Kelley Carter – MS, CCC-SLP, COM™️
Vital Stim Certified, TalkTools certified, PROMPT trained, Certified Orofunctional Myologist (COM), Extensive training in Infant feeding.
Kelley Carter has been a Speech Pathologist for over 20 years, graduating from CSUNorthridge with her Masters in 1997. Kelley has worked in a variety of settings including Rehabilitation Hospitals, Skilled Nursing, Schools, Early Intervention, Corporate setting, Outpatient and Home Health.
She has specialized in Feeding, Speech/Language, Articulation, Apraxia, Aphasia, Phonological delays, Oral Motor/Oral Myofunctional training (Airway, Oral Structure and Function), Fluency and Voice.
Kelley has also received extensive training in Cranial Nerve Dysfunction, Autonomic Nervous System dysregulation, Tummy Time Method certification, Pre-and post Frenectomy treatment, as well as treatment to maximize development of social interaction, sensory regulation and maximizing feeding and oral development through movement and exercises starting in infancy.
Kelley started Speakeasy Therapy in 2014 when patients requested her to continue to work with their child upon graduating from NEIS. Quickly, she discovered the need for quality care with the goal of discharging her patients to the maximum of their abilities through effective and functional “play” therapy.
She is passionate about educating the families and collaborating with other specialists to maximize results, while looking at the “whole person” and attempting to determine the “why.” She attends several conferences a year to train in the leading, innovative and effective therapies to further train her staff to continue to provide excellent treatment to her clients.
Kelley is a member of ASHA, SCOPE, and the IAOM, AAMPD, ICAP
Each of our therapists are extensively qualified and have a passion for helping others in the Community. Individual treatment plans implementing both one-on-one sessions, as well as group options if applicable, for socializing and adapting to their everyday world. We are honored to be a key-player in educating, training and implementing strategies and goals to improve the quality of life for so many families in the Las Vegas valley.
Laura is a native of Minnesota. She received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from University of North Dakota in 2010. Laura followed her passion for pediatrics from the start of her career and continues to find great joy in her work with children. She likes to challenge children to allow them to accomplish their goals and finds that being involved in those moments is the most rewarding part of the job. She has a wide variety of pediatric experience including home health, early intervention, aquatics, and hippotherapy. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, catching up with friends, reading, and crafting.
Ali received her bachelor’s degree in Physical Education, Exercise Science/athletic training from Southern Utah University. After spending time teaching elementary-secondary special education, she went on to earn her Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from the College of Saint Mary, NE and her Master's degree in Occupational Therapy from Nebraska Methodist College.
Ali is both trained in pelvic floor rehabilitation and LSVT Big certified, specializing in treating patients with Parkinson’s Disease and other neurodegenerative conditions. She also specializes in primitive reflex integration and neurobehavior/sensory integration. As a Utah native, she enjoys outdoor recreation including skiing, hiking and climbing as well as reading, cooking and spending time with her family.
Madison is a Las Vegas native and loves working as a physical therapist in the city and community that she calls home. She received her Bachelors of Kinesiology in 2016 and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2020, both from UNLV. Upon graduating, Madison followed her passion for pediatrics and joined the Speakeasy team. She enjoys being able to work with children one-on-one and collaborating with the other therapists to provide optimal patient care for all her kiddos.
She finds her job so rewarding and loves to challenge the children she works with to allow them to achieve their goals. Madison has experience working with children with various conditions including: premature babies in the NICU, children with developmental delays, Autism, orthopedic injuries, Down Syndrome, genetic disorders, Cerebal Palsy, Torticollis, and more. In her free time, she enjoys lifting weights and competing in bodybuilding, spending time with her family and friends, eating at new restaurants, hiking, dancing, watching sports, and traveling.
Lauren was raised in Washington State where she was a dancer and dance educator for 10 years. It was through this career that she was introduced to and led into the field of physical therapy and eventually graduated with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Chapman University in Southern California. Since graduation, Lauren has worked with pediatric and adult patients with a wide variety of developmental, neurological, vestibular, and orthopedic conditions and diagnoses. She loves the creativity, imagination, and energy involved in working with kids and their families. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, rock climbing, spending time with family and friends, and chocolate.
