Registered Behavior Technician, RBT

Emily (“Elle”) Elias was born in Newport Beach, CA. She moved to Arlington, Texas in 2017. Now, she lives with her boyfriend, cat, and dog, in Mansfield, Texas. Elle is studying to receive her bachelor’s in Psychology. She began her journey with ABA in 2019 working for MISD as a special education paraprofessional. In the classroom setting, she worked with children ages 2-5 and 11-13. Throughout this experience, she loved seeing ABA and the public school system work in tandem. In 2021, Elle left the classroom setting and became a Registered Behavioral Technician. In the clinical setting, she gained experience working with clients ages 2-25. Elle has a passion for helping children and families conquer their goals in the school system and in everyday life. She loves to see the overall progress clients make after receiving services at CEPT.

Once finished with her bachelor’s degree Elle plans to continue her education and receive her master’s degree. When she is not at CEPT, Elle enjoys traveling and spending time listening to live music.

Favorite Movie(s)

Lilo and Stitch

Hometown

Brea, CA

Fun Fact

I was adopted

Favorite Treat(s)

Hot Cheetos, peach patties, and Slurpees
Registered Behavior Technician, RBT

I have been a Registered Behavior Technician since June 2020. Excited to grow along side with CEPT! I graduated from East Texas Baptist University in 2019 with a Bachelor of Science in Child Development with a major in psychology and minor in sociology. I’ve always loved working with kids and seeing things from their point of view. They see things differently and make you appreciate the little things more. I have a family member on the spectrum and understand the difference aba makes in their lives. Not only for them but the family as well. Helping others in any way I can makes my heart happy. In high school I was on the first ever youth advisory council for the Providence House and helped create Sleepout 4 independence. To help raise awareness for homeless families. I have a fur baby named Luna. And love to go fishing!

Favorite Movie(s)

Peter Pan and Mulan

Hometown

Shreveport, LA

Fun Fact

I have a day named after me by the Sheriff of Shreveport.

Favorite Treat(s)

French fries, Hershey’s almond bar, Coffee, sweet tea, and Reese’s
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
Lead Speech-Language Pathologist, SLP

Sydney is a certified and licensed speech-language pathologist who has worked in both public schools and outpatient therapy clinics since 2010. Sydney has experience evaluating and working with children, teenagers, and young adults with a variety of communication disorders. In 2008, Sydney received a Bachelor’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology from the University of North Texas, also minoring in Development and Family Studies. In 2010, Sydney completed her Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Texas Christian University. Sydney has held her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association since 2011. She is also an actively involved member of the Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association and volunteers on an ongoing basis in different positions and roles. Sydney has attended courses related to the Social Thinking approach to pragmatic language skills and values this approach for teaching social cognition and pragmatic skills. She has completed introductory courses related to the SCERTS model, DIR Floortime, and Language Acquisition through Motor Planning (LAMP). Sydney has advanced clinical training in the Dynamic Temporal and Tactile Cueing (DTTC) approach for treatment of childhood apraxia of speech and is listed in the Apraxia Kids SLP Directory. She is certified in the VitalStim Specialty Program, a neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) modality for resolving dysphagia and oral motor disorders related to feeding and swallowing. She also has training in the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding. Sydney greatly values the aspect of collaboration between therapy disciplines and with caregivers in order to help children and teenagers achieve new goals and build important skills for life-long communication and feeding success.

Sydney’s Certifications and Specialties include Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding, Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (ages 1.5 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
Speech-Language Pathologist, SLP, Saturday Lead

Natalie is a 2018 graduate of Abilene Christian University with her B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders and her M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology. Speech therapy was introduced to Natalie at a young age when her older brother received early childhood intervention and school speech therapy services. Later, when she was 14 years old, Natalie observed the speech pathologist at the elementary school where her mom taught, and she decided that speech therapy was the path for her. Throughout graduate school, Natalie’s interest in helping people with neurodevelopmental disorders grew. She gained experience working with children and adults in clinics, early childhood intervention, outpatient rehab, and schools. Natalie joined the Cutting Edge family in 2018 for her Clinical Fellowship Year, in which she earned her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association. She has been trained in the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) therapeutic approach to feeding for picky eaters and in the Language Acquisition Through Motor Planning (LAMP) therapeutic approach for individuals with limited verbal abilities. She is also a member of the Texas Speech and Hearing Association (TSHA). Natalie loves getting to know her patients and their families every day, collaborating with other professions, and helping each child learn how to communicate meaningfully.

