Speech Language Pathologist
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.
Speech Language Pathology Assistant
Kristine has been a lifelong Islander, born and raised in Port Alberni and residing in Parksville for the past 10 years.
Kristine knew she wanted to work with children and families with neurodiversity as a young adult and began her studies as a Social Service and Community Support Worker. When becoming a Mom to her son with neurodiversity and Speech and Language delays, she expanded her studies to the field of Speech and Language to better help her son. After graduating from Grant MacEwan Univerity, Alberta, in 2016 with her Diploma in Therapist Assistant- Major in Speech-Language Pathology, she started her career as an SLPA with School District 69 Qualicum/ Parksville. She also worked for a Speech and Language Therapy company in Nanaimo before joining our team.
She has specialized training in working with individuals with ASD and other neurodiversities. Kristine has a strong passion for early intervention therapy to help children as young as 2 years old with their speech and language development. She has worked in many daycare and school settings, as well as being a part of an Early Intervention Team for an Indigenous Community on the island. Her experience has also been with working with youth and young adults with AAC devices, Stuttering, ADHD, and FASD.
When she's not doing Speech Therapy, you'll find her spending time with her husband, son, friends and 2 dogs camping, hiking and kayaking. She is an avid gardener and fitness enthusiast and enjoys tapping into her creative side through graphic design and print.
Kristine is passionate about providing clients and families with the tools, strategies and support networks that will help them achieve their communication and social goals.
Speech Language Pathology Assistant
Originally from Ontario, Nadia had always dreamed of living on Vancouver Island after hearing stories from the time her parents lived there. After completing her Communicative Disorders Assistant Graduate Certificate at Georgian College in 2016, Nadia moved to Victoria to work at Island Health, supporting youth and adults with complex communication needs by creating and providing alternative and augmentative communication (AAC) systems to individuals within the community. Since then, Nadia has worked in various settings, supporting individuals from all walks of life in achieving their communication goals.
Nadia believes in a client-centered and neurodiversity-affirming approach and works closely with clients and families to create a unique plan based on the individual’s needs, strengths, and interests. She believes that all communication modalities are valid and is passionate about helping clients unlock their full potential.
In her spare time, you can usually find Nadia curled up with a book, kayaking, or spending quality time with her husband and two cats.
Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto with a double-major in Linguistics and Cognitive Science
Communicative Disorders Assistant Graduate Certificate from Georgian College
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 favorite extra-curricular activities include walks in the woods, cuddles on the couch, and tasty treats.