Speech Therapists

Cara Gelbart,  M.S., SLP-CCC

Cara grew up in Michigan, and her family moved to Tucson, Arizona before she started high school. Cara received her master's degree in Communication Disorders at Arizona State University. She has experience working with clients 18 months to 18 years with varying degrees of speech and language needs. She prides herself on bringing creativity into her therapy, and she is not afraid to act a little silly. When she is not working as a therapist, she enjoys painting, traveling, and dog training.

Shannon Knapp, M.S., SLP-CCC

Shannon received her Master of Science degree in Communication Disorders from Arizona State University. She enjoys working with clients of all ages with various needs related to communication. She has experience working with clients ages 18 months to 18 years. Her favorite part of being a speech-language pathologist is helping clients meet individualized goals while also validating their unique strengths. With younger clients, she enjoys developing play, reading, art, snack, and gym activities to address therapy goals while still having fun. 

Katherine Million, M.S., SLP-CCC

Katherine (Kat) grew up in New Mexico and has been living in Arizona since 2012. She graduated from New Mexico State University with a bachelor's degree in dance focusing on pedagogy, and for several years taught dance classes and coordinated a non-profit after school dance program for elementary students. She also worked as a lead teacher in an early developmental center for three years. Kat received her masters of science in Communicative Disorders from Eastern New Mexico University. She has worked in several different settings, including sub acute rehabilitation, early intervention, and private clinic; which has provided her opportunities to work with newborns and toddlers into adulthood and geriatric patients. Through all her endeavors, Kat has over a decade's worth of experience teaching people with a wide range of skills, but is most passionate about working with children who have been diagnosed with Autism. In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with her family, friends, and her fur babies (two cats and a Cane Corso). She also enjoys hiking, camping, and exploring the various adventures life sends her way.

Staci Neustadt, M.S., SLP-CCC

Staci has been working in the field of Speech-Language Pathology since 2001. She received a Master of Science in Speech Pathology from Arizona State University.  She began her work with kids with autism at Baio Enterprises in 2002.  Staci led social skills groups, provided individual speech and language therapy for kids with a variety of disabilities and worked closely with families of children that use Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) devices.

In 2007, Staci helped develop an AAC app to assist those that have complex communication needs and cannot communicate orally.  Through her company, Alexicom Tech, Staci has spoken at conferences and continues to educate other professionals on AAC. 

In 2010, Staci Joined Pieceful Solutions where she shaped the speech and language program for the students that attended the school for kids with autism and other exceptionalities.  In the 7 years Staci was with Pieceful Solutions, she helped educate teachers and other staff on how to best service students with speech and language impairments. 

Staci is excited to once again join the team at Baio enterprises to continue to work collaboratively with the therapists as well as families.

Katie Sullivan, M.S., SLP-CCC, RYT-200

Katie received her Bachelor's degree ('93) and Master's Degree ('95) in Communication Disorders and Sciences, with a minor in Psychology, from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. Katie has been an ASHA certified Speech-Language Pathologist for over twenty years, with her extensive experience including Illinois School for the Deaf, Children's Hospital Los Angeles, Theracor rehabilitation, and Torrance Unified School District in Los Angeles. Katie has experience working with both children and adults, ages 18 months through adulthood. Katie works with clients, including augmentative communication and feeding therapy, in both individual and small group settings, depending on the client's needs. She specializes in autism, articulation/phonological delays and disorders, receptive and expressive language including language acquisition, social skills/pragmatics, aphasia, voice, and fluency. In addition to being an ASHA certified Speech-Language Pathologist, Katie is also a registered yoga teacher (RYT-200) and is currently working on her Mind-Body-Wellness Practitioner Program (MBWP-600) via The Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, including a certification in Aromatherapy.  Katie recently contributed a chapter to a book, "The Power of Essential Oils", published by Flower of Life Press (2016). Katie teaches monthly yoga classes here at Baio, including a class designed specifically for children with special needs. Katie is the mother of five children, including twin boys with special needs due to birth trauma, who served as her motivation for her designing and implementing the job interview skills class for young adults with special needs held at Baio. Katie also oversees SLPA interns from both the NAU and ASU programs.Through her blog, www.mysweethomeschool.com, Katie serves as a speech/language consultant to the home school community; including those homeschooling children with special needs.  Katie often presents workshops for both therapists and parents; including previously presenting to the Speech Language Pathologists of the Los Angeles Unified School District on how to meet students' fluency needs in the school setting, and presentations at Baio and Gilbert Yoga on the importance of self-care for caregivers.When not working, Katie enjoys spending time with her children, traveling, yoga, and knitting. 

Karen Thomas, M.S., SLP-CCC

Karen received her Master of Science in Communication Disorders from Brigham Young University in 2007 and her Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders from Idaho State University in 2005.  She previously worked for a school district in Utah.  She has experience working with children ages 3-12 improve their ability to communicate their wants and needs and interact with those in their environment.  She has provided therapy within the classroom in addition to working in small groups and individually.  She has always had a love for children and loves being a speech therapist!   

Speech Assistants

Shanna Baglio, SLPA- B.S. Speech and Hearing Science, B.A. Special Education  

Shanna Baglio received her Bachelor of Science in Speech and Hearing Science, Speech and Language Pathology Assistant certificate, and Bachelor of Arts in Special Education from Arizona State University.  

She was a Special Education Teacher for six years before furthering her career in Speech and Language Therapy.  Shanna has worked with kids with a variety of disabilities including Autism, developmental delays, and emotional/behavioral needs.  Her primary focus in teaching was developing and implementing a functional program in an elementary self-contained classroom.  The programs focused on teaching state standard functional academics, social skills, independent living skills, and integrating language development.  

