Dr. Gia is a Clinical Psychologist licensed in the state of Texas and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Her clinical experience dates back to 2002 when she became a behavior therapist for children with autism soon after receiving her bachelor’s degree in Psychology. In 2003, she opened and directed a non-profit organization in Puerto Rico that provided applied behavior analysis (ABA) home-based therapy for children with developmental disorders. She received her formal ABA training from Penn State University in 2005 and an autism certification from Penn State in 2007.
Concurrently, as she directed her ABA program, Dr. Gia received her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Ponce School of Medicine in Ponce, Puerto Rico in 2008. Most of her training was focused on psychological and neuropsychological assessments, bilingual psychotherapy, and evidence-based individual therapy for children and adolescents for a variety of difficulties including ADHD, behavior disorders, depression, anxiety, and family conflict.
Since 2009, Dr. Gia has dedicated her clinical work to the assessment and treatment of developmental disorders through her collaboration with various agencies in San Antonio and through her post-doctoral training with the Center for Autism and Related Disorders. Her current interests include Pivotal Response Training (PRT) for children with autism spectrum disorders, evidence-based practices for children and adolescents, psychological assessments, naturalistic and peer-mediated interventions, parent training, quality supervision, and bilingual applications of behavioral practices.
Dr. Gia and her husband keep themselves happily busy balancing their work passion and family life of 4 energetic daughters!
Program Director, Early Intensive Program
Kayleigh has been providing ABA therapy to young children since 2012. Prior to beginning in ABA, she worked in the community mental health field. Kayleigh received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of the Incarnate Word. She received her Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Ball State University with a certificate in ABA and a certificate in autism. Kayleigh is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, serves as an ABA Case Supervisor and is Program Director of the Early Intensive Program. Kayleigh and her husband, Brandon, have a beautiful young girl and two adorable miniature schnauzers.
Program Director, Extended Learning Program
Annie has been providing ABA therapy with children since 2011. Prior to beginning in ABA, she worked in assisted independent living programs for adults with developmental disabilities. Annie completed her undergraduate studies at Trinity University in San Antonio, where she studied psychology and special education. Annie received her Master’s degree from The University of Texas at San Antonio in Special Education with an emphasis on Applied Behavior Analysis. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and serves the Program Director for the Extended Learning Program and as an ABA Case Supervisor. Annie and her husband Waynne enjoy spoiling their two rescue dogs and enjoy anything and everything related to sports.
Program Director, FLEx Program
Hallie began providing ABA therapy with children in 2009. Hallie immediately fell in love with the field and graduated from UTSA with a B.A. in Psychology in 2014. She earned her Master’s degree in Special Education from the University of Cincinnati in 2015. Hallie is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and serves as Program Director for the FLEx program and as an ABA Case Supervisor. Hallie and her husband, Chad, have two very loved dogs, Bane and Lincoln.
Gianna has been providing ABA therapy to young children since 2014. She completed her undergraduate studies at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia where she studied communication across the lifespan. Gianna received her Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Ball State University in 2015. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and serves as an ABA Case Supervisor. Gianna enjoys remaining active by playing a variety of sports and spending time with her family.
Sarah began providing ABA to children in 2014. Prior to beginning ABA she worked in the clinical neuropsychology field. Sarah received her B.A in Psychology from The University of Texas at San Antonio. She received her Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Ball State University. Sarah is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and serves as an ABA Case Supervisor. Sarah enjoys traveling to new places and searching for as many gluten free desserts as she can find.
Stephanie has been working with young children since 1977. She holds a B.S. in Early Childhood Education. Stephanie is a former elementary school teacher and served as the director of childcare facilities for nine years. Stephanie is a mother of three children and a grandmother of five!
Brandon has been in the U.S. Air Force for 12 years. He joined the Blossom family in November of 2016 as the Human Resources Manager. Brandon and his wife stay happily busy balancing work and family life of 4 beautiful daughters and their dog-child Odin.
When weather permits, they love spending quality time at the beach. Brandon is a self-proclaimed “Football Fanatic”.
Jenniffer earned her Office Medical Administration certification in 2014 and began working as the Billing Assistant for Blossom later that year. In 2015 Jenniffer became Blossom’s Billing Specialist. Jenniffer and her husband, Carlos, have a wonderful young daughter, Marissa. As a family, they spend as much time outdoors as weather permits.
Briana graduated from the University of Incarnate Word with a Bachelors degree in Business Management and is currently pursuing her MBA. Briana joined the Blossom team in October 2016 as the Office Coordinator for the Blanco location. Briana and her family enjoy spending as many weekends as possible traveling and creating new memories.
Vilma has been in the child care industry for over 10 years. She graduated from the University of Texas at Brownsville with an Associates in Social Work. Vilma joined the Blossom team in May 2018 as the Office Coordinator at our Sir Winston location. She likes to spend time listening to live music, traveling and spending quality time with family and friends.