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
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
Registered Behavior Technician, RBT

Hi everyone! My name is Anna! I’m a recent graduate from UNT with a bachelor’s degree in Audiology and Speech Language Pathology. I’m expecting to start my master’s program in ABA this summer. I’ve been a RBT for 2 years, and I’m excited to continue to grow my skills at Cutting Edge.

Favorite Movie(s)

Anastasia

Hometown

Paris, Texas

Fun Fact

I’m left handed and was born on national left handers day!

Favorite Treat(s)

Snickerdoodle cookies
Registered Behavior Technician, RBT

Stephen is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley with a B.A in psychology. Stephen recently became a Registered Behavior Technician in April of 2022 and is excited to make an impact in the field of behavioral psychology. He hopes to go back to school in the fall of 2023 to pursue a Ph.D. in psychology at the University of Texas at Austin.

Favorite Movie(s)

Up

Hometown

Oakland, CA

Fun Fact

I used to work with the Golden State Warriors and earned an engraved championship ring for their 2018 title.

Favorite Treat(s)

Hot Cheetos
Therapy Tech / 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 wishes to eventually go back to school for Physical Therapy. He has a personal training certification, is QBS safety certified, and is an RBT.

Favorite Movie(s)

Star Wars and Jurassic Park

Hometown

Omaha, NE

Fun Fact

I build custom keyboards

Favorite Treat(s)

Chai lattes and brownies
Director of Mansfield Operations

Nicole was born in Big Spring, Texas and her family moved to the Dallas/Ft. Worth area shortly after. From Kindergarten to College she has spent her academic life in Arlington & has remained in the area since.

In 2009, she started working on with adult mental health patients & in 2011 she had the opportunity to work with the pediatric population. Pediatrics was what she was drawn to the most. Nicole believes that it is important to be able to get the care one needs as soon as they are in need of services. Starting early & getting the proper care is essential to one’s future.

Outside of work Nicole enjoys a good book and relaxing with peace and quiet! When hanging out with friends she always enjoys trying new foods and loves to support small business mom and pop places. She is a sports fan & has been rooting for all of our home teams since she was little!

Nicole is happy to be a part of CEPT & has enjoyed seeing the growth in Mansfield. She looks forward to see what the future brings and is available to help you and your family.

Favorite Movie(s)

A League of Their Own

Hometown

Arlington, TX

Fun Fact

I am always up to try something new… like cappuccino chips! I don’t recommend them but I’ve tried them.

Favorite Treat(s)

Chai Lattes, mangos, rice krispy, and twix
Board Certified Behavior Analyst, BCBA

Kandice Sevier is a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and Licensed Behavior Analyst (LBA) in the state of Texas. She received her degree in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in Autism Intervention from the University of North Texas in 2015. She has been working in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) since 2008. During her time in the field of ABA, Kandice has provided 1-on-1 therapy through center-based and in-home based services, as well as, taught in a classroom for children with behavioral, emotional, and learning disabilities. For Kandice, there is no better reward than improving the quality of life for our special needs children and their families. She currently lives in Midlothian, Tx with her husband and two daughters.

Favorite Movie(s)

Harry Potter

Hometown

Katy, TX

Fun Fact

I have 5 sisters.

Favorite Treat(s)

Fruit Roll-Ups and Twix
Registered Behavior Technician, RBT

Ashleigh graduated with her bachelors in Psychology in 2018 and has just been accepted into KU’s Applied Behavioral Science masters program, to start in the Fall of 2022. Ashleigh has worked in a variety of settings, such as a community mental health center, an elementary school, and ABA clinics. Ashleigh has worked as an RBT for over a year and aspires to earn her BCBA once her masters degree is complete. Ashleigh is passionate about serving youth in mental health and is excited to keep making an impact with Cutting Edge.

Favorite Movie(s)

The Breakfast Club, Luca, Encanto

Hometown

Mansfield, TX

Fun Fact

Ashleigh likes funky socks

Favorite Treat(s)

Reece’s, bueno bars, sour airhead xtremes
Registered Behavior Technician, RBT

My name is Taylore Daddio, but most people just call me “Daddyo” I have two amazing children, Tristan and Gulianna. We moved to Texas in 2017 from Las Vegas, NV.

Favorite Movie(s)

The Goonies

Hometown

Denver, CO

Fun Fact

I am a reptile lover, specifically snakes. I also love dogs, we have two corgis and one shepherd/lab mix

Favorite Treat(s)

Donuts
Speech-Language Pathologist, SLP

Amanda graduated from Texas A&M University in 2014 with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology. She then attended graduate school at The University of Texas at Dallas where she received her Masters of Science degree in Communication Disorders for Speech-Language Pathology. She has held her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association since 2017. She has professional experience in the public schools, as well as graduate clinician experience in outpatient clinics, home health, dysphagia clinics, and preschool language development programs for children with Autism and other developmental disorders. These experiences have given Amanda the opportunity to work with children, birth-18, and young adults with a wide variety of communication disorders. Amanda is passionate about working with families to help every client become the best communicator possible. “Your Words Matter!”

