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.

 

DIRECTORS

 

Shalini Das

Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA)/ Occupational Therapist

Shalini is one of the co-founders of Symbiosis Pediatric Therapy. Shalini currently oversees the clinical and administrative departments of Symbiosis. Shalini pic - Copy 2She 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.

Shalini 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

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 Behavioral 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.

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.

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

 

BEHAVIOR CONSULTANTS

 

Stephanie Sywak


Stephanie completed her Bachelor of Arts Degree at Simon Fraser University and is a Board Certified Assistant Behaviour Analyst (BCaBA).headshot-stephanie She has been working with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental disabilities since 2009.

Stephanie is dedicated to providing her clients with the best support and is currently working on a Masters of Science in Psychology with a focus on Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA). She enjoys supporting clients to develop independence in their personal care and communication skills, but is also passionate about the development of social skills.  

 

Stephanie is currently listed on the Registered Autism Service Providers (RASP)and RASP level B Behaviour Consultant

 

 

 

  Chelsea McFadzen

Chelsea is completing her Masters' of Arts degree in Educational Psychology from Simon Fraser University. She is in the process of submitting her final thesis and also assists on different research projects at the University. She would like to continue her graduate studies at Simon Fraser University as a PhD scholar . She had previously completed her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Alberta and had taken few undergraduate courses in Psychology in 2006. 

Chelsea had the privilege of working with children and their families in a variety of settings including preschools/ daycares/ grade schools/ inclusive recreation centers as well as one on one home Behavior Intervention sessions since 2006. Her drive to provide best services for her clients made her explore different methods of intervention including Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA), Reference and Regulate, and the Early Start Denver model (ESDM). She is in the process of completing her ABA coursework from Florida Institute of Technology.

 

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPISTS

 

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.

 

Noelle 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 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.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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.

 

Katrina Cerrado

Occupational Therapist

Katrina has been in the filed of Occupational therapy since 2008. She had completed her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy and currently pursuing her MSc. in Occupational Therapy (Post-Professional) from University of Alberta, Canada. Katrina has experience in working with children (aged 3-10 years) with developmental disabilities and also in different interdisciplinary settings which included Developmental Pediatrician, Physical Therapist, Speech and Language therapist, Special Education Teachers etc.

 

Shawn Chuang

Occupational Therapist

Shawn had completed her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy in Taiwan and graduated in 2009. He has experience working in a hospital serving as an OOccupational Therapist with children with different diagnoses such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, ADHD and Developmental delay, etc. After 2 years of working in Taiwan, he migrated to Australia and worked in an childcare catering to children diagnosed with Autism. He had learned many different approaches of treatment while working in a multi-professional environment. He also has worked in China as the manager of an Autism Treatment Centre for one year.

Shawn had attended many workshops including Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) -Introductory workshop and Relationship Developmental Intervention (RDI).

 

Nina Heins 

Occupational Therapist

Nina has been working as an Occupational Therapist for over thirteen years. She has experience working with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, motor development delays and sensory processing challenges. Nina has experience working in school system and worked as an Occupational Therapist in he Chilliwack School Distric for 5 years prior to join Symbiosis.

Nina is trained in Rhythmic Movement Training(RMT)-level I & II from Germany. She is a motivated and enthusiastic team player who creates positive connections and solutions for both clients and her colleagues.

 

Kathryn (Katie) Metz

Occupational Therapist

Kathryn completed her MScOT program from the University of Alberta. She has her full registration as an Occupational Therapist from COTBC as well as CAOT. She has extensive clinical placement and educational experience with children and youth, which spans over the past eight years. During her clinical placement at Alberta Children’s hospital in 2017, she provided assessment and treatment to children and youth (aged 4-14 years) with a variety of diagnoses such as learning disabilities, developmental disabilities, DCD, ADHD, depression, and anxiety.

Kathryn is able to apply her background in mindfulness and yoga instruction to present Zones of Regulation concepts in an embodied way. She is always enthusiastic about continuing education and willing to complete any necessary further learning to fulfill her role as a pediatric Occupational Therapist.

