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.

Certifications/Specialties

Handwriting without Tears, Size Matters (handwriting), First Strokes Handwriting, The Listening Program, InTime, Level Mentor at STAR, Masgutova NeuroSensory Reflex Integration, Astronaut Training Protocol, Keyboarding without Tears, Interactive Metronome (emphasis in pediatrics), Kinesiotaping, Craniosacral Therapy Advance Certification, Neuro-developmental Treatment Certification, Sensory Integration and Praxis Certification, Vision Therapy Training, and Autism Specialist Training

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. She plans to complete certification in both Interactive Metronome and The Listening Program in 2016.

Certifications/Specialties

Managing Visual Deficits in Children, Neuro-developmental Treatment Intensive Handling Techniques, Handwriting without Tears, Kinesiotaping (KT1/KT2), Interactive Metronome for Pediatrics and Adults, Astronaut Training, The Listening Program, InTime Provider Course, Masgutova NeuroSensory Reflex Integration, STAR level 1 mentorship and Essential of Praxis Intervention for Children with Autism

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, MOT, IEE Clinical Administrator and Student Coordinator

Anna graduated from Abilene Christian University with a Bachelors in Exercise Science in 2008 and then graduated with her Masters in Occupational Therapy in 2010 from Texas Woman’s University. She has worked in Pediatrics in a clinic and school setting with a variety of diagnoses, including sensory processing disorder, autism spectrum disorders, Down syndrome, ADHD, learning differences, and developmental delays for 10 years. Anna has certifications in Interactive Metronome, IM-Home, The Listening Program, and Kinesiotaping. She enjoys coordinating and working with the level 1 and 2 OT and OTA students that we welcome at CEPT and is on Parker University’s OTA Program Advisory Board. Anna also loves serving our teenage and young adult population and has taken a special interest in CEPT’s Transition to Adulthood programming. She has presented on the Transition to Adulthood with Kate Lundgren at TWU’s Vanderkooi Endowed Lectureship and at the TOTA Annual Conference in 2019. In her spare time, Anna enjoys spending time with her husband, Reagan, their two children, and their two dogs.

Certifications/Specialties

Interactive Metronome, Listening Program, Keyboarding without Tears, Neuro-developmental Treatment Intensive Handling and Kinesio Taping 1 and 2

Favorite Movie(s)

Beauty and the Beast, Zootopia, Toy Story 1, 2, & 3

Hometown

Huntsville, TX

Fun Fact

I used to raise and show horses, pigs, goats, and sheep

Favorite Treat(s)

Sonic Vanilla Dr. Pepper, peanut M&Ms, and Kit Kat bar
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. Madeline is very passionate about working with the pediatric population and alongside their families.

Certifications/Specialties

Level 1 Star institute and DIR Floortime Introduction

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!

Certifications/Specialties

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

Ellery Trantham graduated from Texas A&M University in 2018, with a Bachelor of Science in Health. She graduated with a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy in 2020 from Abilene Christian University. Although Ellery enjoyed learning more about various settings of occupational therapy, she has always had a passion for pediatrics. In 2017, Ellery first came to Cutting Edge working as a volunteer. In the summer of 2020, Ellery returned to the clinic as a Level II fieldwork student and is thrilled to return once again as an Occupational Therapist! She is excited to join the wonderful team and serve the children and families here at Cutting Edge!

Favorite Movie(s)

The Parent Trap and Steel Magnolias

Hometown

Allen, TX

Fun Fact

I have traveled to all 50 states!

Favorite Treat(s)

Reese's and Peanut Butter M&Ms
Registered Occupational Therapist, OTR

Anna Ballard graduated summa cum laude from the University of Mississippi in Oxford, MS in 2018 where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. Anna then attended graduate school at the University of St. Augustine in Austin, TX. She developed skills with pediatrics during her Level II fieldwork in a pediatric clinic. Anna has enjoyed years of leading summer camp, where she was able to plan activities and foster positive relationships among children across Mississippi. She is happy to be in Texas and loves spending her free time snuggling with her dog and cat.

