Our Team

We are proud to have excellent staff members which makes our team very personable and family friendly. With expert consultants and support staff, Symbiosis is able to help your child with any learning challenges while having fun.

 

Shalini Das

Director, Behavior Consultant/ Occupational Therapist

Shalini is the Director and one of the co-founders of Symbiosis Pediatric Therapy. Shalini currently oversees the clinical and administrative departments of Symbiosis. She has more than 20 years of experience working with children with autism and developmental disabilities. Graduating as a top student in her University at undergraduate level, Shalini completed her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy specializing in Pediatric Neurology in 2000. She also has her Masters degree in Special Education with a focus on Applied Behavior Analysis from The Pennsylvania State University.

teamPic shaliniShalini has extensive clinical experience with assessment and program development that is designed to treat challenging behaviors, build communication and functional life skills. Some of the team-based intervention which she incorporates are the Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA), Early Start Denver Model (ESDM), SCERTS, DIR®/Floor time model etc. Shalini has trained & supervised several teams of therapists, parents and other professionals on evidence-based behavioral strategies to improve the quality of life for the children. She also assists with the development and implementation of evidence-based treatment approaches, in addition to providing clinical guidance and mentorship to the Behavioral intervention team.

Shalini is certified to administer the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test (SIPT) from University of Southern California and in Neuro Developmental Therapy from NDT Association, USA. She also enjoys working with children in Symbiosis embracing different therapy models while viewing the challenges faced by the children through the developmental framework.

Shalini is the mother of two children and understands the importance of considering the needs and wants of all members of the family when establishing therapy goals. She spends her spare time with her children and husband, reading, travelling and cooking different recipes from around the world.

Shalini is currently listed on the Registered Autism Service Providers (RASP) list as a Behaviour Consultant (BC) and an Occupational Therapist (OT).

 

Sumanta Das

Director, Behavior Consultant/Occupational Therapist

Sumanta is one of the co-founders of Symbiosis Pediatric Therapy and supports the ongoing learning and clinical services of over 18 therapists (consisting of Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language pathologists, Physiotherapists, Behavior interventionists) as a clinical mentor. He has been working with families including children and teens with autism and other developmental needs since 1994.teampic sumunta

Sumanta had completed his Masters in Special Education after obtaining his Bachelor of Occupational Therapy. He also has a  Post Graduation Diploma in Developmental Rehabilitation as well as in Health Management. He has also completed the Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) course sequence from Florida Institute of Technology (FIT). He is skilled in providing Positive Behavior Support and has designed and implemented numerous behavior support plans in home as well as in the community. He is currently supervised by Mary McKenna, BCBA for behavior consultancy services, who has been providing family- centered intervention for children and families for over 26 years. 

Sumanta also has vast experience working as a pediatric Occupational Therapist in different school systems, private clinics and providing home based intervention in various countries including India and Singapore prior to migrating to Canada in 2007. He is one of the few accredited clinicians who is trained in both Neuro Developmental therapy (NDT) as well as Sensory Integration (SI) and is a provider of the Integrated Listening Systems (iLs) in British Columbia. He is also trained in Handwriting without Tears (HWT) multisensory program.

Sumanta was the first recipient of the SPD Foundation Scholarship in 2014 from the STAR (Sensory Therapies and Research) Center, in Denver. It provided him with a unique opportunity to attend the mentorship training in assessment and intervention for Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) at the Center. He has a wide variety of training to augment his background as an Occupational Therapist as well as a Behavior Consultant.

Some of the workshops and training which helps him to collaborate with other professionals and incorporate team-based intervention are Early Start Denver Model (ESDM)-Introductory and Advanced Workshop, SCERTS -Introductory and Advanced Workshop, to name a few.

Sumanta is a father of two boys and while understanding the developmental needs of the children, he makes sure that children who receive services through Symbiosis see it as a place they can have fun at and enjoy coming to. He spends his spare time pursuing various leisure activities with his family including playing badminton, swimming, hiking and camping.

