Superior Staff = Superior Service

At LSCTS we have the top professionals in the field working with your child and your family. LSCTS staff are professional, engaging, caring and exceptional in their chosen fields.

Lyndsey Stevenato

Lyndsey Stevenato

Owner / Occupational Therapist

Lyndsey Stevenato is the owner and operator of our clinic. She is an Occupational Therapist with certification in Sensory Integration and certified in the SOS (Sequential-Oral-Sensory) approach to feeding.

Past Experiences

Lyndsey has had a heart for children with challenges since becoming an Occupational Therapist.   She has a passion to see children be the best they can be with whatever skills they have.

She began her career in 1986 at Laurentian Hospital in Sudbury.  After one year in adult rehabilitation, she moved right into paediatrics at their Children’s Treatment Centre.

Within this position, she would fly into remote areas of Northern Ontario under the government initiative “Integrated Services for Northern Children”.

After seeing many children struggling with sensory processing disorders, she became certified in the administration of the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test (SIPT) in the United States in 1990.

Lyndsey then became a qualified observer through Sensory Integration International, for therapists wishing to become certified in the administration of the SIPT.  She is one of two observers in Canada.

Lyndsey has also worked in London, Ont. at CPRI as a Sr. Therapist for School Health Services and then moved to Barrie, Ont. in 1991 as a manager for School Health Services through Home Care.  Home Care then became CCAC where Lyndsey became an independent contractor and worked at RVH as the first Occupational Therapist in the Neonatal Care Unit and assisted the development of the Neonatal Follow-up Clinic.

Finally in 2001, Lyndsey saw the growing trend with publicly funded agencies moving to a consultation model.  She believed that a hands on approach was most effective to bring changes in a child’s function. Thus, LSCTS was formed.

Lyndsey has a keen interest and a strong skill set in sensory integration and feeding ability.

Becky Robinson

Becky Robinson

Client Care Lead

Greeting you with a friendly smile, making appointments and always pleased to answer any questions is our office administrator, Becky Robinson.

Becky has been working at our clinic since July 2006.

Leslie Velazquez

Leslie Velazquez

Office Manager

Leslie is an experienced Office Administrator with a degree in ESL (English as a second language) education from her native Puerto Rico. Once in Canada, she changed careers to office administration after realizing that she had a passion for helping businesses grow and improve their operational practices. With over five years of experience working in office settings, Leslie is delighted to be part of the LSCTS team.

You will find her behind the scenes at our clinic, assisting with our daily operations, marketing and social media management.
Leslie loves going for canoe rides with her 3-year-old son and her partner. She is also an avid reader, crafter, and enjoys volunteering at her local library.

Mallory Donaldson

Mallory Donaldson

Client Care and Culture Lead

Mallory is an experienced office administrator with a passion for helping people. Her initial work experience has been in child minding and first aid, with her recent placements rounding out her office and business management skills.

You will find her greeting you at reception and working behind the scenes assisting with our marketing and social media platforms. Mallory is looking forward to meeting all our children and parents, so feel free to pop by and say “Hello!”

BARRIE CLINIC

BARRIE CLINIC

You can find the following professionals treating at our Barrie clinic.

 

Jennifer Groenenberg

Jennifer Groenenberg

Occupational Therapist, OT Reg. (ON)

Jenn Groenenberg is an Occupational Therapist who completed her Bachelor of Health Sciences at Western University and her Masters of Occupational Therapy at McMaster University.

She has a passion for helping children discover and develop their strengths, to build their confidence and for making learning fun. She has experience working with children of all skill levels and adapting activities to find the right level of challenge to suit each child’s needs. Jenn has a special interest in working on fine motor and self-regulation skills.

Jessica Cronk

Jessica Cronk

Occupational Therapist, OT Reg. (ON)

Jessica Cronk is an occupational therapist who completed her bachelor in kinesiology at Wilfred Laurier and her masters of occupational therapy at McMaster university. 

Jessica is passionate about using play to help children use their strengths to develop skills in a fun and engaging way. She has experience with children with many different skill sets and abilities. She is interested in all areas of therapy, and in particular enjoys working on fine motor, gross motor, visual perceptual, and feeding skills. 

Misha  Huxtable

Misha Huxtable

Occupational Therapist, OT Reg. (ON)

Misha Huxtable is an occupational therapist who completed her Bachelor of Health Sciences at Western University and her Masters of Occupational Therapy at McMaster University.

