Registered Behavior Technician, RBT

Shelby has been a Registered Behavior Technician since June 2020. She has worked with CEPT for 2 years and is excited to see what this year will bring. Shelby graduated from East Texas Baptist University in 2019 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Child Development with a Major in Psychology and Minor in Sociology.

She loves working with children and young adults, and seeing things from their perspective. Shelby has family members on the spectrum and understands the difference ABA makes in their lives. Not only for them but the families as well. Helping others in any way she can makes her heart happy.

In high school she was on the first ever youth advisory council for the Providence House in Shreveport and helped create Sleepout 4 Independence. It is to help raise awareness for homeless families and give the experience of what it feels like to sleep outside in the elements, while getting to build your own cardboard house.

Shelby has a fur baby named Luna, she’s a Mini Australian Shepherd. Some things she enjoys are reading, painting, being outdoors, and going 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
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
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
Office Manager

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!
Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor, LPC-S & Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, CRC

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). MariAnn is currently working on completing her certification in ADHD. 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!
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
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!
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
Physical Therapist Assistant, PTA

Amanda is a 2013 graduate of the Kaplan College Physical Therapist Assistant program. Amanda received physical therapy treatment when she was in high school which led her to begin volunteering at a local physical therapy clinic. It was during her volunteer hours that Amanda found her passion for physical therapy as a treatment modality. While in a pediatric clinical rotation, Amanda became driven to make a career out of helping children. After receiving her license, Amanda began working with a pediatric home health company in May 2014. While she enjoyed her time in home health, Amanda is excited to continue her passion of pediatric Physical Therapy with the Cutting Edge Pediatric Therapy team.

Amanda’s Certifications and Specialties include Aquatic Therapy.

Favorite Movie(s)

A Knight’s Tale and The Lion King

Hometown

Wylie, TX

Fun Fact

I am a clown in the Shrine Circus

Favorite Treat(s)

Gummy bears and Twix ice cream bars
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!
Lead Registered Occupational Therapist, OTR

Mahlon became a certified occupational therapy assistant in 2015, graduating from Navarro College with Cum Laude honors, where he received his Associate of Applied Science degree in Occupational therapy. In 2021 Mahlon completed his Masters program bridging from an assistant to a Certified Occupational Therapist. He has worked in a skilled nursing facility and a sensory-based pediatric outpatient clinic. Mahlon is certified in Interactive Metronome and is in the process of completing his certification in Handwriting Without Tears. His many years of experience as an  occupational therapy assistant gives him a unique perspective and level of excellence going into his time with us as an Occupational Therapist.

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
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
Senior Office Coordinator

Zita is proud to have been born and raised in New Orleans. After moving to the DFW, she began gaining medical office experience while working towards her Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology, which she earned in 2018. Through her studies, she gained experience in an internship doing research on pediatric motor development. As a result, along with several volunteer experiences, Zita has found a passion for serving the pediatric community and working in the therapy world. She recently graduated with a Doctor of Occupational Therapy degree in 2022 and is preparing to become a licensed therapist as she continues to serve the families of Cutting Edge in an administrative role. Zita looks forward to working with your family!

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
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
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. 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
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
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
Front Office Coordinator

Abigail has been at Cutting Edge since January 2023 as a Front Desk Coordinator. She is working on getting her undergraduate degree and wants to pursue a career in Child Psychology. Abigail has a passion for helping young adults and adolescents and raising awareness for mental health. She enjoys creating a fun and inviting environment for the people around her and can’t wait to see what the future has in store for her at Cutting Edge!

Favorite Movie(s)

While You Were Sleeping

Hometown

Anna, TX

Fun Fact

I have an identical twin sister!

Favorite Treat(s)

Cheesecake!
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
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 at Cutting Edge in 2020. Throughout her clinical experience, McKenzie has gained knowledge with a variety of diagnoses including Autism, Downs Syndrome, and multiple other syndromes and 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 in her free time. 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

I had a 3-legged hamster named Captain Fluffy when I was younger.

Favorite Treat(s)

Twizzlers
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 recently graduated with her Masters in Occupational therapy from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in 2019. Nooreen has always had a passion for working with the pediatric population and has had various experience from volunteering to completing her fieldwork at various outpatient pediatric clinics.  Nooreen is looking forward to working with the children and families and to be apart of the Cutting Edge team!

Nooreen’s Certifications and Specialties include Interactive Metronome (IM).

