Axis – AMES

Phone:  (515) 337-0343

info@axisaba.com

1315 S Bell Ave.

Suite 108

Ames, Iowa 50010

Services Available

Social Skills Groups

Speech Therapy

Feeding Therapy

ABA Therapy

Parent Training

Occupational Therapy

Our online Intake Form is created to help our team understand your interest in services. Submitting the form creates a profile for your child and adds them to the waitlist based off of the services that you have indicated an interest in. Availability for services is always changing as we rapidly work to meet the needs of the communities that we serve. We look forward to meeting your family and contacting you with availability as it may arise. Please note that wait times depend on many factors and we may not be able to provide estimates for wait times at all locations. If you have any questions, we are happy to assist

Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA)

Kristin Hanson

M.A., BCBA, LBA

Board Certified Behavior Analyst  Licensed Behavior Analyst  Axis Clinical Director

Kristin is the Founder, Owner, and Clinical Director of Axis. Kristin is also the head of the Ethics Committee at Axis. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst credentialed through the Behavior Analyst Certification Board and a Licensed Behavior Analyst under the Iowa Board of Behavioral Science. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Grand View University, and her Master’s degree in Child and Adolescent Psychology with a specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Kristin has spent most of her career focusing on the early detection and intervention of autism spectrum disorder and specializing in early intervention. She has completed advanced training in the administration of the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) and has experience testing toddlers and children for autism spectrum disorder. She is an active member of the Iowa Association for Behavior Analysis and participant with the Autism Society of Iowa and Autism Speaks Iowa. Kristin founded Axis on her passion for serving children and families living with autism and special needs. Kristin lives in Maxwell with her husband and three children. In her free time, she enjoys playing slow pitch softball, volleyball, coaching her childrens’ sports, and teaching Sunday school.

Kylie  Wheeler

M.S., BCBA, LBA

Board Certified Behavior Analyst    Licensed Behavior Analyst   Ames Clinic Supervisor

Kylie is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst credentialed through the Behavior Analyst Certification Board and a Licensed Behavior Analyst under the Iowa Board of Behavioral Science. Kylie is the Site Supervisor of our Ames location, and part of Axis’ Ethics Committee. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and Sociology through Iowa State University, and her Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis through Saint Joseph’s University. Kylie has experience working with children in the field of mental health, ages 10 to 17; and experience in the school setting working with elementary to middle school aged students. After having several years of experience working with children, Kylie got to know more about Applied Behavior Analysis and saw the positive changes in behavior ABA services provide. Kylie enjoys biking, running, and being outdoors in the summer time. She loves to visit new places and spend time with family and friends. Kylie is excited to be at Axis to offer dedication and support for children and their families. Kylie is the site supervisor at our Ames location.

 

Jordan Lillard

M.S., BCBA, LBA

Board Certified Behavior Analyst    Licensed Behavior Analyst

Jordan is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst credentialed through the Behavior Analyst Certification Board and a Licensed Behavior Analyst under the Iowa Board of Behavioral Science. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Genetics from Iowa State University and her Master of Science degree in Psychology with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis through Eastern Kentucky University. Jordan loves working with children and looks forward to spending time with them and celebrating their successes. When she’s not working, she enjoys spending time with family and friends and hanging out with her puppy, Nellie.

Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analysts (BCaBA)

Sydney Sinclair

BCaBA

Board Certified assistant Behavior Analyst

Sydney is a a Board Certified assistant Behavior Analyst credentialed through the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Child, Adult, and Family Services at Iowa State University. Sydney values every relationship she has with the children she works with and loves watching them grow as an individual. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, traveling, and doing DIY projects. 

 

Dakotah Overton

M.S., BCaBA

Board Certified assistant Behavior Analyst

Dakotah is a Board Certified assistant Behavior Analyst credentialed through the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Services and Psychology from William Penn University and her Master of Science degree in Applied Behavior Analysis through The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. When she is not working, she loves spending time with her husband and their two dogs Mable and Oaklie. She enjoys being outside, going on walks, watching movies and spending time with family and friends. 

 

Occupational Therapists

Whitney Peters

OTD, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Whitney is an Occupational Therapist certified by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy and licensed in the state of Iowa. Whitney has always been interested in working with children with disabilities, especially after growing up with an older brother and younger sister who are both on the autism spectrum. Whitney also gained a passion for working with individuals with disabilities through volunteer coaching for the Arc of Story County.

