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.
LaKia Abron, M.A., CCC-SLP joined Monkey Mouths, LLC in July 2017 as a Speech-Language Pathologist. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor (Go Blue!) with a bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Linguistics; with a minor in American Sign Language (ASL). Her passion for helping others, and belief in contributing to efforts larger than individual beings, led LaKia to the field of Speech-Language Pathology. LaKia completed her graduated studies at the University of Cincinnati; where she received her Masters of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders.
LaKia is experienced in the Sound Card System, Talk Tools Oral-Motor Placement Therapy, the Beckman Oral Motor Protocol, SOS Approach to Feeding, Sensory-Motor Feeding Therapy, Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), and CPR. She has extensive experience in pediatric oral motor and feeding disorders.
LaKia comes to Monkey Mouths from the Early Intervention setting, where she developed a passion for connecting with families to aid in improving overall quality of life, through functional communication. During her time in ECI, she developed a unique interest in feeding and swallowing disorders, and serving the medically fragile child. LaKia believes in taking a family-centered approach to speech and feeding therapy; and prides herself on the ability to carryover strategies for optimal success in the home.
In her free time, LaKia enjoys playing softball, volleyball, reading, research and spending time with friends and family. She’s excited for the opportunity to serve and meet the needs of your children!
Tiffany Davis, M.S., CCC-SLP joined Monkey Mouths, LLC in March 2017. She has been a practicing speech-language pathologist for 4 years and prior to that worked as a Kindergarten teacher in Plano ISD for 3 years. She began her career as a speech-language pathologist at The Warren Center, where she focused on Early Childhood Intervention for the first year and then transitioned to their private clinic, where she worked with pre-school and school aged children with a variety of speech, language and feeding needs. Tiffany has been trained in the Sound Card System, PROMPT therapy, Talk Tools Oral-Motor Placement Therapy and Lori Overland Sensory-Motor Feeding Therapy. She believes that children learn best through play; therefore her sessions are centered around play activities in order to target each child’s individual goals while creating a fun and motivating learning experience. She also believes that family involvement is a key part of successful therapy and collaborates with caregivers to create strategies they can use at home to continue their child’s progress outside of the therapy room. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, swimming, and spending time with her husband, Tim and daughter, Brooklyn.
Kim Dillon, M.A., CCC-SLP has over 10 years of experience as a speech-language pathologist. Before joining the Monkey Mouths team, she worked in public schools where she evaluated and treated children ages 3-18 years old with speech and language disorders, along with creating and monitoring Individualized Education Plans for each student. She also served on an interdisciplinary Autism assessment team evaluating and providing recommendations for students. In addition, she has extensive training in behavioral and communication strategies, specifically in Applied Behavior Analysis and holds a certificate of completion for Applied Behavioral Analysis from Trainer of Trainers instructed by Desiree Kesting-Noack, BS Ed., BCABA, Central Texas Autism Center. Kim is certified in PROMPT therapy, along with training in the Kaufman Apraxia System and the Sound Card System to treat patients with motor planning disorders and apraxia of speech. She also has training in Picture Exchange Communication System and Sensory-Motor Feeding by Lori Overland, M.S., CCC-SLP. Kim has a passion for giving children a means to communicate. She enjoys creating a plan that is meaningful and specific for each child using the different skills and knowledge she has received over the years. Kim and her husband, Levi, have 3 young boys. In her free time she enjoys exercising, reading, swimming, and spending time with family.
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!