Welcome to Adapt

At Adapt, we have assembled a collection of the highest professionally trained individuals and supervisors within the field of Applied Behavior Analysis and other evidence based approaches.  We have also developed one of the most comprehensive introductory and ongoing training programs. In addition to our training programs, each employee at Adapt is regularly assessed within each of their cases and provided with direct feedback and modeling of intervention strategies. Continuing education through professional seminars, journals, and specialized trainings are also provided to Adapt employees to continue to expand upon their professional skills. 

     The  Collective

Philip Grant
Executive Director/Founder, BCBA, M.A. 
Dr. Mary Wong
Clinical Director, BCBA, Psy.D.

Amy Zora
Clinical Director/Senior Program Manager, MFT, NCC

Ravelle Wellock
Clinical Director/Program Manager, BCBA, M.A.
Laronna Watson
Clinical Director/Program Manager, LCSW

Philip began his career in ABA in 2003 as a Behavior Therapist. He cultivated his expertise over the last decade through various clinical positions ranging from Behavioral Specialist to Behavioral Consultant to Program Manager, and currently, as the Executive Director and Founder of Adapt. He has worked with hundreds of individuals from 2 to 70 years of age with varying diagnoses ranging from Autism to MR to ADHD to OCD.  He is also a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with a Master's in Education and an emphasis in applied behavioral therapy.    

 

Philip's  professional goals are to advance the field of ABA through continued research and the development of modern, pragmatic applications, to educate "whoever wants to learn" on the principles and successful implementation of ABA, and to provide the highest quality of professional service to each individual he works with.  He is truly inspired by redefining possibilities!

Mary is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and licensed psychologist with experience in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) as well as trauma, substance abuse, forensics, victimology, crisis, and both inpatient and outpatient services.  Since 2011, she has worked with individuals with Intellectual Disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorders, including those dually diagnosed with Psychotic Disorders, Mood Disorders, and Substance Use Disorders ranging from 2 to 65 years old. Within the field of ABA, she has served different research, treatment, and educational roles including diagnostic assessment, clinical intervention development, caregiver training, and supervision. She believes learning never comes to an end and enjoys continually discovering new and unique methods to work with different individuals on a daily basis.   

Amy’s background  includes a Bachelors Degree in Social Work and a Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy with an emphasis on working with couples and families. Amy is also a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC). Her experience includes working with survivors of assault, providing counseling to individuals, couples, families, and children ranging in age from 2-18 years old.  For the last 5  years, Amy has focused on working directly with children and families diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders using ABA (Applied Behavioral Analysis) therapy.  

Within the field of ABA, she has primarily worked in direct therapy, implementation of goals and treatment plans, parent training, and therapist training. Amy is in the process of obtaining a license as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and is always eager to learn and grow as a professional to best help the clients she serves. When it comes to her work with children, Amy likes to refer to one of her favorite Dr. Seuss quotes, “You’re off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so. . . get on your way!”

Ravelle completed her Masters in Applied Behavioral Analysis with an emphasis in Autism and recently completing her certification as a BCBA or Board Certified Behavior Analyst.   Her interest in positive strategies for behavioral change started in 2013 while working with at-risk youth in a therapeutic environment. Ravelle has 4 years of experience providing ABA (Applied Behavioral Analysis) services to a variety of individuals from ages 4 to 19. Her skills within ABA include direct therapy, development of goals and treatment plans under the supervision of a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, therapist training, and naturalistic teaching.

"Consideration of the entire family is extremely important to me as a therapist. Environments, cultures, and family structure are unique to each client we serve and need to be valued throughout the treatment process. I look forward to getting to know each family I work with."

Laronna  is  a graduate of California State University East Bay where she received both her Bachelors in Business Administration (BS) and her Masters in Social Work (MSW) in 2011 and 2013, respectively. She is currently working as a Clinical Director with Adapt Behavioral Collective where she enjoys teaching individuals with autism everyday skills through the use of behavioral methods derived from Applied Behavior Analysis. In addition to her role here at Adapt, she is a LCSW.  In the past she worked with the Department of Veteran Affairs  to assist homeless veterans in obtaining stable housing.  Laronna is also a California state certified rape crisis counselor as well as a certified counselor for victims of domestic violence.  She is a California native who grew up here in the Bay Area where she still resides today!

