Cognitive FX brings together a team of experts that work in one location, focused on bringing extraordinary treatment and results to each of our patients.
Partners and Practitioners
Co-Founder, Clinical Neuropsychologist, Clinical Director
Dr. Alina K. Fong, PhD
Dr. Alina K. Fong, PhD
Co-Founder, Clinical Neuropsychologist, Clinical Director
To honor her father, who was a Vietnam War veteran, Dr. Alina K. Fong chose to work at the Veteran’s Affairs Salt Lake City Healthcare System for her PhD internship. At Veteran’s Affairs, Dr. Fong worked extensively with Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom veterans.
Mark D. Allen earned a PhD in Cognitive Science at Johns Hopkins University with post-doctoral training in Cognitive Neuroscience and Functional Neuroimaging at the University of Washington. As a cofounder, Dr. Allen developed the scientific foundation and technological innovations that make treatment at Cognitive Fx unique and exceptional. Dr. Allen is a pioneer in the development of fMRI for use in clinical settings.
Dr. Lynn Gaufin graduated from the University of Utah and then attended medical school at Cornell University in New York City. After medical school he join the Army and was a surgeon in the military before finishing his Neurological Residency at University of California Los Angeles.
E. Bruce McIff is a Fellow of the American College of Radiology and a Fellow of the Society of Interventional Radiology. Dr. McIff is also a senior member of the American Society of Neuroradiology. He practiced Neuroradiology and Interventional Radiology for 37 years at UVRMC in Provo Utah, and was on the medical staff of most hospitals in Central and Southern Utah..
Dr. Caleb Epps serves as a Diagnostic Radiologist for Cognitive FX. He joined the CFX team in 2016 first as a Radiology Research Associate where his research included the diagnostic uses of fNCI and Notus Neurocogs in the assessment of cognitive function in Major Neurocognitive Disorder, development of a theoretical model of neurovascular coupling in PCS pathophysiology, and the discovery of imaging biomarkers in PCS....
Dr. Rochelle Jones is a clinical neuropsychologist who received her Psy.D. in Clinical Neuropsychology from Loma Linda University. She completed a two year post-doctoral residency at the Veteran’s Affairs Puget Sound Healthcare System, American Lake Division.
Kathryn “Kaydee” Severs is a registered nurse, has her Bachelor of Science in nursing, and is a certified brain injury specialist. Kaydee started her nursing career serving in the US Army Reserves as a combat medic and licensed practical nurse. Soon after, she continued her education and fulfilled her dream of becoming a registered nurse. Kaydee has had the opportunity to work and learn in many different types of health care.
Thomas Tervort holds a Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. Prior to earning his doctorate Dr. Tervort worked in cardiology performing diagnostic testing before becoming a Registered Nurse and working with cardiac and cardiothoracic surgery patients in the Intensive Care Unit. Following this he worked in neurosurgery educating and addressing the needs of surgical patients while he completed his doctoral degree.
Dr. Spangler is a Clinical Psychologist with over 20 years of experience working in both clinical and academic settings. She earned her doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology at the University of Oregon followed by a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in the Department of Psychiatry at the Stanford University School of Medicine.
Haydn earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Athletic Training from Weber State University in 2005. As a licensed Certified Athletic Trainer, Haydn has extensive experience in clinical and sports settings focusing on the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation from sports related injuries.
Jory received his master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Pacific University in Oregon. He has 8.5 years of experience in neuro outpatient and inpatient rehab. He is a certified Lymphedema therapist, Graston Technique massage, LSVT Big and Loud for Parkinson’s, Bioness, and AMPS. He has evaluated and treated patients with a broad range of neurological impairments. He also specializes in pediatrics working with children with autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, and developmental delays with an emphasis in sensory integration.
Bethany received her undergraduate degree in Exercise Science at Brigham Young University, and a Master's in Occupational Therapy at the University of Utah in 2009. She has gained experience working with patients in skilled nursing facilities in 3 different states, home health patients, and children in an outpatient clinic in Beijing, China
April is a Licensed Speech-Language Pathologist, receiving her Bachelor's Degree in Communication Disorders from the University of Utah and her Master's Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Brigham Young University. She has had the opportunity to work with patients in a variety of settings and plays a critical role in helping patients improve their cognitive skills.
Emily attended BYU for her bachelor’s degree and the University of Utah for her master’s degree. Her field of study is in Speech-Language Pathology. Emily has worked as a speech pathologist for 15 years.
Michelle is a Licensed Speech-Language Pathologist, receiving both her Bachelor's Degree in Communication Disorders and her Master's Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Utah. She has had the opportunity to work with patients in a variety of settings, including Neurologic Rehabilitation.
Melanie has been working as a speech language pathologist since 2006. She graduated with a Masters of Science from Brigham Young University. She has worked in a variety of settings and joined the NeuroCognitive therapists at Cognitive FX in January 2021.
Emily is a Speech Language Pathologist who specializes in neurocognitive therapy. She has an undergraduate degree in Biology (with a Neuroscience Emphasis) and a Mandarin Chinese minor from Brigham Young University-Idaho. She received her Master’s degree in Communication Disorders from Brigham Young University, where she managed the Speech Language Pathology department’s MRI/EEG lab and helped perform fMRI scans.
Natalie has been a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist since 2003. She received her bachelor degree at Utah State University and her masters at BYU. She has worked in a variety of settings with much of her experience being in neurological rehab. Natalie is passionate about helping her fellow humans improve their quality of life and has thoroughly enjoyed joining this talented team at Cognitive FX.
