Staff – Dallas

Occupational Therapists

Registered Occupational Therapist, OTR, MBA, SIPT, CST

Kate Lundgren graduated from San Jose State University and has been a registered Occupational Therapist since 1989. She received a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Pepperdine University in 1992. Kate specialized in the treatment for neurological disorders and traumas for the first 10 years of her career and completed her Neuro Developmental Treatment (NDT) certification in 1995.

After moving to Dallas in 1997 from Southern California, Kate and her husband, Joe, were informed through diagnostic testing, like many of our clients, that their two sons were on the “Autism Spectrum”. The diagnosis drove a change in Kate’s career and treatment focus in Occupational Therapy to the treatment of pediatric disorders, more specifically, Autism and Sensory Integration Dysfunction. Kate completed her Sensory Integration and Praxis Testing (SIPT) Certification (http://portal.wpspublish.com) in April of 2008 and completed her Advanced CranioSacral Therapy Technique (http:// upledger.com) in August 2014.

Recently, she decided to take her wealth of skills and knowledge and open up a unique clinic focused on the “Cutting Edge” treatment of children with “special needs.” Instead of just “treating” the client, the goal of Cutting Edge Pediatric Therapy (CEPT) is to partner with families to prepare the client for a safe and abundant future.

Kate’s model for Cutting Edge Pediatric Therapy has been so successful, she has had the opportunity of expanding and establishing “Cutting Edge” model in different locations.

Since 2004, Kate has had the unique privilege of teaching as an adjunct professor for the School of Occupational Therapy at Texas Women’s University training students in the area of pediatrics. At TWU, she was provided the opportunity of developing the first special interest course for Autism Spectrum Disorders. Kate continues to speak publicly and share her passion for individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities.

Most recently, Kate was invited to speak internationally in southern China regarding training for Sensory Integration treatment in conjunction with ASDS.

Some of the relevant training that Kate has completed but not limited to is Handwriting without Tears, ABT’s TLP/InTime, Level 1 Mentorship at the SPD Foundation, Reflex Integration Testing, Astronaut Protocol, Keyboarding Without Tears and Interactive Metronome with emphasis in pediatrics.

Kate, as of February 2019, is a TOTA (Texas Occupational Therapy Association) CE Reviewer for practice area in Occupational Therapy Assistants.

Kate’s Certifications and Specialties include Handwriting without Tears, Size Matters (handwriting), First Strokes Handwriting, The Listening Program, InTime, Level Mentor at STAR, Masgutova Neurosensorimotor Reflex Integration (MNRI), Astronaut Training Protocol, Keyboarding without Tears, Interactive Metronome (emphasis in pediatrics), Kineseo Taping 1 & 2, Craniosacral Therapy Advanced Certification, Neuro-developmental Treatment (NDT), Sensory Integration and Praxis Certification, Vision Therapy Training, Autism Specialist Training, Clinical Instructor, TPOT, and DIR/Floor Time.

Favorite Movie(s)

Night Shift, Sound of Music, and The Breakfast Club

Hometown

Los Angeles, CA

Fun Fact

I went to high school in Maui, Hawaii!

Favorite Treat(s)

Cheesecake, chips and guacamole
Lead Registered Occupational Therapist, OTR

Jennah graduated from Texas Woman’s University with a Bachelors in Psychology in 2012 and with her Master of Occupational Therapy degree in 2015. Jennah completed her Level II fieldwork education here at Cutting Edge in the Fall of 2015 and has since returned as an occupational therapist. She has strong passion for the pediatric population and is enthusiastic about continuing to be a part of such a strong team of therapists.

Jennah’s Certifications and Specialties include Neuro-Developmental Treatment (NDT), The Listening Program, InTime Provider Course, Interactive Metronome, Masgutova Neurosensorimotor Reflex Integration (MNRI), Level 1 Sensory SPD Foundation Mentorships, Fine Motor Handwriting HWT, Astronaut Training, Kinesio Taping 1 & 2, Essentials of Praxis Intervention for Children with Autism, and STAR Level 1 Mentorship.

Favorite Movie(s)

Wizard of Oz

Hometown

I was born in San Diego, CA but grew up in Plano, TX

Fun Fact

I have performed in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade in New York

Favorite Treat(s)

Cheesecake
Registered Occupational Therapist, OTR

Madeline graduated from University of Arkansas with her Bachelor of Science in Education. She went on to graduate with a Master of Occupational Therapy from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in 2017. She attended the STAR Institute Level 1 Mentorship Program in June 2019 and is excited to continue helping kiddos with Sensory Processing Disorder. She also has training in the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding. Madeline is very passionate about working with the pediatric population and alongside their families.

Madeline’s Certifications and Specialties include Level 1 Star institute and DIR Floortime Introduction, Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding.

Favorite Movie(s)

Mulan

Hometown

The Woodlands, TX

Fun Fact

I lived in 4 different countries growing up: Venezuela, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, and Oman

Favorite Treat(s)

Spicy Nacho Doritos
Registered Occupational Therapist, OTR

Nooreen Khalid is an Occupational Therapist. She graduated with her bachelor’s in psychology from Austin College in Sherman in 2017 and recently graduated with her Masters in Occupational therapy from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in 2019. Nooreen has always had a passion for working with the pediatric population and has had various experience from volunteering to completing her fieldwork at various outpatient pediatric clinics.  Nooreen is looking forward to working with the children and families and to be apart of the Cutting Edge team!

