900 Junction Drive, Allen, Texas 75013 • 469-675-3153
Occupational Therapists | Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants | Certified Speech Therapists | Physical Therapists | Board Certified Behavior Analyst | Registered Behavior Technician | Administrative Staff
Katherine (Kate) Lundgren – Registered Occupational Therapist, OTR, MBA, SIPT, CST
Kate Lundgren graduated from San Jose State University and has been a registered Occupational Therapist since 1989. She received a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Pepperdine University in 1992. Kate specialized in the treatment for neurological disorders and traumas for the first 10 years of her career and completed her Neuro Developmental Treatment (NDT) certification in 1995.
After moving to Dallas in 1997 from Southern California, Kate and her husband, Joe, were informed through diagnostic testing, like many of our clients, that their two sons were on the “Autism Spectrum”. The diagnosis drove a change in Kate’s career and treatment focus in Occupational Therapy to the treatment of pediatric disorders, more specifically, Autism and Sensory Integration Dysfunction. Kate completed her Sensory Integration and Praxis Testing (SIPT) Certification (http://portal.wpspublish.com) in April of 2008 and completed her Advanced CranioSacral Therapy Technique (http:// upledger.com) in August 2014.
Recently, she decided to take her wealth of skills and knowledge and open up a unique clinic focused on the “Cutting Edge” treatment of children with “special needs.” Instead of just “treating” the client, the goal of Cutting Edge Pediatric Therapy (CEPT) is to partner with families to prepare the client for a safe and abundant future.
Kate’s model for Cutting Edge Pediatric Therapy has been so successful, she has had the opportunity of expanding and establishing “Cutting Edge” model in different locations.
Since 2004, Kate has had the unique privilege of teaching as an adjunct professor for the School of Occupational Therapy at Texas Women’s University training students in the area of pediatrics. At TWU, she was provided the opportunity of developing the first special interest course for Autism Spectrum Disorders. Kate continues to speak publicly and share her passion for individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities.
Most recently, Kate was invited to speak internationally in southern China regarding training for Sensory Integration treatment in conjunction with ASDS.
Some of the relevant training that Kate has completed but not limited to is Handwriting without Tears, ABT’s TLP/InTime, Level 1 Mentorship at the SPD Foundation, Reflex Integration Testing, Astronaut Protocol, Keyboarding Without Tears and Interactive Metronome with emphasis in pediatrics.
Kate, as of February 2019, is a TOTA (Texas Occupational Therapy Association) CE Reviewer for practice area in Occupational Therapy Assistants.
Favorite Movie: Night Shift, Sound of Music, and The Breakfast Club.
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Fun Fact: I went to high school in Maui, Hawaii!
Favorite Treat(s): Cheesecake, chips and guacamole!
Certifications: Handwriting without Tears, Size Matters (handwriting), First Strokes Handwriting, The Listening Program, InTime, Level Mentor at STAR, Masgutova NeuroSensory Reflex Integration, Astronaut Training Protocol, Keyboarding without Tears, Interactive Metronome (emphasis in pediatrics), Kinesiotaping, Craniosacral Therapy Advance Certification, Neuro-developmental Treatment Certification, Sensory Integration and Praxis Certification, Vision Therapy Training, and Autism Specialist Training.
Jennah Critchfield – Lead Registered Occupational Therapist, OTR
Jennah graduated from Texas Woman’s University with a Bachelors in Psychology in 2012 and with her Master of Occupational Therapy degree in 2015. Jennah completed her Level II fieldwork education here at Cutting Edge in the Fall of 2015 and has since returned as an occupational therapist. She has strong passion for the pediatric population and is enthusiastic about continuing to be a part of such a strong team of therapists. She plans to complete certification in both Interactive Metronome and The Listening Program in 2016.
Favorite Movie: Wizard of Oz.
Hometown: I was born in San Diego, CA but grew up in Plano, TX
Fun Fact: I have performed in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade in New York.
Favorite Treat(s): Cheesecake.
Certifications: Managing Visual Deficits in Children, Neuro-developmental Treatment Intensive Handling Techniques, Handwriting without Tears, Kinesiotaping (KT1/KT2), Interactive Metronome for Pediatrics and Adults, Astronaut Training, The Listening Program, InTime Provider Course, Masgutova NeuroSensory Reflex Integration, STAR level 1 mentorship and Essential of Praxis Intervention for Children with Autism.
Anna Morgan – Registered Occupational Therapist, OTR, MOT
Anna graduated from Abilene Christian University with a Bachelors in Exercise Science in 2008 and then graduated with her Masters in Occupational Therapy in 2010 from Texas Woman’s University. She has always worked in Pediatrics in a clinic and school setting with a variety of diagnoses, including sensory processing disorder, autism spectrum disorders, Down syndrome, ADHD, learning differences, and developmental delays. Anna has certification in Interactive Metronome and will complete certification in The Listening Program in 2016.
Favorite Movies: Beauty and the Beast, Zootopia, Toy Story 1, 2, & 3.
Hometown: Huntsville, TX
Fun Fact: I used to raise and show horses, pigs, goats, and sheep.
Favorite Treat(s): Sonic Vanilla Dr. Pepper, peanut M&Ms, and Kit Kat bar.
