A Behavioral Health Clinic in Jacksonville Florida Specializing in Special Needs Care and Autism Therapy
Bloom Behavioral Solutions was founded by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst seeking to help individuals with therapeutic behavioral services including ABA, speech therapy, occupational therapy, feeding treatment, and early intervention. Bloom strives to ensure that every client is provided with the individualized plan of care that they deserve.
Amanda Meshaw, M.A., BCBA
Registered Behavior Technicianameshaw@jaxbloom.com
Amanda is a Jacksonville native, raised in the beaches area. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of North Florida. Before joining Bloom, Amanda worked for many years in the corporate world. Amanda believes she has truly found her passion working in the field of ABA, specifically working with children with special needs. In her spare time, she enjoys staying active, going on adventures with her husband and two sons, cooking, and chasing her dog.
Andrea Veleta, RBT
Registered Behavior Technicianaveleta@jaxbloom.com
Andrea Veleta has worked in behavioral health since 2013, starting at 19 years old. She held multiple positions in ABA including Behavioral Therapist, Data Collector, Generalization Data Collector, Parent Liaison, and Team Leader. These roles have allowed her to gain comprehensive experience in implementing behavioral interventions. Additionally, she worked as a Mental Health Recovery Coach at a Residential Crisis Facility for individuals with suicidal ideations, where she maintained special observations of high-risk clients with various mental health conditions and needs. Andrea facilitated rehabilitation groups, providing a supportive and therapeutic environment with compassion and care. She received training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP), Pro-Act, and Trauma-Informed Care. Since relocating from California to Florida in 2021 with her partner, she has reentered the ABA field. Currently, Andrea is pursuing her psychology degree at Arizona State University and plans to obtain her master’s in a related field.
Ciara Burke, M.Ed., BCBA
Board Certified Behavior Analystcburke@jaxbloom.com
Ciara moved to Jacksonville in 2013 from Syracuse, NY. She received her bachelor’s degree in speech-language disabilities at SUNY Cortland and completed her master’s degree in Special Education with a concentration in ABA at the University of North Florida. Ciara changed fields from speech pathology to ABA after working in a CSS Pre-K class with students who received ABA services and was able to observe and collaborate with their therapists. She started her career with Bloom as an RBT in 2015. Ciara enjoys planting, going to the beach, and taking her dogs to the park.
Clermine Fleurimond, RBT
Registered Behavior Techniciancfleurimond@jaxbloom.com
Clermine is originally from Homestead, Florida. She moved to Jacksonville to further her education in the field of psychology and is currently an undergraduate student at the University of North Florida. She volunteered at the ARC of South Florida and that is when her love for ABA originated. Clermine loves candles, volunteering her time at afterschool facilities, and reading on rainy days.
D’Angela Bass, RBT
Registered Behavior Techniciandbass@jaxbloom.com
D’Angela is originally from Miami, Florida. Her mother moved her and her siblings to Jacksonville for a change. D’Angela knew at an early age that she wanted to work with children. She started her career path at FSCJ in pursuit of an elementary education degree, but quickly realized that was not her route. She then enrolled in the UNF child psychology program. It was there through an internship with ABA that she knew where her passion for children will flourish. She will be graduating from UNF with her BS in child psychology. She loves spending time with her family and friends, baking, trying new things, and listening to music.
Elizabeth was raised in Vermont and moved to the beaches in 1999. She enjoys spending time with her two children, cooking, listening to music, and traveling.
Genevieve Covington, M.A., BCBA
Board Certified Behavior Analyst/Feeding Intervention Specialistgcovington@jaxbloom.com
Genevieve is the founder and CEO of Bloom. She holds a masters degree in pediatric developmental psychology with an emphasis on feeding disorders. She is the feeding specialist for Bloom Behavioral Solutions, and designed and opened the feeding wing in July of 2022. She holds several certifications in a variety of feeding interventions and methodologies. She is certified in nutrition science from Stanford University and is currently attending Cornell University to obtain an additional certification in advanced nutrition. She is also an approved continuing education provider through the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. She thoroughly enjoys providing workshops on feeding intervention to her colleagues and peers in the fields of Applied Behavior Analysis, Speech Therapy, and Occupational Therapy.
Genevieve is a lifelong resident of Atlantic Beach and lives with her husband and 4 year old boy/girl twins. She enjoys anything outside under the sun and in the water. She is an avid member of her community and enjoys organizing projects to give back to others and those in need.
Jennifer Vaesa, B.A.
Jennifer was raised in Atlantic Beach, where she currently resides with her husband and two children. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in business management and minor in psychology from the University of North Florida. Before joining Bloom, she spent almost 12 years in the corporate finance world. She enjoys working at Bloom and the positive impact our services bring to our patients’ lives. Jennifer and her family enjoy golf cart rides around the beaches area, attending music concerts, and travelling.
Kendrick Harrison, RBT
Registered Behavior Techniciankharrison@jaxbloom.com
Kendrick Harrison is originally from WA but was an army brat who moved around a lot growing up and eventually ended up in FL. After college, he worked as an EMT before moving to Jacksonville and entering the addiction recovery/mental health field. During this time, Kendrick worked with a diverse population and fostered his passion for helping individuals better themselves and gain more independence. He then transitioned to teaching middle school which is where he first encountered ABA when he had two students with ASD. Kendrick worked with their RBT shadows and quickly realized that was the career path he had been searching for. Kendrick obtained his RBT certificate that summer and began his journey in ABA. In his free time, you can find Kendrick doing yoga, playing soccer, cooking, or gaming and, unfortunately for him, he’s a die-hard Arsenal FC and New York Giants fan.
