Meet Our Miami Team

All of our professionals are highly educated and experienced to meet strict national accreditation criteria as outlined by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB).  All of our ABA Therapists and Registered Behavior Technicians (RBTs) are closely supervised by our board certified professionals to meet Lotus Behavioral Interventions' high quality standards of both scientific rigor and therapeutic care, whether services are delivered face-to-face or via telehealth.

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Karelix Alicea, M.S., BCBA, ITDS

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Karelix Alicea is the founder and president of Lotus Behavioral Interventions and co-founder of the Miami Association for Behavior Analysis (MiABA).  Most recently, Miss Alicea founded The Lotus Children (TLC), a non-profit dedicated to allocating ABA therapies and resources to underprivileged children with autism throughout the world.  She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and Infant Toddler Developmental Specialist (ITDS) who has been working with children diagnosed with autism and other pervasive developmental delays since 2001.  Her mastery of the science combined with her love and compassion for children on the autism spectrum have allowed her to help countless children and families with the highest quality of care.  Miss Alicea received both her bachelor's and master's degrees in psychology with a specialization in behavior analysis under the direction of the esteemed Dr. Jacob L. Gewirtz at Florida International University (FIU), and is currently in the process of completing an Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership and Applied Behavior Analysis from Nova Southeastern University.  Following a period of almost 10 years of experience in the field, she founded Lotus Behavioral Interventions in 2009.  Miss Alicea taught undergraduate-level behavior analysis coursework for several years at FIU and Carlos Albizu University, and is a graduate-level intensive practicum supervisor at Simmons College, University of South Florida (USF) and Florida Institute of Technology (FIT), all programs which are accredited by the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI). She has presented on the benefits of sign language and telehealth services for children with autism in addition to ethical service delivery, supervision and entrepreneurship at various professional conferences, including the Florida Association for Behavior Analysis (FABA) and ABAI. Miss Alicea is an active member of the Association of Professional Behavior Analysts (APBA), and can render services in English, Spanish, American Sign Language (ASL) both face-to-face and via telehealth with the use of HIPAA-compliant technology.
 
 
 
 

Mariam Nawabi, M.A., BCBA

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Mariam has been a valued member of the Lotus clinical team since June of 2015.  She originally began her professional career as a pre-school teacher and very quickly became intrigued with the benefits of using applied behavior analysis (ABA) within a classroom setting for children with special needs.  This prompted her to go back to school and earn her master's degree in ABA from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She is a BCBA with a well-rounded background in assessments, interventions and parent / staff training. Mariam is a highly motivated and passionate professional who has presented her research on preference assessments at the California Association for Behavior Analysis (CalABA).  She feels that helping children with special needs allows her to fulfill her passion of giving back to the community and society at large.  Mariam can render services in English, American Sign Language (ASL) both face-to-face and via telehealth with the use of HIPAA-compliant technology.

Nina Stavrinos, M.S., BCBA

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Nina has been a valued member of the Lotus clinical team since July of 2015.  She has a master's degree in mental health counseling with a minor in applied behavior analysis (ABA) from Nova Southeastern University and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA).  Nina is a caring, compassionate and dedicated clinician committed to achieving the ultimate goal of enhancing the quality of life of every child and family she works with.  Nina can render services in English, Spanish, French, American Sign Language (ASL) both face-to-face and via telehealth with the use of HIPAA-compliant technology.

Kevin San Juan, M.A., BCBA

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Kevin is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) who has been a valued member of the Lotus clinical team since May of 2016.  He completed a bachelor's degree in psychology with a specialization in behavior analysis at Florida International University (FIU) and a master's degree in professional behavior analysis at Florida Institute of Technology (FIT).  Kevin is a highly caring, kind and patient person with a keen attention to detail.  He felt a strong attraction to the field of behavior analysis as an undergraduate student and looks forward to implementing the techniques of applied behavior analysis (ABA) to encourage the development of children on the autism spectrum for many years to come.  Kevin can render services in English, Spanish, American Sign Language (ASL) both face-to-face and via telehealth with the use of HIPAA-compliant technology.

Joshua Sequeira, B.A., BCaBA

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Joshua has been a valued member of the Lotus clinical team since December of 2016.  He has a bachelor's degree in psychology with a specialization in behavior analysis from Florida International University (FIU) and is a Board Certified assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA).  Joshua is currently working on his master's degree in behavior analysis at the University of South Florida (USF) in the hopes of becoming a BCBA in the near future.  Joshua is a compassionate and patient person who enjoys helping others.  He fully enjoys working in the field of behavior analysis and looks forward to helping many children on the autism spectrum as a Lotus team member.  Joshua can render services in English and Spanish, both face-to-face and via telehealth with the use of HIPAA-compliant technology.

Dayanara Rivera, B.A., RBT

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Dayanara has been a valued member of the Lotus clinical team since January of 2017.  She has a bachelor's degree in psychology with a specialization in behavior analysis from Florida International University (FIU) and is a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) with the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB). Dayanara is currently working on her master's degree in behavior analysis at Florida Institute of Technology (FIT) in the hopes of becoming a BCBA in the near future.  Her professional goal is to help children in any way necessary for them to lead happy and successful lives.  She is a bright, responsible and mature therapist who displays a wonderful sense of creativity when working with children on the spectrum.  Dayanara can render services in English, Spanish, American Sign Language (ASL) both face-to-face and via telehealth with the use of HIPAA-compliant technology.

Leonor Antepara, B.A., RBT

Lili has been a valued member of our clinical team since May of 2022.  She has a bachelor's degree in psychology with a specialization in behavior analysis from Florida International University (FIU) and is currently working toward acquiring enough experience hours to sit for the Board Certified assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) exam in the near future.  Lili is a very creative and vivacious therapist who feels the field of ABA is her calling.  She can render face-to-face services in English and Spanish.  

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Natalie Sardinas, ABA Therapist

Natalie has been a valued member of our clinical team since September of 2022.  More coming soon!

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