The Achievement Center for Therapy is pleased to offer a warm, well-trained staff to help your children learn and grow in a safe, nurturing environment. We offer innovative programs and therapies servicing an extensive variety of conditions, while specializing in Speech-Language Pathology, Occupational Therapy, Pediatric Feeding Disorders, Autism, AAC, traumatic brain injury in California and Nevada. Members of our team regularly lecture nationwide on these topics, as well as special education advocacy, communication disorders, and iOS apps for communication skills. Our staff is dedicated to their craft, and look forward to working with you and your child.
Shawn Manvell, MS, CCC-SLP, founder of the Achievement Center for Therapy, has been at the forefront of the industry for over 20 years, offering patients innovative therapies with a traditional and technological mix of treatments. She is a Pediatric Feeding Specialist, a Speech-Language Pathologist, Orofacial Myofunctional Therapist, and an iOS app developer, creating apps that complement her practice. She graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from SUNY Fredonia and her Master’s degree in Communicative Disorders & Sciences from California State University Northridge.
Shawn has successfully provided services and therapies to infants, children, and adolescents with a variety of conditions and developmental disorders, and is sought after for consultation and public-speaking engagements in a variety of educational, medical, and community settings. She has lectured nationwide and internationally on a variety of topics including Pediatric Feeding Disorders, AAC & Children with Communication Needs, Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy, special education advocacy, and iOS apps for communication skills. She provides training to: Speech-Language Pathologists, university students nationwide, medical doctors and staff, special education teachers, administrators, related service staff, and parents to improve feeding abilities and communication skills in children and adolescents. Her professional interests include Pediatric Feeding Therapy, Autism, Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy, AAC, and traumatic brain injury.
Outside of her private practice, she enjoys raising her daughter, traveling, skiing, riding and showing horses.
Lead Speech-Language Pathologist, ACT-CA
Samantha is the Lead Speech-Language Pathologist at ACT – Camarillo. She obtained B.A. and M.S. in Communicative Disorders and Sciences from California State University, Northridge. She completed her clinical fellowship at ACT and attained her certificate of clinical competence through ASHA in December 2018. During her clinician fellowship, Samantha focused on the specialty of pediatric feeding and swallowing under the mentorship of ACT’s founder/owner and pediatric feeding specialist Shawn Manvell. Samantha was born and raised in Southern California and is a Disneyland Annual Pass holder. She spends her free time playing soccer, refereeing youth soccer games and hanging out with her 3 dogs.
Speech-Language Pathologist, ACT-CA
Emily is a Speech-Language Pathologist at ACT- Camarillo. She obtained her B.A. and M.S. in Communicative Disorders and Sciences from California State University, Northridge. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family, watching movies at home and taking her dog for walks in the park. Her favorite thing about being an SLP is getting to work closely with both the kids and families at ACT. She loves watching the kids meet their goals and use their speech and language skills to be able to communicate their wants and needs with others.
Speech-Language Pathology Assistant and Registered Behavior Technician, ACT-CA
Lorie is one of our SPLA’s at our Camarillo clinic . She also is a Registered Behavior Technician, working with children in our ABA department as well. Lori has always had a passion for working with kids! She received her BA in Communicative Disorders from CSUN and completed her SLPA fieldwork through Loma Linda. She was a behavior interventionist before working at ACT and has continued ABA with us as we have grown our newest program. Lori loves to travel, go out on new adventures, try new restaurants, and try new foods. She also loves spending time with family & friends in her free time.
Speech-Language Pathology Assistant, ACT-CA
Alyssa received her B.A. in Communicative Disorders at California State University Northridge. She then attained her SLPA License-Certification with Loma Linda University. Alyssa has experience as a Behavior Interventionist and 3 years experience as a Preschool Lead Teacher. During her free time, Alyssa enjoys spending time with her husband and visiting family. Alyssa loves training at the gym, discovering new eateries, and exploring the beautiful Southern California culture in her Jeep.
Occupational Therapist, ACT-CA
Jenifer is our Occupational Therapist at the Achievement Center for Therapy, Camarillo. Jen received her master’s degree from University of Pittsburgh and has years of experience treating and evaluating kids from birth to early adulthood. Jen loves reading, being outside, watching sports and cooking. Her favorite thing about being an OT is seeing the joy on client’s and caregiver’s faces when progress is made and new skills are learned.
Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant, ACT-CA
Toni is one of our Occupational Therapy practitioners at ACT- Camarillo. She works on improving our kiddos’ fine and gross motor skills through fun games and activities in our new OT gym. Toni grew up in Camarillo and loves living in Ventura County. She studied Child Development at Ventura College, and Occupational Therapy at Stanbridge University in Irvine, CA. When she isn’t working, Toni likes to spend her time reading, hiking, or relaxing on the beach.
Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant- ACT-CA
Administrative Assistant, ACT-CA
Amanda received her first bachelor’s degree in Communications from Channel Islands University in 2017. She is currently taking classes to receive her 2nd bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders to become a SLPA. Outside of works, Amanda loves spending time with her husband, family, and pets. She enjoys outdoor activities and likes to hike and travel.
ABA Program Director
Taylor Bernardez, M.A. BCBA, Taylor has clinical experience in the treatment and assessment of children with autism disorders. Taylor enjoys using client-centered multi-modal activities to engage clients based on their individual strengths and interests and takes a family-centered approach to educate parents and to encourage carryover in the home.
Billing Manager, ACT-CA
Julia is our billing manager here at ACT. She received her license in nursing from Professional Medical Careers Institute and is currently continuing her education to bridge from LVN to RN. While she was going to school, she gained years of experience in insurance coordinating and billing in a dental office. In her free time, Julia likes to spend time with friends and family, play with her two dogs, or go skiing.
Registered Behavior Technician- ACT-CA
Rebecca is an RBT for our ABA program in Camarillo, CA. She received her B.A. from San Diego State University in Psychology with a minor in Counseling and Social Change. She received her BCAT after she began practicing ABA. She recently received a Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from National University with the goal to become a BCBA. She loves to spend her free time reading and going to the beach with her roommates.
Registered Behavior Technician- ACT-CA
Yanelie is an RBT for our ABA program in Camarillo, CA. She received her B.S. in Health Administration with a minor in Gerontology from CSUN. She is currently working on her Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis, working towards becoming a BCBA. In her free time, she enjoys trying new foods and watching sunsets on the beach.
Registered Behavior Technician- ACT-CA
Samantha is an RBT for our ABA program in Camarillo, CA. She received her B.S in kinesiology at Cal State Fullerton. Sam loves supporting the clients she works with and seeing the positive changes that transfer over to the client’s personal life. Seeing a client graduate from their ABA program is such an accomplishment and brings her a lot of joy. On her free time Sam enjoys spending time with family and her dogs.