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Portal

Immediate availability – NO WAIT LIST!
Center-Based and At-Home Therapy.
Serving children 18 months to 13 years old.

Further Questions?
Meet your local Physician Liaisons HERE!

Physician Portal

Immediate availability – NO WAIT LIST!
Center-Based, At-Home and After School Therapy.
Serving children 18 months to 14 years old.
Further Questions?
Meet your local Physician Liaisons HERE!

We Accept Most Insurance Providers

*in select states

We Accept Most Insurance Providers

*in select states

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News and Updates

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May 2022

May 2022

Monthly Message - May 2022 In an analysis of 2018 data from nearly a dozen states, researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that among 8-year-olds, 1 in 44 had been diagnosed with autism. That rate compares with 1 in 54 identified with...

March 2022

March 2022

Monthly Message - March 2022 What Does A Typical Day of ABA Therapy Look Like?One of the most common questions we get asked by both parents and healthcare providers alike is "What does a typical day of ABA therapy look like?" At every Action Behavior Centers location,...

February 2022

February 2022

Monthly Message - February 2022   Referring to ABC is as Easy as 1, 2, 3! At Action Behavior Centers, our mission is to enable children on the spectrum reach their highest potential and achieve developmental milestones through evidence-based practice. Our clinical...

Frequently Asked Questions
About ABA Therapy

From the Clinical Team at Action Behavior Centers

Is ABA Proven?

Yes. Dozens, if not hundreds, of published, peer-reviewed studies have examined ABA for more than 3 decades. High-quality, intensive, evidence-based ABA interventions have helped 40-50% of diagnosed children to return to mainstreamed classrooms (Helt et al., 2008, Lovaas, 1987). Meta-analyses confirm reliable change in IQ and adaptive behavior from ABA, with intensity in hours predicting the level of gain.

Does Insurance Pay for ABA Therapy?

Yes, private insurance pays for ABA therapy with no cap on benefits. Forty hours of therapy a week can be provided at a limited cost to the family for children up to age 10 with Autism Spectrum Disorder as the primary diagnosis.

What Insurance Plans Do We Accept?

We accept all major private health insurance.

How About Speech Therapy and Occupational Therapy?

We are strong believers in a comprehensive approach to a child’s developmental needs. Our ABA curriculum is customized to incorporate many aspects of ST and OT. Many children on the spectrum are non-verbal and will benefit from ABA’s approach to language. Speech therapy is beneficial for children who already have the vocal ability but struggle with fluency and articulation. ABA therapy focuses on teaching different functions of language that are key for teaching a non-verbal child how to communicate. Occupational therapy addresses motor deficits, adaptive skills, and sensory issues for children with ASD. These areas can be addressed in ABA as well and also teach coping strategies for children with severe sensory processing issues. In the case of severe physical impairments, OT offers a unique and indispensable approach.

Some Pediatricians Refer Patients with a High M-CHAT Score only to Neurology. Why Change?

Specialists are essential in cases where a differential diagnosis may be suspected and the etiology of a child’s delay is especially complex. However, the DSM-5 criteria for Autism Spectrum Disorder is often clearly met even when comorbidities are present.

Meet Your Local Physician Liason

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Texas Market

Austin Region Physician Liaisons

Regional PL Manager: Marisa Mellett

Miranda Jones 

Senior Physician Liaison | South Austin, TX

Miranda has always had a passion for helping others in the healthcare industry. In the fall of 2020, Miranda joined ABC and is now working as a Senior Physician Liaison in the South Austin region where she connects and builds relationships with physicians in the community. In her downtime you will find her paddle-boarding on Lake Austin, traveling, watching Baylor football, and being goofy with her golden retriever, Murphy.

 

Marisa Mellett 

Physician Liaison Manager | North Austin, TX

Marisa studied at Texas Tech University where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology and her Master’s degree in Healthcare Administration. Marisa started her career as a Registered Behavior Technician. She now serves as a Physician Liason Manager with ABC building relationships with the North Austin community and supporting the Physician Liaisons of Austin, Chicago, and Dallas-Fort Worth.

 

Dallas/Fort Worth Region Physician Liaisons

Regional PL Manager: Marisa Mellett

Ashleigh Zouzalik

Physician Liaison | West DFW, TX

Ashleigh received her Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations from Texas Tech University.  Prior to joining ABC, Ashleigh spent her career in the healthcare industry selling pharmaceuticals and working as a home health care liaison.  Her passion is working within the community to provide patients easier access to compassionate care. Outside of work she enjoys yoga, spending time with her husband, watching Texas Tech football, and preparing for her first child coming November 2022.

 
 

 

Emily Shaver 

Physician Liaison | Central DFW, TX

Emily studied at Texas Tech University where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration of Marketing. She is passionate about advocating for patients to ensure they receive the quality care they deserve. When she is not working, you can find her reading or watching a documentary, spending time outside, or enjoying time with her friends and family.

 

Marcela Tejada 

Senior Physician Liaison | East DFW, TX

Marcela is accountable for building relationships with providers and within the community. She brings ten years of business development experience in healthcare. When she’s not spreading ABC’s mission, Marcela enjoys spending her time with her family, binge watching shows, and outdoors cycling. She attended the University of Texas Arlington, where she studied Biological Chemistry, and will receive her MBA in Marketing from the University of North Texas in 2023.

 

Houston Region Physician Liaisons

Regional Contact: Lindsey Hand, Senior PL

Lindsey Hand 

Senior Physician Liaison | South Houston, TX

Lindsey was born and raised in Houston, TX and graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a major in Communication and a minor in Business and Enterprise Studies. Lindsey has a passion for creating relationships and advancing the accessibility of resources to the special needs community. In her spare time, Lindsey enjoys long walks down TJ Maxx aisles bargain hunting and battling her husband in stationary sports (i.e. bowling, darts, washers).

