BEHAVIORAL AND
MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES

Psychological and Learning Disability Evaluation For Children Including ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Learning Delays and Mood Disorders.

Psychological and Education Testing and Counseling
Behavior Therapy
Occupational Therapy
Speech Therapy
Art Therapy

Medicaid Accepted

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210 Edwards Village Blvd. Unit D208
Edwards, CO 81632

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ABOUT US

JULIE RINALDI, PH.D.

Psychologist, Clinical Director

Dr. Rinaldi is a licensed clinical psychologist with over 15 years experience working primarily with children, adolescents, and their parents…

She utilizes evidence-based treatments and her specialty areas include behavioral issues, social/peer issues (that often accompany mild autism spectrum disorder), anxiety, and trauma. She includes parents as a very important part of the treatment process. Her treatment approach is skills-based, active, and goal oriented, built upon the foundation of a strong therapeutic relationship.

Dr. Rinaldi received her M.A. and Ph.D. in child clinical psychology at the University of Washington in Seattle.  Her primary focus during graduate school was researching the causes and nature of autism spectrum disorders.  She spent her latter years in Seattle working at The Parenting Clinic, a research and treatment program serving families with young children who exhibit behavior challenges at home and/or school. For most of her professional career, Dr. Rinaldi served as a psychologist at a top pediatric hospital in Chicago where she led a developmental assessment clinic for children aged 5 and under. Children with autism spectrum disorders, neurological and other medical complexities, and developmental delays were among the children seen.

Dr. Rinaldi has a huge passion for clinical work and having a direct impact on improving the quality of lives of others. Feeling in better control of one’s emotions can lead to better relationships, increased happiness, and greater success at school and in life. She works with children and their parents to help them learn how to accept one’s own feelings while learning to communicate and regulate them effectively. She looks forward to working with your family to build more cohesion among you.

Sara Robbins

Sara Robbins, MA, BCBA, LBA

Director of Behavioral Services

Sara Robbins graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in…

Autism Studies at Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah. She then earned her Master’s Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Ball State University. As a Clinical Supervisor and Behavior Consultant, Sara Robbins has worked with children and families with Autism and related disorders for over 5 years. Prior to joining our team Sara had worked in center based services, school programs, early intervention programs, in-home programs, and implemented telehealth services. With this combined experience she gained a true understanding for what an incredible impact we can have in the lives of the individuals we serve and also the importance of solely using evidence-based interventions. As the Director of Behavioral Services at The Vail Mind Center she understands that training, mentoring, and collaborating with other team members is vital in order to implement ABA strategies effectively, as it is our goal to ensure that each child will meet specific social skills, play skills, independent living, and communication skills. Sara also works hand in hand with parents applying ABA strategies for their children to to generalize skills to all areas of the individual’s life at home and in the community. Sara finds a great sense of fulfillment in providing each family with the skills and strategies in order to improve and maintain the quality of life for their family members.

Julie Norman, SLP

Director of Speech Services

I have been a speech therapist for over 25 years with 5 years of teletherapy experience…

I specialize in speech sound disorders, ASD, Down Syndrome, and other genetic disorders as well as AAC. I have four kids myself and volunteer teaching preschool children, so I know all about the challenges and the rewards! Therapy should be fun! I bring positive energy to all my evaluations and therapy sessions. Everyone deserves an opportunity to thrive and communicate effectively.
Susanne Graf Art Therapist

Susanne Graf, ATR-BC

Director of Art Therapy

Susanne received her MA in Art Therapy from New York University and a Masters of Fine Art with an..

emphasis in sculpture from Brooklyn College. After receiving a BA from Colorado College in Studio Art, Susanne earned her Pre-K-12 Art Education Certificate from Parsons School of Design. Having nearly 20 years of experience as an art educator and 15 of those as an Art Therapist, Susanne has worked with a range of ages, settings, and populations. Starting her career in New York City, Susanne treated at-risk teens and children with learning differences in addition to bed-side art therapy to children in a hospital setting. The process of art making acts as a vehicle for expression, giving voice to and a deeper understanding of both our internal and external experiences. Susanne enjoys exploring her own artistic process through a variety of media and techniques.
Devon Blitz

Devon Blitz, SLP

Speech Pathologist

Devon graduated from the University of Oregon with a Master of Science in Communication Disorders…

and Sciences and Bachelors of Arts degrees in Communication and Linguistics with an emphasis on French language from the University of Colorado Boulder. She has clinical experience in a variety of settings including acute care and inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, outpatient rehabilitation, and within the school systems. She has performed diagnosis and treatment in the areas of apraxia, articulation, receptive/expressive and pragmatic language, fluency, neurocognitive disorders, brain injury and concussion rehabilitation, voice and resonance, dysarthria, dysphagia (swallowing difficulties), aphasia, and augmentative-alternative communication (AAC) systems. Prior to graduate school, Devon was a kindergarten teacher abroad for second language learners and a climbing and backpacking guide for underserved youth. Her trainings include SPEAK OUT!, Passy Muir Valve, and Modified Barium Swallow Impairment Profile, in addition to being a certified yoga instructor and scuba divemaster. She co-authored a study on cognitive strategy instruction in adolescents returning to school experiencing prolonged concussion symptoms. Her therapy approach is functional, dynamic, and targeted to produce the highest outcomes for each individual. Devon believes in the power of communication to create connections and strives to provide each of the clients she serves with the tools they need to be successful.
Hailey-Scandin

Dr. Hailey Scandin, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Hailey graduated with her doctorate in occupational therapy from Belmont University in Nashville, TN in April 2021…

She has a passion for helping kids and families be able to participate in everyday activities and is thrilled to start her clinical career at the Vail Mind Center. Hailey incorporates fun, client-centered therapy into all of her sessions and has experience working with a multitude of diagnoses in a variety of settings, including clinics, schools, and teletherapy. Her interests in pediatric therapy include sensory integration, social pragmatic skills, mental health, and assistive technology. When not at work, Hailey enjoys reading and spending time outdoors!
Chantel Steel

Chantal Steele, BCBA

Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Chantal received her bachelors degree in Sociology and Spanish from Colorado Mesa University in 2010…

She is fluent in Spanish and enjoys conversing with people from Spanish speaking countries all over the world!