Favorite Movie(s)

Inside Out, Princess Bride, Tangled, Star Wars, and Finding Nemo

Hometown

Tupelo, MS

Fun Fact

I taught myself to knit during my free time this past year!

Favorite Treat(s)

Chocolate Covered Pretzels!
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

Xinyue (Vivian) graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2017 with a degree in human development and family studies. She graduated with a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy in 2021 from Washington University in St. Louis. Vivian was born and raised in Beijing. As the only child in her family, she loved caring for and playing with her younger cousins. Vivian continued to have a passion for working with pediatrics population and enjoyed her volunteer & behavioral technician experiences as a college student. Vivian has recently moved to Texas, and she is excited to join the family at Cutting Edge!

Favorite Movie(s)

Interstellar and Soul

Hometown

Beijing, China

Fun Fact

I have three huskies🐶🐶🐶!

Favorite Treat(s)

Hot and sour noodles

Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants

Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant, COTA

Mahlon became a certified occupational therapy assistant in 2015, graduating from Navarro College with Cum Laude honors, where he received his Associate of Applied Science degree in Occupational therapy. He has worked in a skilled nursing facility and a sensory-based pediatric outpatient clinic. Mahlon is certified in Interactive Metronome and is in the process of completing his certification in Handwriting Without Tears. Mahlon also has aspirations of attaining credentials to become a registered occupational therapist.

Certifications/Specialties

Masgutova NeuroSensory Reflex Integration, Handwriting Without Tears, CranioSacral Therapy, Sensory Integration, Interactive Metronome and The Listening Program

Favorite Movie(s)

The Dark Knight

Hometown

DeSoto, TX

Fun Fact

I enjoy producing music in my spare time, and I sing in my church choir

Favorite Treat(s)

Cookies
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.

Certifications/Specialties

Kinesiotaping 1, 2, and 3 (pediatrics), Partial Weight Bearing Gait Training (LiteGait), DIR/ Floor Time Infancy and Early Childhood Training, Fine Motor Gymnastics Handwriting, 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.

Certifications/Specialties

Kinesio Taping 1 and 2

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 Therapist Assistant, COTA

I graduated from Mercer University in Macon Ga in 2018 with a Bachelor’s in Psychology and a minor in Art. I then graduated from Wallace State Community College with an Associates of Applied Science in Occupational Therapy Assistant in October of 2020. I completed my fieldwork experience in Inpatient Rehab and also at Cutting Edge and I am so excited to return as a COTA!

Favorite Movie(s)

Radio

Hometown

Frisco, TX

Fun Fact

I have been camping in 48 out of the 50 states... Alaska and Hawaii are the two I have not been to.

Favorite Treat(s)

York peppermint patties, Reese's, Chex Mix

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.

Certifications/Specialties

Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Feeding, Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (ages 1.5 and up), Social Cognition, 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

McKenna Jackson graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas with a Bachelor of Science in Speech Pathology and Audiology, and her Master of Science in Communication Disorders. She received her Certificate of Clinical Competence in 2015. She has received the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association “Award for Continuing Education” in 2018 and 2020, as well as the DFWChild “Mom Approved” Award in 2020. McKenna is trained in Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets (PROMPT) approach for speech delays and disorders and Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) approach to feeding .

McKenna has worked in the home health and clinic settings, specializing in individualized one-on-one therapy. She has experience providing therapy with a focus on language, social skills, literacy, articulation, phonology, fluency, and Augmentative and Alternative Communication.

McKenna enjoys spending her free time with her dog, Lightning, at the dog park with her fiancé, playing video games, reading, and traveling. She has also volunteered with ManeGait Therapeutic Horsemanship, Parkinson’s Voice Project, and the Hatching Hope Foundation. McKenna enjoys helping her clients progress through therapy and is excited to share her passion!

