Our Staff

Michelle Hintz, PsyD
Licensed Psychologist

I am a licensed psychologist and a board-certified music therapist with over 25 years of clinical experience. I received my doctorate from Carlos Albizu University in 2007 and completed my doctoral internship at Miami Children’s Hospital in the Department of Psychiatry. I established The Cadenza Center for Psychotherapy & the Arts, Inc. in 2000 to serve the greater Miami/Ft. Lauderdale area.

While I do work with adults, my primary focus is with children & their families. I have training in behavior modification, family therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy & developmental psychology. In addition to conducting therapy, I also do evaluations for learning disabilities, conduct and behavioral disorders, autism, mood and personality disorders. For forensic cases related to autism, I have provided testimony and expert opinions as well as serving as an expert witness.

In addition to my work with clients, I serve as the center’s President and Clinical Director as well as supervise trainees in mental health and psychology. Finally, in addition to being a featured speaker at professional seminars, my professional service includes being on the editorial board for “Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts” (a peer-reviewed APA journal) and serving on several national committees and advisory boards both in psychology and music therapy.


Danyel Hen BCBA-D

Danyel Hen is a Doctoral level Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA-D) with over 6 years of experience in the field of autism working with young children and over 10 years of experience working in the school setting with ages ranges from 3 months – 11 years old. She graduated with her Bachelors in Communication Disorders from University of Central Florida. Danyel graduated with her Masters in Exceptional Student Education with a concentration in autism and holds a Florida teaching certification for grades Prek-3rd grade. Dr. Hen recently completed her Doctorate degree (Ed.D.) in Special Education with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis from Nova Southeastern University.     

Danyel has experience providing ABA therapy in the home, clinic, and school setting and her expertise includes early intervention, individualizing instruction, promoting independence, assessment of skills, and managing challenging behaviors. Danyel also brings personal experience as a sibling of an individual with special needs.

Danyel was born in New York and moved to South Florida as a teen. She speaks both English and Hebrew fluently. In her free time, Danyel enjoys traveling to new places, reading, cooking, and spending time with friends and family.

Ingrid Barrero BCBA

Ingrid Barrero is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) with over 6 years of experience working with children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities, working in homes, schools, centers, and community settings. She graduated with a Bachelors in Psychology from Florida International University and Masters degree in Professional Behavior Analysis from Florida Institute of Technology.

Ingrid is especially proud to be a member of the Cadenza Center because she is passionate about the company’s vision to integrate behavioral and psychological treatments. She is especially interested in the role of mental health in early intervention. Ingrid intends on pursuing a Doctoral Degree in Clinical Psychology to combine her behavioral background with psychotherapy to implement a concentrated and personalized treatment for individuals.

Irene Taffe BCBA

Irene Taffe (formerly Van Elderen) is a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst with over 10 years of experience in the field of Autism working with children and adolescents. Initially trained in speech therapy, Irene is a highly-motivated and a dedicated professional committed to continued learning and clinical advancement. She is not only skilled in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), but also hold certification in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Organizational Behavior Management (OBM).

Having worked at the Cadenza Center for over three years, she has not only provided direct ABA services, but she has served as a consultant to the clinical director through her expertise in program development, performance management, staff training, quality monitoring, and clinical outcome measurement. Irene believes in a holistic viewpoint and supports open communication with parents, caregivers and educators. She currently coordinates Cadenza’s training and mentorship program for RBT’s working towards certification as a Behavior Analyst.

Allana Karras BCBA

Allana Karras is a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) with over 6 years of experience in the field. She was introduced to the field of ABA and the growing need for providers during a departmental meeting while pursuing her Bachelors in Psychology at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. Allana quickly jumped head first into the field as a Behavior Technician. She has since worked her way up to where she is now as well as completed a Masters degree in Education (M.Ed) in Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of Cincinnati.
Allana has experience providing ABA therapy in various settings with those aged 18 months to 21 years old. Her professional skills include assessment and evidence-based, individualized treatment for skill deficits and problem behaviors. Allana also has a passion for integrating her behavior analysis experience with consideration for her clients’ mental health needs. She has advised classroom teachers on implementing behavior plans and has advocated for clients during IEP meetings beside psychology staff.