Nooreen’s Certifications and Specialties include Interactive Metronome (IM).

Favorite Movie(s)

Mulan and Zootopia

Hometown

Plano, TX

Fun Fact

I love to travel and grew up going on trips every year with my grandparents

Favorite Treat(s)

Cookies
Registered Occupational Therapist, OTR

Judy received her Doctorate of Occupational Therapy from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in April of 2021. She graduated from Texas Woman’s University in 2017 with her Bachelors in Child Development, Pre-OT. While completing her undergraduate degree, Judy has worked as an ABA therapist for 2.5 years, which sparked her interest in working with the pediatric population. She completed her Level II fieldwork in a home health pediatric setting around the DFW area. Judy completed her experiential component for her doctoral research project at Cutting Edge. She conducted a workshop on how occupational therapists can discuss sexuality to young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Judy is excited to continue educating and collaborating with the team at CEPT!

Favorite Movie(s)

My girl, The Little Rascals, and The Grinch Who Stole Christmas

Hometown

Chicago, Illinois

Fun Fact

I was a Bollywood dance teacher during my ~younger~ days!

Favorite Treat(s)

Any milk chocolate and ice cream! (especially cookie dough)
Registered Occupational Therapist, OTR

Carolyn graduated with her Bachelor’s in Psychology and Sociology from Austin College in Sherman, Texas in 2011. She went on to earn her Masters in Teaching and served in public education teaching middle and high school ESL, ELA, and science. Finally in 2019 she decided to pursue Occupational Therapy and she went on to earn her Occupational Therapy license in 2021.

Carolyn is passionate about serving the pediatric population, interprofessional collaboration, health and wellness, and social justice. Her continuing education interests include, Sensory Integration, Floortime, and the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding.

Favorite Movie(s)

Cool Runnings, Coco, Cruella, Onward

Hometown

Carrollton, TX

Fun Fact

In her spare time she enjoys cooking, camping, exercise, and family photography!

Favorite Treat(s)

Chips and fresh salsa

Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants

Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant, COTA

Joni Smart is an Occupational Therapy Assistant. In 1998 she graduated with an Associates Degree of Applied Science in Occupational Therapy from Amarillo College in Amarillo, Texas. Joni began her career working with a non-profit agency assisting individuals with visual impairments ages 0-21 to learn activities of daily living but with an emphasis in a recreational program! Then she moved into pediatric home health with an ECI program for a few years. Her true experience in pediatrics came from my time in a clinical setting from 2003 to 2013. There Joni learned her true passion for children. Her caseload was very diverse and ranged from babies to young adults. Joni is a Kinesio Tex Tape Certified with KT3 in pediatrics. She received her certificate of mastery in DIR/Floortime Model in infancy and early childhood training in 2008. Joni received training in Partial Weight Bearing Training in 2006. She has training in handwriting with Fine Motor Gymnastics to Multi-Sensory Print and Writing Success for children with Autism. She also received a specialized training for a week with Izabela Koscielny, MS PT who developed the Therasuit Method Training and Universal Exercise Unit (Spidercage). Joni’s favorite was the 72 hour course she took in Autism Spectrum Disorders & Other Neurobehavioral Disorder in 2007, that was a collaboration of professionals brought in by our clinical director. Joni’s passion remains with children. She loves watching them succeed and seeing their parents proud of their achievements.

Joni’s Certifications and Specialties include Fine Motor Gymnastics Handwriting, DIR/Floor Time, Kinesio Taping 1, 2, & 3, Partial Weight Bearing Gait Training (LiteGait), Therasuit Method Training/Universal Exercise Unit (“Spider Cage”), and Strategies on Behavior and Communication for Students with Autism.

Favorite Movie(s)

Steel Magnolias, Young Frankenstein, Mrs. Doubtfire, all Rocky movies

Hometown

Amarillo, TX

Fun Fact

I grew up showing dogs in a professional manner along side my mother and sister. My Mom bred Samoyeds. At one time we had the number one winning Samoyed in the country. His name was Harry and he was my dog but I was in high school so we put him with a professional handler who traveled the world with him to win at shows like the Westminister Dog Show you see on TV.

Favorite Treat(s)

Chocolate chip cookies
Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant, COTA

Rachel graduated from The University of North Texas where she received her Bachelor’s in Kinesiology in 2017. She then graduated from Parker University in 2018 with honors where she received her Associate’s of Applied Science in Occupational Therapy. Rachel has plans in the near future to go back to school to earn her Masters Degree in Occupational Therapy. Rachel enjoys taking extra continuing education classes in her free time in order to further her knowledge and help better serve the clients she works with. She has taken classes focusing on vision, reflex integration and sensory. She has also completed her Kinesio 1&2 Certification. As well as completing The DIR Floortime Model: Introduction.

Rachel’s Certifications and Specialties include Safety Care, DIR/Floor Time, and Kinesio Taping 1, 2, 3, & 4.

Favorite Movie(s)

Frozen and Moana

Hometown

Rowlett, TX

Fun Fact

I did competitive cheerleading for 12 years and won Gold at the cheerleading Worlds

Favorite Treat(s)

Snickerdoodle cookies and plain cheesecake
Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant, COTA

Kelly graduated from Texas A&M University in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Sociology. She went on to graduate from Weatherford College in 2021 where she received her Associate of Applied Science in Occupational Therapy. She has experience working with children in various settings and is ready to help kids reach their full potential as a COTA. Kelly is excited to be a part of the Cutting Edge team and work with the children and families they serve!

