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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, 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 providing speech and language 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 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. 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.

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.

Clare Braund, M.Sc. Speech-Language Pathologist Reg. CASLPO

Clare graduated from the University of Reading, UK, with a Masters of Science in Language Pathology. She also holds an MA in Contemporary English Language and Linguistics and a BA in French and English. Her eighteen-year career has included working for the NHS in the UK providing pre-school/early years paediatric speech, language and communication services and helping establish a dysfluency clinic (she is Palin and Lidcombe trained); running a private practice providing assessment, treatment and consultative services to international schools in Amsterdam; and providing school-based (K - Gr 12) speech and language therapy in North Vancouver, B.C. She has enjoyed working in these varied settings to help support her client's communication goals through appropriate models of service delivery. Clare has acquired diverse clinical experience, working with children with articulation difficulties, phonological delays and/or disorders, expressive and/or receptive language difficulties, literacy delays, motor speech disorders, selective mutism, stuttering, Down Syndrome, hearing impairments, social processing disorders and ASD. She continues to ensure that evidence-based practice guides her clinical decision making and she also puts emphasis on the importance of a reflective, collaborative, empathetic work ethic.

Clare provides speech language therapy services in North York and Toronto.

Candace Mccallum, B.A, M.Sc. Speech-Language Pathologist, Reg. CASLPO

Candace is a registered speech-language pathologist with a Masters of Science from Bowling Green State University. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from McMaster University and is a graduate of the Communicative Disorders Assistant program from Georgian College.

Candace has acquired experience in various clinical settings including nursing homes, hospitals, preschools and clinics in Canada and the U.S. Candace has worked with a diverse client population including children and adults with acquired and developmental language disorders, fluency disorders, voice disorders, pragmatic & social language disorders, speech sound disorders, augmentative and alternative communication needs and motor speech disorders. She has assessed and developed individualized treatment plans for individuals with autism, Down Syndrome, developmental delays, dysarthria, TBI, aphasia and dementia.

Candace is trained in the Hanen Centre's programs It Takes two to Talk and ABCs and Beyond. Candace currently treats clients in Toronto, Brampton, Oakville and Mississauga.

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.

Reeta Philip, M.SLP., Speech-Language Pathologist, Reg. CASLPO

Reeta holds a Masters degree in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology from Manipal University, India. Reeta has over 4 years of clinical experience in providing assessment and treatment services to pre-school and school aged children with communication difficulties. She is PROMPT Trained (Introduction) and Hanen certified for More Than Words. She is passionate about helping children reach their highest potential to communicate effectively. Reeta speaks English, Malayalam and Tamil.

Reeta provides speech therapy services in Mississauga.

Zaynab Albarharni, Speech-Language Pathologist, Reg. CASLPO

Zaynab joins us with experience as a SLP working with preschool and school age children in the areas of language delay, articulation, motor speech, pragmatics (social skills), fluency (stuttering), literacy, and feeding and swallowing concerns. Additionally, Zaynab has experience working with children with developmental difficulties (including cerebral palsy, down syndrome, and autism) as well as adults with dysphagia, aphasia, motor speech disorders and neurological degenerative diseases (such as Parkinson’s Disease).

Nasim Ahmadpour, B.Sc. Hons., M.Sc., Speech-Language Pathologist, Reg. CASLPO

Nasim joins us with experience as an SLP working closely with children with ASD and their families. She also has experience providing assessments and therapy to preschool and school aged children in areas of expressive/receptive language, social communication, articulation and fluency. Nasim has also had the opportunity to work with adult patients with cognitive disorders, aphasia, and/or motor speech disorders from traumatic brain injuries.

Nasim provides speech therapy services in the Kitchener, Waterloo, Guelph areas.

