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
Director of Occupational Therapy, 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. She always felt drawn to the pediatric population and began her journey in pediatrics as a fieldwork student at Cutting Edge where she greatly cherished helping children to achieve functional gains.

Following graduation, she returned to Cutting Edge to continue down this path. Over the years she has assisted with program development, leadership opportunities, and has sought out multiple continuing education opportunities to strengthen her skillset and to provide a high level of care for her clients.

Jennah enjoys being able to target client goals with a play based functional approach. She loves to utilize her creative skills to make sessions memorable and motivating for the clients that she sees. She appreciates being able to collaborate with clients, family members, and other professionals on the treatment team.

Jennah’s Certifications and Specialties include Neuro-Developmental Treatment Introductory Coursework, The Listening Program, InTime Provider Course, Interactive Metronome, Masgutova Neurosensorimotor Reflex Integration (MNRI), Level 1 Sensory SPD Foundation Mentorship, Fine Motor and Handwriting related to First Strokes Program, Handwriting Without Tears, Astronaut Training Protocol, Kinesio Taping 1-4, Essentials of Praxis Intervention for Children with Autism, Size Matters Handwriting Program, Zones of Regulation, DIRFloortime Introductory Coursework, and additional training in vision.

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
Lead 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 graduated with her Masters in Occupational therapy from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in 2019. Nooreen has been with Cutting Edge since 2019, and has always had a passion for working with the pediatric population. She has had various experience from volunteering to completing her fieldwork at various outpatient pediatric clinics. Nooreen is passionate about creating an environment where she is able to implement a client centered approach where the clients are able to work towards their goals in a fun and enriching way. Nooreen has enjoyed working with her clients and their families and being apart of the Cutting Edge team!

Nooreen’s Certifications and Specialties include Interactive Metronome (IM), Level 1 Star Institute for Sensory processing, DIRFloortime Introductory Coursework, and additional training in vision.

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

Sidnye graduated from Mississippi State University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Kinesiology. She went on to graduate from the University of Mississippi Medical Center with a Doctorate of Occupational Therapy in May 2021. She has always had a passion for working with children, working as a nanny, mentor, and camp counselor from a young age. Completing her doctoral capstone experience in a pediatric setting finalized her desire and passion to begin a career in pediatrics! She has experience working with children in various settings and has a special interest in sensory processing and integration. She finds fulfillment in guiding children to their full potential and success in their everyday activities. Her favorite aspect of working with children is incorporating play and making it fun while maximizing the child’s independence. Sidnye’ s continuing education interests include reflex integration and sensory approaches to feeding. Sidnye is super excited to work with the children and families of the Cutting Edge community!

Favorite Movie(s)

Hocus Pocus, Frozen, and any romantic comedies!

Hometown

Ocean Springs, MS

Fun Fact

I love to dance! I grew up dancing competitively and was a member of the Mississippi State Pom Squad, a SEC collegiate dance/cheer team. I went to college with/cheered for Dak Prescott. Go Cowboys!

Favorite Treat(s)

Yogurt covered pretzels, sour patch kids, brownies, and Diet Coke!
Registered Occupational Therapist, OTR

Mikayla attended Texas Woman’s University where she received both her Bachelor of Science in Health Studies in 2018 and Master of Occupational Therapy degree in 2021. Throughout the completion of her graduate program, Mikayla gained extensive experience working with children and young adults with diverse needs in a variety of pediatric settings. Mikayla is passionate about creating a fun and engaging therapeutic environment that enables a child to successfully develop new skills and achieve their highest level of independence. As she continues to advance her career in occupational therapy, Mikayla would like to expand her knowledge and skills in various areas including Sensory Integration, Animal-Assisted Intervention, and Autism Specialist Training!

Mikayla aspires to create a positive impact in the lives of children and their families and looks forward to joining the Cutting Edge community!

Favorite Movie(s)

Super-Pets

Hometown

Frisco, TX

Fun Fact

I have a giant German Shepherd named Hoss!

