About Us

Highly Regarded ABA Therapists

Exceptional Therapy for Exceptional Children

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Applied Behavior Center for Autism was founded in April 2004 by Hyndi Khomutetsky, MS, BCBA and Bobbi Barber, MS, BCBA. They both have backgrounds in the public school system, in-home private therapy, out-patient treatment centers and residential facilities.

All therapists at Applied Behavior Center for Autism are Registered Behavior TechniciansTM (RBTTM), which is a paraprofessional who practices under the close, ongoing supervision of a BCBA, BCaBA, or FL-CBA. The RBT is primarily responsible for the direct implementation of behavior-analytic services. The RBT does not design intervention or assessment plans. It is the responsibility of the RBT supervisor to determine which tasks an RBT may perform as a function of his or her training, experience, and competence. The BACB certificate supervising the RBT is responsible for the work performed by the RBT on the cases they are overseeing.

To be qualified as an RBT, therapists must be 18 years of age, possess a minimum of a high school diploma or national equivalent, complete 40-hours of training, complete a criminal background check, pass the RBT Competency Assessment, and pass the RBT examination. To learn more about RBT qualifications, please visit the BACB website: http://bacb.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/150819-RBT-competency-assessment.pdf.

Meet The ABC Team – We Care About Kids

Specialized in Applied Behavior Analysis

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Hyndi Khomutetsky, MS, BCBA

Co-Owner, CFO
Hyndi is the co-founder and CFO of Applied Behavior Center for Autism. Hyndi graduated with a Bachelor of Science from the University of Central Florida in 1998 and received her Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis from the Florida Institute of Technology in 2000. She also holds a certificate as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Over the past 20 years, Hyndi has treated children and adults with autism, chromosomal disorders, severe behavior problems, brain injury and mental illness. Hyndi has also provided parent training and has developed, implemented and trained intensive in-home Verbal Behavior programs.
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Bobbi Barber, MS, BCBA

Co-Owner, COO
Bobbi Barber is Co-founder and COO of Applied Behavior Center for Autism serving the Central Florida area. Bobbi has over 14 years of experience dedicated to serving children, adolescents, and adults with autism and related developmental disabilities. With a Masters in Mental Health Counseling and Behavior Analyst Board Certification, Bobbi has a unique set of skills and the hands-on experience that enable her to have the passion, desire, and creativity to equip parents and caregivers for a hopeful future.
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Nicole Geiger, MS, BCBA

Board Certified Behavior Analyst / Consulting Supervisor Oviedo & Winter Garden
Lead Behavior Analyst & Program Director of Applied Behavior Center for Autism’s Oviedo Campus. Nicole has over 10 years of experience providing services to individuals with autism and related developmental disabilities. Nicole received a Master’s in Applied Behavior Analysis from Florida Institute of Technology and a Certification from the Behavior Analyst Board in 2010. Nicole’s outstanding skill set and passion for positively influencing the lives of the individual’s we serve is an asset to Applied Behavior Center.
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Jennifer Scott MS, BCBA

Director of In-Home & Hourly Services
Jennifer earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from University of Central Florida and went on to further her education by obtaining a Master of Science degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from the Florida Institute of Technology. Upon completing her education she began her career as a Behavior Analyst, working with children, adolescents and adults with autism and related developmental delays in the school, residential and group home setting. Jennifer specializes in early intervention, verbal behavior, behavior management and has a passion for parent training.
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Alexis Simon, BA, BCaBA

Board Certified Associate Behavior Analyst
Alexis has been in the field for 7 years and her experience ranges from early intervention to adolescent services. She has a bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders form UCF and her board certified associate behavior analysis certification from the Florida Institute of Technology. Alexis brings energy, enthusiasm and musical talents to the program and to the children she works with!
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Tara Zeller, MS, BCBA

Tara Zeller, MS, BCBA is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with over 15 years experience contracting with behavioral services agencies in Central Florida. She sets herself apart by focusing on Parent Coaching and Training, and serving children of all abilities. Education and dissemination of the science of behavior to parents and educators has become the focus of Tara’s practice as a Behavior Analyst. Her passion meets science while guiding direct therapist and coaching/ training/ educating caregivers towards lasting behavior change.
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Naomi Laing, BS, BCaBA

Board Certified Associate Behavior Analyst
Naomi joined the ABC team in 2015, after she graduated from the University of Central Florida with a major in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Her job with ABC lead her to pursue her master’s...
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Angelina Jennings, RBT

Administrative and Clinical Assistant DeLand Campus
Angelina began working for Applied Behavior Center for Autism in 2005. She is the lead trainer for both our in-center and in-home service programs. She has extensive training in Applied Behavior Analysis & Verbal Behavior, including terminology, principles, concepts and application. Additionally, Angelina is skilled in testing, assessments, program evaluation, parent and therapist training, behavior plan development and program writing.
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Ashley Barber, BS, RBT

Administrative and Clinical Assistant Oviedo Campus
Ashley has been working at Applied Behavior Center since 2012, after receiving her bachelor’s degree from the University of South Florida in Communication of Sciences and Disorders. She is currently attending Ball State University’s graduate program for Applied Behavior Analysis. In addition to being bilingual, Ashley excels in mand training and has a desire to promote independent living skills for the individuals that attend Applied Behavior Center’s program.
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Anja Cope, BS, RBT

Administrative and Clinical Assistant Winter Garden Campus
I became an RBT in a sort of roundabout way. I started college as a theatre major, but ended with a Bachelors of Arts in Sociology and Anthropology. In December 2014, I left my bank job to pursue a career that I felt was more rewarding. I looked at behavior analysis as a gateway to becoming a classroom teacher, but fell in love with the kids I worked with. Helping them improve their lives improved mine. Recently, my husband, my son, and I relocated to the Orlando area from southeast Georgia. I thought I wanted to stay home, but the call of ABA got me again and I joined ABC in October, 2015.
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Venice Laporte

Insurance Specialist / Office Manager
Venice joined the ABC team in 2009. She received her Bachelors degree in Sociology from the University of Central Florida in 2011 and is our Office Manage & Insurance specialist.
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Jessica Ruperto

Administrative Assistant
Jessica joined the ABC team in March 2017 as the Administrative assistant.  She moved here from New Jersey to continue her education at the University of Central Florida where she is currently is pursing her Bachelors degree in Psychology with a minor in Human Resource.  In her free time she enjoys spending time with her dog Cody, practicing yoga and, reading.