Practitioners You Can Trust

Westside Behavior Therapy was established in 2015 as a small, home-based practice serving just a few clients. After recognizing the increasing need for services, we opened the doors to center-based services in 2016. We are committed to a high standard of care.

Kelsey Townsend, M. Ed., BCBA, LBA

Founder/Director
Kelsey earned a Master of Education specializing in Applied Behavior Analysis from Arizona State University in 2013 following undergraduate work at the University of Oregon. She has been practicing ABA since 2012. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®) and a Licensed Behavior Analyst (LBA) in the State of Oregon. Kelsey has acquired a wide range of experiences with evidenced-based interventions in a variety of settings including center, home, community, and school-based environments. Her primary area of expertise is providing early intervention, ABA-based services to children on the Autism Spectrum.​ Although the ABA needs of the community are great, she feels it is important to keep her practice small serving only 15-20 families at a time in order to provide an extremely child-centered, individualized ABA experience. When she's not at work, she spends her time with family including her husband and three children.

Serena Rivard, M.Ed., BCBA, LBA

Clinical Supervisor
Originally from California, Serena graduated from Menlo College in California with a BA in Communications. After having worked in various child-centered environments including preschools, elementary schools, and private in-home care, Serena happened upon Westside in the Spring of 2016 and felt she had finally found her calling as a behavior therapist. She went back to graduate school to further her career and support her passion for ABA. After graduating from Arizona State University with a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction of Applied Behavior Analysis, Serena became a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst® in the winter of 2018. She feels truly fortunate to be a piece of every child’s puzzle that comes through the Westside doors. In her free time Serena enjoys exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her Beagle in the passenger seat.

Melissa Pollard, M.Ed., RBAI

Lead Therapist
Growing up in Iowa, Melissa attended Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, S.D. where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Human Services. During college she worked with at-risk adolescent girls, at a residential treatment facility. While working directly with residents on self-management and daily living skills, she discovered a love for helping people and working closely with them to discover their full potential. After graduating and moving to Oregon, she took some time off to start a family. Melissa joined the Westside team in the Fall of 2016. At that time, she chose to focus her career on ABA and further develop her skills by attending Arizona State University’s ABA Graduate Program. She graduated in the Spring of 2018 with a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction of Applied Behavior Analysis. With only a few more months of practical hours left to accumulate, Melissa plans to sit for the BACB® board examination in February 2020. When she isn’t working, Melissa can usually be found in the stands at a ball game or spending time with her husband and her three children.

Leanne Bergman, RBAI

Line Therapist
Originally from Philadelphia, Leanne earned her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from West Chester University of Pennsylvania. She has been working as an ABA therapist for children and teenagers with autism since 2012 and joined the Westside team in 2017. Leanne has worked across a variety of settings including schools, community, and home-based environments. She is passionate about helping kids learn functional skills while also making them smile and laugh. Outside of work, Leanne loves photography, spending time with her husband and two German Shepherds, and hiking and exploring new places in the PNW.

Kelsey Aguirre, RBT, RBAI

Line Therapist
Kelsey joined Westside in 2018 after moving to Oregon from the Bay Area in California. She is working on her Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Psychology at Oregon Institute of Technology. She has been working in Applied Behavior Analysis as a Registered Behavior Technician since 2017. When Kelsey is not at school or working, she enjoys spending time with her horse and friends.

Rachel Ward, RBAI

Line Therapist
Rachel has a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and Russian with a minor in Linguistics from Grinnell College. She is a Registered Behavior Technician and joined Westside in 2018. True to her passions, Rachel has experience in psychological research and has volunteered internationally at a children's shelter. In her free time, she enjoys staying active, cooking, and salsa dancing.

Angela Healy, RBAI

Line Therapist
Angela has lived in worked in the Beaverton area all her life and joined Westside in 2019. She graduated from the University of Oregon with a Masters in Education and a focus in Early Intervention. She has worked in childcare, home visiting programs with at risk families, and most recently as the Director of local preschool program. She is excited about working with children and their families and helping every child learn through play and fun! When not working, Angela loves to be outside with her husband of 10 years, her two children, and two hound dogs!

Jordan Schulz, RBAI

Line Therapist
Jordan joined the Westside team in April of 2019. She graduated from Western Oregon University in June of 2018 with a Bachelor’s in Psychology and a minor in Health. While at school, Jordan worked alongside a professor doing psychological research and in the future she hopes to use this experience to pursue a graduate degree. Jordan has worked with children and young adults in a variety of settings including horseback riding lessons which coincides with her passion for riding horses. In her free time Jordan also likes hiking with her dog, rock climbing, and reading.

Justine Jefson, RBAI

Line Therapist
Justine joined the Westside team in May of 2019. She graduated from Madison College in Wisconsin with a degree in Occupational Therapy and has worked in this field for the past 7 years. Over the past 13 years, Justine has volunteered with the special needs department in a high school, as well as worked in home with children with Autism developing sensory diets and behavioral programs. Justine's passion in her career is focused on helping those with special needs live life to the fullest. She has attended trainings with professionals in Denver, CO and Madison, WI to further her toolbox of services and techniques to provide to her clients. Justine decided to make the switch to ABA therapy in an effort to better utilize her knowledge in sensory processing and to find more opportunities specifically in pediatrics. In Justine's spare time she enjoys hiking with her pup, yoga, creatively expressing through art, and reading.

Brittany Ingish

Line Therapist
Bio coming soon!