Amanda’s Certifications and Specialties include Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets (PROMPTS) and Level 1 Feeding.

Favorite Movie(s)

The Greatest Showman

Hometown

Allen, TX

Fun Fact

I share a birthday with two of my siblings - all different years!

Favorite Treat(s)

Dove Dark Chocolate
Office Manager

Kenzie was born and raised in Allen, TX, where she currently resides. She has worked as a front desk receptionist, responsible for patient check-ins and insurance verification, for two years prior to joining CEPT in November of 2020. She graduates in December of 2020 with her Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Psychology from the University of Texas at Dallas and plans to continue her education by pursuing a graduate-level degree in clinical psychology. Kenzie has a passion of working with diverse groups of people and lending a helping hand wherever is needed. She is extremely excited to work with the CEPT team!

Favorite Movie(s)

I like Tim Burton movies like The Nightmare Before Christmas and The Corpse Bride.

Hometown

Allen, TX

Fun Fact

I come from a huge family, and I love it! I have 1 older sister, 4 younger sisters, 1 younger brother, and so far, 1 niece and 1 nephew. I also have a 10-year-old shih tzu named Oliver – he’s my baby.

Favorite Treat(s)

Peanut butter snickers!
Registered Behavior Technician, RBT

Carolina is a senior at The University of Texas at Dallas studying Psychology. She plans on perusing her Masters in Counseling after graduation to become a licensed therapist. She has a passion for mental health and helping others. In her free time, she loves to read, hang out with friends, and travel the world. She also has a German Shepherd named Alaska who she loves to spend time with.

Favorite Movie(s)

Anything Studio Ghibli

Hometown

Wylie, TX

Fun Fact

I read 50 books last year!

Favorite Treat(s)

Sushi, Coffee, and Popcorn
Senior Front Office Coordinator

Kelly Turner has been with Cutting Edge for a year, and is currently a student at the University of North Texas. She is working diligently towards her degree in Applied Behavior Analysis, and hopes to become a BCBA. She lived in Anna, TX up until leaving for the military in 2011. She was a Seabee (Construction Electrician) in the Navy for 5 years, and she loves to travel and see the world. Getting to work with kids is one of her favorite things, and she is so excited that she gets to help families attend therapy here at CEPT!

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!
Office Manager

Paola began gaining front desk experience in high school while taking Medical Billing and Coding classes. While working in a pediatric clinic, she found her passion for helping children and their families. Shortly after, she moved to the Dallas area and became apart of the CEPT family. Paola looks forward to meeting your family!

Favorite Movie(s)

Lorax

Hometown

Puerto Rico

Fun Fact

I love playing volleyball

Favorite Treat(s)

Bundt Cake!
Senior Office Coordinator

Zita was born and raised in New Orleans. In 2005, she and her family moved to Arlington where she began working as a medical receptionist in 2015 after enrolling in college.  She completed her Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology at UT Arlington where she gained experience from an internship doing research on pediatric motor development.

From her internship and several volunteer experiences, Zita has found a passion for working in pediatrics and in the therapy world. In the future, Zita would like to continue her studies to become a licensed Occupational Therapist.

Favorite Movie(s)

All Marvel and Disney princess movies

Hometown

New Orleans, LA

Fun Fact

I absolutely love animals. Especially dogs!

Favorite Treat(s)

Beignets and funnel cake
Registered Behavior Technician, RBT

Stephanie King received her bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis on APE and Disability Sport from Texas Woman’s University in August 2020. Stephanie completed an internship at the Cooper Aerobics Center in 2019. Since July 2020 Stephanie has worked as an RBT and has fallen in love with the profession! Stephanie has plans to begin a master’s program in ABA next year.

Favorite Movie(s)

Hocus Pocus

Hometown

Omaha, NE

Fun Fact

Dog mom!

Favorite Treat(s)

Oreos
Registered Behavior Technician, RBT

Grant Putnam works as an RBT at Cutting Edge Pediatric Therapy. He graduated from the University of North Texas with a bachelors in Criminal Justice. Since his graduation, he has worked many different jobs and volunteered with various organizations in an effort to find a place where he can help people. Cutting Edge Pediatric Therapy provides this opportunity.

