REACH Therapy Services

Our Therapists

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Bio picture for JessicaJessica Beaudoin M.Sc. (OT), OT Reg.(Ont.)

Jessica has worked with children and youth with a variety of special needs in hospital and community settings. Her OT experiences have been in the areas of feeding and swallowing, motor coordination, alternative and augmentative communication, and sensory challenges. In addition to REACH, Jessica has worked at a children’s treatment centre, with a focus on feeding and motor skill development and on the neuro-rehab, oncology and mental health units of a children’s hospital. Jessica also has experience in developing programs for youth with special needs and facilitating community inclusion.

Biography image of Deb CameronDebra Cameron PhD., M.Ed., OT Reg. (Ont.)

Deb Cameron is one of the founders of and a consultant with REACH Therapy Services. She is not currently taking on clinical clients. Deb Cameron has been practicing OT with children since her graduation more than 30 years ago and has worked in variety of settings including children’s rehabilitation centres and an integrated nursery school. She is a faculty member in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at the University of Toronto. Deb is involved in teaching a paediatric course, supervising graduate students, and does research in the areas of Cognitive Orientation to Occupational Performance (CO-OP), fieldwork education and international health. She is a founding member of the International Centre for Disability and Rehabilitation at the University of Toronto and works with groups in Trinidad and Tanzania.

Bio picture for FrancineFrancine Cleary B.Sc.,  B.H.Sc. OT Reg. (Ont.)

Francine Cleary has been an occupational therapist focused on children and their families for more than 20 years and has significant experience working with children who have coordination, feeding, and sensory challenges. She has worked with children of all ages in homes, schools and childcare centres. In addition to working at REACH, she also works part-time with preschoolers at a community mental health organization. Francine is a Professional Associate at the School of Rehabilitation at McMaster University where she assists with clinical education and supervises student occupational therapists.

Bio picture for Ali CooperAlexandra (Ali) Cooper B.Ed.,  M.Sc. OT Reg. (Ont.)

Ali 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 is currently working as a school-based OT at a school for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). 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.

Bio picture of WendyWendy Johnson B.Sc., B.Sc. OT Reg. (Ont.)

Wendy Johnson has been an Occupational Therapist for 20 years, spending the last 10 years focused on work with children with learning differences and developmental delays. She has significant experience supporting children who have feeding, sensory, motor and learning challenges. Wendy values the importance of supporting children and their families at home, in school and in their communities. Wendy’s work experience has included being part of an autism treatment team and working in a children treatment center in Western Canada.

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M. Shone Joos M.Sc., OT Reg. (Ont.)

Shone has been working as an OT with children and families for over 20 years in home and school settings.  Her scope of practice includes assessment and treatment of preschool and school aged children with a variety of learning, sensory and motor challenges.  Shone has a particular interest in children with Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) and has training in the Cognitive Orientation to Occupational Performance (CO-OP) evidenced-based approach. Her current professional roles include REACH Therapy Services and teaching in the Occupational Therapy program at the University of Toronto.

Biography image of NancyNancy Pollock M.Sc., OT Reg. (Ont.)

Nancy has been practising OT with children for more than 35 years in a wide variety of settings. She currently divides her time between her clinical work at REACH and a faculty position in the School of Rehabilitation Science at McMaster University where she teaches occupational therapy students, supervises graduate students and does research with the CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research. Nancy works with school-aged children, particularly those with learning, coordination and/or attention challenges. Nancy is a managing associate and one of the founders of REACH.

Joanne Schmidt B.Sc. OT Reg. (Ont.)

Joanne has over 20 years of experience practicing as an occupational therapist in a variety of communities. As well as providing services to children and families with REACH, Joanne currently works for a community mental health organization providing services to children in child care centres and to families in their homes. Joanne has experience working with infants, pre-school and school-age children with motor coordination difficulties and sensory challenges.

Kathy Stazyk M.Sc., OT Reg. (Ont.)

Kathy has been working as an OT with children for over 25 years in hospitals, home and community. She has extensive experience with infants, preschoolers and young children who have sensory, motor and feeding issues and has recently developed some expertise working with children and teens recovering from concussion or mild traumatic brain injury. In addition to REACH, Kathy is also a clinical lecturer at the School of Rehabilitation Science at McMaster University.

Biography image of Deb StewartDebra Stewart M.Sc., OT Reg. (Ont.)

Debra has been practicing as an occupational therapist for over 40 years, mostly with children and adolescents with special needs. She is one of the founders of REACH and is a managing associate. Deb has taught for many years in the occupational therapy program at McMaster University and enjoys participating in some research at CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research.

Sandra Sahagian Whalen M.H.Sc., OT Reg. (Ont.)

Sandra has been practicing OT with children, youth and young adults for more than 35 years in a wide variety of settings. She is a managing associate with REACH, in addition to carrying a clinical caseload. Sandra is also involved with clinical research and resource development with the CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research at McMaster University. She has been a peer assessor with the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario, is currently an inspector with the College of Occupational Therapists of British Columbia and is a competency assessor with the Association of Canadian Occupational Therapy Regulatory Organizations (ACOTRO) SEAS program. She is one of the founders of REACH.