Lisa-Dawn Aizawa, M.Cl. Sc., Speech-Language Pathologist, Reg. CASLPO

Lisa-Dawn holds a Masters of Clinical Science Degree from Western University in Speech-Language Pathology, as well as both an Honours BAH in Linguistics with a special field concentration in psychology and a BA in Business German from Queen's University. She is registered with CASLPO (College Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario), and SAC (Speech-Language and Audiology Canada). Having a wide range of clinical experience, she then served for four years as the speech-language pathology professional practice leader at the Richmond Hill hospital prior to relocating to southwestern Ontario.

Lisa-Dawn works collaboratively with patients, their families, and the health care team to establish realistic and personally relevant goals to individuals from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds. She is experienced working with adult and geriatric populations across the healthcare continuum providing assessment, treatment, education, and consultation on a variety medical and neurological conditions, with resultant dysphagia, motor speech, language, and cognitive-communication disorders. She also enjoys working with pre-school age children who have articulation difficulties, delayed expressive, and/or receptive language difficulties, and believes in partnering with parents to optimize their child's communication. Additionally, Lisa-Dawn has a keen interest in accent modification, and enjoys studying and learning to speak new languages.

Lisa-Dawn provides speech therapy services in the North London area.

Brittany Iannone, B.A. Hons., M.A. Speech-Language Pathologist, Reg. CASLPO

Brittany is a registered Speech-Language Pathologist with a Master of Arts and Sciences in Communicative Disorders and Sciences from the University at Buffalo. She also graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences (Hons.) from the Linguistics program at Brock University with a concentration in Speech and Language Sciences. Brittany is actively working as a Speech-Language Pathologist clinical fellow with the American Speech-Language- Hearing Association (ASHA), where her experience involves assessing and treating clients of all ages with a diverse range of communicative goals. Brittany is dedicated to providing client and family centered services which empower individuals to achieve their highest level of success while feeling motivated to do so. Brittany utilizes evidence based practice principles while targeting functional and creative skills. She is an enthusiastic and compassionate clinician with experience assessing and treating receptive and/or expressive language delays, articulation and/or phonological delays, literacy deficits, fluency disorders, motor speech disorders, voice disorders, social pragmatic communication disorders, cognitive communication disorders, sensorineural hearing loss, and dysphagia. Brittany places emphasis on individualizing services for clients, and has experience with a variety of diagnoses and disorders, including those with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Down Syndrome, Parkinson’s disease, ALS, aphasia, post-concussion syndrome, altered mental status, and traumatic brain injury.

Brittany provides speech therapy services from the Greater Niagara region to Burlington, Hamilton and Oakville.

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.

Shelagh Durno, B.A. Hons., M.Sc., Speech-Language Pathologist, Reg. CASLPO

Shelagh graduated with her Master’s of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Vermont where she was both a Graduate Teaching Fellow and part of the Vermont Rural Autism Project grant. She has experience working with a diverse group of clients. She has worked with both preschoolers and school-aged children diagnosed with a variety of speech, language and swallowing disorders in their homes, schools and clinical settings. She enjoys working with children individually, in small groups and/or as part of a multidisciplinary team. Shelagh also has extensive experience working with adults in an acute care setting assessing, treating, counseling and educating patients with dysphagia, aphasia, dysarthria and/or communication disorders. She particularly enjoys working with families, providing education, strategies to elicit speech and language and connecting them to other available resources and supports in the community. She has a Certificate in American Sign Language and Deaf Studies and has extensive experience with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Population. She has received training in the Fluency Plus Program to better assist individuals with fluency disorders. She has received training in PROMPT and has experience working with a variety of articulation and accent reduction clients of all ages in the home, schools and in the workplace.

Shelagh provides speech therapy services in North York and Toronto.

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. 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, and Mississauga 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. 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.

