MEET OUR TEAM

VINNI PANIKKAR

REGISTERED SPEECH - LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST

  • M.Sc., CCC (USA), RSLP (CDN)
  • Clinical Faculty, University of British Columbia
  • Registered Autism Service Provider (ASD)

Vinni is well respected in the professional community.  She has worked for over 35 years with infants, children and adults in multiple settings. She has also supervised students, been involved in research and specializes with communication needs arising from mental health challenges. She is the founder of Granville Island Speech Inc.

Speech and language therapy is both an art and a science. It is important to understand the needs of the client, and be attuned to their underlying emotional and behavioural  signals.  My work is guided by the following principles of attunement from the client’s perspective:

  1. Do they accept me and take me seriously?
  2. Do they let me express what I am thinking/feeling?
  3. Do they provide me with what I am ready to learn?

JAMIE HACK

REGISTERED SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST

  • Certified in Speech-Language Pathology by SAC
  • Master of Science, Speech-Language Pathology, University of British Columbia
  • Registered Autism Service Provider (RASP)

Jamie Hack assesses and provides treatment for children with a range of communication impairments from Language Disorders, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Social Communication Disorder, and Brain Injury. He has been working at Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children since 2011 and the Asante Centre for Fetal Alcohol Syndrome prior to that. He provides individual and group therapy.

ARUNA SUDARSHAN 

REGISTERED SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST

  • Ph.D., Communication Sciences & Disorders, McGill University. 
  • Master of Science, Speech-Language Pathology, Bangalore University, India.

Aruna has a strong background in Speech-Language Pathology working in a variety of clinical and hospital setups in Bangalore, India. Her clinical experience motivated her to move to Montreal in 2009 to complete her Ph.D. in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Her research focused on the interplay between language, cognition and the bilingual brain. In practice, Aruna has experience working with paediatrics and adults alike, including individuals with complex communication needs using alternative and augmentative communication (AAC). Her work is driven by principles that enhance overall cognitive-communicative development.

JIJI HUBERT

REGISTERED SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST

  • M.S. CCC (USA), R/SLP-C(CDN)
  • Certified in Speech-Language Pathology by ASHA and SAC
  • Registered in British Columbia; Licensed in the State of Washington
  • Master of Science, University of New Mexico

JiJi has been practicing Speech Language Pathology since 2005.  The majority of her experience derives from working with school age children and their families.  Professionally, her goal is to help others identify what they need to facilitate effective communication with family and community.  Her approach to help clients meet their goals is client led within a structured and supportive environment.  JiJi has experience working with children and adults in the areas of phonological awareness, articulation, apraxia, fluency, voice, dysphagia, receptive and expressive language, executive function, andpragmatics (social language) individually and in small group settings.

MEGAN BUNTING -FOX

PROFESSIONAL INSTRUCTOR, APPLIED THEATRE

  • BFA in Acting, University of Victoria
  • MA, inApplied Theatre, University of London
  • Professional Actress / Voice-over Artist

Megan began teaching young people acting for Tarlington Training film school in 2002. This prompted Megan’s interest in Applied Theatre and she subsequently left Canada to obtain a Masters Degree in this field, from Goldsmiths College, University of London (England) in 2006. Megan continued her Applied Theatre work as an Education Manager and Drama Practitioner for a charity called Escape Artists (in the UK), which specialized in arts based education work for those at ‘the social margins’, including a 3-year, evidence-based research drama project working with young offenders, summer drama programming for those dealing with homelessness and developing and delivering accredited arts education courses for offenders and ex-offenders.  Now, she is based in the Lower Mainland where she continues to teach and develop her Applied Theatre practice.


ASSISTANT THERAPISTS

 LUNA



THERAPEUTIC SERVICE ANIMAL

Luna is a part-time member of our clinic and is our favorite canine, providing therapeutic services to our clients.  Hypoallergenic and kind, she supports our mission and is one of the friendliest service animals you will ever meet!


GRACIE

 



THERAPEUTIC SERVICE ANIMAL

If smaller and delicate services are requested, Gracie is a content, calming presence who also works at our clinic part-time.  She enjoys a gentle touch and is reserved for special clients!