 

Junette Alipio
                                                                                                                                                Senior Occupational Therapist
 

Junette has been working as a pediatric occupational therapist since 1996. She has an in-depth knowledge in developmental and neuro-muscular conditions such as Cerebral Palsy, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Down's Syndrome, Learning Disabilities, Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder, Developmental Coordination Disorder, and Sensory Processing Disorder among others and has handled children as young as three months old to teenagers. She has specialized in Sensory Integration, Neuro Developmental Techniques, feeding, splinting and handwriting and has worked in different pediatric settings (acute, pre and school-aged kids and home-based occupational therapy) during her career.

teampic JunetteJunette has regularly participated in case conferences with the different members of the team and has used OT techniques that are fun, creative and most importantly, individualized to suit her clients needs. She has also conducted seminars in Sensory Processing and in Feeding/Swallowing Disorders for parents, other therapists and caregivers alike. She is also trained in Handwriting Without Tears (HWT), Integrated Listening Systems(iLS) multisensory program and completed her certificate in the SOS (Sequential Oral Sensory) Approach to Feeding program, which is an effective way to address problematic feeding behaviors in a variety of settings and populations. Junette believes in incorporating team-based intervention and has attended the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM)-Introductory and Advanced Workshop.

Junette is very creative and patient, and most importantly, she loves working with and being with kids. She is also resourceful and innovative with regards to creating therapeutic activities that are interesting at the same time are evidence-based and client-centered. She is a dependable and flexible team player as well as an efficient leader, with good listening skills, problem solving and planning and organization skills. When not at work, Junette enjoys exploring the great BC outdoors with her children.

 

Bashni Morarjee

Senior Occupational Therapist

Bashni has been in the field of Occupational Therapy since 1992. She had completed her Graduation from University of Kwazulu Natal (previously Durban Westville) followed by her Post Graduate Diploma in Business management from University of Natal.

bashniBashni's most recent work experience before migrating to Canada includes being the Head of the Occupational Therapy department at the Kenmont School in South Africa from Jan 2005 to July 2014. She was also supervising 8 Occupational therapists in the school during that tenure. Her job profile included assisting therapists with programme planning and therapy sessions, monitoring their performance in the various key performance areas, checking their therapy records, report writing and assisting with appropriate decision making with the intervention.

Bashni has vast experience working in school systems, private clinics and providing home based intervention. She is well versed with most of the assessment and treatment protocols used with children diagnosed with learning disabilities, ADHD or ADD,Asperger’s syndrome, Bipolar disorder. Her client profile also included children dealing with social-behavioural challenges, delay in sensory motor skills and poor school/academic performance.Bashni is trained in Handwriting Without Tears (HWT) and completed her certification in Integrated Listening Systems(iLS) multisensory program.

 

Christina Sawula

Senior Occupational Therapist

Christina graduated from the University of Toronto with her Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy after completing her Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences from McMaster University.Her work with a variety of pediatric populations throughout her schooling led to her interest in OT and specifically in working with children.

Profile Photo - CSChristina has extensive experience working in the public and private school systems to assist children with a variety of challenges meet their everyday needs and goals in a classroom setting. She has also worked in home settings. Christina is well versed in utilizing current research, assessments and clinical observations to plan, implement, and modify treatment plans for both individual and group therapy sessions. She has worked collaboratively with diverse multidisciplinary teams to help children thrive in their school and classroom environments.

 

Christina is trained in the Handwriting Without Tears (HWT) program and would like to pursue obtaining her Integrated Listening Systems (iLS) certificate.

 

 

Noelle Anjella B. Alava

Occupational Therapist

Noelle had been working as an occupational therapist for four years in the Philippines in a clinical and preschool setting. Most of her job experiences are working with children with Autism, Asperger Syndrome, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and Cerebral Palsy from age 2 to 10 years old.

noelleNoelle has experience in handling individual and group therapy sessions, providing different techniques to improve motor and sensory process skills, evaluating, planning treatments and implementing treatment plans. She participates in many of the parent- teacher conferences and also conducts school/home visits.

