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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Tai Ellis, MA BCBA LBA
BCBA Supervisor

Tai is a licensed Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA).  Tai has 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.

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.

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Kristen, 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.  Kristen enjoys traveling with her husband.

Jenna, RBT

Jenna graduated with a bachelor's degree in Educational Studies and is currently studying Applied Behavior Analysis as part of her masters program.  Jenna has worked in home, school, and clinical settings, both as a RBT and as a Special Education Paraprofessional. 

Emma, RBT

Emma graduated with her bachelor's degree in Child Development from BYU-Idaho.  Emma has many years experience teaching and caring for children.  She loves to learn and has a great talent for drawing.  Her clients love to watch her create their favorite things!

Abby, RBT

Abby graduated with her bachelor's degree in Family Studies from Utah Valley University.  She has worked in both the home and school settings teaching and supporting children on the Autism Spectrum and as well as others with Special needs.  Abby has a contagious smile and loves to go backpacking with her husband.