Dina Kogan, Senior Clinical Director

M.Sc, SLP, Reg. CASLPO

Speech-Language Pathologist

Dina Kogan, SLP

Dina Kogan is a dedicated and innovative Speech-Language Pathologist who has worked with both paediatric and adult populations in a variety of clinical settings in the US, Toronto, and Israel.

She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at York University. She then received her Communicative Disorder Assistant postgraduate certification from Durham College.

After working for several years as a Communicative Disorders Assistant and feeling passionate about the field, Dina decided to continue her education. She completed her Masters of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from the State University of New York at Fredonia.

Dina has clinical knowledge assessing and treating preschoolers, school-aged children, and adolescents with language, articulation, motor speech, and fluency disorders. Dina has also worked with a diverse range of children with developmental disorders, including Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Dina strives to make the therapy process as effective and enjoyable as possible for the client, while providing support and guidance for family members.

Talar Kanzoghian

M.H.Sc., SLP, Reg. CASLPO

SENIOR Speech-Language Pathologist

Talar received her Master of Health Science in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Toronto. She also holds an Honours Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Toronto Scarborough, where she completed a double major in Neuroscience and French and a minor in Psychology.

She has gained clinical experience providing assessment, consultation, and treatment services to both children and adults in a variety of settings including clinics, hospitals, and the community. Talar has worked with clients with disorders in developmental language, articulation and phonology, motor speech, social communication, acquired language, and cognitive communication, among others.

This dedicated team member values using an individualized, functional, and client-centred approach to therapy in collaboration with families in order to achieve optimal outcomes.

Talar is trained in Hanen’s ‘It Takes Two to Talk’® program for early language development. She has also participated in the Ontario Aphasia Centre’s Interest Group Knowledge Exchange Day and has completed the safeTALK workshop for suicide alertness. She continues to expand her knowledge base and hone her professional skills by participating in various continuing education activities. 

Talar is fluent in English, French, Arabic, and Armenian. 

Anisha Unadkat

MSc., SLP, Reg. CASLPO, HCPC

SENIOR Speech-Language Pathologist

Anisha received her bachelor’s degree from Simon Fraser University in 2018. In 2020, she received her Master of Science (MSc) degree in Speech and Language Therapy from City, University of London (UK). Anisha has worked in London as a school-based therapist where she has assessed, diagnosed, and treated school-aged children with difficulties such as receptive and expressive language, articulation and phonology, fluency, social communication, and pre-literacy skills (e.g. phonological awareness and processing speed). She has worked with a diverse range of children and has experience supporting and contributing to education health care plans.

Anisha is a friendly, passionate, and motivated Speech-Language Pathologist. She strongly believes in collaborative practice, where she works closely with people within the profession, outside the profession, and with clients and family members. She sets functional therapy goals to improve daily communication barriers using evidence-based approaches. Anisha speaks English fluently and is conversational in Gujarati.

Anastasia Provias

M.H.Sc., SLP, Reg. CASLPO

SENIOR Speech-Language Pathologist

Anastasia is an enthusiastic and compassionate Speech-Language Pathologist. She received her Master’s of Health Science in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Toronto. She also holds an Honours degree in Linguistics and Minor in Psychology from the University of Concordia in Montreal. She is fluent in French and Greek, and conversational in Spanish. She holds a certification in Supported Conversation for Adults with Aphasia (SCA).

Anastasia finds creative ways to make therapy fun and engaging. Anastasia embraces diversity and holds culturally competent care at the forefront of her practice. She uses an evidence-based and family-centred approach to optimize every client's care.

She has experience in assessing and treating language, articulation, literacy, fluency, motor speech, cognitive communication, social communication, and voice disorders. She has experience working with various populations, including those with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), Cerebral Palsy, and Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS). 

Brenda Trinh, Clinical Director

M.Sc, SLP, Reg. CASLPO

SENIOR Speech-Language Pathologist

Brenda Trinh is a certified Speech-Language Pathologist at Speech Link. She is fluent in English and conversational Vietnamese. She completed her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Health Studies from the University of Waterloo. She then pursued her interest in working with clinical populations and completed her Master of Clinical Science in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Western Ontario.

Brenda has clinical experiences in assessing and treating children with articulation difficulties, motor speech disorders and language delays. She is also well prepared to work with adolescents and older adults with voice disorders, fluency disorders and aphasia.

Brenda is a compassionate and caring clinician who prioritizes a personalized approach to therapy. She is highly driven to work with clients and their families to empower them in making meaningful differences in their lives.

Aden Cheryl Ntawutarama

Speech-Language Pathology Assistant

Aden is a Speech-Language Pathology Assistant with a strong background in working with diverse populations and settings. She a passion for making a positive impact on individual’s communication abilities.

