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Clinical management team

Valdo Lopo

Valdo Lopo

Licensed Psychologist
Valdo Lopo
Valdo Lopo
Licensed Psychologist

Valdo Lopo, Licensed Psychologist, …

Sara Marchese

Clinical Director, Professional Services
Sara Marchese
Clinical Director, Professional Services

Keltie Morrison, OT Reg. (Ont)

Supervisor, Occupational Therapy & Physiotherapy
Keltie Morrison, OT Reg. (Ont)
Supervisor, Occupational Therapy & Physiotherapy

Keltie is a registered Occupational Therapist in Ontario with over seven years of experience working in pediatrics. She provides professional support to children with a variety of special needs. She earned a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (OT) from Dalhousie University in 2008.

Keltie has experience working with children with a wide range of conditions including ADHD/ADD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, Global Developmental Delay, Down syndrome, Motor Delay, Spina Bifida, Sensory Processing Disorder and Learning Disabilities. Keltie has completed training in Therapeutic Listening, sensory integration, complex feeding treatment and is an Assistive Devices Program (ADP) Authorizer in Ontario for mobility devices.

When working with clients Keltie believes it is imperative for there to be inter-professional collaboration and inclusion of family in the ‘team’. In addition, she believes it is important to have thorough assessments, re-assessments and to create goals that children can master. She takes great pleasure in seeing children accomplish something they’ve been working on and celebrating with them. To Keltie building strong therapeutic relationships with kids and their families is essential.

Outside of work, Keltie enjoys a variety of volunteer opportunities, most recently travelling to Trinidad and Tobago with the University of Toronto as an OT supervisor where she supervised four OT students at a school for children with developmental disabilities. She also volunteers with the St. John’s Ambulance Therapy Dog program visiting in the community each week.

Samantha Herberman

Supervisor, Behaviour Therapy and Behaviour Consultant
Samantha Herberman
Supervisor, Behaviour Therapy and Behaviour Consultant

Samantha Herberman, M.ADS, BCBA, is a Supervisor in our Behaviour Therapy team and Behaviour consultant with over 10 years of experience working with children, with a variety of special needs. She obtained her Masters of Applied Disability Studies with a specialization in Applied Behaviour Analysis at Brock University in 2013 and a Bachelors of Psychology at the University of Guelph in 2010. She is also a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst, a certification that she earned in 2014.

Samantha has experience working with children with a wide range of conditions including: Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD/ADD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Global Developmental Delay, Down Syndrome, Learning Disabilities, Speech-Language Delay, Oppositional Defiant, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and a Rare Genetic Disorder (Angelman).

Samantha’s approaches enable her clients to learn new socially appropriate behaviours and also decrease problematic behaviours. Thus allowing them to participate in every day events and activities with their peers, family, and friends. For Samantha, seeing her clients learn and gaining the ability to engage in new and socially appropriate skills both inside and outside of the clinic is her biggest joy.

Shauna Markowitz

Supervisor, Behaviour Therapy and Behaviour Consultant (maternity leave)
Shauna Markowitz
Supervisor, Behaviour Therapy and Behaviour Consultant (maternity leave)

Shauna Markowitz, M.ADS, BCBA, has ten years’ experience working with children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). She earned a Masters of Applied Disability Studies with a specialization in Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) at Brock University in 2010. She became a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA) in October, 2010. She earned a B.Sc. in Psychology at the University of Western Ontario in 2005.

Shauna has experience helping children with different abilities but her main focus is on ASD.

Shauna uses ABA to help learners acquire new skills such as language acquisition, conversation skills, life skills, academics, and social skills. She believes that with ABA there is no “one size fits all” form of treatment. She customizes each intervention based on the learner’s skill set, needs, preferences, interests and family situation. Shauna has seen how early intervention and intensive treatment can lead to great outcomes.

Being a Behaviour Therapist allows Shauna to combine her passion for the profession with her compassion for children and their families. Helping comes naturally to Shauna; both her father and sister are in helping careers and so it is no surprise to see her follow in that tradition.

