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We are passionate about helping people communicate to the best of their ability.

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Meet the team.

We’re a small, boutique-style clinic with big hearts.

 

Based in Toronto with over 30 years of experience in Speech & Language services, we are friendly professionals with a passion for helping people reach their full communication potential.

All of our Speech Language Pathologists are registered with the College of Audiologists & Speech Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO).

Lisa Altman Strub

Clinical Director and FounderSpeech Language Pathologist

M.Sc., CCC-SLP

Lisa has devoted her career to working extensively with children who have delayed language skills, language learning disabilities, motor speech difficulties, articulation delays and social communication disorders.  This includes children with developmental delays, syndromes and autism.

Lisa graduated with a Masters of Science degree in Speech Language Pathology from the University of Vermont. She has been working in the public and private sector for over 25 years.   Lisa’s vast clinical experience in Preschool Mental Health Agencies, School Health Support Services, Preschool Outreach Programs, public and private schools, inspired her to establish Speech Therapy Toronto.

In addition to her clinical work, Lisa has enjoyed training teachers, childcare workers, associated professionals and parent groups in speech and language development and integrating Assistive Technology for learning success in the classroom. She has supervised graduate students in Speech Language Pathology programs in the United States and Canada.

Lisa is a registered member of the College of Audiologists and Speech Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO), a certified member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), and a member of the Ontario Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (OSLA).

Additional qualifications include PROMPT, Motor Speech Disorders, Talk Tools, Orofacial Myology and Myofunctional Therapy, Assistive Technology using iPads as “Cool Tool for School”, Social Thinking and Theory of Mind.

Outside of work, Lisa is a busy mom with 3 teenage boys. She is an avid reader, loves yoga, and is trying to master the art of knitting.

Karen Halpern

Speech and Language Pathologist

Ed.D.

Karen studied Speech Language Pathology at Emerson University in Boston and obtained her Doctorate in Special Education from the University of Toronto.  Karen has worked at the Muki Baum Treatment Center, a facility for children with emotional and cognitive disorders as well as varying syndromes, and the The Canadian Hearing Society, where she developed programs to teach speech, ASL and English to deaf children and adults.  In addition, she has been working in private practice since 1995. In 2003, Karen launched Thumbprint Adventures, a company focussed on enhancing children’s imagination and creative thinking through play.  She is the author of the award winning book “Imagine If ….”.

Karen and Lisa have joined forces to create “Language Buddies Adventures”, a group program for children to enhance their expressive language, imaginative play and social skills.

Janis Pardy

Speech Language Pathologist

M.A., CCC-SLP

Janis graduated with a Master’s of Arts degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Indiana University. She has a wide array of experience with children and adults including speech and language disorders, developmental delays, Autism, articulation, motor speech, fluency/stuttering, voice, and aphasia. She has worked as a Speech Language Pathologist in private practices in the United States and Canada.

Janis is a registered member of the College of Audiologists and Speech Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO), a certified member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), and a member of the Ontario Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (OSLA).

Additional qualifications include: Hanen – It Takes Two to Talk, PROMPT, Motor Speech Disorders, Brain Gym, Interactive Metronome, Social Thinking and Theory of Mind.

Karmit Epstein

Speech Language Pathologist

M.H.Sc. S-LP(C)

Karmit holds a Master of Health Science degree in Speech Language Pathology from the University of Toronto.   She has extensive experience working with toddlers, school-aged children, teens, and adults. She has worked in a variety of settings including hospitals, long term care facilities, private clinics, public and private schools, and pediatric rehabilitation centres. Her areas of interest include articulation, fluency, voice, cognitive communication, aphasia, and motor speech disorders. Karmit provides services in English and Hebrew.

Karmit is a registered member of the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO), the Canadian Association of Speech Language Pathology and Audiology (CASLPA) and The Ontario Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (OSLA). Karmit has been a guest lecturer in the Speech Language Pathology department at the University of Toronto.

