Who We Are

Kamila Janik, MSc, BCBA

Clinical Program Lead

Kamila has worked in the field of developmental disabilities in Ireland since 2009. She has a BA in Psychology and a Post Graduate Diploma in Applied Behavior Analysis from the National University of Ireland, Galway. Kamila also holds a Master of Science in Rehabilitation and Disability Studies from the University College Dublin. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA).

 

Kamila has dedicated her clinical work to creating meaningful change for individuals with disabilities and their families. She has worked for many years in assessing and developing comprehensive programs for children, adolescents, and adults with developmental delays, Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), learning disabilities, challenging behavior, Conduct Disorder, ODD, ADHD, and social, emotional, and behavioral difficulties. She has provided behavior therapeutic services in a variety of settings including residential facilities, schools, and center-based and in-home therapy settings. Kamila has extensive experience in the management of challenging behavior and delivery of parent and staff training. Kamila moved to Qatar in 2015 to be a part of the exciting team at CDC. 

Carole McGuiness

Head of Early Intervention Program

With nearly 9 years experience working with adults and children with different needs, Carole possesses a diverse skill-set including ABA and early intervention. She has an appreciation for the broader environment of service provision: understanding the importance of building and maintaining quality relationships with the entire family unit, providing ongoing supervision and professional development for direct care staff, and in creating innovative opportunities for positive public relations.

 

Carole completed one year university training in Theoretical Physics before deciding to pursue social sciences. The recipient of two university scholarships for exceptional academic performance, she went on to specialise in Experimental Behaviour Analysis in her honours Psychology degree. She finished her supervised field work under international leaders in the field, and continues to collaborate with them on her special interest areas including Verbal Behaviour, Relational Frame Theory, the management of severe challenging behaviour and Organisational Behaviour Management.

Oksana Kamenetskaya. M.A. CCC-SLP/TSSLD

Head of Speech-Language Pathology

Oksana is an American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) certified, New York State-licensed, PROMPT-trained, bilingual Speech and Language Pathologist. She holds a New York State Teacher for Students with Speech and Language Disabilities certification (TSSL-D). Oksana graduated from St. John's University with a Magna Cum Laude degree in Speech Language Pathology and Communication.

 

While providing intervention, Oksana implements and combines innovative and time-proven treatment techniques and learning approaches such as: PROMPT, principles of ABA therapy, Sensory Integration, TEACCH menthod, PECS, and others. Besides extensive expertise in communication and cognitive disorders, Oksana is trained and experienced in treating various feeding/swallowing disorders. 

In addition, Oksana closely works with families/caregivers and considers them an integral part of intervention; to ensure carryover and generalization of skills. Furthermore, she has extensive experience working with families from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds. Oksana is very passionate about helping children with developmental disorders and their families reach their full potential of living full and happy lives, despite their limitations and special needs. 

Namita Panekat, B. O. Th

Head of Occupational Therapy

Namita is an Occupational Therapist with over 10 years of experience working with pediatric and adult clients with different needs. She is a licensed and registered member of the All India Occupational Therapists Association. She also holds practising licences of other countries such as Nigeria, UAE, and Zimbabwe. Namita is certified and trained in Neurodevelpmental Therapy (Bobath Techniques). She has worked in one of the leading government hospitals and also a very well-established special needs center in the UAE. She has experience in acute and sub-acute rehabilitation in hospitals. She has been instrumental in developing and implementing the preterm baby screening program for neonates in the neonatal intensive care units and special care baby units in various hospitals in the UAE. Namita also has experience in community based rehabilitation and has developed innovative intervention techniques in various villages across India and Zimbabwe. 

 

Namita has conducted various parent, teacher and staff training programs in various hospitals, clinics, schools across India, Zimbabwe, Nigeria and the UAE. She believes in keeping herself abreast of the developments in her field, by attending various international and national CME programs. Namita is a very dedicated and dependable individual who firmly believes in implementing a multi-disciplinary holistic treatment approach when providing services to clients.