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Peter Medeiros, M.Sc Speech-Language Pathologist, Reg. CASLPO

Peter has an Honours degree in Political Science and Mass Communication and a Masters of Science in Speech-Language Pathology. Peter is registered to practice in both Ontario and the United States with a focus providing Speech Therapy in Toronto, Ontario and surrounding regions. He has a variety of experience assessing and treating adults and children in schools, habilitation centers, hospitals, and in clients' homes. He has worked with pediatric and adult clients of varying ages in the assessment and treatment of receptive and expressive speech and language disorders, including articulation and phonology disorders, fluency, voice, acquired brain injury, and autism spectrum disorder.

Peter works with corporate clients, teachers, parents, and other team professionals on realistic functional goals that maximize a client's communicative potential. He is fluent in Portuguese. Peter is also an accomplished filmmaker and has a documentary in production. Peter provides speech therapy in Toronto, Etobicoke, and Mississauga.

Sehrish Datoo B.S., M.H.Sc Speech-Language Pathologist, Certified Myofunctional Therapist Reg. CASLPO

Sehrish has a Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Central Florida. She then completed her Master of Health Science in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Toronto.

Sehrish has collaborated with patients, their families and health care professionals while providing speech, language and dysphagia services to both adults and children of various cultural and linguistic backgrounds. Sehrish has experience working with developmental disabilities including Cerebral Palsy, Autism, Down's syndrome and adults with dysphagia including Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease and stroke. She also has experience working with pre-school and school-age children with disorders in articulation, delayed expressive and receptive language, motor speech and acquired brain injury.

Sehrish is a certified myofunctional therapist from The AOMT and provides Myofunctional Therapy for tongue thrust, open mouth breathing, improper tongue placement, and lisps.

Sehrish is providing speech and language therapy and myofunctional therapy in York region including King City, Aurora and Newmarket.

Prathamesh Bailoor, B.A.SLP., Speech-Language Pathologist, Reg. CASLPO

Prathamesh Bailoor is a Speech Language Pathologist that received his Master’s Degree from Manipal University in India in 2012. He has 12 years of experience and has worked extensively with numerous clinical populations in schools, rehabilitation clinics, and hospitals, well as teaching as an Assistant Professor at Nitte University in India. Prathamesh is also certified in The Lidcombe Program for Childhood Stuttering, as well as The Social Thinking Program for individuals with Social Communication Impairments. He is also involved in parent training in treating toddlers and preschool children. Prathamesh has a passion for working with children on the Autism Spectrum. He provides early intervention in terms of assessment and treatment of Autism. He has developed extensive clinical skills through his work with preschool and school-aged children, assessing and treating articulation, receptive and expressive language, fluency, social communication, and literacy impairments. He has also worked with children with learning disabilities and complex developmental disabilities and has dealt with Adult Neuro Communication disorders including Aphasia, Dysarthria and Traumatic Brain Injury.

Prathamesh is fluent in English, written and spoken Hindi as well as the regional languages of India, Kannada and Konkani.

Prathamesh provides speech therapy services in Mississauga and Brampton.

Julia McCurdy, BScH, M.Sc., Speech-Language Pathologist, Reg. CASLPO

Julia is a registered speech-language pathologist with a Master's of Science from Syracuse University in New York. She holds an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Queen's University in Kingston Ontario. Her range of experience includes assessment and treatment of children, adolescents and adults in schools, rehabilitation hospitals, university-based clinics and homes. She has worked with pediatric and adult clients in the areas of articulation, phonology, fluency, receptive and expressive language, literacy, voice, social skills, and motor speech, as well as individuals with developmental disabilities (including Down Syndrome and Autism Spectrum), acquired brain injuries and interest in accent addition.

Julia's creative and enthusiastic outlook help her to provide therapy sessions that are both effective and engaging for her clients. Julia has collaborated with family members, teachers and other health care professionals to provide a high level of care. Julia continues to build on her knowledge and skills by attending conferences and workshops in the area of Speech Language Pathology.

Julia provides speech language therapy services in Toronto and the surrounding GTA and has nearly 10 years of experience.

Stefanie Payne, B.Sc., M.Sc, Speech-Language Pathologist, Reg. CASLPO

Stefanie has a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and an Honour Bachelor of Arts in French Studies from the University of Winnipeg after which she pursued further studies in French linguistics at the Université de Tours in Tours, France. She will received Masters of Health Science from the University of Toronto in the fall of 2019. Her SLP training has provided her a strong background in developmental speech and language disorders, speech and language delays, AAC, voice disorders, motor speech disorders, acquired language disorders and dysphagia. She has experience working with developmental disorders including Down Syndrome and Autism Spectrum Disorder.

She also has experience providing assessment and treatment to adults post-stroke and those with Parkinson’s disease. Stefanie works extensively in mental health at CAMH providing emergency swallowing and speech assessments for all units. She has a strong interest in bilingualism and creating functional and culturally relevant goals for her clients. She has additional training in the following programs: Modified Barium Swallowing Impairment Profile (MBSImP), Structured Conversation for Adults with Aphasia (SCA) and It Takes Two to Talk by The Hanen Centre. Stefanie provides dysphagia assessment and treatment.

Stefanie provides speech and language therapy in both English and French in the Toronto, Etobicoke and Scarborough areas.

Christine Black, M.Sc Speech-Language Pathologist, Reg. CASLPO

Christine has an Honour’s degree in Arts and Sciences from McMaster University and a Master of Sciences in Speech-Language Pathology from McMaster University. She is a graduate of the first North American problem-based learning Speech-Language Pathology program. Christine collaborates with clients, families, teachers, and other health professionals to help further client outcomes. She works primarily in the pediatric population with preschool and school-aged children. Christine has experience working with various populations including those with Down Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, as well as cleft lip and palate.

Christine is currently enrolled in a program to achieve her Individual Authorizer status so she can provide select Augmentative and Alternative Communication supports and devices for clients. She also provides accent modification therapy to improve intelligibity for corporate clients. Christine believes in providing holistic and family-centred care to give clients the best possible support and outcomes.

