Meet The Staff
Erin Bernett M.S., CCC-SLP has been a licensed speech-language pathologist for over 19 years. Before opening Monkey Mouths in 2003, Erin worked in the pediatric hospital setting. Erin has formal training in: Vocal Cord Dysfunction (VCD), PROMPT therapy, Vital Stim Therapy for swallowing, Langmore Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES), myofascial release therapy, S.O.S. Feeding therapy, Lori Overland Feeding Therapy, Talk Tools Oral Placement Therapy and Beckman Oral-Motor Therapy, Visualizing and Verbalizing/Seeing Stars/LIPS by Lindamood Bell, Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) and Michelle Garcia Winner's Social Thinking. She has also completed advanced training in Applied Behavior Analysis--both through continuing education and the University of North Texas.
Erin has presented to both SLPs and parents in the areas of Vocal Cord Dysfunction, Oral-Motor/Feeding Therapy, the Sound Card System and Teaching Children with Down Syndrome through Visual Cues. She has served on the Board of Directors at the Green Oaks School of Arlington for 10 years. She also currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Independent Therapy Providers Association of Texas (ITPA).
Erin, her husband Matt and their 12-year-old son Carter attend 121 Community Church where Erin and Matt teach 6th grade Lifegroups. Erin has a passion for issues of injustice--both in the United States and abroad. She spends her free time advocating for the rights of those who cannot speak for themselves.
Patricia Gurinsky, M.A., CCC-SLP has been working as a Speech-Language Pathologist for over 12 years. Prior to starting at Monkey Mouths, she worked at Therapy 2000 home health agency. During that time, Patricia served as a Team Manager II supervising a team of speech therapists and mentoring other team managers. In addition to management duties, she provided mentoring for therapists in feeding and hearing disorders in addition to serving her own patients. Patricia has also previously worked at Arlington Memorial Hospital as the primary pediatric outpatient therapist with cross-training in adult acute care. She has collaborated with occupational therapists, case managers, physical therapists, referring pediatricians and specialty physicians (ENTs, GI, pulmonologists, neurologists, dietitians, etc) and social workers in both settings to provide the best services for each of the patients she has served. Patricia has extensive education and training in working with children with autism (SCERTS model by Barry Prizant, The Hanen Program More Than Words), apraxia of speech (Kaufman Apraxia System, PROMPT, Deborah Beckman Oral Motor approach, Talk Tools), cleft palate/lip and velopharyngeal dysfunction, voice disorders, articulation and phonological processing disorders (Sound Card System, Hodson Approach to Phonological Disorders), language disorders (The Hanen Program It Takes Two to Talk, Tamara Kaspar Sign to Talk), and fluency disorders. Patricia has experience with programming and integrating alternative augmentative communication into daily activities (Dynavox/Mayer Johnson, Tobii, IPAD/My Talk and ProLoQuo2Go, CommLink 3G, PRC, PECS, Tango, LAMP), therapeutic handling for support, and modifications for children with visual impairments. Patricia is passionate about feeding and hearing disorders and has training which includes Advanced Vital Stim, MBSS (Jeri Logeman), G-tube weaning and transitioning to oral feedings (Marsha Dunn Klein), SOS (Sequential Oral Sensory) approach, Special Populations in Feeding: Extreme Food Hyperselectivity, Frasier Water Protocol, Get Permission Approach to Feeding, Breathing, Digestion, and Swallowing in High Risk Infants, AVT techniques for hearing impairment (attended TCU Listening and Spoken Language Summer Institute), use of amplification (BAHA, FM systems), and some sign language. She has provided patient/family training on Passy Muir Valve to produce voice and support safe swallowing for patients with a tracheostomy and/or ventilator dependence, and assists in successful carryover of home programs. Patricia encourages interactive, positive therapy with patients that involves parents/family for meaningful experiences that can be carried into the home and community. Patricia loves watching hockey, attending TCU football games, traveling, singing, and spending time with her husband David.
