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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KHADIJA

Occupational Therapist

Khadija is a registered Occupational Therapist who completed her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy at University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta.  


Khadija has worked as an Occupational Therapist in a range of environments with individuals across all age ranges and diverse abilities.  She has many years of experience working with children in a school and day care setting; where she has had the opportunity to use various methods to address occupational goals.  Khadija enjoys working collectively with children and their families to help children recognize their strengths and help them thrive.


In her spare time, Khadija loves spending time with her family and friends, taking in all that nature has to offer and trying something new.  

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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!

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DEANNA

Occupational Therapist Assistant

Deanna holds a Bachelor of Health Sciences (BHSc) with a minor in Forensic Psychology from Ontario Tech University. She is currently working towards completing a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy at University of Toronto.  


Deanna has experience working with pre-school and school-aged children in-home and learning centre environments focused on improving math, reading, and printing skills. She also has experience working with children in a summer camp environment focused on leisure and play engagement. Deanna is passionate about using a strengths-based approach when working with children and families. 


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

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APRIL

Occupational Therapist Assistant

April is an OTA 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 such as printing, fine and gross motor skills, play based therapy, etc. She is passionate with working with children and providing therapy that’s unique to their needs and interest to bring the best out of them. She is also passionate about celebrating all successes a child makes and 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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REBECCA

Speech-Language Pathologist

Rebecca is a registered Speech Language Pathologist with the College of Audiologists and Speech Language Pathologists of Ontario. She graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a Master of Clinical Science in Speech and Language Pathology. Before completing her Masters, Rebecca graduated from the University of Windsor with an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Developmental Psychology. She has always had a strong interest in helping children express themselves and enjoys helping parents and children feel successful on their journey to learn to communicate better!  


Rebecca has experience working with adults and children in the hospital, community and clinic settings. She has enjoyed working with diverse populations of children and has experience in working in the areas of expressive and receptive language, articulation, fluency, voice and early literacy. Rebecca has taken the Hanen workshop “It Takes Two to Talk” which helps parents learn to encourage language abilities in children who are late talkers. 


In Rebecca’s spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing with her French Bulldog/Boston Terrier puppy Blue, and trying new recipes. 

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ANASTASIA

Communicative Disorders Assistant

Anastasia is a Registered Communicative Disorders assistant with a Bachelor of Arts from McGill University, majoring in Linguistics and Psychology with a minor in French. She also holds a Communicative Disorder Assistant Graduate Certificate from Durham College.
 
Anastasia has many years of experience working with children and adults in a variety of settings and has worked with a diverse population. She has experience working in the areas of language, articulation, apraxia/motor speech, aphasia as well as alternative and augmentative communication. 

In her spare time, Anastasia enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She loves to workout, bake, and do puzzles.

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NICOLE

Physiotherapist

Bio coming soon!

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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!

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KENNEDY

Board Certified Behaviour Analyst

Kennedy is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA) with the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. She graduated from Brock University with a Master of Applied Disability Studies Specializing in Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA). Before completing her Masters, Kennedy received a Bachelor of Science Honours Specialization in Psychology from Western University and a Post Graduate Certificate in Autism and Behavioural Science received from St. Clair College. 

Kennedy entered the field of ABA because of her desire to help better the lives and support participation in all areas of life for children with developmental challenges and their families. She has always had a strong passion for working with children and helping them reach their full potential using the learning styles that suit their needs best. She has worked with a variety of children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Witnessing their progress and growth in various areas, including communication, daily living, academic, and social skills, have cemented her passion for this field of work. 

In Kennedy’s spare time she enjoys spending quality time with family and friends, going for walks with her dogs, and trying new foods. 

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EBYAN

ABA Facilitator / Program Coordinator

Ebyan is a Registered Behaviour Technician with over four 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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SARAH

Communication and Behaviour Assistant

Sarah has completed a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Ontario Tech U, as well as a diploma in the social services from Durham College. 


Sarah has a background in behaviour therapy and early childhood learning, including working as a Behaviour Therapist, addressing a variety of goal areas such as speech and communication skills from the perspective of Applied Behaviour Analysis. She is passionate about working with children and supporting their unique needs while helping them achieve their goals. She has experience working with various ages of children with diverse exceptionalities, and is pursuing further learning in eliciting speech sounds. 

In her free time, Sarah loves spending time outside and with her family and friends!

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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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KAITLIN

Clinical Social Worker

Kaitlin is a Registered Social Worker with a Master in Social Work and Bachelor of Sociology from York University. She has also completed additional coursework in Applied Behaviour Analysis trainings through her work with the school board.

 

Kaitlin has many years of experience working with families, youth, and children. She possesses a great depth of knowledge and skills supporting children and youth with emotional, behavioural, and educational challenges. Kaitlin also has extensive experience working with social skill development with individuals and groups. Kaitlin possesses a desire and willingness to continue to learn through ongoing professional development opportunities. 

In her spare time, Kaitlin enjoys spending time with her family, including her daughter and son! She loves dogs and enjoys being outdoors - especially taking her black lab on many hikes.

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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  

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.