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.
Melissa was born in Manila, Philippines and moved to Las Vegas with her family in 1987. She graduated Salutatorian from Clark High School and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sports Injury Management in 2003 and her Master of Science in Physical Therapy Degree in 2005 from UNLV. In March 2013, Melissa returned to school and in June 2015, received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from A.T. Still University of Health Sciences. With many years of diverse experience in outpatient clinics, home health, early intervention,
and school based setting, Melissa continues to successfully treat patients in the areas of pediatrics, orthopedics, pre and post-operative rehabilitation, sports injuries, balance deficits, genetic and neurological conditions.In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with and traveling with family and goes to kickboxing classes when she can to maintain some level of fitness.
Hailing from the Pacific Northwest, Jonah met his wife while living in Bellingham, Washington. Chasing after his wife led him to graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Western Washington University. Following graduation he worked as the Chief Engineer for a hotel company until his wife found the opportunity to follow her dream of being
a pediatric therapist here in sunny Las Vegas, Nevada. Following the move, Jonah was accepted into the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at UNLV and graduated in May of 2019.
Seeing the passion and joy his wife found working with kids he decided to give it a try and has been enjoying it ever since. Working with both adults and children, Jonah loves working with kids and thrives off of their energy and unique perspective on life while at the same time enjoys making connections with his older patients. Jonah also works in the acute setting, working most weekends at Spring Valley Hospital in various departments. In his free time Jonah enjoys spending time with his kids and wife, eating new and favorite foods, working out, and reading.
Sonya grew up in Manila, Philippines but her family is originally from the Mid-west. She went to college at Northwestern College in Iowa with a Bachelor of Arts in strength and conditioning. She also was part of the track and field team in college. She went to Mayo Clinic School of Health Science for her Doctorate of Physical Therapy. She is also a certified strength and conditioning specialist. She chose a career in Physical Therapy because she wants everyone to reach their fullest potential.
Sonya is excited to work at SpeakEasy as the staff have been so welcoming and friendly and she loves that the clinic is a kid-friendly environment. She loves working in pediatrics from developmental delays to generic conditions. She enjoys working hard and having fun in therapy as it is important for therapy to be as play-like as possible. She has experience working with kids with Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Rhett’s Syndrome, William Syndrome and Prader Willi syndrome to name a few. Outside of the clinic she enjoys running, being outdoors, crocheting and hanging out with her bunny.
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.
Kelsey is a doctor of physical therapy who treats the perinatal and birth to five populations using a holistic approach. She includes neurodevelopmental, manual and biofeedback techniques combined with exercise and uses a coaching style during treatment sessions. Kelsey is currently offering virtual and clinic based sessions with the hope of providing realistic strategies to create lasting change for the families in the Las Vegas community. Growing up in the Pacific Northwest inspired Kelsey to be active and mobile regardless of the weather and that adventuring spirit has stuck with her. She looks forward to helping you and your little one explore and stay mobile during whatever adventures you seek.
Angela was born in Ohio but was raised in Las Vegas when her mother relocated here when she was 3 years old. She considers herself a native and is proud to call Las Vegas her home and loves everything about the city. Angela found the field of Physical Therapy following several sports injuries and a car accident that required her commitment to recovery. She began studying Kinesiology at UNLV and realized her calling was to be a Physical Therapist Assistant.
In 2011 she began her studies at Pima Medical Institute Las Vegas Campus and received her degree in 2013. While on her clinical rotation in school she found her passion for pediatric physical therapy and decided to pursue that passion following graduation.
Angela has experience with orthopedics, balance & vestibular disorders, sports injuries, pre and post- operative rehabilitation and pediatrics. She has worked in a variety of settings to include inpatient rehabilitation facility, outpatient clinics and home health with both adults and children. Angela is a proud mother and wife and enjoys spending family time outdoors. Some of her favorite past times include hiking, snowboarding, ATV riding, RVing, boating, water skiing and paddle boarding. Angela is also an avid sports fan and loves watching football, baseball and of course hockey. GO KNIGHTS GO!!!!
