Teacher & Student

SARAH CASTELL

Speech-Language Pathologist

Having graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2008 with a BSc (hons) in Speech Pathology and Therapy, Sarah spent three years working in the National Health Service in England before moving to Canada in 2011.


Since her arrival in Canada, Sarah has worked in both public health and private settings, with both adult and paediatric clients. Sarah considers this variation excellent experience and it has provided her with invaluable insights into the workings of the healthcare and school systems. 


Sarah has a passion for learning and has completed the following post graduate training courses; 

  • Introduction to PROMPT

  • TalkTools

  • NDTa certificate course - Management of adults with acquired brain injury

  • Cervical auscultation

  • Assessment and management of psychogenic voice disorders

  • Introduction to VoiceCraft


Not to mention, ongoing study through webinars and short courses focusing on a variety of topics in Speech Therapy.


Sarah has maintained passion for both adult and paediatric caseloads with particular interest in autism, child language disorders, articulation disorders and adult neurological disorders.


Sarah looks forward to working with my clients to provide assessment and therapy; also, to help them set meaningful goals which will have a positive impact on daily living.

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INA LIN

Speech-Language Pathologist

Ina obtained her master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of British Columbia. Since then, she has continued to work with both paediatric and adult clients through in-person sessions and via teletherapy. Ina enjoys working with a diversity of clients, targetting areas of intervention including voice therapy, speech sound disorders, early language development, and the use of alternative and augmentative communication (AAC) systems for complex communicators. Ina is RASP certified and has additional training in TalkTools.

 

Ina is an advocate for evidence-based practices, and continues to engage in continuing education courses to better support her clients in achieving their goals of better health, communication, and quality of life. Ina also supports the SpeechEase team through mentorship and training of the SLP assistants. 

 

Ina believes that everyone has the right to communicate, and she is dedicated to providing client-centred services by collaboratively creating functional and personal goals that support and enhance clients' current abilities. For her, this means identifying strategies that can be incorporated by the clients' team (and family) and providing education/coaching for the family.

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RACHEL KENNEDY

Speech-Language Pathologist

Rachel has a master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Limerick in
Ireland, where she graduated in 2013. She has worked in England, Ireland and Canada since

qualifying.

Rachel's experience has ranged from posts in national intensive rehabilitation centres & specialist
units in teaching hospitals, through to clinical teaching and research - most recently with the
University of British Columbia. Having worked in three countries and across many settings lends her an ability to navigate systems and 'see outside the box' - which helps her advocate for her clients and ensure they receive the best care. She has expertise in swallowing disorders, and special interests in the SLP roles working with autism, voice health, chronic cough, brain injury, and mental health. 

Learning is a lifelong process, and Rachel is proud to commit to her lifelong process of professional development. She also looks after the education and professional development goals of staff at SpeechEase.

Rachel is focused on client centered care; ‘seeing the human, not the diagnosis.’ Private practice is for her a chance to optimize real lives and create meaningful change. She is gentle, compassionate and humorous – her therapeutic approach is holistic and facilitative.

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JEFFREY ROWELL

Speech-Language Pathologist

Jeff completed his master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of British Columbia in 2015. He has since worked publicly in the hospital setting specializing in communication and swallowing rehabilitation in the stroke population. Jeff also has experience working with people with autism, articulation difficulty, stuttering/fluency difficulty, voice disorders, and many other conditions.


Jeff’s approach to therapy is client-centred as he aims to integrate what people find most important in their lives into therapy activities and goals. He incorporates his musical abilities, humour and practical problem-solving to tailor therapy to a variety of ages and learning styles. He believes personalized and effective therapy can also be fun.

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CHELSEY SALLI

Speech-Language Pathologist

Chelsey completed her master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Alberta in 2015. She has since worked with pediatric clients in a variety of settings including preschools, daycares, elementary schools, clinics, homes and online. She enjoys working with speech sound disorders including articulation disorders, phonological disorders and childhood apraxia of speech. She also has experience working with children with developmental language disorders and autism.


Working with SpeechEase allows Chelsey to have time to support families on their therapy journey. Chelsey believes in providing client-centred care with a focus on meaningful and functional goals. As someone who is always on the go and child at heart, Chelsey loves incorporating movement and play into sessions. 

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FRANCESCA BRAMBILLA

Speech-Language Pathologist

Francesca obtained her Masters Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Tor
Vergata University in Rome, specializing in cognitive-communication rehabilitation for
adults with acquired brain injury.