Whitney has Certifications in SOS Feeding Therapy, MNRI Reflex Integration, and is a Certified Autism Specialist (CAS). Whitney lives in Huxley with her husband and their many animals. Whitney enjoys spending time with her husband, going to zoos, and playing slow pitch softball. Whitney hopes that she can help the children and families we serve get the most out of every single day and that she can advocate for and support our clients to reach their goals and become as independent as possible.

Speech Therapists

Lexi Myli

M.A., CF-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Lexi is a Speech-Language Pathologist licensed in the state of Iowa. She received her bachelor’s degree in Linguistics from Iowa State University and her master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Northern Iowa.

Lexi has experience with children of all ages and various diagnoses. She has experience in a variety of settings including clinic, school, hospital, and private practice. Lexi lives in Des Moines with her roommate and during her free time, she likes to read, workout, and visit with friends and family. Lexi is excited to be a part of the Axis team!

 

Casey Smith

M.A., CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Casey is a Speech-Language Pathologist certified by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association and licensed by the state of Iowa. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders and a Master of Arts degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Northern Iowa.
From her time as a student clinician until now, Casey has had experience working with a wide range of clients, including children of all ages in both educational and clinical settings. However, her passion is serving children with autism and their families. Outside of work, Casey loves spending as much time as possible with her husband, family, and friends. She enjoys exercising, singing, watching movies, eating good food, and participating in her church.

Registered Behavior Technicians (RBTs)

Shelby Moore

Registered Behavior Technician

Shelby is a Registered Behavior Technician credentialed through the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Behavioral Psychology, minoring in professional ethics, and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice, minoring in social psychology, from Western Michigan University. She has experience with children aged 2 to 18 years. She has experience working in a school setting with children with developmental disabilities and with adolescents in the juvenile justice system. In her free time Shelby enjoys spending time with friends and family, as well as with her husband, daughter, and their three cats. She loves reading, traveling, and various outdoor activities.

 

 

Rhyann Wiseman

Registered Behavior Technician

Rhyann is a Registered Behavior Technician credentialed through the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. She received her Associate of Arts degree in Psychology at Tallahassee Community College, and is currently enrolled at The University of North Florida pursuing her Bachelor Degree in Child Psychology with a minor in Sociology. She plans to further her education with a graduate program in Occupational Therapy. Rhyann has been personally touched by children with special needs within her own family. She feels a deep connection to children and enjoys seeing their confidence in themselves grow. She enjoys spending time with her family, friends and bulldog Tyson, traveling, attending football games, and scuba diving.

 

 

Sarah Moreno

Registered Behavior Technician

Sarah is a Registered Behavior Technician credentialed through the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. She has experience working in both daycare and school settings, and has worked with children up to 21 years of age with a variety of different needs. Sarah feels that forming connections and learning with each child is an amazing experience! When she’s not working, she enjoys spending time with her four cats, gardening, or hiking with her friends.

 

 

Meggie Drietz

Registered Behavior Technician

Meggie is a Registered Behavior Technician credentialed through the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. She has her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with an endorsement in Special Education from Mount Mercy University. She has previously taught as a Special Education teacher for Kindergarten and First grade as well as a General Education teacher for First grade. Meggie lives in Ames with her husband and two little boys. She enjoys working with kids, and getting to help them learn and grow. 

 

 

Tatum Lillibridge

Registered Behavior Technician

Tatum is a Registered Behavior Technician credentialed through the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. She’s currently a student at Iowa State University currently majoring in Human Development and Family Studies. She has a passion for working with children and adults with disabilities on everyday needs. She loves helping children of all ages to make progress in achieving meaningful life goals and helping them to learn and grow. In Tatum’s spare time you can find her actively involved with her church, listening to music, hanging out with friends, and going to the beach.

 

Mariah Harlan

Registered Behavior Technician

Mariah is a Registered Behavior Technician credentialed through the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Criminology through Buena Vista University and is currently working towards her Masters of Arts in Applied Behavior Analysis at Ball State University. When she isn’t working, she loves spending her time reading, going to concerts, watching TikTok with her fiancée, and hanging with her cats.