Favorite Movie(s)

Princess Bride, Tangled

Hometown

Weatherford, TX

Fun Fact

Hammerhead sharks are my favorite animal

Favorite Treat(s)

Oreos, Cheez-its

Certified Speech Therapists

Lead Speech-Language Pathologist, SLP

Sydney is a certified and licensed speech-language pathologist who has worked in both public schools and outpatient therapy clinics since 2010. Sydney has experience evaluating and working with children, teenagers, and young adults with a variety of communication disorders. In 2008, Sydney received a Bachelor’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology from the University of North Texas, also minoring in Development and Family Studies. In 2010, Sydney completed her Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Texas Christian University. Sydney has held her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association since 2011. She is also an actively involved member of the Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association and volunteers on an ongoing basis in different positions and roles. Sydney has attended courses related to the Social Thinking approach to pragmatic language skills and values this approach for teaching social cognition and pragmatic skills. She has completed introductory courses related to the SCERTS model, DIR Floortime, and Language Acquisition through Motor Planning (LAMP). Sydney has advanced clinical training in the Dynamic Temporal and Tactile Cueing (DTTC) approach for treatment of childhood apraxia of speech and is listed in the Apraxia Kids SLP Directory. She is certified in the VitalStim Specialty Program, a neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) modality for resolving dysphagia and oral motor disorders related to feeding and swallowing. She also has training in the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding. Sydney greatly values the aspect of collaboration between therapy disciplines and with caregivers in order to help children and teenagers achieve new goals and build important skills for life-long communication and feeding success.

Sydney’s Certifications and Specialties include Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding, Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (ages 1.5 and up), Social Cognition, DIR/Floor Time, Talk Tools Level 1, Pediatric Feeding, and Dynamic Temporal and Tactile Cueing (DTTC).

Favorite Movie(s)

Mulan, Meet The Parents

Hometown

Fort Worth, TX

Fun Fact

I love finding and exploring new cozy coffee shops!

Favorite Treat(s)

Warm, gooey, homemade chocolate chip cookies – fresh out of the oven
Speech-Language Pathologist, SLP, Saturday Lead

Natalie is a 2018 graduate of Abilene Christian University with her B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders and her M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology. Speech therapy was introduced to Natalie at a young age when her older brother received early childhood intervention and school speech therapy services. Later, when she was 14 years old, Natalie observed the speech pathologist at the elementary school where her mom taught, and she decided that speech therapy was the path for her. Throughout graduate school, Natalie’s interest in helping people with neurodevelopmental disorders grew. She gained experience working with children and adults in clinics, early childhood intervention, outpatient rehab, and schools. Natalie joined the Cutting Edge family in 2018 for her Clinical Fellowship Year, in which she earned her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association. She has been trained in the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) therapeutic approach to feeding for picky eaters and in the Language Acquisition Through Motor Planning (LAMP) therapeutic approach for individuals with limited verbal abilities. She is also a member of the Texas Speech and Hearing Association (TSHA). Natalie loves getting to know her patients and their families every day, collaborating with other professions, and helping each child learn how to communicate meaningfully.

Natalie’s Certifications and Specialties include Sequential Oral Sensory Feeding Therapy, DIR/Floor Time, and Language Acquisition Through Motor Planning (LAMP) Words for Life,

Favorite Movie(s)

Life is Beautiful, Arrival, Tangled, Finding Nemo

Hometown

Coppell, TX

Fun Fact

My family has a lake house on Lake Texoma where we spend a majority of our weekends. We love taking our dogs out on the boat!

Favorite Treat(s)

Snickerdoodle cookies
Speech-Language Pathologist, SLP

Amanda graduated from Texas A&M University in 2014 with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology. She then attended graduate school at The University of Texas at Dallas where she received her Masters of Science degree in Communication Disorders for Speech-Language Pathology. She has held her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association since 2017. She has professional experience in the public schools, as well as graduate clinician experience in outpatient clinics, home health, dysphagia clinics, and preschool language development programs for children with Autism and other developmental disorders. These experiences have given Amanda the opportunity to work with children, birth-18, and young adults with a wide variety of communication disorders. Amanda is passionate about working with families to help every client become the best communicator possible. “Your Words Matter!”

Amanda’s Certifications and Specialties include Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets (PROMPTS) and Level 1 Feeding.

Favorite Movie(s)

The Greatest Showman

Hometown

Allen, TX

Fun Fact

I share a birthday with two of my siblings - all different years!

Favorite Treat(s)

Dove Dark Chocolate
Speech-Language Pathologist, SLP

Katie graduated from Baylor University in 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She then attended the University of Texas at Dallas where she received her Master of Science in Communication Disorders. Katie was introduced to speech therapy when her younger brother was diagnosed with Autism, and she has had an interest in working with children and teens with communication disorders ever since. During graduate school, Katie gained experience working with the pediatric population in preschool programs, public schools, and private clinics. Through those experiences she was able to provide therapy for articulation and language disorders, social/pragmatic disorders, augmentative and alternative communication, and sensory based feeding disorders. Katie is joining the Cutting Edge team for her Clinical Fellowship Year. She looks forward to getting to work as a team with her clients, families, and other professionals to help her clients be the best communicators they can be.

Favorite Movie(s)

The Harry Potter Series

Hometown

Frisco, Texas

Fun Fact

I love to craft and make t-shirts/cups for my friends and family.

