Virginia / Metro DC

11240 Waples Mill Rd, Suite 101
Fairfax, VA 22030
Phone: (703) 237-2219
Fax: (703) 237-2729
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14130 Noblewood Plaza, Suite 301
Woodbridge, VA 22193
Phone: (571) 402-7550
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Achieve Beyond provides autism services in these counties in the state of Virginia:

Achieve Beyond Pediatric Therapy and Behavior Services provides pediatric therapy to help each child reach their full potential through education, therapy, and family support services. Services are provided throughout Northern Virginia. 

We offer initial screenings, parent or school consultations, and comprehensive evaluations services to infants and children with special needs and/or developmental disabilities/delays or children who might just need some extra assistance.

Our professional and licensed staff is committed to serve children with the highest quality standards. Professional development and excellence in service delivery is promoted through ongoing staff mentoring, professional collaboration and participation in continuing education.

Services are provided in the home, community settings, or in our clinics in Fairfax and Woodbridge, VA. We provide treatment and evaluations through The Early Intervention Program of Virginia, Insurance Companies and Private Payment options.

Pediatric Services Offered:

Meet Our Therapists

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Speech Therapy

Speech Therapy

 Irene Gutierrez, MS, SLP, TSSLD

Irene Gutierrez MS, SLP, TSSLD - Originally from Bogota, Colombia -- Irene received her degree in Speech and language Pathology from Universidad Nacional de Colombia in 2007 and she completed her studies in Clinical Audiology from Corporacion universitaria Iberoamericana in 2010. Back in Colombia, she worked with kids and adults with communication, language and feeding disorders in different facilities and hospitals. Irene moved to New York City in 2012 with a dream to be able to work as a Speech Therapist. Irene joined the Early Intervention team of Achieve Beyond, providing services to kids from birth to 3 years old, in Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens. Since then, she has demonstrated the skills and tenacity to make her dream a reality. Irene was relocated to be a part of Virginia’s Achieve beyond Family in August of 2015, she is currently completing some requirements in order to get her certification from ASHA and she expects to keep bringing her talents and ideas to all our families.

 Gwen Goldstein, MA, CCC-SLP

Gwen Goldstein, MA, CCC-SLP - Gwen was born in New York City and grew up in Fairfax Virginia. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana where she studied Telecommunications/Media and Music Studies. She received her Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology at The George Washington University in Washington, DC. Gwen is licensed by the Virginia Board of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology and holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She has worked for Fairfax County Public Schools since 2011 serving students in preschool through age 22. Gwen has experience working with the pediatric population in the school setting for children that have a variety of speech and language disorders such as articulation, phonology, receptive and/or expressive language, fluency, and voice. She has worked extensively with non-verbal children and has knowledge in the area of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). Gwen has a special interest in Autism, Intellectual Disabilities, Physical Disabilities well as other genetic disorders. She has a passion for providing every child with a voice and the ability to express themselves.

 Christina Thompson, M.A., CCC-SLP

Christina Thompson, M.A., CCC-SLP - Christina grew up outside of Cleveland, Ohio. She received her Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology in 2012 at The George Washington University and her Bachelor of Arts in Spanish-Latin American Studies at American University, both in Washington, D.C. Christina’s internships and work experiences have mainly been focused on the pediatric population from birth to adolescence in a number of settings (schools, private practice, and early intervention). This exposure has allowed Christina to evaluate and treat a broad spectrum of speech and language disorders including spoken language, written language, fluency, voice, social-pragmatic, and speech sound disorders. Christina delights in engaging with families and other service providers to ensure a child meet his or her full potential.


Ruth Frutos, M.S., CCC-SLP - Ruth Frutos is a speech language pathologist with over 15 years of experience in various settings. In addition to private practice, these have included the settings of public schools, private schools, and Early Intervention. She holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence with the American Speech-Language Hearing Association, is licensed in the State of Virginia and has a certificate in Early Intervention. Ruth greatly enjoys working with children and their parents and seeing children improve in their communication skills while having fun. Ruth completed her graduate degree in Speech/Language Pathology at the California State University East Bay. However, she is a native of the DC area.

