Why are Investors Calling about my ABA Practice and How Should I Respond?
| 8/08/2018

Still a relatively new industry, Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Providers have experienced tremendous growth due to the increasing prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) accompanied by new insurance funding.


Because of this, investors have been scrambling to enter the market preferring to buy rather than start from scratch.


This month, we have an experienced former ABA provider who sold her practice and has since been a consultant for investors along with the CEO of the Behavioral Health Center of Excellence (BHCOE) who will be part of a panel discussion led by Rethink's Jamie Pagliaro.


Join us as we discuss:

  • Why investors are suddenly calling about your ABA practice
  • What to consider and how to handle interested investors
  • Methods for valuation of your ABA business


Dr. Ronit Molko is a dynamic senior executive and entrepreneur recognized for combining strategic vision and technical expertise to drive business initiatives. In 2001, Dr. Molko cofounded Autism Spectrum Therapies Inc. (AST), which grew into a highly respected, multi-state provider of services for individuals on the autism spectrum. She sold her company in 2014 to a private equity-backed strategic buyer. Today, as CEO and Principal of Empowering Synergy, Dr. Molko conducts due diligence for investors and consults as an expert in the field of service delivery for healthcare, with a special focus on behavioral healthcare and companies that provide services to families affected by autism and developmental disabilities. Dr. Molko is currently a board member of the Galt Foundation, which places individuals with disabilities in the workforce, and the Los Angeles Chapter of the Autism Society of America. She has been actively involved in many healthcare-based committees and organizations throughout her career and has received multiple awards in recognition of her business prowess and leadership abilities. She is a licensed clinical psychologist in California and Washington states, and a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst.


Sara Gershfeld Litvak is an Adjunct Professor for the Applied Behavior Analysis program at Pepperdine University. She has served as a systems consultant for numerous funders designing Quality Assurance processes to ensure that ABA service providers provide clinically sound services. Currently, Sara is co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of the BHCOE Accreditation, the only ABA-specific accrediting body. BHCOE also helps educate investors on how to make ethical and sustainable investments in the behavioral health space. She is an education blogger for the Huffington Post, has served as past Co-Chair of the Autism Special Interest Group at ABAI, on the Board of Directors for the Association for Science in Autism Treatment, and as a Subject Matter Expert for the Behavior Analysis Certification Board (BACB). In her free time, Sara enjoys traveling, yoga, and spending time outdoors.


Jamie Pagliaro is Chief Learning Officer and one of the co-creators of Rethink (Autism). Prior to Rethink, Jamie was Executive Director of the New York Center for Autism Charter School, New York’s first public charter school exclusively dedicated to serving students with special needs. The program has received national recognition from both the media and professional publications as a model in the public school system. After several years of leading the education division of Rethink and forming partnerships with hundreds of local, state and federal programs in the United States, Jamie launched Rethink’s behavioral health division.  His focus is on building and deploying practice management software as a service to autism treatment providers and behavioral health networks worldwide. He also serves on the advisory board of the Behavioral Health Center of Excellence (BHCOE). In the early part of his career, Jamie worked directly with individuals with disabilities in all stages of life across a variety of home, clinic and school settings. Jamie earned an MBA from Villanova University and a BA with honors in Psychology from Wesleyan University. He speaks nationally and has authored numerous articles and book chapters on staff performance and the use of technology to enhance programs and outcomes for individuals with disabilities.

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