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Genevieve Covington, M.A., BCBA Co-Founder of Bloom Behavioral Solutions Board Certified Behavior Analyst 904.647.1849 x 115

Genevieve is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and co-owner of Bloom Behavioral Solutions, Inc. She has a Master’s of Arts degree in Child and Adolescent Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Additionally, she is currently studying to sit for the ACBIS certification to be recognized and credentialed as a brain injury specialist. Genevieve’s past experience includes a wide variety of therapeutic ABA services. This experience includes supervision of multiple and diverse pediatric ABA programs, direct behavioral therapy, parent training, in-service workshops, consultation, and crisis management. She has extensive training in verbal behavior and teaching different methods of functional communication to individuals with neurological disorders. She has vast experience in providing behavioral therapy and consultation in a variety of settings; including homes, schools, community environments, and clinical sites. She co-founded Bloom Behavioral Solutions to provide individuals and their caregivers exceptional patient/client care while implementing compassionate and effective therapeutic ABA treatment. She believes the most rewarding aspect of her career includes helping individuals with developmental delays or neurological injuries acquire or re-establish effective communication skills. She lives in Atlantic Beach with her husband and boxer Lucie.

Rebekah Wotton, M.Ed., BCBA Co-Founder of Bloom Behavioral Solutions Board Certified Behavior Analyst 904.647.1849 x 116

Rebekah is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and co-owner of Bloom Behavioral Solutions, Inc. She holds a Master’s degree in Education with a focus on Curriculum and Instruction. In addition, Rebekah is a certified Professional Crisis Management Instructor and qualified co-trainer. She has extensive experience working with a wide variety of patients and clients, from individual learners to consultation with organizations and other professionals. She has worked in clinical settings on verbal behavior, social skills acquisition, and functional communication, and she has worked with a variety of adolescents in the foster care system with intensive behavioral needs. Rebekah has served as a behavioral consultant to several private schools, pediatric psychologists, and foster care organzations. She specializes in early learner language acquisition programs, parent and caregiver training, and augmentative and alternative communication. Rebekah co-founded Bloom Behavioral Solutions because she has a passion for helping families and caretakers see measurable changes in children’s functioning and behavior. She lives in San Marco with her son and daughter.

Jennifer Karst Administrative Department Office/Business Manager 904.647.1849

Jennifer was born and raised in the Jacksonville area. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in business management and minor in psychology from the University of North Florida in 2003. Before joining Bloom, she spent almost 12 years in the corporate finance world. Jennifer currently lives in Atlantic Beach with her daughter, Lily. They enjoy riding bikes to the park and spending time with friends and family.

Amanda Davidson, M.S., BCBA Board Certified Behavior Analyst 904.647.1849

Amanda is originally from Virginia Beach, Virginia. She graduated from Auburn University in 2009 with a Master’s Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis in Developmental Disabilities. She has worked with individuals ages 2-47 with autism and intellectual disabilities. Amanda has worked across clinic, home, and school settings. Prior to her work at Bloom, she served as the Program Coordinator for an agency providing early intensive behavior analytic in-home therapy and parent training. Her areas of expertise include sleeping interventions, problem behavior reduction, and verbal behavior.

Darian Azar, B.S., RBT ABA Department Registered Behavior Technician 904.647.1849

Darian earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology with a concentration in child psychology from the University of North Florida. During her undergraduate studies she served as a research assistant, and completed a practicum that focused on therapeutic intervention for children who had been exposed to domestic violence. Following graduation, Darian gained experience working as a registered behavior technician providing behavior analytic services in clinic, school, and community settings. She is currently a graduate student in the Master of Education in special education with a concentration in applied behavior analysis program at the University of North Florida.

Tess Branning, B.A., RBT Program Lead - Petit Sprouts Petals Registered Behavior Technician 904.647.1849 x 105

Tess received a Bachelor of Arts in psychology with a focus in child development and a minor in sociology at the University of North Florida. She gained knowledge and experience initially at Bloom helping out with the Super Sprouts Summer Camp. Tess lives in Jacksonville Beach and enjoys riding her bike, going to the beach, and spending time with friends and family.

Kristen Bullard, B.A., RBT ABA Department Registered Behavior Technician 904.647.1849 x 106

Kristen received her Associate of Arts in early childhood education from Florida State College of Jacksonville and her Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of North Florida. Kristen hails from Neptune Beach and currently resides in Jacksonville Beach. When she’s not going to school full-time and working at Bloom, she enjoys the ocean and spending time with friends.

Ciara Burke, M.Ed., RBT Program Lead - Super Sprouts Social Group Registered Behavior Technician 904.647.1849

Ciara is from Syracuse, New York and received her bachelor’s degree in speech-language disabilities at SUNY Cortland. She moved to Jacksonville two years ago and has been working as a speech clinician in a local school district. Ciara received her Master of Education from the University of North Florida with a concentration in applied behavior analysis. Ciara enjoys running, going to the beach, and taking her dog to the park.

