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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, 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, located in Southern California.

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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.

McKenzie Chen, B.S., SLPA

Licensed Speech-Language Pathology Assistant

McKenzie Chen 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 the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Rehabilitation Psychology

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McKenzie is passionate about focusing on clients as individuals and tailoring treatment to meet each client’s unique needs. She utilizes individualized and developmentally appropriate therapy materials and activities to help client’s reach their goals and improve their communication. She strives to tailor therapy sessions to focus on each client’s needs and interests.

McKenzie gained clinical experience through the Eureka Union School District. She has experience with articulation, phonological disorders, language disorders and other speech and language impairments. McKenzie has worked with a variety of ages in both individual and group settings.

McKenzie has worked in the field of Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) as an instructional assistant and a registered behavior technician, working one on one and in group settings with children with autism. She has experience working with children from preschool to adolescence. She has worked in various settings including clinics, in-home, and schools helping clients to reach their individualized goals and improve their communication and problem-solving skills.

McKenzie believes in the importance of developing positive and collaborative relationships with clients and their families. She believes it is important to incorporate caregivers and family into therapy to allow for carryover of skills into a client’s home and community. She is excited to join the team at Granite Bay Speech.

Madison Bayer, B.A., SLPA

Licensed Speech-Language Pathologist Assistant

Madison is a Licensed Speech Language Pathologist Assistant, (SLPA). She graduated in 2014 from The University of North Dakota with her Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders, with a minor in both Deaf Studies and Psychology. She graduated in 2015 from CSU Northridge with an Associate of Science Degree as a Speech-Language Pathology Assistant.

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Madison has worked with children since high school; she was the neighborhood nanny for approximately 8 years and later worked in a daycare while pursuing her Associates Degree. She has worked in private practice and school settings with children ages 2-22 years old. Madison has experience with a wide variety of communication disorders, including articulation, phonology, apraxia, stuttering, ASD, ADHD, language delay and social language skills. Madison uses positive reinforcement and a play-based therapy approach for children to ensure that they are learning while having fun in their sessions. She encourages parents to sit in on sessions, ask questions, and implement therapy approaches at home.

Off the job, Madison enjoys spending time with her husband and two Australian Cattle Dogs, taking them on hikes, and to any dog friendly restaurant. She enjoys baking with her sourdough starter, cooking authentic recipes from other countries, and exploring new cities/countries. She is thrilled to be part of the Granite Bay Speech Team!

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.

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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.

Erika Munoz, B.A.

Office Manager

Erika is our incredibly talented Office Manager. She graduated from California State University, Sacramento with a bachelor’s degree in Child Development with a minor in Counseling. During college and for a several years following graduation, Erika entered the field of Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) as a behavior technician, working in various settings including schools, in home, and in the clinic setting.

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Erika’s superior work as a behavioral technician was recognized by her employer and she was promoted and began working as a Consultant for ABA services. She trained and counseled parents and managed client treatment plans while considering the development of the whole child. She supported staff development and provided advice on improving client services.

Erika is furthering her career as she expands her administrative and management responsibilities. Erika continues to utilize her counseling, parent training and time management skills to benefit the entire team and our families at Granite Bay Speech.

Jordan Sanderson, A.S.

Administrative Assistant/ Front Desk Receptionist

Jordan is our wonderful Administrative Assistant and Front Desk Receptionist. Jordan’s passion for speech therapy began when she started working at Granite Bay Speech. Jordan saw improvement in communication skills and the happiness it created in clients and decided to change her major from nursing to Speech Language Pathology.

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Jordan is a dedicated student and has obtained 3 Associate of Science degrees in Allied Health, Pre-Nursing, and Natural Science from Sierra College. She is currently enrolled in a distance program at Northern Arizona University, where she is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders, while maintaining a 4.0 GPA, placing her on the Dean’s List. Jordan plans on obtaining her master’s degree and ultimately becoming a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist.

Jordan enjoys greeting each client with a smile. Jordan truly loves getting to know each family that walks in our door.

In Jordan’s free time, she enjoys spending quality time with friends and family, and her pet cat, Bug. Jordan also loves outdoor activities, including hiking, sailing, and kayaking in the Bay Area with her family.

Gabrielle Bernal, B.S., MBA

Education Specialist & Community Outreach Coordinator

Gabrielle Bernal is our talented and knowledgeable Education Specialist & Community Outreach Coordinator. She has a love for our profession and graduated with her Bachelor of Science Degree (B.S.) in Speech Pathology and Audiology from Sacramento State University. She loves to learn and “just for the fun of it” furthered her education and was awarded her Master of Business Administration Degree (MBA) from Walden University.

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Gabrielle is available to provide resources to the medical and educational community and empower parents and clients. She will expand our office services to include parenting classes and community outreach events. In her free time, you can find Gabrielle at a dirt track watching her husband race sprint cars with their son. She loves to travel and read and has a goal of finishing 52 books in one year! She enjoys Pure Barre workouts and loves spending time with her extended family and friends.

Fun fact: Gabrielle has worn hearing aids in both ears since the age of 9! She knows firsthand that hearing loss may affect developing communication skills in children. She is dedicated to spreading awareness of hearing loss and intervention options for families. If you talk to Gabrielle, you’ll hear a young woman who has developed excellent articulation and communication skills!

Gabrielle is excited to join the Granite Bay Speech team and support our families and community!

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