Meet NRIO’s Bayshore Therapy & Rehab Staff & Consultants
Colleen Boyce is the Director of NRIO. She has been with NRIO since 1996. Colleen brings over 30 years of health care experience to NRIO. Not only does she lead a team of professionals at NRIO, is extremely client/family centred, she also offers a large amount of her time and expertise to committees and volunteer associations in the Greater Toronto Area Acquired Brain Injury community. In 2006, Colleen was awarded “Professional of the Year” award from OBIA and in 2013 BIST Volunteer of the Year Award. Colleen is a member in good standing of the College of Vocational and Rehabilitation Professionals, Registered Rehabilitation Professional (RRP) designation, is a Certified Case Manager (McMaster University) and is a Certified Canadian Life Care Planner CCLCP (University of Florida, license # 0105). Colleen loves to volunteer, run, play tennis and bridge.
Frank Tenuta is the Clinical Director of NRIO and has been with the organization since 2007. Frank has over 25 years of clinical work experience in rehabilitation. He has graduate degrees in psychology from York University and in neuropsychology from the University of Toronto. Frank has a strong background in ABI as well as health management of chronic pain and related sequelae. Frank has a very solid neurobehavioural and mental health background. Frank is also clinically interested in cultural and linguistic factors affecting health issues; he has written on these areas in the Hospital News.
Melanie Hay, MSc (OT), is a full time Occupational Therapist with NRIO since 2009, who graduated from McMaster University. Melanie is registered with the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario (COTO) and is an active member of the Ontario Society of Occupational Therapists (OSOT). As an OT at NRIO, Melanie assists clients to maximize their daily functioning in a manner that safely encourages independence and improved quality of life, Form 1’s, In Home Assessments, cognitive, functional and residential assessments.
Garvin Moses is the Program Manager for the Mississauga residence and the Supported Living Apartment (SLA) program. He has been with NRIO since 2008. Garvin attended the University of Windsor where he earned an honors degree in Sociology/Criminology. Before coming to NRIO, Garvin worked in the Protection Services department at the Hospital for Sick Children. Recreationally, Garvin enjoys rock climbing and competing in duathalons.
Janet Williams is the Hamilton Coordinator for NRIO. She has been with NRIO since 1995. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology with a minor in Criminology from the University of Toronto; Mohawk College certifications in dysphasia assessment and management. In 2009, Janet successfully completed the American Academy Brain Injury Specialist Certificate. In her spare time Janet likes to cook, bake and read; one of her favorite author is Danielle Steel. Janet also volunteers with her church organization visiting shut-ins on a bi-weekly basis.
Bandana Chopra is the Clinic and School Program manager and School Resource Specialist for the Etobicoke site. Bandana holds an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Human Biology and Physiology from the University of Toronto, and a Bachelor of Education degree from York University. She is a registered member of the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT). Bandana is specialized in the junior, Intermediate and Senior divisions and has obtained her special education qualifications. In her spare time, Bandana enjoys working on her fitness goals, is an avid volunteer in the community and tries to drive initiatives that promote healthy, inclusive learning environments and student engagement.
Kindree Alkins is the Manager for NRIO’s Etobicoke Residential Program and Day Program. She has been with the organization since 2016. Kindree graduated from Dalhousie University in Halifax, where she achieved an Honors Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. Kindree brings compassion and innovation to her role as Program Manager to ensure employees and clients receive the best possible service, experience and care. Kindree’s main goal is to help clients regain proper functioning and improve their overall quality of life. She is passionate about fitness, mental health, and enjoys yoga, reading and spending time with friends and family.
Michaela Bruton, Occupational Therapy Assistant and Physiotherapy Assistant
Rachel Schwarcz, MSc (OT) is a part time Occupational Therapist with the NRIO. She is registered with the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario (COTO) and a member of the Ontario Society of Occupational Therapists (OSOT). Rachel received her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from McGill University where she also completed a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. When Rachel is not working at the NRIO, she works as a community based Occupational Therapist at Okell Rehabilitation Services Inc. where she enables her clients to return to independent living following a motor vehicle accident. Rachel is certified in Standard First-Aid, CPR/AED Level HCP, Nonviolent Crisis Prevention Interventions (CPI), and Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST).
