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Katherine (Kate) Lundgren – 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.
Favorite Movie: Night Shift, Sound of Music, and The Breakfast Club
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Fun Fact: “I went to high school in Maui, Hawaii!”
Jennah Critchfield – 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.
Favorite Movie: 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.”
Anna Morgan – Registered Occupational Therapist, 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.
Favorite Movies: 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.”
Aniqa Shahbaz – Registered Occupational Therapist, 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.
Favorite Movies: All Marvel movies and the original Jurassic Park
Hometown: Dallas, TX but born and raised in Los Angeles, CA
Fun Fact: “I like scary stories, books, and movies (all things scary).”
Brenna Duke – Registered Occupational Therapist, OTR
Brenna 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. Brenna has worked in pediatrics since August 2014, treating a variety of patients with diagnoses such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Sensory Processing Disorder, ADHD, Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Emanuel Syndrome, and Hunter Syndrome. She is certified in Interactive Metronome (IM) and The Listening Program (TLP). She has had extensive training in Handwriting Without Tears (HWT) and has recently been selected to attend the Star Institute Level I Mentorship Program in June 2019.
Favorite Movie: The Princess Bride
Hometown: Fredericksburg, TX
Fun Fact: “I love playing board games!”
Martha Mena – Registered Occupational Therapist, OTR
Martha Mena is an occupational therapist. She attended Texas Woman’s University for both her undergraduate and graduate degrees. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Health Studies in 2013 and with her Master of Occupational Therapy in 2017. Martha has worked as an ABA therapist since 2014 and has worked with children with Autism, sensory processing disorder, and developmental delays. She is also a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association. She is certified in inTime Listening and The Listening Program (LTP). Martha has a passion for working with individuals and their families to help them achieve their goals. She is excited to start her occupational therapy career at CEPT and to work alongside other great therapists.
Favorite Movies: A Walk to Remember and any Disney movie
Hometown: I was born in Guadalajara City in Mexico, but grew up in the Dallas/Richardson area.
Fun Fact: “I love coffee so much that I have a portable espresso machine that fits in the palm of my hand, I carry it everywhere.”
McKenzie Daniell – Registered Occupational Therapist, OTR
McKenzie Daniell graduated with cum Laude from Louisiana State University in 2016 receiving her Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology. During her time there, she became passionate about pediatrics while working at St. Lillian Academy, a school for children with a wide range of exceptionalities. In 2018 McKenzie received her Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in Shreveport, Louisiana. She completed her Level II fieldwork at The Center for Therapy where she worked with children with autism spectrum disorder, sensory-processing disorder, down syndrome, torticollis, developmental delay and other genetic/neurological disorders. McKenzie resides in Dallas, Texas and is excited to be a part of the CEPT team.
Favorite Movies: All Pixar movies
Hometown: Houston, TX
Fun Fact: “I was an LSU cheerleader during my undergraduate years. I got to cheer in Tiger stadium which holds 102,321 fans!”
Jacqueline Thorman – Registered Occupational Therapist, OTR
Jacqueline Thorman graduated from Hardin-Simmons University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Social Work in 2016 and graduated with a Masters of Occupational Therapy from Texas Woman’s University in 2018. She currently maintains her Social Work license along with her Occupational Therapy license, as
well as a scuba diving certification just for fun. Jacqueline found her passion in pediatrics while working with pediatric special needs as a volunteer and then interned for Joni and Friends. She has also gained fieldwork and work experience in neuro, pediatric fine motor and handwriting, and independent living
skills. Jacqueline is excited to join the CEPT team and continue to serve the DFW area!
Favorite Movie: Remember the Titans
Hometown: McKinney, TX
Fun Fact: “I have biked across Texas! (El Paso to Texarkana)”
Claudia Alvarado-Juarez – Registered Occupational Therapist, OTR
Claudia graduated from Texas Woman’s University with a Bachelors in Exercise Science, and a minor in Biology in 2014 and her Masters of Occupational Therapy degree in 2017. Claudia has a wide range history working with children with disabilities as an Occupational Therapist student, including; completing her Level II fieldwork education at Suggs Pediatric Occupational Therapy, completing her Level I fieldwork education at Lewisville Summer Positive Youth Development Groups and Theraplay Associates. Claudia absolutely loves to work with children that she has volunteered in the youth bowling and swimming Special Olympics earning her a Coaching Certification Level 1 and in the Dr. Carol Huettig Developmental Children Aquatics Program at TWU. Also, as part of the AmeriCorps Volunteer Group she volunteered in a sports coaching practicum for low income at-risk children in the Dominican Republic, where she was an integral volunteer as she was the only bilingual volunteer (Spanish and English). Claudia has also been a Certified Personal Trainer/Group Fitness Teacher for many years now, because she has a passion for helping anyone at any age achieve their personal goals, whatever it may be. Having mentioned that, she also has experience with preparing adequate and appropriate physical activities for children with or without disabilities. Claudia is a member of The American Occupational Therapy Association and Texas Occupational Therapy Association. Claudia is excited and looking forward to begin her career at CEPT and work alongside other great and kind therapists and provide fun, yet individualized treatment sessions to all.