Allana was born in Michigan and moved to South Florida in 2021 with her partner. In her free time, she enjoys reading, trying new restaurants & traveling.

Gayta Prospere BCBA

Gayta Prospere is a compassionate Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) with over 6 years of experience working in various settings and states. Gayta obtained her BCBA training at the Florida Institute of Technology and is also a Licensed Behavior Analyst (LBA) in the state of Michigan. She is a native of Haiti, migrated to America at the age of 12 years old, she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Florida International University. She earned her Master of Science degree in Applied Psychology from Lynn University and subsequently worked as a mental health counselor for over 3 years.
Gayta enjoys working with neurodiverse individuals, as she believes it offers endless opportunities for learning and growth. Her training in both psychology and behavior analysis contribute to her commitment to understanding each individual’s unique needs and tailoring interventions that support the entire family. She is passionate about parent training and encouraging stakeholders to participate in implementing interventions to achieve and maintain positive outcomes. Outside of her professional life, Gayta finds fulfillment in spending quality time with her family and exploring new destinations through domestic road trips and international travels.


Sarah Troya BCBA

Sarah is a dual degree professional, having earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Universidad San Francisco de Quito and her Master’s degree in Psychology from Florida International University in 2018.

During her path in psychology as a mental health clinician, Sarah worked with a variety of diagnoses including depression, anxiety, trauma, ODD and ADHD. While in her graduate program, Sarah began working as a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) and discovered her true passion for Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). She then decided to enroll at Florida Institute of Technology to become a BCBA and has been effectively using her skills in both mental health and behavior therapy ever since.

While she has worked with a variety of clients in the autism population, her main focus has been with teenagers and young adults, particularly those with self-injurious behaviors and communication deficits. She has experience working in community and clinic settings. Sarah loves working with challenging cases and is especially adept at creating effective behavioral program for children over the age of 12 who have both emotional and behavioral difficulties. Sarah is also a strong advocate for including parents and other caregivers in treatment by facilitating communication between all members of the child’s team on a daily basis.

Maria Heilig BCBA

Maria Heilig is a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) who obtained her Masters degree in General Psychology with a focus in Applied Behavior Analysis from Nova Southeastern University. Maria also holds a Florida teaching certification for grades Prek-3rd Grade and worked for several years at the Baudhuin Preschool. She has experience delivering effective individualized instruction to a class of 8-9 students diagnosed with moderate to severe autism and developmental delays.
Maria has extensive training with augmentative communication, Picture Exchange Communication Systems (PECS), as well as using Positive Behavior Support (PBS). Maria has experience using  providing ABA therapy in the home, clinic, and school setting and her expertise includes individualized instruction, functional communication training, early intervention, promoting independence, assessment of skills, and managing challenging behaviors.

Maria was born and raised in South Florida. In her free time, Maria enjoys going to the gym, traveling, reading, spending time with friends and family, and singing.

Ashley Castro BCaBA

Ashley Castro is an Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) with over 8 years working in the field. As an undergrad student, Ashley started working with children at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital as a volunteer bedside buddy where her love for children grew and lead her earn a Master’s Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Capella University in 2018.

Ashley joined the Cadenza Center in 2019 and is particularly adept at working with difficult family dynamics, aggressive behavior, and adolescents with autism. Ashley’s professional interests include verbal behavior, behavior reduction, feeding, independent living skills and helping to improve family communication and relationships. In addition to maintaining a small caseload, Ashley serves as the Cadenza Center’s Operational Director. She is responsible for overseeing effective operating procedures across the company. Her duties include reviewing company guidelines, policies and procedures as well as assessing productivity, hiring and training procedures. Ashley intends on pursuing a degree in mental health in order to better serve as a primary clinician who can integrate her behavioral background with psychological theory.

