Mary-Ellen Thompson, Ph.D
CCC(SLP), Regd. CASLPO
Speech Language Pathologist
Owner and Clinic Director
Tealle Plant, B.A., CDA, Reg. CDAAC
Communicative Disorders Assistant
Alison Leja, B.Sc., CDA, Reg. CDAAC
Communicative Disorders Assistant
Mary-Ellen is the owner and clinic director of this practice. She is a Speech Language Pathologist in the province of Ontario, and a member of the College of Audiologists and Speech Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO). She holds a certificate of Clinical Competence registration with the American Speech and Language Hearing Association (ASHA).
Mary-Ellen graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Science degree from McMaster University, a Master of Science degree in Experimental Psychology from McGill University, a Master of Health Science in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Toronto and a doctorate degree from the University of Toronto, Institute of Health Science.
Mary-Ellen is a caring and compassionate individual who strives for excellence in her clinical practice. She has experience working in the education setting, hospital environment and community. Mary-Ellen is currently the president of the Brain Injury Association Quinte District. She also volunteers for the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation and the Ontario Brain Injury Association.
Mary-Ellen provides workshops within the comity on a volunteer basis. As well, she has presented papers provincially, nationally and internationally. Mary-Ellen was awarded the Professional of the Year award by the Ontario Brain Injury Association for "outstanding contributions to improving the lives of those living with the effects of acquired brain injury."
Tealle is a Communicative Disorders Assistant (CDA). She completed her undergraduate studies at Brock University, and graduated with an Honours B.A. in Applied Linguistics- Speech and Language Sciences in 2014. In 2015, she graduated amongst the top of her class and received her Communicative Disorders Assistant certificate from Georgian College. Tealle is a member of the Communicative Disorders Assistant Association of Canada (CDAAC).
Tealle has a diverse range of clinical experience in planning and executing goal specific therapy for children and adults. The targets of treatment for her children clientele are speech articulation disorders, speech and language impairments, phonological speech disorders, phonological awareness skills, early literacy skills, oral language skills, fluency disorders and social communication skills. The adult clientele are primarily Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) individuals, although she does treat children with ABI’s as well. The target of treatment for her ABI clients are providing exercises to improve his/her cognitive-communication, speech, and language skills, teaching strategies to help compensate for or deal with their difficulties, restoration of functions, decrease difficulties with word finding, provide support for students in academic environments and help strengthen executive functions.
Tealle continues to stay current with her education and extend her knowledge by attending conferences year round such as; Learn, Lead, Inspire 2016 by Dr. Abraham Snaiderman and Dr. Jessica Trier, Building Early Literacy in the Home and in Early Childhood Centres 2017 by Janice Greenberg, and Executive Functions in Students with Acquired Brain injury 2017 by Dr.Lyn Turkstra.
Alison is a bilingual Communicative Disorders Assistant (CDA). She completed her undergraduate studies at Concordia University in Montreal and graduated with distinction in 2010 with a B.Sc. Honours in Psychology, a specialization in Behavioural Neuroscience and a minor in Linguistics. She worked for several years at McGill under the Canada Research Chair in Genetics of Pain, Jeffrey S. Mogil, on a study published in the Journal of Neuroscience in 2014 (doi:10.1523/JNEUROSCI.5337-13.2014). In 2018, she graduated amongst the top of her class and earned her Communicative Disorders Assistant certificate from St Lawrence College. Alison is a member of the Communicative Disorders Assistant Association of Canada (CDAAC).
Alison has clinical experience in planning and executing goal-specific therapy for children and adolescents, working both with older individuals with Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) and in school-aged populations. Her treatment targets in children range from speech articulation disorders and language disorders, to early literacy and social communication skills, to the introduction of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) methods. For individuals with ABI, she provides support for students in academic environments, teaches and models compensatory strategies to help clients overcome or manage their challenges and helps strengthen executive functions.
Alison continues to follow her drive to further her education by attending conferences regularly, such as Play, Social Engagement, and Language Development in Autism by Lisa Drake in 2019. Alison's early musical training helped inspire her interest in the neurological underpinnings of language, and she continues to nourish that passion by volounteering as Orchestra Librarian (and playing first violin) for the Quinte Symphony. Finally, Alison maintains her fluency in the French language by working as a supply teacher at École élémentaire catholique L'Envol in Trenton.
Evelyn Coor is the Office Assistant with over 10 years of providing support to Mary-Ellen's practise. She is responsible for the smooth running of the office and is usually the first point of contact with the team. She will gladly assist you with any questions you may have with our services.