Alexandra M. Annibale, M.A., B.H.Sc. (Hons), M.H.Sc., Speech-Language Pathologist, Reg. CASLPO

Alexandra has a Master of Health Science from the University of Toronto, a Master of Arts in Linguistics from Western University, and a Bachelor of Health Sciences specialized in Child Health from McMaster University. She works with children and adults of all ages to find creative, personalized solutions to their unique communication and swallowing needs. Alexandra has clinical experience supporting preschool and school-aged children with a wide range of disabilities seeking high and low-tech alternative and augmentative communication (AAC) solutions, as well as children with literacy, oral language, articulation, fluency (stuttering), and motor speech needs. Alexandra has provided swallowing and communication rehabilitation services to adults with diverse needs, ranging from post-stroke patients to those receiving palliative care. Alexandra has completed specialized workshops to ensure that she offers her clients the most up-to-date, evidence-based clinical experience. Some of her key training experiences include: It Takes Two to Talk® The Hanen Program®Certification Workshop, the Lidcombe Program Fluency Training, and Supported Conversation for Adults with Aphasia (SCA) training.

Alexandra provides service in London, Ontario and the surrounding area.

Annu Merin Jacob, B.Sc, M.Sc., Speech-Language Pathologist, Reg. CASLPO

Annu is a Speech Language Pathologist who has worked with pre-school and school-aged children for the past three years. She holds a Bachelor and a Master of Science Degree in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology. Annu is highly passionate about her field and aims to provide the best quality care for children and families that she serves. She has clinical experience in assessing and treating children with Receptive and Expressive Language Disorders, Articulation & Fluency Disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Global Developmental Delay, Intellectual Disability, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Chromosomal Disorders. She has also worked closely with other health care professionals that are involved in a child's care and development. She is multilingual and can provide speech and language services in English, Malayalam and Tamil languages.

Annu provides speech therapy services in Mississauga.

Thelma Nyarko Akuamoa, B.HSc., M. SLP., Speech-Language Pathologist, Reg. CASLPO

Thelma is a registered Speech-Language Pathologist with a Master of Speech Pathology Studies from Griffith University in Australia. She also holds a Bachelor of Health Sciences from the University of Western Ontario. Thelma has experience in a variety of settings including: childcare centres, nursing homes, clinics, and hospitals in Australia. Her clinical experience includes working with clients across the life spectrum with speech sound disorders, language delays/disorders, social communication impairments, fluency disorders, aphasia, apraxia and dysphagia. Thelma has experience collaborating with patients, families and health care professionals in order to maximize patient outcomes through functional goals.

Thelma provides speech therapy services in the Peel Region.

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.

Breanne Ingrassia, B.A., M. Cl. Sc. Speech-Language Pathologist, Reg. CASLPO

Breanne has a Bachelor’s degree in Health Science and a Masters of Clinical Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Western Ontario. She has a variety of experience assessing and treating preschoolers and school aged children with receptive and expressive language delays, articulation delays, phonological delays and motor speech disorders. She also has experience working with children with developmental disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorder and Down syndrome. She has worked in a variety of settings including clinical centres, private homes, day cares, schools and private practice. Breanne is certified in It Takes Two to Talk, Target Word, More Than Words Hanen Parent Programs and enjoys implementing these family-centred strategies within her therapy sessions. She has also completed the Introduction to PROMPT: Technique course.

Breanne provides speech therapy services in Hamilton, Dundas, Ancaster, Burlington and surrounding areas.

Kate Amerska, B.Sc. M.H.Sc, Speech Language Pathologist, Reg. CASLPO

Kate is a registered Speech Language Pathologist who holds a Master Health Science degree from the University of Toronto. She earned her undergraduate degree in Bachelor of Science with Honours followed by a college degree in Dental Hygiene, where she worked in the field for the past ten years. Kate comes with vast experience and expertise in oral care as well as understanding of oral structural anomalies related to speech production. Kate’s clinical experience includes the provision of speech and language services to preschool and school-age children with articulation, phonological, fluency, receptive and expressive language delays and literacy difficulties. She has also worked with adults providing therapy for aphasia, cognitive language, swallowing disorders, and voice therapy particularly for clients with Parkinson’s. Kate is certified in the HANEN “It Takes Two to Talk” program, and is also trained in the picture exchange communication system (PECS) a form of augmentative and alternative communication.

