Katherine Falwell, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Dr. Falwell received both her BA and MA degrees from University of North Carolina. She received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Fielding Graduate University and postgraduate certification in behavior analysis from George Mason University. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and the Kennedy Krieger Institute. Dr. Falwell completed her postdoctoral residency at the University of Florida. She became faculty at University of Florida in 2006. Her focus shifted to the greater pediatric needs of the north Florida community in 2008. Dr. Falwell’s mission is to improve the lives of the families with whom she works. Truly embracing the notion that “It Takes a Village to Raise a Child” she seeks to work with all members of the village who might be involved in supporting members of a family. She utilizes a variety of techniques to improve functioning and strengthen family relations. Treatment modalities such as cognitive behavior therapy, systems therapy, and solution-focused therapy are used to help clients cope with a variety of challenges. She also works with couples seeking to strengthen their relationships recognizing that the couple is the foundation of the family unit. Dr. Falwell’s clinical interests include: child and adolescent development, parenting, family therapy, and educational advocacy. Dr. Falwell’s professional work has also included teaching psychology at the undergraduate, Master’s and Doctoral levels. She is a qualified supervisor in the State of Florida for mental health counseling interns. Dr. Falwell spends her free time enjoying all that coastal living offers with her husband and three children.
Rebecca Penna, Ph.D., NCSP
Dr. Penna received her bachelor’s degree from Florida State University. She received her master’s and doctoral degrees in school psychology from Temple University. Dr. Penna completed her internship in clinical child psychology at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), where she also completed specialty post-doctoral training in pediatric neuropsychology. Dr. Penna provides a full range of assessment services, including neuropsychological, psychoeducational, and developmental assessments. Dr. Penna is also a nationally certified school psychologist (NCSP) and provides educational consultation services. Additionally, Dr. Penna has professional interests in family systems, early intervention, and maternal and infant mental health. She believes that helping families from the very beginning can have a lasting positive impact for both parent and child. Dr. Penna enjoys traveling and spending her free time with her husband and two children.
Niki Theiler, M.A., RBT, LMHC
Director of Behavioral Education
Niki received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Florida State University and master’s degree in mental health counseling from Webster University. She completed her certification for Early Start Denver Model Therapy from University of California, Davis. Her professional experience began as a teacher in early intervention schools and later as a clinician in a variety of mental health settings. Niki conducts developmental assessments and provides regular consultations with schools. As a developmental therapist, Niki works with children with challenges including Anxiety, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Sensory Processing Disorder to build skills and increase physical, behavioral, and cognitive success. Niki provides services in the center, home, community, and school settings.
Jennifer Addis, RBT
Developmental Specialist, Enrichment Instructor
Jennifer completed her associate’s degree and is currently finishing her bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of North Florida. Her interests in behavior analysis and developmental therapies emerged at the young age of thirteen when she became a nanny for a child diagnosed with Autism. Her passion for the field has continued and she has worked in a variety of schools that specialize in early intervention. Jennifer currently provides therapeutic services for children with both behavioral and neurological disorders. Jennifer provides services across all settings including the home, clinic, school, and community. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, experimenting with cooking, and being outdoors.
Ashley Bastin, RBT
Program Coordinator, Developmental Specialist
Ashley Bastin graduated from American Public University with a BA in Child and Family Development. After graduating from college, Ashley followed her passion of working with young children as a teacher in a child development center. Ashley gained experience as a teacher of infants and young toddlers. In 2014, Ashley became the Child Development Director at Grace Lutheran School where she developed a natural environment based curriculum that incorporated hands on activities for the children. Ashley has a passion for natural environment teaching and learning through play. She trained a staff of 13 teachers in play based curriculum to a program of 40 students. Ashley was then introduced to ABA Therapy in 2015 and fell in love. She began her ABA training and experience in Huntsville, Alabama under the supervision of Lindsay Chapman. Ashley continued to gain ABA knowledge through seminars, trainings, and hands on experience. In 2017 Ashley moved to St. Augustine, Florida in hopes to gain more knowledge in the field. She was promoted to Lead Tech at Behavioral Analysis Support Services where she conducted in Natural Environment Teaching (NET) training, mand training, and programming. Ashley has experience providing serves in clinical, community, school, and in home settings.
