Our Therapists:

Barrhaven

Julie Lemire

Julie graduated from the University of Toronto in 1998 with a Master of Health Science in Speech-Language Pathology.  In addition to working in private practice, Julie has worked with the Community Care Access Centre, First Words Screening Clinics, and in various acute care hospitals.  In addition to her clinical work, Julie has been a lecturer at the University of Ottawa (Speech-Language Pathology) and a Board Member with the Ontario Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists.  She has experience working with children and adults with various communication, voice, and swallowing disorders.  Julie is a member of the Ontario Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (OSLA).  She is also a registered Individual Authorizer through the Assistive Devices Program (ADP).
She has received additional training in the following areas:

  1. Lidcombe Program
  2. Camperdown Program
  3. Lee Silverman Voice Treatment
  4. Buteyko Breathing - Level 1
  5. Transgender Communication and Voice Training
  6. Myofascial Release for neck, voice, and swallowing disorders

 Julie provides services in French and English. She can be reached at ext201 or JulieL@BranchingOutTherapy.ca

Stephanie Lafleur

Stephanie graduated from the University of Ottawa in 2013 with a Master of Health Science in
Speech-Language Pathology. She has worked at a preschool speech and language centre in
Northern Ontario and currently works with the francophone public school board here in Ottawa.
She has experience working with preschoolers and school-aged children with difficulties in the
areas of phonology/articulation, receptive and expressive language, written language, social
communication as well as augmentative and alternative communication. She has experience
working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and has received additional training in the
following areas:

  1. Hanen It Takes Two to Talk
  2. Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS Level 1 & 2)
  3. The Lidcombe Program

Stephanie provides services in English and French, and can be reached at ext. 205 or
Stephanie@BranchingOutTherapy.ca

Michelle Karow

Michelle Karow is a Franco-Ontarian who received her schooling in both official languages. She graduated in 1995 from the University of Ottawa with a Bachelor of Arts degree with a Concentration in Linguistics. She also completed a postgraduate program in Autism and Behavioural Sciences at La Cité in 2013. In addition to her private practice, Michelle previously worked for the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est as an educator, as well as an educational software company as a product manager overseeing the development of intervention software for reading and math. Michelle has worked with students who have ADD/ADHD, dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, processing disorder, behavioural problems, communication problems and intellectual disabilities. She also received additional training in the following areas:.

  1. Enseignement Multisensoriel Simultané (Multisensory Teaching)
  2. Barton Reading and Spelling System
  3. ADD/ADHD - Overview of executive functions and their impact in the classroom
  4. Working memory and its role in learning
  5. Dyslexia and dysgraphia

Michelle’s curiosity and passion for learning form the foundation of her commitment to helping individuals achieve new levels of language and literacy skills to contribute to their academic growth. She works extensively with students to help improve specific reading skills such as letter-naming, letter sounds, segmentation and manipulation of phonemes, and comprehension strategies. Michelle has provided individualized learning support in various settings for 20 years. With the COVID-19 situation, she now offers virtual services in French and English to children ages 3-14.

In her personal time, Michelle enjoys practicing yoga, taking in the charm of a small town, hiking in the woods, baking, gardening, sipping tea while reading a good book, and spending quiet (and adventurous!) time with her husband and two teenage sons.

Michelle can be reached at ext210 or Michelle@BranchingOutTherapy.ca

Julie Sovinsky

Julie graduated from the University of Ottawa in 2013 with a Master of Health Science in Speech-Language Pathology. In addition to working in private practice, Julie has worked at two Children’s Treatment Centres and a school board in Northern Ontario. She has experience working with toddlers, preschoolers and school-aged children with difficulties in the areas of phonology/articulation, motor speech, receptive and expressive language, social communication, fluency, augmentative and alternative communication, and other communication needs.  Julie is experienced in working with children with Down Syndrome and developmental and intellectual delays. She is a member of Speech and Audiology Canada (SAC) and Hanen.  She has received additional training in the following areas:

  1. Hanen It Takes Two to Talk
  2. Hanen More Than Words
  3. Hanen TalkAbility

Julie provides services in English and French, and can be reached at ext212 or JulieS@BranchingOutTherapy.ca

