Our Staff

Jill McDermid

M.S., CCC-SLP Reg. CASLPO

Speech-Language Pathologist
Owner & Clinical Director

Jill obtained a Bachelor of Health Science degree (double major: Health Science and Linguistics) at the University of Western Ontario before completing the Communicative Disorders Assistant (CDA) program at Georgian College.  After working as a CDA for several years, Jill moved to Chicago, Illinois to obtain her Master of Science degree in Speech Language and Learning (concentration: Speech-Language Pathology) from Northwestern University.  While in Chicago, Jill developed clinical skills providing SLP services to infants and preschool-aged children at Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, school-aged children within the Evanston, Illinois school district, and adults at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

 

Jill has experience evaluating and facilitating the development of a wide range of speech and language skills including speech sounds, receptive and expressive language, literacy, social communication, voice, fluency, cognitive communication, feeding/swallowing, and accent modification. She has additional training in PROMPT (Introduction to PROMPT: Technique) and is certified in Hanen's More Than Words and It Takes Two to Talk.

 

Jill is excited to live and work in her home community of Aurora.  In addition to practicing Speech-Language Pathology at Aurora Speech Clinic, Jill also provides communication and swallowing assessment and treatment at hospitals in York Region.  Jill is registered with the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO) and is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and Ontario Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (OSLA).

Stephanie Zawalicz

MHSc., CCC-SLP Reg. CASLPO

Speech-Language Pathologist
Owner & Clinical Director

Stephanie obtained an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology at McMaster University before completing her Master of Health Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Toronto.  After graduating from U of T, Stephanie provided cognitive-communication intervention in the community to clients with acquired brain injuries before working in a private pediatric practice and with the Durham Preschool Speech and Language Program.

 

After working in Ontario for several years, Stephanie moved to the US, first to San Francisco, California and then Austin, Texas, where she continued to develop her clinical skills in several pediatric speech-language clinics. Stephanie moved back to the GTA to be closer to her family and is excited to blend the therapy approaches she has learned in Canada and the US to make a difference in the community where she grew up!

 

 Stephanie is passionate about continuing education; her additional training includes: Introduction to PROMPT, PROMPT Bridging, Hanen’s More Than Words, Talkability, Introduction to PECS, Lidcombe Program for Early Intervention of Stuttering, Kaufman Speech to Language Protocol, Language Acquisition through Motor Planning (LAMP), and Cognitive-Communication Disorders: Level 1 and 2. She is registered with the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO) and is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and Ontario Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (OSLA).

Vanessa Bertone
MHSc., SLP(C) Reg. CASLPO

Speech-Language Pathologist

Vanessa is a bilingual speech-language pathologist who obtained an Honours Bachelor of Arts (Linguistics and French: Combined Specialist) from the University of Toronto before completing the Communicative Disorders Assistant (CDA) Program at Durham College. She worked with adults and children in private practice before obtaining her Master of Health Science in Speech Language Pathology from the University of Ottawa. Vanessa developed clinical skills providing SLP services in English and French to children in two pediatric hospitals, a school board and a preschool speech and language initiative; and to adults in a complex continuing care hospital.

 

Vanessa has experience evaluating and facilitating the development of speech sounds in children with motor speech difficulties and cleft lip and palate, receptive and expressive language, literacy in English and French, feeding and swallowing in children and adults, cognitive communication, and augmentative and alternative communication. Her continuing education pursuits include the Kaufman Speech to Language Protocol, Introduction to PECS, and Best Practice in the Identification, Assessment and Treatment of Oropharyngeal Dysphagia. She is also certified in Hanen's It Takes Two to Talk.

 

Vanessa is fluent in both French and Italian and is pleased to offer assessment and treatment in French and English. She is a registered member of the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO), the Ontario Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (OSLA), and Speech and Audiology Canada (SAC).

Zohra Roshanali
M.S., SLP Reg. CASLPO

Speech-Language Pathologist

Zohra is a bilingual Speech and Language Pathologist with a career that stretches to both sides of the Atlantic. Zohra obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Cognitive Science from the University of Westminster and a Master’s Degree in Speech and Language Therapy from City University in London (UK).  

After completing her Master’s degree, Zohra worked for the British National Health System providing assessment and therapy to preschool and school aged children. Zohra has experience working with children of all ages and abilities. These include but are not limited to Speech-Language Delay, Learning Disabilities, Down syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, and Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Zohra moved to Toronto in 2015 and has worked across various paediatric settings in the GTA. She speaks several languages including French, Gujarati, Urdu and Swahili and loves working with children from various cultural and linguistic backgrounds. Zohra knows that every child has their unique character, and she enjoys the challenge of finding new ways of engaging with them so that they enjoy the sessions.

