who we are

We have dedicated our careers to providing the highest quality services to children and adults with autism spectrum disorders and their families. All of our clinicians are either board-certified (BCBA) or are in the process of becoming board-certified. That means that you will receive support from a specialist that has been trained to the highest standards of professional practice.

Our Team



Briana Burwell, M.A., BCBA

Briana has a Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education and Recreation Administration from Southern Virginia University and a Master's Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis-Dual Certificate from Teachers College, Columbia University. She specializes in providing behavior analytic services to young children with autism and their families. Briana is passionate about finding the most effective strategies to teach each of her children individually, and firmly believes that if her kids are not learning quickly she needs to be doing a better job! 

Ashlin Gunn Smith, M.S., BCBA

Ashlin received both her Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the University of Utah. She specializes in early intervention autism treatment. She has worked with children and teens with varying degrees of ASD diagnoses. Ashlin is enthusiastic about ABA therapy, early intervention treatment, and making a strong impact in the lives of children and families alike, having seen positive effects and outcomes as a result the progress seen.



Bruce Glad, C.S.W., BCBA

Bruce obtained a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Social Work at the University of Utah. He has worked in varying capacities with people who have disabilities: from group home manager, to interventionist at a school for the treatment of autism, to helping start the first state funded ABA treatment services in Utah.  Bruce loves helping interventionists and families identify ways they can use the principles of ABA to help the individuals they support to gain the skills they need to be able to function more fully, decreasing or eliminating the need for many problem behaviors.

Erica Carpenter, M.Ed.

Erica received her Bachelor's from the University of Utah in Early Childhood Special Education, and her Master's in Special Education Professional Practice (also from the U of U) with an emphasis to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.   Erica knows the IEP process and special education law inside and out. She specializes in function based behavior interventions, curriculum adaptation for young children, and helping families navigate and understand the public school system.



Virginia Jimenez, M.C., BCBA

Virginia holds a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Brigham Young University and a Master's in Counseling from the University of Phoenix. She completed her post-graduate training in Applied Behavior Analysis at Florida Institute of Technology.  Virginia specializes in working with children, teens and adults with moderate to severe behavioral problems and providing behavioral coaching for their families. She is passionate about helping children improve while at the same time, understanding and supporting the real-life demands that families experience.

Ben Beus, M.E.d., BCBA

Ben began working with children with autism in 2009 while pursuing a bachelor’s degree in psychology. He has had extensive experience providing one-on-one therapy for children with autism since that time. He studied psychology at Brigham Young University, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree. He then studied special education at Utah State University, eventually obtaining a master’s degree in this field. He specializes in Discrete Trial Training (DTT) for children with autism. He is passionate about helping people with disabilities to live purposeful, fulfilling lives..



Troy Angus, M.S.W., BCBA

Troy received his bachelor's degree in Psychology and his master's degree in Social Work from the University of Utah. He obtained his post-graduate certification in Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of North Texas. Troy specializes in working with people with moderate to severe behavioral problems and coaching interventionists. He is passionate about training families and interventionists to provide the supports needed to help individuals with autism become successful.

Joel Tangaro, M.S.W., BCBA

Joel received his bachelor's degree in Psychology at Gonzaga University, is master's degree in Social Work at the University of Utah, and continued his post graduate work in Applied Behavior Analysis at the University of North Texas. Joel specializes in Functional Assessments, VBMAPP Assessments, Verbal Behavior Training, Functional Communication Training, and the development of positive behavior supports. He is passionate about seeing progress in the individuals he supports.



Matt Upton, C.S.W.

Matt received his bachelor's degree at the University of Utah in Sociology, then went on to receive his Master's in Social Work from the University of Utah as well.  Matt is currently working to become an L.C.S.W.  He completed his post graduate course work in Applied Behavior Analysis through the University of North Texas, and is preparing to sit for the BCBA exam. Matt's expertise is helping interventionists understand how to work with people with disabilities and is passionate about helping people improve their quality of life.

Cicely Nickerson, M.S.

Cicely Nickerson completed her Master's degree in Special Education (emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis) from Utah State University in the autumn of 2015.  While at Utah State University, she worked at the Utah Behavior Support Clinic, providing behavioral assessment and intervention to children and adults who engaged in severe problem behavior. Cicely loves working with children to help them acquire them skills they need in home, school, and community settings.



For more information on board certification for behavior analysis, go to www.bacb.com, or,  contact us, we're happy to answer any questions you have!