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's 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 the special needs community.​ 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 BCBA 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.

​Beth Gurule, RBT, RBAI

Line Therapist
Beth joined the Westside family in 2018 after moving to Oregon from Denver, Colorado. She has been working in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis since 2015 and although she has experience working with a wide range of individuals, her passion lies in early childhood. Beth is currently obtaining her Master's degree in Foundations of Behavior Analysis and aspires to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. When she’s not studying or working, Beth enjoys spending time with her family and watching movies.

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.

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.

Rachel Ward, RBT, 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.

Alejandro Ayala, RBT, RBAI

Line Therapist
Alejandro moved to the Pacific Northwest from California in 2018 and soon after joined the Westside team. He received a B.A. in Sociology at Sacramento State and is currently in graduate school at Purdue University in pursuit of a Master’s in Psychology. Alejandro is working toward becoming a BCBA and hopes to continue working with individuals on the Autism Spectrum. He has been working in the field of ABA since 2016 and continues to learn every day. In his free time he enjoys cooking, rock climbing, and running.

Caitlin Evans

Line Therapist
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Angela Healy

Line Therapist
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Madelyn Duer

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