 Maria Bucciarelli, MS CCC-SLP

Maria Bucciarelli, MS CCC-SLP - Maria received her Master of Science Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York and Bachelor of Arts Degree in Speech-Language-Hearing Science from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She has experience working with the pediatric population in the school and outpatient settings for children who present with a variety of speech and language disorders including articulation, phonology, fluency, expressive and receptive language, and voice. Maria has a special interest in the area of Augmentative and Alternative Communication and has experience working with a variety of low and high tech communication systems. She holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence and is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

 Susan Tibbetts, MA, CCC-SLP

Susan Tibbetts, MA, CCC-SLP - Susan was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio where she studied French and secondary education. Susan received a Master’s Degree in 1975 in Speech Pathology and Audiology from The Catholic University of America, in Washington, DC. Her internships and work experiences have included a variety of settings, such as working with special needs children, adolescents and adults in schools, clinics, and hospitals. Susan worked for 17 years with Fairfax County Public Schools, and was awarded a grant in 2002 to assist with implementation of the PECS Program at Lake Braddock Middle School. She has continued to increase her knowledge and keep current of the many advances which have been made in the field of Speech Pathology by taking coursework at the University of Virginia and attending a variety of professional conferences. Susan has a daughter of whom she is very proud, who has a physical disability and is currently studying Biology at Georgetown University.

Behavior and Autism Services

Behavior and Autism Services


Kimberly Hoag, MA, BCBA, LBA - Kimberly graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology in 2008. During her time as an undergraduate, she completed coursework in developmental and behavioral psychology as well as an internship working with adults with Autism in a community based setting. She obtained her Master’s degree in Community Counseling at Argosy University, Washington DC in 2011. During that time she worked in the private and public schools as a TA and completed an internship with Loudoun County Family Services. In 2012, Kimberly began working as a Behavioral Therapist. After falling in love with the field and population she was working with, she decided to pursue her ABA Course sequence through FIT. After completing the course sequence and hours of supervision she was able to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and a Licensed Behavior Analyst by the Virginia Board of Medicine. Kimberly has been working as a BCBA with Achieve Beyond since October 2015.


Betel Tafere MPH, MS,BCBA, LBA - Betel graduated from St Cloud State University with a Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis in 2013. Betel has prior work experience in teaching elementary grade students and advocating for women with disabilities to access quality health service in Ethiopia. Her passion to work with individuals with Special needs started when she was teaching a Mainstream classroom in 2007.In 2012; Betel started working as a Behavior Therapist and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and Licensed Behavior Analyst (LBA) in 2014. Since then, Betel has been working as a BCBA in home-based and clinic settings. She has been working with Achieve Beyond since October 2015.

Gina Ballone

Gina M. Ballone, MS, BCBA, LBA, Clinical Director of ABA Services - Gina Ballone has been working in the field of ABA since 1998. She first gained experience in working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder during her undergraduate studies at Florida State University. Upon completion of her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, she decided to pursue her Master’s degree in Psychology and Applied Behavior Analysis, having the privilege of learning under Dr. Jon Bailey and Dr. Al Murphy. During her graduate studies she co-founded an organization that provided ABA services to children, which is currently a practicum and assistantship opportunity for graduate students at FSU. After completion of her graduate degree in 2002, Gina was offered a position at Behavior Analysis Inc, a leading ABA company in South Florida. During her work there, she supervised a team of behavior therapists, as well as developed verbal behavior programs, precision teaching, and behavior reduction programs. She conducted parent trainings/workshops and presented at state conferences. The company appointed her to be the Behavior Analyst to consult at the Miami Children’s Hospital, Dan Marino Center. She oversaw all ABA programs as well as conducted consultations to non-behavioral staff. In doing this, she had the opportunity to consult with Speech, Occupational and Physical therapists as well as provide training at the Dan Marino Summer Camps. Gina has attended numerous workshops in Verbal Behavior, as well as advanced consultation workshops at the Carbone Clinic. She has presented at FABA (Florida Association for Behavior Analysis) as well as other conferences throughout the years. She was the Clinical Director of an ABA therapy clinic in Destin, Florida for 8 ½ years, where she also served as the practicum supervisor for the graduate students in the FSU-PC Master’s ABA program. Gina became the Clinical Director of ABA Services at Achieve Beyond in the Virginia/DC Metro in 2012. She is passionate about using Skinner’s Analysis of Verbal Behavior to teach language and communication skills to individuals. 

