Director of Speech Therapy, SLP

Sydney is a certified and licensed speech-language pathologist who has worked in both public schools and outpatient therapy clinics since 2010. Sydney has experience evaluating and working with children, teenagers, and young adults with a variety of communication disorders. In 2008, Sydney received her Bachelor’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology from the University of North Texas, also minoring in Development and Family Studies. In 2010, Sydney completed her Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Texas Christian University. Sydney has held her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association since 2011. She is also an actively involved member and volunteer with the Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Skilled and educated in Gestalt Language Processing and the Natural Language Acquisition (NLA) Framework, Sydney is listed as an NLA Trained Clinician through the Meaningful Speech website. Sydney also has advanced clinical training in the Dynamic Temporal and Tactile Cueing (DTTC) approach for treatment of childhood apraxia of speech and is listed in the Apraxia Kids SLP Directory. In addition, Sydney has completed introductory courses related to the SCERTS model, DIR Floortime, and Language Acquisition through Motor Planning (LAMP). She has experience working with various AAC systems and has training in AAC parent coaching.

Sydney has completed training in the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding and is certified in the VitalStim Specialty Program, a neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) modality for resolving dysphagia and oral motor disorders related to feeding and swallowing. She has completed additional feeding coursework related to Responsive Feeding Therapy.

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

Sydney’s Certifications and Specialties include Gestalt Language Processing/Natural Language Acquisition, Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding, Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (ages 1 and up), Social Cognition, DIR/Floor Time, Talk Tools Level 1, Pediatric Feeding, and Dynamic Temporal and Tactile Cueing (DTTC).

Favorite Movie(s)

Mulan, Meet The Parents

Hometown

Fort Worth, TX

Fun Fact

I love finding and exploring new cozy coffee shops!

Favorite Treat(s)

Warm, gooey, homemade chocolate chip cookies – fresh out of the oven
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 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
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 all areas of the scope of speech language pathology. Stephanie has experience providing speech therapy to children diagnosed with various syndromes, developmental disorders, and Autism Spectrum Disorder in which she enjoys incorporating behavior principles, neuro-diversity affirmation, and sensory rich environments to help her patients succeed across their 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 approach to therapy is child-led in order to develop strong trusting relationships between herself and her patients.

Stephanie’s Certifications and Specialties include Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets (PROMPTS), Gestalt Language Processing/Natural Language Acquisition, Safety Care (Specialist and Trainer), Language Acquisition Through Motor Planning (LAMP) Words for Life, SOS Approach to Feeding, and Supporting Oral Feeding in Fragile Infants (SOFFI).

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
Registered Behavior Technician, RBT

Robert is a graduate of the University of Texas at Dallas with a Bachelors in Healthcare Studies. Currently, he is a therapy tech, but is currently working to go back to school for Physical Therapy. He has a personal training certification, is QBS safety certified, and is an RBT.

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

Favorite Movie(s)

Star Wars and Jurassic Park

Hometown

Omaha, NE

Fun Fact

Robert enjoys retro gaming and motorcycling in his free time.

Favorite Treat(s)

Chai lattes and brownies
Registered Behavior Technician, RBT

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

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

Favorite Movie(s)

Alice In Wonderland, Harry Potter films, and Tim Burton films

Hometown

Anna, TX

Fun Fact

I am also an incredibly talented cake decorator/baker.

Favorite Treat(s)

Pizza, crepes, and coffee! Oh my!
Lead Physical Therapist, PT

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

Favorite Movie(s)

Too many to list, but I like all genres except from scary movies

Hometown

Allen, TX

Fun Fact

I was born in Nigeria and hope to get to travel the world someday

Favorite Treat(s)

Snickers, Kit Kat, and Mocha almond fudge ice cream
Office Manager

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

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

Favorite Movie(s)

A League of Their Own

Hometown

Crossville, TN

Fun Fact

Loves to bake

Favorite Treat(s)

Chocolate Cake
ABA Program Manager

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

Favorite Movie(s)

Matilda

Hometown

The Colony, TX

Fun Fact

Favorite food is Mexican

Favorite Treat(s)

Milk chocolate
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
Senior Administrative Assistant

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

Favorite Movie(s)

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

Hometown

Allen, TX

Fun Fact

I come from a huge family of 5 sisters and 1 brother!

Favorite Treat(s)

Peanut butter snickers!
Registered Behavior Technician, RBT

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

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

Favorite Movie(s)

Moana

Hometown

Princeton, TX

Fun Fact

I live on a small farm and love animals.