Favorite Movie(s)

Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, Toy Story 1

Hometown

Richardson, TX

Fun Fact

I am an Eagle Scout

Favorite Treat(s)

KitKat and Snickers
Registered Behavior Technician, RBT

Allison Peavy is a Texas Tech Red Raider with a major in Nutrition! She has always loved working with and helping people, and her goal is to someday go back to further her career and become a nurse or a speech pathologist. She is very excited to be joining the Cutting Edge Pediatric family.

Favorite Movie(s)

Mary Poppins

Hometown

Rowlett, TX

Fun Fact

I have a 5-year-old Lab/Aussie mix named Saddie

Favorite Treat(s)

Any kinds of fruit, Rolos, and soft sugar cookies with icing on top
Front Office Coordinator

Silverlace (Silver) was born and raised in Dallas, TX, After graduating high school she relocated to Oklahoma and began her work in customer service. In 2010, She went to Red River Technology College where she obtained her certification as a Nurse Aid, Home Health Aide, Medication Aide, Physical Therapy Aide, and Phlebotomy while completing her clinical studies in a long term nursing and rehabilitation facility.

She was given the opportunity to work at a local hospital. She started in Patient Access in the Emergency Room for 6 months before being cross trained as a surgery scheduler for the outpatient surgery center. In 2014, she was promoted to Lead Scheduler and Financial Counselor. During her time there she received 2 Guardian Angel awards for her customer service and her willingness to go above and beyond for her patients.

In 2016 she moved back to Texas where she continued her work in customer service through her roles as a prior authorization rep and completing insurance verifications.

She plans to continue following her passion in the medical field and continue her education in Physical Therapy.

Favorite Movie(s)

Princess and the Frog

Hometown

Dallas, TX

Fun Fact

I love music and movies!!!

Favorite Treat(s)

BBQ Pringles, strawberry cheesecake, chocolate candy, Fanta orange soda, Iced caramel macchiato with extra caramel from Starbucks
Lead Speech-Language Pathologist, SLP

Stephanie graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and minors in Neuroscience and Business. After graduating, she worked as a registered behavioral therapist (RBT) for one year while completing post-baccalaureate classes at the University of North Texas to transition into the field of Speech-Language Pathology. She then began graduate school at the University of North Texas and completed her final practicum placement at Cutting Edge! Stephanie earned her Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology in 2021 and also holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Stephanie has worked with pediatrics and adults of all ages in a variety of settings and has experience evaluating and treating language, articulation, phonology, fluency, feeding, and social communication disorders. Stephanie has experience providing speech therapy to children diagnosed with syndromes, developmental disorders, and Autism Spectrum Disorder in which she enjoys incorporating behavior principles to help her patients succeed and thrive in all environments. Her favorite part about being an SLP is seeing her patients reach their full potential and building relationships with her patients and their families throughout the course of therapy.

Stephanie’s Certifications and Specialties include Certified Autism Specialist (CAS), Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets (PROMPTS), Language Acquisition Through Motor Planning (LAMP) Words for Life, and Safety Care.

Favorite Movie(s)

The Santa Clause trilogy

Hometown

Mansfield, TX

Fun Fact

I am Canadian and I lived there till I was in the 5th grade.

Favorite Treat(s)

Anything with chocolate
Front Office Coordinator

Jordyn graduated from JJ Pearce High School in 2018, she played Varsity Volleyball while she was there as well as Varsity Softball. Jordyn attended Texas Tech University and majored in Kinesiology for two years and then decided to come home and attend Collin County Community College and study Nursing. She enjoys, spending time with friends and family while also staying active and learning new hobbies and activities.

Favorite Movie(s)

Collateral Beauty

Hometown

Dallas, TX

Fun Fact

I am a huge baseball fan! I can watch baseball all day everyday

Favorite Treat(s)

Dr. Pepper, Hot Fries and anything chocolate!
Speech-Language Pathologist, SLP

Katie graduated from Baylor University in 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She then attended the University of Texas at Dallas where she received her Master of Science in Communication Disorders. Katie was introduced to speech therapy when her younger brother was diagnosed with Autism, and she has had an interest in working with children and teens with communication disorders ever since. During graduate school, Katie gained experience working with the pediatric population in preschool programs, public schools, and private clinics. Through those experiences she was able to provide therapy for articulation and language disorders, social/pragmatic disorders, augmentative and alternative communication, and sensory based feeding disorders. Katie is joining the Cutting Edge team for her Clinical Fellowship Year. She looks forward to getting to work as a team with her clients, families, and other professionals to help her clients be the best communicators they can be.

