Los Angeles, CA
Behavior Frontiers, LLC
18726 S. Western Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90248
Behavior Frontiers has been providing exceptional behavioral services to children with autism and other special needs in the Los Angeles area since 2004. We currently provide applied behavior analysis (ABA) treatment services to children in the home, school, or community settings. Our ABA treatment services are designed to help children reduce their problem behaviors and learn appropriate replacement behaviors, such as socialization and communication skills. Families access our ABA treatment services through school district, insurance company, regional center, or private funding.
Behavior Frontiers’ clinical staff members are currently able to serve clients in or near the following cities: Artesia, Baldwin Park, Baldwin Hills, Bell, Bell-Air, Bell Gardens, Bellflower, Beverly Hills, Brentwood, Carson, Central Alameda, Century City, Cerritos, Cheviot Hills, Commerce, Compton, Crenshaw, Cudahy, Culver City, Downey, East LA, El Segundo, Fairfax, Gardena, Hacienda Heights, Hancock Park, Harbor City, Harbor Gateway, Hawaiian Gardens, Hancock Park, Hawthorne, Hermosa Beach, Huntington Park, Hyde Park, Inglewood, Koreatown, La Brea, La Habra, Lakewood, La Mirada, Lawndale, Leimert Park, Lennox, Lomita, Long Beach, Lynwood, Manhattan Beach, Mar Vista, Marina Del Rey, Maywood, Mid-City West, Montebello, Norwalk, Pacific Palisades, Palms, Palos Verdes Estates, Park La Brea, Paramount, Pico Rivera, Pico-Robertson, Playa Del Rey, Playa Vista, Rancho Dominguez, Rancho Palos Verdes, Redondo Beach, Rolling Hills, Rolling Hills Estates, Rowland Heights, San Pedro, Santa Fe Springs, Santa Monica, Sawtelle, Signal Hill, South Gate, South Park, Torrance, Venice, Vernon, Vermont Harbor, Walnut, Watts, West Adams, West Hollywood, Westchester, Westlake, West Rancho Dominguez, Westwood, West Los Angeles, Whittier, Willowbrook, Wilmington, and Wilshire.
We are open to extending our range of service to additional areas and to contracting with additional school districts, regional centers, and insurance companies. Please contact our office at 310-856-0800 if you do not see your location listed above. Families located out of our service area can also receive our online ABA training for parents and professionals through Behavior Frontiers Online Training Center.
Insurance Company Services
Did you know that recent California law mandates that most health insurance plans cover ABA treatment for children with autism spectrum disorder? Behavior Frontiers has contracts with health plans so that we can provide this medically necessary treatment to children with autism spectrum disorder. Please contact us today to find out if your child’s health insurance plan will cover these benefits at 1-888-922-2843.
Behavior Frontiers is an in-network provider for the following commercial health plans within California:
- Anthem Blue Cross
- Beacon Health Options
- Blue Shield (managed by Magellan)
- Humana (managed by LifeSynch)
- Kaiser (managed by Easter Seals’ Behavioral Health Network)
- Tricare (West Region) - managed by MHN Military
- United Behavioral Health (Optum)
Behavior Frontiers also provides ABA services to clients through the following Medi-Cal Managed Care Plans in California:
- Anthem Blue Cross – Medi-Cal
- Kaiser – Medi-Cal
If your child is a beneficiary of one of these health plans, please contact our office today at 888-922-2843 so we can verify benefits.
We are also in the process of finalizing contracts with additional health plans. Please contact us if you do not see your health plan listed so that we can discuss your options.
School District Services
Behavior Frontiers is also certified by the California Department of Education as a nonpublic agency to provide behavior intervention design (BID) and behavior intervention implementation (BII) to school-aged children with autism and other special needs. A BID staff member is essentially the behavior supervisor who assesses the student’s behavioral needs and who designs a behavior intervention plan for the student. A BII staff member is the equivalent of a behavior instructor who works one-to-one with the student to carry-out the behavior intervention plan. Both staff members are essential for a student to receive effective ABA services.
- Bellflower Unified School District
- Hawthorne Unified School District
- Long Beach Unified School District
- Los Angeles Unified School District
- Torrance Unified School District
Regional Center Services
We provide ABA services for children through California Regional Centers. California Regional Centers are nonprofit private corporations that contract with the California Department of Developmental Services to provide or coordinate services and support for individuals with developmental disabilities.
Currently, Behavior Frontiers is vendored with the following Regional Centers in the Los Angeles area:
- Harbor Regional Center
- North LA County Regional Center
- South Central Los Angeles Regional Center
- Westside Regional Center
We are open to courtesy vendorization with additional Regional Centers. Contact Helen Mader for more information.