Favorite Treat(s)

Nutter Butter cookies and Sonic drinks
Speech-Language Pathologist, SLP

Delilah Vancini graduated from the University of North Texas in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders and a minor in Spanish. She then graduated from Abilene Christian University-Dallas in 2021 with a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology. During graduate school, Delilah gained experience with children and adults with a wide range of communication disorders in various different settings. Graduate school molded her insight and knowledge of Speech-Language Pathology and helped her learn that interpersonal communication between a clinician/client/caregiver(s) is essential to achieving the best possible outcomes. Being bilingual provided her with the privilege to establish the same connections with individuals from diverse backgrounds. Delilah is excited to use her creativity, passion, and determination to provide quality services to her clients and their families.

Favorite Movie(s)

Monsters Inc.

Hometown

Longview, TX

Fun Fact

I own a pet parrot that dances, whistles, and talks!

Favorite Treat(s)

Cinnamon rolls and white cheddar Cheeto puffs
Speech-Language Pathologist, SLP

Haneen Wadi is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist and a graduate of The University of Texas at Dallas’ Speech-Language Pathology master’s degree program. Haneen has worked to help children and adults reach their speech and language goals since 2012 gaining experience in a variety of different settings including the Callier Center for Communication Disorders, Lewisville ISD, and Katy ISD, west of Houston. Her primary concentration and passion has been working with children. She is a member of the Texas Speech Language and Hearing Association and believes in the importance of applying evidence-based practice creatively and compassionately. Haneen is PROMPT trained and can also read, write, and speak in Arabic. Haneen lives with her husband and daughter in Little Elm which neighbors Frisco.

Favorite Movie(s)

A Bug's Life

Hometown

Little Elm, TX

Fun Fact

My dad is a pulmonologist; he is a hero.

Favorite Treat(s)

Pomegranates, sugar snap peas, Miss Vikie's Jalapeño chips, mini M&Ms.
Speech-Language Pathologist, SLP

Kat graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2018. Post undergrad, she began work as an SLPA while maintaining relationships with professors and contributing to research. In 2020, she decided to further her education and attended Baylor’s Master’s program where she graduated with her Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders. While at undergrad at Baylor, Kat joined a church outing to an organization called Friends for Life, a day center in Waco for adults with various disabilities and she fell in love with the population and all the kindness they had to offer. Kat continued volunteering almost every day until graduation. From there, she knew she held a special place in her heart for kids and adults with disabilities and wanted to help in any way she could. During graduate school, Kat had various placements from elementary through high schools, private clinics and a skilled nursing facility. In those placements, she gained valuable experience and worked with clients with a range of various communication disorders including articulation, language and fluency disorders, augmentative and alternative communication, and social and pragmatic disorders. Kat joined the Cutting Edge team for her Clinical Fellowship year in 2022 and is looking forward to creating quality relationships with her clients, peers and supervisors!

Favorite Movie(s)

Ratatouille, Mamma Mia

Hometown

Seattle, WA

Fun Fact

I am fluent in Bulgarian!

Favorite Treat(s)

Gushers
Speech-Language Pathologist, SLP

Rachel graduated from Harding University with her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She moved to Dallas in 2019 and graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas with her Masters of Science in Communication Disorders in 2021. Rachel has experience working in public schools as well as graduate experience working with children and adults of all ages. She has a passion for making therapy sessions both fun and functional for her clients and is excited to be a part of the Cutting Edge team!

Favorite Movie(s)

Leap Year

Hometown

Searcy, AR

Fun Fact

I love to bake and I worked in a bakery for several years!

Favorite Treat(s)

Coffee and soft pretzels
Speech-Language Pathologist, SLP

Anna (“Annie”) graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders and a minor in Psychology from Harding University in 2020. After a crazy summer of Covid-19, Annie started her graduate school journey at the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center and earned her Master’s of Science in Speech-Language Pathology in May 2022! She is currently is her Clinical Fellowship (CF) year and is extremely excited to get to know all her new kiddos!

Annie has a wide variety of experiences in pediatrics and adults in multiple settings. She loves working with kids, but has a passion for the entire lifespan! She has experience in working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), expressive and receptive language disorders, children with AAC devices and speech sound disorders. She loves being there for her patients and their families, helping them become the best they can be!

She is looking forward to expanding her knowledge in infant and pediatric feeding, becoming a Certified Autism Specialist, and becoming a Certified Brain Injury Specialist over the next few years as she grows as a clinician and obtains her clinical competencies!

Favorite Movie(s)

Pride and Prejudice, Real Steel, and the John Wick Trilogy

Hometown

Longview, TX

Fun Fact

I have visited over 8 countries, and I also go by Annie!

Favorite Treat(s)

Chocolate, Diet Coke and anything with cheese!!!

Physical Therapists

Physical Therapist, PT

Shelby De Luna has been a physical therapist since 2019. Shelby graduated from Texas Tech University with her Bachelor’s in Psychology in 2016. Shelby received her Doctor of Physical Therapy from Texas Woman’s University in 2019. Shelby is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the Texas Physical Therapy Association. Shelby completed her final clinical internship here at Cutting Edge in the Summer of 2019 and has since returned as a physical therapist. In Shelby’s fieldwork she gained experience in neuro developmental treatment and Prechtl’s General Movements Assessment. Shelby’s favorite thing about treating kids at Cutting Edge is being able to see kids reach their full potential through play and achieve things that before weren’t believed to be possible.

