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.
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!
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.
When I was 15 years old, I was given an opportunity for my first job at a Summer Camp run by an Occupational Therapist who followed the DIR Floortime model. It was the most tiring four weeks of my young life considering I had no other prior experience working in this field, but it was also the most rewarding experience. I fell in love with getting to see the progress all of the client's displayed each day and especially at the end of the 4 week program. Knowing we were helping in shaping their beautiful lives and giving them tools they would need for their future was incredibly fulfilling. 5 years of summer camps and one pandemic later, I now have discovered ABA therapy. It has opened up a whole new world of getting to not only work with children and adults on the spectrum but also getting to help them grow all year-round. I couldn’t be more excited to join the team!
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.
Prior to moving to Seattle I lived in the San Francisco bay area where I made great memories volunteering at an equine therapy center working alongside kids and adults with a variety of physical and mental capabilities. After graduating in 2019 with a BS in Integrative Health from Arizona State University I became interested in ABA and accepted a position working with another company. While still studying to pass my RBT exam I was introduced to Angela and The Haven and never left. I received my RBT credentials shortly after, but my favorite thing about working at The Haven is being surrounded by an amazing team and the best kids that I continue to learn and grow from everyday.
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.
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.
My name is Kore, I’ve been in ABA for a year now. I’ve always been a compassionate, and empathetic individual and have sought to work with individuals on the spectrum for years but, it wasn’t until a dear friend of mine’s son was diagnosed that I began to deep dive into the field. I’ve always wanted to be a voice for individuals in this line of work, if I can be a light or a voice for anyone, I’m going to work tirelessly until it’s done. I’m a Mom of two kids, an 8 year old son and a 6 year old daughter, so there’s never a dull moment in my life. I’m driven, compassionate and will go above and beyond for those I care about, which include my amazing coworkers and our incredible clients.