Certifications/Specialties

Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets (PROMPT) and Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS)

Favorite Movie(s)

Beauty and the Beast, Nightmare before Christmas, and Ever After

Hometown

McKinney, TX

Fun Fact

My middle name is Baker, and I love to bake!

Favorite Treat(s)

Anything homemade
Speech-Language Pathologist, SLP

Erin brings over 25 years of experience as a Speech-Language Pathologist to the Cutting Edge family and has held  her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech and Hearing Association since 1991. Erin received her Bachelor of Science in Education degree in 1989 from Baylor University in Waco, Texas. Erin remained at Baylor for an additional year in order to complete her Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 1990. While in graduate school, Erin serviced school-aged children as a graduate clinician for the Waco Independent School District. After graduation, she was asked to continue in her role as a Speech Pathologist in order to complete her Clinical Fellowship Year in 1991.

In 1992, Erin moved to North Texas and began working for the Mesquite Independent School District, where she provided services to children in all grade levels, including working with a Life Skills class at North Mesquite High School. Although the first 4 years of her career began in the public schools, Erin has serviced individuals with communication and swallowing disorders in a variety of settings, including long-term care, sub-acute care, private clinics, and home health care. Erin spent 6 years in long-term care, 2 years in sub-acute care, and 4 years in private practice. Erin currently provides speech, language, and swallowing services for Therapy 2000, a pediatric home health care agency, where she has been for the past 14 years.

Aside from her personal career, Erin also currently serves on the Texas Speech-Language Hearing Association’s Executive Board as the Vice President for Educational and Scientific Affairs. Erin is responsible for overseeing and coordinating the committees that plan, prepare, and facilitate the Association’s annual convention and exhibition each year.

Erin also serves on the Board for Chari-T2000, which is a charity that assists children and families receiving rehabilitative services with the needed tools and opportunities in order to make progress and reach their full potential. Chari-T2000 provides financial resources for purchasing services and equipment to bridge the gap when it is not financially feasible and no other funding sources are available to these families.

Volunteering and leadership are extremely important to Erin, who credits her leadership development to the experience she gained as an active member of the Junior League of Dallas. Erin served numerous years in various roles serving Dallas and the surrounding communities by providing financial support and countless volunteer hours for service projects and committees. Erin continues to support the Junior League of Dallas as a Sustaining Member.

A long-time member of Prestonwood Baptist Church, Erin attends the North Campus, where she serves in the Student Ministry as a Table Group Leader for 9th and 10th grade girls and also volunteers as a sponsor each year for various Student Music Ministry mission trips. Erin’s 2 beautiful red-headed nieces are the apples of her eye and she enjoys traveling and spending time with them at every opportunity.  But on Saturdays every fall, Erin, a faithful Baylor fan and season ticket holder, can be found at McLane Stadium in Waco, Texas, flinging her green and gold afar and cheering on her favorite team! Sic ‘em Bears!

Certifications/Specialties

VitalStim, Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (all ages, including infants) and Sequential Oral Sensory

Favorite Movie(s)

Anything with Doris Day or Jimmy Stewart, all Disney animated movies, and Elf

Hometown

Frisco, TX

Fun Fact

moved to England at 6 weeks old and spent my early childhood there while my dad was in the Air Force. I had a British nanny and housekeeper that stayed with me while my mom taught school on base. I came back to Texas at age 3 with a British accent.

Favorite Treat(s)

Snickers and sweet tea from Chick Fil A
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.

Certifications/Specialties

Sequential Oral Sensory, the Language Acquisition Through Motor Planning (LAMP) and DIR Floortime 101

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

Bethany graduated from The University of Texas at Dallas in 2014 with a degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.  During her undergraduate career, she conducted research at the Callier Center-Dallas for infants with hearing loss who use hearing aids.  Bethany attended graduate school at The University of North Texas where she earned a degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 2017.  During her time in graduate school, she gained experience evaluating and treating children, teenagers, and adults with a variety of communication disorders.  Bethany holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association.