Courtney was born on the island of Kauai, however considers herself a native of Las Vegas. She became interested in pursuing a career in physical therapy due to her fascination with how the human body moves and works. She is an alumni of Bishop Gorman High School, received her B.S. in Kinesiology from UNLV, and her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences (Austin Campus). Courtney has experience treating the developmentally delayed population as well as children with neurological and orthopedic diagnoses,
both congenital and acquired. She has also treated the adult population for pre and postoperative rehabilitation, orthopedic, and neurological conditions. Courtney joined the Speakeasy Therapy team in January of 2019 and is excited to work with patients and their families to provide education, assist patients in regaining their independence, and empowering them to move better.
Danielle received her B.A. in Psychology from California State University Monterey Bay in 2013. She completed her Doctorate in Occupational Therapy in 2019 at Touro University Nevada. Her doctoral capstone examined how job skills could influence self-efficacy in students with disabilities. Danielle identified her love for pediatrics when she was an ABA therapist in California, and has experience working with individuals with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Down’s syndrome, CVA’s, and upper extremity dysfunction. In her free time, you can find Danielle training for half-marathons, practicing mindfulness and meditation, or indulging at In N Out.
Briana was born and raised in Los Angeles but decided to make the move to Las Vegas and join the Speakeasy team! She received her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the University of San Francisco in 2016 and her Occupational Therapy Doctorate from Touro University Nevada in 2020. Her doctoral capstone project focused on the use of social stories and sensory activities to help preschoolers with autism develop self-regulation skills in the classroom.
Her interest in pediatrics first began when she was in high school working as a Kumon tutor and later as a one-to-one aide for high school students with autism. She enjoys the lightheartedness that comes with pediatrics and appreciates being a part of the creative world that children thrive in. She also believes in instilling confidence in each and every child she works with to help them achieve their goals inside and outside of therapy. When she’s not busy helping kiddos conquer the world, she enjoys reading, adventuring with her three German Shepherds, checking out new foodie spots, and spending quality time with her family and friends.
Nick received his Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Michigan State University in 2014 and Masters in Occupational Therapy from Touro University Nevada in 2016. Nick has experience working with children and adults in hospitals and pediatric outpatient clinics. The kids love working with him as he brings his knowledge and energy to the clinic from a male perspective. In his free time, Nick enjoys hanging out with his friends, traveling, and working out.
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.
Katie was born in Chicago, Illinois and grew up in Phoenix, Arizona. Right after high school, she moved to the wonderful city of Las Vegas, Nevada to attend UNLV to study kinesiology and to pursue her passion in dance! She was on the UNLV Rebel Girl’s Dance Team in 2002 while going to school, and she also danced professionally in production shows on and off of the strip. After 2.5 years of juggling dance and school, Katie took a break from school and continued to dance for another 6 years.
Throughout her life, Katie has always been very artistic and creative, and was always drawing, painting, or creating things whenever she had the chance. So, in 2006, she decided to attend cosmetology school to become a hair stylist. Although Katie enjoyed doing hair, it never truly fulfilled her. It wasn’t until 2011 that she had an epiphany and discovered a career that would combine all of her passions together! Art and creativity, the mind/body connection, and the compassion and desire to help others! She had discovered the amazing profession of occupational therapy! She went back to school to finish her bachelor’s degree in kinesiology as well as obtaining a minor in psychology at UNLV along the way. She then went on to obtain her master’s degree in occupational therapy in Miami Shores, Florida at Barry University. After graduating in 2018, she decided to move back to her forever home in Las Vegas, Nevada to work with children. Katie also has experience working in home health care with adults and the geriatric population, working for Clark County School District with grades K-12, and other settings including Hippo and aquatic therapy. She is one of the creators of the website www.sensorysockers.com, created to help parents and guardians create home interventions for their child(ren) with sensory processing difficulties.
Olivia received her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from the University of South Carolina and Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Shenandoah University. Olivia is a Board Certified Occupational Therapist in the state of Nevada and has always had a passion working with children since starting volunteer work at the Arc of Montgomery County in Maryland during high school. She has experience working with children in a variety of settings including outpatient clinics, inpatient, and the schools and has experience working with
children with various conditions, including sensory processing disorders, developmental delays, autism, ADD/ADHD, Down syndrome, genetic disorders, and cerebral palsy.She recently moved to the Las Vegas area from Maryland. In her spare time, she enjoys working out, spending time with friends and family, and traveling.
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.