Favorite Treat(s)

Popcorn, Veggie Straws, and Sprite Zero!
Registered Occupational Therapist, OTR

Jennifer Lopez is an Occupational Therapist who graduated with her Bachelors in Biology in 2017 and Masters in Occupational Therapy in 2022 from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. She had the opportunity to complete her fieldwork rotation at a pediatrics outpatient clinic in Brownsville, Texas and at the VA hospital in Bonham, Texas. Through schooling and fieldwork, she was able to learn and gain experience as a clinician by working with children and adults. She enjoys the creative process and the collaborative aspect of working with children and families to meet their individualized needs. Jennifer’s continuing educational interests include Neurodevelopmental Treatment (NDT) and Sensory Integration. Jennifer hopes to make a positive contribution towards her community as she utilizes her vocation as an occupational therapist to serve children and families at Cutting Edge.

Favorite Movie(s)

Coco, Aladdin, Big Hero 6

Hometown

Brownsville, TX

Fun Fact

I play the flute!

Favorite Treat(s)

Cookies, Boba Tea, Pan Dulce
Registered Occupational Therapist, OTR

Alyssa Brazell graduated from Stephen F. Austin in December 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in rehabilitation services. She graduated with her doctorate in Occupational Therapy from Texas Woman’s University (Denton) in 2023. Alyssa has always had a passion for working with the pediatric population and is dedicated to helping the families she serves become stronger advocates for themselves. In fact, advocacy and education were huge components of her doctoral capstone project at TWU. She developed an educational website for parents and caregivers of children with disabilities and special needs. This website provides information on what to expect in the special education system, information on important laws, and information regarding financial and support resources. She is ecstatic to begin her career as an occupational therapist at Cutting Edge, and can’t wait to continue to learn and grow as a clinician.

Favorite Movie(s)

The Greatest Showman

Hometown

Longview, TX

Fun Fact

I was in theater, dance, band, AND twirl in high school.

Favorite Treat(s)

Jolly Ranchers, sweet iced coffee, and popcorn
Registered Occupational Therapist, OTR

Melissa graduated from The University of Northern Iowa with her Bachelors in Family Services in 2017, then went on to Allen College to obtain her Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy in 2019. Following graduation, Melissa worked for an outpatient clinic in Illinois until moving to Texas in November of 2023. Melissa has always been passionate about working with children and loves the challenge of getting to know each child individually. In her free time, Melissa enjoys spending time outside, watching movies and sports, and doing puzzles.

Melissa’s Certifications and Specialties include educational courses in sensory regulation, behavioral management, reflex integration, and stroke rehabilitation.

Favorite Movie(s)

Matilda, The Guardian, Step Brothers

Hometown

Marion, IA

Fun Fact

Melissa is a big sports fan and cheers for the Green Bay Packers, Chicago Cubs, and Milwaukee Bucks!

Favorite Treat(s)

Cheesecake, chips and queso, popcorn, iced coffee
Registered Occupational Therapist, OTR

Angie graduated from Green River College in 2012 with an Associates degree in Applied Science­ Occupational Therapy Assistant. In 2018, she decided to return to school, earning a Bachelor of Science in Behavior and Occupation Studies and Minor in Psychology through the University of Cincinnati. Angie graduated with a Master of Occupational Therapy degree from the University of Findlay in June 2023. She recently took the NBCOT exam and became certified as an OT. Angie has always enjoyed working with the pediatric population and has worked in various pediatric settings including schools, home health, and outpatient throughout her previous career as a COTA. She strives to meet the current needs of all clients and their families and to collaborate on meaningful/inspirational goals to promote independence as well as positive engagement in daily activities. Angie has completed continuing education in Cortical Vision Impairment, ADHD Strategies for the Clinic, and Movement and Mindfulness for Lifelong Learning. She has also practiced under mentoring OTs with certifications in Handwriting Without Tears, Neurodevelopmental Treatment (NDT), and Sensory Integration, and in the future would like to explore becoming specialized in these areas of practice.

Favorite Movie(s)

Pleasantville, The Little Mermaid, and Dirty Dancing

Hometown

Maple Valley, WA

Fun Fact

I have participated in several 5k obstacle races throughout the United States including completing a Spartan Sprint!

Favorite Treat(s)

M&M's, Swedish Fish, gummy bears, Sour Patch Kids, pumpkin pie, and blackberry cobbler.

