Occupational Therapy Team
Our TCTC occupational therapists are all professionals who are licensed and registered members in good standing with the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario. Each therapist participates in relevant annual professional education in order to stay current and provide evidence based services. Our goal is to support your child with a positive and playful approach to maximize their successful participation in activites at home, school, and at play.
Lizette Alexander OT Reg. (Ont) - Clinical Lead Toronto East
Lizette Alexander OT Reg. (Ont) is a registered Occupational Therapist who has been working in community paediatrics since she graduated from the University of Toronto in 1997. Her scope of practice includes assessment and treatment of children with learning disabilities, attention deficit disorders, autism, developmental delays and physical disabilities. Prior experience includes consultation within schools and community based therapy with children ages 0 to 2 years. She has completed the Level 1 certification course for the Handwriting Without Tears (HWT) program and trained in the Pre-K through Grade 5 curriculum and Print Tool ™ assessment. She is also certified in Therapeutic Listening. Lizette is also trained in the Orton Gilligham Approach to reading, writing, and spelling and has successfully adapted the program to support children with special needs in basic reading skills (SK – Grade 2). She is currently on staff at the Child Development Center at the Michael Garron Hospital.
Jacquie Martin MSc. OT Reg. (Ont.) - Clinical Lead Toronto West
Jacquie is a registered Occupational Therapist who received her Master’s of Science in Occupational Therapy from McMaster University in 2004. Since graduating, Jacquie has worked with children aged 0- 18 years and their families through community in-home services and school support services as well as in private clinics, a Children’s Treatment Centre and a nursery school program for children with special needs. She has worked with children with a variety of health and developmental concerns that impact their overall development and daily functioning at home, school and/or in the community. Jacquie has experience working with children who have conditions such as Global Developmental Delay, Feeding delays or disruption, Developmental Coordination Disorder, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy, Retts Syndrome, Autism and Sensory Processing Disorders, Attention Disorders, Seizure Disorders as well as many genetic syndromes and complex medical conditions. Jacquie has a passion for the power of play for both children and families and believes strongly in the importance of family-centred services. Jacquie is associated with the University of Toronto’s Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy program as a tutorial facilitator and clinical supervisor and she regularly attends professional development courses to expand her skills and perspectives.
Karen Don MSc. OT Reg. (Ont.)
Alexi Edelstein MSc. OT Reg. (Ont.)
Alexi Edelstein is passionate about Occupational Therapy! She completed her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy at Queen’s University after completing her Honours Bachelor of Science in Psychology at the University of Toronto. Alexi currently practices at Toronto Children’s Therapy Center and at Aquilla Occupational Therapy Services with children in a variety of clinical, home, and community settings. She has a particular interest in sensory integration and has completed several courses in this area, including the level 1 Intensive Mentorship Program with the Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation led by Dr. Lucy Jane Miller. She has also consulted in the past at MukiBaum Children’s Treatment Program (currently Aptus) in Toronto in which she worked with children and adolescents with complex developmental conditions combined with emotional or psychiatric disorders. Alexi brings her passion and creativity to her work with children. She can spot the hidden talents in children!
Alison Schwartz MSc. OT, OT Reg. (Ont.)
Alison is passionate about dance and has many years of experience teaching dance to children of all ages. She is currently using her creativity and innovative approach to create a therapeutic dance program for children of all abilities.
Alison is eager to increase her knowledge and has completed a Pediatric Occupational Therapy Workshop, focusing on sensory integration, as well as an Introduction to the CO-OP Approach Workshop.
Marlene Morse BSc. OT Reg. (Ont.)
Danielle Brown MSc. OT Reg. (Ont.)
Cassie Smith MSc. OT Reg. (Ont.)
Sarah Lucas M.Sc. OT Reg. (Ont.)
Bio coming soon.
Vithurry Sivaloganathan MSc. OT Reg. (Ont.) - Volunteer Coordinator
Vithurry is a registered Occupational Therapist who received her Master’s of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Toronto. She has experience providing individual and group therapy services to children in the areas of self-regulation, sensory processing, social skills, and fine and gross motor skills. Vi has developed and facilitated group therapy services and parent workshops for both private and public agencies. She has also provided consultation services for individual students in the classroom and for organizations including TDSB Section 23 schools and EarlyON child and family centres. She brings her unique experience in mental health, and applies a play-based and family-centered approach to support children and their families to reach their goals. Vi is currently on staff at the SickKids Centre for Community Mental Health.
Gillian Chow MSc. OT Reg. (Ont.)
Megan Yang MSc. OT Reg. (Ont.)
Kelly Bishop MSc. OT Reg. (Ont.)
Kelly is a registered Occupational Therapist who received her Master’s
of Science in Occupational Therapy from Queen’s University. She also
holds a Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from McMaster
University. Along with Toronto Children’s Therapy Centre, Kelly is
currently a hand therapist working at Sunnybrook Health Sciences. She
brings her unique experience in hand therapy to help children and their
families reach their goals using current, evidence based care.
Ali Cooper M.Sc. OT Reg. (Ont.)
Bio coming soon.
Micheal Murray BSc. OT Reg. (Ont.)
Michael is a registered Occupational Therapist who completed his training in Occupational Therapy in 2010 in Ireland at The University of Dublin: Trinity College. Michael has always been passionate about working with children of all abilities and building on strengths and skills to ensure the greatest possible participation in everyday life. He has over 10 years of practical experience working with children of all ages and a variety of cultures, having worked in Ireland, Singapore and Canada. Michael has primarily worked with children aged 0- 18 years and their families through community in-home services and school support services as well as in private clinics. Michael has had great success working with clients with a family centred approach and coaching his clients (the whole family) to achieve their potential in areas which are truly of value to them. The areas Michael has supported through occupational therapy are fine motor skills, handwriting, gross motor skills, activities of daily living, sensory processing, self-regulation and many others.
Michael has a great interest in the promotion and support of child and adolescent mental health. He continues to engage in many professional development opportunities and workshops to expand his knowledge and skills, and is certified in therapeutic listening. Michael is currently staffed in school-based services provided by the Children’s Treatment Network (CTN) in conjunction with the TDSB and TCDSB as well as working in conjunction with the Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) to support infant development at home.
Pam Aucoin MSc. OT Reg. (Ont.)
Pam Aucoin is a registered occupational therapist who received her Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Toronto. She also holds a Bachelor of Human Kinetics from the University of British Columbia. Pam started her occupational therapy career in Calgary, Alberta, working with children in their school environment. Pam’s scope of practice includes providing assessment and treatment in the areas of fine motor skills, executive functioning, social skills, sensory processing and feeding. Pam has completed training in Handwriting Without Tears (Kindergarten to 5thGrade), the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding, Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) Level 1 as well as several other pediatric courses.