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Dr. Ashly Ochsner
Maximized Living Autism Whisperers Recovery Program
13500 Circle Drive, Suite 102
Orland Park, IL 60462
(708) 349-0040

‘Doc O’ as his patients affectionately call him, is a pediatric and wellness chiropractor who has over 15 years experience and thousands of continuing education hours regarding neuro-developmental disorders such as autism, ADHD, sensory integration disorder, learning disabilities, and overall children’s wellness.  He has extensive education, experience, and a passion for this population of children.  He owns and operates one of the largest pediatric and family healthcare clinics in the country. Doc O is  a sought after speaker in his profession and the pediatric and Autism community at large, delivering continuing education to his peers and delivering hope to parents and professionals.  Doc O and his wonderful wife Rachelle are blessed with four of the healthiest boys you will ever meet. Doc O believes this is because the very same principles that he teaches you, he applies to his very own family. 


Gregg Vann, EA 
Investment & Tax Advisor
James T. Borello & Co.
151 Dundee Ave.
East Dundee, IL 60118
(847) 426-0200

Gregg earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Arizona State University.  Additionally,  he earned a Master’s degree in Computer Science and an MBA in Finance and Economics, both from the university of Chicago.  Gregg focused on tax strategies as a Portfolio Manager in the Private Clients Group at First Chicago Corp. for six years before developing financial models for hedge funds, banks and endowments for the next decade.  Gregg then joined Morgan Stanley’s Global Wealth Management Group in Chicago for two years.  However, for the past six years, he has been an Investment and Tax Consultant at the boutique advisory firm, James T. Bordello & Co., focusing on families with special needs children.  Gregg has family members that are on the spectrum and realized years ago that no one individual or firm specialized in tax strategies, financial planning and estate planning for families dealing with the complexities of special needs.  This is what motivated him to dedicate his practice to this unique specialization.  Gregg is an Enrolled Agent.  This status is the highest credential awarded by the Internal revenue Service.  This Allows him unlimited representation rights before the IRS and is recognized in all 50 states.  He routinely represents clients involving audits, appeals, collection action, payment issues and tax refund matters.

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Bradley LaRocque, BS,
Special Needs Director
Right Fit Sport Fitness Wellness, LLC
7101 S. Adams, Unit No. 7
Willowbrook, IL 60527
(630) 850-4050

Brad LaRocque earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology with a concentration in Exercise Science. He was part of 3 collegiate conference championships and a 4 time collegiate sport MVP. Recipient of the Eastern Illinois University LAIR award voted on by professors, administrators and coaches. The award signified the commitment to Leadership, Achievement, integrity and responsibility at the university. Brad has been involved in the “Raise the Bar” autism fitness program at Right Fit. He has trained children on the autism spectrum for improvement of strength, coordination and motor development. Brad is a site trainer for the “Proactive Kids” program, which helps children with weight issues, experience fitness and reach health goals.

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Valeria Nanclares, Psy.D.  Keynote Speaker
Advocate Illinois Masonic Center

Dr. Nanclares-Nogués is originally from Argentina and moved to Chicago in 1999. She graduated as a psychologist from La Universidad del Salvador, in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1993. She began working in the field of autism at FLENI-Neurological Research Institute, Child and Adolescent Neuropsychiatry Department, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. At FLENI she was involved in clinical research, and diagnosis and treatment of youngsters with autism. In 2004 she completed a doctorate in clinical psychology in the US at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She has been working in the field of autism for the past 20 years. She has been developing and coordinating the Autism Treatment Program at the Pediatric Developmental Center, AIMMC since 1999. She also is highly involved in training and education of professionals in the field, both in the US and abroad. Her presentation will focus on early detection and neurological impact.



Allie Wainer, Ph.D.
AARTS Center
Rush University Medical Center
Autism Assessment, Research, Treatment
Services (AARTS) Center

Allie received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Michigan State University, where she specialized in work with individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their families. Her primary research interests involve developing and evaluating interventions and service delivery models for children with ASD, with the ultimate goal of increasing the accessibility of evidence-based services for this high needs population. Much of her research has examined the effectiveness of parent groups and telehealth programs for increasing access to ASD-specific interventions. She also has nearly a decade of experience working with children with ASD and their families in various clinical settings. Allie is currently in her first year as the post-doctoral fellow at Rush University Medical Center’s Autism Assessment, Research, Treatment, and Services (AARTS) Center.

annrigby_webAnn L. Rigby, MSW, LSCW, BCN
Director, The Neuroconnection
1847 West Jefferson Ave
Naperville, IL 60540
(630) 858-5105

Ann L. Rigby, LCSW, BCN is the founder and director of The Neuroconnection, a Neurofeedback clinic that specializes in addressing neuropsychological symptoms with Connectivity Guided Neurofeedback. Ms. Rigby has used Neurofeedback since 2001 and has over twentyfive years’ experience as a supervisor and psychotherapist in mental health settings. She is President of Board of Directors for the Autism Society of Illinois.

winnegaMarrea Winnega, Ph.D., B.C.B.A.