Zohra’s continuing education pursuits include Introduction to PROMPT, Introduction to the Early Start Denver Model and Oral Placement Therapy. She is Registered with the College of Audiologists and Speech Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO).

Sarah Watson
MClSc., SLP Reg. CASLPO

Speech-Language Pathologist

Sarah attended the University of Western Ontario to obtain a Bachelor of Science degree (honours specialization in Psychology) followed by her Master of Clinical Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology. After graduation, Sarah ventured approximately 20 hours north of Toronto to gain work experience in Sioux Lookout Ontario. There, she was able to expand her cultural and clinical experiences seeing both inpatients and outpatients at the Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre (a hospital that provides service to Sioux Lookout and surrounding areas, including the communities north of Sioux Lookout). Sarah also gained work experience in long term care and at the local schools.

 

Sarah has experience evaluating and facilitating the development of a wide range of speech and language skills including speech sounds in children with cleft lip and palate, receptive and expressive language, voice, fluency, cognitive communication, augmentative and alternative communication, and adult swallowing disorders. She has additional training in Lee Silverman Voice Treatments (LSVT LOUD), Best Practice in the Identification, Assessment and Treatment of Oropharyngeal Dsyphagia, the Assistive Devices Program, and Hanen's It Takes Two to Talk. Sarah is also a musician who is keen to incorporate music into her therapy sessions whenever suitable!

 

Sarah loved her time in Sioux Lookout and plans to return for many visits, however she is excited to be back in Southern Ontario closer to her family. Sarah is registered with the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO) and is a member of the Ontario Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (OSLA).

Jessica Bristol

MHSc., SLP(C), Reg. CASLPO

Speech-Language Pathologist

Jessica graduated with a Master of Health Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Toronto after completing a Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) degree from McMaster University, where she also minored in Psychology. She has worked as a speech-language pathologist for over ten years in settings across the continuum of care and with clients of all ages. 

At Southlake Regional Health Centre, Jessica provides assessment, treatment and consultative services for adults who present with communication and swallowing disorders following acquired brain injury. She is part of an interdisciplinary neurological rehabilitation team whose ultimate goal is to improve quality of life for people in our community. In the clinic setting, Jessica provides assessment and treatment services for both children and adults with developmental or acquired communication and swallowing disorders. She is particularly passionate about supporting clients with cognitive-communication deficits following mild traumatic brain injury (or concussion) and their successful return to work, school, and play.

For many years, Jessica has provided clinical education for graduate students from U of T and Western University. She previously held a status appointment as an Instructor from the University of Toronto’s Department of Speech-Language Pathology. Jessica is registered with the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO) and Speech and Audiology Canada (SAC). 

When not with her clients, Jessica enjoys spending time with family and friends. She lives in Aurora, the community in which she grew up, with her husband and 3 young daughters, who are often featured on the ASC website! 

Christina Venier

M.Cl.Sc., SLP(C), Reg. CASLPO

Speech-Language Pathologist

Christina obtained an Honours Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Psychology and Women’s Studies, and then a Master of Clinical Science in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Western Ontario. During her studies, Christina developed a passion for disability rights and the role of the SLP in health advocacy and prevention, with a particular interest in raising awareness about HPV-related oropharyngeal cancer.

After graduation, Christina moved to Kenora, Ontario. While in Kenora, Christina worked as part of an interdisciplinary rehab team and gained experience providing therapy and assessments to children and youth from birth to 18 years, with a wide variety of speech and language needs including but not limited to developmental language delays, social communication disorders, speech sound disorders, fluency disorders, and complex communication needs. She was also a member of the Northwestern Ontario Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Diagnostic Clinic assessment team. 

Christina’s continuing education credits include the following: Transgender Voice and Communication Training for Voice Clinicians, Hanen – It Takes Two to Talk, Introduction to PROMPT, PROMPT Bridging, Ontario PSL Fluency 101 and Motor Speech 101 Pathways, San’yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training, and Moe the Mouse. She also has additional training and experience in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), and American Sign Language (ASL). 