Noelle is trained in Handwriting Without Tears (HWT) and completed her certificate in Integrated Listening Systems(iLS) multisensory program. She has attended the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM)-Introductory and Advanced Workshop to enhance her skills to work as a part of a collaborative team.

  

 

 

Kristine Grace Balisacan

Occupational Therapist

Kristine has completed her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy and her passion to help children with developmental disabilities to maximize their fullest potential, made her focus on working and expanding her knowledge in the pediatric population. 

KristineKristine had experience working as a Behavioral Interventionist and Occupational Therapist with children diagnosed with ASD, ADHD, Learning Disabilities, and other developmental disabilities from 2-12 years of age in private clinics, home as well as in school-based settings both in Canada and the Philippines.

With her desire to learn more, she volunteers with different Occupational therapy groups and attends workshops in providing evidence-based intervention for children. Kristine is trained in Handwriting Without Tears (HWT) program and completing her certificate in Integrated Listening Systems(iLS) program.

 

 

 

Akemi Job

Occupational Therapist

Akemi completed her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy in 2012. Akemi has experience with Community Based Occupational Therapy, with a specialty in Neurorehabilitation. 

Akemi photo2Akemi has worked with both Inpatient and Outpatient Services in a variety of settings.Akemi has experience with children with special needs who are diagnosed with ASD, ADHD, Learning Disabilities, and other developmental disabilities from 2-12 years of age.

Akemi is trained in Handwriting Without Tears (HWT) program and completing her certificate in Integrated Listening Systems(iLS) program.

 

 

 

 

 Ray Jabonete    

Occupational Therapist

Ray has been working with children for over 10 years. RayRay has experience working with children from 3 months up to 16 years old who are diagnosed with different developmental disabilities such as Autism Spectrum Disorders, Down’s syndrome, Learning Disabilities, Sensory Processing Disorder, Cerebral Palsy and Attention Deficit/Hyperactive Disorder. He believes in providing holistic treatment to children by collaborating with their caregivers,teachers and other health professionals.

Ray is trained in Handwriting Without Tears (HWT) and in the process of receiving his training in Integrated Listening Systems(iLS) multisensory program.

 

 

 Arpita Aggarwal

Occupational Therapist

Arpita completed her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy specialising in Pediatrics in 2008.She has extensive experience working with infants and children recovering from injuries or dealing with developmental issues. Her intervention focusses on maximizing a child's function and participation in the areas of self-care, productivity (school and play skills) and leisure (community participation. She also displays strong abilities in providing goal directed services, consultation and education to the child, family and community providers.

Arpita is trained in Handwriting Without Tears (HWT) and in the process of her certificate in Integrated Listening Systems(iLS) multisensory program.

  

Lydia Issac

Speech and Language Therapist

Lydia has completed her Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology after her Bachelor's in Audiology and Speech Language Pathology in 2011. Lydia’s primary areas of expertise include assessing and treating preschool and school-aged children with  language disorders, communication impairments, speech disorders such as articulation and stuttering at an early intervention center.

LydiaLydia has worked with children with hearing impairment and their families using auditory verbal techniques (hearing aid and cochlear implant users). She has implemented low tech and high tech Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) to children with various disabilities. Most of her clinical experience with young children has revolved around children with Autism, which has given her insight into ways to interact and develop therapy strategies for children with Autism. Lydia has a versatile work experience at hospitals and educational institutions, which has provided her with opportunities to work with people with aphasia, dysarthria, dementia associated with neuro degenerative conditions, neurodevelopmental disorders and cognitive communication disorders.

