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
NDTa certificate course - Management of adults with acquired brain injury
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.
Ruzzelle attended the University of British Columbia where she completed her master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology. There she gained clinical experience with pediatric and adult clients affected by various speech, language, and swallowing disorders. Within public health and private settings, this included clients with autism, childhood apraxia of speech, hearing loss, cleft palate, aphasia, traumatic brain injury, and dysphagia.
Throughout her studies, Ruzzelle also supported young children with autism as a Behaviour Interventionist and Social Skills Group Instructor. In these roles she delivered naturalistic, play-based interventions to help her clients gain the communication skills they needed to thrive.
As a proponent of evidence-based practices, Ruzzelle strongly believes in collaborating with clients and their families to target personally meaningful goals using approaches from the best research and clinical expertise available
Ina obtained her master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of British Columbia. There she gained experience supporting communication and swallowing of children and adults in early development centres, schools, hospitals, and community rehabilitation clinics. Ina’s clinical areas of interest include early language development, articulation, fluency, and alternative and augmentative communication (AAC). She also enjoys working with adults with dysphagia, acquired communication, motor speech, and voice disorders.
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. She 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.
Rachel has a masters 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, and is coming into her seventh year of practice as a therapist specialising in adults with communication and swallowing disorders.
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 treating voice, chronic cough, brain injury, autism and mental health.
Learning is a lifelong process, and Rachel is proud to commit to her lifelong process of professional development. Recent training and learning achievements include:
- Proficiency in manual therapy for the head and neck to treat voice and swallowing disorders
- Study under an Irish Clinical Specialist in the assessment and management of voice disorders
- Research in collaboration with UBC on improving Speech-Language Pathology service access & delivery for adults
- Critical thinking in Swallowing management for Speech-Language Pathologists
Working with Speechease is an opportunity for Rachel to spend more time with clients and use her knowledge and abilities to deliver focused, results-driven care focused on optimising real lives and creating meaningful change.
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.
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
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 Health Management in the future.
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.