in diagnosing Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and treating mental health conditions (e.g., anxiety, depression trauma) in people with ASD. Dr. Dreher is skilled in identifying autism in girls, women, and those assigned female at birth (AFAB). She is knowledgeable about masking (a phenomena in which people with autism learn to hide their symptoms to appear “neurotypical”) and the impact masking has on a person’s mental health.
Dr. Dreher believes in the neurodiversity model, which is the idea that all people think differently. Thus, conditions like autism and ADHD are thought of as brain differences rather than brain deficits. Dr. Dreher enjoys helping people identify their unique strengths and areas where they need extra help so that they can create a plan to achieve their goals.
Dr. Dreher is from the great city of Chicago. She received her doctorate degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology in 2019. She has trained at prestigious institutions, including the University of Chicago, the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, and Children’s Hospital Colorado. Dr. Dreher uses evidence-based practices, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), behavioral parent training, and executive functioning coaching. Outside of work, you’ll find Dr. Dreher in the mountains either rock climbing, skiing, mountain biking, or backpacking.
Courtney Russell, PsyD, BCBA
Dr. Courtney Russell graduated with her Doctor of Psychology degree from the University…
…of Colorado Denver in 2022 and has been credentialed as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst since 2021. She is currently receiving post-doctoral supervision under Dr. Dreher to obtain licensure as a Clinical Psychologist.
Dr. Russell utilizes an integrated approach based in systems psychology. That is, she emphasizes that people are best understood by learning not only about the individual, but also the cultural and societal contexts in which they operate. She incorporates her expertise in Applied Behavior Analysis with approaches including Acceptance Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, narrative therapy, and family/caregiver education. Above all else, she emphasizes a strong therapeutic rapport based in unconditional positive regard and believes the approach used in therapy is best determined by the specific strengths and needs of each client. Dr. Russell is passionate about working with individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders, co-occurring mental health conditions, and individuals who identify as LGBTQIA+. She specializes in work with individuals 0 – 21 and has worked in school, hospital, private clinic, and research settings since 2013.
Dr. Russell completed her pre-doctoral internship with Eagle County School District and is delighted to continue serving this community. When she is not working, you can find her painting, writing poetry, rock climbing, skiing, skateboarding, or spending time with her cat.
Dineli Eckroth, BCBA
Dineli completed her Masters of Science degree in Applied Behavior Analysis at The Chicago School of Professional…
Psychology at the Los Angeles branch in June of 2020. She then became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) in February of 2021.
Prior to becoming a BCBA, Dineli has worked in the school, home and clinic settings providing 1:1 ABA services, parent consultations, and creating individualized programming under the supervision of her BCBA clinical supervisors.
Dineli has 7 years of experience in the field of ABA and she hopes to one day get her Doctorate in Applied Behavior Analysis.
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, 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.
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.
Alana White SLPA
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, 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.
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!