Favorite Movies: Films with dogs and Disney Films
Hometown: Dallas, TX
Fun Fact: “I won the Sonic Slam Inning with the Texas Rangers!”
Certified Occupation Therapy Assistants
Joanne Sanford-Duke – Lead Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant, CKTP, CST
I’m a 1993 alumna from Mount Saint Mary’s University, Occupational Therapy Program. For over 22 years, I have worked as a clinician throughout the US with fluid and cast multi environmental experiences delivering an integrative approach to occupational therapy transforming the lives of families and children with a myriad of diagnoses. My practice area and emphasis is Pediatrics. Providing specialized occupational therapy services is a passion after observing the changes seen in my own family.
As an adjunct to Occupational Therapy, I offer Kinesio Taping and Manual Muscle/CranioSacral Therapy which is a gentle, hands-on approach that releases tension in the body. I am an alumna of The Upledger Institute and completing required courses for CST-D.
I am a provider of Interactive Metronome, Integrated Listening Systems in Home, InTime Listening through Advanced Brain Technologies for adults and children. A receiver of training from Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation in The Sequential Oral Sensory (S.O.S) Approach to Feeding, GOAL Oriented Assessment of Life Skills, Level 1 Intensive Mentorship and Level 2 Intensive Mentorship program.
Additionally, through the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards, I hold a License (Autism Certificate 165784).
Favorite Movie: Mary Poppins Returns
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Fun Fact: “I was born the year Disneyland opened!”
Mahlon Ware – 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.
Favorite Movie: The Dark Knight
Hometown: DeSoto, TX
Fun Fact: “I enjoy producing music in my spare time and I sing in my church choir.”
Joni Smart – 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/Foortime 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.
Favorite Movies: 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.”
Certified Speech Therapists
Sydney Perricone – 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, serving on a committee that helps plan the Association’s annual convention. Sydney has training in the Social Thinking approach to pragmatic language skills. 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 and Talk Tools Oral-Placement Therapy.
Favorite Movies: Mulan, Meet The Parents
Hometown: Fort Worth, TX
Fun Fact: “I love finding and exploring new cozy coffee shops!”
Erin Bellue – 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!
Favorite Movies: Anything with Doris Day or Jimmy Stewart, all Disney animated movies, and Elf
Hometown: Frisco, TX
Fun Fact: “I 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.”
Jessica Stratton – Speech-Language Pathologist, SLP
Jessica Stratton is a pediatric speech language pathologist with 18 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). Jessica is trained in Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets (PROMPT). She also has training in the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) approach to feeding and Talk Tools Oral-Placement Therapy. Additionally, she has undergone training in the Social Thinking approach to working on pragmatic language skills.
Favorite Movies: Princess Bride
Hometown: Bartlesville, OK
Fun Fact: “Before I had kids I was very adventurous and loved bungee jumping and sky diving. Also, I am deathly afraid of birds….!”
Natalie Hudson – 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. At 14 years old, Natalie observed the speech pathologist at the elementary school that her mom taught at and discovered a passion for speech therapy. 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, skilled nursing facilities, and schools. Natalie is excited to join the Cutting Edge family and complete her Clinical Fellowship Year.
Favorite Movies: Life is Beautiful, Arrival, Tangled, Finding Nemo
Hometown: Coppell, TX
Fun Fact: “I have three rescue dogs and a bunny!”
Bethany Trongaard– 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 works in public schools with middle school and high school students focusing on functional and effective communication skills. Bethany’s areas of interest include adolescent and adult pragmatic language skills, social groups, augmentative and alternative communication, and communication skills that transition through adulthood. She enjoys the collaboration with clients, families, and the therapeutic team to ensure the best approach for each individual client.
