Detroit Staff

Rachel Barnhart, M.S., LLP, BCBA

Rachel Barnhart, M.S., LLP, BCBA

Supervising Behavioral Consultant

Rachel Barnhart, formerly Rachel O’Doherty is the Supervising Behavioral Consultant at the Detroit Center. Rachel joined the University Pediatricians Autism Center in 2009. She received her B.A. in Psychology from the Western Michigan University and her M.S. in Applied Behavior Analysis from Northeastern University. Rachel has been working with children and families affected by autism spectrum disorder and developmental disabilities since 2000. Rachel’s areas of concentration in the field of applied behavior analysis include functional behavior assessment, treatment planning, program development, staff and parent training, and performance monitoring. Rachel has helped to develop and provide services for families with private insurance and Medicaid. She has supervised in school, residential and clinic based settings. Rachel advocates for the multidisciplinary approach to treatment. Rachel also teaches the BCBA and BCaBA programs at Wayne State University. Her favorite subject to teach is the Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) training class. In her free time, Rachel enjoys baking and decorating cakes.

Thomasina Baker

Thomasina Baker

Administrative Assistant

Thomasina Baker is the Administrative Assistant at the Detroit center. She has been working at University Pediatricians Autism Center since Spring of 2015. Thomasina has 22 years of experience in medical administration. She also has a certification in medical care administration, medical billing and coding. One of the things she loves about serving children diagnosed with autism is that the kids all have different personalities and are very inquisitive. In her free time, she enjoys to cook, sing, read, write and dance.

Molly Gardner, M.Ed, BCBA

Molly Gardner, M.Ed, BCBA

Behavioral Consultant

Molly Gardner is a Behavioral Consultant at our Detroit center. She has been working at University Pediatricians Autism Center since 2013. Molly earned her bachelor’s of arts in psychology from Wayne State University. Molly recently completed her master’s in educational psychology degree with a BCBA credential from Wayne State University. Her research interests include investigating function-based treatment packages for the reduction of problem behavior, as well as staff training systems. Molly’s favorite thing about working with children diagnosed with autism is the opportunity to be a part of the development of life changing skills in the lives of the children and their families. In her free time, she likes spending time with friends and family.

Adrienne Bradley, BS

Adrienne Bradley, BS

Practicum Behavioral Consultant

Adrienne Bradley is a Practicum Behavioral Consultant at our Detroit location. She has been working at University Pediatricians Autism Center since the Fall of 2016. Adrienne received her bachelor’s of science in Kinesiology with a minor in psychology from Central Michigan University. Adrienne is currently working towards her master’s in educational psychology with a BCBA certificate. She has prior experience working for a school district with students ranging from 3-26 year-olds that were on the ASD spectrum. One thing that she loves about working with children diagnosed with autism is that the kids always keep her on her toes. They teach her how to be a better person to others. In her free time, she likes to travel to different places and experience different cultures.

Seemab Hashmi, M.Ed.

Seemab Hashmi, M.Ed.

Behavioral Consultant

Seemab Hashmi is the Behavioral Consultant at our Detroit center. She has been working at University Pediatricians Autism Center since 2014. Seemab earned her bachelor’s degree in communication and science disorder with a minor in psychology from Wayne State University. She recently completed her master’s degree in educational psychology with a BCBA certificate from Wayne State University. Seemab had experience babysitting children diagnosed with autism before working at our center. Her favorite thing about working with children diagnosed with autism is making a positive change in the children and families lives. Also, helping children reach their full potential and providing family with support and strategies need in their day to day lives. Seemab’s research interests are parent training and discrete trial training across different cultures who do not have access to ABA services. In her free time, she loves hanging out with friends and watching my favorite T.V shows and movies.

Syndi Ellington, RBT

Syndi Ellington, RBT

Lead Registered Behavior Technician

Sydni Ellington is the Lead Registered Behavior Technician at our Detroit center. She has been working at University Pediatricians Autism Center since 2014. At her time at UPAC, Sydni has worked with many children from toddlers to adolescents and children with different levels of impairment. Her favorite thing about working with children diagnosed with autism is seeing the progress the kids make and the way it improves their way of life. In her free time, she likes to read and watch movies.

Brooke Massey, RBT

Brooke Massey, RBT

Lead Registered Behavior Technician

Brooke Massey is the Lead Registered Behavior Technician at our Detroit center. She has been working at University Pediatricians Autism Center since 2015. Her responsible include: assisting a behavioral consultant on observations with the children, making programs and gathering specific materials for those programs and providing for support for the behavior technicians. She loves that she is able to give the families a sense of relief and motivation. In her free time, she likes to spend time with her family and friends and travel to different places.

Samantha Pach, RBT

Samantha Pach, RBT

Lead Registered Behavior Technician

Samantha Pach is a Lead Registered Behavior Technician at our Detroit center. She has been working at University Pediatricians Autism Center since 2014. Samantha is very passionate about working with children diagnosed with autism. She enjoys seeing the kids learn and grow through ABA therapy. In her free time, she enjoys traveling and photography.