Shanna has experience providing language services in the school setting across a variety of disabilities.  She developed lesson plans and speech and language goals for children with articulation, fluency, pragmatic, and language disorders.  Therapy sessions were individual, small group, and whole classroom instruction.  She also developed picture schedules and behavioral plans for students with autism in the self-contained classroom.

Heather Beauvais, B.S., SLPA

Heather received her Bachelor of Science in Speech and Hearing Science from Arizona State University.  She graduated Summa Cum Laude and is certified through the state of Arizona as a Speech Language Pathology Assistant.  She is a member of Golden Key International Honors Society and the National Student Speech Language and Hearing Association. She has a passion for providing care and support for children and adults with a variety of communication disorders, including Autism Spectrum Disorders.  She prides herself in her ability to connect with both the children and caregivers creating a safe and encouraging atmosphere that will promote development in both social and emotional skills.

Tess Cox, B.S., SLPA

Tess grew up in Woodland Park Colorado and received her bachelors degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology from the University of Northern Colorado. She has worked with clients with ages from three to thirty. Tess has experience working with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, Apraxia, Language Delay and articulation. She is also proficient with AAC devices. 

Toni Jaros, B.S., SLPA

Toni Jaros received her Bachelor of Science in Speech and Hearing Science, from Arizona State University and is certified through the state of Arizona as a Speech Language Pathology Assistant. She has five years experience working with clients ages 17 months to 23 years. She has provided therapy within the school district, and home therapy, for 4 years in small groups, and individually. Along with one year at a clinic in downtown Phoenix. Toni has worked with kids with a variety of disabilities including working with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Apraxia, fluency, language delay, articulation disorders, Cerebral Palsy, Down syndrome, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, developmental delays, and emotional/behavioral needs.

Toni uses her past experiences to connect with both the children and caregivers creating a safe and encouraging atmosphere that will promote development in both social and emotional skills. Her favorite part of being a speech-language pathologist assistant is helping clients meet individualized goals while also validating their unique strengths. When not working, Toni enjoys spending time with her husband, and daughter.

Vanessa Jehling, B.S., SLPA

Vanessa is a Tempe, Arizona native. Starting at a young age, she had a strong passion for working with children with special needs. She graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Speech and Hearing Science, Business minor, and Speech Language Pathologist Assistant certificate from Arizona State University in three years.

Prior to working as a SLPA, Vanessa has worked as a habilitation and respite provider. She has had experience working with a variety of diagnoses including cerebral palsy, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down syndrome, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Apraxia, and behavioral needs. Vanessa is familiar with Augmentative and Alternative Communication devices and Picture Exchange Communication System."

Laura Lyon, B.S., SLPA

Laura was born and raised in Arizona. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Speech and Hearing Science and her Speech-Language Pathologist Assistant certification through Arizona State University. She has been employed at a private school for children with Autism and other Developmental delays for the past 4 years where she has worked with multiple aged students using different Augmentative and Alternative Communication devices. She enjoys working with children, their parents and family members on striving to meet their communication goals. When she is not working, she loves to travel and spend time with her family.

Stephanie Martinez, B.S., SLPA

Stephanie received her Bachelors of Science in Speech Hearing Sciences at Arizona State University. Stephanie joined the Baio team in February 2016. Prior to working with Baio, she worked at a speech clinic in the west valley, where she specialized in pediatric speech.  Stephanie worked with children ranging from ages 3 to 12, with different diagnosis including Autism, Apraxia, Down Syndrome, and other Speech and Language delays. She works in both clinic and home health settings. She is bilingual, fluent in Spanish, and enjoys working with children, young adults, and adults to provide support for the patients and their families. 

William Olivares, B.S., SLPA

Will studied Speech and Hearing Sciences at Arizona State University.  Prior to working as an SLPA, he worked two years as a behavioral coach with children and teenagers ranging from ages 5-17 years old. After working as a behavioral coach, Will worked as a case manager for children who were entering the country looking to be reunified with their families.  Since receiving his SLPA certificate, Will has worked in both the school setting, and outpatient clinic.  He has much experience working with different communication devices, and children who are low functioning in their communication.  Will is also bilingual, being fluent in Spanish.

Alyssa Rekart, B.S., SLPA

Alyssa received her Bachelors of Science in Communication Disorders from Arizona State University. Before working as an SLPA, she was a Hah-b provider for children with autism. Alyssa loves being able to help increase quality of life for both children and families by improving their communication skills and providing support. 

Ashley Sando, SLPA

Ashley earned both a Bachelor of Arts and her Speech-Language Pathologist Assistant certification through Northern Arizona University.  For her Bachelor degree she studied French and Public Relations and later went on to pursue her certification in the Speech Pathology field.

She has experience working with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Apraxia, language delay and articulation disorders.  She is also proficient with AAC devices.

Ashley is an Arizona native but has done extensive traveling through Europe and Asia.  She has a passion for working with children and helping them achieve their speech and behavior goals.

Silvia Sandoval, B.S., SLPA

Silvia received her Bachelor of Science degree in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences from the University of Arizona. She also completed the SLPA program at the U of A where she worked with a variety of clients including individuals with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Developmental Delays, and AAC devices.

Silvia has also provided bilingual speech therapy in English and Spanish for both children and adults. She enjoys working with children and young adults and worked as a respite and habilitation provider prior to becoming a speech therapist.

Teresa Trujillo, B.S., SLPA

Teresa received her Bachelor of Science in Speech and Hearing Science from Arizona State University and Speech and Language Pathology Assistant certificate.  Prior to working with Baio Enterprises, she worked with Junior High kids and High Schoolers at a charter school as an SLPA.

Teresa has worked with kids with different diagnosis including Apraxia, Cerebral Palsy, Autism, speech language delay, and central processing disorder. She enjoys working with children and young adults and helping to provide support for their families.