Shayna Gaunt, MA, BCBA
Executive Director and Founder
Shayna Gaunt has over 20 years of experience implementing the science of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) with individuals with Autism, Apserger’s Syndrome, ADHD, Learning Disabilities, Downs Syndrome, and other developmental delays. She is the founder and director of Kid Mechanix, Inc. She also has international experience providing clinical expertise and training workshops to clients in the US, Costa Rica, England, Egypt, and Qatar.
Shayna conducts individualized training workshops for schools and other professionals. She incorporates evidence-based treatments such as Discrete Trial Teaching (DTT), Verbal Behaviour (VB), Precision Teaching (PT), Pivotal Response Training (PRT), Early Start Denver Model (ESDM), and Direct Instruction (DI) into her programming.
Shayna Gaunt graduated with an Honours BA in Behavioural Psychology from Wilfrid Laurier University and achieved an MA in ABA from the University of Nevada, Reno. She has been a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA) since 2005.
Melissa McKinlay, MSc, BCBA
Program Director, Vaughan
Melissa McKinlay is the Program Director of our Vaughan Location.
Melissa is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst. She completed her Masters of Science in Applied Behaviour Analysis at St. Cloud State University.
Since 2015, Melissa has been a valuable member of the Kid Mechanix family. She joined Kid Mechanix Academy full time in March 2016.
Elis Fendrikov, MADS, BCBA
Program Director, Toronto
Elis Fendrikov is the Program Director at our Toronto location.
Elis is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst. She completed her Masters Degree in Disability Studies, with a specialization in ABA, at Brock University.
Working 1:1 and with groups, Elis has a wide variety of ABA experience, including Discrete Trial Teaching (DTT), Verbal Behaviour (VB), Direct Instruction (DI) and more!
Since 2014, Elis has been a valuable member of the Kid Mechanix family. She joined Kid Mechanix Academy full time in September 2018.
Jenna Collins, MADS
Program Supervisor, Toronto
With extensive experience in ABA, Jenna Collins is the Program Supervisor of our Toronto Location. She has 4+ years of educating children and youth in various school and camp settings.
In addition, Jenna has a Master’s degree in Applied Disability Studies, specializing in ABA.
Most importantly, Jenna is passionate about what she does and believes strongly in the inclusion and acceptance of all individuals living with ASD.
Caroline Amzallag, BA, RBT
Program Supervisor, Vaughan
Caroline Amzallag is the Program Supervisor at our Vaughan location. In addition, she is the Social Media Coordinator for Kid Mechanix Academy.
She graduated from McGill University with a BA in Cultural Studies and Psychology. In 2018, she earned her Registered Behaviour Technician (RBT) certification. She will be completing her Masters in Applied Behaviour Analysis over the next few years.
Caroline has been working at Kid Mechanix for two years as an Instructor Therapist. She runs social skill groups and works 1:1 with children and youth ages 2-15. Caroline is an extremely hard worker and a creative problem solver with a passion for helping children reach their highest potential.