Meet The Staff

  • Erin Bernett M.S., CCC-SLP
  • Speech-Language Pathologist,
  • Director
  • Patricia Gurinsky M.A., CCC-SLP
  • Speech-Language Pathologist
  • Ft. Worth Clinical Director
  • Patricia Gurinsky, M.A., CCC-SLP has been working as a Speech-Language Pathologist for over 12 years.  Prior to starting at Monkey Mouths, she worked at Therapy 2000 home health agency.  During that time, Patricia served as a Team Manager II supervising a team of speech therapists and mentoring other team managers.  In addition to management duties, she provided mentoring for therapists in feeding and hearing disorders in addition to serving her own patients.  Patricia has also previously worked at Arlington Memorial Hospital as the primary pediatric outpatient therapist with cross-training in adult acute care.  She has collaborated with occupational therapists, case managers, physical therapists, referring pediatricians and specialty physicians (ENTs, GI, pulmonologists, neurologists, dietitians, etc) and social workers in both settings to provide the best services for each of the patients she has served.  Patricia has extensive education and training in working with children with autism (SCERTS model by Barry Prizant, The Hanen Program More Than Words), apraxia of speech (Kaufman Apraxia System, PROMPT, Deborah Beckman Oral Motor approach, Talk Tools), cleft palate/lip and velopharyngeal dysfunction, voice disorders, articulation and phonological processing disorders (Sound Card System, Hodson Approach to Phonological Disorders), language disorders (The Hanen Program It Takes Two to Talk, Tamara Kaspar Sign to Talk), and fluency disorders.  Patricia has experience with programming and integrating alternative augmentative communication into daily activities (Dynavox/Mayer Johnson, Tobii, IPAD/My Talk and ProLoQuo2Go, CommLink 3G, PRC, PECS, Tango, LAMP), therapeutic handling for support, and modifications for children with visual impairments.  Patricia is passionate about feeding and hearing disorders and has training which includes Advanced Vital Stim, MBSS (Jeri Logeman), G-tube weaning and transitioning to oral feedings (Marsha Dunn Klein), SOS (Sequential Oral Sensory) approach, Special Populations in Feeding: Extreme Food Hyperselectivity, Frasier Water Protocol, Get Permission Approach to Feeding, Breathing, Digestion, and Swallowing in High Risk Infants, AVT techniques for hearing impairment (attended TCU Listening and Spoken Language Summer Institute), use of amplification (BAHA, FM systems), and some sign language.  She has provided patient/family training on Passy Muir Valve to produce voice and support safe swallowing for patients with a tracheostomy and/or ventilator dependence, and assists in successful carryover of home programs.  Patricia encourages interactive, positive therapy with patients that involves parents/family for meaningful experiences that can be carried into the home and community.  Patricia loves watching hockey, attending TCU football games, traveling, singing, and spending time with her husband David.  

  • Stacey Stewart, M.S., CCC-SLP
  • Speech-Language Pathologist
  • Flower Mound Clinic Manager
  • Stacey Stewart M.S., CCC-SLP has been working as a speech pathologist for over 13 years. Before joining Monkey Mouths, Stacey acted as assistant supervisor at a private practice for children with autism as well as providing direct, inclusive speech therapy services there in conjunction with an occupational therapist with a strong focus on sensory integration disorders. She has also worked for Cook Children's Medical Center and Headstart. Stacey's autism background includes training from Vincent Carbone PhD, BCBA, Mark Sundburg PhD, BCBA, Tamara Kasper M.S., CCC-SLP/BCBA and Patrick McGreevy PhD, BCBA. In addition to Stacey's strong language background, she has also worked with adult and child swallowing and feeding disorders with training by Rona Alexander PhD, CCC-SLP, Jeri Logemann PhD, CCC-SLP, Pam Marshalla, M.A., CCC-SLP, Deborah Beckman, M.S., CCC-SLP and Renee Roy-Hill M.S., CCC-SLP with Talk Tools. She recently received certification in the S.O.S. (Sequential Oral Sensory) Feeding Therapy program.  In order to better serve patients with autism and apraxia, Stacey has trained in the Sound Card SystemPROMPT and the Kaufman Apraxia System.  Stacey feels that creating a loving and nurturing therapeutic environment for the child with an open line of communication between the clinician and the child's parent, as well as other support staff members is vital to successful treatment. Stacey enjoys reading, writing, and spending time with her husband Jeff and two sons.

  • 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.


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