The Anderson Therapy Team

When you choose Anderson Therapy Services, you’re choosing a team of clinicians who care deeply about the role of communication across our lifetime and who became part of our team for this very reason; to help children and adults overcome speech-language difficulties, day to day challenges, anger and anxiety issues, and more.

Photos of the rest of the team will be added shortly. To read a team member’s bio, click on a name.

Clinic Director/Owner

Deborah Anderson

Deborah Anderson

Speech-Language Pathologist
SLP(C)-CCC, Reg. CASLPO

Deborah has devoted her professional career and personal life to helping others, and this passion comes out in her role as clinical director/owner of Anderson Therapy Services (ASC) – a private practice with a social conscience. Deborah completed her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology at Central Michigan University (in Mount Pleasant, Michigan) and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Linguistics from the University of Western Ontario (in London, ON).

Before openingAnderson Therapy Services, Deborah worked with children and adults at Chedoke-McMaster Hospitals. It was within these roles that Deborah understood her true calling of providing innovative and customized services to meet the individual needs of the client and decided to open ATS in 1995 to help a wider range of clientele. Her passion for bringing speech-language pathology services to remote areas led her to the pioneering work of developing service through Telepractice in the Northwest Territories, Nunavut, and Northern Ontario.

When Deborah is not working in our clinic or providing services to remote areas of Canada, she enjoys volunteering as an S-LP with Operation Smile. Through this organization, she has worked with amazing people from the United States, Russia, Philippines, Ethiopia, Morocco, Haiti (U.S. Navy Hospital Ship), and Egypt (just to name a few!). These experiences have led to a strong interest in providing culturally sensitive speech-language services to children, adults, and professionals. Deborah’s primary passion within the field involves developing innovative service delivery models for under-serviced areas around the world, medical-legal assessments and providing accent reduction training. She is constantly working with her team at ATS and other professionals from across the world to develop new and innovative therapy techniques to support the ever-changing needs of our population. In addition, Deborah has experience presenting at international forums on subjects including speech pathology, child literacy, and other social causes that she is passionate about.

Deborah’s hobbies outside of the office include hiking, gardening, and travelling.

Therapy Dog

Remington

Remington

Remington is an energetic two-year-old Yorkshire Terrier who loves working with children and making them smile! He is the official office greeter and model for our Facebook page. He also enjoys giving ‘high fives’ and saying “hello” to the children on the teleconference systems.

When he is not working, Remington can be found going for long walks, chasing squirrels and playing fetch.

Office Manager

Kim Campbell

Kim Campbell

Kim completed a Bachelor of Science in biology at McMaster University. Prior to joining the ATS team, she worked in a number of other medical areas and brings her knowledge and amazing interpersonal skills to our private practice. She wears many different hats at ATS! Typically, Kim is the first voice that our families hear when they call and the first face that our clients see when they walk into our office. She manages the day to day administration of this busy office and keeps things running smoothly.

Outside of the office, Kim can be found gardening and reading a good book.

Speech Language Pathologists

Sarah Aljas

Sarah Aljas

M.Cl.Sc., SLP(C), Reg. CASLPO

Sarah completed a Bachelor’s degree in Honours Linguistics at the University of Ottawa in 1998 followed by a Masters of Clinical Science in Speech-Language Pathology at Western University in 2001. Since that time, she has worked in Private Practice servicing a range of clientele. Sarah has been organizing ATS’s annual Speak & Ride Summer Intensive Speech-Language Pathology Program for over 10 years, which as she states has been a source of pride and joy.

Outside of work, Sarah enjoys spending time with her husband and 3 children, tending to their vegetable gardens, and playing the piano. They all delight in going for bike rides, swimming, and playing games. Personally, Sarah loves playing hockey, ultimate frisbee, and volunteering in the school’s snack program.

Dana Skowronek

Dana Skowronek

M.Cl.Sc., SLP(C), Reg. CASLPO

Dana completed a Bachelor’s degree in Speech-Language Sciences from Brock University. She then obtained her Masters of Clinical Science in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Western Ontario.

Before joining the team at Anderson Therapy Services (ATS), she worked as a speech-language pathologist in a preschool speech and language initiative. This allows her to have an understanding of publically funded speech-language services, as well as provides her with extensive experience collaborating with other professionals.

In 2014, Dana travelled to Kenya as a volunteer to provide speech-language support and education to students and staff in the school for children with special needs. Travel is an area of passion for her! When she is not travelling, Dana also enjoys yoga and gardening.

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Kira Chandler

M.Sc, SLP, Reg. CASLPO

Kira completed a bilingual (English/French) Honours Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Glendon College of York University. She then obtained her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology at City University London in the United Kingdom.

