Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant

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Favorite Movie(s)

Freedom Writers

Hometown

Hot Springs, Arkansas

Fun Fact

"I’ve never met another Rusten before"

Favorite Treat(s)

Jalapeño Cheetos
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 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 and peanut butter
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.

Certifications/Specialties

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

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
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.

Certifications/Specialties

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

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
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.

Certifications/Specialties

Interactive Metronome, Listening Program, Keyboarding without Tears, Neuro-developmental Treatment Intensive Handling and Kinesio Taping 1 and 2

Favorite Movie(s)

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
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 attended the Star Institute Level I Mentorship Program in June 2019 to learn more about sensory processing.

Certifications/Specialties

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

Favorite Movie(s)

The Princess Bride

Hometown

Fredericksburg, TX

Fun Fact

I love playing board games!

Favorite Treat(s)

Brownies and dark chocolate
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.

Certifications/Specialties

Level 1 Star institute and DIR Floortime Introduction

Favorite Movie(s)

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
Registered Occupational Therapist, OTR

Somty Okoye is an Occupational Therapist. She graduated with her Masters 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. Somty’s 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(s)

Matilda

Hometown

Austin, TX

Fun Fact

I have a twin sister!

Favorite Treat(s)

Baked sugar cookies
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!

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 Occupational Therapist, OTR

Vanessa Vasquez graduated summa cum laude from Texas Woman’s University in 2017, where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Child Development. During her time spent in undergraduate studies, she discovered her passion for working with children and pursued Occupational Therapy, receiving her Master of Occupational Therapy degree from Texas Woman’s University in 2019. Vanessa completed her Level II fieldwork at Cutting Edge, and is beyond ecstatic to return as a member of this amazing, passionate, and hard working team of therapy professionals.

Favorite Movie(s)

Finding Dory, and all ROM-COMs

Hometown

Fort Worth, TX

Fun Fact

I used to live in Alaska!

Favorite Treat(s)

Hershey’s Chocolate bars, and all things salty
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
Director of Process Management

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

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(s)

Steel Magnolias

Hometown

Lewisville, TX

Fun Fact

My husband and I eloped in 2016

Favorite Treat(s)

Chocolate chip cookies
Client Care Services Coordinator

Jessie has a background in medical insurance and billing, specifically in pediatric healthcare. She is an alum of our very own Allen High School – go Eagles; and after living all over the great south, she is proud to plant her roots in North Texas with her family. Jessie has always had a special place in her heart for children. She developed a passion for serving children and their families during her time with the YMCA. Over the years she has continued that work through community outreach and church relations. Jessie looks forward to expanding her knowledge and forming new and lasting relationships with the families at Cutting Edge.

Favorite Movie(s)

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
Client Care Services 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(s)

The Greatest Showman

Hometown

Fort Worth, TX

Fun Fact

I auditioned for The Voice in 2014!

Favorite Treat(s)

Coffee, bagels, and fruit
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(s)

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
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(s)

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 pineapples
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(s)

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
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 Movie(s)

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
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 Movie(s)

Star Wars and Jurassic Park

Hometown

Omaha, NE

Fun Fact

I build custom keyboards

Favorite Treat(s)

Chai lattes and brownies
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 Movie(s)

Secret Life of Pets 1 & 2

Hometown

Allen, TX

Fun Fact

I was a rescue

Favorite Treat(s)

Blue Dog Bakery Softies
Registered Occupational Therapist, OTR

Claire Kercher graduated cum laude from Baylor University in 2017 where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. While attending Baylor, she developed her passion for working with children of all abilities at REACH Therapeutic Riding Center. Additionally, she enjoyed serving others in the community through her service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega, receiving the service merit award each semester. In 2019 Claire received her Master of Occupational Therapy degree from The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas. Claire completed her Level II fieldwork at The Pediatric Therapy Center where she worked with a large age range of clients with a variety of sensory, behavioral, developmental, and neurological needs. Claire resides in Fort Worth, Texas and is excited to serve your family at CEPT!

