Children with Special Healthcare Needs

CSHCN

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.

Meet the Coordinator

Wes Smith, BSW, TriCounty Health Department Care Coordinator: Wes has over a decade of experience in working with children and families in disability and child protection roles.  More recently he has been involved in research and facilitation with Utah State University and Healthy Relationships Utah, conducting research and delivering fatherhood classes to parents in the community as well as fathers who are incarcerated. He is passionate about human services and the Uintah Basin.

A bit about what Wes does in the CSHCN Program: he serves as a hub of resources and advocacy for children and their families who are facing special medical circumstances, Wes provides intake and needs assessments as well as connecting patients to our Clinic which consists of specialists in the fields of Pediatric Psychology, Developmental Pediatrics, Occupational Therapy, Audiology, Physical Therapy and soon to be added Speech Pathology. He also acts as a liaison between Primary physicians, schools, early intervention services and other agencies. Wes recognizes the importance of a medical home and the necessity of wrap around services in our rural communities.

Meet the 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.

Natalie Johnson graduated from Brigham Young University with her bachelor’s degree is Audiology and Speech Language Pathology. She completed her Doctorate of Audiology at A.T. Still University in Arizona. She has worked with patients of all ages throughout her career, but moved to northern Utah four years ago and has since focused exclusively on pediatric patients. She currently works full time for Primary Children’s Hospital. She loves audiology.

Lindsay Duke, Speech-Language Pathologist: Lindsay’s fascination for how children learn to talk led her to a career in helping children communicate better. She has been a speech-language pathologist since 2008. Her experience includes the medical setting with Intermountain Healthcare, and the school setting with Nebo School District. She is excited to be part of the Children with Special Healthcare Needs team. Lindsay enjoys spending time with her husband and son in the outdoors–hiking, biking, running, and competing in triathlons.