Let’s Talk LOUD (Group Voice Therapy)
I received my M.Sc.A in Speech Language Pathology from McGill University (2020) and I am a LSVT (Lee Silverman Voice Treatment) LOUD for Life certified clinician (2021). I am currently working at Burnaby Hospital and have a particular interest in swallowing disorders and voice. I am very excited and honoured to be joining the IMPACT Parkinson’s Let’s Talk LOUD groups starting in May 2021. I was involved with the groups last year as a student clinician with Mia Mosters and was inspired by the dedication and commitment of everyone involved. The best part was seeing how much the participants got out of the group sessions and the friendships that formed between them.
In my spare time I like to read fiction and hone my pasta-making skills using my pasta machine. I speak French, a bit of Spanish, and am currently taking Mandarin classes at Langara College.
Let’s Talk LOUD (Group Voice Therapy)
I am a Speech Language Pathologist (UBC 2004) and LSVT (Lee Silverman Voice Therapy) LOUD for Life trained. I have worked in acute care, out-patient and in-patient rehab in various hospitals in the lower mainland. I have worked with people with Parkinson’s in various capacities including communication, swallowing and voice and have a great passion for meeting each person where they are and helping them to achieve their individual communication goals. I also have a private voice therapy practice in North Vancouver and am fluent in German. My most favourite and most important role is being a mom to my son. In my free time I practice yoga and spend as much time outside as I can.
I am very happy to be collaborating and working with Robyn and Heidi at IMPACT Parkinson’s. Their dedication to Parkinson’s is infectious and I am excited and honoured to be a part of this team.
Yoga for PD
I am a longtime New Westminster resident and have had the privilege of working alongside youth and their families in the public school system for 27 years. It was my work with youth and my desire to support them more fully that prompted me to pursue a Master’s of Counselling Psychology Degree from Adler University. I also completed training in Narrative Therapy, Internal Family Systems Therapy, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) and just recently completed a Gentle Movement and Relaxation course through Pain BC.
In order to manage the stress of completing this education while working in the school system I began to practice yoga and my passion was ignited! I completed Naked Truth Yoga Teacher Training and am honoured to share my practice with others. It is through this practice that I have come to discover a holistic way to begin the healing journey of mind, body, and spirit that blends therapeutic counselling and yoga. In my exploration of yoga as a vehicle for healing I completed a Certificate in Therapeutic Yoga for Trauma and Resilience from Langara College in order to provide this experience for clients. This learning has helped me to design Gentle Healing Yoga Sessions and Therapeutic Groups that provide education, grounding, breath work, gentle stretching, guided visualization, and progressive relaxation experiences. This practice has allowed participants to befriend and reclaim their bodies in order to move toward more complete wellness.
I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with IMPACT Parkinson’s and the community of brave folks that has been developed there. I am inspired each time I visit by the positive energy that the clients, volunteers, Robyn, and Heidi, share with each other. My personal passions include travelling, making food, spending time with family, playing soccer on a team of Warrior Women, reading, and learning. I am also co-owner of Oxygen Yoga and Fitness New Westminster and founder of Ohana Wellness and Yoga.
We wish to thank the following team members for all their hard work, dedication and support before we had to close the centre!