Chantal received her masters in Special Education from Regis University in 2019 and her masters certificate in Applied Behavioral Analysis from Capella University in 2020. She passed the BACB Board exam in January 2021 and has been working in the ABA field for 5 years.

Her passion is helping children reach their full potential through Applied Behavior Analysis. She has a special interest in functional communication training and using reinforcement of successive approximations to shape new behaviors.

MELISSA MATTHEWS M.S., CCC-SLP Speech Therapist

MELISSA MATTHEWS M.S., CCC-SLP

Speech Therapist

Melissa graduated with a Master’s degree in Communication Disorders/Speech-Language Pathology from ..

Fontbonne University in St. Louis, Missouri.

She specializes in Early Intervention in the birth-3 population, with an emphasis in family-coaching, to ensure a child’s emerging speech and language skills are supported in their most natural environment. Melissa believes that play and movement are integral to development and focuses on the whole-child, incorporating their interests into therapy to keep it fun and positive! She also has experience working with children and teens in the areas of articulation, fluency/stuttering, language delays, literacy and social-pragmatic skills.

Melissa is an animal lover and was recently trained in Hippotherapy, she enjoys skiing, mountain biking and traveling.

Lexy Wenisch RBT

Lexy Wenisch, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician

Lexy graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Therapeutic Recreation from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

Throughout her undergraduate years she worked in home as a behavior therapist for kids with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Lexy has experience in a variety of settings including in-home, schools, and clinics. She is passionate about implementing play-based behavior interventions that enhance all domains of children and families’ lives. Much of her work is spent in collaboration with other disciplines including Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Art Therapy and Teachers, to reach therapeutic goals.
Hailey Weinstein

Hailey Weinstein, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician

In 2018 I graduated from Florida State University with a degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders…

From there, I immediately fell in love with the field of Applied Behavior Analysis and decided that this was the career for me! The field has allowed me to combine my passion for helping others with my love for science. Witnessing the growth that my clients and their families are able to make as a result of ABA therapy is what makes me so passionate about what I do. I recently graduated with a Masters in Exceptional Student Education/Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of West Florida, and plan to continue pursuing certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.

Marc-Phillipon

Marc Philippon, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician

Marc grew up in the Vail Valley, spending thirteen years at Vail Mountain School…

Attending a K-12 school for most of his life instilled a joy for spending time and working with children. He’s currently studying pre-med at the University of Notre Dame with a major in studio art. Throughout his undergrad years, he’s developed an interest in mental health and was initially drawn to working at the mind center for their art therapy work. However, learning about ABA therapy motivated him to become an RBT, and he’s found it to be very rewarding and enjoyable work.

Alana White

Alana White SLPA

Speech Therapist

Alana graduated with Masters in Communication Disorders and Sciences with a minor in Special Education…

from the University of Oregon. She has traveled throughout Australia and Germany gaining her certificate to Teaching English in a Foreign Language and living abroad for 2 years. She has worked in the field as a Speech Language Pathologist Assistant for 8 years in home and clinic settings. She is passionate about creating a welcoming and collaborative clinical atmosphere in which families and children feel comfortable asking questions about how to implement personalized support across varied environments. She has received 40 hrs of Registered Behavioral Technician training and has demonstrated instructional control with all clients on her caseload from 1-18. She is experienced with the use of different AAC devices such as GoTalk, TouchChat, NovaChat. She is passionate, dedicated and always looking to grow as a speech therapist.

Jeni Guzman

Jeni Guzman, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician

Jeni is a Spanish speaking RBT with over two years of experience. As a first generation Latina, she graduated…

from the University of Colorado with a Bachelors in Psychology and is currently pursuing her Masters in Psychology with an emphasis in ABA to become a BCBA. During her time as an RBT she has committed to providing quality therapy by implementing treatment plans such as behavior management and teaching play/leisure skills. Jeni is completely devoted to her career, she seeks nothing more than the progress of her clients and the happiness it brings to their families.

Jessica Hurdubei

Jess Hurdubei, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician

I will be receiving my Bachelors in Sociology, and minor in Women and Gender Studies in the Fall of 2021…

from Colorado Mesa University. I love sharing life experiences with others and optimistic planning with an emphasis on goal orientation. I am fluent in Romanian, and am currently learning Spanish and ASL in order to serve my community members with the best quality of communication possible. My passion is helping people find their own natural reinforcement, leading to independent thinking and life decisions, goals, and routines. I have a special interest in adaptive planning and motivating children with optimistic beliefs and values.
Grace Pantelone

Grace Pantalone, RBT

Registered Behavior Technician

Grace graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Colorado College in 2021…

She minored in Studio Art and Spanish Language, both disciplines she is passionate about and excited to continue to practice in her work and home life. Grace believes in the power of evidence-based behavioral intervention, and is thrilled to continue this work at the Vail Mind Center!

Medicaid Accepted