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About Hopebridge

"If they can’t learn the way we teach, then we teach the way they learn."

Turning families’ fears into radical new hopes

When a child begins to exhibit behaviors that indicate challenges, the minds and hearts of caregivers are often flooded with questions and fear for the future.

If autism spectrum disorder or another developmental disability is now a reality in your child’s life, you can find help and hope in a supportive environment close to home.

Hopebridge is committed to providing one-on-one, personalized therapy for children and their families touched by behavioral, physical, social, communication and sensory challenges. Our mission is to provide all the tools for a fulfilling life and help them envision the brighter days ahead.

Bridging the gap in care

At Hopebridge, we understand children with special challenges require extraordinary care, and we know it puts a lot of pressure on families. Our extensive team offers a wide range of pediatric outpatient services – all under one roof – to relieve some of the stress and spark optimism. The centers’ interdisciplinary Hopebridge360™ model covers applied behavior analysis (ABA), occupational, speech and feeding therapies, plus diagnostic services, insurance support and everything in between. We design a custom treatment plan for each child and guidance for families that together serve as a road map for a future filled with possibility.

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History of Hopebridge

360-degree thinking has brought hope to 1,000s of kids and families over 12 years, 19 centers and 3 states.
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The Hopebridge Story

Look inside our centers and how they transform hope into reality.

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What is it like to have a child at Hopebridge?

Hear from parents about the successes they discovered at Hopebridge.

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It began with a real need

The Hopebridge program was one of the first of its kind in Indiana when it opened its doors in 2005.

The idea arose while Hopebridge Founder Kim Strunk served the children in her community as an occupational therapist. After seeing characteristics that appeared to be associated with autism – and parents running their kids from place to place to treat them – she knew there must be a better, more intensive way to get them care and learning tools they needed to succeed…

Enter a complementary, multi-disciplinary approach, rooted in the evidence-based applied behavior analysis (ABA). At the time, it didn’t fit the traditional framework of autism therapy, nor did insurance companies recognize ABA services, making the services cost prohibitive for some. With help from her team, Strunk’s determination and ongoing effort provided new opportunities and options at Hopebridge for this underserved population.

Now, more than a decade later, this community lives in a much more accessible place. What stemmed from a dream and one center in Indiana, now spans the Midwest and has brought new light to thousands of families.

From our founder, Kim Strunk

“Starting a new business is challenging, yet I felt so strongly about these needs being met, that things fell into place quickly. We have grown consistently ever since, adding new services and programming as become necessary. Now, Hopebridge provides a wide range of services designed to treat children requiring behavioral diagnosis, ABA therapy, occupational, feeding, and speech treatments in both home and school settings. Nothing pleases me more than seeing children improve and helping to minimize a family’s stress level.”

Alexandra Daniels

ABA Department

At Hopebridge, it’s exciting to see how every child has his or her very own team. We’re all working together to share ideas and achieve the same goals. Because of this, we’re able to receive faster communication results.

Alyssa Petrowski

Alyssa Petrowski

ABA Department

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Alyssa Petrowski

ABA Department

I have also had a desire to work with kids in the area of special need. I started out in the field of Speech Pathology and while it allowed me to work with a variety of children, I felt I had limited knowledge on how to best sever the children with Autism on my caseload, as I began researching autism resources, I discovered behavior analysis and the rest is history.

Audrey Colyer

Audrey Colyer

ABA Department

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Audrey Colyer

ABA Department

I was intrigued with Hopebridge from the very first conversation I had with a recruiter. Once I talked with the recruiter, I immediately became excited about the opportunity to work at Hopebridge. Their mission and the Hopebridge360 services they offer are incredible. More importantly, I could tell that each person I talked to at Hopebridge had a genuine passion for working in the field of ABA.

Clarissa Merchant

Clarissa Merchant

ABA Department

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Clarissa Merchant

ABA Department

When I began my career at Hopebridge, I was an ABA therapist. Over the years, I have had the privilege of holding several roles and the company has been very gracious in allowing me to grow as a professional! Looking back, I have probably grown the most in learning to interact interpersonally with others as a teammate; It is imperative to the progress of the patients to collaborate and Hopebridge includes interactions with many other professionals; this has been a valuable experience.