Favorite Movie(s)

The Harry Potter Series

Hometown

Frisco, Texas

Fun Fact

I love to craft and make t-shirts/cups for my friends and family.

Favorite Treat(s)

Nutter Butter cookies and Sonic drinks
Speech-Language Pathologist, SLP, Clinical Mentor

Karen is a daughter, sister, wife, mother, and grandmother. In her spare time loves to travel and spend time with her family and do artwork of different kinds. She received her Bachelor of Science in Speech Pathology, and her Master of Science in Communication Disorders from the University of Texas at Dallas, and has held Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) since 1999. Karen has worked in the school setting, in pediatric home health where she provided speech, language, and feeding therapy for children in their homes, and truly believes that she has found her niche in the clinical setting at Cutting Edge. Karen has a passion for helping children reach their highest potential, and loves partnering with parents to help them achieve. She has maintained certification in VitalStim as a provider for pediatric and adult treatment since 2005, and has an extensive background in feeding and swallowing. Karen has also completed training for the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) approach to feeding and is using it with children with feeding aversions and difficulties. She is also trained in the use of PECS and LAMP Words for Life, and has experience with a variety of dynamic communication devices. Karen maintains membership in ASHA as well as the Texas Speech-Language Hearing Association.

Karen’s Certifications and Specialties include VitalStim – Pediatrics and Adults, Beckman Oral Motor, Language Acquisition through Motor Planning for Life, Picture Exchange Communication System, and Sequential Oral Sensory.

Favorite Movie(s)

A Star is Born (all versions), Elf, and Water for Elephants

Hometown

The place I lived the longest is Plano, TX – when I was growing up, my dad was in the Air Force so we moved a lot

Fun Fact

I lived in Anchorage, Alaska for 3 years growing up

Favorite Treat(s)

Dark chocolate and cashews
Front Desk Coordinator

Maggie Mondragon is an energetic front desk coordinator with experience in customer service since 2015.

She has been professionally teaching Taekwondo to children since 2014 and has won leadership awards as well as Employee of the year at Mount Pleasant Martial Arts (2017-2018), and as Front Desk Operations for Callejo Elementary (2019-2021). She is continuing her education at Dallas Community College. Maggie Is currently residing in North Dallas.

Favorite Movie(s)

Gatica

Hometown

Mount Pleasant, TX

Fun Fact

I am a Vegetarian!

Favorite Treat(s)

Boba Tea, Brownies, Mexican food!
ABA Program Manager

I grew up in Rowlett, TX and still live there today. I went to Rowlett High School and played volleyball and tennis on Varsity all 4 years and graduated in 2011. I played volleyball all 4 years of my undergrad while at Ouachita Baptist University, where I received my Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology and minored in biology. I received my Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Texas A&M University-Commerce in 2017. I married my husband in 2017 on the same day I graduated with my Master’s degree! I had my first baby in November 2019, and she is the sweetest and sassiest little thing ever! I enjoy playing with my baby, watching movies, and going to CrossFit in my free time

Favorite Movie(s)

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Jim Carey version)

Hometown

Rowlett, TX

Fun Fact

I played volleyball at Ouachita Baptist University and won 1st place in a cup stacking competition in 5th grade.

Favorite Treat(s)

Dr. Pepper, Vanilla lattes (extra vanilla), and all baked goods
Front Office Coordinator

Katelyn was introduced to the medical field in high school. She became interested in therapy when she had the chance to shadow therapists in the local hospital. Seeing the transformation and growth of a patient from start to finish was so inspiring to her. She has been a dance teacher since 2014 where she’s taught a variety of ages and has fell in love working with children. Katelyn graduated from Trinity Valley Community College with her Associates degree in Fine Arts. She plans on continuing her education at UNT and graduating with her Bachelors degree.

Outside of work, Katelyn enjoys kayaking with her dog and fiancé. She is an animal lover and also has two cats. Katelyn also enjoys spending time with her family and having play dates with her niece, nephew and her little cousins.

Favorite Movie(s)

Safe Haven

Hometown

Kaufman, TX

Fun Fact

I once was on a pro dance team for Texas Live called the Lonestars.

Favorite Treat(s)

Ice cream and 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. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology with a Minor in Child and Family Development in 2015. She has been working in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) since 2016 and during that time earned her Master’s in Education in ABA at Arizona State University in 2018. During her time in the field of ABA, she worked as a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) giving direct therapy to clients. She has also been a Lead Therapist, overseen programs, created Behavior Skills Training, updated treatment plans, and assisted with behavior reduction plans. Asha is passionate about making a difference and improving the quality of life of others. Asha lives in Frisco, Texas.