She has worked as a Speech Language Pathologist in Italy for over 10 years, in both
public health and private settings, gaining experience in assessing and treating
pediatric and adult clients affected by various speech, language, voice and
swallowing disorders.

Since her arrival to Canada in 2018, Francesca pursued her career in Speech-Language
Pathology by volunteering at different clinics and associations in the lower mainland, until
she attained full license as a Speech-Language Pathologist from the College of Speech
and Hearing Health Professionals of BC.


Her sincere passion for voice and singing led her to attend several courses and
trainings on voice disorders and to learn some of the most successful and effective
methods to treat them (Voicecraft, Proel, Lee Silverman Voice Therapy, Neira Method).

Francesca loves working with people and finds the challenge of helping people
communicate fulfilling. She believes that continuing education and professional
development are fundamental in providing the best care possible to clients.

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CHRISTOPHER LANSANG

Speech-Language Pathologist

Chris graduated with a master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from McGill University.
He has experience working with autistic children, people who stutter, professional voice users, and
recovering stroke survivors, among many other diverse client profiles.


Chris is dedicated to the career of Speech-Language Pathology to enact meaningful change in the lives of
clients and families. To achieve this, he believes in designing treatment that reflects the interests of each
client and continuously incorporates feedback to individualize treatment through ongoing collaboration
with caregivers and team members. Chris takes pride in fostering a genuine connection with people and
bringing excitement and creativity into the therapy room.


Chris’ practice promotes principles of neurodiversity, gender-affirming care, multilingualism, and
accepting all forms of communication. Chris strongly believes in empowering clients to be their own best
advocate, and that successful communication should allow for clients to express themselves in a way
that reflects their most authentic selves.

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CORA LAMERS

Speech-Language Pathologist

Cora received her master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Alberta. She has lived in Saskatchewan for most of her life, but recently made the move to Vancouver to be close to family. 

 

Cora loves working with children and has experience in private practice and elementary school settings. The most important clinician qualities for her are flexibility and collaboration. She approaches speech therapy by focusing on the child's life as a whole rather than as a set of speech/language difficulties. Cora regularly engages in continued education with a focus on neurodiversity-affirming care. 

 

Cora is artistic and creative, always ready to make a craft, write a story, or sing a song. 

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ELIDA MALEY

Speech-Language Pathology Assistant 

Elida is currently completing her undergraduate degree at Simon Fraser University. She will graduate with a psychology major, a minor in learning and developmental disabilities and a certificate in social justice. 

Elida is in the process of applying to graduate schools and hopes to obtain a master’s in Speech and Language Pathology.

 

Elida has worked as a behavioural interventionist for children with ASD and has come to realize how impactful SLP services can be in helping young children communicate with others. Elida is very passionate about helping others develop communication skills and loves to make therapy a fun experience

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SAMANTHA SENGHERA

Speech-Language Pathology Assistant

Samantha graduated from Langara College with her Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care (ECCE) in 2016 and later acquired her BA in ECCE from Capilano University in 2019. During her studies, she also obtained her Infant and Toddler Certificate and her Inclusive Practice Certificate allowing her to specialize in working with ECE Special Needs. She currently attends the University of British Columbia and is taking the necessary prerequisite courses before applying for the MA of Speech-Language Pathology Program, all while attaining her Diploma in Linguistics.

 

Samantha has worked with individuals from the age of five up to the age of 85. Over the years, she’s worked as a Before and After School Care Supervisor and Community Schools Team Programmer where she’s experienced working with individuals from diverse backgrounds and abilities. She currently works as a Behavioural Interventionist, specializing one-on-one in working with children with ASD.

 

She is eager to grow and enrich her knowledge and abilities in the field of speech therapy. Samantha aims to make therapy a safe, inclusive, and play-based experience where individuals leave feeling accomplished all while having fun!

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Danielle (Dani) Busayong

Speech-Language Pathology Assistant

 

Dani is currently completing her Master's Degree in Speech-Language Pathology at UBC and is en route to graduate in 2023. She has worked as a Speech-Language Pathology Assistant since 2017 with a diverse set of clients and needs, including Autism, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Developmental Language Disorders, Speech Sound Disorders, and Alternative and Augmentative communication (AAC). 

 

Dani believes building a connection always comes first in therapy, and loves creating long-lasting connections with the children and families she works with. She advocates for the use of multiple, intersecting approaches to therapy, including a neurodiversity-affirming, culturally responsive, play-based, and family-centered lens. 

 

She currently serves as the Director-Student for Speech-Language and Audiology Canada (SAC). Dani is dedicated to advocating for change for other S-LP and Audiology students and professionals in the field.

