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.

Sheree Woods, M.A. CCC-SLP

Licensed Speech-Language Pathologist

Sheree is a licensed Speech Language Pathologist who graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Speech Pathology and Audiology from California State University, Sacramento and then went on to obtain her Master of Arts degree in Speech Language Pathology from Whittier College.

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Sheree has over 27 years of experience working in preschools, private, charter and public schools throughout California and central Oregon. Before joining Granite Bay Speech, she owned Speech and Language Connection in Sonoma County for 10 years.

She is a Licensed Speech Language Pathologist in California since 1991 and in Oregon for six years. Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) awarded by the American Speech Language and Hearing Association. Sheree has provided screenings, assessments, and therapy to students in preschools as well as private, charter and public schools

She and her husband moved to snowy, central Oregon where she supervised SLPAs and a Clinical Fellowship Year (CFY) candidate. She worked with K-12th grade school students, while raising two beautiful girls. Early in her career, she had the privilege of assisting with a Statewide survey of minorities with hearing impairments.

Sheree never stops learning and increasing her knowledge about communication disorders and related topics, such as literacy, Autism, Apraxia of Speech and Selective Mutism as evidenced by hundreds of hours of additional training. She wrote an informational column in the Kid Konnection publication, educating families about various topics in communication disorders

Sheree is elated to join Granite Bay Speech and return to providing families with the private, individualized instruction that truly brings results!

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!

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!

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.”

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.

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.