Who is Monica?
Monica Bein, M.Ed., CCC-SLP, of Oklahoma is a supervisor in the physical medicine department at Saint Francis Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In addition to her supervisory role, she works with patients, providing evaluations and therapy for swallowing disorders and stroke. Monica has been a Bridges Out of Poverty consultant for aha! Process since 2005. She has a diverse professional background, including providing early intervention services for children with speech/language delay, working for Tulsa County Health Department, and teaching for Northeastern State University and Oklahoma State University. She is frequently involved with nonprofit organizations in the Hispanic community that provide services to families in Tulsa and Peru. During her career, she has implemented the Bridges framework and facilitated the Getting Ahead program in school and nonprofit agency settings.
Monica’s master’s degree in speech pathology has led to international experiences. She studied in France and worked in Bosnian and Romanian orphanages, providing staff training and therapy for children with special needs. She is often called upon to provide expertise for local magazines, newspapers, and other news media. She collaborates with several community agencies, including the Children First program, Sooner Start early intervention program, Tulsa Community Service Council, and local schools and libraries.
- Master of Education in Speech-Language Pathology, 1998
- Bachelor of Science, 1996
- Saint Francis Hospital, Speech-Language Pathologist, 2011–present
- Scholl Center for Communication Disorders, Speech-Language Pathologist, 2010–2011
- Oklahoma State University, Clinical Instructor and Clinic Supervisor, January 2008–2010
- Oklahoma Neurospecialty Hospital, Speech-Language Pathologist, December 2009–2010
- Tulsa City-County Health Department (Child Guidance Program), Speech-Language Pathologist, 1999–2008
- Oklahoma State Department of Health (Creek County Early Intervention Program), Speech-Language Pathologist, May 1998 –1999
- Northeastern State University, Instructor in Special Education and Sign Language, May 2000–2004
- Tulsa Community College, Adjunct Instructor for Child Development Program, 2003–2006
- Bosnia Speech and Hearing Project, Volunteer Speech-Language Pathologist, 2002
- Bridges International, Volunteer Speech-Language Pathologist, Romania, 2000
- Teaching Speech the Fun Way, Two Harbors Press, 2007
Monica’s aha! moment
I officially joined the aha! Process team a few years after hearing Ruby Payne speak to a group of local educators and nonprofit organizations. Ruby’s stories and insight just made sense and were applicable to so many professions. I immediately became interested in learning more and sharing my own experience with others.
My biggest professional passion is helping people communicate more effectively. As a speech-language pathologist, my goal is for everyone to have means of communication. I am also extremely passionate about helping patients by understanding their life stories and working with their family members while they rehabilitate. Personally, my passions include my family; playing guitar; sign language and the deaf community; learning Spanish; and sewing.
Monica’s best training
My favorite moments during Bridges workshops occur whenever someone says, “This has been the best training I’ve ever attended because now I understand how to more effectively communicate with the people I serve.” One workshop participant said, “My whole perception about my customers has changed. I will never make judgments again. Instead, I create relationships and learn their stories.”
What does Monica do for fun?
I have a passion for music. I sing and play guitar in a classic rock band and a Latin band. I also enjoy learning languages and experiencing different cultures. I love both big city life and visiting my family’s farm in the country.