Certified Speech Therapists

Director of Speech Therapy, 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 her 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 and volunteer with the Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Skilled and educated in Gestalt Language Processing and the Natural Language Acquisition (NLA) Framework, Sydney is listed as an NLA Trained Clinician through the Meaningful Speech website. Sydney also 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. In addition, Sydney has completed introductory courses related to the SCERTS model, DIR Floortime, and Language Acquisition through Motor Planning (LAMP). She has experience working with various AAC systems and has training in AAC parent coaching.

Sydney has completed training in the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding and 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 has completed additional feeding coursework related to Responsive Feeding Therapy.

Sydney greatly values collaboration between therapy providers and with caregivers. In addition, she strives to take a child-led approach to therapy, prioritizing connection and relationship-building at the heart of each therapy session.

Sydney’s Certifications and Specialties include Gestalt Language Processing/Natural Language Acquisition, Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding, Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (ages 1 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
Lead Speech-Language Pathologist, SLP

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. 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.

Natalie 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 speaking abilities. She has also taken courses related to DIR Floortime, SCERTS model, gestalt language processing, neurodiversity-affirming practices, and strengths-based goal writing.

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. She enjoys using child-led approaches to help support and uplift neurodivergent populations.

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

Austin graduated with her Bachelor’s in Communicative Disorders from The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama in 2020. She went on to graduate from Abilene Christian University with a Masters of Speech Language Pathology in May 2022. Austin was led to the field of Speech Therapy by finding a passion in helping others find their voice to be able to express themselves! Through out graduate school Austin gained experience working with children and adults in clinics, inpatient rehab, and schools. Austin is passionate about serving the pediatric population along with interprofessional collaboration. She is interested in furthering her clinical knowledge by pursuing continuing education certifications and specialties, including Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding and DIR/Floor Time.

Favorite Movie(s)

Footloose or How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days

Hometown

Kerrville, TX

Fun Fact

I lived in Africa for two months providing speech therapy to the people of Uganda!

Favorite Treat(s)

Coffee, Chocolate, and Diet Coke!!!
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

Kaylin attended the University of South Florida and earned a B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a concentration in speech-language pathology. She graduated with an M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology from Florida Atlantic University in 2021. Her passion for the field emerged in high school after volunteering for 4 years with her local little league. During this experience, Kaylin coached teams comprised of players with physical and/or developmental disabilities ranging in ages from 3-21. This experience guided her towards the field of speech-language pathology as she aimed to close societal gaps for the populations she served. Kaylin is experienced and educated in Gestalt Language Processing and the Natural Language Acquisition (NLA) Framework. She is listed on the NLA Trained Clinician registry through the Meaningful Speech website.

Favorite Movie(s)

Happy Feet

Hometown

Dade City, FL

Fun Fact

I take boxing classes in my free time.

Favorite Treat(s)

Legendary protein pop tarts/cinnamon rolls, carrots with ranch, and Lays ruffle cheddar chips
Speech-Language Pathologist, CFY-SLP

Riley got her Bachelors at East Texas Baptist University where she obtained her degree in Education EC-6th, with a minor in Diseases and Disorders in 2021, and continued at the University of North Texas where she completed her M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology in 2024. While teaching, Riley saw the children she taught fall through the cracks, due to them not being identified or qualifying for services. This ultimately caused her students to fall behind their peers. This inspired Riley to get her masters in a field that could help the pediatric population. Through her experiences, Riley found a love for Autism Spectrum Disorder, AAC, voice disorders, and genetic syndromes. Her favorite part of this field is to see the progress her clients make through play and integration that is specific to them.

Favorite Movie(s)

The Adam Project, Forever My Girl, and Radio

Hometown

Denton, TX

Fun Fact

I will never shy away from an experience or adventure!

Favorite Treat(s)

Coffee, Tru Fru chocolate covered raspberries, popcorn, and life saver gummies!
Speech-Language Pathologist, CFY-SLP

Sania earned her Bachelor of Science in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences from the University of Texas at Dallas in 2022 and her Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from UT Health San Antonio in 2024. She completed her final student clinical placement at Cutting Edge Mansfield and is beginning her career as a Speech Pathologist by joining our team as a Clinical Fellow in 2024. Having experienced speech therapy herself from a young age, Sania has always been passionate about working with kids and making a positive impact in their lives. Sania has experience working with individuals diagnosed with autism, receptive/expressive language disorders, speech sound disorders, AAC, feeding, and fluency. She truly enjoys building strong relationships with the children and families she works with!

