Meet The Staff
Randa Avance, M.S., CCC-SLP is a former Monkey Mouths therapist who returned to us in 2018 after spending some time at home with her young boys. Randa is a speech pathology graduate from Texas Women’s University as well as a certified teacher (EC-12). She has 11 years of experience in pediatric hospitals, private practice and schools. Randa has training in Apraxia and speech intelligibility techniques with use of the Sound Card System, the Kaufman Apraxia System, Talk Tools Oral Placement Therapy, NDT Techniques and she has been PROMPT/Advanced PROMPT Bridging trained. Randa is experienced with numerous oral-motor/feeding techniques including Vital Stim, Sensory-Motor Feeding by Lori Overland, Deborah Beckman M.S., CCC-SLP, and Myofacial Release for dysphagia and voice. Randa has hearing impairment training in sign language and her fluency techniques include Preschool Fluency Training and Nina Reardon-Reeves M.S., CCC-SLP. She has also been trained in augmentative communications techniques including Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) and Comprehensive Augmentative Communication Evaluations for Low-Tech and High-Tech Communication Devices. Randa’s hobbies include paying with her boys, music and church.
Natasha Boylan, M.S., CCC-SLP joined Monkey Mouths in 2017 as a speech pathology graduate from Texas Woman’s University. She completed her Clinical Fellowship Year under the supervision of Karen Pieters and Erin Bernett. Natasha holds a bachelor’s degree in special education from The University of Texas at Austin. She previously worked as a special education teacher for 6 years in Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD for children with moderate to severe disabilities. Natasha felt a career in speech-language pathology would provide a way to make a greater impact on the lives of children with disabilities and their families, which is why she pursued a master’s degree. Upon employment at Monkey Mouths, Natasha received training in the Sound Card System, PROMPT Therapy, Lori Overland Sensory-Motor Feeding Therapy, Talk Tools Oral-Motor Placement Therapy, and Nancy Kaufman Apraxia System. In her free time she enjoys yoga, cooking, traveling and spending time with her husband, Chris. Hook ‘em Horns!
Marisol Cuencas, OTR/L joined Monkey Mouths in 2018 as a recent graduate of Texas Woman’s University. She has prior experience as a preschool teacher and in a pediatric hospital setting and is trained in Handwriting Without Tears. Marisol believes that as therapists, we strive to empower people and help them live as fully as possible. In her spare time she enjoys reading, running, cooking, family time and playing with her energetic cat.
Dani Darragh, M.S., CCC-SLP joined Monkey Mouths in 2019 as a speech pathology graduate from the University of North Texas. Dani has 2 years of experience in home health and is trained in Apraxia and speech intelligibility techniques with use of the Sound Card System and Kaufman Apraxia System/Nancy Kaufmann. She is also certified in BART Infant Massage and Pathways Parent Training Program.
As a speech therapist, Dani hopes to help every child empower themselves to find the words within and to empower every parent to join their child in this goal. There is nothing quite as powerful as speaking and being heard. In her spare time Dani enjoys reading, camping, travelling, singing and drinking coffee.
I have tried other therapists in the past.
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