Meet Your Trainers

Professional Trainers

As a leader and innovator in ABA-based services, we know our stuff when it comes to teaching using the principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis.

We’ve spent over 15 years learning, teaching, and growing to support families of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other developmental exceptionalities. We’re experts, and we know that sharing our knowledge with professionals, parents, and our community is the best way forward. With extensive clinical experience and a team of professionals, we created alphabeePRO to grow our in-clinic and in-home practice into a comprehensive training platform for those who want to know more.

Laura Dignard, BCBA

Laura Dignard is the Program Manager, as well as a Clinical Manager at AlphaBee. Laura is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA) and is also certified in the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM). Laura has worked extensively with individuals with Autism and other developmental disabilities, utilizing the principles of ABA with a particular focus on Verbal Behaviour. She has extensive experience with the assessment, development, and implementation of behaviour reduction and skill-building programs resulting in the development of functional skills and a better quality of life for her clients. Laura has presented at ABA and Special Education conferences as well as developed training workshops for parents, educators, community members, and ABA professionals. Laura is also a member of ONTABA.

Sonia Stellato, BCBA

Sonia Stellato is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA) and the Training Coordinator of alphabeePRO. She is also a Senior Therapist at AlphaBee. Sonia has over 10 years of experience working with children and in her current role, she works primarily with children diagnosed with ASD and their families to develop skills both in the home and at school. She works with instructor therapists to complete comprehensive training and skill development to better support the families she works with. Sonia has also had experience working with teenagers and adults who have a dual-diagnosis and required complex care and support. As a behaviour therapist she has worked as part of multidisciplinary teams striving for the best outcomes for all those she supports. In addition to her role with children, Sonia develops and provides training with a focus on ABA to front-line staff working in group-home and community settings. In her time with AlphaBee she has developed social skills programming and worked on a collaborative research project with Brock University. She is also certified in the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) and Organizational Behaviour Management (OBM).

Pam Lawrynowycz, BCBA

Pam Lawrynowycz is a Clinical Manager and Supervisor at AlphaBee Centre. She is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA), with extensive training in ABA and Verbal Behaviour, as well as being certified in the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM). Pam has worked within the Intensive Behavioral Intervention program with children with Autism for 20 years. Pam has extensive experience providing behaviour and curriculum assessments, staff/parent training, as well as consultation and developing behaviour and skill acquisition programs. Pam is also committed to disseminating information about ABA through workshops for professionals and parents. Pam is a member of ONTABA and provides BCBA supervision both locally and internationally.

Lisa Kota, BCBA

Lisa Kota is a Clinical Manager and Supervisor at AlphaBee. She is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA) and is also a certified Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) therapist, effective at teaching language and social engagement during play activities. Lisa’s career in ABA has spanned teaching with a Discrete Trial Teaching (DTT) approach, teaching with a Verbal Behaviour approach, teaching with ESDM, to increasing generalization, to advanced social skills curricula. Lisa enjoys sharing AlphaBee’s teaching procedures through workshops and conference presentations. She also has a special interest in the development of specialized learning materials to facilitate learning.

Mandy Patrick, BCBA

Mandy Patrick was a Clinical Supervisor and Clinical Manager at AlphaBee. She is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA) and is also certified in the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM). Mandy has worked with children and youth with various developmental disabilities in a wide range of capacities, including therapeutic and recreational settings. Mandy’s special interests in professional development include mediator training, verbal behaviour, and ethics. Mandy enjoys providing supervision to those looking to pursue a career in ABA, including supervisees accruing the hours required to become board certified. She played an integral role in the development of our RBT course. 

Shikha Rajput, BCaBA

Shikha Rajput is the Operations Manager and a Senior Therapist at AlphaBee Centre. Shikha is a Board Certified Associate Behaviour Analyst (BCaBA). Her career has always focused on working closely with clients and their families both 1:1 and in the broader community. She is passionate about fostering a positive learning environment that is productive, sustainable and manageable, while also focusing on reducing unwanted behaviours. During her career at AlphaBee she has demonstrated this commitment time and again, first as an Instructor Therapist, and now as a Senior Therapist and Operations Manager, developing a reputation for excellence and compassion.

Dana Pettus, BCBA

Dana Pettus is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA) who works as a Clinical Supervisor at AlphaBee. She started in the field of ABA in 2013 and completed her Masters in Applied Disability Studies from Brock University in 2018.  She has worked with children and young adolescents with a variety of developmental disabilities in home, center, and school-based settings. Dana has experience implementing and developing programming for early intervention, advanced language skills, social skills, and life skills. She is passionate about working collaboratively with families and teams to develop goals that focus on the highest quality of life for the individuals she works with. Her passions in professional development include parent coaching, ethical decision-making, and teaching the skills to foster engagement and positive relationships between clients and professionals.