ABOUT

Every individual member of the Andalusia Speech Therapy team believes in helping others communicate freely and we put our genuine heart and effort into helping our clients achieve their goals. "Work is love made visible". Here at Andalusia Speech Therapy, we love what we do and strive to reflect that in our service. 

Our speech pathologists use evidence-based speech therapy practices, but we also personalize our therapy treatment as we recognize that the same technique does not work for everyone. Check out our story and team below to find out who we are and what we're about. 

THE ANDALUSIA STORY

Being able to talk to others to create friendships and relationships, speaking up clearly for yourself and your freedoms, reading for pleasure or for work, all of these important life experiences can be impaired with a communication disorder. Ibtissam Mustaq realized the value of speech therapy to help others experience a higher quality of life and chose it as her second career. She opened Andalusia Speech Therapy in 2015 as a one-person clinic and the practice grew through word of mouth. By 2016, Andalusia Speech Therapy opened its second clinic location in Toronto and introduced online therapy in 2018 with the help of our growing team.

Each new member of the team was and is carefully selected as someone whose personal values align with the clinic philosophy. We want our team to come to a place of work that is supportive and where we encourage each other to continue to grow. That's what we have today. A talented team of individuals who continuously learn more about the field, get to know each client individually, and strive to maintain a stable work life balance! We love what we do and we think you'll see that when you meet our team in person or online. Read more about each of us below or contact us with any questions!   

All Speech Language Pathologists are registered with the College of Audiologists and Speech Language Pathologists of Ontario. 

OUR PEOPLE

Ibtissam Mustaq

Founder & Lead Speech Language Pathologist

Ibtissam is passionate about helping children and adults communicate freely. She is a Canadian-trained Speech Language Pathologist and also works at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto as an Auditory Verbal Therapist. She believes in a personalized approach to each individual she meets and collaborates with her clients to help them achieve their goals. When asked what she likes, she whispered 'fresh powder' and drew a picture of a snowboard.

Education: Masters of Health Science (M.H.Sc), University of Ottawa

Appointments: Status-Only Lecturer, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Toronto 

Training: Lidcombe, PROMPT (Bridging), Hanen More than Words, Fluency-Precision, Orton-Gillingham

Languages: English, French, Bengali

Anna Mersov

Speech Language Pathologist

Anna is evidence-driven in her clinical practice and holds both a research Master's of Science and a clinical Master's of Health Science in Speech Language Pathology. With several publications under her belt in the field, she continuously brings our team back to the important question: "But does the research support this?!" And that is why we want her on our side - science with enthusiasm, the most compelling combination in a clinician! *Please note Anna is currently on maternity leave!

Education: Masters of Health Science, Master of Science, University of Toronto 

Training: PROMPT, Hanen It Takes Two, Fluency Plus, Lidcombe, PECS, S-LP (C) Reg CASLPO

Languages: English, Russian, Hebrew

Joanne Curia

Speech Language Pathologist

With over 20 years of experience as a Speech Language Pathologist, including working at Sickkids Hospital and Grandview Centre in Toronto, Joanne is ready to take on any challenge to help someone communicate more freely. She has experience in a variety of communication disorders and offers a patient and understanding ear to her clients as she guides them to achieving their communication goals. When Joanne isn't helping clients, she enjoys spending time with family including her two boys.

Education: Masters of Science (Speech Language Pathology), Dalhousie University

Training: Hanen (It Takes Two and Target Word)

Certifications:  Reg CASLPO

Languages: English, German, French and Italian

Jenny Mercurio

Speech Language Pathologist

Jenny brings a wealth of varied professional experience and educational training to all of her interactions. As an avid traveler, sports fan (let's go Blue Jays!) and advocate for all things speech and language related, you'll find in her someone easy to talk to and passionate about her clinical practice. 

Education: Masters of Health Science, University of Toronto; Masters of Applied Science in Developmental and Communication Science, University of Waterloo; Honours Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Business, University of Waterloo 

Training: PECS, Supported Conversation for Adults with Aphasia, Lidcombe, Reg CASLPO

Languages: English, Italian

Mikyla Grau

Speech Language Pathologist

Originally from the Niagara region, Mikyla has adopted Toronto as her new home. As a conscientious individual, Mikyla is very thorough in her approach to speech therapy and wants to bring the best practices and resources available to all of her clients, so when she isn't directly with a client, she is often prepping for them! Mikyla is active in her church and music activities and loves to travel when she is not working at the clinic. 