Bethany has experience working in a number of public schools focusing on functional and effective communication skills.  Bethany’s areas of interest include adolescent and young adult pragmatic language skills, social groups, preschool through school age articulation and language development, augmentative and alternative communication, feeding, and communication skills that transition through adulthood.  Bethany is trained in the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) approach to feeding and in Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets (PROMPT).  Bethany also has training in the Social Thinking approach to pragmatic language skills.  She enjoys the collaboration with clients, families, school service providers, and the therapeutic team to ensure the best approach for each individual client.

Certifications/Specialties

Sequential Oral Sensory, Social Cognition and Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets (PROMPTS)

Favorite Movie(s)

Fantastic Mr. Fox and The Aristocats

Hometown

Paris, TX

Fun Fact

I’ve zip-lined between mountain tops in British Columbia

Favorite Treat(s)

Sour patch kids and Tim Tams
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!”

Certifications/Specialties

Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets (PROMPTS)

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

Haley graduated from the University of Arkansas in 2019 with a Bachelor of Science in Education, completing a major in Communication Disorders and a minor in Spanish. Haley then began graduate school and completed her final clinical practicum at Cutting Edge Pediatric Therapy! Haley graduated from the University of North Texas in 2021 with a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology.

While in graduate school, Haley gained experience in a variety of settings including home health, schools, and clinics/private practices. Haley has experience evaluating and treating children and adults in articulation, phonology, fluency, language, accent reduction, dyslexia, swallowing, augmentative and alternative communication modalities, and social aspects of communication. Haley has experience providing therapy to children and adults diagnosed with specific syndromes, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, autism spectrum disorder, and other developmental disorders.

Haley values collaboration and enjoys working with other therapy disciplines in order to provide the best possible care for her patients. She especially enjoys working with caregivers in order to help individuals and families achieve their goals. Haley was introduced to the field of speech-language pathology through family members who have autism spectrum disorder and realized how important family/caregiver collaboration is. After witnessing her family members’ success in speech therapy, Haley decided she wanted to help other individuals achieve life-long success.

Favorite Movie(s)

The Lion King

Hometown

Midland, TX

Fun Fact

I love all things Disney!

Favorite Treat(s)

Anything chocolate
Speech-Language Pathologist, SLP

Lauren Phelps graduated from the University of Arkansas in 2019 with a Bachelor of Science in Education in Communication Disorders and a minor in Human Development. She then graduated from Abilene Christian University-Dallas in 2021 with a Master of Science in Speech Pathology. Lauren has had an opportunity to learn from various settings and ages throughout her school career but has always had a passion for working with children. In fall 2020 Lauren was a student at Cutting Edge and loved being able to work with the awesome kiddos and therapists. She is so excited to be a part of the amazing therapy team and work with children and their families once again!

Favorite Movie(s)

The Princess Diaries

Hometown

Plano, TX

Fun Fact

I was in a parade in Disney World when I was in high school and got to go behind the scenes.

Favorite Treat(s)

Red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese icing, chocolate chip cookies
Speech-Language Pathologist, SLP

Amber graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2016 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders and a minor in Healthcare Administration. She then graduated from Valdosta State University in 2020 with a Masters of Education in Communications Disorders. While in graduate school, Amber gained experience in a variety of settings including schools, private practice, and hospitals. Amber has experience evaluating and treating children and adults in articulation, phonology, fluency, language, voice, and social aspects of communication. Amber completed her Clinical Fellowship and has joined Cutting Edge Therapy Team. She looks forward to getting to know and working with the therapy team and the clients and their families!

