San Diego, CA
8555 Aero Drive, Suite 201
San Diego, CA 92123
Behavior Frontiers is proud to announce that we are bringing our exceptional applied behavior analysis (ABA) treatment program and clinicians to San Diego, California. Our professional and highly skilled staff is NOW available to conduct intake assessments with your family to begin the treatment process. Please contact us at 858-244-5176 to find out more about our services and to schedule an initial appointment.
Your child is unique and Behavior Frontiers offers individualized treatment plans to help each child to be successful. We offer behavior intervention services in the home, school, and community settings. Our ABA treatment program is customized to help each child learn adaptive skills in all areas of development, such as new communication, social, play, cognitive, self-care, and motor skills. Behavior Frontiers uses detailed data collection to track each child’s progress and uses research-based methods to find out why problem behaviors are occurring so that we can reduce those challenging behaviors. We make sure to include your family in all aspects of the treatment and in collaborating with other professionals to help your child reach his/her goals.
Behavior Frontiers clinical staff members will be available to serve clients in or near the following cities:
4s Ranch, Bankers Hill, Bonita, Bonsall, Camp Pendleton, Cardiff, Cardiff by the Sea, Carlsbad, Carmel Valley, Chula Vista, City Heights, Clarement, Coronado, Del Mar, Downtown San Diego, Eastlake, El Cajon, Encanto, Encinitas, Escondido, Fashion Valley,Golden Triangle/UTC, Hillcrest, Imperial Beach, Kearny Mesa, La Jolla, La Mesa, Lakeside, Lemon Grove, Leucadia, Linda Vista, Miramar, Mira Mesa, Mission Bay, Mission Beach,Mission Hills, Mission Valley, National City, Normal Heights, North Park, Oceanside, Pacific Beach, Point Loma, Poway, Ramona, Rancho Bernardo, Rancho Santa Fe, Sabre Springs, San Elijo Hills, San Marcos, San Ysidro, Serra Mesa, Solana Beach, Spring Valley, Torrey Highlands, Torrey Hills, University City, Valley Center and Vista
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 1-888-922-2843 if you do not see your location listed above.
Training Center: 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
Blue Shield (managed by Magellan)
Humana (managed by LifeSynch)
Kaiser (managed by Easter Seals’ Behavioral Health Network)
Tricare (West Region, managed by MHN)
United Behavioral Health (Optum)
Behavior Frontiers also provides ABA services to clients through the following Medi-Cal Managed Care Plans in California:
Aetna Better Health of California
Anthem Blue Cross – Medi-Cal
Kaiser – Medi-Cal
UnitedHealthcare Community Plan (managed by OptumHealth)
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
Colleen McKenzie, M.A., B.C.B.A.
Colleen McKenzie earned her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of California, San Diego with an emphasis in Developmental Psychology, followed by her Masters degree in Developmental and Educational Psychology from Boston College. She obtained her post graduate certificate in Behavioral Intervention for Autism and completed her coursework to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst through the University of Massachusetts. Colleen has more than 21 years of experience working with individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities in the United States and abroad. She has worked across a variety of settings and ages, spanning from 1-24 years old. She has served as an adjunct professor at two New England colleges as well as a guest lecturer at Boston College, where she taught courses in Applied Behavior Analysis, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Developmental Psychology, Cognitive Psychology and Abnormal Psychology. Colleen has a strong commitment to the utilization of empirically validated treatment procedures across all aspects of programming and training, to ensure each client reaches their highest potential. She is trained in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), using Discrete Trial Training (DTT), Verbal Behavior (VB) and Natural Environment Training (NET) methods. Other professional areas of specialization include early behavioral intervention, curriculum development, assessments, program design as well as parent and staff training,
At Behavior Frontiers, Colleen oversees all clinical operations for the clients served in the San Diego region. She is committed to a collaborative approach and ensuring high quality, individualized programming for her clients and families.
Julie Sulzinger, M.A., B.C.B.A.
Associate Clinical Director
Julie Sulzinger received her Bachelor’s Degree in Child and Adolescent Development and Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology with an emphasis Early Childhood Education from California State University Northridge (CSUN). She completed her BCBA coursework through Florida Institute of Technology. As an undergraduate and graduate student, Julie’s internships included working with infants and toddlers with a variety of global developmental delays. Julie acquired field experience in performing home based functional behavior assessments, assessment tools, conducting behavior consultations and parent training, writing and applying evidence based acquisition skills programs, staff development training, and behavior reductive intervention plans. Julie has been in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis since 2007 and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2016. Julie has experience providing behavior support in the classroom, in a clinical based setting, and in-home services. Julie strives to conduct and provide high quality ABA treatment for the client and their family to their individual needs.
Cindy Ruiz-Martinez, M.S., BCBA
Associate Clinical Director – North County, San Diego
Cindy Ruiz-Martinez earned her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from the University of California, Riverside where she was part of a children's emotion regulation research lab. She later earned her Master’s of Science degree in Applied Behavior Analysis at National University and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2018. Cindy supervises ABA services in the home, community and school settings while providing ongoing training to families in discrete trial training (DTT), Verbal Behavior (VB), and Natural Environment Training (NET). She oversees treatment programs for clients in the North County of San Diego service region.