Alison Thome

Alison Thome, M.S. BCaBA -  Alison is originally from Atlanta, Georgia. She graduated from the University of Georgia in 2000 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Child and Family Development. She began working in the field of ABA in 2005 under the direction of Clinical Director, Gina Ballone. She has worked with a variety of populations including Autism, Down syndrome, Asperger Syndrome, and other learning challenges. Alison obtained her ABA Board Certification training through Florida Institute of Technology. In 2010 Alison was nominated to go on a Group Study Exchange through The Rotary Club. She consulted with several schools as well as clinics in Southern India for children with special needs. Besides being the Lead Behavior Therapist, Alison has extensive experience training behavior therapists and teachers. She consulted for a private school in Florida, offering staff training on how to incorporate ABA principles into the academic environment. Alison also has experience in providing ABA support to a Special Needs Summer Camp, where she assisted counselors and staff on applying behavioral interventions as well as capturing motivation to increase language. She has co-conducted an ABA workshop for a pediatric team of clinicians in Mississippi and has presented at a conference (Dynamic ways of how to become a conditioned reinforcer, Ignite Presentation, Florida Association for Behavior Analysis conference, 2011). Alison has also attended numerous conferences and workshops throughout the years in Verbal Behavior Methodology including some by Dr. Vincent Carbone. She is also certified in Professional Crisis Management. In her spare time Alison enjoys being outside, speaking French, traveling, dancing, exercising and singing karaoke like a Mariah Carey wannabe!  

Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy

Chithra Chandy, Occupational Therapist OTR/L 

Chithra Chandy, Occupational Therapist OTR/L - Ms. Chandy received her Bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy in 1998 from Dr. MGR Medical University, Chennai-India. She has 18 years of experience working with children with various special needs in the United States. She worked at St. Coletta School of greater Washington, Alexandria, VA, Tomatis Therapy Center in Bethesda, MD and has been working as an OT at Loudoun County Public Schools since 2008. Ms. Chandy is bilingual in Tamil and English. She Lives in Ashburn, VA with her 3 beautiful children including her 10 year old boy with multiple disabilities.


Dr. Cheryl Coughlin, OTD, OTR/L - Cheryl Coughlin completed her doctorate program in Occupational Therapy, evidence-based practice, at Rocky Mountain of Health Professions, in 2011. She completed her undergraduate coursework at Western Michigan University. Her interest and focus has been in the neurosciences and wellness across the life span. She continues to gather knowledge from attending the quarterly lectures at the Janalia neuroscience research institute, open lectures at Dr. Amen clinic and is currently involved in a research project for a new writing assessment for school-aged students. Cheryl has certifications in therapeutic listening, weight training (for special needs) from the international weight training association, head instructor for therapeutic horseback riding and neurodevelopmental techniques for adults. She is actively involved in therapeutic riding on the research side at this time but directed and operated her own therapeutic riding center, chaired the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) national conference, help positions on the state level (Therapeutic Riding Association of Virginia), and collaborated with a special education colleague to develop a certificate program and a criteria-based assessment for the therapeutic riding students. Her experience spans and weaves within the community as to how the occupational performance relates to the individual’s functional levels. She is a member of a special needs committee whose mission is to develop relationships within the community. She was on the ReelAbilities film festival committee as well as volunteers with the young adult cooking class. Cheryl has provided occupational therapy to school-age (4-22 years of age) in both public and private schools, pediatric clinics as well as in the home. She has also worked in hospitals and rehabilitation centers during her career.