Marian Sanchez
   Program Manager, M.A. Human Behavior

Marian began her career in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) in 2006 after completing her Bachelor's degree in Psychology. Since then, she has worked in multiple settings including a center-based program, a private school specializing in ABA for children diagnosed with Autism and more recently in in-home services. Her experience encompasses an extensive age range from 18 months to 22 years of age. In 2015 she completed her Master's program in Human Behavior and is now preparing to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). Her biggest hope is to make a meaningful impact in the lives of not only the clients she provides guidance to, but rather, the family unit as a whole. 

Taron Smith
Program Manager/Senior Behavior Therapist II, B.A. Psychology

Taron received a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with a concentration in Education from the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga. During his college years, Taron built his  professional experience in working with children as a teacher's assistant for various elementary schools to tutoring children in after school programs.  It was when he moved to San Francisco that Taron discovered his passion for ABA. As a Behavioral Therapist, Taron has continued to develop his skills in teaching, analysis, rapport building, and client specific behavioral strategies and recently began his training as a program manger with Adapt. His current goals are to obtain his Masters of Science degree in Clinical Psychology, continue building his knowledge in the field of ABA, and furthering the growth of every individual with Autism he works with.

Alejandra Cornejo-Gonzalez 
Program Manager/Senior Behavior Therapist II, M.A. Education

Alejandra was born and raised in Oakland, Ca. She obtained a B.S in health science with an option in Nursing and minor in Music from Cal State East Bay. She completed her Master program in Education with a concentration in ABA from ASU and is currently completing her requirements to become certified as a BCBA. Beginning her journey back in 2007, Ali started working for the unified school district of Oakland as an aide to a special needs classroom and came in contact with the field of ABA. She has been working in ABA now for the last 5 years. Her passion is providing  support to the kiddos and families of Adapt  and making a positive impact in their lives.

Moying Tsui
Program Manager/Senior Behavior Therapist II, B.A. Psychology

Starting her career in ABA back in 2015, Moying has built a wealth of  experience working with people on the spectrum from ages 2 to 21 .  She graduated with a B.A. in Psychology in 2015 and is currently working towards obtaining her Masters degree and eventual certification as a BCBA. In 2018, Moying completed her certification as a Registered Behavioral Technician (RBT) by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. She believes that building a relationship between the individual receiving therapy and the family are essential to build trust between the team and an ultimately successful intervention. Moying is eager to learn new and effective ABA methods to continue strengthening her skill sets to better support families and looks forward to contributing to the growth of the Adapt team.  

Ashley Macatangay
Program Manager, M.A. ABA

In 2014, Ashley completed her Bachelor's degree and acquired her license as an Occupational Therapist (OT) in the Philippines. As an OT, she worked with children from 1 to 15 years of age with various diagnoses including Autism  Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome and Cerebral Palsy. In 2017, she joined the world of ABA as a Behavior Technician. She obtained her certification as a Board Certified Autism Technician in 2018 by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board and started transitioning into the Program Manager position with another company the same year, working mostly with children ages 3 to 18 years. She completed her Master's degree in Applied Behavior Analysis in 2020 from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and is currently working towards acquiring her license as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Ashley's passion for the outdoors and for helping children and their families have always been inspired by the saying "Leave It Better Than You Found It".

Jonathan Wilder
Senior Behavior Therapist, B.S. Fitness, Recreation, Sports Management

Jonathon Wilder earned his BS in Fitness, recreation, sports management with a minor in management at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas. The native of Austin, Texas began his journey working with children while volunteering for Special Olympics and counseling for Outdoor Education summer camps.  Jonathon has recently obtained his certification as a Registered Behavioral Technician and enjoys the opportunities that he has to positively impact the lives of individuals with his work and continue his personal and professional development in the field of ABA at Adapt.

Jay Lee
Senior Behavior Therapist, B.A. Arts

A native of San Francisco,  Jay's experience and passion for working with children begin at an early age working within his own family-run daycare. Before his work with Adapt Jay explored various other passions including earned a BA in Animation from The Academy of Art University, and  working as an ECG Technician at San Francisco General Hospital.  Jay feels as though he has found his true passion in his career as a Behavioral Therapist with Adapt and recently obtained his certification as a Registered Behavioral Technician. He also enjoys flexing his artistic and creative background while also making a difference in the lives of the community he works with.