Favorite Movie(s)

Comedy movies

Hometown

Flower Mound, TX

Fun Fact

I love to do DIY projects and travel

Favorite Treat(s)

Anything spicy and pastries
ABA Administrative Assistant

I started working with children in 1999 for Child Protective Services in my hometown of Amarillo, Tx.  I left the great state to see where life was going to take me. I ended up back in Texas and started working in for an Environmental Analysis company. After ten years working as an Administrative Assistant, it was time to make change and go back to working around kids. I love helping new families navigate the process of ABA at Cutting Edge.  I am excited to be a part of a great team here at Cutting Edge.

Favorite Movie(s)

Tombstone and Wizard of Oz

Hometown

Amarillo, TX

Fun Fact

I caddie for a group of golfers when they play in their charity tournaments.

Favorite Treat(s)

Veggie Straws or Chips
Client Care Services Supervisor

Michelle was born in Dallas, Texas but grew up in Richardson, and graduated from Richardson High School.  Michelle has worked in physical therapy medical billing for 20 years. She has twin boys and loves spending time with her family and her dog.  She is excited for this opportunity with Cutting Edge.

Favorite Movie(s)

Best Friends and Grease

Hometown

Richardson, Texas

Fun Fact

I love dolphins

Favorite Treat(s)

Diet Dr. Pepper
Speech-Language Pathologist, SLP

Wendy Sharp received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Disorders from Abilene Christian University, a Master of Science in Special Education from Texas A&M University-Commerce, and a Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology from Tennessee State University.  She has held her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language- Hearing Association (ASHA) since 2004. Wendy has always had a passion for helping children reach their full potential and has been able to do that through her work as a Speech Language Pathologist in the public school system as well as pediatric in-home therapy. She has experience providing therapy with a focus on language, social skills, articulation, fluency, and a variety of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (from low-tech to high tech). Wendy loves to travel and was fortunate to combine her love of travel and her career while working as a travel SLP over the last several years. As a travel therapist, she was able to work/live in a variety of states including Tennessee, Maryland, California, and even Alaska before returning back to where it all began in Texas in 2019. Wendy is excited to be a part of the Cutting Edge team and looks forward to helping your child achieve their goals!

Favorite Movie(s)

The Holiday, Elf, and all the Marvel movies

Hometown

Houston, Texas

Fun Fact

I was in the studio audience of a game show and was shown on tv multiple times

Favorite Treat(s)

Anything chocolate or spicy, even better if you can combine the two
Lead Physical Therapist, PT

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.

Beth’s Certifications and Specialties include Craniosacral Therapy, MFR, Toe Walking, Yoga for Special Need, Joint & Soft Tissue Mobilization, Dynamic AFO Casting, and Measure for Orthotics.

Favorite Movie(s)

One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest

Hometown

Cleveland, OH

Fun Fact

I would love to swim with dolphins one day

Favorite Treat(s)

S’Mores
Speech-Language Pathologist, SLP

Delilah Vancini graduated from the University of North Texas in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders and a minor in Spanish. She then graduated from Abilene Christian University-Dallas in 2021 with a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology. During graduate school, Delilah gained experience with children and adults with a wide range of communication disorders in various different settings. Graduate school molded her insight and knowledge of Speech-Language Pathology and helped her learn that interpersonal communication between a clinician/client/caregiver(s) is essential to achieving the best possible outcomes. Being bilingual provided her with the privilege to establish the same connections with individuals from diverse backgrounds. Delilah is excited to use her creativity, passion, and determination to provide quality services to her clients and their families.

Favorite Movie(s)

Monsters Inc.

Hometown

Longview, TX

Fun Fact

I own a pet parrot that dances, whistles, and talks!

Favorite Treat(s)

Cinnamon rolls and white cheddar Cheeto puffs
Physical Therapist, PT

Shelby De Luna has been a physical therapist since 2019. Shelby graduated from Texas Tech University with her Bachelor’s in Psychology in 2016. Shelby received her Doctor of Physical Therapy from Texas Woman’s University in 2019. Shelby is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the Texas Physical Therapy Association. Shelby completed her final clinical internship here at Cutting Edge in the Summer of 2019 and has since returned as a physical therapist. In Shelby’s fieldwork she gained experience in neuro developmental treatment and Prechtl’s General Movements Assessment. Shelby’s favorite thing about treating kids at Cutting Edge is being able to see kids reach their full potential through play and achieve things that before weren’t believed to be possible.

