SVA Healthy Aging and Dementia Clinic Roster

 

Dr. Jane Storrie, Ph.D., C.Psych., ABDA
Dr. Diana Velikonja, Ph.D., C.Psych.
Dr. Ruth Avelino, BSc, DCh
Dr. Sandra Belfry, Ph.D., C.Psych.
Leslie Birkett, BScOT, OT Reg. (Ont.)
Dr. Tracy Brodie, OD, BSc
Shirlea Crook
Dr. Breanne Facey, OD, BSc
Dr. Jonathan Haslehurst, BA, DCh
Dr. Tanya Hintz-Parry, BSc, DC
Dr. Jennifer Kaster, BSc, ND
Dr. Lynn Lightfoot, Ph.D., C.Psych.
Cynthia Love, BA, RNCP, CNP
Shanni Philp, MClSC, Reg, CASLPO
Kerry Roberts, BSc, BScPhm, RPh, NCMP
Deidre Sperry, MSc, S-LP(C)
Michelle Thwaites, BPHE, MScPT, CAFCI
Carolyn Whiskin, BScPhm, RPh, NCMP

Jane Storrie

Dr. H. Jane Storrie, Ph.D., C.Psych., ABDA
Clinical, Rehabilitation, and Neuropsychologist
Storrie, Velikonja and Associates
Director, SVA Concussion Clinic

Dr. H. Jane Storrie is a duly qualified Psychologist, registered in the Province of Ontario. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Waterloo, and completed an internship in Clinical Neuropsychology at Hamilton Health Sciences/McMaster University. She is a member in good standing with the College of Psychologists of Ontario, and is President-Elect of the Ontario Psychological Association (OPA).

Dr. Storrie holds the appointment of Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, at McMaster University, and has been awarded Diplomate Emeritus status with the American Board of Disability Analysts (ABDA). She is Past-President of the Canadian Academy of Psychologists in Disability Assessment (CAPDA).

Dr. Storrie is a Director of the Hamilton Medical-Legal Society, and a member of the Hamilton Health Sciences' Psychology Intern Committee and the OPA Motor Vehicle Accident Task Force. She is Co-Chair of the OPA Prescriptive Authority Committee. Dr. Storrie is a founding partner of Storrie, Velikonja & Associates (SVA), a full-service psychology clinic located in Burlington, Ontario, and Co-Director of the SVA Concussion Clinic and SVA Health Aging Clinic.

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Diana Velikonja

Dr. Diana Velikonja, Ph.D., C.Psych.
Clinical, Rehabilitation and Neuropsychologist
Storrie, Velikonja and Associates
Director, SVA Concussion Clinic

Dr. Diana Velikonja is a licensed Neuropsychologist in Ontario. She completed her doctoral degree in Biological and Clinical Psychology at the University of Waterloo and completed a residency in neuropsychology at McMaster University Hospital. She is a practicing Neuropsychologist in the Acquired Brain Injury Program at Hamilton Health Sciences, where she was the Chief of Psychology Practice from 2004 to 2011.

Dr. Velikonja has worked in the Acquired Brain Injury Program since 1996 providing assessment as well as developing treatment for patients suffering from mild to severe injury and impairment. She has also provided neuropsychological consultative services for a variety of pediatric, adult and geriatric neurologically impaired populations. She is also the chair of research in the ABI Program having been awarded research grants and has published articles in the area of ABI.

Dr. Velikonja is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences in the faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University where she teaches and supervises students with their research and clinical activities. She is also a member of the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation (ONF) Committee for Acquired Brain Injury providing consultation for funding ABI research and has been a member on a number of their expert panels. She was a member of the Board of Director for the Ontario Psychological Association (OPA) and is currently Co-Chair of the Prescription Priviledges Committee of OPA. Dr. Velikonja is also on the Board of the Hamilton Brain Injury Association.

Dr. Velikonja is a founding partner of Storrie, Velikonja & Associates (SVA), a full-service psychology clinic located in Burlington, Ontario, and Co-Director of the SVA Concussion Clinic and the SVA Healthy Aging Clinic.

