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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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Laine is originally from Payson, UT. She was raised in 6 different states before coming back to settle in Springville, UT. She has a background in Business Management and 5 years of administrative experience. You can find Laine and her family camping, hiking, or doing something creative when she isn’t in the clinic! 

Laine Hofeling
      Scheduling Specialist

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Sherian was born and raised in Blanding, UT. She and her husband have 8 children and 26 grandchildren. Sherian has more than 20 years billing experience. When she isn't working she can be found creating quilts, reading, and enjoying the great outdoors with her family. 

Sherian Smith
      Billing Specialist

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Shaylee is from Blackfoot, Idaho. She graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science from Brigham Young University- Idaho with a degree in Marriage and Family Studies. Shaylee loves the outdoors and spending time with family. She currently lives in Provo and loves going to BYU sporting events with her husband.

Shaylee Choules
      Onboarding Specialist

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Rylee grew up in Utah. She was very involved in peer tutor throughout her high school career and also volunteered at different special needs schools and programs. She recently returned home from a mission for her church! Rylee loves food, sleep, volleyball, and spending time with the people she loves! She is so excited to be working as a part of the Whole Child Therapy team and can't wait to meet you all!!

Rylee Buntjer
      Office Assistant

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Allison grew up in Indiana. She has recently moved to Utah and is loving it! Allison moved here to further her education. She loves nature, hiking, and camping. She spends most of her time with her friends.

Allison Gray 
      Office Assistant

Jone Lokahi Vuikadavu
     Mental Health Therapist

Lokahi is a husband and a father who values time with his beautiful wife, their beloved daughters, family, sports, learning and growing. A few quotes that he tries to adopt in his life is one shared by Henry Eyring “'I never met a man (woman/child) I couldn't learn something from"' and by Thomas S Monson “See others as they may become”. Lokahi knows that as fellow travelers in this journey of life, we all have potential, we all have something to contribute, we all have worth, and that has been his approach with the work that he does in the human service field and more importantly at home where he feels that it is important to invest our best efforts. He has been blessed with opportunities of life experiences; school opportunities where he attended BYUH for some time and then graduated from BYU Provo with a Bachelors in Family Studies including a Master’s in Social Work from UVU; work opportunities that have created environments to practice what he has learnt and to learn from others including the adoption of various interventions that he now uses to help those in need. Some of the interventions that he has used and also learnt are EMDR, concepts of CBT, DBT, ACT, strength-based focus, motivational interviewing, play therapy, Autplay therapy, sand tray therapy, attachment focused approach, solution focused, client centered, couples therapy, family therapy, group therapy. He recognizes that one of the most important things in therapy is to meet individuals where they are at and help be a guide, and support for them to where they want to go with the tools that they need. He considers the trust placed on him to help with that journey, a great blessing and a privilege. 

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Ryan is from Nephi, UT and has always wanted to work with kids. He received a bachelor's degree in General Education with an emphasis in Psychology from Utah State University in 2016. He then went to Henderson, NV to complete a Master's degree in Occupational Therapy in 2019. Once graduated, Ryan worked in an acute care setting and eventually found his way into his preferred setting of pediatrics. Ryan has experience developing an occupational therapy program and worked with kids with autism, ADHD, cerebral palsy, and autoimmune disorders. Ryan enjoys spending time with his wife and 3 children, playing music, designing t-shirts, and playing video games.

Ryan Elder 
      Occupational Therapist

LaRiah Albrecht, COTA
      Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant

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.

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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

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Alyssa is from Logan, Utah. She earned a BS degree in Human Movement Sciences from Utah State University. Alyssa worked as a Motor Aide for a school district in Cache Valley before continuing her education at the University of Utah, where she graduated with her Master of Occupational Therapy. Alyssa has experience working in a variety of settings including: Outpatient Pediatrics, Pediatric Home Health, Inpatient Rehabilitation, and Long-term Acute Care. In her free time, Alyssa loves having fun with her husband, Jake, and her family. She enjoys boating, hiking, skiing, reading, and mountain biking. Alyssa is passionate about working in pediatrics and thrives watching the children she works with learn, grow, and succeed!

Alyssa Merrill, OTR/L
      Occupational Therapist

Heather graduated with her bachelor's degree in Communication Disorders from Utah State University in 2015 & worked in the school district for 6 years before joining Whole Child Therapy. She loves working with kids and being able to help them communicate! She loves to read, watch movies, & go on vacation.

Heather Miller, 
      Speech Language Technician

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Janna graduated from the University of Wyoming with a master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 2016. Janna began her career working in the public schools, helping children with a range of diagnoses and communication needs. She has a passion for helping children learn to communicate their ideas and to build social skills through communication. Janna enjoys playing the piano, guitar, and having jam sessions! On the weekends she is often reading, working on a painting, or spending time with her family.

Janna Stoutenburg, SLP
      Speech Language Pathologist

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Jackie grew up in Chicago, IL and recently moved to Utah from Michigan. Jackie graduated from Wayne State University with a master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 2022. Her clinical experiences include internships in an outpatient hospital and two public schools. She loves working with children and helping them learn to communicate better. Jackie’s favorite activities include hiking, rock climbing, snowboarding, camping, and traveling.

Jacqueline Schwartz, SLP
      Speech Language Pathologist

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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
      SLPA, Speech Technician

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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
      Board Certified Behavioral Analyst, Director of ABA Services

Amber Pingrey
      Board Certified Behavioral Analyst 

Amber has have been working within the special education department with the school system for the past 5 years. She is excited about working in the clinic and expanding her knowledge into the clinic setting. Amber has her Masters in ABA from National University and an undergrad from Sonoma State University. 

