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Kristin Hanson, M.A., BCBA, LBA - Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Licensed Behavior Analyst / Clinical Director / Owner

Kristin is the Founder, Owner, and Clinical Director of Axis. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst credentialed through the Behavior Analyst Certification Board and a Licensed Behavior Analyst under the Iowa Board of Behavioral Science. Kristin founded Axis on her passion for serving children and families living with autism and special needs and opened her first clinic in Ankeny in November 2017. Over the past 2.5 years, Axis has grown and now has 3 locations and 33 employees. Kristin received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Grand View University, and her master’s degree in Child and Adolescent Psychology with a specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Kristin has spent most of her career focusing on the early detection and intervention of autism spectrum disorder. She is a Board Member for the Iowa Association for Behavior Analysis, and an active participant with the Autism Society of Iowa and Autism Speaks Iowa. Kristin lives in Maxwell with her husband and two children. She enjoys playing softball, volleyball, kickboxing, attending movies and concerts, traveling, and cheering on her Iowa Hawkeyes and Chicago Cubs. Kristin hopes that Axis can serve as a place where anyone and everyone can receive treatment, support, education, training, and most of all – HOPE.

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Ryhanna Singleton, M.Ed., BCBA, LBA - Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Licensed Behavior Analyst/ Clinic Supervisor (Urbandale)

Ryhanna is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst credentialed through the Behavior Analyst Certification Board and a Licensed Behavior Analyst under the Iowa Board of Behavioral Science. She completed her undergraduate work at Iowa State University where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and she completed her Master’s of Education with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis at Arizona State University. She is a member of the Iowa Association for Behavior Analysis and the Heartland Association for Behavior Analysis. Ryhanna always knew she wanted to work with children and their families, and ABA became a quick passion of hers. Ryhanna lives in Des Moines with her husband and daughter, and enjoys spending time with her family, friends and puppy, going to concerts, going to the pool, ice skating and playing with her nieces. Ryhanna is the site supervisor at our Urbandale location.

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Kallie Shear, M.Ed., BCBA, LBA - Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Licensed Behavior Analyst (Ankeny)

Kallie is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst credentialed through the Behavior Analyst Certification Board and a Licensed Behavior Analyst under the Iowa Board of Behavioral Science. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Iowa State University, majoring in Criminal Justice and Sociology, and received her Master of Education degree in the Foundations of Behavior Analysis through the University of Cincinnati. Kallie has experience working with challenging behaviors in a residential setting with youth ages 0 to 17, and also experience working with students in the Intensive Behavior Support classroom in a school setting. Through the many kids she has gotten the privilege of knowing over the years, Kallie has found her passion for working with children with different needs, and helping them become successful at home, school, and in the community. In her free time, Kallie enjoys biking, running, trying new restaurants, and traveling.

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Kylie Shear, M.S., BCBA, LBA - Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Licensed Behavior Analyst (Ames)

Kylie is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst credentialed through the Behavior Analyst Certification Board and a Licensed Behavior Analyst under the Iowa Board of Behavioral Science. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and Sociology through Iowa State University, and her Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis through Saint Joseph’s University. Kylie has experience working with children in the field of mental health, ages 10 to 17; and experience in the school setting working with elementary to middle school aged students. After having several years of experience working with children, Kylie got to know more about Applied Behavior Analysis and saw the positive changes in behavior ABA services provide. Kylie enjoys biking, running, and being outdoors in the summer time. She loves to visit new places and spend time with family and friends. Kylie is excited to be at Axis to offer dedication and support for children and their families.  Kylie is the site supervisor at our Ames location.

