Holland Center Staff
Parent to child with Autism
NY Times article 1, article 2, Age of Autism post
Graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with a B.A. in Marketing, Psychology and Speech Communication with a minor in Studio Arts and Art History
Dr. Nicole Smith, Psy.D, LP
She is a veteran of the US Air Force and completed undergrad education while stationed in England. She graduated from the UMUC, Europe, with a B.S. in Psychology and a minor in Business Administration. She holds her Master's and Doctoral degrees in Clinical Child Psychology from the Wisconsin School of Professional Psychology in Milwaukee, WI. She completed her pre-doctoral internship in infant and child psychology at the Institute for Infant and Preschool Mental Health in East Orange, NJ and she completed her post-doctoral fellowship in infant/child/adolescent psychology at St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital, in NYC.
Dr. Smith has over a decade of experience providing clinical services for children, adolescents, and families. Areas of practice include autism, anxiety, ADHD, depression, mood disorders, mother-infant attachment, families of divorce, trauma, and relational or social difficulties. She also has over a decade of experience performing psychological testing and evaluations for children and adults. As Clinic Director, Dr. Smith monitors and guides all client programs and progress while at Holland Center and conducts all psychological testing with clients at Holland. Additionally, Dr. Smith holds parent support groups and trainings monthly.
Senior Behavior Analyst
The Senior Behavior Analyst is responsible for the oversight of all of the programming and treatment for all clients receiving behavior therapy. She is also responsible for the training and oversight of all staff, including the supervision of those pursuing graduate degrees in applied behavior analysis or those who are working toward certification as Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA) or Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analysts (BCaBA). The Senior Behavior Analyst also provides and oversees all consultation services to families, schools, and centers locally, nationally and internationally.
Marietta N. Janecky, M.Ed., BCBA
Senior Behavior Analyst
Clinical Supervisors are responsible for working with the Clinic Director, Senior Behavior Analyst, and parents to develop treatment goals and programs for each child. They are also responsible for supervising all of the clients programs and training the Behavior Therapists to effectively implement individualized programming for all clients.
Alexis Waldin, M.S., BCBA
Stephanie Tholo, M.A., BCBA
Stephanie graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a B.A. in Rehabilitation Psychology. She is currently pursuing her masters in behavior analysis and is working towards her BCBA. Stephanie began working with children who have autism in 2008 doing in-home ABA therapy through the Wisconsin Early Autism Project. She moved to Minnesota in 2010 and continued to do in-home ABA with the Minnesota Early Autism Project until joining the Holland Center team in 2012.
The Team Trainer is the middle person between the Behavior Therapists and Clinical Supervisors. The Team Trainer answers programming questions, clarifies if questions should arise and trains new and current staff on programs. The Team Trainer often times overlaps with staff, however they do spend direct time with clients as well.
Jamie Kragseth, M.A., MHP
Jamie attended University of Wisconsin Madison where she earned a B.S. in Rehabilitation Psychology.
Nicole attended the University of Minnesota, Mankato for college and got her B.S. in Psychology and Social Welfare. After school, she worked as Mental Health Counselor for the state for 5 years until moving back up to the cities and to get back into working with kids.
The Program Supervisor primarily works with the clients one-on-one, implementing the treatment programs provided. Outside of direct therapy with the client, the Program Supervisor manages all of the data collection components by making the data sheets, entering data and updating specific client’s progress. Along with data collection, the Program Supervisor develops all stimuli for their client’s programming.
Taryn Courrier, B.S. MHP
Taryn graduated from Saint Cloud State University with a B.S. in Special Education. She is currently taking classes at Florida Institute of Technology in Applied Behavior Analysis. She has been working with kids with special needs since she was in high school.
Tayrn has two dogs named Eskimo who is a Siberian Husky and Abby who is a Pekingese Poodle. In her free time she enjoys hanging out with her pets, bowling and traveling.
Katy Fuller, B.A. MHP
Katy graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College in 2010 with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Political Science. After graduation she first worked with adults with autism before coming to Holland Center in March of 2011. She has worked with children in either professional or volunteer positions since 2005.
Tim Freeman, B.A. MHP
Tim graduated from Hamline University with a B.A. in Communication Studies and Management. Over the past 6 years, he has worked with kids in a variety of environments including schools, a residential treatment center, and the soccer field. As a special education assistant in Minneapolis Public Schools, Tim developed a great appreciation for working with ASD students and their parents. Tim's favorite thing in the world is music and he loves to share it with the kids he works with. He has taught drum lessons, facilitated music education classes, and engineered recording sessions with youth of all ages.
Joe graduated at University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology - Behavior Analysis Emphasis and a minor in English literature. He enjoys music (jazz, rock, and oldies), reading, and outdoor activities (camping, kayaking, basketball, and frisbee golf).
The Behavior Therapist work one-one-one with clients providing ABA therapy focusing on improving communication, daily living and social skills using a verbal behavioral approach.
Megan graduated from University of Sioux Falls with a B.A. degree in Psychology. She has been working with kids with autism a little over a year and a half, before Holland Center she worked in California with a clinic for kids with autism, she went into a variety of environments; school, home, and clinic. Megan loves to spend her free time singing and spending time with friends and family.
Alyssa graduated from Concordia College in Moorhead with a degree in Social Work and Sociology and a Minor in Psychology. She is a licensed Social Worker with 3 years of experience working with children and behavioral health including autism.
