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General FAQs

What is a multi-disciplinary clinic?

A multi-disciplinary clinic is a clinic that has multiple types of services all under one roof. This means that your child and family will have access to a coordinated therapy plan experience. Your therapists will be able to collaborate on the best practice and therapy for your child to ensure a holistic approach to address your child’s needs. Feel free to speak with your therapist about the coordination of your child’s treatment.

Do I need a medical referral to begin services?

No, you do not need a medical referral to access any of our services

Does OHIP cover my sessions?

Our sessions are not covered by OHIP (Ontario Health Insurance Plan).  Families pay for our services up front, and may be reimbursed by their benefits provider, if applicable.

Do you accept Insurance? Do you direct bill?

LSCTS does not direct bill to any insurance providers.  Please confirm what benefits you are eligible for, with your insurance provider.  Make sure the benefits cover consultation appointments as well as ongoing treatment appointments.

Can services be billed under the parent/caregiver’s name?

No. According to the law, we have to bill under the name of the child who is receiving the therapy. For our psychology invoices, we can bill some of the cost under the caregiver’s name for the caregiver meeting and education portion of the assessment.

How do I pay for service?

We ask that all clients have an active credit card on file.  Families are welcome to pay by e transfer or debit if needed, but must have an active credit card on file in the event that payment is not received.

How do I prepare for a virtual consultation?

All consultation appointments are booked by calling our Administrative staff at 705-792-5272.

Once you find a date and time that works for you, our staff will forward you a number of online documents for you to review and complete.  You may complete these online, and click ‘submit’ and they will automatically be added to your child’s electronic health record with us (JANE).

How do I set up a virtual consultation with a therapist?

Virtual consultations are set up between yourself and the therapist by our Administration staff at 705-792-5272.  The virtual consultation is mostly used by our Occupational Therapy staff.

Occasionally a therapy session may be arranged on line between the family/client and the therapist.  These may occur across all therapy disciplines and are arranged between the therapist and the family/client.

In either case, a link will be provided to allow the virtual visit to take place.

What is meant by a treatment session?

Treatment sessions will be determined based on the assessment/consultation with the child (if appropriate) and family. Treatment sessions can be 45 or 60 minutes in length depending on the child’s abilities and age. Frequency of sessions would be determined by the therapist and family. In these sessions the therapist would use activities and strategies in a play environment to improve the present function and skills of the child.

How many sessions are needed?

The number of sessions required is very individualized for each child and sometimes is dependent on the therapy discipline involved.  For example, when working with a CDA for Speech therapy you will do 10 therapy sessions before you pause to reassess the goals.  In general, most children should plan for 8 – 10 sessions and we encourage you to speak to your therapist about the plan they would suggest.

Can I sit in on my child’s session?

Absolutely! Our therapy sessions depend on the support and engagement with our families.  Let your therapist know you would like to sit in, and they can guide you through their plan for that session. If you are unable to sit in, please allow for 5-10 minutes at the end of your child’s session, to speak with the therapist about how the session went, how things are going at home and what ‘homework’ they might have until the next session. Your child’s therapy session is a combination of time in the treatment room with the therapist, and time touching base and following up between the therapist and the family.

Different kinds of funding that might be available for you?

It is important to research and understand if your child may be eligible for any funding that might offset the cost of therapy sessions.

Ontario Autism Program (OAP)

The Ontario Autism Program (OAP) offers support to families of children and youth on the autism spectrum.  Children and youth who have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) by a qualified professional are eligible for the program. Children receive services and support until the age of 18.  https://www.ontario.ca/page/ontario-autism-program 

Jordan’s Principle

Jordan’s Principle makes sure all First Nations children living in Canada can access the products, services and supports they need, when they need them. Funding can help with a wide range of health, social and educational needs, including the unique needs that First Nations Two-Spirit and LGBTQQIA children and youth and those with disabilities may have. https://www.sac-isc.gc.ca/eng/1568396042341/1568396159824

Do I have to pay for Parking?

No you do not have to pay for parking at any of our clinic sites. For Barrie, please park in the designated parking spots for LSCTS clients located at the South Entrance of the building. If these spots are full, please park in any of the open yellow lined parking spots, and bring your license plate information to Reception in Suite 105 for parking validation.

Is my child too young to start therapy?