School Resource Specialists – Qualifications include M.A., B.A. Ed., Montessori
Rehabilitation Therapists – Qualifications include B.A., B.A. Psych, Behavioural Therapist, Child and Youth Worker, OTA, PTA, Kinesiologist, Nursing, Bachelor of Social Work, Certified Brain Injury Specialist
Dr. Robert van Reekum, Consultant in Neuropsychiatry
Dr. van Reekum completed his Honours Biochemistry degree at McMaster University in 1981 and his Medical Doctor degree in 1985 completing his residency in Psychiatry in 1991. He has completed two fellowships in Behavioural Neurology at Boston University in 1990 and Research Design and Methodology at McMaster in 1992. Dr. van Reekum has served as a Neuropsychiatric consultant to the Acquired Brain Injury Program at the Hamilton Health Sciences Centre, and was staff Psychiatrist and Associate Scientist at Baycrest Centre for nearly fifteen years. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of psychiatry, an Associate member of the Institute of Medical Sciences at the University of Toronto and an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Laval University. Dr. Van Reekum provides clinical treatment through OHIP for NRIO residential clients.
Dr. Maria Armilio, Consultant in Psychology
Dr. Maria Armilio is a Neuropsychology Consultant for NRIO. Dr. Armilio is a registered Clinical Neuropsychologist with adults and seniors. She completed a BScH in Psychology from Queen’s University in 1994. Her graduate training followed at the University of Toronto, where she obtained an MA in Psychology in 1997 and a PhD in Psychology in 2002. Her graduate research and early clinical training was carried out at the Rotman Research Institute, a research centre fully affiliated with the University of Toronto. In 2007, Dr. Armilio moved to private practice, co-founding the Credit Valley Neuropsychology Group in Mississauga, Ontario, where she continues to provide neuropsychological assessment and intervention services to various populations with acquired and developmental brain injury. Dr. Armilio is a full member of the Canadian Academy of Psychologists in Disability Assessment (CAPDA) and a member of the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA).
Dr. Bojana Budisin, Consultant in Neuropsychology and Clinical Psychology
Dr. Bojana Budisin is a Neuropsychology and Clinical Psychology Consultant for NRIO. Dr. Budisin is a duly qualified registered psychologist in Ontario in the areas of clinical neuropsychology and clinical psychology providing both assessment and treatment services to an adult and senior population. She obtained a doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology (Neuropsychology Stream) at the University of Windsor and completed her post-doctoral training in Clinical Neuropsychology at Toronto Rehabilitation Institute. She is a member of the Ontario Psychological Association (OPA), Canadian Psychological Association (CPA), American Psychological Association (APA), and American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology (AACN). Dr. Budisin also completed training in catastrophic impairment evaluations through the Canadian Academy of Psychologists in Disability Assessments / Canadian Society of Medical Evaluators. In addition to providing services to NRIO, she is also a consultant within a community-based private clinic where she is involved in provision of neuropsychological and psychological services.
Dr. Alison Arnot, Family physician with a focused practice in addiction
Dr. Arnot graduated from medical school at the University of Ottawa in 1981. She then moved to Toronto to complete her family practice residency at the Toronto Western Hospital followed by an extra year of training in emergency medicine. She is a Certificant and Fellow of the College of Family Physicians of Canada. She is a lecturer in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto and was actively involved in educating medical students and family practice residents while she worked at the addiction treatment centre. Dr. Arnot is a board member of the MD Psychotherapy Association and a mentor in the Medical Mentoring in Addictions and Pain program organized by the Ontario College of Family Physicians.
Paitra Surerus-Marsh, Consultant
Paitra Surerus-Marsh joined NRIO in 2013. Paitra holds a Master of Arts degree in Psychology with a specialized focus in Counselling. She is a registered member of the OACCPP- Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists. Paitra specialized in brain injury counseling, providing psychosocial and therapeutic support to individuals and/ or families with various insults to the brain including neurodevelopmental, acquired injuries, illnesses, strokes, dementia etc.