Kyra Joy Mina
Senior Behavior Therapist, B.A. Communicative Disorders

Kyra began working in the field of ABA in 2015.  She has worked with families all over the Bay Area in various settings including centers, clinics, family homes, and schools. Prior to working with Adapt, Kyra received her Associate’s degree in Behavioral Sciences at De Anza College in Cupertino, California and recently graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Communicative Disorders with a minor in Education from San Francisco State University. Kyra’s  future plans include pursuing a Master’s degree to become a Speech Language Pathologist, continue working and serving families in the Bay Area, and to eventually open a speech clinic in her hometown of East San Jose, California. 

Veronica Campos
 Behavior Therapist, B.A. Health Science

 Veronica am a certified RBT, and has been working for over three years with people of all ages ranging from 2-23 who have been diagnosed with autism as well as other related developmental disorders. She has a BS in Health Science with a concentration in Community Health and is currently studying for her Masters Degree in Special Education with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis. Veronica feels passionate about helping people reach their full potential, providing quality services to clients and their families, and meeting her personal goal of becoming a Behavior Analyst.

Brandon Garay
Senior Behavior Therapist, B.A. Psychology

Brandon began his career in ABA upon completion of his B.A. in Psychology from the Unversity of Hawai'i at Manoa. His first experience in the field of special needs took place while teaching in Madrid, Spain. After a year of teaching, Brandon returned to the states and began working in various public schools as both a behavior therapist and a paraprofessional in after-school sports programs for individuals with special needs. He have over 2 years of experience working in a public school setting and over a year of experience providing in-home therapy. He is currently enrolled in a Masters of Education degree in Applied Behavior Analysis and his current goal is to become a BCBA. 

Johnny Wallace
 Behavior Therapist, M.A. Counseling

Johnny began his career in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) in 2015 after receiving a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Saint Mary's College of California. Since then, he has worked in multiple settings as well as an early intervention clinic that served preschool aged kids. He has experience working with people on the spectrum from across the lifespan, as early as 2 years old through adulthood. In 2018 he completed his Masters program in Counseling with an Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy. In 2020, he then completed and received his Graduate Certification in Applied Behavior Analysis. He is currently working as a Behavioral Therapist at Adapt and is excited to continue strengthening his skills in the world of ABA and working towards his goal of being Board Certified as a Behavior Analyst.

Shantal Medrano
Behavior Therapist, B.A. Psychology

Shantal has been working in the field of ABA for over five years. She has always wanted to work with children in all settings from schools to centers to in-home therapy. She is currently working towards gaining her Special Education Credential. Shantal  believes everyone deserves a good quality of life and aspires  to help anyone she can achieve that. She values integrity and dignity within her work each day and strives to make working in ABA a fun experience for all kiddos!

Vanessa Rodarte
Behavior Therapist, B.A. Psychology

Vanessa received a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from the University of California, San Diego. She began her career working with children and teenagers as a youth Mixed Martial Arts instructor. In 2019, Vanessa discovered her passion for ABA and in 2020, she completed her certification as a registered behavioral technician (RBT) by the Behavior Analysts Certification Board. Working with children has always been a joy for Vanessa. She is eager to continue to grow in the field of ABA with Adapt and continues to strive to positively impact the lives of others.

Jessica Pavon
Senior Behavior Therapist, M.A. Special Education

Jessica’s journey in the special education field began in 2013 when she was required to take additional courses to fulfill her full time student status. Her passion laid in the healthcare field and working with children. Although her major was nursing, she soon discovered a new passion. In 2014,  Jessica switched majors from nursing to Communicative Disorders and obtained her Bachelor's from San Francisco State University in 2016. Soon after, she began working as a behavior therapist and obtained her certification as a Registered Behavioral Technician a few months later. As she continued to work closely with families and clients, she realized she wanted to continue her education, and in 2020 Jessica earned her Masters in Special Education from Arizona State University. She  is currently working to become a BCBA.

Why is Adapt called a "Behavioral Collective"

" We call ourselves a behavioral collective for two simple reasons...

One, at Adapt our intention is to assemble a collection of the most talented, passionate individuals in the field aimed towards the collective goal of providing the highest quality of service to our clients and their families.  Two, within this group of people, diversity of thought and experience is paramount. Under the umbrella of ABA techniques and methodologies, we will continue to collectively develop an evolving, multi-faceted, and comprehensive approach towards the treatment of individuals we work with.  Our strength comes as a whole and every individual is hired with the intention to contribute in their own unique way with their own unique capabilities."

- Philip Grant (Founder/CEO)    

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