Kate is fluent in Polish and provides speech therapy services in the Mississauga and Oakville area.

Rupel Raiya Modi, B.A., M.SLP., Speech-Language Pathologist, Reg. CASLPO

Rupel has a Master of Speech Language Pathology from the University of Sydney in Australia, a Graduate Certificate in Speech & Language Sciences from Brock University, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Studies from Ryerson University. Rupel’s areas of experience include assessment and treatment of children, adolescents, and adults in schools, clinics and client’s homes. She has worked with pediatric clients in the areas of fluency, articulation, phonology, literacy, voice, social skills, receptive and expressive language. Rupel has worked with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Global Developmental Delay, and Chromosomal Deletion Syndromes. Rupel is certified in Hanen’s It Takes Two to Talk program, which is designed specifically for parents of young children (0-5 years of age) who have been identified as having a language delay. She is also certified in PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System). She strives to make each session creative and engaging as she feels children learn best when they are having fun.

Rupel provides speech therapy services in Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga.

Swarupa Nair, M.A., TSSLD, CCC-SLP. Reg. CASLPO.

Swarupa is a registered Speech-Language Pathologist with a Masters of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the Long Island University in New York, USA. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Communication Sciences and Disorders and minor in Psychology from Queens College in New York, USA. Swarupa is also a licensed Speech. Language Pathologist in the state of New York in the United States, in addition to having her Certification of Clinical Competence (CCC’s) and Teacher certification for students with speech and language disabilities (TSSLD). Her clinical experience includes providing speech and language services to early intervention, preschool and school-age children, adults, geriatrics for a variety of speech/language disorders, some of which included Autism, Voice and Resonance, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Dyspraxia, Aphasia, Dysarthria, Dysphagia, Cognitive and language difficulties, Articulation and phonological difficulties, Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders, Receptive and Expressive Language Disorders, Selective Mutism, Auditory Processing, Pragmatic Disorders and literacy difficulties. Swarupa has experience working in a variety of settings including outpatient rehabilitation facilities, client homes, daycares, child care centers, public schools, and clinics. Swarupa is PROMPT trained and culturally and linguistically diverse.

She speaks English, Tamil, and Malayalam. Swarupa provides speech and language therapy services in Mississauga and Brampton communities.

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.

Kathryn Powers, B.Sc.Hons., M. Cl.Sc, Speech-Language Pathologist, Reg. CASLPO

Kathryn completed her Bachelor of Science in Psychology (Honours) from Acadia University. She then obtained her CDAAC certificate from Georgian College, and within one year completed her Masters of Clinical Science – Speech-Language Pathology degree from Dalhousie University. Kathryn has experience providing assessments and therapy to preschool and school-aged children with receptive and expressive language delays, articulation, phonology, and literacy challenges, as well as motor speech disorders. She also has experience working with children with a variety of special needs, such as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). In addition to her paediatric experience, she also has experience working with adults, providing communication assessments and therapy for individuals who are managing aphasia, motor speech disorders, dysphagia and voice disorders. Kathryn is dedicated to client centered care and has practiced all over Canada including Nova Scotia. She was also a nominee for the Fraser Health Acquired Brain Injury Services Community for Everyone Outstanding Service Award (2016).

Kathryn provides speech therapy services to the Ottawa area.

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.

Shelagh Durno, B.A. Hons., M.S., Speech-Language Pathologist, Reg. CASLPO

Shelagh graduated with her Master’s of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Vermont where she was both a Graduate Teaching Fellow and part of the Vermont Rural Autism Project grant. Shelagh has experience working with a diverse group of clients, including preschoolers diagnosed with of speech, language and swallowing disorders in their homes, schools and clinical settings. She enjoys working with children individually, in small groups and/or as part of a multidisciplinary team.

