The Team

Alycen graduated from Idaho State University with her Master's of Science in Speech Language Pathology. Throughout her career she has worked with a variety of children and adults, doing everything from swallowing to utilizing alternative and augmentative communication (AAC) to help her non-verbal clients communicate more effectively.  She works with individuals of all ages and functioning levels in a variety of settings.  Alycen has a passion for helping people communicate and for educating clients and families.  

When she is not focused on creating the best special needs clinic in Utah, Alycen loves playing volleyball and doing woodworking.  She enjoys spending time with her husband, Rob, and her family. 

Alycen DeCosta, M.S., CCC-SLP

      Clinical Director & Speech Language Pathologist

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Emily is originally from Orem, and now lives in Spanish Fork with her husband of 22 years and her 3 beautiful children. She likes to cook, read, and take her kids to their various trainings and tournaments. Emily is a pro when it comes to all things office management, and enjoys being around her co-workers. 

Emily Beattie
      Office Manager

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Lyssa was born and raised in Orem, Utah. She loves to paint happy animals, spend time with her friends and family, and go for long drives up the canyon. Lyssa started her Whole Child Therapy career as a registered behavior technician, moved into a scheduling specialist, and landed as an office administrator. 

Alyssa Jiron
      Office Administrator

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Laine lives in Springville Utah with her husband and two children. You can find Laine and her family camping, hiking, or doing something creative together when she isn't in the office. Laine plans on pursuing a teaching degree in art.

Laine Hofeling
      Office Assistant

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Amanda is from Lehi, Utah. She is the oldest of five children. She loves all things to do with music. She enjoys working with her hands to create things like art/crafts. She is working on going to school to become a preschool teacher. She enjoys family time and being with friends.

Amanda Hall
      Receptionist

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Deanna graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology in 1991.  She then attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and earned her Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy in 1993.  Deanna has worked in a variety of settings during her 26 years as an OT including Inpatient and Outpatient Neuro Rehab, Community Re-Entry for Brain Injuries, Outpatient Pediatrics, Early Intervention, Schools, and the NICU.  She has extensive experience working with children with diagnoses including Developmental Delay, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Sensory Processing Disorders, and Autism. Deanna is passionate about helping clients achieve their highest potential and educating families.  She enjoys playing sports, yard work, and spending time outdoors. She also enjoys spending time with her husband and 4 children.

Deanna Peabody, MOTR/L 

      Occupational Therapist

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LaRiah grew up in New Mexico and Utah. She started her career with autism as an ABA therapist at Whole Child Therapy while completing her prerequisites for school. When (very sadly) moving on from WCT, she continued to gain almost 4 years of experience working with children and adults with intellectual disabilities, Down syndrome, and autism through job coaching, direct support, and managing a day program. She eventually graduated as a Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant (COTA) from the OTA program at Salt Lake Community College and circled back to her roots at Whole Child Therapy. She is currently advancing her occupational therapy degree through a post-professional OTA program online while working at Whole Child Therapy and is completing courses that will expand her knowledge about working with her clients in OT. She loves her work as a COTA and loves building relationships with clients and their families. LaRiah is very passionate about advocating for neurodiversity and hopes to learn as much as she can from her coworkers, clients, and their families. In her free time, she loves to draw and paint for her art shop and see her family.

LaRiah Albrecht, COTA
      Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant

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Kenzie graduated from Brigham Young University-Idaho with a bachelor’s degree in Child Development in 2018. She went straight into her Master of Occupational Therapy program at Colorado State University and graduated in August of 2021. While attending school, Kenzie had the opportunity to work with children as a preschool teacher, camp counselor, in an after-school program, and more. She is passionate about supporting children and families and is so excited to start her career as an occupational therapist with Whole Child Therapy! In her free time, Kenzie loves to spend time with her family and friends, play games, explore the outdoors, read, and bake!

Mackenzie Brown, OTR
      Occupational Therapist

Heather went to school at USU in Logan Utah. She likes to read and travel. Heather loves helping kids learn to communicate & seeing their excitement as they learn and grow

Heather Miller, 
      Speech Language Technician

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Holly Rush grew up in Springville and lives there today with her husband and two kids. They love camping and hiking and roasting marshmallows together. 

Holly graduated from BYU with her bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders. 

