Company Info

Xcite Steps was created through a fusion of ideas united by Stefan Hochfilzer and Matt Winkley, the co-founders of the company. Stefan and Matt met under the umbrella of their shared interest to serve those stigmatized with being “atypical”. As children, both surmounted personal learning and communicative disabilities, and have carried forth their success with a desire to see others achieve the same.

Stefan and Matt’s deep understanding and empathy for those struggling with social, communicative, and developmental challenges is what keeps them motivated to continue helping others succeed every day, and was the catalyst for creating San Diego’s Xcite Steps in the summer of 2005. Priding themselves on being a heart-centered organization with an expertly-trained team of clinicians, Xcite Steps has been able to offer exceptional services to communities in San Diego County. Xcite Steps seeks to fill the void for kids who have a desire for social interaction and building connections with peers, but need the skills and social support to guide them through the process. Xcite Steps offers San Diego kids, teens, and adults services that were once absent in the community, and provides an opportunity for kids to succeed no matter what they have been diagnosed with. Our goal is to help bridge the gap between “typical” and “atypical” development in a manageable, structured, and exciting way. The joy of life and the experiences it brings should be enjoyed by all, but a methodology for ensuring this happiness must first be struck.

We believe in the benefits of one-on-one behavioral support and strategic social, communicative, and behavioral techniques via an experienced and expertly trained Interventionist, all performed in the most natural and opportune environment for social interaction. Xcite Steps has created a truly unique and innovative approach where kids and teens can be themselves, check their disabilities at the door, and enjoy social interaction with their friends. Xcite Steps has developed a Natural Opportunity Model which allows for a seamless joining of ABA intervention and social facilitation, that maximizes independence and generalization while keeping children excited and motivated. All our Interventionists have experience working with a variety of children, disabilities, and situations, and our success working with high-functioning children, teens, and adults is unmatched.

Xcite Steps and its co-founders, Stefan Hochfilzer and Matt Winkely, set a standard that our services are always familial and always gratifying. Stefan has found a truly satisfying calling in serving others, and as a UC Berkeley graduate with a business degree and years of managerial and entrepreneurship experience, he also possesses the tools and resources to see that Xcite Steps meets its lofty expectations. Matt Winkely, similarly, has all the assets to guide a program where success means improved quality of life. Grouping a degree in social work from Salve Regina University, a Masters degree of Divinity from the University of Spiritual Healing & Sufism, a solid foundation of social services, 20 years of working with individuals experiencing disabilities, and an amazing desire to identify what works, Matt has gained an incredible ability to connect with each individual Xcite Steps serves. Stefan and Matt are proud to represent Xcite Steps, and the high-quality services it provides.

Our Services are available in the following areas:

San Diego (North)

  • Oceanside
  • Carlsbad
  • Rancho Santa Fe
  • San Marcos
  • Camp Pendleton
  • Escondido
  • Vista

San Diego (Central)

  • La Jolla
  • Clairemont
  • Downtown
  • Poway
  • Mira Mesa
  • Coronado

East County

  • Santee
  • Lakeside
  • La Mesa
  • Spring Valley
  • El Cajon
  • Paradise Hills

South Bay

  • Eastlake
  • Chula Vista
  • National City
  • Bonita
  • Imperial Beach
  • Otay Mesa

Temecula Region

  • Murrieta
  • Lake Elsinore
  • Menifee
  • Fallbrook