Rosi deDomenico, M.A., BCBA
Regional Clinical Director, Los Angeles County Regions
Los Angeles Office
Rosi deDomenico is excited to be a part of the Behavior Frontiers team. Ms. deDomenico earned her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Santa Clara University, where she also minored in Spanish. Later, she attended the University of Nevada, Reno, where she received her master's degree in Psychology, with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), while completing coursework to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Ms. deDomenico has worked in the field of Autism Spectrum Disorders for more than 14 years and has been a Board Certified Behavior Analyst since 2004. She is a member of the Association of Behavior Analysis International and the Association of Professional Behavior Analysts.
At Behavior Frontiers, Ms. deDomenico oversees the treatment programs of those clients served in the Long Beach, East Los Angeles, and South Bay areas. She is committed to ensuring high quality, individualized programming for each client, on-going training to staff, and striving to help each child meet his or her greatest potential.
Shawna Wilson, M.A., BCBA
Clinical Director, South East Los Angeles Region
Los Angeles Office
Shawna Wilson graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from California State University, Long Beach, and later earned her Master of Arts in the field of Human Behavior from National University, becoming a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2010. Ms. Wilson comes to Behavior Frontiers with over 15 years of experience servicing children and adolescents diagnosed with autism, Down’s syndrome, intellectual disability, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, and other, dually diagnosed mental health conditions in the home, school, community, day program, and long term residential care settings.
Ms. Wilson’s professional emphases and strengths are in the areas of positive behavior supports (i.e., emphasizing prevention over management of maladaptive behavior), analysis and treatment of severe maladaptive behavioral repertoires, development of effective communication repertoires for clients, staff training and development including training and preparation for board certification, parent and caregiver education in applied behavior analysis, and treatment team collaboration and planning. Ms. Wilson oversees clinical operations in the South East Los Angeles region and is passionate about helping each child and family reach their greatest potential through Applied Behavior Analysis and team collaboration!
Stacy Sugawara, M.A., BCBA
Assistant Clinical Director - South Bay Region
Stacy Sugawara received her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley. She obtained her master's degree in Special Education from Cal State Dominguez Hills and completed her coursework to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst at Florida Institute of Technology. She has worked in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) since 2009 and has been a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) since February 2014. As part of the Behavior Frontiers team, she has supervised ABA services in the home, school, and community settings. She is trained in ABA using Discrete Trial Training (DTT), Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), Verbal Behavior (VB), and Natural Environment Teaching (NATs) methods. Stacy oversees the treatment programs of those clients served in the South Bay areas. She is dedicated to provide high quality services, individualized treatment programs for each of her clients, and ongoing collaboration with her clinical teams and families.
Natalie Wratschko, M.S., BCBA
Assistant Clinical Director - South Bay Region
Natalie Wratschko graduated from University of California Davis, with a Bachelors of Science in Human Development and earned her Master of Science in Psychology from California Coast University. She completed her Board Certified Behavior Analyst coursework at Florida Institute of Technology and has been a Board Certified Behavior Analyst since August 2014. She has been in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis since 2005 working with individuals on the Autism Spectrum in the home, community and school setting. Since she has joined the Behavior Frontiers team in June 2015, she has enjoyed being part of the South Bay region where she oversees the design and implementation of treatment programs. Natalie strives to deliver high quality behavior programs by designing behavior intervention plans that are individualized for each client.
Ivett Aguilar, M.A., BCBA
Assistant Clinical Director – South East Los Angeles Region
Ivett Aguilar received her B.A. in Psychology and her M.A. in Behavioral Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) from California State University, Northridge (CSUN). At CSUN, Ivett studied and practiced under the supervision of Dr. Peter Adzhyan, BCBA-D and Dr. Ellie Kazemi, BCBA-D. As an undergraduate student, Ivett participated as an assessor in a Social Validity Project, conducting semi-structured interviews with parents whose children received ABA services by the North Los Angeles Regional Center. Under the supervision of Dr. Adzhyan and his 2-year practicum course, Ivett acquired field experience in performing school and in-home based Functional Analyses, assessment tools, writing and applying evidenced-based acquisition skill programs, and behavior reductive intervention plans. Ivett has been in the field of ABA since 2012 and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2015. She has been servicing children and adolescents diagnosed with developmental disabilities, mental health conditions, and assisting in providing parent educational support systems throughout her career. Ivett is passionate about the dissemination of ABA technologies along with ethical conduct to the general public, and is especially enthusiastic in supporting the Spanish speaking community. Ivett, with the collaboration of the clinical staff of the South East Los Angeles region, is inspired to empower clients and their families with high quality ABA services.