Favorite Treat(s)

Reese's peanut butter cups
Front Office Coordinator

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

Favorite Movie(s)

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

Hometown

Tampa, FL

Fun Fact

I love to cook!

Favorite Treat(s)

Gummy Bears (black forest, Haribo or Albanese), Reese's, Milkshakes
Registered Behavior Technician, RBT

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

Favorite Movie(s)

Thirteen Ghosts

Hometown

Miami, FL

Fun Fact

I like to take road trips

Favorite Treat(s)

Chips
Lead Speech-Language Pathologist, SLP

Natalie is a 2018 graduate of Abilene Christian University with her B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders and her M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology. Speech therapy was introduced to Natalie at a young age when her older brother received early childhood intervention and school speech therapy services. 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 Behavior Technician, RBT

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

Favorite Movie(s)

Alice in Wonderland

Hometown

Paris, Texas

Fun Fact

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

Favorite Treat(s)

Popcorn and banana flavored twinkies
Registered Behavior Technician, RBT

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

 

 

Favorite Movie(s)

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Hometown

Biloxi, MS

Fun Fact

I run my own photography business!

Favorite Treat(s)

Sour candy, Twix, Reece’s, and Kit Kats
Director of Occupational Therapy, OTR

Jennah graduated from Texas Woman’s University with a Bachelors in Psychology in 2012 and with her Master of Occupational Therapy degree in 2015. She always felt drawn to the pediatric population and began her journey in pediatrics as a fieldwork student at Cutting Edge where she greatly cherished helping children to achieve functional gains.

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

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

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

Favorite Movie(s)

Wizard of Oz

Hometown

I was born in San Diego, CA but grew up in Plano, TX

Fun Fact

I have performed in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade in New York

Favorite Treat(s)

Cheesecake
Speech-Language Pathologist, SLP

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

Favorite Movie(s)

Footloose or How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days

Hometown

Kerrville, TX

Fun Fact

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

Favorite Treat(s)

Coffee, Chocolate, and Diet Coke!!!
Front Office Coordinator

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

Favorite Movie(s)

Howl's Moving Castle

Hometown

Marietta, GA

Fun Fact

I am obsessed with Hello Kitty.

Favorite Treat(s)

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

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

Favorite Movie(s)

Tombstone and Wizard of Oz

Hometown

Amarillo, TX

Fun Fact

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

Favorite Treat(s)

Veggie Straws or Chips
Lead Registered Occupational Therapist, OTR

Mahlon’s journey in pediatric occupational therapy began in 2015 when he earned his certification as an occupational therapy assistant from Navarro College with Cum Laude honors. His dedication and passion for the field led him to pursue further education, culminating in the completion of his Master’s program in 2021, transitioning seamlessly from an assistant to a Certified Occupational Therapist. Alongside his academic achievements, Mahlon has undergone extensive training in various specialized areas, including Sensory Integration, CranioSacral Therapy, DIR Floortime, Interactive Metronome, The Listening Program, Handwriting Without Tears, First Strokes, Reflex Integration, and QBS Safety Care. With a solid foundation built over years of hands-on experience and a diverse range of expertise, Mahlon brings a unique perspective and an exceptional level of skill to his practice as an Occupational Therapist, particularly in pediatric care.

Mahlon’s Certifications and Specialties include Masgutova NeuroSensory Reflex Integration, Handwriting Without Tears, CranioSacral Therapy, Sensory Integration, Interactive Metronome and The Listening Program.

Favorite Movie(s)

The Dark Knight

Hometown

DeSoto, TX

Fun Fact

I enjoy producing music in my spare time, and I sing in my church choir

Favorite Treat(s)

Cookies
Registered Behavior Technician, RBT

Orlando has been working with young kids in the Plano Independent School District since 2017 and during that time he had found an interest of working specifically with kids on the spectrum. During covid, he wanted to continue to work with children but, with schools shut down, there was not an opportunity to do so until he had heard about being an RBT. He has in the ABA field since 2021 and has been passionate about helping others who require therapy. Orlando loves seeing the journey of helping others grow and thrive, and he plans on going back to school to become a BCBA.

Favorite Movie(s)

Spiderman (all of them), The Fifth Element, Cowboy Bebop

Hometown

New Orleans, LA

Fun Fact

I'm a big hobbyist! From photography, skateboarding, video games, dancing, rock climbing, painting. I love being able to express myself in a bunch of different ways.

