Alyssa is a registered Occupational Therapist who completed her Masters of Science, Occupational Therapy at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. Before completing her masters, Alyssa completed her Bachelor of Kinesiology with a minor in Child Studies at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario.
Alyssa has experience in an outpatient children’s treatment centre working with infants, children and adolescents with a wide variety of occupational goals. Alyssa has completed two Handwriting without Tears training programs - Get Set for School Readiness & Writing Workshop and K-5 Handwriting Workshop. She has also completed a sensory processing and sensory-based interventions workshop for children with autism spectrum disorder and anxiety.
In her spare time, she enjoys going for hikes with her dog, fostering rescue dogs and spending time with family and friends. She is very enthusiastic about working with SPARK as an Occupational Therapist, practicing within her dream setting in pediatric rehabilitation.
Vanessa is a registered Occupational Therapist who holds a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Queen’s University. With a passion for nutrition, and in the pursuit of becoming a well-rounded therapist before completing her masters, Vanessa obtained a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Nutrition and Food from Ryerson University.
Vanessa’s clinical experience involves working with infants, children and adolescents with various occupational goals. Vanessa has practiced in a variety of settings including a high school, outpatient children’s treatment centre, inpatient mental health, and a local charity therapy farm. Vanessa has worked and volunteered with children and youth in various capacities, including developing social skills, fine motor proficiencies, life skills, printing, handwriting, anxiety management, mental health, overcoming food aversions, picky eating and sensory processing challenges. Like most therapists, Vanessa continues to seek opportunities to enhance her skills and knowledge through continuing education specifically in the area of feeding, printing, sensory processing and animal assisted therapy.
In her leisure time Vanessa enjoys staying fit and strong at the gym or outdoors with her dog. She can also be found relaxing on the water with friends and family. Most importantly, Vanessa is very excited to be working with SPARK to serve families in the Durham Region as an Occupational Therapist in the setting she is most passionate about!
Amber is a registered Occupational Therapist who completed her Master’s of Science in Occupational Therapy at Western University in London, Ontario. Amber has also obtained a Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Health Studies and a Minor in Psychology from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.
Amber has experience working with children of various ages in home, school, clinic, and children’s treatment centre environments. She enjoys working collaboratively with children and their families to address various occupational goals. Amber has experience leading pre-printing and printing groups. Amber is committed to professional development and continues to seek opportunities to expand her knowledge and skills.
In her spare time, Amber enjoys spending time with friends and family, being by the water and eating ice cream! Amber is excited to be working with SPARK providing occupational therapy services in the Durham Region.
Shannon is a registered Occupational Therapist who completed her Master’s of Science in Occupational Therapy at Western University in London, Ontario. Prior this, Shannon obtained an Honours Bachelor of Science with a Major in Athletic Therapy and a Minor in Biology from Limestone University in South Carolina.
Shannon has worked with children of various ages in home, school, clinic, and non-profit environments. She enjoys using fun and creative ways to help children and families in achieving their goals. Shannon has worked internationally in roles which seek to bring care to all children regardless of socioeconomic status. Shannon seeks to integrate evidence based interventions into engaging treatment sessions that target areas of fine motor skills, gross motor skills, emotional regulation, social skills, sensory processing and picky eating. Shannon considers herself to be a lifelong learner and seeks out professional development opportunities that allow her to continuously provide the best care possible.
In her spare time, Shannon enjoys staying fit and active by going to the gym or hiking with friends. She loves spending time with friends and family, watching her favourite comedy TV shows and cheering for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Shannon is excited and passionate about providing care to the children of Durham Region!
Specialized Recreation Facilitator
Hannah recently completed her Bachelor of Early Childhood Education at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario. Prior to completing her degree Hannah received both her Early Childhood Education Diploma, and Therapeutic Recreation Certificate from Georgian College located in Orillia, Ontario.
Hannah has experience working with children, youth and adults with exceptionalities. She has completed many volunteer and placement experiences in schools, treatment centres, and non-profit organizations. Hannah has experience assisting and leading recreation programs in a variety of settings. She has a passion for recreation and its benefits for every individual. Hannah hopes to continue her education through completing a wide variety of courses, while staying up to date with best practices.
In her spare time Hannah enjoys being outside and spending time with her family and friends. She is excited to see where this journey takes her at SPARK!
Sara, a registered Occupational Therapist in Ontario, graduated with a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Western Ontario in 2012.
Since then, Sara has worked extensively with children of various ages, with a wide array of abilities, in several different settings (including home, community, school, hospital, and daycare). She has delivered occupational therapy services at children's treatment centres in the preschool, sensory integration, and school health/early learning programs. Sara also has experience working as a Care Coordinator at a world-renowned pediatric hospital. She has completed several workshops and continuing education courses over the course of her career. Sara enjoys working collaboratively with clients and their families, while supporting them in achieving their goals.
On a personal level, Sara is the proud parent of three daughters, including a set of energetic twins!
Intake Coordinator / Social Worker
Caitlin is a Registered Social Worker with a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Social Work through McMaster University. She also has completed additional coursework in Autism and Behavioural Science at Seneca College and graduate-level courses through the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto.
Caitlin has extensive experience working with children and their families in various community contexts, including autism programming, special needs resourcing, education, and child welfare. She continually seeks growth through professional development opportunities, and strives to practice from an anti-oppressive perspective and a strengths-based approach.
In her spare time, Caitlin enjoys spending time with her son and daughter, swimming, and playing piano and guitar.