Altamonte Springs ABA Therapy Center

My Favorite Therapists

Welcome to

Altamonte Springs 

Center

A comprehensive and collaborative, state of the art, therapy center for children with autism and developmental delays. Specializing in early identification and treatment of delays and disorders for children ages 1 to 18 years.

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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.

Our story begins with our son Blake…

Our son, Blake, was diagnosed on September 11th, an already devastating day! On that September 11th day, our lives changed forever as we watched the neurologist attempt to interact with Blake and then listened to the doctor’s words, labeling our son from that day on.

Addressing ALL of your child’s needs and developmental delays in one location

ABA THERAPY

Applied Behavioral Analysis involves the application of certain techniques that will cause a change in behavior, over…

FEEDING THERAPY
Applied Behavioral Analysis involves the application of certain techniques that will cause a change in behavior, over…

SPEECH THERAPY
Speech therapy and Language therapy is available for all children who require assistance with speech, language…

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY
Occupational Therapy improves the quality of your child’s participation in daily functioning at home, at school…

Meet our team

C.O.B.I - Chief of Big Ideas

Jay Katari

Managing Partner and Mom

Kimmy Katari

Special Assistant to the Owners

Jennifer Lawrence

BCBA/Regional Clinical Director

Mallory Lucillo

Chief of Center Operations

Stacey Rollins

Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Milissa Dycus

Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Natalia Movila

Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Lesley Green

C.O.B.I - Chief of Big Ideas

Jay Katari

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.

Managing Partner and Mom

Kimmy Katari

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.

 

Special Assistant to the Owners

Jennifer Lawrence

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.

BCBA/Regional Clinical Director

Mallory Lucillo

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.

Chief of Center Operations

Stacey Rollins

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.

Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Milissa Dycus

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.

Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Natalia Movila

Natalia is originally from Moldova, a small country in Eastern Europe. She was always passionate about working with kids and worked as a teacher as well as a clinical and social psychologist in her native country. She came to the United States as a young psychologist, joining a program that was providing services to people with disabilities. Upon completion of that program, Natalia decided to stay in the US. She earned her Masters in teaching Elementary Education, Special Education and Teaching English as a Second Language from Northeastern University. She then completed the ABA program at University of Santa Barbara and fulfilled her dream of becoming a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Since then, Natalia has been dedicated to her work as both a BCBA and Senior Clinical Supervisor, designing curriculum for social skills groups and learning readiness programs and bettering the lives of children and families with disabilities. Outside of work, Natalia enjoys spending time with her children, being outdoors, hiking, traveling, and volunteering at different places in the community.

Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Lesley Green

Lesley Green is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She received her undergraduate degree from Florida State University in Psychology. She received a Master’s of Science degree in Applied Behavior Analysis in 2005 from Florida Institute of Technology. She has over 25 years experience supporting people with intellectual disabilities and Autism. Her experience includes directing residential programs, intensive educational programs, case management and staff and family trainings. Lesley has provided ABA Therapy, consultation and supervision in both home and residential settings to children and adults. ABA can help individuals learn the skills they need to live a more independent life. In her free time, Lesley loves spending time with her family, yoga, outdoors and to cook.

Call: 321-401-5040

info@myfavoritetherapists.com

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We look forward to meeting you and creating a uniquely tailored therapy program for your child.

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