Favorite Movie(s)

Midnight in Paris & all Christmas movies

Hometown

San Antonio, TX

Fun Fact

I am a certified scuba diver & love to travel!

Favorite Treat(s)

Sour patch watermelon candies, cookies, almost anything sweet
Registered Occupational Therapist, OTR

Linh Le graduated magna cum laude from Texas Woman’s University in 2016, where she received her Bachelor of Health Science degree in Kinesiology. Linh discovered her passion for working with children while completing her undergraduate studies with a local school district. In 2019, she received her Master of Occupational Therapy degree from Texas Woman’s University. Linh completed her Level II fieldwork at a local school district where she gained experience working with children with Autism, sensory, developmental delays, behavioral, and neurological needs. In her spare time, she volunteers at a soccer clinic for children with disabilities. Linh is looking forward to meeting you and your family.

Favorite Movie(s)

Harry Potter (the whole series) and Frozen

Hometown

Saigon, Vietnam

Fun Fact

I love soccer, but I can’t play

Favorite Treat(s)

Cheesecakes and all things spicy
Registered Occupational Therapist, OTR

Anna Cao graduated summa cum laude from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2016, where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. While pursuing her undergraduate degree, she discovered her passion for working with the pediatric population through her shadowing and volunteering experiences. In 2019, Anna received her Master of Occupational Therapy degree from Texas Woman’s University in Dallas. Anna completed her Level II fieldwork rotation at an outpatient pediatric clinic in Round Rock, where she was able to develop her skills to provide quality care by serving many children and their families. She is excited to be part of the Cutting Edge Pediatric and Adult Therapy team and cannot wait to meet you!

Favorite Movie(s)

Seven Pounds and Frozen

Hometown

Arlington, TX

Fun Fact

Caffeine and sugar have no effect on me whatsoever! The only thing that usually keeps me awake is chewing gum.

Favorite Treat(s)

Spicy foods, kettle corn popcorn, boba tea drinks, and any sour gummy candy
Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant, COTA

Emma became a certified occupational therapy assistant in June 2019, graduating from Navarro College with Magna Cum Laude, where she received her Associate of Applied Science degree in Occupational therapy. She has always had a passion to work with pediatrics. Emma is very excited to be a part of the Cutting-Edge team! One fun fact is she swam competitive swimming for 10 years growing up.

Favorite Movie(s)

Harry Potter Series

Hometown

Born in Longwood, Florida, but grew up in Arlington Texas

Fun Fact

I was a competitive swimmer for 10 years!

Favorite Treat(s)

Brownies or anything with chocolate in it
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.

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
Physical Therapist, PT

Marsha Whalen has been in clinical practice in Physical Therapy since graduating from Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids Mi in 2004.  Marsha has worked in both Pediatrics and Adult outpatient clinics in Michigan and was the clinic director at 2 clinics in Michigan before moving to Texas in 2014. Since moving to Texas Marsha has worked as a pediatric physical therapist for the local school system and worked as a coverage physical therapist for an outpatient clinic. In the past Marsha has done aquatics physical therapy and she started training for equine physical therapy and therapeutic horseback riding in 2019.  Marsha has wanted to work with children since working with a family friend’s son with Down’s syndrome in the pool in the summer during high school.  She is looking forward to meeting you and helping you achieve your goals.

Favorite Movie(s)

Lilo and Stitch

Hometown

Zeeland, MI

Fun Fact

My sons and I like to practice surfing in the backyard pool. They even got the dog to try once.

Favorite Treat(s)

Ice cream, chocolate, and any gluten free sweets
Lead Speech Language Pathologist, SLP

Karen received her Bachelor of Science in Speech Pathology in 1996, and her Masters of Science in Communication Disorders in 1998 from the University of Texas at Dallas. She has held a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) since 1999. Karen began her career in the school setting where she provided services to children with a variety of diagnoses. She left the school setting to work in pediatric home health where she provided speech, language, and feeding therapy for children in their homes. Karen has a passion for helping children reach their highest potential. She is a certified Vitalstim provider and has an extensive background in feeding and swallowing. She is also trained in the use of PECS and has experience with a variety of dynamic communication devices. Karen maintains memberships in ASHA as well as the Texas Speech-Language Hearing Association.

