Fergus Team

Freya Hunter, M.Sc

Freya Hunter, M.Sc

Owner/Executive Director

Freya Hunter is the owner and director of Autism Behavioural Service Inc.

Freya has both a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work and Psychology from the University of Waterloo and a Master's of Science in Psychology from the University of Pheonix.

She has over 20 years experience within the autism field, supporting children, teens, and adults.

In 2007, Freya opened Autism Behavioural Services and has since built two successful clinics in Fergus and Orangeville, serving both Wellington and Dufferin Counties.

Freya is a dedicated and passionate professional who believes that all children should be given the opportunity to develop to their fullest potential.

Haley Payne, M.Ed., BCBA

Haley Payne, M.Ed., BCBA

Clinical Director

Haley has been working in the field of ABA since 2011 and has been practicing as a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst since 2014.

Haley holds Bachelor degrees from the University of Guelph (Applied Science, Child, Youth and Family) and Brock University (Education) as well as a Master of Education (Curriculum and Instruction, Applied Behaviour Analysis) from Arizona State University.

Haley has experience working with children and adults with autism and developmental disabilities in both clinic and community based settings in intensive and consultative roles. In her free time Haley enjoys spending time at the cottage, going for hikes and spending time with her family.

Emily Richard, M.Ed, BCBA

Emily Richard, M.Ed, BCBA

Clinical Supervisor

Emily has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Guelph and a Certificate in Autism Behavioural Science  from Algonquin College. She also has a Masters of Education with a specialization in Applied Behaviour Analysis. 

Emily has over 6 years experience working with children with autism and learning disabilities and has been working in the field of ABA since 2017.

In her spare time, Emily enjoys spending time with her friends, family and most importantly, her cats.

When asked what she loves most about her job, she shared that she loves the kids, specifically, the opportunity to help them learn, develop and grow as individuals!

Avery Bettonvil, BKin, RBT

Avery Bettonvil, BKin, RBT

Senior Therapist

Avery graduated with a Bachelor of Kinesiology (Honours) with a minor in Psychology from Wilfred Laurier. Avery has worked with kids for 7 years and counting. Avery is currently pursing her Masters at Brock University in Applied Disability Studies. Avery is a dance instructor and also ran a fundamental movement skills program for children with disabilities while at University.

Outside of work, Avery loves to take dance classes and spend time with her family and friends. Avery loves the opportunity to make a difference (no matter how small) in the in the lives of others and working at ABS brings her so much joy. She loves helping kids build their confidence.

Avery Thornton, RBT

Avery Thornton, RBT

Teen Social Skills Leader

Avery graduated from Georgian College with a Social Service Worker diploma and has more than 5 years experience working children and young adults.

Outside of work, Avery enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

When asked what she enjoys most about her job, Avery shared that she loves watching the kiddos learn and develop new skills to help with their future endeavours!

Shanice Adams. B.Sc

Shanice Adams. B.Sc

Instructor Therapist

 Shanice has a Bachelor of Science with a major in psychology and a minor in biology. Shanice has been working with children for over 3 years and spends her free time volunteering at Sexual Assault helpline.

When she is not working with children and people, Shanice likes to paint, read and go on walks.

Shanice truly enjoys working with people and helping to make positive change in their lives.

Providing Applied Behaviour Analysis Services in Wellington, Waterloo, Dufferin, Halton, Peel.