Nikia is President of Dower and Associates, Inc., a small private speech/language and ABA practice in Loudoun County and Manassas City. She graduated from James Madison University with an MS in Speech-Language Pathology in 1986. She became a Virginia licensed speech/language pathologist in 1986, and in 1988, she received her ASHA certification. In June of 2005, she became the first speech/language pathologist in Virginia to receive certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and has been licensed by the Virginia Board of Medicine since state licensure was first available in 2012.
She specializes in the treatment of children and adolescents with language learning disabilities, speech/language delays/disorders and those with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities. She has consulted with families, school systems, private schools and agencies and provided ABA training across the Commonwealth of Virginia. She is a member of ABAI, ASHA, APBA and NASE and is the co-chair of the Speech Language Pathology Applied Behavior Analysis Special Interest Group of ABAI. She has been a member of the Board of Directors of CA since 2002 and an Advisory Board Member of POAC-NoVA since 2005.