Before studying to be an S-LP, Kira worked in Neurological Research at the Rotman Research Centre in Toronto.  She has experience working with children with a wide variety of needs both in Canada, the UK and has volunteered as a S-LP in Bangladesh. Kira is extremely passionate about supporting children to achieve their best possible communication abilities!

When she is not working, you can usually find her planning her next trip, swimming, running or reading a good book.

Mari-Joy Fernhout

Mari-Joy Fernhout

B.A., M.A., CCC-SLP, Reg. CASLPO

Mari-Joy completed a Bachelor’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology at Calvin College. She then obtained her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology at Central Michigan University in the United States. While studying to be an SL-P, Mari-Joy volunteered with the Kent County District Early On Program, helping to plan group sessions targeting oral motor development and language skills in the preschool population.

Since graduating, she has worked in Private Practice servicing a range of clientele. She has experience working with children and adults with a wide variety of needs.

Outside of work, Mari-Joy enjoys spending time with her husband, two children, and two dogs.  Some of her favourite hobbies include reading, baking, and hiking.

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Alexandra Despond

SLP Reg. CASLPO

Alexandra is a registered speech-language pathologist with a Masters of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY. She has a variety of experience working with pediatric and adult clients of varying ages and disorders. Her clinical experiences include working with receptive/expressive speech and language disorders, articulation/phonological disorders, autism spectrum disorder, acquired brain injury, swallowing disorders, voice, and fluency disorders. Alex is also certified in Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT), which is a voice treatment for individuals with Parkinson’s Disease.

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Tara Glickman

M.Cl.Sc., R-SLP(C), Reg. CASLPO
Tara completed a Bachelor’s degree in Linguistics at McGill University in 2012 and obtained her Masters of Clinical Science in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Western Ontario in 2015. 

Before joining the Anderson Therapy Services (ATS) team, Tara worked as a Speech-Language Pathologist in an acute care and stroke rehabilitation hospital. She has experience working with a wide range of speech, language and swallowing needs and enjoys working with people of all ages in both English and French. Tara is passionate about supporting people to communicate with those who know more than they can say and believes that communication access is a human right.

Outside of work, Tara enjoys spending time with her husband and her cat. She loves to travel, explore and learn by visiting museums, reading and trying new foods!

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Amanda Cotton

MSc-SLP(C), Reg. CASLPO

Amanda completed a Bachelor of Science degree in 2007 at the University of Alberta. She then returned to the University of Alberta and completed a Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 2011. She was awarded the Student Excellence award for the University of Alberta from the Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology (CASLPA).

After graduation, she worked in an acute care hospital in Edmonton, Alberta. Here she gained experience in assessing and treating adult communication and swallowing disorders. She also worked in the neonatal intensive care unit with infants with feeding and swallowing difficulties. Amanda has completed additional training in PROMPTS for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets, (PROMPT), Sequential Oral Sensory (S.O.S.) Approach to Feeding, TalkTools Feeding therapy: A Sensory-Motor Approach, Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association (CAPPA) 20 Hour Lactation Education Workshop, amongst others.

As part of the Anderson Therapy Services team, Amanda welcomes the opportunity to work with all ages and clients with a variety of needs. Amanda is a compassionate clinician who believes in individualized treatment programs and targeting functional goals.

Outside of work, Amanda enjoys hiking and biking with her husband. She loves to try new recipes and is always dreaming about her next travel adventure.

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Rebecca Rupke

M.A., SLP, Reg. CASLPO

Rebecca completed a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI. In college, Rebecca pursued internships and volunteer experiences that focused on helping children of a variety of ages and diagnoses. At this time, Rebecca also developed a special interest in literacy and language development.

Since graduating, Rebecca has worked in private practice. She loves using her creativity and passion for speech and language development to help children reach their goals.

Outside of work, Rebecca enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading, creative projects and hiking.

Communicative Disorders Assistants

Elizabeth Sommerville

Elizabeth Sommerville

B.A., C.D.A

Libby completed an Honours Bachelor’s degree in Linguistics at McMaster University. After finishing her undergraduate degree, she went on to Georgian College to complete a post-graduate diploma as a Communicative Disorders Assistant (CDA). Before joining Anderson Therapy Services (ATS), she worked at the Halton Catholic District School Board, providing speech and language services to primary children. She has really enjoyed working with a wide variety of speech and language needs throughout her career.

Outside of work, Libby enjoys hiking the Bruce Trail, spending time in the kitchen cooking, reading cookbooks and volunteering in her church community lunch programs.

Samantha Andrade

Samantha Andrade

B.Sc., C.D.A

Samantha has completed an Honours Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Linguistics at the University of Toronto, Mississauga. After she finished her undergraduate degree, Samantha went to Durham College to complete a postgraduate diploma as a Communicative Disorders Assistant (CDA).