Favorite Treat(s)

Peelable twizzlers, pickles, popcorn, Dr. Pepper, shaved ice
Registered Behavior Technician, RBT

Shay has been an RBT since 2023 and loves working with children. She also wants to go back to school to become a BCBA! She is a cat mom of two, but also loves dogs. Shay likes to spend time with her friends and family in her free time.

Favorite Movie(s)

Twilight

Hometown

Dallas, TX

Fun Fact

I can speak two languages and I like to watch a lot of movies and shows.

Favorite Treat(s)

Hot Cheetos and sour gummies
Registered Occupational Therapist, OTR

In 2013, Gabe attended Mountain View College acquiring an Associates in A.S. He then transferred to Texas A&M- Commerce finishing his undergraduate degree with Cum Laude honors in 2018 obtaining a B.S. in Kinesiology. In 2020, Gabe attended Abilene Christian University receiving a M.S. in Occupational Therapy. His favorite part of being an OT is working with patients and completing their meaningful goals that aid to improve their livelihood and wellbeing. Along with working out and listening to music, Gabe enjoys spending his time performing community service with his fraternity brothers.

Favorite Movie(s)

Treasure Planet

Hometown

DeSoto, TX

Fun Fact

Played college soccer at Mountain View

Favorite Treat(s)

Simply cranberry juice
Registered Behavior Technician, RBT

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

Favorite Movie(s)

Forrest Gump

Hometown

Nashville, TN

Fun Fact

I have perfect pitch!

Favorite Treat(s)

Milk chocolate covered pretzels
Registered Behavior Technician, RBT

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

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

Favorite Movie(s)

The Parent Trap

Hometown

Fort Worth, TX

Fun Fact

I have a twin sister who is also an RBT.

Favorite Treat(s)

Carrot cake, Diet Coke, and my grandma's zucchini muffins.
Client Care Services Coordinator

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

Favorite Movie(s)

Oh Brother Where Art Thou ­by The Cohen Brothers

Hometown

El Paso, TX

Fun Fact

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

Favorite Treat(s)

Tres leches cake, avocados and Philly steak eggrolls.
Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor, LPC-S; Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, CRC; ADHD Certified Clinical Services Provider, ADHD-CCSP

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

Favorite Movie(s)

Comedy movies like Meet the Parents & Nutty Professor!

Hometown

Utica, NY

Fun Fact

I speak Italian!

Favorite Treat(s)

Raw almonds, anything chocolate!
Registered Behavior Technician, RBT

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

Favorite Movie(s)

Matilda

Hometown

Bloomington, MN

Fun Fact

I can write with both hands!

Favorite Treat(s)

Oreos
Referral Coordinator

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

Favorite Movie(s)

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

Hometown

Somerset, KY

Fun Fact

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

Favorite Treat(s)

Anything sweet, Dr. Pepper, Cheesecake, Sour Candy, the list can go on...
Registered Behavior Technician, RBT

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

Sterling’s Certifications and Specialties include Safety Care.

Favorite Movie(s)

Tangled or Five Feet Apart

Hometown

Anna, TX

Fun Fact

I love to travel and experience new places!

Favorite Treat(s)

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

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

Favorite Movie(s)

Instant Family

Hometown

Anchorage, Alaska

Fun Fact

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

Favorite Treat(s)

Celsius and Cool Ranch Doritos!
Director of Mansfield Operations

Nicole is a native Texan! She has grew up in Arlington & lived in DFW all her life. She is a graduate of UTA with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management. Nicole has worked with adults & children the last fourteen years, including both the mental health & medical sides. She started working with children while she was at home health organization, but finds the setting of outpatient facility more rewarding. To see the growth of a child up close reminds her as to why she choose this career path.

When not at work Nicole like to spend time with her family & friends. When the opportunity arises they like to take small trips, anything from the big city lights to the quiet country! She likes to cook, but enjoys baking the most. Nicole also enjoys crafting & DIY projects, however, sometimes it doesn’t always turn out as expected but likes the challenge.

She has really enjoyed the last few year at CEPT & cannot wait to see what the future holds. Nicole has been at the Mansfield location & has seen the growth it has had since they opened their doors. She has met many wonderful families & hopes that she has made a difference in their lives.

Favorite Movie(s)

Lilo & Stitch

Hometown

Arlington, TX

Fun Fact

I like scary movies & haunted houses, but I close my eyes half the time.