Christine provides teletherapy speech and language services throughout Ontario.

Anna Pasternak, B.A., Hons, M.Sc. Speech-Language Pathologist, Reg. CASLPO

Anna has a Master’s of Science from Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh, UK, and she holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from York University. She is also a graduate from the Communicative Disorders Assistant program from Lambton College. Anna has worked in a variety of settings including schools, client homes, clinics, rehabilitation centers, and hospitals in Canada and Scotland. Her clinical experience includes working with children and adults with articulation and phonological disorders, language disorders, dysphasia, aphasia, and mental health disorders. Anna has always been interested in alternative and augmentative communication (AAC) and has provided AAC assessment and therapy to a variety of clients including cerebral palsy, cancer, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Anna has worked and collaborated with multidisciplinary teams, and has always maintained a good rapport with clients and careers.

Anna speaks English and Polish and provides speech therapy services in the Durham region.

Wai Han Chan, Speech Language Pathologist, Reg. CASLPO

Wai Han obtained her Master of Science (Applied) degree in Speech-Language Pathology from McGill University in 2010. Wai Han is a Clinical Educator with the University of Toronto. She also holds a Bachelor of Science (Honors) degree in Psychology from the University of Alberta and clinical certification with Speech-Language & Audiology Canada (SAC). Wai Han has many years of experience working with toddlers, preschoolers and school-aged children with various clinical diagnoses such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, Developmental Language Disorder, Global Developmental Delay and Childhood Apraxia of Speech.

She has assessed and provided treatment in most aspects of communication including speech (articulation/phonological disorders), language, fluency and pragmatics/social communication. She also has experience working with children with literacy delays/difficulties and has conducted both phonological awareness groups and individualized literacy instruction. She has worked in both in outpatient clinics as well as schools.

Wai Han is committed to professional development and has attended post-graduate training in the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), DIR-Floortime, PROMPT, the Lidcombe Program for Stuttering, SOS Feeding Therapy and the Lindamood-Bell Visualizing and Verbalizing® program. Wai Han is also Hanen Certified in the programs It Takes Two To Talk, More Than Words and TalkAbility and caregiver training is an integral part of her practice.

Wai Han can provide speech and language therapy in English and Mandarin and serves clients in the York region.

Yuliya Kovalska, B.Sc., M.H.Sc. Speech-Language Pathologist, Reg. CASLPO

Yuliya is a registered speech-language pathologist with a Master of Speech Pathology Studies from University of Queensland in Australia. She also graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Science with a Specialization in Psychology and a Major in French Linguistics from the University of Toronto.

Yuliya has acquired diverse clinical experience assessing and providing speech and language therapy to children and adults in schools, clinical centres, private homes, hospitals, nursing facilities and private practice. Yuliya has worked with preschool, school age children and adolescents with receptive and/or expressive language delays, phonological and articulation disorders, literacy, fluency disorders, higher level language, social communication difficulties Down Syndrome and Autism Spectrum Disorders. She has experience providing speech and language services to clients from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds with the collaboration of an interpreter. Yuliya has an interest in child and youth mental health and has experience working with children with complex psychological and behavioral difficulties while collaborating with psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, legal guardians and teachers. Yuliya has worked with adults with traumatic brain injury, aphasia, motor speech disorders, neurological degenerative diseases (Motor Neurone Disease, Parkinson’s Disease and stroke), dysphagia, cognitive communication difficulties and alternative and augmentative communication. Yuliya is very passionate about enhancing client communication by providing individuals with a voice to maximize independence and life opportunities.

Yuliya is multi-lingual and can provide services in Ukrainian, Russian, Polish and French. Yuliya provides speech therapy services in Etobicoke, Mississauga, Toronto and Brampton.

Raisa Hussain, M.A. Speech-Langage Pathologist, Reg. CASLPO

Raisa has a dual masters degree in Audiology and Speech Language Pathology from the University of Manipal, India. She has worked in various settings that include hospitals, clinics, schools, client homes, polytechnic rehabilitation centers and integrated setups in Canada and India. In addition, she has also been involved in conducting workshops to create awareness for communication disorders, organizing screening camps and has published two research papers in international journals. Raisa has experience working with a range of clinical populations such as individuals with hearing impairment, phonological delays, articulatory deficits, expressive and/or receptive language delay, ASD, literacy delays, cognitive communication disorders, voice disorders, fluency disorders and accent modification. Raisa is a passionate and dedicated SLP who strives to create appropriate and functional treatment plans to maximize client’s communication potential. Raisa is PROMPT trained (Level 1) and speaks Hindi and English.

Raisa provides speech therapy services in Mississauga.

Lauren Brett, B.Sc., M.H.Sc., Speech-Language Pathologist, Reg. CASLPO

Lauren is a registered speech-language pathologist with a Masters of Health Science in Speech Language Pathology from the University of Toronto. She also holds an Honours Bachelor of Science in Health Studies and Gerontology from the University of Waterloo and a Certificate in Speech and Language Sciences from Brock University. Lauren has experience completing assessments and providing functional, evidence-based treatment to clients of all ages. She has worked with pediatric populations in a variety of settings, in the areas of articulation, expressive and receptive language, and social communication. Lauren also has experience working with children with Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, and children on the Autism Spectrum. Further, Lauren has extensive experience working in the area of fluency with both children and adults and has been trained in intensive fluency treatment at the Institute for Stuttering Treatment and Research in Alberta. Lauren has also worked with adult populations in both acute and rehabilitation hospital settings and has clinical experience assessing and providing treatment for dysphagia, dysarthria, apraxia of speech, aphasia, and cognitive communication disorders with stroke survivors, clients with Parkinson’s Disease, and clients with traumatic brain injuries. Lauren has received training in the Hanen Centre, “It Takes Two to Talk” program, the Picture Exchange Communication System, Supported Conversation for Adults with Aphasia training through the Aphasia Institute, and the Modified Barium Swallow Impairment Profile training for assessing swallowing disorders. Lauren is passionate about creating functional treatment and management plans by including friends, family members, teachers, and care providers in the process.

