Instructor Therapists and RBTs

 

Jessica Mercer, RBT

With 6+ years of experience, Jessica has always held a passion for working with children. During her studies, she met a young boy with autism whom she connected with right away. It was then that she decided she wanted to work more closely with children living with Autism. After receiving her ECE Diploma, she took the Autism Behavioural Sciences program and graduated with Honours. That same year, she joined A Balanced Approach. She loves the excitement the children have when they are enjoying their most favoured toys and activities, as well as the milestones they are able to achieve with ABA therapy. She feels truly blessed to be someone who looks forward to Mondays! Jessica completed her Honours Bachelor Degree in Psychology, with a minor in Sociology in 2021, and is currently obtaining her Masters at Western University in Professional Education. She plans to sit for the BCBA exam in the near future and continue to work with individuals with special needs in a more advanced role.

Danica McVeigh

Danica is currently completing a Bachelor of Education at Wilfrid Laurier University, set to graduate Spring 2023. She also completed her Registered Behavioural Technician (RBT) course from St. Lawrence College and has a degree in Early Learning Program Development from Conestoga College. Danica has always had a love for kids and wanted to work with them to make a positive difference in their lives. Since Danica began working as an IT at A Balanced Approach in January 2021, she has loved working with the team to help kids reach their full potential and finds it exciting to see them work so hard to reach new goals! Outside of work Danica enjoys playing and coaching sports, spending time with friends and family, hiking, and camping.

Ihsan Mahrez, RBT

Ihsan majored in Psychology at the University of Waterloo and recently completed her post-grad in Autism and Behavioural Science at Conestoga College. In addition to her work as an instructor therapist with A Balanced Approach, she works as an English and math tutor for students with various learning disabilities. Ihsan really enjoys helping her clients reach their goals and overcome learning challenges by helping them develop the skills they need to succeed. She naturally loves working with children of various age groups and helping children with ASD excel academically, socially, and behaviourally has become one of her greatest passions over the years!

Josephine Liauw

Josephine completed a certificate from McMaster University through Mohawk College in Applied Behaviour Analysis in 2018. She is currently finishing an MA/MDiv in Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy. Her favourite thing about work is seeing the kids learn and grow, and to see the resilience they display in their work ethics through ABA therapy. Aside from work, Josephine loves reading, watching tv, learning to code, and running. Josephine hopes to combine her education and knowledge to create more accessible resources, whether that is through therapy or coding. 

 

Amanda Fryer, RBT

Amanda has always had a passion working with children and youths. She graduated from the Early Childhood Education Diploma program in 2016. After completing this program, she was working in a child care centre and had the opportunity to work with a child with Autism. This gave her a different passion of not only working with children but working with children with Autism.  Amanda went back to Fanshawe College and completed the Autism and Behavioural Science Certificate program in 2018.  After completing this program, she went into the ABA field and worked more closely with individuals who are living with autism.  She enjoys helping the children learn new skills and the enjoyment when the children meet a new milestone. Amanda also holds a DSW diploma and is furthering her education by starting her Honours bachelor’s degree in psychology. Amanda started working with A Balanced Approach in November of 2020. She is coming back from maternity leave and is excited to return. When Amanda is not working at A Balanced Approach, she is at home with her own children exploring the world around us.

 
Laura Marin

Laura comes from a big family, and as a child of 5 she has always known she wanted to work with children. Laura completed her placement for her Bachelor of Behavioural Science with A Balanced Approach. She always knew she wanted to help children but during her placement Laura fell in love, she knew this was the field she wanted to work in. After her placement she was offered a position in her dream job: helping kids with autism. Her favourite part of the job is seeing all the progress and different personalities of all the children she has worked with. She is very excited to see what the future holds and is looking forward to watching the children she works with continue to learn and grow. Outside of work she likes to read, paint and go on hikes with her two dogs, Bear and Bambi. Laura will be graduating with a Bachelor in Behavioural science in April 2024.

 

Ishita Choda

Ishita completed her masters in Psychology from Panjab University, India. She knew she wanted to work in this field but wanted to learn more about specific age groups/population, so she decided to enrol in a diploma for Behavioural Science Technician from George Brown College, Toronto. She completed her final placement for the course at Oak Bridge Academy where she connected very well with children and loved seeing them grow. When she completed her placement, she joined A Balanced Approach’s brilliant team. The most enjoyable aspect of working with kids is to see them make progress and reach milestones. She hopes to continue further to get her RBT certification and help children grow and reach new heights!

 

Kiera Leon

Kiera is completing her Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology (research specialist) at Wilfrid Laurier University. After her graduation in 2023, Kiera will be continuing on her Master’s degree at Laurier in Cognitive Neuroscience, specializing in Autism Studies and sensory processing related to speech production. Her drive for learning is rooted in her passion for working with children and helping them succeed. Kiera has worked as an Instructor Therapist with various age groups since 2020, and she finds the most joy in seeing individuals with Autism reach their goals and succeed in all they are capable of. In addition, bringing a sense of satisfaction to families and parents is essential to Kiera, as she believes she is a member of a team dedicated to unveiling their children’s full potential. When she is not in school or caring for children, Kiera enjoys spending time outside and growing her knowledge on any topic she can find!

 
Mia Falak

Mia has always been dedicated to the children and families whom she has the privilege of assisting. After years working with homeless communities, Mia’s summer placement counselling children with ASD at a therapeutic riding camp sparked her interest in the Autism field. She completed her studies in Psychology and English at McGill University — as well as her tenure as an outreach leader for a student mental health organization — before joining A Balanced Approach. Outside of work, Mia enjoys expanding her knowledge of the field through additional training, hiking, and playing with her dogs: Teddy and Marla.