After completing a bilingual bachelor’s degree from Laurentian university in Speech-Language Pathology, Aden embarked on a journey of professional growth and development. Aden has expanded her knowledge and skills through hands-on experience in clinics and through school boards.

Throughout her career, Aden has gained experience in treating various speech and language disorders in individuals of all ages. She has worked with pediatric and adult populations, addressing language, articulation, motor speech, fluency, and social communication challenges. With a commitment to client-centered care, Aden strives to create a therapeutic environment that is effective, enjoyable, and supportive for both clients and their families. She understands the importance of collaboration and maintains open communication with all parties involved in the therapeutic process.

Aden continues to actively engage in ongoing education and training to stay up-to-date with the latest research and best practices in the field. She is currently pursuing her master’s in Speech-Language Pathology. She is dedicated to providing culturally sensitive and individualized therapy approaches.

She is fluent in English and French.

Alice Ovcharova

Communicative Disorders Assistant

Alice received a Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders and a minor in Gerontology from Brigham Young University in Utah. She is a fun, empathetic, and hard-working clinician who enjoys working with diverse age and nationality populations.
Alice has been part of speech-motor planning and early language intervention research, which has helped her work with a wide variety of ages. She has worked in Canada and the USA as a speech-language pathology assistant in both educational and clinic settings.
Alice has experience working with early language intervention, dyslexia, non-verbal/verbal ASD children, AAC devices, articulation and fluency disorders, as well as childhood apraxia of speech. She involves compassion and care for her clients in intervention, as she strongly believes that everyone deserves their voice to be heard in whichever way they are able to express themselves.
Alice is committed to incorporating cultural competence and individualized services to make clients feel comfortable when they are in speech therapy.

Alice can provide services in English and Bulgarian

Aniqa Faiz

M.Sc, SLP, Reg. CASLPO

Speech-Language Pathologist

Aniqa completed her degree in Speech and Language Pathology at the University of Toronto. She has work and volunteer experience with the geriatric and paediatric populations.

Her area of expertise includes articulation disorders, fluency, expressive and receptive language, and literacy. Aniqa has experience working with school-aged children with Autism Spectrum Disorder as well as various developmental delays.

Prior to entering her master’s program Aniqa graduated with Honours in Cognitive Science of Language at McMaster University. Aniqa is a strong proponent of interdisciplinary care. She is committed to providing client-focused interventions that encourage meaningful translation into everyday communication.

She provides services in English, Urdu, and Hindi.

Bronte Smith

MSc(A), S-LP(C)

Speech-Language Pathologist

Bronte completed a Honours Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from the University of Waterloo. She then went on to complete her Masters of Science Applied in Speech-Language Pathology from McGill University. She holds a certification in Supported Conversation for Adults with Aphasia (SCA).

Bronte has clinical experience assessing and treating individuals with motor speech, fluency, articulation, cognitive communication, and language disorders. She also has experience in the use of Augmentative and Alternative Communication devices, utilizing them in therapy and other environments.

Bronte is a dedicated and caring clinician that understands the importance of ongoing professional education in the field. She is committed to providing evidence-based care that is family-centred to ensure that parents develop the tools to facilitate their child’s learning.

Christine Kim

Speech-Language Pathology Assistant

Christine is an empathetic and motivated Speech Language Pathology Assistant. She has completed her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Toronto specializing in Psycho Linguistics.

She values meaningful connections with clients and has a good insight into clients’ needs and abilities. Throughout her experiences, Christine has encountered working with children and adults from diverse backgrounds providing different needs such as receptive and expressive language, articulation, language, and literacy.

She has also experienced working with clients and their families in order to best address clients’ goals. She strives to create a welcoming environment where everyone can feel comfortable, heard and confident working towards their communication goals.

Christine is fluent in English, Korean and knows basic American Sign Language (ASL).

Daisy Zhou

Speech-Language Pathology Assistant

Daisy is an attentive and compassionate Speech-Language Pathologist Assistant. She has completed her Honours Bachelor’s Degree of Science from the University of Toronto with a double major in Human Biology and Psychology.
She values building meaningful rapport with the individual and their family to establish a better understanding of their target goals and plan needs.

Daisy has experience in delivering individualized evidence-based intervention to a diverse group of individuals, specifically those with Autism Spectrum Disorder and various learning disabilities. Her enthusiastic approach to sessions helps to keep students engaged and excited in their own learning. Daisy’s goal is to foster a positive environment for all individuals to feel well-supported during their interactions within sessions. She hopes by celebrating wins along the way, that the individual can feel empowered and confident in their accomplishments and progress.

She is also fluent in English, Cantonese, and understands basic Mandarin.

Daniella Manna

M.Sc, SLP, Reg. CASLPO

Speech-Language Pathologist

Daniella Manna is a compassionate and enthusiastic speech-language pathologist who completed her Masters of Science in Speech-Language Pathology at McMaster University. She also holds an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Human Biology and Immunology from the University of Toronto.

