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. Deb’s mission is to restore hope for the future for children and their families whose lives have been touched by autism and other related conditions.


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

As parents of three children, Deb found herself emerged in the special education community when her 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 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—Arden Hills, Burnsville, MinnetonkaWinona, 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 job 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 2024:

May 27th, July 4th, July 5th, September 2nd, November 28th, November 29th, December 23rd, December 24th, December 25th


Arden Hills Therapy Center
4255 Lexington Avenue
Arden Hills, MN 55126
 (952) 746-5350
Fax: (952) 746-6131

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



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