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Speech-Language Pathologists

 

Faria Kazmi – Speech-Language Pathologist

MHSc., SLP, Reg. CASLPO

Ms. Kazmi completed a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Waterloo in Health Studies. She then went on to complete her Master’s of Health Science in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Toronto. She is fluent in English, Urdu and Hindi.

 

Her clinical experiences include assessment and treatment of children and adults in various settings including schools, hospitals, clinics and the community. She has completed workshops in Supported Conversation for Adults with Aphasia and safeTALK. She continues to develop her clinical skills with further education and workshops.

 

Ms. Kazmi provides holistic and family centred care to help her clients and their families feel supported and motivated to work towards their speech, language, cognitive communication and swallowing goals throughout the Greater Toronto Area.

 

Jessica Kennedy – Speech-Language Pathologist

M.Cl.Sc., SLP(C), Reg. CASLPO

Jessica Kennedy is a speech-language pathologist registered with the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO) and Speech-Language and Audiology Canada (SAC).  Jessica completed a Bachelor of Honours Life Science degree from McMaster.  She then went on to obtain her Master of Clinical Science in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Western Ontario.


Jessica has worked in a variety of clinical settings, including: medically complex inpatient rehabilitation, palliative care, outpatient services, expanded level augmentative and alternative communication clinic, children’s treatment centre, and schoolboard.  Jessica has worked with clients of all ages providing assessment and treatment of speech, language, fluency, voice and swallowing disorders, as well as social and cognitive communication difficulties.  Additionally, Jessica has experience assessing for and implementing alternative and augmentative communication systems for clients with developmental and acquired communication disorders.


Jessica is committed to working with clients and their families to help them achieve their goals and participate in life to the fullest.    

  

Joanne Brotman - Speech-Language Pathologist

M. Cl. Sc. SLP, Reg. CASLPO

Joanne Brotman is a registered speech-language pathologist with the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO). She has earned her Master of Clinical Science in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Western Ontario, after completing her Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Psychology at Carleton University. She is based in the Hamilton and surrounding area at Rehab First Inc.


Joanne’s clinical experience includes working in the acute care hospital setting providing the assessment and management of a variety of speech, language, cognitive and swallowing disorders in the adult and geriatric population. Joanne also acts as a resource for her clients and their families in order to promote awareness of communication strategies for the re-integration of individuals into their communities.


Nicole Howell – Speech- Language Pathologist

M. Cl. Sc. SLP (C) Reg. CASLPO

Nicole Howell is a Speech-Language Pathologist registered to practice with the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO). She is additionally certified by Speech-Language and Audiology Canada (SAC).


Nicole obtained her Bachelor of Arts with a major in Linguistics from the University of Western Ontario, then completed her Masters of Clinical Science, Communication Sciences and Disorders (Speech-Language Pathology) from the University of Western Ontario. She has completed clinical placements and worked in a variety of clinical settings, including: acute care, outpatient services, community and home care, preschool and schoolboard settings, and private practice. Nicole’s experience and scope of practice includes assessment and treatment of: developmental speech and language disorders, acquired speech and language disorders, swallowing disorders, stuttering, voice and resonance impairments, and social/cognitive communication difficulties to develop, maintain, rehabilitate or augment daily function.


Nicole is passionate and committed to work with clients of all ages to establish and achieve their communication goals with Rehab First in London and surrounding areas.

 

Shezena Shahid - Speech- Language Pathologist

M.S., S-L.P. (C)

Shezena Shahid is a qualified speech-language pathologist (SLP) with Rehab First Inc. and is registered to practice with the College of Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO) as well as with the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA). Ms. Shahid obtained her Master of Science with a Major in Speech, Language, and Learning from Northwestern University (Evanston, Illinois) and her Bachelor of Arts from Wayne State University (Detroit, Michigan).

Ms. Shahid’s scope of practice includes the assessment and treatment of speech, language, cognitive communication, and swallowing dysfunctions and disorders in order to develop, maintain, rehabilitate or augment communicative and swallowing function. Ms. Shahid also acts as a resource for clients and their families in order to promote awareness of communication strategies for the re-integration of individuals into their communities.

 

Veronica Nikolica – Speech-Language Pathologist

M.Cl.Sc., Reg. CASLPO

Veronica is a qualified Speech-Language Pathologist with Rehab First and registered to practice with the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO). Veronica obtained a Master of Clinical Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders (University of Western Ontario). Veronica obtained her Bachelor of Arts Degree with Honours in Psychology at the University of Windsor. Veronica’s clinical experience supports a variety of populations including paediatric children, school-aged students, and adults with communication, articulation, accent modification, along with feeding and swallowing needs. A previous career as a reporter in broadcast journalism provided Veronica with extensive experience in the radio and television industry. Veronica graduated with a degree in Journalism from St. Clair College in Windsor. Listening to people’s stories and developing narratives is a passion for Veronica especially those experiencing life altering events who may need support in developing a new narrative.
 


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