About Us

About

Key to Speech is a private clinic located in the heart of Orleans, Ottawa. We are a team of passionate and bilingual (French and English) Speech-Language Pathologists who provide assessment and intervention to preschool, school-aged children, as well as adults. We offer flexible appointments to better suit your busy schedule. Sessions can be offered at our Orleans clinic, or in the comfort of your own home. Daycare and/or private school visits are also available.

 

Bilingual Services

In home Sessions Available

Children & Adults

Flexible Sessions

Mission

Our mission is to offer private Speech-Language Pathology Services to children and adults of all ages with varied communication needs throughout the Ottawa region. Communication is often taken for granted. However, when challenges with communication are present, these can significantly impact everyday life. We strive in creating a positive and inviting clinic where every individual is welcomed and their communication needs, whether big or small, are valued. Our caring clinicians are dedicated in providing excellent services tailored to each of our client’s needs.

Values

Evidence-Based Practice

Approachable & Attentive Clinicians

Collaborative Practice

Creativity

 

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Meet Our Team

All of our Speech-Language Pathologists are registered with the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO). 

Brigitte Dobrzanski

M.H.Sc., S-LP, Reg. CASLPO
Owner and Founder of Key to Speech

Brigitte holds a Bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences with a minor in Psychology and has completed her Master’s in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Ottawa in 2017. Brigitte is a bilingual (French and English) Speech-Language Pathologist registered with the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO). She has experience assessing and offering intervention to preschool and school-aged children with language delays (language comprehension and expressive language), articulation/phonological disorders, fluency (stuttering) and language-based learning difficulties (dyslexia, dysorthographia). Brigitte has also provided services to children and adults with physical and developmental delays such as Down Syndrome and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Brigitte enjoys collaborating with other clinicians and expanding her knowledge in her field by reading and attending various workshops.

In her spare time, Brigitte can be found at the stables with horses. Brigitte has been an avid dressage rider since a very young age. With a passion for horses, she is working hard towards her goal of offering hippotherapy services to her clients, where the movement, rhythm, and repetition of the horse is used as a treatment strategy to help client achieve their therapeutic speech and language goals.

Melissa Reed

M.Sc.(A), S-LP (C), Reg. CASLPO

Melissa grew up in Montreal where she attended McGill University. She completed her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Linguistics in 2012 and her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 2014. After graduating, Melissa moved to Calgary where she worked for an early intervention agency and completed assessments and treatment in the children’s homes, preschools and at specialized playgroups. She has experience supporting children with their verbal and non-verbal language, interaction and play skills, speech (articulation), fluency (stuttering), voice, pragmatic (social), and pre-reading/ reading skills. Melissa uses a play-based approach where the child’s interests are constantly integrated into her sessions. She is rewarded in seeing so many successes through family collaboration; she listens to each family’s concerns and individualizes therapy accordingly. Melissa’s enthusiasm for the children is infectious and her passion in helping children reach their full potential is clear. 

Gabrielle Charron

M.S-LP, Reg. CASLPO

Gabrielle is a bilingual (French and English) Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) registered with the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO). She completed her bachelor’s degree at Carleton University in Applied Linguistics and Language Studies while also completing a minor in American Sign Language (ASL). Gabrielle received her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. Gabrielle has experience providing assessment and intervention for both children and adults with communication difficulties. Her main clinical interests are in the areas of speech, articulation and phonological disorders. Gabrielle also incorporates Learning Language through Listening, when working with children and adults with hearing impairments. Gabrielle strives to provide individualized assessment and treatment plans to help her clients achieve their goals. In her spare time, Gabrielle can be found at the stable spending time with horses and working towards her own equestrian goals!

Sarah Jaques

M.Sc.(A), S-LP (C), Reg. CASLPO

Sarah is a registered Speech-Language Pathologist who holds a Master’s degree from McGill University (2018) and an undergraduate degree in psychology from Queen’s University (2016). Sarah has experience assessing and offering treatment to preschool and school-age children as well as adolescents, in a variety of speech/language areas including articulation/phonology, language delays and late talkers, literacy (reading & writing), fluency (stuttering), and motor speech disorders. Sarah also has enjoyed working with children with various special needs, including children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome and developmental delays. When working with children, Sarah tries to take a play-based approach by tailoring her sessions to the unique interests of each child. Sarah has also worked with adult clients, providing speech and language services to individuals with Aphasia, cognitive communication disorders, and neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s Disease. She enjoys expanding her knowledge of the field by collaborating with other professionals, keeping up to date with current evidence-based research, and attending workshops.  Sarah is passionate about providing excellent services to her clients, and takes a family-centered approach in her treatment plans.

Sophia Mengad

M.H.Sc., S-LP, Reg. CASLPO

Sophia completed her Master of Health Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Ottawa. In addition, she holds a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in Linguistics with a minor in Spanish Translation from Concordia University, in Montreal. Sophia has worked with various children and adult populations. Her clinical experience includes assessments and interventions in the following areas: voice, fluency, articulation, developmental and acquired language, aphasia, dysphagia, dysarthria, selective mutism, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, dementia, Parkinson’s disease, and other cognitive-communication impairments. She has received training in Mental Imagery Use in Speech-Language Pathology Interventions, Supported Conversation for Adults with Aphasia, Shared Storybook Reading (SSR), Auditory-Verbal Therapy, Signé Bébé (sign language for babies), and Best Practice in the Identification, Assessment and Treatment of Oropharyngeal Dysphagia. She is also certified to provide Hanen Parent Training Programs for families (i.e. It Takes Two To Talk, More Than Words). Sophia has always had a passion for supporting children’s skill development. For several years, she has coached young children in the development of their athletic skills, more specifically through running, swimming and volleyball. As a speech-language pathologist, these skills translate into Sophia’s outstanding organization and drive to facilitate her clients’ goals and satisfaction. Sophia is proficient in French, English and Spanish, and has an intermediate knowledge of spoken Arabic.

Tomi Ahmed

Volunteer

Tomi is a student with a Bachelor General Arts in Psychology from Carleton University. She is currently completing her Honors Degree in Psychology and is interested in pursuing a career in Speech-Language Pathology. She has been volunteering with Key to Speech since August 2018 and loves working with children and helping them with their communication needs. Tomi has worked with children while volunteering/working at summer camps and other various programs for the city of Ottawa as well as teaching Sunday school at her local church. In her space time, you can find Tomi reading a good book, watching a movie or baking. Tomi contagious smile and love for children and helping people will help her with her future goals of becoming a successful Speech-Language Pathologist. 

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(613) 986-4218

Unit 1 - 373 Vantage Drive Orleans, ON, K4A 3W2