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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.”

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Ignacio “Iggy” Fernandez, BCBA

BCBA

Ignacio “Iggy” Fernandez is a licensed behavior analyst (BCBA) and part of our Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy team at FOCUS Therapy Fort Myers since 2017. A native of Punta Gorda, FL, Iggy earned his Bachelor of Science in Community Health from Florida Gulf Coast University in 2017 and later his M.Ed. from Endicott College in Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism. He is bilingual in English-Spanish, and his primary focus and passion is working with children on the autism spectrum.

Quoting the insight of Dr. Stephen Shore (longtime Adelphi University professor of special education), Iggy notes that, “If you’ve met one person with autism, you’ve met one person with autism.

“Every kid is unique and has been gifted to learn in an individual way. Each child has a different way of learning – and I get to help them find that. I love connecting with each individual and helping him or her reach their maximum potential. … My coursework prepared me to treat children with autism, but my experience at FOCUS has prepared me to work with an even broader scope of children.”

Iggy’s first introduction to pediatric therapy was in elementary school, where he was treated by a speech-language pathologist as a child. Later, a few dust-ups in high school athletics like rugby, soccer and football required pediatric physical therapy to recover.

“I was always thankful for those therapists who challenged and pushed me,” he recalls. “When I got to college, I knew that wanted to return the care and compassion that was shared with me by those therapists!”

Working with children seemed a natural progression after growing up surrounded by younger cousins and other relatives and family friends at dinners and parties.

“I enjoy the playful nature of children, their curiosity – and I’m a pretty patient person too, so I knew I would enjoy working with children,” he said. “My favorite part about working with children is their happiness when they know they did a great job. When they say, ‘I did it!’ or ‘Ta-da!’ after they complete something they couldn’t do a few weeks or even days ago – it’s just so great to watch.”

His therapy philosophy boils down to compassion. Compassion for patients, for families and the unique situations – is the foundation of the genuine trust that’s key to delivery of high-quality ABA therapy for children in Lee County, Florida. In FOCUS, he says he’s found colleagues who have “a real love for the kids” and play-based, child-led, collaborative therapy across professional disciplines that truly works to help children with disabilities and delays overcome their biggest challenges – especially when initiated early.

“We aren’t just a group of people showing up to a job,” Iggy says. “Helping these kids excel is a daily team effort.”

“I love working at FOCUS and plan on having a long career here. We have a welcoming environment, we treat the whole child, and the high degree collaboration allows us to provide service that is unmatched in South Florida. While each therapist has the same mission, each therapist is unique in their treatment approach which actually makes the team much stronger and ultimately benefits that children.”

The well-being of the child, he says, is always Priority No. 1.

‘Before we consider anything else, we always consider what is going to benefit the patient. That’s what drives the culture of collaboration with each other and with families.”

He especially enjoys working with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Down syndrome.

“I love to have fun, be silly, and goof around,” he says. “I think that being able to build strong relationships with the kids through play is so critical to turning a session around and working on behaviors and teaching them new skills.”

Outside of FOCUS, Iggy spends a lot of time at the beach, in downtown Fort Myers, enjoying FGCU athletics, visiting family and being actively involved volunteering for youth programs at his church. He and his wife, Christie, live in South Fort Myers and recently welcomed a son, Declan.

“Having a child of my own, I now see each kid as someone else’s baby, knowing they love their child as much as I love my own,” he said. “This whole new perspective makes me even more determined to help each and every child achieve their full potential.”