All About Us...

We Come to you!
Speech Roots Inc.is a private practice serving Hamilton, Burlington, Haldimand-Norfolk,and Niagara.  We are committed to providing the highest quality of personalized services for children and adults experiencing communication, swallowing, voice and literacy difficulties.  We provide assessment and treatment within the convenience of a clients’ home, daycare, private school, and approved settings within Hamilton and the surrounding areas.   We recognize the importance of working closely with families and other care providers to maximize the effectiveness of therapy.  The home-based service also eliminates the stress that families often endure racing to and from appointments.    We believe that carryover of communication skills is successful when these skills are learned and practiced in everyday surroundings.
Our team of professionals are committed to making an impact that reaches beyond the therapy session.   We are dedicated to providing functional activities that are highly engaging for our clients. We promote evidence-based care that incorporates highly effective treatment techniques founded in research. We believe a clinical practice is incomplete if it merely provides treatment; it must also be directly involved in education, advocacy and innovation in the field of speech, language and literacy.

OUR GUIDING BELIEFS:

  • clients need stimulating activities, that are individualized and appropriate for their level.
  • learning should be enjoyable and functional.
  • client's and caregivers need affordable options when seeking private services.
  • involving family is critical to attaining successful outcomes for all clients.
  • we treat client's with the respect they deserve in an attempt to give them the voice they may not have.

Speech-Language Pathologists (SLP's):

Alisha Ball
Speech-Language Pathologist
Clinical Lead/Coordinator

Alisha is a registered member of the College of Audiologists and Speech Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO) and a member of the Ontario Speech Language Association (OSLA).  She earned a Master of Science in Communication Disorders from Dalhousie University and a  Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Guelph.

"I have been a practicing speech-language pathologist since 2003. I bring years of clinical experience to my work and pride myself on creating fun and functional therapy for my clients.  I have a passion for literacy and have dedicated much of my career to the promotion of early literacy within the Hamilton community. I developed a literacy intervention program and early literacy screening tool for children ages 3-5 years, that was adopted regionally by the preschool speech-language initiative in Hamilton. I have been actively involved in Early Literacy Hamilton and the Read-to-your-Baby project, programs provided through Hamilton Best Start." Alisha Ball MSc. S-LP Reg. CASLPO


Samantha Jansen

Speech-Language Pathologist

Adult Services Clinical Lead

Samantha is a registered member of the College of Audiologists and Speech Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO). She holds a Master of Science in Education from the College of St. Rose and an Honours Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Guelph. 

"I have worked in a variety of hospital settings, schools, and private practice and am dedicated to providing client and family centred services to adolescents, adults and geriatrics with a wide range of communication and swallowing goals. I am passionate about empowering clients, and have experience with a variety of diagnoses and disorders, including traumatic brain injury (TBI), brain tumors, stroke survivors, dementia, neurological conditions (ie. Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, ALS) various mouth and throat cancers, spinal cord injuries, and mental health needs. I provide assessment and treatment in the areas of dysarthria, aphasia, acquired apraxia of speech, dysphagia (swallowing difficulties), cognitive communication, voice disorders, and those with needs for augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). In addition to my clinical experience, I remain committed to expanding my knowledge and clinical skills by attending workshops and conferences in order to best serve my clients with evidence-based practice methods." Samantha Jansen M.S.Ed. S-LP Reg. CASLPO

Rebecca Lepore

Speech-Language Pathologist

Child and Adult Services 

Rebecca is a registered member of the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO) and a member of Ontario Speech-Language Association (OSLA).  She earned her Masters of Clinical Science - Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Western Ontario and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Applied Linguistics - Speech and Language Sciences from Brock University. 

 

“I am extremely passionate about working with preschool and school-aged children as well as their families with various speech and language goals.  I have been fortunate to have a wide variety of clinical placement experiences through the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board (HWDSB), the Ron Joyce Children’s Health Centre, and with Early Words (St. David’s location) through the Hamilton Preschool Speech and Language Program.  I am creative and flexible, and I strive to create meaningful opportunities for the practice of goals throughout therapy and for home practice.  I look forward to working with you!”  

 

 

Kim Smith

Speech-Language Pathologist

Adult Services 

Kim is a registered member of the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO) and a member of Speech-Language and Audiology Canada (SAC).  She earned her Masters of Health Science - Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Toronto; a Master of Music Literature and Performance at Western Ontario and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from Queens University. 

 

Communicative Disorder Assistants (CDA's):

Sarah Robb

Communicative Disorders Assistant

Child Services 

Sarah holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours)  degree in Speech and Language Sciences from Brock University and completed the Communicative Disorders Assistant program at Georgian College.

"Upon graduating I was fortunate enough to be able to give back to my community and work within my chosen field. I was able to facilitate a variety of reading and writing programs within the Grand Erie District School Board. I am a creative person who enjoys and strives to make therapy sessions fun and interactive for clients. I am looking forward to working with you!" Sarah Robb, BA, CDA

Grace Visser

Communicative Disorders Assistant

Child and Adult Services 

Grace has earned an Educational Support Diploma from Mohawk College in Hamilton and went on to complete her Communicative Disorders Assistant Post-graduate Certificate at Georgian College. She is a member of the Communicative Disorders Assistant Association of Canada (CDAAC)

"I have always had a passion for helping others through my volunteer work at my church and in my community. I have worked in a variety of school environments helping children and youth with exceptionalities receive the best learning environment based on their needs. I then went on to narrow my studies with my interest in communication disorders. I learned many strategies and gained experience providing speech therapy within both the preschool initiative and school board in Haldimand-Norfolk. I was very fortunate to gain experience with both child and adult populations while at Georgian College. I bring a wide range of skills and abilities to my clients at Speech Roots." Grace Visser, EA, CDA Reg. CDAAC

 

Kristen Filice

Communicative Disorders Assistant

Child and Adult Services 

Kristen holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours)  degree in Cognitive Science of Language from McMaster University and completed the Communicative Disorders Assistant program at Georgian College.

“I have previously had the pleasure to work with preschool, school-aged and adult populations throughout my experience at Georgian College. I work creatively, enjoy paper crafting and love playing games, and I like to bring these interests and skills to my work to create fun and meaningful activities to support the development of my clients’ communication skills.” Kristen Filice B.A, CDA

Laura Stevens

Communicative Disorders Assistant

Child Services 

Laura holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours)  degree in Cognitive Science of Language from McMaster University and completed the Communicative Disorders Assistant program at Georgian College.

 

Rachael Cullen

Communicative Disorders Assistant

Child Services 

Rachael holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours)  degree in Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour from McMaster University and completed the Communicative Disorders Assistant program at St. Lawrence College.

Heather Hawdon

Communicative Disorders Assistant

Child Services

Heather holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Laurentian University in Sudbury and completed her Communicative Disorders Assistant Certificate at St. Lawrence College in Cornwall Ontario.

 

Stephanie Picone

Communicative Disorders Assistant

Child & Adult Services

Stephanie has earned a Bachelors of Arts degree in psychology and went on to complete her Communicative Disorders Assistant Post-graduate certificate at Durham College with Honours.

"My journey with speech therapy began when I volunteered with an Aphasia Group with those who had experienced a stroke. This experience lead me to wanting to become a CDA. During my college placement I gained much more experience with children. My love for both populations makes me a great fit for this field and I believe that communication is the key to improving quality of life and relationships."