Christine graduated from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Australia with a BA in Social Work and has worked with children with disabilities in home for the past 3 years, along with working with young adults who are on the spectrum for the previous year.
Christine adore travelling and tasting the local flavors. She likes to spend a lot of her free-time outside biking and being by the beaches and looks forward to exploring some of the 10,000 lakes Minnesota is famous for as well as seeing live comedy.
Ryan Esselman, B.S. MHP
Ryan graduated from University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire with a B.S. in Psychology and a minor in Sociology. He has been working with kids for over 4 years.
Chloe graduated from St. Cloud University with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Community Psychology.
James graduated from Western Michigan University with a B.S. in general psychology with a large emphasis in ABA. He is currently attending St. Cloud State University to earn his M.S. in Applied Behavior Analysis. James has worked with children with autism and other developmental disabilities since 2009, with almost 3 years in ABA tutoring and 4 years of experience in residential care.
graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a BA in psychology and minors in Spanish and Humanities in medicine. I enjoy traveling and spending time with my family, especially my nieces and nephews.
Kate Lippitt, B.A. MHP
Kate graduated from Luther College with a B.A. in Psychology, minors in Religion and Math.
Rebecca Lund, B.A. MHP
Rebecca graduated from the University of Minnesota with a B.A. in Psychology and a Minor in Neuroscience. After graduating, she moved to Honolulu, Hawaii where she worked as a paraprofessional in the schools. Upon returning to Minnesota, she did in home therapy for children on the autism spectrum around the Twin Cities. She enjoys spending time with her pet rabbit and cat and her friends and family.
Kristin graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stout with a B.S. in Special Education. She has been working with individuals with disabilities for the past 5 years as a Personal Care Assistant. In her free time, Kristin likes to coach Special Olympics, read, watch hockey, volunteer, spend her summers at the lake, and enjoy time with friends and family.
Bridgette graduated from Minnesota State University, Mankato with a Bachelor of Science degree in Recreation, Parks and Leisure Services. Within that major she received a double emphasis in Therapeutic Recreation and Leisure Planning Management. Bridgette has been working with children with disabilities since 2012, as it has always been her passion to work with this population.
Kayla graduated from Saint Cloud State with a B.A. in Communication Studies and Psychology and played basketball. She been working with kids with special needs for the last 6 years, with the last 2 years doing therapy with children on the spectrum.
Troy Woolever, M.A., MHP
The speech therapists evaluate each client’s communication skills and needs in order to create individualized therapy goals and sessions that incorporate their interests and build on their strengths. They provide specialized therapy targeting a variety of skills including: pre-linguistic communication, understanding and using language, articulation, fluency, social language, and alternative forms of communication. In addition to serving the children who attend Holland Center, they also provide outpatient services.
Speech Language Pathologist
Lindsey received her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She came from early intervention and the school setting, with experience assessing and treating children birth to 21 years old.
Lindsey recently moved to Minnesota from Lincoln, Nebraska. She enjoys being outdoors with her husband and two year old son. She was Vikings fans before moving to Minnesota and is excited to cheer them on in the new stadium!
Holland Center Biomedical Clinic
Michael Montico, M.D.
Medical Program Director
Dr. Montico is a Medical Academy of Pediatric Specialty (MAPS) physician. After earning his M.D. degree from Wayne State University in 1998, Dr. Montico completed his residency in family medicine at Providence Hospital in 2001, and completed a fellowship in sports medicine at Providence Hospital in 2002. He received his training in biomedicine and functional medicine through “DAN” conferences: 2007-2012 and MAPS 2013-present. Dr. Montico’s son, Owen, has Autism and has experienced dramatic improvements following the biomedical approach since 2009. Seeing the profound difference this approach had for his own son is what truly motivates Dr. Montico. His passion is to partner with parents so they can use the same biomedical approach with their own children. He uses a functional medicine approach in evaluating all of his patients. Dr. Montico has additional training in caring for individuals with special needs, including Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and Cerebral Palsy (CP).
(The Autism File article)
John Byington, B.A., MHP, EMT
Hyperbaric Supervisor, Chamber Technician and Mental Health Practitioner
John graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Health Promotion. After almost 4 years of providing behavior therapy to children with autism at Holland Center, he then went on to receive Emergency Medical Technician training at Allied Medical Training and shadowed the chamber technicians at Wisconsin Integrative Hyperbaric Treatment Center to learn how to safely operate our hyperbaric oxygen therapy chambers. He has been running the chambers for approximately 5 years.
John is a husband, father of two children, and a dog owner. He serves on the Children with Autism Deserve Education (C.A.D.E.) board. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family, music, going on outdoor adventures, climbing, and endurance racing.
Patient Support Supervisor
Tisha graduated from Colorado Technical University and has years of project management experience. She is the mother of two; her daughter attends graduate school and her son is a 4th grader. Since the time her son was diagnosed with autism at 2 ½ years of age, she has been involved in the autism community. She advocates for various autism legislative efforts, and volunteers as the chapter co-coordinator for Talk About Curing Autism (TACA), a national nonprofit organization dedicated to educating, empowering and supporting families affected by autism. She is also on the board of Children with Autism Deserve Education (C.A.D.E.) which awards education, medical and technology grants to children with autism.
In her free time, Tisha enjoys spending time with her husband, two children and their dog.