Daniella has obtained a wide range of experience working in various clinical settings including children's treatment centres, schools, hospitals, client homes and other community settings. She has provided in-person and virtual services to both pediatric and adult clients 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 closely with children with complex developmental disabilities, including Autism and Down Syndrome, and their families.

Daniella is passionate about adapting her intervention approach to meet the unique needs of each client, and she strives to implement the best evidence-based interventions that will maximize their functional communication skills. She is dedicated to continuous development of her clinical skills through participation in workshops and training programs, to ensure quality care for all of her clients.

Donna Lam

M. Speech Path, B.Sc., SLP, Reg. CASLPO

Speech-Language Pathologist

Donna is a passionate speech-language Language Pathologist who has experience working with both paediatric and adult populations, across a range of settings, including hospitals, communities, and clinics. Donna received her Masters of Speech Pathology at Griffith University, Australia. She also holds her Bachelor’s Degree in Science, majoring in human biology and linguistics, which she received at the University of Western Australia.
Donna has clinical experience providing evidence-based assessment and treatment for children with articulation difficulties, motor speech disorders, literacy, and expressive/receptive language delays. Donna also has experience providing evidence-based support for complex disabilities and neurological conditions, including autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, motor neuron disease, aphasia post-stroke, TBI, Huntington’s and Parkinson’s, across the lifespan. Donna is trained and certified in Hanen It-Takes-Two-to-Talk, Lee Silverman Voice Treatment, and Key Word Sign. She is passionate about adopting a holistic, client-centred approach to empower clients and their families to create meaningful and sustainable changes in their lives.

Emily Whitehead

Speech-Language Pathology Assistant

Emily is a dedicated and motivated professional who has a wealth of experience working with children for the past 17 years as a French Immersion teacher for primary and junior students. She earned her Bachelor of Education in 2006 from Bishop's University, as well her Bachelor of Arts in Education and a minor in psychology in 2005.
In her work as an elementary school teacher, she works with students in the early years on letter and word formation, focusing on the mechanics of speech, and has a strong interest in literacy learning, focusing on phonics and phonemic awareness.
She is passionate about literacy practices, and working with children to get them excited about language in all forms.

Emily is fluent in English and in French, and is able to provide services in both languages.

Florinte Korchagin

Speech-Language Pathology Assistant

Florinte is a Speech Language Pathologist Assistant at Speech Link. In 2022, she was licensed as a Speech Language Pathologist by the Albanian Board of Nurses after completing her Bachelors degree in Speech Language Pathology at the Medical University of Tirana.

She comes with three years experience working especially with cases on the Autism spectrum, Down’s Syndrome, Stuttering, Swallowing, as well as Cochlear Implanted children. She also has two years experience working as an Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) instructor therapist .

Florinte’s ability to connect deeply with her patients and their families comes from her vast experience working with various professionals and foundations. She has also worked under supervision of international medical professional in her own country.

Florinte loves to see her patients succeed and mixes professionalism and positivily in a way that makes therapy enjoyable for kids and their families.

She is fluent in Albanian, English, and is conversational in Italian.

Gabrielle Chavez

Speech Language-Pathology Assistant, Autism Consultant

Gabrielle believes in creating fun, inclusive play-based therapy to motivate children to reach their goals.
She has experience in the areas of language, literacy, social communication, skill acquisition programming, and play-based programming.
She specializes in working with children and teens diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and has experience as a lead therapist in Applied Behaviour Analysis.
She is passionate about advocating for the communicating needs of her clients and has experience with Alternative and Augmentative Communication such as PECS, ProloQuo2Go, and LAMP.
Gabrielle is fluent in both English and Spanish!

Georgia Cowling

Speech-Language Pathology Assistant

Georgia is a motivated, approachable and compassionate Speech Therapy Assistant.

She completed her BSc in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Cape Town and has worked as a medical Speech-Language Pathologist in South Africa for over 3 years.Georgia has experience working with individuals with receptive and expressive language disorders, articulation and cognitive communication disorders.

Georgia has a special interest and experience in complex pediatric feeding and swallowing disorders, having worked within NICU, PICU and cardiac care.She is a certified SOFFI and SOS Feeding Therapist for sensory based feeding disorders and enjoys seeing children excel when given the correct tools.
She also has clinical experience with adult neuro and stroke rehabilitation, degenerative diseases, motor speech disorders and dysphagia. Georgia has a passion for creating a comfortable and collaborative therapy space, ensuring therapy is individualized, functional and centered around family goals.
Georgia strives to build confidence in all individuals within their therapy by empowering them and celebrating their progress.

Ina Chong

MST, SLP, Reg. CASLPO

Speech-Language Pathologist

Ina holds a Bachelor's degree from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and completed her Master's in Speech Therapy at Hong Kong Polytechnic University. With a specialization in pediatric speech and language disorders, Ina has served as a Speech-Language Pathologist in Hong Kong, offering assessments and interventions tailored for children across diverse settings such as kindergartens, clinics, schools, and home visits.