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Ruth Avelino

Dr. Ruth Avelino, BSc, DCh
Chiropodist
Medical Foot Solutions

Dr. Avenlino completed her undergraduate training at Guelph University and went on to do her postgraduate training in podiatry at the Michener Institute of Applied Health Sciences, in Toronto. After graduation she completed several advanced training courses, including injection techniques for botox, the use of sclerosing agents for varicosities, lower extremity compression therapy for venous insufficiency, the use of injectable dermal fillers as well as several advanced surgical courses including HyproCure and the Koby guard system. In 1999, Dr. Avelino along with her colleague, Dr. Jonathan Haslehurst, established their first clinic in downtown, historic Burlington. A second clinic was opened in 2010 in downtown Milton.

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Sandra Belfry

Dr. Sandra Belfry, Ph.D., C.Psych.
Storrie, Velikonja and Associates

Dr. Belfry completed her Ph.D. in Counselling Psychology at the University of Toronto in 2013. Her doctoral research examined the experience of spouses of individuals with acquired brain injuries in the context of their role transitions and support needs. During her clinical training she specialized in neuropsychological and clinical assessment and treatment of older and general adult populations. She completed her clinical training at Baycrest Hospital where she developed assessment and treatment skills for older adults and assessment and treatment skills for general adults with acquired brain injuries; and at The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) focusing on general adult populations. She completed her Masters degree in 1999 in Counselling Psychology at the University of Toronto and her research focused on adult children of parents with dementias. Her BA in psychology was completed at the University of Western Ontario in 1996. She also completed a Diploma in Art Therapy at the University of Western Ontario in 1996.

Dr. Belfry has largely focused her career in the area of older adults by working in a number of long term care facilities in addition to consulting for community agencies serving older adults. She initially worked as a clinical counselor at Cummer Lodge (City of Toronto, Homes for the Aged). Subsequent to that role, Dr. Belfry developed and pioneered a specialized Regional Art Therapy service for the City of Toronto's Home for the Aged. She developed and expanded this program for several years and introduced similar programs in other long term care facilities. She has particular interest in issues related to memory such as cognitively degenerative diseases and acquired brain injuries. She has extensive training in memory rehabilitation and she has provided psycho educational workshops regarding normal age-related changes in memory for the community. Dr. Belfry works with adults, older adults, couples, and families of aging parents.

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Leslie Birkett

Leslie Birkett, BScOT, OT Reg. (Ont.)
Occupational Therapist

Ms Leslie Birkett graduated from Queen's University in 1987. She has worked for over 20 years in brain injury rehabilitation with both children and adults in settings ranging from acute care to the community. She has operated her own private practice since 1995. In addition to her clinical work, Ms Birkett is a Professional Associate in the McMaster University School of Rehabilitation Science, Occupational Therapy program in Hamilton, Ontario.

Ms Birkett is the co-author of the I CAN assessment, a community-based evaluation of executive functioning. She enjoys collaborative community-based rehabilitation using a "Participate to Learn" approach, and thrives on situations that challenge her creativity and use of best practices and strives to assist her clients with meeting their personal life goals.

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Tracy Brodie

Dr. Tracy Brodie, OD, BSc
Optometrist
Dr. Tracy Brodie and Associates

After graduating from the University of Waterloo in 1987 with an Honours Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Optometry degrees, Dr. Tracy Brodie began her practice in Burlington. The business has grown into a full scope practice offering complete eye health examinations, with state of the art diagnostic equipment.

Contact lens fittings can be done using a variety of disposable and specialty contact lenses. Dr. Brodie's frame dispensary has won several awards for best selection of unique and affordable designer glasses.

Dr. Tracy Brodie and Associates offers Vision therapy for those children or adults suffering from binocular vision problems who present with symptoms such as eyestrain, double vision and headaches. Both in office and home treatment programs can be provided.

Even minor concussions can cause significant visual disturbances. The following are signs and symptoms associated with concussion: blurred vision especially with reading; poor reading comprehension; double vision; loss of place while reading; eye pain, headaches; and light sensitivity.

These symptoms can have adverse effects on learning and school performance. The vision problems can persist well beyond the initial concussion. The King-Devick Test, designed specifically for concussions, is one of many tests that can help evaluate eye function and visual integrity. Vision problems do respond well to treatment that can include spectacles and/or optometric vision therapy.

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Shirlea Crook

Shirlea Crook
Service Co-Ordinator, Senior Services
Bartimaeus, Inc.

