Meet our Staff

Physical Therapists

Cheryl Farnsworth, MPT/Owner

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, Power Piates Certified

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 clinical experience in the  outpatient orthopedic, outpatient aquatic, acute care, inpatient rehabilitation, and assisted living sittings, and has developed strong interest in Pilates-based physical therapy, geriatrics, and manual therapy. She is certified in Pilates through Power Pilates and utilizes this training to encourage postural awareness, improved core activation, and stronger stabilizing muscles to allow the body to move freer and out of pain. 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, mountain biking, climbing, and hiking, especially when she can do those activities with her husband, “dog-ter” Lana, and friends. Prior to her career as a physical therapist, Toni attended Georgia State University and earned her bachelor’s degree in Business Management.

Sarah Terpin, DPT

 A native of Oregon, Sarah graduated with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Northwestern University in 2008, and returned to Portland to practice as a manual orthopedic physical therapist. Sarah relocated to Salt Lake City in March of 2018, and is excited to join Cutting Edge Physical Therapy.

Sarah’s approach emphasizes a whole-body perspective to patient recovery and focuses on the benefits of healthy movement during the rehabilitation process and transition back to normal life. She finds great satisfaction in working with patients with a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions and acting as an advocate for health in all aspects of their lives. 

Her previous experience has focused on injury prevention, rehabilitation, and movement analysis, for people with all ranges of physical abilities and has been proud to partner in these efforts with multiple Portland area high schools, as well as Oregon Ballet Theater and Northwest Dance Project, and is looking forward to developing these kinds of collaborations in the the Salt Lake area. 

More recently, Sarah has begun incorporating vestibular rehabilitation (the treatment of dizziness, concussion, and some types of balance issues) into her practice. While not often painful conditions, these issues can significantly affect a person’s ability to participate in daily life.  Regardless of condition, Sarah strives to provide individualized care for every patient to promote understanding of their condition, encourage self management and treatment, and restore full function. 

Outside the clinic, Sarah enjoys spending time with her partner Roscoe, relaxing with coffee or a good book, gathering friends together for delicious meals, and all things outdoors. She is looking forward to exploring all the beautiful wild places Utah has to offer, and welcomes any recommendations on your favorite “hidden gems.”

Kara Duffin, PTA

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.

Allie Watson, PTA, CKTP

Allie began working at Cutting Edge Physical Therapy in March of 2016 after relocating to Utah from Raleigh, North Carolina.

Allie earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from North Carolina State University and an Associate of Applied Science degree in Physical Therapist Assistant from South College of Asheville.  She is a Certified Kinesio Tape Practitioner and is certified and proficient in Graston Technique.  

Allie has been practicing as a Physical Therapist Assistant since 2012.  In her free time, Allie enjoys competitive Olympic weightlifting, hiking, and playing outside.


Jolene Shields, C.HT.

“Jolene is a Board Certified Clinical and Medical Hypnotherapist with the National Guild of Hypnotists. The oldest and most prestigious hypnotherapy membership organization in the world. She also has advanced education and training in the area of Complementary Medical Hypnosis with the Guild. Jolene received her Medical Hypnotherapy training and experience as a staff member of the LDS Hospital Pain Clinic, where she worked with chronic pain patients for over 12 years. Jolene is a Certified HypnoBirthing® Instructor with the International HypnoBirthing® Institute and has taught over 1800 couples in the past 16 years. Jolene was recently named to the Faculty Staff of the HypnoBirthing® Institute. Her 28 years of hypnotherapy experience include being a staff member and teacher with the Utah School of Hypnosis and work at the Positive Changes Hypnosis Center. Her areas of expertise include: Chronic Pain Management, Stress and Anxiety Reduction, Insomnia, Weight Reduction, Smoking Cessation, Self Esteem Enhancement, Athletic and Performance enhancement, Study Skill and Memory Enhancement, HypnoBirthing® and more.”

Jolene has enjoyed trainings with her mentors, Gay and Kathyn Hendricks in the area of Conscious Living to facilitate behavioral and relationship changes. In addition, she has enjoyed advanced trainings in Conscious Breathing techniques for stress reduction, pain management, and self-awareness.

As a chronic pain patient herself and after enduring years of pain medication and physical therapy, Jolene finally found freedom with the use of hypnosis. She has since enjoyed an active and productive life. Due to her gratitude and passion for the hypnotherapy process, Jolene enthusiastically continues to teach the skill of self-hypnosis to others.

Jolene currently enjoys a private practice assisting clients with the use of hypnosis, to make changes in all areas of their lives and remove physical and emotional limitations and behaviors. Jolene is passionate about teaching birthing parents the techniques of HypnoBirthing® to create a calm, pleasant, and even spiritual birthing for mom, birth companion and baby.

Massage Therapist

Stephanie Pearce, LMT, CYT, PT

Stephanie’s integrative health practice celebrates the truth that health looks different on everybody. Her life’s work is helping her patients discover the wisdom in their body that leads to whole body health and joy.

Nearly 15 years ago, she trained at the Academy of Somatic Healing Arts (ASHA). After graduating, she spent many years as an instructor with ASHA’s Sports Massage Department and supported athletes in the medical tent for Atlanta Peachtree Road Race and AVP Beach Volleyball Tours in Atlanta. In 2001, she started her integrative health practice to blend everything she’s learned about massage, yoga and exercise therapies to help more people achieve health, joy and whole body substance.

Stephanie’s biggest challenge came in her 40s, when she suffered debilitating sciatica. She recovered from the pain by following a whole body approach to health and pursuing movement that brings her joy. Farming particularly helped her heal, underscored the value of camaraderie and also guided her to follow a Slow Food philosophy. She believes in a diet based on whole, organic and local foods to support the body’s natural healing.

She’s a Georgia native and has recently moved to Salt Lake City. Traveling across country with her husband, two dogs and a cat. She’s enjoyed sprint triathlons, swinging kettle bells, and mountain biking while also loving quite hikes whether on the beach, in the mountains or urban parks. She is proof that health looks different on everybody. Clients describe her as a wise sage. But one of the simplest lessons that she has learned is to listen and care for your body. When you do, you’ll gain more enthusiasm and freedom to enjoy and  move with the flow of life.