Lauren provides speech language therapy services in the areas of Shelburne, Orangeville, Caledon, Brampton, Mississauga, and Newmarket.

Megan Hibben, M.H.Sc., Speech-Language Pathologist, Reg. CASLPO

Megan is an enthusiastic and caring Speech-Language Pathologist with over 14 years of experience working with school-aged children and preschoolers in school, clinic and private practice settings. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of Toronto at Mississauga with High Distinction. She then completed a Masters of Health Science in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Toronto. She is registered with both the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO) and Ontario Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (OSLA).

Megan provides services in the areas of articulation, oral language, stuttering, voice, literacy, and social communication and has experience working with children with diverse needs including Autism, Down’s Syndrome and other developmental disabilities. Her additional training includes PROMPT Level 1, Lidcombe, It Takes Two to Talk, Teach Me to Talk, Expanding Expression, Kaufman and she has also attended workshops such as Best Practices for Motor Speech Disorders (Speech & Stuttering Institute) and OSLA Autism & School Services conferences. She looks forward to working with children and their families to reach their communication goals.

Megan provides speech therapy services in the East Toronto area.

Melissa Marasigan, B.Sc., M.H.Sc., Speech-Language Pathologist, Reg. CASLPO

Melissa is a registered Speech-Language Pathologist with a Master of Health Science in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Toronto. Melissa is a Clinical Educator with The University of Toronto. She also graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Linguistics from the University of Toronto. Melissa has extensive clinical experience providing assessment, consultation and treatment services to children, adolescence and adults in a variety of settings. She has worked with clients with disorders in developmental language, social communication, voice, swallowing, acquired language, articulation and phonology, motor speech, cognitive communication and fluency. Melissa has also extended her clinical skills on a global level by providing services in Cameroon, Africa. Melissa continues to build on her knowledge and professional skills by attending workshops and conferences. She has received training in The Hanen Centre, “It Takes Two to Talk” program and Supported Conversation for Adults with Aphasia. Melissa believes in utilizing evidence-based practice principles to help clients reach their communicative potential.

Melissa provides speech and language therapy services in Scarborough, Toronto, Durham communities.

Susan Nguyen, B.A., M.H.Sc., Speech-Language Pathologist, Reg. CASLPO

Susan graduated from the University of Toronto with a Masters in Health Sciences in Speech-Language Pathology, holds an Honours B.A., with a major in Psychology and minors in French and Italian. She has treated individuals with voice disorders, dysarthria, aphasia, and stuttering. Susan also has experience in dysphagia assessment, treatment (through strategies and/or swallowing exercises) and management. Susan has experience with those who have sustained a stroke, neurological disorders (e.g., multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease), Alzheimer’s dementia, and Down’s syndrome. Susan works with children who have articulation, receptive and expressive language, voice, and fluency disorders. Furthermore, she has treated children whom, in addition to their speech-language disorder, also have cochlear implants, autism, and attention deficit hyperactive disorder. Susan is enthusiastic about helping clients make gains, to manage their communication and swallowing abilities in order to maximize their quality of life and to help them reach their goals with confidence. Susan is multilingual and can provide services in English, Vietnamese, French, and Italian.

Susan provides speech therapy services in Etobicoke, and Mississauga.

Sharon Chaudry, B.Sc, M.Sc., Speech-Language Pathologist, Reg. CASLPO

Sharon graduated with a BS from Utah State University and MS from Longwood University in Virginia. She is Certified and registered with the College of Audiologists and Speech Language Pathologist of Ontario (CASLPO) and the Ontario Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologist (OSLA). In the United States she has acquired the Certificate of Clinical Competence for Speech Language Pathologists (CCC-SLP) from the American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA).

Sharon has 20 years of experience working with children with varying disabilities as a speech assistant since 2005 and as a speech language therapist since 2012. Her diverse experience in the school system includes working with children from Preschool to 21 with Autism, ADHD, Intellectual Disability, Hearing Impaired, Multiple Disabilities, Early Childhood Special Education, Head Start (preschool children at risk program).

Sharon’s pediatric assessment and treatment experiences include articulation, language, social language, stuttering, AAC (communication devices and boards), phonological and phonemic awareness to support reading skills, accent reduction (proper pronunciation of vowels). Sharon has diverse experience in the therapeutic rehabilitation sector working with patients from 18 years to geriatric with eating and swallowing disorders, traumatic brain injury, stroke, Parkinson’s, and neurological disorders. The adult assessment and treatment experiences include managing dysphasia diet and strategies, oral motor, cognition, (memory, organization, etc), language, stuttering, and AAC.

aron has worked with people of different backgrounds, religions, cultures and histories which is an important part of meeting the individual needs of each client. She believes great relationships with clients and families are vital to the success and continued progress in therapy.

Sharon provides speech assessment and therapy throughout Ontario.

Fances Elvins, M.Sc., Speech-Language Pathologist, Reg. CASLPO

Frances is a Speech-Language Pathologist who graduated with a Master of Science degree in Communication Disorders in 2013 from Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia. Originally, she is from Kentucky, but now resides in Washago, Ontario. Frances is registered with both the College of Audiology and Speech Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO) and the American Speech – Language Hearing Association (ASHA).

She has a passion for working with pre-school and school age children and their families and provides a multi-sensory intervention approach to improve receptive, expressive, and pragmatic language, as well as play skills. She also loves to help children build the foundational phonological and phonemic awareness skills necessary to become a successful reader. Frances has experience with virtual therapy and assessments and has success with keeping clients engaged during virtual therapy.

Frances provides speech assessment and therapy throughout Ontario.

