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 also spent her time volunteering working with the pediatric population. Alyssa has completed two Handwriting without Tears training programs - Get Set for School Readiness & Writing Workshop and K-5 Handwriting Workshop. In addition, Alyssa is passionate about continuing her education and is hoping to enroll is some additional courses very soon!
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.
Christina is a registered Occupational Therapist who completed her clinical doctorate degree in Occupational Therapy from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. She also has obtained her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy and her Bachelor of Honours in Kinesiology & Health Science. Christina has also obtained the Sensory Integration and Praxis Certification through University of Southern California.
Christina has experience working with children in the clinic, home and community settings. She has experience working with children who have fine motor and gross motor issues, feeding difficulties, sensory and processing difficulties and handwriting issues. Christina attends conferences, courses or events on a yearly basis to stay informed on current evidence based practice measures within the profession.
In her spare time, she enjoys engaging in physical activities, watching movies, and spending time with family and friends.
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!
Caitlyn has recently completed her MSc. Occupational Therapy at Glasgow Caledonian University and is in the process of becoming a certified Occupational Therapist in the province of Ontario. Before going abroad for her masters, Caitlyn completed her BSc. Human Kinetics at the University of Guelph.
Caitlyn has experience working with the paediatric population from her placements as well as a variety of volunteer work. Caitlyn has completed the Handwriting Without Tears training and is committed to continuing her education. She is also working as a service navigator at a children’s treatment centre. Caitlyn is enthusiastic and passionate about working with children and she's excited to begin her career in paediatric rehabilitation.
In her spare time, Caitlyn enjoys spending time with family and friends as well as doing yoga and traveling.
Occupational Therapy Assistant
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!
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.