Meet our Staff

Physical Therapists

Cheryl Farnsworth, MPT/Owner, Dry Needling Certified

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Known for her unique hands-on and holistic approach to physical therapy, Cheryl is most recognized and respected by thousands of men and women in the Intermountain region. Cheryl has been a Physical Therapist for over 15 years after graduating with her Masters Degree from the University of Utah Physical Therapy Program in 1998. Immediately after graduation, she developed a program for pregnant women having back, pelvic, rib and other pain and has been the pioneer in this field. She has successfully treated thousands of pregnant women as well as pre- and post-partum conditions. As a true pioneer, Cheryl’s vision to create a center that embraces and encompasses a multidisciplinary approach to healing was launched in December 2012. She also specializes in treating women and men with chronic pelvic pain which is a debilitating condition that has a wide range of symptoms.


Patient care is Cheryl’s priority. She spends time with each patient, listens and understands their symptoms, figures out the pain generating structures and the underlying cause of the problem in order to fix it, empower patients and heal them. She is trained and certified to perform FCE’s, and is also certified in Graston Technique.  The Integrative Center for Mind Body Spirit, provides access to those on a path to find keys to positive shifts in healing in every facet of their own lives.  Her specialty areas include evaluating and treating:   

  • Low Back Pain (acute and chronic)
  • SI Joint Dysfunction
  • Pregnancy – during and post-partum
  • Chronic and debilitating pelvic pain in both men and women
  • Rib Dysfunction
  • All spinal conditions – Cervical, Thoracic and Lumbar
  • TMJ
  • All outpatient orthopedic conditions

A life-long resident of Utah, Cheryl’s hobbies include running, hiking, biking, weights, gardening, spending time with family and friends and loves everything outdoors in nature.

Toni Allison, DPT, Dry Needling Certified

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After moving to Salt Lake City from Atlanta, GA, Toni joined the team in October 2016.


Toni graduated from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta with her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. She has over 9 years clinical experience in the outpatient orthopedic, outpatient aquatic, acute care, inpatient rehabilitation, and assisted living settings, and has developed strong interests in helping athletes of all types and of all ages. She specializes in Pilates-based physical therapy, functional dry needling, and manual therapy. She uses her Pilates training to teach and encourage postural awareness, improved core activation, and utilization of stabilization muscles to allow freedom of movement. She is strongly committed to quality patient care and learning more about her patients so that she can provide bespoke treatment to each individual person. Toni is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the Utah Physical Therapy Association.


She enjoys staying physically fit through weight-lifting, road and mountain biking, and hiking, especially when she can do those activities with her husband and “dog-ter” Lana. Prior to her career as a physical therapist, Toni attended Georgia State University and earned her bachelor’s degree in Business Management.

Jamie Plackett, DPT

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Jamie moved from Chicago to pursue her Doctorate in Physical Therapy at the University of Utah. She joined the Cutting Edge team in May of 2019. Although she treats a variety of orthopedic conditions, her biggest interest is in Women's Health, more specifically in caring for the prenatal/postpartum population. She has post-doctorate training in pelvic health and she strongly believes that every woman could benefit from seeing a physical therapist both during and after their pregnancy. With a background in fitness, she also enjoys guiding her patients back into their exercise routine or recreational activities.

Jamie, her husband and son can be found doing anything that involves being in the mountains. Most of her hobbies involve staying active and include hiking, mountain biking, skiing, camping, yoga, pilates and weightlifting.

Kara Duffin, PTA

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Kara joined the Cutting Edge family in the winter of 2014.


She graduated with her Bachelors in Exercise Science, and continued with becoming accredited and licensed as a Physical Therapist Assistant. She is also certified in Graston Technique. She has been an ACSM certified personal trainer for 10 years and is also a USAG certified coach.


She loves coaching trampoline, power tumbling and double-mini, camping, hiking, and any activity out in the mountains and in nature, traveling and spending time with her three kids.

Aponi Porritt, PTA

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Aponi joined the Cutting Edge family at the beginning of 2019.


Aponi has spent the last 10 years working as a Personal Trainer and is certified as a NASM and NSCA CPT.  She graduated with her PTA degree in 2018 and is a nationally accredited and licensed Physical Therapist Assistant.


Aponi loves to be active and spends most of her free time outdoors mountain biking, climbing, snowboarding, hiking and trail running with her 2 fur-kids. Aponi and her husband began snowboarding together at Snowbird in 2008 and they have been adventuring together ever since.