Samantha has several years of volunteer experience in the field working with both children and adults. She has volunteered at our Speak & Ride and our Lively Letters summer camps.  Throughout university, Samantha volunteered with an aphasia group at a local hospital.

Outside of work, Samantha is attending various courses and learning sign language. She enjoys spending time with her family and always finding a way to visit her cottage up north.

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Sarah Costelloe

Sarah qualified as a Speech and Language Therapist in the UK with a Bachelor’s degree in linguistics and language pathology with speech therapeutics and management from the University of Reading in 1997. After qualifying Sarah worked in the public sector for 9 years in community clinics, hospitals and schools before setting up her own independent practice in 2006. She also worked as a Senior Research Associate at University Campus Suffolk, UK conducting research on early childhood stuttering. She has published articles, presented at international conferences and delivered training in this field.

Sarah emigrated to Canada in August 2015 with her husband, two children and a large Labrador dog. She is delighted to be part of the team at Anderson Therapy Services (ATS). In her free time, she enjoys the outdoor life Canada has to offer.

Holly

Holly Hlacar

B.A., CDA

Holly completed an  Honours Bachelor’s degree in Cognitive Science of Language at McMaster University. After she finished her undergraduate degree, Holly went on to Durham College where she completed a postgraduate diploma as a Communicative Disorders Assistant (CDA).
Holly has experience working and volunteering with both children and adults who require speech, language and communication services. Prior to joining Anderson Therapy Services (ATS), Holly worked with adults who acquired language difficulties after a stroke. She also has experience working with children with learning disabilities specifically in literacy, spelling, and writing.
Away from work, Holly enjoys trying out new recipes and restaurants, spending time outdoors, and reading a good book.
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Krista Vereshchak

Krista holds an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Linguistics from the University of Toronto. After completing her undergraduate degree, Krista continued her studies at Durham College to complete a postgraduate diploma as a Communicative Disorders Assistant (CDA).

Krista has several years of experience volunteering and working with both children and adults with a variety of speech and language needs. Prior to completing her CDA certificate, Krista worked with adults and adolescents with acquired brain injuries at a rehabilitation facility in Toronto. She is passionate about helping others achieve their best communicative potential.

Outside of work, Krista enjoys Ukrainian dancing, cooking or baking in the kitchen, spending time with family, or tending to her many houseplants.

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Jonathan Giles

Jonathan concluded his Honours Bachelor’s degree in Speech and Language Sciences at Brock University and subsequently attained his post-graduate diploma as a Communicative Disorders Assistant (CDA) at Georgian College.

Jonathan has experience with both children and adults with a wide variety of speech and language service needs. Prior to Anderson Therapy Services (ATS) he worked with children on literacy and speech goals in a summer speech camp, adults in post-stroke rehab, and those with Augmentative and Alternative Communication needs when in London.

In Jonathan’s free time he enjoys researching, promoting, and advocating for local history. He also enjoys participating in and supporting local theatre.

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Julie Diab

Julie completed an Honours Bachelor’s degree in Cognitive Science of Language at McMaster University. After she finished her undergraduate degree, Julie attended Lambton College where she completed a graduate certificate in Communicative Disorders Assistance.

Julie has had the pleasure of working with children and adults of all ages to assist with a wide range of speech, language, and literacy needs. Prior to joining the Anderson team, Julie enjoyed working as a CDA in beautiful Thunder Bay, and still maintains a passion for visiting and assisting Northern communities.

Away from work, Julie spends her time in the company of great friends and family.  She loves camping, live music, and good food.

Occuptional Therapist

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Alison Burrell

M.Sc.-O.T, B.A.-Phys.Ed.

Alison completed a Bachelor’s degree in Physical and Health Education at Laurentian University in 2013 followed by a Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy at McMaster University in 2015.

Before joining the Anderson Therapy team, Alison worked as an occupational therapist in Thunder Bay at a Children’s Treatment Centre, serving children of all ages with a wide variety of abilities and disabilities. It was here that Alison gained expertise in supporting children with self-regulation challenges (through Zones of Regulation and ALERT programming) and work on a dynamic team providing early screening and intervention for children 0 to 3.

Her clinical experience has included working with children who have autism spectrum disorder, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, vision loss, sensory processing challenges, brachial plexus injuries, and development delays.

Alison is passionate about helping children and families reach their goals. She believes that with individualized support and compassion, children can achieve amazing things!

Outside of work, Alison enjoys anything outdoors. She loves to spend time hiking, cycling, canoeing, camping and playing ultimate frisbee. Alison has always had a passion for sports and has coached various Special Olympic sports including swimming, cross country skills, and track and field.

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