Stittsville

Tara Whalen

Tara graduated from the University of Toronto in 1998 with a Master of Health Science in Speech-Language Pathology. In addition to working in private practice, Tara has worked with the First Words Screening Clinics, Community Care Access Centre, and Ottawa Children's Treatment Centre. She has experience working with children with difficulties in the areas of phonology/articulation, receptive and expressive language, and other communication needs. Tara is experienced working with children with developmental delays and on the Autistic Spectrum. She has received additional training in the following areas:

  1. Hanen parent training programs (It Takes Two to  Talk, More than Words, TalkAbility)
  2. Oral Placement Therapy
  3. PROMPT
  4. Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)

Tara can be reached at ext204 or Tara@BranchingOutTherapy.ca

Jessie Heikamp

Jessie Heikamp graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 2013 with a Master of Clinical Science in Speech-Language Pathology. In addition to working in private practice, Jessie works at the CHEO Development & Rehabilitation (previously known as the Ottawa Children's Treatment Centre). She has experience working with children with difficulties in the areas of phonology/articulation, receptive and expressive language, motor speech, and other communication needs. Jessie is experienced working with children with developmental delays, intellectual delays, and on the Autistic Spectrum. She is a member of Speech and Audiology Canada (SAC) and Hanen. She has received additional training in the following areas:

  1. PROMPT
  2. Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)
  3. Hanen parent training programs (It Takes Two to Talk, More than Words, TalkAbility)
  4. Oral Placement Therapy and TalkTools
  5. Kaufman Speech to Language Protocol

She can be reached at ext203 or Jessie@BranchingOutTherapy.ca

Amy Shaw

Amy has a passion for working with children of all ages and abilities, and has over 15 years of experience working as an Occupational Therapist in a variety of pediatric settings.  Amy has experience working with children with physical and developmental delays as well as children on the Autism spectrum.  She has worked in the community, school settings, a Children’s Treatment Centre and within a clinic setting.  Amy has attended many continuing education courses throughout her career with a focus on neurodevelopmental techniques, printing, fine motor skills, vision and vestibular integration, feeding, sensory processing and regulation.  Amy has training in Neurodevelopmental Treatment (NDT), Therapeutic Listening, Learning Without Tears, Astronaut Training and Rhythmic Movement Therapy (Levels 1 and 2). Amy is a graduate of Queen’s University where she completed a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy.  Amy is licensed and in good standing with the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario.  In her spare time, Amy enjoys being active with her family and exploring the outdoors.  Amy and her family can regularly be found at the ski hill or on local bike paths.  Amy offers both individual Occupational Therapy sessions and joint Occupational Therapy and Speech-Language Pathology sessions at the Stittsville location.

Amy can be reached at ext211 or amy.shaw@happyhandsot.ca

Train Yards

Heather Pike

Heather graduated from Dalhousie University in 1999 with a Master in Human Communication Disorders, major in Speech-Language Pathology,  and is a member of Speech and Audiology Canada (SAC). In addition to working in private practice, Heather has done various contracts in Ottawa with school care, First Words Preschool Language Program, and First Words Screening Clinics. She has gained experience with assessing and treating children with difficulties in the areas of early language development, motor speech, articulation/phonology, receptive and expressive language. Heather is experienced working with children on the Autistic Spectrum using the FloorTime Model of Intervention.

She has also treated some developmental or acquired language-based difficulties in adults.

Heather can be reached at ext202 or Heather@BranchingOutTherapy.ca

Margaret Anne Bélanger-Schaadt

Margaret  is a speech-language pathologist with a Masters in Health Sciences, major in Speech and Language Pathology (University of Ottawa, 1998). Margaret has extensive experience in assessing and treating language difficulties, reading and writing difficulties, executive functions, and articulation/phonological disorders in diverse populations. Before establishing her private practice, she was a Clinical Educator at the Interprofessional University Clinic in Primary Health Care at the University of Ottawa, a position she held from 2007 – 2015.  In addition to instructional responsibilities in the practical setting, she taught Masters level courses at the University of Ottawa in Anatomy and Physiology applied to Communication/Language disorders from 2006 – 2015.

Margaret’s professional career began in Los Angeles, California, where she practiced as a school-based therapist for the Beverly Hills Unified School District and as a private therapist for a clinic located in the UCLA Medical Center.

She regularly conducts workshops for schools and the Learning Disability Association of Ottawa-Carleton on topics related to learning disabilities, executive functions, and language-based difficulties in the school aged population.

Margaret can be reached at ext 209 or at Margaret@BranchingOutTherapy.ca