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  • Columbia Speech and Language Services Inc. Vancouver BC.Canada
  • Columbia Speech and Language Services Inc. Vancouver BC.Canada
  • Columbia Speech and Language Services Inc. Vancouver BC.Canada
Your Speech and Language Experts –
Improving Communication Throughout Your Life.

Consultants at Columbia Speech and Language Services

14 speech-language pathologists (SLPs) and two counsellors contract their services to Columbia, in addition to company founder Wendy Duke.  All SLPs are certified to practice by the College of Speech and Hearing Health Professionals of BC (CSHHPBC), and are members of Speech-Language and Audiology Canada (SAC).  Crystal Johnson is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) and a member of the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC). Lisa Barker is a Certified Canadian Counsellor (CCC) and a member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA). 

Columbia is recognized as a premier site for graduate student interns to do practicum studies. Many interns are from the University of B.C.'s School of Audiology and Speech Sciences, Faculty of Medicine while others come from Dalhousie, McGill, and the University of Western Washington.

SLPs from Columbia also give expert witness testimony in the Supreme Courts of B.C. and Manitoba. They assess people's speech and language problems and present their observations to the courts, often in personal injury and medical malpractice cases.

Wendy Duke - founder of Columbia Speech Language Services

  • Master of Science, Speech-Language Pathology, University of British Columbia
  • Bachelor of Arts, Linguistics, University of British Columbia

Before Columbia, Wendy worked as a speech-language therapist in the brain injury program at GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre where she first started as a practicum student in 1980. She has also worked at Vancouver General Hospital, Surrey Memorial Hospital, and the George Pearson Centre and has taught courses at Douglas College and at UBC in both the Special Education Department and in the School of Audiology and Speech Sciences. She remained at GF Strong part-time for Columbia's first two years, and in 1989, left GF Strong to focus on the expansion of Columbia. The Insurance Corporation of B.C. had started referring clients with brain injuries to Columbia and a growing number of people were interested in stuttering treatment. Eventually Wendy contracted the services of 15 additional speech-language pathologists with specialized areas of practice.

Wendy is an honourary clinical assistant professor in the Faculty of Medicine's School of Audiology and Speech Sciences at the University of B.C. where she is a sessional instructor. She also offers her services to lawyers and insurers as a medical-legal witness in court for personal injury and medical malpractice cases. She assesses speech and language problems and describes to the court how people's lives are affected by communication challenges. In the past, speech-language therapists rarely appeared in court; however, since Wendy started offering this service, lawyers and insurers are understanding the importance of communication. In addition to her clinical contact with clients, one of Wendy’s favourite parts of her job is having the privilege of working with a talented, committed and bright team of therapists. She has now celebrated her 30th year in practice.

"Communication is what allows us to participate in society on many levels - at work and at play and at school. It's never hard for me to convince people of the value of speech therapy because I really believe in it," Wendy says.

Lisa Barker - Specialized Counselling Services

  • Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology, Trinity Western University
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Simon Fraser University

Lisa is pleased to be joining the Columbia team by providing specialized counselling services for individuals and families dealing with aphasia.  She brings 15 years’ experience working with people in a wide variety of settings including addiction services and psychosocial oncology with the BC Cancer Agency.   

Adjusting to life with aphasia can be a complicated process that may involve changes in a person’s relationships and employment, adjustments in personal identity, loss of leisure activities, social isolation, grief, depression and/or anxiety.  These are a normal part of the journey for many people, but with the right support and guidance, it is possible to navigate this path of recovery, no matter the level of disability you may be living with. Caregiver burnout is also a very real concern, and Lisa is available to support loved ones and caregivers.

Alisa Ferdinandi - Speech-Language Pathologist

  • Master of Science, Speech-Language Pathology, University of British Columbia
  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, McGill University

Alisa loves working with people and believes that communication is what connects us with others and thus impacts our quality of life. She has always had an interest in language acquisition and how people communicate. Alisa's clinical teaching has included graduate students in speech sciences from UBC and other universities and she has volunteered at the Pacific Brain Injury Conference each year from 2000 to 2006.