Rachel Glass, B.Sc., M.Sc, Speech-Language Pathologist, Reg. CASLPO

Rachel Moore is a registered Speech-Language Pathologist who graduated with a Master of Arts in Communicative Disorders and Sciences, specialty area: Speech-Language Pathology from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She also holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Speech and Language Sciences from Brock University. In addition to Ontario, Rachel is registered to practice in the United States, where she spent the first year of her career working with the pediatric population in homes, schools, and other community-based settings. Her clinical experience involves assessing and treating clients of all ages with a variety of communicative goals.

Most recently, she provided family-centred intervention to children age 0-5 with receptive and/or expressive language disorders, as well as with a variety of articulation, pragmatic, and fluency disorders. Rachel is passionate about working closely with teachers, family members, and other allied professionals, so as to maximize generalization of therapy targets in a variety of contexts. She takes pride in working towards goals that are realistic, functional, and above all else, individualized to fit the client’s specific needs.

Rachel provides speech and language therapy services in St.Catharines, Stoney Creek, and Hamilton.

Daniella Manna, B.Sc., M.Sc, Speech-Language Pathologist, Reg. CASLPO

Daniella Manna is a registered speech-language pathologist with a Masters of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from McMaster University. She holds an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Human Biology and Immunology from the University of Toronto.

Daniella has acquired experience in various clinical settings including schools, hospitals, client homes and other community settings. She has provided services to a diverse range of clients including children and adults with acquired and developmental language disorders, articulation and phonological disorders, motor speech disorders, fluency disorders, social communication disorders, cognitive-communication disorders, and swallowing disorders. She has also worked with children with complex developmental disabilities including Cerebral Palsy, Autism, and Down Syndrome, and has provided communicative support to children and adults using Augmentative and Alternative Communication Systems (AAC).

Daniella is passionate about customizing her approach to meet the unique needs of each client, including developing meaningful treatment goals and therapy activities. She strives to implement the best evidence-based interventions that will maximize positive communication outcomes for her clients, and continues to develop her clinical skills by participating in workshops and training programs.

Daniella provides speech and language therapy services in Scarborough.

Samra Hussain, B.A., M.Sc., Speech-Language Pathologist

Samra earned her Bachelor’s Degree in behavioural sciences from Fatima Jinnah University, Pakistan, and earned her Master’s of Science in Speech and Language Pathology from Riphah Institute of Health and Medical Sciences. She has over 8 years of experience and expertise in assessing, evaluating and treating children with a variety of speech and language disorders within the school systems, hospital and clinical setups. She has worked with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, fluency disorders, Down Syndrome, articulation disorders, and early language delays. Samra is multilingual and can cater to a large variety of clients in English, Urdu, and Hindi. Samra is certified in many essential programs related to speech and language therapy, including the Hanen It Takes Two To Talk program, Learning Language and Loving it, PROMPT, the LIDCOMBE program, and Makaton, a language program using signs and symbols for communication. Samra is dedicated to her profession and cares deeply about her clients. She is professional, patient, and client-focused.p>

Samra provides speech-language pathology services in Brampton, Milton, Caledon and Mississauga. Samra also provides speech therapy by virtual care throughout Ontario.

Diane Ren, B.Sc., M.Sc, Speech-Language Pathologist, Reg. CASLPO

Diane holds a Masters in Health Science in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Toronto, as well as an Honours Bachelor of Health Sciences from McMaster University. She is registered to practice with the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario.

Diane has clinical experience in various practice settings, including schools, private clinics, rehabilitation centres, and hospitals to provide individual and small-group therapy. She has worked with children and adult clients with a variety of communication difficulties, including receptive and expressive language, articulation/phonology, cognitive communication, voice, and/or motor speech disorders. She also has experience providing assessment and management strategies for adults with dysphagia. She has worked with clients with acquired brain injury, stroke, and other medical conditions. Diane works in collaboration with clients, their families, and other relevant professionals to support her clients’ ongoing success.

Diane speaks English and Mandarin fluently and provides speech therapy in Mandarin in Brampton and Mississauga as well.

Kimberly Kriter, B.A., M.A.Sc, M.H.Sc, Speech-Language Pathologist, Reg. CASLPO

Kimberly received her Bachelor of Arts (Honours Psychology) and Master of Applied Science at the University of Waterloo. She also completed her Master of Health Science in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Toronto.

Kimberly has worked with children, adolescents and adults with a variety of speech and/or language disorders and delays. She has worked in a variety of settings including schools, hospitals, private clinics, rehabilitation centers, and clients’ homes. Her experience includes assessing and treating clients’ receptive and expressive language, articulation, phonology, fluency, motor speech (dysarthria), aphasia, and dysphasia. She also has experience with developmental disabilities (i.e., Down Syndrome and Autism Spectrum) and clients with cognitive deficits (i.e., memory, executive functioning, organization, reasoning) as a result of stroke. Kimberly also volunteered at a private clinic and worked with clients with acquired brain injury. Kimberly takes a family-centred approach to her clinical practice. Her approach combines the needs and values of the client and their family with her clinical knowledge, and the latest speech and language research. Clients and their family members are considered important members of the therapy team.

Kimberly provides speech and language services in the Kitchener region.

Renjini Annie Mathew B.Sc., M.Sc. Speech-Language Pathologist, Reg. CASLPO

Renjini is a registered speech language pathologist with a Masters of Science degree in Speech- Language Pathology and a Post graduate diploma program completed in Clinical Linguistics for Speech-Language Pathology. Renjini started her practise in the province of Ontario after gaining experience in the early identification and intervention of various communication disorders in both children and adults including Autism Spectrum Disorders (Autism, PDD-NOS etc), Phonological Disorders, Motor-Speech Disorders, Fluency Disorders, Aphasia, Dysarthria, Apraxia, Learning Disability, Voice Disorders, with an interdisciplinary team. Renjini was involved in community services (community and primary health centres) as a part of her practice and has experience in providing speech and language services to children and adults from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. She also has experience as a resource person for spreading awareness regarding communication disorders to different target population such as parents, teachers, college students, social workers etc during her practice.

Renjini provides speech therapy services in Scarborough, Ajax, Markham and Pickering.

