Covina

Bich Thao Nguyen

Bich Thao Nguyen

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“I don’t manipulate people, just their environment.”

Thao saw herself as a special education teacher before falling in love with the field of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). She is compelled by the process functional analysis and applying her skills to help individuals with developmental disabilities. Thao is a director at our Covina location, where she manages the parent training, social skills and community integration programs. Her motto is, “Begin by managing your own behaviors and you will learn how to manage others.”

In 2008, Thao began working in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). She was a behavioral instructor for a few years, and under the mentorship of Dr. Pedros Adzhyan, Thao earned her master’s degree in ABA at California State University, Northridge.

Once a week, Thao paints her fingernails as a way to de-stress and release her inner artist.

Marina Simonyan

Marina Simonyan

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“Some people can hear you speak a thousand words and not understand you. Others understand without you speaking a word.”

Marina Simonyan understands people, and she is passionate about making positive, lasting changes in the lives of families who have loved ones diagnosed with developmental disabilities. She says, “We help people learn to function as independently as possible in society, and go on to live meaningful lives.” Marina aspires to travel the world, helping families who are affected with autism and related disabilities.

Marina received her master’s degree in clinical psychology at Antioch University. She began her journey 11 years ago, and has been a behavioral therapist, direct staff, program coordinator, and manager of in-home parent training. She earned her BCBA, under the supervision of Dr. Sadeghi, in 2011.

Marina grew up in a household of women that taught her how to be strong, dependable, and independent. She enjoys going to the beach (though she can’t swim!), working out, traveling, and reading crime mysteries.