Meet Our Team

Deborah Anderson - Anderson Therapy Services

Deborah Anderson

Speech-Language Pathologist

Deborah has devoted her professional career and personal life to helping others, and this passion comes out in her role as clinical director/owner of Anderson Therapy Services (ATS) – a private practice with a social conscience. Deborah completed her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology at Central Michigan University (in Mount Pleasant, Michigan) and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Linguistics from the University of Western Ontario (in London, ON).

Before opening Anderson Therapy Services, Deborah worked with children and adults at Chedoke-McMaster Hospitals. It was within these roles that Deborah understood her true calling of providing innovative and customized services to meet the individual needs of the client and decided to open ATS in 1995 to help a wider range of clientele. Her passion for bringing speech-language pathology services to remote areas led her to the pioneering work of developing service through Telepractice in the Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Northern Ontario, and Quebec.

When Deborah is not working in our clinic or providing services to remote areas of Canada, she enjoys volunteering as an S-LP with Operation Smile. Through this organization, she has worked with amazing people from the United States, Russia, the Philippines, Ethiopia, Morocco, Haiti (U.S. Navy Hospital Ship), and Egypt (just to name a few!). These experiences have led to a strong interest in providing culturally sensitive speech-language services to children, adults, and professionals. Deborah’s primary passion within the field involves developing innovative service delivery models for under-serviced areas around the world, medical-legal assessments and providing accent reduction training. She is constantly working with her team at ATS and other professionals from across the world to develop new and innovative therapy techniques to support the ever-changing needs of our population.

Deborah leads a compassionate, caring, and innovative allied-health team at Anderson Therapy Services.

Click below the various disciplines to learn about our team members and the services they provide.

Our Speech-Language Pathology team consists of Speech-Language Pathologists and Communicative Disorders Assistants. SLPs and CDAs help individuals across the lifespan overcome communication and literacy difficulties.

Sarah Aljas, M.Cl.Sc., SLP(C), Reg. CASLPO, Reg. OOAQ
Dana Hopkins, M.Cl.Sc., S-LP (C), Reg. CASLPO
Amanda Cotton, MSc., S-LP(C), Reg. CASLPO
Fatema Kudrati, M.Cl.Sc., SLP, Reg. CASLPO
Katrice Daoust, M.A., SLP, Reg. CASLPO
Mari-Joy Fernhout, M.A., CCC-SLP Reg. CASLPO
Rebecca Rupke, M.A., SLP Reg. CASLPO
Jessica Dykstra, M.Cl.Sc., S-LP, Reg. CASLPO
Shannon Smith, M.S., SLP, Reg. CASLPO
Hannah Coulter, M.Sc., SLP, Reg. CASLPO
Alex Rattray, M.Cl.Sc., S-LP, Reg. CASLPO
Stephanie Ryan, M.Cl.Sc., S-LP, Reg. CASLPO
Krista Vereshchak, B.Sc., CDA, Reg. CDAAC
Laura Stevens, Hon. B.A., CDA, Reg. CDAAC
Elizabeth Sommerville, Hon. B.A., CDA, Reg. CDAAC
Lynsey Carter,H.B.Sc., RECE, CDA
Hannah Szmon, B.A., CDA, Reg. CDAAC
Nicole Vanni, B.A., CDA, Reg. CDAAC
Holly Hlacar, Hon. B.A., CDA, Reg. CDAAC

Our occupational therapy team consists of Occupational Therapists (OT) and Occupational Therapy Assistants (OTA). OTs and OTAs work with a wide range of areas, including difficulties with self regulation, difficulties with fine motor skills, gross motor skills, and/or self-care skills.

Zoe Hodgins, M.Sc. OT Reg (Ont.)
Alison Burrell, M.Sc. OT., OT. Reg.(Ont), OTR (QC)
Meagan Quinlan, M.Sc. OT Reg (Ont.)
Tova Vertes, OTA, PTA, SLPA
Claire Sodden, OTA

Behaviour Therapists execute therapy programming (e.g. ABA) to support children with a variety of needs, including Autism Spectrum Disorder. Behaviour Therapists provide services to bring out meaningful and positive change in behaviour.

Heather Sheen, M.A., BCBA
Samantha Wiseman, M.Ed., BCBA
Joy Pekar, Hon BSc, BEd
Larissa Zwick, MPEd. ABA, BCBA

Art Therapists provide a form of psychotherapy that uses visual arts as a major mode of expression within a safe therapy space. Artistic expression is used to help release emotions which are difficult to verbalize. Our Art Therapists are registered with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario.

Emily Whelan, DTATI (Art Therapy), Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), BA
Heidi Argyle, MA, RCAT, RP (Qualifying)
Andrea Charendoff, RP, DTATI, BSc, BA
Francesca Scaini, M.A., CATA
Cecilia Chau, M.Ed (cand), B.Ed, DTATI, RP, OCT

Pediatric Physiotherapists provide assessment and treatment of movement disorders of the trunk, arms, and/or legs with the aim to assist children to move more independently in all environments. Physiotherapists provide functional exercises and prescribe therapeutic equipment, such as walkers.

Laurian Nowitz, P.T B.Sc. P. T. CCLCP

Our Psychological Associate and Psychometrists assess children and youth between the ages of 4 through 21. The Psychological Associate and/Psychometrist will complete interviews and testing to determine a child’s unique strengths and needs within the intellectual, academic, social, emotional and behavioural realms.

Natalie Cote-Parnell, M.Ed C.Psych.Assoc.

Our administration team is always diligently working to make our office run smoothly.

Kim Campbell, Office Manager

Nicole Goodland, Team and Community Coordinator

Jessica Mancheno, Finance & Quality Control Coordinator

Mary Margaret Laing, Operations Director

Adriana Gligic, Administrative Assistant



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