Jessica Chandler, RBT
Developmental Specialist; Enrichment Instructor
Jessica received her degree in Special Education from the teacher’s college of Western Governors University with a concentration in early childhood education. She completed her student teaching internships in an adapted curriculum classroom of students with special needs in the high school setting and an inclusion first grade classroom for licensure. After graduation, she took an interest in the philosophies of Maria Montessori and developed extensive experience in a primary Montessori classroom focusing on learning strategies of young children of all abilities to work on their individual levels. This experience grew her interest in behavior therapy leading to her receiving her credential as registered behavior technician. Jessica has worked as a teacher and RBT in the clinic and school settings with all ages. She enjoys promoting growth and development of the whole child to enhance their quality of life and independence. Jessica also teaches enrichment classes including sign language and fitness. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading, photography, and traveling.
Patricia Daniel, MD.
Board Certified Psychiatrist
Dr. Daniel received her bachelor’s degree from Henderson State University and earned her doctoral and medical degrees at the University of Kansas. She completed her residency at the University of Utah in a specialized combined program of pediatrics, general psychiatry, and child and adolescent psychiatry, where she was a recipient of the AACAP Educational Outstanding Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Resident Award. She is board certified in both pediatrics and child/adolescent psychiatry. She is also a professional affiliate of the American Academy of Pediatrics (Section on Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics) and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr. Daniel has conducted extensive research and participated in numerous publications over a widespread array of subjects, but her passion lies in treating the whole child. Additionally, she has extensive experience working and volunteering internationally. In her spare time, Dr. Daniel enjoys spending time with her family, and anything outdoors.
Martha Foster, M.Ed.
Martha possess a M.Ed. in Reading and Elementary Education and has taught reading in a variety of capacities for 22 years. She utilizes specific reading assessments to pinpoint any areas of weakness, ranging from phonics to comprehension. Martha then implements an individualized remediation program targeting the student’s needs. She uses a variety of curricula and evidence-based reading interventions. Martha works with students ranging from beginning readers to adolescents. She has experience working with children with varying special needs, as well as typical students who just need some extra support. Martha’s services are proudly offered at Mandala Family Wellness, where diverse learning styles are embraced and learning needs are addressed with compassion.
Keri Franklin, Psy.D.
Assistant Clinical Director
Dr. Franklin received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from St. John’s University, graduating summa cum laude. She earned her master’s and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology from George Washington University. Dr. Franklin completed her pre-doctoral internship at The Children’s Institute, Inc., and her post-doctoral residency at Keystone Behavioral Pediatrics. Dr. Franklin has experience working with very young children with chronic trauma histories, diverse and underserved populations, and children and families with concerns regarding mood and anxiety, autism spectrum, attachment difficulties, family instability, learning disabilities, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, grief/loss, and defiance. Her preferred treatment modality is an integrative approach, incorporating cognitive behavior therapy, interpersonal psychotherapy, family systems therapy, play, and trauma-informed care to best meet the needs of the whole child. Dr. Franklin currently provides a range of services including psychological assessments (developmental, psychoeducational, and diagnostic), individual therapy, family therapy, group therapy, school consultation, and parent training.
Sylvia Gyrion, M.Ed., BCBA
Sylvia Gyrion, M.Ed., BCBA received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Florida State University and her master’s degree from Arizona State University. She began working in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis in 2004 and then went on to teach for Duval County Public Schools for two years before deciding to further pursue her career in ABA. She has since gained experience treating children with disabilities in various settings in the community to include homes, clinics, and schools. Sylvia’s hobbies include cooking, restaurants, music, and traveling.
Toni Hopkins, RBT
Client Care Coordinator, Developmental Specialist, Enrichment Instructor
Toni graduated with a bachelor’s degree in hospitality and tourism management from the University of West Florida. She has extensive experience working with children spanning the ages of infancy to teenagers in the classroom, clinic, and recreational environments. After completing employment with the Walt Disney Company, Toni made the decision to combine her interests of working with children and working in the hospitality industry. She enjoys teaching children to improve social skills and increase behavioral success. Toni also teaches Spanish enrichment classes. Wearing many hats, Toni serves as the Client Care Coordinator, where she welcomes families, provides educational information related to treatment, case management, and initiates care plans. In her spare time, Toni enjoys spending time with her husband and infant son.
