800 N. Watters Road, Suite 150, Allen, Texas 75013 • 469-675-3153
Katherine (Kate) Lundgren – 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.
Dr. Shannon Levandowski – OTR / Doctorate
Dr. Shannon Levandowski received her BA in Early Childhood Education at Clemson University in 1999, BS in Occupational Therapy at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, in 2002, MS in Occupational Therapy in 2007 and Doctorate in Occupational therapy at Boston University in 2009. Shannon has also completed an advanced Master’s Certificate in Behavioral Interventions in Autism (Applied Behavioral Analysis) from UMASS Lowell in 2014. Shannon has dual AOTA Board Certifications in both Pediatrics and School Systems (Specialty). These advanced certifications require extensive experience and expertise in identified content areas including diagnostics, interventions, and an understanding occupational performance and participation across the life span.
Shannon has over 15 years working with children aged birth to 21 in the home, clinic, residential and school setting. She has extensive experience evaluating and developing interventions for a variety of pediatric populations diagnosed with Autism (including many disorders on the spectrum), Developmental Delay, Down’s Syndrome, ADHD (or other attention/focus/movement disorders), Genetic Disorders, Coordination Disorders, Intellectual Disabilities, Mental Illness (including Severe Behavioral and Emotional Disorders) and Sensory Processing Disorders.
In addition to her role at Cutting Edge Pediatric Therapy, Shannon serves as faculty at Texas Woman’s University’s School of Occupational Therapy. She has also presented across the Nation on various pediatric interventions and treatment plans that support participation and occupational performance at the American Occupational Therapy Association, Autism Society, various State Associations and other small venues.
As a mother, educator and therapist, Shannon seeks to support and facilitate a family’s growth and understanding of their child’s individual needs. She works to connect with family members, build therapeutic rapport and create positive experiences towards individual therapeutic interventions and home carry over.
Crystal Sanders – OTR,MOT,SIPT
Crystal graduated from University of Texas at Dallas in 2007 with a BA in psychology and a minor in child learning and development. She worked as an ABA therapist in the home and clinical setting for 7 years prior to pursuing OT. In 2011, she graduated from Texas Women’s University with a masters in occupational therapy. She has worked in sensory based clinics with children with a variety of diagnosis including Autism Spectrum, Down Syndrome, ADHD, Intellectual Disabilities, sensory processing disorders, and other neurological disorders. She has certifications in Interactive Metronome (IM home and clinic), Handwriting Without Tears, Interactive Listening System(iLs), The Listening Program (TLP), certified handwriting specialist, and certified in Sensory Integration and Praxis Test (SIPT), and Sequential Oral Sensory feeding (SOS).
Anna Morgan – OTR, MOT
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 always 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. Anna has certification in Interactive Metronome and will complete certification in The Listening Program in 2016.
Jennah Critchfield – 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.
Aniqa Shahbaz – OTR
Aniqa Shahbaz is an Occupational Therapist. She has recently graduated on August 12th 2017 with honors with a Masters in Occupational Therapy from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. She received her Bachelor’s of Science in Health, and a minor in psychology from the University of Houston. During her masters she was the President of the Student Occupational Therapy association, she received the Leadership award from the University of St. Augustine in September 2016, she received the Outstanding Occupational Therapy Student award in August 2017 and lastly she was given the honor of being the Graduation Speaker during the commencement ceremony for the Graduating class of August 2017. Prior to perusing her masters in Occupational therapy she was an ABA therapist for 2 years and worked as a Social Skills leader, and provided individual ABA therapy. She has worked with children with Autism spectrum disorder, Angelman syndrome, Tourette syndrome, Sensory-processing disorder, OCD, Intellectual Disability and other developmental/neurological disorders. Aniqa Shahbaz lives in Lewisville, Texas and she is excited for her future as an Occupational Therapist.
Brenna Duke – OTR
Brenna Duke is an Occupational Therapist who has been working in outpatient pediatrics since 2014. She attended Texas Tech University from 2008-2011, where she completed her pre-requisites for a Master’s program in Occupational Therapy. She received her Bachelors of Science in Health Care Sciences in 2012 and her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy in 2014 from the UT Health Science Center in San Antonio. She is certified in Interactive Metronome (IM) and will complete her Handwriting Without Tears certification in 2016.
Certified Occupation Therapy Assistants
Joanne Sanford-Duke – Lead Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant, CKTP, CST
Harley Thomas – COTA
Harley is a 2016 graduate of the Panola College Occupational Therapy Assistant Program. Harley had previously obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration from Sam Houston State University with a focus in Business Communications in May 2013. She was beyond ecstatic to discover her passion while shadowing at a pediatric clinic in Huntsville in mid-2013 and had her beliefs solidified during a summer camp in 2015. Harley has completed 97 hours of training in Animal Assisted Interventions and Dogs in Practice. She is driven to facilitate enhanced experiences and empowerment of children through occupational therapy and looks forward to gain certifications in Interactive Metronome and Handwriting Without Tears in 2017.