Favorite Movie(s)

Little Mermaid, anything funny, and Across the Universe

Hometown

Sweetwater, TX

Fun Fact

I’m related to Sir William Wallace

Favorite Treat(s)

Black milk tea with boba or dried pineapples
Senior Client Care Representative

Melissa has been with Cutting Edge since 2019 and is a student at Collin County Community College where she is studying to obtain an associate degree of science in nursing. She initially began her journey with Cutting Edge as a front office coordinator, where she gained tremendous knowledge. After a year, she was then given the opportunity to work in the client care services department. Melissa has worked with front desk scheduling and medical billing since 2016. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and exploring new adventures.

Favorite Movie(s)

Grease

Hometown

Dallas, TX

Fun Fact

I’m an animal lover! I have 3 dogs and 2 cats

Favorite Treat(s)

M&M Cookies
Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant, COTA

Joni Smart is an Occupational Therapy Assistant. In 1998 she graduated with an Associates Degree of Applied Science in Occupational Therapy from Amarillo College in Amarillo, Texas. Joni began her career working with a non-profit agency assisting individuals with visual impairments ages 0-21 to learn activities of daily living but with an emphasis in a recreational program! Then she moved into pediatric home health with an ECI program for a few years. Her true experience in pediatrics came from my time in a clinical setting from 2003 to 2013. There Joni learned her true passion for children. Her caseload was very diverse and ranged from babies to young adults. Joni is a Kinesio Tex Tape Certified with KT3 in pediatrics. She received her certificate of mastery in DIR/Floortime Model in infancy and early childhood training in 2008. Joni received training in Partial Weight Bearing Training in 2006. She has training in handwriting with Fine Motor Gymnastics to Multi-Sensory Print and Writing Success for children with Autism. She also received a specialized training for a week with Izabela Koscielny, MS PT who developed the Therasuit Method Training and Universal Exercise Unit (Spidercage). Joni’s favorite was the 72 hour course she took in Autism Spectrum Disorders & Other Neurobehavioral Disorder in 2007, that was a collaboration of professionals brought in by our clinical director. Joni’s passion remains with children. She loves watching them succeed and seeing their parents proud of their achievements.

Joni’s Certifications and Specialties include Fine Motor Gymnastics Handwriting, DIR/Floor Time, Kinesio Taping 1, 2, & 3, Partial Weight Bearing Gait Training (LiteGait), Therasuit Method Training/Universal Exercise Unit (“Spider Cage”), and Strategies on Behavior and Communication for Students with Autism.

Favorite Movie(s)

Steel Magnolias, Young Frankenstein, Mrs. Doubtfire, all Rocky movies

Hometown

Amarillo, TX

Fun Fact

I grew up showing dogs in a professional manner along side my mother and sister. My Mom bred Samoyeds. At one time we had the number one winning Samoyed in the country. His name was Harry and he was my dog but I was in high school so we put him with a professional handler who traveled the world with him to win at shows like the Westminister Dog Show you see on TV.

Favorite Treat(s)

Chocolate chip cookies
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.
Registered Behavior Technician, RBT

Ashley is a recent, new RBT as of December of 2021! She has studied and obtained her Bachelors of Arts in psychology! Ashley is excited to be apart of the Cutting Edge family and hopes to make a difference in each clients’ lives!

Favorite Movie(s)

Drive Me Crazy

Hometown

Mesquite, TX

Fun Fact

I love all things anime, Disney, and true crime.

Favorite Treat(s)

Lays BBQ chips, cool ranch Doritos, Oreos, gushers, Coke Zero, Snapple peach mango or Lipton tea.
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.

Jennah’s Certifications and Specialties include Neuro-Developmental Treatment (NDT), The Listening Program, InTime Provider Course, Interactive Metronome, Masgutova Neurosensorimotor Reflex Integration (MNRI), Level 1 Sensory SPD Foundation Mentorships, Fine Motor Handwriting HWT, Astronaut Training, Kinesio Taping 1 & 2, Essentials of Praxis Intervention for Children with Autism, and STAR Level 1 Mentorship.

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
Referral Coordinator

Hope Renfro was born on June 15, in the state of California. Her first job ever was working in Assisted Living as a caregiver and worked her way up to RCC. She learned so much in those 6 years. Hope moved to Texas in March of 2020, where she plans to build a career and family. Hope enjoys working with people and making a positive change in people lives.

Favorite Movie(s)

Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

Hometown

Modesto, CA

Fun Fact

I am left-handed.

