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 sat on the Board of Directors from November 2013 to September 2018. She is also 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!

 

 


 


Laura Pitcher, Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP)

Laura joined Christine’s team in March of 2019.  Laura has earned multiple degrees; most recently obtaining her Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology in 2013 from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  Prior to qualifying as an SLP, Laura earned her Communicative Disorders Assistant Graduate Certificate (Honours, Highest Ranking Student) from Durham College, Oshawa, in 2007, and an Honours Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Toronto (double major in physiology and biology) in 2006. She is registered with the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO) and a member of The Ontario Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (OSLA).

Laura is committed to serving individuals of all ages who experience speech, language and swallowing challenges and is committed to ongoing education to ensure that her intervention is functional, and evidence based. Since graduation Laura has received training in Supported Conversation for Adults with Aphasia (SCAA), It Takes Two To Talk – the Hanen Program for Parents of Children with Language Delays, as well as numerous professional development courses. She has experience working with young children and enjoys working with families to develop practical intervention plans.  She also has experience working with adults who have experienced a traumatic brain injury, stroke and neurological diseases such as ALS and Parkinson’s.  Besides private practice, Laura also works in the community, including home-based and school-based settings, which has allowed her to gain an appreciation of the importance of “real life” therapy.

Laura brings a calm, kind, and thoughtful approach to her work as a speech-language pathologist.  She is thorough, detail-oriented and committed to the individuals and families with whom she works.

 

 


 

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.

 

 


 

Bryanna Mackay, Communicative Disorders Assistant (CDA)

Bryanna joined Christine’s team in November 2018 after successfully completing a clinical placement at the MacPherson Communication Clinic earlier that same year.  Bryanna obtained an Honours Bachelor’s degree from Brock University, St. Catharine’s in 2017, where she majored in Linguistics, and Speech and Language Sciences. Following that, she completed a 1 year post-graduate certificate at Georgian College, Barrie, to qualify as a Communicative Disorders Assistant (where she was proud to earn honours and make the Dean’s list). She is a member of The Ontario Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (OSLA).

Bryanna has diverse experience working with both children and adults in a variety of settings and brings enthusiasm and warmth to all her sessions.  She enjoys working with individuals who require alternative means of communication such as iPads and picture-based communication systems. She has facilitated group therapy programs for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) targeting social skills goals such as turn taking, eye contact, following directions and topic maintenance.  Currently, Bryanna divides her time between working with children with speech, language and literacy challenges and adults with cognitive communication difficulties following an acquired brain injury.