Our Story

Welcome to Partners In Excellence (Partners), a center-based autism treatment center that has served the Twin Cities Autism community since 2001 and the La Crosse, Wisconsin community since 2010. Our mission is to positively impact the life of each child through our unparalleled commitment and desire to see our clients reach their greatest potential.

Partners was founded in 2001 by Deb Thomas and is co-operated by her husband, Bruce. Together their mission is to restore hope for the future for children and their families whose lives have been touched by autism.


In the beginning we weren’t expecting to design the multi-faceted program that we have today.

As parents of three children, they found themselves emerged in the special education community when their son, Matthew, was diagnosed with a physical disability at a very young age. Before launching Partners, Deb founded the Minnesota Center for Conductive Education in 1997 to help Matthew and others with similar diagnoses get the help and therapy they needed to increase their quality of life.  Through this program Deb and Bruce encountered an entire community of parents desperately searching for services for their children with autism. Partners has evolved by hearing and seeing the needs of families in the community and responding to them.

Over the years Partners has expanded to five outpatient mental health clinics in the Midwest—Burnsville, Minnetonka, North Saint PaulWinona, MN and La Crosse, WI serving children with autism by providing Applied Behavior Analysis and Applied Verbal Behavior Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Feeding Therapy, Pyschotherapy and Speech Therapy.

Partners is recognized in the autism community for their measurable progress and results. We strive to maximize each child’s potential, continually monitoring progress to allow each child to become as independent and successful as they possibly can.


See the latest jobs openings and learn more about how you can become a part of the Partners In Excellence team.


Hours of Operation

Open Monday-Friday: 8 am - 5 pm

We are closed on the following days in 2023:

January 2nd, May 29th , July 4th, September 4th, November 23rd, November 24th,  December 22nd, December 25th.


Burnsville Therapy Center/Corporate Office
14301 Ewing Avenue
Burnsville, MN 55306
 (952) 746-5350
Fax: (952) 746-6131

Minnetonka Therapy Center
5501 Feltl Road
Minnetonka, MN 55343
Phone: (952) 746-5350
Fax: (952) 746-0992

North St. Paul Therapy Center
2344 Helen street N
North St. Paul, MN 55109
Phone: (952) 746-5350
Fax: (651) 773-5978


Winona Therapy Center
223 Center Street
Winona, MN 55987
Phone: (952) 746-5350
Fax: (507) 474-4890

La Crosse Therapy Center
901 Caledonia Street
La Crosse, WI 54603
Phone: (952) 746-5350
Fax: (608) 785-4101


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