Catherine (“Cate”) graduated from Eastern Michigan University in 2015 with her Master of Arts in Speech Language Pathology. Prior to obtaining her master’s degree, she studied at the University of Michigan where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Spanish in 2008. During her last year of college, she studied abroad in Santiago, Chile, and stayed after graduation to teach English for four years. Cate discovered her passion for speech-language pathology while abroad, and returned to her home state of Michigan to pursue her master’s degree.Cate is a fluent Spanish speaker,
Cate is a fluent Spanish speaker and her passion is working with children and adults from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. She has worked in schools with children ages 2-8 and enjoys the energy and variety of working with pediatrics. Cate also has vast experience working with children, teenagers, and young adults with ASD in the home healthcare and outpatient setting. Since moving to Vegas, Cate has had the opportunity to receive training in orofacial myology and oral placement therapy to enhance her speech-language and feeding knowledge. She is excited to be living and working in Las Vegas!
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.
Emily is the lead Speech and Language Pathologist at our North Las Vegas office. She has worked at Speakeasy since January 2019 and is trained in Orofacial Myology. She moved to Las Vegas from Los Angeles, CA in 2017 and has over 13 years of experience working in the field of Speech and Language Pathology. She received her Master of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communicative Sciences and Disorders from California State University,Los Angeles. Emily has worked
in charter schools, dual immersion schools (Spanish/English), pediatric clinics, home health and rehabilitation facilities with pediatrics, young adults, and geriatric patients (usually at more than one place at a time). Her strengths are in working with children and young adults with Social Communication needs. She especially likes evaluating and taking the time to understand individual client strengths and areas of need while problem solving with families to determine which foundational skills are needed for daily communication and social interactions. Emily was born and raised in Southern California and in her free time she enjoys hiking, camping, obstacle course racing, and watching the MLB network (Go Dodgers!).
Emily is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She received her Masters of Science in Speech Language Pathology from Clarion University of Pennsylvania in 2016. After graduation, Emily moved to Chicago, Illinois, where she worked in the school system for three years. Emily served on the multidisciplinary evaluation team for two years in Chicago, at Proviso Area for Exceptional Children, for all transitions from Early Intervention into the Pre-K programs. She has experience working with all ages with a focus on children with receptive/expressive language delays, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Intellectual Disabilities, Multiple Disabilities, and impairments in articulation and phonology. In her free time Emily enjoys traveling, hiking with her dog, and working out.
Ilianna received her Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Central Florida in 2018 and Masters in Speech-Language Pathology from Florida Atlantic University in 2020. She has experience working with children and adults of all ages and diverse backgrounds. Working with children in a clinical setting has been the highlight of Ilianna’s SLP experience, and she is excited to join the Speakeasy team and continue expanding her knowledge. She is a Florida native who enjoys traveling, working out, and hanging out with friends and family.
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.
Jennifer became a speech therapist because she enjoys working with kids who need support one-on-one and in small group settings. She chose Speakeasy Therapy because she loves collaborating with other professionals to provide optimal patient care. Jennifer received my B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Truman State University in 2018 and my M.S. from East Tennessee State University in 2020. She has experience in pediatrics with feeding disorders, expressive and receptive language disorders, articulation and phonological disorders, and particularly enjoys the Autism and Down Syndrome populations. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, dancing, spending time with family and friends, and traveling.
Jamey Proffitt (M.S./CCC-SLP) is originally from the Pittsburgh, PA area and attended West Virginia University for her undergraduate degree in Communication Studies with a minor in Speech Pathology-Audiology and attended Clarion University of PA for her masters degrees in Speech-Language Pathology. Jamey has extensive training in Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA), Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) and DIRFloortime therapy which are implemented during her favorite types of therapies for Early Intervention,
Justine Mokeski was raised in Buffalo, New York and then moved to Henderson, Nevada when she was in middle school. She moved to Reno, Nevada in 2008. She received my Bachelors degree and Masters of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Nevada, Reno with a Minor in Developmental Disabilities. She has spent the last twelve years in Reno and just recently got married on October 12, 2019.During her Masters, she worked as an Autism Behavior Interventionist and obtained ABA experience. She has experience with clients
of all different ages and with a variety of diagnoses. She has advanced training in the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), PROMPT, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, and feeding/swallowing disorders. Justine chose Speech-Language Pathology early on because she loves being able to communicate with and relate to people while being able to help solve a challenging communicative obstacle. One of her favorite quotes is, “A career in Speech-Language Pathology challenges you to use your intellect (the talents of your mind) in combination with your humanity (the gifts of your heart) to do meaningful work that feeds the soul. I am a proud member of what I consider to be the best profession on earth.” Megan Hodge. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband, friends, and family. She spends a lot of time working out, reading, going on traveling adventures, enjoying the outdoors, hiking, eating sushi, shopping, and going to country concerts.