She grew up in California and her family moved here to Utah almost 3 years ago. Amber has enjoyed the new landscaping that Utah has to offer and also loves experiencing the different seasons. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, reading books, and spending time with her friends. 

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Lily Palmer
      Board Certified Behavioral Analyst in Training

Lily completed her bachelor's degree in special education at Brigham Young University in 2020 and her master's degree in special education- behavior analysis at the University of Utah in 2022. In addition to working as a behavior analyst, she also works as a middle school special education teacher. Lily grew up mostly in Asia, including the Philippines, China, and Taiwan. In her free time she loves hiking, camping, refinishing furniture, puzzles, and spending time with her husband and two dogs. A fun fact about Lily is that she is a triplet!

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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 
      Board Certified Behavioral Analyst in Training

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Amy graduated from Southern Utah University with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology in 2020. She returned to SUU in 2021 to pursue a Master's Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, with an emphasis in Non-profit Management and Leadership. Amy loves anything active! She threw discus for the SUU track and field team for 5 years. She is the youngest of 11 children, and LOVES spending time with her nieces and nephews. Amy's career goal is to pursue a BCBA, and work for Whole Child Therapy for the rest of her life!

Amy Pouliot
      Technician Team Lead, Registered Behavior Technician

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Sierra grew up in Gilbert, Arizona and moved to Utah Valley for school. 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. She plans to eventually go to school to become a COTA.

Sierra Pratt
      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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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 loves 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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Sara is from Spanish Fork, Utah and currently attends BYU where she is studying to be a Child Life Specialist, obtaining her bachelor's degree in Family Studies with an emphasis in Human Development, as well as a minor in Psychology. She was part of the BYU Color Guard for the last four years, and has also spent the last four years teaching color guard at Maple Mountain High School. She really enjoys getting to be an RBT and is excited to continue getting to know and work with such wonderful kids! In her free time, she enjoys baking, reading, watching shows, and hanging out with her friends and husband.

Sara Newman
      Registered Behavior Technician

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Hannah is from Centerville, Utah, and has loved her job as a behavior technician.  She is currently studying Communication Disorders at BYU. Along with school and work, Hannah loves to spend her time hiking, surfing, eating sushi, and having dance parties with family and friends. 

Hannah Chamberlain
      Behavior Technician 

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Hi! James is from Austin Texas, and he is studying exercise science at BYU right now.

James Bartling
      Registered Behavior Technician 

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Anne has lived in Utah County her whole life. Before joining the Whole Child Therapy team, Anne worked as a kid's golf, tennis, and swim instructor and has a passion for working with children. She is currently majoring in Human Development at BYU and hopes to get a master's degree in Occupational Therapy. Her dream is to work with autistic children as an occupational therapist. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, playing the piano or violin, swimming, and hiking. 

Anne Olsen 
      Behavior Technician

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Edric is very happy to be a part of the Whole Child Therapy team! He has worked in various fields such as at restaurants, IT support, and construction, but has always been most interested in linguistics (English, Spanish, & Portuguese), the brain, and helping others! He is currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in Communication Disorders through Utah State in hopes to become a Speech Language Pathologist. He most loves spending time with his lovely wife and beautiful daughter. Together they love doing just about anything, from outdoor games, sports and camping to indoor crafts, movie nights or reading a good book!

Edric Thorup 
      Behavior Technician

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Savanna recently graduated from Utah Valley University with a bachelors of science in Family Studies. She loves working with families and has been working as an RBT for 7 months. She is from Pleasant Grove.

Savanna McDougal 
      Registered Behavior Technician 

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My name is Devin Pope, but most people call me by my middle name (Cougar), but either one is great. I'm a freshman attending BYU, majoring in psychology with a minor in statistics. Whenever I'm sweating I'm usually having fun. I spend the warm parts of the year hiking, swimming, playing volleyball and getting baked under the sun. When the winter comes I just hide inside and hold out until it's over. 

Devin Pope 
      Behavior Technician 

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Brynlee was born and raised in Riverton, Utah. She has worked with children for the last several years as a cross country coach, summer camp counselor and ski instructor. She absolutely loves working with kids and seeing the joy on their faces. Brynlee is currently attending Utah Valley University. When not studying or working she loves being in the outdoors and spending time with her family. Some of her favorite things to do are running, rock climbing and skiing. She is so excited about being part or the Whole Child Therapy team! 

Brynlee Bartlome
     Behavior Technician 

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Colton is from Orem, UT. He is studying psychology at UVU and loves to play sports, video games, and spend time in the mountains!

Colton Geddes
     Behavior Technician 

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Morgan is from Modesto, California. She is currently majoring in Communication Disorders at Brigham Young University in hopes of becoming a Speech Pathologist. Morgan loves spending time with family and friends and loves playing sports. 

Morgan Andrews
     Behavior Technician 

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Megan is from Orem, Utah. She has graduated from BYU-I with a degree in Health Psychology. She loves spending time with friends and family, learning, and trying new things. She aspires to help others in every way she can.

Megan Davidson
     Behavior Technician 

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Rebeca was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, she is currently going to Utah Valley University for a degree in psychology. She hopes to further her education and become a bcba. Rebeca loves spending time with family and friends, she's very excited to be working with amazing kids and helping them succeed! 

Rebeca Cabrera     
Behavior Technician 

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Born and raised in Utah. Loves nature and spending time with friends and family. Loves to cook and craft. 

Lindsey Caldwell     

Behavior Technician 

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Carson enjoys reading and being out in nature. They also love playing with their dog. 

Carson K. Gee    
Behavior Technician 

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Vivian is from South Korea and California. She likes to dance hip hop, cook, and sing. 

Vivian Lee   
Behavior Technician 

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