Alisa’s main area of practice is adult therapy in the area of acquired brain injury rehabilitation. She also provides aphasia group treatment for a portion of the year.  Alisa is the lead therapist and driving force behind Columbia's intensive aphasia treatment program - iTAWC (Intensive Treatment for Aphasia in Western Canada), the first of its kind in Western Canada.

Alisa sees clients in Langley, Surrey, Coquitlam, New Westminster, Burnaby, Richmond and Vancouver and is able to travel to all of these areas.

Karen Salamon - Speech-Language Pathologist

  • Master of Science, Speech-Language Pathology, San Francisco State University
  • Bachelor of Arts, English Linguistics and French Literature, Hebrew University, Jerusalem

Karen says the highlight of her work is having the opportunity to work with amazing people, especially her clients and their families. She loves her hands-on work with language and linguistics. Karen supervises SLP practicum students from the University of B.C. most summers.

Karen works mostly in adult therapy (acquired brain injury rehabilitation) and also does medical-legal assessments.  She has a particular interest in cognitive rehabilitation for the treatment of cognitive-language impairments in people with brain injury.  Karen is also able to provide Hebrew or French speech therapy.

Tracey Jalovec - Speech-Language Pathologist

  • Master of Science, Speech-Language Pathology, University of British Columbia
  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, University of British Columbia
  • Diploma in Applied Linguistics, University of British Columbia

Tracey believes that communication is central to all areas of our lives, and that by helping people to improve their communication, we help people improve the quality of their lives. She loves to travel and a highlight for her is meeting people from all over the world in Columbia's accent reduction program.

Her current practice areas are foreign accent reduction, adult articulation, and voice therapy. Tracey sees clients in Columbia’s central Vancouver office, and does limited travel to New Westminster, Burnaby, Delta and Coquitlam.

Jayme Carvey - Speech-Language Pathologist

  • Master of Science, Speech-Language Pathology, University of British Columbia
  • Bachelor of Science, Psychology, Brandon University
  • Diploma in Applied Linguistics, University of British Columbia

Jayme believes the ability to communicate is integral to our ability to function in the world and to build and maintain relationships. She finds the challenge of helping people communicate fulfilling and describes her work as "the best job to have." She says “providing support to people with communication impairments and seeing the impact it can have on their lives is pretty amazing." Jayme's duties at Columbia also include supervision of the clinical internships of University of British Columbia graduate students.

Jayme's areas of practice include adult and children’s therapy in the area of acquired brain injury rehabilitation. She is also the lead therapist of our intensive clinic for adults who stutter.

Jayme sees clients in Vancouver and is available to travel to Burnaby, Surrey, Delta, Richmond, Aldergrove, and Abbotsford.

Kathy Yoshida - Speech-Language Pathologist

  • Master of Science, Speech-Language Pathology, University of British Columbia
  • Bachelor of Arts, Child and Youth Care, University of Victoria

Kathy believes that communication is a human necessity - a fundamental part of life. She personally witnessed the tragedy of language loss after her grandparent's stroke and wanted to learn how this loss could be turned around. Since then, she has found the broad scope of her field fascinating. Kathy’s clinical teaching includes supervising graduate students from UBC and other universities.

Kathy’s areas of practice are adult and children’s therapy in acquired brain injury rehabilitation, including providing aphasia group treatment for a portion of the year. She has a special talent and sensitivity for working with teenagers with brain injury. Kathy also provides medical-legal assessments.

Kathy is available to see clients in Vancouver, North Vancouver, New Westminster, Burnaby, North Surrey, and North Delta.

Danyl Himaras (Beilhartz) - Speech-Language Pathologist

  • Master of Science, Speech-Language Pathology, University of British Columbia
  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology,  University of British Columbia

Danyl's favourite part of her job is seeing a child's face light up with pride when they reach a personal milestone - when they first pronounce a tricky sound, or communicate a concept that they had been unable to express in the past.  She loves being able to work with families, tailoring an individualized approach to support the unique speech and communication needs of each child and their family.

Danyl currently provides speech and language therapy and assessment for preschoolers to adolescents.  She sees clients in Columbia's Vancouver office, and is available for after-school appointments.

