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Norah L. Wilson, Psy.D., BCBA-D
Clinical Director

Norah’s background in Autism is of a personal nature; she has an aunt diagnosed with Autism. Norah’s formal training began on the East Coast while she was completing her bachelor’s degree from St. Leo College. Upon completing her Master’s Degree in 1995, Norah moved to California to begin work on her doctorate at United States International University in Clinical Psychology. Norah was employed by the Lovaas Institute for Early Intervention as a Senior Therapist before launching B.E.S.T Services, Inc in 1998. Since that time Norah has attended numerous trainings, seminars and workshops to ensure integration of current research into practices.

Most recent attendance has included:

  • PECS 2-day training workshop by Andy Bondy, Ph.D.
  • Structured Play by Pamela Wolfberg
  • Verbal Behavior and the ABBLS by Vincent Carbone, Ph.D.

Dr. Wilson’s strengths include program development for in-home clients as well as structuring school based interventions for children diagnosed with Autism. Dr. Wilson has been a Board Certified Behavior Analyst since 2006. To contact Dr. Norah Wilson please

E-mail her at drnlw@bestautismservices.com.


patti-youngPatricia A. Young, M.A., BCBA
Regional Manager

Patti’s background in Autism is of a personal nature; she has two children on Autism spectrum. Her first experience with Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) was observing her son’s first ABA session; a life changing event for both mother and child. Patti has worked in the field of Autism for over 10 years, working in Special Education, Advocacy, and Applied Behavior Analysis.

Patti started working with B.E.S.T. Services in 2010 as a tutor and was recently promoted to Senior Case Advisor for the North Carolina and Virginia area. Patti received her in B.S. in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Behavioral Studies from Excelsior College. She received her ABA Certification from Penn State University in 2010.

Patti has attended training workshops for:

  • Verbal Behavior and ABLLS, Dr. Vincent J. Carbone, Ed.D., BCBA
  • VB-MAPP, Mark Sundberg, Ph.D.
  • TEACCH Fundamentals Training by the Greenville TEACCH Center
  • The Greenspan Floortime Approach
  • Wrightslaw Special Education Advocacy Training by Peter and Pam Wright
  • North Carolina Partners in Policymaking Program, North Carolina
  • Developmental Disabilities Council
  • Circle of Friends Inclusion Program
  • Assistive Technology, University of Louisville

“Be the change you wish to see in the world” – Ghandi

Email Patti Young at pyoung@bestautismservices.com.


Breanna Anderson, M.A., BCBA
Case Supervisor

Coming from a family that works in special education, Breanna has been around children with Autism and other special needs since she was young. Inspired by these experiences, she went on to receive her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from San Diego State University, and then her Master’s in Teaching with an emphasis in Applied behavior Analysis. She joined B.E.S.T. Services, Inc. in 2007 and was promoted to Advising Tutor in 2008, and then to Regional Manager of San Diego and Riverside Counties in June of 2011. She received her BCBA in 2013. Currently, Breanna is in the process of transitioning to join the East Coast team in North Carolina and Virginia, in February 2016.

E-mail Breanna Anderson at banderson@bestautismservices.com.


Kelly Gilpatrick, B.A., BCaBA
Telehealth Administrator

Kelly has been working in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism the last three years. After completing her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Chaminade University, she started working as a Behavior Therapist II at a center-based autism program and was quickly promoted to a Lead Therapist. From there, she moved to Northern California and worked as a Behavior Assistant for a new Early Intervention program before finally settling in Virginia.

Kelly started working with B.E.S.T. Service in 2010 as a tutor and was promoted to a Senior Case Advisor for the Virginia and North Carolina areas. She is currently pursuing further education and wants to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.

E-mail Kelly Gipatrick at kgilpatrick@bestautismservices.com.


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Meaghan D. Barry, M.S., RBT
Junior Case Advisor

Meaghan Barry graduated from Longwood University in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education. Upon graduation Meaghan took a teaching position with Fairfax County Public Schools in Northern Virginia where she taught Physical Education and Health for two years at the middle school level. During her time in the Fairfax County Public School System, she also earned her certificate to teach Drivers Education from George Mason University. In 2006 Meaghan moved to Virginia Beach where she taught Physical Education and enrolled at Old Dominion University to pursue her passion of working with children.

Meaghan taught Children with Autism in Virginia Beach Public School System for five years while working on her M.S. degree in Special Education. She joined the B.E.S.T. Services Team in October 2013, working as an in-home Tutor. In 2014 Meaghan earned her Master’s Degree in Special Education and was awarded the Autism Certificate. More recently through B.E.S.T. Services, Meaghan became certified as a Registered Behavior Technician.

Meaghan Barry is most content when teaching children and this has become her passion in life. She has concentrated recently on working with in-home clients and in the near future will begin working on her BCBA certification.


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Melissa Wilson, B.A., RBT
Junior Case Advisor

Melissa Wilson graduated in 2012 with a bachelor degree in psychology with a minor in special education from Norfolk State University. She started working at autistic summer camp when she was fifteen as peer educator. She continued to work there every summer through college and began implementing ABA techniques when she was 18 as a therapist. Once graduated she aspired to continue working in children with autism using ABA techniques and began to work for B.E.S.T Services.

Melissa has been work for B.E.S.T as a Direct Tutor since August 2012, and was promoted to Junior Case Advisor in May 2014. Melissa is a Registered Behavior technician who is currently working on her Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction in Applied Behavioral Analysis, while working on her BCBA credentials through Arizona State University to become a Board Certified Behavioral Analyst.

“Forget all the reasons it won’t work and believe the one reason that it will.” – Unknown

To contact Melissa Wilson please E-mail her at mwilson@bestautismservices.com.


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Natasha Janicki B.S., CTRS, RBT

Natasha graduated from Western Carolina University in 2011 with a degree in Recreational Therapy and earned her certification as a Therapeutic Recreation Specialist. Throughout her undergraduate career she gained experience working with special needs children and developed a passion for children with Autism. She began working with BEST as a Tutor in 2013 and completed training to become a Registered Behavior Technician in 2014. Natasha is currently pursuing her BCaBA through Florida Institute of Technology.


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Joel Roman, RBT

Joel Roman was born and raised in Bridgeport, CT. Joel has been working with children since he was 15 as a summer camp counselor at Hall Neighborhood House in Bridgeport,CT,Joel began working with individuals with Disabilities in 2008 as a Mentor/Aid for the Department of Developmental Services in Connecticut as well as a Mentor for the Nehemiah Commission Center. Joel wrote and directed a play for chiuldren giving them their own voice expressing their talents in their own unique way. Joel has now been with Best since 2013 and loves this new venture, sharing his gifts and talents with the BEST clients.

Joel doesn’t see his occupation as a job but more as a farmer planting seeds of greatness into the lives of his clients. Joel loves the arts, sports, and encouraging people to be the best they can be. He is full of energy, positive, and optimistic. Joel is goal oriented and faith driven believing all things are possible for those who believe.


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Gabriela McWhorter, M.S., RBT

Gabriela Z McWhorter was born and raised in Hampton Roads, Virginia. She jokes that she was born to work in special education as her father is an educator and her mother is a school psychologist. Additionally her mother in law is a special education teacher and she has four other close relatives all working in the special education realm. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resources from Virginia Tech in 2011. In May of 2014 she graduated suma cum laude with a Master of Science in Education in Special Education from Old Dominion University with a certification in autism. That same year she became a Registered Behavior Technician through BEST Services Inc. Gabi plans on continuing her education and becoming a BCBA.