 
 

 

Julia Leffingwell 

Senior Physician Liaison | North Houston, TX

Julia received her Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Science from Texas A&M University.  Prior to joining ABC, Julia spent her career in physician recruiting.  Her passion is connecting patients to quality care and sharing the mission of ABC with the physician community.  Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, watching Fightin’ Texas Aggie Football, and chasing after her corgi Biscuit.   

 
 

 

San Antonio Region Physician Liaisons

Regional Contact: Lindsey Hand, Senior PL

Alyssa D. Perez 

Physician Liaison | NE San Antonio, TX

 Having proudly obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Applied Technology from South Texas College, Alyssa has over 6 years of experience in the Healthcare Industry. As a Physician Liaison, Alyssa is proud to play a key role in making a difference in patient lives and outcomes through community outreach and marketing solutions. Although Alyssa loves spoiling her two mischievous Cocker Spaniels, Rose and Bentley, and working out at the gym to stay healthy and fit, her true passions are building and fostering relationships with providers and having the ability to work with them and ABC towards a common goal: optimal patient care.

 

Celeste Palacio 

Senior Physician Liaison | NW San Antonio, TX

As the Physician Liaison for the San Antonio‘s Northwest side Celeste takes pride and passion in building relationships with medical professionals in the community in order to expand our network of children and families we are able to serve. She brings over 15 years of sales and management experience from The Estee Lauder Corporation and DaVita Kidney Care. Celeste’s enjoys spending her free time with her two children Aviana (10) and Ivelisse (5) as well as wedding planning with her new fiancé Tanner!

 
 

 

Arizona Market

Greater Phoenix Region Physician Liaisons

Regional PL Manager: Andrea Delgado

Raina Pearson

Physician Liaison | West Valley/Tucson, AZ

Raina received her Bachelor’s degree in Pre-Physical Therapy and Master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from Grand Canyon University. As an Arizona native, her eagerness to serve her community came to fruition through ABC by connecting children on the Autism spectrum to exceptional ABA therapy. When she’s not spreading the word about ABC, Raina can be found watching a Suns or Seahawks game with her dog Booker!

 
 

 

Mary Furr 

Physician Liaison | East Valley, AZ

Mary is our Physician Liaison over the South East Valley in Arizona. Mary received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from North Carolina State University. She has a passion for mental health, and helping others to successfully reach their greatest potential. Mary has a history of helping children to succeed and thrive, and here at ABC she is continuing to do just that! Outside of work Mary is more than likely snuggling her two goldendoodles or traveling.

 
 

 

Andrea Delgado 

Physician Liaison Manager | Central Valley, AZ

Andrea brings to ABC 15 years of healthcare industry experience specializing in marketing, business development, and best-in-class sales/service skills. Andrea joined ABC in 2019 helping grow the San Antonio market and later relocated to Phoenix, AZ, and Denver, CO to assist in the growth and expansion of ABC’s first out-of-state ventures. She now resides in Denver where she enjoys exploring new restaurants, live music, and appreciating all the outdoor experiences Colorado has to offer!

 
 

 

Colorado Market

Greater Denver Region Physician Liaisons

Regional PL Manager: Andrea Delgado

Andrea Delgado 

Physician Liaison Manager | N. Denver & Fort Collins, CO

Andrea brings to ABC 15 years of healthcare industry experience specializing in marketing, business development, and best-in-class sales/service skills. Andrea joined ABC in 2019 helping grow the San Antonio market and later relocated to Phoenix, AZ, and Denver, CO to assist in the growth and expansion of ABC’s first out-of-state ventures. She now resides in Denver where she enjoys exploring new restaurants, live music, and appreciating all the outdoor experiences Colorado has to offer!

 

Ashlee Yarrington 

Physician Liaison | S. Denver, CO

Ashlee received her Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with an emphasis in Elementary Education. The Texas native spent several years in public and private education roles before making the transition to healthcare. She has a passion for helping people in all capacities, and loves that she can blend her love for kids with her love for healthcare by working with providers to share ABC’s mission. In 2020, Ashlee, her husband, two kids and two dogs decided to move to beautiful Colorado! They love getting to explore the gorgeous state, spend time together as a family, and cheer on the Nuggets and Avalanche (unless they are playing the Stars of course)!

 
 

 

Illinois Market

Greater Chicago Region Physician Liaisons

Regional PL Manager: Marisa Mellett

Meghan Alberson 

Physician Liaison | S. Chicago, IL

Meghan is driven by her innate passion towards care and empathy in every aspect of her life. Her undeniable positivity and desire to support others led her down a path in the healthcare industry where she has over a decade of experience in clinical settings and a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management from the University of St. Francis. She is honored to have the opportunity to spread the mission of Action Behavior Centers to physicians and her community. Outside of her work with ABC, you will find Meghan in the kitchen inventing new desserts while her professional taste testers, being her two goldendoodles and husband, stand by waiting for a crumb to drop. If you have a sweet tooth, Meghan is always taking requests. 

 
 

 

David Negrete 

Physician Liaison | N. Chicago, IL

David earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Fashion Business from Columbia College Chicago. He was born and raised in the Chicago suburbs and enjoys building relationships with physicians in the area he calls home. David is strongly driven by ABC’s pledge to provide easily accessible and unmatched quality care to the community. When he isn’t busy spreading the mission of ABC, he enjoys playing tennis, watching the Cubs win, and spending time with his friends and family.