Berna is an Occupational Therapist with over 10 years of experience. She moved to Las Vegas in 2005 from Miami, FL. Although always a Miami native at heart Vegas is now home. She graduated from Florida International University with honors in 2003. Berna specializes in Autism and behavior modification and living skills. Her passion for Autism disorders began as a teenager when she was offered the opportunity to work with a family with a child with Autism as a tutor.
That opportunity led to her permanent job till she graduated from college and gave her the privilege to be trained and work with several families and other Autism professionals in their homes and leading their home programs. Berna credits much of her knowledge and unique style to the years spent working up to 30 hours a week with these families and their children while in school. It allowed a unique insight into a child with developmental delays’ world as well as the daily challenges that their families face. As a result of seeing a need Berna collaborated with a private school to allow its ever first shadowing program which proved to be a success. Although pediatrics is her passion she has worked in various settings and gained experience in the areas of hand therapy, a total hip and total knee replacement unit, a brain injury unit, outpatient pediatric therapy in a bilingual center and home therapy.
Berna expanded her knowledge in Occupational Therapy by acquiring her certification in Hippotherapy. In 2006 she became a level 1 therapist for through the American Hippotherapy Association after training in Colorado. She has been awarded the Hand in Hand award for outstanding support and dedication to children with special needs and their families. Berna is bilingual and her passion to assist advocate and educate the Spanish speaking community led her to advocacy work assisting in IEP meetings as well as being invited to speak in front of multiple organizations in the Las Vegas Valley and out of state.
After beginning her own Occupational Therapy program specializing in Living skills, Autism disorders and social skills groups Berna had the opportunity to collaborate with other Autism professionals with the Lovaas team in Las Vegas. Berna joined the Speakeasy team in 2018 to work collaboratively with an experienced Speech Pathology team and gain more knowledge with feeding and speech disorders that will assist in bringing out a patient’s full potential. In her free time Berna is dedicated to her family first and is kept busy with her son’s school functions and his afterschool activities. Her career is her passion but being a mom is her heart and greatest love.
Berna has traveled extensively throughout Europe and Central America where she is from. In her free time, she is an avid reader, film buff, foodie, and self-proclaimed Pinterest mom who loves party planning. She also enjoys tapping into her artistic side and enjoys makeup artistry and when time and opportunity have collided has had the pleasure of working on makeup artistry during photo shoot sets and creating content related to makeup artistry.
Michelle, known as Mitch around the clinic, was born in Mexico City and moved to Nebraska with family at a young age. He grew up Nebraska where he received his B.A. in Psychology and Spanish from University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2017. He then went to complete his Doctorate from Creighton University in 2020. His capstone project involved working with a school system, where he utilized his skills to spread awareness on what occupational therapy is and why is it beneficial for children of all ages.
His targeted audience were parents of Spanish households. He also helped to educate school staff on what occupational therapists do. He completed part of his capstone project in the Dominican Republic, where he had the opportunity to provide occupational therapy services and consultations at a public hospital outpatient clinic, a skilled nursing facility and in a pediatric setting. Other clinical experience throughout his OT schooling consists of hand therapy, inpatient acute care, NICU, outpatient pediatrics, and skill nursing facility. As a bilingual professional, one of his main goals is to minimize the language barrier with families to receive better services and assist reach children’s developmental milestones. After graduation, he decided to venture out to Las Vegas and join the Speakeasy OT team. In his free time, he enjoys traveling around the globe, binge watching shows, cooking, painting, and spending time with family and friends.
Tikera graduated in 2012 from an Occupational therapy assistant program in Springfield Illinois. She has worked in this field for 10 years, with patients ages from 1 year to 104 and in many different settings. Pediatrics however has always been near and dear to her heart. She is a mother of 2 and a military wife, traveling around the world for the last 8 years. She truly believe that being a mother has made her a better therapist and being a therapist has helped to make her a better mother. This career has allowed her to help others be the best version of themselves.