Elizabeth Cornfield, M.Ed., BCBA ABA Department Board Certified Behavior Analyst/Marketing Coordinator 904.647.1849 x 108

Elizabeth received a Bachelor of Science in psychology and a minor in education from the University of Florida. She also received a Master of Education in special education with a specialization in high-incidence behaviors from Peabody College at Vanderbilt University. Elizabeth has had many diverse experiences working with children in a variety of settings and enjoys watching them learn and grow. She currently lives in Nashville, Tennessee with her husband and son.

Dennise Feliciano, B.S., RBT ABA Department Registered Behavior Technician 904.647.1849

Dennise graduated from the University of North Florida and received a bachelor’s degree in child psychology and a minor in public health. She completed a practicum with an ABA clinic and became more passionate about working with children with special needs during her undergraduate studies. Prior to Bloom, Dennise provided clinic- and school-based behavioral services. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in exceptional student education with a concentration in applied behavior analysis through University of West Florida. She enjoys lifting weights and hanging out with family and friends on her spare time.

Blake Forrest Infant Care Department Infant Care Specialist 904.647.1849

Blake is originally from Poquoson, Virginia but loved growing up in Saint Johns, Florida. In May of 2017, she graduated from Piedmont College in North East Georgia where she majored in psychology and minored in English and criminal justice. Blake is now pursuing a master’s in clinical mental health counseling at the University of North Florida. Upon graduating, she intends to specialize in child and adolescent therapy. Blake’s passion for children’s mental health is rooted in her bond with two little brothers and has been a long standing motivation for her goals. Now settling in to life in Jacksonville, Blake enjoys live music, painting, and writing short stories.

Jennifer Grisnik, M.Ed., BCBA ABA Department Board Certified Behavior Analyst 904.647.1849

Jen is originally from Cleveland, Ohio. In 2012, she graduated from Mercyhurst University in Erie, PA with a bachelor’s degree in elementary and early childhood education. She also completed a master’s degree in special education and applied behavior analysis at Mercyhurst University in 2014. While there, she worked in an alternative college program for adults with intellectual disabilities, a summer program for high school students on the autism spectrum to determine college readiness, as well as in area private and public schools. After graduation, she moved to Savannah, GA, and gained her certification as a BCBA working in a clinic setting with children ages 2-17. In 2015, she moved to Jacksonville, FL, and has been working with children of various ages and diagnoses in clinic, home, and school settings to build communication, social, and functional living skills and reduce maladaptive behaviors.

Lindsey Ives, B.S., BCaBA Assistant Director of Petit Sprouts Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst 904.647.1849

Lindsey is from the Philadelphia area and completed her Bachelor of Science degree in psychology at West Virginia University with minors in sociology and disabilities services. While there, she worked at an early intervention autism clinic providing ABA services for children aged 2-7. She also worked as a research assistant in the Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) lab improving the quality of parent-child relationships for families with young children with emotional and behavioral disorders. Lindsey currently lives in Jacksonville Beach and enjoys practicing yoga, running and going to the beach.

Kely-Marie Jackson Administrative Department Receptionist 904.647.1849
Kristy Luschen 904.647.1849

Originally from Massachusetts, Kristy graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science in biological sciences and moved to Jacksonville to teach high school math. She spent 13 years teaching high school where she worked with various types of students including those with varying exceptionalities. She enjoys cooking, woodworking, and spending time with her family.

Frances Torres, B.S., RBT ABA Department Registered Behavior Technician 904.647.1849

Frances was born in California but was raised in Puerto Rico in a bilingual household, so she is fluent in both English and Spanish. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree with a concentration in clinical psychology along with a minor in French. Her passion for ABA began as a volunteer for a special needs school in Puerto Rico, where she was eventually hired to work full-time. She is currently enrolled as a graduate student at Ball State University, pursuing a master’s degree in educational psychology with a focus on applied behavior analysis. She hopes to eventually earn a doctoral degree in a psychology-related field. Her interests and hobbies include reading, travel, yoga, photography, science, gastronomy, psychology, and art.

Sheylah Trotter, M.S., BCBA, LMHC ABA Department Board Certified Behavior Analyst 904.647.1849

Sheylah earned her Bachelor’s of Science in psychology from the University of Florida. She graduated from Nova Southeastern University with a master’s degree in mental health counseling and completed her coursework in applied behavior analysis at Florida Institute of Technology (FIT). Prior to working at Bloom, Sheylah worked at The Scott Center for Autism Treatment in the pediatric diagnostic and Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention (EIBI) clinics. She has experience administering testing and working with individuals 18 months to 25 years in age with varying disorders including autism, anxiety, and other behavioral disorders.