Favorite Treat(s)

Rice Crispies, anything chocolate.
Physical Therapist Assistant, PTA

Mycah is a graduate of the Navarro College Physical Therapist Assistant program. She has been a dance teacher since 2012 to a variety of ages and fell in love working with children. She became introduced to physical therapy at a young age after a sports injury and was sent to a pediatric PT facility. From then on, she knew this was exactly what she wanted to do as a career. Mycah’s favorite part of PT is forming relationships, seeing personal growth, and having fun. She loves playing with her dogs, trying new food, and cheering on her Texas A&M Aggies in football!

Favorite Movie(s)

Anything Marvel!

Hometown

Arlington, TX

Fun Fact

I have three dogs that are all bigger than me (2 Great Danes and a German Shepherd)

Favorite Treat(s)

Ramen and Hot Cheetos
Registered Behavior Technician, RBT

Nicholas (“Nick”) Damiata is originally from Massachusetts. He moved to Texas five years ago and has spent the brunt of that time working with addicts and alcoholics in the rehabilitation and treatment industry. He is also a certified personal trainer. His passion has been helping others and his goal is to continue to grow and learn new and different fields of being able to do so.

Favorite Movie(s)

The Departed

Hometown

Worcester, MA

Fun Fact

I have two certifications in personal training.

Favorite Treat(s)

Steak
Director of Operations

Joseph began working for Joe and Kate Lundgren back in 2013, originally coming on board with one of Joe’s other companies. Since then, Joseph has become a large part of the Cutting Edge Pediatric Therapy staff working alongside the admin team. While he has always been a behind the scenes team member, it wasn’t until 2015 that he assumed an active roll as part of the CEPT family name. Having a connection with special needs in his own family, Joseph has enjoyed getting to learn more about our client’s different diagnoses and treatment modalities. During his regular week schedule, Joseph is also working towards a Bachelors of Science in Nursing degree through Texas Woman’s University. When he’s not working here with our CEPT family or studying, Joseph enjoys movies, music, exercising and spending quality social time with his family and friends.

Favorite Movie(s)

The Devil Wears Prada

Hometown

Allen, TX

Fun Fact

I hope to be a labor and delivery nurse!

Favorite Treat(s)

Carrot Cake
Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant, COTA

Rachel graduated from The University of North Texas where she received her Bachelor’s in Kinesiology in 2017. She then graduated from Parker University in 2018 with honors where she received her Associate’s of Applied Science in Occupational Therapy. Rachel has plans in the near future to go back to school to earn her Masters Degree in Occupational Therapy. Rachel enjoys taking extra continuing education classes in her free time in order to further her knowledge and help better serve the clients she works with. She has taken classes focusing on vision, reflex integration and sensory. She has also completed her Kinesio 1&2 Certification. As well as completing The DIR Floortime Model: Introduction.

Rachel’s Certifications and Specialties include Safety Care, DIR/Floor Time, and Kinesio Taping 1, 2, 3, & 4.

Favorite Movie(s)

Frozen and Moana

Hometown

Rowlett, TX

Fun Fact

I did competitive cheerleading for 12 years and won Gold at the cheerleading Worlds

Favorite Treat(s)

Snickerdoodle cookies and plain cheesecake
Behavior Technician

Kristin graduated with a BA in Psychology from UT Dallas in 2010. She has spent most of her career working with children in different educational settings, but found a new love and passion for the special needs community while having the opportunity to work as a paraprofessional in the Special Education department at Lewisville ISD. She’s a mom to two beautiful kids of her own. In her free time she enjoys outdoor adventures and traveling with her kids, friends or family. She also loves staying active and healthy with Camp Gladiator and hiking. For hobbies she enjoys reading or dabbling in different arts.

Favorite Movie(s)

The Notebook

Hometown

Spring, TX

Fun Fact

I hate ketchup

Favorite Treat(s)

Chocolate
Therapy Technician

Isaiah Copher Hall has served his country for the last 8 years and plans to continue doing so by serving his local community and replicating his servitude with the United States Army National Guard on a more local and personal scale. During his time with the Army, Isaiah received four Army Achievement Medals and an Army Good Conduct Medal for his exemplary behavior, self-less dedication, assistance in the pandemic response mission, and overall meritorious service. His ultimate goal is to be a Firefighter and will begin EMT school in September of 2022. Although Isaiah does not have years of experience working in a Physical Therapy clinic, he plans to begin his journey at Cutting Edge and cannot wait to gain incomparable knowledge and unforgettable memories!

Favorite Movie(s)

Treasure Planet

Hometown

Decatur, TX

Fun Fact

Isaiah Copher Hall is a competitive dancer in both Two Step and West Coast Swing. He has won multiple competitions and he and his dance partner plan to continue adding to that streak!

Favorite Treat(s)

Beef Jerky
Human Resources Administrator

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.

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