Certifications: Interactive Metronome, Listening Program, Keyboarding without Tears and Neuro-developmental Treatment Intensive Handling.
Aniqa Shahbaz – Registered Occupational Therapist, OTR
Aniqa Shahbaz is an Occupational Therapist. She has recently graduated on August 12th 2017 with honors with a Masters in Occupational Therapy from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. She received her Bachelor’s of Science in Health, and a minor in psychology from the University of Houston. During her masters she was the President of the Student Occupational Therapy association, she received the Leadership award from the University of St. Augustine in September 2016, she received the Outstanding Occupational Therapy Student award in August 2017 and lastly she was given the honor of being the Graduation Speaker during the commencement ceremony for the Graduating class of August 2017. Prior to perusing her masters in Occupational therapy she was an ABA therapist for 2 years and worked as a Social Skills leader, and provided individual ABA therapy. She has worked with children with Autism spectrum disorder, Angelman syndrome, Tourette syndrome, Sensory-processing disorder, OCD, Intellectual Disability and other developmental/neurological disorders. Aniqa Shahbaz lives in Lewisville, Texas and she is excited for her future as an Occupational Therapist.
Favorite Movies: All Marvel movies and the original Jurassic Park.
Hometown: Dallas, TX but born and raised in Los Angeles, CA
Fun Fact: I like scary stories, books, and movies (all things scary).
Favorite Treat(s):Baked hot Cheetos and chocolate with chocolate chip muffins.
Certifications: Masgutova NeuroSensory Reflex Integration
Brenna Duke – Registered Occupational Therapist, OTR
Brenna attended Texas Tech University from 2008-2011, where she completed her pre-requisites for a Master’s program in Occupational Therapy. She received her Bachelors of Science in Health Care Sciences in 2012 and her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy in 2014 from the UT Health Science Center in San Antonio. Brenna has worked in pediatrics since August 2014, treating a variety of patients with diagnoses such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Sensory Processing Disorder, ADHD, Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Emanuel Syndrome, and Hunter Syndrome. She is certified in Interactive Metronome (IM) and The Listening Program (TLP). She has had extensive training in Handwriting Without Tears (HWT) and has recently been selected to attend the Star Institute Level I Mentorship Program in June 2019.
Favorite Movie: The Princess Bride.
Hometown: Fredericksburg, TX
Fun Fact: I love playing board games!.
Favorite Treat(s): Brownies and dark chocolate!
Certifications: Masgutova NeuroSensory Reflex Integration, Vision Assessment and Treatment, InTime listening, The Listening Program, Interactive Metronome, Handwriting without tears, Keyboarding without tears, The print tool assessment and STAR foundation level 1 mentorship,
Bernardine Harshman – Registered Occupational Therapist, OTR
Bernardine graduated from Mount Mary College in Wisconsin and has been a registered Occupational Therapist since 1990. She began her career at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago where she honed her skills in pediatrics working alongside a staff of 50 OTs. She continued her career working with the Birth-to-Three population, gaining extensive training in The Treatment of the Baby. She had the great privilege to work one on one with Regi Boehme, a published leader in the field of Occupational Therapy. Her work with Ms. Boehme included treatment intensives and and individual infant treatment consultations. Bernardine completed her Neuro-Developmental Treatment (NDT) certification in 1994 and traveled to Russia for one month to assist in developing a program that trained neurologists in therapy techniques. She proceeded into private practice for over ten years before moving to Texas in 2005. She completed her Sensory Integration and Praxis Test (SIPT) certification in 2007.
Bernardine has worked with a comprehensive group of pediatric disabiliites in rehab settings, private practice, school settings, home care, and most recently with medically-complex patients in an outpatient hospital setting. She is excited to be a part of the CEPT team to continue to provide the highest quality of care to her patients.
Favorite Movie: Pride and Prejudice.
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Fun Fact: I have triplets.
Favorite Treat(s): Chocolate covered pretzels and bundtinis.
Certifications: Interactive Metronome, Therapeutic Listening, Treatment of the baby, Sensory Integration and Praxis Test, Neuro-Developmental Treatment, Tracking and Perceptual Skills for Occupational Therapist, Intro to Kinesiotaping and Myofascial release.
Saidah Fletcher – Registered Occupational Therapist, OTR
Saidah Fletcher graduated from Texas Woman’s University with a bachelor’s in psychology and with a Masters in Occupational Therapy from Texas Woman’s University in 2016. Saidah found a passion for occupational therapy and children with special needs after being a “candy striper” volunteer at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children for 3 years.
Favorite Movies: Titanic and any superhero movie.
Hometown: Houston, TX
Fun Fact: A cupcake in each hand is a well balanced diet.
Favorite Treat(s): Cupcakes, brownies, lemon bars anything dessert, popcorn especially Chicago style popcorn and gelato.
Madeline Galey – Registered Occupational Therapist, OTR
Madeline graduated from University of Arkansas with her Bachelor of Science in Education. She went on to graduate with a Master of Occupational Therapy from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in 2017. She attended the STAR Institute Level 1 Mentorship Program in June 2019 and is excited to continue helping kiddos with Sensory Processing Disorder. Madeline is very passionate about working with the pediatric population and alongside their families.
Favorite Movies: Mulan.
