Cognitive FX Mission & Vision

 

Cognitive FX is a neurorehabilitation clinic in Provo, UT continuing to understand and revolutionize the way we treat individuals that suffer from brain injury or disease. Ultimately, CFX seeks to utilize research to support as many individuals as possible in their recovery process. Using a multidisciplinary team approach Cognitive FX empowers individuals to have the ability to sustain a higher quality of life. This is accomplished by offering premium rehabilitation through EPIC treatment, and by increasing awareness of brain injury and recovery. As part of our focus, Cognitive FX stays on the cutting edge of research and contributions to the field of neuroscience and its clinical applications.

Cognitive FX will continue contributing research findings to the intellectual field with the goal to advance understanding and focus on educating and supporting individuals worldwide.

Types of neurological disorders and brain injuries we specialize in:

  • mTBI or Concussion Treatment (EPIC Treatment)
  • Pre-Dementia Treatment

Learn More About Our Team Below


Cognitive FX Founders & Leading Practitioners

Alina K. Fong, PhD
Alina K. Fong, PhD
Co-Founder
Alina K. Fong received her PhD in Clinical Neuropsychology with an emphasis in neuroimaging from Brigham Young University. She received the national American Psychological Association Clinical Neuropsychology Division 40 Graduate Student Research Award in 2004 for her research on "Cortical Sources of the N400 and 'The N400 Effect." Dr. Fong's interest in brain mapping soon turned to functional MRI, and since then, her research efforts have been focused on the clinical applications of fMRI.* Photograph Taken by Shelli Dame Photography

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Mark D. Allen, PhD
Mark D. Allen, PhD
Co-Founder

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. He has 20 years of research and clinical experience in fMRI, with 26 publications peer-reviewed scientific journals, 3 book chapters. Dr. Allen is a pioneer and expert in the development of fMRI for use in clinical settings. Significant scientific contributions include the development of neuroimaging biomarkers for post-concussion diagnosis and treatment and theoretical work in the pathophysiology of chronic post-concussion symptoms. Significant clinical contributions include fMRI patient assessment based on individual neuroanatomy analysis—he has performed over 10,000 such assessments to date. Dr. Allen is responsible for the innovations in science and technology behind the commercial products and services offered by Notus Neuropsychological Imaging as well as the clinical treatment developments and outcomes assessments at Cognitive FX concussion treatment centers.

*Photograph Taken by Shelli Dame Photography

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Lynn M. Guafin, MD
Lynn M. Guafin, MD
Director of Neurosurgery

Dr. Lynn Gaufin is the founder of the Utah Neurological Clinic in Provo Utah. He specializes in cervical and lumbar spine surgery, brain tumors, brain hemorrhages, and traumatic brain injuries. Dr. Gaufin is one of the emergency trauma neurosurgeons on call at Utah Valley Hospital. Before he began his practice in Utah he saw a significant amount of traumatic brain injuries during his career in the Army and his residency in Los Angeles. Dr. Gaufin consults and treats our patients who have experienced the most traumatic brain injuries. *Photograph Taken by Shelli Dame Photography

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Bruce E. McIff, MD
Bruce E. McIff, MD
NeuroRadiologist

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. Dr. McIff reviews cervical and structural scans as part of each patient's comprehensive treatment.  

*Photograph Taken by Shelli Dame Photography

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Rett Lam
Rett Lam
Co-Founder

