XciteSteps Staff Profiles

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XciteSteps San Diego ABA Interventionists are the highest qualified and best trained in the field.  We strive to hire individuals with strong and diverse backgrounds, who together can provide the most naturalistic and well-rounded therapy to each and every client.  They are enthusiastic, energetic, skilled professionals, who have a passion for working with children, teens, and adults on the Autism Spectrum.

It is Xcite Steps’ top priority to ensure our Interventionists have extensive training and experience, which is why Xcite Steps requires that all incoming Interventionists must hold at least a Bachelor’s Degree in psychology, special education, or a related field, and most of our Interventionists come with at least one year of practical experience.  Unique to Xcite Steps, many of our interventionists are in the process of furthering their education in the field, pursuing advanced degrees, completed an advanced Master’s Degree, and/or BCBA Certification.

Xcite Steps’ Supervisors are held to the highest standards as well. Our Supervisors must possess a Master’s Degree in psychology, education, or a related field, and their Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA).  All of our supervisors are required to have at least two years of related experience working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, and expertise in approaches to intervention based on the science of Applied Behavior Analysis.

Xcite Steps is made up of a team of the most highly trained mental health providers in San Diego County.  Every new employee at Xcite Steps undergoes an intensive, 3-day, 24-hour series of in-person training modules before working with any child.  Each of the three days is broken down into different topics with a combination of direct lecture training, group activities, and role-play to ensure our Interventions can generalize and apply skills learned.  At the end of each training day, the trainees take a quiz, which they must pass with 95% accuracy in order to advance to the next day.  After initial training is completed, all of our Interventionists are required to complete monthly on-going staff development trainings that include topics such as Differential Reinforcement, Establishing Operations, Functional Analysis, Advanced Play Skills, Behavior Mapping, Sensory Strategies, and Prompting.  In addition to our rigorous training schedule, Xcite Steps conducts bi-yearly performance reviews to ensure that our Interventionists are maintaining optimal performance levels.  All Xcite Steps ABA clinical staff members are trained on a wide range of evidence-based treatment modalities to utilize across settings, including:

  • Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)
  • Behavior Modification
  • Discrete Trial Training (DTT)
  • Pivotal Response Training (PRT)
  • Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)
  • TEACCH
  • ProACT

In addition, upon beginning employment with Xcite Steps, and prior to any interaction with children, every staff member must undergo a full Livescan and FBI background check to be cleared for service.  Xcite Steps takes great concern in the safety of their clients and takes great pride in the quality of the services provided.  Each interventionist at Xcite Steps reflects those values.

