Our People

Christine MacPherson, Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP)

Christine MacPherson is a Speech-Language Pathologist, registered with the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO).  She is a member of the Ontario Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (OSLA). She currently sits on the Board of Directors of OSLA, is a member of the OSLA mild TBI interest group, and a member of the organizing committee of the OSLA biannual ‘Brainstorming Brain Injury” conference. In addition, Ms MacPherson is currently serving a 1 year term on the Coalition of Health Professional Associations in Ontario Automobile Insurance Services, and is a current member of the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation (ONF) advisory group for implementation of the Clinical Practice Guidelines for Rehabilitation of adults with moderate-severe TBI. She also was invited to sit on the CASLPO review committee of the Practice Standards and Guidelines for Acquired Cognitive Disorders (2015).

After graduating in 1988 as a Speech Pathologist from Cumberland College of Health Sciences, The University of Sydney, Australia, she worked in both community and educational settings focusing on speech and language disorders in preschool and school aged children.  Relocating to Canada in 1992, she was employed by The Royal Victoria Hospital in Barrie, Ontario, in both inpatient and outpatient settings. There she provided assessment and therapy services, to both children and adults with a wide variety of communication and swallowing disorders. As well, during this time, she was a consultant to Brain Injury Services of Simcoe County.

In private practice since 1995, she has a particular focus on working with children, adolescents and adults who have sustained an acquired brain injury (ABI).  She also has experience working with individuals with learning disabilities, aphasia, voice disorders, motor speech disorders and reading disorders. Amongst numerous further education events, Christine has completed training in PROMPTS for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets (PROMPT), Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), Lessac Madsen Resonant Voice Therapy (LMRVT), Level I Somatic Voicework™ LoVetri Method Training at The Chicago Institute for Voice Care and a post graduate course in Reading Disabilities from Curtin University, Western Australia.

Between 1996 and 1998 she was a part time instructor at Georgian College in Orillia, teaching courses to CDA students in Child Language Development and Communication Disorders in the Adult Population.   Christine continues to accept and mentor CDA students every year during their mandatory field placements.

 


 

RebeccaRebecca Pitcher, Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP)

Rebecca joined Christine’s team in 2010. She is registered with the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO). Rebecca holds an Honours BA in Linguistics and Psychology, certification as a Communicative Disorders Assistant and a Masters degree in Speech-Language Pathology.

Rebecca has a particular interest in working with a wide variety of individuals specifically those needing alternative means of communication as well as individuals who have sustained an acquired brain injury (ABI). She also works with preschool through school age children. She is a registered Authorizer for communication aids with the Assistive Devices Program, which is a branch of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.


 

Alison White, Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP)

Alison is the newest member of Christine’s team, joining us in 2015. Alison is a qualified Speech-Language Pathologist and is registered with the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO) and the Ontario Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (OSLA). Alison holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Kinesiology and Health Science, certification as a Communicative Disorders Assistant and a Masters degree in Speech-Language Pathology.

 
Alison has a particular interest in working with clients who have swallowing, communication and voice difficulties as a result of an acquired brain injury (ABI), stroke (CVA) and/or progressive neurological disorder. Alison is also a certified Lee Silverman Voice Treatment clinician. Alison strives to implement family-centred practices to build collaborative relationships with her clients while providing holistic and meaningful treatment.

 


 

sashaSasha Besley, Communicative Disorders Assistant (CDA)

Sasha has been a part of Christine’s team since 2000. Her qualifications include an Honours BA in Linguistics and a Communicative Disorders Assistant diploma. She is a member of The Ontario Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (OSLA).

Sasha works with individuals of all ages providing speech and language therapy services. She also provides therapy for those with an acquired brain injury (ABI) and tutoring services for elementary and high school students. She particularly enjoys working with children and has received training in the administration of various Direct Instruction programs.  Together with the March of Dimes, Sasha facilitates a weekly conversation group for individuals with aphasia.

 


 

Emily Jones, Communicative Disorders Assistant (CDA)

Emily joined Christine’s team in 2012. Her qualifications include an Honours BA in Linguistic Cognitive Science and a Communicative Disorders Assistant certificate. She is a member of The Ontario Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (OSLA).

Emily has a particular interest in working with young children and adults who have sustained an acquired brain injury (ABI). Emily enjoys exploring new technologies and apps. Through Skype, she provides access to therapy for clients in rural communities. She also enjoys working with individuals needing alternative means of communication, and has earned multiple credentials in American Sign Language. Emily has also received training in the administration of Direct Instruction programs.