Favorite Movies: Fantastic Mr. Fox and The Aristocats
Hometown: Paris, TX
Fun Fact: “I’ve zip-lined between mountain tops in British Columbia.”
Mika Southall– Speech-Language Pathologist, SLP
Mika graduated from Texas Christian University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in Advertising & Public Relations. After an exciting career in hospitality and special events, she discovered a passion for working with children in speech therapy and received her Masters of Science in Communication Disorders from the University of Texas at Dallas in 2018. She has experience working with children in a variety of settings including a classroom-based language program for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, early childhood intervention, clinic-based and schools. She is excited to serve children and their families as she completes her Clinical Fellowship year at Cutting Edge.
Favorite Movies: Tangled and The Lion King
Hometown: Colleyville, TX
Fun Fact: “I used to be a Fairy Godmother at Disney World!”
Dalia Kassem – Speech-Language Pathology Assistant, SLPA
Dalia earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology from the University of Texas at Dallas in 2016. She is a licensed bilingual Speech Language Pathology Assistant, fluent in English and Spanish. She has been working in outpatient pediatric therapy clinics for 5 years assisting families and children through speech, physical and occupational therapy. She has worked with children in private schools and achievement centers for 8 years. Dalia hopes to continue her education and earn a masters degree in Speech Pathology. When she’s not working, Dalia enjoys spending time with family and friends, shopping and painting.
Favorite Movies: Coco, Sing, and any Adam Sandler movie
Hometown: Allen, TX
Fun Fact: “I grew up in Kuwait for most of my childhood and learned to speak 3 languages!”
Meena Ramdas – Lead Physical Therapist, PT
Meena graduated first as a Bachelor of Physical therapy from KMCH College of Allied Health Sciences, India. She then graduated with a Masters in Physical Therapy with specialization in Pediatric Neurosciences from Manipal College of Allied Health Sciences, India. She has worked in a multi-specialty pediatric inpatient and outpatient facility in Mumbai (India) for 2 years prior to coming to the US in 2013. In the US, she has worked in both home health and outpatient therapy settings. She has experience evaluating and treating infants, children and young adults with a variety of Neuro-motor disorders. Meena is certified as an NDT (Neuro-Developmental) therapist. She has training and certifications in Kinesio-Taping (Level 1 and 2), Astronaut Protocol, Interactive Metronome and Listening program.
Favorite Movies: Lion King, The Shawshank Redemption, and all Harry Potter movies
Hometown: Mumbai, India
Fun Fact: “I can speak 5 different languages.”
Steven Lacore – Physical Therapist, PT
Steven received his Bachelor of Science in Human Health and Performance from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. He continued his education with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy Degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas in 2018. During his time at UTMB, Steven was involved in a variety of clinical rotations to include a Pediatric setting in which he worked with children with orthopedic and neurodevelopmental disorders with ages ranging from 17 days to 17 years old. Steven hopes to continue his specialization in Pediatric Therapy by obtaining his NDT certification in the future. Steven has lived in Flower Mound, Texas for most of his life and in his free time enjoys flying in a Piper Cub and playing disc golf.
Favorite Movies: Any Tom Cruise movies, especially Top Gun
Hometown: Flower Mound, TX
Fun Fact: “I obtained my Private Pilot’s License at 17.”
Amanda Hanson – 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.
Favorite Movies: A Knight’s Tale and The Lion King
Hometown: Wylie, TX
Fun Fact: “I am a clown in the Shrine Circus.”
Ashley Jo Winsemius-Hackney – Physical Therapy Assistant, PTA
Ashley Jo is a Physical Therapist Assistant who graduated in 2016 from Keiser University in Jacksonville, FL. Prior to her career in pediatric therapy, Ashley served in the United States Navy and traveled to many different countries during her enlistment. Ashley has worked in Pediatric Outpatient Clinics and Home Health, ages ranging from 2 months old to 20 years old and is excited to further her career in pediatrics at Cutting Edge Pediatric Therapy.
Favorite Movie: Step Up 4
Hometown: Riverside, CA
Fun Fact: “I have traveled to Bahrain, Dubai, and Greece.”
