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Meet the SPARK Durham Team:
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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! 

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SARAH

Occupational Therapist

Sarah is a registered Occupational Therapist who completed her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy at Western University in London, Ontario. She also has an Honors Bachelor of Arts, with a major in psychology from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.

Sarah has experience working with pre-school and school-aged children with diverse needs in a variety of settings including schools, in-home, and in a clinic setting to address a variety of occupation-focused goals. She is committed to understanding the strengths, needs, and interests of the client in order to provide child-led and family-centred care. Sarah is passionate about building on the strengths of the child and their family to support them in reaching their optimal potential. She is dedicated to being a life-long learner and continues to seek professional development opportunities and abide by evidence-based practices. 

In her spare time, Sarah enjoys reading lots of books, discovering new podcasts to listen to, and spending time with family and friends. 

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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. 

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HARSHA

Occupational Therapist

Harsha is a registered Occupational Therapist who completed her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy at University of Toronto. She also has an Honours Bachelor of Science in Exceptionality in Human Learning (Psychology).


Harsha has experience with handwriting interventions and with the Floortime approach. She is committed to lifelong learning and engaging in various professional development opportunities. She is passionate about bringing her training in mindfulness to her client interactions to ensure that she is truly present to her clients. She enjoys collaborating with her clients and their families on enabling engagement in meaningful activities.


In her spare time, Harsha enjoys reading, going for walks in nature, painting and spending time with family and friends.

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SUVAATHY

Occupational Therapist 

Suvaathy is a registered Occupational Therapist who completed her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. Suvaathy also has an Honours Bachelor of Medical Sciences with a Double Major in Interdisciplinary Medical Sciences and Pharmacology from Western University in London, Ontario.

Suvaathy has experience working with the pediatric population to enable engagement and participation in school, home, and clinic settings. She is committed to providing family-centred and equitable care that promotes independence, confidence, and resilience. Suvaathy values being a lifelong learner, follows evidence-based practices, and continues to seek professional development opportunities. 

In her spare time, Suvaathy enjoys playing volleyball, completing jigsaw puzzles, and spending time with family and friends. 

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DEANNA

Occupational Therapist 

Deanna is a registered occupational therapist who completed her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy at University of Toronto. She has also obtained a Bachelor of Health Science degree with a minor in Forensic Psychology from Ontario Tech University. 

Deanna has experience working with pre-school and school-aged children with diverse needs in clinic, in-home and children's learning centre settings to address various occupational goals. She also has experience leading printing groups. Deanna is passionate about using a strengths-based, child-led approach when working with children and their families in order to enable meaningful engagement. She is committed to being a life-long learner and continues to seek professional development opportunities to expand her knowledge and skills. 

In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, going to concerts, and spending time with friends and family!

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AGNES

Occupational Therapist 

Agnes is a registered Occupational Therapist in Ontario and Hong Kong, who completed her Master in Occupational Therapy at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Agnes also has a Master of Arts in Developmental Psychology and Education from the University of Toronto, where she is currently working towards completing her PhD in Developmental Psychology and Education. 

Agnes has experience working with children with diverse needs in different settings, such as specialized childcare centres and schools. She believes that each child is unique with their own set of strengths and abilities. She enjoys working collaboratively with families to develop goals and interventions that help support children to reach their best potential. Through delivering both individual and group-based therapy, Agnes is particularly experienced in addressing pre-printing skills and sensory processing difficulties. She is committed to lifelong learning and professional development. 

In her spare time, Agnes enjoys jogging, trying new recipes, and spending time in nature.

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VERENA

Occupational Therapist 

Verena is a registered Occupational Therapist who completed her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy at the University of Toronto. She also has an Honours Bachelor of Life Sciences with a specialization in Mental Health from the University of Toronto. 

Verena has experience working with toddlers, children, and adults with diverse needs within a variety of clinical settings. She is passionate about using a play-based, individualized therapy approach to enable children to engage in meaningful activities as each child has their own unique strengths and interests. She enjoys collaborating with children and their families to address occupation-focused goals in the areas of handwriting, fine motor skills, gross motor skills, social-emotional development, sensory processing, and self-regulation. Verena is devoted to being a life-long learner and continues to seek professional development opportunities to expand her knowledge and clinical skills. 

In her spare time, Verena enjoys going on walks with her dogs in nature, playing guitar, and spending time with family and friends!

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KAREN

Occupational Therapist 

Bio coming soon!

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APRIL

Occupational Therapist Assistant

April is an Occupational Therapy Assistant who graduated from Durham College from the Physiotherapy Assistant and Occupational Therapy Assistant program. She has experience working in both domains through work and college placements.

 

April has experience working with pre-school and school aged children on the autism spectrum carrying out occupational therapy services focusing on goal areas such as printing, fine and gross motor skills, play skills, etc. She is passionate with working with children and providing therapy that’s unique to their needs and interests. April focuses on providing family-centred care and celebrating all successes a child’s makes, while supporting them in each stage of their lives. 

