Beth Cranmer-Smith, M.H.Sc., Reg. CASLPO
Owner of the Family Speech Clinic
Beth is the owner of the Family Speech Clinic. She is a registered member of the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO). Beth completed her undergraduate work in Kinesiology at the University of Waterloo. After working for 8 months as a Kinesiologist, she attended the University of Toronto, where she completed her Master’s Degree in Speech Pathology in 1993. After working for a year in Hamilton, she moved to Newmarket to work at the hospital that is now known as Southlake Regional Health Centre. While she continues to work part-time with the in-patient team and the Children’s Treatment Network at Southlake, her main focus is the Family Speech Clinic and Camp Inukshuk.
Beth has been certified in the Hanen Early Language Stimulation Program as well as PROMPT. She is a Certified Facial Therapist. Beth studied in California to become qualified in Fiberendoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES).
In addition to her work at the Family Speech Clinic and at Southlake, Beth is a Clinical Educator for the Department of Speech Pathology in the School of Medicine at the University of Toronto. She supports the Communicative Disorders Assistant Programs at both Durham and Georgian College.
To complement the Family Speech Clinic programs, Beth started Camp Inukshuk with Tammy Delle Cese, Communicative Disorders Assistant, in 2000, as a way to provide children the opportunity to develop their speech and language skills in a dynamic group environment. The natural interactions between children and staff allow them to learn to transition their skills from the clinic environment to everyday situations.
Beth is often heard to say “I love my job because I can make a difference in someone’s life each day!”
Beth lives in Newmarket with her husband and their three children. Beth enjoys running, skiing, highland dancing, coaching soccer, and playing the flute, piano and guitar.
Tina Ashton, B.A.
Office Manager & Communicative Disorders Assistant
Tina is our Office Manager and is also a Communicative Disorders Assistant (CDA) at the Family Speech Clinic. She completed her Bachelor of Arts with a double major in English and Psychology from Wilfrid Laurier University. After navigating the corporate world for 10 years in marketing, sales and customer service, she decided to stop working full-time to take care of her three children. While home, each of Tina’s children required speech therapy for various issues, which is when she discovered her interest in speech therapy. In 2013, Tina graduated with honours from Georgian College receiving her Communicative Disorders Assistant diploma. Tina also continues to provide occasional CDA assistance at Southlake Regional Health Centre.
Tina loves the opportunity to meet, interact and enable the staff in support of all the clients at the Family Speech Clinic. She enjoys spending time with her husband, family and friends, playing with her puppy Charlie and relaxing at her cottage with a good book on the dock.
Tricia Middleton, B.A.
Communicative Disorders Assistant
Tricia is a Communicative Disorders Assistant (CDA). She completed her Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology at the University of Western Ontario and completed her training as a CDA at Durham College. Tricia has been a part of the Family Speech team since 2009. Prior to her current position as a CDA, Tricia enjoyed working as a volunteer and student instructor at Camp Inukshuk (affiliated with the Family Speech Clinic).
Tricia has experience providing therapy for a variety of communication disorders including, articulation delays, receptive and expressive language difficulties, learning disabilities and autism. She enjoys working with a diverse group of clients, from young children to adults. Tricia is passionate about her work and is committed to helping individuals build strong communication skills.
Alex Fitton, B.A.
Communicative Disorders Assistant
Alex Fitton is a Communicative Disorders Assistant (CDA). She completed her undergraduate studies at Glendon College of York University in 2015 where she graduated with a Specialized Honours B.A. in Linguistics and Language Studies. Alex went on to complete her post graduate studies with honours in the Communicative Disorders Assistant program at Georgian College. Alex’s love of children stemmed from her 4+ years working at a local childcare centre where she learned the value of educating through play. Prior to her current position as a CDA, Alex spent two summers volunteering at Camp Inukshuk alongside Beth, Tammy and a variety of SLP students. This experience, as well as her 7 week school practicum at the Family Speech Clinic, allowed Alex to gain an abundance of experience providing assistance to children with speech and language needs. Alex also works as an Assistant to Office Manager Tina to ensure the completion of managerial tasks. Alex enjoys the fast paced environment and variety of roles she takes on in the clinic.
When she is not at work, Alex enjoys hiking, dancing and spending time with family and friends. One of her main goals is to be making a difference in the lives of others while promoting strong communication skills.
Tammy Delle Cese
DSW & Communicative Disorders Assistant
Tammy started Camp Inukshuk with Beth Cranmer-Smith in 2000 with a primary focus on providing a communication enriched program that allows children the opportunity to practice their individual speech and language goals in a positive and supportive environment.
Tammy holds her Developmental Services Worker (DSW) and Communicative Disorders Assistant (CDA) diplomas, graduating both programs with distinction from Georgian College in 1999 and 2000 respectively. Tammy pursued her CDA diploma because she realized the importance of strong communication skills as a foundation for lifelong learning. She wanted to make a difference in people’s lives and “it is evident that Tammy loves her job” quotes one of her co-workers.
For 11 years, Tammy worked full time as a CDA for the York Region District School Board. She also worked part-time with the Family Speech Clinic providing direct clinical therapy including the treatment of preschool and school aged children with disorders or delays affecting articulation, language development, phonological awareness, apraxia and selective mutism.
Tammy stopped working full-time in 2011 to spend more time at home with her three young children. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, and enjoys photography and cooking.
Alison McNeil, M.H.Sc., Reg. CASLPO
Alison is a registered Speech-Language Pathologist. She earned her Bachelor’s degree at McMaster University in the Cognitive Science of Language program, and then completed the Master of Health Science program in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Toronto.
