Mo Oshalla, Speech-Language Pathologist and Clinic Lead

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Mo is a loving husband and father of two beautiful and vivacious daughters, lovingly known as Firecracker and Spicy Meatball. He is also an avid outdoor runner (road and trail). If he’s not working or running, you may catch him hanging out with his family. Oh, and Mo is a HUGE fan of DC comics, especially Batman!

Mo is also a Speech-Language Pathologist registered to practice in Ontario and is certified by Speech-Language & Audiology Canada. He earned his Master of Health Science degree from the University of Toronto after earning his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Western Ontario. Mo began his post-graduate career at the Toronto Rehab Institute and the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance, where he worked with adults in rehabilitation and acute care (respectively). From 2010 to 2014, Mo worked at the Child and Parent Resource Institute (CPRI) as a member of several outpatient and inpatient teams. He has worked with children across the age spectrum – as young as 4 months old to 17 years old – with a variety of presenting difficulties and diagnoses. Mo was a core member of the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) screening and diagnostic teams, as well as the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) diagnostic team. Please click here to view Mo’s CV.

Mo has certification in the Hanen It Takes Two to Talk and More Than Words programs, is PROMPT-trained, and has Levels 1 and 2 training in Cognitive Communication Disorders, among numerous continuing education achievements attained annually. Mo’s caseload is diverse, and includes clients with speech and language impairments, social communication delays, voice impairments, feeding and swallowing problems, and cognitive-communication impairments caused by brain injury (including concussion). He is the owner of Elgin Speech and Language Services.

Amelia Baer, Speech-Language Pathologist

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Amelia is a Speech-Language Pathologist who loves coming to work everyday to enrich the lives of others. She is passionate about her career, and enjoys finding new ways to bring smiles and laughter into every session. Some of her other interests include singing, playing piano and guitar, exercising, exploring the outdoors, and spending quality time with family and friends.

Before obtaining her Master of Health Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology, Amelia completed an undergraduate degree in English from York University, and a Master’s degree in Comparative Literature from the University of Toronto. Since beginning her career in speech-language pathology, Amelia has had the opportunity to work with children and adults between 18 months and 92 years of age, and has experience in the areas of language, verbal reasoning, articulation, voice, phonology, fluency, cognitive-communication and swallowing impairments in a variety of practice settings. She was previously employed as an ABA Instructor Therapist, for which she offered one-on-one language therapy to children with a wide variety of communication difficulties and diagnoses. She is certified by Speech-Language & Audiology Canada, and holds additional certifications including PROMPT (Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets), Hanen’s “It Takes Two to Talk”, PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System), and ESDM (Early Start Denver Model).  Please click here to view Amelia’s CV.

Victoria Gallagher, Speech-Language Pathologist

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Victoria is happily married to her best friend, Rod, and they have two young sons, Isaiah and Maxwell. In her free time, she enjoys running, practicing yoga, writing, photography, and playing the drums. She also loves traveling and spending time on the water at their family cottage in New Brunswick.

Victoria earned her Master of Clinical Science in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Western Ontario, and also holds a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in Linguistics (Speech and Language Sciences) from Brock University. She is registered with the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario and is also a certified instructor of the Hanen “It Takes Two to Talk” program. Please click here to view Victoria’s CV.

Prior to joining ESLS, Victoria worked for several years as a member of a multi-disciplinary rehabilitation team, where she gained extensive experience in the area of acquired brain injury. She provided assessment and treatment of cognitive communication impairments, and acted 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. Victoria also has clinical experience in assessing and treating speech, language, fluency, voice, and swallowing disorders. In 2009, she had the opportunity to travel to Lima, Peru, as a volunteer clinician, where she conducted assessment and treatment of speech, language, voice, and swallowing disorders related to cleft lip and palate and craniofacial anomalies. She also provided educational programming for early speech and language stimulation and feeding management.

Kendra Breedveld

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Kendra is a full-time wife to a wonderful guy, and mom to a busy toddler. Her family will be growing by two more feet in October of 2017. In her spare time (read: during nap time), she enjoys cooking, baking, writing, and taking pictures for her food blog. Other interests include singing, trying to be fit and healthy, and applying order to disorganization.

Kendra earned her Master of Clinical Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Western University. Before that, she studied political science and elementary education at the University of New Brunswick. She is registered with the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO) and a member of Speech and Audiology Canada (SAC). Kendra is a certified instructor of the Hanen “It Takes Two to Talk” program, has received Level 1 training in Cognitive Communication Disorders, and was recently trained in PROMPT (Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets).

Prior to joining Elgin Speech and Language Services, Kendra worked for several years as part of a multidisciplinary team providing assessment and treatment of speech, language, cognitive, and swallowing impairments. She assisted individuals of all ages in recovering from communication disorders related to acquired brain injury or stroke, cognitive communication difficulties associated with chronic pain, and acquired motor difficulties due to head and facial trauma. She was and is committed to acting as a resource for clients and their families in order to promote awareness of communication strategies for the integration of individuals into their communities. Please click here to view Kendra’s CV.

Jessica Livingstone

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Jessica graduated from Western University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Spanish Linguistics, and will be continuing her journey at Western in the fall of 2017 for the Master of Clinical Science program in Speech-Language Pathology. She enjoys going for walks with her dog Theo, travelling with family, practicing Spanish, and is a self-proclaimed “foodie”.

Prior to working at Elgin Speech and Language Services, Jessica completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training through Awakened Life School of Yoga in Costa Rica, and had the privilege of managing as well as being a regular instructor at KarmaYoga Studio. In addition, she has worked as an administrative assistant at The Health Network and is a one-on-one program assistant at Noah’s Ark Preschool in London. 

Jessica has obtained a wide variety of experiences related to the field of Speech-Language Pathology. She has assisted with phonological awareness screenings to kindergarten students, been a prominent volunteer at ESLS since August 2015, mentored an English as a Second Language learner, and provided support to a SLP and teacher for the deaf in showing parents how to effectively use American Sign Language (ASL) with their children. Please click here to view Jessica’s CV.