Our clinic welcomes children from birth to 18 years of age. We are passionate about children of any age, reaching their highest potential! Of course, depending on the type of therapy needed, there may be suggested ages when therapy might be more successful. We are happy to answer any of your questions.

Where do I start?

It all starts with a phone call to our Administrative staff who can answer your questions and take you through our intake process. You do not need a medical referral to access any of our services. We do not have a waitlist and will schedule your child’s session on the next available appointment time.

Do I need a consultation before I start one to one therapy?

A consultation is a time for the therapist and the caregiver/child to speak openly about their most pressing concerns, and for the therapist to collect key information that can be used in the development of the steps in the family’s journey with our clinic.  It can play an important role in determining what the best next steps are for the child and the family.  It is a great advantage to have a consultation before starting one to one therapy. Sometimes families will be referred to us, by another professional, needing a very prescriptive, standardized test to be completed. In these rare cases, we may decide to not complete a consultation and start the assessment/testing right away.

What is an assessment?

This is a formal time with the therapist using standardized tests to determine the child’s level of function and abilities. After the assessment with the child has been completed, a meeting with parents will be scheduled to discuss the results of the assessment. These results, along with the parent/child’s input, will determine the child’s treatment plan. A document with the results of the assessment will be provided to the parent.

What does a virtual consultation entail?

This is an initial session between the therapist and the parent/caregiver, to determine the recommended next steps to support the child and the family. A treatment plan and program suggestions are discussed at this time. A written document is not included with a consultation.

What can I bring to my child’s session or assessment?

For most services, it is only recommended to bring a water bottle for your child to have in session. If you are attending a Psychology Assessment you can also bring a small snack as these assessments last between 2-3 hours. If you are attending an OT Feeding session, your therapist will give direction on what foods to bring with you. Please remember that we are a PEANUT FREE clinic.

Can I book appointments online?

Yes, existing clients will be able to book appointments online with their therapist using our Janne App program. Your profile will be set-up at the time of your child’s intake. When booking with a TA or CDA, please make sure you are booking appointments that are supervised by your supervising OT, PT or SLP. All new clients will not be able to book a consultation or assessment online, please call our office in order to schedule these appointments.

How do I cancel an appointment?

To cancel an appointment, we ask that you contact our Administration staff, during business hours, at 705-792-5272.  By speaking to them directly, you have the opportunity to rebook the session you are canceling.  You may also choose to add your child’s name to a therapist’s  cancellation list, so that you can be called for an appointment as one becomes available.

Charging cancellation fees, for a cancellation notice less than 24 hours, is a very common business practice.  

Our therapy staff prepare in advance, and space and time is reserved for your child’s session.  

We do understand the impact of illness on your families, and that it is not always possible to provide a great deal of notice to us when it strikes, however the consequence is still felt by our clinic and staff, therefore a cancellation fee is necessary.

How much does each session cost?

Our fees can be found on our “How It Works” page. Go to page HERE

Why do I have to pay for reports?

Following an assessment, reports are often required to provide the caregiver with details of the assessment and testing that was administered.  These reports involve the therapist’s time in scoring parts of the assessment, and providing information in the report that can be shared with other disciplines and professionals.  Because the process of pulling the report together can be detailed and time consuming, the caregiver will pay an additional amount for the report.

How does LSCTS communicate with our families?

We believe that our relationship with the families we serve is very important.  We make sure that we communicate by email, any overall changes that affect our clients and their families.  This could include staffing or scheduling changes. Before every therapy session, the family will receive a reminder email of the appointment date and time. Every 2-3 months we produce a Newsletter for our families, focusing on clinic highlights and upcoming events. Our Administration staff are available during clinic business hours to answer any questions in person or by email.

What is Jane?

Jane is our scheduling and booking program for the clinic. Jane allows clients to create a profile for their child and manage appointments, invoices, payments and documentation from the client profile. When you complete your child’s intake, you will be prompted to create a profile for your child. Jane also allows you to manage all your family profiles from one login. You will also be able to integrate your personal calendar to your scheduled appointments through Jane. If you have further questions, please see our resources page or contact our office.

How to leave a Facebook review?

To leave us a Facebook review, you can use the link below. You will be required to log into Facebook first, and then be directed immediately to our review page.

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How to leave a Google review?

You can leave a Google review for either our Barrie or Parry Sound site using the following links:

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Mental Health Counselling FAQs

Should parents attend the first session?