Central to Ina's practice is a family-centered approach. She deeply values the integral role families play in a child's development. Recognizing the significant impact caregivers have on a child's communication skills, she actively engages and collaborates with families in therapy sessions. She strives to empower and educate parents and caregivers, equipping them with strategies and techniques to continue supporting their child's progress outside of her sessions. Her belief is that therapy should seamlessly integrate into a child's daily life.

Thus, she emphasizes the importance of translating therapy strategies into practical and
everyday situations as well as the continuity of skill-building beyond the therapy setting.
Ina is trilingual and fluent in English, Cantonese, and Mandarin.

Ingrid Lam

Speech-Language Pathology Assistant

Ingrid is a compassionate Speech-Language Pathology Assistant who has experience with children of different ages, ranging from preschoolers to school-age children, in a variety of settings including schools, clinics and community centres. Ingrid received her Master of Science in Educational Speech-Language Pathology and Learning Disabilities from the Education University of Hong Kong. She has worked as a school-based Speech-Language Pathologist in Hong Kong to assess and treat school-age children with language, articulation, pragmatics, fluency and voice problems.

Ingrid appreciates the uniqueness in every child. She is inspired by the quote ‘if a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn’. Thus, to expand her knowledge base on different approaches and specific needs of various populations, she has completed courses on diverse topics such as Oral Placement Therapy and Registered Behaviour Technician. Ingrid also believes the establishment of positive rapport with children is a key to success. When children feel engaged, valued and supported, their motivation to learn and improve can be fostered!

Ingrid appreciates the uniqueness in every child. She is inspired by the quote ‘if a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn’. Thus, to expand her knowledge base on different approaches and specific needs of various populations, she has completed courses on diverse topics such as Oral Placement Therapy and Registered Behaviour Technician. Ingrid also believes the establishment of positive rapport with children is a key to success. When children feel engaged, valued and supported, their motivation to learn and improve can be fostered!

Ingrid is trilingual and is fluent in English, Cantonese and Mandarin.

Izz Manalad

Speech-Language Pathology Assistant

Izz is currently working as a Speech Language Pathology Assistant in the Durham Region.

She has a background of working as a Speech Language Pathologist with children and adolescents in the Philippines for 13 years before she moved to Canada to finish a Youth Care Work Course at Saskatchewan Polytechnic this 2023.

Izz is an advocate of inter-professional collaboration, inclusion, and disability rights.

She has been trained in PROMPT that targets speech motor planning for clients with speech disorder.

She has solid background of Alternative Augmentative Communication, Early Intervention and Intervention for School Age Language.

As an advocate of inclusion, she hopes to foster more meaningful engagement in daily activities for her clients.

Jody Lo

M.Cl.Sc., SLP, Reg. CASLPO

SENIOR Speech-Language Pathologist

Jody is a passionate and enthusiastic speech-language pathologist. She completed her Honours Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Waterloo and her Master of Clinical Science in Speech-Language Pathology at Western University.

Jody is bilingual and is fluent in both English and Cantonese. Jody has clinical experiences providing assessment and treatment for articulation, literacy, developmental language disorders, acquired language disorders and fluency for both children and adults.

Jody has a passion for the pediatric population and is committed to evidence-based therapy that is fun, engaging and client-centered. She loves to find creative ways to engage both the child and their families in care that is tailored and individualized to their needs and interests.

Kira Rosenbloom

Speech-Language Pathology Assistant

Kira is an innovative and affable Speech Language Pathology Assistant. Participating in York University’s Kinesiology and Psychology double degree program, Kira discovered that Speech Therapy was a natural expression of her passion for communication, languages and health sciences.  

She has had the pleasure of learning about speech and language through various mediums, across diverse populations; Working with the adult population at the Aphasia Institute supporting adults with Aphasia, and working with the Deafblind population at the Canadian Helen Keller Centre, providing services in American Sign Language, Tactile Sign and 2-Hand Manual.

Kira also has experience supporting speech therapies in schools, working with children with ASD using AAC devices, assessing students’ pre-literacy skills (phonological/phonemic awareness and phonics) by observing early word decoding strategies, and assessing proficiency in a second/third language (English/French/Spanish).

Kira currently specializes in therapies focusing on articulation, literacy and speech & play therapy.  

Kira provides services in English, French and American Sign Language, and is conversational in Spanish. Her goal is to empower those facing communication barriers to lead lives with connection and autonomy.

Liora Gofman

MS, CCC-SLP, Reg. CASLPO

Speech-Language Pathologist

Liora Gofman is a bilingual Russian and English certified Speech-Language Pathologist who has experience working with children with speech and language delays and disorders, including children with autism, literacy and articulation disorders. She is highly passionate about her field and adores working with children of all ages.