*Photograph Taken by Shelli Dame Photography

Caleb Epps, MD
Caleb Epps, MD
Radiology Research Associate
Dr. Epps completed his BS in Nutritional Science from Brigham Young University where his research focused on the endo- and exo-interaction between various antioxidant compounds found in fruit. He then graduated with honors from Columbia University with his MS degree in Human Nutrition where his research focused on alcoholic liver disease. He graduated with an MD degree from the University of North Carolina School of medicine in May 2018. During medical school, his research interests varied and included the use of tissue expansion in prosthetics, pathologic-radiographic concordance in breast cancer, and his work with Cognitive FX. He was inducted into the John B. Graham Medical Student Research Society in 2015. He joined the CFX team in 2016. His research has 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. In total, his research experience includes 6 peer-reviewed journal articles, 1 peer-reviewed textbook chapter, and poster/abstract presentations at major academic society meetings including the Radiological Society of North America, the American Roentgen Ray Society, and the Federal Interagency Conference on TBI. He is a medical intern at Wellstar Kennestone Regional Hospital and will graduate from the University of North Carolina Diagnostic Radiology Residency program. Upon graduation, he will pursue a fellowship in Diagnostic Neuroradiology.  
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Marci Johnson
Director of Clinical Development & Research
Marci graduated from Brigham Young University in Neuroscience in April 2018. Marci began at Cognitive FX with a focus in patient care coordination, and she now supervises other care coordinators. Over time, Marci has helped Cognitive FX develop and integrate new sensory-motor therapies into EPIC Treatment. She is integral in the further development of fNCI and its clinical applications. She actively participates in research and manages a team of research interns here at Cognitive FX. Marci also meets with patients to review their fNCI results and writes reports on these findings. 

Office Staff

Barbara Negyesi
Barbara Negyesi
General Manager

Barbara received a masters degree in Sociology from a university in Hungary. Barbara has extensive experience in international project management, customer service, and education for children. She is a kind and dependable leader. Her leadership has helped Cognitive FX become who we are today. As the General Manager, Barbara leads and empowers our patients and the CFX team. Barbara also acts as liaison helping patients receive care while in the process of litigation, working with referring doctors, along with sending reports and information to attorneys.

Mary Riker
Mary Riker
Office Assistant
Mary graduated from Brigham Young University-Idaho with a degree in History in 2016. Mary helps to scheduling patients, and edit content, along with helping patients with any questions they may have. She enjoys seeing how lives are changed and that she can contribute to their treatment even if it is in small ways. Mary loves working with our team here because we work together to help each of our patients.
Rachel Heinze
Rachel Heinze
Office Assistant & Psychometrist
Rachel graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Neuroscience in 2017. Rachel not only helps at the front desk but she administers Neuropsychological Evaluations. Her fascination with Neuroscience continues to open her eyes helping her see that you can never know too much about the brain. She is very grateful to be part of each patient’s journey here at Cognitive FX, really seeing how our treatment changes and influences individuals lives.
Cheyenne Brimhall
Cheyenne Brimhall
Office Assistant
Cheyenne primarily helps our patients fill out new patient paperwork, and schedule their consultations. She enjoys offering support to patients when they are just getting started here at Cognitive FX. Cheyenne contributes to the unique atmosphere where the goal of every therapist and team member is to help individuals to feel better.
Kaylie Ferguson
Kaylie Ferguson
Office Assistant & Editor
Kaylie graduated magna cum laude from Brigham Young University-Idaho in English with an emphasis in professional writing. She is primarily the first point of contact for potential clients when they call in with questions about treatment and scheduling a complimentary consultation. Kaylie also assists the marketing and research teams with editing and writing. Kaylie came to Cognitive FX because she is passionate about our mission and vision: not settling for teaching patients to just cope with their post-concussion symptoms, but to help them really heal from their concussions and brain injuries.

Marketing Team

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Anna Empey
Marketing Director
Anna graduated with her degree in Socio-Cultural Anthropology from Brigham Young University and has spent her career working in Public Relations and Marketing. As a former patient of Cognitive FX, Anna has a unique perspective of the clinic's ability to help individuals have a better quality of life after an injury. She is focused on helping as many people as possible to understand that there is hope and you can do something to resolve lasting concussion symptoms.
Ty Carton
Ty Carton
Creative Brand Manager
Ty graduated with a BS degree in Digital Media at Utah Valley University. He specializes in Graphic Design, Audio/Video Production, Motion Graphics, and 3D Design. In his free time, Ty enjoys painting, making video games, and cycling. He is focused on expanding the mission and vision of Cognitive FX through our brand & identity.
Ashley van Biljon
Ashley van Biljon
Marketing & Media Manager
Ashley graduated with a BS degree in Marketing with an emphasis in digital marketing at Utah Valley University. She specializes in campaign management, search engine optimization, social media marketing, and marketing strategy.  With over 5 years of experience in her field, Ashley is focused on driving awareness of Cognitive FX through digital marketing strategies.