Melanie Gonzalez BCaBA

Melanie Gonzalez is a seasoned Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) with over 5 years of extensive experience collaborating with children and their families. In her university formation in Venezuela, she acquired her degree as a Licensed Psychologist, setting the foundation for her journey in the realm of mental health.

After moving to the United States her career in Applied Behavior Analysis began as a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT). This commitment led her to successfully achieve her certification as a BCaBA through the Florida Institute of Technology in 2020. Melanie specializes in catering to the needs of individuals on the autism spectrum, a testament to her unwavering commitment to enhancing the lives of those with developmental disabilities. Her expertise spans various settings, including homes, schools, community, and clinic-based environments.

Melanie’s professional aspirations include furthering her expertise in mental health. Her goal is to obtain a specialized degree that will empower her to provide effective support across a wider range of mental health conditions. She envisions becoming a proficient clinician by seamlessly integrating her profound understanding of human behavior with the complex realms of psychology, thereby offering comprehensive care to those in need.


Roddia Hill PsyD

Dr. Roddia J. Hill is a Clinical Psychologist and Post-Doctoral Resident who received her Bachelor’s in Psychology and Forensic Studies at Nova Southeastern University, her Master’s in Clinical Psychology at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, and her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology with a concentration in Forensic Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She completed her doctoral internship in Health Psychology at Florida International University.

Dr. Hill has a passion for providing holistic and wellness-centered services. She aims to provide a space for safety, support, and acceptance to her clients. Additionally, she primarily utilizes an integrated approach that incorporates a combination of expressive, systems, narrative, interpersonal, person-centered, cognitive-behavioral (CBT), multicultural, and existential therapies. Ultimately, Dr. Hill believes in empowering her clients to bloom into their most full and authentic selves.

Dr. Hill’s professional interests include working with diverse populations, including but not limited to: women, youth, people of color, and LGBTQ+ folx. She also enjoys supporting folx challenged by trauma/PTSD, incarceration, anger, anxiety, mood disorders, stress, self-image and self-esteem, depression, and grief/loss. Lastly, she is also passionate about outreach/community service and qualitative research.

Outside of work, Dr. Hill is a bookworm, who loves to write poetry, draw, paint, practice yoga, roller skate, and is always down for anything involving Caribbean music or food!

Kyara Ramirez-Guzman LMHC

Kyara Ramirez-Guzman is a bilingual Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a Registered Marriage Family & Couples Therapy Intern. Kyara is also a National Certified Counselor who offers you 3 years of experience in working with individuals, family, marriages, couples and children in variety of settings in the mental health field. Kyara is also trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She obtained her Masters in Counseling with a Dual Specialization in Mental Health and Marriage, Family & Couples Therapy at Barry University.

Kyara, was trained under the nurturing parenting program curriculum to help parents gain an understanding of parenting using nurturing techniques. She uses play therapy to help children understand their feelings, identify feelings and regulate emotions when dealing with behavioral difficulties. Through CBT, Kyara helps individuals living with depression, anxiety, fear, grief, life stressors, dysfunctional relationship or simple situational stressors. Through her experience, Kyara has learned that therapy is a collaborative effort that only works as long as you put in the work when you are ready and willing to change.

Jasmine Bernstein LMFT

Jasmine Bernstein is a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT) who joined the Cadenza Center in 2022. She received her Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family therapy from Nova Southeastern University and brings her training in systemic thinking to her work with clients and their families. She has a passion for helping people navigate through the many challenges life can bring by using techniques that are solution oriented and client focused.
While Jasmine works with adults/ adolescents, couples and families, her primary focus is working from a strength-based perspective to help people manage life cycle changes and stressors, depression/ anxiety, parenting, co-parenting/ divorce/ blended family challenges and couples’ therapy. Because of her unique skill set and experience, other clinicians often consult with her on difficult cases.
Jasmine’s philosophy is that people consider reframing the clinical work as “moving towards the solution rather than running away from the problem.” From this perspective, she has seen people create positive and lasting changes in our relationships.