Favorite Treat(s)

Boba tea, twix, & pomegranate cashews.
Lead Registered Occupational Therapist, OTR

Nooreen Khalid is an Occupational Therapist. She graduated with her bachelor’s in psychology from Austin College in Sherman in 2017 and graduated with her Masters in Occupational therapy from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in 2019. Nooreen has been with Cutting Edge since 2019, and has always had a passion for working with the pediatric population. She has had various experience from volunteering to completing her fieldwork at various outpatient pediatric clinics. Nooreen is passionate about creating an environment where she is able to implement a client centered approach where the clients are able to work towards their goals in a fun and enriching way. Nooreen has enjoyed working with her clients and their families and being apart of the Cutting Edge team!

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

Favorite Movie(s)

Mulan and Zootopia

Hometown

Plano, TX

Fun Fact

I love to travel and grew up going on trips every year with my grandparents

Favorite Treat(s)

Cookies
Director of Operations

Joseph began working for Joe and Kate Lundgren back in 2013, originally coming on board with one of Joe’s other companies. Since then, Joseph has become a large part of the Cutting Edge Pediatric Therapy staff working alongside the admin team. While he has always been a behind the scenes team member, it wasn’t until 2015 that he assumed an active roll as part of the CEPT family name. Having a connection with special needs in his own family, Joseph has enjoyed getting to learn more about our client’s different diagnoses and treatment modalities. In recent years, Joseph has enjoyed working with Kate and Joe closely on the design, building, and opening of our new Cutting Edge facilities across DFW. When he’s not working here with our CEPT family, Joseph enjoys movies, music, exercising and spending quality social time with his family and friends.

Favorite Movie(s)

Erin Brockovich

Hometown

Allen, TX

Fun Fact

I have been working for CEPT for over 10 years!

Favorite Treat(s)

Kinder Chocolates!
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
Registered Occupational Therapist, OTR

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

Favorite Movie(s)

Hocus Pocus, Frozen, and any romantic comedies!

Hometown

Ocean Springs, MS

Fun Fact

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

Favorite Treat(s)

Yogurt covered pretzels, sour patch kids, brownies, and Diet Coke!
Speech-Language Pathologist, CFY-SLP

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

Favorite Movie(s)

The Adam Project, Forever My Girl, and Radio

Hometown

Denton, TX

Fun Fact

I will never shy away from an experience or adventure!

Favorite Treat(s)

Coffee, Tru Fru chocolate covered raspberries, popcorn, and life saver gummies!
Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant, COTA

McKenzie graduated from Texas A&M University in 2018 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Kinesiology. She then graduated from Parker University in 2020 with an Associate’s of Applied Science in Occupational Therapy Assistant. She completed her Level II fieldwork rotation as a student at Cutting Edge in 2020. Throughout her clinical experience, McKenzie has gained knowledge with a variety of diagnoses including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, and multiple other diagnoses. She has always had a passion for pediatrics after working with students in the special education program at her middle school. McKenzie enjoys learning how to better serve her patients by taking continuing education courses. When she is not at CEPT, McKenzie enjoys traveling and spending time outdoors.

McKenzie’s Certifications and Specialties include Safety Care.

Favorite Movie(s)

The Incredibles

Hometown

Coppell, TX

Fun Fact

My family owns goats and donkeys.

Favorite Treat(s)

Twizzlers
Office Manager

Bethanie has been with CEPT since 2023 starting as Office Manager. She has been dedicated to the world of physical therapy since 2020 and working with children has stolen her heart! Their resilience and endless energy inspire her every day. She has been honing her organizational skills and attention to detail in the medical office administration field since 2013. Creating order out of chaos is her specialty, and she is here to ensure that your experience with CEPT is nothing short of amazing. With a heart full of joy and a passion for making a difference, she is thrilled to be part of this amazing team. When she is not busy keeping our clinic in tip-top shape, you’ll find her conquering new hiking trails, diving into captivating books, whipping up delicious meals in the kitchen, or immersing herself in the virtual worlds of video games. So, whether it’s coordinating appointments, brightening up your day with a warm smile, or sharing her latest hiking adventure, she is here to make your journey at our clinic as smooth and delightful as can be!

Favorite Movie(s)

Harry Potter!

Hometown

Puerto Rico

Fun Fact

I'm a total crime junkie!

Favorite Treat(s)

All Fruits, Chips and Dip, Sour Patch Kids, and Sweet Tea
Human Resources Manager, SHRM-CP

Annie graduated from Angelo State University in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She was born in Plano but has been happy to call Allen her home for over the past ten years. She has helped her family raise two service dogs and loves spending time with animals. She is motivated by her passion for helping others and strives to approach all situations with an empathetic mindset. Annie is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management and is a SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP).