Marrea Winnega is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with specialties in autism spectrum disorders and developmental psychology and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.  Currently, she is the Director of School Consulting for Autism Home Support Services.  Dr. Winnega consults with schools and agencies serving individuals with autism spectrum disorders, conducts workshops and in-service trainings and performs diagnostic assessments.  Dr. Winnega is developing classrooms in several districts that are blending Structured Teaching and the Analysis of Verbal Behavior.  She has worked in the field of autism and consulted in schools for more than 20 years and has also conducted numerous workshops on autism spectrum disorders.

klapatchJennifer Klapatch, Ph.D B.C.B.A.

While there are many treatments available for individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is currently the only scientifically verified treatment for autism, backed by over 40 years of carefully controlled, empirical research.  During this talk, you will learn a brief overview of the history of ABA as a treatment for individuals with ASD looks like (and what it dozens’t look like!).  You will learn about who is qualified to design and implement ABA programs and what you can expect from your behavior analyst during the course of service delivery.  Additionally, we will discuss the implications of “eclectic behavioral therapies” (i.e., those that resemble ABA but are completely behavior-analytic in nature).  Finally, we will conclude with a discussion of quality indicators that you can use as a consumer to evaluate the services of providers with whom you are currently working.


( Pa l os H i l l s , IL ) — Expert speakers and more than 35 vendors with tables displaying products and services will be at Family Time Magazine’s annual Autism & Special Needs Seminar SaturdayNovember 12 at Moraine Valley Community College, 9000 W. College Parkway, in Palos Hills.

The seminar will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Building M on the campus. This event’s goal is to give parents insights and the answers that they have been searching for. With a variety of speakers and exhibitors, attendees will be offered unique resources and beneficial information.

Caroline O’Connell, Family Time Magazine’s publisher, founded the seminar in 2009 after seeing a need to provide more resources to families with loved ones with autism and other developmental disabilities. “Anyone with a child or family member with autism or other developmental disabilities will want to make sure they attend this year’s seminar,” O’Connell said. “The speakers we have lined up for this year are all experts in their respective fields and will offer vital information for families. Many of the speakers have spoke at the national level. There’s a lot of diversity among this group of experts.”

More than 35 vendors will have tables be at the seminar showcasing products and services for those with autism and other developmental disabilities. This year’s seminar is sure to offer the latest information and research that can give insights into the lives of those with autism and other special needs.

This year’s keynote speaker is Valeria Nanclares, Psy.D. Valeria works with Maura Neafsey, LCSW at Advocate Illinois Masonic Center.

Not only is this seminar a great resource for parents, it also is beneficial for students and teachers. The Autism and Special Needs Seminar is also approved for Continued Education Units (CEUs) and Continuing Professional Development Units (CPDUs) as well as Early Intervention Training credential hours.


Jennifer Klapatch, Ph.D


Dr. Ashly Ochsner, BS, DC

Health from Within, Wellness Centers

Bradley LaRocque, BS

Special Needs Director

Right Fit Sport Fitness Wellness, LLC

Ann L. Rigby, MSW, LSCW, BCN

Director, The Neuroconnection

Sterk Family Law

Navigating the legalese of special needs

Allie Wainer, Ph.D

AARTS Center at Rush University Medical Center

Recent advances in ASD Research at Rush

Marrea Winnega, Ph.D

B.C.B.A. Autism Home Support

Director, School Counseling

Gregg Vann, EA

Investment & Tax Advisor

James T. Borello & Co.

Special Needs Advisor on tax strategies for special needs families & financial planning

More information about the speakers and the seminar is available at

www.AutismSpecialNeedsSeminar.comFor tickets, call (815) 806-8844.


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Autism Seminar & Special Needs

Moraine Valley Community College Building M, Conference and Business Center 9000 W. College Pkwy. Palos Hills, IL 60465-0937

CE, CEU’s & CPDU’s Available

The cost is an additional $10 per CEU or CPDU credit. See Moraine Valley Community College’s booth for credit.

Approved CEU’s & CPDU’s Available:

Professional Counselor/Clinical Counselor, Massage Therapist, Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapist & PT Assistant, and Social Worker.

Updated 9/29/16

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