About The Granite Bay Speech Team

Welcome to Granite Bay Speech!

For more than fifteen years, our incredible therapy team has been serving Granite Bay, Roseville, and the greater Sacramento area. We love what we do and we strive to exceed our client’s expectations! Our experienced speech, language and learning professionals create an individualized program just for you. We provide you with an unparalleled level of support. Our therapy is research and evidence based. Improve your communication skills at any age!

Nancy Barcal, M.A. CCC-SLP

Licensed Speech-Language Pathologist

Nancy is the director of Granite Bay Speech and has over 30 years’ experience treating speech, language, and learning difficulties. Prior to arriving in California, she worked in schools and hospitals in Illinois. Nancy's passion is helping individuals of all ages find their hidden learning potential in all areas of communication.

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– Licensed Speech-Language Pathologist in California since 1981
– Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) awarded by the American Speech Language and Hearing Association
– Member of American Speech Language Hearing Association specialty division for Fluency
– Past Editor of the California Speech-Language Pathologist in Private Practice (CALSPAPP) newsletter
– Presented her research at the American Speech Language Hearing Association Convention
– Certified SpeechEasy® Preferred Provider
– Conference presenter for Attention Deficit Disorders (CHADD), Tri-Cities Children Center, Agency for Infant Development, Fremont School District, Ohlone College,   Mills College, California State University – Hayward
– Provided medical staff education for numerous San Francisco Bay Area hospitals and home health agencies
– Guest presenter for KNBR radio and Fremont cable TV
– Contributing health columnist for Granite Bay View magazine
– Since 1981, Nancy has worked as a licensed speech-language pathologist in California. She has experience as a therapist and home school educator treating language, communication, and learning disabilities. 

Christine Scalise, M.S. CCC-SLP

Licensed Speech-Language Pathologist

Christine graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communicative Sciences and Disorders with a minor in American Sign Language and Deaf Studies. She earned her Master of Science Degree in Communicative Sciences and Disorders from California State University Northridge.

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Christine is passionate about supporting neurodivergent individuals with communication using multiple modalities for self-advocacy. Christine has varied work experience with children and adults. She began her career as a Speech Language Pathology Assistant with medically fragile children in a Pediatric Prescribed Extended Care (PPEC) center. She continued her career as a Speech Language Pathologist in the public school system, skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, and home health. Christine has worked in several facilities across different states including
Florida, Nebraska, Iowa, and California.

Christine views neurodiversity as a natural human variance that should be embraced. Autistic communication and social skills are naturally effective, and her goal is to assist parents and teachers understand their communication differences and foster relationships.

In her leisure time, Christine enjoys traveling with her husband and three children. Her hobbies also include baking, reading, and exploring the outdoors. She is enthusiastic to be joining the Granite Bay Speech therapy team and looks forward to working with new clients.

Lael Carlson, M.S. CCC-SLP

Licensed Speech-Language Pathologist


Lael Carlson, M.S., CCC-SLP received her training in Communication Sciences at California State University, East Bay, graduating in 2010. She holds a Masters in Music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and a B.A. in music from the University of California, San Diego.

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Lael has worked in the Oakland Public Schools, Easter Seals Bay Area, and the San Juan Unified School District.  She currently performs speech and language assessments for the Department of Social Services. Lael is also trained in AAC and holds a certificate in Accent Modification from the American Speech and Hearing Association.

In addition, she is a choral conductor who has lead choruses for over 20 years, with a strong interest in voice and vocal pathologies as well as the incorporation of music in her therapy.

Rima Sejpal Adusumalli, M.A. CCC-SLP

Licensed Speech-Language Pathologist

Rima Sejpal Adusumalli, M.A. CCC-SLP, received a BA from Boston University where she majored in Psychology and minored in Communication Disorders. She went on to receive her master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Northwestern University in 2008.

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After earning her M.A, Rima worked at pediatric clinics all throughout the Chicago area, providing individual and group therapy in both the home and clinic settings. A large part of her caseload included treating children ages birth to three years old, through the early intervention program in the state of Illinois. Upon returning to her hometown of Los Angeles, Rima joined a multidisciplinary pediatric clinic and worked closely with other professionals to treat children on a global level that also addressed physical, sensory, and social-emotional needs of each client. Rima’s areas of expertise for the pediatric population (birth-twelve) include receptive and expressive language disorders, motor speech and articulation disorders, language-based learning disorders, auditory processing difficulties, and social/pragmatic challenges.

Rima began mentoring interns, clinical fellows, and other speech-language pathologists while continuing to build her repertoire of skills through training such as PROMPT, Hanen: It Takes Two to Talk, Social Thinking, and Sequential Oral Sensory Approach to Feeding (SOS). Rima loves working with children and their families, believing that parent education and training are essential for optimal success and carryover of skills across settings.

