When we founded Optimum ABA Therapy, our purpose was to serve our community with a personal touch of love and kindness. For the last six years our family run company has been in the unique position to improve the quality of our clients lives. With over 40 years of combined experience, we have the skill base and expertise to meet our clients where they are and have them grow with their personalized treatment plans. Our Behavior Analysts and therapists provide ABA services to those who have been diagnosed with autism, down syndrome, ADD, ADHD, and other developmental disabilities. Our center-based therapy utilizes strategies for early intervention to develop social skills, transition into a school environment, and any other life skill they need further help with. We believe in providing a loving, enriching, and supportive environment where our clients can not only develop new skills but thrive.
OUR MAIN VALUES
Our Philosophy & Mission
We believe in creating a loving and nurturing environment that stimulates growth and maximizes happiness.
Meet our leadership
Jacqueline Cusaac, BCBA,MA
I discovered the behavior analysis world when my children and I volunteered for a dog therapy program for children with special needs, and I found it extremely inspiring. This experience led me to investigate and learn more about Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), and how it is effective in helping children succeed. I have over ten years of experience in the ABA field. As a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), we are in a unique position to improve lives, so when we founded Optimum ABA Therapy, our mission and goals were to create a warm and loving environment where children can thrive and grow. Furthermore, as a mother of four young adults, I enjoyed parenting, engaging my children in stimulating activities, and watching them progress and grow over the years. I bring that same passion for parenting to my role as a BCBA and the director of Optimum ABA Therapy.
Helena Jenkins, BCBA, MA
Helena Jenkins became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in February 2020 after receiving her master’s degree from Capella University in Psychology with a specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis in 2017. She also received her bachelor’s degree from the University of North Florida in Psychology with an emphasis on Child Psychology in 2012. Ms. Jenkins has many years of experience working with children from the ages of 3-19 as an interventionist and advocate for needs within the home, school, and community. Ms. Jenkins has a passion for assisting those in need and currently serves as the Executive Director of the Marissa Alexander Justice Project (MAJP), a nonprofit advocating for the rights of individuals through the collaboration of social justice. Ms. Jenkins loves to spend time with her family, and in her free time, she likes to read books and write poetry. Professionally, her ideology for Applied Behavior Analysis is to provide comprehensive goals that highlight autonomy in the natural environment for each individual.
Liudmila Baquero, BCaBA, BA
Liudmila Baquero was born in Santiago, Cuba. She earned a degree in General Medicine and practiced in Cuba and Costa Rica beginning in 1998. Full of inspiration, she decided to continue supporting families and helping children in extraordinary ways in the United States of America. Her experience in ABA Therapy began in 2016 as a Registered Behavior Technician. She is currently certified as a BCABA. Mrs. Baquero aspires to contribute towards increasing the effectiveness of ABA methodology in the future. Further improving the lives of families as a result.
Litzy Lopez Hernandez, BCBA, MA
Litzy moved to Jacksonville in 2010 from Cuba. She received her bachelor’s degree in Education of the Developmentally Disabled in 1993 and completed her Master of Sciences in Higher Education in 2005. In 2014 she completed CDA (Child Development Associate) credential in Infant and Toddler. During her studies, she developed a passion for working with children and adults to help them meet their communication goals, improving their social interactions, learning new skills, and maintaining positive behaviors. She has worked in schools, residential treatment settings, and clinics with young kids. She started her career with Optimum ABA as an RBT in 2018. She then went on to obtain her hours and pass the Board exam in 2020.
Maristela Oliveira, BA
I am Maristela Oliveira, a Student Analyst/ Registered Behavior Technician (RBT). I am originally from Brazil and have worked as an RBT for the past five years. ABA is my passion! On my summer break, I love traveling to see my family, exploring new places, and going to the beach.
Amy Burgos, BA
Amy Burgos is currently a student analyst/ registered behavior technician at Optimum ABA Therapy. For the last two years, Amy has worked with multiple individuals seeking Applied Behavior Analysis services(ABA). Amy graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelors's in Psychology and is currently pursuing her master's in ABA at the Florida Institute of technology.
Shemeika Wright-Hemming, MA
Shemeika is a student analyst at Optimum ABA Thrapy. She recently graduated with her Masters's in Psychology and has worked in a variety of settings in South Florida. Shemeika was first introduced to the field of ABA while pursuing her nursing undergraduate degree at Florida Atlantic University. Initially, it was just another job while pursuing a degree; however, it soon turned into something more meaningful. She hopes to continue to bring behavior change that's functional and consistent to better the quality of life for each client she has the privilege of working with. In her spare time, Shemeika enjoys singing and musical production.
Theresa Alexander Inman, BCBA, MA