Laura Ward, B.A. Psych.
Laura brings over 16 years working with children, youth and adults diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder to One Care. Laura first started at the University of Toronto studying Criminology and changed course to a Bachelors of Psychology soon after she met her very first client. From that day on Laura fell in love with the chance to make a difference. Laura gained many years’ experience working as an Instructor Therapist and obtained provincial training through Kinark/York Central Hospital. Laura then transitioned into the role of Senior Therapist providing DFO supervision within the Toronto, Central East, and Central West regions, working alongside multiple Psychologists within the ABA/IBI community. Laura knew that was not where she wanted to stop and she wanted to create an even bigger stamp in an individual’s life. Laura and Tammy partnered in 2008 and they continued to build their dreams as One Care. Laura continues to build inclusive environments for children and youth diagnosed with ASD and now strives to build inclusive programs for adults within their communities.
Tammy Nuttall, BPA
Tammy brings over 27 years’ experience working with children in a crisis and mental health capacity to One Care. Her educational background includes a Correctional Officer Diploma and a degree in Public Administration with a minor in Social Work. Professionally, she has worked for Young Offender institutions for 10 years and also has over 20 years’ experience with Covenant House with many years as their Residential Program Manager. Tammy has served on several Boards of Directors such as with the Gerstein Center in Toronto and the Aboriginal Outreach Program in Toronto. Tammy’s career change started when she became a mom with 2 sons and her own son was diagnosed with ASD. Tammy realized that she wanted to be there to support other families, educated herself in specialized diets and became a strong advocate for other families in the community.
April Stauffer, M.A., OCT, BCBA
Clinical Manager/Clinical Supervisor
April Stauffer is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst, and has worked with children with Autism since 2003. April has a Master of Arts from University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) in Education and Digital Technology. She completed the BACB verified course sequence through the Florida Institute of Technology. April also completed Bachelor’s degrees in Education and Psychology, and has been an Ontario Certified Teacher since 2010.
April provides supervision for clinical programs, oversees the Clinical Team at One Care, completes assessments and supervises graduate students who are pursuing certification in behaviour analysis. In addition to her work at One Care, April has taught part time at Durham College since 2013. As a member of ONTABA and ABAI, April enjoys attending conferences and participating in ongoing professional development opportunities.
Samantha Millar-Ricci, M.A., BCBA
Training Supervisor/Senior Therapist
Samantha is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst. She earned her Honours B.A. in Social Psychology from McMaster University and her Master of Arts in Early Childhood Studies from Ryerson University. Samantha completed the BACB Verified Course Sequence through Florida Institute of Technology.
Samantha started with One Care Inc. as an Instructor Therapist and has since transitioned into the role of Senior Therapist. Samantha has experience with reducing challenging behaviour through a variety of interventions and comprehensive skill development with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Rachel Blake, B.A., CDA
Senior Therapist/Music and Drama Teacher
Rachel Blake has a B.A. in Psychology from The University of Western Ontario and a Communicative Disorders Post -Graduate certificate from Georgian College. She first began in the industry as a Communicative Disorders Assistant working under the supervision of Speech and Language Pathologists. After working more directly with ABA Rachel began working as an IT and has since transitioned to the role of Senior Therapist. She has joined the One Care team as a Senior Therapist while also working towards her Master of Professional Education with a specialization in ABA from Western University. Rachel is currently collecting her supervision hours from a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst. Rachel truly loves being involved with her clients and making changes in their lives and is very passionate about her work in ABA.
Meagan (Scott) Dawson, M.ADS, BCBA
Meagan Scott is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst. She has a B.A. in Psychology from The University of Western Ontario and her Master of Applied Disability Studies from Brock University. She first began in the industry as an Instructor Therapist and obtained provincial training in ABA through TPAS. Meagan has joined the One Care Inc. team as a Senior Therapist and brings with her experience working with individuals across the lifespan with Autism and Intellectual Disabilities. She is passionate about improving the overall quality of life of the individuals and families that she works with.
Janine White, B.A., OCT, B.Ed.
Janine White graduated from Trent University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. Knowing that she loved working with children, she enrolled in the Bachelor of Education program at UOIT and has been an Ontario Certified Teacher since 2010. She started as an Instructor Therapist at One Care Inc. after graduating from teacher’s college. Janine began organizing and running our Social Skills groups in 2018 when she also moved into the role of Center Supervisor at One Care Inc. Janine looks forward to continuous growth into her new role as the One Care Academy Principal.
Amber Zealand, M. ADS, BCBA
Academy Assistant Clinical Supervisor
Amber Zealand is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA) that has been working with children with Autism, ADHD, ODD, FASD, intellectual disabilities and behavioural challenges since 2003. Amber completed her Master of Applied Disabilities Studies with a specialization in ABA at Brock in 2011. Amber has worked as an Instructor Therapist, Social Skills Worker, Behaviour Consultant and Behaviour Analyst within clinical settings and the education system. Amber returned to school to complete her Registered Early Childhood Educator designation to further enhance teaching skills with children, and plans to complete this within the next six months. Amber is excited to join the One Care team as they continue to expand their services into the One Care Academy.
Carobeth Zorzos, M.A., C. Psych., BCBA
Clinical Supervisor, Director of Autism and Behavioural Services – Dalton Associates
Carobeth is a Registered Psychologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst, and has worked with children, adolescents, and adults with Autism and other disabilities since 2001. In addition to her role at Dalton Associates, Carobeth has taught at George Brown College and served on the Board of Directors for the Ontario Association for Behaviour Analysis and Autism Ontario. Carobeth provides supervision for our clinical programs at One Care, including direct funding option (DFO) and insurance funded ABA programs.
Joan Broto, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Joan is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA-D) who graduated from Teachers College, Columbia University in Teaching as Applied Behavior Analysis and Special Education. Joan’s experience includes working with students with and without disabilities from early intervention to young adults since 2000. Currently Joan provides supervision for clinical programs, and supervises graduate students who are pursuing certification in behaviour analysis. In addition, Joan teaches graduate courses at Western University and serves on the Board of Directors for the Ontario Association for Behaviour Analysis (ONTABA).
Our Instructor Therapists
Our Instructor Therapists come from a variety of backgrounds, but all share the same commitment to providing quality, individualized services to all of our clients and families. Their educational background typically consistent of a diploma or degree in behaviour analysis, education, or psychology. Some of our therapists are also Ontario Certified Teachers and are drawn to this field for the one on one teaching opportunities. All Instructor Therapists must pass a competency-based training program with evaluation before working independently with our clients.
All therapists are certified in CPR, First Aid, and must provide a clear Police Reference Check with Vulnerable Sector Screening before working with our clients. We offer ongoing supervision and training opportunities to ensure our Instructor Therapists are continuously updating their skills.
Our Academy Staff
Our teachers and teacher assistants come from a variety of backgrounds, including education, behaviour analysis and human services fields. All teachers and teacher assistants within One Care Academy have completed our comprehensive Instructor Therapist training program, as well as additional training in group instruction and curriculum.