Our Team

Shoreline’s clinicians strive to provide high quality, evidence-based care. As a team, we offer services to children and adults at Shoreline’s office, at nursing homes, and in clients’ homes. Services are available in English, French, Swedish, and Greek. Services in other languages are available with the assistance of an interpreter.

Shoreline is a member of the Serving Seniors Alliance of Halifax/Dartmouth.

Values

Excellence, integrity, evidence-informed practice, dignity.

Mission

  1. To provide high quality clinical services.

  2. To extend services currently available to adults and children with communication disorders.

  3. To contribute to knowledge about communication disorders among the public and other health professionals.

Our Clinicians

 

Pamela Coulter, M.Sc., S-LP(C)

Speech-Language Pathologist and Clinical Coordinator

pcoulter@shoreline-speech.com

 

Pamela provides clinical services to adults and children at Shoreline. She has worked in the field of speech-language pathology since 2007. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Trent University, an advanced certificate in Interprofessional Stroke Care from Ryerson University, and a Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Dalhousie University. She is Clinically Certified with Speech-Language and Audiology Canada.

 

In addition to her clinical work, Pamela has been involved with Georgian College’s Communicative Disorders Assistant program since 2008 as both an Instructor and Field Placement Monitor. 

 

Pamela’s clinical interests are in the following areas:

  • services for older adults

  • Parkinson’s disease

  • stroke (aphasia, apraxia of speech, dysarthria, cognitive-communication)

  • dementia

  • stuttering (adults and children)

  • voice

  • childhood/adolescent speech sound delays and disorders

 

Pamela provides assessment, consultation, and treatment services at Shoreline’s office. She also does site visits to nursing homes in Dartmouth, Halifax, and Eastern Passage.

 

Pamela has additional training and certification for the following:

  • Lidcombe Program for stuttering

  • Trained in PROMPT

  • LSVT LOUD Certified Clinician 

  • Hanen Certified Clinician: Learning Language and Loving It, Teacher Talk, It Takes Two to Talk 

  • PECS Level 1 Training

Professional Activities

  • Co-author for "Eating and Swallowing: Description, Assessment, and Intervention" in "Dementia: Person-Centered Assessment and Intervention" (2nd ed.), E.M. Hickey & M. Bougeois (Eds.), 2018, Routledge

  • Subject Matter Expert at Parkinson Canada Mind Over Matter Conference, April 13, 2019, Halifax, NS

  • Legislation Committee member of the Speech and Hearing Association of Nova Scotia

Availability: 

  • Monday to Thursday from 8am to 8pm

  • Saturday from 10am to 6pm

Myrto Brandeker, PhD, S-LP(C)

Speech-Language Pathologist

mbrandeker@shoreline-speech.com

 

Myrto offers speech and language services to children of all ages. With over 14 years of combined experience of clinical work, research, and teaching, she provides high-quality, research-based care for various developmental language disorders as well as specialized assessments of reading and writing difficulties. Myrto has a PhD in Communication Sciences and Disorders from McGill University, focusing on language development in bilingual children, and a Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the Karolinska Institute. She is Clinically Certified with Speech-Language and Audiology Canada. She has extensively taught students in Speech-Language Pathology at McGill University as well as students in Psychology and Neuroscience at Dalhousie University. In addition to English, she is fluent in Swedish and Greek. Myrto is a Professional Member of the International Dyslexia Association.

 

Myrto’s clinical interests are in the following areas:

  • developmental language disorders in children and adolescents

  • reading and writing difficulties in school-age children

  • language or social communication difficulties in children with suspected or diagnosed autism spectrum disorders

  • bilingual language development

 

Myrto provides assessment, consultation, and treatment services at Shoreline’s office.

Availability:

  • Tuesday and Thursday 9:30am to 8pm

  • Saturday from 9am to 4pm

Jennika Soles, M.Sc., S-LP(C)

Speech-Language Pathologist

jsoles@shoreline-speech.com

 

Jennika provides services to both adults and children in English and French. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Neuropsychology from Brock University, a Master’s degree in Neurology from McGill University, and a Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Dalhousie University. 

 

Jennika offre des services de communication, de rééducation de la parole et de réadaptation en français et en anglais pour les enfants et les adultes. Elle a effectué son dernier stage pour le programme d'orthophonie à la Clinique interprofessionnelle de réadaptation à l'université d'Ottawa, où elle a employé des stratégies d'imagerie mentale et de conscience phonologique pour aider ses jeunes clients avec la lecture et la compréhension de texte.

 

Jennika’s clinical interests are in the following areas:

  • neurological conditions (aphasia, apraxia of speech, Parkinson’s Disease, ALS, cognitive-communication)

  • reading and writing difficulties in school-age children

  • childhood speech sound delays and disorders

 

Jennika is available to provide treatment at Shoreline’s office and in clients’ homes in Dartmouth, Cole Harbour, Halifax, Fairview/Clayton Park, and Bedford.

Professional Activities:

  • Volunteer Committee member with Aphasia Nova Scotia

 
 

Referrals

 

Clients may be referred by their family physician, audiologist, neurologist, early childhood educator, or other health/education professional. Clients can also self-refer without a professional.​

Referral Form

Commonly Asked Questions

What is a speech-language pathologist?: An S-LP works with people with "communication delays/disorders". This includes assessing someone's difficulty with saying sounds and words (including stuttering), understanding what others say, interaction/social skills, reading, and writing. At times this includes diagnosis of a specific speech or language delay/disorder. After an assessment, an S-LP will provide recommendations; this may include some form of treatment or periodic reassessment to monitor a child's communication development.

 

When would a parent want to consult with an S-LP?: You may wish to contact an S-LP if your child isn't meeting communication milestones for their age, has begun to stutter, has been diagnosed with autism, was born with Down Syndrome or cerebral palsy, is having communication difficulty following a head injury (including concussion), or is having persistent difficulty learning to read. If a parent is concerned, it's often with good reason. An initial assessment and consultation can provide assurance that your child is developing typically, give you access to professional advice specific to your child, or alert you to the need to start intervention.

When would an adult want to consult with an S-LP?: There tends to be a low level of awareness of adult communication disorders among the general population and even many health professionals. This is often because persons with these conditions have disabilities in expressing themselves - thus, with sharing their experience with others. Often, adults with communication disorders are socially isolated. Additionally, communication disability is frequently "invisible". If someone has a problem with mobility and uses a walker or wheelchair, for example, it's easily noticed. If somebody has a communication or other cognitive issue, however, it is not readily noticed unless you interact with the person, and sometimes, not even then. Nevertheless, these communication difficulties (whether mild or severe), can have a substantial impact on a person's quality of life, independence, social life, academics, and employment. S-LPs work with adults who have survived a stroke or head injury (including concussion), were born with a condition that affects speech and language (e.g., Down Syndrome), have communication disorders that emerged in childhood and have persisted (e.g., stuttering), or have developed a degenerative condition (e.g., Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, Huntington's disease). With assessment, an S-LP can identify a specific communication disorder (e.g., Broca's aphasia, hypokinetic dysarthria), develop a profile of a person's strengths and areas of difficulty, and offer individualized recommendations. Recommendations may include strategies to optimize communication with an individual, caregiver training/coaching, or direct treatment.

Shoreline Speech Therapy

Paddlers Cove Professional Centre

300 Prince Albert Rd., Suite 215, Dartmouth, NS, B2Y 4J2

info@shoreline-speech.com

phone (902) 405-7858 or (902) 219-3065 

fax (902) 704-5444

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