Favorite Movie(s)

Captain America: Civil War, and The Little Mermaid

Hometown

Lake City, Florida

Fun Fact

I love anything Disney and Marvel related

Favorite Treat(s)

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Physical Therapists

Lead Physical Therapist, PT

I graduated from California State University, Northridge with my Bachelor’s in Physical Therapy in 1995. I started out working with adult spinal cord patients and was pulled into the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit because they needed someone who had any pediatric experience. That year in the NICU confirmed that I was meant to work with infants and children. I began doing pediatrics full time in 1997 in acute, outpatient, and home health settings. After starting my family, in 2002 I decided I would need more flexibility in my schedule and decided to open the first multidisciplinary clinic for ages birth to 18 years in my hometown of Santa Clarita, CA. After almost 19 years, I will be closing my clinic and relocating to Texas to start a new chapter with my three sons. I am looking forward to joining the Cutting Edge Team!

Favorite Movie(s)

The Harry Potter series; anything from the Marvel Universe

Hometown

Santa Clarita, CA

Fun Fact

I love all things Halloween! The spookier the better! I love to go all out...building props and dressing up to give the neighbors a great October!

Favorite Treat(s)

Oreo MEGA Stuff
Physical Therapist, PT

Shelby Ezzell 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 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.

Certifications/Specialties

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
Physical Therapist Assistant, PTA

Aide graduated in 2019 from Concorde Career College-Dallas Physical Therapist Assistant program. Prior to her career in therapy, she was an Ancillary Surgical Tech at a local Level 1 Trauma hospital, where she was able to see how well the body was able to recover from injury. While completing her pediatric clinical rotation at Cutting Edge, she was determined to return to the wonderful team & families after receiving her license. She is currently in the process of bridging and earning her doctorate in Physical Therapy, where she hopes to continue to better serve her patients, their families, and the community. Working with children and young adults has taught her that every milestone met, no matter how big or small, should be celebrated and demonstrates a huge accomplishment on the patient!

Certifications/Specialties

Aquatic therapy, DMD (Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy) specialized and Pediatric MFR

Favorite Movie(s)

Lord of the Rings series

Hometown

Dallas, TX

Fun Fact

I’m an avid gamer!

Favorite Treat(s)

Twix, Kit Kats, chocolate covered nuts, butter pecan ice cream, buttermilk & pecan pie (really any pie for that matter ?), and any sort of cheesy chips

Licensed Professional Counselors

Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC

Suzon has over 17 years’ experience as a Licensed Professional Counselor- Supervisor. Suzon received her Bachelor of Science degree in 1990 from Texas Woman’s University in Denton, TX. She also received her Master of Arts degree in Counseling in 2004 from Amberton University in Garland, TX. She has served the community working with children, teens and families in many areas including schools, hospitals, shelters, and private practice. Suzon has training in TFCBT – Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy and crisis intervention. She also worked with Cancer Support Community of North Texas for ten years and has grief specialization. In 2006-2008, Suzon received special awards from Collin Intervention to Youth for Helping Families Thrive. Suzon has a passion for providing support for kids, teens and their families and is excited about working with other professionals as part of a “village” for serving these families. She also enjoys cruise travels and beach vacations and spending time with her son and family.

Favorite Movie(s)

Nicholas Sparks movies

Hometown

Born in Nashville, TN, and Live in Allen, TX

Fun Fact

My maiden name is Reece and my favorite candy is Reese's.

Favorite Treat(s)

Cheesecake, and Reese's

Board Certified Behavior Analysts

Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Speech Language Pathologist

Christina is a Speech Language Pathologist licensed in Texas, Oklahoma, and Colorado. She has a Certificate of Clinical Competence for Speech-Language Pathologists from the American Speech Language Hearing Association. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst licensed in Texas and Oklahoma. She earned a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Speech Language Pathology and a M.S. in Communication Disorders from the University of Texas at Dallas. She received a Graduate Academic Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of North Texas.

