Our Dedicated Staff Makes A Difference for your Child with Autism
While our autism and behavioral health resources are vast, what really makes Springbrook different from other ABA programs is our people. Our staff is not only knowledgeable, but also dedicated to finding answers for each individual and excited about making a difference in the lives of the children, adolescents and adults we serve.
As an autism residential treatment facility, we also emphasize ongoing research and education for our staff members, which is why all of our staff members attend conferences, read, speak, and write in the autism community in addition to their work at our facility. Our involvement in the autism community means that you can rest assured that your child is getting the benefit of the latest research and treatment methods.
Matthew Fisher, MD
Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Dr. Fisher completed his General Psychiatry residency at the University of Texas-Galveston and a Child/Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at University of South Carolina. He serves as the Medical leader of Springbrook’s Psychiatric Residential and Outpatient Treatment Program (specializing in treating Autism Spectrum Disorders) and is an authority in minimal medical management of ASD and ASD with comorbidities. Dr. Fisher speaks at Autism Conferences on Medical Overview of Autism Spectrum Disorders, Medication Management for Autism Spectrum Disorders, Myths and Misconceptions in Autism, Autism and Co-Morbid Conditions, and Helping Siblings and Other Children Understand Autism.
William Killion, PhD
Speech & Language Pathologist
Dr. Killion has 40-plus years of direct experience with individuals with developmental disabilities, including autism. After receiving his B.S. in Speech Pathology with a minor in Psychology, Dr. Killion went on to attain an M.Ed. in Special Education and a PhD in Developmental Psychology. He is owner ABA, Applied Behavioral Analysis, practice that services many areas of the state, and has served as adjunct psychology professor and consultant to psychiatric and behavioral facilities for behavioral plans for children and adult with Autism and other developmental disabilities. He is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) at Springbrook He is the author of the Functional Independence Skills Handbook or F.I.S.H. Developmental Program which is a curriculum for ABA used in 83 countries and translated into many languages. Dr. Killion is a frequent national speaker on ABA and how to address significant negative behaviors.
Speech and Language Pathologist
Sara Keeney holds a Master’s Degree in communication disorders, has extensive experience with a variety of pediatric communication disorders, and has chosen to work with children with autism spectrum disorder as her specialty. Sara has worked in multiple settings including in early intervention, in speech and hearing clinics, on a craniofacial team, in elementary, middle and high schools, and in residential treatment facilities. In addition to her current position at Springbrook, she runs a private practice providing home based speech-language services.
Jeffrey Cohn, our residential occupational therapist, holds both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s Degree in occupational therapy from the University of Southern California. Before coming to work at Springbrook, he held numerous clinical internships working with a wide range of patients from troubled teens at a group home to PTSD sufferers at a VA hospital. His professional experience includes putting in a ten-year stint as a Petty Officer Second Class with the US Navy, providing services as a travel therapist for multiple facilities throughout California, working at the pediatric acute intake hospital at Kedren Community Mental Health Center, and working as the lead occupational therapist working with students with Autism for the Los Angeles Unified School District. Jeffrey brings his passion for occupational therapy and a wealth of experience working with both children and adolescents to his position at Springbrook.