Lydia has co-authored two resource material for parents of children with hearing impairment and also supervised undergraduate students in clinics and provided lectures on Childhood Communication Disorders; Cleft Lip and Palate; and Motor Speech Disorders in children.  Lydia is very passionate about family centered practice and has developed many home training programs for the parents. She believed in family-centered practice in order to observe progress, create goals collaboratively and provide strategies. She provides speech and language services in English and few regional south Indian languages of India.


Andrea Lalic

Speech and Language Therapist

Andrea completed her Masters in Speech-Language Pathology (minor in Audiology) from the University of British Columbia. She has been working for the Langley School District since 2012 and has experience working with children from Kindergarten to Grade 7. She provides direct treatment and conducts assessments for school-age children with a variety of speech and language impairments.

Andrea is a member of the College of Speech and Hearing Health Professionals of British Columbia (CSHHPBC), Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (CASLPA) and the British Columbia Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (BCASLPA).

 

Sharel Wentz

Speech and Language Therapist

Sharel is a registered Speech and Language Pathologist with 11 years of clinical experience after graduating with a Masters Degree in Speech and Language Pathology from the University of Alberta. She has an extensive knowledge of principles, methods and procedures for the diagnosis and treatment of children with different diagnoses like Autism, Learning Disability and Communication disorders. She has also been invited as a guest speaker at numerous parent education workshops to help spread awareness of strategies that enhance children's early communication and literacy skills. In addition, she has volunteered at a therapeutic riding centre for the purpose of providing strategies to staff and families to promote improved communication skills in children with low language skills, ASD, Down Syndrome, cognitive disabilities, and/or physical disabilities.

 

David Dalley

Physiotherapist


David D1David graduated from the University of Western Ontario with Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.Sc.), Physiotherapy drgree in 1998. He has worked in the Centre for Child Development of the Lower Mainland from 2003 till 2012.

Davis joined Symbiosis in November 2013 and has been providing family-centered services to children of various ages and diagnoses.

 

 

 

 

 

 Justinne Macarayan

Therapy Assistant/Behavior Interventionist

Justinne studied at Simon Fraser University and completed her Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology in the spring of 2014.

justineJustinne has gained experience with kids of all ages working as a Behavioral Interventionist and also through her volunteer and practicum experiences working alongside Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists in various centres and rehabilitation settings. 

Justinne loves working with children and hopes to pursue a Masters in Occupational Therapy and work in pediatrics in the future.

 

 

 

 

Maria Suzeth B. Sanares

Therapy Assistant/Behavior Interventionist

Maria has completed her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from Philippines in 2000. She is currently in the process of obtaining her full license to work as an Occupational Therapist in Canada.

Maria-webMaria has experience in providing holistic personalized assistance & care for elderly & people with physical challenges. She also has knowledge in providing both individual & group activity facilitation which involves developing their life skills, recreation & interpersonal skills.

Maria demonstrates good working skills when dealing with children. She is experienced collaborating with working with other healthcare professionals & volunteers. She is self-motivated, efficient, resourceful & reliable under pressure. She is able to execute multiple tasks simultaneously, possess excellent listening/communication skill. She always displays friendly & positive attitude while working with children at Symbiosis.

 

 

Emmie Malabanan 

Clinic Coordinator (Surrey and South Surrey/ White Rock Clinic)

Emmie’s is the friendly voice you hear when you call our Surrey Clinic . Emmie joined Symbiosis after many years of experience working in the fields of accounts.

teampic Emmie As the clinic coordinator, she brings together her love for children and her passion for numbers to help maintain a warm and loving environment at the clinic while making sure that the behind scenes files and procedures are well organized. She is always ready to lend a helping hand to parents and staff alike and is the go to person for help around the clinic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mallory Diamond – Clinic Coordinator (Abbotsford Clinic)


Mallory has several years of experience working with children in a variety of settings.Prior to joining Symbiosis she was working part-time with Heritage Christian Online School as an Educational Assistant. Mallory has a passion for administration and community services. She is excited to be a part of the Symbiosis team.