1707 Fountainview Drive, Mansfield, Texas 76063 • 817-752-9662
Joy Martin – OTR
Joy Martin is a pediatric occupational therapist. She received her Bachelors in Health Studies from Texas Woman’s University in 2005 and a Masters of Occupational Therapy in 2006 and is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association. She has worked in the pediatric clinical setting since 2007 and considers children her greatest passion. Joy has specialized in Sensory-based feeding therapy, but has experience in treating children with a variety of diagnoses including but not limited to cerebral palsy, downs syndrome, autism, dysgraphia, developmental delay, and sensory integration dysfunction, intellectual disabilities and other neuralgic differences. Joy is certified in Interactive Metronome and has been trained in Sensory Integration, SOS feeding therapy, Handwriting Without Tears, social skill development, NMES electrical stimulation and NDT for infants and children. Joy currently resides in Fort Worth, Texas with her husband.
Hannah Labansat – OTR
Hannah graduated from Boston University with her Bachelor’s of Science in Therapeutic studies in 2015 and her Masters degree in Occupational Therapy in May 2017. Hannah completed her Level II fieldwork placement at a Cook Children’s Hospital pediatric outpatient clinic in Spring 2016, and fell in love with practicing pediatric therapy! She is extremely passionate about the impact that occupational therapy can have on the lives of children and is looking forward to enhancing her clinical skills through pursuing certifications in NDT and Listening Therapy. Hannah resides in Fort Worth, Texas and is excited to be a part of the Cutting Edge team of therapists.
Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants
Mahlon Ware – Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant
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.
Beth Ward – Physical Therapist
Beth Ward has been in clinical practice in Pediatric Physical Therapy since graduating from Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois in 1970. She worked in Home Health and in an Easter Seal out-patient clinic program in Chicago before her family relocated to Las Vegas, Nevada. In Las Vegas she was the Owner/Manager of 3 Pediatric clinics that offered Speech, Occupational and Physical therapy to the families of children with a wide variety of special needs. In 2013 she moved to Texas to be closer to family and continues her work in Pediatric Physical Therapy.
Beth considers herself to be a life-time learner and has taken the opportunity to develop clinical skills in diverse areas. She has a particular interest in Cranio-sacral Therapy and has taken many other courses over the years in such areas as Yoga for the Special Needs Child and Neurobiological Approaches to treatment. Some of the most important learning along the way has come from the children and their families with whom she has been privileged to serve.
Heather Alvarado – Physical Therapist
Heather is a physical therapist who graduated with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from Texas Woman’s University in 2014. She worked for a nonprofit clinic for 2 years in Wichita Falls, Texas, and it was there that she began her career treating children with disabilities, children with orthopedic conditions, and children with neurological diagnoses. Currently, she works in home health care treating a variety of pediatric diagnoses and also in an outpatient facility treating adults with neurological and vestibular diagnoses. She has a passion to be a part of a helping profession and is excited to continue serving all age groups as part of the Cutting Edge Physical Therapy Team.
Certified Speech Therapists
Ana L. Rothschild – Speech Language Pathologist
Ana Rothschild grew up in South Texas. She is a bilingual (English-Spanish) pediatric speech language pathologist. She graduated from Texas Woman’s University with both a Bachelor’s of Science in Communications Disorders and a Masters in Speech Language Pathology. Ana worked in the school setting with a variety of populations Pre-K through High School. She then worked in the home health care setting providing services in speech, language and feeding disorders. Ana has held her Certificate of Clinical Competence from The American Speech-Language- Hearing Association (ASHA) since 2008 and is a member of both The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and The Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association TSHA.
Karen Gillum – Speech Language Pathologist
Karen received her Bachelor of Science in Speech Pathology in 1996, and her Masters of Science in Communication Disorders in 1998 from the University of Texas at Dallas. She has held a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) since 1999. Karen began her career in the school setting where she provided services to children with a variety of diagnoses. She left the school setting to work in pediatric home health where she provided speech, language, and feeding therapy for children in their homes. Karen has a passion for helping children reach their highest potential. She is a certified Vitalstim provider and has an extensive background in feeding and swallowing. She is also trained in the use of PECS and has experience with a variety of dynamic communication devices. Karen maintains memberships in ASHA as well as the Texas Speech-Language Hearing Association.
Speech Language Pathology Assistants
Lainey Sherman – Speech Language Pathologist Assistant
Lainey graduated from Baylor University in 2014 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Physiology. After graduating, she completed leveling classes at Stephen F. Austin State University for Speech-Language Pathology in order to become a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist Assistant. Lainey has two years of experience working in the public school setting in East Texas where she worked with children of all ages and a variety of communication disorders. Lainey is enthusiastic about being a part of the CEPT team and is ready to make a difference in the lives of children and their families.
Nicole Sauza – Office Manager
Nicole is a native Texan that was raised in Arlington, Texas. She attended the University of Texas at Arlington and specializes in Business Management. In 2009, she began working in the healthcare industry assisting with Adult Mental Health and Mental Retardation patients. A few years later she was given the opportunity to work in pediatrics supporting those in need of Speech, Occupational, and Physical Therapy. Nicole has found working with children to be very rewarding and she is grateful to those families that allow her to be part of their lives.
She currently resides in Mansfield, Texas. Growing up in the DFW area she is a huge sports fan & is loyal to her hometown teams. The Mavs, Dallas Cowboys, & Texas Rangers have a special place in her heart! She is a foodie and loves trying out different foods with friends and family. Going to the theatre is something she enjoys the most, she highly recommends seeing “The Lion King” on Broadway if you ever get the chance.
Nicole is looking forward for what Cutting Edge Pediatric Therapy will bring to her future! Please don’t ever hesitate to stop on by and say hi!
Tammy Harrell – Office Coordinator
Tammy has lived in the Mansfield and Kennedale area her entire life. She has worked in the therapy industry for a little over five years now specializing in office management. Tammy has a passion to help patients and families achieve their goals and looks forward to working as a part of the Cutting Edge team to do so. In her spare time she enjoys her new grand daughter, family and friends.