Kathy Lykke, M.A., BCBA
Assistant Clinical Director - Long Beach Region
Kathy Lykke received her B.A. in Psychology and her M.A. in Early Childhood Education from California State University, Long Beach. Kathy has been servicing children with special needs for over 10 years and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2015. She has been servicing children and adolescents diagnosed with developmental disabilities and other mental health issues throughout her career. She is passionate about early intervention and ongoing parent education.
Nikol Manes, M.A., BCBA
Assistant Clinical Director – South East Los Angeles Region
Out of college Nikol Manes started working with children in a preschool classroom. In 2001, Nikol transitioned to work with children with autism as a direct interventionist. She went to school in 2003, receiving her Masters of Science degree in Applied Behavior Analsyis from St. Cloud State University, and in 2013 she earned a second Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology. Nikol continued to work with children with autism and other developmental disorders including cerebral palsy, intellectual disability, down's syndrome, and children with chromosomal disorders. She specialized in implementing Positive Behavior Support strategies, PECS, and Pivotal Response Training. Nikol earned her BCBA certification in 2009. She maintains a positive approach toward treatment and utilizes ABA strategies in all areas of her life. She thrives on continuing a deeper understanding of scientific based practices such as ABA and looks to continue her education further. Nikol loves working in the South East Los Angeles Region of Behavior Frontiers and finds the highest quality of services are provided here.
Sarah Briggson, M.S., BCBA
Clinical Director, West Los Angeles Region
Sarah Briggson earned her Bachelor's Degree in Behavioral Science from Grand Valley State University, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She received her M.S. in Applied Behavior Analysis from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles. At The Chicago School, Sarah conducted her thesis on utilizing response interruption and redirection, alongside discrimination training, to decrease stereotypy and teach appropriate vs. inappropriate places for stereotypical behavior. She studied under and conducted her thesis with her advisor, Dr. Eric Carlson. Sarah has been working with children and adults diagnosed with developmental disorders for over 10 years, has been in the field of ABA since 2011 and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2015. Sarah is excited to be a part of the Behavior Frontiers team, and oversees the treatment programs of clients served in the West Los Angeles area. She is passionate about implementing highly effective and quality ABA treatment programs through strong collaborative team work, individualized programs for each client, and continuing research and training, in order to help each client reach their goals!
Shir Pridonoff, M.A., BCBA
Assistant Clinical Director, West Los Angeles Region
Shir Pridonoff attended the University of Southern California, where she graduated with her B.S. and M.A. in Occupational Therapy. Shir has been practicing ABA since 2011 and received her BCBA in 2013 from the Florida Institute of Technology, although she has been working with individuals on the autism spectrum for over 10 years. As a certified trainer of the Crisis Prevention Institute, she is committed to educating others in Non-Violent Crisis Intervention, particularly in helping individuals to diffuse potentially escalating situations by being attuned to the Integrated Experience. During her years as a BCBA, Shir has given in-services in multiple school districts on various ABA topics, been heavily involved in the development of the Intensive Behavior Intervention program at a special day preschool, and provided thousands of supervision hours to BCBA mentees. Shir has worked hard to become proficient in Spanish and feels fortunate to be able to support the Spanish-speaking families in her region. Every day, she brings to work her passion for mentorship, teamwork, and playfulness.
Jeanne Lux, MA, LMFT
Director of Family Relations
Ms. Lux received her bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of Santa Barbara followed by obtaining her master’s degree in clinical psychology from California State University Dominguez Hills. She served as a counselor at Harbor Regional Center managing cases for children with developmental disabilities, including autism and mental retardation. Ms. Lux went on to lead parent support groups at the South Bay Youth Project, where she assisted parents in the application of behavioral techniques and in enhancing their communication skills with their children. Ms. Lux also demonstrated expertise in providing psychological counseling to couples, families, and individuals at the ADHD Diagnosis and Treatment Center, where she taught clients cognitive behavioral techniques, relaxation techniques, communication skills, and parenting skills. Ms. Lux earned her license as a Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of California in 2004. Currently she works as a psychological counselor with Gelbart and Associates, as well as the Director of Family Relations at Behavior Frontiers. At Behavior Frontiers, Ms. Lux provides consultation and education to clinical directors, behavior supervisors, and case managers.
“It gives me great pleasure to be a part of guiding the exceptional, clinical staff members at Behavior Frontiers to help children with autism and their families reach their full potential,” Jeannie Lux, Director of Family Relations.