The Illuminate Team
Founder and CEO
After many years of experience in the healthcare field, Max Lowy established Illuminate with one goal in mind: to facilitate an individualized ABA program tailored specifically to every child under its care. As founder and CEO of Illuminate, Max embodies that mission and provides leadership, inspiration and motivation to the Illuminate team every single day.
Rivka Hoch, BCBA, LBA is the clinical director of Illuminate ABA. Rivka earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Liberal Arts from Excelsior College and a Master’s of Science in Education from Daemen College. Rivka spent many years as a lead teacher in Special Education where she taught multiple age groups and functional levels. As an educator, Rivka designed behavior plans which guided her students to success. This prompted her to complete the Applied Behavior Analysis training from Florida Institute of Technology. Rivka naturally connects with children and immediately fell in love with the field of ABA where she enjoys combining her natural rapport of engaging with children with working techniques. As a mother of young children, Rivka finds herself turning to these techniques in her home as well! Once a practicing BCBA, Rivka has guided teams of therapists in implementing ABA programs. She has helped her clients gain new skills and develop appropriate behaviors to help them function in a variety of settings. Giving the parents and families the support they need to help their child thrive is Rivka’s favorite part of what she does. In her free time, Rivka likes to drink Iced Passion Fruit tea mixed with Limeade while spending time with her family outdoors.
Clinical Director of Michigan
Sydney Finkenbine is a licensed and certified behavior analyst (BCBA). Sydney has been working with children, adolescents, and adults diagnosed with various disabilities, since 2014 in the home, school, and community settings. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science and Master’s of Special Education from Bowling Green State University, and a graduate level certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis from University of Cincinnati. Her professional interests include language building, social skills training and teaching activities of daily living (ADLs). In her free time, Sydney enjoys trying new restaurants, exploring local walking trails and spending time with family.
When it comes to seeing that new patients receive the care and service they need without all the hassle, Dov’s immediate answer is invariably “We can help them.” Whether he’s arranging for a referral, coordinating benefits, gathering files and records from multiple sources or just making sure our new patients are calm and cared for during the whole process, nobody does it like Dov.