She has worked in school districts and charter schools and now here at the clinic.

She loves her job and working with all the amazing kids and their families!

Holly Rush

      Speech Language Technician

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Anna is a certified social worker and excited to be working at Whole Child Therapy. Anna graduated with her Bachelor's in psychology at Southern Utah University and received her Master's of social work at the University of Utah. Her experience ranges from working with young children to older adults. She has experience in nonprofit settings for children and has been able to see many childhood disorders. Her clinical experience includes running support groups for caregiver families. She is certified in Trauma Informed Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for children 3-18. She is in the process of being trained in play therapy be her supervisor. She was also recently certified in administering the ADOS (autism diagnostic observation schedule). She is passionate about working with families and helping them through life's challenges. 

Anna Hunsaker, CSW
      Certified Social Worker, Mental Health Therapist

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Michael moved to Utah to join Whole Child Therapy from Idaho Falls. Michael is a graduate of Brigham Young University-Idaho with his bachelors in psychology and Capella University with a masters degree in psychology and an emphasis in applied behavior analysis. Michael has 10 years of experience working with the autism population ranging from children to adults.

Michael Brown, BCBA, LBA
      Director of ABA services

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Nicole earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from BYU in 2017, and her Masters of Education in Behavior Analysis from the University of Cincinnati in 2020. Nicole and her husband met when they were 14 years old, got married a decade later, and now have 1 daughter. They love camping and going to the beach every year with their family. Behavior analysis wasn't the field Nicole planned on going into, but the more she pursued it the more interested she became. She loves the kids and families she gets to work with! Nicole's biggest career goal would be to create assessments for behavior analysis that remove ableism and bias from the way we interact with our clients, because she believes that our job should be to promote independence without trying to make autistic people "indistinguishable" from their neurotypical peers. Neurodiversity is beautiful and should be celebrated, and she wants to help the field of ABA fully embrace that.

Nicole Hood, BCBA
      Board Certified Behavior Analyst

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Chantelle grew up in B.C., Canada. She graduated from UVU with a Bachelors Degree in Behavioral Science and a Minor in Biology. She has worked the last few years in Academia by helping to build and implement high impact teaching practices within higher education. In the coming months, Chantelle hopes to get started in a BCBA program and eventually become credited in being able to diagnose Autism. She wants to help individuals and families bond and succeed through each developmental phase. In her spare time, Chantelle enjoys watching ESPN, hiking with her dog and husband, being the favorite nerdy aunt, baking, listening to true crime podcasts, and reading (she may or may not be addicted to Amazon Kindle). 

Chantelle Shapcott, RBT
      BCBA in Training, Registered Behavior Technician

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Sam lives in Saratoga Springs with her husband and their two dogs. She grew up in Southern California her whole life and moved to Utah 5 years ago. In her free time she loves to watch movies, go camping, and attending country concerts. Sam got her undergrad in communication from BYU-Idaho and her Masters of Special Education with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis from California University of Pennsylvania. Sam's love for working in the special education field began when she was 16 when she volunteered at the local elementary school in their special education classroom. During the 3 years Sam spent volunteering, she worked with a wide variety of disabilities and that experience drove her desire to enter this field, as she fell in love with these special children. Sam began working as a behavior technician 5 years ago and knew she was meant to work with these children for her lifelong career. Since furthering her education to become a BCBA, she understands the importance of having an immense passion for this field. Her ultimate goal is to work hard with families and fellow collaborators to enrich the lives of our clients as well as those around them

Samantha Meredith (McGuinness), RBT
      BCBA in Training, Registered Behavior Technician

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Sierra grew up in Gilbert, Arizona and moved to Utah Valley for school. She is currently attending UVU and pursuing a degree in English Education, in hopes to become a teacher. She loves teaching and problem solving. She has worked with kids with learning disabilities since high school and loves every minute of it. In her free time she loves to read and write and to spend time with her family. 

Sierra Pratt
      Registered Behavior Technician

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Stori grew up in Santaquin, UT. She is a student at UVU studying social work with a minor in autism studies. Stori have been with Whole Child Therapy for a couple of years and couldn't be more grateful. She feel so honored to work for this company and the families in this community.