Certifications/Specialties

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
Speech Language Pathologist, SLP

Margaret Saied graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Sciences in 2016. After interning at a clinic for children with learning differences, she developed a fascination with the field of speech pathology. She moved forward by attending graduate school at The University of North Texas and received a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology in 2019. Margaret earned her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) in February 2020. She has been trained in Language Acquisition through Motor Planning (LAMP) therapeutic approach for individuals with limited verbal abilities. She loves working with her patients and their families and believes in working collaboratively with other professionals to address each child’s unique needs comprehensively.

Favorite Movie(s)

The Sound of Music

Hometown

Wichita Falls, TX

Fun Fact

I love to play tennis in my spare time, especially against my brother!

Favorite Treat(s)

Chocolate Chip Cookies
Speech Language Pathologist, SLP

Sloane graduated cum laude from Baylor University with her Bachelor’s in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2018 and her Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2019. Sloane is a proud Baylor alum! While studying at Baylor, Sloane gained experience working with children with feeding disorders, language and articulation disorders, and children diagnosed with Autism. Sloane is passionate about involving families and the other disciplines at CEPT to ensure that our clients receive the highest level of care!

Favorite Movie(s)

La La Land

Hometown

Arlington, TX

Fun Fact

I am a coffee fiend! I started drinking coffee when I was way too young.

Favorite Treat(s)

Anything chocolate
Office Manager

Nicole is a Texas girl all the way!  She was born in Big Spring, Texas and shortly after moved to Arlington.  She resided in Arlington all throughout her academic life and later moved to Mansfield, Texas.  She began working in the healthcare industry in 2009 and has worked with both adults and children.  She is passionate about pediatrics and enjoys being surrounded by kids of all ages. She loves coffee & sushi, not necessarily in that order but she does like to try all types of different cuisines.  Nicole is a thrill seeker and loves riding roller coasters!  She is easy to scare but will frequent haunted houses around the metroplex.  She can’t dance but loves to listen to music, she can’t sing but will try her best on the karaoke machine. She is blessed to be a part of this company and is looking forward to meeting 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
Senior Front Office Coordinator/ Client Care Services Coordinator

Brittney was born and raised in Dallas. She graduated High School in 2012 and began working in a Physical Therapy office shortly after graduation. She has always loved working in the therapy world from her own personal experience having had several orthopedic surgeries as a child. Brittney has worked as a Physical Therapy Tech for several years prior to switching to a more administrative role. She is currently attending school for Medical Billing to become licensed through the American Association of Professional Coders.

Favorite Movie(s)

Grease

Hometown

Dallas, TX

Fun Fact

I am a book nerd! I love everything Harry Potter, and my current favorite book series is Three Dark Crowns.

Favorite Treat(s)

Anything chocolate!
Office Coordinator

Paola graduated from high school in 2015 and is currently working towards completing her Associates Degree in Applied Science. While in high school, Paola was taking classes in Medical Billing and Coding during which she began gaining front desk experience. She began working in a pediatric clinic in 2018 and found a passion for working with pediatrics. Paola looks forward to continue growing and gaining experience and is excited to be a part of CEPT!

Favorite Movie(s)

Tarzan

Hometown

Puerto Rico

Fun Fact

I love playing volleyball

Favorite Treat(s)

Bundt Cake!
Office Coordinator

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

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

Favorite Movie(s)

All Marvel and Disney princess movies

Hometown

New Orleans, LA

Fun Fact

I absolutely love animals. Especially dogs!

