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Empower Behavioral Health was created with the mission of empowering individuals with autism and their families through quality services. Our goal is to ensure individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities reach their maximum potential.
Empower Behavioral Health was founded in 2015 in San Antonio, Texas by a team of dedicated behavior analysts and professionals who saw a need for quality services for individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities. Since then, we have grown to serve and make an impact on families in San Antonio, Houston, Brazos Valley, Waco, El Paso, New Braunfels and more. We also offer in-home ABA therapy services near Corpus Christi.
History of ABA Therapy
Applied behavior analysis (ABA) is a scientific approach that has been used for over 50 years as an effective treatment for individuals with autism and developmental disabilities by understanding behavior and teaching new skills. ABA therapy is based on the principles of behaviorism, which asserts that the most effective approach to improving the lives of the individual is through objective, behavioral approaches.
ABA is an effective treatment for any individual, and it was first applied to teach individuals with autism and developmental disabilities. By understanding behavior and how it works, ABA is an effective treatment for individuals with autism. ABA therapy focuses on increasing desired behaviors (e.g., communication, social skills, academic performance) and reducing problem behaviors (e.g., aggression, self-injury, tantrums).
Our ABA Program
Empower Behavioral Health’s ABA program offers an array of services, including early intervention, communication skills, social skills, behavior management, and more to those with autism and other developmental disabilities of all ages. Our services include:
If you are interested in getting started with ABA therapy for your child or loved one, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with us today. We would also love to answer any questions you may have about ABA therapy.
We are a team of passionate and experienced Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs), Registered Behavior Technicians (RBTs) and healthcare professionals who provide in-home and clinic-based services. We use evidence-based practices to create individualized treatment plans and goals for each client we serve.
Natesh Kumar, MBA
Cheif Executive Officer
Mr. Kumar holds an MBA in Operations and Strategy from Southern Methodist University and an undergraduate in Business Administration in Management Information Systems from the University of Texas. He has held executive positions for 15 years and oversees several businesses in various industries. He specializes in financial analysis and valuation of business models, process optimization, and project management.
In addition to his work with EBH, Natesh sits on several Executive and Investment Boards, including Driscoll Children’s Hospital, Octopus, Planar Semiconductor, and the Art Museum of South Texas. Mr. Kumar is also very active in ABA professional organizations such as BHCOE and recently co-founded a podcast with CASP called PodCASP. Natesh is passionate about Empower Behavioral Health’s mission of providing accessible services to individuals with ASD and is excited to continue to grow the business. When he’s not at work, Mr. Kumar enjoys spending time with his wife, Reema, and their sons, Nayan and Keshan. You might also find him watching sports, playing golf, or traveling worldwide.
Emily Treadway, M.A., BCBA, LBA
Chief Operating Officer
Emily is a native of Houma, Louisiana. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Disorders in 2013 from Louisiana State University. Emily went on to complete her Master of Arts degree in Special Education, with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis, at the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2015. Emily began working with individuals with developmental and communication delays during her undergraduate studies and transitioned into the field of ABA in 2012. She joined the EBH team in the Fall of 2013 as a technician and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2015. Emily has experience working with individuals with a variety of diagnoses in clinic-based and community-based settings.
Emily has interests in the areas of early intensive behavioral intervention and the treatment of behavioral feeding disorders. Emily also has a passion for assisting children and families in accessing high-quality ABA services and advocating on their behalf in navigating funding sources. On the weekends, Emily enjoys watching LSU and Saints football with her husband, cooking, and spending time with her family and dog, Daisy.
Erin Gierlowski, M.S.
VICE PRESIDENT OF HUMAN RESOURCES
Erin is a native of Detroit, Michigan. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Michigan, graduating with honors and distinction. Her undergraduate thesis focused on developmental disorders and anxiety. After working in HR for over 10 years she completed her Master of Science in Operation Management from the University of Michigan.
Erin is a conscientious and results-driven leader experienced with overseeing HR operations by balancing organizational targets with talent management, workforce planning, and employee engagement. She has also focused on maximizing resource utilization and enhancing performance with forward-thinking approaches. Erin loves helping people meet their career goals and implementing resources that make a lasting impact. In her spare time, she loves going on adventures with her husband, Matt and spending time with their 3 pets.
Anna Sciarillo, M.A., BCBA, LBA
Vice President of Intake & Marketing
Anna joined EBH in 2013 and currently serves as the VP of Intake and Marketing. Anna is dedicated to providing a high-level of customer service and support to our patients and families throughout the intake process. She received her bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University in 2013 and went on to pursue her master’s from the University of Texas at San Antonio, where she studied Special Education with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis. Anna is a proud native of Houston, TX and has worked in the field of ABA since 2010. She became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2015. She has experience with clinic-based, in-home, and community-based treatment.
Anna serves as the Secretary for the Texas Association for Applied Behavior Analysis Public Policy Group (TxABA PPG). She also serves as Chair of the TxABA PPG Medicaid Task Force. Anna has a passion for advocating for individuals with disabilities through legislation, such as Medicaid coverage of ABA services for families living in the state of Texas. Anna is a big sports fan and enjoys cheering on her favorite teams, especially her LSU Tigers. In her free time, you can find Anna working in her garden, watching Netflix, or playing outside with her two dogs.
