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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Mary lives in Spanish Fork with her husband, 2 bunnies, 1 cat, and 1 dog. She loves animals, hiking, mystery shows, and experimenting in the kitchen. She also loves nerdy things like Lord of the Rings, and even had a Lord of the Rings themed wedding! 

Mary Call
      Office Assistant

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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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Kelsi went to undergraduate school at Texas A&M University and attended occupational therapy school at The University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. She has been working in pediatrics for the past *almost* 10 years, mainly in outpatient clinics focusing on sensory integration. Kelsi loves working with kids and feels so lucky to be a small part of their lives. She recently moved from Texas to Utah this summer and is terrified of my first "real" winter! When she's not working, she loves spending time with her husband and daughter. They have been taking advantage of all the outdoor activities that Utah has to offer and they love hiking, exploring and camping. Kelsi's newest hobby is custom cookie decorating. She is still very much an armature at it, but she loves trying to find her creative outlet! 

Kelsi Stutz, OTR 
      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

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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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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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!

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. 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 Working, 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

      Board Certified Behavior Analyst

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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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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
      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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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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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
      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
      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
      Behavior Technician

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Kame'e graduated high school from Punahou Schools on O'ahu, Hawaii. A cool fact is that this is the same school Obama went to when he lived there. She is currently studying at BYU as a Families Studies Major emphasizing in Human Development. Kame'e loves to watch movies and eat popcorn on her days off. The reason why she loves what she does for work is because she has a close and beloved family member who is autistic. With this relationship in mind, she wants to help those with autism to be the best that they can!

Kame'e Parker 
      Behavior Technician

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Dallin currently goes to BYU. He loves to be around people, being outdoors is the best, and long boarding are all favorites of his. Dallin is almost fluent in 3 languages. He hopes to be a physician's assistant one day. But he loves this job because working with special needs kids is so fulfilling and so much fun. It is easily the best job he's had so far

Dallin Hayter 
      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 
      Behavior Technician

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Dallin was born and raised in Houston, Texas and is currently studying business management at Utah Valley University! He loves almost all sports, enjoys exercise, and spending time with his friends and family! Dallin loves working in this field because he has many family members who have autism and he enjoys serving people!

Dallin Jensen 
      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
      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
      Behavior Technician

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Kenny is currently studying at UVU for his bachelor's degree in psychology. He wants to eventually teach psychology at the University level, and enjoys teaching the importance of mental health awareness

Kenneth (Kenny) Beatty 
      Behavior Technician

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Austin is from Spanish Fork UT, he enjoys Pokemon, reading and board games. He is passionate about the field that he is in because he finds it beyond rewarding to see families draw closer to their kiddos as they learn and work together. His current career goal is to get his Bachelors in primary education and special education.

Austin Worwood 
      Behavior Technician

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Natalie went to Vista Murrieta high school in California and did some college at Mt. San Jacinto community college in California (MSJC). She plans to go to a college out here in Utah next fall semester. She likes to spend time in the outdoors, play tennis, garden, and spend time with her family and friends. She also admits to having a major plant addiction. What makes her most passionate about her job is seeing the kids she works with laugh and smile, knowing that she could have made their day.

Natalie Sanchez 
      Behavior Technician