About – Shields Therapy Solutions

About

Meet Our Team

Robert D. Plowden

Chief Executive Officer

Robert D. Plowden

Chief Executive Officer
Robert has a passion for promoting growth by helping people achieve what may be seen by others as impossibility, but Robert believes that dreams can only be achieved if you continue to move forward no matter how hard it might be to achieve a goal. In 2015, he was awarded the District Minority Teacher of the Year in St. Lucie County, a prestigious honor that he holds dear to his heart as it is one of his biggest accomplishments. Being an educator, Robert thought his path would lead him to become a school administrator. However, Robert path led him to entrepreneurship where he opened Shields Foundation. One tool that Robert has found to be most effective while working with consumers, is the importance of establishing and maintaining effective relationships. Robert motto for life is “Healthy relationships begin with trust and a mutual understanding that failure isn’t an option when effort is the driver and consistency is the main tool in every aspect of life.” – Robert. In 2016 as a Host Home Provider, Robert was introduced to his first client who had various mental health and behavioral needs. He and this individual got very close which manifested into him fully submerging into the IDD world and never looking back. Robert is an advocate for education, equality, and equity across the board. These advocacy pillars have evolved into him being a community activist. He successfully created and organized events to promote awareness for life-altering experiences such as life-threatening illnesses, sudden loss, and rights movements. Robert enjoys watching sports, time with family, but what brings him the most joy is helping others.

Briannna H, BCBA, LBA

Briannna H, BCBA, LBA

Andrea

Office / Bilingual Coordinator

Andrea

Office / Bilingual Coordinator

coming soon

Heather Primus, BCABA

Heather Primus, BCABA

Heather Primus, a beacon of compassion and expertise in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), has dedicated over a decade to transforming lives through her work. Heather exhibited a natural inclination towards understanding human behavior from a young age. Her innate curiosity and empathetic nature laid the foundation for a career devoted to helping others achieve their fullest potential.

Heather’s academic journey began at Rutgers, The State University of NJ where she pursued her Bachelor of Science degree. It was during this time that she discovered her passion for Applied Behavior Analysis. Fueled by her ambition to make a meaningful difference, Heather continued her education at Florida Tech, to complete the verified course sequence towards BCaBA certification and later returned to Floriday Tech to earn her Master of Arts in ABA.

Armed with academic excellence and a burning desire to effect positive change, Heather embarked on her professional journey. She honed her skills working in various settings, from clinical environments to schools, assisting individuals across the autism spectrum and other developmental disabilities while providing supervision and mentorship. Her commitment to evidence-based practices and personalized interventions earned her recognition among colleagues and clients alike.

Beyond her professional accomplishments, Rachel finds fulfillment in her role as a mother to two wonderful adult children. Her experiences as a parent and grandparent have deepened her empathy and reinforced her belief in the power of nurturing environments for growth and development. In her spare time, Heather enjoys exploring new cultures through travel, and immersing herself in diverse perspectives that enrich her understanding of human behavior.

Channell Sanchez, BCBA and LCSW Therapist

Channell Sanchez, BCBA and LCSW Therapist

Hi, my name is Channell Sanchez. I’m originally from New Orleans, LA. I currently reside in the state of Maryland. I moved to the DMV area after Hurricane Katrina. I now call the DMV my second home. I graduated from Southern University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and Substance Abuse. I earned a master’s in education and human services, specializing in Community Services. I’m currently working on my third master’s in social work. After my master’s in social work, I hope to begin working on Psy.D.

I have worked in the field of ABA for over 20 years with kids and adults ranging from 2 to 60 years of age. My years in ABA have led me to work in schools, homes, and group homes. I first became interested in ABA while interning at a school for children with developmental disabilities. I am passionate about the science of behavior analysis. I specialize in training staff and creating behavior support plans for adults and children to help decrease unwanted behaviors. I earned my BCBA in November 2019. My focus is ensuring that clients receive high-quality treatment.

Breanna K LCSW

Breanna K LCSW

Sidney V BCBA, LBA

Sidney V BCBA, LBA

Christine BCBA

Christine BCBA

Tera Vallery, Clinical Supervisor

Tera Vallery, Clinical Supervisor

Tera Received her Master’s degree in Psychology from Kaplan University in 2015, with a concentration in Applied Behavioral Analysis which led her to becoming a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Since 2012, Tera has been working with various communities, providing individual and group therapy to clients with diverse backgrounds. She has extensive experience providing treatment to people with substance abuse disorders, anxiety, depression, Autism, ADHD, intellectual/developmental disabilities among children, adolescents and adults. Tera found her passion for psychology during her first year of college making a decision to commit to aiding others in living the highest quality of life possible. She strives to care for each individual with the utmost respect and dignity while creating individualized treatment plans.

Tera’s family moved to the four corners area of Colorado in 2000 and enjoys the diverse terrain and culture the area offers. Family is an important element in Tera’s daily life. She enjoys snowboarding, crafting and cooking with her two daughters. During the hot summers Tera and her family spend as much time as possible at the lake and mountains, enjoying nature and family time.

Myke C LCSW

Myke C LCSW

Javon L LCSW

Javon L LCSW

Ahnisa Student intern

Ahnisa Student intern