New hope for this generation of children with autism

Acorn Health is a standard-setting family of ABA treatment providers

Our behavior analytic professionals develop, apply, and share the latest advances in the science of ABA, always focused on data and outcomes. Acorn Health providers combine proven best practices with pioneering, evidence-based next practices, engaging whole families.

The human brain has a remarkable ability to change and adapt. We work with children of all ages and as young as 18 months. The earlier we create new behaviors and skills, the stronger they are.

A different family of
ABA treatment providers

People seek out those that share their values, and here are ours

Values matter: they’re a constant in a world that’s always changes. The best employees want to work with companies who share their beliefs, and that is true for parents who entrust us with children they love.

We are authentic

Authenticity

We present our true, consistent selves. Everyone hungers for genuine connections.

We are accountable

Accountability

We keep our promises, and can be trusted with the life and future of a child.

We are a team

Teamwork

The best outcomes are produced by people who collaborate with enthusiasm.

We are always adapting

Growth

We know the needs of children and their families are unique and ever-changing.

We move quickly

Hustle

In autism care and treatment, time is always of the essence. We do things now.

Our Vision

Acorn Health is driving autism therapy forward with our careful combination of ABA best practices and our pioneering next practices

Acorn Leadership

A track record of health care transformation

Acorn Health was founded by a team with rich and varied experience navigating the health care landscape, and delivering excellent patient care and experiences. The company is backed by MBF Healthcare Partners, which has produced some of the nation’s most innovative healthcare success stories.

  • Vicki Kroviak

    Chief Executive Officer

    Vicki Kroviak

    Vicki brings passion, business experience, and personal history to her mission: to establish Acorn Health as the leading provider of Applied Behavior Analysis treatment for children with autism and their families.

    She was most recently the Chief Executive Officer of Monte Nido & Affiliates and co-founder of Oliver-Pyatt Centers, leading providers of residential eating disorder treatment. Vicki co-founded the Residential Eating Disorder Treatment Consortium, a national trade organization that brought together competing residential eating disorders treatment providers. She inspired them to collaborate and raise industry standards, which led to more effective insurance coverage.

    Vicki approaches behavioral health treatment as both a provider and a mother, working to deliver the standard of care she would want for her own children. The mother of three daughters, one of whom has special needs, Acorn’s mission strikes close to home.

  • Krista M. Boe, M.A., BCBA

    Chief Clinical Officer & President of Michigan Operations

    Krista M. Boe

    Krista has been practicing as a BCBA since 2008, with a focus in Autism Spectrum Disorder, Developmental Disabilities, and Organizational Behavior Management.

    Before joining Acorn Health, Krista served dually diagnosed individuals at an Intermediate Care Facility, and as an independent consultant in a community waiver-based setting. Krista was a board member for the Heartland Association for Behavior Analysis, and the Nebraska Association for Behavior Analysis. She began her work with Autism Centers of Michigan (ACM), an Acorn Health Company, in 2015, as Clinical Director of Northern Michigan operations, and later served as Chief Clinical Officer. In 2018, Krista was appointed to the Michigan Autism Council, representing certified behavior analysts throughout the state.

    She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Biology from Central Michigan University, and a Master’s Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Western Michigan University.

  • Jose Alvarez

    Chief Financial Officer

    Jose Alvarez

    Jose drives value and results by helping organizations navigate complex business and organizational challenges. He works with rapid growth businesses to achieve profitable growth strategies with a “people first” approach.

    His priority on growing and building teams has helped organizations develop new capabilities. Jose’s entrepreneurial style, along with finance and acquisition experience, drive innovation. He brings more than 18 years of wide-ranging experience to Acorn Health, including extensive knowledge around raising capital and integrating acquisitions. He has driven the synchronization of financial strategies and operations for high-growth companies, consistently helping them achieve scale, market leadership and profitability.

    Jose began his professional career at Ernst & Young, LLP, and earned his degree in accounting at the University of Miami.

  • Lorraine Riche

    Acorn President East Coast Region

    Lorraine Riche

    Lorraine Riche can be heard saying that joining Acorn Health directly connects to her personal “why” of giving the next generation of children with autism an unprecedented opportunity to live independently and meaningfully. What has remained consistent over her career is her passion to improve the functional lives of those she serves.

    Lorraine has 25 years of healthcare experience beginning as a clinician and advancing to a Chief Operating Officer of a rapidly growing, multistate, multisite ambulatory provider organization. Lorraine believes the acquisition and development of human capital is the most important, appreciable asset in an organization and a differentiator to any business. She is committed to advancing the care and value in the health and human services sector and demonstrates this through her long standing appointment to field accreditation as a surveyor for CARF and her board appointment with the Amputee Coalition.

  • Kara Rapozo

    Vice President of Outreach and Admissions

    Mike Dow

    Kara is a mission-focused strategic leader that has a heart for increasing access to quality care. She was most recently the National Director of Business Development at Rogers Behavioral Health, where she led the development and strategy of a large national outreach department that promoted several service lines and three levels of care in multiple markets.

    Kara has a proven record of success for driving growth, promoting positive team culture, and bringing communities together through collaborative referral partnerships. She has a heart for youth on the autism spectrum.

    Kara has her B.A. in Psychology from the University of South Florida and is currently obtaining her MBA at FIU in Miami. She has chaired the Leadership Academy for the Junior League of Tampa, is a member of The ACHE western Florida Chapter, and an NFL Alumni for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleaders.

  • Mike Dow

    Executive Director of Industry Relations

    Mike Dow

    Mike has 25+ years of experience as a senior executive and business leader. His companies have received a wide range of accolades, including three consecutive years on Inc. 500 fastest-growing private firms, and national recognition as a Great Place to Work and for innovation in employee health and wellness. His work has been featured in publications including Fortune Magazine, CFO Magazine, HR Executive Magazine, and Washingtonian Magazine.

    He joined Autism Centers of Michigan (ACM), an Acorn Health company, in 2016 as CEO until its partnership with Acorn in 2018. He now serves as the President of Acorn Health of Michigan, Acorn’s platform company in the Midwest.

    Mike earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Virginia, and graduated from the General Manager Program at Harvard University. Mike is also the author of an award-winning science fiction/thriller trilogy, Dark Matters.

Advisory Board

We’ve invited thought leadership, advice, and oversight

Acorn has assembled a Clinical Advisory Board, led by Gregory P. Hanley, Ph.D., director of the Behavior Analysis Doctoral Program at Western New England University and an adjunct professor of psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He’s worked and trained others at the Spurwink School, the Groden Center, and the Kennedy Krieger Institute, the world’s premier institution dedicated to improving the lives of children and young adults with developmental exceptionalities.

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