Meet our Montreal Team

Our Montreal team offers services via tele-practice across Quebec and in-person at our clinic in Verdun.

Tamara Paull, M.Sc., Speech-Language PathologistFounder and Director

Tamara is a licensed speech-language pathologist and the founder of SpeakAble! She is registered with l’Ordre des Orthophonistes et Audiologistes du Québec (OOAQ) and also with the College of Audiologists and Speech and Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO).  She received her Bachelor of Arts in linguistics from Concordia and completed her Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of British Columbia in 2012. Prior to becoming a speech therapist, Tamara worked as a behaviour interventionist and as a classroom aid for children with various cognitive and developmental delays. She has supported children with special needs and their families since 2006. While Tamara currently resides in Montreal, she still manages the Toronto branch and visits regularly.

Rosie Fleurissaint, M.Sc., Speech-Language Pathologist

Rosie received her Bachelor of Arts in linguistics from McGill University, and completed her Master of Science in speech-language pathology at the University of British Columbia. She is registered with l’Ordre des Orthophonistes et Audiologistes du Québec (OOAQ). Rosie practices in English and French. She also enjoys learning Spanish, Creole, and Japanese in her spare time. Rosie enjoys working with toddler and preschool children on receptive and expressive language, social pragmatic skills and speech sounds. She is experienced working with young children with autism and has been trained in Reference and Regulate. The Early Start Denver Model, and the Lidcombe program. Rosie is an enthusiastic and driven clinician who is fully invested in using recent research findings and accompany families during their communication journey!

Timothy Christilaw, M.Sc., Speech-Language Pathologist

Timothy received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Linguistics from the University of British Columbia (UBC). He completed his Master of Applied Science in Speech-Language Pathology at McGill University and is a member of l’Ordre des Orthophonistes et Audiologistes du Quebec (OOAQ). He is experienced in working with a very wide variety of communication needs, including language and literacy disorders, social communication difficulties, early emerging language, and speech sound disorders. Timothy’s focus is always on creating positive learning experiences tailored to his clients’ needs and interests, and he is a focused and innovative clinician who stays up to date on the latest research and treatment methods!

Léa Rafih, M.P.O., Speech-Language Pathologist

Léa is a registered Speech-Language Pathologist with l’Ordre des Orthophonistes et Audiologistes du Québec (OOAQ). She graduated with a Bachelor of Science and a Professional Masters degree in Speech-Language Pathology from University of Montreal. She works primarily with preschoolers and school-aged children in the areas of articulation and phonology, motor speech, receptive and expressive language, social skills and written language (dyslexia). Léa is passionate and devoted to the children and families she works with!

Wendy (Yun) Chen, M.Sc., Speech-Language Pathologist

Wendy received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from McGill University and completed her Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology at Dalhousie University. She offers services in both English and Mandarin, and is a member of l’Ordre des Orthophonistes et Audiologistes du Quebec (OOAQ). She has experience working with children with autism spectrum disorder and has ABA training from Montreal’s Gold Learning Centre. Wendy enjoys working with pre-school and school-aged children, as well as adult clients. Her experiences include working with culturally and linguistically diverse clientele. Wendy has a passion for working with people with cognitive and language-based difficulties such as language and literacy disorders (e.g. dyslexia), social communication, and using augmentative and alternative communication systems!

Shila Kerr, M.Sc.A., Speech-Language Pathologist

Shila received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Linguistics from McGill University and went on to complete her Master of Applied Science at McGill University. She is registered with l’Ordre des Orthophonistes et Audiologistes du Quebec (OOAQ). Shila’s love of working with children began at an early age when her house became a home daycare. She enjoys working with preschool and school-aged children with early emergent language needs, language disorders, and speech sound disorders. She also has experience working with children with autism, with communication devices, and with hearing loss. Shila is fluent in English, French, and Farsi, and works with the multilingual population regularly. She has a passion for client-centered therapy and enjoys creating materials that are tailored to every child’s unique interest!

Valerie Kara, M.Sc., Speech-Language Pathologist

From a young age, Valerie dreamed of working in an office full of toys. She is now a registered Speech-Language Pathologist with the Ordre des Orthophonistes du Québec (OOAQ) and a member of Speech-Language Audiology Canada (SAC). She completed her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of British Columbia in 2014 and has since been focusing on paediatric therapy. She specializes in early language intervention, speech sound development and literacy, and is passionate about language and kids in general. She enjoys working alongside families towards their goals and celebrating successes big and small, and strives to tailor therapy to the individual needs of the client while making it fun at the same time. Valerie is a strong believer in learning through play and in applying research to her daily practice.

Rachel Curran, Intake Coordinator

Rachel is SpeakAble’s Intake Coordinator. She is the friendly voice who will help answer all your questions and inquiries about services as you embark on your child’s communication journey. Rachel’s strong organizational skills, empathy and welcoming demeanor help allow our practice to run smoothy and efficiently with day to day tasks. Rachel has worked with children and their families for over 15 years, including children with Autism Spectrum Disorder as an Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) therapist. Her commitment to the overall development of each child’s emotional, physical and social well being is her absolute passion.