Certified Speech Therapists
Sydney Perricone – Lead Speech-Language Pathologist
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, serving on a committee that helps plan the Association’s annual convention. Sydney is certified in the VitalStim Specialty Program and has training in Talk Tools Oral-Placement Therapy. Sydney is enthusiastic about making a difference in the lives of children and their families.
Erin Bellue – Speech Therapist
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!
Jessica Stratton – SLP
Jessica Stratton is a pediatric speech language pathologist with 16 years of experience in a variety of settings including public schools, home health and private clinics. She graduated from Texas Christian University in 1998 with her Bachelor of Science in Speech Language Pathology. She attended The University of North Texas and graduated in 2000 with her Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology. She has held her Certificate of Clinical Competence from The American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) since 2001 and is a member of ASHA as well as Texas Speech Language Hearing Association (TSHA).
Rachel Johnson – SLP
Rachel is a certified and licensed speech-language pathologist who has worked in both public schools and outpatient therapy clinics since 2012. In 2005, Rachel received a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Texas Tech University and worked in Rockwall ISD as an elementary school teacher. In 2012, Rachel worked in Mesquite ISD as an SLP-Assistant while attending graduate school at Texas Woman’s University. Rachel has held her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association since 2015. She is also a member of the Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association,. Rachel will be certified in the VitalStim Specialty Program. Rachel is dedicated to serving the families and children at Cutting Edge therapy.
Amber Robinson – SLP Assistant
Amber Robinson graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas in May 2016. She has a Bachelor’s of Science in Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology and Child Learning & Development. She has clinic-based and private therapy experience as well as public/charter school experience, predominantly working with Pre-K and elementary school children.
Meena Ramdas – Lead Physical Therapist
Meena graduated from Manipal College of Allied Health Sciences, India in 2012. She holds a Master’s degree in Pediatric Neurosciences. She has worked in an inpatient and outpatient facility in Mumbai (India), before she shifted to US in 2014. Currently she works in Home Health Care and has a wide range of experience dealing with kids with special needs. She is currently under the process of obtaining her NDT certification.
Amanda Hanson – Physical Therapist Assistant
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.
Kara Virden Johnson – OTR, MOT, SIPT
Kara Johnson received her BA in Exercise Science from Harding University in Arkansas and received her Master’s of Occupational Therapy from Texas Woman’s University in 2005. Kara has always worked with a focus in pediatrics. For the past 8 years Kara has worked with children from birth through 21 in home, clinic, and school settings. Kara is SIPT (Sensory Integration and Praxis Testing) certified and trained in Craniosacral therapy, The Handwriting Without Tears Program, and Interactive Metronome. Kara has presented several staff development classes to teachers and staff in Richardson ISD addressing fine motor development, handwriting development, and sensory equipment and strategies within the school setting. Kara has also been a guest lecturer in graduate classes at TWU addressing Occupational Therapy and the Public School System. Within the educational setting Kara has had the opportunity to work alongside many other disciplines including physical therapists, speech therapists, music therapists, adaptive PE teachers, and also an augmentative communication team. Currently Kara works in both the educational setting at Richardson ISD and in the clinical setting here at Cutting Edge Pediatrics Therapy.
April Palomino – OTR
April graduated from Texas Women’s University with a Bachelors in Health Studies in 2006 and then graduated with her Masters in Occupational Therapy in 2008. In addition to working in a pediatric outpatient clinic, her area of specialty include adult SNF with a wide range of diagnoses, including stroke and orthopedic surgeries. In addition to currently working in a clinic setting, April has been in the pediatric home health setting since 2010. She has experience working with a variety of diagnoses including autism spectrum, cerebral palsy, down syndrome, PDD, sensory processing disorders, ADHD, and other neurological disorders.
Mindy England – OTR
Mindy graduated from Southwest Texas State University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Social Work and a minor in sociology. In 2010, she graduated from The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston with a Master’s in Occupational Therapy. In addition to currently working in a clinic setting, Mindy has been in the pediatric home health setting since 2010. She has experience working with a variety of diagnoses including autism spectrum, cerebral palsy, down syndrome, PDD, sensory processing disorders, ADHD, and other neurological disorders. Mindy is also certified in the use of the Interactive Metronome with children and adults.
Avery Gay – OTR
Avery began her journey with Cutting Edge early on as a clinical technician working alongside our therapists as a clinical and administrative aid. After graduating and receiving her OTR license, Avery rejoined the team as part of our PRN staff filling in as an Occupational Therapist whenever needed.
Kelsey Crews – OTR, MOT
Kelsey graduated from the University of Arkansas with a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology in 2012 and then graduated from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio with her Master’s in Occupational Therapy in 2014. After three months of working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Sensory Processing Disorders, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, ADHD, and other developmental delays in San Antonio, Kelsey moved to Dallas and is furthering her passion of working with children with these diagnoses to help them achieve functional independence in their daily lives.