Alisha Ingram, RBT
Developmental Specialist, Aftercare Coordinator
Alisha received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of North Florida located in Jacksonville, Florida. Her professional experience working with young children began as a preschool teacher in early intervention schools. She volunteered in orphanages in Uganda, Africa in 2008 and again in 2014 working with infants through elementary age. Alisha has experience working with children with a variety of challenges including: Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and learning disabilities. Her priority in treatment is to increase physical, behavioral, and cognitive success. Alisha has experience providing services within the clinic, community, and school settings. In her free time, Alisha enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
Jennifer Jones, M.S., BCBA
Jennifer received her bachelor’s degree from the Honors College of Florida Atlantic University and her master’s degree from Palm Beach Atlantic University. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and Licensed Mental Health Counselor. Jennifer’s professional experience in behavior analysis started as a behavior therapist working in-home with children with autism and has expanded to include working in the school and clinic settings. In addition to her work with behavior analysis, Jennifer also provides individual and family therapy. Jennifer is a qualified supervisor for BACB candidates.
Erika is a Certified Personal Trainer, Registered Yoga Teacher, and Certified Holistic Health Coach. Erika originally started teaching power yoga, certified through the Yoga Alliance. Since then, she has documented 100+ hours of advanced and therapeutic yoga teacher training, internationally. She now shares her practice through a well- rounded mix of athletic vinyasa flow and slower, more mindful sequencing, including yin and restorative yoga. With a background and passion for fitness and wellness, Erika supports communities in their holistic health by bringing yoga outside of the traditional studio setting and into places of work, outdoor settings, schools, and private homes. At Mandala, Erika enjoys teaching power yoga, slow yoga, and meditation.
Katelyn Luksha, RBT
Katelyn graduated Cum Laude with her bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Florida. She focused primarily in early childhood education studies, earning a minor in family, youth, and community sciences. Her professional experience began as an early childhood educator, teaching children birth to 7 years. Katelyn has worked as a teacher in a variety of school settings including early intervention. She has always had a passion for working with children, which continues to grow as she provides services in the clinic, community, and school settings. Katelyn enjoys spending her free time with her family. She and her husband are expecting their first child this May.
Chelsea Mueller, RBT
Developmental Specialist, Enrichment Instructor,Certified TimberNook Instructor
Chelsea received her arts degree from Florida State College where she was a member of the dance company. She has always had a passion for movement, arts, and self-expression. Chelsea began her work with children as a VPK teacher and quickly realized the importance of developing the entire child (spirit, mind, body, and soul) and incorporating nature into learning practices. After receiving her RBT in 2017, Chelsea began providing therapy services in clinic and school settings. Throughout her journey thus far nothing has brought greater joy than positively impacting daily lives of the children and families she serves. Chelsea is currently pursuing her degree in psychology with the goal of becoming a behavior analyst. Chelsea teaches enrichment classes including chakra balancing, ballet, and hip hop. In her spare time, Chelsea enjoys spending time with her son, participating in wellness practice, and further developing her connection to nature.
Carley Smith, RBT
Carley received her bachelor’s degree in health science at University of North Florida with a concentration in exercise science. She completed her internship through St. Vincent’s Hospital working with a summer program called Momentum that designs fun and creative workouts for children seven to fifteen years old to help fight/prevent childhood obesity. This internship sparked her interest of working with children. Carley then worked at an inclusion preschool providing early intervention services. Carley has experience with infants through elementary school providing educational and behavioral interventions. She is a certified registered behavior technician and provides services for children in both the clinic and school setting. Carley loves working with her clients and hopes to make a positive impact on them. In her spare time, Carley enjoys reading and spending time with her family.
Erica Whitehouse, RBT
Senior Developmental Specialist, Certified First Play Therapist
Erica has over 19 years of experience in the health and wellness field. She attended college in Michigan and studied special education. Erica then received her license in massage therapy, specializing in 12 different techniques. Integrating the two, Erica conducted research on the effects of massage therapy in clients with special needs. Erica is a Registered Behavior Technician and has extensive experience providing therapy to children with behavioral and neurological disorders. Erica brings a unique professional background including job coaching, tutoring, mentoring, family therapy, and behavior analysis. Erica is a Crisis Prevention Intervention (CPI) instructor and conducts staff and parent training on crisis management. Erica also teaches classes on stress reduction, meditation, and farm-to- table cooking. Erica is a Certified First Play Therapist which enhances child and infant mental health through respectful and caring touch in parent-child relationships. In her free time, Erica loves spending time with her husband, relaxing at the beach, trying new restaurants, and traveling.