Misha is passionate about helping children gain independence and confidence in daily activities. She has experience working with children of all ages and abilities, and has completed Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder training. Misha has a special interest in self-regulation, fine motor, and canine-assisted intervention.

Stephanie Nasturzio

Stephanie Nasturzio

Occupational Therapist, OT Reg. (ON)

Stephanie Nasturzio is an Occupational Therapist who completed her Bachelor of Kinesiology and Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy at McMaster University. For the past 11+ years, Stephanie has worked at a Children’s Treatment Centre with children and youth ages 0 to 21 years of age providing OT support in clinics, daycares, and schools.  She has experience working in various therapeutic and education roles with children with a variety of physical, developmental, and learning abilities. Stephanie is passionate about working with children of all ages and strives to work together with the child and their support system to provide exceptional child- and family-centred care to meet their goals.

Sally Jishi

Sally Jishi

Occupational Therapist, OT Reg. (ON)

Sally Jishi is an occupational therapist who completed her Bachelors of Biology from the University of Toronto in Mississauga and her Masters of Occupational Therapy at Western University.

Sally has experience working with children of different ages, skills and abilities in many different areas of occupational therapy practice including fine motor skills, visual perceptual skills, play skills and school readiness. Sally is passionate about working with children and their support systems to help them reach their potential and meet their goals.

Eden Barrow

Eden Barrow

Occupational Therapist, OT Reg. (ON)

Eden Barrow is an Occupational Therapist who completed her Honours Bachelor of Child Development at Seneca College and her Masters of Occupational Therapy at McMaster University.

She is passionate about connecting with and helping children through play to ultimately achieve their goals and develop skills. She has experience working as an Early Childhood Educator with pre-school and school-aged children of various abilities. She also believes that empathy is the foundation for building therapeutic relationships. Eden is interested in all areas of therapy, especially fine motor, gross motor, feeding, and self-regulation.

Cassandra Defina

Cassandra Defina

Occupational Therapist, OT Reg. (OT)

Cassandra Defina is an Occupational Therapist who received her diploma in Early Childhood Education from Humber College, Honours Bachelor of Applied Science in Early Childhood Studies from the University of Guelph, and completed her Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy at McMaster University. 

Cassandra has had several years of experience working with children of all ages and abilities. Through these experiences, Cassandra has become skilled in providing an appropriate level of challenge and using children’s interests and strengths to help them achieve their goals creatively through play. Cassandra is interested in all areas of therapy and is most passionate about collaborating with children and their families to provide both client- and family-centered care.

Megan Van Tassel

Megan Van Tassel

Occupational Therapy Assistant

Megan has always had a passion for working with children and having the opportunity to volunteer at the clinic while completing her OTA/PTA diploma from Georgian College, really solidified her passion. She loves using play to engage children and provide learning opportunities for them to thrive. She is excited to expand her knowledge of all things paediatric and has a special interest in working with sensory needs.

Kathryn Janyce (Jan) Addy

Kathryn Janyce (Jan) Addy

Speech-Language Pathologist

Jan is a Speech-Language Pathologist with over 25 years’ experience working with toddlers, preschool and school-age children who experience communication delays. Jan’s areas of strength include speech (articulation), language, pragmatics, reading difficulties, stuttering and voice delays.

Brincy Cherian

Brincy Cherian

Speech-Language Pathologist

Brincy is a registered Speech-Language Pathologist with the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO). She completed her Bachelor of Science specializing in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology at Bangalore University, India in 2012 and went on to complete her Master of Science specializing in Speech-Language Pathology at Bangalore University, India in 2014.

Brincy has over 7 years of experience working with children with Special Educational Needs (SEN) and speech-language delays in school settings. She particularly enjoys working with pre-school and school-aged children and their families. She is passionate about bringing changes in others’ lives, whether it is trying to figure out a means of communication, counselling/addressing concerns or working with other concerned professionals for the clients’ betterment.

Shauna Willox

Shauna Willox

Communicative Disorders Assistant

Shauna Willox completed her joint honours degree in Linguistics and Psychology at The University of Ottawa in 2009. She completed her post-graduate in Communication Disorders at Georgian College in 2012 and is supervised by a Speech-Language Pathologist at our clinic.

Shauna has over eight years of experience providing speech and language therapy to toddlers, preschool and school-aged children, as well as adults. Shauna has a wide variety of experience in hearing, speech and language development and loves being a part of the LSCTS team.

