Carla Willock, M.Sc., RSLP

Carla is the owner and director of Victoria Speech and Language Centre. Carla has been practicing in speech language pathology since 2007. She worked in Vancouver at UBC Hospital and in private practice until recently moving back ‘home’ to Victoria in 2015. She has extensive experience working with children of all ages with an Autism diagnosis in 1:1 therapy and in small social communication groups. Carla has worked with many families with children with various speech and language delays and enjoys having parents involved in the sessions to maximize carry-over at home. She has a special interest in treating fluency disorders (stuttering) and has furthered her education in this area by taking several specialized courses and through involvement in a Vancouver-based Fluency Special Interest Group. She also has a special interest in working with teens and adults with Autism or Asperger’s using the Social Thinking® curriculum.

In her 8 years at UBC hospital, Carla gained broad experience assessing and treating adults with swallowing disorders due to conditions such as a stroke, progressive neurological disease, or brain injury. She has worked with many clients recovering from a stroke or brain injury to regain functional speech, language and communication. Carla also worked with the Early Intervention Program at Queen Alexandra Children’s Centre servicing children 0-5 yrs of age and their families. She has also worked with children with hearing loss and their families through the BC Early Hearing Program.

In her spare time, Carla enjoys spending time with her husband and their two little boys as well as yoga, ultimate frisbee, hiking, running and anything active and outdoors.

Amy Makaroff

Amy Makaroff, RSLP

Amy finished her clinical coursework towards her speech-language pathology degree in 2009. Afterwards, she completed her thesis on listening comprehension sponsored through the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada while working part time in Vancouver.

In 2010, Amy left BC for a northern adventure where she had the opportunity to travel and work with young children, students and adults in complex teams and as a sole charge clinician for the government of the Northwest Territories. She recently returned to BC and has been working with Victoria Speech and Language Centre since March 2017.

Amy sees herself as being dedicated, approachable, a problem solver and as an advocate. Amy truly enjoys engaging with clients and their families and helping clients reach their true potential in a fun and meaningful way. Amy takes pride in providing best practices and tailoring therapy to her clients needs. She is constantly learning, participating in courses, workshops and collaborating and working with her professional body to bring the best service she can to her clients.

Amy is married and has 2 children. Amy loves spending time outdoors with her family. She especially loves camping, hiking, fishing and crabbing.

Megan Jenkins

Megan Jenkins, RSLP

Megan studied Speech Pathology at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. After completing her degree, she returned home to Victoria where she worked briefly in the Victoria school district and then moved on to do 8 years of preschool speech and language therapy for Island Health. She has a special interest in stuttering disorders and early language development.  Following the birth of her second child, she and her family moved to the San Francisco Bay area to enjoy some new adventures and scenery. She enjoys swimming, skiing, being outdoors and spending time together as a family.

Caitlin Bittman

Caitlin Bittman, RSLP

Caity has been practicing speech-language pathology in Victoria since she graduated from the University of Alberta in 2015. Originally hailing from the Greater Toronto Area, she slowly started moving westward when she began school at the University of Saskatchewan to complete her undergraduate degree in linguistics.

 

Caity has experience working in both private practice and community health settings. She has extensive experience with the preschool aged population, and also has experience with children of all ages who have a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Her experience with the adult population includes training at Foothills Medical Centre and South Health Campus Hospital in Calgary, AB, working with adults who have communication and swallowing disorders. Additionally, for her Master’s degree project, she chose to help create and run the inaugural Alberta Aphasia Camp, a weekend retreat for adult stroke-survivors and their care partners to provide them the opportunity to experience communication therapy, respite, recreational activities, and social connections in a supported environment.

 

Caity has special interests in childhood apraxia of speech as well as augmentative and alternative communication. She enjoys helping individuals develop functional communication skills so that they can reach their maximum potential. In her spare time you can find her in a yoga class or hiking, camping, and paddleboarding with her Dog, Delilah, around the Southern Gulf Islands. Caity heavily endorses the motto, “West is best” and plans on never leaving the coast.

Amanda Lemay

Amanda Lemay, RSLP

Amanda was born and raised on southern Vancouver Island, where she was fortunate to grow up near the ocean and surrounding mountains. A deep love and appreciation for the great outdoors was instilled in her early on in life, and she continues to enjoy hiking, camping and exploring the Island in her free time.

Amanda graduated from high-school in 2007 and moved to Victoria, where she completed a Bachelor of Science degree in linguistics at the University of Victoria. Following her first degree, she moved to Edmonton where she graduated with a Masters of Communication Sciences and Disorders in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Alberta.

While in her Master’s program, she participated in practicum placements in a variety of clinical settings including: a parent education group, acute care and in-patient recovery for stroke and traumatic brain injury in a hospital, as well as early education, and school-age settings. In her final practicum placement, she received specialized training from the Institute for Stuttering Treatment and Research (ISTAR) in Edmonton, Alberta, where she provided one-on-one therapy during a three week intensive camp for teens and adults who stutter. Additionally, she has completed the Lidcombe certification for supporting younger children who stutter.

After completing her Masters in Edmonton, she moved back home to Victoria where she began working full-time as a Speech-Language Pathologist and early interventionist with BC Family Hearing Resource Society. Currently, she works with Deaf and hard of hearing children ages birth to 5 years old, providing both individual and group services. While working for this organization, she met many members of the Deaf community and developed a keen interest in learning American Sign Language (ASL). As such, she registered for courses at Camosun College and recently received my prep level certification in ASL.

For Amanda, the best part about being a Speech-Language Pathologist is consistently being challenged to be more creative and adaptive in her practice, as each client is entirely unique. Her commitment to her clients is to provide a family-centred, research-based, and ethical practice.

James Le

James Le, RSLP

James is a Registered Speech-Language Pathologist who received his Master of Health Science in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Toronto. He is a clinically certified SLP member of Speech-Language and Audiology Canada (SAC) and a PROMPT-Trained SLP. James enjoys cycling and hiking in his free time.