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Whitney Peters, OTD, OTR/L - Occupational Therapist (Ankeny, Ames, Urbandale)

Whitney is an Occupational Therapist certified by the NBCOT and licensed in the state of Iowa. Whitney graduated with her Doctoral Degree in Occupational Therapy from Drake University and is in the process of building Axis’ Occupational Therapy department. She has always had a strong passion for helping others and has decided to specialize in Pediatric Occupational Therapy. She graduated from Truman State University with her bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and a Minor in Disability Studies. Whitney has always been interested in working with children with disabilities, especially after growing up with an older brother and younger sister who are both on the Autism Spectrum. Whitney also gained a passion for working with individuals with disabilities through volunteer coaching for the Arc of Story County. Whitney plans to further her education by obtaining certifications in SOS feeding and the Musgutova Neurosensorimotor Reflex Integration method in the future. Whitney lives in Maxwell with her husband Nathan, two dogs named Mackey (Go Purdue) and Rizzo (Go Cubs), and a cat named Cali. She loves to play slow pitch softball, playing with animals, going hiking, country music, and baseball season. Whitney hopes that she can help the children and families we serve get the most out of every single day and that she can advocate for and support our clients to reach their goals and become as independent as possible. 

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Kelsey Baughman, M.A., CCC-SLP – Speech Language Pathologist (Urbandale)

Kelsey received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Northern Iowa, and graduated with her Master of Arts degree in Speech Language Pathology from the University of Northern Iowa. Kelsey has always had a desire to help children and families. After job shadowing a pediatric Speech Language Pathologist she knew she had found her career path. Kelsey has experience working with children ages 18 months – 15 years as a student Speech Language Pathologist. During her time at the University of Northern Iowa, she was involved in Dance Marathon, Special Olympics of Northeast Iowa, and the UNI National Student Speech Language and Hearing Association. Kelsey enjoys discovering new restaurants in the Des Moines Metro, spending time outside, traveling, reading, and spending time with family. Kelsey is excited to join the Axis team and work to make a positive impact on children and families in the Des Moines Metro.

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Dree Ellingworth, M.A., CCC-SLP – Speech Language Pathologist (Ankeny)

Dree received her Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders and her Master’s Degree in Speech Language Pathology at the University of Northern Iowa. Dree personally experienced the positive influence this field had on her life after she received services as a child for stuttering. Coming from a large family, she has always loved working with children. Dree has 3 years of post-graduate experience working with children and adults. As a student at the University of Northern Iowa, Dree spent time volunteering, attending conferences, and was part of the National Student Speech Language and Hearing Association. In her free time, Dree enjoys spending time with her husband, Sean, as well as reading, fishing, being active, cooking, and visiting local coffee shops. She is thrilled to join the Axis team!

Ankeny Behavior Technicians

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Tatiana LeClair - Registered Behavior Technician / Certified Professional Crisis Management Instructor (Ankeny)

Tatiana LeClair - Registered Behavior Technician / Certified Professional Crisis Management Instructor (Ankeny)

Tatiana LeClair - Registered Behavior Technician / Certified Professional Crisis Management Instructor (Ankeny)

Tatiana is a Registered Behavior Technician credentialed through the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. She is also a certified instructor for the Professional Crisis Management Association. She has her Associate of Arts Degree from Des Moines Area Community College, and looks forward to continuing her education in Child and Adolescent Psychology. She has 10 years’ experience working in early childhood education in a daycare, preschool, and elementary school settings. Tatiana has always been very passionate about working with children, and the move to work with children and adolescents with disabilities is a natural fit. Tatiana is originally from California, but grew up at the Lake of the Ozarks, MO. She met her husband Dan, and moved to Iowa. She enjoys watching her Los Angeles Dodgers and Oakland Raiders, and once in a while, to keep her husband happy, the Red Sox and Patriots. She has a love for the outdoors and likes to play disc golf and various sports. She also coaches youth soccer. She has a passion for art and loves to paint. Tatiana looks forward to making a difference and creating a positive change for children and families.

