MSc(A) SLP, Reg. CASLPO
I have been working as a Speech-Language Pathologist for over 18 years. I was drawn to the profession because it allowed me to combine my interests in science, language, and the arts with my passion for helping others. I graduated from York University (2003) with an Honours degree in Linguistics and a minor in Music. I then obtained a Masters of Applied Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders with specialization in Speech-Language Pathology at McGill University (2005). I am a registered member of the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO) and the Speech-Language & Audiology Canada (SAC), through which I am a member of the Voice, Acquired Brain Injury, and Auto Insurance Interest Groups. I have been a speaker at various workshops and in-service presentations about acquired brain injury and voice, including the 2016 and 2019 OSLA Voice Conferences and the Voice Anatomy and Physiology Lab for the Speech-Language Pathology Masters Program at the University of Toronto. I am also an Individual Authorizer of Communication Aids through the Assistive Devices Program (ADP) - Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. I am able to provide services in both English and French.
My life has always involved music. My experience as a singer-songwriter, musician and recording artist naturally led me to focus on the area of voice therapy. This background, coupled with ongoing education and years of experience with the most current voice therapy techniques, enhances the services I provide as a Speech-Language Pathologist. I have assessed and treated a variety of voice disorders across several different settings, including a multidisciplinary professional voice clinic, where I worked in close collaboration with an otolaryngologist. This allowed me to gain invaluable experience analyzing vocal fold function and pathology and treating singers and other professional voice users. Since 2018, I have also provided voice care through the McMaster Children's Hospital Voice Clinic, where I work with the ENTs to assess and treat both adults and children with a variety of functional and organic voice disorders.
In addition to voice, I have a keen interest and vast experience in the areas of acquired brain injury, stroke rehabilitation, fluency, and articulation disorders. My goal is to optimize clients’ voice, speech, and/or communication skills through education, prevention, rehabilitation and training. I strive to maximize therapy outcomes by tailoring treatment to each individual’s learning style, demands, and functional goals.