Danielle Williams

Danielle Williams

ABA Department

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Danielle Williams

ABA Department

I have worked alone for most of my career and since I've been at Hopebridge, I have come to rely upon a talented group of professionals in whom I have the utmost confidence in and could not do my job without them.

David Goldman

David Goldman

ABA Department

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David Goldman

ABA Department

This is not a field that I chose...it's a field that chose me. Right after completing my Bachelor's Degree in psychology I got a job working in an ICF-ID facility. While I was there I was working with adults who had a number of different psychological diagnoses. It was at that facility where I first learned about ABA. The BCBAs there took me under their wing and told me I had a knack for their kind of work. They recommended me for a graduate program in ABA and I've loved it ever since.

Emily Payne

Emily Payne

ABA Department

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Emily Payne

ABA Department

My youngest brother is on the spectrum and with the right supports I have been able to see all of the accomplishments he has been able to make throughout his life thus far. I have always wanted my career to be based around helping and supporting individuals to live their best life possible.

Heather Buckley

Heather Buckley

ABA Department

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Heather Buckley

ABA Department

I had an interest in autism while I was getting my bachelor's degree. I began working as an assistant to a little girl with autism during this time and learned about ABA from my client's BCBA. I was hooked!

Jamie Hill

Jamie Hill

ABA Department

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Jamie Hill

ABA Department

I like making a difference in someone's life. It is a great feeling to be able to provide ideas and suggestions that might seem so little to the average person, but make a huge difference for one of our families.

Jennifer Korreckt

Jennifer Korreckt

ABA Department

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Jennifer Korreckt

ABA Department

When I started with Hopebridge I worked part-time as a consultant/BCBA but primarily work directly with my clients. Over a period of time, I am working full-time as a BCBA where primarily I do all consultation and just a few hours direct care and oversee an increased number of patients and staff. And overall have developed professionally in all areas of professional development from everyday experiences with families, staff, and children.

Jessi Mattke

Jessi Mattke

ABA Department

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Jessi Mattke

ABA Department

I love working with children and making a connection with them. Being able to teach new skills and make a difference in their lives is what this path is all about.

Jessica Schumacher

Jessica Schumacher

ABA Department

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Jessica Schumacher

ABA Department

I was previously a Special Education teacher and found myself wanting to give a more "whole person" treatment that was limited by being in the public education setting. When I found ABA, I knew that this was the right fit for me.

John James

John James

ABA Department

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John James

ABA Department

Kelli Hyde

Kelli Hyde

ABA Department

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Kelli Hyde

ABA Department

I have always wanted to work with children and after spending time in an early intervention clinic and meeting the amazing kiddos, I realized that this was what I wanted to do.

Kelsey Coffelt

Kelsey Coffelt

ABA Department

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Kelsey Coffelt

ABA Department

I am always learning. I seek out knowledge as a form of self-stimulation and Hopebridge supports me in that endeavor by providing regular professional training, CEUs, and CEU reimbursement when I want to choose my own topic of study.

Kimberly Branyan

Kimberly Branyan

ABA Department

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Kimberly Branyan

ABA Department

When I joined the Hopebridge team, I had no prior experience of working with children with autism and knew very little about ABA. Since then, I have earned a Master's degree in Applied Behavior Analysis with a Certificate in Autism and am now a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. I have learned so much about how to help children with autism learn, grow and achieve their true potential.

Leah Oberst

Leah Oberst

ABA Department

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Leah Oberst

ABA Department

Leeann Butrum

Leeann Butrum

ABA Department

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Leeann Butrum

ABA Department

Hands down, the fact that we serve the underserved, not turning away children who desperately need services even if they present with state funded insurance. All children deserve the chance to receive effective, evidence based treatment!

Lori Larson

Lori Larson

ABA Department

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Lori Larson

ABA Department

I have been in the field for 26 years, and my passion has always been in bettering the life of those with disabilities.