Yes, it’s best if both parents can attend the session.

What can we expect to happen in the first session?

Introduction to the therapist and the therapeutic process. A detailed assessment of the family dynamics, the child, challenges bringing them to our clinic, strengths and academics.

How frequent will sessions be?

This is based on the needs, age of the child etc. We will discuss the therapy plan in the initial session.

Can my child see an OT and a SW at the same time?

We welcome it! We are a multidisciplinary team who loves to collaborate. We will set different goals and address various skills differently, while working coherently as your child’s support team.

Occupational Therapy

Is my child too young for OT?

Occupational therapy sees children 0-18 years of age.  We strongly believe in early intervention before strong habits are formed.  Usually our infants are seen for  developmental and/or feeding concerns which includes breast and bottle feeding as it pertains to proper positioning and acknowledging sensory needs.

What should I bring to my OT sessions?

Usually there isn’t anything you would need to bring but yourselves although, if you would like the therapist to review any medical report or their school work or items from home, that would be very helpful.  If we are working on clothing sensitivity, you may be asked to bring in pieces of clothing that are problematic for your child.  If we are working on feeding skills, you may be asked to bring in foods that are a struggle for your child.

How do I implement therapy suggestions for home?

Your therapist will walk you through the suggestions/tools needed and how to best implement them at home by scheduling a Caregiver Coaching Session.  The therapist can then focus solely on you and your needs at home.

Speech-Language Pathology FAQs

How much of my child’s speech should others be able to understand at this age?

Typically, a child should be 95-100% intelligible to unfamiliar people by age 4. For younger children, unfamiliar people should be able to understand approximately 25% by age 1, 50% by age 2, and 75% by age 3.

Why is my child not talking?

15% of children are considered late talkers. A late talker has mastered 50 words or less by age 2 and cannot combine words together. I.e., more bubbles (will say “more” or “bubbles” but will not say them together). There is no single explanation for your child to be a late talker. Late talkers are more likely to have a family history of early language delay, to be male, and to have been born at less than 85% of their optimal birth weight. Some late talkers can acquire language without therapy but it is recommended that all language delayed children receive speech therapy to help facilitate their language development.

Does a speech delay mean my child has Autism?

No. There are many reasons for a speech delay. The most common speech delay we see is children that are “late talkers”. This means that they may not be following typical speech and language milestones for their age. While speech therapists cannot make a diagnosis of autism, they are experienced in identifying red flags for autism and can make the appropriate recommendations to parents about next steps.

Will my autistic child ever talk?

There are many factors that affect speech and language development, when the child is autistic the child may face unique challenges that can affect their communicative abilities. It is not unheard of for nonverbal children to develop verbal communication later in life. However, in our speech therapy sessions, we aim to teach the skills to help the child communicate as best they can within their abilities.

How does playing in therapy help facilitate my child’s language?

Although therapy may look like simply playing, it is the best and most common approach to stimulate your child’s language development. Firstly, it ensures that the child is excited to come back to therapy and participate with the therapist during the session. Secondly, speech therapists are adept at targeting set goals while the child plays, they are learning without even realizing it! Lastly, since play and language skills develop in tandem, we often play during speech therapy sessions to encourage language.

How long will my child need therapy? How many sessions will we do per week?

The number of sessions will depend on a variety of factors. For example, a child with an articulation disorder may require 10-15 sessions depending on the severity of the issue. The number of sessions per week will be recommended by the SLP following an assessment.

My child has multiple articulation errors, so why do we only target one specific sound at a time?

Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) recommend targeting sounds that the child is stimulable for (meaning, they are able to produce the sound when given direct instruction but are not able to use it in conversation). We also target sounds that affect their intelligibility (how a child is understood). For example, if a child is producing all K words as T’s and all R words as W’s, we will target the sound that the child is most stimulable for as it will be easier for them to master that sound and to help with overall intelligibility. 

Psychology FAQs

What is Psychology at LSCTS?

Psychologists provide assessments to better understand how a child thinks, learns, feels and behaves. They work with the child and family to assess developmental, behavioural, emotional and intellectual difficulties that impact their daily functioning. Our Psychologists do not provide counseling services, only assessments. We have a Mental Health team consisting of Social Workers and Psychotherapists that can provide counseling services for your child.

Our Child has multiple areas of concerns, what Assessment should I choose?