She is passionate about working with preschool and school-aged children
and their families. She believes in the Total Communication approach and
loves to help children develop early expressive and receptive skills.

Tara Dane

Tara Dane

Communicative Disorder Assistant

Tara Dane completed her Bachelor of Cognitive Science specializing in the biological foundations of cognition at Carleton University in 2019 and her post-graduate diploma at Georgian College in Communication Disorders in 2020. She currently works at our clinic under the supervision of our Speech-Language Pathologists.

Tara has experience working with pre-school and school aged children as well as adults. Tara is interested in continuing to work with children with special needs and speech-language delays. She is excited to develop her knowledge and experience and join the LSCTS team.

Emily Rogers

Emily Rogers

Communicative Disorder Assistant

Emily Rogers completed her diploma in Early Childhood Education at Georgian College in 2018 and her post-graduate studies in Communicative Disorders at Georgian College in 2020. She currently works under the supervision of the Speech-Language Pathologists at the clinic. 

She has experience working with pre-school and school-aged children and has a passion for incorporating play into sessions to ensure therapy is fun and engaging.

Emily is interested in continuing work with children with down syndrome, ASD and other special needs. She is excited to join the LSCTS team and looks forward to developing her skills, knowledge and experience.

Caroline Bodenstein

Caroline Bodenstein

Communicative Disorders Assitant

Caroline Bodenstein completed her Bachelor’s degree in Linguistics majoring in speech and language sciences in 2020. She completed her certificate in the Communicative Disorders Assistant program at Georgian College in 2021. She currently works at our clinic and is supervised by the Speech-Language Pathologist at the clinic. 

Caroline had a wide range of experience working on speech and hearing with preschool and school-aged children as well as adults. Caroline is excited to continue working with children of all ages on developing their literacy skills, expressive and receptive skills. Caroline is excited to join the LSCT team and continue developing her skills, knowledge and experience.

Mikylah Heathcote

Mikylah Heathcote

Social Worker, RSW, MSW, BSW

Mikylah is a registered social worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers. She obtained her BSW in social work at Niagara University and went on to complete her MSW at the University at Buffalo. Mikylah possesses over 10 years of experience with children, adolescents and their families.

Mikylah has extensive experience engaging youth and developing therapeutic alliances for healthy change. She takes a strength-based inclusive, and empathetic approach to addressing challenges. Mikylah possesses experience as a school social worker with a strong knowledge base for navigating the educational system. She is passionate about empowering parents/guardians and children/adolescents throughout their work with her and beyond!

Additionally, Mikylah is trained to take a trauma-informed, human rights within her practice. Mikylah takes a practical, problem-solving perspective when navigating her clients through their difficulties. She employs a mix of therapeutic approaches in an effort to create individualized support.

Anushka Fernandes

Anushka Fernandes

MSW, RSW, Registered Social Worker, Psychotherapist

Anushka is a registered social worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers. She obtained her Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) at Ryerson University, and completed her Master of Social Work (MSW) degree at Carleton University. Anushka possesses extensive experience working with children, youth, and their families including community mental health, child and youth complex mental health, harm reduction, and recreational programming. 

Anushka approaches her work with individuals and families from a strengths-based, trauma-informed lens, and places a strong focus on creating meaningful change through her therapeutic alliances with them. She further approaches treatment from an eclectic framework, where she draws upon various modalities of practice including CBT, Narrative Therapy, and attachment-based work to best fit clients’ needs. Anushka is passionate about working with children, youth and families to empower them, advocate with and for them, and support them in learning skills to cope through adversity.  

When working with Anushka, you will be met with genuine empathy, kindness, acceptance, and humour. She often incorporates her love of art and play into sessions, and continuously seeks out ways to bring creativity to treatment.

Amanda Medland

Amanda Medland

Psychologist

Amanda Medland is a Registered Psychologist with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. She has a B.A.A in Behaviour Psychology (2010) and a M. Ed. in School and Applied Child Psychology from the University of Calgary (2016).

Amanda has experience working in early intervention with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, as well as a behavioural consultation with teenagers and adults with varying diagnoses.

Amanda conducts psycho-educational assessments for children and adolescents. These assessments typically include an evaluation of cognitive abilities and academic skills, and they may extend beyond that to explore memory, attention, executive functioning, visual-motor integration, phonological awareness, social-emotional needs, and/or social communication. With each assessment, Amanda sets out to assist youth and their families in identifying and understanding the youth’s strengths and needs, as well as to provide recommendations, specific to the individual child, which can guide program planning and support at school and at home.