Shelagh also has extensive experience working in an acute care setting assessing, treating, counseling and educating patients with dysphagia, aphasia, dysarthria and/or communication disorders. She particularly enjoys working with families, providing education, strategies to elicit speech and language and connecting them to other available resources and supports in the community.

In addition, she has a Certificate in American Sign Language and Deaf Studies and has extensive experience with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Population. She continues to expand her knowledge base and hone her professional skills by attending workshops and conferences. Shelagh provides Speech Therapy in North York and surrounding areas.

Elise Sokol, B.SC., M.H.Sc., Speech-Language Patholigist, Reg. CASLPO.

Elise is a registered speech-language pathologist with a Master of Health Science in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Ottawa. She also holds an Honours Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Toronto. Elise completed her graduate studies in French and clinical placements in both French and English.

Elise has experience providing assessments and evidence-based treatment to both preschool and school-age children with regards to language delays, social-pragmatic language disorders, articulation, fluency, literacy, motor speech disorders, and Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). In acute care and complex continuing care settings, Elise had the opportunity to assess and treat patients presenting with swallowing difficulties, aphasia, dysarthria, acquired dysfluency, and those with needs for augmentative and alternative communication (AAC).

Elise is trained in Supported Conversation for Adults with Aphasia and Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) Level 1. Elise provides speech and language services in French and English in west-end Toronto and the Mississauga region.

Carissa Heinbuck, MHSc. Speech-Language Pathologist, Reg. CASLPO

Carissa has an Honours Bachelor degree in Psychology, and a Masters of Health Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Toronto. Her training has provided her with a diversity of experiences working with children and adults within various settings, including preschool programs, schools, hospitals, and rehabilitation centers. She provides assessment and treatment services to clients and families for a variety of developmental, physical, and communication needs. She has experience with developmental speech and language disorders, fluency, voice, motor speech disorders, acquired language disorders caused by stroke and traumatic brain injury, as well as developmental disorders including cerebral palsy, down syndrome, and autism spectrum disorder. She is passionate about working with individuals towards goals that are functional, relevant, and important to clients and their families.

Carissa has a strong interest in continuing education and expanding her skills. She has additional training in the following programs: Modified Barium Swallowing Impairment Profile (MBSImP), Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), and Structured Conversation for Adults with Aphasia (SCA).

Carissa provides speech and language services in the Kitchener-Waterloo and Stratford areas.

Angelina Pinhasov, B.A., M.H.Sc., Speech-Language Patholigist, Reg. CASLPO

Angelina is a registered Speech-Language Pathologist with a Master of Health Science in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Toronto. She is also a summa cum laude graduate of the Bachelor of Arts with Honours degree from York University, specializing in Psychology. Angelina is dedicated to providing evidence-based and family-centered care to maximize a client’s communicative potential. Her clinical experience includes providing assessment, consultation, treatment, and parent training in client homes, daycares, public schools, hospitals, and community centers. She has worked with pediatric and adult clients in the areas of articulation/phonology, receptive and expressive language, motor speech, fluency/stuttering, literacy, voice, swallowing, and social-communication skills. Her range of experience includes assessing and treating individuals with various diagnoses and disorders such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, developmental delay, learning disability, dysarthria, apraxia, aphasia, and dementia, as well as implementing Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) tools for clients with multi needs.

Angelina uses a personalized and functional approach to therapy through collaboration with family members, health professionals, and the educational team. She is trained in Hanen’s ‘It Takes Two to Talk’ program for early language development, ‘Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) Level 1’ for children with autism, ‘Lidcombe Program’ and ‘Fluency Plus’ for preschool and school-aged children with stuttering, as well as ‘Supported Conversation for Adults with Aphasia (SCA)’.

Angelina is a fluent speaker of English, Hebrew, and Russian, and has basic understanding of Spanish and American Sign. Angelina provides speech and language services in Vaughan Region; Newmarket, and Maple areas.

