REACH 
Therapy Services

Welcome to REACH Therapy!

After more than 20 years of providing occupational therapy services to children and families, REACH Therapy Services closed on December 31, 2018. It has been a tremendous pleasure to work with so many of you in our communities, but the time has come for our organization to wind down.

We are very sad to share with Nancy Pollock’s clients the news that she passed away on February 24,  2020, after living with ovarian cancer for two years.  Nancy lived her life with gratefulness and joy, continuing to share her wit and wisdom with her family, friends and colleagues until the moment of her passing.  Her obituary can be found at: https://www.dignitymemorial.com/en-ca/obituaries/dundas-on/nancy-pollock-9048878.

If you are looking for an occupational therapist to work with your child, please see the information below as some of our therapists will be continuing to provide services as independent practitioners.

You may also wish to visit https://shaylasvoice.com for a list of private OT practitioners in the GTA, or the Ontario Society of Occupational Therapists’ “Find an OT” tool at:

http://otontario.ca/osot/index.php/find-an-ot

If you are a former REACH client and want to get in touch with the therapist with whom you worked, contact information for each of the REACH therapists is also available below.

With our thanks and best wishes,

REACH OT’s 

REACH Therapists who will be continuing as independent practitioners:

Francine Cleary

francinecleary@gmail.com

Francine Cleary has been an occupational therapist focused on children and their families for more than 25 years. She has worked with children of all ages in homes, schools and childcare centres. Francine is an Assistant Clinical Professor-Adjunct at the School of Rehabilitation Sciences at McMaster University.

Francine is continuing  to see children who have coordination, feeding and sensory processing challenges that interfere with their participation in daily activities in the areas of self-care, productivity (including writing) and leisure/play.

COVID-19 Update: During the pandemic, Francine will provide virtual/telehealth services. When the restrictions reduce, she is hoping to resume in-person visits to children in their homes and/or schools in the Oakville and Burlington area. 

Alexandra Leibner-Cooper

Ali.leibner@gmail.com

Ali Leibner-Cooper began her career as a teacher, with a B.Ed from McGill University, and has taught around the globe. After 4 years of teaching, Ali returned to school to complete her Masters in Occupational Therapy from the University of Toronto. In addition to REACH, Ali has worked as a school-based OT at a school for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and as a community-based OT for children with a variety of needs. Ali has experience with direct and consultative therapy to promote healthy physical, social, and emotional development and well-being related to school, play, and self-care. Ali also has experience in Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT), which involves incorporating animals into treatment sessions to motivate and engage clients.

Ali will continue to see children from preschool to middle school ages with a variety of conditions such as Down syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorder, fine motor challenges, Developmental Coordination Disorder, self regulation, school function, sensory processing, and those without any diagnosis but experiencing functional difficulties in school, play, and/or self-care. Geographical areas covered are from downtown Toronto to Scarborough, up to the 401. Ali works flexible days and times.

For former REACH clients:

Below is contact information for the other REACH occupational therapists if you need to contact your former OT to ask a question about your past service or client record:

Jessica Beaudoin

Jessica Beaudoin

jessica_bdn@yahoo.ca

Nancy Pollock

Nancy Pollock

Contact Sandi at sandrasw3014@gmail.com

Debra Cameron

Debra Cameron

deb.cameron@utoronto.ca

Joanne Schmidt

Joanne Schmidt

jschmidt10@gmail.com

Debra Stewart

Debra Stewart

deb3503@gmail.com

Sandra (Sandi) Sahagian Whalen

Sandra (Sandi) Sahagian Whalen

sandrasw3014@gmail.com

Kathy Stazyk

Kathy Stazyk

stazykk@sympatico.ca