Children with Special Healthcare Needs


Helping When it’s Needed Most

Connecting families with the healthcare providers they need

Four specialists are making themselves available for a bi-quarterly

clinic at TriCounty Health Department for children with special healthcare needs.

This program is presented by Health Clinics of Utah.

Set up your time, and learn more from our  Care Coordinator.

TriCounty Health Department Care Coordinator will help you understand the process and be

the liaison between you, your children and the healthcare providers.

Cynthia Palacios-Gutierrez, PsyD: Cynthia is a pediatric psychologist who has been providing diagnostic evaluation, assessment, and treatment to preschool-aged children and their families from diverse backgrounds.  She comes to us from the Children’s Center in Salt Lake City. She has a lot of experience with Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy; Child-Parent Psychotherapy; and Attachment, Self-Regulation; and Competency Therapy.  Cynthia provides assessments for cognitive functioning; attention/memory; visual-spatial skills; executive functioning skills; and developmental delays. She has worked with diagnosing Autism Spectrum Disorders; ADD/ADHD; anxiety, and trauma and stress disorders.  Cynthia is bilingual in Spanish and English.

Natalie Allen, DNP: Natalie is certified as a nurse practitioner in both family practice and pediatrics.  She worked previously at the Utah Department of Health for the Neonatal Follow-up Program, and more recently at the University of Utah Developmental Assessment Center.  She has been a nurse practitioner instructor at Weber State University, Idaho State University, and Rocky Mountain University in Provo. She spent more than a decade working as a nurse in the Up to 3 Early Intervention Program, and ten-plus years as a registered nurse in the neonatal intensive care unit.  Natalie has extensive experience working with children with developmental delay and is trained in autism evaluation and diagnosis.

Natalie Johnson, AuD: Natalie Johnson has worked as an audiologist for ten+ years assessing and diagnosing both adults and children with a variety of audiological and developmental concerns.  She currently works at Primary Children’s Medical Center as a Licensed Dispensing Audiologist, and previously worked with children with special health care needs through both the University Developmental Assessment Center, and the Utah Department of Health Bureau of Children with Special Health Care Needs.  She provides comprehensive audiological assessments for all children and is in skilled working with children with cognitive and developmental delay

Sarah Grant, MS, OTR/L:  Sarah has been an occupational therapist for more than 25 years most recently working at DDI Vantage (early intervention) with young children.  She has a wide range of experience across the pediatric life cycle, and has also worked with young adults, and adults. Sarah has worked in several school districts helping children reach their potential while working with families and faculty to contribute to IEP goals.  She has been an instructor through the University of Utah teaching students in the lab and lecture portion of the pediatrics skills course. She has extensive experience evaluating children with special health care needs.

Wes Smith, BSW, TriCounty Health Department Care Coordinator: Wes Smith began work with TriCounty Health Department and eagerly helped kick-start the CSHCN program. He works as the liaison, so parents and children can come to appointments fully ready and get the most out of their visits with healthcare providers that specialize in the areas needed by specific children.