Ms Crook is a Therapeutic Recreation Specialist working currently in the field of geriatrics with complex mental health challenges. Since 2003 she has partnered with Bartimaeus Inc. to develop and grow a service that offers care management services and support to older adults with complex medical, physical and mental health challenges.  Ms Crook has been working with individuals that are experiencing complex challenges, mental health, cognitive and developmental issues for the majority of her career.   As a Certified Senior Level Instructor with the Crisis Prevention Institute since 2002, Ms Crook has trained within the public and private sector and is committed to best practices and safe behaviour management methods that focus on prevention and safety for the individual, staff and community.

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Breanne Facey

Dr. Breanne Facey, OD, BSc
Optometrist
Dr. Tracy Brodie & Associates

Dr. Breanne Facey recently graduated with honours from the University of Waterloo, School of Optometry in 2011. She was honoured to be selected by her peers as the valedictorian of the Class of 2011. Prior to entering Optometry, she completed her Honours Bachelor of Science from the University of Western Ontario in 2007.

Although Dr. Facey is well-versed in full-scope optometry, her specific optometric interests include pediatrics, binocular vision and low vision assessment and rehabilitation. Notably, her interest and aptitude for the field of low vision was recently recognized as she was the recipient of the prestigious 2011 Award for Excellence in Low Vision. Dr. Facey is passionate about working with children. With the understanding that vision and learning are so intimately connected, she looks forward to providing eye care for children experiencing visual problems before there is a negative impact on the child's learning potential.

Dr. Facey is a member of the Ontario Association of Optometrists, the Canadian Association of Optometrists, and the College of Optometrists in Vision Development. While in school, she travelled to Thailand on an eye care mission, providing glasses and eye exams to adults and children in need. She looks forward to remaining involved with similar mission-work as a professional Optometrist.

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Jonathan Haslehurst

Dr. Jonathan Haslehurst, BA, DCh
Chiropodist
Medical Foot Solutions

Dr. Haslehurst completed his undergraduate training at McMaster University and went on to do his postgraduate training in podiatry at the Michener Institute of Applied Health Sciences, in Toronto. After graduation he completed several advanced training courses in diabetic wound care, diabetic assessment techniques, lower extremity compression therapy for venous insufficiency, the use of injectable dermal fillers and several advanced surgical courses including HyproCure and the Koby guard system. In 1999, Dr. Haslehurst along with his colleague, Dr. Ruth Avelino, established their first clinic in downtown, historic Burlington. A second clinic was opened in 2010 in downtown Milton.

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Tanya Hintz-Parry

Dr. Tanya Hintz-Parry, BSc, DC
Chiropractor
Longevity Wellness

Dr. Tanya Hintz-Parry is a Chiropractor and owner of Longevity Wellness, a multidisciplinary wellness centre, which includes Chiropractic Care, Naturopathic Medicine, Registered Massage Therapy and a Doctor Supervised Weight Loss Program.

After completing her Honours Bachelor of Science Degree at the University of Waterloo, Dr. Hintz-Parry attended New York Chiropractic College where she was chosen to be a select group of students to be trained at the U.S. President's Hospital, the National Naval Medical Center (NNMC) in Bethesda, MD. NNMC residency is a one of a kind and premier opportunity for applying chiropractic clinical knowledge in an integrative patient care setting. Following her graduation as a Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Hintz-Parry pursued post-graduate courses in Pediatrics and Pregnancy care, earning a Fellowship with the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association.

Dr. Hintz-Parry works with people of all ages, from babies within hours of their birth, to seniors in their nineties. She acknowledges the very different needs of people in different stages of life, and has the knowledge and skills to provide safe, effective care for all.

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Jennifer Kaster

Dr. Jennifer Kaster, BSc, ND
Naturopathic Doctor
Balance Point Health Centre and Hassard Chiropractic Clinic

Throughout her life, Dr. Kaster has experienced firsthand the incredible healing power of complementary medicine. It was through these experiences that her passion for naturopathic medicine developed.

After completing her Bachelor of Science degree in 2003 at the University of Waterloo, Dr. Kaster continued her studies in the four year program at the accredited Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto. She is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor with the Board of Directors Drugless Therapy – Naturopathy and a member of the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors as well as the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors.