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Kelsey Taylor - Registered Behavior Technician (Ankeny)

Tatiana LeClair - Registered Behavior Technician / Certified Professional Crisis Management Instructor (Ankeny)

Tatiana LeClair - Registered Behavior Technician / Certified Professional Crisis Management Instructor (Ankeny)

Kelsey is a Registered Behavior Technician credentialed through the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. Kelsey holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Drake University, and is currently working on obtaining her Master’s Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis to further her certification. Kelsey knew that she wanted to pursue a helping field that would allow her to directly interact with youth. She has always been passionate about helping children build and develop their talents and skills through implementing programs that allow them to discover their potential in a safe, respectable, and encouraging environment. She enjoys being part of an amazing learning process, celebrating little things every day, and seeing so many smiles. During her free time, Kelsey loves to be outside or traveling to new places, at the gym, playing volleyball, jamming to country music, or playing her piano

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Kiley Johnson - Registered Behavior Technician (Ankeny)

Tatiana LeClair - Registered Behavior Technician / Certified Professional Crisis Management Instructor (Ankeny)

Kiley Johnson - Registered Behavior Technician (Ankeny)

Kiley is a Registered Behavior Technician credentialed through the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. Kiley received her Bachelors of Science in Psychology through the University of South Dakota, which led her to pursuing a career with children. She is currently working on her Master’s Degree in Special Education with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis through Arizona State University. Kiley has always had a passion for helping children, and being a positive role model in their lives. Kiley lives in Ankeny with her husband, Matt, her dogs (Stella and Beau), and her cat (Pearl). In her free time, she enjoys going to movies, taking her dogs on walks and to the dog park, and spending time with her family and friends. 

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Courtney Kokemuller - Registered Behavior Technician (Ankeny)

Courtney Kokemuller - Registered Behavior Technician (Ankeny)

Courtney Kokemuller - Registered Behavior Technician (Ankeny)

Courtney is a Registered Behavior Technician credentialed through the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Grand View University and has always known that she had a passion for making an impact on the lives of children. She is currently working on her Master’s Degree in Special Education with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis through Arizona State University. Courtney has experience working with ages 18 months to 11 years within an early childhood education setting and loves getting to make a child smile all while knowing she is making a difference. Courtney is from Des Moines, but currently lives in Ankeny with her fiancé Tyler. During her free time, Courtney enjoys watching movies, cuddling up in blankets (since she’s always cold), browsing Pinterest, listening to country music, being outdoors, sketching and painting, and photography. 

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Dakotah Weaver - Registered Behavior Technician (Ankeny)

Courtney Kokemuller - Registered Behavior Technician (Ankeny)

Courtney Kokemuller - Registered Behavior Technician (Ankeny)

Dakotah is a Registered Behavior Technician credentialed through the Behavior Analyst Certification Board.  She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Human Services and Psychology from William Penn University. Dakotah chose this field because she has always wanted to make a difference in the lives of children. She is currently working towards her Master of Science degree in Applied Behavior Analysis through the The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. In her free time, she likes to spend time with her family, friends, boyfriend and her dogs (Oaklie and Mable). She loves to travel, play soccer, spoil her dogs, listen to music, take naps, spend time outside, and watch Netflix. 

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Brittany Yoakum - Registered Behavior Technician (Ankeny)

Courtney Kokemuller - Registered Behavior Technician (Ankeny)

Brittany Yoakum - Registered Behavior Technician (Ankeny)

Brittany is a Registered Behavior Technician credentialed through the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. Brittany is currently working on completing her Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology through Purdue University Global. She plans to continue her education and earn her Master’s degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis. Brittany has experience working with children ages 0-17 in the field of mental health and at-risk youth as well as children on the autism spectrum. She also has experience working with adults with intellectual disabilities in a day program setting. Brittany lives in Ankeny with her fiance Jason and their 7 children. In her free time, Brittany enjoys watching her children play sports and dance. She also enjoys traveling, spending time outdoors, photography, and anything crafty. Brittany has a passion for working with children and loves seeing them learn and grow. She is excited to be part of the Axis team and make a difference in other’s lives.

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Ericca Van Wyk - Registered Behavior Technician (Ankeny)

Ericca Van Wyk - Registered Behavior Technician (Ankeny)

Ericca Van Wyk - Registered Behavior Technician (Ankeny)

Ericca is a Registered Behavior Technician credentialed through the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. Ericca is currently enrolled at Des Moines Area Community College. Ericca has six years of experience working with kids ages 1 to 11 in the daycare and school setting,  In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her daughter (Jasmin), watching movies, taking her parents' dog (Lucy) to the dog park, shopping, traveling, and spending time outside. 

