Ridgemont Equity Reorganizes Autism, I/DD Companies Under New Parent Company

Ridgemont Equity Partners has created a new parent organization for its portfolio of autism companies as well as intellectual- and developmental-disability treatment businesses.

The Charlotte, North Carolina-based middle-market private equity firm announced Thursday that its portfolio company Speech Pathology Group created Unison Therapy Services. The new parent company will leverage comprehensive support for five other Ridgemont portfolio companies: SPG Therapy & Education, Comprehensive Autism Center, Behavior Therapy Clinic, Family Support Center and Abrite.

The Unison companies operate in California, Colorado and Oregon. Each company will continue to operate locally through its existing brand. Combined, Unison provides family-first therapeutic treatment in clinics, schools and homes, according to a news release.


“We are excited to continue Unison’s track record of organic and acquisitive growth to drive our multidisciplinary service offering and provide superior clinical outcomes for our children and families,” Todd Ezrine, Unison CEO, said in the release. Ezrine is also CEO of Walnut Creek, California-based SPG Therapy & Education, according to his LinkedIn profile.

Ridgemont Equity Partners continues to actively seek new deals with providers, the release states.

The firm most recently added Santa Cruz, California-based ABRITE to the organization. The company provides applied behavior analysis services in homes, the community and schools. Abrite operates in Northern California, Southern California and Corvalis, Oregon. The release does not specify when this deal took place or state the terms of the deal.


Behavioral Health Business reported in January 2020 that Ridgemont Equity Partners facilitated Speech Pathology Group’s deal to acquire Comprehensive Autism Centers. SPG also acquired Southern California-based Go2Consult and Colorado-based Family Support Center about a year ago.

Earlier in the year, Speech Pathology Group acquired Child Counseling & Behavior Therapy Clinic, also based in Southern California.

“Unison’s core values are Resilience, Integrity, Service, and Empathy,” Speech Pathology Group Founder and President Susan Stark said in the release. “These values are also clearly apparent in the spirit of each of our organizations and we are excited to work alongside each of them to support more children and families every day.”