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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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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Emily graduated from Texas Woman’s University with a bachelors in Family Studies and then again a few years later with a Master of Occupational Therapy degree. Since then she has worked in a variety of fields in mental and behavioral health settings, and deeply appreciates the opportunity to help people of all ages learn or regain the multitude of skills needed to participate in all of our activities of daily living (ADLs, or occupations)! She grew up on a very flat farm in Texas so one of her favorite pastimes is marveling at how beautiful mountains are and wondering what is all this cold white stuff falling from the sky again?

Emily Burditt, MOTR/L 

      Occupational Therapist

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Stacey began her experience with ABA in 2005 after she completed her Bachelor’s degree in psychology
from Southern Oregon University. This was an enjoyable experience for her and solidified that she wanted to pursue a career helping children and families. Stacey attended the University of Utah where she received her Masters of Social Work in 2008. For the next several years she worked as a mental health therapist with an emphasis on play therapy and working with children that were survivors
of trauma. Stacey is a certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She has worked in a
variety of settings that include outpatient, schools, hospitals, and residential. In order to help
those with Autism Spectrum Disorder more efficiently, Stacey decided to pursue a Behavior Analyst
certification while working in an autism residential treatment center. Stacey completed the Florida
Institute of Technology’s ABA program and became a BCBA in 2015. Her goal is to help your
child reach their full potential and provide support throughout their treatment. Stacey loves seeing
children progress with their goals and sharing in the excitement with their families.

Stacey Simmons, BCBA, LCSW

      Board Certified Behavior Analyst,

      Licensed Clinical Social Worker

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Jon graduated from Brown Mackie College in Boise, Idaho with his Associates in Applied Science for Occupational Therapy Assistance. He enjoys woodworking, hunting, fishing, camping and spending time with his fiancé and three kids.

Jonathan Pay, COTA/L 

      Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant

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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

      Board Certified Behavior Analyst

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Madison graduated from Brigham Young University with her Bachelor's degree in Sociology and received her Master’s of Applied Behavior Analysis from Arizona State University. She grew up in a military family, but considers Pinehurst, North Carolina her home. She has worked in the field of behavior analysis for 5 years and especially loves working with younger boys ages 4-6!

Madison is the oldest of six and loves being around children. Some of her greatest memories involve those with her younger siblings! She also enjoys hiking, skiing, longboarding, playing the piano and violin, and reading historical fiction books.

Madison Chandler

      Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Taryn is from Eagar, AZ—a beautiful small mountain town. She loves fishing, hiking, camping and all of the outdoor things with her husband, Seth, and their families. She graduated from East Carolina University with her master’s in speech pathology. Taryn loves this field because she gets to help people with two of the most important things in life – communicating and eating, of course. She loves to learn and is excited to continue to pursue her career as an SLP at Whole Child Therapy.

Taryn Casillas, M.S., CF-SLP

      Speech Language Pathologist

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Kyra grew up in Utah and Hawaii. She attended William Penn University and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Pre-Professional Biology in 2014. Kyra earned a second Bachelor’s in Communicative Sciences and Disorders from Utah State University. In 2020, she graduated from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions with a Master’s in Speech Language Pathology with a medical emphasis. Children’s books are her favorite tool to use in therapy. Kyra’s passion lies in family education, and providing the resources families need to help children reach their potential. She always looks forward to spending time with her husband and three children. They are usually outdoors playing sports, hiking, fishing, camping, or on an adventure at a national park.

Kyra Peery, M.S., CF-SLP

      Speech Language Pathologist

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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!

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      Speech Language Technician

Diana graduated from BYU-Idaho where she got her bachelor's degree in Sociology. After graduation Diana worked for a developmental disability agency in Idaho for five years and gained her passion for working with children with developmental disabilities. She helped to write and implement plans to help them learn daily living skills and to integrate more into their community. She has always enjoyed helping others succeed and be the best that they can be. She believes in what Whole Child Therapy is striving to do with children with autism and their community.

Diana grew up on a farm in Idaho and is the youngest of 6 children. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends and enjoys doing cosmetology in her free time. 