For nearly two decades, Christina has worked with individuals with autism and developmental disabilities across the lifespan within the home, school, and clinical settings.  As a Speech Language Pathologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst, she has worked collaboratively within behavioral therapy programs and speech therapy programs to improve treatment outcomes for individuals to address motor speech disorders, feeding disorders, social pragmatic language disorders, articulation disorders, receptive and expressive language disorders, executive functioning impairments, augmentative and alternative communication, adaptive skills, and maladaptive behavior reduction.  She has also supervised speech-language pathologist assistants in providing speech and language services to individuals with a multitude of diagnoses.  She has supervised behavior technicians and those pursuing certification as a behavior analyst.

Christina has been an invited speaker at national and state conferences, universities, and local organizations presenting on topics related to the integration of speech and language and applied behavior analysis. Christina serves as the Strand Chair for the Cognition and Behavior Across the Lifespan strand for the Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association (TSHA) Convention Programming Committee.  She is also the TSHA CE Coordinator for the Texas Association for Behavior Analysis (TxABA) and the Families for Effective Autism Treatment- North Texas (FEAT-NT).

Favorite Movie(s)

Anything scary

Hometown

All around DFW

Fun Fact

I am also the parent of a child with autism

Favorite Treat(s)

An ice cold Coke or anything chocolate
Board Certified Behavior Analyst, BCBA

Danielle Pedersen has been a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) since 2017. She earned her Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling: Marriage and Family from Liberty University in 2012, and her Master of Arts in Exceptional Student Education: Applied Behavior Analysis from University of West Florida in 2016. She is a Licensed Behavior Analyst (LBA) in several states, including Texas. Prior to becoming as a BCBA, Danielle worked as a Registered Behavior Technician, community mental health case manager, child protective services case manager, elementary education teacher in Asia, and full time stay at home mom. Danielle’s diverse background and breadth of experience across disciplines and cultures contributes to her well rounded and collaborative approach in designing and delivering ABA services. Danielle lives in Allen, Texas.

Favorite Movie(s)

Mr. Deeds

Hometown

Spent most of my childhood in Ahwatukee, AZ

Fun Fact

I have twin boys who are in Kindergarten!!

Favorite Treat(s)

Fresh fruit
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

Registered Behavior Technicians

Registered Behavior Technician, RBT - Tier lll

Heather Boydstun has been a Registered Behavior Technician since 2018. She graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Educational Studies, and is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis. At the age of 16, she was drawn to this field while babysitting her cousin who was diagnosed with Autism at age 2. Witnessing the amount of assistance their family received in helping her cousin to grow into a smart, hilarious, independent young man, she realized she wanted to provide the same empowerment for families as well. She has experience doing ABA in the clinical setting, working with children who have Autism and other disorders. Heather is passionate about assisting families with special needs children and is excited to be a part of the CEPT team.

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 and peanut butter
Registered Behavior Technician, RBT - Tier lll

Vanessa Mendoza has been a Registered Behavior Technician 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. She is currently pursuing to become a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst. 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 a clinical setting. 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
Registered Behavioral Technician, RBT - Tier lll

Alyssa Montelongo has been a Registered Behavior Technician since 2017. She graduated from The University of Texas at Dallas with a bachelor’s degree in Speech Language Pathology and Child Learning Development in 2015. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree from Texas Tech University in Applied Behavioral Analysis to become a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst. Having a family member diagnosed with Autism has given her the motivation and desire to further her education while working with this population as well as to educate others in the field of Applied Behavioral Analysis. She has experience working with individuals with Autism and other intellectual disabilities in a clinical setting, in-home setting, and school shadowing. She is excited to continue her education and career in a field she is so passionately about, as well as making a difference among individuals with all ages.

Favorite Movie(s)

Aladdin

Hometown

Waco, TX

Fun Fact

I use to live in Hawaii

Favorite Treat(s)

Donuts, beef jerky and twinkies
Registered Behavioral Technician, RBT

My background is in Psychology, I love reading, playing video games and watching movies. My favorite color is light pink, and I watch anime. I have a dog named Link. My younger brother is on the spectrum so I have a huge passion for this field and advocating for my clients. Also obsessed with ice coffee.

