Meet Our Staff

From Our Founder

I’m Erin Bernett, MS, CCC-SLP, and I founded Monkey Mouths because I wanted to do what I love in a people-centered environment that fosters growth throughout the therapy team in children, parents, therapists, and families. My incredible staff and I are honored to serve families in the greater Dallas/Ft. Worth area, improving families’ lives through support and collaboration.

Erin Bernett, Founder of Monkey Mouths
Erin Bernett with Alas De Dios

When I left my position in a pediatric hospital setting in 2003, I had a vision — and a desire for big changes in my work life. Monkey Mouths started as a small team of dedicated therapists, and we strive to preserve our ‘families first’ culture as we grow and expand our scope of pediatric care. My “why” behind what I do has always been family and faith: together with my son Carter and my husband Matt, we work with In My Image Ministry, a faith-based organization dedicated to special needs children and their families.

We also partner with Alas De Dios ~ a non profit 501 C (3) corporation formed to impact the lives of the poorest and most marginalized children in Nicaragua by caring for their physical, spiritual, and educational needs.

As a therapist for over 20 years, I have training and specialization in the following:

Language:

Applied Verbal Behavior Analysis with Vincent Carbone PhD, BCBA
Michelle Garcia Winner’s Social Thinking
Visualizing and Verbalizing/Seeing Stars/LIPS by Lindamood Bell
Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)
Tamera Kasper Sign to Talk

Apraxia/Articulation:

Sound Card System: Developer/Presenter
PROMPT therapy/Advanced PROMPT Bridging
Talk Tools Oral Placement Therapy
Kaufman Apraxia System
Dynamic Temporal and Tactile Cueing (DTTC) with Edyth Strand PhD, CCC-SLP

Feeding/Dysphagia:

Pediatric Vital Stim
Langmore Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES)
Myofascial Release Therapy
S.O.S. Feeding Therapy
Lori Overland Feeding Therapy
Beckman Oral-Motor Therapy
CAN-EAT Approach to feeding

Oralfacial Myofunctional Therapy (OMT):

Coarsework through: AOMT , IAOM, Simon Says
Tethered Oral Tissues (TOTS trained)
Functional Assessment and Remediation of TOTS/Talk Tools

Voice:

Presenter for Vocal Cord Dysfunction (VCD)
UT Southwestern Singer’s Symposium

If you’ve been to any of our locations, you already know that our therapists are the heartbeat of our practice. Monkey Mouths was created with families in mind, and we strive to create environments and experiences for children that inspire growth and unlock their potential.

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Nikki Rustad, SLP, Monkey Mouths

Nikki Wensel Rustad, M.A., CCC-SLP

Provider Type: SLP, Assistant Director, Monkey U Lead

Location: Fort Worth

Patricia Gurinsky, M.A., CCC-SLP

Patricia Gurinsky, M.A., CCC-SLP

Provider Type: Speech-Language Pathologist, Oral Myofunctional Therapist Fort Worth Clinical Director

Location: Fort Worth

Deborah Mode, M.S., CCC-SLP

Deborah Mode, M.S., CCC-SLP

Provider Type: Bilingual Speech-Language Pathologist, Oral-Myofunctional Therapist Coppell Clinical Director

Location: Coppell

Emma-Pate-SLP-Southlake-Clinical-Director

Emma Pate, M.S., CCC-SLP

Provider Type: Speech-Language Pathologist, Southlake Clinical Director

Location: Southlake

Randi-Thomas-SLP-OMT-Hurst-Clinical-Director

Randi Thomas, M.S., CCC-SLP, Hurst Clinical Director

Provider Type: Speech-Language Pathologist, Oral-Myofunctional Therapist, Hurst Clinical Director

Location: Hurst

Tricia Jenson, OT

Tricia Jenson, OT

Provider Type: Lead Occupational Therapist

Location: Hurst, Coppell

Mary-Brezik-SLP-Lead-FEES-Therapist-Fort-Worth

Mary Brezik, M.S., CCC-SLP

Provider Type: Speech-Language Pathologist, Lead FEES Therapist/Fort Worth

Location: Fort Worth

Randa-Avance-SLP-Green-Oaks-and-Southlake

Randa Avance, M. S. CCC-SLP

Provider Type: Speech-Language Pathologist

Location: Southlake

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Natasha Boylan, M.S., CCC-SLP

Provider Type: Speech-Language Pathologist

Location: Coppell

Sarah Casburn, OTR/L

Provider Type: Occupational Therapist

Location: Hurst, Southlake

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Marisol Cuencas, OTR

Provider Type: Occupational Therapist

Location: Coppell, Southlake

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Danielle Darragh, M.S., CCC-SLP

Provider Type: Speech-Language Pathologist

Location: Fort Worth

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Tiffany Davis, M.S., CCC-SLP