Speech language pathology

Aviva Bauer M.A., SLP, Reg. CASLPO

Aviva Bauer M.A., SLP, Reg. CASLPO

Speech-Language Pathologist
Aviva Bauer M.A., SLP, Reg. CASLPO
Aviva Bauer M.A., SLP, Reg. CASLPO
Speech-Language Pathologist

Lauren Robinson MS CCC-SLP, Reg CASLPO

Speech Language Pathologist
Lauren Robinson MS CCC-SLP, Reg CASLPO
Speech Language Pathologist

Lauren Robinson started working as a registered Speech-Language Pathologist in 2012. She earned a M.Sc. Communication Sciences and Disorders at Emerson College in Boston and is a certified member of the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Previous to completing her Masters degree, Lauren attended McGill University where she studied Cognitive Science.

Lauren has extensive experience working with children of all ages and abilities with a variety of cultural and linguistic backgrounds. These include but are not limited to Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down syndrome, Learning Disabilities, Dyslexia, Speech-Language Delay, Articulation, Phonological Disorders, Apraxia, Acquired Brain Injury and Deaf and Hard of Hearing Auditory Rehabilitation. Lauren has completed additional training in several areas of her clinical interests including literacy and reading intervention as well as treatment approaches for Apraxia and Phonological Disorders.

In her role at Morneau Shepell, Lauren empowers children with the power of language and communication. She loves the smiles on children’s faces when they overcome challenges, such as saying their name for the first time or reading their first book independently. She firmly believes in family centred care and works tirelessly to improve the way children communicate and interact with their families, peers and larger communities.

Lauren enjoys being part of an interdisciplinary team, working with other Speech-Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Behaviour Consultants, Teachers and client families. She believes a team approach is most beneficial and leads to the highest quality of care.

Speech-Language Therapy is not Lauren’s only talent, she’s also ridiculously good at puzzles.

Mirjana Belcevski

Speech Language Pathologist
Mirjana Belcevski
Speech Language Pathologist

Mirjana Belcevski has extensive experience as an accredited and practicing Speech-Language Pathologist. She earned a Master in Speech Language Pathology at La Trobe University (Australia) in 2009 and a B.A. Psychology at the University of Western Ontario in 2003.

She has completed training in PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System), has attained level 2 in PROMPT therapy (Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Target), and has training in baby sign language with WeeHands. Mirjana has additionally attended workshops that focus on assisting children who struggle with stuttering and/or have oral motor speech challenges.

At Morneau Shepell, Mirjana is part of an interdisciplinary team and works within a diverse clinical team which includes behaviour therapy, occupational therapy, physiotherapy and psychology. She has experience working with children who have a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder, Global Developmental Delay, Down syndrome, and Speech-Language Delay.

As a Speech-Language Pathologist Mirjana strives to help families better communicate with their children and support those children to communicate in their world. The foundation of her approach is to start by asking “What motivates this child?” and engaging the child by using those motivators. Mirjana believes it is important to look at the whole child and their family and work to find ways to improve communication in all aspects of their lives, not just at the clinic.

Outside of work Mirjana loves to dance (salsa, free style, house dance). She also loves to read, practice yoga and best of all joke around.

Colleen Tillotson

Communicative Disorders Assistant
Colleen Tillotson
Communicative Disorders Assistant

Colleen has several years’ experience as a Communicative Disorders Assistant. She earned a Graduate Certificate – Communicative Disorders Assistant at Durham College in 2009, a B.F.A. in Acting at the University of Alberta in 1991, and a Diploma in Music Theatre at Grant MacEwan College in 1985. She has also studied Child Development and Phonetics at the University of Toronto and has PECS training (2012).

Her role at Morneau Shepell is to help children express themselves and be understood by those around them. She loves seeing a child’s work payoff and when they end a session proud of their accomplishments.

