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OUR TEAM

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Dr. Angela Calhoun

DC, LBA, BCBA Calhoun Consulting, LLC

Dr. Angela Calhoun has been working with special needs children since 2001 when she started her own business providing ABA services—and she’s never looked back! While working with neurodiverse children, Dr. Calhoun received her Chiropractic medical degree in 2009.  After receiving her Chiropractic degree, she became a Board Certified and licensed Behavior Analyst. She has furthered her education by pursuing post-doctoral work in functional medicine and neurodevelopment/neurointegration therapy; programs that have allowed her the opportunity to work with prominent pediatricians and organizations dedicated to Autism research.  She is innately familiar with all forms of ABA to include new technologies in the field, as well as other styles such as Verbal Behavior Therapy and Relational Frame Theory.  Dr. Calhoun opened The Haven in 2019. 

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Afsaneh Pousti

RBT

I have a BA in French translation and I am fluent in French, Farsi and Braille. I have extensive experience working with the visually impaired and I have a son who is blind. I also have experience in both speech therapy and occupational therapy. After moving to the US, I decided to channel my collective experience into an ABA therapy. I obtained my RBT credentials and began my new career with Dr. Calhoun in 2018.

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Mackenzi Wood

Office Manager

I was born and raised here in Western Washington, so I love the rainy PNW! I have spent most of my professional life working in the front office of local businesses, as I love the little details and keeping things organized. A few years back, I had the opportunity to be around children who were born with special needs and addictions due to their mother’s using substances while pregnant. It was during this time that I got to see the huge impact that kindness and patience can have on these children. I got to see them grow up and conquer so much and being a part of this was such a wonderful experience. I am so excited to work with the amazing staff at The Haven and to be a part of these kids' lives, while putting my front office skills to good use.

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Nicole Buesen

Special Projects Manager

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Having grown up in a family home child care, I swore I would never do this work after having to share my toys with so many children through the years. I eventually, begrudgingly admitted my mother was right that playing with children for a career was far more fun, and I eventually returned to the field for the last 24+ years. My youngest sister was born with Down syndrome which helped my decision to pursue specific positions in the field of neurodiversity. In 2003 I earned an AA degree in Early Childhood Development, and in June 2019 I completed a BA degree in Business Management. I love being an office manager for the Haven which fully utilizes my business management skills and my long background in special education.

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Kathleen Boyd

RBT

Originally from the mountains of North Carolina, I moved to Seattle for a change of pace and new adventure. I’ve been working with individuals with special needs since graduating high school and always knew I wanted a career to continue this. I discovered ABA in 2018 after graduating college with a BA in Recreation Therapy. I felt I found my calling in ABA and have been working in the field ever since! 

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Silena Martin

RBT​​

I have been in childcare since I was 18, and 3 years ago I decided to seek out a new career within the field. I was introduced to ABA and absolutely fell in love with the process and the children. The most rewarding part is being able to be the person the children are able to feel safe with and help them realize they have endless opportunities to grow and gain everyday skills. I adore seeing my clients continue to grow every day while they accomplish their goals. I love being apart of their teaching process as much a I love how much I learn from them. I plan on staying in within this field long term as I work towards my BCBA certificate.

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Mariah McDonald

RBT

I was raised all around the PNW, from Olympia all the way to North bend. I love anything outdoors from hiking, kayaking, to camping. I have been in childcare as a professional nanny since I was 19. In 2022 my little family and I moved to Lake Stevens. I met and worked for Dr. Angela Calhoun as a nanny for her family when she gave me an amazing opportunity to become a RBT at the The Haven Clinic. I have always had a passion helping families raise their children but I have found a new passion working with the clients here at The Haven. I love being able to learn and grow with the other RBTs and the children. I am so thankful to be apart of an amazing team and clients that feel like family. 

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Shyla Gregory

RBT

I am a graduate student, Seattle transplant, and lover of all things Disney. I grew up in a small town in Connecticut and moved to Seattle nearly five years ago. I studied Psychology at the University of New Hampshire. Throughout my undergraduate career, I worked in the UNH research lab, became a youth mentor, and interned for the Friends Youth Mentoring Program. I graduated with my BA in Psychology in May 2017 and took a leap across the country. My first job post-graduation was in childcare, as a lead teacher in a daycare/preschool classroom. That very classroom was my first encounter with ABA, where I observed an RBT in action with a student. I had to learn more and after some research and a career shift, I dove into ABA in 2019. I have always been passionate about helping others, working with students with special needs, and science. ABA encompassed it all and I found my vocation! Since then, I have enrolled in graduate school to pursue my MS in Psychology with a concentration in ABA. I aspire to become a BCBA and recently began my supervision journey at the Haven clinic. I am so grateful to be part of such a collaborative and supportive team and to learn every day from the brightest, most inspiring kiddos! 

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Lakiria Amour

RBT

Born & raised in Indiana, I decided to move to Washington for a fresh new start. I was introduced to the field of ABA about a year ago & right away I knew it was the right fit for me! Just being able to see the kiddos grow daily and knowing I’m making a different is so rewarding! I plan to stay in ABA until I finish school & become a Pediatric Registered Nurse.

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