    • Emily C.   M.Ed, BCBA
      "Since starting at Xcite Steps, I am impressed by the thorough training as well as how organized everything is at the company. The staff is very passionate about the work they are ...
      Vanessa K.  M.A., LMFT
      “Xcite Steps is building a community of support that is fully invested in the growth and development of the entire family. Our services reach beyond the industry standard, nouri...
      Kaylynn N.  M.A., BCBA
      "Xcite Steps is brimming with enthusiastic, passionate employees backed with years of education and experience."...
      Marianne B.  M.S., BCBA
      "Xcite Steps really supports innovation, creativity, and cultivating employee talent, which allows me the opportunity to work with extremely talented employees on a daily basis."...
      Renita I.  M.A., BCBA
      "I love being part of the Xcite Steps family! Everyone is constantly striving to make positive changes with the kids and families they work with, as well as supporting each other e...
      Sarah B.  M.A., BCBA
      "I love the uniqueness each child on the spectrum presents us with; Xcite Steps' commitment to designing programs which fit these unique needs is one of the many amazing aspects of...
      Sarah V.  M.S., BCBA
      "I chose to join the Xcite Steps team because of their commitment to provide a quality of services that goes beyond what is expected in the field. The commitment and passion that ...
      Xylene C.  M.Ed., BCBA
      "I love being part of the Xcite Steps family. I feel honored to be part of a company filled with people who are passionate, innovative, and collaborative."...
      Lindsey D.  M.Ed, BCBA
      "Every day I feel so lucky that Xcite Steps provides such a positive, inclusive and compassionate environment for their staff, clients and their families"...
      Alan P.  M.A., BCBA
      "I love working at Xcite Steps because of their unique emphasis on high quality of service delivery across all their departments. It's exciting being part of a team that ultimately...
      Vanessa H.  M.S., BCBA
      "Working for Xcite Steps is like being part of an amazing and supportive family! I love the collaboration and kindness of each and every staff member I come across."...
      Stephanie L.  M.Ed, BCBA
      "I chose to join the Xcite Steps team because it consists of caring, passionate, and collaborative people."...
      Sara N.  M.S., BCBA
      "I chose to work at Xcite Steps because of the quality of services provided to families and the wonderful team of people who work together collaboratively. "...
      Violeta T.  M.S., BCBA
      "My favorite part about working for Xcite Steps is being able to receive support whenever needed and working with dedicated staff."...
      Maggie O.  M.A. BCBA
      "I knew then that I wanted to spend my life helping people and making a difference in the world one person at a time."...
      Janet O.  M.A., BCBA
      "My favorite part about working for Xcite Steps are the Socal Clubs. I love seeing my colleagues working as a team to help multiple children."...
      Lucy A.  M.A., BCBA
      "Xcite Steps' naturalistic and collaborative approach to providing ABA services to families creates a supportive learning environment for our clients and staff to grow. Xcite Steps...
      "It’s a beautiful process being able to observe [clients'] transformations and simply assist them in reaching their biggest goals and aspirations, regardless of what others perce...
      "It was apparent from the beginning that Xcite Steps was comprised of a group of people that all share this same philosophy and are truly motivated to create change in the industry...
      "The thing I like about working with XciteSteps and with the ASD population is that there are no walls. Everyone wants to laugh, wants to learn and wants to grow. Together we are l...
  • "I wanted to join the team at Xcite Steps because they are providing a place that’s professional, supportive and progressive while doing what’s right for both their client’s ...
    "After volunteering with the social clubs and getting to know some of the other staff and seeing the amazing work they were doing, I knew I wanted to be a part of what they were do...
    "I joined the Xcite Steps team because I wanted to part of an amazing team that not only looked out for the wellbeing of their clients, but also their staff."...
    "There is no better way to push all our clients to the highest level than to include everyone who they are surrounded by."...
    "I know I can offer a different, fun, and productive session each time. That is what I feel truly helps our clients have the opportunity to grow, and succeed at their goals."...
    "It's inspiring to see the growth in each person and their excitement as they reach their goals, and I am fortunate to be a part of that every day!"...
    "I couldn’t be more excited to work for a company full of individuals that have the drive, devotion and the heart for helping others."...
    "Working with kids has always been my passion my whole life."...
    "Just being part of [our clients'] daily lives and being that certain guide, it really touched my heart."...
    "At Xcite steps you really feel like you matter, and like you are a part of a team."...
    "From my very first interview with Xcite Steps, I could tell that every single teammate played a vital role in the success of not only the company, but also the success of each chi...
    "The more I come to know the company, the more I realize the great importance that is placed in finding the perfect balance between individualized care and social construction, all...
    "Everyone [at Xcite Steps] truly cares about each other and, more importantly, about the clients."...
    "My favorite part of working for Xcite is the extreme professionalism, kindness and support from every single person I have had the pleasure to work with at Xcite."...
    "Knowing that I am working with a bunch of caring, intellectual individuals that all share the same values is truly a privilege. "...
    "The child-first approach to their programs as well as programs like the Social Clubs made Xcite Steps an attractive option to me."...
    "Xcite Steps is successful in providing quality services with a team of highly-trained staff, while continuing to develop innovative solutions to a constantly-changing field."...
    "From the beginning, every person that I’ve met and spoken with at Xcite Steps has shown a genuine desire and passion to help the families that come to them."...
    "Xcite Steps focuses on each client and their family, providing the highest-quality services possible"...
    "I can tell Xcite Steps is a close community, and I want to be part of an organization where everyone has the same desire of helping those with autism."...
    • "Xcite Steps' authentically positive company culture is incredibly impressive and inspiring. I feel so proud and lucky to work in a role supporting staff who are united in their c...
      "My favorite part about working for Xcite Steps is the constant collaboration that occurs with the staff and how we are able to be "outside of the box" in our thinking." ...
      "Working with Xcite Steps has been an incredible journey. There is passion, creativity, and positivity surrounded by every person I've been in contact with. It's so inspiring to be...
      "Working for Xcite Steps is a fulfilling and rewarding experience. I'm surrounded daily by individuals who positively impact the community, and bring joy and caring to the lives of...
      "It's such a privilege to work with the amazing Xcite Steps team, and to know how much of an effect our services have on families in the ASD population."...
      "I like that Xcite Steps is a great company who values their clients and strives to be an active part in the ASD community."...
      "I especially like the fact that Xcite Steps provides Social Clubs for our clients in addition to traditional ABA therapy. Generalization and socialization are so important!"...
      "My favorite thing about working for Xcite Steps is knowing that I am helping a wonderful team to make a difference for families out there just like mine."...
      "I wanted to join Xcite Steps because I loved the atmosphere and philosophy of the company."...
      "In all of the companies I have worked with, I have never seen such a strong emphasis on the team."...
    • "Xcite Steps thrives on positive energy, flexibility, creativity, and forward thinking, all of which I see directly reflected in each and every child’s therapy program." ...
      "The results we see from our programs - in the individual children and in their families - brings me back to my first experience with ABA therapy and continues to inspire me."...
      Matthew Winkley, co-founder and executive director of Xcite Steps, grew up in a large family in Connecticut. His parents founded an agency called Brian House In ...
      As the founder of Club Xcite, LLC, and co-founder of Xcite Steps, LLC Stefan Hochfilzer has dedicated his career to creating opportunities for individuals with ...
Our Services are available in the following areas:

San Diego (North)

  • Oceanside
  • Carlsbad
  • Rancho Santa Fe
  • San Marcos
  • Camp Pendleton
  • Escondido
  • Vista

San Diego (Central)

  • La Jolla
  • Clairemont
  • Downtown
  • Poway
  • Mira Mesa
  • Coronado

East County

  • Santee
  • Lakeside
  • La Mesa
  • Spring Valley
  • El Cajon
  • Paradise Hills

South Bay

  • Eastlake
  • Chula Vista
  • National City
  • Bonita
  • Imperial Beach
  • Otay Mesa

Temecula Region

  • Murrieta
  • Lake Elsinore
  • Menifee
  • Fallbrook

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