Favorite Movie(s)

Little Mermaid, anything funny, and Across the Universe

Hometown

Sweetwater, TX

Fun Fact

I’m related to Sir William Wallace

Favorite Treat(s)

Black milk tea with boba or dried pineapples
Physical Therapist, PT

Felicia graduated from University of Texas at San Antonio where she received her Bachelor’s in Kinesiology in 2015. Felicia then graduated from Texas Tech Health Sciences Center and received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2019. Felicia completed her final clinical in home heath pediatrics and that solidified her passion for this setting. Felicia has always loved working with children and she’s excited that she now has the ability to make a positive impact in their lives.

Favorite Movie(s)

Too many to list, but I like all genres except from scary movies

Hometown

Allen, TX

Fun Fact

I was born in Nigeria and hope to get to travel the world someday

Favorite Treat(s)

Snickers, Kit Kat, and Mocha almond fudge ice cream
Physical Therapist, PT

Ashley Faris graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Athletic Training in 2018. She received her Doctor of Physical Therapy from Clarkson University in 2021. In graduate school, she has completed clinician experiences in outpatient ortho, outpatient pediatrics and acute care/inpatient pediatrics. Ashley has always had a passion for working with kids and helping them achieve their goals through play-based therapy. She is excited to continue her passion working with kids at Cutting Edge Pediatric Therapy.

Favorite Movie(s)

Sixteen Candles, Legally Blonde, Tangled, Sweet Home Alabama, Anything Disney or Marvel Movie

Hometown

Rockwall, TX

Fun Fact

I love 80s movies!

Favorite Treat(s)

Red Velvet cake, chocolate chip cookies, French fries

Physical Therapist Assistants

Physical Therapist Assistant, PTA

Amanda is a 2013 graduate of the Kaplan College Physical Therapist Assistant program. Amanda received physical therapy treatment when she was in high school which led her to begin volunteering at a local physical therapy clinic. It was during her volunteer hours that Amanda found her passion for physical therapy as a treatment modality. While in a pediatric clinical rotation, Amanda became driven to make a career out of helping children. After receiving her license, Amanda began working with a pediatric home health company in May 2014. While she enjoyed her time in home health, Amanda is excited to continue her passion of pediatric Physical Therapy with the Cutting Edge Pediatric Therapy team.

Amanda’s Certifications and Specialties include Aquatic Therapy.

Favorite Movie(s)

A Knight’s Tale and The Lion King

Hometown

Wylie, TX

Fun Fact

I am a clown in the Shrine Circus

Favorite Treat(s)

Gummy bears and Twix ice cream bars

Board Certified Behavior Analysts

Board Certified Behavior Analyst, BCBA

Asha Mathew is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and Licensed Behavior Analyst (LBA) in the state of Texas. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology with a Minor in Child and Family Development in 2015. She has been working in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) since 2016 and during that time earned her Master’s in Education in ABA at Arizona State University in 2018. During her time in the field of ABA, she worked as a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) giving direct therapy to clients. She has also been a Lead Therapist, overseen programs, created Behavior Skills Training, updated treatment plans, and assisted with behavior reduction plans. Asha is passionate about making a difference and improving the quality of life of others. Asha lives in Frisco, Texas.

Favorite Movie(s)

Comedy movies

Hometown

Flower Mound, TX

Fun Fact

I love to do DIY projects and travel

Favorite Treat(s)

Anything spicy and pastries
Board Certified Behavior Analyst, BCBA

Heather Boydstun has been a Board Certified Behavior Analyst since 2021. She graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Educational Studies, as well as her Master’s Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis. Before becoming a BCBA she was a Registered Behavior Technician in the clinical setting, working with children who have Autism and other disorders. Heather is passionate about assisting and empowering families to live fulfilled lives, no matter the circumstances.

Heather’s Certifications and Specialties include Safety Care.

Favorite Movie(s)

Beauty and the Beast

Hometown

Plano, TX

Fun Fact

I love baking and cooking shows and enjoy spending time in the kitchen trying out new recipes…and then eating them!

Favorite Treat(s)

Dark chocolate & peanut butter anything, hot Cheetos, and any sour candy.
Board Certified Behavior Analyst, BCBA

Vanessa Mendoza has been in the field of ABA since 2016. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Child Learning Development from the University of Texas at Dallas in 2015, she went straight into the field of Applied Behavior Analysis. She received her master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Arizona State University in 2020 and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in 2021. As a bilingual children’s advocate, Vanessa has a passion to assist families from various ethnic and cultural backgrounds. She has experience working with children with autism and other developmental delays, parent training, and providing therapy in multiple settings such as clinic, home, and community. She is excited to grow and foster her passion in advocating early intervention services for the lives of children, their families, and their community.

Favorite Movie(s)

A Bug’s Life

Hometown

Dallas, TX

Fun Fact

I practice the art of calligraphy

Favorite Treat(s)

Veggie sticks and hummus
Board Certified Behavior Analyst, BCBA

Alyssa is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). She earned her Bachelor Degree in Speech Language Pathology and Child Learning Development in 2015. Alyssa has worked in the field of ABA since 2017. She earned her Master’s degree in Applied Behavioral Analysis in 2021. She started in the field of ABA in 2017 as a Registered Behavioral Technician (RBT). Alyssa is passionate about working with individuals with Autism and other intellectual disabilities. She wants to make a difference in the lives of all families and become an advocate for the special needs community.