Katelyn Eng - Speech-Language Pathologist

  • Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology, University of British Columbia
  • Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics, Simon Fraser University

Katelyn knew that speech-language pathology was in her future ever since she learned about it as a teenager. She particularly enjoys working with adults in all stages of their recovery, whether in acute care in the hospital to the client's home in the community. She believes that communication therapy should focus on both practical applications as well as quality interactions. Her main practice areas are rehabilitation for stroke and acquired brain injury. She also works in acute care at Vancouver General Hospital.

Katelyn is available to see clients at their homes across the lower mainland as well as at the Vancouver office.

Ramanjit Bains - Speech-Language Pathologist

  • Master of Science, Speech-Language Pathology, University of British Columbia
  • Bachelor of Arts, Speech Sciences, University of British Columbia

Ramanjit believes that the ability to communicate is the most fundamental thing that connects people with the world around them. What she enjoys most about her job is the opportunity to meet such a diverse range of people and create therapy programs that target each client’s individual strengths and personality. She loves to see the effect that speech-language therapy can have in helping people re-engage in everyday life and reconnect with their loved ones.

Ramanjit works in the area of adult therapy (acquired brain injury rehabilitation and swallowing rehabilitation), as well providing aphasia group treatment for a portion of the year. She provides assessment and speech therapy services in both English and Punjabi.  She is actively involved in supervision of student clinical practicums from the University of British Columbia.

Ramanjit sees clients in Vancouver and is available to travel to Richmond, Burnaby, New Westminster, Coquitlam, Delta, White Rock and Surrey.  She occasionally sees clients in the Eastern Fraser Valley (Langley, Abbotsford and Chilliwack).

Allison Haas - Speech-Language Pathologist

  • Master of Science, Speech-Language Pathology, University of British Columbia
  • Bachelor of Arts, Applied Linguistics and German Language, University of Victoria

Allison has always had a strong interest in languages and linguistics, working formerly as an ESL instructor and studying several foreign languages. As a speech-language pathologist she enjoys the opportunity to work closely with clients and families and tailor programs to their individual needs.

Allison works with both children and adults and can provide assessment and therapy in both English and German. She has worked in a variety of health care settings including acute care, intensive rehabilitation, and community reintegration.

Allison sees clients in their homes or at our Vancouver office, and is available for Saturday appointments.  

Heather Longstaffe - Speech-Language Pathologist

  • Master of Science, Speech-Language Pathology, University of North Dakota
  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, University of Manitoba

Heather feels communication is a vital component of daily life. She loves working with clients and families to improve communication abilities. Her passion is working with adults with communication deficits to improve their quality of life.

Heather’s main area of practice involves adult therapy including acquired brain injury rehabilitation, voice restoration, voice therapy (including LSVT) and swallowing rehabilitation. Heather collaborates with the University of British Columbia School of Audiology and Speech Sciences in the supervision of students during clinical practicums. In addition to Heather’s private practice at Columbia, she continues to work in an acute care hospital treating adults with communication and swallowing difficulties.

Heather is on maternity leave until June 2017.

Crystal Johnson - Registered Clinical Counsellor, Consultant

 

  • Master of Counselling Psychology, Adler University
  • Master of Science, Speech-Language Pathology, University of British Columbia
  • Bachelor of Science, with Distinction, Linguistics and Psychology, University of Victoria

With the addition of Crystal to our team, we are thrilled to be able to provide counselling services to clients. Crystal's training as a Counselling Psychologist complements her work as a Speech-Language Pathologist in the hospital system. She is passionate about supporting the complex emotional and psychological needs of people and families who are dealing with communication disorders and related health concerns. Her unique training background allows her to provide appropriate counselling services to clients regarding their speech and/or language concerns.

Contending with communication challenges can make a person feel helpless and disempowered; it can seem almost impossible to feel hopeful and to “think positive”. These feelings then permeate other life circumstances and relationships. Crystal works with clients to gently acknowledge the pain of the situation and to process the difficult experiences. Clients gain skills to recognize the losses they are experiencing and they learn to harness their own strengths to move forward in their journey. 