At Morneau Shepell Colleen is part of an interdisciplinary team. She works with the rest of the speech team continually evaluating which goals and strategies will best help the client. She also works with Behavioural Therapists and finds that Occupational Therapy is often a particularly good match for Speech-Language Therapy.

Oddly enough it was her theatre training that set Colleen on the path to studying communicative disorders. A Speech-Language Pathologist worked with her theatre class and she became intrigued with the field. When her daughter had a development delay she spent years learning about and implementing different speech and language strategies. Perhaps befitting of someone in this profession she loves to sing.

Physiotherapy

Hillary Abramsky

Physiotherapist
Hillary Abramsky
Physiotherapist

Hillary Abramsky completed a degree in Kinesiology from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, where she was the student athletic trainer for the Women’s Volleyball team. She then went on to obtain her Masters of Science in Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto. She is registered with the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario and is a current member of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.

Hillary’s childhood training as a provincial gymnast sparked her interest in the human body and how it moves. She has experience providing physiotherapy services to children of all ages with a wide range of therapy related goals. Hillary has always had a passion for paediatrics, as she enjoys helping children learn and succeed at achieving new milestones. Hillary encourages families to be involved in therapy sessions, in order to learn alongside their child and to apply those lessons at home.

Hillary is passionate about continuing her education in order to provide the best treatment for her clients. She has successfully completed her level one in Cueves MEDEK Exercises and is currently pursuing level two. She has completed courses regarding managing children with Cerebral Palsy and is able to implement this knowledge in her work.

In her spare time, you can find Hillary playing with her puppy, cheering on the Toronto Blue Jays, and attending group fitness classes.

Nancy Olmstead

Nancy Olmstead

Physiotherapist
Nancy Olmstead
Nancy Olmstead
Physiotherapist

Jennifer Halfin – Infant and Child Physiotherapist

Physiotherapist (maternity leave)
Jennifer Halfin – Infant and Child Physiotherapist
Physiotherapist (maternity leave)

Jennifer has several years’ experience working with infants and children as a Registered Physiotherapist. She earned a M.Sc. in Physical Therapy at McGill University in 2010. She received the Canadian Physiotherapy Association’s Pediatric Division Award for achievement in pediatrics.

Jennifer is a Cuevas MEDEK Exercises (CME) level 2 certified therapist. She has experience with Torticollis/Plagiocephaly, Motor Delay, Down syndrome, Global Developmental Delay, and Cerebral Palsy.

Her role at Morneau Shepell focuses on development of gross motor skills. This ranges from teaching infants how to sit and crawl, toddlers to walk, and supporting older children with sports skills, coordination and balance. Jennifer approach is to incorporate opportunities for social interaction during physiotherapy sessions.

Jennifer stays in touch with many of her clients, supporting them throughout their development as they grow up. Jennifer works as part of a multidisciplinary team, in particular she works closely with Occupational Therapists.

Before joining Morneau Shepell Jennifer was an emergency services medic and drove an ambulance. She can deliver treatment in English, French and in a pinch Hebrew.

Irini Gad-Bastawrose

Physiotherapist
Irini Gad-Bastawrose
Physiotherapist

Irini has 10 years’ experience as a physiotherapist. She earned a Master of Physiotherapy at McMaster University in 2004 and a Bachelor of Kinesiology (Hons.) in 2002. She also is certified in Cuevas MEDEK Exercises (CME) Level II as well as other specialties like NDT, kinesiotape, acupuncture & sensory integration.

Irini is also an Assistive Devices Program (ADP) authorizer in the categories of seating & mobility as well as orthotics. During her time working at Southlake Regional Health Centre in Newmarket, she received the local newspaper’s Reader’s Choice Award as Best Physiotherapist.

She has experience with many diagnosis’ including Global Developmental Delay, Cerebral Palsy, Genetic Syndromes, and various respiratory, neurological and orthopaedic conditions. Irini has worked in a variety of paediatric PT settings including community care, community hospitals, private clinics, Developmental Centres and Specialty Centres. She has international experience in the UK.

