Speech Language Pathologists at The Speech and Stuttering Institute are truly exceptional in their abilities and talents.  They are all highly educated and trained in various methods of treatment for both children and adults.  Many of our SLP’s are also involved in research and training endeavours.

Lea Ayuyao, M.Sc.,Reg. CASLPO,  S-LP (C) Speech-Language Pathologist

Lea J. Ayuyao received her Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of British Columbia.  She has worked in the areas of neurorehabilitation for stroke survivors and individuals with closed head injury.  Throughout her clinical practice, Lea has always maintained a strong interest in the fluency population and was excited to join the team at The Speech and Stuttering Institute in 2008.  At SSI, Lea works with school-aged children and adults who stutter at both the Duncan Mill and University of Toronto locations.  Lea has been a CASLPO mentor, clinical  educator and guest lecturer in the graduate department of Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Toronto.  Lea is trained in the Lidcombe Program, Fluency Plus Program, Palin Parent-Child Interaction Therapy and Level 1 Prompt.

Stephanie Calderaro, M.Cl.Sc, SLP, Reg. CASLPO

Stephanie is a registered Speech-Language Pathologist. She completed an Honours Bachelor of Science at the University of Toronto studying Human Biology, Psychology, and Linguistics. She later completed a Master of Clinical Science in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Western Ontario. Stephanie has clinical experience assessing and treating a variety of speech and language disorders within the preschool and school-aged population.  Additionally, she has experience working with adults who wish to reduce their accent.  Stephanie has a strong interest in motor-speech disorders, which lead her to the Speech and Stuttering Institute.  Stephanie is trained in PROMPT and is Hanen Certified.

Elissa2 Elissa Flagg, M.H.Sc., Ph.D., Reg. CASLPO, SLP(C), Speech-Language Pathologist

Elissa joined the Speech and Stuttering Institute after receiving her Master of Health Science in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Toronto.  Prior to becoming a registered Speech-Language Pathologist, Elissa earned a Ph.D. in Linguistics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, completed a post-doctoral research fellowship at the University of Toronto/University Health Network, and taught in the Linguistics Program at York University. At The Speech and Stuttering Institute, Elissa works with children and their families through the Pre-school Speech Program and through Camp Summer Speak, the summer program for children who have completed JK and SK.  Elissa’s interest in helping children with speech production and motor speech difficulties developed during a student placement at SSI, and she is passionate about creating individualized therapy programs to help her clients improve their communication skills.  Elissa is trained in PROMPT.

Debra Goshulak, M.H.Sc., Reg. CASLPO, S-LP(C) Speech-Language Pathologist

Debra Goshulak received her Masters of Health Science from the University of Toronto’s Speech Pathology program.  She currently works with preschool children as part of the Toronto Preschool Speech and Language Program at The Speech and Stuttering Institute.  She conducts assessments and runs intensive, individual therapy programs for children with severe motor speech disorders who are not yet ready for the Centre’s group programs.  She also offers intensive individual therapy within community settings for TPSLS and consults to colleagues in the community working with clients with severe communication disorders.  She has conducted research in cooperation with the University of Toronto Speech Pathology Department and has presented at numerous community, provincial and international conferences on the topic of motor speech disorders.  Debra also regularly instructs introduction to Techniqe and Bridging PROMPT workshops as well as mentors other PROMPT SLP’s.                               

HadarHadar Kaidar, M.H.Sc., Reg. CASLPO, SLP(C) Speech-Language Pathologist

Hadar received her Master of Health Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Toronto.  Hadar has worked in community and educational settings with clients ranging in age from pre-school to adults. She has acquired clinical experience assessing and treating speech and language disorders in the areas of fluency, articulation, phonology, voice, motor speech, receptive and expressive language, as well as cognitive communication.  She is trained in Lidcombe, Fluency Plus and Level 1 PROMPT.  Hadar has always had a strong interest in working with people who stutter and in helping them achieve their goals of improved fluency and confidence.

Marni Kinder, M.H. Sc., Reg. CASLPO, S-LP (C) Speech-Language Pathologist

Marni received her Master of Health Sciences degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Toronto.  She has previous clinical experience assessing and treating children in the school-system in the areas of fluency, voice and articulation.  Marni has always had a passion for working with people who stutter. Since joining the Speech and Stuttering Institute in 2008, she has worked extensively with children, teens and adults who stutter to provide evidence-based fluency treatment in both individual therapy and intensive or weekly group therapy formats. She is motivated to help individuals who stutter achieve not only fluency, but comfort and confidence in every day speaking situations.  Since 2008, Marni has been a Clinical Educator and Guest Lecturer for the University of Toronto.  She is also trained in Lidcombe, Fluency Plus, Pailin Parent-Child Interaction Therapy and PROMPT.