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Kaci Hodge - Registered Behavior Technician (Ankeny)

Ericca Van Wyk - Registered Behavior Technician (Ankeny)

Ericca Van Wyk - Registered Behavior Technician (Ankeny)

Kaci is a Registered Behavior Technician credentialed through the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. Kaci received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Liberal Arts with a Psychology minor and Art Therapy Certificate from Grand View University. She has always loved working with children and has a passion for helping them succeed in their everyday lives. In her free time, Kaci enjoys soaking up the beauty of nature, traveling, cooking, and spending time with her family. 

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Genevieve Bertram - Behavior Technician (Ankeny)

Ericca Van Wyk - Registered Behavior Technician (Ankeny)

Genevieve Bertram - Behavior Technician (Ankeny)

Genna  is currently working toward becoming a Registered Behavior Technician. She loves working with kids and has a passion for helping them in all ways possible to enjoy their everyday lives. She loves that she gets to start her day off the right way at Axis by working with the kids! In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with her family and friends. She loves to go shopping and is a lover of true crime. 

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Chandler Hohbach - Behavior Technician (Ankeny)

Chandler Hohbach - Behavior Technician (Ankeny)

Chandler Hohbach - Behavior Technician (Ankeny)

Chandler is currently working toward becoming a Registered Behavior Technician. She is currently attending Iowa State University, majoring in Psychology with a minor in Child and Family Services on the Pre-Occupational Therapy Track. Chandler has always known she wanted to work with children as she has a passion to watch them grow and succeed in every aspect of their life. In Chandler’s free time, she loves to workout, play golf, spend time with family friends, and spend every chance she can at Lake Okoboji or Lake Panorama.

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Tiana Overton - Behavior Technician (Ankeny)

Chandler Hohbach - Behavior Technician (Ankeny)

Chandler Hohbach - Behavior Technician (Ankeny)

Tiana is currently working toward becoming a Registered Behavior Technician. Tiana has always had a passion for working with children and knew that is what she wanted to do the rest of her life after helping out in a special education classroom. She has experience working with children with a variety of ages of diagnoses within school districts and childcare facilities. What Tiana looks forward to the most is building a bond with the kids and being able to see small successes. Tiana is planning on going back to school in the near future to get her master’s degree in Occupational Therapy. In her free time, Tiana likes spending time with her soon to be husband and 1-year old pup Archie and going to car shows. She enjoys cooking, warm weather and traveling to new places. She is very excited to see where this opportunity at Axis takes her! 

Urbandale Behavior Technicians

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Mickey Brueland - Registered Behavior Technician (Urbandale)

Mickey Brueland - Registered Behavior Technician (Urbandale)

Mickey Brueland - Registered Behavior Technician (Urbandale)

Mickey is a Registered Behavior Technician credentialed through the Behavior Analyst Certification Board.  Mickey received her Bachelors of Science in Child, Adult, & Family Services from Iowa State University and has past experience working in Early Intervention with children ages birth to 3.  Mickey plans to go back to school this fall to pursue her Masters Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis.  Mickey loves to spend time outdoors with her husband and two dogs (Fen and Lucy), and loves to travel as much as possible

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Heather Besch - Registered Behavior Technician (Urbandale)

Mickey Brueland - Registered Behavior Technician (Urbandale)

Mickey Brueland - Registered Behavior Technician (Urbandale)

Heather is a Registered Behavior Technician credentialed through the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. She received her Master of Science degree in Psychology with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis through Purdue University Global. Heather and her husband are licensed foster parents. She has experience working with children who have endured trauma, and she has advocated for her foster children to get all the services they need to be successful in all aspects of their lives. Her passion for helping her foster children lead her to go back to school to pursue her degree. Heather enjoys spending time with her 4 kids, traveling, going to concerts, and cheering on the Iowa Hawkeyes, Chicago Cubs, and Minnesota Vikings. Heather is excited to be apart of the Axis team where she can continue to work with children.  