She utilizes an evidence-based practice and an interdisciplinary approach to treatment and tailors therapy to meet each child’s and their family’s needs. She has ample experience working on increasing vocabulary, combining words to produce phrases, responding to questions and using language to communicate across various settings. She provides education to parents on how to carryover techniques worked on during sessions.

She received her Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology from Long Island University in New York and received her Bachelor of Arts from Hunter College in New York. She is registered with the Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologist of Ontario (CASLPO) and have a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA).

Lois Guidote

Speech-Language Pathology Assistant

Lois is a fun and friendly Speech-Language Pathology Assistant. She obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Speech-Language Pathology in the Philippines in 2018. She is currently a student at George Brown College, studying Recreation Management in Gerontology.

She has been closely working with children with developmental delays and disabilities and their families for 5 years. She is knowledgeable about various therapy techniques that can be used to facilitate speech and language development. She has been trained for the program It Takes Two to Talk by the Hanen Center, which is a program designed for children with language delays and their families.

She is also trained in PROMPT, which helps individuals who have difficulties with articulation and motor planning for speech. She also has experience utilizing AAC to provide alternatives for non-verbal children or to facilitate speech. Aside from that, she is also actively informing herself on new, evidence-based practices for her clients.

Lois believes in the power of meaningful engagement and play in learning, so she makes every session fun and special for each client. She also believes in using a strengths-based approach to help children achieve their goals.

 

Lucia Panetta

Communicative Disorders Assistant

Lucia is a motivated and enthusiastic Communicative Disorders Assistant. She attended St. Lawrence College to complete her postgraduate certificate as a CDA. She has also completed an Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree in Cognitive Science of Language from McMaster University.

Lucia enjoys working with the pediatric population and has experience providing intervention to a variety of children with communication needs. She has experience observing Auditory Verbal Therapy sessions, and enjoys working with children who wear hearing aids and Cochlear Implants.

Lucia has also worked with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder as an Instructor Therapist prior to working as a Communicative Disorders Assistant. Lucia believes in creating a positive and fun learning environment in order to provide children with the motivation to reach their goals!

Lucy Kerjikian

Communicative Disorders Assistant

Lucy is a compassionate and dedicated Communicative Disorders Assistant.

She completed her Honours Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Toronto specializing in psychology and linguistics, and went on to obtain her CDA diploma from Durham College.

Throughout her experiences, Lucy has worked with children from diverse backgrounds helping them with articulation, expressive and receptive language, and early literacy.

She values clients’ needs and abilities and ensures that both the client and their family feel heard.

Lucy is fluent in English and Armenian.

Madison Arsenault-Ball, Clinical Coordinator

Speech-Language Pathology Assistant,
Autism Consultant

Madison is an adaptable and motivated professional who received her Honours Bachelor of Behavioral Psychology in 2018. She has been supporting both paediatric and adult populations diagnosed with various developmental disorders for approximately ten years.

Madison has experience in the areas of articulation, language, literacy, social communication, and motor speech. She has specialized in working with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and has implemented therapies such as Applied Behaviour Analysis and Relationship Development Intervention prior to working as a Speech-Language Pathologist Assistant.

Madison is committed to creating a fun and inclusive environment to learn and communicate. She is passionate about advocating for the communicating needs of her clients and has supported individuals who communicate using Alternative and Augmentative Communication. She has vast experience collaborating with families and their multidisciplinary teams to provide individualized and family centred services.

 

Marta Blocki

Speech-Language Pathology Assistant

Marta received her Master of Communications from the University of Waterloo in 2018. She holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree from Carleton University in Ottawa, where she majored in communications and minored in English. Marta is currently working towards her Speech-Language Pathology Assistant diploma at MacEwan University.

Marta’s interests include fluency (e.g. stuttering) and speech disorders in children, teens, and adults.

Marta has over 10 years of experience teaching pronunciation and literacy skills to international students in a wide variety of contexts, including one-on-one speaking consultations, small group language workshops, and large lectures on professional communication skills.  She has worked with a large cross-section of the population, offering occupation-specific language training to foreign professionals, English for academic purposes to pre-undergraduate students, as well as private tutoring services to children of all ages, both in Canada and abroad.

Marta is fluent in English and Polish, with intermediate proficiency in French and a working knowledge of Spanish. 

Mariya Abramovych

Communicative Disorders Assistant

Mariya is a considerate and mindful Communicative Disorders Assistant, she has completed a Major/Minor degree in Linguistics and Psychology at the University of York as well as a CDA Diploma at Georgian College. Mariya had experience treating young children with fluency, articulation, and language disorders in the past and has been working with adult population as a Communicative Disorders Assistant. She is fluent in Russian and Hebrew and has certification in Communication Disabilities Access Canada as well as Supported Conversation for Adults with Aphasia (SCA).