Ulyana Bila, B.A., M.Sc., Speech-Language Patholigist, Reg. CASLPO

Ulyana Bila is a registered Speech-Language Pathologist with a Master’s of Science Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of British Columbia. She also graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Science Degree with Distinction from the University of Toronto, specializing in Linguistics and Psychology. Ulyana has provided speech and language services in a variety of clinical settings, including hospital setting, rehabilitation setting and public schools. She has experience treating toddlers (Early Intervention), pre-schoolers, school aged students, and adults encompassing a broad range of communication disorders, including but not limited to: early intervention for receptive and expressive language delays, articulation/phonological disorders, motor speech disorders, pragmatic/social skills for autism spectrum and reading/listening comprehension..

Ulyana is a fluent, native speaker of Ukrainian and an intermediate speaker of Russian. Her multicultural background enhances her sensitivity for others and supports her in meeting the diverse communication needs of people she services.

Ulyana provides speech therapy services in Toronto, Etobicoke and Mississauga.

Julie DeJong, B.A., M. CL. SC., Speech-Language Pathologist, Reg. CASLPO

Julie completed her Bachelor of Arts in Applied Linguistics - Speech and Language Science degree from Brock University. She then obtained her Masters of Clinical Science - Speech-Language Pathologist degree from the University of Western Ontario. Julie has experience providing assessments and therapy to preschool and school-aged children with receptive and expressive language delays, articulation, phonology, motor speech and literacy challenges, voice disorders, social differences and fluency difficulties. Julie is passionate about connecting families to early intervention in order to allow for children to reach their full communication potential.

Julie provides speech and language services in the Durham region.

Sowmya Kadaveru, M.Sc., Speech-Language Pathologist, Reg. CASLPO

Sowmya has a Bachelor of Science in Audiology and Speech and Language Pathology from Sweekar College, Hyderabad, India. She has Master of Science in Speech and Language Pathology from All India Institute of Speech and Hearing, Mysore, India. She has 5 years of experience working with children with varied disabilities. She moved to London, Ontario mid 2021. She is registered SLP with CASLPO.

After moving to the United States in 2016, Sowmya worked as an SLP in the school setting in with all different age ranging from 3 years to 21 years. Sowmya also worked in home health setting with children ranging from 1 year to 5 years old.

She is an organized, enthusiastic and compassionate speech therapist. She is also passionate about yoga and is a meditation teacher. She speaks fluent English and Telugu.

Sowmya provides Speech therapy services in the London, Ontario area.

Somayah Al-Ees, M.Sc. Speech-Language Pathologist Reg. CASLPO

Somayah graduated from the University of Jordan, with a Masters of Science in Speech-Language Pathology. Somayah is a Clinical Educator with the University of Toronto. She also holds an Honours bachelor’s degree in speech and hearing sciences. She has a long experience working in different settings including university clinics, private clinics, rehabilitation centers, and hospitals. She is experienced in providing assessment, treatment, and consultative services for several types of communication disorders such as receptive and expressive language delay, articulation/phonology disorders, stuttering, literacy disorders, motor speech disorders, and hearing impairments. She enjoys working with children and adults along with their families to support their communication goals by means of evidence-based practice. She provides her services based on parent- coaching approach and play-based therapy.

Somayah also provides Myofunctional Therapy in Toronto for tongue thrust, open mouth breathing, improper tongue placement, and lisps.

Somayah speaks English and Arabic and provides speech therapy services in North York, East York, and Toronto.

Mary Barlow, B.Sc. Hons., CDA, Director of CDAAC, Behaviour Therapist

Mary is a graduate of the Durham College Communicative Disorders Assistant Post-Graduate program, achieving the Dean’s list each term. She also holds an Honours Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Toronto with a double major in Linguistics and Psychology.

Mary’s CDA clinical placement at Grandview Children’s Centre in Oshawa as well as the Ajax and Port Perry offices provided experience working with children both virtually and in-person. Mary worked with a variety of pre-school aged children with a wide range of physical, cognitive, and communicative abilities including apraxia, alternative and augmentative communication (AAC), phonological disorders, dysfluency disorders and various areas of language and articulation delays.

Mary also worked with school-aged children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) providing in-home support. As a behaviour therapy assistant, she implemented principles of Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) to improve communication, social and behavioural skills. She also completed Joint Attention, Symbolic Play, and Engagement Regulation for Children with Autism (JASPER). Mary is a compassionate and enthusiastic clinician that develops individualized therapy sessions catering to client needs and goals. Mary worked with various high and low tech AAC devices including Picture Exchange Communication Systems (PECS), core boards, communication books, Proloquo2Go, TouchChat, GoTalk Now, and LAMP Words For Life.

Mary provides speech therapy services in the Durham Region including Ajax, Brooklin and Whitby.

Paula Bulux, B.A. Hons., CDA, Member of CDAAC

Paula graduated from University of Toronto with honours in her undergraduate program, and then graduated from Durham College's Communicative Disorders Assistant Program with honours as well. Paula has experience from Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, working with children that have complex communication needs due to brain injuries, ASD, cerebral palsy, cleft palate and Motor speech delays.

Paula also has experience from ABA Toronto working with children on the spectrum in small social communication groups. After graduating, she moved to Alberta to work at the Edmonton Catholic School Board working with the 100 Voices program with children preparing for kindergarten targeting articulation, social communication, augmentative and alternative communication systems, and also completing hearing screenings. After a year in this role she moved back to Ontario and worked at a CDA/ office manager /student and volunteer coordinator at the Aurora Speech Clinic, where she worked with children at individual, paired and group levels. She enjoys working on literacy, early intervention, parent training, articulation goals, social communication and completing language screenings.

Paula continues to further her education recently taking continuing education with the Play Project and starting the RBT program at St. Lawrence College. She is an enthusiastic CDA and looks forward to working with our families.

Paula provides speech therapy downtown Toronto.

Brittany Bennett, B.A. (Hons), CDA, Member of CDAAC

Brittany Bennett is a graduate from Durham College’s Communicative Disorders Assistant post-graduate program. Prior to that, she obtained an honours bachelor of arts degree in Speech and Language Sciences at Brock university.

