XciteSteps Staff Profiles

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XciteSteps San Diego ABA Interventionists are the highest qualified and best trained in the field.  We strive to hire individuals with strong and diverse backgrounds, who together can provide the most naturalistic and well-rounded therapy to each and every client.  They are enthusiastic, energetic, skilled professionals, who have a passion for working with children, teens, and adults on the Autism Spectrum.

It is Xcite Steps’ top priority to ensure our Interventionists have extensive training and experience, which is why Xcite Steps requires that all incoming Interventionists must hold at least a Bachelor’s Degree in psychology, special education, or a related field, and most of our Interventionists come with at least one year of practical experience.  Unique to Xcite Steps, many of our interventionists are in the process of furthering their education in the field, pursuing advanced degrees, completed an advanced Master’s Degree, and/or BCBA Certification.

Xcite Steps’ Supervisors are held to the highest standards as well. Our Supervisors must possess a Master’s Degree in psychology, education, or a related field, and their Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA).  All of our supervisors are required to have at least two years of related experience working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, and expertise in approaches to intervention based on the science of Applied Behavior Analysis.

Xcite Steps is made up of a team of the most highly trained mental health providers in San Diego County.  Every new employee at Xcite Steps undergoes an intensive, 3-day, 24-hour series of in-person training modules before working with any child.  Each of the three days is broken down into different topics with a combination of direct lecture training, group activities, and role-play to ensure our Interventions can generalize and apply skills learned.  At the end of each training day, the trainees take a quiz, which they must pass with 95% accuracy in order to advance to the next day.  After initial training is completed, all of our Interventionists are required to complete monthly on-going staff development trainings that include topics such as Differential Reinforcement, Establishing Operations, Functional Analysis, Advanced Play Skills, Behavior Mapping, Sensory Strategies, and Prompting.  In addition to our rigorous training schedule, Xcite Steps conducts bi-yearly performance reviews to ensure that our Interventionists are maintaining optimal performance levels.  All Xcite Steps ABA clinical staff members are trained on a wide range of evidence-based treatment modalities to utilize across settings, including:

  • Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)
  • Behavior Modification
  • Discrete Trial Training (DTT)
  • Pivotal Response Training (PRT)
  • Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)
  • TEACCH
  • ProACT

In addition, upon beginning employment with Xcite Steps, and prior to any interaction with children, every staff member must undergo a full Livescan and FBI background check to be cleared for service.  Xcite Steps takes great concern in the safety of their clients and takes great pride in the quality of the services provided.  Each interventionist at Xcite Steps reflects those values.

