Meet The Staff
Blair McClatchy, M.S., CF-SLP joined Monkey Mouths in July 2016 as a speech pathology graduate from the University of Texas at Dallas. Blair is completing her Clinical Fellowship Year under the supervision of Erin Bernett and Kristi Rollins. Upon employment at Monkey Mouths, Blair received training in the Sound Card System, PROMPT therapy, Talk Tools Oral-Motor Placement Therapy, Lori Overland Sensory-Motor Feeding Therapy, and the Nancy Kaufman Apraxia System. Blair believes parent involvement is essential for generalization of the child’s skills and crucial for their success. Blair enjoys traveling, arts and crafts, and spending time with her husband.
Karen Pieters M.S., CCC-SLP has 14 years of experience in speech speech pathology and 4 years of experience in school psychology for a combined total of 18 years. Karen joined Monkey Mouths from a practice in Irving where she helped to start the clinic’s feeding program. She has worked as a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology in Georgia and Texas. Karen has had extensive feeding training with Deborah Beckman M.S., CCC, Lori Overland M.S., CCC-SLP, and Sara R. Johnson M.S., CCC-SLP. These skills along with her training in Sensory Integration with Kathryne Carnissa, OTR make her a well-rounded oral-motor/feeding therapist. She is also trained in myofascial therapy and Vocal Cord Dysfunction to assist with both swallowing and voice disorders as well as posture and positioning. Karen has also completed training with Tamara Kasper, M.S., CCC-SLP, BCBA in the areas of behavior modification, and is certified in the use of Interactive Metronome. She has attended Social Thinking training with Michelle Garcia Winner in order to add to her expertize developing a child's social language skills. Karen has presented “Rapidly Increase Intelligibility in Young Children” at the TSHA convention and enjoys working on children's speech intelligibility and with motor-planning disorders; her use of PROMPT therapy, the Sound Card System, and the Kaufman Apraxia System is essential in the treatment of motor-planning disorders. Her experience in speech and psychology make her a great therapist for children who are experiencing speech/language issues that affect school learning. Karen sees parents as partners in the therapy process, and enjoys giving families simple yet effective ideas for home carry-over. Karen is married and has one daughter.
Audrey Powell M.S., CCC-SLP graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas and worked at a private practice in Richardson while obtaining her Certificate of Clinical Competence. As the clinic’s primary feeding therapist, she pursued certification in the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Feeding Program. She also treated children with articulation and language disorders. While employed with Monkey Mouths, Audrey completed an extensive continuing education protocol to improve upon her strong clinical skills, which included the Sound Card System, PROMPT, Talk Tools Oral-Motor Placement Therapy, Sensory-Motor Feeding by Lori Overland, M.S., CCC-SLP, the Kaufman Apraxia System, and NMES training in order to utilize Vital Stim Therapy. Audrey was recently trained in Myofascial therapy to assist with swallowing and voice discorders as well as posture and positioning. Audrey believes that positive professional communication and rapport with the family is essential in order to increase the generalization of the patient's new skills to their home environment. Audrey enjoys cheering for the TCU Horned Frogs with her husband.
Nikki Wensel Rustad, M.A., CCC-SLP has been sharing the power of communication with children and their parents for over 20 years. She also worked for Children's Medical Center of Dallas, and in management at Cook Children's Medical Center as the graduate student liaison. Nikki has a passion for educating familes 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.
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!
"Tyron began showing signs of frustration when people didn't understand him. I wanted to give him the best possible chance as he got ready to start school. Ms. Lindsey has done that for him. He... more