Outside of work, Rima is busy raising her two little kiddos, learning a new recipe, reading, spending time with her family, and enjoying the California sunshine.

Heather Musto, A.S., SLPA

Lead Licensed Speech-Language Pathology Assistant

Heather Musto is a Licensed Speech Language Pathology Assistant. She graduated from American River College with an Associate of Science Degree as a Speech-Language Pathology Assistant. She is a lifelong learner and is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Science in Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education from Utah State University.

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Heather has worked in the field of education for over twenty years. Her experience spans a wide age range, from birth to adolescence. She has worked with a variety of communication challenges, including, expressive and receptive language, auditory processing, dyslexia, articulation, apraxia, stuttering, phonological disorders, and social language skills. She most recently worked as a speech-language pathology assistant in the Folsom-Cordova Unified School system. She is excited to bring her therapy, parent training and counseling skills to the Granite Bay Speech clinic.

Heather’s approach to therapy is play-based, using positive reinforcement. She personalizes each therapy session to achieve maximum progress. She engages each child by focusing on their high-interest topics and utilizes a variety of activities. She welcomes parental involvement in sessions to achieve carryover of skills at home, in school, and in the community.

 

“I strive to use my knowledge of child development and early childhood education as a resource to support parents in their efforts to achieve optimal communication goals for their children. Along with my continued higher education and professional development, I look forward to collaborating and expanding my skills with the talented therapists at Granite Bay Speech.”

Sylvia Haddad, A.S., SLPA

Licensed Speech-Language Pathology Assistant

Sylvia Haddad is a Licensed Speech-Language Pathology Assistant. She graduated from American River College with an Associate of Science Degree in Speech-Language Pathology. Prior to that, she graduated from San Jose State University with a Bachelor of Art Degree in Child and Adolescent Development.

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Sylvia is a lifelong learner with a passion for providing the highest quality service and treatment to all individuals.

Sylvia gained clinical experience through the Sacramento City Unified School District. She has experience working with individuals who have speech language impairments, specific learning disabilities, developmental delays, established medical disabilities, intellectual disabilities, and other health impairments including ADD, ADHD, and decreased vitality and alertness due to health problems. She strives to provide therapy tailored specifically to each individual’s needs and interests. She is dedicated to enhancing functional communication skills by helping individuals communicate their wants and needs with greater ease.

Sylvia has worked as a teacher with young children for years. Her experience spans from birth to young adolescence. She’s worked at multiple preschools throughout her career, with her most recent position being an Assistant Director at a Child Enrichment Center. She is passionate about early intervention and creating a positive space that fosters growth.

In her free time, Sylvia enjoys traveling, gardening, preparing plant-based meals, and spending quality time with loved ones. She is incredibly excited to gain new experiences and join the Granite Bay Speech team!

Kelli Sella, B.A., SLPA

Licensed Speech-Language Pathology Assistant

Kelli Sella is a Licensed Speech-Language Pathology Assistant. She graduated with her Bachelor of Art Degree in Speech-Language Sciences and Technology from Northern Arizona University. Prior to that, Kelli obtained her Associates Degree in Natural Sciences from Mt. San Antonio College.

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Kelli utilizes motivating and appropriate therapy materials for both in-person and telehealth therapy. She has experience with phonological disorders, articulation, expressive and receptive language disorders, and other speech and language impairments including learning disabilities, developmental delays, ADHD, and ASD. Kelli has worked with a wide variety of ages, including early intervention, preschool and elementary school children.

Kelli personalizes each client’s session to promote progress in their communication skills. She uses positive reinforcement and parent education to ensure carryover skills at home and throughout the client’s life. Kelli strives to establish a collaborative partnership with her clients and their families in order to achieve maximum progress and meet individualized goals.

Chris Osby

Speech Pathology Aide/ Administrative Assistant

Chris is a Speech Pathology Aide as well as an Administrative Assistant for the office. His passion for therapy comes from his own experience as a person who stutters. He has experienced therapy in both a school and private setting. Chris obtained his associates degree in administration of justice from American River College and has since transferred to Sacramento State University and switched his major to communication sciences and disorders in hopes of one day becoming a Speech Language Pathologist. Originally, Chris joined our family here at Granite Bay Speech as a client when he received his speech easy and required additional therapy to enhance the effects of the device. Since joining Chris has seen drastic changes in his speech and looks forward to helping clients achieve the same level of success he has.
Chris is also the leader of a few of our fluency groups here at Granite Bay Speech and is dedicated to creating an environment where you can relax and be yourself while learning new ways to manage your stutter around people that can relate to what you are experiencing.