We appreciate that this can be a complex situation, depending on the concerns, needs and circumstances for your child and family. If you are not sure what Psychology Assessment your child should complete, we can schedule you for a Consultation with our Psychologist to discuss your concerns and to provide suggestions for services.

What should we bring to the Assessment?

Please bring with you any forms that you have not already forwarded to the office. For the child, please bring a snack and water bottle as assessments typically last 2-3 hours.

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Shannon McCabe

Therapist Assistant - TA


Shannon is a Therapy Assistant at LSCTS. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Community Health from Brock University and earned her OTA/PTA diploma at Georgian College.

Shannon’s experience includes working with children ages 4-18 years within a variety of therapy settings — including school based care, home based care, and care within the community. She has a strong passion for ensuring each child has access to the care needed where they feel their most comfortable.

Shannon’s goal is to provide children and their families with the care and support needed for them to learn, grow, and feel supported and empowered.

Catherine (Katie) Epkenhaus

Therapist Assistant


Katie is a Therapist Assistant at LSCTS. She is incredibly passionate about rehabilitation in paediatrics.

Katie is experienced in a multi-disciplinary approach with all ages as a Therapist Assistant in neuro - spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, and post stroke. She is also a community advocate/support with Autistic children and their families.

Katie’s approach is about providing a family-centred therapeutic experience with empathy, strong communication, and parental support. She loves to be engaging in her therapy sessions, and uncovering the full potential in all her clients!

Hannah Davies

Occupational Therapist - Reg. OT (Ont.)


Hannah is an Occupational Therapist at LSCTS. She completed her bachelor’s degree in Child, Youth, and Family Studies from the University of Guelph, and is certified as an Early Childhood Educator.

Hannah brings a varied range of experience to her practice, drawing from her community therapy work in Vancouver, BC and from roles outside of her OT career, such as ski instructor, camp counsellor, nanny, and Early Childhood Educator. Drawing from this wealth of experience, her approach to practice is deeply rooted in early intervention and family-centered care.

Hannah enjoys working to help children of all ages achieve their goals, from infancy to young adult-hood. She is excited to use her creativity to develop fun, engaging, and enriching intervention plans while working in partnership with children and families.

Kathleen (Katie) Shaughnessy

Social Worker - MSW, RSW


Katie is a Social Worker at LSCTS. Katie believes in the inherent strengths of each child and her approach to counselling is rooted in building upon these strengths, fostering resilience, and empowering children to navigate life's challenges.

Katie creates a safe and supportive space by encouraging open communication, allowing children to express themselves freely. She draws from her experiences working with children and families in areas of mental health, child welfare, and mentoring coordination.

Katie incorporates trauma-informed, strengths-based and child-focused approaches to promote positive change and growth. She is passionate about ensuring children feel heard and understood, and that their perspectives are integrated into the counselling process.

Kelly Pusateri

Therapist Assistant - TA

Kelly is a Therapist Assistant at LSCTS.

Kelly has a background in parent coaching, early intervention and paediatric therapies. She has a strong passion for helping children and families along their therapy journey.

Kelly strives to provide children and their families with the support needed for them to build confidence, learn and grow. The thing Kelly loves most about working with children is when she sees the smiles on their faces and their excitement when they achieve their goals.

Wendy Neely

Behavioural Coach & Group Facilitator


Wendy Neely is the Behavioural Coach and a Group Facilitator at LSCTS. She is a trained Social Service Worker with a Bachelors degree in Psychology.

Wendy has spent the last 25+ years working as a Behaviour Consultant within the framework of Applied Behaviour Analysis.

Wendy's extensive knowledge, insight and passion has led her to develop and facilitate a variety of programming for children and adolescents to focus on areas of behaviour that include happiness, anger, fear, assertiveness and more.

Kaitlyn (Kaitie) Shipley



Kaitlyn (Kaitie) joined LSCTS in October 2023.

Emily Cooper

Occupational Therapist - Reg. OT (Ont.)


Emily is an Occupational Therapist at LSCTS. She completed her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Toronto.

Emily has experience providing client-centred services to children with varied abilities. She is passionate about using a strength-based approach to help children and their families work toward their meaningful goals.

Emily is interested in fine and gross motor development as well as addressing sensory and emotional regulation needs through collaboration with children, their families, and their interdisciplinary team

Vanessa Garnett

Speech-Language Pathologist – BA (Hons), M.Cl.Sc


Vanessa is a Speech-Language Assistant at LSCTS. She completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Cognitive Science of Language and minored in French.

