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very speech-language pathologist is registered with the College of Speech and Hearing Health Professionals of British Columbia (CSHHPBC) and with Speech-Language & Audiology Canada (SAC).

Shari, Nicola, Charlotte and Anahita are on the Registry of Autism Service Providers (RASP) to provide services to children with Autism who are under the age of six.

Shari Linde
Shari Linde

hari Linde

Founder and Director of Advantage Speech-Language Pathology Ltd.

Shari has been working as a speech-language pathologist since 1994. She specializes in the communication difficulties of adults and children who have neurological damage, developmental disabilities, psychiatric conditions, or autism. She also has extensive experience addressing swallowing impairments.

Shari has completed training on Oral Myofunctional Disorders. She enjoys doing medical-legal evaluations, and will frequently travel within British Columbia and Alberta.

Shari is a Clinical Educator with the University of British Columbia. She is also on the Registry of Autism Service Providers, with designations as a speech-language pathologist and behaviour consultant.

Shari provides speech-language pathology services in both English and French.

Vera Kinach
Vera Kinach

era Kinach

Vera Kinach has worked as a speech-language pathologist since 1979. She has been employed in a variety of clinical settings including a General Hospital, Rehabilitation Center, Home Care Services, School District and Health Unit in Ontario and British Columbia. Her area of expertise is with the adult/adolescent brain injury population, including head injury, stroke, Parkinson's and other neurological conditions. She has also supervised numerous students as a Clinical Educator for the University of British Columbia. Vera is a certified clinician of the LSVT (Lee Silverman Voice Training) program.

Nicola Swain
Nicola Swain

icola Swain

Nicola has been working as a Speech-Language Pathologist since 1990. She has been employed in various settings: Health Unit, School District and programs for families with deaf and hard of hearing children under that age of 5 years. Nicola is registered with both the British Columbia and Speech-Language & Audiology Canada as well as with the College of Speech and Hearing Health Professionals of British Columbia.

Nicola’s primary areas of expertise include working with preschool and school-aged children with communication impairments, non verbal and early language users, language disorders, assessing and treating articulation, social communication and literary. Nicola has extensive experience with deaf and hard of hearing children and their families using both sign language and auditory verbal techniques (hearing aid and cochlear implant users). She has lead and developed many parent programs and is Hanen certified. She is on the Registry of Autism Service Providers (RASP).

Lisa Luft
Lisa Luft

isa Luft

Lisa has worked in speech pathology since graduation in 1996 from Western Washington University, with a Master of Arts in Speech Sciences. She has been employed in a variety of settings including several hospitals, in acute, long-term care and rehabilitation settings, in a Lower Mainland cancer clinic, in an outreach capacity visiting clients in the community, and with the Vancouver schools.

Lisa is dedicated to working with families and clients to put communication and swallowing treatment within the context of their everyday lives. She particularly enjoys seeing clients in their home settings and giving meaning and purpose to the treatment experience.

Lisa has four children and when not busy with them, or working, she loves to knit, run, garden and cook.

Charlotte Li
Charlotte Li

harlotte Li

Charlotte completed her Masters of Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Sydney. She has had previous experience working with nonverbal children and children with speech and language delays at early intervention centres. She has implemented low tech and high tech Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) at a high school catered to children with various disabilities. She has worked at hospitals and rehabilitation centres, which provided her with opportunities to work with people with dysphagia, aphasia, dysarthria and cognitive communication disorders.

Most of Charlotte’s clinical experience with young children has revolved around children with Autism. Her background as a behaviour interventionist has given her insight into ways to interact and develop therapy strategies for children with Autism. Her areas of clinical interest include dysphagia, social skills development, language delays and disorders, articulation and phonological disorders and cognitive communication disorders.

Charlotte also enjoys working in collaboration with families. She encourages family members to sit in on sessions in order to observe progress, create goals collaboratively and provide strategies to maximize carryover of communication goals.

Charlotte is on the Registry of Autism Service Providers (RASP). She offers services in English and Cantonese.

Anahita Dastur
Anahita Dastur

nahita Dastur

Anahita Dastur acquired her Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of British Columbia. She has experience working with children and youth with a range of speech and language disorders, including apraxia of speech, stuttering, articulation, and language delay.

Anahita is passionate about helping individuals with social-pragmatic communication needs, and is particularly interested in working with younger children and their families. Anahita has attended two Social Thinking ® workshops, and has also attended an Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) Advanced Training Workshop. She is listed on the Registry of Autism Service Providers (RASP).

Anahita is bilingual in English and French, and also has a moderate understanding of the Gujarati language. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling and spending time with her friends and family.

Ashley Chang
Ashley Chang

shley Chang

Ashley acquired her Master of Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Sydney. During her studies, she gained experience supporting communication and swallowing of children and adults in schools, hospitals, and private practices. Her experience includes assessing and treating swallowing, motor speech, receptive and expressive language, voice, fluency, social communication, literacy, and articulation and phonological disorders.

While particularly enthusiastic about assessing and treating language, fluency, swallowing, and articulation and phonological disorders, Ashley enjoys working with all clients to reach their goals and improve their quality of life. Ashley believes that collaboration with families is very important in all parts of therapy, from creating goals together to supporting practice.

Emily Sullivan
Emily Sullivan

mily Sullivan

Emily is a recent graduate of speech-language pathology from the University of Alberta. Prior to that, she received her Master’s in Linguistics from the University of Ottawa, where she researched speech sound development in children.

Emily’s clinical experiences thus far have included working with adults who have experienced traumatic brain injuries, strokes, and neurodegenerative conditions and children who are experiencing hearing loss, language delays, speech sound delays, hearing loss, and autism. No matter who she is working with, Emily welcomes and encourages client and family collaboration in every step of therapy.

Nicole Anger
Nicole Anger

icole Anger

Nicole holds a Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of British Columbia.

Through her education, she has experience supporting both adults and children with their communication needs. Her clinical experience includes providing diagnostic and therapeutic services to individuals with acquired speech, language, and swallowing disorders. She has also gained experience working with children and adolescents who have speech, language, and social communication disorders, including apraxia of speech, articulation and phonological difficulties, stuttering, and language delay.

Nicole’s desire to help people and her passion for language led her to a career in speech-language pathology. She is a respectful and warm clinician and she structures her therapy sessions based on current scientific evidence and her clients’ communication needs.

Nicole sees clients in Vancouver and is available to travel to Richmond, Burnaby, New Westminster, Coquitlam, Delta, White Rock, and Surrey.

Natalie Lo
Natalie Lo

atalie Lo

Speech-Language Pathology Assistant / Administrative Support

Natalie is an aspiring SLP who has a passion for working with children. She graduated with a degree in music and in linguistics, and hopes to attend grad school in speech pathology in the future. Natalie currently provides administrative support in the office and is thrilled to be part of the team at Advantage!

Natalie is fluent in French, Cantonese as well as Mandarin.

Ariel Fan
Ariel Fan

riel Fan

Speech-Language Pathology Assistant / Casual Administrative Support







Krizia Umali
Krizia Umali

rizia Umali

Speech-Language Pathology Assistant / Casual Administrative Support







Carlie Welters
Carlie Welters

arlie Welters

Office Admin

Carlie joined the team at Advantage Speech-Language Pathology in the Fall of 2014. She provides administrative support to the clinic and is in the office Monday to Friday, 9:30am-1:30pm to take your calls and answer your e-mails.

With two young kids she doesn't have much spare time but when she does, Carlie enjoys travelling with her family, being active and volunteering at her kids' school.

elizabeth Needham
elizabeth Needham

lizabeth Needham

Bookkeeper