Get To Know Us

Meet Our Therapists and Educators

At Roots Therapy Center-PC, our friendly team will make sure you feel comfortable and well-informed every step of the way. We’re a group of professionals whose mission is to provide family-centered, evidence-based, holistic therapies in fun, nurturing environments. 

We provide the highest level of therapy care to the Wasatch Back and surrounding areas.  

Scroll through and meet our team members who are ready to serve you.


Robyn Thompson, PhD, OTR/L

Owner/Occupational Therapist

Robyn is a fun, child-centered, experienced occupational therapist.  Robyn values purposeful, effective and evidence-based approaches to therapy.  She has worked in pediatric therapy clinics, hospitals, schools, and early intervention. 

Robyn has served as faculty at SLCC and the UofU, but her love and goal for providing high quality therapies to families has brought her back to clinical practice.  

Robyn received her occupational therapy degree from Virginia Commonwealth University, and Masters and PhD degrees from the University of Utah in Special Education. 

Advanced Training Includes:

Sensory Integration Certified; Feeding Therapies: SOS, Get Permission Oral Approach Mealtimes and Oral Motor; Motor Control and Development; Special Education; Positive Behavior Supports; Aquatic Therapies; Integrated Listening Systems; Therapeutic Listening; DIR/Floortime & PLAY Project; Handwriting; Social Stories; Experience with conditions such as:  autism, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, spina bifida, down syndrome, genetic and neurological disorders, inherited neuromuscular disorders, obesity, acute trauma, orthopedic concerns, concussions, developmental delays, learning disabilities, and  ADD/ADHD. 


Mary Emerson, MPT

Physical Therapist

Mary is a driven, fun, and exceptionally experienced pediatric physical therapist.  Mary has an extensive knowledge base in child physiological development, and uses evidence-based and motivating therapy techniques to help her clients reach their fullest potential.

 Mary is skilled at developing therapeutic goals that reflect families’ priorities and their child’s/teenagers’ needs. She has an extensive background and skill set that includes over 20 years of experience with adults and pediatric clients in hospital and outpatient pediatric settings.  She is able to treat across the lifespan or birth to 18 years of age.  

Mary received her Masters of Physical Therapy degree from University of North Dakota. She received her bachelor’s degree from Montana State University on a full athletic scholarship in basketball and track. She is an accomplished and competitive athlete in cycling. She also enjoys climbing, yoga, skiing, and any outdoor activity.

Advanced Training Includes:
Expertise in medical diagnoses such as: cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, spina bifida, down syndrome, genetic disorders, inherited neuromuscular disorders, obesity, acute trauma, orthopedic concerns or surgeries, autism, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, cardiothoracic/cardiopulmonary disorders, sports related injuries, concussions, POTS, torticollis and plagiocephaly, gross motor or motor milestones delay; Bracing/orthotic assessment and casting; Pain management; Spasticity assessment and management; Head injuries (traumatic, stroke, tumors); Sports performance and return to sports; Aquatic therapy.

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Brittany Atkinson, MEd, CCC-SLP

Speech Therapist

Brittany is an intelligent, fun and experienced speech therapist.  Brittany has 20+ years of experiences working with children of all ages and abilities.  She is a team player and works hard to collaborate with families and other professionals to provide the best care for her clients.  

Brittany’s work experience includes working with infants, preschoolers, and adolescents in early intervention, school-based, and private practice settings. When not working, Brittany enjoys exploring new travel destinations with her husband and three teenagers. They are always looking for the next adventure

Brittany received her BS degree at the University of Utah in Speech and Hearing Science.  She earned her MEd degree at Utah State University in Speech Language Pathology. 

Advanced Training and Experience includes:

Working with conditions such as autism, down syndrome, neurological conditions, ADD/ADHD, developmental delays, articulation/speech sounds, language development, fluency/stuttering, Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), and auditory processing. 


Lacey Zimmermann, MS, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Lacey is a creative, motivated occupational therapist who is passionate about children engaging in their most important childhood occupations - especially play! She has worked and volunteered with children for over 10 years.  Lacey has trained and worked in outpatient pediatric, school-based, hospital, home, and applied behavioral analysis settings. 

