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Our Speech-Language Pathologists are fully licensed and registered with the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO).

The Speech Pathways team


Constance Merwin

Constance Merwin, M.Sc. SLP (C)

Constance Merwin is the founder of Speech Pathways. She received her Masters of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from McGill University and certification with the Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (CASLPA). Conni has extensive experience with preschool and school-age children in the areas of stuttering, language development, articulation/phonology, apraxia/oral motor, and voice. She loves the rewards of helping children discover their communication potential. Conni is certified in Phoneme Touch and Say™, which she uses when working with special needs children or children with apraxia. She has a special interest in stuttering and is certified in Lidcombe fluency program (an innovative stuttering therapy program for children).

Conni has also worked for over 10 years with the adult population (private practice and hospital setting), providing communication and swallowing therapy to adults suffering from stroke, brain injury or neurological impairments. She provided voice therapy to adults in the outpatient department, particularly to professional voice users (teachers, singers, public speakers). Conni finds immense satisfaction in helping adults rediscover communication, and reconnect with loved ones.

Meera Ruparelia

Meera Ruparelia, M.Sc. SLP (C)

Meera received her Master’s degree in Communication Disorders from Boston University, Massachusetts. She has experience working with children with special needs for speech and language disorders, including Articulation/Phonology, Fluency, Receptive/Expressive Language, Cognition (brain injury) and Pragmatics (social skills), in both home and school environments. She is certified in PROMPT – Level 1 and Phoneme Touch and Say ™, which she uses when working with children with Apraxia/Oral-Motor difficulties, Autism, and developmental delays. Meera is also certified in the Lidcombe Program, a preschool fluency intervention system aimed to highlight the role of parents in stuttering therapy. Meera also specializes in working with adults for Accent Reduction. Her compassion and understanding for the challenge of adjusting speech patterns, paired with visual demonstrations and a detailed explanation of the mechanics and rationale for each movement, helps adults feel confident and proud of their new speech patterns. Meera takes immense pleasure in finding creative ways to make therapy interesting and fun as she helps clients and their families maintain success towards communication goals.

Jennifer McKeeman

Jennifer McKeeman, M.A., SLP

Jennifer received her master's degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from State University of New York at Buffalo. Jennifer has experience working with both children and adults with a variety of speech, language, cognitive and swallowing disorders. She is Hanen certified for “It Takes Two to Talk”, “Target Word” and “Learning Language and Loving It”. Jennifer is also certified in the Lidcombe Program, a behavioural treatment approach for young children who stutter and holds Lessac-Madsen Voice Therapy certification, a technique to improve vocal quality and prevent further vocal injury. She is trained in the Kaufman Speech to Language Protocol for children who have difficulty putting sounds together in order to make words. Jennifer is trained in the “SOS (Sequential Oral Sensory) Approach to Feeding”, an effective way to increase a child's comfort level by exploring and learning about food, eventually tasting and eating foods. Jennifer specializes in providing services to preschool children aged 18 – 36 months who are slow to talk. She enjoys the rewards of helping these young clients develop their speech and language skills and unlock their personalities. Jennifer has experience in the following areas of speech-language pathology: early intervention, language delay, augmentative and alternative communication, apraxia (oral motor disorders), articulation, fluency and voice.

Erin Hall

Erin Hall, M.Sc., SLP

Erin has a Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of British Columbia. She has worked for several years with children assessing and treating a variety of communication difficulties in both the public school system and private practice setting. Erin's graduate research focused on language and literacy difficulties in children from different language backgrounds. She has found this research to be invaluable in helping her service her numerous multilingual clients within the GTA region. She has experience in the following areas of speech-language pathology: articulation/phonology, language, literacy, developmental delay, social language, fluency and voice. She is also experienced in working with children with autism, having developed and implemented a number of social group programs for this population. Erin strives to keep all sessions fun, while at the same time progressing closer to her clients' goals.

Rachael Turza

Rachael Turza, M. SLP

Rachael received her Master's degree in Speech and Language Pathology from Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences from Brock University.  Rachael started her career working with children with Autism and has developed a keen interest in this area of speech-language pathology.   Her focus when working with children on the Autism Spectrum is on improving their social and functional communication skills, which are unique to each individual client. Rachael is certified for Lidcombe Fluency therapy, an extremely effective therapy approach for children who stutter.