Chithra Chandy, Occupational Therapist OTR/L 

Patricia Johnson, MS, OTR/L - Patty received her Masters of Occupational Therapy from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA. She began her career in Fort Worth, Tx working with children birth-21 years with special needs in their homes. After a year of home health, Patty started working in an outpatient clinic where she was able to expand on her therapeutic skills for children with special needs. In November, 2012, Patty re-located to Washington D.C. She continues to work in home and outpatient clinic settings. Patty is motivated and encouraged by seeing improvement of skills and positive feedback from the families she works with. Patty has experience in sensory integration therapy, behavioral approaches, handwriting, feeding, and developmental therapy. Patty is trained in Handwriting Without Tears, The Wilbarger Protocol, and SOS approach to feeding.

Katalin Vizy, OTR/L  

Katalin Vizy, OTR/L - – Katalin is originally from Budapest, Hungary and is bilingual in Hungarian and English. She graduated from Peto College, Hungary with a B.A. in Conductive Education treatment and received her Masters from ELTE, Budapest in Elementary Education. Katalin has more than fifteen years of professional experience providing holistic Conductive Education treatment for the pediatric population with neurological motor disorders and developmental delays.
Katalin received her Master’s in Occupational Therapy from Shenandoah University. She is a Virginia Licensed Occupational Therapist and also licensed by the NBCOT (National Board of Certified Occupational Therapist). Katalin’s internships and work experiences have been focused on the pediatric population from birth to teenagers in diverse settings (home-based, facility-based and school based). Katalin has training in the Therapeutic Listening Program, Handwriting Without Tears Program, and Early Intervention Services. Katalin is dedicated to serving the pediatric population and providing the best care to her patients and their families. Katalin is currently working with Achieve Beyond in their private clinics in Virginia.

Dr. Sherry Scott 

Dr. Sherry B. Scott, Ph.D., OTR/L - Dr. Scott taught as an associate professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy at Howard University, Washington DC. Dr. Scott has a Ph. D. in Organization Communication with an emphasis on Health Communication. Her expertise is in the area of pediatrics, emphasizing ages 0 - 21 years, cerebral palsy, autism developmental disabilities, premature infants, and family intervention using neurodevelopmental and sensory motor integration. She also teaches and consults in the use of assistive technology for adults and children with disabilities. Dr. Scott is licensed as an occupational therapist in Washington D.C. and the state of Virginia. She has practiced occupational therapy for over thirty years throughout the United States specializing in pediatrics, assistive technology and training OT’s to be consultants in community-based settings. Dr. Scott co-developed the Howard University Interdisciplinary Early Intervention Clinic, September 2007. She is certified in the areas of Neurodevelopmental Treatment Techniques - 8 week pediatrics course, Advanced NDT: Upper Extremities, infants and Sensory Integration. Dr Scott has been funded for several internal and extramural grant projects in the area of community-based partnership intervention research for the health underserved.

Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy

Sheryl Goncalvez, Physical Therapist

Sheryl Goncalvez - Sheryl was born and raised in Fairfax, VA. She received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2005 and Bachelor of Science in Biology from Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia. Sheryl is bilingual in Spanish and English as her parents are from Bolivia and her husband is from Peru. Sheryl’s internships and work experiences have been focused on the pediatric population from birth to teenagers and in diverse settings (inpatient, outpatient, aquatics, and early intervention). Exposure in these diverse settings has allowed Sheryl to work with a spectrum of diagnoses building her experience. Early in her career, Sheryl gained significant experience in cranial remolding helmet treatment and torticollis treating infants birth to 24 months with misshaped heads (plagiocephaly, brachycephaly, and scaphocephaly). Sheryl feels blessed to have her cousin and niece as part of her family who have special needs (Down Syndrome with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Down Syndrome), and who continue to inspire her day by day to be the physical therapist she is today. 

Areas we serve in Virginia:

Fairfax County, VA- Fairfax, Chantilly, Centreville, Reston, Herndon, McLean, Vienna, Alexandria, Arlington, Lorton, Springfield, Falls Church, Clifton 
Prince William County, VA- Woodbridge, Manassas, Fort Belvoir, Quantico, Dumfries, Lake Ridge, Montclair, Dale City, Triangle, Haymarket, Gainsville

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