Louisa Hussein, M.A., BCBA, LBA
Vice President of Clinical Quality
Louisa grew up in Kansas and received her Bachelor of General Studies in Applied Behavior Analysis and Psychology from the University of Kansas in 2013. She then attended the University of Houston- Clear Lake where she earned her Master’s in Behavior Analysis.
Louisa has had seven years of clinical experience working one-on-one with typically developing individuals and individuals with developmental disabilities. During Louisa’s career, she has worked with learners focusing on early intervention, reducing severe challenging behaviors, and increasing verbal behavior. Throughout her experience, she has had the opportunity to teach caregivers, teachers, and paraprofessionals to implement various principals of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to better support their children or students. Louisa enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling and experiencing new adventures, playing group sports, and creating DIY projects.
CHIEF DEVELOPMENT OFFICER
Born and raised in Texas, John earned a Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Science in Accounting from Texas Tech University where he graduated Summa Cum Laude and was distinguished as highest-ranking graduate. After starting his career at KPMG, John has spent almost 10 years leading teams in healthcare mergers and acquisitions, successfully driving exponential growth at multiple organizations.
His passion lies in finding those who are providing the highest levels of care to those they serve, and helping them expand their reach, delivering quality care to more families!
Tori Murphy, MBA.HCA
Director of Compliance
Tori joined EBH in 2019 and currently serves as the Director of Compliance. She received her MBA in Healthcare Administration and has over 16 years in the health care industry, providing various services to a wide range of specialties. She is dedicated to overseeing and managing regulatory compliance within our organization.
Elissa Rivera, MBA
Elissa is a Native Texan, born and raised. She earned a Bachelor of Business Administration, with an emphasis in Management from The University of the Incarnate Word at San Antonio in 2009. She went on to pursue her education at The University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio and completed her Master of Business Administration, with an emphasis in Management in 2011. Elissa has held leadership positions for over 15 years and specializes in organizational structure, operations, and growth.
Kylie Siders, M.A., BCBA, LBA
Director of Clinical Operations
Kylie is a Southern California native who has worked in the field since 2012. She attended the University of California Riverside where she earned her bachelor’s degree and then completed her Master’s Degree in Applied Behavioral Analysis with a concentration in Autism Spectrum Disorders from Ball State University. She became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2015. Kylie joined the EBH team as a BCBA in 2019 and has since worked in a variety of departments including telehealth and curriculum development. Kylie has strong interests in transition planning and teaching executive functioning skills. She strongly believes in adapting and personalizing programming to meet each client’s needs. She also focuses her work on mentoring new BCBAs and building staff morale. Kylie enjoys exploring Texas, being active, and spending time with her husband and daughter.
Advisory Board TEAM
Dr. Jennifer Fritz, BCBA-D, LBA
Advisory Board Member
Dr. Jennifer Fritz is an Associate Professor of behavior analysis at the University of Houston-Clear Lake, and she serves as Director of the Severe Behavior Disorders Research Clinic and Co-Director of the Connecting the Dots program at UHCL’s Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities, as well as Director of the Behavior Analysis Program at Texas Children’s Hospital’s Autism Center.
Dr. Fritz serves as Associate Editor and on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, as a member of the Advisory Board for the TxABA Public Policy Group, and is the Program Chair for the Professional Track of the Texas Association for Behavior Analysis annual conference. In the past, she has served as President of TxABA and Secretary of the TxABA Public Policy Group, as well as Program Chair of the Autism Track for the TxABA annual conference and co-chair of the Autism Track for the Association for Behavior Analysis International.
Dr. Heather McGee
Advisory Board Member
Heather M. McGee is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Co-Chair of the Industrial/Organizational Behavior Management graduate programs at Western Michigan University (WMU). She received her B.S. (1998), M.A. (2003), and Ph.D. (2004) from WMU. Dr. McGee is also co-founder of Performance Blueprints, a performance improvement consulting firm specializing in helping small businesses, non-profits & human service settings by providing a variety of consulting and training services. Dr. McGee has designed, developed and implemented organizational performance solutions in a variety of industries and settings, including autism service agencies, the pharmaceutical industry, education, and health and human services. These solutions have included performance-based instruction, performance management, behavioral systems changes, and lean sigma initiatives.
Dr. McGee is the former Executive Director of the Organizational Behavior Management (OBM) Network and serves as an associate editor for the Journal of Organizational Behavior Management (JOBM), on the editorial board for Behavior Analysis: Research and Practice. Additionally, she serves on the Board of Directors for ALULA, and on Advisory Boards for Empower Behavioral Health, DataFinch Technologies, and Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies.
Our Core Values
Empower Behavioral Health is built on a foundation of values that include compassion, excellence, teamwork, and respect. Our values guide everything we do and are the cornerstone of our success.
People are the heart of our business. We believe in treating everyone with respect, compassion and empathy. We value the diversity of our staff, families, and individuals we serve and are committed to creating a respectful and inclusive environment. We see the individual first, not the disability.
Integrity, quality services, and ethical behavior sets EBH apart. We are committed to excellence in everything we do. We strive to provide the highest quality services and to continually improve our skills and knowledge.
We are all on one team, and we believe in the power of teamwork. We work closely with families, schools, and providers to ensure we are meeting the needs of the individuals we serve.
We prioritize balance for our employees. In order to provide the highest quality of care to our patients and families, we know our team must also care for themselves.