In addition to her schooling, she has taken extra training courses in Women's Health, Nutrition and BioEnergetic Sciences. Dr. Kaster strives to continually learn and update her skills as a naturopathic doctor.

Integrating scientific knowledge with traditional healing wisdom, Dr. Kaster utilizes the core naturopathic treatment modalities.

Dr. Kaster provides a comprehensive and supportive approach to health care, while treating each patient with compassion and empathy. She is passionate about naturopathic medicine and looks forward to assisting you in achieving your health goals.

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Dr. Lynn Lightfoot

Dr. Lynn Lightfoot, Ph.D., C.Psych.
Clinical, Forensic and Health Psychologist
Designated Capacity Assessor

Dr. Lynn Lightfoot received her under graduate degree from Queen's University and then completed her Masters of Applied Science and her Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Waterloo. She served as Research Director at the Treatment Program Development Research Project at Queens' University before joining the Addiction Research Foundation for 10 years, first as Centre Director and then Regional Director. Dr. Lightfoot has worked as in independent consultant and practitioner for the last 25 years. She is the author of over 50 scientific articles, book chapters, conference proceedings and government reports in the field of substance abuse, and has specialized in the development and evaluation of substance abuse treatment programs for forensic populations. Dr. Lightfoot has an interest in the interface between psychology and the law, and conducts Risk Assessments as well as Psycho-legal Reports for the courts. Dr. Lightfoot has been a member of the Alcohol and Gaming Commission, the Liquor Licence Board and the Gaming Control Commission, and is a member of the Ontario Review Board. Dr. Lightfoot is a designated Capacity Assessor.

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Cynthia Love

Cynthia Love, BA, RNCP, CNP
Registered Nutritionist
Natural Expectations

Ms Cynthia Love obtained her designation as a Registered Nutritional Consulting Practitioner from The Institute of Holistic Nutrition in Toronto and has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from York University, majoring in Psychology. She is certified through the International Organization of Nutritional Consultants of Canada and has worked in the healthcare field since 1992. She has published articles on various topics within a Canadian health magazine, and provides workshops and seminars on nutrition for corporations, patients of medical practitioners and health organizations.

Ms Love has a private nutrition consulting practice situated within The Fairview Medical Clinic in Burlington. She has been the resident nutritionist within an Integrative Medical Clinic and provides nutritional services to clients from multiple referring physicians. Ms Love provides programs for clients to help them lose weight and keep it off, also to achieve measurable results such as improved cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar levels and better digestion, along with a decrease in stress and anxiety. She focuses on educating her clients on the basics of nutrition, helping them to achieve optimal health and preventing or managing many chronic diseases. As a nutritional consultant, Ms Love guides her clients to make nutrition and lifestyle choices, empowering them to take an active role in their personal health. She is committed to supporting her clients in achieving measurable results.

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Shanni Philp

Shanni Philp, MClSc, Reg. CASLPO
Audiologist
Aldershot Audiology

Mrs. Shanni Philp is the Chief Audiologist and founder of Aldershot Audiology. She is responsible for all audiological services and patient care. Mrs. Philp earned her B.A. (Hons.) from the University of Waterloo and her Masters of Clinical Science in Audiology from the University of Western Ontario. Her desire to maintain the highest level of education available in her field led to her decision to pursue her Doctor of Audiology degree, and is scheduled to complete her doctorate in June 2014. She is a registered member in good standing with the College of Audiologists and Speech Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO) and the Canadian Academy of Audiology (CAA).

Following graduation, Mrs. Philp worked for several years as a Clinical Audiologist at Chedoke Hospital as well as in the Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) Department at McMaster Children's Hospital. Mrs. Philp then went on to open and manage the Audiology Department at The Canadian Hearing Society in Hamilton. As a long-time resident of Burlington, Mrs. Philp wanted to contribute back to her community. This led to a decision to open her own practice in the city where she and her husband, Rev. Kevin Philp, have made their home for over a decade and are raising their three children, Tanner, Kaylie, and Seth.