Additional qualifications include: PROMPT, Hanen – More than Words, Rehabilitation for Children with ABI, Compton Program – Pronouncing English as a Second Language, Supported Communication Intervention for Aphasia.

Kathleen Arnold

Speech Language Pathologist

M.Sc., SLP

Kathleen graduated with a Master of Science degree in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology from Minnesota State University Moorhead. She has over 30 years of experience working with children and adults in the areas of acquired brain injury, aphasia, articulation, accent modification, autism, stuttering and voice.

Kathleen is a registered member of the College of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (CASLPO), a certified member of Speech-Language and Audiology Canada (SAC), a member of the Ontario Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (OSLA), and the Chairperson of the York Region OSLA Chapter.

Additional qualifications include: Hanen – It Takes Two to Talk, Hanen – More Than Words, Motor Speech Disorders, Cognitive-Communication Disorders (Levels 1 and 2), and Aphasia Institute – Supported Communication for Adults with Aphasia.

Summer Pasternak

Speech Language Pathologist

M.Sc., SLP

Summer is a passionate and highly driven clinician with a desire to provide quality care in the management of the pediatric population. She completed a Masters of Health Science in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Toronto, and holds a Bachelor of Arts and Contemporary Studies (Hons.) with a minor in Psychology from Ryerson University. Summer is registered with the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO), as well as the Ontario Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (OSLA).

Summer has experience in the provision of assessment and intervention services for preschool and school-aged children, as well as adolescents in the areas of expressive and receptive language, articulation, fluency, social communication, and literacy. Her previous clinical experience also includes the assessment and treatment of children with developmental diagnoses such as, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Her additional training includes the Hanen It Takes Two To Talkprogram to support early child language development. Summer uses a family-centred approach to ensure that the client and family are considered in all aspects of services to foster a positive therapeutic relationship.

Aviva Bauer

Speech Language Pathologist

M.A., SLP

Aviva has over 10 years experience as a Speech-Language Pathologist working with toddlers, preschoolers, elementary aged children and adolescents in both Canada and the US.  Prior to that, Aviva worked in the educational field for a number of years. Her strong desire to help children on a more personal level by improving their communication skills is what prompted her to return to school to pursue a degree in Speech-Language Pathology.

Aviva graduated with a Master’s of Arts degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Herbert Lehman College in New York.  She has a wide array of clinical experience in both public and private school settings as well as in private pediatric clinics.  Her areas of interest include language delays, articulation, motor speech disorders, developmental delays and autism.

Aviva is a registered member of the College of Audiologists and Speech Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO).

Additional qualifications include: Hanen (More than Words), PROMPT and a variety of other professional workshops including: LAMP (Language Acquisition through Motor Planning), Developing Intelligibility in Children with Limited Expression, Using Music to Build Oral Communication Skills in Young Children, Building Verbal Imitation in Toddlers, and 21stCentury Articulation Therapy.

Alexa Ingles

Speech Language Pathologist

Alexa graduated with a Master’s of Speech Pathology degree in Speech-Language Pathology from The University of Queensland.

She has worked with children aged 1.5 to 15, with experience in speech sound disorders, language delay/disorders, early literacy, social communication, and Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Alexa is a registered member of the College of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (CASLPO)

Amina Ahmed

Administrative Assistant

Amina has a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from the University of Guelph. She has been a vital member of the Speech Therapy Toronto team since 2016, as our Administrative assistant and as staff in our Language Buddies program.

Paige Kruger

Administrative Assistant

Paige has recently joined the Speech Therapy Toronto Team as our Administrative Assistant.

Affiliations.

Speechtherapytoronto is affiliated with The College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists (CASLPO)
Speechtherapytoronto is affiliated with The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Speechtherapytoronto is affiliated with The Ontario Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists
Speechtherapytoronto is affiliated with Speech-Language and Audiology Canada
Speechtherapytoronto is affiliated with The Prompt Institute
Speechtherapytoronto is affiliated with The Hanen Centre
Speechtherapytoronto is affiliated with OROFACIAL MYOLOGY