Hometown: The Woodlands, TX
Fun Fact: I lived in 4 different countries growing up: Venezuela, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, and Oman.
Favorite Treat(s): Spicy Nacho Doritos.
Certifications: Level 1 Star institute and DIRFloortime Introduction.
Somty Okoye – Registered Occupational Therapist, OTR
Somty Okoye is an Occupational Therapist. She graduated with her of Science in Occupational Therapy in 2018 from Abilene Christian University. She attended Sam Houston State University to receive her Bachelors of Science in Public Health. She derived her passion for Occupational Therapy upon volunteering in an outpatient pediatric clinic in Austin, Texas, where she observed therapists working with children of all ages to meet goals that would help them function better in their daily lives. Pediatrics has always been her interest as she started out her career working for a school district as well as home health pediatrics. primary interests are working with the sensory approach as well as the holistic approach. She is excited to follow her passion by working with Cutting Edge Pediatrics.
Favorite movie: Matilda.
Hometown: Austin, Texas
Fun Fact: I have a twin sister!
Favorite Treats: Baked sugar cookies.
Meridyth Crawford– Registered Occupational Therapist, OTR
Meridyth graduated from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor’s of Arts and Sciences, majoring in Exercise, Sport, Studies and two minors in Psychology and Spanish. Meridyth was the first student from Texas Tech to ever receive the Gilman International Scholarship award to study abroad in Sevilla, Spain her last year before graduating Magnum Cum Laude. After these experiences she pursued her career as an Occupational Therapist, and attended TWU, where she received her Master’s of Occupational Therapy.
Meridyth has an extensive work history (9 years) specializing in the field of Pediatrics, she has treated children in different settings such as in the school system, outpatient clinics, home health, and through private practice. She has expanded her growth in learning about various diagnosis and effective treatments along the way. Some of those include patients with medically complex diagnosis, neurological disorders, Autism Spectrum disorder, Sensory Processing Disorder, Intellectual disabilities, shoulder/hand deformities or dysfunction, and Psychological disorders. She has certifications in Handwriting without Tears and Size Matters, Shoulder Dysfunction and Treatment, Sensory Processing Disorder Intensive, and Oppositional, Defiant, and Uncooperative Behaviors.
Favorite movie: Titanic to name one, but I have a lot of favorites. 🙂
Hometown: Rockwall, TX
Fun Fact: I love to travel and I would exceptionally love it if I could travel 4-5x a year experiencing different foods, cultures, and languages.
Favorite Treats: Cookies.
Certifications: Handwriting without Tears and Size Matters, Shoulder Dysfunction and Treatment, Sensory Processing Disorder Intensive, and Oppositional, Defiant, and Uncooperative Behaviors.
Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants
Mahlon Ware – Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant, COTA
Mahlon became a certified occupational therapy assistant in 2015, graduating from Navarro College with Cum Laude honors, where he received his Associate of Applied Science degree in Occupational therapy. He has worked in a skilled nursing facility and a sensory-based pediatric outpatient clinic. Mahlon is certified in Interactive Metronome and is in the process of completing his certification in Handwriting Without Tears. Mahlon also has aspirations of attaining credentials to become a registered occupational therapist.
Favorite Movie: The Dark Knight.
Hometown: DeSoto, TX
Fun Fact: I enjoy producing music in my spare time and I sing in my church choir.
Favorite Treat(s): Cookies.
Certifications: Masgutova NeuroSensory Reflex Integration, Handwriting Without Tears, CranioSacral Therapy, Sensory Integration, Interactive Metronome and The Listening Program.
Joni Smart – Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant, COTA
Joni Smart is an Occupational Therapy Assistant. In 1998 she graduated with an Associates Degree of Applied Science in Occupational Therapy from Amarillo College in Amarillo, Texas. Joni began her career working with a non-profit agency assisting individuals with visual impairments ages 0-21 to learn activities of daily living but with an emphasis in a recreational program! Then she moved into pediatric home health with an ECI program for a few years. Her true experience in pediatrics came from my time in a clinical setting from 2003 to 2013. There Joni learned her true passion for children. Her caseload was very diverse and ranged from babies to young adults. Joni is a Kinesio Tex Tape Certified with KT3 in pediatrics. She received her certificate of mastery in DIR/Foortime Model in infancy and early childhood training in 2008. Joni received training in Partial Weight Bearing Training in 2006. She has training in handwriting with Fine Motor Gymnastics to Multi-Sensory Print and Writing Success for children with Autism. She also received a specialized training for a week with Izabela Koscielny, MS PT who developed the Therasuit Method Training and Universal Exercise Unit (Spidercage). Joni’s favorite was the 72 hour course she took in Autism Spectrum Disorders & Other Neurobehavioral Disorder in 2007, that was a collaboration of professionals brought in by our clinical director. Joni’s passion remains with children. She loves watching them succeed and seeing their parents proud of their achievements.
Favorite Movies: Steel Magnolias, Young Frankenstein, Mrs. Doubtfire, all Rocky movies.
Hometown: Amarillo, TX
Fun Fact: I grew up showing dogs in a professional manner along side my mother and sister. My Mom bred Samoyeds. At one time we had the number one winning Samoyed in the country. His name was Harry and he was my dog but I was in high school so we put him with a professional handler who traveled the world with him to win at shows like the Westminister Dog Show you see on TV.