Seirra Michelin, B.A., CDA, Member of CDAAC

Seirra Michelin is a graduate from Durham College’s Communicative Disorders Assistant post graduate program. Prior to her education at Durham college Seirra received an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Linguistics from McMaster University. Seirra has experience working with pre-school aged children to adults. Seirra has proved direct speech and language therapy to individuals with Apraxia of Speech, Autism Spectrum Disorder, cognitive communication difficulties, Down Syndrome and individuals who use AAC devices. As well as clients with impairments in reading, articulation, motor speech, fluency and phonology. Seirra also completed a placement at the Hospital for Sick Children in their Audiology clinic. She was responsible for conducting full hearing tests on patients under the age of 18. This provided her with a deeper insight of the difficulties and challenges a hearing loss can cause.

Seirra is a very enthusiastic creative person who uses a play-based approach during therapy.

Seirra provides speech therapy services in the Durham region.

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.

Kania Mohan, B.A., CDA, Member of CDAAC

Kania is a graduate of the Durham College CDA post-diploma program. She completed a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Linguistics with a minor in Biology at the University of Toronto. She has basic level training for American Sign Language and intends to receive the basic level training for the Early Denver Model and PECS. She comes with a wide spectrum of experience working with children with special needs. She enjoys using fun activities that target speech and articulation goals for preschool and school-aged children, but most importantly enjoys targeting social thinking skills, perspective taking and problem solving when working with teenagers with ASD. Her clinical practicum as a CDA student gave her experience with the use of low-tech AAC devices such as PECS, communication boards and high tech AAC devices such as ProLoQuo2go and PODD. Kania strives to help her clients reach their full potential by using their strengths and interests as a foundation for their therapy, and to motivate the children to communicate.

Kania provides speech therapy services in Mississauga, Peel Region, and Brampton.

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.

Kristen Herrewynen, B.A., CDA, Member of CDAAC

Kristen is a graduate of the Georgian College Communicative Disorders Assistant post-graduate program. She also completed a Bachelor of Arts from Brock University in Applied Linguistics: Speech and Language Sciences. Kristen is experienced in providing therapy to preschool and school-aged children with disorders in articulation and phonology, language, motor speech, and fluency, as well as children with developmental delays, social communication difficulties, autism, hearing aids or cochlear implants, and those using augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). She also has experience working with adults and providing therapy for individuals with disorders such as aphasia and apraxia. Kristen is passionate about working with children and approaches therapy with creativity and enthusiasm to make the experience effective and engaging for every client.

Kristen provides speech and language therapy in Kitchener and Waterloo region, Cambridge, and Guelph.

Sophie Heijelsaar, CDA, Member of CDAAC

Joins us with experience working with children with a wide range of communicative, cognitive, as well as physical disabilities. At the same time as working as a CDA, she carries out behavioural therapy for children with ASD. During her education and work experience, Sophie received experience and training in multiple different areas such as: articulation, language, Applied Behaviour Analysis/Intensive Behavioural Intervention, Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), oral motor exercises, and in hearing screening.

Sophie provides speech therapy services in Stoney Creek, Hamilton, Burlington, Oakville, Brampton, and Caledonia.

Elizabeth Parkin, B.A., CDA, Member of CDAAC

Elizabeth is a graduate of Georgian College’s Communicative Disorders Assistant program. She has completed a B.A. in Linguistics, Psychology, and Writing from the University of Western Ontario. Elizabeth has experience working in the community with school-aged children targeting goals pertaining to voice, resonance, fluency, and articulation. She also has experience working with adults and seniors who are living with Aphasia. Elizabeth has received training in the following areas: language therapy, pragmatics, motor speech, AAC, literacy, cognitive communication, and dysarthria.

Elizabeth provides speech therapy in Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, and Guelph.

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 inPsychology, 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.