Meet The Staff
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.
Rebecca Lamke Sas, M.S., CCC-SLP has over 13 years of experience working with children to meet their speech and language needs. Prior to joining the Monkey Mouths team, she worked at the Oklahoma Assistive Technology Center as a SLP and Augmentative/Alternative Communication (AAC) specialist. In this position she provided evaluations, classroom consultations, training programs, and information on Assistive Technology (AT) to Oklahoma Public Schools, administrators, educators, service providers, and parents. Rebecca has also worked in the public school setting. As a school speech therapist she served students ages 3-21 providing evaluations and interventions for articulation, fluency, voice, and language disorders. She is skilled at using various approaches to therapy including use of the Sound Card System, Assistive Technology, total communication, principals of ABA, and social stories. She also served as a member of the school district’s AT team providing evaluations, interventions, and consultations to students, staff, paraprofessionals, and therapists related to AT/AAC. She has training in SETT Framework with Joy Zabala, Ed.D and the Every Move Counts, Clicks and Chats program from Jane Korsten, M.S., CCC-SLP. Rebecca also has experience working in a hearing-impaired pre-school and helping families incorporate the use of signs with infants and children. Rebecca has completed training in PROMPT, the Kaufman Apraxia System, Talk Tools Oral Placement Therapy, Sensory-Motor Feeding with Lori Overland, M.S., CCC-SLP, and Vocal Cord Dysfunction (VCD). She believes in a child-centered team approach to speech and language therapy using positive feedback while focusing on functional outcomes. Rebecca is married to Ed and is involved in her church. She enjoys being creative with the help of Pinterest.
Megan joined Monkey Mouths, LLC as a speech pathology graduate from the University of Texas at Dallas. Megan completed her Clinical Fellowship Year under the supervision of Erin Bernett and has been practicing at Monkey Mouths for 6.5 years. Upon employment with Monkey Mouths, Megan obtained her PROMPT certification, training with Dr. Carbone PhD, BCBC for verbal ABA techniques and advanced feeding therapy training with Lori Overland M.S., CCC-SLP, Deborah Beckman, M.S., CCC-SLP, and Talk Tools Oral Placement therapy. Megan was also able to pursue training with Nancy Kaufman M.S., CCC and Tamara Kasper M.S., CCC-SLP/BCBA in order to learn new techniques for working with children with apraxia and a duel diagnosis of autism and apraxia. She has also been trained in the Sound Card System. Megan is certified in Vital Stim Therapy, S.O.S. (Sequential Oral Sensory) Feeding Therapy program, and Vocal Cord Dysfunction. She is a member of Junior League of Fort Worth and Kappa Kappa Gamma alumni and advisory board. Megan enjoys spending time with her husband and their dogs.
Kellie Talbert M.S. OTR-L joined Monkey Mouths in 2017 to help establish OT services in our Ft Worth location. Kellie graduated with her Master’s degree in Occupational therapy from the University of Central Arkansas in 2010. She has worked as a Pediatric Occupational therapist in multiple treatment settings. She has treated patients with Autism, learning disabilities, cerebral palsy, Down Syndrome, Dravet Syndrome, Digeorge Syndrome, Fragile X Syndrome, Williams Syndrome, ADHD, ODD and Torticollis. Kellie has advanced training in rhythmic movement training (RMT) as well as First Strokes fine motor and handwriting. Prior to Occupational therapy, Kellie worked in the banking industry. She was motivated to change careers due to an exceptional Occupational therapist who worked with her own son-who is on the Autism Spectrum.
Ethan C. loves therapy because it is fun!