Vanessa has over 10 years of experience working with children in various capacities. She is passionate about creating a fun and engaging learning environment, as she knows that this is how children learn best.

Vanessa strives to help all children reach their full potential through a strength-based approach that uses each child’s unique skills and interests to help them achieve their goals.

Madeleine Beam

Social Worker - MSW, RSW


Madeleine is a Social Worker at LSCTS. She utilizes non-judgmental and culturally sensitive principles by recognizing the unique experiences and identities of each child.

Madeleine ensures that all children feel heard, understood, and valued, creating an inclusive environment where everyone can thrive. Her experiences include working in child protection, mental health, and providing counselling support to women and children in crisis.

Madeleine draws from a strengths-based approach and a narrative therapy lens, believing that every child possesses unique qualities and capabilities, and celebrates each child’s strengths as well as their individuality.

Bronwyn Westlaken

Therapist Assistant - TA


Bronwyn is a Therapy Assistant at LSCTS.

Bronwyn has experience providing direct care to individuals of all age groups within the neurorehabilitation field of therapy.

Bronwyn enjoys helping children find ways to improve their daily lives and participate in the world around them as fully as they can.

Lindsey Johnson

Therapist Assistant - TA

Lindsey is a Therapist Assistant at LSCTS with a diploma from Georgian College.

Lindsey has worked in many sectors, including both paediatric and hospital rehabilitation settings. Lindsey has a strong commitment to providing family-centred care by involving family members and caregivers in the therapeutic process.  

Lindsey believes in fostering a supportive and empathetic environment where children feel heard, respected, and empowered to participate in their care.

Maureen Willis

Psychotherapist - BA, MA, RP

Maureen is a Psychotherapist at LSCTS. She has certification in the ASIST Suicide Prevention Training Program and Indigenous Cultural Competency Training.

Maureen is passionate about providing an empathetic, caring, empowering and non-judgmental space. Maureen offers a strengths-based and trauma-informed approach that is collaborative and supportive, helping clients navigate through challenges to build resiliency, change and personal growth.

Maureen uses therapeutic modalities such as CBT, DBT, Internal Family Systems theory as well as mindfulness-based approaches.

Kathryn Janyce (Jan) Addy

Speech-Language Pathologist - MLS, MSc, SLP (C) Reg

Jan is a Speech-Language Pathologist at LSCTS. Jan currently sees clients in one-on-one sessions as well as servicing the Federal Schools in the greater Parry Sound area.

Jan has over 25 years’ experience working with toddlers, preschool and school-age children who experience communication delays.

Jan’s areas of interest include Articulation, Language Processing, Pragmatics, Reading Difficulties, Stuttering and Voice Delays.

Cassidy Thornton

Therapist Assistant - TA

Cassidy is a Therapist Assistant at LSCTS.

Cassidy is an experienced Therapy Assistant supporting our Occupational Therapist, Physiotherapist and Speech-Language Pathologist in the Parry Sound area.

Cassidy loves working with children particularly, to help them gain confidence, and provide them with the skills and tools they need in order to achieve their goals and reach their optimal potential. Cassidy always brings enthusiasm and positivity to her sessions!

Glenda Newton

Therapist Assistant - TA

Glenda is a Therapist Assistant at LSCTS. From 2006 – 2020 she found a passion for helping children while working in a Children’s Treatment Centre.

Glenda helps children reach their goals that are set by a supervising Occupational Therapist or Physiotherapist.

Glenda enjoys implementing activities that are goal-oriented, interesting, and beneficial. She is excited to be a part of our Parry Sound site and servicing the Federal Schools in the greater Parry Sound area.

Michelle Dermenjian

Psychologist - M.Ed., C. Psych.

Michelle has been providing psychological services for over 30 years.  She is registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario in the areas of Clinical, Counselling, School and Organizational Psychology.  After graduating from the University of Western Ontario and the University of Alberta, she began work with Integrated Services for Northern Children in Kenora, travelling to rural and remote communities in northern Ontario, providing multi-disciplinary services for children and their families. She moved to Parry Sound, with her family, where she continued to provide diagnostic and therapy services to infants, children, adolescents, families and adults with Developmental Disabilities at Hands.  

