Meet The Staff
Tricia Jenson, OT joined Monkey Mouths in 2017 after working as a pediatric occupational therapist in a home health setting for 19 years. She graduated from Texas Woman’s University and her subsequent years of experience working with children of all ages and diagnoses have made her a well-rounded therapist with an extensive knowledge base. She provides independent evaluation and treatment of her patients with varying diagnoses to include: Chromosome Disorders (Down Syndrome, Edward's Syndrome, Wolf-Hirschhorn Syndrome) Autism Spectrum Disorders, Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy, Sensory Processing Disorders, Developmental Delays, Visual Motor Delays and Hand Writing Dysfunction. Tricia has a passion for working with children and has dedicated her years of being in this profession to helping children and families that have had a disruption in their life. You will be greeted with a fun and loving therapist that desires to see your child reach their greatest potential - she will settle for nothing less..
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).
Randi Thomas M.S., CCC-SLP joined Monkey Mouths in 2007 and has over 11 years of experience working as a pediatric speech-language pathologist. Randi began her career with Cook Children's Medical Center where she completed her Clinical Fellowship Year under the supervision of Erin Bernett M.S., CCC-SLP. Randi has expertise in working with children with hearing impairments from Carol Flexer, PhD, using either an auditory-verbal or a total communication approach depending upon the child's specific needs. She has had extended training in developmental apraxia and motor-planning disorders including training with Nancy Kaufman M.S., CCC-SLP and PROMPT/Advanced PROMPT Bridging. Randi has experience with programming and integrating alternative augmentative communication (AAC) into daily activities using Dynavox/Mayer Johnson, LAMP, and Prentke Romich. Her oral-motor/feeding skills include instruction from Sara R. Johnson M.S., CCC-SLP, Deborah Beckman M.S., CCC-SLP Marsha Dunn Klein Med, OTR, Catherine Shaker M.S., CCC-SLP, and S.O.S. (Sequential Oral Sensory) Feeding Therapy program. She has also received training in applied behavior analysis with Tamara Kasper, M.S., CCC-SLP, BCBA. Randi's definition of successful treatment is to have the parents involved in therapy so that they feel empowered to work with their child in the home on a regular basis. She enjoys spending time with her husband, Brandon, and their two children.
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.