Meet The Staff
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 led the Monkey Mouths team in becoming the first pediatric private practice to utilize FEES in Texas. Mary performs FEES studies and voice evaluations for velopharyngeal incompetency via nasoendoscopy in the Fort Worth clinic. Mary enjoys volunteering, traveling, and supporting local organizations with her husband and daughter.
Lacey Hood Anderson, M.S., CCC-SLP has over 3 years of experience as a Speech Language Pathologist in private practice as well as elementary and middle school settings. She joined Monkey Mouths, LLC in 2018 and is a graduate of Texas Christian University. Lacey has training in Apraxia and speech intelligibility techniques with the use of the Sound Card System, Kaufman Apraxia System – Nancy Kaufman, Dynamic Temporal and Tactile Cueing/Edyth Strand PhD, CCC-SLP and has also completed training for augmentative communication techniques with the use of the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS). She has also been PROMPT trained.
Lacey believes it is vital to a child’s success that the family be involved in the therapy process. One of her favorite parts of therapy is interacting with all the wonderful families that come to us for services. Her style of therapy is a good mix of structure and fun. If a child is laughing, they are more likely to enjoy their time in therapy and are often more willing to put in some hard work. There is nothing Lacey enjoys more than seeing a child’s face light up as they achieve success towards their communication goals.
Emma Pate, M.S., CCC-SLP joined Monkey Mouths in 2018 and serves as the Clinical Director of the Southlake office. She earned her Masters in Speech-Language Pathology from Texas Tech University. Upon graduation, she moved to California where she worked in private practice and the public schools. During her time there, she evaluated and treated children with childhood apraxia of speech, fluency disorders, dyslexia, autism spectrum disorder, articulation disorders, language disorders, hearing impairments and dysphagia/feeding disorders.
Emma is trained in Nancy Kaufman's approach to childhood apraxia of speech Kaufman Apraxia System; Hannen Programs It Takes Two to Talk; the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) approach to feeding; theSound Card System; PROMPT; Dynamic Temporal and Tactile Cueing/Edyth Strand PhD, CCC-SLP; Sensory-Motor Feeding by Lori Overland; Social Thinking and Preschool Fluency Training. Emma is also a member of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA).
Nikki Wensel Rustad, M.A., CCC-SLP joined Monkey Mouths in 2006 and has been sharing the power of communication with children and their parents for over 20 years. Prior to joining Monkey Mouths she worked for Children's Medical Center of Dallas and was in management at Cook Children's Medical Center as the graduate student liaison. Nikki has a passion for educating families on the power of play (90% of what preschoolers learn at school is through play) and has trained with the Social Thinking Program designed by Michelle Garcia Winner M.A., CCC-SLP. She also has significant experience with behavioral and communication strategies for children with autism including training with Vincent Carbone PhD, ABA, Mark Sundburg PhD, BCBA, Tamara Kasper, M.S., CCC-SLP, BCBA, Crafting Connections program, and Love and Logic. Based on a child's specific needs, Nikki has used auditory-verbal techniques and total communication to treat speech and language issues related to hearing impairment. She uses PROMPT therapy, the Sound Card System and the Kaufman Apraxia System in treating her patients with motor-planning disorders and apraxia. Nikki has had extensive training in oral motor and feeding issues with such experts as Deborah Beckman M.S., CCC-SLP, Lori Overland M.S., CCC-SLP, Sara R. Johnson M.S., CCC-SLP, Catherine Shaker, M.S., CCC-SLP, and Jeri Logemann PhD, CCC-SLP. Nikki loves to use books whenever she can, which is what prompted her to begin utilizing the Literacy Speaks program. She believes that therapy should be fun and functional and that parent education is crucial for each child's success. Nikki enjoys spending time with her husband Eric (who is also a speech pathologist) and their son. She also loves baking, gardening, volunteering, and decorating for the holidays.