Favorite Treat(s): Chocolate chip cookies.
Certifications: Kinesiotaping 1, 2, and 3 (pediatrics), Partial Weight Bearing Gait Training (LiteGait), DIR/ Floor Time Infancy and Early Childhood Training, Fine Motor Gymnastics Handwriting, Therasuit Method Training/Universal Exercise Unit (Spider Cage) and Strategies on Behavior and Communication for Students with Autism.
Rachel Massie – 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 always had a passion for pediatrics and has spent her time volunteering with various organizations. She completed her fieldwork experience at Cutting Edge and is excited to be part of the team!
Favorite Movies: 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): Cookies and snickers!
Certified Speech Therapists
Sydney Perricone – Lead Speech-Language Pathologist, SLP
Sydney is a certified and licensed speech-language pathologist who has worked in both public schools and outpatient therapy clinics since 2010. Sydney has experience evaluating and working with children, teenagers, and young adults with a variety of communication disorders. In 2008, Sydney received a Bachelor’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology from the University of North Texas, also minoring in Development and Family Studies. In 2010, Sydney completed her Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Texas Christian University. Sydney has held her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association since 2011. She is also an actively involved member of the Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association, serving on a committee that helps plan the Association’s annual convention. Sydney has training in the Social Thinking approach to pragmatic language skills. She is certified in the VitalStim Specialty Program, a neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) modality for resolving dysphagia and oral motor disorders related to feeding and swallowing. She also has training in the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) approach to feeding and Talk Tools Oral-Placement Therapy.
Favorite Movies: Mulan, Meet The Parents.
Hometown: Fort Worth, TX
Fun Fact: I love finding and exploring new cozy coffee shops!
Favorite Treat(s): Warm, gooey, homemade chocolate chip cookies – fresh out of the oven.
Certifications: Sequential Oral Sensory, VitalStim, Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (ages 1.5 and up), Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets, Social Thinking and Dynamic Temporal and Tactile Cueing.
Erin Bellue – Speech-Language Pathologist, SLP
Erin brings over 25 years of experience as a Speech-Language Pathologist to the Cutting Edge family and has held her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech and Hearing Association since 1991. Erin received her Bachelor of Science in Education degree in 1989 from Baylor University in Waco, Texas. Erin remained at Baylor for an additional year in order to complete her Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 1990. While in graduate school, Erin serviced school-aged children as a graduate clinician for the Waco Independent School District. After graduation, she was asked to continue in her role as a Speech Pathologist in order to complete her Clinical Fellowship Year in 1991.
In 1992, Erin moved to North Texas and began working for the Mesquite Independent School District, where she provided services to children in all grade levels, including working with a Life Skills class at North Mesquite High School. Although the first 4 years of her career began in the public schools, Erin has serviced individuals with communication and swallowing disorders in a variety of settings, including long-term care, sub-acute care, private clinics, and home health care. Erin spent 6 years in long-term care, 2 years in sub-acute care, and 4 years in private practice. Erin currently provides speech, language, and swallowing services for Therapy 2000, a pediatric home health care agency, where she has been for the past 14 years.
Aside from her personal career, Erin also currently serves on the Texas Speech-Language Hearing Association’s Executive Board as the Vice President for Educational and Scientific Affairs. Erin is responsible for overseeing and coordinating the committees that plan, prepare, and facilitate the Association’s annual convention and exhibition each year.
Erin also serves on the Board for Chari-T2000, which is a charity that assists children and families receiving rehabilitative services with the needed tools and opportunities in order to make progress and reach their full potential. Chari-T2000 provides financial resources for purchasing services and equipment to bridge the gap when it is not financially feasible and no other funding sources are available to these families.
Volunteering and leadership are extremely important to Erin, who credits her leadership development to the experience she gained as an active member of the Junior League of Dallas. Erin served numerous years in various roles serving Dallas and the surrounding communities by providing financial support and countless volunteer hours for service projects and committees. Erin continues to support the Junior League of Dallas as a Sustaining Member.
A long-time member of Prestonwood Baptist Church, Erin attends the North Campus, where she serves in the Student Ministry as a Table Group Leader for 9th and 10th grade girls and also volunteers as a sponsor each year for various Student Music Ministry mission trips. Erin’s 2 beautiful red-headed nieces are the apples of her eye and she enjoys traveling and spending time with them at every opportunity. But on Saturdays every fall, Erin, a faithful Baylor fan and season ticket holder, can be found at McLane Stadium in Waco, Texas, flinging her green and gold afar and cheering on her favorite team! Sic ‘em Bears!
Favorite Movies: Anything with Doris Day or Jimmy Stewart, all Disney animated movies, and Elf.
Hometown: Frisco, TX
Fun Fact: I moved to England at 6 weeks old and spent my early childhood there while my dad was in the Air Force. I had a British nanny and housekeeper that stayed with me while my mom taught school on base. I came back to Texas at age 3 with a British accent.
Favorite Treat(s): Snickers and sweet tea from Chick Fil A.
Certifications: VitalStim, Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (all ages, including infants) and Sequential Oral Sensory.