Alyssa’s Certifications and Specialties include Safety Care.

Favorite Movie(s)

Aladdin

Hometown

Waco, TX

Fun Fact

I love npas

Favorite Treat(s)

Coffee and anything sweet

Registered Behavior Technicians

Registered Behavior Technician, RBT

I have been a Registered Behavior Technician since June 2020. Excited to grow along side with CEPT! I graduated from East Texas Baptist University in 2019 with a Bachelor of Science in Child Development with a major in psychology and minor in sociology. I’ve always loved working with kids and seeing things from their point of view. They see things differently and make you appreciate the little things more. I have a family member on the spectrum and understand the difference aba makes in their lives. Not only for them but the family as well. Helping others in any way I can makes my heart happy. In high school I was on the first ever youth advisory council for the Providence House and helped create Sleepout 4 independence. To help raise awareness for homeless families. I have a fur baby named Luna. And love to go fishing!

Favorite Movie(s)

Peter Pan and Mulan

Hometown

Shreveport, LA

Fun Fact

I have a day named after me by the Sheriff of Shreveport.

Favorite Treat(s)

French fries, Hershey’s almond bar, Coffee, sweet tea, and Reese’s
Registered Behavior Technician, RBT

Hi everyone! My name is Anna! I’m a recent graduate from UNT with a bachelor’s degree in Audiology and Speech Language Pathology. I’m expecting to start my master’s program in ABA this summer. I’ve been a RBT for 2 years, and I’m excited to continue to grow my skills at Cutting Edge.

Favorite Movie(s)

Anastasia

Hometown

Paris, Texas

Fun Fact

I’m left handed and was born on national left handers day!

Favorite Treat(s)

Snickerdoodle cookies
Therapy Tech / Registered Behavior Technician, RBT

Robert is a graduate of the University of Texas at Dallas with a Bachelors in Healthcare Studies. Currently, he is a therapy tech, but wishes to eventually go back to school for Physical Therapy. He has a personal training certification, is QBS safety certified, and is an RBT.

Favorite Movie(s)

Star Wars and Jurassic Park

Hometown

Omaha, NE

Fun Fact

I build custom keyboards

Favorite Treat(s)

Chai lattes and brownies
Registered Behavior Technician, RBT

My name is Taylore Daddio, but most people just call me “Daddyo” I have two amazing children, Tristan and Gulianna. We moved to Texas in 2017 from Las Vegas, NV.

Favorite Movie(s)

The Goonies

Hometown

Denver, CO

Fun Fact

I am a reptile lover, specifically snakes. I also love dogs, we have two corgis and one shepherd/lab mix

Favorite Treat(s)

Donuts
Registered Behavior Technician, RBT

Carolina is a senior at The University of Texas at Dallas studying Psychology. She plans on perusing her Masters in Counseling after graduation to become a licensed therapist. She has a passion for mental health and helping others. In her free time, she loves to read, hang out with friends, and travel the world. She also has a German Shepherd named Alaska who she loves to spend time with.

Favorite Movie(s)

Anything Studio Ghibli

Hometown

Wylie, TX

Fun Fact

I read 50 books last year!

Favorite Treat(s)

Sushi, Coffee, and Popcorn
Registered Behavior Technician, RBT

Stephanie King received her bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis on APE and Disability Sport from Texas Woman’s University in August 2020. Stephanie completed an internship at the Cooper Aerobics Center in 2019. Since July 2020 Stephanie has worked as an RBT and has fallen in love with the profession! Stephanie has plans to begin a master’s program in ABA next year.

Favorite Movie(s)

Hocus Pocus

Hometown

Omaha, NE

Fun Fact

Dog mom!

Favorite Treat(s)

Oreos
Registered Behavior Technician, RBT

Grant Putnam works as an RBT at Cutting Edge Pediatric Therapy. He graduated from the University of North Texas with a bachelors in Criminal Justice. Since his graduation, he has worked many different jobs and volunteered with various organizations in an effort to find a place where he can help people. Cutting Edge Pediatric Therapy provides this opportunity.

Favorite Movie(s)

Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, Toy Story 1

Hometown

Richardson, TX

Fun Fact

I am an Eagle Scout

Favorite Treat(s)

KitKat and Snickers
Registered Behavior Technician, RBT

Allison Peavy is a Texas Tech Red Raider with a major in Nutrition! She has always loved working with and helping people, and her goal is to someday go back to further her career and become a nurse or a speech pathologist. She is very excited to be joining the Cutting Edge Pediatric family.

Favorite Movie(s)

Mary Poppins

Hometown

Rowlett, TX

Fun Fact

I have a 5-year-old Lab/Aussie mix named Saddie

Favorite Treat(s)

Any kinds of fruit, Rolos, and soft sugar cookies with icing on top
Registered Behavior Technician, RBT

Ashley is a recent, new RBT as of December of 2021! She has studied and obtained her Bachelors of Arts in psychology! Ashley is excited to be apart of the Cutting Edge family and hopes to make a difference in each clients’ lives!

Favorite Movie(s)

Drive Me Crazy

Hometown

Mesquite, TX

Fun Fact

I love all things anime, Disney, and true crime.

Favorite Treat(s)

Lays BBQ chips, cool ranch Doritos, Oreos, gushers, Coke Zero, Snapple peach mango or Lipton tea.
Registered Behavior Technician, RBT

Nicholas (“Nick”) Damiata is originally from Massachusetts. He moved to Texas five years ago and has spent the brunt of that time working with addicts and alcoholics in the rehabilitation and treatment industry. He is also a certified personal trainer. His passion has been helping others and his goal is to continue to grow and learn new and different fields of being able to do so.