Favorite Treat(s)

Beignets and funnel cake
Registered Lead Occupational Therapist, OTR

Vickie received her Bachelor of Science in Human Development from Cornell University in 2010 and her Master of Science in Family and Child Studies from Texas State University in 2012. She graduated with her Master of Occupational Therapy degree from Texas Woman’s University in 2015. She is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association, the Texas Occupational Therapy Association, and Pi Theta Epsilon Occupational Therapy Honor Society. As a graduate research assistant, Vickie presented a research poster at the 2015 Texas Woman’s University Student Creative Arts and Research Symposium. In collaboration with faculty from the college of nursing and school of occupational therapy at TWU, she led a workshop regarding the application of telehealth in occupational therapy at the 2015 Texas Occupational Therapy Association Mountain Central Conference. Vickie is trained in Listening Therapy, CranioSacral Therapy, Interactive Metronome, NDT Pediatric Facilitation Techniques, Handwriting Without Tears, and Kinesiotaping. She is a Certified Child Life Specialist (CCLS). She is excited to be a part of the Cutting Edge team and to have the opportunity to work with families in Houston and Katy.

Certifications/Specialties

Certified Child Life Specialist (CCLS), Interactive Metronome (IM) for Pediatrics and Adults, Craniosacral Therapy 1, Handwriting without Tears– Pre-K Readiness and Writing and K-5, Kinesiotaping Fundamentals and Advanced KT1 and KT2 Pediatric NDT Intensive Handling Techniques, Therapeutic Listening Program (TLP) and inTime. Beckman Oral Motor, and Masgutova Neurosensory Reflex Intergration (MNRI).

Favorite Movie(s)

Anything Disney

Hometown

Houston, TX

Fun Fact

I’m a big foodie – I’ll try any food at least once!

Favorite Treat(s)

Peanut M&Ms, Lay’s potato chips (classic or flaming hot), smoothies, coffee, boba drinks, and spicy foods
Registered Occupational Therapist, OTR

Zoobia graduated from the University of Houston in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a minor in Health. She received her Masters of Occupational Therapy degree in 2015 from Texas Woman’s University. She was a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association, the Texas Occupational Therapy Association. She is proud to have chosen Occupational Therapy as her career path. It is a profession that requires compassion, understanding, and sensitivity; all of the characteristics that she values tremendously. She is so excited to be a member of the Cutting Edge Pediatric Therapy team!

Favorite Movie(s)

Lion King is my favorite, but pretty much LOVE all Disney movies

Hometown

Houston, TX

Fun Fact

I love to bake and make customized truffles for events!

Favorite Treat(s)

Sweetarts, Sour skittles, Peanut butter cookies! ?
Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant, COTA

Jessica graduated from Panola College in 2019 with an Associates of Applied Science in Occupational Therapy Assistant in May of  2019. As a student  she was elected to serve as  the President of the Students of Occupational Therapy Assistant (SOTA) club for one year.  Jessica experienced a variety of settings during her clinicals such as Adults Outpatient, Pediatric Outpatient, Skilled Nursing Facilities, Adult Home Health, and Hippotherapy. Jessica is extremely excited to join the CEPT team and begin her dream career.

Favorite Movie(s)

I LOVE romantic comedies - Sweet Home Alabama and How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days are my favorite. But I also LOVE my Disney movies!!

Hometown

Wallis, TX

Fun Fact

I love antique shopping and teaching my blue heeler new tricks

Favorite Treat(s)

Blue Bell Ice Cream
Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant, COTA

I graduated from the University of Texas at Tyler in 2010 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology. I received a second Bachelor’s degree of science in Communication science from Utah State University. I became a speech therapy assistant in the state of Texas and practiced for a couple of years in a pediatric home health setting. After careful consideration, I decided to further my education and pursue a career in occupational therapy assistant because I have a strong compassion for working with children with special needs. I graduated with an associate in science in occupational therapy assistant program in 2019 from St. Catherine’s University. During my fieldwork experience, I got a chance to work in a variety of settings such as an outpatient pediatric clinic working with children and a skilled nursing facility working with older adults. I am a current member of American Occupational Therapy Association.