Jessica Stratton – Speech-Language Pathologist, SLP
Jessica Stratton is a pediatric speech language pathologist with 18 years of experience in a variety of settings including public schools, home health and private clinics. She graduated from Texas Christian University in 1998 with her Bachelor of Science in Speech Language Pathology. She attended The University of North Texas and graduated in 2000 with her Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology. She has held her Certificate of Clinical Competence from The American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) since 2001 and is a member of ASHA as well as Texas Speech Language Hearing Association (TSHA). Jessica is trained in Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets (PROMPT). She also has training in the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) approach to feeding and Talk Tools Oral-Placement Therapy. Additionally, she has undergone training in the Social Thinking approach to working on pragmatic language skills.
Favorite Movies: Princess Bride.
Hometown: Bartlesville, OK
Fun Fact: Before I had kids I was very adventurous and loved bungee jumping and sky diving. Also, I am deathly afraid of birds….!
Favorite Treat(s): A Diet Coke from Sonic with EXTRA ice.
Certifications: Sequential Oral Sensory and Social Thinking.
Natalie Barber– Speech-Language Pathologist, SLP
Natalie is a 2018 graduate of Abilene Christian University with her B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders and her M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology. At 14 years old, Natalie observed the speech pathologist at the elementary school that her mom taught at and discovered a passion for speech therapy. Throughout graduate school, Natalie’s interest in helping people with neurodevelopmental disorders grew. She gained experience working with children and adults in clinics, early childhood intervention, skilled nursing facilities, and schools. Natalie is excited to join the Cutting Edge family and complete her Clinical Fellowship Year.
Favorite Movies: Life is Beautiful, Arrival, Tangled, Finding Nemo.
Hometown: Coppell, TX
Fun Fact: I have three rescue dogs and a bunny!
Favorite Treat(s): Snickerdoodle cookies.
Certifications: Sequential Oral Sensory
Bethany Wright– Speech-Language Pathologist, SLP
Bethany graduated from The University of Texas at Dallas in 2014 with a degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. During her undergraduate career, she conducted research at the Callier Center-Dallas for infants with hearing loss who use hearing aids. Bethany attended graduate school at The University of North Texas where she earned a degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 2017. During her time in graduate school, she gained experience evaluating and treating children, teenagers, and adults with a variety of communication disorders. Bethany holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association.
Bethany has experience working in a number of public schools focusing on functional and effective communication skills. Bethany’s areas of interest include adolescent and young adult pragmatic language skills, social groups, preschool through school age articulation and language development, augmentative and alternative communication, feeding, and communication skills that transition through adulthood. Bethany is trained in the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) approach to feeding and in Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets (PROMPT). Bethany also has training in the Social Thinking approach to pragmatic language skills. She enjoys the collaboration with clients, families, school service providers, and the therapeutic team to ensure the best approach for each individual client.
Favorite Movies: Fantastic Mr. Fox and The Aristocats.
Hometown: Paris, TX
Fun Fact: I’ve zip-lined between mountain tops in British Columbia.
Favorite Treat(s): Sour patch kids and Tim Tams!
Certifications: Sequential Oral Sensory, Social Thinking and Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets.
Bridget Zimmer – Speech-Language Pathologist, SLP
Bridget is a 2019 graduate of the University of North Texas with her B.S. in communication disorders and her M.S. in Speech- Language Pathology. Bridget became interested in speech and language therapy from a young age when she observed the positive impact it had on her brother, who has a rare syndrome. During her graduate career, Bridget gained experience with adults and children in clinics and schools. She also completed her four-month long clinical practicum at CEPT where she became passionate about the population she served.
Favorite Movies: Legally Blonde.
Hometown: Rowlett, TX
Fun Fact: I love animals. I have a cat, two birds, a bunny, and a fish!
Favorite Treat(s): Anything chocolate.
Amanda Esposito– Speech-Language Pathologist, SLP
Amanda graduated from Texas A&M University in 2014 with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology. She then attended graduate school at The University of Texas at Dallas where she received her Masters of Science degree in Communication Disorders for Speech-Language Pathology. She has held her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association since 2017. She has professional experience in the public schools, as well as graduate clinician experience in outpatient clinics, home health, dysphagia clinics, and preschool language development programs for children with Autism and other developmental disorders. These experiences have given Amanda the opportunity to work with children, birth-18, and young adults with a wide variety of communication disorders. Amanda is passionate about working with families to help every client become the best communicator possible. “Your Words Matter!”
Favorite Movies:The Greatest Showman.
Hometown: Allen, TX
Fun Fact: I share a birthday with two of my siblings-all different years!
Favorite Treat(s): Dove Dark Chocolate.
Noori Mulji- Speech-Language Pathologist, SLP
Noori graduated in 2011 from Baylor University with a BA degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. After working several years in the home health field as an SLP Assistant, she attended graduate school at Eastern New Mexico University and earned her MS degree in 2017 for Speech-Language Pathology. She holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence from The American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) since 2018 and is an ASHA member.
Noori has experience treating and evaluating pediatric patients in a variety of settings including home health, clinics, and preschool with a focus on language delay, articulation, and functional communication skills. She has experience providing therapy to patients with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental disorders. Noori enjoys collaborating with families and other therapists to truly understand and use a team approach in addressing each patient’s individual needs.
