Meet our team! With over 75 years combined experience, we specialize in a whole team approach. We enjoy working closely with parents, caregivers, behavior technicians, educators, siblings, and other service providers in order to make a meaningful difference for the individuals and families we serve. We are parents, professionals, and advocates for children with special needs. We maximize learning outcomes for children, not only in the therapy environment, but also at home, school, and out in the community.

Directors

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Libby Caswell, M.S., BCBA
Founder, Executive Director

Libby Caswell earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Social and Behavioral Science from Indiana University in 2005. She earned her Master of Science degree in Behavior Analysis from St. Cloud State University in 2007. She obtained her Board Certification as a Behavior Analyst in 2008. Libby has specialized in Applied Behavior Analysis since 1999 and has worked closely with families and their children with Autism in that time. She has presented at both the ABAI and HABA annual conferences. Additionally, she has also presented at the Behavior Analysis of Michigan Annual Conference. She specializes in Applied Verbal Behavior, Precision Teaching, Direct Instruction, and Natural Environment Teaching to improve communication, social, play/leisure, self-help, and academic skills. She has designed, implemented, and supervised ABA programs in a variety of settings including centers, public and private schools, homes, and in the community. She has conducted multiple ABA trainings for parents, professionals, ABA clinics, support groups, and law enforcement, fire, first responder personnel. In turn, she has also attended over 20 ABA conferences nationally throughout her career. Libbys mentors include Pat McGreevy, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Carl Sundberg, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Dr. Gwen Dwiggins, Ph.D., BCBA-D, and Janet Decker(Rumple), JD., Ph.D. (ABD). She has a combined total of 10 years experience working under the supervision of these professionals. Libby is also a certified Safety Care Trainer. Libby and her husband have 2 children and enjoy living in the country. She enjoys being a parent and wife, caring for her animals, working out, yoga, traveling, and spending time with her family at home. Libby is passionate about providing quality and effective ABA therapy services to children and families in their natural settings, seeking to assist and support families in meaningful ways.


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Lainey Smith, B.S., BCABA
Clinical Director

Lainey Smith earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from University of Indianapolis in 2007. She studied Applied Behavior Analysis through the Florida Institute of Technology and received her BCaBA certification in October 2012. Lainey entered the field of ABA in 2008 and has several years experience working with special needs children and families in a variety of settings including ABA centers, schools, homes, and in the community. She has worked under the supervision of, and in in collaboration with, multiple Board Certified Behavior Analysts, as well as with Speech and Language Pathologists. Lainey has received advanced training and is skilled in Applied Verbal Behavior, Precision Teaching, Natural Environment Training, and Direct Instruction. Currently, Lainey works closely with the D.A.S.I. clinical team and uses the skills she has learned to provide additional support and collaboration between clinical and office team members. She is also certified Safety Care Specialist. Lainey has been a valued team member at D.A.S.I. since 2010. She is married, has three children and a boxer. She is an avid sports fan who loves cheering on the Colts, walking the aisles of Target and spending time with her family.


Program Supervisors


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Callie Gartenman, M.Ed., BCBA, COBA

Callie Gartenman earned her Bachelor of Education degree in Elementary Education from Eastern Illinois University in 2009. Callie won Student Teacher of the Year in 2009 for Eastern Illinois University. The summer after graduation, she traveled to Korea on a mission trip and taught English. She is a certified teacher in Illinois but soon moved to the Cincinnati area to teach 5th grade. After one year of teaching, she realized her heart was in Special Education. She soon decided to change her focus from General Education to Special Education. Callie began working as a Behavior Technician and began a Masters Degree in Special Education in 2010. After doing this for 2 years, she changed her major to the Foundations of Behavior Analysis. In April 2014, Callie proudly graduated with her Masters in Education and the Foundations in Behavior Analysis from the University of Cincinnati. She has completed supervision under 5 influential BCBAs and is a member of ABAI and HABA. She is also a Certified Ohio Behavior Analyst. She continues to help shape the lives of children and families every day. Callie is a certified Safety Care Trainer and has been a valued member of the D.A.S.I. team since 2012. She enjoys spending time with her husband and cats, coaching high school softball, completing home and DIY projects. She is an avid music lover and enjoys attending concerts.


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Amanda Phillips, MA., BCBA

Amanda Phillips earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with Honors from Purdue University in 2006. In 2008 she completed her BCaBA coursework through the Florida Institute of Technology. She then went on to receive her Masters and to complete her BCBA coursework at Ball State University with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis in 2010. Amanda has presented her research at the Hoosier Association for Applied Behavior Analysis Conference and has been mentored by many distinguished PhDs in the field of ABA. Her experiences are mainly from the age group of children and young adults ages 2-20. She has experience in developing adaptive skill goals for young adults/adults as well as training them in social skills. Throughout the years, she has worked in school settings, homes, and clinical settings. She prides herself in her ability and success in transitioning children from one on one ABA therapy to their general education classrooms. Amanda is also a certified Safety Care Specialist and has been a valued team member at D.A.S.I. since 2014. Amanda is married and has 2 children. She loves to cook, shop through thrift and antique stores, and watch reality shows. She also enjoys art history and once won a statewide Rock Paper Scissors championship.


