Centre de la fluidité verbale de Montréal
Montreal Fluency Centre

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Volunteers, Board, and Staff

Volunteering

Throughout the year, The Montreal Fluency Centre accepts many volunteers who serve as an important part of the organization.  Our volunteers are involved in administrative tasks such as creating materials for use in therapy sessions, photocopying, filing, data entry, and making phone calls.  There are also opportunities for hands-on experience assisting with our programmes.

We require a minimum commitment of 2 hours per week for a minimum period of 12 weeks.

For more information, please contact our intake coordinator by e-mail or phone 514-489-4320 ext 237.

 

I am extremely grateful for my time at MFC. I am working towards becoming a certified SLP, and the MFC was instrumental in inspiring that decision and helping me achieve my goals…

That summer (2010), I volunteered at the summer program, which led me to decide without a doubt that I had to pursue a career as an SLP. I worked side-by-side with MFC’s incredibly skilled, dedicated clinicians, assisting with therapy for small groups of children. I learned many useful techniques to scaffold language development and saw first-hand the difference these interventions made.

All of my experiences at the Montreal Fluency Centre have been extremely positive…

~ Hannah Pinsky, Graduate Student, University of Vermont

 

Board Members and Staff

President of the Board: Mary L. Hebert

Board of Directors: Marie-Francoise Jothy, Rosalee C. Shenker, Ph.D., Peter J. Malouf, Kenneth F. Salomon, Sara Price, Yasmine Ghandour

All clinicians at the Montreal Fluency Centre (MFC) are certified, and are members of their respective professional organizations:

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    Dr. Rosalee Shenker, Ph.D.

    Founder

    Phone: 514.489.4320 (Extension 242)

    Rosalee received her Ph.D. from McGill University and has specialized in fluency disorders for over 40 years. She is also Adjunct Professor at McGill University, School of Communication Sciences and Disorders, having taught a graduate course in Stuttering Disorders in Children. As a founding member of the Lidcombe Program Training Consortium she coordinates clinical training for this program in North America and has provided presentations, workshops  and mentoring to over 2000 clinicians. Rosalee has published in peer reviewed journals and contributed chapters on Stuttering to various textbooks. Her most recent work emphasizes the treatment of bilingual children who stutter.

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    Andrea Gingras, M.SLP, S-LP(C)

    Speech-Language Pathologist – Clinical Manager

    Phone: 514.489.4320 (Extension 226)

    Andrea Gingras is a graduate of the University of Alberta and joined the MFC in 1995. While maintaining a regular caseload, she is also the Clinical Manager, organizing clinical education opportunities and overseeing the preschool and school-age teams within the Centre. She is involved in many Montreal Fluency Centre projects in the area of language and literacy. She offers clinical training and workshops to speech- language pathologists and teachers in the area of literacy and has presented at various conferences on this subject. Particular areas of interest include emergent literacy, reading and bilingualism, school- age language disorders and dyslexia.

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    Antonietta Conte, M.Sc., S-LP

    Speech-Language Pathologist

    Phone: 514.489.4320 (Extension 236)

    Antonietta has worked at the MFC since graduating from McGill in 1998. She offers a wide range of general practice but has developed a specialty in the assessment and treatment of children with language-based learning disabilities, as well as literacy, from early school age to high school. Antonietta has also been involved in the clinical mentoring of junior clinicians at the MFC and has currently taken on the role of School-Age Team Coordinator.

     

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    Yael Shaffir, M.Sc (A), S-LP(C)

    Speech-Language Pathologist

    Phone: 514.489-4320 (Extension 249)

    Yael has worked at the MFC since graduating from McGill in 2000. She offers a wide range of general practice including assessment and treatment of speech and language impairments in preschool and school-age children. Yael has also helped to develop and run the MFC’s Social Language Group and Oral Narrative Groups. She has been involved in many community outreach programs at the MFC. Currently, Yael works primarily with school age children with language-based learning and reading disabilities.

