About Us

At Elevation Behavioral Science Services, we believe in every child's potential.  Learning from parents and teachers helps us understand the needs of the child, what motivates them, and their individual strengths.  It is this in-depth understanding of a child that gives us the ability to find the true function of their behavior and tap into what they need.  When this happens, the magic of Applied Behavior Analysis begins.  Our team loves to help children in every setting reach their true potential through truly effective ABA therapy.  But our services don't end there, need help with an IEP or BIP at school?  We have you covered!

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The Elevation Behavioral Team

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Danielle Merritt, MA BCBA LBA
Owner / Director

Danielle is passionate about helping children become the best version of themselves.  She is a native of the Detroit, Michigan area and fell in love with the mountains of Utah.  She is married to her sweetheart and has four children, three of whom are on the Autism Spectrum.  She has worked in home, clinical, community, and school settings.  She has also been a highly effective and very successful teacher of General Education, Functional Skills, Contained Behavior classes, and the District Behavior Coordinator for a charter school that specializes in serving students on the Autism Spectrum.  Collaborating with others who know the child best is very important to her and she loves learning about those she is serving to help make significant change. 

Lizzy Crystal, M.Ed. BCBA LBA
BCBA Supervisor

Lizzy graduated with an undergraduate from Utah State University (Go Aggies) in Communicative Disorders.  Upon graduating, she worked as a speech and language therapist for school-aged children on the Autism Spectrum for several years.  Lizzy then decided to pursue and completed a master's degree from ASU in Applied Behavior Analysis and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.  She continued working with children on the Autism Spectrum creating and implementing behavior programs.  She is a happy mom to a very cute little boy and enjoys rock climbing, camping, hiking, and traveling.

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Janae Toone, M.Ed. BCBA LBA
BCBA Supervisor

Janae graduated with an undergraduate from Utah Valley University in Behavioral Science with an emphasis in Psychology and then continued on to complete a master's degree in Applied Behavioral Analysis at UVU.  Upon starting her master's degree, Janae began working with children on the autism spectrum in a school environment and quickly rose to become the lead behavior specialist over the functional skills program of the school.  Janae enjoys ballet and spent time as a ballet dance instructor.

Tai Ellis, MA BCBA LBA
BCBA Supervisor

Tai is a licensed Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA).  Tai has previously worked with children on the Autism Spectrum for 10 years in the school setting as a behavior specialist with elementary school students, as a middle school science teacher, and as the lead of the crisis response team.  Tai enjoys movies and golfing.

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Alex Gutierrez, RBT & BCBA in Training

Alex graduated with an undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of New Mexico and is currently working on a master's degree in Applied Behavior Analysis at Arizona State University.  Alex has been working with children in various settings since 2016.  Most recently, he worked at a school as a behavior assistant at the elementary, middle, and high school levels.  Alex loves to run and did a Half Marathon recently.

Naomi Linnell, RBT & BCBA in Training

Naomi is finishing her bachelor's degree at BYU in Psychology.  Naomi has worked with individuals on the autism spectrum for several years and looks forward to beginning her work on a master's degree in Applied Behavior Analysis this fall.

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Miranda McQuarrie, RBT

Miranda is currently finishing up her undergraduate degree at BYU in communication disorders and will begin a master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology.  As part of her undergrad studies, she has been involved in autism research, focused on sensory needs and anxiety.  Miranda loves to run, having been an all-state cross country team member in high school and volunteered as a track coach in recent years.

Kristen Jones, RBT

Kristen graduated with a bachelor's degree in Psychology with a minor in Autism Studies.  Kristen has been an RBT since 2017 and also has Clinical Assistant experience working with mental health and anxiety disorders.