Christina has a passion for providing evidence-based therapy, planning fun and engaging sessions for her clients, and applying an intersectional lens to all aspects of her clinical practice. She is grateful to be back in Southern Ontario, closer to her family and friends, and is excited to continue her career in York Region. She is registered with the College of Audiologists and Speech Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO) and Speech and Audiology Canada (SAC). 

Martha Goodrow

MSpPath, Reg. CASLPO

Speech-Language Pathologist

Martha obtained an undergraduate degree in Kinesiology with a minor in Psychology at The University of Western Ontario before moving to Brisbane, Australia to pursue her passion and obtain a Master of Speech Pathology Studies degree at The University of Queensland (UQ). After graduating from UQ, Martha remained in Australia for over five years where she gained clinical speech pathology experience in a number of settings encompassing many clinical areas of speech pathology practice. She worked with school aged children in elementary schools, children of all ages in the community within a multidisciplinary team, and at The Queensland Children’s Hospital where she worked across the inpatient and outpatient settings with infants, toddlers and children with medical complexities and their families, in the areas of feeding/swallowing and early language development.

After an incredible seven and a half years working and traveling in Australia, Martha is excited to have returned to her home town of Aurora, Ontario to provide services within her community and further foster her love for working with clients and their families. Martha is passionate about infant and child feeding/swallowing, early speech and language development, and has additional training including Hanen It Takes Two To Talk and The Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding.

In addition to practicing Speech-Language Pathology at Aurora Speech Clinic, Martha also provides communication and swallowing assessment and treatment within the adult population at The Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre in Barrie, Ontario. Martha is registered with the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO) and is a member of the Ontario Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (OSLA).

Alana-Rae Saunders

OT Reg.(Ont.), MScOT

Occupational Therapist

Alana-Rae Saunders has over 10 years of pediatric experience across various practice settings including children’s treatment centres, schools (including preschool and daycare), community and home as a direct service provider, consultant and teacher. She received her Masters of Occupational Therapy from Queen’s University and is licensed under the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT), the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario (COTO), the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) and New York State.

 

With her experience, she brings compassion, patience, and enthusiasm to the Aurora Speech Clinic community while using a holistic play-based therapeutic approach ​to learning and development. She values the importance of play and believes that every child deserves an opportunity to reach their fullest potential with parents/caregivers being an essential part of the therapeutic process.

 

Alana provides OT services to children ranging from infancy to adolescents with a variety of conditions and concerns including but not limited to developmental delays, autism, sensory processing, ADHD, developmental coordination challenges, fine and gross motor delay, prematurity, and feeding.  

Paula Bulux

Communicative Disorders Assistant (CDA)/ Office Manager

Paula obtained an Honours Bachelor of Science in Health Studies at the University of Toronto. She then went on to complete her graduate certificate as a Communicative Disorders Assistant at Durham College.  With experience at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehab, the Edmonton Catholic School Board, and Applied Behavioral Analysis Toronto she has worked with children of all ages and abilities.

 

At Holland Bloorview Kids Rehab, Paula was a part of the Child Development Program Speech and Language Team where she received her initial experience with outpatient services to children with various diagnoses.  This included cerebral palsy, cleft palate, Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD and other complex medical conditions and disorders.

 

Living in Alberta and working with the school board, she was fortunate enough to work with families of many cultures and backgrounds with an emphasis on play-based therapy with preschool children and Augmentative and Alternative Communications in classroom settings. After living and working in Alberta, Paula returned to Ontario to continue to develop her skills in her home town; this is when she joined the team at Aurora Speech Clinic.

Erica Matthews

Communicative Disorders Assistant (CDA)

Erica obtained an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Youth and Children Studies with a minor in Psychology at Wilfred Laurier University. She then went on to complete her graduate certificate as a Communicative Disorders Assistant from Georgian College. With experience at York Region Preschool, Community Living for South Simcoe, and Southlake Regional Health Centre she has worked with children of all ages as well as adults. 

At Southlake Regional Health Centre, Erica provides treatment for adults who present with communication and swallowing disorders following acquired brain injury and complex medical concerns. She is part of an interdisciplinary rehabilitation team whose ultimate goal is to improve quality of life for patients in their care.

 

At York Region Preschool Speech and Language, Erica received her initial experience working with children presenting with various diagnosis. This Included: Autism Spectrum, ADHD, Down Syndrome and other disorders.

 

In the clinic setting, Erica provides treatment services for both children and adults with developmental or acquired communication and swallowing disorders. She is particularly passionate about supporting clients with aphasia, apraxia, and communication concerns.

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