Meet The Staff

  • Erin Bernett, M.S., CCC-SLP
  • Owner and Director
  • Speech-Language Pathologist
  • Erin Bernett M.S., CCC-SLP has over 17 years of experience helping children meet their communication potential. Prior to establishing Monkey Mouths, Erin practiced with both Cook Children's Medical Center and Our Children's House Baylor. Erin developed the Sound Card System (SCS) from years of observations that her patients were visual learners and responded much quicker when they could see and feel sounds rather than just hearing them. In addition to visual cueing with SCS, Erin uses varied visual and tactile cues such as sign language, PROMPT therapy, Picture Exchange Communication System, Visualizing and Verbalizing by Nancy Bell M.S., CCC-SLP and visual pacing to make learning speech and language easier. Erin has implemented techniques from Sara R. Johnson M.S., CCC-SLP, Deborah Beckman M.S., CCC-SLP and Lori Overland M.S., CCC-SLP in treating children with sensory-motor feeding and articulation disorders. Erin is also certified in NMES and uses Vital Stim Therapy in treating her patients with feeding and swallowing issues.  Erin has trained with Vincent Carbone PhD-BCBA, Mark Sundberg Phd-BCBA and Nancy Kaufman M.S., CCC-SLP and Tamara Kasper M.S., CCC-SLP to work with children with apraxia or autism and apraxia.  In addition to her passion for treating patients with speech and language disorders, Erin also lectures on and treats children with vocal cord dysfunction and is trained in Myofascial Release Therapy.  Erin and her husband Matt have been married for 15 years.  They have one 9-year-old son, Carter.  They attend 121 Community Church in Grapevine where they lead a 5th grade Lifegroup.

  • Randa Avance, M.S., CCC-SLP
  • Speech-Language Pathologist
  • Hurst
  • Randa has over eight years of experience as a speech-language pathologist.  Before becoming a speech pathologist, Randa was a teacher for six years.  She is certified to teach Early Childhood through twelfth grade. Randa worked in the Grapevine-Colleyville Independent School District in the Preschool Program for Children with Disabilities through transition classrooms.  She has her minor in American Sign Language and worked with the deaf education population at Grapevine High School.  Prior to joining the Monkey Mouths team, she worked in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Plano Medical Center and at Our Children’s House at Baylor-Dallas.  Randa has had extensive training in oral motor and feeding therapy with such experts as Deborah Beckman M.S., CCC-SLP, Lori Overland M.S., CCC and Talk Tools Oral Placement Therapy.  She is certified in Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation therapy and provides Vital Stim Therapy.   She is trained in PROMPT and Picture Exchange Communication System.  Randa has received core vocabulary training through Gail Van Tatenhove M.S, CCC-SLP and fluency training though Nina Reardon-Reeves M.S., CCC-SLP.  Randa enjoys spending time with her husband and son and traveling.  They attend 121 Community Church in Grapevine and lead a Kindergarten Lifegroup.

  • Lacey Blair M.A, CCC-SLP
  • Speech-Language Pathologist
  • Hurst/Green Oaks
  • Lacey Blair, M.S., CCC-SLP. She has 5 years of experience as a speech therapy assistant in public schools prior to obtaining her Master’s degree. Lacey is trained in the Sound Card System, PROMPT, Talk Tools Oral-Motor Placement Therapy, Sensory-Motor Feeding by Lori Overland, M.S., CCC-SLP, and the Kaufman Apraxia System.

  • Mary Brezik, M.S., CCC-SLP
  • Speech-Language Pathologist
  • Hurst/Fort Worth
  • Mary Jensen M.S., CCC-SLP joined Monkey Mouths in August 2012 as a speech pathology graduate from the University of Texas at Dallas. She completed her Clinical Fellowship Year under the direct supervision of Erin Bernett and Megan Cord Sordini. Upon employment with Monkey Mouths, Mary obtained her PROMPT certification, and was also able to pursue clinical voice training with Dr. Shaheen N. Awan, Ph.D., CCC-SLP and Janis Deane, M.Ed, CCC-SLP. Mary has been trained in the Visualizing and Verbalizing System through Lindamood Bell.  She has also been trained with the Sound Card System, Nancy Kaufman Apraxia System, Lori Overland Feeding Therapy and the Talk Tools Oral Placement Therapy. Mary is recently married and is a member of Cowtown TriDelta alumni group.  She especially enjoys traveling and volunteering.

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    Monkey Mouths is dedicated to alleviating injustice at the local, national and international levels. In addition to regular support of many local charities, beginning May 1, 2011, Monkey Mouths will donate a portion of all income to the International Justice Mission (IJM) IJM is a human rights agency that secures justice for children who are victims of slavery, sexual exploitation and other forms of violent oppression.