Jina McKinney, CCC-SLP
When Jina and her husband of 25 years became empty nesters, they decided to move to Utah. Originally, Jina stayed close to home while completing her bachelor’s degree in communication disorders and speech sciences at the University of Colorado in Boulder. After graduationng, she got married her husband of 25 years and headed moved to Nebraska where she completed her master’s degree at the University of Nebraska in Speech Language Pathology. Jina is ASHA (American Speech Language Hearing Association) certified and holds a Utah specialist teaching endorsement. She has worked supporting the communication needs of individuals for the past 24 years and has extensive experience with speech sound disorders, apraxia, autism, expressive and receptive language disorders, social pragmatic disorders, fluency disorders, augmentative and alternative communication, phonemic awareness and writing disorders. She has specialized training in PECS as an implementer, attended intensive training in Social Thinking strategies, and is a Trainer of the Trainers in the Ziggurat model of comprehensive autism planning. She also has clinical experience with tongue thrust, traumatic brain injury, and voice disorders. Jina believes that communication between people is where we find connection and joy. With that as the cornerstone of her practice each day is filled with both!
Her favorite superhero is Iron Man and her personal heroes are her children because they are courageous, hopeful and determined. Jina is happiest when her family is all together, especially at Christmas. Her favorite book is Oh The Places You’ll Go by Dr. Suess. Give it a read, as parents you will appreciate the message.
“This isn’t flying, it’s falling with style” -Buzz Lightyear, Toy Story
Wendi Rock, MOTR/L
Wendi was born and raised in Logan, UT. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Utah State University and her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Utah. Wendi completed a majority of her clinical
fieldwork experiences in various pediatric settings, with the outpatient setting being her favorite due to the emphasis on sensory integration and play activities to help children learn. She is grateful that she has the opportunity to continue working in this setting with such an amazing team at FUNctionabilities.
Wendi’s favorite superhero is Wonder Woman, because she is fearless, has a great sense of self, stands up for what is right, and encourages others to be their best. Wendi enjoys playing volleyball, landscape and portraiture photography, cooking, running, traveling, reading, watching sports, playing board games, and spending time with friends and family. Her real-life hero is Rosa Parks because she was just an average person who decided to take a firm, non-violent stand for what was right.
Rachel Shackelford, MOTR/L
After growing up in Portland, Oregon, Rachel moved to Utah to attend Brigham Young University where she majored in Exercise Science. She went on a study abroad to Jerusalem where she met and started dating her husband. She then fulfilled her lifelong dream of becoming an Occupational Therapist when she earned her Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Utah. In high school, Rachel played basketball and was a member of her high school’s Dragon Boat team. Rachel learned about Occupational Therapy as a young girl as she attended many of her younger sibling’s therapy appointments. She recognized the impact it had on her family and wanted to continue to help children and families reach their full potential. She enjoys hiking up mountains, stand up paddle boarding and loves to cook and bake. Her favorite super hero is Wonder Woman. Rachel’s real-life hero is her grandmother because she suffered through a Japanese prisoner of war camp in Indonesia then remained resilient and independent throughout her life without losing her sweet personality.
Emily Hamilton, CCC-SLP
Emily was raised in Highland, Utah, but spent most of her adulthood in the San Francisco Bay Area. While living there, she had two beautiful boys. In 2012, she got divorced and went back to school at BYU to get her bachelors degree. She then obtained her masters at University of Utah in 2016. She married Cory in 2013 and gained 3 wonderful children. She now has 5 children: Tyler, Jordan, Nicholas, Mia and Spencer. These lovely human beings take up most of herfree time, but when she gets some time on her own, she likes to sing, camp, hike, quilt, binge watch mysteries/cop shows on Netflix and sleep. Her favorite superhero is Iron Man because she loves Robert Downey Jr.
Mariann Gonzalez, COTA/L
Mariann graduated from Copper Hills High School, where she worked hard to get a head start on her associates of science degree in order to jump right into Salt Lake Community College’s Occupational Therapy Assistant Program. Even as young child she knew she wanted a profession where she could help others. Mariann practiced at the Utah State Hospital in Provo, as well as the University of Utah Life Skills Clinic while completing fieldwork, and enjoyed both settings immensely. Her favorite thing about occupational therapy is being able to be creative, have fun, and think outside the box everyday!
When she’s not helping train superheroes, Mariann enjoys traveling, reading, trying new foods, road trips, watching movies, and spending time with friends (and dogs) outside! If Mariann could visit any two places in the world she would choose Iceland and New Zealand. She hopes to one day explore both of those places. Her favorite superhero is Spider-Man because he’s a cool dude who cares about helping others!
Alejandra Gonzalez, COTA/L
Bio coming soon!