Cognitive FX Mission & Vision

 

Cognitive FX in a neurorehabilitation clinic in Provo, UT and we continue to understand and revolutionize the way we treat individuals that suffer from brain injury or disease. Ultimately, we seek to utilize our research to support as many individuals as possible in their recovery process. Using a multidisciplinary approach we empower 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 we seek to stay on the cutting edge of research and contributions to the fields of neuroscience and its clinical applications.

We will continue contributing our 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)
  • Dementia Treatment

Learn More About Our Team Below


Cognitive FX Founders

Alina K. Fong, PhD
Alina K. Fong, PhD
Clinical Neuropsychologist - Clinical Director

Alina K. Fong received her PhD in Clinical Neuropsychology with an emphasis in neuroradiology 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
Director of Neurological Research

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 15 years of research and clinical experience in fMRI, with 22 publications in tier-1 peer-reviewed scientific journals, 3 book chapters, and dozens of presentations at scientific and professional conferences in neuroscience, neuroimaging, and neuropsychology. Having collected and analyzed fMRI data from over 1,000 experimental subjects and over 300 clinically-referred patients, Dr. Allen is a pioneer and expert in the development of fMRI for use in clinical settings. *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 is career in the Army and his residency in Los Angeles. Dr. Gaufin consults and treats our patients who have experience the most traumatic brain injuries. *Photograph Taken by Shelli Dame Photography

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

*Photograph Taken by Shelli Dame Photography

Rett Lam
Rett Lam
Director

*Photograph Taken by Shelli Dame Photography

Office Staff

Barbara Negyesi
Barbara Negyesi
General Manager

My name is Barbara Negyesi and I’m from Hungary. I’ve never worked in the health industry before but this place amazed me on the very first day I started working here and it still does. It’s an honor to be here and help people to get better and give them hope. It gives me a reason every day to come in and work with excellent doctors, great therapists and with a cheerful team.

 

Anna Empey
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.

Mary Riker
Mary Riker
Office Assistant
Rachel Heinze
Rachel Heinze
Office Assistant & Psychometrist
Cheyenne Brimhall
Cheyenne Brimhall
Office Assistant
Marci Johnson
Marci Johnson
Patient Care Coordinator & Research Fellow Director
Porter Charles
Porter Charles
Patient Care Coordinator

Porter is a previous patient from Cognitive FX he received EPIC Treatment Aug 2016 for a concussion that happened 4 yrs prior.

He completed his undergraduate at BYU in Exercise and Wellness with a Minor in Business Management/Entrepreneurship in December of 2016.

Porter is a people person, he loves to be outdoors, laugh, be real and creative. He is a very empathic person and is currently pursuing his Health and Wellness Coaching Certification through Wellcoaches.

Porter came to work at Cognitive FX because he is passionate about helping others who are going through their concussion recovery. He wants everyone to know they are not alone in the challenges recovery brings.

Neuromuscular Therapists

Haydn Thompson
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
Amber Klepacz
Amber Klepacz
NeuroMuscular Therapist

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

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.

Research Fellows

Caleb Epps
Caleb Epps
Research Fellow

Caleb completed his BS in Nutritional Science from Brigham Young University. 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 my MS degree in Human Nutrition. His research focused on alcoholic liver disease.

He is currently attending the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and will graduate with an MD degree May 2018. During medical school, his research interests have 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 as a research fellow in April 2017. His work thus far has focused on the diagnostic uses of fNCI and Notus Neurocogs in the assessment of cognitive function in Major Neurocognitive Disorder. In total, his research experience includes 4 peer-reviewed journal articles, 1 peer-reviewed textbook chapter, and poster/abstract presentations at 3 major academic society meetings including the Institute of Food Technologists, the Radiological Society of North America, and the American Roentgen Ray Society. Upon graduation, he will enter a Diagnostic Radiology residency program with plans to complete a fellowship in Neuroradiology.