Hi. I’m Sonya, owner and primary clinician at Juniper Health and Wellness.
My journey with ABA started in 2009 when I was a behavior tutor serving the military community. I distinctly remember the day I was leaving a great in-home session with a nonverbal three-year-old boy. As his mom held him while we were saying good-bye at the door, he spontaneously raised his little hand in the air and waved “bye-bye” back – for the first time ever.
His mom was so happy she cried. I felt full of joy, and at that moment I knew this was the work I wanted to do. (Prior to that, I’d been working toward becoming a CPA!)
Since shifting my career path, I’ve never looked back. I earned my Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) credential in 2016, focusing in pediatric care with autism. I also hold a Masters Degree in Special Education from Texas Tech University and a doctoral degree from Arizona State University with a focus on integrated behavioral health.
Throughout my career, I’ve had opportunities to serve individuals with brain injuries, intellectual disabilities, psychiatric disorders, autism and Fragile X. Much of my treatment has focused on kids ages 2-18. I also work with young adults to develop self-help skills that help them find their path in college and jobs and allow them to live as independently as possible.
In 2017, I established Juniper Health and Wellness–a local, independent clinic staffed with qualified and dedicated professionals from our community. We provide ABA therapy to help autistic youth learn skills in communication, social functioning, self-help, and self-advocacy.
Whether your child is attending our center-based early-learning program or receiving in-home services, we take the time to get to know our learners inside and out – their sounds and facial expressions, their likes & dislikes - all the things that make them tick.
Our goal is to help your child thrive as their unique self. We provide focused attention to each individual learner and family, and customize our approach based on your child’s specific needs.
We offer training and support for parents and families, because we’ve seen firsthand how equipped and involved caregivers play a central role in their child’s learning progress.
We see each individual learner as a whole person and offer support to help them live healthy lives in both body and mind. We specialize in building skills that go beyond traditional ABA skills, such as teaching interventions and methods for managing medical conditions or health treatments.
We do it all in an environment that’s compassionate and sensitive, effective and fun.