Chaz R is a native of Las Vegas who loves the town and the people here. After high school Chaz studied Spanish at the University of Utah in 2012 and received his Masters in Occupational Therapy from Touro University Nevada in 2014. Chaz has experience with both adults in an inpatient setting and children in both inpatient and outpatient setting. Chaz loves working with kids: he loves their energy, unique perspective on things, and their love for life. Chaz brings a fun twist to therapy and energy to match that of the kids he works with. In his free time Chaz enjoys hiking, traveling, trying new foods and spending time with his wife and daughter.
Jenifer is a native of Washington state. She received her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology at Western Washington University and her Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant Degree from Green River College graduating with Honor’s. After graduation, she and her husband decided it was the perfect time to entertain the idea of packing up and starting a new adventure in a different state. This lead her to Las Vegas Nevada. Jenifer has worked in the outpatient pediatric population for the last 3 years.
Pediatrics is her passion and she loves the energy and charisma the kiddos bring to the table. Jenifer truly loves OT and is dedicated to making her sessions meaningful and fun. She meets each child where they’re at to foster confidence and skill development to help them meet their goals. In her free time, she loves spending time with her family and being outdoors.
I got my AS OTA degree in Honolulu and my BA in Human Development then my MA in OT in San Diego.
I have experience working with children and their families in outpatient, virtual and home settings and am excited I get to continue in the pediatric field specifically because it’s beyond rewarding and something I absolutely love to do.
I’ve also worked as a COTA in an acute care hospital for the last 5 years. I’m so looking forward to starting my OTR career and become a member of the Speakeasy Therapy team here in Las Vegas.
Cherlize received her degree in Occupational Therapy Assisting from Pima Medical Institute with Honors in 2020. She aspired to work with kids after taking care of her younger cousins growing up and during her time as a student working at a pediatric clinic. Cherlize has experience working with both adults and children in hospitals, outpatient clinics, and school settings. In her free time, she enjoys quality time with her family, reading, crafting, and eating delicious vegan food.
Rachel was born and raised on Guam and received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology & Sociology, minored in gender and family studies, and graduated Cum Laude from the University of Guam. She received her Associate of Applied Science Degree in Occupational Therapy Assistant studies from Tidewater Community College and graduated Summa Cum Laude. She has worked with adults and children but after graduating, she and her husband relocated to Las Vegas to pursue her passion to work with children and their families. In her free time, she loves to spend time with her husband and family, draw, read, watch movies/series, shop, and make crafts.
Luana graduated from California State University, San Marcos with a Bachelor’s of Science in Kinesiology. She then obtained her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy at West Coast University in Los Angeles, CA. Prior to becoming an Occupational therapist, Luana has always enjoyed working with kids and has had various experiences of volunteering at after school programs or clubs. She is passionate about working with the pediatric population and has had experience working with children with autism spectrum disorder, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, developmental delays,
sensory processing disorders, dyslexia, down syndrome, and cerebral palsy. Luana loves incorporating play and occupations that are meaningful to motivate her kiddos and facilitate development in all areas. Luana moved to Nevada from San Diego, CA and in her free time, she loves exploring Nevada and discovering good food places.
Emily graduated with honors and a double major of Psychology and Sociology from University of Hawaii in 2013. She graduated with honors from Stanbridge University with her Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy in 2019. She loves the versatility of OT as a whole, she is drawn to pediatrics! She has worked with kids for over a decade as a gymnastics coach, a nanny, and a preschool teacher. Her passion is for Sensory Integration and the role it can play in the lives of children and adolescents with Autism. Emily chose Speakeasy because she would have the freedom to be the therapist she wanted to be and to treat each child the best way she saw fit. In her spare time she tries to travel as much a possible and spend time enjoying life with her wife Kaylee.
Ariana was born and raised in Southern California but decided to move to Las Vegas to join the Speakeasy team. She received her B.A. in Social and Behavioral Sciences from Soka University of America in 2015 where she earned herself athletic scholarships to participate on the women’s soccer, cross country, and track teams. She completed her Master’s in Occupational Therapy in May, 2020 from California State University, Dominguez Hills. Her Master’s capstone project examined family-based interventions to enhance healthy lifestyle behaviors among children with obesity.
helping young children meet their developmental milestones. Her desire to be an OT was further solidified as she worked as an occupational therapy aide in an outpatient hand therapy clinic for one year.