Favorite Movie(s)

The Little Mermaid

Hometown

Weatherford, TX

Fun Fact

I am a freelance makeup artist, photographer and I am a gamer

Favorite Treat(s)

I love French fries, ice coffee, skittles and takis!
Registered Behavioral 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 Behavioral 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 Behavioral 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
Therapy Technician

Julianna has worked with children for over 9 years. She graduated from Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park, CA with a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Development in 2015, graduated with her master’s degree in Special Education from Chapman University in 2018, and completed her Board Certificated Behavior Analyst Professional Course work at Chapman University in 2019. Julianna is currently working towards becoming a Board Certified Behavior Analyst to continue her passion of working with children. Julianna’s passions also include her family, spending time with her husband and two dogs (Maya and Mocha), and volunteering her time to make a further difference in her community. Julianna is new to the Cutting Edge family and also the state of Texas and is looking forward to providing fun and impactful services for all children and families she has the pleasure to work with.

Favorite Movie(s)

You've Got Mail, 13 Going on 30, and The Godfather

Hometown

Glendora, CA

Fun Fact

My favorite animals are cows and manatees, love any type of sweet or sour candy and my favorite place is Disneyland!

Favorite Treat(s)

Harbio Gummy Bears, Berries, and Oreos
Registered Behavioral 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 Behavioral Technician, RBT

Sav Mueller has been a Registered Behavior Tech since 2019 working with children and adults with autism. She graduated with a bachelor’s in psychology from Texas Woman’s University. She is currently working on her Masters in ABA at the University of North Texas to become a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst. Sav is excited to be a part of the CEPT team and making a difference in children’s lives!

Favorite Movie(s)

Heathers

Hometown

Plano, TX

Fun Fact

I love to spend time with my dog

Favorite Treat(s)

Cookie dough ice cream
Registered Behavioral Technician, RBT

Zach is an RBT with experience in many different facets of ABA therapy, including in-home, in-school, in-clinic, and center wide auditing. He is a goofy yet professional person who spends his free time playing violin, cooking, or hanging out with friends.

Favorite Movie(s)

Serenity

Hometown

Monroe, LA

Fun Fact

I once broke my finger and the bridge of my nose in a sword fight.

Favorite Treat(s)

Anything sour
Therapy Technician

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

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

Kaelyn graduated from Texas A&M University in the Spring of 2018 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. She hopes to go to graduate school to complete a degree in Counseling Psychology. Kaelyn had the opportunity to participate in the Disney College Program in the beginning of 2019 where she was able to work directly for the Disney company. In her free time, Kaelyn enjoys reading, movies, and spending time with her family, friends, and pets.

Favorite Movie(s)

Harry Potter, The Wedding Singer, Dirty Dancing, The Greatest Showman, Scream, Sweet Home Alabama, plus many more

Hometown

Plano, TX

Fun Fact

My family and I love animals, and we have had up to eight animals in our home at one time

Favorite Treat(s)

Sugar cookies, sour patch kids, gummy bears/worms, white cheddar Cheetos, and cantaloupe
Senior Front Office Coordinator

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!
Front Office Coordinator

Kelly lived in Anna, TX up until she left for the military in 2011. She was a Seabee in the Navy for 5 years, where she traveled to a variety of unique places. While in Africa, Kelly helped restore a hospital to working condition, and she got really close to the local children who would come to visit every day. Seeing their smiles was the best feeling in the world. She is currently pursuing her degree in Learning Technologies from the University of North Texas, but is considering a switch into the medical field. She loves working with children and helping wherever she is needed. Kelly loves to make others happy and is extremely excited to see where CEPT takes her!

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

Alexa graduated from Tarleton State University in May 2019 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. In 2017, she was able to participate in the Disney College Program, where she fell in love with all things Disney. Upon graduating in 2019, she decided to head back to Disney and was able to be a part of three opening teams with the company. She hopes to eventually go to graduate school to either further her education in Psychology or branch out and pursue a teaching certification. She is excited for this opportunity with CEPT and can’t wait to see where it takes her! Some of her hobbies include reading, writing poetry and supporting her favorite artists.

