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Deerfield Beach 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.

ABA THERAPY

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

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FEEDING THERAPY
Feeding therapy is provided for children with difficulties, obstacles, inabilities, or challenges to eating or swallowing.

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SPEECH THERAPY

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

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

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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

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

Jay Katari

Managing Partner and Mom

Kimmy Katari

Special Assistant to the Owners

Jennifer Lawrence

Chief Operating Officer

Dr. William “Tim” Courtney

BCBA/Regional Clinical Director

Mallory Lucillo

Director of Recruitment & Talent Development

Dr. Amanda N. Kelly

Director of Marketing

Marek Bubenik

BCBA/Clinical Director

Michael Ovad

Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Bevannie Smith

Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Suwenda Louis

Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Zulmarie Candelaria

Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Kristin Andres

Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Sean-Nicole Kellar

Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Jessica Kroner

Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Kendra Lalinde

Speech Language Pathologist

Tyler Panmunin

Occupational therapist

Prema Khan

Senior Medical Billing Specialist

Cecilia Martinez

Medical Billing Specialist

Lupita Correo

Medical Billing Specialist

Claudia Garza

Medical Billing Specialist

Violeta Juarez

Medical Billing Specialist

Maria Hinojosa

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.

Chief Operating Officer

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)!

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.

Director of Recruitment & Talent Development

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.

Director of Marketing

Marek Bubenik

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.

BCBA/Clinical Director

Michael Ovad

Michael Ovad is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with over 10 years of experience working with kids with various developmental disabilities. Born and raised in Florida, he attended Florida Atlantic University, where he received his Masters in Exceptional Student Education, with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis and Instructional Practices. Michael has worked with kids of various ages across multiple different settings to help them learn new skills and improve their behaviors. From growing up with a younger brother with autism, Michael has made it his mission to improve the lives of those with various developmental disabilities.

Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Bevannie Smith

Bevannie Smith, BCBA, attended the University of South Florida where she attained her B.A in Psychology with a minor in Applied Behavior Analysis. She then attended Ball State University where she attained her M.A in Applied Behavior Analysis with a concentration in Autism. Bevannie has worked in the autism field for 7+ years, specializing in Early intervention and as a Professional Crisis Management (PCM) instructor. In addition to her passion for helping children and families with autism, Bevannie enjoys traveling across the globe , watching cartoons and helping random food restaurants. Her ultimate goal is to bring more awareness and training to individuals who interact with the autism population, especially in the Caribbean.

Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Suwenda Louis

Suwenda Louis, BCBA earned a Masters of Science in Developmental Disabilities with a concentration in Applied Behavioral Analysis from Nova Southeastern University and a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology with a concentration in Public Health from the University of South Florida.  Suwenda started her ABA career while working with children diagnosed with Autism and other related developmental disabilities in 2012. With over 7 years of experience in Early Intervention and Education, Suwenda’s professional background includes an emphasis on Behavior Modification, Direct Trial Teaching, and Verbal Behavior.

While providing direct therapy early on in her career, Suwenda observed the impact that positive behavior changes have on the overall quality of life and learning of children and their families. Her ultimate goal is to make a difference in each child’s life by providing high-quality behavioral intervention services and implementing effective teaching strategies.

Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Zulmarie Candelaria

Zulmarie Candelaria is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with a Masters of Science in Developmental Disabilities from Nova Southeastern University.

Zulmarie has been working with children and families impacted by autism and related disabilities since 2015. She worked at NSU Mailman Segal Center’s Baudhuin Preschool, served as an Infant Toddler Developmental Specialist via the Early Steps program in 2016, and has since utilized her skills and experience to serve clients ranging from 2-18 years of age in homes, schools, and clinic-based settings. She has a continuously evolving passion for early intervention, skill acquisition in both Discrete Trial Training (DTT) and Natural Environment Teaching (NET), behavior modification, social skills, staff and parent trainings, and everything in between. Those who know Zulmarie describe her as loving, patient, compassionate, and determined to help her clients reach their fullest potential in every area!

Born in the beautiful island of Puerto Rico and raised in sunny South Florida, Zulmarie is fluent in both English and Spanish. Some of her favorite pastimes include spending time with her family, enjoying a warm Cafecito, and going on spontaneous fun-filled adventures!

Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Kristin Andres

Kristin is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who received her Master’s in Professional Behavior Analysis from the Florida Institute of Technology. She has experience working in public schools, center-based programs, home therapy, and clinical settings. She has worked with children from 18 months to 12 years old and is always excited to meet new kiddos! Kristin believes that implementation of the ABA methodology combined with patience, dedication, and persistence always results in a child’s growth and achievement.  As a part of the My Favorite Therapists’ team, Kristin is looking forward to working with your family!

Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Sean-Nicole Kellar

Sean-Nicole Kellar is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who double majored in Psychology and Philosophy at Long Island University- Post in New York. She then completed a Masters of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis at Northeastern University. She is also a Certified Autism Specialist and has been practicing in the field for over 5 years. Sean-Nicole has worked with a variety of clients in multiple settings including private homes, schools and clinics. She is passionate about the field of ABA and aspires to help unlock every child’s full potential. When she is not working, Sean-Nicole enjoys spending time with her family, reading and traveling.

Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Jessica Kroner

Jessica is a Canadian native who relocated to Florida 3 years ago. She recently passed her BCaBA certification and is working towards obtaining her BCBA credential. She completed her undergrad in Psychology at York University and then received her Master of Arts in Special Education with a specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis from Ball State University.

Jessica first entered the field of Behavior Analysis as a Behavior therapist. Soon after, she then obtained her RBT certification. Jessica has been providing services in the ABA community for over 5 years gaining experience working with children with autism and developmental disabilities in a variety of settings.

Jessica believes every child has the ability to learn when given the right tools. She brings empathy, understanding, and compassion to all her sessions. She is passionate about collaborating with families and teams to help every child and family access tools to improve lives and achieve dreams! 

In her free time, Jessica loves to spend time with her family, take walks on the beach, travel and explore with her significant other, and spend time with her dog Fluffy.

Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Kendra Lalinde

Kendra has worked as a Behavioral Analyst in private and public settings including early intervention, foster care, classroom settings, consulting with schools, community programs and families of individuals with intellectual disabilities and
autism for over a decade.
She received her BA in Psychology from the University of Santo Tomas in Colombia and completed her Master’s degree at Nova SouthEastern University with a degree in Counseling and Applied Behavior Analysis.

Speech Language Pathologist

Tyler Panmunin

Tyler Panmunin, SLP joins our Speech & Language department in South Florida from Baltimore, Maryland.   She completed both her graduate program and second bachelor’s program in speech from Towson University.  Tyler has experience working with children up to the age of 18 in clinics, homes, camps as well as in afterschool programming.  Her focus has been on expressive language skills, pragmatic groups as well as articulation.  When she’s not at work, Tyler enjoys reading, watching movies, pilates, playing with her dog, and hanging out with her husband!

Occupational therapist

Prema Khan

Prema received her Master’s in Occupational Therapy from New York University and is
registered with the National Board of Certification in Occupational Therapy. While Prema completed fieldwork in various settings, including early intervention and schools, she has most enjoyed working with the pediatric population over the years. Prema has a true passion for helping kids and families to be able to engage and participate in everyday activities.

Senior Medical Billing Specialist

Cecilia Martinez

Cecilia has worked with children, teenagers and adults in a variety of schools, non profit organizations and companies. She graduated from CEU University in Monterrey, Mexico where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psycho-Pedagogy. She is experienced in educational problems, social-cultural disadvantages, human relations and office management.

She enjoys the connection, challenges and her passion is helping others and make a difference in the lives of people around her. Spending time with family and friends, go to the movies and read e-books are some of her favorite things to do. Cecilia is thrilled to be a member of My Favorite Therapists dream team! 

Medical Billing Specialist

Lupita Correo

Lupita is the eldest sister and best friend of 3 siblings, dedicated and in love with her family. She studied Business Administration at the Benemerita Universidad Autonoma de Puebla, Mexico. With a goal to continue to grow professionally and personally, to contribute something positive to the people around her.

Lupita has a strong dedication to serve and support to the community. She also enjoys spending time and helping out in her family’s bakery on vacations.

Medical Billing Specialist

Claudia Garza

Claudia has a Bachelor’s degree in Energy Management and Sustainable Development.
Claudia has worked as a teacher in both the private and public sectors. She loves children, learning new things and different cultures, traveling, being creative, and having fun in the process. She aspires to keep growing as a professional and as a person.

What I like the most about being part of the MFT team is how our team work gets reflected in the amazing little patients, even though I don’t do the therapies I feel like I’m part of their development

Medical Billing Specialist

Violeta Juarez

Violeta is a true believer that every positive action small or large, the world will become a better place for everyone. She has a bachelor’s degree in Business Management and takes every opportunity to go on adventures, explore new places, and try new activities. Her daily purpose is to help others and create an impact, which is her favorite part of working at My Favorite Therapists.

Medical Billing Specialist

Maria Hinojosa

Maria has a bachelor’s degree in business administration for touristic enterprises from UVM in Monterrey, Mexico. She is experienced in customer service and administrative processes, always up to a new challenge and capable to learn from others in order to accomplish a common goal.

Maria is the youngest sister of four, she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling to new places with friends looking for adventures, and trying new hobbies as singing and flower arrangement.

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

754-444-3707

1239 E Newport Center Dr, Deerflied Beach, FL 33442,USA

Deerfield Beach • Pompano Beach • Boca Raton • Fort Lauderdale • Coconut Creek • Delray Beach • Oakland Park

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

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