Serving South Dakota with Centers in Sioux Falls & Aberdeen      

Behavior Care Specialists, Inc. is owned and operated by Alison Hulshof.  Although no special
certifications are required to operate, BCS has sought and received state approval from the South Dakota
Department of Education.   


A listing of key BCS employees

Alison Hulshof, M.A.  Owner and Clinical Supervisor earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education with an Emphasis in Elementary Education from Northern State University and her Master’s Degree in Multi-Categorical Special Education with Emphasis in Learning Disabilities/Applied Behavior Analysis from University of South Dakota.  Alison has worked with kids and adults with Autism and special needs for 10 years.  Her primary focus is diagnosing and testing for the clinical team, developing treatment plans and programming specific to the client’s needs, developing and working with schools and families to determine appropriate services and treatment for clients.

Tracy J. Stephens, Ph.D., BCBA-D.   Dr. Stephens practices as a Licensed Psychologist with Behavior Care Specialists, Inc. in Sioux Falls, SD. She earned her Ph.D. in education/school psychology from the University of Iowa.  Dr. Stephens is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and has extensive experience in Applied Behavior Analysis, diagnosing and providing therapy to children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, as well as providing consultations and training for families, educators and service providers working with all individuals with developmental disabilities and behavioral disorders.

Christie Reit, M.S., BCBA.    Our B.C.S. Clinical Supervisor earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from South Dakota State University in 2003 and her Master’s Degree from Eastern Michigan University in 2005 specializing in Clinical Behavioral Psychology. She became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2010.  Christie has worked with individuals on the autism spectrum for 9 years.  Her primary focus is developing and monitoring ABA programs for young children with autism but she also has experience in diagnosis, parent training and presenting lectures to audiences regarding the autism spectrum. 

Lisa Weisbecker, BCaBA: Lisa works as a clinical supervisor at BCS who earned her Bachelors degree in community health education from the University of Kansas in 2007. She became a board certified behavior analyst assistant in 2011. Lisa has been working with children on the autism spectrum for the past six years. Her primary focus is working with families in satellite locations on ABA program writing, staff training, treatment plans, parent training, social groups, as well as working with children in the school setting. She strives to provide children and families with the best possible ABA therapy services so they are able to reach their full potential.

Patrick Millar, BCaBA: Patrick works as a Lead Therapist at BCS who earned his Bachelors Degree in Psychology from South Dakota State University in 2010.  Patrick has been practicing Applied Behavior Analysis in a clinical setting for the past three years. He works with school districts and also with families in the home. Patrick works with children in a variety of ages, and also helps them learn social skills through practice and hands on experiences.

Heather Schwab: BCaBA: Heather earned her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology with a minor in English from Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama. She has taken additional coursework in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) through the Florida Institute of Technology, and is currently working toward obtaining a Masters of Science in autism and ABA through the Sage Colleges in New York. She has been with the company since 2011, and works primarily with the non-verbal children. In addition to designing and maintaining treatment plans for children, Heather takes on the responsibility of training new staff, improving skills of current staff, and assisting with developing procedures and treatment plans that utilize the strategies of applied behavior analysis and the principles of learning.

Katherine Malsom, BCaBA: Katherine works as a lead therapist since joining Behavior Care Specialists in 2013. She earned her Bachelor’s Degrees in Psychology and Education with minors in Sociology and History in 2003 from Northern State University in Aberdeen, SD. She became a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst in 2011. Katherine has been working with children with a variety of diagnosis including Autism since 2004 in the education, residential, home and center based settings.
Erin Gutjahr, Special Education Teacher/Therapist: Erin earned her Bachelor of Science in Special Education/Elementary Education from Northern State University in 1999. She is currently working on her ABA certificate and towards her BCaBA from Florida Institute of Technology. She has been an ABA therapist, coach, volunteer and teacher with children for the past 15 years and has truly found her passion working with ABA.

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