Favorite Movie(s)

Howl's Moving Castle

Hometown

Melissa, Texas

Fun Fact

I did the Disney College Program twice! I got to be on the opening team for Rise of The Resistance in Galaxy's Edge

Favorite Treat(s)

I really enjoy an iced coffee or boba tea
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 was born and raised in Amarillo, Tx and left the great 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 through the process of starting ABA.  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

Bio coming soon!!

Client Care Services Coordinator

Melissa graduated from Sachse High School in 2015. She is currently enrolled in college pursuing a career in nursing, primarily in the pediatric field. Melissa has worked in scheduling and medical billing for mental health providers since 2016. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and exploring new adventures with her friends.

Favorite Movie(s)

Hocus Pocus, Grease & almost any scary movie!

Hometown

Garland, TX

Fun Fact

I have 2 cats and 2 dog

Favorite Treat(s)

M&M cookies, Reese’s candy, White cheddar cheetos & pineapples
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 Generalist

Amanda completed her coursework as an Occupational Therapy Assistant at Pima Medical Institute and received her Associates Degree in 2016. Amanda completed her rotation at Cutting Edge in August 2016. During her rotations, she honed her skills and techniques, incorporating her academic knowledge with best practice application. She also became extremely proficient at and received a certification in Kinesiotaping. Amanda is from El Paso, bilingual, and hopes to continue her educational endeavors.

Favorite Movie(s)

Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Hometown

El Paso, TX

Fun Fact

I was born in the same town as one of my co-workers

Favorite Treat(s)

Hot Cheeto puffs and M&Ms
Executive Admin

Kelly joined the CEPT staff in March of 2016. She has lived in Allen since she was 3 years old and is a graduate of Allen High School. Kelly graduated in December of 2018 from University of Texas at Dallas with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a minor in Criminology. She is currently pursuing a Master of Public Policy at UTD and will graduate in May 2021. Kelly has interned at the Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County to help pursue her career goal of becoming a victim advocate. Having a special needs cousin, Kelly as enjoyed getting to understand more about the special needs community. In her free time, Kelly loves reading, traveling, and spending time with her family.

Favorite Movie(s)

Harry Potter, Coco, and Hocus Pocus

Hometown

El Paso, TX

Fun Fact

I went on a 2-week European trip to Italy, Germany, and the United Kingdom for my college graduation with my brother

Favorite Treat(s)

Chocolate chip cookies, snickers, and hot fries
Supervisor of Transitional Facilities

My name is Kate Maslowski, and I am from Frisco, Texas. Currently, I am a junior at Auburn University studying Rehabilitation and Disabilities with a minor in Spanish. On campus, I am involved in Best Buddies, Dance Marathon, and my sorority, Pi Beta Phi. Off campus, I volunteer at a young adults program called Brave Hearts and a rehabilitation farm, Storybook Farm. In my free time, I enjoy reading a good book, spending time with my friends and family, and traveling! After graduating from Auburn, my hope is to attend Occupational Therapy school.

Favorite Movie(s)

Mamma Mia or Grease

Hometown

Frisco, Texas

Fun Fact

I am very involved in Auburn University’s Dance Marathon.

Favorite Treat(s)

Mini M&Ms
The Cutting Edge Therapy Dog

Rocky is a black Labrador and is growing fast! He was abandoned in early 2013 so we decided to take him in; at the same time we saw such a peaceful demeanor we decided to see how he would do as a therapy dog. We enrolled him in a two week boarding school for obedience and he passed with flying colors! We are in the process of continuing his training and will be getting him certified over the next year. You will see him from time to time at the clinic, playing (and working) with the clients.

Favorite Movie(s)

Secret Life of Pets 1 & 2

Hometown

Allen, TX

Fun Fact

I was a rescue

Favorite Treat(s)

Blue Dog Bakery Softies

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