Rachael has experience in a variety of communication difficulties including: articulation, stuttering, language delay and voice.  In addition to Autism Spectrum Disorders, Rachael's other main area of interest is early language.  She enjoys helping our youngest of clients develop their speech and language skills through using fun and creative therapy techniques.

Julia Vogel-Allen

Julia Vogel-Allen, M.Sc. SLP (C)

Julia received her Master's of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. She is Hanen certified for "It Takes Two to Talk", a family-focused early language intervention, "Learning Language and Loving It, supporting communication development in early school settings, and "More Than Words", involving parents of young children with Autism Spectrum Disorder in their child's intervention. Julia is trained in Phoneme Touch and Say as well as the Kaufman Speech to Language Protocol; techniques she uses to assist children who are struggling with speech development. Julia is also certified in the Lidcombe Program, a preschool fluency intervention program aimed to highlight the role of parents in stuttering therapy.

Julia has a special interest in supporting preschool and school-age children and their families. She has worked for several years providing assessment and therapy in many areas of childhood communication development, including: early language development, articulation/phonology, oral motor speech difficulties, literacy, fluency, social communication and play skill development, and voice. Julia is truly invested in working together with her clients and their families, through fun and creative sessions, to achieve their communication goals.

Sherry Peter

Sherry Peter, M.Cl.Sc. SLP (C)

Sherry received her Master of Clinical Science degree from the University of Western Ontario. She has experience working with children, youth and adults in clinics, hospitals and schools. Sherry is pleased to provide family centred care to clients working on a range of communication goals including receptive and expressive language, articulation and oral motor skills, resonance, fluency, literacy and social skills.

Sherry is passionate about continuing education. She actively pursues additional training to further enhance the communication skills of each client. She is Hanen certified for “It Takes Two to Talk”, a family centred treatment approach for young children. She also has specific training in using the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets (PROMPT Level 1), the Phoneme Touch and Say system and the Kaufman Speech to Language Protocol.

Hayley Abraham

Hayley Abraham, M.A. SLP

Hayley received her Master’s degree in Communicative Disorders and Sciences in Speech-Language Pathology from the University At Buffalo, in Buffalo, New York. Hayley has experience working with children and adults in a variety of settings. She holds Hanen certification for “It Takes Two to Talk”: a program designed to teach parents how to build their child’s language skills during everyday activities and “Target Word”: a program designed to show parents how to build their child’s expressive vocabulary. Hayley has experience designing and implementing augmentative and alternative communication tools for clients who need additional aids for communication, including: visual aids (e.g., Boardmaker, sign language), programmed devices and computer programs (e.g., Proloquo2go).

Before joining Speech Pathways, Hayley worked for several years at Hamilton Health Sciences Centre where she gained valuable experience on their Preschool Communication Service team treating children with multiple speech and language disorders.

Hayley has experience in the following areas: early language development, articulation/phonology, receptive and expressive language, oral motor speech difficulties, literacy, alternative and augmentative communication, and social communication development with children diagnosed with ASD. Hayley’s commitment to helping those with communication challenges, paired with her enthusiasm and creativity, support an environment where clients can learn while having fun.

Ashley Nichols

Ashley Nichols, M. SLP

Ashley received her Master's degree in Speech and Language Pathology from Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. Ashley is Hanen certified for 'It takes two to talk', a family focused early language intervention to assist toddlers who are language delayed. Ashley has experience in childhood speech and language development for all age ranges (infants to adolescents). She has several years of work experience at a private practice where she managed a caseload of children with the following speech and language disorders: articulation, oral motor, receptive and expressive language delay, Autism Spectrum Disorders, dysfluency, and reading/writing delays. Ashley is passionate about continuing education and has attended numerous workshops to further increase her knowledge and skills in communication disorders. She is an advocate of community support and has offered presentations to local preschool teachers and families regarding speech, language and reading disorders. She has also volunteered her expertise to an Early Intervention Centre to demonstrate play-based speech therapy for children with developmental delays and disabilities.

Ashley has developed a special interest in working with children with reading difficulties and has attended several conferences/workshops to continue her education in this area. Preschool aged children with receptive and expressive language difficulties are also a main area of interest for Ashley. For all clients, she strives to maintain a fun and creative environment to support each child in achieving their therapy goals.

