Pivotal Minds ASD Treatment Centre was established to offer effective and affordable treatment options to children affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders.  We are passionate about improving children's development, allowing them to thrive, and enabling them to live a full and rewarding life.  We believe there is nothing better than watching a child grow and develop to their full potential and we are committed to providing outstanding quality services to reach that goal.

Dr. U. Cellupica, MD FRCPC
Medical Director

Dr. Cellupica is a community-based pediatrician with a special interest in developmental and behavioural pediatrics.  He works as part of a team that provides diagnostic assessments to diagnose or rule out ASD in children.

Dr. Cellupica completed his Bachelor of Science Degree at the University of Toronto and he received his MD from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario.  He completed his training in Pediatrics at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.  Dr. Cellupica served on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Pediatric Society and he has served on expert panels for the Government of Ontario, as well as other provincial and federal organizations.

Daniella Tarquini
Executive Director

Daniella ensures that our centre maintains the exceptional standards we have built our solid reputation on.

Her focus is on developing and maintaining a responsive, service-oriented organization that meets your family's needs.  Daniella oversees the PRT Programs and provides compassionate guidance to families throughout their involvement in our centre.  She brings a wealth of knowledge, kindness and patience to all of her encounters with clients.

Karin Foulds
Admin Assistant
Salimah Halani, M.ADS, BCBA
Clinical Supervisor
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Mojgan Zarrabi
Behaviour Therapist

Salimah is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA). She earned her Masters of Applied Disability Studies (M.ADS) with a specialization in Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA), at Brock University in 2016.  She also holds a BA (Hons) in Psychology from York University. 

Salimah has been working with children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other exceptionalities in a variety of settings for over 10 years.  She is skilled in conducting behavioural and curriculum assessments, creating, implementing and monitoring individualized skill acquisition programs and behaviour support plans, providing parent training, as well as supervising and training therapists.  Salimah is extremely passionate about working with learners of varying needs and recognizes that each individual is unique with their own strengths and challenges.  She uses a combination of Discreet Trial Teaching (DTT), Verbal Behaviour and Natural Environment Teaching (NET) as well as Pivotal Response Treatment (PRT) to help individuals acquire skills in the areas of language, communication, academics, social and self-help. Salimah has extensive experience working in collaboration with a multi-disciplinary team.

Salimah is a member of the Ontario Association for Behaviour Analysis (ONTABA).

Samantha Balkarran
Behaviour Therapist

Mojgan has an MD from Tehran University of Medical Sciences and an MEd in Developmental Psychology and Education from the University of Toronto.  She is currently pursuing an MPPEd in the field of ABA at Western University.  She has worked for several years as a researcher in the field of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.  She is passionate about working with children and youth with autism and special needs.

Samantha is a Registered Early Childhood Educator (RECE) that has worked in the field of Early Childhood Education for more than 10 years , which has given her much experience in early childhood development. Having supported many children with special needs in daycare and preschool, her interests were broadened into the field of Autism. She continued her studies at Seneca College and completed the Behavioural Sciences program for working with children with Autism. She went on to work as a Designated Early Childhood Educator (DECE) For York Region District School Board where her main focus was to transition children with special needs and Autism into the Full Day Learning kindergarten program. After 5 years of working in the public school setting, her desire to work directly with Children with Autism has lead her more directly into the field of ABA as a behavioural therapist.   

Kayleen Frey
Behaviour Therapist
Behaviour Therapist

Kayleen has worked with a variety of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) over the past three years. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour from McMaster University. Kayleen has experience working with children and youth with ASD ranging from ages 2-21. She is also experienced in working with individuals with dual diagnosis—including anxiety, conduct and compliance disorders. Kayleen comes to us with experience in research based on child and adolescents behaviour. Available for ABA and PRT therapy, her passion and determination to help children and their families is displayed during her sessions.

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Behaviour Therapist
Behaviour Therapist

Vincenzo has a bachelor's degree in Psychology from St. Thomas University and a graduate certificate in Autism and Behavioural Science from St. Lawrence College. He is currently pursuing a Master's in Applied Disability Studies (M.ADS) with a specialization in Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) from Brock University.

Vincenzo has worked with children, adolescents and adults with Autism Spectrum  Disorders (ASD) and other neurodevelopmental disorders for five years in various settings. Available for Discreet Trial Teaching (DTT) and Pivotal Response Treatment (PRT). Vincenzo is passionate about working with individuals with ASD and special needs, and their families.

Sofia is a multilingual Instructor Therapist, speaking French, Korean and Japanese.  She has worked as a tutor for children under 15 years old for more than 10 years and holds a post-graduate certificate on Autism & Behavioural Science.  She is currently working on becoming a Registered Behaviour Technician (RBT).

Glynnis DuBois
RN, BScN, BA (Psych), MHSc (S-LP), Reg. CASLPO Reg. #5549
Speech-Language Pathologist & Feeding Therapist

Glynnis DuBois is a Registered Nurse, Speech-Language Pathologist and Board Certified Lactation Consultant.  As a Feeding Therapist, she specializes in infants and young children with feeding challenges.  She also provides auditory Skills Therapy for children with hearing loss and speech-language therapy for preschool and school-aged children. 


Glynnis has had the privilege of working with children and their families for over thirty-five years.