Toshi graduated from Brigham Young University Idaho with a degree in exercise science in 2016. He then graduated from Idaho State University with his Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2019. While in school he did rotations in vestibular therapy, outpatient orthopedic, pediatric and acute care settings.
Andy is a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) and a Z-Health Performance Master Trainer. He spent the first years of his career working in Orthopedics, assisting in surgery and clinical duties, as well as taking care of Athletic Training duties for a local hospital. He also worked as Head Athletic Trainer and Director of Human Performance for a specialty physical therapy clinic.
With a passion for sports and maximum performance, Jake has taken his license for Massage Therapy (LMT) to new levels. Having studied Health Science at Salt Lake Community College, he has also earned certificates in nutrition as well as strength and conditioning. These he has successfully combined with his extensive real-world experience working with patients in many modalities including a Physical Therapy and a Sports Medicine clinic.
Sotero graduated for Utah State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Human Movement Science in 2015. He then graduated from the University of Idaho with his Master’s of Science degree in Athletic Training in 2018.
Racquel is a Certified Athletic Trainer. She graduated from Brigham Young University in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training. She then received a Master of Science degree in Sports Medicine from the University of Utah in 2019. Racquel has worked as an athletic trainer with collegiate dancers and youth athletics, specializing in a variety of manual therapy techniques
NaTanya Shumway graduated in 2020 from the University of Utah. She graduated with a degree in Athletic Training along with a minor in nutrition. She has since earned certificates in nutrition and medical assisting. She’s has spent time working with college athletes at the university of Utah, youth lacrosse athletes, and a variety of high school athletes.
Cassidy graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire with a bachelors in Athletic Training in 2022. There, she gained experience evaluating, treating, and rehabilitating injuries with athletes from sports such as hockey, football, track and field, and lacrosse. After working with many high impact sports, Cassidy’s curiosity and passion for concussion rehabilitation grew.
Sara has been a certified fitness trainer for 15 years through the American Council of Exercise. She worked for 5 years at the University of Chicago Hospital in their Executive Health Clinic as a patient advocate and as their exercise consultant.
Brian is delighted to work with the CFX team and patients. He does structural and functional MRI exams. Having worked as a MRI tech more than a decade, he understands how valuable a good exam can be to a patient's progress. He also understands that many patients are nervous about the exam and so strives to make the experience more gentle and pleasant for them.
Danielle has been doing MRI for over 25 years now and loves working with her patients . She attended Weber State University. She enjoy spending time with her husband and 2 adult children. She has lived in Utah for most if her life but grew up in the Bay Area of Northern California.
Rebecca is studying Portuguese and Chemistry at Brigham Young University. In addition, she is a certified Pharmacy Technician and worked in a local pharmacy for over 2 years. After graduating with her bachelors degree, she plans on continuing her education in health care and focusing on providing patients with treatment options that do not require medication.
Natalie graduated from Utah State University in 2022 with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology and a minor in Biology. She has previously worked as a Registered Behavior Technician as well as a research assistant in behavioral, multi sensory, and cognitive labs. She is currently a graduate student at the University of Oregon, working on her Masters of Psychology with an emphasis in Translational Neuroscience.
As the General Manager, Barbara leads and empowers our patients and diverse team of specialists on the CFX team. Her teammates would add that she's one of the kindest people leaders they've had the pleasure to work with. Within 5 years of joining Cognitive FX, her leadership has helped us grow from serving just 130 concussion victims a year to now over 650 a year—and will continue to increase in years to come. She is invested to spread the gift of recovery to those in need.
Jordan Ward graduated from Brigham Young University with her degree in Neuroscience in June of 2018. Jordan works as a Project Manager to improve treatment for patients and improve how the clinic operates.
Amy graduated summa cum laude from Brigham Young University Idaho with a bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Administration. She loves working behind the scenes to ensure that the patients, therapists, and staff have a positive experience at Cognitive FX. Amy is skilled in patient/provider relations, medical records, and medical billing.
Alexis grew up in a family of athletes and saw first-hand the challenges of brain injury for patients as well as their caregivers. Watching her loved ones fight for their recovery inspired her to seek answers about the process of brain injury recovery. Alexis’s passion led her to earn her bachelor’s degree in psychology with an emphasis in neuropsychology from Brigham Young University
Sarah joined the Cognitive FX team in September of 2018 and loves every moment of her time here. As one of the Office Administrators, Sarah ensures the office runs as smoothly as possible by maintaining the scheduling for Cognitive FX. Sarah loves how she is able to get to know each patient that comes through our doors.
Kayla Merrick joined the team in 2021, and has been greatly enjoying her time working the front desk. She graduated magna cum laude from Brigham Young University in December 2019, with a Bachelors Degree in English, and dual minors in Creative Writing and Japanese. She has lived in Utah all her life, aside from two years she spent in Japan, and speaks fluent conversational Japanese
Lucy hails from outside of Philadelphia. She has a bachelor's degree in Communications from Goucher College. After being a patient at the clinic, Lucy wanted to come back and give other people the treatment that saved her life.
Jessica Ricks went through EPIC Treatment in 2018 and has been working for Cognitive FX since the beginning of 2020. She has an Associates Degree in Science and is planning to graduate with a Bachelors Degree in Biology at Utah Valley University in May 2022. Jessica is originally from Springfield, Oregon and has lived in Utah since 2016
Stacy has a degree in Political Science from Brigham Young University and has worked with non-profits for the last two decades in various capacities. Stacy’s skillset includes marketing, public relations, non-profit management, CRM maximization, project and event management and developing and implementing communications strategies.