Favorite Movie(s)

The Notebook

Hometown

Houston, TX

Fun Fact

One of my favorite hobbies is working out to Beachbody (ShaunT workouts at least 5 x a week)

Favorite Treat(s)

Wild Berry Skittles, yogurt raisins and plantain chips
Physical Therapist

Snehal graduated from LTMMC in Mumbai, India in 2008 with Bachelor of Physical Therapy. Snehal received my Master of Physical Therapy from TNMC Mumbai, India in 2011. During my clinical posting and internship, I worked in variety of settings such as adult inpatient, adult outpatient, pediatric outpatient, acute care, NICU. I am currently pursuing a masters in kinesiology from Texas Woman’s University. Snehal feels a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction working as a physical therapist. I always strives to learn and grow professionally. I am very excited to be a part of wonderful CEPT team.

Favorite Movie(s)

Harry Potter (all the parts), Independence Day, Jurassic park, Mulan, Coco, Bollywood movies

Hometown

Nagpur, India

Fun Fact

I like painting, singing and Zumba, but I am not good at all. The only thing I like and I am good at is watching TV.

Favorite Treat(s)

Ice cream, Nachos, cheesecake, any spicy food
Physical Therapy Assistant, PTA

Carrie is a licensed physical therapist assistant and has been practicing since 2010 after receiving a Bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech University in Lubbock and her PTA degree from St. Philips College in San Antonio. While in school, Carrie received valuable clinical experience in skilled nursing, outpatient and home health settings with a variety of patient demographics including adult and pediatrics. For the last four years, Carrie has been working with the pediatric population in the home health setting. She has gained valuable knowledge and experience with a variety of developmentally and medically fragile children. Carrie is eager to return to a clinical setting to expand her knowledge and skill set, while also pursuing continued education relevant to her work with Cutting Edge.

Favorite Movie(s)

I am a sucker for any romantic comedy, but also love a good horror film. My husband and I had our first official date watching The Descent many years ago.

Hometown

I am a southern California girl born and raised, but moved to the Katy area for high school where I graduated as a proud Cinco Ranch Cougar.

Fun Fact

I have 2 amazing little boys, 7 and almost 4. We have fun roughhousing, playing sports, and spending time outside getting dirty, but also love to chill at home with snacks and any Disney movie… because who doesn’t?!

Favorite Treat(s)

Anything and everything with chocolate (but definitely no nuts)
Speech Language Pathologist, SLP

Jennifer graduated from Louisiana Tech University with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Communication Disorders in 1997. In 1999, she received a Masters of Science degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences from the University of Southern Mississippi. Jennifer is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist in both Texas and Louisiana. Additionally, she is a Certified (CCC-SLP) member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Jennifer has over 11 years of experience working in the field of Speech-Language Pathology. She has worked in both schools and outpatient settings. Her career as a Speech-Language Pathologist has been dedicated to working with the pediatric population. She has provided assessments and therapy to both pre-school and school-aged children. Jennifer has treated many types of communication disorders including the following: expressive and receptive language, pragmatic language, articulation, apraxia of speech and fluency. She has worked with children with diagnoses of Autism, Developmental Delays and Down Syndrome. Jennifer enjoys furthering her knowledge by completing continuing education in a variety of areas of interest relating to the field of Speech-Language Pathology. She currently resides in Katy, Texas.

Favorite Movie(s)

It’s a Wonderful Life

Hometown

Metairie/New Orleans, LA

Fun Fact

My favorite hobbies are dancing and playing tennis

Favorite Treat(s)

I like various types of chocolate candy, especially dark chocolate, and cheesecake
Office Manager

Raven Morris earned her Bachelor of Science degree from The College of Healthcare Professions, specializing in Healthcare Management in 2016. Raven has worked in the Healthcare field since 2012, in various positions and specialties in medicine. She has had the privilege of working alongside some of the best Physicians in the world at TIRR Memorial Hermann, helping with the coordination of PT and OT ranging from small children to adults. Raven is super excited to join the Cutting Edge family and begin her journey in leadership with the company! In her spare time, she loves spending time with her husband and son, and working on formulating her own line of skincare products to launch soon.

Favorite Movie(s)

Anything Horror! I make my husband watch 80’s horror flicks all the time with me so I won’t be scared.

Hometown

Pearland, TX

Fun Fact

I am a very talented singer. When I was 16 years old, I performed every weekend for a local restaurant singing old classic tunes.