Irini’s clinical approach is to get to know the client, including family dynamics, find out how he/she likes to learn, and subsequently targets therapy around those strengths. She makes an effort to keep therapy client centred, holistic & evidence-based utilizing best practices. An important element of her approach is constantly reassessing what the client needs and what techniques are working, utilizing SMART goals.

She knows it takes a team to look after the best interests of a client and works with Speech-Language Pathologists, Psychologists, Behavioural Therapists, Occupational Therapists and Music Therapists.

Irini takes an active role in her community and church. She has two young boys and the experience of raising them has taught her a lot. Irini is keen on physical fitness and is an avid fitness class enthusiast.

Occupational therapy

Laura Goldenberg

Laura Goldenberg

Occupational Therapist
Laura Goldenberg
Laura Goldenberg
Occupational Therapist

Laura Goldenberg…

Frances Tsim, OT Reg. (Ont)

Occupational Therapist
Frances Tsim, OT Reg. (Ont)
Occupational Therapist

Dina (Kostandina) Kalales

Occupational Therapist (maternity leave)
Dina (Kostandina) Kalales
Occupational Therapist (maternity leave)

Dina has more than 15 years’ experience working with kids with disabilities. She earned a Master of Occupational Therapy at the University of Toronto in 2008 and a B.Sc. (Hons) of Physical Education and Health/ Kinesiology at the University of Toronto in 2006. She also participated in a 20/20 documentary: “Teen Locked in Body, Unable to Speak”.

She has experience in ADHD/ADD, Anxiety/Mood Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, Global Developmental Delay, Learning Disabilities, Motor Delay, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Dina is also trained in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT).

In her role as an Occupational Therapist, Dina helps children learn how to master the ‘occupations’ that are important to them and their families: school, play, and daily living skills. Her greatest pleasure is when a child is able to do something that they thought they never could learn to do.

Her approach is to mix a sweet and fun-loving style with enough rules and structure to help kids achieve their goals.

Dina is part of a multidisciplinary team and often works with Behavioural Therapists, Speech-Language Pathologists and Physiotherapists. She is also the lead Occupational Therapist at Brighton School and consults to the Geneva Centre in Toronto.

She loves to travel the world. One great experience was spending three weeks in Tanzania, camped in the Serengeti, sleeping in a Masi village and visiting an orphanage (where she, thanks to the help of Morneau Shepell families, donated toys, clothes, and school supplies). Dina loves animals and hopes one day to breed and train dogs for kids with Autism.

Ashley Cooper

Occupational Therapist
Ashley Cooper
Occupational Therapist

Ashley has extensive experience as an Occupational Therapist working with pediatric clients. She earned a Masters in Occupational Therapy at the University of Toronto in 2010 and a Bachelor of Health Science from the University of Western Ontario in 2007.

As an Occupational Therapist, Ashley focuses on helping clients achieve independence in all areas of their lives. She not only addresses the physical well-being of clients, but also the psychological, social and environmental factors that can affect a child’s independence. She has experience working with children who have a diagnosis of ADHD/ADD, Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Global Developmental Delay, Down syndrome, Learning Disabilities, Fine and Gross Motor Delay, and Sensory Processing Disorder.

Ashley emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach with her clients, working in close collaboration with Psychologists,  Physiotherapists, Speech and Language Pathologists, and Behavioural Therapists.

Ashley is Level 2 certified in Oral Placement Therapy (OPT) and has training in Therapeutic Listening, QuickShifts, Handwriting Without Tears, The SOS Feeding Approach, The Zones of Regulation and is certified as a COGMED Coach.

Suzanne MacArthur

OT Reg. (Ont.) Occupational Therapist
Suzanne MacArthur
OT Reg. (Ont.) Occupational Therapist

Suzanne is an Occupational Therapist with several years of experience providing occupational therapy services in school related environments and private practice. She earned a Master’s of Science (Occupational Therapy) at Dalhousie University in 2010.

