FOCUS Fort Myers Therapy

Anissa Avalos, RBT

Anissa Avalos, RBT

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Nicole Wilson, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician

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Kyle Mills – RBT

RBT (Registered Behavior Technician)

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Marysol Ramos, RBT

RBT (Registered Behavior Technician)

Marysol Ramos is an RBT with more than 5 years of experience who joined FOCUS Therapy in 2022.

“I wanted to become a therapist – specifically for kids – because I am aware that it truly ‘takes a village,'” Ramos said. “And when it comes to raising kids, I never want anyone to feel alone.”

Working with kids was something she felt destined for. Her mother owned a daycare at their home in Lee County, where they moved from California when she was 9-years-old. Many of the kids she for whom she cared were in the foster care system and had endured much turmoil and trauma. She wanted to mirror the loving example set by her mother, who treated each child as a unique individual and always looked for ways to help them each blossom and flourish.

“When I first become a therapist, it didn’t take long before the families and kiddos just took over my heart. I knew almost right away, without a doubt, that ABA was the field for me.”

Bilingual in English and Spanish, she’s worked with kids of all ages with a wide array of disabilities, delays, and disorders.

“Every child is unique in their own way, and I so enjoy getting to know each child,” she said. “As they teach me who and how they are, I can learn how to properly treat them in ways that are most beneficial for them.”

FOCUS Therapy, she said, is that it strikes the balance between effective therapy and simply allowing kids to be kids with a play-based approach. The FOCUS Therapy mission, she says, closely aligns with her own therapy philosophy which is, “Trust the process.”

“In the world we live in, fast results are practically an obsession,” Ramos said. “When we don’t get fast results, it’s easy to get discouraged. Trusting the process creates real results.”

Stacy Calderon, RBT

Stacy Calderon, RBT

RBT (registered behavior technician)

Genesis Moreno, RBT, ABA therapy Fort Myers

Genesis Moreno, RBT

RBT, Registered Behavior Technician

Beau Voltz, ABA therapy

Beau Voltz, RBT

RBT, Registered Behavior Technician

Beau Voltz has been a licensed Registered Behavior Therapist at FOCUS Therapy since August 2021. He was drawn to ABA therapy after spending 17 years as a teacher in the Lee County School District.

“I believe I have been called to work with the youth in helping them reach their highest potential,” he said.

Through years of working with youth on the sports field as a coach and athletic director, to the classroom as a middle school teacher, Voltz looks to working in the clinical setting as his next great adventure.

As a native of Eau Claire, WI, Voltz graduated from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire with a bachelor’s degree in Special Education, specializing in learning and cognitive disabilities.  In 2004, Voltz relocated to South Florida, where he took his teaching degree and worked with students with IEPs in the areas of reading and math. He had a gift for working with these students, as he was nominated 15 times for the Golden Teacher Award, as well as one of the only educators to be rated “Highly Effective” by the State of Florida 7 years in a row.

In 2020 he was approached about the opportunity to take his work with students in the classroom to children in the private, clinical setting.  Voltz enrolled at Arizona State University and will graduate with his Master’s degree in Special Education Applied Behavior Analysis in the spring of 2022.

“After years of working in large group instruction, I have enjoyed the opportunity to work one on one with clients at FOCUS,” Voltz said. “Working with motivated clients and families has been one of the greatest joys of working at FOCUS.”

When not working at FOCUS Therapy, Voltz and his wife spend their free time, cheering on their two sons and daughter on the baseball field, basketball court, football field, and gymnastics mat.

Harolyn Dominguez

Harolyn Dominguez, RBT

RBT

FOCUS Therapy - Michele Gagliardi

Michele Gagliardi, BCaBA

BCaBA

Michele Gagliardi has been a BCaBA (Board-Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst) on FOCUS Therapy’s ABA Therapy team since 2021. After earning her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education K-6 from FGCU in 2013, Michele graduated with a Master’s of Arts in ESE with an Emphasis on Applied Behavior Analysis in 2021. Additionally, she has supervision credentials (meaning she can supervise RBTs, or registered behavior technicians), as well as a Reading Endorsement and ESOL Endorsement.

Born and raised right here in Fort Myers, FL, Michele has always loved spending time with kids. As a child, she was always playing pretend games where she was the teacher. It was little surprise to anyone when she actually became one. It was a career she embraced whole-heartedly. However, she began noticing how kids in her classes truly struggled with behavior, impeding not just their academic progress, but social-emotional growth as well.

“I started looking up strategies and procedures I could use to help kids in my classroom,” she said. “I learned more about behavior in general and how children with autism spectrum disorder are helped through specialized programs in ESA and ABA.”

Now in working almost exclusively with children on the autism spectrum, she stresses the point that autism is a not a disability, it’s a different ability.

“Having a disability does not define a child,” she says, “Every child I work with is unique and capable of advancing in life. Instead of focusing on what someone can’t do, I focus on what they can do.”

She’s constantly seeking an individual’s strengths and talents to be used to motivate and reinforce expected behaviors. Having particular success in working with patients on early intensive behavior intervention and verbal behavior intervention, she’s found progress accelerates when therapists of all disciplines are collaborating to help the same child.

“It really opens a new world of possibilities for a child,” Michele said. “Speech therapy, occupational therapy, ABA therapy – all these go hand-in-hand. When therapists across disciplines are using consistent strategies, it helps those lessons really stick and sets the stage for success.”

In addition to being a dedicated behavior therapist, Michele is a devoted dog mom to Shilah and Gator and loves cheering the Steelers and jamming to country music.

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Kallyn Tiner, BS RBT

RBT