 

In her spare time, April enjoys spending time with friends and family, listening to music, and spending time out in nature!

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JAMIE

Occupational Therapist Assistant

Jamie is an OTA who graduated from the Occupational Therapy Assistant and Physiotherapy Assistant program at Durham College and is currently working towards completing her Bachelor in Allied Health Sciences (BAHSc) at Ontario Tech University.   

Jamie has experience working with pediatric and adolescent clients, including clients on the autism spectrum, delivering both occupational therapy and ABA therapy in learning centre and in-home environments. She has knowledge and experience addressing fine motor and gross motor skills and strives to make therapy a fun, enjoyable experience. She is passionate with working with children and providing therapy to help them meet their unique goals in a fun and interesting way. 

In her spare time, Jamie enjoys baking, lifting weights, practicing yoga, or going on hikes with her dog Daisy!

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ASHLEY

Occupational Therapist Assistant

Ashley is an Occupational Therapist Assistant who completed her Physiotherapist/Occupational Therapist Assistant Program at Sir Sanford Fleming College Diploma in Peterborough.

Ashley has experience working with school aged children in school and home settings including clients on the autism spectrum. Providing one on one support for fine and gross motor skills, self help/skills and self regulation techniques. She is enthusiastic about her work and wants all children to have the skills to reach their goals!

In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her two daughters and being active outdoors.

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SHAIANNE

Occupational Therapist Assistant

Shaianne is an Occupational Therapist Assistant who graduated from the Bachelors of Health Science in Kinesiology (Hons.) program at Ontario Tech University and the Occupational Therapist Assistant / Physiotherapist Assistant program at Sir Sandford Fleming College.

Shaianne has experience working with children ranging in age from 2-17, including neurodiverse children. In particular, Shaianne has provided therapeutic support through fine and gross motor, printing, and sensory -related interventions in hospital, school ,and clinical settings. Shaianne is committed to providing relevant and engaging therapy sessions that meet the needs of each child.

In her spare time, Shaianne enjoys spending time at the gym, being outdoors  and attending sporting events in Toronto.

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MELLISSA

Occupational Therapist Assistant

Mellissa is an OTA who graduated from the Occupational Therapist Assistant and Physiotherapist Assistant program at Fleming College in Peterborough and is working towards completing her Bachelor in Allied Health Sciences (BAHSc) at Ontario Tech University.   


Mellissa has 8 years of prior work experience with pediatric and adolescent clients, including clients on the autism spectrum. She has knowledge and experience addressing fine motor and gross motor skills and strives to make sessions enjoyable for all. 


In her spare time, Mellissa enjoys swimming, hiking on crown lands, as well as painting.

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CALLY

Occupational Therapist Assistant

Cally is an OTA who graduated from the Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy Assistant program at Durham College.


She has experience working with pediatric clients in a classroom setting focusing on goals such as building fine motor skills, gross motor skills, and play skills. She is passionate about therapy through play and making the experience positive and enjoyable. 


In her spare time she enjoys spending time on her parents' dairy farm, going for walks on the farm with her dogs (Sandy and Marley), being around family and friends, as well as figure skating. 

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KAELEIGH

Occupational Therapist Assistant

Kaeleigh is an OTA who graduated from Sir Sandford Fleming college in 2014. She has a background working with children as a RECE, Instructor Therapist, as well as a DSW. She has worked in various settings with the pediatric population, including daycare centers, children's treatment centres, hospitals and in the community. She has a passion for working with children with all abilities, in collaboration with their families. Kaeleigh also enjoys incorporating sensory play into all aspects of her work.

 

Her hobbies include swimming and reading, in addition to spending family time with her two young children and husband. 

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ERIN

Registered Early Childhood Educator 

Erin received her Early Childhood Education diploma from Fleming College and is registered with the College of Early Childhood Educators. She works towards completing certificates to further her understanding in children’s mental health. 

Erin has nearly a decade of experience working with a variety of ages in both home and child care settings. She has led infant and toddler programs, before and after school care and summer camps focused in play-based learning with a child led approach. Erin has also run a home care program where children in a mixed age group spent time learning together with a large focus on being outside, spending up to 5 hours outside per day. Erin is passionate about child led learning with the support of families and our communities. 

In her spare time, Erin enjoys kitchen dance parties with her daughter, exploring outside and caring for her bunnies! 

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VISHRUTI

Physiotherapist

Vishruti is a registered Physiotherapist who completed her Masters of Physiotherapy in India. Vishruti is also a certified Aquatic Therapist. She has experience working with children of various ages in clinic, home, school, and hospital environments. She is passionate about providing client and family centred care, making sure to understanding clients' strengths and interests. Vishruti values staying up to date on PT knowledge and is keen on life long learning. She engages in article presentation clubs and groups.


In her spare time, Vishruti enjoys dancing, spending time with family and friends, and playing cricket.