Lauren Billingsley, M.A., CF-SLP Speech Department Speech Language Pathologist 904.647.1849

Lauren was born and raised in Jacksonville and is glad to be back in her home state after two years away. She earned her bachelor’s degree in communication sciences and disorders in 2015 and her master’s in speech language pathology from the University of Texas at Austin in 2017. During her studies, she developed a passion for working with children and adults to help them meet their communication goals. Lauren has worked in a variety of pediatric school and clinic settings. In her free time, she enjoys listening to music, reading, and spending time with her family.

Christa Sisson, M.C.D., CF-SLP, RBT ABA Department Registered Behavior Technician 904.647.1849

Christa graduated with a Bachelor of Science in elementary education from the University of Tennessee at Martin in 2013. She fell in love with ABA and speech therapy while working in a private clinic during her undergraduate years, which led her to earn a Master of Communication Disorders in speech-language pathology from Arkansas State University in 2016. Christa has pediatric experience in various school and private clinic settings. She enjoys being outdoors, traveling, and spending time with her husband and dog.

Sarah Chilson, OTD, OTR/L Occupational Therapy Department Occupational Therapist, Registered, Licensed 904.647.1849

Sarah has been a Jacksonville resident all her life. She graduated from Nova Southeastern University with her Doctorate of Occupational Therapy in December of 2017. She has always loved working with children and is very excited to be a pediatric occupational therapist. Sarah’s hobbies include reading, hiking, and watching television.

Natalie McHale, A.S., COTA Occupational Therapy Department Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant-Licensed 904.647.1849

Natalie McHale is a Jacksonville Beach Native, who graduated from Keiser University with an Associate of Science in occupational therapy. After passing her NBCOT in September of 2016, Natalie always knew that working in pediatrics was her calling. In her down time, Natalie enjoys being outdoors, cooking, and spending time with her loved ones.

Melissa Poling, MOT, OTR/L Occupational Therapy Occupational Therapist 904.647.1849

Melissa is thrilled to be joining the Bloom team as an occupational therapist. She is a Jacksonville native and attended the University of Florida where she received her master’s degree in occupational therapy. She knew she wanted to work in pediatrics as an occupational therapist since she was in middle school and is passionate about what she does! Over the past six years, Melissa has been providing services for children in various locations in Jacksonville. During this time she has developed a special love for teaching children how to regulate their emotions and sensory needs, as well as fostering functional and appropriate social skills. She also has a lot of experience with school based occupational therapy and collaborating with many different disciplines, including ABA. When she’s not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two girls, as well as playing softball and lifting heavy things at the gym. Melissa looks forward to getting to know everyone and contributing to the team at Bloom Behavioral Solutions!

Kory Graybeal RD, LD/N, MSH Nutritional Department for Feeding Therapy Registered Dietitian 904.647.1849 x 117

Kory earned her Masters Degree in science and health with specialization in nutrition and dietetics from the University of North Florida. Kory has a total of 10 years experience working as a Registered Dietitian. She first worked in an outpatient clinic where she worked with all ages from infants to the elderly. She currently works at a local hospital where she devotes her time to nutrition support and educating patients, staff and the community. Since Kory has started working for Bloom Behavioral Solutions, Inc., she has found passion in the challenge of offering ways to improve nutrition in children and families. Kory lives at the beach and enjoys all the beach has to offer. In addition, she loves to spend time with her family, exercise, run and cook. Kory is on a mission to improve the health and wellness of all ages one bite at a time.

Lucie Belle Therapy Dog Therapy K9 Registration No: GL563449

Meet our Therapy Dog Lucie! Lucie is a very sweet 3 y/o female boxer. She comes to the clinic daily to work and loves her job! She helps patients feel calm and often acts as a reinforcer for our children. She specializes in giving hugs and dog kisses. She especially enjoys long walks with our patients on the golf course. Lucie also keeps the staff company, often stopping by treatment rooms and offices for treats or a quick game of fetch. When she’s not working, she enjoys long naps and chasing squirrels. Most importantly, she helps bring comfort to everyone at Bloom, big or small!


Bloom has been an answer to our prayers. Our lives have been greatly improving. I can't wait to see how much more my daughter improves over summer camp. The more "bloom" we get the better we feel.


Bloom is an amazing place for children! I love it!


These are by far the best therapists I have ever met. I am amazed at the doors they have opened for my son! Thank you, Bloom!


On our first visit here my daughter instantly clicked and bonded with the staff which is very rare for her to do so with strangers. It's just so warm and inviting here and we feel comfortable here. So glad that we chose to come to Bloom! Staff is attentive, thorough, caring, and overall wonderful.

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