She has experience working with children with AD/HD, Anxiety/Mood Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, Global Developmental Delay, Down syndrome, Learning Disabilities, and Motor Delays.

At Children’s Support Solutions she is happiest seeing clients exude confidence and pride when they learn a new skill. She knows that as they develop their potential they can participate in the activities that are most meaningful to them.

Suzanne is a big believer in an interprofessional approach to treatment because it ensures clients get well-rounded recommendations. In her work she often collaborates with Physiotherapists, Psychologists, Behavioural Therapists and Speech-Language Pathologists as well as teachers and parents.

She was introduced to helping people with special needs in her youth when she volunteered for an adapted sport/recreation program for young people with physical disabilities. Seeing such a positive change in the athletes in just a few months was so incredible that she applied to study occupational therapy. Her studies led to a Master’s degree and her career at Morneau Shepell.

Being from Prince Edward Island she loves being by the water. To stay active she enjoys cross country skiing, yoga and swimming.

Ashley Rego

Occupational Therapist
Ashley Rego
Occupational Therapist

Ashley is an Occupational Therapist in Ontario with extensive experience in pediatrics. She earned a Master of Occupational Therapy Studies at the University of Queensland, Australia in 2009 and an Honours B.A. Psychology with a specialization in Child Development at McMaster University in 2007.

She has experience working with children within a wide range of diagnoses including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Global Developmental Delay, Motor Delay, Sensory Processing Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, various Genetic Disorders and Down syndrome. Ashley has completed Level 3 certification for Oral Placement Therapy (OPT), as well as having training in Constraint Induced Movement Therapy, complex feeding issues, Handwriting Without Tears, and Sensory Integration therapy.

As an Occupational Therapist, Ashley helps children participate in activities that are important to them. For kids, this often includes getting dressed for school, brushing their teeth, feeding themselves and playing. Her treatment approach includes giving children the right tools to manage themselves effectively in the classroom, in social settings or at home. When working specifically with children who have feeding difficulties, she uses various sensory, motor and behavioural strategies to help improve eating and child nutrition. Ashley helps to support the development of safe and effective feeding skills and also helps families improve the mealtime experience with their children.

Ashley is an active member within the interdisciplinary team, engaging with Physiotherapists, Speech and Language Pathologists and Behavioural Therapists as well as teachers and parents, to support each child in being the best that they can be.

Mathew Hallowell

OTA / PTA
Mathew Hallowell
OTA / PTA

Matthew, an Occupational Therapist Assistant & Physiotherapist Assistant, is an exuberant and talented therapist who has been working in pediatrics since completing his diploma in 2005. He earned a diploma as an Occupational Therapist Assistant and Physiotherapist Assistant from CDI College.

Matthew has a wonderful ability to motivate and engage children in new activities to build their confidence and skills. Matthew works closely with out Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists, as well as collaborating with the entire interdisciplinary team.

Outside of the office, Matthew has been known to supply our team with delicious organic produce grown at his house.

Behaviour therapy

Emily Beresford, M.ADS

Emily Beresford, M.ADS

Senior Therapist
Emily Beresford, M.ADS
Emily Beresford, M.ADS
Senior Therapist

Emily earned a Masters of Applied Disability Studies (M.ADS) from Brock University in 2014 and is currently working toward her Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA) designation. She has worked in the field of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) for seven years.

Emily takes great pride in ensuring every moment with her clients is a teaching opportunity, and that learning becomes fun! Her hope is that she makes a difference by celebrating her client’s accomplishments, no matter how small. Nothing makes her feel more joy professionally than seeing the pride in a child’s face when they accomplish a goal or learn something new.

When not at work Emily likes to unwind by going to the cottage and teaching her dog new tricks.

Courtney Fabbro B.A.

Senior Behaviour Therapist and Consultant
Courtney Fabbro B.A.
Senior Behaviour Therapist and Consultant

Courtney is a Supervising Senior Therapist and Consultant with over 10 years of experience in the field. She earned a Bachelors of Art at York University in 2002. In addition to her degree she has been trained in Sign Language and Crisis Prevention.

