Dex McNally 


Originally from Parksville, B.C., Dex was excited to move back to Vancouver Island after completing his Masters in Speech-Language Pathology in order to give back to the Island communities like the one in which he was raised.



  • Masters Degree in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of British Columbia 

  • Certified by Speech-Language and Audiology Canada

  • Member of Speech and Hearing British Columbia

  • Registered Speech-Language Pathologist with College of Speech and Hearing Health Practitioners of British Columbia #1885

  • Registered Autism Service Provider (RASP)

Work Experience

  • Private Speech-Language Pathologist (2015-2016)


Dex's caseload consisted of children with a wide variety of communication disorders, including articulation, language, cleft palate, stuttering, ASD and other social-pragmatic disorders, as well as adults with traumatic brain injuries. Dex provided speech services in schools, client homes, and Occupational Therapy clinics, as well as gained experience completing funding applications for his clients.


  • Comox Valley School District 71 (2016-2018)

Spending two years in SD71, Dex not only gained further experience with children with speech and language disorders, but also developed an understanding of the inner workings of a school district SLP, including IEPs. Dex appreciated working with such an interdisciplinary team, including Teachers, Educational Assistants, Counsellors, Learning Support Teachers, Occupational Therapists, Behavioural Interventionists and more. Furthermore, Dex was able work alongside First Nations students, families, and teachers in the Aboriginal Education program at Ecole Puntledge Park Elementary.


Dex believes in a client- and family-centered approach to therapy. Working alongside clients on goals in which they and their family believe will promote functional communication as well as social and academic success. 

Victoria Smith


Originally from Maple Ridge B.C., Victoria moved to Vancouver Island after completing her Masters in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of British Columbia.

Victoria was a student athlete at San Jose State University playing water polo in the NCAA'S. She graduated in communication disorders and sciences and then pursued becoming a professional water polo player in Lille, France for a year. After her athletic career, she completed a linguistic diploma program at UBC and then her Master's in Speech Language Pathology.


Previously, Victoria was a swim instructor, lifeguard and behavioural interventionist. She has travelled to 28 countries, loves to swim, surf, hike and ski.



  • Masters Degree in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of British Columbia 

  • Member of Speech and Hearing British Columbia

  • Registered Speech-Language Pathologist with College of Speech and Hearing Health Practitioners of British Columbia #2528


  • Comox Valley Hospital

  • Campbell River Hospital

  • West Vancouver School District

  • Vancouver Public health - Three Bridges

Victoria practices a balanced individual and family focused approach to therapy. She strives to work with her clients and their therapy teams on the goals that everyone involved considers invaluable to learning functional communication, as well as promoting their successes in social situations and academia.

Melissa Chan


Originally from Spruce Grove, Alberta; where Melissa was born and raised. She loves Vancouver Island, and decided to make a change and move out to Courtenay. Melissa is very excited to have had the opportunity to move out to the island & is looking forward to exploring this beautiful place. 



  • Speech Language Pathologist Assistant Diploma at MacEwan University 

  • Educational Assistant Certificate at Lakeland College


After graduating high school, Melissa worked in childcare before going back to post-secondary. She first attended Lakeland College in Vermillion, Alberta & took her educational assistant course. She then got the opportunity to do an international practicum, during which Melissa travelled to Hawaii and got to work in a school for 3 weeks.


Afterwards, she decided to continue her education and looked into the speech assistant course at MacEwan University. During her articulation placement through Alberta Health Services, she learned helpful techniques and skills that she plans to put to good use in her practice. 


Melissa has always enjoyed working with children & that’s something she has always known about her goals for her future. She worked in childcare for 5 years prior getting her speech diploma. Melissa is looking forward to working with her clients and helping their families as an SLPA at Comox Valley Speech Therapy. She strives to provide fun, educational tools with functional applications to her clients' daily lives. 

Ceilidh Rideout

Office Manager

Born and raised in Calgary, Ceilidh has always wanted to live in a place as naturally beautiful as Courtenay!

After moving to Langley in 2012 to study Neuropsychology at post-secondary school, Ceilidh took a break from her studies in 2015 to step into the work force. She has been lucky enough to be learning valuable skills and working in the BC Lower Mainland, as well as the United Kingdom, over the last 5 years.

Ceilidh and her husband moved from England to Courtenay in July 2020, fulfilling a dream they've had since they first visited family in the Comox Valley. They enjoy spending time outdoors with their dogs, Harley and London, and exploring the beauty of the Comox Valley.

With a variety of administration-based coordination under her belt in varying industries, including Visual Effects/Animation and Luxury Skin Care, Ceilidh hopes to use her skills to help Comox Valley Speech Therapy to become the community leader in Speech Therapy that it deserves to be. Ceilidh truly believes in Dex's client and family-centered approach to therapy, as well as his goals for the clinic's future.


CFO - Chief Fetch Officer

Special skills include friendly greetings, playing fetch, and keeping up morale!

Ginger has been as much a part of the CVST office as her Dad, Dex, and consistently wins "employee of the month" -- her favourite part of the job is meeting her friends at the door, especially when they give really good belly rubs!

Though she is occasionally caught sleeping on the job, Ginger shows up ready for work every morning with a wagging tail and friendly demeanour. 

Her favourite extra-curricular activities include walks in the woods, cuddles on the couch, and tasty treats. 

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