Lacey received both her BA and Masters of Science degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a strong emphasis in research and evidence-based practice. In her free time, Lacey enjoys hiking with her corgi pup and skiing with her husband. 

Advanced Training and Experience Includes: 

Working with conditions such as: autism, down syndrome, traumatic brain injury, cerebral palsy, ADD/ADHD, sensory processing disorder, developmental delays, and learning disabilities. She has training as an applied behavior analyst and completed her most recent training in an outpatient pediatric setting in Wisconsin. 


Joy Manning, MEd 

Special Educator

Joy is a motivated, intuitive and creative educator.   Joy has held diverse work and volunteer experiences throughout her career. She has worked in care centers, public schools, private schools, recreation settings, and orphanages.

Joy began her career in working at a group home for women with disabilities and then later found the satisfaction and challenge of working with children.  Joy is skilled in connecting with children, helping them develop an internal motivation to learn and succeed.  In addition to helping children excel, Joy’s goals include helping parents and caregivers learn skills and strategies to support their own children in natural and productive ways.  

Joy received her BS in Behavioral Sciences from the University of Utah, Early Childhood Special Education Certification from Utah State University,  and a Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction: Applied Behavior Analysis from Arizona State University. 

Advanced Training Includes:

Certified P.L.A.Y Project Consultant; Behavior; Specialized Education; Parent and Teacher Mentoring; Special Ed PreK and Kindergarten Teaching; General Ed PreK Teaching 


Lauren Devall, COTA/L

Office Manager & Occupational Therapy Assistant

Lauren is a talented, hardworking and friendly office manager and occupational therapy assistant.  She has valuable background and experience in providing occupational therapy, managing a therapy office, and using dance to influence children in positive ways.

Lauren has worked in outpatient pediatric therapy clinics in Texas, as well the administrative side of clinics.  She loves being the first face that families see when they walk into the clinic. She is passionate about creating community within the clinic and helping families navigate intake, scheduling, and billing processes. Prior to living in Texas, Lauren worked for Ballet West in their Education and Outreach department, providing dance classes and movement therapy to public school students of various ages.

Lauren graduated with high honors from the occupational therapy assistant program at Salt Lake Community College. When not working, she enjoys cooking, practicing yoga, and doing anything that involves being outside with her husband and their dogs, Pluto and Cooper.

Advanced Training Includes: 

Advanced experience/knowledge in autism, sensory processing, Down Syndrome, ADD/ADHD; Learning Without Tears, The Masgutova Neurosensorimotor Reflex Integration - MNRI® Method, Trust-Based Relational Intervention, and feeding therapy


Natalie Thompson, COTA/L

Occupational Therapy Assistant & Swim Instructor

Natalie is a bright, kind, and intuitive swim instructor and educator.  She has completed her AAS degree as an occupational therapy assistant and is continuing on in school, working towards a graduate degree. Natalie has experience in outpatient pediatric, school-based and adult rehabilitation settings. 

Natalie is an accomplished athlete in competitive gymnastics and nordic skiing.  She is experienced as a swim, ski and gymnastics coach.  Kids love her! 

Advanced Training and Experience Includes: 

Pediatric Swimming and adaptive swimming; Swim Angelfish Certification; Working with conditions such as: autism, down syndrome, traumatic brain injury, cerebral palsy, ADD/ADHD, sensory processing disorder, developmental delays, and learning disabilities; Child development 

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Kali Carlsen

Lead Swim Instructor and Educator

Kali is a creative, positive and proactive educator. She has extensive experience in working with children and youth of all ages and abilities.  Kali focuses on the strengths of children, rather than their weaknesses, and is excellent at building rapport and using that rapport to motivate kids.

Kali began teaching children swimming lessons in her teenage years, and continued on for 7 years, and developed and implemented a swim program at a special school for students with autism.  

Kali has continued with her love of teaching, and has worked in special education classrooms in public, private and charter schools for several years.   Her experience includes work as a paraeducator, PLAY Project Tech, Registered Behavior Technician, and a Behavior Interventionist.  Kali has run after-school programs such as arts and crafts clubs, a girl’s empowerment club, and a yoga club.  

Advancing Training Includes:

Swimming and adaptive swimming; Swim Angelfish Certification; Education strategies; PLAY Project; Behavior intervention and positive behavioral supports