Stacey Stewart M.S., CCC-SLP has been working as a speech pathologist for over 18 years. Her management experience includes serving as a new employee mentor, intern supervisor, and Clinical Fellow supervisor at Cook Children’s Medical Center, and a student intern mentor at Medical Center of Lewisville. In addition, prior to coming to Monkey Mouths, Stacey acted as assistant supervisor at a private practice for children with autism while providing direct, inclusive speech therapy services. She has managed the Monkey Mouths Flower Mound/Coppell clinic location for the last 2 years while providing direct speech therapy services, as well as worked with Monkey Mouths for the last 7 years. In terms of language evaluation and treatment experience, Stacey's autism background includes training from Vincent Carbone PhD, BCBA, Mark Sundburg PhD, BCBA, Tamara Kasper M.S., CCC-SLP/BCBA and Patrick McGreevy PhD, BCBA. In addition to Stacey's strong language background, she has also worked with adult and child oral-motor, swallowing, and feeding disorders with training by Rona Alexander PhD, CCC-SLP, Jeri Logemann PhD, CCC-SLP, Pam Marshalla, M.A., CCC-SLP, Deborah Beckman, M.S., CCC-SLP and Renee Roy-Hill M.S., CCC-SLP with Talk Tools. She has completed evaluations and provided treatment for patients with feeding and swallowing disorders through bedside evaluations and Modified Barium Swallow Studies for children and adults for Cook Children's Medical Center in Fort Worth, Medical Center of Lewisville, and Exempla Lutheran Medical Center in Arvada, Colorado. She is also certified in the S.O.S. (Sequential Oral Sensory) Feeding Therapy program. In terms of voice evaluation and treatment, Stacey is trained in Vocal Cord Dysfunction evaluation and treatment and is experienced in evaluation and treatment of children with Velopharyngeal Insufficiency related to cleft lip and palate and other disorders. She is also raising a child of her own who was born with cleft lip and palate. In addition, she has experience with Passy-Muir tolerance for children with tracheostomy. In order to better serve patients with articulation disorders and apraxia, Stacey has trained in the Sound Card System, PROMPT and the Kaufman Apraxia System. Stacey feels that creating a loving and nurturing therapeutic environment for the child with an open line of communication between the clinician and the child's parent is vital to successful treatment. Stacey enjoys reading, writing, and spending time with her husband, Jeff, and their two sons.
Mary Brezik, M.S., CCC-SLP joined Monkey Mouths, LLC in August 2012 as a speech pathology graduate from the University of Texas at Dallas. Upon employment with Monkey Mouths, Mary obtained her PROMPT certification and was trained in the Visualizing and Verbalizing System through Lindamood Bell, Sound Card System, Nancy Kaufman Apraxia System, Lori Overland Feeding Therapy, and Talk Tools Oral Placement Therapy. She uses American Sign Language (ASL) and some Spanish to supplement therapy sessions as needed. Mary is a classically trained soprano and pianist and treats a variety of voice disorders including Vocal Cord Dysfunction (VCD), vocal nodules, and velopharyngeal insufficiency. She pursued clinical voice training with Dr. Shaheen N. Awan, Ph.D., CCC-SLP and Janis Deane, M.Ed, CCC-SLP and attended the UT Southwestern Otolaryngology Department’s Singer’s Symposium. Her most recent performance was Beethoven’s 9th Symphony "Ode to Joy" at Bass Performance Hall with the TCU Concert Chorale and Orchestra. Mary treats a variety of feeding disorders and has pursued feeding training in Infant Feeding at Cook Children’s Hospital, is certified in the S.O.S. (Sequential Oral Sensory) Feeding Therapy program, Pediatric MBS: The Clear Picture, and Adult/Pediatric VitalStim Therapy. She was clinically trained in Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES) by Susan E. Langmore, Ph.D, CCC-SLP, BRS-S at Boston Medical Center. Mary performs FEES studies and voice evaluations for velopharyngeal incompetency via nasoendoscopy at the Fort Worth clinic. Mary enjoys volunteering, traveling, and supporting local organizations with her husband.
Alex J. loves having a good time at speech. Whether he’s movin’ or shakin’, there’s always a reason for a good PECS exchange!