Favorite Treat(s)

Sour Straws/Belts!! ALL FLAVORS!!!
Office Coordinator

Joe Gomez is a new Office Coordinator and has been in the industry of rehabilitation since 2018. He is very passionate about helping people and loves to see the patients progress and how everyone grows stronger and stronger everyday. He was born and raised in Houston, TX and is a huge fan of all hometown teams especially The Astros! One of his favorite snacks is Hot Cheetos and loves the movie Grease. He is very proud to say he is a part of the awesome CEPT team and excited to learn and grow into the Cutting Edge community.

Favorite Movie(s)

Grease

Hometown

Houston, TX

Fun Fact

I love to dance and cook!

Favorite Treat(s)

Hot Cheetos
Office Coordinator

Brittany Boyd is a new Office Coordinator, but has worked in the industry of Healthcare Administration since 2016. She will be returning to school soon to finish her Bachelor’s degree in Child Development. She has always been passionate about working with children because she loves them, and has a desire to better their lives. She also has passion for service and over 10 year’s worth of customer service experience. She believes in going above and beyond to make sure that the clients as well as their loved one’s are well taken care of and satisfied. She was born and raised in Jackson, MS, but has resided in Houston, TX since 2008. Her favorite snack is just about anything sweet or that has carbs! She is extremely excited to be apart of the CEPT team and cannot wait to flourish within the company. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, watching movies, spending time with her family and friends, and listening to music.

Favorite Movie(s)

Steel Magnolias, but I also love horror movies, and good comedies

Hometown

Jackson, MS

Fun Fact

I am good with my hands and can put just about anything together as long as I have a set of instructions, and I love to sing but can’t!

Favorite Treat(s)

I love sour candy, Red Velvet Cake, and BBQ flavored chips
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.

Certifications/Specialties

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
Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant, COTA

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

Certifications/Specialties

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

Favorite Movie(s)

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

Hometown

Amarillo, TX

Fun Fact

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

Favorite Treat(s)

Chocolate chip cookies
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!

Certifications/Specialties

Kinesio Taping 1 and 2

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
Lead Speech-Language Pathologist, SLP

Sydney is a certified and licensed speech-language pathologist who has worked in both public schools and outpatient therapy clinics since 2010. Sydney has experience evaluating and working with children, teenagers, and young adults with a variety of communication disorders. In 2008, Sydney received a Bachelor’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology from the University of North Texas, also minoring in Development and Family Studies. In 2010, Sydney completed her Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Texas Christian University.  Sydney has held her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association since 2011. She is also an actively involved member of the Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association and volunteers on an ongoing basis in different positions and roles. Sydney has attended courses related to the Social Thinking approach to pragmatic language skills and values this approach for teaching social cognition and pragmatic skills.  Sydney has advanced clinical training in the Dynamic Temporal and Tacile Cueing (DTTC) approach for treatment of childhood apraxia of speech and is listed in the Apraxia Kids SLP Directory.  She is certified in the VitalStim Specialty Program, a neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) modality for resolving dysphagia and oral motor disorders related to feeding and swallowing.  She also has training in the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) approach to feeding and Talk Tools Oral-Placement Therapy.

Certifications/Specialties

Sequential Oral Sensory, VitalStim, Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (ages 1.5 and up), Social Cognition and Dynamic Temporal and Tactile Cueing

Favorite Movie(s)

Mulan, Meet The Parents

Hometown

Fort Worth, TX

Fun Fact

I love finding and exploring new cozy coffee shops!

Favorite Treat(s)

Warm, gooey, homemade chocolate chip cookies – fresh out of the oven
Speech-Language Pathologist, SLP

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!

Certifications/Specialties

VitalStim, Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (all ages, including infants) and Sequential Oral Sensory

Favorite Movie(s)

Anything with Doris Day or Jimmy Stewart, all Disney animated movies, and Elf

Hometown

Frisco, TX

Fun Fact

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
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.

Certifications/Specialties

Sequential Oral Sensory and the Language Acquisition Through Motor Planning (LAMP)

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