Favorite Movie(s)

I love any and all cheesy romantic comedies!

Hometown

Memphis, TN

Fun Fact

I'm terrified of all animals!

Favorite Treat(s)

Diet Coke, chocolate covered pretzels, and jalapeño chips!

Physical Therapists

Lead Physical Therapist, PT

Felicia graduated from University of Texas at San Antonio with a Bachelor’s in Kinesiology in 2015 and from Texas Tech Health Sciences Center with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2019. From a young age, she has always had a passion for working with children and having a hand in promoting their ability to reach their full potential. She received pediatric experience during clinical rotations in early childhood interventions, outpatient orthopedic clinics, and pediatric home health. She loves how physical therapy has provided her with the opportunity to infuse her love for children and her fascination with the human body, specifically with how to achieve healing and growth through our bodies. She also enjoys building a bond with her patients and their families to ensure that the child develops appropriate gross motor skills and functional independence. It is wonderful being able to collaborate with other professionals as well so that the patients are provided with the best level of care!

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
Allison graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Dallas Baptist University in 2021 and then continued on to graduate from University of Mary Hardin-Baylor with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2023. She gained clinical experience in the pediatric population in the outpatient setting and found a love for working with kids! She has been able to help out with several Special Olympics events throughout her life and has realized her love for helping people with disabilities to achieve things they thought they could not achieve! Allison loves having the opportunity to meet the needs of kids by helping them and their families achieve their goals! She will always strive to provide the highest quality of care for each patient and for his/her family!

Favorite Movie(s)

High School Musical 2, Aladdin (newer version), Freaky Friday

Hometown

The Woodlands, TX

Fun Fact

She played college volleyball for all 4 years of undergrad!

Favorite Treat(s)

Reese's, Sweet Tart Ropes, & Dr. Pepper

Licensed Professional Counselors

Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor, LPC-S; Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, CRC; ADHD Certified Clinical Services Provider, ADHD-CCSP

MariAnn received her Masters degree in Counseling from Syracuse University in 1997. She is a Nationally Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) specializing in developmental disability services as well as a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Texas. MariAnn has special training in Autism Spectrum Disorders using cognitive behavioral methods (CBT). She has also recently obtained her licensure as an LPC-Supervisor (LPC-S). Additionally, she is an ADHD Certified Clinical Services Provider (ADHD-CCSP). She has worked in schools in instructional support as well as a special services counselor, learning specialist and Director of a special education program. She has worked in therapy centers as a counselor, parent trainer, employee trainer, and was involved in the development of special programs for the Autism community. MariAnn has authored and presented the 5 Sense Thinking Series of workshops on topics such as Experiencing Autism, Depression, ADHD and more. MariAnn has been trained to work in both individual and group sessions and is open to serving the child, parent and/or sibling for support services. MariAnn is married with 3 adult sons, one of whom is significantly impacted by Autism. She loves spending time with her family and watching funny movies and psychological thrillers!

Favorite Movie(s)

Comedy movies like Meet the Parents & Nutty Professor!

Hometown

Utica, NY

Fun Fact

I speak Italian!

Favorite Treat(s)

Raw almonds, anything chocolate!
Licensed Professional Counselor Associate, LPC-Associate

Keely Howard has been with Cutting Edge since July of 2020 as the ABA Program Manager and is now working towards her dream of becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) under the supervision of MariAnn Gattelaro, Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor, LPC-S & Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, CRC.

Keely graduated from Ouachita Baptist University in 2015 with her Bachelor’s in Psychology and received her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Texas A&M University-Commerce in 2017. She spent her practicum and internship hours in her master’s program at Hunt Regional Medical Center, providing individual and group treatment to adults in the inpatient unit. She also interned for a year at the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center counseling children and teens who suffered abuse and their families. She has experience using an array of different theories and methods, such as, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT) and Solution-Focused Therapy. Having over 6 years of experience in the ABA field working with the population we serve here at Cutting Edge; she is excited Cutting Edge has provided the opportunity to put both her passions for counseling and the special needs population together!