Provider Type: Speech-Language Pathologist

Location: Coppell

Kim-Dillon-SLP-Ft.-Worth

Kim Dillon, M.A., CCC-SLP

Provider Type: Speech-Language Pathologist

Location: Fort Worth

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Paige Faulder, M.S., CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT

Provider Type: Speech-Language Pathologist, Certified Auditory-Verbal Therapist

Location: Fort Worth

Kristen-Gaffney-SLP-Fort-Worth

Kristen Gaffney, M.S., CCC-SLP

Provider Type: Speech-Language Pathologist

Location: Fort Worth

Chelsey-Garrett-SLP-Coppell

Chelsey Garrett, M.S., CCC-SLP

Provider Type: Speech-Language Pathologist

Location: Coppell

Alicia-Hindman-SLP-Hurst

Alicia Hindman, M.A., CCC-SLP

Provider Type: Speech-Language Pathologist

Location: Hurst

Lindsey-Hockel-SLP-Hurst

Lindsey Hockel, M.S., CCC-SLP

Provider Type: Speech-Language Pathologist

Location: Hurst

Brooke-James-SLP-Intern-Hurst

Brooke James, M.S., SLP-Intern

Provider Type: Speech-Language Pathologist

Location: Hurst

Jamie-Jenkins-SLP-Coppell

Jamie Jenkins, M.S., CCC-SLP

Provider Type: Speech-Language Pathologist

Location: Coppell

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Jenny Katz, M.S., CCC-SLP

Provider Type: Speech-Language Pathologist

Location: Hurst

Nancy-Lopez-Bilingual-SLP-Coppell

Nancy Lopez M.S., CCC-SLP

Provider Type: Speech-Language Pathologist

Location: Coppell

Kelly-Lynch-OT-Hurst-and-Coppell

Kelly Lynch, OTR/L

Provider Type: Occupational Therapist

Location: Hurst, Coppell

Emily Madden, M.S., CCC-SLP

Provider Type: Speech-Language Pathologist

Location: Hurst

Blair-McClatchy-SLP-OMT-Southlake

Blair McClatchy, M.S., CCC-SLP

Provider Type: Speech-Language Pathologist, Oral Myofunctional Therapist

Location: Southlake

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Taylor Myers, M.S., CCC-SLP

Provider Type: Speech-Language Pathologist

Location: Coppell

Vanessa-Parkinson-SLP-Hurst-and-Southlake

Vanessa Parkinson BSc. Hons, CCC-SLP

Provider Type: Speech-Language Pathologist

Location: Hurst, Southlake

Ashley-Partridge-OT-Hurst-and-Southlake

Ashley Partridge, MOTR/L, CNT, NTMTC

Provider Type: Occupational Therapist

Location: Hurst, Southlake

Karen-Pieters-SLP-OMT-Hurst

Karen Pieters, M.S., CCC-SLP

Provider Type: Speech-Language Pathologist, Oral Myofunctional Therapist

Location: Hurst

Kristi-Rollins-SLP-OMT-Southlake

Kristi Erhart Rollins, M.A., CCC-SLP

Provider Type: Speech-Language Pathologist, Oral Myofunctional Therapist

Location: Southlake

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Rebecca Lamke Sas, M.S., CCC-SLP

Provider Type: AAC Specialist, Speech-Language Pathologist

Location: Hurst, Fort Worth

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D'Anna Sims, M.Ed., LPC

Provider Type: Licensed Professional Counselor

Location: Hurst

Megan-Sordini-SLP-OMT-Fort-Worth

Megan Sordini, M.S., CCC-SLP

Provider Type: Speech-Language Pathologist, Oral Myofunctional Therapist

Location: Fort Worth

Ashley-Stone-SLP-Fort-Worth

Ashley Stone, M.S., CCC-SLP

Provider Type: Speech-Language Pathologist

Location: Fort Worth

Jonathan-Suarez-SLP-Hurst

Jonathan Suarez, M.S., CCC-SLP

Provider Type: Bilingual Speech-Language Pathologist

Location: Hurst

Kellie-Talbert-OT-Fort-Worth

Kellie Talbert, OTR

Provider Type: Occupational Therapist

Location: Fort Worth

Alexandra-Torget-SLP-Coppell

Alexandra Torget, M.Ed., CCC-SLP

Provider Type: Speech-Language Pathologist

Location: Coppell

Laura-Wettig-OT-Hurst-and-Fort-Worth

Laura Wettig, OTR/L

Provider Type: Occupational Therapist

Location: Hurst, Fort Worth

Emily-Woodby-SLP-Intern-Southlake

Emily Woodby, M.S., CCC-SLP

Provider Type: Speech-Language Pathologist

Location: Southlake

Claudia-Wyngaarde-SLP-Hurst

Claudia Wyngaarde, M.S., CCC-SLP

Provider Type: Speech-Language Pathologist

Location: Hurst