Favorite Movie: La La Land, Harry Potter and Disney princess movies.
Hometown: Lavon, TX
Fun Fact: I love to paint on my free time! Also I’m obsessed with The Little Mermaid and have a collection of Little Mermaid memorabilia.
Favorite Treat(s): Chocolate ice cream or sweet tea.
Katelyn Kraft- Speech-Language Pathologist, SLP
Katelyn graduated from Mississippi State University in 2014 with a degree in Elementary Education where she then moved to Texas to become a 6th grade English Language Arts teacher. After an exciting two years teaching, she discovered her interest in working with children in speech therapy through a therapist in her classroom. She recently received her Masters of Science in Speech Language Pathology from Texas Woman’s University in 2019. She has experience working with children and adults in a variety of settings through her clinical practicums including the university clinic, classroom-based language therapy with Autism Spectrum Disorder, schools, and acute/inpatient-hospitals. She is thrilled to be a part of the Cutting Edge team and complete her Clinical Fellowship year.
Favorite Movie: Harry Potter series, The Sound of Music, and Beauty and the Beast.
Hometown: Madison, MS
Fun Fact: I backpacked through Europe for two and a half weeks!
Favorite Treat(s): White Chocolate raspberry cheesecake, lemon tarts, or a vanilla sweet cream cold brew.
Tamam Bushnaq – Physical Therapist, PT
Tamam Bushnaq is a physical therapist that has been practicing since 2019. She graduated from The University of Texas at Dallas with her Bachelor’s degree in Health Care Studies in May 2015. She then moved to Houston to obtain her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Texas Woman’s University in May 2019. During her clinical rotations, Tamam was trained in using a body-weight supported treadmill, and she also has experience with prosthetic prescription and training. Tamam has always considered pediatrics to be her passion, and her favorite part of the job is getting to play all day with the kids.
Favorite Movies: Mulan, Harry Potter, and Lord of the Rings.
Hometown: Dallas, TX
Fun Fact: I love to travel and have been to many different states and countries.
Favorite Treat(s): Apple pie with vanilla ice cream.
Shelby De Luna – Physical Therapist, PT
Shelby De Luna has been a physical therapist since 2019. Shelby graduated from Texas Tech University with her Bachelor’s in Psychology in 2016. Shelby received her Doctor of Physical Therapy from Texas Woman’s University in 2019. Shelby is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the Texas Physical Therapy Association. Shelby completed her final clinical internship here at Cutting Edge in the Summer of 2019 and has since returned as a physical therapist. In Shelby’s fieldwork she gained experience in neuro developmental treatment and Prechtl’s General Movements Assessment. Shelby’s favorite thing about treating kids at Cutting Edge is being able to see kids reach their full potential through play and achieve things that before weren’t believed to be possible.
Favorite Movies: Little Mermaid, anything funny, and Across the Universe.
Hometown: Sweetwater, TX
Fun Fact: I’m related to Sir William Wallace.
Favorite Treat(s): Cheesecake or salty snack.
Felicia Okeiyi – 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 Movies: 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.
Physical Therapist Assistants
Amanda Hanson – Physical Therapist Assistant, PTA
Amanda is a 2013 graduate of the Kaplan College Physical Therapist Assistant program. Amanda received physical therapy treatment when she was in high school which led her to begin volunteering at a local physical therapy clinic. It was during her volunteer hours that Amanda found her passion for physical therapy as a treatment modality. While in a pediatric clinical rotation, Amanda became driven to make a career out of helping children. After receiving her license, Amanda began working with a pediatric home health company in May 2014. While she enjoyed her time in home health, Amanda is excited to continue her passion of pediatric Physical Therapy with the Cutting Edge Pediatric Therapy team.
Favorite Movies: A Knight’s Tale and The Lion King.
Hometown: Wylie, TX
Fun Fact: I am a clown in the Shrine Circus.
Favorite Treat(s): Gummy bears and Twix ice cream bars.
Certifications: Aquatic Therapy.
Aide Salinas – Physical Therapist Assistant, PTA
Aide graduated in 2019 from Concorde Career College-Dallas Physical Therapist Assistant program. Prior to her career in therapy, she was an Ancillary Surgical Tech at a local Level 1 Trauma hospital. While completing her pediatric clinical rotation at Cutting Edge, Aide was determined to return to the team after receiving her license. Aide hopes to continue her education and earn her doctorate in Physical Therapy.
Favorite Movies: Lord of the Rings series.
Hometown: Dallas, TX
Fun Fact: I’m an avid gamer!
Favorite Treat(s): Twix, Kit Kats, chocolate covered nuts, butter pecan ice cream, buttermilk & pecan pie (really any pie for that matter 😊), and any sort of cheesy chips.
Board Certified Behavior Analyst
Christina Martin- Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Speech Language Pathologist
Favorite Movies: Anything scary.
Hometown: All around DFW
Fun Fact: I am also the parent of a child with autism.
Favorite Treat(s): An ice cold Coke or anything chocolate.