Education: Masters of Health Science, University of Toronto

Training: Supported Conversation for Adults with Aphasia, Lidcombe

Certifications:  S-LP (C) Reg CASLPO

Languages: English, French

Vivian Zhiyao Che

Speech Language Pathologist

Vivian is a clinician-scientist who loves the "people" part of her job. She is pursuing a Ph.D in Speech Therapy while also working as a clinician to help her clients achieve their goals. She highly values inclusivity and representation and her aim is to contribute to accessible resources for all. When she is not working or studying, she like to draw and train her dog to do silly tricks 

Education: Bachelor of Arts, Master's of Science, and presently completing a Ph.D., all at the University of Toronto with a focus on Speech Language Pathology. 

Certifications: Reg CASLPO

Languages: English, Mandarin, French. 

Janessa Tam

Speech Language Pathologist Assistant

With prior experience as an Instructor Therapist providing Applied Behaviour Analysis services, Janessa practices a client-centred approach and enjoys working with children and adults. She always strives to prioritize clients’ needs, promote an inclusive environment, and actively work with clients to ensure that intervention is effective. During Janessa’s spare time, she enjoys hiking and travelling.

 

Education: Master of Health Science, University of Toronto

Training: Supported Conversation for Adults with Aphasia

Certification: Pending Reg CASLPO, Registered Behaviour Technician

Languages: English, Cantonese, Mandarin

Philip Yan

Occupational Therapist

With prior experience supporting children with developmental disabilities in the community as well as older adults in the hospital setting, Philip always strives to use evidence-based strategies and enjoys working with clients of all ages and abilities. With a background in Occupational Therapy, he is passionate about using meaningful activities as a tool to motivate his clients. Philip loves finding new ways to stay active - after work, you can find him snowboarding on the slopes, running on the streets, or boxing in the ring.

 

Education: Masters of Occupational Therapy, University of British Columbia 

Certifications: Reg COTO

Languages: English, Cantonese, Mandarin

Maria Reano

HR and Admin Coordinator

Maria is the first point of contact for our team and clients. She is passionate about helping people by ensuring client satisfaction and team cohesion. She is currently completing her graduate studies in Human Resources Management at Mohawk College. At Andalusia Speech, Maria spends her time providing administrative and HR support, improving HR policies and employee advocacy, all while working remotely from Hamilton! Maria enjoys spending time with her family on the weekends and baking. 

Education: Bachelor of Arts, McMaster University; Human Resources Management, Mohawk College 

Languages: English, Spanish

Mikaela Sabourin

Content Creator

Mikaela is entering her final year at York University pursuing a bilingual Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. She works to create speech related content through blogs, videos, and other online platforms. Mikaela also helps the clinic by conducting industry research and assisting with resource and training development. She enjoys working with a variety of age groups and has an interest in areas like Aphasia and Aural Rehabilitation. Mikaela is excited to apply to Speech-Language Pathology programs in the new year

Pooja Patel

Volunteer Resource Assistant

Pooja is completing her third year at McMaster University studying Cognitive Science of Language and Peace Studies. She has a passion for working with individuals with exceptionalities. She has a specific interest in communication in ASD. Pooja has experience working with many different age groups in seasonal programs and various camp settings. She plans to study communication sciences in graduate school and is very excited to work as an SLP in the future. 

Carmen Drysdale

Volunteer Resource Assistant

Carmen is completing her third year at the University of Toronto studying Cognitive Science, Linguistics, and Philosophy.  She has a passion for working with children and an interest in language development. She has experience working with children in a number of settings including daycares, classrooms, and various programs.  She plans to study Speech Language Pathology in graduate school and to work as an SLP in the future.

Michelle Dolmaya

Speech Language Pathologist

Michelle is a passionate clinician who is dedicated to providing client-centered care in her
practice. She has prior experience working with both children and adults with a variety of
communication needs in several settings including preschool programs, summer camps, and
hospitals. Outside of work, Michelle loves to travel and spend time with family and friends.


Education: Masters of Health Science, University of Toronto; Honours Bachelor of Science in
Neuroscience, Linguistics and Psychology, University of Toronto
Training: PECS Level 1, Supported Conversation for Adults with Aphasia, Reg CASLPO
Languages: English, Japanese

ADDRESS

Toronto Clinics

2899 Danforth Avenue

2224 Dundas Street West

Online Therapy

HOURS

1 888 SPEAK 03

(1 888-773 2503)

647-989-3674

info@andalusiaspeech.com

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