Kory Graybeal RD, LD/N, MSH
Nutritional Department for Feeding Therapy
Kory earned her Masters Degree in science and health with specialization in nutrition and dietetics from the University of North Florida. Kory has a total of 10 years experience working as a Registered Dietitian. She first worked in an outpatient clinic where she worked with all ages from infants to the elderly. She currently works at a local hospital where she devotes her time to nutrition support and educating patients, staff and the community. Since Kory has started working for Bloom Behavioral Solutions, Inc., she has found passion in the challenge of offering ways to improve nutrition in children and families. Kory lives at the beach and enjoys all the beach has to offer. In addition, she loves to spend time with her family, exercise, run and cook. Kory is on a mission to improve the health and wellness of all ages one bite at a time.
Maegan Burns, RBT
Registered Behavior Technicianmburns@jaxbloom.com
Maegan was born in North Carolina, but as a military daughter, she ended up in Orange Park, where her father retired and the family decided to stay. After graduating high school in 2017, she moved to Macon, Georgia where she attended Mercer University. Having a passion for working with marginalized populations, she majored in Global Health Studies and graduated with her B.A. in 2021. After moving back to Jacksonville, her older sister introduced her to the field of ABA. She is looking forward to beginning her career in the field, and is excited for what her future at Bloom looks like. In her free time, she likes to try new foods, discover new hobbies, listen to music, and hang out with her cat, Frankie, and her friends.
Mylee Gamboa, MOT, OTR/L
Occupational Therapy Department
Occupational Therapist, Registered, Licensedmgamboa@jaxbloom.com
Mylee is originally from New Jersey but grew up in the beautiful island of Puerto Rico. Mylee obtained her B.S. in Psychology from the University of Puerto Rico, Recinto de Mayagüez in 2014. She always had a calling to work with children; she moved to Jacksonville, FL, in 2014 to pursue her dream of becoming a Pediatric Occupational Therapist. In August 2018, she received her Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. After obtaining her NBCOT certification in December 2018, Mylee has been working with multiple pediatric outpatient clinics. Her professional education includes courses such as Effective Autism Interventions for OT and Handwriting Without Tears® K-5 Handwriting Workshop. Mylee aspires to offer a happy learning environment where children are having fun and improving their skills at the same time. She is also driven to help Spanish-speaking families obtain independence with their child’s daily activities. During her spare time, Mylee enjoys spending time with her husband, cooking, and traveling.
Megan Wallace, RBT, ABA
Registered Behavior Technicianmwallace@jaxbloom.com
Megan started out in a school setting as a paraprofessional. She was in a communications and social skills pre-k classroom and also worked at Publix for years. She is currently in school online for a bachelor’s degree in behavior health science. In her free time she likes to read, sing, write, and play video games.
Renee Candan, Ph.D, BCBA-D
Board Certified Behavior Analyst - Doctoralrcandan@jaxbloom.com
Renee moved to Jacksonville in 2021 from Los Angeles, CA. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Communicative Disorders (speech pathology), her Master’s degree in General Psychology, and most recently completed her Doctorate in Psychology with a specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis. She has been working in the field of ABA for over 17 years and has primarily worked with individuals diagnosed with ASD. In her free time, Renee enjoys spending time with her three daughters, going to the beach, traveling, and checking out new restaurants!
Shannon Nowell, M.Ed, BCBA
Board Certified Behavior Analystsnowell@jaxbloom.com
Shannon has been a Board Certified Behavior Analyst since 2020. Her studies were completed at the University of North Florida where she earned her Master’s Degree in Special Education with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis. Shannon has experience working closely with individuals diagnosed with ASD throughout the Jacksonville area, specializing in verbal behavior, social skills acquisition and problem behavior reduction. In her current role Shannon provides one to one direct therapy, oversees programming for select] cases and disseminates principles of ABA to support parents, teachers and junior staff. Shannon’s interests within the field include broadening her scope in feeding and experimenting with novel applications of ABA interventions.
In her free time Shannon enjoys spending time with her husband & family, taking her dog on walks, staying active and relaxing anywhere there is water nearby.
Sophie Gibbons, B.A., RBT
Registered Behavior Techniciansgibbons@jaxbloom.com
Sophie is a Florida native who moved to Jacksonville to obtain her undergraduate degree in Child Psychology at the University of North Florida. Sophie had a goal of working with marginalized groups, with a personal interest in ASD. She discovered ABA shortly after moving here in 2018, and accepted an internship to receive formal training and mentorship to become an RBT. She quickly became passionate about her work and is now pursuing a graduate degree in the field. Sophie is also passionate about volunteering overseas, art, and dog training. In her free time she likes to hike with her dog, Kila, and go rock climbing.
Stormie Harwood, RBT
Registered Behavior Techniciansharwood@jaxbloom.com
Stormie was born in Texas and grew up in Orange Park before making her way out to the beaches in 2016, where she met her husband. She lives with her husband and three daughters, one of which has special needs. Stormie has always worked with children in a childcare setting since graduating high school in 2012. Then she obtained her Associate degree in 2016 and started to pursue a new career after getting aquatinted with her special needs step daughter. Stormie has always loved seeing and helping make a difference in children’s lives and has always been dedicated to her work. She decided to pursue ABA to utilize her skills to the best of her ability and is very excited for her journey.