Alison received speech therapy as a young child, which began her interest in speech-language pathology, and she has always been passionate about working with children. She is thrilled to be able to combine two of her favourite things in her position at the Family Speech Clinic. Alison enjoys working with children with language, literacy, articulation, fluency, and other communication needs. She is trained in level 1 PROMPT, and early language strategies presented by Hanen “It Takes Two to Talk” as well as in the Lidcombe Program for parents to encourage their child’s fluency.
Previously, Alison obtained practical experience with the Toronto and Durham District School Boards, and with speech and language camps in the City of Toronto. She also volunteered at the Family Speech Clinic and at Camp Inukshuk as a student, and is very excited to be joining the Clinic as an SLP.
Alison is certified with the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO) and is a member of the Ontario Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (OSLA). She feels extremely fortunate to be helping children to express themselves confidently and happily.
When not at work, Alison is an avid reader, and enjoys hockey and spending time with her family at their cottage.
Nicole Wurster, M.H.Sc., Reg. CASLPO
Speech-Language Pathologist (C)
Nicole is a registered Speech-Language Pathologist. She completed a Bachelor of Science in Honours Health Sciences at Wilfrid Laurier University. Nicole later went on to complete a Master of Health Science in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Toronto. She is currently registered with the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO) and a member of the Ontario Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (OSLA). Nicole is trained in Hanen’s “It Takes Two to Talk” program, the Lidcombe program and the Fluency Plus program: “A Comprehensive Treatment Program for Persons who Stutter”, as well as level 1 PROMPT.
Nicole is passionate about working with clients of all ages with a variety of communication and swallowing disorders. She enjoys working with preschool and school-aged children with language, motor speech, articulation, fluency, and swallowing/feeding needs, as well as adults with aphasia, dysarthria, and swallowing difficulties. Nicole is enthusiastic about collaborating with clients and their families to provide excellent communication and swallowing services and is committed to helping enhance the quality of life of her clients! When Nicole is not at work, she enjoys camping, canoeing, reading, and spending time with friends and family.
Michelle Egan, M.Cl.Sc., Reg. CASLPO
Michelle is a registered Speech-Language Pathologist. She completed an Honours Specialization in Health Science with Biology at Western University, and went on to complete a Master of Clinical Science in Speech-Language Pathology at Western University. She is currently registered with the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO) and a member of the Ontario Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (OSLA). Michelle is trained in Hanen’s “It Takes Two to Talk” program and level 1 PROMPT, and has Lee Silverman Voice Therapy (LSVT) certification.
Michelle is passionate about working with clients of all ages with a variety of communication needs. She enjoys working with preschool and school aged children with language, motor planning, and social communication needs, as well as with adults with aphasia and neurodegenerative disorders. She has practical experience working with clients of all ages in both individual and group therapy. She is very excited to lead the Social Skills Groups at the Clinic this fall! While completing her studies, she was assisting in research centered around adult neurodegenerative disorders and their effects on speech. When Michelle is not at work, she enjoys reading, baking, and spending time with friends and family.
Alexandra (Ali) Cooper B.Ed., M.Sc. OT Reg. (Ont.)
Ali began her career as a teacher, with a B.Ed from McGill University. After 4 years of teaching students with special needs around the globe, Ali returned to school to complete her Masters in Occupational Therapy from the University of Toronto. In addition to working at the Family Speech Clinic, Ali is working at REACH Therapy Services providing in-home therapy to children with a variety of needs and has worked as a school-based OT at a school for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. These work experiences mostly consistent of assessment, treatment, and consultation regarding developmental coordination disorder (DCD), sensory processing disorder, fine and gross motor skills, handwriting, and much more. Ali has also completed training in animal-assisted therapy (AAT), which involves incorporating animals into treatment sessions to motivate and engage clients. Her impressive resume has allowed her to be involved with U of T, providing mentorship to students, presenting lectures, and collaborating with professors, specifically regarding her unique and innovative work with children and animals. Ali is passionate about promoting healthy physical, social, and emotional development and well-being related to school, play, and self-care.
Valerie Cavalieri, M.H.Sc., Reg. CASLPO
Valerie Cavalieri is a registered Speech-Language Pathologist. She completed an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Bachelor of Education (Primary/Junior) at York University. She went on to complete a Master of Health Science at the University of Toronto. Valerie enjoys working with children with language, motor speech, articulation and early literacy needs. She is trained in level 1 PROMPT. Valerie is a registered member of the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists (CASLPO) and a member of the Ontario Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (OSLA).
Chelsea Holung, M.Sc.OT, OT Reg. (Ont.)
Chelsea is an Occupational Therapist (OT) registered with the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario (COTO) and the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT). She completed her Bachelors of Science with Honours in Biology at Acadia University (Nova Scotia) and her Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy at the University of Toronto.
Chelsea has worked with children of varying ages and abilities in various setting including summer camps, day programs, tutoring and volunteering at Holland Bloorview Kids’ Rehabilitation Hospital. She became passionate about working with children and adults with disabilities while volunteering as both an instructor, and then a leader, at the Acadia University’s Sensory Motor Instructional Learning Experience (S.M.I.L.E.) Program which inspired her to purse a career in occupational therapy.
During her OT Masters program, Chelsea’s fieldwork/placements included Holland Bloorview Kids’ Rehabilitation Hospital, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, and Southlake Regional Health Centre. In addition to working at the Family Speech Clinic, Chelsea works at Southlake Regional Health Centre with adults of varying diagnoses and needs including the geriatric, stroke, and acquired brain injury population.