Neuromuscular Therapists

Haydn Thompson
Director of Athletic Training

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.Currently serving as the Director of Athletic Training Services at CognitiveFX, Haydn also contracts his time in the overall healthcare of professional athletes. At CognitiveFX, Haydn offers a specialized soft tissue neuromuscular therapy specific to patient’s protocol. This unique therapy involves manual muscle testing, neuromuscular re- education, therapeutic exercise, nutrition counseling, and treatment of related musculoskeletal injuries due to concussion.

Jake Carluccio
Jake Carluccio
NeuroMuscular Therapist

Jake is a Licensed Massage Therapist LMT that studied Health Science at Salt Lake Community College. He has extensive experience working with patients in many environments including a Physical Therapy clinic, and a Sports Medicine Clinic. He now works with BYU Athletics and has worked at Cognitive FX for a couple of years and focuses on helping to reduce physical symptoms of a concussion and increase mobility and activity.

Becky Henrie
Becky Henrie
NeuroMuscular Therapist
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Jessie Smith
NeuroMuscular Therapist
Jessie Smith received her bachelor's degree from Brigham Young University in Athletic Training in 2014. She is currently a Certified and Licensed Athletic Trainer. She has been involved in Sports Medicine in a clinical setting since 2009, working with many of BYU and UVU's athletic teams. She is also involved with a local company called Event Medical Group that provides medical coverage for youth sports in Utah. Jessie is also a certified EMT, Phlebotomist and Wilderness First Responder. She comes to CFX from Utah Valley Orthopedics and Sports Medicine and has a passion for Athletic Training.  She specializes in several manual therapy techniques including PRT, as well as many different rehabilitation techniques. She has been married for almost 10 years and has an adorable 3 year old boy.  *Photo taken by Carolyn Cheney Photography
Jiny Green
Jiny Green
NeuroMuscular Therapist
Jiny is a Licenced Massage Therapist that studied at UCMT and has over 10 years of experience in the field, specializing in medical massage. She has worked in a variety of environments including spa, and auto accident rehabilitation. She spent 4 years working in an Upper Cervical Clinic focusing on massage techniques to lessen the neck pain of her patients. She has learned a variety of techniques to address pain related to physical, emotional, spiritual, and mental needs of her patients. Her eccentric personality brings a lot of fun and healing into Cognitive FX.

NMT Assistants

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Paige Moore
NeuroMusclar Therapy Assistant
Paige is a senior at Brigham Young University studying Neuroscience and she plans on continuing her education getting a master’s degree in Athletic Training. After sustaining several concussions herself, Paige has been fascinated in the brain and the research surrounding the healing process. Paige is now working as a Neuromuscular Therapy Assistant to help patients throughout their recovery. 
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Sara Madsen
NeuroMuscular Therapy Assistant
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. Although she works with all ages and ranges of ability, she has spent much of her time training clients with neurological disorders and balance issues.  She is currently working with our patients as a Neuromuscular Therapy Assistant. She will also be utilizing Sensory Motor Training during her therapy sessions. 

NeuroCognitive Therapists

Emily Harrison
Emily Harrison
NeuroCognitive Therapist

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. She has worked in a variety of settings and has experience working with many individuals with communication and cognitive difficulties. She is a member of ASHA and has her CCC.