Brittany is an enthusiastic, caring, and compassionate CDA, who is eager to improve the communication abilities of others. Brittany has completed work, volunteer, and student placement positions that provided her with experiences working with children with a range of disabilities, from autism spectrum disorder, or down’s syndrome, to children with hearing loss and other developmental delays or disorders. Brittany has experience with early speech and language intervention, as she completed a placement with Toronto Preschool Speech and Language, where she implemented communication strategies and training in use of these strategies for parents of children with autism and other developmental disorders.

She additionally has taken numerous professional development courses to understand the unique needs of children with autism, especially pertaining to behaviour management, the use of reinforcement in therapy, as well as the importance of using a visual system to support language and learning. She recently held a position as a communication/behaviour therapy assistant, implementing SLP (Speech-Language Pathologist) directed intervention that targeted language acquisition, as well as BCBA (Board Certified Behaviour Analyst) directed intervention that targeted a broad range of behaviours. Her main role included helping build communication strategies into activities of daily life, such as during meal times, while washing hands, and while playing games with school-aged children. In working with children with autism, Brittany understands the importance of a positive and comfortable environment, patience, and self-control as well as self-awareness.

Brittany believes in a total communication approach, and utilizes visual supports, simple sign language and speech modelling in her communication therapy sessions. In regards to augmentative/alternative communication, Brittany has experience working with Picture Exchange Communication Systems (PECS), low tech AAC (communication boards, flip and talk/communication books), and high tech communication devices/apps (Proloquo2Go, touch chat).

Brittany’s natural way with children, combined with the knowledge and experiences she acquired during her schooling, will make her an excellent member of your child’s care team.

Brittany provides speech therapy services in Brampton and Mississauga.

Karen Dykes, Hon. BA, CDA, Member of CDDAC

Karen has graduated from the Speech and Language Science Bachelors program at Brock University with honours, majoring in Speech. She has also completed, with honours, the Communicative Disorders Assistant post-graduate program at Lambton College.

Karen has over 10 years of experience with the Speech Associates and strongly believes in being a team player. She enjoys interacting with children and adults to develop rapport and work to achieving their goals. She has previously delivered therapy to individuals with aphasia, apraxia, hearing loss and language issues.

She works extensively with children with Autism and Developmental Delays. She provides speech therapy in St. Catharines, Hamilton, including Dundas, Ancaster, Stoney Creek and Mount Hope.

Neilab Almasak B.A., CDA, Member of CDAAC

Neilab Almasak is a graduate from Durham Colleges Communicative Disorders Assistant program. Prior to this she completed her B.A in Psychology at Trent University.

Neilab has experience working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and associated behaviours, articulation disorders, apraxia, dysfluency disorders, phonological disorders, and various areas in language delay. Neilab has gained this experience through her placement at the Durham District School Board and working as a facilitator at Nova’s Ark Charity. Neilab has participated in and continues to attend numerous workshops to expand her speech and language knowledge, including Speech Therapy from a Motor Speech Perspective, as well as a workshop on Behaviour Analysis for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Neilab values building rapport with the individuals she works with and being able to make learning both fun and functional. She aids the individuals she works with, to achieve their goals and increase their confidence.

Neilab speaks English and Dari and provides speech therapy in Durham Region.

Monica Ryan, B.A. Hons., CDA, Member of CDAAC

Monica obtained her Honours Bachelor of Arts in Speech and Language Sciences at Brock University. She graduated from the post-graduate Communicative Disorders Assistant (CDA) program at Durham College.

During her clinical experience as a CDA she has worked with clients from school-aged children to adults in various capacities. She has experience with a wide variety of communication needs including Aphasia, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC), Phonological Awareness, and Articulation. Monica has had the opportunity to practice her skills as a CDA at the Durham Catholic District School Board, in-patient and outpatient rehabilitation at Hotel Dieu Shaver Rehab Centre, and adult day programs such as the Niagara Aphasia Program for stroke survivors. Her job as a lifeguard taught her valuable skills including leadership, responsibility, and initiative. Her undergraduate degree provided her with the foundation of theoretical knowledge which she incorporates into her therapy to ensure it is evidence based. In combination with her hands-on experience, this allows her to target goals in an approachable, fun, and functional way.

Monica focuses on building good client rapport and creating an environment in which her clients feel confident and comfortable while meeting their goals.

Monica provides speech therapy services in the Durham Region including Ajax, Whitby, Oshawa, and Clarington.

Alex Ortisi B.A., Hons. CDA, Member of CDAAC

Alex is a graduate from the Lambton College Communicative Disorders Assistant (CDA) Post-Graduate program. Prior to this, she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Speech and Language Sciences, with Honours, at Brock University.

She has previous experience as a CDA working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome and individuals who use Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) as their main source of communication. She has worked in client homes, classrooms, and therapy centres in collaboration with S-LPs, O.Ts and Teachers.

Alex is a fun, kind, and driven clinician that develops therapy plans catered to the client’s individual interests and motivators. She is eager to work with new clients and their families.

Alex provides speech therapy in Grimsby, Beamsville, Hamilton, Burlington and Oakville.

Carmen Ng, B.A., Hons., CDA, Member of CDAAC

Carmen Ng obtained her post graduate diploma at Durham College in the CD program, and her B.A. (hons) in Linguistics at York University. Prior to this, Carmen received a Developmental Service Workers (DSW) diploma from Centennial College. Since graduating from Durham College, she has experience working on PECS, low tech and high tech AAC devices (e.g. Big Mack, Touch Chat), language, and articulation goals to enhance expressive and receptive skills with people who may have different needs than others. She also has experience working with stroke patients at Ross Memorial hospital rehabilitating those with either Broca’s or Wernicke’s aphasia. Carmen has worked on an inter-professional team at Centre for Addictions and Mental Health Hospital (CAMH) since 2014 on the dual diagnosis unit as a DSW with emphasis on working with adults who are on the Autism Spectrum. Her goal is to provide communication in any form, not only that, but use communication to provide autonomy, and self-sufficiency to the people she serves. Carmen provides speech therapy in Durham Region.