Ariana has clinical experience working with individuals in the acute, mental health, outpatient neuro, and outpatient pediatric settings including early intervention. Some of her OT interests include animal assisted therapy, adaptive sports, and upper extremity stroke rehabilitation. In her free time, Ariana enjoys camping, traveling, attending open mics and art walks and spending time with friends. Ariana discovered her passion for the profession while volunteering at a hippotherapy clinic
Jamie was raised in Phoenix, AZ but attended her undergraduate program at Northern Illinois University (NIU) to be closer to family. After graduating Cum Laude, she decided to move to the city of Chicago to attend a Masters of Occupational Therapy program at Chicago State University. She has an extensive background working with kids and knew she wanted to be a pediatric occupational therapist from the start of her college career. She completed her fieldwork placements in Chicago Public Schools (school-based OT) and in an adult mental health setting.
In late 2022, after 8 years in Illinois, she knew she needed to go back to a warmer climate and decided on Las Vegas. She absolutely loves her clients and co-workers at Speakeasy, as they make her feel right at home! Outside of work, she loves hiking and traveling to explore all of the cool destinations surrounding Las Vegas.
Citlalli Salmeron Flores was born in Jalisco Mexico and moved to Las Vegas at 3 years old. Considered a native to the area, she graduated from CSN High School in 2017 then received her Occupational Associates Degree from PIMA Medical Institute in 2021. Being of service to others is her orientation toward life and led her to pursue a career as a COTA.
Citlalli has experience working in pediatric outpatient settings and enjoys the creativity, curiosity, and resilience that children bring to the sessions.She is inspired daily by her giving parents, her siblings, and her two grandmas. She was exposed to two languages at an early age and is now bilingual in English and Spanish. During her spare time, Citlalli enjoys local eatery, working out, and caring for her plants and pets. outpatient settings and enjoys the creativity, curiosity, and resilience that children bring to the sessions. She is inspired daily by her giving parents, her siblings, and her two grandmas. She was exposed to two languages at an early age and is now bilingual in English and Spanish. During her spare time, Citlalli enjoys local eatery, working out, and caring for her plants and pets.
I was born in Thailand after the Vietnam war to refugee parents who immigrated to Wisconsin when I was 8 months old.
I grew up in Texas and moved to Las Vegas 6 months ago because I loved visiting so often.
I have a bachelor’s degree in Legal Studies from Texas Woman’s University.
I worked for large corporations such as Citigroup and Nissan before I became a therapist. After my father passed away, I decided to pursue Occupational Therapy to serve others with dignity and compassion in their healthcare journeys. I graduated from Weatherford College with top honors with an AAS degree in Occupational Therapy and have been practicing for 7 years. I’ve worked in pediatric home health, skilled nursing, post acute rehab and outpatient pediatric therapy.
I love helping others become the best version of themselves and I have a weakness for kids from 0-6.
I love our families who come to the Spring Valley location and the mission of Speakeasy Therapy and our founder, Kelley!
Coming from the southernmost point of the United States of America (Harlingen, Tx), Monica moved to Las Vegas in 2019 searching for more adventures. She graduated with her B.S. in Rehabilitative Services from the University of TX – Pan American but knew she wanted more than what her degree was offering her.
She learned about Occupational Therapy and decided that was the path for her! She eventually graduated from South TX College from the Occupational Therapy Assistant program and thus began her journey to the COTA she is today. Monica began her career in an Early Intervention setting (0-3 years old) and now works with all ages in two different settings – clinical and hospital. Both areas of practice are specialized in their own unique way and varies daily! Each day always has her thinking out of the box to best help those in her care and always makes her strive to learn more. In her free time, Monica enjoys spending time with her family and enjoying outdoor adventures at beautiful Red Rock and Mt. Charleston!