April Crystal
April Crystal
NeuroCognitive Therapist

April has an undergraduate degree in Speech & Hearing Science from the University of Utah and a master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Brigham Young University. Using almost 15 years of experience April plays a critical role in EPIC Treatment and the outcomes of our patients.

Jaden Hellewell
Jaden Hellewell
NeuroCognitive Therapist
Abby
Abby Parry
NeuroCognitive Therapist

Abby has an undergraduate degree from Utah State in Communications Disorders and a master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Utah State. Abby has spent her career in skilled nursing facilities, home health, and utilizing assertive technology devices. She is a member of the Utah Speech Language Hearing Association. Abby enjoys collaborating with the other SLPs here at Cognitive FX impacting the outcomes of our patients. 

Neurological Occupational Therapists

Nate Pope
Nate Pope
Neurological Occupational Therapist
Ariel Cook
Ariel Cook
Neurological Occupational Therapist
Bethany Lewis
Bethany Lewis
Neurological Occupational Therapist

Bethany received her undergraduate in Exercise Science from Brigham Young University, and a master's in Occupational Therapy at the University of Utah in 2009. With 8 years of experience, she has worked at a pediatric outpatient clinic in Beijing, China, in skilled nursing facilities, and with home health patients, assisting individuals who have experienced strokes, TBIs, orthopedic injuries, and a variety of other concerns.

Justin Pope
Justin Pope
Neurological Occupational Therapist
Katie Carlson
Katie Carlson
Neurological Occupational Therapist

More Specialists & Therapists

Diane Spangler, PhD
Diane Spangler, PhD
Clinical Psychologist

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. Dr. Spangler served as a Professor of Psychology at Brigham Young University for 15 years where she directed training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program, and conducted research on the etiology and treatment of depressive, anxiety, and eating disorders. She also served as a Visiting Professor in the Department of Psychiatry Cognitive Therapy Centre at Oxford University in England. Dr Spangler has authored over 60 publications and has lectured worldwide. She has received numerous awards for her collective work from the National Institute of Mental Health, the American Psychological Association, the International Association for Cognitive Psychotherapy, the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, the Beck Institute, and the National Association of Professional Women.

Christiane Paney
Christiane Paney, PhD
Neuropsych Post-Doc

Dr. Christiane Paney is a licensed Neuropsychologist who earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Azusa Pacific University following undergraduate studies and extensive research at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. Her neuropsychological expertise spans inpatient, outpatient, and rehabilitative settings. She works with children, adolescents, and adults with emphasis on athletic populations and the role of medical and genetic factors in neuropsychological presentations.

After completing her clinical internship at Primary Children's Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah, her interest in cutting-edge treatments in imaging led her to Cognitive FX. At Cognitive FX, Dr. Paney enjoys playing an active role in treatment and watching patients thrive in their recovery.

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Jordan Ward
Patient Care Coordinator
Jordan Ward graduated from Brigham Young University with her degree in Neuroscience in June of 2018. Jordan works with patients to ensure that they have the best week of treatment. Jordan has years of customer service experience and is here to answer any question or concerns that patients and their family may have. Jordan also loves research and continually learning more and more about the brain. 
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Nate Benson
Dynavision Specialist
Nate is currently a Microbiology major at Brigham Young University and will soon be switching to Neuroscience. He was first introduced to Cognitive FX as a patient seeking treatment for Carbon Monoxide Poisoning and has been interested in working at CFX ever since. Because of his recovery and passion for the brain, he now works with patients using Dynavision and assists with analyzing and inputting data. Nate has fun theorizing about different aspects of the brain and how it impacts everyday living. Nate is also fluent in Spanish.
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Julia Kelemen
Dynavision Specialist
Julia will graduate from Brigham Young University in December 2018 and is studying Neuroscience. She started at Cognitive FX as an intern doing research for 9 months and is now working with patients using Dynavision. She is fascinated with the brain and enjoys learning everything she can about it. Julia loves working with the team here at Cognitive FX as well as working with the patients who come through each week.