Yulia Mintz, B.A., Hons., CDA, Member of CDAAC

Yulia is a recent graduate from Georgian College Communicative Disorders post graduate program. She also graduated from York University with Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. In addition, Yulia possesses Rehabilitation Services Certificate from Seneca College. Yulia has 10 years’ experience working with children with autism conducting ABA/IBI therapy both in centres and in-home therapy. While working as a behavioural therapist, Yulia provided therapy using low tech augumentative devices such as Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) and High Tech augmentative devices such as Proloquo2Go.

As part of her student placement during completing CDA program, Yulia ran Aphasia Groups through March of Dimes working with patients/clients with Apraxia, dysarthria and Parkinson’s disease. Yulia created Life History book and communicated with clients using various communication strategies.

Yulia is empathetic/ compassionate, enthusiastic and patient individual who is passionate about the client’s success and achieving their goals. Yulia speaks multiple languages and committed to helping clients through any way possible/she can.

Yulia provides speech therapy in Vaughan, Thornhill and Richmond Hill areas.

Rachel Chan, B.A. Hons., CDA, Member of CDAAC

Rachel Chan is a graduate from Durham College’s Communicative Disorders Assistant post graduate certificate program. She also completed an Honours Specialization in Rehabilitation Science from her undergraduate degree at Western University. Rachel has experience working with pre-school aged children and adults with varying communication needs. Rachel has worked previously with clients in the areas of ASD, language delay, articulation, motor speech, fluency, phonological awareness, literacy, stroke, and traumatic brain injury. In addition, Rachel completed a placement with the York Region Preschool Speech and Language program, which helped to increase her knowledge on language facilitation and to get parents involved in speech and language therapy. Rachel enjoys working with clients to optimize their strengths in therapy, turning them into results.

Rachel provides speech and language therapy in Markham.

Alyssa Poynter, B.A. (Hons), M.Sc., CDA, Member of CDAAC

Alyssa attended Brock University, where she obtained an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Speech and Language Science. After completing her undergraduate degree, she attended Durham College and obtained a post-graduate certificate with honours from the Communicative Disorders Assistant Program. After working in the field for one year, she furthered her education and successfully completed a Master of Science degree in Applied Behaviour Analysis from Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, graduating with Distinction.

Alyssa has worked with a variety of different populations, including pre-school and school-aged children, in areas of expressive and receptive language, articulation, literacy, and augmentative and alternative communication. She has worked in several programs within organizations in both the behaviour and speech and language fields.

Alyssa is certified in Picture Exchange Communication SystemTM Level 1 and has completed Non-Violent Crisis Intervention training (NVCI). She is also a member of the Communicative Disorders Assistant Association of Canada (CDAAC). With her background in Applied Behaviour Analysis, Alyssa has a unique approach to her therapy sessions.

Alyssa provides speech therapy services in Durham Region including Ajax, Pickering, Whitby and Oshawa.

Jillian Lavadan B.A Hons, CDA, Member of CDAAC

Jillian is a Communicative Disorders Assistant who completed her post graduate certificate at Georgian College. She completed her undergraduate degree in sociology at Nipissing University, where she specialized in qualitative research. She has been working in the speech and language field for 8 years. Jillian has a wide range of experience working with children with articulation and language delays, fluency and stuttering, literacy, ASD and global delays. She has worked with children who are non verbal and require low-tech or high-tech devices to aide in communication.

Jillian also works extensively with adults in the areas of accent reduction, voice therapy, cognitive communication, acquired brain injury, augmentative and alternative communication, and ASD. Jillian continuously participates in professional development to stay up to date in best practices and new research. She takes the time to individualize treatment for her clients to make it both engaging and functional. She works alongside family members, community members and other support networks to support clients as best as possible.

Nicole Binczyk B.A. Hons., CDA, Member of CDAAC

Nicole Binczyk is a graduate from Durham College Communicative Disorders post graduate certificate program. Prior to this, she completed a Honours B.A in Linguistics at York University. Nicole has experience working with pre-school aged children and adults with various communication needs. Nicole has worked with stroke survivors, children diagnosed with ASD, articulation disorders, apraxia, dysfluency disorders, phonological disorders as well as various areas in language delay. In previous work and placement experience Nicole worked with PECS (Picture Exchange Communication Sytem), and various low-tech and high-tech AAC (Augumentative Alternative Communication) devices.

Nicole is a passionate, fun, creative therapist who likes to gear speech therapy towards the clients interests and hobbies while ensuring client success.

Nicole fluently speaks Polish and can provide speech therapy in Polish in Hamilton, Oakville, and Mississauga

Rachel An, B.A., CDA, Member of CDAAC

Rachel obtained her post-graduate certificate from Durham College, as well as her bachelors degree from York University. She has experience working with children with ASD, as well as adult stroke survivors, providing direct intervention in the community or in clinic setting. Rachel puts the client first, making sure therapy is functional, fun, and family-orientated working towards their goals. She currently has level-one training in the following: Picture Exchange Communication, Play Project, and Early Start Denver Model.

Rachel provides speech therapy services in Markham, Scarborough, and North York.

Lavanya Balachandran, BSc., CDA, Member of CDAAC

Lavanya Balachandran is a graduate from Durham College’s Communicative Disorders Assistant post graduate program. Prior to this, Lavanya completed an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Human Biology and Health Studies. Lavanya has several years of experience working with ASD children and adults focusing on communication and behavioral therapy. She also has experience working with clients with reading, articulation articulation, phonology, fluency, and also experience providing therapy using PECS, high tech AAC devices (Touch Chat, Proloquo, LAMP),low tech AAC devices and communication books. Her clinical practicum as a CDA student gave her experience with using high tech AAC devices as well as PECS at Surrey Place in the Augmentative Communication and Writing Program. Lavanya's goal is to support individuals to communicate in any form and to use her skills to the best of her abilities.

