Our Staff

Jill McDermid

M.S., CCC-SLP Reg. CASLPO

Speech-Language Pathologist
Owner & Clinical Director

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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 WordsIt Takes Two to Talk, Target Word, and Talkability.

 

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

Speech therapist

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), The Orofacial Rest Posture Program (ORPP) Screening and Preliminary Intervention for Pediatric SLPs, 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).

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, More Than Words, Evaluation and Intervention Practices for Children who Stutter, 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

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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, adult swallowing disorders, and accent modification. 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, Hanen's It Takes Two to Talk, and Hanen's More Than Words. Sarah is also a musician who is keen to incorporate music into her therapy sessions whenever suitable!

 

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).

Victoria Charron

M.Sc., SLP Reg. CASLPO

Speech-Language Pathologist

Victoria completed a Bachelor of Health Sciences with Honours Specialization from the University of Western Ontario. She then obtained a Master of Sciences in Speech-Language Pathology as part of the first graduating class of McMaster University’s Problem-Based Learning program. During her clinical education experiences, Victoria worked with preschool and school-aged children providing assessment and intervention related to early communication, language, literacy, and articulation. Victoria has also worked closely with the adult population in the private practice and hospital settings, providing assessment and intervention to individuals recovering from brain injury and stroke.

 

Victoria is thrilled to be part of the team at Aurora Speech Clinic and to engage with clients of all ages to support their communication and wellbeing. Victoria 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).

Kate Clower
M.Sc., SLP Reg. CASLPO

Speech-Language Pathologist

Kate obtained her Bachelor of Science with focus on Communication Disorders at Minnesota State University-Mankato. Upon completion of her undergraduate degree she went on to complete her Masters of Science in Communication Disorders also at Minnesota State University-Mankato. 

 

Prior to moving back to her home town of Thunder Bay, Ontario, Kate moved to Leduc, Alberta where she worked in both the school-age and pre-school programs where she gained valuable experience working with paediatrics in both a health centre and school setting. 

 

After a year in Alberta, an opportunity at a Children’s Treatment Centre in Thunder Bay was offered to Kate and she moved back to her home town. Since that time, Kate has worked as a Speech Language Pathologist within the treatment centre in the school-age program as well as the Professional Practice Team Leader.  Most recently, Kate has been contracted to the local school board providing language and literacy services to kindergarten children. 

 

Kate has experience working with a wide range of speech and language difficulties and diagnoses including articulation, receptive and expressive language, literacy, fluency, social communication, voice, augmentative and alternative communication, and feeding/swallowing. She has additional training in: Individual Authorizer Certification- (Foundation of Augmentative and Alternative Communication), Picture Exchange Communication System certification, Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets (PROMPT) level 1 Technique Training, Assessment and Management of Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing, Social skills with Positive Behaviour Supports for students training, Sound Skills, Health Claims for Auto Insurance (HCAI) licensed, Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO) licensed.

 

Kate is a registered speech language pathologist (SLP) with the College of Audiologists and Speech Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO) and a member of the Ontario Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (CASLPO) as well as a Lecturer with the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM).

Katerina Lyubchenko

M.Sc., SLP Reg. CASLPO

Speech-Language Pathologist

Katie obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree (Psychology Major & Linguistics Minor) at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. Katie then moved to Hamilton, Ontario to obtain her Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from McMaster University. McMaster University is proud to offer a Problem-Based Learning approach for their Speech-Language Pathology program, where Katie obtained an abundance of knowledge in all areas of speech pathology. 

 

During her clinical education experience, Katie obtained experience working with children of all ages. This included pre-literacy and literacy experience at the Reading Gym (St. Catharines), as well as complex communication needs experience at the Hamilton Catholic District School Board. At the school board, Katie gained experience working with populations such as the Autism Spectrum Disorder and Down Syndrome populations. She also gained knowledge about Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). Katie also has experience working with adults both in a hospital setting at Southlake Regional Health Centre, as well as through community services (long-term care facilities, retirement homes, home care).  

 

Katie was born in Moscow, Russia, and is fluent in both English and Russian. Katie is excited to be part of the team at Aurora Speech Clinic! She is passionate about individualized, evidence-based, and family-centred practice and cannot wait to work with families in the region of Aurora.

Katie 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). 

Debbie Leung
M.A., SLP Reg. CASLPO

Speech-Language Pathologist

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Debbie obtained an Honours Bachelor of Science degree (double major: Psychology and Experimental Linguistics) from the University of Toronto. During her undergraduate studies, she volunteered at the York Region Preschool Speech and Language Program. She then moved to Ohio where she obtained a Master of Arts degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Toledo. After graduation, Debbie provided assessment and consultative Speech-Language Pathology services at the Peterborough Victoria Northumberland and Clarington Catholic District School Board. 

Debbie has experience assessing and facilitating the development of a wide range of speech and language skills, including speech sound disorders, receptive and expressive language, literacy, social communication, fluency, Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), cognitive communication, adult swallowing disorders, as well as children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, and Cerebral Palsy. Debbie is passionate about working with preschool and school-age children. She is certified in using the Lidcombe Program: A Behavioural Intervention for Stuttering in Pre-School Aged Children. 

With experience working in various settings including Ohio and Ontario school systems, a pediatric outpatient clinic, and an acute care hospital, Debbie values and places a high emphasis on collaboration with families and other professionals to create individualized and functional goals to optimize client success. 

Debbie 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). 

Debbie is fluent in English, Cantonese, and Mandarin. 

Alana-Rae Saunders

OT Reg.(Ont.), MScOT

Occupational Therapist

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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.  

Melissa Bennett

Communicative Disorders Assistant (CDA)

Melissa obtained a Bachelor of Science, with a major in Biology, from the University of Ottawa. She then went on to complete her graduate certificate as a Communicative Disorders Assistant from Georgian College. With experience at Southlake Regional Health Centre, Family Speech clinic and Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital, she has worked with adults as well as children of all ages. 

At Southlake Regional Health Centre, Melissa 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 Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital, Melissa provides treatment for adults who present with speech, language, voice and swallowing disorders following acquired brain injury, specifically strokes. She is part of an interdisciplinary rehabilitation team who provide therapy to inpatients and outpatients, whose goal is to maximize patients’ abilities. 

At Family Speech clinic, Melissa earned experience with therapy related to early communication, language, literacy and articulation. She was also a part of facilitating multiple Social Skills groups for children of varying ages and abilities. Melissa is thrilled to be a part of the team at Aurora Speech Clinic!

Setareh Majlesi

Communicative Disorders Assistant (CDA)

Setareh graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Child and Youth Studies (Honours) from Brock University. She then went on to complete a Diploma Program in Early Childhood Education (High Honours). After practicing as an Early Childhood Educator, Setareh decided to continue her studies and complete a Graduate Certificate program for Communicative Disorders at Durham College. 

 

Over the years, Setareh has had a wide range of experiences working with a variety of children from infancy to school age. Throughout her career, she also had the opportunity to educate children around the world in both London, England and Hong Kong. Through these experiences, Setareh gained practical skills working with children with a wide range of diagnoses and abilities. 

Setareh is a registered member of The College of Early Childhood Educators, Communicative Disorders Assistant Association (CDAAC), and she is also registered as a Communication Health Assistant with Speech-Language & Audiology Canada (SAC). 

 

She is fluent in both Farsi and English and is excited to join the Aurora Speech team and have the opportunity to work with all the families that are part of our clinic.