Tatyana graduated from Pima Medical Institute in Las Vegas and is a National Board-Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant. Tatyana was raised in Las Vegas and loves her city! Tatyana was inspired by the Occupational Therapy profession at a young age due to her brother having Down Syndrome. She is no stranger to children with special needs, and she has a great love for her patients.
Her goal is to help others in the way that Occupational Therapy has helped her brother and her family throughout the years. Tatyana has worked with a variety of conditions such as cerebral palsy, brain injuries, autism, ADHD, and more. She loves communicating with her patients’ families because progress is a team effort! Tatyana is a big advocate for mental health, and she tries to incorporate mental health concepts into her sessions by promoting positive self-talk and caregiver strategies to decrease stress. She looks forward to working with every patient that comes into her room, and she will always give them her very best!
Janine was born and raised in Hawai’i and received her degree in Occupational Therapy Assisting from Pima Medical Institute. Prior to working at Speakeasy, she has experience in home health early intervention. Janine loves the excitement and rewarding experiences that comes along with her career working with kids in which allows her to help bring meaningful changes to the lives of her clients.
Janine also enjoys working alongside with parents to help them each and every step of the way of their child’s development. Janine has clinical experience working with individuals in school district, skilled nursing facility, and hospice home health. Janine enjoys a relaxed laid back weekend but also enjoys being outdoors which includes traveling and hiking.
Tia was born and raised in Springfield, IL. She graduated from University of Tampa with a Bachelor of Science in Allied Health with a focus in Occupational Therapy and a minor in Psychology. She worked with kids every summer during high school and undergrad at a summer camp or nursery then got a Rehab Technician/Front Desk position at an orthopedic center before moving to California for graduate school.
In 2021, she completed her Master’s degree at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. Tia’s fieldwork rotations were here in Las Vegas at a primarily orthopedic clinic. After graduating she moved back to IL to study for her board exam and then ultimately decided to move back to Las Vegas to be around the great friends she made during rotations. Outside work, Tia enjoys traveling, sunsets, beaches, artsy/creative, and being around family and close friends.
Ali Bean received her bachelor’s degree in Physical Education, Exercise Science/athletic training from Southern Utah University. After spending time teaching elementary-secondary special education, she went on to earn her Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from the College of Saint Mary, NE, and her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Nebraska Methodist College.
Ali is LSVT Big trained, specializing in treating patients with Parkinson’s Disease and other neurodegenerative conditions. She also specializes in primitive reflex integration and neurobehavior/sensory integration. As a Utah native, she enjoys outdoor recreation including skiing, hiking and climbing as well as reading, cooking and spending time with her family.
Jacqueline was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. She has traveled and lived in a variety of places and returned to Las Vegas in 2016 after receiving her Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. Since then, she has been practicing occupational therapy in pediatrics and has acquired experience with children with different delays, needs, and diagnoses.
She has worked in a variety of settings including Early Intervention, Outpatient, Telehealth, and Home Health. She knows every child is unique and strives to make therapy individualized and fun for each patient. She is a mother herself and this motivates her to make therapy as meaningful and productive as possible. In her free time, she loves spending time with her family, traveling, music, and the outdoors.
Lia grew up in the Midwest and is a native of South Dakota. She received her Associate of Science degree in Occupational Therapy Assistant in 2016, then her Bachelor of Arts for Human Development in 2018, and completed her academic journey by getting her Master’s in Occupational Therapy in 2022. She has over 7 years in the field as a former COTA/L and now as an OTR/L.
She has worked in a variety of settings from an acute care hospital, home health and outpatient pediatrics, memory care home, skilled nursing facilities, and telehealth. Lia has always wanted to work with children to help them to be as successful as possible in all aspects of their life and to have fun along the way. Lia loves the uniqueness of occupational therapy and has found the most rewarding job working at Speakeasy Therapy. She is a proud retired military wife, sister, daughter, and military veteran of the United States Navy and Army.