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Kerry Roberts

Kerry Roberts, BSc, BScPhm, RPh, NCMP
Pharmacist, Certified Menopause Practitioner
Brant Arts IDA Dispensary

Kerry Roberts graduated from the University of Brighton (England) in 1999. She has since practiced pharmacy in the Halton and Hamilton Regions for 14 years. She is currently a pharmacist at Brant Arts Dispensary in Burlington, where she runs a Women's Health and MedsCheck Program. Kerry specializes in various areas of pharmacy, such as diabetes, medication scheduling and education, compounding, and smoking cessation. She is a Certified Menopause Practitioner with the North American Menopause Society.

From 2001-2008, Kerry served as a teaching assistant for the University of Toronto's third and fourth year Pharmacy Practice courses. She participates in the development of continuing education courses for both pharmacists and physicians alike. Kerry sits on numerous committees with the Ontario College of pharmacists, where she is involved in the Quality Assurance Program for pharmacists.

Through her thorough MedsCheck Program at Brant Arts Dispensary, Kerry strives to make sure patients are well educated on numerous aspects of their medication regimen and medical conditions. She works together with her patients to ensure that they are optimizing their medications and supplements for overall better health and wellbeing.

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Deidre Sperry

Deidre Sperry, MSc, S-LP(C)
Speech-Language Pathologist

Ms Deidre (Dee) Sperry is a Speech Language Pathologist in good standing with College of Audiologists and Speech Language Pathologists of Ontario. She graduated from Bowling Green State University with her Masters of Science degree in Communication Disorders. In 1998 she completed a pre-doctoral fellowship at New York University Brain Injury Day Treatment Program studying Holistic Brain Injury Rehabilitation. Over the course of Ms Sperry's 20 years of working with people who have sustained Acquired Brain Injury she has had the opportunity to work in many different settings. She has worked in Acute Rehabilitation, Slow to Recover Rehabilitation and Long Term Care. But, it is her work in the community that is her primary area of focus. In this special area of practice Ms Sperry has learned how important communication skills are to everyday living in the real world.

In addition to working directly with people struggling with impaired communication, Ms Sperry has also partnered with other health care professionals to develop a set of outcome measures (Sperry Lear Social Disability Scales), The Self Assessment of Communication Skills and the I CAN: A Community Based Evaluation of Executive Functioning. She has presented her work both at home in Canada and in international settings. Ms Sperry has a strong interest in the use of technology to assist people with Cognitive Communication Disorders and uses her knowledge to help people participate in the activities of their everyday lives.

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Michelle Thwaites

Michelle Thwaites, PT, BPHE, MScPT, CAFCI
Registered Physiotherapist, Acupuncture, Vestibular Rehabilitation Specialist
Alton Physiotherapy & Sports Clinic

Ms Michelle Thwaites is a registered physiotherapist who has taken courses focusing on rehabilitation of the vestibular system. Research shows that aging has an influence on the vestibular system, resulting in poor balance that can result in falls. Specific exercises tailored to your individual needs can result in improving your balance at any age.

Additionally, Ms Thwaites is trained to treat Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV), a condition involving disequilibrium of the inner ear that can result in brief episodes of intense dizziness. This condition is more common with advancing age, although it can present at any time. Proper treatment for this condition can resolve symptoms very quickly.

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Carolyn Whiskin

Carolyn Whiskin, BScPhm, RPh, NCMP
Pharmacist, Certified Menopause Practitioner, Compounding Specialist
Brant Arts IDA Dispensary

Carolyn Whiskin, BSc. Phm, graduated from the faculty of pharmacy at the University of Toronto in 1986. Carolyn is the director of pharmacy programs for the Charlton Centre for specialized treatment in Hamilton Ontario. She also practices pharmacy at Brant Arts Dispensary in Burlington, ON, where she runs a highly successful compounding service and women's health program. In addition to this, Carolyn specializes in arthritis, pain, and smoking cessation. She is a Certified Menopause Practitioner with the North American Menopause Society.

In addition to her busy practice, Carolyn helped to write the first year communications course for pharmacy students at University of Toronto, and has lectured at U of T, University of Waterloo, and McMaster University. She has worked at St. Joseph's Hospital as the rheumatology pharmacist and at Mc Master University Medical Centre in Hamilton writing continuing education programs for pharmacists. She initiated the Pharmacist/Physician Collaboration Committee in Burlington and is a member of their Diabetes Collaborative Working Group.

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