Katie received her B.A. in Speech Language and Hearing Sciences in 2017 and M.A. in Speech Pathology in 2019 from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. Katie has experience working with adults in an inpatient hospital setting and children in both school settings and pediatric outpatient clinics. Katie enjoys building relationships with clients and their families and feels grateful to share the joy in her patients’ progress and growth.
In her free time, Katie enjoys spending time with family and friends, going hiking, and traveling back to Minnesota to spend time at the lake
Katherine is so excited to join the Speakeasy team! She was born and raised at the heart of the Silicon Valley in Cupertino, CA. In 2015, she received her B.S. in Biochemistry from California State University, Long Beach and worked with endoscopes in the medical device industry. After a few years, she returned to school to become a Speech-Language Pathologist and she will be obtaining her Master’s in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Vermont this May.
During the program, she had the opportunity to work with patients in the school, inpatient, outpatient, home health and skilled nursing facility settings from ages 3 – 70+ years old. Katherine has experience in areas such as language, fluency, transgender voice, and Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). She loves being able to work as a team with family members and her colleagues to treat her patients.
In her spare time, she loves to eat (pineapple belongs on pizza, try and change her mind), travel, and workout. You can typically find her out and about exploring new places and although she is afraid of heights, she still enjoys rock climbing so you might just find her stuck on top of a rock (literally). At the end of a long day, you can find her content on the couch binge watching something on Netflix or enjoying a good read. Since she has never lived in Las Vegas, she is excited to see and experience everything this city has to offer!
Mackenze is from a small town in South Dakota. She went to college at the University of South Dakota, where she graduated with a Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology. Her graduate experience included working with the pediatric and adult population in a variety of settings, such as school, outpatient, adult acute care, and home-health. What she loves most about her profession is the ability to help a range of ages, personalities, and backgrounds; all of which bring unique challenges and perspectives to learn from.
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, Bella
Sarah is a native of Las Vegas. She completed her Masters of Science in Communication Disorders at The University of Texas at Dallas. Sarah enjoys working with all ages and has a strong medical background having worked with patients across different intensive care units. These included surgical, medical, and neonatal ICUs as well as in inpatient rehabilitation, community outpatient, and day neuro programs.
She provided therapy for aphasia, apraxia of speech, cognitive-communication disorders, dysphagia, premature infant feeding, and dementia. She has also enjoyed serving diverse children and families through the Callier Center for Communication Disorders’ speech and language development programs, and has received additional training in feeding and craniofacial disorders. Prior to transitioning into speech pathology, Sarah spent time abroad and completed undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas studying Spanish and Spanish Linguistics; she now uses that fluency and knowledge to work with Spanish speakers. She enjoys being back home and looks forward to working with you!
Taryn is a native to Oklahoma where she received her B.S. and M.S. in Speech Language Pathology from Northeastern State University. Taryn’s passion for helping people led her into the field of speech-language pathology. She has experience working with pediatric, adult and geriatric populations in a variety of settings including home health, schools, inpatient, and outpatient care. Taryn’s areas of special interest include neurogenic communication disorders, receptive/expressive language disorders, articulation/phonology disorders, and dysphagia. In her free time, Taryn enjoys traveling, hiking, and spending time with family and friends
Schyler grew up in Tucson, Arizona where she graduated from the University of Arizona in 2015 with a B.S. in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, a B.A. in Spanish Linguistics, and a minor in pre-law thematics. After attending the University of Arizona, Schyler received her M.S. in Communication Disorders from the University of Texas at Dallas in 2018.
During her time in graduate school, she found a passion for working with children and helping them achieve their goals. She has experience working with a diverse range of patients in a variety of settings. Schyler has worked with children in out-patient settings, in the school district, and in the home setting. She particularly enjoys working with children on their feeding skills, and has completed specialized feeding training including AEIOU: An Integrated Approach to Pediatric Feeding Course. She also enjoys working on articulation and phonology skills, expressive and receptive language skills, and pragmatic language skills. In her free time, Schyler enjoys traveling, trying new foods and restaurants, and spending time with her friends, family, and puppy.