Betsy Mathaikutty – Registered Occupational Therapist, OTR/L
Betsy graduated with a Bachelors in Health Science and Masters in Occupational Therapy from Touro College in New York City. Specialized in Pediatrics, she has been working since 2004 in a variety of settings including public schools, home care, early intervention and in private clinics. She has worked with children with a variety of diagnoses including SPD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, various neurological disorders, developmental delays, ADHD, learning disabilities and much more. She is looking forward to being a part of the journey of the children and their families that Cutting Edge Pediatric & Adult Therapy serves.
Kara Virden Johnson – Registered Occupational Therapist, 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.
Mindy England – Registered Occupational Therapist, 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 – Registered Occupational Therapist, 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 – Registered Occupational Therapist, 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.
Medina Corwin Barron – Registered Occupational Therapist, 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.
Julie LeBlanc – Speech Language Pathologist, SLP
Julie LeBlanc has been a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist since 1999, after receiving first her BA in 1997, then her MA in Speech-Language Pathology from Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, Louisiana. Julie began her career in the Dallas area practicing in private practice and contract settings before she began work in Plano Independent School district primarily with elementary-aged students. In 2006, Julie’s family brought her back to Lake Charles, Louisiana where she practiced speech pathology in various settings ranging from private practice, schools, and adult rehabilitation. She enjoyed the experience of working in a variety of settings and with all ages from infants to senior adults, and is grateful for this wide range of experience. Julie and her family relocated to Collierville, Tennessee in 2013 where she began contracting in the schools, providing speech and language services for students in elementary through high school. In 2017, she and her family were thrilled at the opportunity to move back to Texas and hope to call this home for a long time. She is thankful to be able to apply her skills and knowledge to the Cutting Edge team. Julie and her husband have four children and live in Anna, Texas.
J’Layna Reeves – Speech Language Pathologist, SLP
J’Layna Reeves graduated from The University of North Texas in 2003 with a B.S. in Speech and Hearing Sciences and a minor in interdisciplinary studies. She continued her love for learning by earning a M.S. in Human Resource Training and Development in 2005 from Amberton Unversity and later completed her M.S. in Speech Language Pathology at Tennessee State University in 2015. She has held her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association since 2016 and is a memeber of the Texas Speech-Language Hearing Association. J’Layna has experience evaluating and treating children and adults in home health, schools, skilled nursing, and early childhood. She is trained in the use of AMPCARE, a neruomuscular electrical stimulation modality used in the treatment of dysphagia, and the ESP protocol. She is excited to serve the families of Cutting Edge Pediatric and Adult Therapy.
Christina Martin – Speech Language Pathologist, SLP
Christina is a Speech Pathologist licensed in Texas, Oklahoma, and Colorado. She has a Certificate of Clinical Competence for Speech-Language Pathologists (CCC-SLP) from American Speech Language Hearing Association. She is a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). She earned a B.A. in Psychology with a minor SLP and a M.S. in Communication Disorders from UTD. She received a Graduate Academic Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis from the UNT. Christina has worked within behavioral therapy program and speech therapy programs to improve treatment outcomes for individuals to address motor speech disorders, feeding disorders, social pragmatic language disorders, articulations disorders, receptive and expressive language disorders, executive functioning impairments, augmentative and alternative communications, adaptive skills and maladaptive behavior reduction. She has also supervised behavior technicians and those pursuing certifications as a behavior analyst. She has been an invited speaker at national and state conferences, universities and local organizations presenting on topics related to integration of speech, language and applied behavior analysis.
Heather Alvarado- Physical Therapist, PT
Heather Alvarado is physical therapist who graduated with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from Texas Women’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 orthopaedic conditions, and children with neurologic diagnoses. Currently, she works in home health care treating a variety of pediatric diagnoses and also in an outpatient facility treating adults with neurologic and vestibular diagnoses. She has a passion to be a part of a helping profession and is excited to continue serving in all age groups as part of the Cutting Edge Physical Therapy Team.
Traci Mullins – Director of Operations
Traci was born and reared in a small Oklahoma town and moved to the DFW area shortly after college. She joined Cutting Edge with an immense amount of experience and brought with her an energy and enthusiasm to improve processes throughout all our clinics. Having worked with Special Needs groups in college, Traci developed a special place in her heart for individuals with disabilities. In her free time, Traci enjoys spending time with her family and friends, singing, concerts, and watching re-runs of The Golden Girls.
Favorite Movies: The Wizard of Oz, The Jerk, and The Godfather
Hometown: Lindsay, Oklahoma
Fun Fact: “I am featured with songwriting credit on an album recorded by a Grammy-award-winning producer.”
