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Speech-Language Pathologists

 

Emma Hives - Speech Language Pathologist  (C)

MHSc.,SLP, Reg. CASLPO

Emma Hives is a speech-language pathologist registered with the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO). She is certified by Speech-Language and Audiology Canada (SAC), an internationally
recognized organization whose accreditation indicates that she has met the standard of knowledge set by SLPs across Canada. Emma completed her Master of Health Sciences degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of
Toronto after obtaining her Bachelor of Arts in English with a Minor in Psychology from the University of Guelph. Emma’s scope of practice includes the assessment and treatment of speech, language, cognitive, communication, and
swallowing disorders in order to develop, maintain, rehabilitate, or augment communicative and swallowing function.

 

Emma’s clinical experience has supported a variety of populations, including both pediatric and adult patients with various communication and swallowing needs. She has volunteered, completed clinical placement, and worked in acute care,
general rehabilitation, acquired brain injury and neurological rehabilitation, long term care, complex continuing care, outpatient treatment, palliative care, preschool, and school-board settings.

 

Emma provides speech-language pathology services to clients within the Greater Toronto Area and is passionate about providing meaningful, dedicated support for her clients through Rehab First Inc.

 

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.

  

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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