Mariya has been working with adult population by facilitating conversations and interactive activities in groups of adults with aphasia, where she would find creative ways to engage participants and resolve communication breakdowns. She has also been working with children that have learning disabilities, namely Dyslexia and Nonverbal learning disabilities as well as children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit Disorder, and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. As a Learning Specialist, Mariya specialized in teaching reading and writing, and implemented her knowledge, caring nature, and patience during lessons.

Mariya is an emphatic clinician with creative and resourceful approach. She is greatly motivated to improve the quality of life of her clients and is dedicated to their needs.

Mavi Bernabe

Speech-Language Pathology Assistant

Mavi is a hardworking and highly passionate Speech Language Pathology Assistant. She attended the University of Santo Tomas in the Philippines where she completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology. She is currently attending Centennial College to pursue a postgraduate program in Social Service Work, hoping to further expand her skillset in order to support diverse individuals and families in our community. She is fluent in English and Tagalog.

Mavi has experience providing Speech and Language services in clinical centers and school-based settings. She has been exposed to different cases in both the pediatric and geriatric populations in which she has provided in-person and virtual services. She has experience assessing and treating individuals with a delay/disorder in language, motor speech, articulation, aphasia, and cognitive communication. Moreover, she has experience with Augmentative and Alternative Communication devices to enhance her clients' communication skills.

Mavi is committed to providing services that are evidence-based by making therapy engaging and meaningful. She is dedicated to helping her clients reach their goals and creating a positive environment for them.

 

Megan Bullock

M.H.Sc., SLP, Reg. CASLPO

Speech-Language Pathologist

Megan is an enthusiastic and dedicated professional with a degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Toronto. She received a Bachelor’s degree with a double major in Psychology and Linguistics from the University of Ottawa.

Megan has over 10 years of clinical experience working with school-aged and adult clients both at home and in the community. Through her experience as a school-based clinician, she has gained knowledge of  treating articulation and phonology, motor speech, fluency and voice disorders. She has worked with a diverse range of children with complex developmental disorders including Down Syndrome and Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Megan strongly believes in a client-centred approach to therapy. She is committed to helping clients reach their goals by making therapy fun and functional.

Nataliya Halavina

M.(Ed), SLP Reg. CASLPO

Speech-Language Pathologist

Nataliya Halavina is a bilingual English and Russian certified Speech-Language Pathologist who has extensive experience in working with preschool and school-age children with speech and language disorders in Belarus and Canada. She has experience in working with language, articulation, motor speech, fluency, and developmental disorders.

Nataliya received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Developmental Speech Pathology from Brest State University, Belarus. After her seven years of career as a kindergarten and school Speech-Language Pathologist in Belarus, she moved to Canada and continued to advance her career.

Since April 2019 she worked as a Speech-Language Pathologist Assistant with SpeechLink. In October 2019 Nataliya has become a registered Speech-Language Pathologist with CASLPO.

Nataliya is a professional, compassionate and dedicated clinician that  puts clients and their families at the center of her practice and provides guidance and support for families working on speech and language goals. She is eager to provide effective and engaging therapy.

Nikolina Kapor

MHSc., S-LP, Reg. CASLPO

Speech-Language Pathologist

Nikolina completed a B.A. Honours in Cognitive Science of Language from McMaster University, before continuing on to obtain an MHSc in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Toronto.

Nikolina’s approach to working with clients is collaborative and client-centred. She strives to create functional goals through creative and integrative activities.

Nikolina is an energetic, reliable, and dedicated Speech-Language Pathologist. She is fluent in English and Serbian/Croatian/Bosnian.

Nikolina enjoys working with adults and children, with a specific interest in supporting preschoolers and school aged children in the areas of articulation, fluency, language, and social communication disorders. She eagerly engages with clients in fun and effective ways and aims to make intervention meaningful and personalized.

Narges Moein

Speech-Language Pathology Assistant

Dr. Narges Moein is a highly accomplished and passionate individual in the field of Speech Language Pathology. She completed her Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in speech language pathology at Tehran University of Medical Sciences. She also received her Ph.D. degree in the same field at Iran University of Medical Sciences. Now, she is continuing her academic journey as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Toronto. 

Throughout her academic and professional journey, Narges has been actively engaged in diverse research projects and has served as a research assistant at several esteemed institutions, including Iran, Ahvaz, and Tehran University of Medical Sciences. 

She has 9 years’ experience in assessing and treating adults and children with speech sound, language, speech motor, fluency, and voice disorders. She uses a functional and client-centered approach to therapy in collaboration with families in order to achieve optimal outcomes. 

Narges is also fluent in English and Farsi.