Stori Hopper

      Registered Behavior Technician

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 Lena is currently going to school at Utah Valley University majoring in Pre-Occupational Therapy. Some activities she enjoys doing are camping, fishing and spending time with her friends and family. Lena is also an identical twin! She is passionate about helping clients learn how to cope with behaviors and be more independent. Her plan is to continue her education and get a degree as an Occupational Therapist.

Lena Hill
      Registered Behavior Technician

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Taylor is currently attending Utah Valley University. She loves to run, spend time with her friends and family, as well as paint. Taylor has been working with children for a little over 3 years and continues to love it with each opportunity she's had. Being able to help others achieve goals and become their best selves is what motivates her each day!! She hopes to continue to learn and grow while working with children even after she graduates.

Taylor Bates 
      Registered Behavior Technician

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Bailey majored in psychology at Southern Utah University, and recently graduated with a Bachelor's of Science. She is hoping to be an Occupational Therapist, and is currently in the process of applying to several graduate programs. When she is not working she enjoys painting with watercolors, playing sports, spending time with family, and watching scary movies. Bailey loves the opportunities she has at Whole Child Therapy to help kids gain confidence and independence.

Bailey Wilson
      Behavior Technician

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Siena is from South Jordan Utah. She is currently studying at Utah Valley University and am majoring in Exercise Science to then become an Occupational Therapist. She loves anything outdoors. Siena loves to go hiking, swimming, running and surfing, she also likes dancing and singing.  A fun fact about her is that she is a twin, which she thinks is like having a super power. Siena just really lovse helping people. She loves doing what she does for work because she get to help kids gain life skills and seeing these kids put a smile on her face.

Siena Johnson
      Behavior Technician

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McKenzie grew up in small town Aurora, UT and moved up to Utah County to work at Whole Child Therapy. She recently graduated with her associates degree from Snow College down in Ephraim, UT and is hoping to go to Utah Valley University next fall majoring in ABA to continue this career path she is on. She enjoys being with family and friends, being in the great outdoors, traveling the country, and trying new hobbies. Kids bring her joy and love that she cannot find anywhere else! McKenzie loves seeing people change and becoming successful which is why she loves her job!

McKenzie Mason
      Registered Behavior Technician

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Haley currently going to BYU, studying Communication Disorders with a plan to eventually go to graduate school to become an SLP. She loves to hike, visit National Parks, and play her guitar. Haley is passionate about ABA because it's a wonderful thing to come to work and be around coworkers and families that are all working towards improving the lives of children with Autism in whatever way they can.

Haley Matthews
      Registered Behavior Technician

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Eliza grew up in La Crescenta, California which is right outside of LA. She is currently studying at BYU majoring in Communication Disorders hoping to then continue on to become an SLP. She loves to do anything outside, some of her favorite activities include snow skiing, slalom skiing, and wake surfing! 

Eliza Clark
      Behavior Technician

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Crystal is from Spanish Fork, Utah and was born in Orem, Utah. She loves working with children of all types and ages. She grew up taking care of her younger siblings and other children in her neighborhood.  She is looking forward to working with Whole Child Therapy and meeting all of her new clients. 

Crystal Craddock  
      Behavior Technician

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Aubrey is Married to her husband Zach and has 3 kids. Her oldest son has ASD and is her reason behind perusing a career as a BCBA. Aubrey knows what it is like to struggle to parent a child with ASD and hopes to help parents feel more equipt to connect with their child! Aubrey is starting a Master's program in ABA at UVU. Upon graduating, she will work for a time as a BCBA and then wants to begin to make improvements to the ASD system such as policy changes and making ASD resources more available and affordable. Aubrey loves to play volleyball, read, and spend time with her family. She is excited to be a part of the Whole Child Therapy family and work with your amazing kiddos!

Aubrey Kidd 
      Registered Behavior Technician

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Taylor was born in Colorado, raised in Payson. She is a single mother of 1. She is yoga instructor in her spare time, is a Master Reiki Healer, loves the outdoors and is currently taking steps toward opening a Retreat Therapy Ranch. 

Taylor Linde
      Behavior Technician

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Hannah has lived in Utah her whole life and is currently going to school at Utah Valley University majoring in Elementary Education. She loves playing basketball, watching movies, spending time with family and friends and being outdoors. She loves working with kids and hopes to be an elementary school teacher in the future.

Hannah Swenson 
      Behavior Technician