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SPARK

Durham

Services Offered At This Location:  
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Occupational

Therapy

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Printing

Groups

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Counselling

Services

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Yoga and

Mindfulness Group

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Family Support

Services

Meet the SPARK Durham Team:
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ALYSSA

Occupational Therapist

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.

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AMBER

Occupational Therapist

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.
 

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KELLY

Occupational Therapist

Kelly is a registered Occupational Therapist who completed her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario in 2005. Prior to this, Kelly completed a Bachelor of Health Science degree at the University of Western Ontario in London.

Throughout her career, Kelly has worked as an Occupational Therapist with individuals with varied abilities across the lifespan (3-101 years of age), in a variety of clinical environments. As a member of an interprofessional team at a local not-for-profit organization, Kelly worked as a sole Occupational Therapist providing individualized and creative intervention programs for children with autism, ADHD, sensory processing challenges, learning disabilities and neuromuscular conditions. Kelly believes that all behaviour is a means of communication and that all children have inherent strengths. As a therapist, and member of a child’s circle of support, her job is to help uncover a child’s true potential. 

Kelly has a passion for working with children and their families, within their own community environments. It is here that strategies and skills can be practiced and refined in a more natural way. Kelly is excited to be working with SPARK providing Occupational Therapy services to the children and families who live within her community; Durham Region. 

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ELLA

Occupational Therapist

Ella is a registered Occupational Therapist who completed her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy at the University of Toronto. She also has an Honors Bachelor of Science, with a double major in Human Biology and Nutritional Sciences from the University of Toronto.

Ella has worked with children from diverse backgrounds, with varying medical histories, and across all age groups from premature babies to adolescents. She enjoys learning about the specific needs and interests of each child and uses a strengths-based and collaborative approach with families to address occupational goals. Ella is always open to feedback and is committed to advancing her knowledge and repertoire by seeking out professional development opportunities and staying current with evidence-based, best-practice guidelines.

 

In her spare time, Ella enjoys being active; her favourite thing to do is go hiking with her dog. When she isn’t out and about, she enjoys spending time with her friends, trying a new recipe in the kitchen, or discovering new pizza joints around town.

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VAISHALI

Occupational Therapist

Vaishali is a registered Occupational Therapist who completed her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy and has extensive experience (more than 12 years) working with clients who have developmental disabilities.

  
Vaishali has experience working with infants, children, and adolescents in community and school health services, addressing a wide variety of occupational goals. Vaishali has completed the SOS Feeding Program, Handwriting without Tears training programs - Get Set for School Readiness & Writing Workshop and K-5 Handwriting Workshop. She has also completed emotional self-regulation, sensory processing, and sensory-based intervention workshops for children with attention deficit hyperactive disorder and autism spectrum disorder.


In her spare time, she enjoys singing and providing volunteer services.  She is very enthusiastic about working with SPARK as an Occupational Therapist, practicing within her dream setting in pediatric rehabilitation.

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ANDRAE

Clinical Social Worker

Andrae is a Clinical Social Worker who obtained his Master’s in social work from the University of Windsor and is in good standing with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW).
Andrae is a therapist who has worked in community, residential and hospital settings supporting mental health. He is passionate about supporting individuals and families through life’s difficulties and uses a calm and compassionate approach to create a space where children, youth and adolescents feel safe in exploring their challenges.


Working from an attachment-based, trauma informed lens Andrae utilizes a range of therapeutic modalities including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotion Focused Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Family Systems Therapy. Andrae desires for everyone he serves to grasp their inherent worth and to find hope and purpose as he journeys with them.


In his free time Andrae enjoys spending time with his wife and three sons doing all things active. He also thoroughly enjoys music, playing bass guitar or piano in his free time.

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JING

Clinical Social Worker

Jing earned her MSW from University of Windsor and is a registered Social Worker (RSW, MSW). She provides both therapy and assessment services for children, young adults, individuals, and families using an integrated approach tailored to the unique needs of each new client. Jing believes that everyone has the potential to live fulfilling, happy lives by drawing on their own strengths. Jing can support individuals and families to overcome obstacles to reach their full potential.

Since 2015, Jing has worked in a variety of settings and with diverse clients. Areas of expertise for therapy include:

-Play therapy for children on the autism spectrum
-Children and adolescents with behavioural and mood issues 
-Anxiety and depression (including caregiver burnout)
-Phase-of-life changes, grief, and loss

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HANNAH

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! 

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SARA 

Clinical Director 

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! 

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CAITLIN

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 daughters, swimming, and playing piano and guitar.