M.Sc., RSLP, SLP-C
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)
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.
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.
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.