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, including the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.

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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. Nancy’s passion is helping individuals of all ages find their hidden learning potential in all areas of   communication.

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 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 is passionate about supporting neurodivergent individuals with communication using multiple modalities for self-advocacy. She 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.

Jessica Andolina, B.S., SLPA

Licensed Speech-Language Pathology Assistant

Jessica is a licensed Speech-Language Pathology Assistant. She graduated with her Bachelor of Science Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Nevada, Reno. She then went on to complete her licensing through California State University, East Bay.

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Jessica is a licensed Speech-Language Pathology Assistant. She graduated with her Bachelor of Science Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Nevada, Reno. She then went on to complete her licensing through California State University, East Bay.

Jessica has experience working with children of all ages in a variety of settings. Jessica has worked with preschool, elementary, middle, and high school students. She has obtained experience in both school and private practice settings in the areas of Articulation, Autism, ADHD, Phonological Processing, Expressive and Receptive Language, Learning Disabilities, Pragmatics and Social Skills.

Jessica is passionate about giving back to community and enjoys volunteering for organizations such as Reading Partners. She uses her dedication, flexibility and problem-solving skills when working with clients to achieve the highest levels of success. She believes in creating positive environments and lasting connections throughout the community to produce inclusive experiences for all. Jessica is excited to be included in the Granite Bay Speech team and use her Speech Pathology competency to deliver meaningful clinical experiences.

Juliana Gaines, B.S., SLPA

Licensed Speech-Language Pathology Assistant

Juliana is a licensed Speech-Language Pathology Assistant. She graduated with her Bachelor of Science Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from California Baptist University.

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Juliana is a licensed Speech-Language Pathology Assistant. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders from California Baptist University.

Since graduating, Juliana has gained extensive experience working with a variety of communication disorders while employed at speech clinics in Southern California. She has worked with stuttering, autism, receptive and expressive language disorders, articulation, phonology, apraxia, and early intervention (ages 0-3).

Juliana loves helping individuals of all ages improve their communication skills and has worked teaching children for over ten years. She was a swim instructor and swim coach for the Johnson Ranch Barracudas during high school and through her first few years of college. Her passion for speech therapy began in a high school psychology class when she learned how the brain processes language. She was particularly interested in neurology and discovering how brain disruptions affect language and learning. 

Juliana is exceptionally skilled in using a client’s areas of interest to improve their communication skills. She loves Marvel, Disney, baking, playing with her dog, and making charcuterie boards. We love having Juliana as part of the Granite Bay Speech team!

Heather Musto, A.S., SLPA

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.”

Madelyn Couture-Cichella B.S., SLPA

Licensed Speech-Language Pathology Assistant

Madelyn is a Licensed Speech-Language Pathology Assistant. She graduated with her Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from California State University Sacramento. She then went on to complete her licensing through Loma Linda University.

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Madelyn’s passion for working with children started when she was very young. Both of her parents worked as teachers, giving her the opportunity to volunteer in the elementary school and special education setting. This has allowed her to gain many years of experience applying academic, behavioral and communication goals with children, ages two to fourteen. She has worked for Folsom Cordova Unified School district as a paraprofessional in preschools and worked as a Zumba instructor for both children and adults.

Madelyn has experience treating a wide variety of communication disorders including: phonological processing, learning disabilities, ADD, ADHD, articulation/speech sounds, childhood apraxia of speech, language disorders, memory improvement, application of language skills to reading disorders and autism. She is dedicated and flexible when working with her clients to achieve the highest level of success. Madelyn also has experience and passion for using American Sign Language (ASL).

Madelyn is dedicated to helping individuals communicate and express their ideas and wishes with greater ease. She engages her clients and families with a high level of energy, enthusiasm and creative problem solving. She integrates families preferences that positively impact everyday communication and academic success. She is excited to join Granite Bay Speech and continue her passion for helping others through lifelong learning.

Kayla Hammitt, B.S., SLPA

Licensed Speech-Language Pathology Assistant

Kayla is a Licensed Speech-Language Pathology Assistant. She graduated with her Bachelor of Science Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from California State University, Sacramento. Currently, she is attending St. Augustine for Health Sciences to get her Masters in Speech-Language Pathology.

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Kayla hopes to bring her knowledge and compassion as a clinician to influence the lives of her clients and their families. She advocates in specific areas to enhance client care, promote the profession, and provide an evidence-based practice. She addresses several language and speech disorders across linguistically and culturally diverse populations. She strives to take an interdisciplinary approach by combining research, academic, and clinical experiences.

Kayla is currently in graduate school at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences for speech-language pathology. She plans to acquire a Master of Science degree and certification of clinical competence (CCC’s). She’s been exposed to the most current research and practices, cutting edge technologies, and alternative treatment techniques.

Previously, Kayla worked as a speech language pathologist assistant (SLPA) at a therapy-based clinic and specialized in childhood apraxia of speech and early intervention services. She received hands-on, highly skilled training across all settings, such as, in-home, in-clinic, and tele-therapy. These relationship-based, family-centered sessions for developmentally delayed or identified disabilities required her to give parent training and proficient client treatment.

Accompanying Kayla’s experience as a SLPA, she holds professional work experiences as a registered behavior technician certified through Behavior Analyst Certification Board. She performed 1:1 personalized therapy based on applied behavior analysis principles to children with autism in-home, school-base and in-clinic.

In Kayla’s free time, she loves to spend quality time with her 18-month-old daughter. She cherishes her family, which brings compassion to provide family-centered care.

Jessica Lenck, B.A., B.S., SLPA

Licensed Speech-Language Pathology Assistant

Jessica is a licensed Speech-Language Pathology Assistant. She is passionate about lifelong learning and has achieved two bachelor’s degrees. She graduated with her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. She continued her education and was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Sacramento State.

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Jessica has a strong passion for working with children from birth through adolescence. She has experience in the clinical application of therapy techniques for autism, apraxia, articulation/speech sounds, language comprehension and language expression, vocabulary, auditory memory, and stuttering. In addition to her experience in the field of speech language pathology, she has years of experience working in the field of child development as a nanny, preschool teacher assistant, and a summer camp youth volunteer. In her free time, she loves to read books, take walks, and spend time with her 3-year-old niece.

 

Jessica is very compassionate and is an excellent problem solver. She is looking forward to building long term relationships with our families. She is local to Granite Bay and intends on staying within our community. We are sure you will love getting to know Jessica and will welcome her into our Granite Bay Speech family.

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.

Loretta Kirby

Office Manager

Loretta enjoys teaching and spending time with children of all ages. She worked as a certified behavioral technician for two years. During that time, she quickly obtained her BCAT. Loretta provided one on one therapy to children with autism, down syndrome, and other disorders in clinics, homes, and school-based settings. She is now working towards expanding her area of expertise as our Office Manager. Loretta is passionate about helping people work towards and meet their goals, whatever they may be.