Favorite Movie(s)

Sleepless in Seattle

Hometown

Plano, TX

Fun Fact

I love playing video games and watching hockey (go Stars!)

Favorite Treat(s)

Gummy bears and Sour Patch Kids
Licensed Professional Counselor Associate, LPC-Associate

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

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

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

Favorite Movie(s)

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Jim Carey version)

Hometown

Rowlett, TX

Fun Fact

I played volleyball and tennis for Ouachita Baptist University!

Favorite Treat(s)

Caribbean Colas from Bahama Bucks and Iced Shaken Espressos with Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Foam from Starbucks!
Senior Administrative Assistant

Paola has been with Cutting Edge since September 2019. She has worn many hats with Cutting Edge starting as an Office Coordinator to a Client Care Services Coordinator, Senior Office Coordinator, Office Manager, and has now taken on the role as Senior Administrative Assistant. Paola is also currently pursuing her bachelor’s in healthcare management and is expected to graduate in 2024. Although she is a part of our administrative team, Paola loves interacting with patients and building relationships with our families. If she has not already, Paola is looking forward to meeting your family!

Favorite Movie(s)

Lorax

Hometown

Puerto Rico

Fun Fact

I love playing volleyball

Favorite Treat(s)

Bundt Cake!
Registered Occupational Therapist, OTR

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

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

Favorite Movie(s)

Super-Pets

Hometown

Frisco, TX

Fun Fact

I have a giant German Shepherd named Hoss!

Favorite Treat(s)

Popcorn, Veggie Straws, and Sprite Zero!
Senior Office Coordinator

Zita started her journey with Cutting Edge in 2018 as a volunteer eager to learn more about pediatric therapy. In 2019, she joined the company and has expanded her position from Front Office Coordinator to Senior Office Coordinator, OT student, and Intake Coordinator. Zita has a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from the University of Texas at Arlington and recently completed her Doctor of Occupational Therapy degree at Baylor University. Zita has immersed herself in many roles at Cutting Edge and will continue to serve our families as a part of our administrative and therapy teams. Zita looks forward to working with your family!

Zita is certified in QBS Safety Care.

Favorite Movie(s)

Beauty and the Beast

Hometown

New Orleans, LA

Fun Fact

I was a competitive dancer in high school and some of college

Favorite Treat(s)

Cheesecake
Registered Occupational Therapist, OTR

Tori wanted to be an occupational therapist since she was in 6th grade. After graduating from the University of North Texas in Denton in 2018, she pursued a career as an OT Technician at an inpatient rehab in Paris, TX. After graduation, she was accepted into an occupational therapy assistant program at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, MN. She graduated in 2020 and started working in pediatric home health around Dallas, TX. After graduation, she was accepted into a doctorate program for occupational therapy at the University of Saint Augustine for Health Sciences in Irving, TX. She worked part ­time throughout the program and graduated in 2023. She was able to continue her career in pediatric home health and work in various settings, including pediatric outpatient clinics, hand therapy clinics, and acute hospitals around the DFW area. Her many years of building experience in the occupational therapy field gives her a unique ability to treat various diagnoses and will be beneficial as an Occupational Therapist.

Favorite Movie(s)

Sound of Music

Hometown

Paris, Texas

Fun Fact

I have two dogs and one cat.

Favorite Treat(s)

Dark chocolate or sour candy
Front Office Coordinator

Jackie Kelley was born in Oklahoma but has been raised in Texas for the majority of her life. Not long after graduating high school she enrolled and graduated from the College of Health Care Professions where she studied to become a radiologic technologist. While working as an x-ray tech she learned she had a greater passion for the admissions side of the medical field and have since been growing and acquiring knowledge to be the best office coordinator she can be. Outside of work she is a mother to two beautiful babies and loves getting to watch them grow and flourish every day.

Favorite Movie(s)

Fear (1996)

Hometown

Azle, TX

Fun Fact

I have thirteen pins and two plates in my right ankle from jumping into shallow water in my early twenties.

Favorite Treat(s)

Chocolate covered raisins and Ferrero Rocher.
Registered Occupational Therapist, OTR

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

Favorite Movie(s)

Coco, Aladdin, Big Hero 6

Hometown

Brownsville, TX

Fun Fact

I play the flute!

Favorite Treat(s)

Cookies, Boba Tea, Pan Dulce
Behavior Technician

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

Favorite Movie(s)

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

Hometown

Dallas, TX

Fun Fact

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

Favorite Treat(s)

Red velvet cookies and white chocolate covered pretzels