Dex McNally 

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Today marks the end of an era! A big THA

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.

 

Credentials

  • 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. 

Laura Louter

M.Sc., RSLP

Born and raised in Campbell River, Laura was thrilled to return home after completing her education. Laura’s family has a long history offering healthcare services in the Campbell River community: her late grandfather, Dr. Richard Murphy, established what is now Alder Medical Clinic in 1964. She is honored to continue his legacy and provide much needed services in her hometown.

 

Credentials 
  •  Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of British Columbia

  •  Bachelor’s Degree in Linguistics with Distinction from the University of Victoria 
  •  Registered Speech-Language Pathologist with the College of Speech and Hearing Health   Professionals of British Columbia #2735
  •  Member of Speech and Hearing British Columbia



 

Work Experience
  •   Speech-Language Pathologist, Comox Valley Speech Therapy (Sept. 2021-Present)

 

Laura is excited to join the team at Comox Valley Speech Therapy! She currently supports clients with a variety of needs, including speech sound disorders, language delays, and social communication difficulties secondary to autism spectrum disorder (ASD). She is accepting new clients in either Campbell River or Comox/Courtenay at this time.

  •   SLP Student Clinician, Deaf Children’s Society of BC (May-July 2021)

 

Laura has a longstanding passion for American Sign Language (ASL) and was thrilled to use her ASL skills to serve deaf and hard of hearing children and their families. She enjoyed providing parent coaching and sign language instruction during this placement. Additionally, she developed greater proficiency in providing teletherapy services, as she conducted most of her treatment sessions online. She is always interested in exploring ways to support other client populations using ASL, including children with ASD and other complex communication needs.

  •   SLP Student Clinician, Victoria General Hospital (Jan.-Feb. 2021)

 

Laura’s caseload consisted of adults with a variety of neurological disorders, including cognitive communication, aphasia, dysarthria, and dysphagia. During this placement, she developed skills in the treatment and assessment of these communication and swallowing disorders. She developed a more thorough understanding of the in-patient healthcare setting and developed skills in effectively liaising with patients’ families and other healthcare providers.

  •   SLP Student Clinician, School District 72 (Sept.-Oct. 2020)

 

Laura gained experience in assessing developmental speech and language disorders. She spent a significant portion of this placement providing services to augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) users and continues to enjoy troubleshooting and exploring solutions for this complex population. Laura developed a deeper understanding of the functioning of the local school district, including IEP development and the integral school staff members that support students such as educational assistants and learning support teachers. 

 

Laura aims to provide informed, personalized, and compassionate care to her clients. She believes that establishing connections with her clients’ families and support personnel is essential to providing quality care. Laura is passionate about both client and family education, as well as continuing to educate herself on new developments and approaches in the field.

When not working, Laura enjoys biking, hiking, baking, and trying to replenish her ever-dwindling smoked salmon reserves.

Diana Lamare

M.Sc., RSLP

Diana recently moved to the Comox Valley from North Vancouver and is very happy to be able to call this beautiful valley home. Diana’s experience as an SLP includes working in the North Vancouver School District, co-facilitating an aphasia group at UBC, traveling to northern BC to work with Indigenous students through the First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC) and operating a private practice.

Diana became an SLP because she believes we all deserve to have a “voice”, a way to express ourselves, and a way to connect with others, whether it’s through talking, using a device, writing, drawing or using gestures. Diana’s approach to therapy is to create a safe space for children, teens and adults to enhance their communication skills. With kids, this includes using language games, books, toys and a mini trampoline to provide support for a variety of skills such as: articulation, language, syntax (grammar), stuttering, writing, storytelling, social pragmatics, AAC and executive functioning. Diana works together with all her clients, families and caregivers to establish functional goals to support communication in everyday life (e.g.: at home, work, daycare, school, assisted living facility and/or in the community).

In her free time, Diana enjoys cycling, reading, gardening, camping, cooking, singing and visiting with her two daughters whenever they come up Island from Victoria and Tofino.

Credentials:

  • Master of Science, Speech-Language Pathology (SLP)

  • Bachelor of Arts; TESL Certificate; Journalism Certificate; Diploma in Linguistics

  • Active member of the College of Speech and Hearing Health Professionals of British Columbia (CSHHPBC), Registration #1544

  • Active member of Speech-Language and Audiology Canada (SAC)

  • Active member of Speech & Hearing British Columbia

 

Work Experience:

  • School-based SLP in the North Vancouver School District (2012 – 2021)

  • Private speech-language pathologist (2017 – 2021)

  • Co-instructor of AUDI 575, a 2nd-year SLP Master’s course at UBC (2019 – 2021)

  • Facilitator of the UBC Aphasia Mentoring Program (2014 – 2016)

  • Contractor with First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC), providing SLP services for First Nations students in remote northern communities (2012 – 2013)

  • ESL teacher & tutor for children and adults (1989 – 2010)

Ginger

CFO - Chief Fetch Officer

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