Karen Abraham, Speech-Language Pathologist
Karen, M.Sc., RSLP, graduated from the U.B.C., Speech-Language Pathology program in September 2013. Prior to pursuing a career as an SLP, Karen worked as a behaviour interventionist (BI) providing multidisciplinary therapy to preschool and school aged children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). It was her work as a BI and her connection with various clinical disciplines, including behaviour consulting, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, and speech-language pathology, that sparked her interest in becoming an SLP. Once certified and registered as an SLP, Karen accepted a position in Victoria, BC, providing direct and consultative services to children and youth with ASD, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and other complex developmental conditions.
Karen has experience providing a wide range of therapeutic approaches to children with complex developmental disorders. Karen has also been the SLP for a therapeutic learning program developed for students whose needs cannot be met by the public school system. After her first year of practice, she became certified with the Registry of Autism Service Providers (RASP) and is passionate about providing a team-based, multi-disciplinary approach when working with children and families. She joined the team at the Asante Centre after relocating back to the mainland.
Kristal Bodaly, Speech-Language Pathologist
Kristal, M.Sc., RSLP, graduated from the U.B.C. Speech-Language Pathology program in the spring of 2003 and provided speech and language services to infants, children and adults in Lillooet, B.C. for two years before moving back to the Lower Mainland. Working with a diverse group of clients from many social and cultural backgrounds was a positive learning experience and two special clients in Lillooet sparked her interested in alcohol related disorders.
Kristal joined the Asante Centre multidisciplinary diagnostic team in 2005. Working with some of the great minds in FASD, Dr. Conry and Dr. Asante, she has developed expertise in the assessment of individuals with FASD and a passion for the disability. She has consulted with parents individually and in groups to help encourage understanding and more effective communication with their children. Kristal also leads direct and group speech and language therapy for clients with FASD. She also has experience in workshop delivery for professionals working in early childhood, education, speech and language pathology and the justice system as well as at international conferences, and adoptive parents’ conferences. Kristal is also a member of the BC FAS Resource Society, and was the lead author on the curriculum for caregivers and professionals "FASD and Communication Disability: Strategies for Youth in the Legal System."
In addition to her interest in FASD, Kristal also contributes to the Autism assessment team at the Asante Centre and provides individual therapy to individuals with speech and language deficits and delays in general.
Emily Sine, Speech-Language Pathologist
Emily, M.H.Sc. RSLP, graduated from the University of Toronto Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) program in July 2016. Though she is relatively new to the field, her experience is diverse. During her studies at the University of Toronto, Emily gained experience working with individuals with various backgrounds. This included individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities, as well as social communication challenges. She has also worked with adults with communication and swallowing disorders, as well as children with speech and language delays in a fun summer camp setting. Being in Toronto allowed Emily to gain a lot of experience working with individuals from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds. She aims to apply the knowledge she gained with these populations and backgrounds in her intervention.
Emily decided to move to British Columbia in September 2016 when she accepted the position of SLP at The Asante Centre. The complexities and intricacies of the work the centre does lured her across the country to work with individuals who have very diverse strengths and challenges. Emily is an SLP who is currently working at our Maple Ridge location for three days a week, and our new Surrey location for the remaining two days a week.
Alysha Virani, Speech-Language Pathologist
Alysha, MS, RSLP (C), CCC-SLP, graduated from the Portland State University Speech-Language Pathology program in June 2015. She worked for a school district in Oregon while completing her Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC). During that time, she provided speech and language therapy to elementary and middle-school aged students with a range of communication disorders such as articulation, language, and social communication difficulties. She also provided services to, and learned the intricacies of, evaluating for communication disorders with bilingual Spanish-English speaking students who were English Language Learners. She greatly enjoyed her time working with families of different cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds and this has become an area of passion for her.
Alysha moved back to her hometown of Vancouver, BC and joined The Asante Centre in September of 2016. Her interest in working with children with diverse communication disorders led her to this position. She is interested in learning more about individuals with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) and FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder) as well as honing her articulation and language therapy skills. Alysha is currently certified with the Registry of Autism Service Providers (RASP) as a supervised Speech-Language Pathologist. In addition, Alysha provides speech and language therapy services in local private schools through The Asante Centre.