During her free time, Keely enjoys playing with her daughter, going to the movies, and trying new coffee shops and restaurants!

Favorite Movie(s)

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Jim Carey version)

Hometown

Rowlett, TX

Fun Fact

I played volleyball and tennis for Ouachita Baptist University!

Favorite Treat(s)

Caribbean Colas from Bahama Bucks and Iced Shaken Espressos with Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Foam from Starbucks!
Licensed Professional Counselor Associate, LPC-Associate

Jennifer graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Victim Studies with a Minor in Human Services from Sam Houston State University in December 2016. While working on her bachelor’s degree, Jennifer fell in love with the counseling profession and decided to pursue a career in counseling. Jennifer graduated with a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the CACREP accredited program at Sam Houston State University in May 2021. Jennifer has gained a wide range of experience working directly with clients in the clinical setting since 2019. She has worked with children, adolescents, adults, veterans, people experiencing homelessness, school groups, members of the LGBTQ community, and families in group and individual session settings. She has helped her clients overcome and cope with issues such as trauma, complex trauma, PTSD, depression, anxiety, social anxiety, low self-esteem, anger, gender dysphoria, and behavior disorders. Jennifer believes that everybody deserves a chance to grow and heal no matter what their past or background consists of. She believes that clients feel the most empowered to change when they are accepted for who they are, shown unconditional positive regard, encouragement, and motivation.

Favorite Movie(s)

Comedies and psychological thrillers­ - I love a good shock value.

Hometown

Greenville, TX

Fun Fact

I love getting to know other cultures! I try to challenge myself by stepping out of my comfort zone and immersing myself in cultures different from mine.

Favorite Treat(s)

Iced coffees, hot chips, and any flavor cookies.

Board Certified Behavior Analysts

Lead 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

Asha Mathew is a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and Licensed Behavior Analyst (LBA) in the state of Texas Since 2020. 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. Before becoming a BCBA, 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, and assisted with behavior reduction plans. Asha is passionate about making a difference and improving the quality of life of others.

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

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 can do caligraphy!

Favorite Treat(s)

Salt & Vinegar Chips

Registered Behavior Technicians

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 is currently working to go back to school for Physical Therapy. He has a personal training certification, is QBS safety certified, and is an RBT.

Robert’s Certifications and Specialties include Personal Training and Safety Care.

Favorite Movie(s)

Star Wars and Jurassic Park

Hometown

Omaha, NE

Fun Fact

Robert enjoys retro gaming and motorcycling in his free time.

Favorite Treat(s)

Chai lattes and brownies
Registered Behavior Technician, RBT

Kelly is a graduate student at the University of North Texas working towards her M.S. in Applied Behavior Analysis. She started with Cutting Edge working as a front office coordinator, and now works as a Registered Behavior Technician. Kelly enjoys working with the client’s and hopes to continue to do so for the foreseeable future!

Kelly’s Certifications and Specialties include Safety Care and a B.S. in Applied Behavior Analysis.

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!
Registered Behavior Technician, RBT

Emily Lopez has been a Registered Behavior Technician since 2021 and is excited to be part of the Cutting Edge Team. She has a B.S. in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences and is currently an ABA graduate student. She plans to pursue a career in Applied Behavior Analysis and Speech Pathology. She has a passion for neurodivergence and helping others reach their full potential. She is an advocate for autism acceptance and loves to share her knowledge and personal experiences with ASD.

Emily’s certifications and specialties include a Bachelor of Science in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, RBT.

Favorite Movie(s)

Moana

Hometown

Princeton, TX

Fun Fact

I live on a small farm and love animals.

Favorite Treat(s)

Reese's peanut butter cups
Registered Behavior Technician, RBT

Shelia Range is originally from Miami, Florida. She greatly enjoys working in the ABA field and is passionate about helping others. It brings her joy to her heart when she sees improvement from each of her clients, and she works hard to help them achieve their goals.

Favorite Movie(s)

Thirteen Ghosts

Hometown

Miami, FL

Fun Fact

I like to take road trips

Favorite Treat(s)

Chips
Registered Behavior Technician, RBT

Karsen Allison has been a Registered Behavioral Technician since graduating from Texas A&M Commerce with a bachelor’s in psychology. She has a wonderful husband and cat at home. She also hopes to one day become a BCBA. She can’t wait to work with the team to make a difference!