Melissa Gagnon

Melissa Gagnon, M.H.Sc. SLP (C)

Melissa received her Master's degree in Speech and Language Pathology from the University of Toronto. She has experience with a wide range of clients, as she has held a position at both a children's treatment centre and an adult rehabilitation centre. She is passionate about working with all clients to develop functional goals and provide family centred care.

Melissa is certified in both Hanen "It Takes Two to Talk", a family-centred program for young children who are language delayed and Hanen "More Than Words", a language program for parents with young children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. She worked alongside other health care professionals treating children with multiple needs and has experience with developmental delays, autism, Down syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, and other various genetic disorders. Her passion lies in treating pre-school children with speech and/or language delays through creative and enjoyable therapy sessions, which always include a literacy component.

Furthermore, Melissa has provided communication and voice therapy to adults as part of an out-patient rehabilitation team. She has experience in the areas of stroke and traumatic brain injury and enjoys providing education to adults and working with them to set goals that allow them to be successful in everyday life.

Betty Makalsky

Betty Makalsky, M.Sc. SLP

Betty received her master's degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Emerson College, Boston Massachusetts. She is a registered member of College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO) as well as the Ontario Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (OSLA).

Betty has experience in working with children and adults with a variety of speech, language, and swallowing issues. Areas of particular interest are Autism Spectrum Disorders, articulation, language learning difficulties, fluency, and aphasia.

Betty has completed the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) training workshop as well as the ASHA 2010 International Autism Online Conference. Betty enjoys collaborating with parents to provide the best outcomes for their children in therapy.

Mary Krupicz

Mary Krupicz M.Cl.Sc.SLP (C)

Mary received her Master of Clinical Science degree from University of Western Ontario and is certified through Speech-Language and Audiology Canada (SAC). She is passionate about helping children and adults meet their communication goals. Mary has experience working with children and adults with articulation delays, phonological delays, swallowing difficulty, motor speech disorders, voice disorders/differences, social pragmatic differences, language delay and comprehension difficulty.

Mary has completed training in the Essential Pause program (fluency), the Supported Conversation Approach for aphasia therapy, and “It Takes Two To Talk” (a family centered therapy program that targets early language skills). She has also completed training for Phoneme Touch and Say TM and the Kaufman Method TM for Apraxia therapy.

Mary has special interests in voice disorders and early language difficulties. Her experience with voice disorders includes voice feminization and masculinization, alaryngeal speech, and voice problems related to over-use or abuse. She has experience working with transfeminine individuals and children with voice difficulties. Her background in music has served her well when working with this population.

Jordana Steinberg

Jordana Steinberg M.Sc. SLP

Jordana received her Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. Jordana's clinical experience includes working with paediatrics from infancy through adolescence, administering assessments and providing treatment for children in private practice, school setting as well as the preschool speech and language programs. Jordana has experience working with clients with articulation and phonological disorders, acquired and developmental language disorders, fluency disorders, voice disorders and motor speech disorders, specifically Childhood Apraxia of Speech. Jordana is certified in Hanen "It Takes Two to Talk" and has completed "Introduction to PROMPT: Technique" from The PROMPT Institute. She works with her clients and their families, providing strategies to enhance and encourage communication.

Kamalpreet Kainth

Kamalpreet Kainth M.A. CCC-SLP

Kamalpreet (Preet) obtained her Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. She possesses clinical experience assessing and treating preschool and school-aged speech and language needs, such as: dysfluency (stuttering), articulation, phonological processing, apraxia, dysarthria, expressive language, receptive language, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and literacy. Preet also has experience working with adults who have expressive and receptive language difficulties as a result of a stroke (aphasia), motor speech disorders, cognitive-linguistic deficits, and swallowing disorders. Her graduate research focused on the treatment of bilingual speakers with aphasia.

Preet is certified in It Takes Two to Talk. She is also trained in the Kauffman Speech to Language Protocol and Phoneme Touch and Say Program. Preet is passionate about creating positive and functional therapy environments for clients. She enjoys incorporating her clients’ interests and involving family and caregivers throughout the therapy process. In addition, Preet is able to provide therapy in English and Punjabi.