Danielle Pedersen- Board Certified Behavior Analyst, BCBA
Danielle Pedersen has been a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) since 2017. She earned her Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling: Marriage and Family from Liberty University in 2012, and her Master of Arts in Exceptional Student Education: Applied Behavior Analysis from University of West Florida in 2016. She is a Licensed Behavior Analyst (LBA) in several states, including Texas. Prior to becoming as a BCBA, Danielle worked as a Registered Behavior Technician, community mental health case manager, child protective services case manager, elementary education teacher in Asia, and full time stay at home mom. Danielle’s diverse background and breadth of experience across disciplines and cultures contributes to her well rounded and collaborative approach in designing and delivering ABA services. Danielle lives in Allen, Texas.
Favorite Movies: Mr. Deeds
Hometown:Spent most of my childhood in Ahwatukee, AZ
Fun Fact: I have twin boys who are in Kindergarten!!
Favorite Treat(s): Fresh fruit
Registered Behavior Technician
Heather Boydstun – Registered Behavior Technician, RBT
Heather Boydstun has been a Registered Behavior Technician since 2018. She graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Educational Studies, and is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis. At the age of 16, she was drawn to this field while babysitting her cousin who was diagnosed with Autism at age 2. Witnessing the amount of assistance their family received in helping her cousin to grow into a smart, hilarious, independent young man, she realized she wanted to provide the same empowerment for families as well. She has experience doing ABA in the clinical setting, working with children who have Autism and other disorders. Heather is passionate about assisting families with special needs children and is excited to be a part of the CEPT team.
Favorite Movies: 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 and peanut butter.
Vanessa Mendoza– Registered Behavior Technician, RBT
Vanessa Mendoza has been a Registered Behavior Technician since 2016. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Child Learning Development from the University of Texas at Dallas in 2015, she went straight into the field of Applied Behavior Analysis. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. As a bilingual children’s advocate, Vanessa has a passion to assist families from various ethnic and cultural backgrounds. She has experience working with children with autism and other developmental delays, parent training, and providing therapy in a clinical setting. She is excited to grow and foster her passion in advocating early intervention services for the lives of children, their families, and their community.
Favorite Movies: A Bug’s Life.
Hometown: Dallas, TX
Fun Fact: I practice the art of calligraphy.
Favorite Treat(s): Veggie sticks and hummus.
Linda Hamoudeh – Office Manager
Linda began working at our office in March of 2016. She graduated in 2013 from the University of Texas at Dallas with a Bachelor’s degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology. Upon graduating she spent two years helping children with a variety of neurological disorders including ADHD, Autism, Asperger’s, Dyslexia, and processing disorders. Linda loves being in an environment that helps children and their families and is looking forward to a long career doing so.
Favorite Movies: A Walk to Remember and It Takes Two.
Hometown: Dallas, TX
Fun Fact: I don’t have a middle name and I can speak two languages.
Favorite Treat(s): Kit Kat!
Jessie Coughenour – Billing Manager
Jessie has a background in medical insurance and billing, specifically in pediatric healthcare. She is an alum of our very own Allen High School – go Eagles; and after living all over the great south, she is proud to plant her roots in North Texas with her family. Jessie has always had a special place in her heart for children. She developed a passion for serving children and their families during her time with the YMCA. Over the years she has continued that work through community outreach and church relations. Jessie looks forward to expanding her knowledge and forming new and lasting relationships with the families at Cutting Edge.
Favorite Movie: Casablanca.
Hometown: New Orleans, LA
Fun Fact: I do woodwork in my spare time.
Favorite Treat(s): Coffee, authentic cheese cake, and plain cake donuts.
Katelyn Heath – Billing Coordinator
Katelyn was born and raised right here in the great state of Texas! She graduated from Richland High School in 2015. One of Katelyn’s greatest passions is horses. When is high school, she adopted a rescue mustang named Maverick. She worked with him every day and nursed him back to health, Since graduation, Katelyn has worked in childcare and the medical field and has over 2 years of medical billing experience under her belt. She is very excited to combine her passion for children and her medical billing skills together at CEPT! She has always had a love for kids that grows each and every day! Katelyn doesn’t have any children of her own yet but is a Godmother to three beautiful children: Brukee, Joshua and Thomas. She strives to enrich children’s lives in an impactful way. You will always catch Katelyn with a smile on her face and a willingness to help everyone.
Favorite Movie: The Greatest Showman.
Hometown: Forth Worth, TX
Fun Fact: I auditioned for The Voice in 2014!
Favorite Treat(s): Coffee, bagels, and fruit.
Ziba Akbar- Billing Assistant
Ziba graduated from Hebron High School is 2017 before beginning her college career as an aspiring Speech-Language Pathologist. She’s currently still in university working on her Bachelor’s degree, hoping to get her Master’s in SLP one day. Ziba was born and raised in Carrollton, Texas where she still lives and has volunteered with middle school students with autism for 7 years. Before beginning as an employee at Cutting Edge Pediatric Therapy, she helped as a volunteer for over a year from 2018-2019.
Favorite Movie: Hocus Pocus or the Harry Potter Series.
Hometown: Carrollton, TX
Fun Fact: I took choir for 9 years through grade school and still go back to give voice lessons for free.
Favorite Treat(s): Hot Funyuns, French fries, and Drumsticks ice cream cones.
