Alice is a licensed speech-language pathologist who obtained her Master’s in Communication sciences and Disorders at McGill University in 2008, after she completed a Bachelor of Education specializing in Teaching English as a Second Language at Concordia University and a Bachelor of Science at the University of Guelph.
Alice is passionate about the area of voice therapy, which over the last few years has become her clinical focus. She also enjoys and has extensive experience in working with adults with voice, speech, and other communication impairments due to stroke, traumatic brain injury, and neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, and Multiple System Atrophy. She has worked in a variety of settings including the McGill University Health Centre, Constance-Lethbridge Rehabilitation Centre, and the Kingston General hospital and has piloted a successful voice and speech therapy group for patients with Parkinson’s and Multiple Sclerosis at Donald Berman Maimonides Geriatric Centre in Montreal. She is known for her enthusiasm, dedication, and compassionate approach to care while adhering to high clinical practice standards.
In addition to providing clinical services, Alice is committed to sharing her knowledge and experience with others. She has guest lectured to medical students in the department of Otolaryngology of Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario and was an invited speaker at the 2019 Living with Hope Parkinson’s Quebec Provincial Congress. As part of her work at Donald Berman Maimonides Geriatric Centre, she does regular trainings in order to improve staff knowledge about communication difficulties and advocate for her patients’ well-being and care.
Alice is in good standing with the Order of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists of Quebec and is also a member of Speech-Language & Audiology Canada (SAC) and American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA), including the Voice and Upper Airways Disorders and Neurogenic Communication Disorders Special Interest groups. She is certified in Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT)® and SPEAK OUT!®. She offers services in English, French, and Czech.
Carla Di Gironimo
Carla is a speech-language pathologist with 25 years of experience in neurologically-based communication disorders. Her interest in pursuing studies in linguistics and communication sciences developed at a young age when she saw an NFB film on the “awake” brain surgeries performed by famed neurosurgeon Wilder Penfield. This fascination with the brain and language led her to start volunteer work at the age of 18 alongside a professor in the McGill School of Communication Sciences and Disorders. After completing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Linguistics at McGill University, Carla went on to pursue a Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology at Clarion University of Pennsylvania.
Through her work over the years in Montreal-based health-care establishments like Constance-Lethbridge Rehabilitation Centre, Montreal Rehabilitation Institute and the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC), Carla has gained a wealth of experience in assessing and treating adults with communication and swallowing impairments resulting from strokes, traumatic brain injury, brain cancer and neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s, ALS and dementia.
Beyond providing clinical services, Carla has also had the opportunity to share her knowledge and experience with graduate students both as a clinical educator and guest lecturer at the McGill University School of Communication Sciences and Disorders. She also spent 5 years in Ottawa working for Speech-Language and Audiology Canada (SAC), the national professional association. At SAC, Carla was involved in activities to promote the profession of speech-language pathology at a national and international level and participated in advocacy initiatives at the federal government level.
Carla is a licenced member in good standing with L’Ordre des orthophonistes et audiologistes du Québec. She is also a certified member of Speech-Language and Audiology Canada (SAC) and the American Speech-Language hearing Association (ASHA). She is certified in Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT)® and SPEAK OUT!®. She provides services in English, French, and Italian.