Martin Myers

Martin Myers

ABA Department

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Martin Myers

ABA Department

I was pulled into ABA because the kids make me a better person and there is nothing better than seeing a kid's behavior change for the better!

Matthew Amstutz

Matthew Amstutz

ABA Department

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Matthew Amstutz

ABA Department

As a BCBA that wants to get the most out of each and every client that comes through our doors - being able to work with the Hopebridge360 model and under the supportive Hopebridge team structure appealed to me.

Meghan Rice

Meghan Rice

ABA Department

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Meghan Rice

ABA Department

Michael Lentz

Michael Lentz

ABA Department

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Michael Lentz

ABA Department

After working at a psychiatric hospital for several years, coming to Hopebridge was literally a breath of fresh air! Working with a team of like-minded individuals who come in every day with an upbeat attitude and creative ideas wholly amaze and motivate me. And last but certainly not least, being able to make such meaningful and positive differences in the lives of our kiddos and their families on a day-to-day basis ultimately makes everything we do exceptionally worthwhile and, quite frankly, awesome!

Nathan Albright

Nathan Albright

ABA Department

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Nathan Albright

ABA Department

I also feel very strongly about using our therapy model to work with those that don't always have the easiest road ahead of them, for whatever reason that may be. If I can be a part of a client's success, or a family's milestone through therapy today, it keeps me motivated to work even harder tomorrow.

Oascha Cross

Oascha Cross

ABA Department

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Oascha Cross

ABA Department

I loved the longevity of the company as well as the dynamic atmosphere. It is rare to find a company that can meet all the needs of most of our client base. I also was seeking a center based opportunity.

Ryan Bable

Ryan Bable

ABA Department

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Ryan Bable

ABA Department

I worked a summer camp for kids with developmental disabilities, emotional disabilities, learning disabilities, ADHD and autism. I saw the progress that could be made in just 10 days of treatment, and I knew I could do so much more if more time could be devoted.

Sarah Causey

Sarah Causey

ABA Department

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Sarah Causey

ABA Department

I loved the idea of a multidisciplinary team and going for a whole child approach to treatment. I love the collaborative environment, open communication, and dedication everyone on the team clearly demonstrates every day here.

Sarah McClary

Sarah McClary

ABA Department

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Sarah McClary

ABA Department

My daughter was diagnosed with ASD and I wanted to help other children like her.

Sarah Tinsley

Sarah Tinsley

ABA Department

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Sarah Tinsley

ABA Department

I have grown by working with a variety of children and families from different backgrounds. I've been challenged and pushed to develop skills to teach skills in unconventional ways and address problem behaviors. I've also learned all the Pokemon and Cars characters!

Shana Pepple

Shana Pepple

ABA Department

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Shana Pepple

ABA Department

I have grown both professionally and personally by working alongside a team of dedicated professionals determined to be world changers in lives of children with autism.

Shannon White

Shannon White

ABA Department

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Shannon White

ABA Department

I've always had a heart for children who were different, who faced challenges to live in this world. ABA was a way to make a difference.

Shelley Gibson

Shelley Gibson

ABA Department

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Shelley Gibson

ABA Department

One of the main reasons I desired to work in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis, is due to the impact our profession has on the lives of the individuals we work with. Being able to contribute to the betterment of a child's quality of life, as well as the family, is very fulfilling.

Stephanie Shrock

Stephanie Shrock

ABA Department

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Stephanie Shrock

ABA Department

Tammy Morneau

Tammy Morneau

ABA Department

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Tammy Morneau

ABA Department

I began working with children diagnosed with autism after completing my undergraduate degree in 2001. I was immediately drawn to the challenge of finding ways to help them reach their full potential. One of my favorite quotes is by Ivar Lovaas, "If they can't learn the way we teach, we teach the way they learn".

Tavanah Taflinger

Tavanah Taflinger

ABA Department

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Tavanah Taflinger

ABA Department

Taylor Thomas

Taylor Thomas

ABA Department

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Taylor Thomas

ABA Department

Working with our children, families, and staff has changed my life in so many ways. It's a privilege to work with the population that we do and I learn from them everyday.