Favorite Movie(s)

The Departed

Hometown

Worcester, MA

Fun Fact

I have two certifications in personal training.

Favorite Treat(s)

Steak
Behavior Technician

Kristin graduated with a BA in Psychology from UT Dallas in 2010. She has spent most of her career working with children in different educational settings, but found a new love and passion for the special needs community while having the opportunity to work as a paraprofessional in the Special Education department at Lewisville ISD. She’s a mom to two beautiful kids of her own. In her free time she enjoys outdoor adventures and traveling with her kids, friends or family. She also loves staying active and healthy with Camp Gladiator and hiking. For hobbies she enjoys reading or dabbling in different arts.

Favorite Movie(s)

The Notebook

Hometown

Spring, TX

Fun Fact

I hate ketchup

Favorite Treat(s)

Chocolate
Therapy Technician

Isaiah Copher Hall has served his country for the last 8 years and plans to continue doing so by serving his local community and replicating his servitude with the United States Army National Guard on a more local and personal scale. During his time with the Army, Isaiah received four Army Achievement Medals and an Army Good Conduct Medal for his exemplary behavior, self-less dedication, assistance in the pandemic response mission, and overall meritorious service. His ultimate goal is to be a Firefighter and will begin EMT school in September of 2022. Although Isaiah does not have years of experience working in a Physical Therapy clinic, he plans to begin his journey at Cutting Edge and cannot wait to gain incomparable knowledge and unforgettable memories!

Favorite Movie(s)

Treasure Planet

Hometown

Decatur, TX

Fun Fact

Isaiah Copher Hall is a competitive dancer in both Two Step and West Coast Swing. He has won multiple competitions and he and his dance partner plan to continue adding to that streak!

Favorite Treat(s)

Beef Jerky

Administrative Staff

Director of Clinical Operations

Linda began working at our office in March of 2016. She graduated in 2013 from the University of Texas at Dallas with a Bachelor’s degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology. Upon graduating she spent two years helping children with a variety of neurological disorders including ADHD, Autism, Asperger’s, Dyslexia, and processing disorders. Linda loves being in an environment that helps children and their families and is looking forward to a long career doing so.

Favorite Movie(s)

A Walk to Remember and It Takes Two.

Hometown

Dallas, TX

Fun Fact

I don’t have a middle name, and I can speak two languages

Favorite Treat(s)

Kit Kat
Office Manager

Kenzie was born and raised in Allen, TX, where she currently resides. She has worked as a front desk receptionist, responsible for patient check-ins and insurance verification, for two years prior to joining CEPT in November of 2020. She graduates in December of 2020 with her Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Psychology from the University of Texas at Dallas and plans to continue her education by pursuing a graduate-level degree in clinical psychology. Kenzie has a passion of working with diverse groups of people and lending a helping hand wherever is needed. She is extremely excited to work with the CEPT team!

Favorite Movie(s)

I like Tim Burton movies like The Nightmare Before Christmas and The Corpse Bride.

Hometown

Allen, TX

Fun Fact

I come from a huge family, and I love it! I have 1 older sister, 4 younger sisters, 1 younger brother, and so far, 1 niece and 1 nephew. I also have a 10-year-old shih tzu named Oliver – he’s my baby.

Favorite Treat(s)

Peanut butter snickers!
Senior Front Office Coordinator

Kelly Turner has been with Cutting Edge for a year, and is currently a student at the University of North Texas. She is working diligently towards her degree in Applied Behavior Analysis, and hopes to become a BCBA. She lived in Anna, TX up until leaving for the military in 2011. She was a Seabee (Construction Electrician) in the Navy for 5 years, and she loves to travel and see the world. Getting to work with kids is one of her favorite things, and she is so excited that she gets to help families attend therapy here at CEPT!

Favorite Movie(s)

Alice In Wonderland, Harry Potter films, and Tim Burton films

Hometown

Anna, TX

Fun Fact

I am also an incredibly talented cake decorator/baker.

Favorite Treat(s)

Pizza, crepes, and coffee! Oh my!
Front Office Coordinator

Jordyn graduated from JJ Pearce High School in 2018, she played Varsity Volleyball while she was there as well as Varsity Softball. Jordyn attended Texas Tech University and majored in Kinesiology for two years and then decided to come home and attend Collin County Community College and study Nursing. She enjoys, spending time with friends and family while also staying active and learning new hobbies and activities.

Favorite Movie(s)

Collateral Beauty

Hometown

Dallas, TX

Fun Fact

I am a huge baseball fan! I can watch baseball all day everyday

Favorite Treat(s)

Dr. Pepper, Hot Fries and anything chocolate!
Front Desk Coordinator

Maggie Mondragon is an energetic front desk coordinator with experience in customer service since 2015.

She has been professionally teaching Taekwondo to children since 2014 and has won leadership awards as well as Employee of the year at Mount Pleasant Martial Arts (2017-2018), and as Front Desk Operations for Callejo Elementary (2019-2021). She is continuing her education at Dallas Community College. Maggie Is currently residing in North Dallas.

Favorite Movie(s)

Gatica

Hometown

Mount Pleasant, TX

Fun Fact

I am a Vegetarian!