Linda Hamoudeh – Office Manager
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 Movies: 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.”
Jessie Coughenour – Billing Coordinator
Jessie has a background in medical insurance and billing, specifically in pediatric healthcare. She is an alum of our very own Allen High School – go Eagles; and after living all over the great south, she is proud to plant her roots in North Texas with her family. Jessie has always had a special place in her heart for children. She developed a passion for serving children and their families during her time with the YMCA. Over the years she has continued that work through community outreach and church relations. Jessie looks forward to expanding her knowledge and forming new and lasting relationships with the families at Cutting Edge.
Favorite Movie: Casablanca
Hometown: New Orleans, LA
Fun Fact: “I do woodwork in my spare time.”
Sandra Hill – Billing Specialist
Sandra works in the administrative department as a billing specialist. Her background is in medical billing and insurance collections. With having family members with disabilites, Sandra is thrilled to be apart of a place that is dedicated to therapy for children with disabilities. She is very passionate about animals and is involved in many animal charities in the metroplex. She spends her free time hanging out with her rescue Pitbull John Bonham.
Favorite Movies: I have a variety of different film favorites from The Little Mermaid to Almost Famous.
Hometown: Irving, TX
Fun Fact: “I’m a compulsive reader. Thank goodness for Kindle.”
Shanna Coffey – Senior Front Office Coordinator
Shanna has been with Cutting Edge since September 2018. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Family Studies, in 1998, and completed graduate studies in Occupational Therapy, in 2005; both degrees were earned from Texas Woman’s University. She is thrilled to be part of the CEPT family and excited to be part of the administrative team in providing excellent service to Cutting Edge kids and families.
Favorite Movie: Steel Magnolias
Hometown: Lewisville, TX
Fun Fact: “My husband and I eloped in 2016.”
Kate LeBlanc– Office Coordinator
A native to Allen, Kate is excited to be one of the first faces you will see when you walk in the door at Cutting Edge. She graduated from Texas A&M University in 2017 with a Bachelor’s in Psychology. She is currently pursuing her Master’s in Professional Counseling, with plans to eventually practice Play Therapy. She has always felt drawn to a career where she can help children and her passion for working with kids from infants to teens really flourished while on staff at Pine Cove Christian Camps. Kate is excited to get to know the parents and children at Cutting Edge.
Favorite Movies: The Notebook and Silver Linings Playbook
Hometown: Allen, TX
Fun Fact: “I lived in Germany for a summer!”
Amanda Singh – Office Coordinator
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: Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Hometown: El Paso, TX
Fun Fact: “I was born in the same town as one of my co-workers.”
Joseph Reeves – Executive Assistant
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: The Devil Wears Prada
Hometown: Allen, TX
Fun Fact: “I went to high school with 3 of our employees!”
Chantal Arkebauer– Office Administrator
Chantal was born and raised in Maine. She married her husband in 2013. A year later she moved to McKinney, Texas. Chantal has a two year old boy named Connor and a puppy named Sophie. She has 8 years of experience working in the administrative field and is excited to expend her experience at CEPT. In Chantal’s free time she likes to spend time with her family, shop, explore Texas and travel back to Maine and Florida to visit her family.
Favorite Movies: Love & Basketball, The Breakfast Club, The Grinch
Hometown: Bangor, ME
Fun Fact: “I have family in Canada.”
Kelly Richards – 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 2018 from University of Texas at Dallas with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a minor in Criminology. She is planning on going to graduate school in the fall of 2019 to get her Masters degree in Public Policy. Having a special needs cousin, Kelly has 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 movies: Harry Potter, Jurassic Park, Beauty and the Beast, Moana, Hercules, and The Conjuring.
Hometown: El Paso, TX
Fun Fact: “I traveled to 3 different European countries (UK, Germany, Italy) within 2 weeks with my brother. The cities we went to within each country were London, Rome, Munich, Nuremberg, and Berlin.”
Robert Clark- Therapy Tech
Robert is a graduate of the University of Texas at Dallas with a Bachelors in Healthcare Studies. Currently, he is starting out as a theraphy tech, but wishes to eventually go back to school to get his Masters in Occupational Therapy. Robert is excited to join the Cutting Edge team and gain experience working in pediatric therapy.
Favorite movies: Star Wars and Jurassic Park
Hometown: Omaha, NE
Fun Fact: “I build custom keyboards.”
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.