Chanrika Morley LMHC

Chanrika Morley has over 10 years of experience in the field of mental health. She received her Master’s degree in mental health counseling from Barry University. Chanrika has been working in the field of mental health since 2013 and started out working with individuals with Autism and Intellectual Disabilities in an Intensive Behavior group home. Chanrika has worked in community mental health centers, substance use treatment centers, foster care and residential centers and out patient centers ever since.
Chanrika is trained in cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), behavior therapy, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), as well as Applied Behavior Analysis. She specializes in working with individuals from young children through adults dealing with Trauma, PTSD, Depression and Anxiety.

Chanrika believes each individual is unique in their own way. Her goal is to help each individual reach their full potential by providing a safe, non-judgmental and culturally-relevant environment. When Chanrika isn’t working she is often reading, enjoying what South Florida has to offer, or traveling to the Bahamas to visit her family and friends.

Maria Guasone

Maria Guasone is a bilingual Registered Mental Health Counseling Intern (RMHCI) who joined the Cadenza Center in 2020. She has a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Christian Ministry from New Orleans Baptist Theology Seminary and a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Barry University.

Maria specializes in Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) Motivational Interviewing and Christian Counseling. She has experience working with depression, anxiety symptoms, attachment/abandonment issues, low self-esteem, low self-confidence, anger issues, traumas, peer relationship issues, or couple-marital issues. Maria offers services in Spanish and English.
Maria’s strives to help her clients through life’s challenges by actively listening and reflecting while offering authentic empathy to help clients reach their goals and dreams. She supports individuals through the process of building a better version of themselves by encouraging personal growth and introspection.

Maria is passionate about helping others in her field and outside through her church. She is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Organizational Psychology from Albizu University. Originally from Mar del Plata, Argentina, Maria is a huge fan of Italian and Argentinian cuisine. Outside of work you can find her walking along the beach listening to music, meditating, or doing Pilates. She is also an avid animal lover and considers her cats and dogs family members.

Carolina Cossio

Carolina Cossio is a school psychologist with nearly 10 years of experience in the field. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, she knew from a young age that she wanted help children with behavioral and learning difficulties. With intent to become an educator, Carolina moved to Florida soon after high school and attended Miami Dade College and then FIU. After graduation, she worked in a Montessori school in Miami and fell in love with the philosophy of teaching.

She then obtained a Montessori certification as well. After getting married, she returned to Argentina and became a teacher at one of the best bilingual schools in Argentina. Even in that role, she felt compelled to learn more.
In 2013, she obtained her degree as a school psychologist so that she could evaluate children, adolescents and young adults with special needs and/or with specific learning disorders. It is her passion for finding the source of those difficulties that Carolina finds her purpose, knowing that she is supporting not only the child, but their families. At the Cadenza Center, Carolina conducts evaluations in English and Spanish for ages 3 years and up.

Rebecca David-Cusani

Rebecca David-Cusani is a  Registered Mental Health Counseling Intern (RMHCI) who recently joined the Cadenza Center.. She has a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Mississippi  and a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Barry University.

Rebecca specializes in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT). She has experience working with those struggling with anxiety, depression, grief, and life stressors.

Rebecca has always been an advocate for mental health and is especially passionate about working with those struggling with social anxiety and depression. Rebecca strives to guide clients through life’s challenges by offering empathy, creating a safe space for clients to share without judgement, and incorporate mindfulness into the therapeutic environment.

