Meet The Staff
Emma Pate, M.S., CCC-SLP joined Monkey Mouths in 2018 and serves as the Clinical Director of the Southlake office. She earned her Masters in Speech-Language Pathology from Texas Tech University. Upon graduation, she moved to California where she worked in private practice and the public schools. During her time there, she evaluated and treated children with childhood apraxia of speech, fluency disorders, dyslexia, autism spectrum disorder, articulation disorders, language disorders, hearing impairments and dysphagia/feeding disorders.
Emma is trained in Nancy Kaufman's approach to childhood apraxia of speech Kaufman Apraxia System; Hannen Programs It Takes Two to Talk; the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) approach to feeding; theSound Card System; PROMPT; Dynamic Temporal and Tactile Cueing/Edyth Strand PhD, CCC-SLP; Sensory-Motor Feeding by Lori Overland; Social Thinking and Preschool Fluency Training. Emma is also a member of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA).
Randi Thomas M.S., CCC-SLP joined Monkey Mouths in 2007 and has over 11 years of experience working as a pediatric speech-language pathologist. Randi began her career with Cook Children's Medical Center where she completed her Clinical Fellowship Year under the supervision of Erin Bernett M.S., CCC-SLP. Randi has expertise in working with children with hearing impairments from Carol Flexer, PhD, using either an auditory-verbal or a total communication approach depending upon the child's specific needs. She has had extended training in developmental apraxia and motor-planning disorders including training with Nancy Kaufman M.S., CCC-SLP and PROMPT/Advanced PROMPT Bridging. Randi has experience with programming and integrating alternative augmentative communication (AAC) into daily activities using Dynavox/Mayer Johnson, LAMP, and Prentke Romich. Her oral-motor/feeding skills include instruction from Sara R. Johnson M.S., CCC-SLP, Deborah Beckman M.S., CCC-SLP Marsha Dunn Klein Med, OTR, Catherine Shaker M.S., CCC-SLP, and S.O.S. (Sequential Oral Sensory) Feeding Therapy program. She has also received training in applied behavior analysis with Tamara Kasper, M.S., CCC-SLP, BCBA. Randi's definition of successful treatment is to have the parents involved in therapy so that they feel empowered to work with their child in the home on a regular basis. She enjoys spending time with her husband, Brandon, and their two children.
Nikki Wensel Rustad, M.A., CCC-SLP joined Monkey Mouths in 2006 and has been sharing the power of communication with children and their parents for over 20 years. Prior to joining Monkey Mouths she worked for Children's Medical Center of Dallas and was in management at Cook Children's Medical Center as the graduate student liaison. Nikki has a passion for educating families 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.
Mary Brezik, M.S., CCC-SLP joined Monkey Mouths, LLC in August 2012 as a speech pathology graduate from the University of Texas at Dallas. Upon employment with Monkey Mouths, Mary obtained her PROMPT certification and was trained in the Visualizing and Verbalizing System through Lindamood Bell, Sound Card System, Nancy Kaufman Apraxia System, Lori Overland Feeding Therapy, and Talk Tools Oral Placement Therapy. She uses American Sign Language (ASL) and some Spanish to supplement therapy sessions as needed. Mary is a classically trained soprano and pianist and treats a variety of voice disorders including Vocal Cord Dysfunction (VCD), vocal nodules, and velopharyngeal insufficiency. She pursued clinical voice training with Dr. Shaheen N. Awan, Ph.D., CCC-SLP and Janis Deane, M.Ed, CCC-SLP and attended the UT Southwestern Otolaryngology Department’s Singer’s Symposium. Her most recent performance was Beethoven’s 9th Symphony "Ode to Joy" at Bass Performance Hall with the TCU Concert Chorale and Orchestra. Mary treats a variety of feeding disorders and has pursued feeding training in Infant Feeding at Cook Children’s Hospital, is certified in the S.O.S. (Sequential Oral Sensory) Feeding Therapy program, Pediatric MBS: The Clear Picture, and Adult/Pediatric VitalStim Therapy. She was clinically trained in Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES) by Susan E. Langmore, Ph.D, CCC-SLP, BRS-S at Boston Medical Center. Mary led the Monkey Mouths team in becoming the first pediatric private practice to utilize FEES in Texas. Mary performs FEES studies and voice evaluations for velopharyngeal incompetency via nasoendoscopy in the Fort Worth clinic. Mary enjoys volunteering, traveling, and supporting local organizations with her husband and daughter.
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