Phoebe Chan

Speech-Language Pathology Assistant

   Phoebe is an enthusiastic and passionate Speech-Language Pathology Assistant. She holds a Bachelor of Speech and Hearing Sciences from the University of Hong Kong. Phoebe serves as a Speech-Language Pathologist in Hong Kong and has worked across a wide variety of clinical settings, including special schools, elderly centres, and community home services teams.
   Phoebe generally takes a client-led approach to therapy, focusing on individual needs and goals while incorporating evidence-based practices, creativity, and compassion. She is always eager to find the best way to support her clients’ speech, language and social development. Her areas of interest include articulation, language use, social skills, and swallowing.
   Phoebe is trilingual and fluent in English, Cantonese, and Mandarin.

Rabiya Nayyar

Communicative Disorders Assistant

Rabiya is a dedicated and compassionate individual with experience working with children and adults with diverse communication abilities. She believes in providing exceptional care and support to individuals with communication disorders.

Rabiya graduated from Ontario Tech University (formerly known as University of Ontario
Institute of Technology) with a Bachelor of Health Science degree in Kinesiology, and she later attended the CDA program at Durham College.

She has experience working closely with individuals living with aphasia and other communication disorders, where she helped her clients find different ways to communicate
and designed engaging activities to improve her clients speech and communication. She also has experience working with a diverse group of children, including children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, alongside their families.

She also believes in hand-under-hand therapy and following the child's lead, to ensure an engaging and meaningful session for her clients. Witnessing the clients progress and increased confidence in their ability to communicate brings Rabiya immense satisfaction and reinforced her passion for helping individuals overcome communication challenges.

Regiane Kanso

Speech-Language Pathology Assistant

Regiane Kanso is an enthusiastic and experienced professional with both a Speech-Language Pathology and an Audiology degree from Brazil. She has over 15 years of experience in school settings in Canada and is passionate about assisting children in developing their social, behaviour and communication skills.

Regiane’s experience includes 7 years working as a Certified Speech-Language Pathologist in Brazil, where she provided a variety of speech and language services to children and adults, such as articulation, phonology, language, fluency, literacy, developmental disorders, social skills, and counselling of clients/caregivers.

After moving to Canada in 2005, Regiane had the opportunity to expand her career in the educational field. She worked as a Preschool teacher and as an Educational Program Assistant with a focus on behaviour management, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), neurodevelopmental disorders, Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) systems, ABA, Social Thinking Training, Star Program Training, and parent communication.
Regiane is passionate about finding new and creative ways to help individuals reach their goals through play, technology and hard work!

Samantha Caguitla

Speech-Language Pathology Assistant

Samantha is a Speech-Language Pathology Assistant who is an advocate for neurodiversity and play-based, child-led therapy. She obtained her Bachelor's in Speech-Language Pathology at Cebu Doctors' University and spent 3 years working as a Speech-Language Pathologist in the Philippines, providing face-to-face and teletherapy (online) services. She is fluent in Cebuano and English.
Samantha enjoys working with both kids and adults with speech-language difficulties and disorders, particularly with speech-sound disorders, childhood apraxia of speech and adult voice disorders. She has extensive experience working with children with autism spectrum disorder who identify as Gestalt Language Processors (GLPs). That is, children who learn language in chunks and communicate using repetitive words/phrases/sentences/songs or 'echolalia'.

Samantha ensures that she is up-to-date with evidence-based research and best practices in the area of speech and language to better serve her clients. Her perceived strengths are emotional intelligence, empathy, and collaboration. She values parent-therapist relationships on top of the child-therapist connection.

Sarah Palermo

Communicative Disorders Assistant

Sarah is a patient and engaging Communicative Disorders Assistant (CDA). She graduated from Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University) in Toronto, where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in Criminology with a double minor in Psychology and Sociology.

She holds a certification in Crisis Intervention and Trauma Supports from Humber College in Toronto and is a Registered Behaviour Technician (RBT), certified through the Behaviour Analyst Certification Board (BACB).

Prior to working as a CDA, Sarah worked as a Lead Instructor Therapist for children with autism, implementing Applied Behaviour Analysis therapy. She has experience working with children who are both verbal and non-verbal and is well-versed in the use of alternative and augmentative devices (AAC), such as Proloquo2Go and LAMP Words for Life. Sarah also has experience working with adults with developmental delays in a group home setting.

Sarah’s main goal is to help her clients reach their full potential and promote independence in their daily lives. Her services and problem-solving strategies are personalized for each client to provide individualized care. She is passionate and dedicated, and she focuses on the functionality of programs and targets to ensure clients and families get the most out of their sessions!

 

Samantha Yuen

M.MedSci., SLP, Reg. CASLPO

Speech-Language Pathologist

Samantha is an enthusiastic Speech-Language Pathologist who believes in providing family-centered care. She received her Bachelors at the University of Waterloo before obtaining her Master in Medical Science – Speech and Language Therapy at the University of Sheffield.

