Nikia Dower
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  • President/Director of Dower and Associates, Inc.
  • Speech/Language Pathologist (ASHA Certification and Virginia Licensed)
  • Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BACB Certified and Virginia Licensed)®

Ms. Dower has been in private practice serving Loudoun County since 1986 and in Prince William County since 1993. Her current staff of speech/language pathologists, ABA instructors and tutors specializes in the treatment of children and adolescents with language learning disabilities, speech/language delays/disorders and those with autism and other developmental disabilities.

Over the years, Ms. Dower found her niche in the treatment of children and adolescents diagnosed with Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, Down's Syndrome, and those with language based learning disabilities. She is responsible for consulting with families, school systems, private schools and agencies and training those who implement ABA/VB programs across the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Since 1986, she has been a Virginia licensed speech/language pathologist and in 1988, she came a nationally, ASHA certified speech/language pathologist . In June of 2005, she became the first speech/language pathologist in Virginia to receive certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. In October of 2012, she received her Virginia Behavior Analyst license issued by the Virginia Board of Medicine.


Jessica Miller, AAS
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  • Lead Behavioral Technician
  • Lead Social Skills Group Instructor
  • Lead Summer Camp Instructor

Jessica joined Dower and Associates, Inc. in August of 2004. She holds her Associates in Applied Science degree in Early Childhood Education.

She has been working with children with special needs in Loudoun County, VA since 2002 in a variety of settings. Since 2004, her interest has been exclusively in the effective educational and behavioral treatment of children with autism and related developmental disabilities utilizing ABA with an emphasis in Verbal Behavior. She is exceptionally talented in applying the science of ABA in home-based, school-based and clinic-based settings as she instructs early to advanced learners with autism with a range of communicative abilities from nonverbal to verbal.

She brings to Dower and Associates, Inc. tenacity in learning and precise application of her knowledge while displaying exceptional instructional skills to educating children with autism and training staff, parents and allied professionals in effective teaching procedures in the application of behavior analysis.


Ashton Marshall, BA
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  • Lead Behavioral Technician
  • Lead Social Skills Group Instructor
  • Lead Summer Camp Instructor

Ashton first joined Dower and Associates, Inc. in June of 2013 as a summer instructor for Camp Communicate with Confidence. She received a BA in Communication, while minoring in Childhood Studies, from Christopher Newport University in May 2014. The following September she joined the Dower staff full time, as a behavioral technician.

Ashton has always been interested in teaching, as well as coaching lacrosse. She enjoys working with children of all ages, but has found a true passion for working with early to advanced learners with Autism. In addition to providing ABA instruction to children, Ashton is also responsible for maintaining and updating students' direct instruction program materials.

In her spare time, Ashton also coaches Varsity lacrosse at Loudoun Valley High School in Purcellville, VA.

Pam Bower

Pam Bower, MCP

  • Office Manager

Pam joined Dower and Associates, Inc. in 2007 to assist Ms. Dower with the day-to-day operations of a growing business. Although her background, educationally and professionally, is different from many of the Dower and Associates staff, she has the same goal that all children should be given the opportunity to be successful. This comes from years of working with both her children who have learning issues that they have been successful in overcoming.

Pam holds a BA in Sociology from LaSalle College (now University) and a Masters Degree in Community Planning (MCP) from the University of Maryland at Baltimore. Professionally, she worked in three local government planning departments in a variety of positions for almost 20 years: the City of Keene, NH, Stafford County, VA and Loudoun County, VA. Since leaving local government, she has worked part time which affords her the opportunity to be with her children after school.

She served on the Board of Directors of the Loudoun County Chapter of the American Cancer Society until it was dissolved as part of a national reorganization. During her tenure, she served as vice president and president and chaired the Daffodil Days fund raiser for many years. She also has chaired 11 Scholastic Book Fairs at her children's school. During her tenure, profits increased over 100%. As a result of this success, Scholastic Books appointed her to serve on their National Customer Advisory Board. The charge of this Board is to provide direction to the Scholastic staff on ways they can better assist the Book Fair Chairpersons.

Pam is a welcome and much needed asset to Dower and Associates, Inc. as she assists the company in its expansion to serve more children with special needs.

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