Favorite Movie(s)

Alice in Wonderland

Hometown

Paris, TX

Fun Fact

I love to play tennis, go roller skating, and I'm really good at bowling.

Favorite Treat(s)

Popcorn and banana flavored twinkies
Registered Behavior Technician, RBT

Becky has worked with children for more than five years. She formerly worked in childcare but recently transitioned to ABA. She has a passion for working with children and is actively pursuing a teaching degree.

 

 

Favorite Movie(s)

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Hometown

Biloxi, MS

Fun Fact

I run my own photography business!

Favorite Treat(s)

Sour candy, Twix, Reece’s, and Kit Kats
Registered Behavior Technician, RBT

Madison Robinette is a BACB Certified RBT as of 2023! She has studied at the University of North Texas, majoring in Psychology. In her free time, she enjoys crochet, playing and writing music for piano and vocals, and all other forms of the arts! She has two pet cats named Juno and Oliver. Madison will be attending UNT once again to obtain her Bachelors in ABA, and be on track to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst!

Favorite Movie(s)

Forrest Gump

Hometown

Nashville, TN

Fun Fact

I have perfect pitch!

Favorite Treat(s)

Milk chocolate covered pretzels
Registered Behavior Technician, RBT

Elizabeth graduated from Texas Tech University and has been an RBT since 2022. She loves working in the ABA field and is in graduate school to become a BCBA! Outside of work you can find her cooking or playing with her dog Bailey. Elizabeth has had a passion for working with special needs individuals since she was in middle school and even plans to open her own ABA clinic one day!

Elizabeth’s Certifications and Specialties include MCPP (Marcus Crisis Prevention Program), CPI (Crisis Prevention Institute), and training in seizure recognition/protocol.

Favorite Movie(s)

The Parent Trap

Hometown

Fort Worth, TX

Fun Fact

I have a twin sister who is also an RBT.

Favorite Treat(s)

Carrot cake, Diet Coke, and my grandma's zucchini muffins.
Registered Behavior Technician, RBT

Oliva has been in ABA for almost 4 years now! She is currently a student at Collin College. She moved to Texas from Minnesota about 4 years ago and is really enjoying it here. She loves going on hikes for fun and being in nature!

Favorite Movie(s)

Matilda

Hometown

Bloomington, MN

Fun Fact

I can write with both hands!

Favorite Treat(s)

Oreos
Registered Behavior Technician, RBT

Sterling has been with Cutting Edge since 2023. She started out as the ABA tech, then became the ABA Administrative Assistant, and now a Registered Behavior Technician. Cutting Edge has taught her so much that she never knew she had a passion for. Sterling loves to be able to see families being happy and clients making so much progress in their daily goals that are implemented. Sterling has a huge heart for kids with ASD because her niece is a child on the spectrum, bringing her to feel a further connection with the field. In Sterling’s free time, she enjoys spending time with her partner and her family.

Sterling’s Certifications and Specialties include Safety Care.

Favorite Movie(s)

Tangled or Five Feet Apart

Hometown

Anna, TX

Fun Fact

I love to travel and experience new places!

Favorite Treat(s)

Hot Cheetos, Honey BBQ Fritos, cupcakes, Dr Pepper!
Registered Behavior Technician, RBT

Makenzie’s introduction to working in the field started in 2022 and she absolutely fell in love with ABA! She loves watching all her sweet clients reach milestones that we had no idea were possible!

Favorite Movie(s)

Instant Family

Hometown

Anchorage, AK

Fun Fact

I have 11 siblings, I love going skydiving when I get the chance, and I’m currently training for my first 10K

Favorite Treat(s)

Celsius and Cool Ranch Doritos!
Registered Behavior Technician, RBT

Brian is a dedicated professional in the ABA field, where he has been active since 2022. At 23, he is also an avid motorcycle racer and has built a successful side business in film and videography. His community involvement includes leading youth at his church and organizing fundraisers. Brian’s passion for ABA was sparked by personal research to support family members with disabilities, and he has embraced the field ever since.