 

SPEECH AND LANGUAGE PATHOLOGISTS

 

Bo Kim

Speech and Language Pathologist

Bo had completed her Masters in Speech and Language Pathology and had worked as a Speech - Language pathologist at Mindcare Institute of Korea for 4 years prior to making Canada, her new home. Her previous experience includes conducting assessments both in English and Korean to bilingual kindergarten through fifth grade students, in addition to creating computerized materials for improving the language skills. She has also worked with children who are diagnosed with ASD, ADHD and different articulation disorders.

 

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).

 

PHYSIOTHERAPIST

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 THERAPY ASSISTANTS/BEHAVIOR INTERVENTIONISTS

 

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.

 

 

 

 

Suzeth B. Sanares

Therapy Assistant/Behavior Interventionist

Maria has completed her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from Philippines in 2000.

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.

 

 

 Emma-Rose Dobrilla

Therapy Assistant/Behavior Interventionist

Emma-Rose completed her Graduate of Educational Assistant (EDAS) certification program from Kwantlen University in 2017. She has experience working as a respite Worker and Behavior Interventionist with children who diagnosed with ASD and complex needs. She has attended some courses regarding Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) , knowledgeable in Discrete Trail Traning (DTT) and data collection and analysis

 

Shrusti Jani

Therapy Assistant/Behavior Interventionist

Shrusti has completed her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from India in 2013. She is currently in the process of obtaining her full Occupational Therapy license to work as an Occupational Therapist in Canada. She has experience working with children diagnosed with Autism. ADHD, Down’s symdrome, Cerebral Palsy etc. in different schools, clinics as well as hospitals.

 

Jaskarn (Priya) Kang

Therapy Assistant/Behavior Interventionist

Priya has completed her Bachelors of Arts with major in Psychology and Minor in Counselling. She has experience in implemented Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) treatment plans for the children diagnosed with ASD in order to help them and their families. She is efficienet in collecting data to properly track the child's' progress in the programs. She has provided assistance to many children under the age of 6 in the classroom settings. She also volunteered her time at various Children's Art Program, Day camps and events organized by City of Surrey. 

 

Marissa Charles

Therapy Assistant/Behavior Interventionist

Marissa has completed her Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics from University of Victoria. She is a quick learner and gained work experience with children of all ages through her experiences working as a behavior Interventionist, Support worker at the Canucks Autism Network as well as a respite care aide since 2013.

 

Kingston-Jaedon Terry (KJ)

Behavior Interventionist

KJ is currently in the process of completing her Bachelor of Arts in Education with minor in Psychology. She. has some experience working as a Behavior Interventionist as well as over 5 years’ experience working with individuals of all ages with special needs. She also had been a childcare provider for over 18 years and involved in conducting Summer Programs for children ages 10-12 years in the community.

 

Patricia Chadwick

Behavior Interventionist

Patricia had been working as a Support Worker at Langley Child development Centre since 2014 prior to joining Symbiosis. She completed post ECE childhood diploma in Early Childhood Education (Special needs) in 1994 and has many years experience working a s teacher and supporting children in different preschool settings. She also has experience working as Behavior Interventionist with few children and their families in the community.

 

Tarndeep Samra

Behavior Interventionist

Tarndeep has completed her Bachelor of Arts- Speech Science, Psychology in May 2018 from University of British Columbia with relevant coursework in Applied Developmental Psychology in Childhood and Adolescence. She gained some experience at the Jumpstart Academy which has enabled her to work effectively with children and support them in achieving a fun experience through art projects and games. She had also done some volunteer work at G.F Strong Rehabilitation Centre included working with clients either in group sessions or during one-to-one sessions.

 

 CLINIC COORDINATORS

 

Emmie Malabanan 

Clinic Coordinator (Surrey)

Emmie’s is the friendly voice you hear when you call our 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Roberta Woolmer

Clinic Coordinator (Surrey and Abbotsford)

 

After creating many years of great customer experiences and offering her excellent services in the finance industry, Roberta has joined Symbiosis to provide her support and ensure that our families and customers receive an excellent service experience while receiving the services in Surrey as well as Abbotsford.