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    Gissella Santayana, M.Sc.S., SLP

    Speech-Language Pathologist

    Phone: 514.489.4320 (Extension 246)

    Gissella Santayana graduated from Ottawa University in 2003. She joined the Montreal Fluency Center in March 2009. She offers a wide range of general practice in English, French and Spanish. She currently practices in early intervention for children with emerging communication skills; preschool speech and language disorders and early literacy. She is certified for the It Takes Two to Talk® Hanen Program®. She is developing a specialization in fluency disorders using the Lidcombe Program for early stuttering intervention.

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    Marie Bourgault-Côté, M.O.A., S-LP

    Speech-Language Pathologist

    Phone: 514.489.4320 (Extension 224)

    Marie Bourgault-Côté graduated from the University of Montreal in 1999.  Prior to joining the MFC in 2006, Marie worked in different school settings offering assessment and treatment to children with speech and language impairments.   For the past five years, Marie has been specializing in fluency disorders using the Lidcombe Program for early stuttering with preschoolers and school-aged children both in English and in French.  Marie also works with older school-aged children and teenagers who stutter.  She has currently taken on the role of the Stuttering Team Leader.

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    Catherine Rebellati, M.Sc., S-LP(C)

    Speech-Language Pathologist

    Phone: 514.489.4320 (Extension 247)

    Catherine has worked at the MFC since graduating from the University of British Columbia in 1997. She assesses and treats preschool children with a wide variety of speech and language disorders, and has developed a specialty in early intervention for children with emerging communication skills. Catherine has also been involved in the clinical mentoring of junior clinicians at the MFC and has currently taken on the role of Preschool Team Coordinator.

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    Tammy Nemes-Saskin, M.A., S-LP(C)

    Speech-Language Pathologist

    Phone: 514.489.4320 (Extension 228)

    Tammy graduated from the State University of New York in 2005 and then worked in a specialized school for students with language and learning disorders in Boston, MA. Tammy joined the Montreal Fluency Centre in September 2006. She offers a wide range of general practice including assessment and treatment of speech and language impairments in preschool and school-age children. Tammy is also involved in many community outreach programs at the MFC including consultation, group therapy, and teacher training.

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    Julia Levy, M.A., CCC-SLP

    Speech-Language Pathologist

    Phone: 514.489.4320 (Extension 222)

    Julia graduated from the State University of New York in 2008 and then worked for a pediatric clinic in New York City offering a wide range of general practice in the areas of speech and language.  Julia has been part of the MFC team since September 2012. She assesses and treats both preschoolers and school-aged children with various speech and language difficulties.  Julia is also involved in community outreach programs at the MFC.

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    Marlene Desjardins, Ph.D.

    Psychologist – Clinical Director for The Taylor Adolescent Program

    Phone: 514.489.4320 (Extension 230)

    Marlene has been working at the MFC since September 2005, having consulted to the centre for two years prior to that. At the MFC, Marlene provides comprehensive psycho-educational assessments, one-on-one remedial therapy (a specialized form of tutoring for students with learning disorders), and consultation to parents, teachers, and tutors. She is clinical director of the Taylor Adolescent Program, an after-school clinical intervention for adolescents who have moderate-to-severe learning disorders that has been in operation in Montreal since the late 1970s.  Marlene obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree (Honours Psychology) from the University of Ottawa, a Master of Arts degree (Educational Psychology) from McGill University, and Ph.D. degree (School and Child-clinical Psychology) from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto. She has worked with children and adolescents who have learning disorders for the past 17 years.

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    Vanessa Barfod

    Vanessa recently graduated from the University of Toronto and joined the MFC team in October 2015.  Vanessa offers a wide range of general practice including the assessment and treatment of both preschoolers and school-age children with  speech and language difficulties. She is certified for the It Takes Two to Talk® Hanen Program®.  Vanessa is also involved in community outreach programs at the MFC.  Specifically, she is working on the Read it Again in Cree program, collaborating with the Cree Language School Board in Northern Quebec.