Lavanya provides speech therapy in Scarborough and Markham.

Linda Thai, B.A., CDA, Member of CDAAC

Linda has been a Communicative Disorders Assistant for over 13 years, and has received a B.A. in Linguistics at Brock University and graduated from the CDA program at Georgian College, graduating with honours. For over 13 years, she has experience working with preschool children and over eight years of experience working privately with Speech-Language Pathologists. Linda was a Teacher’s assistant at one point and has taken additional courses in psychology, earning scholarships along the way. She is in the process of completing a Master of Arts degree in Counselling.

Linda specializes in parent training programs, articulation/speech production individuals and group therapy, individual and group language therapy, and utilize low tech AAC visuals to support children within the therapy sessions. Linda is a tutor for school-aged children who have learning disabilities and have worked with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Linda speaks two languages, English and can understand fluently and speak some Vietnamese.

Linda provides speech therapy services in Toronto and North York.

Krystina Shaw, B.A. Hons., CDA, Member of CDAAC

Krystina is a graduate of the Georgian College Communicative Disorders Assistant Post-Diploma program, achieving the Dean’s list each term. She also holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts, from the University of Waterloo with a major in Psychology, providing her with a strong understanding of child development.

Additionally, Krystina attended Dalhousie University to diversify her degree, enrolling in Neuroscience, Physiology, Anatomy and Language/Linguisticscourses. She has also obtained level I Picture Exchange Communication System(PECS) training.

Krystina has experience working with a variety of individuals with a wide range of physical, cognitive and communicative abilities. She has experience providing literacy support as well as articulation and language therapy to pre-school and school-aged children in a school or home setting. Krystina also has experience working with individuals with ASD and other neuro-developmental disorders and developmental disabilities, such as CHARGE syndrome.

Krystina provides speech therapy in Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge.

Julia Wood, B.A. Hons., CDA, Member of CDAAC

Communicative Disorders Assistant Julia Wood is a graduate from Trent University holding a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Child and Youth Studies. Knowing that she wanted to pursue a career working with children, she furthered her education at Durham College by obtaining a post-graduate certificate from the Communicative Disorders Assistant program.

Throughout her time at Durham College, Julia worked as a student language facilitator with a pre-school aged client providing early language intervention strategies to facilitate continued language development. In addition, she completed a placement at All About Communication Inc., where she worked with pre-school and school aged clients both virtually and in person. During her placement, she had the opportunity to work with clients in areas such as articulation, phonological awareness, expressive and receptive language, literacy, and fluency. Julia continues to attend workshops/webinars to update her skills and knowledge to better serve the population she works with.

Julia is committed to creating and implementing therapy sessions that are not only fun, but also practical and effective.

Julia provides Speech therapy services in the Durham region including Courtice, Oshawa, and Whitby.

Stacey Alderman, B.A., CDA, Member of CDAAC

Stacey graduated in 2005 from Georgian College with honours in the Communicative Disorders Assistant program. Prior to her education at Georgian College Stacey received a degree in Psychology at Windsor university. She has received additional training in behaviour therapy, multiple Hanen programs, Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), programs to assist in working with ASD clients and many more. She has extensive experience working with preschool to school aged children.

She is experienced in providing therapy to children with speech, language, social communication, literacy, fine motor and gross motor delays.

Stacey worked as a CDA at the Lambton Kent District School Board from 2005-2007. She has also worked as a Therapy Assistant (CDA) at Thames Valley Children’s Centre since 2007. Stacey is passionate about her work and always makes therapy fun, engaging and family oriented. Her goal is for families to feel comfortable and satisfied with therapy. Stacey provides speech therapy in Strathroy and London.

Kiersten Skubel, B.A. Hons., CDA, Member of CDAAC

Kiersten is a graduate of Georgian College’s Communicative Disorders Assistant program. She has completed a B.A. in Applied Linguistics from Brock University. Kiersten has experience working with school-aged and preschool aged children targeting goals pertaining to expressive and receptive language and articulation.  She also has experience working with adults and seniors who are living with Aphasia. Kiersten has received training in the following areas: language therapy, motor speech and has level one training in ESDM. Kiersten provides speech therapy in Brampton and Mississauga.

Karoline Drozd, B.A., CDA, Member of CDAAC

Karoline graduated with Distinction from the St. Lawrence College Communicative Disorders Assistant (CDA) Post-Graduate Certificate Program. Prior to that, she completed her undergraduate degree at Western University, acquiring a Bachelor of Arts, studying Psychology and Linguistics.

During her studies, Karoline worked in the Early Childhood Education setting and has extensive experience implementing childcare programs in a warm, nurturing learning environment with a consistently positive approach. Karoline helped pre-school children develop mindfulness, self-regulation, and self care skills.

She has also worked at Children’s Treatment Centres across Ontario, including KidsInclusive in Kingston, where she collaborated with an interdisciplinary team of S-LPs, OTs, and PTs for her CDA student placement. Karoline developed high and low tech Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) profiles, using ProLoQuo2Go, Snap Plus Core, LAMP Words for Life programs, and implemented PECS stages for clients with complex communication needs. She also provided virtual and in person therapy for clients with articulation concerns, including speech delay and speech sound production.

At TVCC in London she volunteered at the Cleft Lip and Palate Clinic, early language group therapy settings, and worked as a Youth Engagement Facilitator, fostering the development of independence in adolescent clients while practicing a family-centred approach. Throughout her career she had the opportunity to work with clients with speech, language and/or social communication concerns, often in the context of additional diagnoses, including ASD, Cleft Lip and Palate, Down’s Syndrome, FASD and Rett Syndrome.

Karoline creates fun and engaging virtual and in-person activities to work on articulation goals, social communication, and communication strategies for parents with their children. She is a vibrant, creative, and genuine individual driven to help her clients achieve their goals.

Karoline is fluent in Polish and English and provides speech therapy services in Ottawa.