Favorite Movie(s)

White Chicks

Hometown

Nairobi, Kenya

Fun Fact

I was born in Kenya, but I’ve been here so long, I lost my accent and it’s hard for people to believe.

Favorite Treat(s)

Albanese Gummies, Butterfingers, Redbull, Airheads
Behavior Technician

Jesmy is currently in school to get her Bachelors of Science in nursing. She’s been working as a Behavior Technician for more than a year now. She loves to travel and explore different cultures. She hopes to grow within the company and make a difference with everyone she crosses paths with.

Favorite Movie(s)

How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Holes, the Nightmare Before Christmas

Hometown

Dallas, TX

Fun Fact

I love to travel. I enjoy decorating for every season/holiday. Enjoy going to the gym, I love being outdoors as well. On Sunday, I’m watching football!

Favorite Treat(s)

Red velvet cookies and white chocolate covered pretzels
Behavior Technician

Hannah is currently enrolled at Louisiana State University to get her Bachelors of Science in kinesiology. She is very passionate for what she does and hopes to attend graduate school after LSU. She is planning on either going to Physical Therapy school or Chiropractic school! In her free time she loves to travel and run!

Favorite Movie(s)

The Blind Side or How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days

Hometown

Lucas, TX

Fun Fact

I am a Spanish minor!

Favorite Treat(s)

Ice cream!

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

Samantha Godsey has been in the ABA field since 2022 and enjoys working with children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Samantha has such a passion for helping others and their families in anyway she is able. Samantha also enjoys being able to see all the different types of personalities and interest that individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder have. She has five nephews and one niece with two of them also being on the spectrum, giving her a more personal connection to this field. Samantha has a special interest in learning more about Music Therapy as this has greatly benefited her nephews and also her personal fun fact of being able to play the saxophone and piano. Samantha also has a dachshund named Charlie who she absolutely adores. Samantha and her husband both went back to school after the pandemic to change careers and both are still continuing their education after recently obtaining their Associates. Samantha is attending Louisiana State University in their online program to obtain her Bachelors of Science and majoring in Clinical Psychology. She plans to continue her education after obtaining her Bachelors and then continue towards her Master’s Degree and become a Licensed Professional Counselor to continue working with individuals with ASD and their families.

Samantha’s Certifications and Specialties include CPR Certification and Associate of Science with a Major in Social Work (ASW).

Favorite Movie(s)

A League of Their Own

Hometown

Crossville, TN

Fun Fact

Loves to bake

Favorite Treat(s)

Chocolate Cake
ABA Program Manager

Samantha Heironimus has been a Registered Behavior Technician since March of 2022. Her career goal is to become a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst. Samantha has 2 dogs and a sphynx cat named Athena. Sam likes to spend her free time playing with her son or reading books.

Favorite Movie(s)

Matilda

Hometown

The Colony, TX

Fun Fact

Favorite food is Mexican

Favorite Treat(s)

Milk chocolate
Senior Administrative Assistant

Kenzie has been with Cutting Edge since November of 2020, starting as a Front Office Coordinator before moving into the role of Office Manager in 2021. Kenzie graduated from UTD with a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology, and is currently working toward her Master’s degree in Counseling at TWU. She has a passion for working with diverse groups of people and lending a helping hand wherever is needed. Her favorite thing about Cutting Edge is getting to watch the patients grow and achieve their goals!

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 of 5 sisters and 1 brother!

Favorite Treat(s)

Peanut butter snickers!
Front Office Coordinator

Candace is originally from Tampa, Florida with roots in Beliz and Honduras. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of South Florida before moving to Texas in 2018 and is Certified in Systemic Couple & Family Therapy. Candace is currently finishing her final months of her master’s program to become a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. She enjoys laughing, spending time with her family, cooking, traveling, concerts, gardening, and exploring new hobbies. She is a driven individual who values personal growth and is always seeking new opportunities to challenge herself and serve her community.

Favorite Movie(s)

It's a tie between Coming To America and The Notebook

Hometown

Tampa, FL

Fun Fact

I love to cook!