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Megan Hempfling, M.Ed., BCBA

Megan Hempfling earned her Bachelor of Art degree in Psychology from The Ohio State University in 2014. In that same year, she began working as a Behavior Technician for D.A.S.I. and started course work to complete her Masters degree. In the spring of 2016 she obtained her Masters degree in Education and the Foundations of Behavior Analysis, from the University of Cincinnati. She has had experience working with children with special needs since 2012 and has worked under the supervision of Behavior Analysts as well as Speech and Language Pathologists. As a Program Supervisor, Megan works closely with parents, team members, and clients to optimize learning and achieve short and long term goals. As a Clinical Assistant, Megan works closely with the D.A.S.I.s clinical team,providing additional training and support to team members. Megan is a certified Safety Care Specialist and has been a valued team member at D.A.S.I. since 2014.


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Sarah Vernon, M.A., BCBA

Sarah Vernon received her Bachelorís degree in Elementary Education from the University of Saint Louis in 2010. In 2012, Sarah completed her coursework through the Florida Institute of Technology and became a BCaBA. In 2015, she pursued her Masters degree from Ball State University and received her certification as a BCBA. As an undergrad, Sarah discovered her passion for working with individuals on the autism spectrum while she worked as in home support for with a family with children diagnosed with Autism. After graduating, she worked in a variety of public school settings as an ABA paraprofessional for the Special School District of Saint Louis. She then moved to Indiana to expand her ABA experience and further her education in the field. Sarah has worked with individuals on the autism spectrum for 10 years and has worked in the field of ABA for 7 years. She has worked in a variety of settings including in clinics, homes, schools, and in the community. Sarah is a certified Safety Care Specialist. Sarah loves traveling to various beaches and going on adventures with her husband. She enjoys spending time with her quirky Boston Terrier, Ricky.


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Bridget Van Patten, M.Ed., BCBA, COBA

Bridget Van Patten graduated from The University of Cincinnati with her bachelorís degree in Early Childhood Education in 2010. While obtaining her degree she discovered her desire to work with children with ASD. Immediately following her graduation, she began working with children with Autism through the Ohio Autism Scholarship as a Behavior Therapist. After two years of experience she decided she wanted to make improving the lives of individuals through the science of ABA her career. She began working as a Lead Behavior Technician and earning her masterís degree in Education with Foundations in Behavior Analysis in 2012. She graduated from The University of Cincinnati and became Board Certified in 2014. Bridget began working at D.A.S.I. in 2016, excited to serve clients and families in multiple environments. Bridgett focuses her treatment plans around each individualís most significant needs so that they can become as independent as possible, leading fulfilling and self-directed lives. Bridget, her husband, their daughter and 2 dogs, live in Cincinnati. She enjoys cooking, nature and music as well as spending time with friends and family.


Speech Pathologist


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Sara M. Litmer, M.S. CCC-SLP

Sara Litmer earned her Bachelor of Art degree in Pre-Professional Speech Language Pathology from Indiana University and her Master of Science degree at Indiana State University in Communication Disorders. Sara has over 10 years of experience in the field of speech and language pathology and 9 years experience in ABA, in a variety of settings including public and private schools, hospitals, clinics, and homes. Sara specializes in speech therapy for the pediatric population and also brings to the table a behavioral background with over five years experience as a behavioral therapist and two years as an independent behavioral consultant. She has worked intensively with Carl Sundberg Ph.D., BCBA-D, Gwen Dwiggins Ph.D., BCBA-D, and Janet Rumple JD.,Ph.D.,(ABD). Sara is the Executive Director of Speak Now, a company dedicated to providing quality speech and language therapy utilizing a verbal behavior approach for children and adolescents diagnosed with speech and language disabilities. Sara is also a certified Safety Care Specialist and has been a valued team member at D.A.S.I. since 2012. Sara enjoys spending time with family, being outdoors, running, caring for her animal friends, and learning valuable daily lessons from her two young sons. Sara is passionate about speech pathology and behavior analysis and is in the process of completing her BCABA credentialing.


Clinical Assistant


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Whitney Strange, BS., BCABA

Whitney Strange earned her Bachelor of Art degree in Psychology from Butler University in 2007. She began working as an in home ABA therapist while attending Butler. Upon completing her degree, she accepted a position as an ABA therapist in a center setting. Whitney loved seeing the progress her clients made and decided to pursue her BCaBA through Florida Institute of Technology in 2011. She has worked with several esteemed professionals in the field of Behavior Analysis, such as Dr. Patrick McGreevy, PhD BCBA-D. Whitney is passionate about seeing children with Autism make strides toward goals that are truly meaningful to them and their families. Whitney is trained in Precision Teaching, Natural Environment Teaching, Verbal Behavior and Direct Instruction. Whitney is also a certified Safety Care Trainer. Currently, Whitney works closely with the D.A.S.I. clinical team and uses the skills she has learned to supervise training programs. Whitney and her husband Justin have three children, Colt, Beau, and Judd, and a beloved dog Winston. In her free time she likes to run, play outside with her kids and travel. She has a goal to visit all 50 states with her family. She is also an avid Disney lover.