Rebecca McArthur

Rebecca McArthur M.Cl.Sc. SLP (C)

Rebecca (Becky) received her Master of Clinical Science degree from the University of Western Ontario. Becky has experience providing speech and language assessments and treatment to varied populations: preschoolers, school age children, adolescents, and adults. She has experience in the following areas of speech-language pathology: articulation, early language intervention, Autism Spectrum Disorders, stuttering, and adult neurogenic disorders such as aphasia, dysarthria and apraxia. Becky has had specialized training in the Essential Pause program, a program designed to help improve fluent speech. She has the following additional training with adults: Supported Conversation for Adults with Aphasia, and the Modified Barium Swallowing Impairment Profile (MBSImP) which is a standardized approach to swallowing difficulties. Becky enjoys working with clients and their families to improve both communication skills and overall quality of life, while making sure everyone is having fun!

Avra Morein

Avra Morein M.Cl.Sc. SLP (C)

Avra Morein received her Master of Clinical Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Western University in London, Ontario. Avra has experience working with children, youth and adults with speech, language and swallowing disorders in a variety of settings. She has experience in the assessment and treatment of the following areas: early language intervention, articulation, stuttering, Autism Spectrum Disorders, augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), aphasia, dysarthria, apraxia and dysphagia.

Avra has completed specialized training for stuttering with the Essential Pause Program. She is also trained on Supported Conversation for Adults with Aphasia (SCA) and the Modified Barium Swallow Impairment Profile (MBSImP).

Avra is originally from Montreal and is able to provide therapy in French as well as English. She is committed to working with clients and their families to make therapy engaging and to help them achieve their best possible outcomes.

Cassandra Groot

Cassandra Groot M.Sc.A. SLP

Cassandra (Cassie) received her Masters of Applied Science in Speech and Language Pathology from McGill University. She has experience in assessment and intervention of both paediatric and adult clients in hospital, school and daycare settings.

Cassie has provided treatment for pre-schoolers and school aged children with articulation and phonological disorders, early language delay, receptive and/or expressive language delays, fluency disorders, voice disorders and motor speech disorders. She has experience with children that have Autism Spectrum Disorder, 22q Deletion Syndrome and Down Syndrome. She has also worked with adults with aphasia, apraxia and swallowing disorders.

Cassie is certified in the Lidcombe fluency program, an effective approach for pre-schoolers who stutter, Supported Conversation for Adults with Aphasia and the Modified Barium Swallow Impairment Profile.

Cassie is passionate about creating a family centred approach while helping each client reach their goals through creative and functional activities!

Alessia

Alessia Tenaglia M.S. Ed. SLP

Alessia received her Master's degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York. Alessia's experiences in early language intervention, the school setting, and outpatient practice have contributed to her unique skill set and have provided her with a solid understanding of clients' needs at various stages of rehabilitation. Using a client-centered approach, she delights in creating therapy programs that focus on developing the appropriate skills needed for clients' independence and optimal functioning in everyday activities.

Alessia's passion is working with children, ranging from preschool to school age. Prior to joining Speech Pathways, Alessia worked at an early intervention clinic, utilizing a play-based approach and language based strategies to treat young children with severe language delays. She has experience providing educational sessions on baby sign language, helping to bridge the gap between the desire to communicate and the ability to do so.

Alessia has additional certifications including: Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) which she uses while treating children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and The Kaufman Speech to Language Protocol – a treatment method for children with apraxia. She also has experience utilizing the Modified Barium Swallowing Impairment Profile (MBSImP), a standardized approach to swallowing difficulties, and has been trained in the Lee Silverman Voice Therapy approach. Trained in the Synergistic Approach, a method of stuttering therapy, which combines tools from Stuttering Modification and Fluency Shaping, Alessia applies a holistic view when treating dysfluency in clients.

Alessia enjoys providing a fun, creative, and energetic environment for children to reach their maximum potential!

Janine

Janine D'Souza M.Cl.Sc. SLP

Janine received her Master of Speech Pathology Studies from the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. She is passionate about working with clients of all ages with developmental and acquired communication disorders.

Janine has provided treatment for pre-schoolers and school-aged children with: articulation and phonological disorders, expressive and receptive language delays, literacy disorders, fluency disorders, social pragmatic delays secondary to Autism Spectrum Disorders and motor speech disorders. She has also worked with adults with aphasia, apraxia, dysarthria, swallowing, voice, and fluency disorders.

Janine has additional training in: Lee Silverman Voice Treatment, Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) Seminar – Alternative & Augmentative Communication Strategies for Individuals with Special Needs, Adult Videofluoroscopic Swallowing Studies, and Management of Adult Tracheostomy Patients. Janine is committed to working with clients and their families to support their communication goals through dynamic and engaging therapy.