Samantha has experience providing assessment and intervention in various settings including hospitals, clinics, and the community. She has worked with preschool and school-aged children with speech, language, fluency, and social communication disorders. Samantha has also provided assessment and intervention to adults with swallowing and communication needs.

Samantha is committed to providing evidence-based care that targets the individualized needs of her clients. She is a passionate individual who loves helping her clients reach their goals and build their self-confidence. Samantha is bilingual and can provide services in English and Cantonese.

Sarah Levy

Communicative Disorders Assistant

Sarah is a driven and compassionate Communicative Disorders Assistant who has over 8 years of experience providing speech, language, and behaviour therapy to children and their families. In addition to the CDA graduate certificate, Sarah also holds an Honours Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Toronto, with a focus on psychology, linguistics, and child development.

Over the course of her experience, Sarah has adopted the caregiver/parent-training model so as to empower those within the child’s direct environment. Furthermore, Sarah has grown to be flexible in adapting intervention strategies to varying cultural beliefs and circumstantial factors in an effort to eliminate barriers faced by clients.

Sarah has worked in a variety of settings, including schools, clients’ homes, daycares, hospitals, and virtually, delivering therapy to children and adults, as well as collaborating with and training professionals across Canada. Presently, her caseload consists of complex and diverse clients who benefit from therapy targeting self-regulation, social communication, receptive and expressive language, fluency, augmentative and alternative communication methods, articulation and phonology, motor speech, and behaviour management.

Sarah offers these services in English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish.

Sidiqua Mavani

Speech-Language Pathology Assistant

Sidiqua has 22 years of experience supporting SLP’s families, children, and other stakeholders in her role as a Speech Language Pathologist Assistant.

Her specialties include Articulation, Phonology, Phono Awareness, Fluency Disorder, Language, and Apraxia. She has a wealth of experience working with all ages of children and teenagers.

She has worked with children with various speech delays including young adults on the Autism Spectrum as well as persons with Down Syndrome. She is Hanen trained. Her therapy sessions are always engaging and fun while helping clients achieve their goals.

She is fluent in English, Gujarati and Hindi.

 

Shaina Benjamin

M.Sc, SLP, Reg. CASLPO

Speech-Language Pathologist

Shaina completed a B.A. Honours in Cognitive Science of Language and received her Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology at McMaster University.

She has clinical experience working in various areas, including articulation, receptive and expressive language, literacy and aphasia in hospitals and clinics, as well as virtually.

Shaina is passionate about providing therapy that is evidence-based, and client-centred.

She is also dedicated to ensuring that services are neruodiversity-affirming and empowering for clients.

She provides services in English, and is conversational in Hebrew.

 

Sutharsini Vasantharajah

Speech-Language Pathology Assistant

Sutharsini is a kind, patient, and enthusiastic individual. She has graduated with her Master’s in Child and Youth Care. She has worked with children and youth in a variety of fields, including working as an Early Childhood Educator Assistant, Peer support worker, Youth Worker, and Behavioural Therapist.
She has experience working with children on the spectrum focused on ABA, communication, and skill acquisition. She has also worked with infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and adolescents.
Additionally, Sutharsini has experience creating play-based programs and social activities (virtual and in-person) for children supporting their growth and development.
She believes the best approach to working with children and youth, as well as helping them achieve their goals, is through fun interactive activities.

Tanika Mahabir

Speech-Language Pathology Assistant

Tanika is a reliable, approachable, and adaptable Speech Language Pathologist Assistant who completed an Honors Bachelor of Health Science Degree at Western University in 2021. She has been working with youth and adult populations diagnosed with various developmental and psychological disorders as a Behaviour Therapist Assistant for approximately 2 years.

Tanika has experience in Applied Behaviour Analysis therapy, motor skill therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, and skill acquisition implementation. She has experience with coaching teams of Personal Support Workers and is certified in Crisis-Intervention Training and Collaborative Problem-Solving techniques. She is working towards her Registered Behaviour Technician (RBT) certificate from the Behaviour Analyst Certificate Board (BACB).

Tanika has experience with parent coaching and aims to create an individualized approach for each client. She is enthusiastic, passionate, and focused on creating a functional program for each client and family.

 

 

Veronika Semenchenko

Speech-Language Pathology Assistant

Veronika Semenchenko received a bachelor degree in economics in 2016.
In 2010 she gave birth to beautiful twins. When her son was diagnosed with autism, she began studying behavior therapy, sensory integration, speech therapy, and floor-time play therapy and received her degree in speech language pathology from Ukraine.
Veronika has over 8 years of experience working with children with developmental delays and language concerns.
In 2018 she opened a private practice in Ukraine while she also continued working at a centre for children with developmental delays and language disorders.
Veronika moved to Toronto in March of 2023 and continues working with children on enhancing and improving their language and communication skills.
She is fluent in English, Ukrainian, and Russian.