Sade Akande-Jones, MSC. (OT), Occupational Therapist Consultant
Sade Akande-Jones is a consultant Occupational Therapist with NRIO. She graduated in 2004 with a Masters in Occupational Therapy from the University of Toronto and also holds an Honours Bachelor degree in Neuroscience and Psychology. Sade is registered with the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario (COTO) and is an active member of the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT). She has experience treating individuals who are recovering from complex or catastrophic traumatic injuries including: brain injury, other neurological conditions, spinal cord injury, orthopaedic injuries, chronic pain and mental health conditions. As an Occupational Therapist with NRIO, Sade conducts comprehensive assessments to develop client-centred treatment goals to increase functional independence and satisfaction with activities of daily living in all aspects of life. Her practice involves the completion of Form 1’s, in-home assessments, cog med, brain fx experience, discharge planning, home modifications and work site assessments.
Amanda Brown, Speech-Language Pathologist
Ms. Amanda Brown is a duly qualified Speech-Language Pathologist licensed to practice in the Province of Ontario. In 2007, she graduated with a Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Buffalo, State University of New York. She has an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Guelph University (1999). She is a member in good standing with the provincial regulatory body for Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (CASLPO; registration #4884), and a member of the Ontario Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (OSLA; membership #4811). Her experience with children has involved a wide variety of speech, language and/or communication difficulties, including articulation delays, developmental delays, autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, social communication delays, fluency disorders and voice disorders. The adult population has primarily been acquired brain injury, as a result of traumatic injuries acquired from falls, motor vehicle accidents, or strokes. She is experienced in comprehensive communication and cognitive-communication.
Anna Szczecina, Physiotherapist Consultant
Anna Szczecina has been a physiotherapist for NRIO since 2006. She is a registered physiotherapist with over 20 years’ experience specializing in neuro rehabilitation. Anna was certified in neuro-development treatment in 2007 and successfully completed the exam to become a Certified Brain Injury Specialist in 2009. Anna is also an active member of the Neuro-Developmental Treatment Association (NDTA).
Anh Nguyen, Physiotherapist Consultant
Ann is a registered physiotherapist with more than 20 years’ experience in working with neurological involvement clients, covering a wide range of ages from young to older adults. Her special interests lie in the area of ABI rehabilitation, stroke rehabilitation, and community-reintegration rehabilitation in this population. She has been affiliated with the Neurologic Rehabilitation Institute of Ontario since 2001, providing physiotherapy services for neurological clients. Ann also sees private ABI, CVA clients in their homes or in community settings.
Inter-Action Rehabilitation Inc., Physiotherapy Consultants
Inter-Action Rehabilitation Inc. consults with NRIO and provides assessments and treatments for their residential clients. They use standardized and functionally based assessment tools, and use neurobased, evidence based and current treatment interventions with their ABI clients to enhance their mobility and wellbeing.
Bobi Tychynski Shimoda, Speech Language Pathologist Consultant with S.L. Hunter SpeechWorks
Bobi Tychynski Shimoda is a registered Speech-Language Pathologist with over 11 years of experience in the clinical practice of Speech-Language Pathology. She is a creative and results oriented therapist with the problem solving skills necessary to find individualized solutions to functional communication problems encountered in daily life. She has extensive experience working with individuals who have communication disorders as a result of mild, moderate, and severe traumatic brain injuries, strokes, PTSD, conversion disorder, as well as having worked extensively with clients who have degenerative neurological diseases. Ms. Tychynski-Shimoda is experienced in providing comprehensive communication and cognitive-communication assessments and treatment.
Speech Therapy Centres of Canada, Speech Language Pathologists Consultants
The Speech Therapy Centres of Canada consults with NRIO, and provides the following assessments and treatment: Use standardized assessment tools; Provide individualized speech and language assessments; Design treatment for each individual; Treat the cognitive-communication disorders; Equip the individual with the necessary tools to function in his/her environment; Teach the individual to compensate for impaired functioning; Provide communication and education to the individual, family and schools; Treat other communication disorders occurring after an ABI, e.g. dysarthria, apraxia and aphasia; Treat voice and swallowing difficulties following an ABI; Train our clients to use augmentative communication aids.
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