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Amber Floyd - Registered Behavior Technician (Urbandale)

Mickey Brueland - Registered Behavior Technician (Urbandale)

Amber Floyd - Registered Behavior Technician (Urbandale)

Amber is a Registered Behavior Technician credentialed through the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. Amber received her Bachelor of Science degree in Speech Language Pathology in 1997. She was a stay at home mom for several years as well as a business owner. She has a passion for helping children, which led her to start her journey in Applied Behavior Analysis. She recently completed her Master of Education degree from Arizona State University and has been working as an RBT for over a year. She is accruing her supervision hours and plans to sit for the exam in 2020. In her spare time she enjoys watching her son play tennis, reading, doing pretty much anything outside, and spending time with family.

Ames Behavior Technicians

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Paxton Sudbeck - Registered Behavior Technician (Ames)

Paxton Sudbeck - Registered Behavior Technician (Ames)

Paxton Sudbeck - Registered Behavior Technician (Ames)

Paxton is a Registered Behavior Technician credentialed through the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Communication and Sciences Disorders from the University of Northern Iowa. Her plan is to continue her education and obtain her Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology. In her free time, she enjoys playing with her husky (Atticus), reading, hanging out with friends and family, camping, and traveling. She has a love for working with children and is always ready for learning new things!

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Sydney Sinclair - Behavior Technician (Ames)

Paxton Sudbeck - Registered Behavior Technician (Ames)

Paxton Sudbeck - Registered Behavior Technician (Ames)

Sydney is currently working toward becoming a Registered Behavior Technician. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Child, Adult, and Family Services at Iowa State University. Sydney has always known she wanted to work with children, and found her passion working with children with disabilities. Sydney values every relationship she has with the children she works with and loves watching them grow as an individual. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, traveling, and doing DIY projects.

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Kenady Highland - Behavior Technician (Ames)

Paxton Sudbeck - Registered Behavior Technician (Ames)

Kenady Highland - Behavior Technician (Ames)

Kenady is currently working toward becoming a Registered Behavior Technician. She received a Bachelors of Science with a degree in Child, Adult, & Family Services at Iowa State University.  Kenady has always had a passion for kids and helping them grow and learn. In her free time she loves to cuddle with her two cats, binge watch TV shows, and stay active. I am very excited to get on boarded with the Axis family and to continue my journey as a Behavior Technician. 

Administrative Staff

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Amy Larson - Client Relations Specialist (Urbandale)

Amy Larson - Client Relations Specialist (Urbandale)

Amy Larson - Client Relations Specialist (Urbandale)

Amy graduated from DMACC with a General Studies Degree and a Medical Assistant Diploma. She has experience working as a Certified Medical Assistant in a clinic setting for 16 years, as well as  working in Accounts Receivable. Amy has four children, and 2 grandchildren, whom she adores. Amy enjoys spending time with my kids and grandkids, fishing, shopping, and watching Netflix.

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Kayla Longren - Client Relations Specialist (Ankeny)

Amy Larson - Client Relations Specialist (Urbandale)

Amy Larson - Client Relations Specialist (Urbandale)

Kayla came to us with a Customer Service and Insurance background. She has a love for children and helping them build their creative and social skills. She is a mother of 3 and spends a majority of her free time transporting the kids to and from tumbling and sporting events. When she is not with the kids she enjoys a nice cup of coffee and country music. Kayla strives from personal development and always has a book to recommend for any struggles or growth goals. Kayla is excited to be a new team member at Axis and is looking forward to the company growth and building relationships within the community.

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Kayla Holland - Office Administrator (Ames)

Amy Larson - Client Relations Specialist (Urbandale)

Kayla Holland - Office Administrator (Ames)

Kayla is currently a senior at Iowa State University majoring in linguistics and minoring in Teaching English a Second Language (TESL). She previously attended Indian Hills Community College where she received an A.A. degree and also participated in women's soccer. After Kayla graduates from Iowa State she plans to become an ESL teacher for elementary/middle schoolers. Kayla has experience tutoring children and adults from various countries in English. In her free time she enjoys being with her boyfriend and going hiking, kayaking, mountain biking, and going to the beach. She also loves to travel and spend time with their cat Theo.