of the university instructor of Psychology and ABA, as well as the Clinical Director of an ABA company, the Vice President of Clinical Operations of an ABA company and the Chief Operating Officer of an ABA company. Milissa’s passion for helping children and families with autism to succeed is evident in her work with the children, with the families, with her colleagues and with her team members. Milissa earned her Behavior Analysis Certificate from the Florida Institute of Technology, her master’s degree in psychology from Capella University and her bachelor’s degree from Lander University. She has been a member of numerous professional organizations, including the Florida Association for Behavior Analysis, Association for Professional Behavior Analysts, American Psychological Association and Florida Agencies for Persons with Disabilities Licensing Review Committee for Behavior Analysis. Outside of work, Milissa enjoys time with her children as well as outdoor adventures, water activities, and community outreach projects with her church.
Ha traveled from Vietnam to California where she earned a Masters Degree in Education Administration and Leadership at Santa Clara University and turned her attention to students with special needs. She based her capstone project on her observation of young adults with autism at Specialists Guild in San Francisco, a vocational school designed to coordinate and facilitate the placement of autistic adults on the job and quickly the feeling of finding her calling rang loud and clear.
Ha Thomas has enjoyed her ABA journey from being a behavior technician to becoming a Program Supervisor and a BCBA. Her passion is to inspire and support Behavior Technicians to continue creating positive change for those in need. She particularly values that this field combines the logic of science and the creativity of art. In Ha’s words “the more formidable the difficulty, the more rewarding the achievement when things go right.”
My name is Marni Rosenstein. I have been a speech-language pathologist since 2018, working with populations from the age of 18 months to 22 years with varying abilities and diagnoses across a variety of settings.
I am passionate about wholistic care and the interdisciplinary approach to therapy. I received my Bachelor’s degree from Florida State University in Communication Disorders and Psychology and my Master’s in Communication Disorders from the University of Central Florida.
When I am not working, I love to spend time with my dog Theo. I love to go on nature walks, hang by the pool, read books, and watch movies.
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