Meet The Staff
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 and Advanced PROMPT Bridging, 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.
Kristi Erhart Rollins M.A., CCC-SLP has been empowering families to help their children communicate for over 20 years. Before joining the Monkey Mouths team, Kristi worked for both Cook Children's Medical Center and Early Childhood Intervention (ECI). Kristi has worked in conjunction with Erin Bernett for over 17 years in the development and use of the Sound Card System in the treatment of children with motor-planning disorders. In addition to SCS, Kristi has been PROMPT/Advanced PROMPT Bridging trained, completed training with Edyth Strand PhD, CCC-SLP and trained in the Kaufman Apraxia System. Kristi is experienced with using numerous oral-motor/feeding techniques such as Sara R. Johnson M.S., CCC-SLP, Lori Overland M.S., CCC-SLP, Deborah Beckman M.S., CCC-SLP, and Catherine Shaker, M.S., CCC-SLP. Kristi has completed training as a myofascial therapist. Kristi has also completed training in the use of the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS). She has combined this experience with her knowledge of language development and her education from Vincent Carbone PhD, ABA, Mark Sundburg PhD, BCBA, and Tamara Kasper, M.S., CCC-SLP, BCBA in controlling negative behaviors that many times accompany a language disorder to establish well-rounded, success based treatment plans for her patients. Kristi and her husband Mike have two children. She is a runner and enjoys cooking with help from Pinterest.
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.
I have tried other therapists in the past.
My child either never took to the therapist or we never saw any results. When we came to Monkey Mouths, Aaron started to thrive. His vocabulary... more