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BREANNE ESAU

Speech-Language Pathology Assistant

Breanne is currently completing her bachelor’s of arts and social sciences at Simon Fraser
University. She is en route to graduate this spring, with a major in psychology, an extended
minor in linguistics, a minor in learning and developmental disabilities, and a certificate in
speech sciences. Currently, she is in the process of applying to a masters in speech language
pathology and hopes to work as a speech therapist once she graduates. Breanne has worked as a
behaviour interventionist in the tri-cities for several years. She works with clients with ASD,
practicing fine motor, reading, speech, and socio-emotional regulation skills.


Breanne is an active member of Girl Guides of Canada and after completing 13 years of the
youth program, Breanne became a unit Guider in Port Moody, running a unit for girls aged 8-11.
This past year, Breanne also took on the role of deputy district commissioner, where she works
with unit Guiders to offer exciting programs and events for girls of all ages.


Breanne is passionate about reading and is excited to work in a field that helps children acquire
the necessary language skills to express and advocate for themselves. Breanne is dedicated to
offering child-led, neurodiversity affirming speech therapy sessions.

THEO LI

Speech-Language Pathology Assistant/ Office Manager

Theo graduated from the University of British Columbia in 2019 with a BA in Developmental Psychology and is in the process of applying for grad school to earn a Masters in Healthcare Administration.

 

Theo was born and raised in Vancouver and loves ice hockey, volleyball and exploring the great outdoors of the Pacific Northwest. Most importantly, Theo loves to learn about anything he can, to further broaden his horizons and become more knowledgeable about the world around us.


One of Theo’s passions is working with children as “their bright minds teach us as much, if not more, than we could ever teach them.” Having seen the effects firsthand, with two of his siblings having communication impairments as kids, he is very eager to be able to work in a field that can be so impactful and high energy and fun at the same time. Seeing them reach their goals in their daily lives is what he hopes he can help people achieve.

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CORTTNI WELCH

Speech-Language Pathology Assistant

Corttni is an undergraduate at Simon Fraser University, currently completing a major in
Psychology, minor in Learning Disabilities, and a certificate in Linguistics Speech Science. After
graduation, Corttni intends to obtain a master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology, her
dream job!
Corttni has been strongly passionate about working with children ever since she was very young,
volunteering daily in her high-school’s resource room for two years. Through her work with paediatric autistic clients, she has had the opportunity to build amazing relationships with many wonderful children and their
families – something which Corttni believes is extremely important for developing rich
environments that encourage learning!
In the realm of communication, Corttni aims to help everyone in their path of growth and self-
expression. She believes that Speech-Language goals should be targeted through play-based
therapy in safe and inclusive settings. Corttni is excited to advocate for and empower each client,
as well as improve their communication abilities and self-confidence!

THEO LI

Speech-Language Pathology Assistant/ Operations Manager

Theo graduated from the University of British Columbia in 2019 with a BA in Developmental Psychology and is in the process of applying for grad school to earn a Masters in Healthcare Administration.

 

Theo was born and raised in Vancouver and loves ice hockey, volleyball and exploring the great outdoors of the Pacific Northwest. Most importantly, Theo loves to learn about anything he can, to further broaden his horizons and become more knowledgeable about the world around us.


One of Theo’s passions is working with children as “their bright minds teach us as much, if not more, than we could ever teach them.” Having seen the effects firsthand, with two of his siblings having communication impairments as kids, he is very eager to be able to work in a field that can be so impactful and high energy and fun at the same time. Seeing them reach their goals in their daily lives is what he hopes he can help people achieve.

Our Speech-Language Pathologists are certified and registered with The College of Speech and Hearing Health Professionals of British Columbia. 

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BHANU BANDELA

Speech-Language Pathology Assistant

Bhanu received his MSc in Audiology, Speech Language Pathology and BSc in Audiology, Speech Language Pathology from Osmania University in 2006. 

Bhanu spent 7 years working in various school districts in the USA before moving to Canada in 2013. Since his arrival in Canada, Bhanu has worked as a Register Hearing Practitioner.

He has experience with good subject knowledge and skills to perform his job effectively.

Bhanu has passion for both adult and paediatric caseloads with particular interests in autism spectrum disorder, childhood language disorders, articulation disorders, adult neurological disorders, fluency disorders and voice disorders.

Bhanu looks forward to working with clients to provide therapy hoping to help them set meaningful goals which will have a positive impact on daily living.