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
Registered Behavior Technician, RBT

Aleeza Mohammed has been a Registered Behavior Technician since 2022. Aleeza received her Bachelors of Science in Healthcare Studies from UT Dallas in 2021, while working as a dental assistant, and was a dental student for a short period afterward. She moved to this field because of her passion for helping the autism community. Aleeza is currently in school pursuing her BCBA and is set to graduate in June of 2023. Aleeza is a Texas native and currently lives in Frisco, Texas with her family.

Favorite Movie(s)

Love, Rosie

Hometown

Frisco, TX

Fun Fact

I have a 9-year-old sister that everyone confuses for my daughter!

Favorite Treat(s)

Sour candy, chocolate covered pretzels, cucumbers
Registered Behavior Technician, RBT

Kyra is studying her Bachelors in Psychology at UNT of Denton. She plans on pursuing her Masters and then her PhD in Clinical Child Psychology. She had a passion for helping children and helping others. In her free time, she loves to read and travel around whenever she can. She also has 2 cats, one is a Main Coon Bengal Mix named Reaper and the other is a mixed kitty named Salem!

Favorite Movie(s)

The Phantom of the Opera

Hometown

Arroyo Grande, CA (but grew up in OK!)

Fun Fact

I would love to move to Greece for a month!

Favorite Treat(s)

Oreos
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 Occupational Therapist, OTR

Kaitlyn (“Kaydee”) Arnold graduated from the University of Louisiana at Monroe in 2019 with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Advocacy. She continued with her education at LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, Louisiana to pursue a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy. During her undergraduate years in Monroe, Louisiana she fell in love with pediatric therapy while working as a tech at a local clinic. During her time in New Orleans, she participated in research with both the adult and pediatric population. Her pediatric research consisted of analyzing the effects of co-treatment with speech language pathologists and occupational therapists via Telehealth for children with autism. She continued learning about the pediatric population by participating in an Interprofessional Program for Related Services within the New Orleans school systems. During this program, she learned about legislation and laws that aid individuals in receiving related services within the public school system as well as learning about different services that children can receive to enhance their education. Kaydee completed her Level II pediatric fieldwork at a Sensory Integration clinic in Covington, Louisiana where she was able to work hands on with pediatric clients for 3 months. During this time she solidified her love for helping children gain independence, collaborating with families, and having fun while doing so!

Kaydee is beyond excited to work alongside the staff at Cutting Edge to help our kids reach their best potential!

Favorite Movie(s)

Cheaper by the Dozen

Hometown

Monroe, LA

Fun Fact

I have a pet cow named Betsy back home!

Favorite Treat(s)

Chocolate covered almonds and iced coffee!
ABA Program Manager

Kelly is currently attending The University of North Texas to pursue her degree in Applied Behavior Analysis. Set to graduate with her bachelor’s degree in Fall of 2023, she plans to continue on and get her master’s degree to become a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst. She was inspired to do this due to the beautiful collaboration that Cutting Edge offers, as well as the desire to help the families she has met here along the way. Kelly enjoys discussing dinosaurs and Pokémon with the kids and staff and can’t wait to see what her future at Cutting Edge holds!

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!
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
Registered Behavior Technician, RBT

Samantha Godsey has been an RBT since 2022 and enjoys working with children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Samantha is a United States Army Veteran. Samantha has such a passion for helping others no matter the circumstance. She has two dachshunds who she absolutely adores. Samantha is engaged to be married June of 2023.

Favorite Movie(s)

A League of Their Own

Hometown

Crossville, TN

Fun Fact

Loves to bake

Favorite Treat(s)

Chocolate Cake
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.
Front Office Coordinator

Sierra Ramirez is a spouse to an Army veteran and a mom to 3 boys and 5 dogs. Sierra has been working as medical front office professional since 2019. During her free time, she volunteers with her sons’ Boy Scout troop and helps with PTA functions with her sons’ school.

Favorite Movie(s)

Big Fish

Hometown

Grand Prairie, TX

Fun Fact

I went to culinary school for pastry and desserts

Favorite Treat(s)

Spicy chips, sour candy
Registered Behavior Technician, RBT

Ashaunti is from Carrollton, Texas. She is the oldest and the only girl out of 4 children. Ashaunti graduated from Hebron High School. Ashaunti has been an RBT since 2022. Ashaunti plans on going back to school and becoming a BCBA.

Favorite Movie(s)

Edward Scissor Hands

Hometown

Carrollton, TX

Fun Fact

I have a goldendoodle!