Tyeshaa Hudson

Tyeshaa Hudson is a licensed Mental Health Counseling Intern who strives to provide support, encourage, and motivate her clients to pursue a fulfilling and beneficial life experience. Tyeshaa began her career in 2014 when she enrolled in the University of Miami’s Mental Health Counseling program. In addition to a Master’s degree, Tyeshaa utilizes spirituality, mindfulness, and meditation practices to contribute to a holistic pursuit of individual health. She is a multiculturally competent counselor who is passionate about understanding each clients’ unique perspectives, past experiences, and viewpoints on life.

It was through her extensive work with outpatient transition aged youth (13-18) in lower socioeconomic situations that Tyeshaa came to find her passion for working with teenagers and their families dealing with family conflict, cyber bullying, addictions, identity formation,

Tyeshaa believes that every person has the tools within themselves to achieve a harmonious life, and through open communication and understanding, there are infinite possibilities for success.


Lorelis Ploche

Lorelis Ploche, is an art therapy graduate student at Pennsylvania Western University as well as a Registered Behavior Technician for the Cadenza Center. Originally from Sacramento, California, Lorelis has been serving children and families who have been affected by autism and related developmental disorders since 2015. She has also been given opportunities to serve children diagnosed with cancer at inpatient facilities.

With a great passion for art and mental health, Lorelis is excited to embark on this professional journey to serve a wide variety of populations through art therapy. Utilizing influences from positive psychology and person-centered therapy, Lorelis strives to promote healing, expression, and self-exploration through the creative process. On her free time, Lorelis enjoys to paint, dance, spend time with her loved ones, and serve her church community. She looks forward to sharing her love for the arts through the therapeutic process and helping clients achieve their goals.

BriAnne Weaver, MM, MT-BC

BriAnne Weaver is a board-certified music therapist with over 15 years of clinical experience. She holds a Master’s Degree in Music, with an emphasis in Music Therapy, from the University of Miami, and a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Psychology from the College of William and Mary. BriAnne has a wealth of experience working with individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities, with multiple and varying diagnoses and diverse levels of ability, across the entire lifespan.

BriAnne is dedicated to serving the profession of music therapy. She is an Assembly Delegate for the Southeastern Region of the American Music Therapy Association (SER-AMTA) and has been re-elected for the 2024-2026 term. She is also a co-chair of AMTA’s Workforce Development and Retention Committee. This committee is designed to increase the awareness of music therapy as a career choice and to assist and provide support for professional music therapists to remain in the field.

BriAnne also more than 10 years of experience in training and supervising music therapy interns. The music therapy internship is the final step in training future music therapists to sit for board examination. Interns can bring a fresh perspective to the workplace and BriAnne looks forward to implementing a music therapy internship at Cadenza.

Outside of work, BriAnne enjoys exploring the vast array of art, entertainment, and food that South Florida has to offer. She loves to cook, bake, walk her dog, and wishes that she could play the piano just for fun more often. Be sure to ask BriAnne about her pet tortoise the next time you see her.



Arielle joined the Cadenza Center team in early 2022. She now works as the office manager & billing coordinator. Recently graduating with a degree in clinical psychology, she hopes to pursue a field in psychiatry. Arielle is dedicated to making sure the office runs smoothly, helping clients get scheduled for services, and making sure the billing department is up-to-date with insurance claims. When she is not verifying insurances and crunching numbers, she can be found at a local Florida Panthers game or on the pickleball courts.


Andrea is a new addition to Cadenza’s front desk team. She is a graduate from Miami-Dade Community College with a degree in Marketing Management – International Business. Andrea speaks Spanish and English, being originally from Ecuador. She is a proud parent of two and brings her customer service experience from the world of hospitality. Andrea aims to bring a bright smile and genuine care to all those that first reach the Cadenza Center


Xochi joined the Cadenza Center team in 2022, bringing her background in logistics and is part of our front desk team, serving as the scheduling coordinator. She is a graduate of St. Mary’s University of San Antonio with a BBA in Information Systems Management. Xochi brings experience from nonprofit, corporate and governmental organizations. She is adept in project management and working with a wide range of stakeholders to develop win-win solutions.


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