Born in Missouri, Devin spent much of his time in the St. Louis area until joining the United States Air Force. There, he realized the joy of serving and providing assistance to others as a firefighter. After separating from the U.S. Armed Forces, Devin decided to continue helping others by earning his MS in speech-language pathology at Fontbonne University. Upon graduating, he decided to move to Las Vegas, Nevada. Since then, Devin has had the opportunity to provide services to individuals across the life span with various disorders including speech-language disorders,
cognitive-communication disorders, voice disorders, swallowing-feeding disorders, and neurological disorders. Devin strives to incorporate effective tools, strategies, and methodologies based on every person’s individual needs, strengths, and weaknesses while empowering his/her caregivers and family in their efforts to support their loved one. In his free time, Devin enjoys hiking, reading, playing video games, and spending time with his significant other.
Samantha came to us all the way from her home state of West Virginia. She is a recent graduate of Marshall University, earning her Master of Science in Communication Disorders. She has experience working with both children and adults in a variety of settings including outpatient clinics, schools, and skilled nursing facilities. Samantha has grown to love many areas of the field, however pediatrics and geriatrics hold a special place in her heart. In her free time, Samantha enjoys traveling, crafting, and spending time with her family and dog.
Jane was born and raised near Seattle, WA. She received her B.S. in Communication Disorders in 2018 from Brigham Young University and her M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Utah in 2021. Jane has previous experience working with both children in the clinic and school settings, as well as adults at the Veteran’s Administration Medical Center. In her spare time, Jane dabbles in her various hobbies including knitting, baking, hiking, and growing bonsai trees.
Janae is a native to Las Vegas who loves serving the community. She graduated with a Bachelors in Psychology and Education from the University of Washington in 2012 and earned her M.S. in Speech Pathology and Audiology in 2019 from the University of Nevada, Reno.
Janae has previous experience working in schools, pediatric care facilities, and early intervention where she worked with pediatrics with articulation disorders, expressive and receptive language disorder, pragmatic language disorders, voice disorders, fluency disorders, and feeding/oral motor disorders. She also had experience working with the adult population at UNR targeting voice, cognitive, and swallowing disorders. Janae is passionate about speech language pathology, rooting for the Vegas Golden Knights, watching Cowboy football, and rooting for the Washington Huskies in college sports.
Emily Garcia a bilingual and bicultural (Spanish/English) Speech and Language Pathologist. She is the General Manager for the Speakeasy speech and language department and Lead SLP for our North Las Vegas office. She has worked at Speakeasy since January 2019. Emily is MoCA certified to evaluate and treat adults.
She is a Social Learning Specialist with a holistic and neurodivergent-affirming approach as she is DIRFloortime trained. Additionally, in the areas of oral motor and feeding she is trained in IAOM Orofacial Myofunctional therapy, Beckman, and AEIOU pediatric feeding approaches.
She moved to Las Vegas from Los Angeles, CA in 2017 and has over 15 years of experience working in the field of Speech and Language Pathology. She received her Master of Science degree
Julia grew up in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. She received her B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Illinois State University in 2018 and her M.S. from Saint Xavier University in 2020. Julia has experience treating and evaluating children and adults in different clinical settings such as inpatient rehabilitation, skilled nursing facility, and private clinics.
She has a background in singing and performance therefore she has developed a special interest in those with voice disorders. She currently treats those with a variety of disorders at the north location and has enjoyed working in a diverse environment. When she’s not working, she enjoys watching movies, cooking, traveling, sports, and spending time with her Fiancé.
Amy was born in Michigan and raised in a military family. After living in New Jersey and England, her family finally settled in Florida. She moved to Las Vegas in June of 2021. Amy received her Bachelors of Health Science from The University of Florida in May of 2017 and her Masters of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in May of 2020.
She has experience working with all ages. She has experience working in private practice, schools, severe and profound disorder schools, skilled nursing facilities, early intervention, hospital outpatient, and hospital acute care settings.
She started out as a Speech-Language Pathology Assistant in 2017, working in private practice as she completed her Masters degree. She has experience working with clients with articulation disorders, expressive and receptive language disorders, pragmatic language disorders, augmentative and alternative communication speech devices, voice disorders, fluency disorders, aphasia, TBI, and oral motor/feeding disorders.
In her free time, Amy enjoys spending time with her husband and close friends. Her favorite quote is: I’m thankful for my struggle because without it I wouldn’t have stumbled across my strength.