Matt's Place

our team



Our team consists of highly trained and experienced professional and technical staff including Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, Social Workers, Recreational Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Care Managers, technicians and managerial staff. We facilitate referrals with providers in the community for Neuropsychologists, Physical Therapists (PT), Dietitians and Speech and Language Pathologist.  Our friendly and passionate staff has training and experience in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Trauma (EMDR), Behavioral, Strength Based, and other therapeutic modalities. Psychiatric Evaluations, and Neuropsychological testing are available on site.


Kirk Simon, M.D., Medical Director

Kirk is a triple board prepared psychiatrist. He has worked with children and adolescents for over 15 years specializing in day treatment and residential settings.  He helped develop the Medical Consult/Liaison Program at Primary Children’s Hospital and has expertise treating dual medical/mental health diagnoses.


Sherlene Dean, A.P.R.N.

Sherlene has twenty years experience working with children and adolescents in outpatient programs providing medication evaluations and management and psychotherapy at Primary Children’s Center for Counseling, University of Utah Child and Adolescent Specialty Clinic and most recently at the UNI HOME Program.


Jane Peterson, L.C.S.W., Clinical Director

Jane has 29 years of experience working with children and families in day treatment and residential settings at Primary Children’s Behavioral Health and The Children’s Center.  She has worked with children and adolescents in outpatient settings.  Experience includes treating the diagnoses of  Autism Spectrum Disorder, PTSD, ODD, ADHD, and anxiety and mood disorders.  Jane has been trained in DBT and EMDR.

Randi Hollis, A.P.R.N.


Manny SLack, A.P.R.N.


Bethany Lawrence, L.C.S.W., Mental Health Therapist



Chris Gibson, CSW


megan neemann, ph.d., Psychologist

Lara Leishman, Ph.D., Psychologist

Lara has worked with children and adolescents at Primary Children’s Behavioral Health. She also has a private practice providing psychological evaluations and therapy.  She provides neuropsychological evaluations.


Lori Maughan, OTR/L, Occupational therapist

Lori has 20 years of experience working in pediatrics at Primary Children's Medical Center as an Occupational Therapist. She has experience working with a wide range of diagnosis but particularly enjoys working with families and children on the Autism Spectrum.Her area of focus is Sensory Processing Dysfunction and helping families learn to manage their sensory needs.  


Jackque Sheppard, Recreational therapist

Jackque has experience working with children on teh autism spectrum at the Carmen B. Pingree Center. She has also worked with adolesencets at Maple Lake Academy & Vista Treatment Center.  


Lindsay Bartholomew, care Manager 

Lindsay has worked in the social work and mental health field for the last 12 years. Prior to coming to Matt’s Place, she worked at Davis Behavioral Health helping families connect with community resources, mental health services and school accommodations. Lindsay is dedicated to helping families raising children with special needs get the services and support that they need.

Kim Morrison, B.S, care Manager 


Jen Gaborski, Business Manager


Aspen Hunt, Psych Tech


Matt PolUs, Teacher 

Charla Watts, Front Office