Debbie Panagakos, M.H. Sc., Reg. CASLPO, S-LP (C) Speech-Language Pathologist

Debbie Panagakos is a registered Speech-Language Pathologist who received her Master of Health Sciences Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Toronto. She has clinical experience assessing and treating speech and language disorders with preschool and school-aged children in the areas of articulation, phonology, motor speech, receptive and expressive language and fluency.  Debbie has worked with a diverse range of children with developmental disorders including Autism Spectrum Disorder and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. She is trained in PROMPT, PECS and is Hanen Certified. Debbie has a passion for working with children with motor speech disorders and participated in a province wide research study looking at the effectiveness of motor speech treatment for children with speech sound disorders. Her interest in working with this population brought her to The Speech and Stuttering Institute in 2011, where she says “working with children with motor speech disorders is truly a rewarding experience, and knowing that I can make a difference is a great feeling”.

Michele Meloche-Kelly, M.Sc.,Reg. CASLPO, S-LP (C) Speech-Language Pathologist

Michele received her B. Sc. in Child Psychology from McGill University and her M. Sc in Audiology and Speech Sciences from the University of British Columbia.  Michele has experience assessing and treating speech and language disorders in the preschool and school-aged population.  Prior to joining SSI, she worked in the areas of French Immersion and Core French programs, Cleft Palate, as well as research.  As a clinician, Michele finds helping children who present with motor speech, speech production and language difficulties greatly rewarding.  As Clinical Coordinator for the Preschool Program, she is involved with intake, program planning and acting as liaison with community partners and families.

Mindy Ravinsky, M.Sc.(A), Reg. CASLPO, S-LP(C), Speech-Language Pathologist

Mindy received her Masters of Science (Applied) degree in Speech-Language Pathology at McGill University.  At The Speech and Stuttering Institute she works with preschool children who have motor speech difficulties.  Mindy enjoys working with children in small groups where she is able to integrate speech, language, and social interaction skills within story-related activities that include role playing story scripts.  Mindy divides her time between The Speech and Stuttering Institute and our University of Toronto satellite clinic, where she runs therapy groups and supervises student clinicians.  Mindy provides a consultation service for GTA speech-language pathologists who request assistance with programming for children with motor-speech difficulties.

Lori Scott-Sulsky, M.Sc.,Reg. CASLPO,  S-LP (C) Speech-Language Pathologist

Lori has been providing treatment in the area of stuttering for more than 12 years. She has worked intensively to develop group and individual treatment programs for children, adolescents and adults who stutter. She is the co-author of The Fluency Plus Program: A Comprehensive Treatment Program for Stuttering and has been published in Guitar and MacCauley’s current stuttering text book.  A graduate of McGill University, Lori received her training in fluency at the Montreal General Hospital and the Montreal Fluency Centre and completed her Master’s thesis on the speech-gesture relationship in children who stutter. Lori is a consortium trained practitioner of the Lidcombe Program for young children who stutter and has received training in the Palin Parent-Child Interaction Program. She currently serves as the lead clinician on the Preschool Fluency Project engaged in clinician training, research, and consultation to the Ministry of Child and Youth Services. In addition to her clinical practice, Lori enjoys serving as a fluency mentor, clinical educator in fluency, and providing advanced fluency training workshops for practicing clinicians.


Sarah Smits-Bandstra,  M.Sc., Ph.D., Reg. CASLPO, CCC-SLP,  Speech-Language Pathologist

Sarah received her Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Western Ontario.  She obtained her Ph.D. from the University of Toronto.  Throughout her clinical practice, Sarah has always maintained a strong interest in the fluency population and was excited to join the team at The Speech and Stuttering Institute in 2016.  At SSI, Sarah works with preschool, school-aged children and adults who stutter.  Sarah has been a clinical educator and Assistant Professor/lecturer in the graduate department of Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Toronto, the University of Western Ontario and Universities in the United States.  Sarah is trained in the Lidcombe Program, Fluency Plus Program, Camperdown Program, and Palin Parent-Child Interaction Therapy.

 Carolyn Spavor, M.H. Sc., Reg. CASLPO, S-LP (C) Speech-Language Pathologist

Carolyn completed her graduate degree in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Toronto. She first worked with the SSI team as a student, returning as an employee several years later and bringing skills gleaned from work experiences in many different clinical settings, including a pediatric service in Yukon Territory, an inpatient neuro-rehabilitation program for adults, and a developmental assessment clinic. At the Institute, Carolyn provides speech therapy for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. In addition, she is an enthusiastic clinical educator for students in the profession. Carolyn is trained in PROMPT and TEACCH and is Hanen certified.

Dana Wolle, M.Sc.(A), Reg. CASLPO, S-LP (C), Speech Language Pathologist

Dana Wolle is a registered Speech-Language Pathologist who has extensive experience working with children of all ages.  She received her M.Sc. in Speech-Language Pathology from McGill University in 2003.  Dana spent five years working for Toronto Preschool Speech and Language Services, where she gained broad clinical experience in the areas of receptive and expressive language disorders as well as speech disorders.  She enjoyed working with a very diverse range of children, including special needs populations, from birth to 5 years of age.  In late 2005, she began a five month secondment at The Speech & Stuttering Institute.  In 2008, Dana officially joined the SSI team on a part-time basis.  She currently splits her time between the School-Age Program and seeing preschool children in the community through the partnership with Toronto Preschool Speech and Language Services.  Dana is trained in PROMPT and is Hanen Certified.