She has particular expertise in ADHD/ADD, Anxiety/Mood Disorder, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Over the course of her career she has gained experience with a wide range of conditions including Acquired Brain Injury, Cerebral Palsy, Global Developmental Delay, Depression, Down syndrome, Learning Disabilities, Speech-Language Delay, Sensory Integration Disorder, Oppositional Defiant, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, William Syndrome, Tetrasomy 18P and Jacobson’s Syndrome.

Courtney creates very individualized programs, using assessments to pinpoint what treatment will help her clients succeed. In her experience, catering a program utilizing client’s strengths can make all the difference in the world.

Seeing clients make progress keeps her inspired. She enjoys seeing them reach their potential to communicate, integrate into the community, and become socially and emotionally aware of their surroundings. Sometimes, simply entering the room to see a client smiling is inspiration enough.

Courtney works as part of a highly skilled team and collaborates with Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Speech-Language Pathologists, Psychologists and General Family Practitioners. She also works with various funding agencies.

Outside of work she likes to play with her four-legged friends or curl up on the couch with a book full of brain games.

Lauren Sugar

Lauren Sugar

Behaviour Therapist
Lauren Sugar
Lauren Sugar
Behaviour Therapist

Lauren has several years’ experience as an Instructor Therapist. She earned a B.A. Psychology at the University of Western Ontario in 2012.

She focuses on Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

In her role at Morneau Shepell she works one-on-one with children to help them achieve the skills they want to master. She is part of a multidisciplinary team and in particular works closely with Speech-Language Pathologists.

In university she did a lot of volunteer work, including work at Morneau Shepell, and found it very rewarding and so decided to pursue a serious career working with children with special needs.

On weekends she has fun helping her Dad with neighbourhood car washes.

Sonia Pak, BSc., Autism & Behavioural Science

Certificate-Behaviour therapist/Instructor therapist
Sonia Pak, BSc., Autism & Behavioural Science
Certificate-Behaviour therapist/Instructor therapist

Sonia has begun her career at Morneau Shepell as an Instructor Therapist. She earned Post-graduate certificate in Autism and Behavioural Science from Seneca College in 2013 and a B.Sc. in Psychology at the University of Toronto.

She focuses on treating children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

In her role at Morneau Shepell she helps kids learn functional skills so that they are able to meaningfully interact with other children and people. She loves seeing a child smiling, making sustained eye contact and feeling connected.

Sonia is part of an interdisciplinary team and in particular often works with Speech-Language Pathologists.

She was drawn to the field because her two nephew s have autism and she wanted to understand what was happening to them and to be able to support them.

She likes cycling to work, even in the winter.

Child and Family Advisors

Olivia Dagbo

Olivia Dagbo

Child and Family Advisor
Olivia Dagbo
Olivia Dagbo
Child and Family Advisor

Marie-Michelle Goupil

Child and Family Advisor
Marie-Michelle Goupil
Child and Family Advisor

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Valérie Hudon

Orthopédagogue, responsable d’équipe en orthopédagogie Montréal et gestionnaire de projet PAM
Valérie Hudon
Orthopédagogue, responsable d’équipe en orthopédagogie Montréal et gestionnaire de projet PAM

Titulaire d’un baccalauréat en enseignement en adaptation scolaire de l’Université du Québec à Rimouski, Valérie a développé une maîtrise de l’intervention pédagogique auprès d’enfants et d’adolescents en difficultés. Valérie voit à la gestion, au soutien et à la formation de l’équipe des orthopédagogues de Parcours d’enfant, et assure le développement des services en orthopédagogie au sein de l’entreprise. Également, elle offre ses services en tant qu’experte-conseil et de formatrice à de nombreuses organisations. Dynamique et engagée, Valérie sait être à l’écoute des besoins de la clientèle et s’assure d’être toujours à l’affut des avancées technologiques et des outils développés afin de bonifier les méthodes d’intervention.