Lisa Ratcliff – Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant
Lisa graduated from Northeast Louisiana University (now the University of Louisiana at Monroe) in 1997 with an Associate of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy Assisting. Since that time, she has worked in a variety of areas within the healthcare field. Upon moving back to the Dallas area with her family in 2011, she found her passion for working with children. Lisa has worked in pediatric home health for a number of years before joining the Cutting Edge Pediatric Therapy team. She has worked predominantly with the diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder, developmental delays, ADHD, Downs Syndrome, and Sensory Processing Disorder. Lisa has a son who has been diagnosed with ADHD so she knows first-hand some of the challenges these children and their parents face on a day-to-day basis. Nothing brings her as much joy as seeing the kids she work with progress and become more independent.
Being born and raised in Louisiana, she is a much a die-hard LSU Tigers fan as she is a Dallas Cowboys fan, and even a New Orleans Saints fan as long as they are not playing the Cowboys! Weekends are often spent with family and friends cheering on her home state team and “The Boys”, and maybe even occasional craw-fish boil! Lisa lover to travel so summer is for the beach and baseball, going to see the Texas Rangers as much as possible.
Lisa is excited to work with your children and is dedicated to making a difference that will last a lifetime!
Medina Corwin Barron – OTR
Medina has been a registered and practicing occupation therapist since 1991 after graduating from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. She started her OT career working with orthopedic and neurological injuries in an inpatient rehabilitation setting. She quickly moved into the area of pediatrics as she’d always planned. During her years as a proud military spouse, Medina worked in multiple childhood intervention, outpatients clinics and hippo-therapy settings. She has practiced occupation therapy in seven different states and two countries. Medina has experience with a wide variety of diagnoses with advanced training ad certification in natural environment service provision, hippo-therapy, and infant massage. She has completed many continuing education courses including: Sensory Processing, Handwriting Without Tears, Executive Dysfunction, Visual Deficits, Brain Gym, Visual Processing, and Greenspan’s DIR/Floortime.
Medina looks forward to continuing her work as an occupation therapist, pursuing her perpetual goal of helping children and their families live more successfully.
Chase Young – Clinical Fellow – SLP
In May of 2016, Chase graduated from West Texas A&M University with a Master of Science in Communication Disorders. He has provided speech, language, and feeding services for children from preschool to high-school age in public schools, private practice, and home health settings. Chase focuses on building a good rapport with each individual and provides creative, fun, individualized, and research-based therapy services. He believes in using a total communication approach to help children communicate more functionally and effectively in their daily lives.
Chase enjoys spending time with his wife, friends, and family as well as playing outdoor sports. He is excited to begin his career at Cutting Edge Pediatric Therapy Services.
Traci Mullins – Office Manager / Director of Operations
Traci attended the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma and moved to the DFW area shortly after college. She has been in the healthcare industry for 15 years and has worked in a diverse range of specialties including Speech, Occupational, and Physical Therapy. Having volunteered with Special Needs Groups in college, Traci developed a special place in her heart for children with disabilities and is passionate about working for an organization like Cutting Edge Pediatric Therapy. In her free time, Traci enjoys spending time with her family, shopping, live music, and traveling.
Linda Hamoudeh – Senior Office Coordinator
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. Linda is hoping to go back to graduate school in a few years to achieve her goal of getting a Master’s Degree.
Dalia Kassem – SLPA / Office Aid
Dalia earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology from the University of Texas at Dallas. She is a licensed Speech Language Pathology Assistant. She has been working in pediatric therapy clinics for over 4 years and with children in general for 7 years in schools and achievement centers. She does administrative work at our front office but is also covering speech sessions as needed. Dalia plans on going to grad school next year and continue to grow as a Speech Therapist
Katie Headley – Receptionist
Katie has been working in the Behavioral Health & Substance Abuse field as a medical biller since 2010 in Miami, Florida; beginning her career working for a third-party billing company with facilities located across the United States.
In 2014, Katie began working for a private psychology practice, specializing in services for children on the ASD spectrum; including but not limited to individual, group, family therapy, psychological evaluations, ABA assessments, ABA therapy, music therapy and art therapy. Katie has a brother diagnosed on the spectrum and understands with time, patience and dedication everyone can succeed.
While working for the private psychology practice, she handled initial patient contact inquiring about services, insurance verification, scheduling, billing, patient account balances, medical claim appeals, denials, and medical claim collections. Katie has recently moved to the DFW area in order to return to school to pursue a psychology degree and hopes to become a Clinical Psychologist.
Kelly Richards – Executive Admin
Kelly joined the administrative department of Cutting Edge as executive admin to Kate’s Husband Joe. She graduated from Allen High School and will be attending the University of Texas at Dallas in the fall of 2016 to obtain her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Kelly’s future plans are to obtain a Master’s degree in Social Work or Public Health. She has a cousin that is mentally disabled and feels a strong connection to Cutting Edge’s mission to help each and every one of their patients. In her free time, Kelly loves spending time with her family and reading.
Rocky – 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.