Stephen White

Stephen White

Stephen White is a Registered Psychologist with the College of Psychologists of Ontario and has a private practice in Clinical and Counselling Psychology – with special focus on assisting individuals with developmental disability/learning challenges and mental health difficulties.  He has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from McGill University, a M.A. in Clinical Psychology, and is a doctoral candidate in the Psychological Studies in Education program from the University of Alberta.  Steve has been registered as a psychologist since 1993 providing services to adult, children, adolescents and families in a variety of settings: mental health, private consulting, rehabilitation settings, and in the developmental sector.

Stephen conducts assessments to clarify psychiatric diagnoses, understand cognitive functioning (attention, memory, intelligence, executive functioning) and academic achievement.  He also provides consultation around treatment approaches – including cognitive behavioural and mindfulness-based approaches.  He coordinated the development of one of the first inpatient/outpatient DBT programs in Edmonton and worked closely with July Brown in providing The Skills System to adolescents and adults with developmental disabilities.

Ayelet Ary

Ayelet Ary

Psychometrist

Ayelet Ary is a Psychometrist, currently working towards her registration as a Psychological Associate with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Anthropology from Western University (2015) and a Master of Science in School and Applied Child Psychology from the University of Calgary (2018).

Ayelet first discovered her passion for empowering children and adolescents to attain their full academic and personal potential through volunteering for a tutoring and learning skills program throughout her undergraduate degree years, which ultimately led her to undertake graduate studies in the field of school psychology and pursue such vocation.

Ayelet adopts a strengths-based approach when completing comprehensive psycho-educational assessments with children and adolescents. Such assessments typically include an evaluation of cognitive abilities and academic skills, and can also extend beyond that to include an exploration of memory, attention, executive functioning, visual-motor integration, phonological awareness, social-emotional needs, and/or social communication. Ultimately, undertaking such an assessment process will empower the children, adolescents, and families Ayelet supports through such capacity to identify and understand the child/adolescent’s learning strengths and needs, along with inform program planning and support across the home and school environment.

Rob Jagosky

Rob Jagosky

Psychometrist

Rob Jagosky has been working in the assessment field for almost 10 years (working within pediatrics, school assessment, and adult psychological assessment), and within mental health for over 15 years. Despite working with clients of all ages, it is his work with children that brings the most joy, and professional fulfilment. To this end, Rob looks forward to starting his doctoral degree in counselling and school psychology at the University of Toronto this fall and furthering his expertise within this realm. He enjoys supporting students in maximizing their learning potential, in addition to working with both parents and educators in implementing evidence-based strategies, exploring special education resources, and individual education plan development. He looks forward to working with LSCTS, under the supervision of a registered psychologist, in particular being able to consult with so many talented members of the multi-disciplinary team.

Lennon

Lennon

Facility Dog

Happy Retirement!! Lennon retired in September 2021 after 7 years of service to LSCTS. He will be greatly missed by both our Staff and Clients.

Lennon joined our team in June of 2014 as a full time Facility Dog. Lennon graduated from the Canine Assisted Intervention Program through National Service Dogs Program and he fits in like a natural at our clinic.

Lennon typically works with kids in a variety of ways, motivating them to participate and engage fully in the session by helping kids stay regulated, calm, and focused. Lennon loves coming to work and it is often difficult to get him to leave at the end of the day. When Lennon is not working, he loves collecting sticks (the bigger the better), napping, and eating.

 


 

PARRY SOUND CLINIC

PARRY SOUND CLINIC

You can find the following professionals treating at our Parry Sound clinic.

 

Lisa Ivany

Lisa Ivany

Registered Physiotherapist, BScPT

Lisa is a Physiotherapist who completed her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto in 1997. She started her journey in pediatrics at the Hospital for Sick Children where she found her passion in working with kids and their families. Lisa left acute care in 2000 and has worked with children in the community since that time, supporting schools, daycares, clinics, and coaches. Lisa’s clinical experience is vast, and she focuses on client-centred goal-based therapy to assist children and families in reaching their optimal potential. Lisa is also a registered authorizer with Ontario’s Assistive Devices Program (ADP) and enjoys helping children and their families find the best equipment to meet their needs. Lisa is trained in Neurodevelopmental Therapy (NDT) and Cuevas Medek Exercise (CME) Therapy and has a special interest in the infant population.