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DAVIDE

Speech-Language Assistant

Bio coming soon!

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MARGARET

Speech-Language Pathologist

Bio coming soon!

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DANIELLE

Communicative Disorders Assistant

Danielle is a Communicative Disorders Assistant (CDA) with an Honours Bachelor of Arts with Distinction from the University of Toronto. Danielle also completed a Specialist in Psycholinguistics with a Minor in Psychology and holds a Communicative Disorders Assistant Graduate Certificate from Durham College.

Danielle has always been passionate about working with children and has experience providing services to both children and adults that have exceptional needs. She has experience delivering therapy in the areas of expressive and receptive language, social communication, articulation, and alternative and augmentative communication.

In her spare time, Danielle enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, and hiking!

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KATIE

Communicative Disorders Assistant

Katie is a Communicative Disorders Assistant (CDA) with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology from Trent University. Katie has also completed a Communicative Disorders Assistant Graduate Certificate from Durham College and a Post Graduate Certificate in Corporate Communications and Public Relations from Centennial College. 

Katie has experience working with preschool and school age children in both learning centres and schools. She has worked alongside educators and interdisciplinary teams to enhance child development in all areas, with a focus on social and language skills. Katie has always had a strong passion for communication and helping children succeed. 

In her spare time, Katie enjoys spending time with her family, her new puppy, and doing yoga!

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ROXANA

Board Certified Behaviour Analyst

Bio coming soon!

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EBYAN

Senior Therapist

Ebyan is a Registered Behaviour Technician with several years’ experience as an ABA therapist. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Toronto in 2016, and has done additional coursework in Autism and Behaviour Science at Algonquin College. She is currently pursuing a Master of Education in Developmental Psychology and Education at the University of Toronto, and working towards obtaining her BCBA certification.

 

Ebyan has many years’ experience providing ABA services to children and adolescents in both 1:1 and small group capacities, and in a variety of settings including schools, ABA clinics, homes, and childcare centres. Ebyan has also provided training and consultative services for parents, school staff, and childcare staff on the implementation of various ABA strategies, behaviour intervention protocols, and assessments. Ebyan is passionate about supporting and being an advocate for children and families with special needs.

 

In her spare time, Ebyan enjoys reading, spending time with loved ones, and trying new food.

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JOCELYNNE

Social Worker 

Jocelynne is a Registered Social Worker who completed her Master’s of Social Work at Wilfrid Laurier University.  Jocelynne obtained an Early Childhood Diploma from Centennial College.


Jocelynne has worked with children for more than 15 years in various settings. She has worked with young children, youth, and families. Her experience involves working with a variety of family dynamics, special needs, mental health, abuse, and trauma. Jocelynne believes in the holistic approach and in working together.   


Jocelynne enjoys spending time with her family and her 2 dogs in her spare time. 

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HEATHER

Social Worker

Heather is a registered social Worker who completed her masters of social work from Wilfred Laurier University. She also completed an undergraduate degree in Child, Youth and Family studies from the University of Guelph.


Heather has worked with children and adolescents for over 15 years in a variety of settings including community centres, day treatment programs, hospitals and school boards. Heather has a lot of experience working with individuals who are experiencing symptoms of low mood and anxiety.


Heather also enjoys the sport of curling and playing board games with her family. She loves the summer time and playing outside with her kids.

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EMILY

Social Worker

Emily is a Registered Social Worker who completed her Master in Social Work degree at the University of Toronto in the “Children and their Families” stream of study. Emily completed her Bachelor of Social Work degree at Trent University.
 
Emily has a passion for working with children and youth, and has experience working with children in a variety of settings including live-in treatment, schools, recreational youth centres and mental health agencies. She holds knowledge and skills focusing on supporting children to gain emotional regulation skills, navigate relationships, and cope with anxiety. Emily does her best to incorporate fun in a therapeutic setting by optimizing on children’s interests, strengths and skills. In her future endeavours she hopes to continue her learnings in trauma-informed practice and meditations for youth.  
 
In her spare time, Emily enjoys going on walks with her dog, reading books, and trying new fitness classes.

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KATIE

Clinic Manager

Katie is a registered Early Childhood Educator. She graduated from Centennial College in 2013 with honours in Early Childhood Education.

 

Katie began her career working in office administration before discovering her passion for child development. During college, Katie worked as a peer tutor with students who were on the autism spectrum. Throughout her time as an Early Childhood Educator, Katie worked as a Site Supervisor for a large community and child care centre in Toronto. In this role, Katie was responsible for many administrative duties and worked alongside staff, resource consultants and various agencies to create an inclusive environment for the children in her care. Over the years, Katie has worked with many children ranging from toddlers to school-agers who have varying abilities, she enjoys working together with families and coworkers to help all children reach their potential in a fun and meaningful way.

In her spare time, Katie stays likes to spend time with her two children. She enjoys running, going for walks, and reading.

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SARA 

Director of Operations

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

Director of Programs

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.

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