Favorite Treat(s)

Goldfish, Reese's
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
Speech-Language Pathologist, SLP

Anna (“Annie”) graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders and a minor in Psychology from Harding University in 2020. After a crazy summer of Covid-19, Annie started her graduate school journey at the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center and earned her Master’s of Science in Speech-Language Pathology in May 2022! She is currently is her Clinical Fellowship (CF) year and is extremely excited to get to know all her new kiddos!

Annie has a wide variety of experiences in pediatrics and adults in multiple settings. She loves working with kids, but has a passion for the entire lifespan! She has experience in working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), expressive and receptive language disorders, children with AAC devices and speech sound disorders. She loves being there for her patients and their families, helping them become the best they can be!

She is looking forward to expanding her knowledge in infant and pediatric feeding, becoming a Certified Autism Specialist, and becoming a Certified Brain Injury Specialist over the next few years as she grows as a clinician and obtains her clinical competencies!

Favorite Movie(s)

Pride and Prejudice, Real Steel, and the John Wick Trilogy

Hometown

Longview, TX

Fun Fact

I have visited over 8 countries, and I also go by Annie!

Favorite Treat(s)

Chocolate, Diet Coke and anything with cheese!!!
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 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
ABA Administrative Assistant

I’ve obtained my RBT certification since 2019. I’ve always enjoyed working with people directly hands on. Before transitioning into ABA, I was the general manager and operations manager for 24 Hour Fitness for four years. During that time, I had realized it was a time to transition, which is when I found ABA. I came to Cutting Edge in 2021 as an RBT, and have recently taken on the role of ABA Administrative Assistant. I’ve always had joy working with people but I found my passion working with ABA.

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
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
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
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
Speech-Language Pathologist, SLP

Rachel graduated from Harding University with her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She moved to Dallas in 2019 and graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas with her Masters of Science in Communication Disorders in 2021. Rachel has experience working in public schools as well as graduate experience working with children and adults of all ages. She has a passion for making therapy sessions both fun and functional for her clients and is excited to be a part of the Cutting Edge team!

Favorite Movie(s)

Leap Year

Hometown

Searcy, AR

Fun Fact

I love to bake and I worked in a bakery for several years!

Favorite Treat(s)

Coffee and soft pretzels
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

Grace McFarling, M.S., CCC-SLP graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders in 2014. In 2016, she graduated from the University of North Texas with a Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology. Grace has been trained in Level 1 of the PECS program and has been a Licensed Speech-Language Pathologist in the state of Texas since 2016. She specializes in working with individuals with Autism, Developmental Delays, and AAC devices.

Favorite Movie(s)

Hocus Pocus

Hometown

Fairview, TX

Fun Fact

Grace enjoys spending time with her husband and two dogs, Dexter and Ollie.

Favorite Treat(s)

Popcorn
Lead Physical Therapist, PT

Felicia graduated from University of Texas at San Antonio where she received her Bachelor’s in Kinesiology in 2015. Felicia then graduated from Texas Tech Health Sciences Center and received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2019. Felicia completed her final clinical in home heath pediatrics and that solidified her passion for this setting. Felicia has always loved working with children and she’s excited that she now has the ability to make a positive impact in their lives.

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
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 Occupational Therapist, OTR

Kara received both her Bachelor of Science in Child Development (2019) and Master of Occupational Therapy (2021) from Texas Woman’s University. Kara’s mother is an elementary teacher, which inspired her to pursue pediatrics early on. Kara has various experiences working with the pediatric population, from working at achievement centers to completing her fieldwork placements. She completed her Level II fieldwork in a pediatric outpatient clinic in Central Texas, where she worked directly with children of various ages to foster independence in everyday tasks. In addition, Kara was able to facilitate aquatic therapy sessions with various clients. During her time at this clinic, she developed a multi-disciplinary aquatic therapy activity set to address various skills. Serving children and their families is Kara’s passion and she is excited to become a part of the Cutting Edge community!

Favorite Movie(s)

Harry Potter series

Hometown

Ponder, TX

Fun Fact

I grew up on a farm where I regularly drove tractors, harvested grain, and cared for cattle.

Favorite Treat(s)

Chips & Salsa or Sonic Coke
Referral Coordinator

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
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
Behavior Technician

Taylor graduated college with a Bachelor of Science in psychology. Taylor has been married for a year. Taylor owns 5 dogs, 3 goats and a bunny. In her free time, she likes to read and watch anime.

Favorite Movie(s)

Nightmare Before Christmas

Hometown

Nevada, TX

Fun Fact

I always have a book with me.

Favorite Treat(s)

Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, Chester's Hot Fries
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.

Rachel’s Certifications and Specialties include Safety Care, DIR/Floor Time, Visual Deficits in Pediatrics 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