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Meet our Clinic Staff


Senior Behaviour Analyst

Sherise is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA), with a Masters of Science degree from St. Cloud State University in Minnesota (Applied Behavior Analysis). She is also a Certified Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) Therapist. Sherise has been working in the field of ABA since 2000 and has extensive experience designing, implementing, and monitoring behaviour plans of intervention with a wide range of children (ages 2-13) diagnosed with ASD in home, clinic, school, and community settings. She has been successful at improving skills across a variety of domains including social, communication, academic and self-help. In addition to providing behaviour consultation services to families and children with ASD, Sherise remains active in her teaching role within the Behaviour Intervention and Disability and Applied Behaviour Analysis programs at Douglas College. She is currently serving on the board of the British Columbia Association for Behaviour Analysis (BC-ABA) supporting and promoting membership; advocating for quality behaviour analytic services in our province.


Senior Behaviour Analyst

Maria is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA), with a Masters of Arts degree from the University of British Columbia (Special Education – Autism and Developmental Disabilities concentration), and is a Certified Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) therapist. Maria has been working in the field of Applied Behaviour Analysis with children with autism for over 10 years. The majority of Maria’s experience is in early intervention with preschool-aged children, but Maria has experience supporting elementary, middle, and high school students as well. Maria is passionate about translating the science of behaviour analysis to create meaningful improvements in quality of life for children with ASD and their families. Maria’s masters’ thesis research involved comparing several strategies to teach receptive language to children with ASD. Maria has presented research at conferences locally and internationally, has published research in behaviour analytic journals, and has served on the board of the British Columbia Association for Behaviour Analysis and as a subject matter expert for the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. She has experience designing home-based applied behaviour analysis programs to manage problem behaviour, and teach social, communication, and self-help skills, for a variety of ages ranges, profiles, and settings.


ESDM Consultant

Dr. Vismara is recognized as one of the world’s leading researchers, clinicians, and co-authors on the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM), a groundbreaking early autism intervention program named by Time magazine as one of the top ten medical breakthroughs of 2012.  Over a dozen studies have found the ESDM to be effective for infants and toddlers with wide range of learning styles and abilities and with gains in development maintained when re-assessed at age 6. Dr. Vismara's cutting-edge research reveals that parents can play a huge role in helping young children with autism connect with others and live up to their potential and that for some infants as young as six months old, after receiving the ESDM, they no longer showed autism symptoms at age 3. Her book, “An Early Start for Your Child with Autism” covers practical, doable strategies and tips that parents can use everyday, especially while waiting for their child to be enrolled in therapy. Currently Dr. Vismara travels throughout the United States and internationally to work with families and to train publicly-funded early intervention programs in the ESDM so that more communities have access to this evidence-based intervention. Her second book, an early intervention guide of how to coach families in the ESDM, is coming soon. 


Contact information: laurie.vismara@gmail.com

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Consulting Psychologist

Dr. Davies attained his PhD in Clinical and Community Psychology in 1986 from the University of BC (UBC) although his experience in the field dates back to 1975.
Through his academic years at Simon Fraser University and UBC he was awarded several research awards and fellowships, including the prestigious Killam Award. Dr. Davies has specialized in serving children, youth and adults with disabilities. He was Director of Psychology at a large child development centre in BC, and is now the Director of ABLE Clinic. Since 1990 he has presented hundreds of workshops and presentations throughout BC on autism, ADHD, learning disabilities, and many related topics in clinical child psychology. Dr. Davies was instrumental in bringing early intervention services for children with autism to BC. He served as an expert witness in the Supreme Court of BC for the landmark Auton case in which Madame Justice Allan ruled that early intensive behavioural intervention for autistic children was a medically necessary service and that governments had an obligation to provide these services. This ruling and sustained parental advocacy led to direct funding (in BC) for all children with autism in BC and comparable programs across Canada. Dr. Davies was awarded the 2002 Humanitarian Commendation by the BC Psychological Association for his “tireless efforts on behalf of families and early autism treatment in British Columbia”. In addition to leading ABLE Developmental Clinic, Dr. Davies is the Co-Director of Autism Integrated Medical Services (AIMS) at PAFN, maintains a busy clinical practice, trains and supervises graduate students, and serves as a professional advisor to several organizations for individuals with disabilities.



Judy is working towards completing the requirements to become a Board-Certified Assistant Behaviour Analysist (BCaBA), with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of British Columbia and has completed the Disability and Applied Behaviour Analysis program at Douglas College. She has also completed the introductory workshop for the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) program. She has experience working with children both in home and clinic settings with ages ranging from 2 – 21 with a variety of profiles and areas of need. Most recently, Judy has focused on implementing ESDM programing with very young children on the Autism Spectrum in the role as both behavior interventionist and trainer for new behaviour interventionists and parents.  Judy is passionate about helping children reach their full potential and has seen great results implementing ESDM programs.


Available Upon Request

We have a team of dedicated Speech-Language Pathologists and Occupational Therapists to consult to our cases on an as-needed basis. We would be happy to provide these services at our clinic.