Favorite Treat(s)

Boba Tea, Brownies, Mexican food!
ABA Program Manager

I grew up in Rowlett, TX and still live there today. I went to Rowlett High School and played volleyball and tennis on Varsity all 4 years and graduated in 2011. I played volleyball all 4 years of my undergrad while at Ouachita Baptist University, where I received my Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology and minored in biology. I received my Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Texas A&M University-Commerce in 2017. I married my husband in 2017 on the same day I graduated with my Master’s degree! I had my first baby in November 2019, and she is the sweetest and sassiest little thing ever! I enjoy playing with my baby, watching movies, and going to CrossFit in my free time

Favorite Movie(s)

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Jim Carey version)

Hometown

Rowlett, TX

Fun Fact

I played volleyball at Ouachita Baptist University and won 1st place in a cup stacking competition in 5th grade.

Favorite Treat(s)

Dr. Pepper, Vanilla lattes (extra vanilla), and all baked goods
ABA Administrative Assistant

I started working with children in 1999 for Child Protective Services in my hometown of Amarillo, Tx.  I left the great state to see where life was going to take me. I ended up back in Texas and started working in for an Environmental Analysis company. After ten years working as an Administrative Assistant, it was time to make change and go back to working around kids. I love helping new families navigate the process of ABA at Cutting Edge.  I am excited to be a part of a great team here at Cutting Edge.

Favorite Movie(s)

Tombstone and Wizard of Oz

Hometown

Amarillo, TX

Fun Fact

I caddie for a group of golfers when they play in their charity tournaments.

Favorite Treat(s)

Veggie Straws or Chips
Client Care Services Supervisor

Michelle was born in Dallas, Texas but grew up in Richardson, and graduated from Richardson High School.  Michelle has worked in physical therapy medical billing for 20 years. She has twin boys and loves spending time with her family and her dog.  She is excited for this opportunity with Cutting Edge.

Favorite Movie(s)

Best Friends and Grease

Hometown

Richardson, Texas

Fun Fact

I love dolphins

Favorite Treat(s)

Diet Dr. Pepper
Senior Client Care Representative

Melissa has been with Cutting Edge since 2019 and is a student at Collin County Community College where she is studying to obtain an associate degree of science in nursing. She initially began her journey with Cutting Edge as a front office coordinator, where she gained tremendous knowledge. After a year, she was then given the opportunity to work in the client care services department. Melissa has worked with front desk scheduling and medical billing since 2016. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and exploring new adventures.

Favorite Movie(s)

Grease

Hometown

Dallas, TX

Fun Fact

I’m an animal lover! I have 3 dogs and 2 cats

Favorite Treat(s)

M&M Cookies
Referral Coordinator

Hope Renfro was born on June 15, in the state of California. Her first job ever was working in Assisted Living as a caregiver and worked her way up to RCC. She learned so much in those 6 years. Hope moved to Texas in March of 2020, where she plans to build a career and family. Hope enjoys working with people and making a positive change in people lives.

Favorite Movie(s)

Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

Hometown

Modesto, CA

Fun Fact

I am left-handed.

Favorite Treat(s)

Rice Crispies, anything chocolate.
Director of Operations

Joseph began working for Joe and Kate Lundgren back in 2013, originally coming on board with one of Joe’s other companies. Since then, Joseph has become a large part of the Cutting Edge Pediatric Therapy staff working alongside the admin team. While he has always been a behind the scenes team member, it wasn’t until 2015 that he assumed an active roll as part of the CEPT family name. Having a connection with special needs in his own family, Joseph has enjoyed getting to learn more about our client’s different diagnoses and treatment modalities. During his regular week schedule, Joseph is also working towards a Bachelors of Science in Nursing degree through Texas Woman’s University. When he’s not working here with our CEPT family or studying, Joseph enjoys movies, music, exercising and spending quality social time with his family and friends.

Favorite Movie(s)

The Devil Wears Prada

Hometown

Allen, TX

Fun Fact

I hope to be a labor and delivery nurse!

Favorite Treat(s)

Carrot Cake
Human Resources Administrator

Annie graduated from Angelo State University in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She was born in Plano but has been happy to call Allen her home for over the past ten years. She has helped her family raise two service dogs and loves spending time with animals. She is motivated by her passion for helping others and strives to approach all situations with an empathetic mindset.

Favorite Movie(s)

Sleepless in Seattle

Hometown

Plano, Tx

Fun Fact

I love playing video games and watching hockey (go Stars!)

Favorite Treat(s)

Gummy bears and Sour Patch Kids
Administrative Assistant

Alex graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in History from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, OH in 2012. Originally from California, Alex moved around growing up; first to Ohio from 2003 until 2012, then to Texas, back to California from 2016-2019, and back to Texas in 2019. Upon moving back to Texas, they worked in retail until 2021 and found a place in Cutting Edge Pediatric Therapy as an Administrative Assistant. Aside from retail, Alex also worked for a non-profit organization in California for the California State Railroad Museum Foundation in clerical work. They love making a difference and helping people. Their mission in life is to be able to make a positive impact and influence in people’s lives.

Favorite Movie(s)

I'm a movie fanatic and love most genres. A couple of favorites are Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and Spider-Man.

Hometown

Sacramento, CA

Fun Fact

I love all things sports, but I am a huge hockey fan. My two favorite hockey teams are the New York Rangers and Dallas Stars.

Favorite Treat(s)

KitKat bars, cookie dough ice cream, chocolate, and red velvet cupcakes.

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