Diana Akan

      Office Manager

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Aubrey grew up in Sevier County, Utah and is married to her high school sweetheart. They currently live in Pleasant Grove with their cat, Violet, and love taking her to the park on her leash. Aubrey spends her summers by the pool and winters on the slopes snowboarding. Her favorite vacation is back east on the coast of the Outer Banks, NC and absolutely loves the beach. She has a seashell collection that would blow your socks off! Growing up playing softball, she can be pretty competitive and loves a good game. She also enjoys being outdoors and longboarding with her husband.

Aubrey Abbott

      Reception/Admin Assistant

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Alyssa was born and raised in Utah. She enjoys painting, animals, taking hikes, camping, and being with her family. Some of Alyssa's goals are to learn as much as she can from as many people as she can and to own as many dogs as possible!

Alyssa Jiron

      Scheduler

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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

      Registered Behavior Technician

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Mallory Stoker grew up and lived in Tri-Cities, Washington until she recently started school at Utah Valley University majoring in Psychology and will continue as she works towards her dream of becoming a BCBA. She loves to spend time with friends and family, being outdoors, and enjoys music in every form. She is constantly up for a new adventure but always finds time to be within the autism community and help children as they learn and grow.

Mallory Stoker

      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

      Behavior Technician

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Austin grew up in Tooele, Utah and is the oldest of three boys. Currently, Austin is attending Utah Valley University studying exercise science. He enjoys going to the gym, relaxing at the hot tub, and hitting the slopes in the winter.  Austin loves his job because it allows him to help kids and families grow.

Austin Pomikala

      Registered Behavior Technician

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Kjiera is a spunky gal with a zest for life. She enjoys the outdoors and snuggling next to a fire with a good book. She was raised in the north west. She strives for compassion and living a genuine life. 

Kjiera Wilcox

      Registered Behavior Technician

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Stori is from Santaquin Utah and is studying at BYU. She love hiking, trying new foods, and traveling. Her favorite place she's traveled to is China!

Stori Hopper

      Registered Behavior Technician

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Steven is from Sacramento California. He is currently attending BYU studying public health and business. He loves playing basketball, snowboarding and running and has recently begun practicing the piano again after years of not playing.  He really loves shoes and doing backflips whenever he can. Something funny about him is that he's pretty good at doing certain accents/impressions!

Steven Bush

      Registered Behavior Technician

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Nathanael is an aspiring surfer bro with a passion for learning and teaching. He loves spending time with people and has always dreamed of being a therapist. Nathanael enjoys exercising, listening to music, playing instruments, and thinking way too hard about things that don't matter. He plans on pursuing continual education and a career in psychology

Nathanael Hansen

      Behavior Technician

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Shyanne grew up in a small town in central utah.  She is currently finishing up her last semester at UVU and will soon receive a bachelor's in psychology. After she hopes to attend law school and pursue a career in family law. Some of her favorite things to do are paint, attend concerts, and go shopping, of course. However, she loves to learn new things and is always up for a new adventure. 

Shyanne Blackburn

      Behavior Technician

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Joseph is from Austin, Texas, and is the second of four boys. He is studying neuroscience to be a psychiatrist! Joseph loves playing violin and piano, rock climbing, and swimming. He loves his job because he feels like he gets to make an impact in improving their lives, while at the same time being able to understand and connect with others better!

Joseph Bartling

      Behavior Technician

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Allenby was born in Lima, Peru and is bilingual, speaking both English and Spanish. He graduated from Ricardo Palma University with a Bachelors in Psychology and is currently preparing to enroll in a master’s of Behavior Analysis. 

Allenby and his wife have two children and we love to play and travel together. In my free-time I enjoy playing soccer and photography.

Allenby Caina

      Registered Behavior Technician

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Kelcee was born and raised in Utah. She loves to travel, trips to Disney, books, and hanging out with her close friends and family. Kelcee has a passion for making a difference in people’s lives, and loves her job because she’s able to do that for these kids and their families. 

Kelcee Davis

      Behavior Technician

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Stephanie is from Colorado. She is a psychology and sociology major which brought her into the field of aba. Stephanie enjoys spending time with her family, friends and dog.

Stephanie Gollihugh

      Behavior Technician

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Sabrina grew up in a big family but a small town. Born and raised in middle of nowhere Montana where she loved outdoor activities like ATVing, hiking, floating the river and running 5ks. She is new to Utah and hopes to make it a more permanent  home. She feels passionate about helping people and strives for a career that allows her to reach her full potential and influence the lives of those around her. 

Sabrina Bryant 

      Behavior Technician