Crystal works with adults with communication disorders and their families. These disorders may include post-stroke changes (e.g. aphasia, dysarthria, dysphagia), acquired neurological disorders (e.g. ALS, Parkinson's Disease), fluency disorders and voice disorders. She will also work with parents who desire support around the challenges of their child's difficulties (e.g. autism spectrum, Down's syndrome, acquired brain injury, cerebral palsy).

Crystal primarily sees clients in Vancouver and has limited availability to travel to Richmond, Burnaby, New Westminster, Coquitlam, Delta, White Rock and Surrey.  As a member of the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC), Crystal is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) and her fees may be covered by extended health plans.

Clinton Tsang - Speech-Language Pathologist

  • Master of Science, Speech-Language Pathology, University of British Columbia
  • Bachelor of Arts, Speech Sciences and Psychology, University of British Columbia

Clinton particularly enjoys helping people in a practical way when they really need it. In addition to his private practice at Columbia Speech and Language Services, Clinton has worked at a variety of health care settings and continues to do so, currently at G.F. Strong Rehabiliation Centre.

Clinton’s passion is working with adults who have experienced stroke, brain injury and related conditions that cause communication disorders such as aphasia, dysarthria and apraxia as well as swallowing difficulties. 

Clinton can provide Cantonese speech therapy and Mandarin speech therapy.

Patrick Byrne - Speech-Language Pathologist

  • Master of Science, Speech-Language Pathology, University of British Columbia
  • Bachelor of Arts, Russian Language and Literature, University of Oregon

Patrick's interest in our ability to produce language led him to investigate what happens when that ability fails to develop adequately in childhood or is lost later in life. He has helped people at every stage of life with their communication needs. Patrick returned to Columbia Speech and Language Services, where he had done a practicum as part of his graduate studies, after six years of working for the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority with both children and adults.

 

Anne MacCallum - Speech-Language Pathologist

  • Master of Science, Speech-Language Pathology, University of British Columbia
  • Bachelor of Arts, Linguistics, University of British Columbia

Anne is a veteran speech-language pathologist well-known throughout British Columbia. After obtaining her master’s degree in 1980, she began her 30 year career spanning school districts (Terrace and Chilliwack) as well as health care. At the G.F. Strong Rehabilitation Centre, where she has worked since the 1980s, Anne has assessed and treated children, adolescents and adults who have various forms of brain injury and/or neuromuscular conditions.

Anne was the lead clinician in the Assistive Technology Program at G.F. Strong up until her retirement (from a full time career) in 2015, where, amongst other duties, she consulted with other speech-language pathologists in the province wishing to learn about augmentative communication and other forms of rehabilitation technology.

Anne works part-time on the Columbia team, primarily conducting expert witness assessments for court.

Joe Newsted - Retired Speech-Language Pathologist

Joe Newsted is a veteran speech-language pathologist who, since the early 1970s, has pioneered the use of intensive stuttering treatment in British Columbia. He developed the highly regarded program at the GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre that ran until the early 1980s. Joe's talents led him up the ladder of health care management. In the mid-1990s, Columbia Speech & Language Services Inc. founder Wendy Duke identified a gap in service for adults who stutter, effectively unfilled since the GF Strong program had stopped in the 1980s. She approached Joe, her former teacher, mentor and boss and together, they developed the intensive stuttering clinic still offered at Columbia Speech & Language Services Inc. Although Joe is now retired he continues to stay in touch with us and many of his past clients.

Ada - Office Manager

Ada Baylis joined our team in April 2015.  Her friendly voice on the phone is the first point of contact for most people enquiring about services.  A Vancouver native, she is a UBC graduate.  Ada brings her significant intellect to the complex job of organizing and supporting a busy group of therapists and support staff, and does it all with a smile!  She is delighted to be working with such a diverse and dedicated group of speech-language pathologists and her favourite part of her job is talking to and helping clients (though she also really enjoys list-making).

Janey - Administrative Staff

Janey is our accountant. She is a highly organized and efficient taskmaster who with her sweet nature always puts a smile on our faces. She is the “go-to” person if you have a question about your invoice.

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