Shanna Coffey – Senior Front Office Coordinator
Shanna has been with Cutting Edge since September 2018. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Family Studies, in 1998, and completed graduate studies in Occupational Therapy, in 2005; both degrees were earned from Texas Woman’s University. She is thrilled to be part of the CEPT family and excited to be part of the administrative team in providing excellent service to Cutting Edge kids and families.
Favorite Movie: Steel Magnolias.
Hometown: Lewisville, TX
Fun Fact: My husband and I eloped in 2016.
Favorite Treat(s): Chocolate chip cookies.
Kaelyn Beam – Office Coordinator
Kaelyn graduated from Texas A&M University in the Spring of 2018 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. She hopes to go to graduate school to complete a degree in Clinical Psychology. Kaelyn had the opportunity to participate in the Disney College Program in the beginning of 2019 where she was able to work directly for the Disney company. In her free time, Kaelyn enjoys reading, movies, and spending time with her family, friends, and pets.
Favorite Movie: Harry Potter, The Wedding Singer, Dirty Dancing, The Greatest Showman, plus many more.
Hometown: Plano, TX
Fun Fact: My family and I love animals and we have had up to eight animals in our home at one time.
Favorite Treat(s): Gummy bears, and sour patch kids.
Melissa Ryles – Office Coordinator
Melissa graduated from Sachse High School in 2015. She plans to go back to school Fall 2019 to pursue a career in nursing, primarily in the pediatric field. Melissa has worked in scheduling and medical billing for mental health providers since 2016. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and exploring new adventures with her friends.
Favorite Movie: Hocus Pocus, Grease and Monsters Inc.
Hometown: Garland, TX
Fun Fact: I have 2 cats and a dog.
Favorite Treat(s): M&M cookies, reese’s candy or pineapple’s.
Amanda Singh – Human Resources Generalist
Amanda completed her coursework as an Occupational Therapy Assistant at Pima Medical Institute and received her Associates Degree in 2016. Amanda completed her rotation at Cutting Edge in August 2016. During her rotations, she honed her skills and techniques, incorporating her academic knowledge with best practice application. She also became extremely proficient at and received a certification in Kinesiotaping. Amanda is from El Paso, bilingual, and hopes to continue her educational endeavors.
Favorite Movie: Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
Hometown: El Paso, TX
Fun Fact: I was born in the same town as one of my co-workers.
Favorite Treat(s): Hot Cheeto puffs and M&Ms.
Joseph Reeves – Executive Administrator
Joseph began working for Joe and Kate Lundgren back in 2013, originally coming on board with one of Joe’s other companies. Since then, Joseph has become a large part of the Cutting Edge Pediatric Therapy staff working alongside the admin team. While he has always been a behind the scenes team member, it wasn’t until 2015 that he assumed an active roll as part of the CEPT family name. Having a connection with special needs in his own family, Joseph has enjoyed getting to learn more about our client’s different diagnoses and treatment modalities. During his regular week schedule, Joseph is also working towards a Bachelors of Science in Nursing degree through Texas Woman’s University. When he’s not working here with our CEPT family or studying, Joseph enjoys movies, music, exercising and spending quality social time with his family and friends.
Favorite Movie: The Devil Wears Prada.
Hometown: Allen, TX
Fun Fact: I hope to be a labor and delivery nurse!
Favorite Treat(s): Carrot Cake.
Kelly Richards – Executive Admin
Kelly joined the CEPT staff in March of 2016. She has lived in Allen since she was 3 years old and is a graduate of Allen High School. Kelly graduated in December 2018 from University of Texas at Dallas with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a minor in Criminology. She is planning on going to graduate school in the fall of 2019 to get her Masters degree in Public Policy. Having a special needs cousin, Kelly has enjoyed getting to understand more about the special needs community. In her free time, Kelly loves reading, traveling, and spending time with her family.
Favorite movies: Harry Potter, Jurassic Park, Beauty and the Beast, Moana, Hercules, and The Conjuring.
Hometown: El Paso, TX
Fun Fact: I traveled to 3 different European countries (UK, Germany, Italy) within 2 weeks with my brother. The cities we went to within each country were London, Rome, Munich, Nuremberg, and Berlin.
Favorite Treat(s): Chocolate chip cookies, snickers, and powdered doughnuts.
Robert Clark- Therapy Tech
Robert is a graduate of the University of Texas at Dallas with a Bachelors in Healthcare Studies. Currently, he is starting out as a theraphy tech, but wishes to eventually go back to school to get his Masters in Occupational Therapy. Robert is excited to join the Cutting Edge team and gain experience working in pediatric therapy.
Favorite movies: Star Wars and Jurassic Park.
Hometown: Omaha, NE
Fun Fact: I build custom keyboards.
Favorite Treat(s): Chai lattes and brownies.
Rocky – The Cutting Edge Therapy Dog
Rocky is a black Labrador and is growing fast! He was abandoned in early 2013 so we decided to take him in; at the same time we saw such a peaceful demeanor we decided to see how he would do as a therapy dog. We enrolled him in a two week boarding school for obedience and he passed with flying colors! We are in the process of continuing his training and will be getting him certified over the next year. You will see him from time to time at the clinic, playing (and working) with the clients.
Favorite movies: Secret Life of Pets 1 & 2.
Hometown: Allen, TX
Fun Fact: I was a rescue.
Favorite Treat(s): Blue Dog Bakery Softies.