Elena

Elena D'Onofrio M. SLP

Elena received her Masters degree in Speech and Language Pathology from Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. Elena has experience working in a private practice where she facilitated services with clients of all ages and with a variety of communication needs. She has experience working with adults and children with the following communication difficulties: expressive and receptive language delay, speech sound errors, motor speech difficulties, children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, social/pragmatic disorders, stuttering, individuals with Intellectual Disability and those with reading and writing difficulties. Elena is trained in the Lidcombe Program, a behavioural remediation program for stuttering.

Elena values collaborative treatment, and enjoys working together with clients' families and therapy team to achieve their communication goals.

Elena focuses on providing services that are individually tailored to each client so that they can reach their maximum potential. Her services are fun, enthusiastic and energetic!

Allie

Allie Gallinger M.Cl.Sc. SLP

Allie Gallinger received her Master of Clinical Science from Western University in London, Ontario. Allie has experience conducting assessments and treatments with many different populations including: preschool and school age language and articulation disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorder, fluency disorders, swallowing and dysphagia, and aphasia.

Allie has completed specialized training in Hanen: It Takes Two to Talk, Lee Silverman Voice Therapy, and Supported Conversation For People With Aphasia.

Allie enjoys working with clients of all ages. She believes in the importance of including families in all services provided while ensuring that therapy is fun, energetic and motivating!

Sabreena

Sabreena Dhaliwal M.S. SLP

Sabreena received her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Syracuse University in New York state. She has experience working with children and adults with speech, language, and swallowing disorders in a variety of settings.

Sabreena has provided assessment and treatment for pre-schoolers and school-aged children with articulation disorders, phonological disorders, childhood apraxia of speech, expressive-receptive language disorders, fluency, Autism Spectrum Disorder and dysphagia. She has experience in working with adults with apraxia of speech, aphasia, dysphagia, and dysarthria.

Sabreena has completed additional training in Teach Me to Talk: Steps to Building Verbal Imitation Skills in Toddlers. She has also worked alongside other professionals and has gained knowledge in Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) principles, and in the use of the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS).

Julia

Julia Steele M.H.Sc. SLP (C)

Julia received her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Toronto. She is an enthusiastic and dedicated SLP with a passion for working with children of all ages. She has experience working with children in a variety of setting including in-patient rehabilitation, school board and in-home. Julia was previously working with Preschool Speech and Language Services providing early intervention to children with speech and language delays. She loves making connections with her clients and their families, taking a collaborative approach to therapy in order to keep it functional and meaningful.

Julia has experience in providing assessment and treatment in: receptive and expressive language delays, late talkers, fluency, articulation, motor speech, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and developmental delays. She uses a comprehensive treatment approach tailored to each individual, building on their strengths and helping them achieve their greatest potential. Julia has experience using Augmentative and Alternative Communication, including PECS and sign language, in her therapy with special pediatric populations.

Julia has additional training in: Hanen “More than Words” and PROMPT: Level 1 training. She has certification from the Geneva Centre for Autism: Taking the ASD Perspective for Success Strategies in the Early Childhood.

Julia loves making treatment fun, engaging and motivating for her clients! She can provide services in English and French.

Crystal

Crystal Tso M.A. SLP

Crystal received her Master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from State University of New York at Buffalo. Crystal has experience working with both children and adults with a variety of speech, language, cognitive and swallowing disorders in hospital, clinic, and school settings. Fluent in Cantonese, Mandarin, and English, she is able to connect with family members from different backgrounds. She specializes in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) providing children and adults with Autism and communication difficulties an opportunity to communicate. Crystal is well versed in the Lidcombe and Camperdown programs, fluency therapy programs for children and adults. Using her creativity and enthusiasm, she conducted articulation/phonology and motor speech disorders therapy engaging the children and parents.

While working at a hospital, Crystal refined her skills in cognitive-linguistic therapy and voice therapy. Crystal enjoys working with adults, helping clients find confidence in their speech patterns and encouraging family members to continue to be their support. She has also assessed and implemented swallow therapy for clients with various diagnosis. Crystal is passionate in motivating clients and their family members reach their goals through a fun-filled journey.







Speech Pathways is offering speech therapy in Brampton, Mississauga, Milton, Etobicoke, Oakville, Burlington, Georgetown, Guelph, Cambridge, and Kitchener/Waterloo.