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) where she currently sits on the Board of Directors, 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 recent years, Christine served a 2 year term on the Coalition of Health Professional Associations in Ontario Automobile Insurance Services, and was a 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 and gained invaluable experience working with adults with speech, language and swallowing difficulties.

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). Her training in the field of ABI has been extensive, seeking out advanced training in the assessment and treatment of behavioural, cognitive and communication difficulties.

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, the University of Pittsburg annual voice conference, as well as training in myofascial release techniques for voice disorders.

Christine brings a friendly and approachable ethic to her work, believing that real life communication problems need real life solutions!

 

 


 

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 from University of Ottawa, certification as a Communicative Disorders Assistant from Georgian College and a Masters degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the State University of New York at Fredonia.

Rebecca has worked extensively with individuals with acquired brain injury (ABI) and post-concussion syndrome. She is a strong advocate for her clients and ensures that their goals are personally meaningful. She was instrumental in the development of The Guys’ Group; a community-based communication group for men with an acquired brain injury.

Rebecca excels in a multi-disciplinary setting ensuring optimal functional outcomes for her clients. As a result of her collaborative approach, she has established strong connections with other community rehabilitation providers. Rebecca also enjoys working with adults with a developmental delay, disorder or dual diagnosis. Rebecca also works with children and adults with autism to improve their language, cognition, social-communication and auditory processing.

Rebecca has an ability to effortlessly explain difficult concepts in a relatable and respectful manner. Both her clients and colleagues would describe her as kind, thoughtful and approachable.

 


 

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 from The University of Ottawa and a Communicative Disorders Assistant diploma from Georgian College. 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, approaching each session with patience, kindness, and creativity. She has extensive experience working with people with an acquired brain injury (ABI), including the development of a unique social skills group for children. She has also received training in the administration of various Direct Instruction programs and provides strategy-based tutoring services for elementary and high school students.

 

 


 

Emily Jones, Communicative Disorders Assistant (CDA)

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

Emily has a particular interest in working with children and adults who have sustained an acquired brain injury (ABI), and believes that therapy should be relevant and practical in the person’s everyday life. This philosophy can be seen in the community activities she develops in collaboration with the members of The Guys’ Group.

Emily enjoys exploring new technologies and apps, whether it be a fun way to practice goals at home or helping someone keep track of their schedule and to-do list. Through video conferencing, she provides access to therapy for clients in rural communities.
She also enjoys working with individuals needing alternative means of communication such as iPads and picture-based communication systems. She has earned multiple credentials in American Sign Language. Emily has also received training in the administration of Direct Instruction programs for reading, writing, and spelling.

Emily is known for her warm and calm demeanor, and her ability to relate to clients of all ages and make them feel at ease.