Favorite Treat(s)

Gummy Bears (black forest, Haribo or Albanese), Reese's, Milkshakes
Front Office Coordinator

Jakiyah has been working in customer service since 2018. She is originally from Georgia and moved to Texas after Highschool in 2021 to pursue a background in early childhood education. She enjoys working with children of all ages and is often warm and bubbly when she interacts with anyone. Her favorite motto is ‘Every day is a second chance’ and she’s excited to be a part of such a great team!

Favorite Movie(s)

Howl's Moving Castle

Hometown

Marietta, GA

Fun Fact

I am obsessed with Hello Kitty.

Favorite Treat(s)

Frozen strawberry lemonade, hummus, & Ferrero Rocher chocolates.
Client Care Services Supervisor

Heather has been with Cutting Edge since August 2020.  She started out as our ABA Admin helping families gather everything needed to start ABA.  She moved to our CCS office in 2022 as our Referral Coordinator and recently became supervisor of CCS.  Heather works hard helping the families of CEPT navigate the world of insurance and fight to get the services that are needed for each family approved.  She enjoys spending time with her husband and friends on the golf course or spending time at home with her cat named Kitty.

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 Coordinator

Yolanda Ulloa has been in the administrative and billing field since 2005. Yolanda has worked closely with providers, patients and insurance providers since 2021, helping to provide assistance with claims, referrals and authorization.

Favorite Movie(s)

Oh Brother Where Art Thou ­by The Cohen Brothers

Hometown

El Paso, TX

Fun Fact

I have been to every state in the U.S. and to over 200 National Parks.

Favorite Treat(s)

Tres leches cake, avocados and Philly steak eggrolls.
Referral Coordinator

Madison has been working in customer service since 2016 because she loves helping and making people smile. She is currently in college to get a degree in psychology. She lived in Mississippi as a young child, then moved to Kentucky in 2005. In 2016, she moved to Texas and has been here ever since. Madison loves spending time with her partner and the people that love her. She is a very empathetic and loving person and is very happy to be apart of the Cutting Edge team, hopefully making a difference in people’s lives.

Favorite Movie(s)

The Bob's Burgers Movie & The Nightmare Before Christmas!

Hometown

Somerset, KY

Fun Fact

I was in band/marching band in middle and high school! I played the flute.

Favorite Treat(s)

Anything sweet, Dr. Pepper, Cheesecake, Sour Candy, the list can go on...
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. In recent years, Joseph has enjoyed working with Kate and Joe closely on the design, building, and opening of our new Cutting Edge facilities across DFW. When he’s not working here with our CEPT family, Joseph enjoys movies, music, exercising and spending quality social time with his family and friends.

Favorite Movie(s)

Erin Brockovich

Hometown

Allen, TX

Fun Fact

I have been working for CEPT for over 10 years!

Favorite Treat(s)

Kinder Chocolates!
Human Resources Manager, SHRM-CP

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. Annie is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management and is a SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP).

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
Human Resources Assistant

Annie was born in El Paso, Texas and moved to Dallas for college. She graduated from UTD in 2023 with a degree in Child Learning and Development. She worked as a preschool teacher until she decided to change her career into something new. She loves to make a difference and believes Cutting Edge is the right place to do so. Annie has a black-and-white cat named Grace, and she likes to read, write, and game in her free time.

Favorite Movie(s)

Spirited Away

Hometown

El Paso, TX

Fun Fact

I like to watch anime!

Favorite Treat(s)

Chocolate and boba tea
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 also worked for the state of California for a short time in medical clerical work. Outside of work, they enjoy watching movies, spending time with their loved ones and puppy nephew, writing, and playing video games. They also enjoy watching sports, mainly hockey and baseball. Their teams are the Dallas Stars and New York Rangers in hockey and San Francisco Giants in baseball. 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 originally wanted to be a cinematographer and screenwriter.

Favorite Treat(s)

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

Taylor has worked in the healthcare field for almost ten years! She loves helping people and finds joy in watching others achieve their goals. She grew up in Tennessee, but she knew Texas was home after her first Rangers Game!

Favorite Movie(s)

Mary Poppins and The Mirror Has Two Faces

Hometown

Memphis, TN

Fun Fact

I watch Bluey everyday!

Favorite Treat(s)

Strawberry cheesecake, sorbet, and anything sour

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