    • Marianne B.  M.S., BCBA
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      "...Xcite Steps really supports innovation, creativity, and cultivating employee talent, which allows me the opportunity to work with extremely talented employees on a daily basis....
      Stephanie L.  M.Ed, BCBA
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      "I chose to join the Xcite Steps team because it consists of caring, passionate, and collaborative people."...
      Sara N.  M.S., BCBA
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      "I chose to work at Xcite Steps because of the quality of services provided to families and the wonderful team of people who work together collaboratively. "...
      Violeta T.  M.S., BCBA
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      "My favorite part about working for Xcite Steps is being able to receive support when ever needed and working with dedicated staff."...
      Joe P.  M.A., BCBA
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      "From my first meeting, I could see that the value placed on every member of the Xcite Steps team and the dedication to their clients is what sets them apart."...
      Nicole M.  M.A, BCBA
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      "When a team loves what they do and where they work so much, it can’t help but translate to a really amazing quality of service for our clients."...
      Maggie O.  M.A. BCBA
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      "I knew then that I wanted to spend my life helping people and making a difference in the world one person at a time.."...
      Bree S.  M.S., BCBA
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      "Xcite Steps offers the individualized programming that every child deserves."...
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      Janet O.  M.A., BCBA
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      "My favorite part about working for Xcite Steps would be the social groups. I love seeing my colleagues working as a team to help multiple children."...
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      "It’s a beautiful process being able to observe their transformation and simply assist them in reaching their biggest goals and aspirations, regardless of what others perceive as...
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      " It was apparent from the beginning that Xcite Steps was comprised of a group of people that all share this same philosophy and are truly motivated to create change in the indu...
      Vanessa L.  M.A., LMFT
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      “Xcite Steps is building a community of support that is fully invested in the growth and development of the entire family. Our services reach beyond the industry standard, nouri...
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    "I chose Xcite Steps because I could tell immediately upon meeting the staff that the organization was one that truly cared about the betterment of its clients."...
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    "...Xcite Steps provides Social Clubs for our clients in addition to traditional ABA therapy. Generalization and socialization are so important!"...
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    "Xcite Steps has been a wonderful company that allows me to utilize my skills in new and different ways to get the best results as possible with my clients."...
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    "After volunteering with the social clubs for a couple of months and getting to know some of the other staff and seeing the amazing work they were doing, I knew I wanted to be a pa...
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    "It is the most rewarding feeling to be able to see and be a part of [the client's] progress."...
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    " My favorite part of working for Xcite is the extreme professionalism, kindness and support from every single person I have had the pleasure to work with at Xcite."...
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    "The child first approach to their programs as well as programs like the social skills groups made Xcite Steps an attractive option to me."...
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    "My favorite part about working for Xcite Steps would be the great environment and the excellent team that works together on creating a difference in the lives of children with Au...
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    "My favorite part of working for Xcite steps is the cohesive functionality of the company as a whole brought about by the high levels of professionalism."...
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    "My favorite part is how open the company is, and how supportive and willing they have been."...
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    "I feel like I never stop learning and that each child and family teaches me something new."...
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    "I joined the Xcite Steps team because I wanted to part of an amazing team that not only looked out for the well being of their clients, but also their staff."...
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    "I am excited to continue making a difference and working in something I have so much passion for."...
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    " [Xcite Steps] has been caring, friendly and extremely helpful throughout the new hire process."...
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    "At Xcite steps you really feel like you matter, and like you are a part of a team."...
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    "From my very first interview with Xcite Steps, I could tell that every single teammate played a vital role in the success of not only the company, but also the success of each chi...
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    "I believe the company’s success lies within the strong relationships that are built amongst every individual on the team."...
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    "Xcite Steps is brimming with enthusiastic, passionate employees backed with years of education and experience."...
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    "The more I come to know the company, the more I realize the great importance that is placed in finding the perfect balance between individualized care and social construction, all...
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    "Everyone truly cares about each other and, more importantly, about the clients."...
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    "Knowing that I am working with a bunch of caring, intellectual individuals that all share the same values is truly a privilege. "...
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    "I wanted to join the team at Xcite Steps because they are providing a place that’s professional, supportive and progressive while doing what’s right for both their client’s ...
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    "My favorite part about working for Xcite Steps is that they genuinely care, not only about the clients but their employees as well."...
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    "...Xcite Steps is successful in providing quality services with a team of highly-trained staff, while continuing to develop innovative solutions to a constantly-changing field."...
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    "From the beginning, every person that I’ve met and spoken with at Xcite Steps has shown a genuine desire and passion to help the families that come to them."...
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    "I remember walking away from my interview thinking how “human” it felt; I could immediately tell that Xcite truly practices a person-centered philosophy."...
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    " My favorite aspect about working for Xcite Steps is the supportive team atmosphere."...
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    "I gravitated toward the special ed field because I loved working with each day with the kiddos and it just felt right."...
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    "I also love seeing the change in our clients over time and knowing that one person can impact someone’s life in a positive way."...
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    "I love seeing the similarities and differences between each student that I work with. "...
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    "I also had opportunities to meet the families and learn about the needs and hopes of their children, which was what really inspired me to take part in this journey."...
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    "It is incredible to see how talented and intelligent these kiddos are; I hope I can be one of many to educate people about the Autism Spectrum."...
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    "...a great emphasis on parent training and ongoing consultation for interventionists, which are paramount to the success of our clients."...
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    "Seeing how much fun interventionists have during in-home sessions with their clients and the strong support system provided from supervisors and the ABA director, made me really w...
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    "They focus on each client and their family, providing the highest-quality services possible"...
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    "...they believe they can make a positive difference in someone's life and that I can help them do that."...
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    "There is no better way to push all our clients to the highest level than to include everyone who they are surrounded by."...
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    " Xcite Steps is an amazing organization that truly cares about its clients and employees and prides itself on its genuine interactions."...
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    "I know I can offer a different, fun, and productive Session each time. That is what I feel truly helps our clients have the opportunity to grow, and succeed at their goal...
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    "My favorite part about working for Xcite Steps is seeing the progress in my kiddos and being able to contribute."...
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    "My favorite part of working at Xcite Steps is meeting all the kids we service. They truly make my day brighter. I am so proud to have a role in this amazing and wonderful ...
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    "I was especially excited about the opportunity to help out at social clubs!"...
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    "Xcite’s dedication to providing the best services for their clients is evident from the extensive training and support for interventionists, to the collective passion of the ent...
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    "I knew right away that these people care and LOVE what they do. This company is very supportive and motivating"...
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    "It's inspiring to see the growth in each person and their excitement as they reach their goals, and I am fortunate to be a part of that every day!"...
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    "I couldn’t be more excited to work for a company full of individuals that have the drive, devotion and the heart for helping others."...
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    "Just being part of their daily lives and being that certain guide, it really touched my heart."...
    Chris Siegel
    I can tell Xcite Steps is a close community, and I want to be part of an organization where everyone has the same desire of helping those with Autism....
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    I have heard amazing things about Xcite Steps in the community and that they are a cut above the rest. I was pleased to learn that Xcite Steps truly cares about every family and in...
    • Pamela M.
      "My favorite part about working for Xcite Steps is the constant collaboration that occurs with the staff and how we are able to be "outside of the box" in our thinking." ...
      Jaime
      " My favorite thing about working for Xcite Steps is knowing that I am helping a wonderful team to make a difference for families out there just like mine."...
      Alicia
      "I wanted to join Xcite Steps because I loved the atmosphere and philosophy of the company."...
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      "With all of the companies I have worked with, I have never seen such a strong emphasis on the team."...
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    • Molly F.
      "...Xcite Steps thrives on positive energy, flexibility, creativity, and forward thinking, all of which I see directly reflected in each and every child’s therapy program." ...
      Claire M.
      "The results we see from our programs - in the individual children and in their families - brings me back to my first experience with ABA therapy and continues to inspire me."...
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      Matthew Winkley, co-founder and executive director of Xcite Steps, grew up in a large family in Connecticut. His parents founded an agency called Brian House In ...
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      As the founder of Club Xcite, LLC, and co-founder of Xcite Steps, LLC Stefan Hochfilzer has dedicated his career to creating opportunities for individuals with ...
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