As retired director of Children’s Services and Lead Agency of Child and Youth Mental Health, she had the privilege of working with individuals, agencies, associations, and government advisories to plan for improved services for children and youth across the province.  She considers it an honour to continue to work with clients and families now through private practice, providing professional, evidence-based services that are compassionate and safe.  

As part of her practice, she is partnering with Lyndsey Stevenato Children’s Therapy Services, providing in-person and video-supported psychological services to infants, toddlers, children, and their caregivers.

Jennifer McDonald

Social Worker - BSW, MSW, RSW

Jenn is a Social Worker at LSCTS. She believes in approaching the counselling relationship with gentleness, warmth and creativity. Jenn takes a strength-based, holistic approach to supporting those she works with and regards herself as an ally & helper in the therapy process.

Jenn has Indigenous (Mohawk) and settler Canadian background and has experience working with children, youth and families in various settings and has considerable experience working with Indigenous community directed organisations.

As a new mom, Jenn has a special interest in supporting children and youth and is passionate about creating a safe and meaningful space to foster wellness.

Mikylah Heathcote

Social Worker - BSW, MSW, RSW

Mikylah is a Social Worker at LSCTS. Mikylah possesses over 10 years of experience working with children, adolescents and their families.

Mikylah is trained to take a trauma-informed, human rights approach within her practice. She employs a mix of therapeutic approaches in an effort to create individualized support. She also has experience as a school social worker with a strong knowledge base for navigating the educational system.

Mikylah takes a strength-based, inclusive, and empathetic approach to addressing challenges. She is passionate about empowering parents/guardians and children/adolescents throughout their work with her and beyond!

Sarah Stec

Communicative Disorders Assistant - CDA

Sarah is a Communicative Disorders Assistant at LSCTS. She will be working under the supervision of the Speech Language Pathologist to provide treatment either in 1-on-1 or group settings.

Sarah is also a certified Child and Youth Counsellor, with a background in working with deaf, hard of hearing, and deafblind individuals. She also has experience working with Mental Health concerns, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, and Multiple Sclerosis.

Sarah has a special interest in motor speech disorders and is passionate about making a difference in others lives by helping them reach their goals.

Tiffannie Peterratnaraj

Communicative Disorders Assistant - CDA

Tiffannie is a Communicative Disorders Assistant at LSCTS. She is passionate about providing an avenue to communication in any form with the end goal of autonomy and self-sufficiency for her clients.

Tiffannie has previously worked as a CDA under a private SLP providing in person and online speech and language services to the paediatric population.

Tiffannie is interested in play-based learning and its role in childhood language development. She is also excited to learn more about providing accessibility in all areas of life.

Vanessa Garnett

Speech-Language Pathologist Candidate – BA (Hons), M.Cl.Sc (Candidate)

Vanessa will be join the LSCTS Speech team June 2023

Vanessa is a Speech-Language Pathologist Candidate at LSCTS. She completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Cognitive Science of Language and minored in French.

Vanessa has over 10 years of experience working with children in various capacities. She is passionate about creating a fun and engaging learning environment, as she knows that this is how children learn best.

Vanessa strives to help all children reach their full potential through a strength-based approach that uses each child’s unique skills and interests to help them achieve their goals.

Erin Gilchrist

Speech-Language Pathologist - MHSc, SLP-C. Reg. CASLPO

Erin is a Speech-Language Pathologist at LSCTS and a Professor with the Communicative Disorders Assistant Program at Georgian College. She is passionate about working with families and using client-centred care to create meaningful communication goals.

Erin teaches clinical skills to CDAs and has experience working with paediatric and school aged populations for speech, language and communication difficulties.

Erin’s areas of interest include: articulation, phonology, motor speech and language development.

Marissa Buckland

Therapist Assistant - BHSc., TA

Marissa is a Therapist Assistant at LSCTS with a bachelor’s degree in Rehabilitation Science and Bioarchaeology.

Mariss’s experience includes working in psychogeriatrics, traumatic brain injuries, and supervising OT assistants in training as they begin their careers.

Marissa enjoys being the bridge between parents and their children by offering a space for the children to learn and express themselves freely and providing parents the education and tools to support their children between sessions.

Lisa Ivany

Physiotherapist/Psychotherapist (Qualifying) - BScPT, PT, RP (Q)

Lisa is the Physiotherapist at LSCTS. She loves helping her clients and their families reach their goals.

