Kelley Carter – MS, CCC-SLP, COM™️

Owner/Executive Director

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.

Our Team



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.


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.

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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.


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.

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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!!!!


Mikalya P. 

Mikayla received her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from Brigham Young University in 2016 and began working at an Autism school as an RBT doing ABA therapy. That is where she fell in love with working with kids and the creativity to make activities fun and motivating. After several years in the school setting, she moved to London and completed her Masters in Occupational Therapy at Brunel University London in 2020. Mikayla has experience working in hospital settings,

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schools, and pediatric clinics. In her spare time, Mikayla enjoys all things outdoors, especially rock climbing and snowboarding, yoga, traveling, and exploring local restaurants.

Mitch H.

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.

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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.

Nick D. 

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. 

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 M. 

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.

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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.

Alexis N. 

Alexis was born and raised in Las Vegas, NV. She graduated from the Honors Program at University of San Diego and earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Theology and Religious Studies in 2019. At USD, Alexis participated in various leadership roles in Psychology Journal Club and was a member of her college dance team for 4 years. She worked as a barista, nanny and registered behavior technician providing ABA services to children with Autism.

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In 2021, Alexis completed her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy at University of Illinois at Chicago. Alexis loves forming therapeutic relationships with individuals through the holistic nature and client-centered approach of occupational therapy. She believes in utilizing client strengths and personal interests throughout therapy to promote independence and quality of life. She has experience working in outpatient pediatric and outpatient adult neuro day rehab settings. In Chicago, she worked as a graduate teaching assistant for Introductory Psychology courses for 3 semesters. She also was a volunteer group leader for TeenTastic at Gigi’s PlayHouse, an organization for individuals with Down Syndrome.

After finishing school in Chicago, Alexis moved back to Vegas to be near family and live in the city that will always feel like home. Outside of work, Alexis has a passion for dancing, sunrises/sunsets, exploring local coffee shops, being outdoors, and spending time with the people she loves.

Charlize S. 

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,

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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 V. 

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. Ariana discovered her passion for the profession while volunteering at a hippotherapy clinic

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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.


Shannon graduated with Honors from PIMA Medical Institute in Las Vegas and is a National Board-Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant. Shannon is well acquainted with the complexities of raising children with disabilities, (including severe speech delay, autism, developmental delays and ADHD) which inspired her to pursue a profession in occupational therapy. Her life’s ambition is to help individuals of all ages to engage in everyday activities more effectively and confidently despite any muscular, developmental, genetic, neurological and/or sensory issues they might be experiencing. Shannon has been practicing occupational therapy in a variety of settings including hospice,

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acute care, outpatient therapy, a Veteran’s skilled nursing facility, and in one of her favorite settings, pediatrics. Shannon’s approach to therapy is to inspire each individual to want to engage in activities by making them meaningful, fun, and appropriately challenging for their unique level of ability. Shannon is energetic, has a positive disposition, and strongly believes that working towards personal and family goals is an adventure to explore and enjoy.

Prior to receiving her degree, Shannon volunteered regularly at her children’s schools, attended IEP meetings, observed numerous speech and occupational therapy sessions, participated in religious organization presidencies for adults and children, and volunteered with the Boy Scouts of America as a Committee Chair, Webelos Leader, and Eagle Scout Advancement Chair.

In her free time, Shannon enjoys hiking, kayaking, and camping outdoors, raising backyard chickens, and making memories with her husband and children.


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.

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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.


Devin F.

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,

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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.

Madison L.

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.

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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

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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!).

Jane T. 

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.

Judy T. 

Judy is a speech-language pathologist at the North Las Vegas location. She was born and raised in Southern California. She is bilingual in English and Korean. She completed her Masters of Education in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Virginia in 2017. She has experience with children with a variety of diagnoses. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, reading, learning foreign languages, and spending time with her family and friends.


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.

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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.


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.

Citlalli S. 

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.

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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.


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.

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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.

Alyssa P. 

Alyssa Plassman is a Speech Language Pathologist, born and raised in Las Vegas. She attended the University of Nevada, Reno where she received both her Bachelors and Masters degree in Speech-Language Pathology. Go Wolf Pack! Following graduation, Alyssa spent the first 5 years of her professional career serving children in home health and in the public school system in Orlando, FL.

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She has experience working with pediatrics with a variety of diagnoses some of which include Autism, Down Syndrome, and other Developmental Disabilities.  In her free time, Alyssa enjoys traveling, spending time with her dog, Tahoe, and going to Disneyland.