Landi Helgevold

Registered Behavior Technician

Landi is a Registered Behavior Technician credentialed through the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. She recently graduated from Iowa State University with a bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies, and will be continuing her education at Iowa State while she works toward a master’s degree in Youth Development. In her free time, she loves to spend time with her family and friends, watch Chiefs Football and Cyclone Athletics, binge watch shows, play with her dogs (Jack and Kelly), and be with her fiancé. She loves being outdoors and having fun. Landi has always loved working with children with disabilities and their families and loves to continue learning about ways that she can help.

Mackenzie Thompson

Registered Behavior Technician

Mackenzie is a Registered Behavior Technician credentialed through the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. She is currently attending Iowa State University, majoring in Kinesiology with an option in Occupational Therapy with a minor in Psychology. She loves spending time with the kiddos and watching them grow! In her free time, she is involved in campus organizations like the Pre-OT Club, College of Human Sciences Council, and many others. She also likes to travel and plans to study abroad in the Spring of 2022. Mackenzie is very excited to begin her journey at Axis and can’t wait to see where these new adventures will take her!

Kendall Hansen

Kendall is currently a student at Iowa State University pursuing a double major in Psychology and Human Development and Family Studies. She has always had a passion for working with children, and in the past has been a babysitter, summer camp counselor, swim instructor, and childcare assistant at a daycare. In her free time, she likes to spend time with her friends and family, go to the dog park with her two dogs, and online shop. She loves to travel and explore new places and can’t wait to see where her journey with Axis takes her!

Madelyn Claar

Behavior Technician

Madelynn is currently a senior at Iowa State University pursuing a degree in Human Development and Family Studies. She has worked with children for multiple years prior to this position. She had the opportunity to work at a Summer Day Camp for a few years, and also had the opportunity to be assistant director of that program. Her passion for working with children and youth is growing each and everyday. She loves to learn new things, and expand her knowledge. In her free time, she likes to play board games and games with friends, make arts and crafts, and loves to travel. The Kansas City Chiefs and the Iowa Hawkeyes are two of her favorite football teams. She can’t wait to see what Axis has in store for her, and she excited to work with this team and clients. 

Ames Clinic coordination Team

Candy Gaedke

Ames Clinic Coordinator

Candy is our Ames Clinic Coordinator. She has her Associate of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education and has worked in the Early Childcare field for 30 years. The past 25 years has been in administration in childcare. Candy’s passion and focus has been coaching and educating teachers on Positive Behavior Interventions and quality care. It has also been very important to her that children and families feel valued and heard. She believes that collaboration and clear communication between families and providers is key to helping children succeed. Candy enjoys living in her small town of Colo, having get-togethers with her extended family, spending lots of time with her 3 grandchildren and binge-watching shows with her husband and dog. 

 

Christine Villalobos

Billing Specialist

Christine has her Bachelor of Business Administration from The University of Iowa.  She has many years of client relations experience starting in retail management and most recently in administration for an outpatient mental health office. Christine is passionate about being part of a team that supports providers so providers can offer the best care to their clients. When she’s not cheering on the Hawkeyes with her husband Chris, she enjoys trying out new food venues.  Christine recently moved from Urbandale, IA to Fort Myers, FL and is looking forward to exploring all the area has to offer.

Kayla Longren

Insurance Specialist

Kayla is the Insurance Specialist for Axis and she handles insurance benefit verifications, treatment authorizations, and anything else related to insurance. She came to us with several years of insurance and customer services experience. Kayla decided she wanted to be in a field where she could work with children after working in her small-town public library as their director where she planned all the activities for toddler time and their summer reading program. Kayla lives in Maxwell, IA with her significant other Chris and their 7 children. When not at work Kayla enjoys her time at the kids’ activities or home on the farm with a good book and country music.

Genna Bertram

Clinical Scheduler

Genna is the Axis Clinical Scheduler who handles scheduling for all three of our Axis locations. Genna started her career at Axis as one of our technicians and recently shifted her passion towards the administrative side of things. In her free time, Genna enjoys playing with her kitties Pepperjack and Chicken Sandwich, drinking coffee or listening to true crime podcasts. Genna loves seeing the kiddos come through the door everyday and saying hi to them in the hallways!

Join Our Team

Axis is always looking for highly-motivated, passionate, and energetic individuals to join our team!