About me...My Philosophy, Experience and Credentials
NEWSFLASH! I am RETIRING! After 30+ rewarding years in this wonderful profession of speech language pathology, I am retiring effective 3/31/21 to pursue other interests and passions. It has been a true privilege and honour to assist many people over the years in 2 countries.
I AM available to do in-person speech (articulation) screenings until the end of March, for 4 and 5 year old children in my "speech tent" (North Vancouver, upper Lonsdale area) with safety protocols in place. So, if you have been on a wait list and are concerned about your child's speech sounds, or just want to know if your child is on track, please contact me to book an appointment. Note that I will not be doing regular therapy. Screenings only. I will direct you to some resources to find a speech pathologist that may be able to do therapy (if needed). See SERVICES page for more information.
Before the pandemic, I worked with children and families on the North Shore (North Vancouver, West Vancouver). I did house calls as well as served kids in their preschools, daycares and schools. I'm a firm believer in working collaboratively with parents, teachers, and any other professionals who are involved with your child to bring out their absolute best.
My experience over the years includes working on early intervention teams (centre-based and home-based service delivery models), specialized preschool classrooms, elementary schools, private practice, clinical director of a private practice, tutoring foster children, and teaching and supervising graduate students in a University clinical setting. I have also had the opportunity to work with an under-served community in northern BC, with preschoolers and their families. I've participated as a volunteer in a mentorship program with SAC, sharing information and offering support to new graduates in the field of speech language pathology. I feel that it’s important to give back to my profession this way and it’s also an excellent way to keep learning. Past experience volunteering in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit as a baby cuddler (with premature infants) at BC Children’s Hospital was a bucket list item for me: it gave me the opportunity to learn from other disciplines as well as impart my knowledge of how important communication is in its many forms: through singing, reading, talking, and touch.I carry and maintain Certification from both Speech-Language & Audiology Canada (SAC) and American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) in the U.S. I am registered with the College of Speech and Hearing Health Professionals of BC (CSHBC) and am a member of my provincial organization (Speech and Hearing BC).