Staff

 


Rebecca Bailey-Torres, M.Ed., M.S., CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist/Orofacial Myologist

Owner/Founder

NV License SP-684
CA License SP-24819

Rebecca Bailey-Torres

Rebecca is a Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) and the founder of Nevada Educational and Therapy Solutions (NEATS), which she opened with 15 years of professional experience in public education. Nine of those years she provided direct speech and language services to students ages 3 -21 in Washoe County School District. The other 6 years, Rebecca was a special education program consultant, providing technical support and assistance to parents, general education teachers, special education teachers, and school administrators on the implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Acts (IDEA). This included observing students with special needs (Down Syndrome, Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Emotional Disturbances, etc.) and offering Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) teams suggestions to supports students’ educational progress based on evidence-based practices.

Rebecca graduated with her Bachelor of Science degree in Speech Pathology from the University of Nevada, Reno in 1998. She earned her Master’s degree in Speech Pathology from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2000. Appropriate education and therapy services for all students, especially students eligible for special educations has become a passion for Rebecca. She believes all students have the potential to learn to the best of their ability. To support these passions and beliefs, Rebecca pursued a Master’s degree in Education Administration and Supervision. She graduated with her Master’s degree in Education in Administration and Supervision from the University of Phoenix in 2012.

Rebecca served as president of the Nevada Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NSHA) from July 2008 to June 2010. In 2010, she was appointed by Governor Jim Gibbons to the State of Nevada Speech-Language Pathology, Audiology and Hearing Aid Dispensing Board. She was re-appointed to the Board by Governor Brian Sandoval and served as Board Chair for most of her time on the board.

In December 2019, Rebecca took an initial 28 course on the orofacial complex and assessing dysfunction of this system. This training was career changing. It is now Rebecca’s professional goal to educate as many people as possible on healthy mouth development for feeding and speech to prevent orofacial myofunctional disorders (OMD). When OMD is not prevented, Rebecca is trained to treat these disorders and refer to other professionals as appropriate. As OMD is not age specific, Rebecca is excited to help adults and children with OMD. Rebecca is a member of the International Association of Orafacial Myologists (IAOM) working on her certification.

It is Rebecca’s opinion that “traditional” speech therapy treats a symptom, whereas orofacial myofunctional therapy (OMT) treats the underlying problem causing the speech feeding problem an OMD.

Rebecca has lived in Reno since she was three years old. She recently earned her professional certification as an alpine level I ski instructor. So in addition to all things speech related, Rebecca would love to teach you to ski!

 


Israel Montano, M.A., CF-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

Clinical Fellow

NV License SP-2849

Israel is a CF-SLP who effectively connects and communicates with people of all ages and backgrounds.  His previous jobs and education have developed skills in researching, analyzing, managing personal and governmental sensitive information, effectively documenting and communicating findings, as well as in developing a proficiency in preparing and executing strategic plans.  Being a CF-SLP has deepened his understanding in the importance of maintaining clear communication, prioritizing goals and objectives, and providing efficacious evidence-based therapy. 

He has experience providing speech-language services to both children and adults who have autism, speech sound disorders, fluency disorders, specific language impairments, orofacial myofunctional disorders, voice disorders, swallowing disorders, in addition to working with individuals using AAC devices.

Israel graduated with his Bachelor of Science in Speech, Language, & Hearing Sciences from San Diego State University in 2018. Two years later he received his Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of South Dakota.

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Laurie Kasa, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

NV License OT-0691

I am a Pediatric Occupational Therapist with 47 years of experience.  My areas of specialization include sensory processing, growth and development, kinesiotaping, feeding, autism and fine motor development.

I have worked in school districts both Southern California and Northern Nevada and spent 15 years in early intervention. I have experience delivering services face to face in the home and school and via remote/flipped learning.  I have extensive experience as a life-long educator, having home schooled my three children from preschool to college (now a college professor, a software engineer, and a restaurateur) and am currently tutoring my granddaughter using zoom.

I reside in Sparks with my husband and am currently building a home in Stateline.


Alexis Beckelheimer

Administrative Assistant

Alexis is currently working toward her Bachelor’s degree in Speech Pathology at the University of Nevada, Reno. Her anticipated graduation is May of 2022 and she is exploring graduate programs to immediately pursue her Master’s degree in Speech Pathology.

When not in class, Alexis works for NEATS 20 hours per week (Monday through Thursday) learning the ins and outs of a small therapeutic private practice. She completes all administrative duties so the therapists can focus on the important clinical work of treating patients. If you call the office, it is likely you will speak to Alexis or that she will be the person returning your call. She is happy to answer any questions you may have or process payments. She also enjoys when the kids stop n to say high before or after their therapy sessions.