Lisa has over 25 years working in various settings, including in a large children’s hospital, a children’s treatment centre, and within community-based programs, working with children from 4 days to 18 years old.

Lisa has a special interest in working with infants and new parents, as well as neurodivergent infants and children. She is also authorized to prescribe seating and mobility equipment through the Assistive Devices Program (ADP).

Samanta Rivas Argueta

Occupational Therapist - OT Reg. (Ont.)

Samanta Rivas Argueta is an Occupational Therapist at LSCTS. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Human Biology & Nutritional Sciences.

Samanta strives to provide client-centered therapy for children of all ages in fun and engaging ways.

Samanta is passionate to work together with children and their families towards their unique goals. She uses a strength-based approach to foster a positive learning environment.

Pooja Patel

Occupational Therapist - OT Reg. (Ont.)

Pooja Patel is an Occupational Therapist at LSCTS. She has over 9 years of experience working within the pediatric population, namely child and adolescent mental health.

Pooja’s training includes Handwriting Without Tears, Astronaut Training (sound activated vestibular-visual sensory protocol), Interoception-Based supports, trauma-informed practice, mindfulness, meditation and more.

Pooja prioritizes healthy lifestyle balance strategies as a key approach to support clients in building skills and resiliency. She is passionate about parent wellness and utilizes a strength-based perspective to facilitate change and add more joy in life!

Justine Kitchen

Occupational Therapist, OT Reg. (Ont.) - Senior Therapist

Justine Kitchen is an Occupational Therapist at LSCTS. She has over 10 years experience as an OT and has worked in the Paediatric field her entire career.

Justine’s practice has always focused on family-centered care. It’s her educated belief that you cannot treat just the child, but that progress involves active involvement from parents and/or other caregivers in that child’s life.

Justine enjoys helping parents/caregivers navigate the recognition of needs and creating a plan of action for therapy and care. She is interested in child/adolescent mental health and emotional regulation and how this can be intertwined with sensory issues and resulting behaviours.

Sally Jishi

Occupational Therapist - M. Sc (OT), OT Reg. (Ont.)

Sally is an Occupational Therapist at LSCTS. She completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology.

Sally has over 5 years of 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.

Jessica Cronk

Occupational Therapist - OT Reg. (Ont.)

Jessica Cronk is an Occupational Therapist at LSCTS. She completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology.

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.

Jessica is interested in all areas of therapy, and in particular enjoys working on fine motor, gross motor, visual perceptual, and feeding skills.

Jennifer Atkinson

Occupational Therapist - OT Reg. (Ont.)
School services only

Jenn is an Occupational Therapist. She currently works for LSCTS by servicing private schools to help support kids to be the best students they can be.

Jenn has worked with a variety of aged kids in many different settings – including child care, overnight camps, and day camps and in pediatric private practice.

Jenn enjoys getting to know each child’s interests and strengths so she can use those in therapy to progress towards their goals. She particularly likes working on fine motor and self-regulation skills.

Mallory Donaldson

Communications/Human Resources

Mallory is the Communications and Human Resources Assistant at LSCTS.

Mallory has over 10 years of experience working in a variety of Office Administrative roles and loves to engage within a fun and collaborative work environment.

Mallory has an interest in engaging with people and enjoys being a part of the marketing and social media team of LSCTS. Mallory is a self-proclaimed nerd, and has been known to cosplay from time to time.

Becky Robinson

Client Care Lead

Becky is the Client Care Lead at LSCTS. She has been working with the clinic since July 2006, being the first point of contact for the families of LSCTS.

Becky has a genuine interest in all the children and families that walk through the doors of LSCTS, and has had the great pleasure of watching children grow up as they have visited the clinic throughout the years.

Becky is always quick to greet families with a warm and caring smile, and always ready to lend a listening ear. Outside of work, Becky enjoys spending time with her family and going for walks with them.

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Joanne van Rennes

Clinic Director - BScN, RN

Joanne is the Clinic Director for LSCTS. She is a Registered Nurse.

Joanne has over 25 years experience as a manager in a variety of Community Health settings, with a focus on family centered care and engagement.

Joanne has an interest in building strong teams and loves working in the richness of a multi-disciplinary environment. Outside of work Joanne loves hanging out with her family and her dogs.