About Me

My career

I teach at the university of Toronto. I work with people who have communication difficulties arising from acquired disorders such as stroke, and provide pronunciation skills training for people speaking English with an accent.  

My work experience

I became a Speech-Language Pathologist in 1986. I was drawn to the profession because I could help people overcome the challenges that communication difficulties bring. At first I focused on adult neurogenic rehabilitation, helping people after a stroke or head injury. My experience broadened, encompassing a wide range of settings, from acute care to community-based, and in both public and private sectors. Since the 1990s I have been applying my clinical skills to help people who speak English as a second language. I have broad experience in the area of accent modification, working with groups and individuals in corporate boardrooms and the private practice setting.

My clinical titles have included Senior Speech-Language Pathologist and Clinical Practice Leader. I was a Senior Case Manager (Brain Injury Specialty) within a private practice firm. I am an Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, in the Graduate Department of Speech-Language Pathology, Faculty of Medicine, at the University of Toronto.  I joined the department in 2003 in response to the department’s need for additional resources to address expanding enrollment. I maintain an active and growing private practice in the areas of neuro-rehabilitation and of accent modification.

Professional accomplishments

As a member of a panel of experts, I helped to develop professional practice guidelines for cognitive communication disorders for CASLPO.

I spearheaded the development of “The Communicators”, a support group for individuals with aphasia and their family members in the Niagara Region, and a similar group for people with laryngectomies.

I facilitated the development of a multi-disciplinary intervention program for people with voice disorders at an out-patient rehabilitation facility.

Throughout my career, I have mentored students and clinical peers in the field of speech-language pathology.

In addition to my clinical experience, I hold a Teacher Training Certificate from the Faculty of Medicine, Continuing Education, at the University of Toronto. I present to local, national and international audiences on topics relating to speech-language pathology education.

Professional Goals

To prepare the coming generation of speech-language pathology clinicians for practice in challenging education, healthcare and private practice settings.

To help individuals with neurologically based communication difficulties to achieve their best recovery, no matter time post-onset of symptoms, by applying principles of neuroplasticity and best clinical practices. 

To help adults who speak English as a second language learn the skills for speaking clearly and effectively in work and social situations. 

 

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Professional Affiliations

Ontario Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association - International Affiliate Member
College Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario