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Dina Kogan, Clinical Director

M.Sc, SLP, Reg. CASLPO

Speech-Language Pathologist

Dina Kogan, SLP

Dina Kogan is a dedicated and innovative Speech-Language Pathologist who has experience with both paediatric and adult populations in a variety of clinical settings in the US, Toronto, and Israel.

She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at York University. She then received her Communicative Disorder Assistant post graduate certification from Durham College.

After working for several years as a Communicative Disorders Assistant and feeling passionate about the field, Dina decided to continue her education. She completed her Masters of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from the State University of New York at Fredonia.

Dina has clinical experience assessing and treating preschoolers, school-aged children, and adolescents with language, articulation, motor speech, and fluency disorders. Dina has also worked with a diverse range of children with developmental disorders, including Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Dina strives to make the therapy process as effective and enjoyable as possible for the client, while providing support and guidance for family members.

Talar Kanzoghian

M.H.Sc., SLP, Reg. CASLPO

SENIOR Speech-Language Pathologist

Talar received her Master of Health Science in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Toronto. She also holds an Honours Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Toronto Scarborough, where she completed a double major in Neuroscience and French and a minor in Psychology.

She has gained clinical experience providing assessment, consultation, and treatment services to both children and adults in a variety of settings including clinics, hospitals, and the community. Talar has worked with clients with disorders in developmental language, articulation and phonology, motor speech, social communication, acquired language, and cognitive communication, among others.

This dedicated team member values using an individualized, functional, and client-centred approach to therapy in collaboration with families in order to achieve optimal outcomes.

Talar is trained in Hanen’s ‘It Takes Two to Talk’® program for early language development. She has also participated in the Ontario Aphasia Centre’s Interest Group Knowledge Exchange Day and has completed the safeTALK workshop for suicide alertness. She continues to expand her knowledge base and hone her professional skills by participating in various continuing education activities. 

Talar is fluent in English, French, Arabic, and Armenian. 

Brenda Trinh

M.Sc, SLP, Reg. CASLPO

SENIOR Speech-Language Pathologist

Brenda Trinh is a certified Speech-Language Pathologist at Speech Link. She is fluent in English and conversational Vietnamese. She completed her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Health Studies from the University of Waterloo. She then pursued her interest in working with clinical populations and completed her Master of Clinical Science in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Western Ontario.

Brenda has clinical experiences in assessing and treating children with articulation difficulties, motor speech disorders and language delays. She is also well prepared to work with adolescents and older adults with voice disorders, fluency disorders and aphasia.

Brenda is a compassionate and caring clinician who prioritizes a personalized approach to therapy. She is highly driven to work with clients and their families to empower them in making meaningful differences in their lives.

Anastasia Provias

M.H.Sc., SLP, Reg. CASLPO

SENIOR Speech-Language Pathologist

Anastasia is an enthusiastic and compassionate Speech-Language Pathologist. She received her Master’s of Health Science in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Toronto. She also holds an Honours degree in Linguistics and Minor in Psychology from the University of Concordia in Montreal. She is fluent in French and Greek, and conversational in Spanish. She holds a certification in Supported Conversation for Adults with Aphasia (SCA).

Anastasia finds creative ways to make therapy fun and engaging. Anastasia embraces diversity and holds culturally competent care at the forefront of her practice. She uses an evidence-based and family-centred approach to optimize every client's care.

She has experience in assessing and treating language, articulation, literacy, fluency, motor speech, cognitive communication, social communication, and voice disorders. She has experience working with various populations, including those with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), Cerebral Palsy, and Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS). 

Bronte Smith

MSc(A), S-LP(C)

Speech-Language Pathologist

Bronte completed a Honours Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from the University of Waterloo. She then went on to complete her Masters of Science Applied in Speech-Language Pathology from McGill University. She holds a certification in Supported Conversation for Adults with Aphasia (SCA).

Bronte has clinical experience assessing and treating individuals with motor speech, fluency, articulation, cognitive communication, and language disorders. She also has experience in the use of Augmentative and Alternative Communication devices, utilizing them in therapy and other environments.

Bronte is a dedicated and caring clinician that understands the importance of ongoing professional education in the field. She is committed to providing evidence-based care that is family-centred to ensure that parents develop the tools to facilitate their child’s learning.

Daniella Manna

M.Sc, SLP, Reg. CASLPO

Speech-Language Pathologist

Daniella Manna is a compassionate and enthusiastic speech-language pathologist who completed her Masters of Science in Speech-Language Pathology at McMaster University. She also holds an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Human Biology and Immunology from the University of Toronto.

Daniella has obtained a wide range of experience working in various clinical settings including children's treatment centres, schools, hospitals, client homes and other community settings. She has provided in-person and virtual services to both pediatric and adult clients with acquired and developmental language disorders, articulation and phonological disorders, motor speech disorders, fluency disorders, social communication disorders, cognitive-communication disorders, and swallowing disorders. She has also worked closely with children with complex developmental disabilities, including Autism and Down Syndrome, and their families.

Daniella is passionate about adapting her intervention approach to meet the unique needs of each client, and she strives to implement the best evidence-based interventions that will maximize their functional communication skills. She is dedicated to continuous development of her clinical skills through participation in workshops and training programs, to ensure quality care for all of her clients.

Sarah Crilly

Communicative Disorders Assistant

Sarah is an enthusiastic and energetic Communicative Disorders Assistant who attended St.Lawrence College to complete her postgraduate certificate as a CDA. Sarah completed her bachelor’s in Spanish and Linguistics at the University of Toronto where she also completed her master’s in Hispanic Linguistics.

Sarah has 6+ years of experience supporting both adults and children with developmental disabilities and has experience working with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder as a Speech-Language Pathologist Assistant.  

Sarah has experience in areas of language, literacy, articulation, social communication, and Alternative and Augmentative Communication.  

Sarah is committed to implementing play and fun into her practice with a family-centred approach at heart.

Sarah is fluent in Spanish and English.

Stephanie Pennacchio

Speech-Language Pathology Assistant,
Behaviour Therapist

Stephanie is an empathetic and highly passionate Communicative Disorders Assistant. She attended York University, where she completed a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology, as well as Seneca College, where she received a Diploma within the Social Service Worker program.

Stephanie is enthusiastic, creative and enjoys working with children to provide client-centered care specifically tailored to each individual child’s needs. She has experience both within day-care settings, as well as schools providing one-on-one and group support. Stephanie has worked alongside children with developmental delays and disorders, such as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), as a Behavioural Therapist prior to working as a Communicative Disorders Assistant. She has experience working with both verbal and non-verbal children, with knowledge on how to navigate and utilize speech assistive devices. Stephanie has experience implementing programs and evidence-based interventions based on the specific goals set for each individual child. She has experience increasing vocabulary and encouraging language development, practicing words and forming full sentences, focusing on oral and motor skills, as well as conducting speech sessions.

Stephanie also has a background in childhood trauma, with experience being of aid to children and their families, ensuring quality service, advocacy and anti-oppressive practice. She is constantly tailoring her approach in a way that will highlight each child's abilities, allowing them to feel comfortable and supported to excel, thrive and reach their full potential!

Stephanie ultimately aims to make each session with each child positive, motivating, engaging and effective!

Jacqueline Yeung

M.Cl.Sc., SLP, Reg. CASLPO

Speech-Language Pathologist

Jacqueline is a compassionate and enthusiastic Speech-Language Pathologist. She completed her Master’s of Clinical Science in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Western Ontario. She also holds an Honours Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Western Ontario.

Jacqueline enjoys working with the pediatric and adult populations. She has experience providing assessment and treatment to clients with a range of communication difficulties, including articulation and phonological disorders, language delay, voice, motor speech, and social communication concerns.

Jacqueline is committed to helping clients achieve their goals through making therapy engaging, fun, and meaningful. She values collaborating with caregivers to set functional goals. Jacqueline offers services in English and is conversant in Cantonese.

Jenn Tai

M.Cl.Sc.S-LP, Reg. CASLPO

Speech-Language Pathologist

Jennifer is a driven and energetic individual who worked as a Communicative Disorders Assistant for two and a half years before receiving her Master of Clinical Sciences in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Western. 

 She is dedicated to providing family-centred service, evidence-based practice, and ensuring assessment and intervention are tailored towards the unique needs of the individual and their family. Jennifer is fluent in English and Cantonese and has experience working with children on the Autism Spectrum, as well as pre- and school-aged children in the areas of articulation, language, literacy, and motor speech. She also has experience in the use of Augmentative and Alternative Communication devices, and is familiar with individualizing, programming, and utilizing AAC devices in therapy. 

 Jennifer is trained in Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT LOUD) and Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) Level 1. She is dedicated to ongoing professional development in her field and will continue to seek out opportunities to ensure she can provide the best service to those she works with. 

Jody Lo

M.Cl.Sc., SLP, Reg. CASLPO

Speech-Language Pathologist

Jody is a passionate and enthusiastic speech-language pathologist. She completed her Honours Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Waterloo and her Master of Clinical Science in Speech-Language Pathology at Western University.

Jody is bilingual and is fluent in both English and Cantonese. Jody has clinical experiences providing assessment and treatment for articulation, literacy, developmental language disorders, acquired language disorders and fluency for both children and adults.

Jody has a passion for the pediatric population and is committed to evidence-based therapy that is fun, engaging and client-centered. She loves to find creative ways to engage both the child and their families in care that is tailored and individualized to their needs and interests.

Joyce Lam

M.Cl.Sc., SLP, Reg. CASLPO

Speech-Language Pathologist

Joyce is an enthusiastic and creative speech-language pathologist, with experience working with both pediatric and adult populations. She received her Honours Bachelor of Science degree from McMaster University, and her Master of Clinical Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Western University. She is bilingual and can provide services in both English and Cantonese.

Joyce takes pride in providing client-centred, individualized therapy to target the unique needs of each client. She is also dedicated to supporting clients and their family members by providing them with the resources necessary to help clients reach their full potential. Joyce is experienced with working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Down Syndrome. She also has experience with providing articulation, motor speech, developmental language disorder, acquired language disorders, fluency, voice, and resonance therapy for children and adults.

Joyce understands the importance of ongoing professional education in the field, and continually strives to use evidence-based practice in her therapy. She recognizes the importance of individualized therapy and is dedicated to providing effective therapy to each client.

Karina Kung

M.Cl.Sc., SLP, Reg. CASLPO

Speech-Language Pathologist

Karina is an enthusiastic and passionate Speech-Language Pathologist. She received her Master’s of Health Science in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Western Ontario and her Honours Bachelor of Arts (Psycholinguistics) degree from the University of Toronto.

Karina is trained in the Hanen Centre’s It Takes Two to Talk® Program and has virtual and physical experience working with various populations of children and adults. She has experience working with a variety of developmental delays and disorders, including those with autism spectrum disorder, Down syndrome and childhood apraxia of speech.

Karina loves to prepare fun and effective therapy materials for her clients and is committed to helping her clients reach their goals. She is a compassionate clinician dedicated to providing evidence-based care and family-centred therapy, catered to each client’s individual needs. She is flexible and strives to provide the best care for her clients.

Liora Gofman

MS, CCC-SLP, Reg. CASLPO

Speech Language Pathologist

Liora Gofman is a bilingual Russian and English certified Speech-Language Pathologist who has experience working with children with speech and language delays and disorders, including children with autism, literacy and articulation disorders. She is highly passionate about her field and adores working with children of all ages.

She utilizes an evidence-based practice and an interdisciplinary approach to treatment and tailors therapy to meet each child’s and their family’s needs. She has ample experience working on increasing vocabulary, combining words to produce phrases, responding to questions and using language to communicate across various settings. She provides education to parents on how to carryover techniques worked on during sessions.

She received her Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology from Long Island University in New York and received her Bachelor of Arts from Hunter College in New York. She is registered with the Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologist of Ontario (CASLPO) and have a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA).

Lucia Panetta

Communicative Disorders Assistant

Lucia is a motivated and enthusiastic Communicative Disorders Assistant. She attended St. Lawrence College to complete her postgraduate certificate as a CDA. She has also completed an Honors Bachelor of Arts Degree in Cognitive Science of Language from McMaster University.

Lucia enjoys working with the paediatric population, and has experience providing intervention to a variety of children with communication needs. She has experience observing Auditory Verbal Therapy sessions, and enjoys working with children who wear hearing aids and Cochlear Implants. Lucia has also worked with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder as an Instructor Therapist prior to working as a Communicative Disorders Assistant.

Lucia believes in creating a positive and fun learning environment, in order to provide children with the motivation to reach their goals!

 

Madison Arsenault-Ball

Speech-Language Pathology Assistant,
Behaviour Therapist

Madison is an adaptable and motivated professional who received her Honours Bachelor of Behavioral Psychology in 2018. She has been supporting both paediatric and adult populations diagnosed with various developmental disorders for approximately ten years.

Madison has experience in the areas of articulation, language, literacy, social communication, and motor speech. She has specialized in working with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and has implemented therapies such as Applied Behaviour Analysis and Relationship Development Intervention prior to working as a Speech-Language Pathologist Assistant.

Madison is committed to creating a fun and inclusive environment to learn and communicate. She is passionate about advocating for the communicating needs of her clients and has supported individuals who communicate using Alternative and Augmentative Communication. She has vast experience collaborating with families and their multidisciplinary teams to provide individualized and family centred services.

 

Nataliya Halavina

M.(Ed), SLP Reg. CASLPO

Speech-Language Pathologist

Nataliya Halavina is a bilingual English and Russian certified Speech-Language Pathologist who has extensive experience in working with preschool and school-age children with speech and language disorders in Belarus and Canada. She has experience in working with language, articulation, motor speech, fluency, and developmental disorders.

Nataliya received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Developmental Speech Pathology from Brest State University, Belarus. After her seven years of career as a kindergarten and school Speech-Language Pathologist in Belarus, she moved to Canada and continued to advance her career.

Since April 2019 she worked as a Speech-Language Pathologist Assistant with SpeechLink. In October 2019 Nataliya has become a registered Speech-Language Pathologist with CASLPO.

Nataliya is a professional, compassionate and dedicated clinician that  puts clients and their families at the center of her practice and provides guidance and support for families working on speech and language goals. She is eager to provide effective and engaging therapy.

Nikolina Kapor

MHSc., S-LP, Reg. CASLPO

Speech-Language Pathologist

Nikolina completed a B.A. Honours in Cognitive Science of Language from McMaster University, before continuing on to obtain an MHSc in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Toronto.

Nikolina’s approach to working with clients is collaborative and client-centred. She strives to create functional goals through creative and integrative activities.

Nikolina is an energetic, reliable, and dedicated Speech-Language Pathologist. She is fluent in English and Serbian/Croatian/Bosnian.

Nikolina enjoys working with adults and children, with a specific interest in supporting preschoolers and school aged children in the areas of articulation, fluency, language, and social communication disorders. She eagerly engages with clients in fun and effective ways and aims to make intervention meaningful and personalized.

Prina Lad

Communicative Disorders Assistant

Prina is an enthusiastic, compassionate SLP assistant who has experience and enjoys working with the pediatric population for the last ten years. She graduated from the Communicative Disorders Assistant program from Durham College in 2021. Prior to starting her career as a CDA, she was an Early Childhood Educator for 8 years. She holds a Bachelors of Early Childhood Leadership degree from Sheridan College and was drawn to furthering her education in Special Needs at Humber College where she received her certificate in 2017.

Her speciality areas include articulation, cognitive communication, language, literacy, motor speech and social communication disorders. Prina has worked with a diverse range of children with developmental disorders such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Down Syndrome and Global Developmental Delay. She also has experience in interacting with pediatrics through Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC).

Prina always has a way to find creative ways to make therapy fun and engaging using a variety of different resources. She can collaborate with her clients, work closely with family members as well as other multidisciplinary teams. Throughout her experience with pediatrics, families, and professionals, she has been able to build strong relationships and be a positive influential presence in every person’s life. Prina is fluent in English, Gujarati, understands Hindi and is familiar with some common American Sign Language (ASL).

Reema Khera

MSc., SLP Assistant, Cert MRCSLT, HCPC

Speech-Language Pathology Assistant

Reema Khera graduated with an MSc in Speech and Language Therapy in the UK in 2016. Prior to this she worked as a therapy assistant, supporting children with Autism and Special Educational Needs. Throughout her career, Reema has gained experience working with individuals who have acquired neurological and progressive neurological conditions. She has delivered assessment and personalised therapy across clients’ homes and within other community settings.

Her specialist areas include aphasia, apraxia, dysarthria and cognitive difficulties. Reema’s philosophy is to support clients to achieve communication goals that have a meaningful impact to their lives. She has worked closely with family members, carers as well as other multidisciplinary teams. She is able to work collaboratively with her clients, their support networks, and deliver person-centred care which is
at the heart of her work.

Reema believes in educating others about communication impairments and promoting positive well-being. Having moved recently to Toronto, Reema is keen to work as an SLP assistant with Speech Link to continue working with children and adults who exhibit difficulties with communication and social interaction. She hopes to gain her SLP license in the near future.

Sabira Dewji

M.Sc., Cognitive Neuroscience

Speech-Language Pathology Assistant

Sabira is a caring and enthusiastic Communicative Disorders Assistant, who graduated from Aston University with Masters in Cognitive Neuroscience. She received her bachelor's in Social Science from the University of Kent in the United Kingdom. She can provide services in English, Gujarati and Swahili.

Sabira has experience working with various populations ranging from children to adults. She was working with stroke patients with language disorders who lost their ability to express and comprehend language. Her areas of expertise include language articulation, phonology, cognitive difficulties and more. She also has experience with younger children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Down Syndrome. She is very passionate about helping children reach their maximum potential. Throughout her journey, Sabira has gained her experience by providing therapy in home settings, schools, daycare centers and hospitals and this has enabled her to work better and target the specific needs of her clients. 

 Sabira is professional, caring and she tries to maintain a positive environment at all times. She makes therapy fun and meaningful by constantly researching, introducing new methods, and focusing on the needs of her client. Sabira hopes to go back to University to become a certified speech and language pathologist in the near future

Samantha Yuen

M.MedSci., SLP, Reg. CASLPO

Speech-Language Pathologist

Samantha is an enthusiastic Speech-Language Pathologist who believes in providing family-centered care. She received her Bachelors at the University of Waterloo before obtaining her Master in Medical Science – Speech and Language Therapy at the University of Sheffield.

Samantha has experience providing assessment and intervention in various settings including hospitals, clinics, and the community. She has worked with preschool and school-aged children with speech, language, fluency, and social communication disorders. Samantha has also provided assessment and intervention to adults with swallowing and communication needs.

Samantha is committed to providing evidence-based care that targets the individualized needs of her clients. She is a passionate individual that loves helping her clients reach their goals and build their self-confidence. Samantha is bilingual and can provide services in English and Cantonese.

Waruni Abeysinghe

MEd, BASLP

Speech-Language Pathology Assistant

Waruni Abeysinghe is a dedicated and responsible professional in the field of Speech Language Pathology and Audiology. The field of Speech Language Pathology was a relatively unknown area of study for Waruni, when she began her undergraduate work at the University of Mangalore, in India. However, she was quickly drawn to the challenges it provided, and to the sense of accomplishment she felt in helping those in need. After receiving her Bachelor of Science in Speech Language & Hearing, she started her career at the Department of Otolaryngology at Sri Jayewardenepura General Hospital, in Colombo, Sri Lanka. During her time there, she received a staggering degree of clinical exposure – childhood language disorders, voice, speech and fluency disorders, and extensive time spent in the inpatient and outpatient clinics. She gained valuable insight in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with Dysphagia, and expanded her confidence and experience in operating sophisticated equipment related to Fiber optic Laryngoscopy. This work provided her with a sense of personal and professional satisfaction that she never thought she could have achieved.

Waruni is extremely capable of handling patients with voice and fluency disorders. She has the potential to impact the lives of people all around the world. Waruni understands that her best chance to make these impacts is by working with people from all walks of life, and being part of a team to achieve a common goal.

Following her time in Colombo, Waruni took a position as a Lecturer in Paediatric Audiology at the University of Kelaniya, Faculty of Medicine. She contributed on curriculum development for the B.Sc. Speech Therapy and Audiology program. She trained undergraduate students to conduct audiological evaluation including Pure-tone audiometry, Tympanometry, Oto-acoustic Emission and Auditory Brainstem Response Audiometry to diagnose pediatric and adult patients with hearing impairment.

Waruni’s clinical experiences in Speech Language Pathology include: Providing services to individuals from infancy to age 80+ and evaluating and treating individuals with a variety of disorders including: Feeding and Swallowing disorders, Articulation disorders, Language disorders, Voice disorders, Fluency disorders, Traumatic Brain Injuries, Vocal Cord Dysfunction, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Hearing Impairments, Cerebral Palsy, Aphasia and Dysarthria. Waruni completed her Master’s degree in Education at Nipissing University. Waruni is a focused and passionate person to understand and support individuals and their families to improve quality of life.

As COVID-19 continues to challenge us, we at SpeechLink are ready to support you with all your speech needs. We missed all our clients, and now we are ready to slowly get back to seeing you in person with new rules and regulations regarding COVID-19. We hope that we can work together to keep us all safe and to be able to provide the best quality service. 

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