About Us

Meet our team of dedicated, experienced, and enthusiastic therapists.

Vivian Yau - Founder and Clinical Director

Vivian Yau
Founder & Clinical Director

M.Sc., CCC-SLP, Reg. CASLPO

Vivian is a Speech-Language Pathologist registered to work in Ontario (member of CASLPO) and in the United States (member of ASHA).  She graduated with a Masters of Science degree from the Pennsylvania State University with a research focus on bilingual language development and is conversant in Cantonese.

Vivian has over 13 years of experience with Toronto Preschool Speech and Language Services.  She is certified to conduct Hanen programs (It Takes Two to Talk, More Than Words, Target Word) as well as trained in PROMPT and PECS. She is also a mother of three young children and is excited to provide excellent service with Smile Speech Therapy.

Donna Unger Child Speech Therapist

Donna Unger
Speech-Language Pathologist

M.Sc., Reg. CASLPO

Donna Unger is a dedicated, caring, and committed Speech-Language Pathologist with over 16 years of experience working with children with a variety of communication difficulties. Donna graduated from McGill University with a Masters in Speech Language Pathology in 1998.

For the majority of her career, Donna worked for Toronto Preschool Speech and Language Services. She worked with a variety of communication disorders including receptive and expressive language, social communication, articulation and motor speech. She has training in PROMPT Level 1, Hanen Programs (It Takes Two to Talk, Learning Language and Loving it, More than Words), and Lidcombe Stuttering Program.

Rakhee Maniar Speech Therapist Toronto


Rakhee Maniar
Speech-Language Pathologist

M.A., CCC-SLP, Reg. CASLPO

Rakhee Maniar is a pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist with over 13 years of experience. She is registered with both the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO) and American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA).

Rakhee has excellent clinical skills, mentorship experience and a specific focus in early identification and treatment, neonatal follow up, feeding and multicultural awareness. She has a passion for working with preschool-age children, and has experience with articulation, speech sound disorders, language/developmental delay, and social communication disorder/delay.

Rakhee has worked at ErinoakKids, York Catholic District School Board (YCDSB) and York Region Preschool Speech Language Program (Child Development Programs, Markham Stouffville Hospital). She is PROMPT, PECS and Hanen certified (Talkability, It Takes Two To Talk, More Than Words and Target Word).

Rakhee completed her undergraduate specialist degree in exceptionality in human learning at the University of Toronto, and has a Masters of Arts degree in Speech Language Pathology from the State University of New York in Buffalo. She is keen to help and provide support to children and their families with various communication challenges.  Rakhee is fluent in Hindi and Gujarati.

Amanda Cox Child Speech Therapist

Ka Yan Katy Mak
Speech-Language Pathologist

M.H.Sc., Reg. CASLPO

Katy is a dedicated Speech-language Pathologist and a mother of two beautiful children, with years of experience delivering Intensive Behaviour Intervention with individuals with Autism. She obtained her undergraduate degree in psychology at York University. She then completed her Masters in Health Science (Speech Pathology) at the University of Toronto and is currently registered with the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO).

Katy is certified in providing Hanen program (It Takes Two To Talk) for families. She is also trained in PECS and Fluency Plus (Stuttering program) from the Speech and Stuttering Institute.

Katy is fluent in English, Cantonese and Mandarin. She is also actively involved in research on bilingual child language development, particularly on English-Cantonese speaking children. She has been interviewed on the Leisure Talk on Fairchild TV and the Jenny Hong Show on Fairchild Radio in Toronto.

Katy is very passionate in providing client-centered services for preschool and school-aged children. She strives to work with families as a team and provide family-oriented services at Smile Speech Therapy.

Sheri Fineberg Speech Therapist Toronto

Sheri Fineberg
Speech-Language Pathologist

B.A,, M.H.Sc., S-LP (C) Reg. CASLPO

Sheri is a dedicated and caring Speech-Language Pathologist. She graduated with a Masters in Health Science in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Toronto. She is a member in good standing with the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO), Speech-Language and Audiology Canada (SAC) and The Ontario Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (OSLA).

Sheri has experience working with both preschool and school-aged children on a variety of speech-language pathology goals including articulation/phonology (speech sounds), expressive language, receptive language, and social skills. Sheri looks forward to working with children, and their families, in developing communication skills.

Nina Aghdasi Child Speech Therapist

Nina Aghdasi
Speech-Language Pathologist/Orthophoniste

M.H.Sc., SLP(C), Reg. CASLPO 

Nina is a speech-language pathologist with a passion for paediatrics and working collaboratively with families. She provides services in the areas of articulation, fluency, voice, motor speech, language, and social communication (including autism spectrum disorders). She has experience with preschool and school-aged children in hospitals, schools, and child development centres.

She is certified with Speech Language and Audiology Canada and registered with the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario. She holds Bachelor degrees from the University of Toronto and York University. She also has a Master of Health Science from the University of Toronto.

Her additional training includes Hanen programs (It Takes Two to Talk, More than Words, and Target Word), PROMPT, the Kaufman Protocol, and DIR Floortime.

She is able to provide some services in French and Farsi. 

Rachael Greenberg Child Speech Therapist

Rachael Greenberg
Speech-Language Pathologist

M.H.Sc., SLP(C), Reg. CASLPO 

Rachael is an enthusiastic and caring Speech-Language Pathologist with over nine years of experience working in a pediatric and school age environment. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of Western Ontario. She then completed a Masters of Science (Speech-Language Pathology) from Dalhousie University. She is registered with both the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO) and Speech-Language and Audiology Canada (SAC).

Rachael started her career working at Zareinu Educational Centre and is currently employed with the York Catholic District School Board. Her additional training includes PROMPT Level 1, Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), and Advanced Literacy Practices.

Rachael provides services in the areas of articulation, oral language, literacy, and social communication. She also has experience with working with low and high tech augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) tools. She looks forward to working with children and their families to reach their communication goals.

Colleen Doherty Speech Therapist Toronto

Colleen Doherty
Speech-Language Pathologist

M.Sc., S-LP(C), Reg.CASLPO

Colleen is a speech-language pathologist who has worked in paediatrics for the past three years. She completed her undergraduate degree in psychology at St. Francis Xavier University and her Masters of Science in Speech-Language Pathology at Dalhousie University. She is registered with the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO) and Speech-Language and Audiology Canada (SAC).

Colleen has a passion for working with children and providing family centred care. She has experience assessing and treating in a variety of areas including language, articulation, foundation skills, play skills, fluency, and social communication (including Autism Spectrum Disorder). Colleen is a certified Hanen instructor (It Takes Two to Talk, Target Word, Talkability, More Than Words, Learning Language and Loving It, and ABC and Beyond). Colleen has previously worked in the Simcoe County Preschool Speech and Language Program. She now works at St. Joseph’s Health Centre Toronto as the paediatric speech-language pathologist. 

Lisa Drake Speech Therapist Toronto

Lisa Drake
Speech-Language Pathologist

M.Cl.Sc., CCC-SLP, S-LP(C)

Lisa is a Speech-Language Pathologist who has worked with children of all ages and their families in many different settings. While she has experience treating a wide range of language and communication challenges, Lisa has a strong background in autism spectrum disorders and articulation/motor speech issues. She believes that parents are a critical part of the child’s treatment and encourages them to participate in her sessions. This way, parents know how to help their child reach his or her goals.

Lisa is trained in and has experience using PROMPT with children who have motor speech challenges. She is certified in Hanen's More Than Words, It Takes Two to Talk, Target Word and TalkAbility programs. Lisa has also attended the S.O.S. Feeding workshop.

Lisa graduated from the University of Western Ontario. She has worked in preschool speech and language programs, children’s treatment centres and the school system in Ontario as well as the private and public school systems in the United States. She is a member of Speech Language and Audiology Canada, the American Speech and Hearing Association and is registered with the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario.

Christina Boni CHild Communicative Disorder Assistant

Christina M. Boni
Communicative Disorders Assistant

B.A. (Hons), CDA

Christina is a compassionate and dedicated Communicative Disorders Assistant who graduated with a double degree in Sociology, B.A. (Hons), and Psychology, B.A., from York University, as well as a Communicative Disorders Assistant Graduate Certificate from Georgian College.

Christina has a diverse range of clinical experience in planning and executing goal specific therapy sessions for children in both individual and group settings targeting speech articulation, phonological speech disorders, phonological awareness skills, early literacy skills, oral language skills, social communication skills, play skills and use of low and high tech augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) tools. She has received training in the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS). Christina believes in a family-centered, individualized approach to intervention that is strength-based. She has worked as an ABA therapist for children diagnosed with ASD and currently works for the York Region School Board.

By working collaboratively with clients and their families, Christina feels that the cultivation of confidence and resiliency in clients is largely attainable leading to a successful intervention experience and outcome. Christina is genuinely passionate about working with children and their families towards reaching their speech and language goals!

Amanda Pires Communicative Disorder Assistant Child

Amanda Pires
Communicative Disorders Assistant

H.B.A., CDA

Amanda is a Communicative Disorders Assistant who graduated from the University of Toronto with an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics and Portuguese and a Communicative Disorders Assistant Certificate from Durham College.

Amanda is bilingual in Portuguese and has taught Portuguese to school aged children. She also has experience working with preschool aged children with various diagnoses, speech and language disorders and social communication difficulties. She has also worked in the field of Applied Behaviour Analysis. Amanda is passionate about working with children and their families! 

Monica Lamb Communicative Disorder Assistant Child

Monica A. Lamb 
Communicative Disorders Assistant

B.Ed, CDA

Monica comes to Smile Speech Therapy as both an experienced Communicative Disorders Assistant (CDA) and Elementary school teacher.

Prior to starting a career as a CDA, Monica was an educator in both mainstream and special education classrooms. It was during her time as a special education teacher when she saw the enormous impact that intervention could have on speech, language and literacy development as well as the resulting confidence boost in children.

From this, Monica felt impassioned to merge her interest, experience and talents together and specialize by working with individuals as a CDA in a therapy setting.

Monica’s approach to working with children and their families, is to tailor her programming in an engaging, fun, and child-centered way that motivates children to experience success with their goals.

As a CDA for close to 10 years, Monica has worked with toddlers, preschool and school-aged populations in the areas of articulation, motor speech, receptive and expressive language, social communication skills, early literacy and phonological awareness.

Monica thoroughly enjoys working with children of all ages both individually and in small groups as well as working with families in parent-child language and literacy play groups. She has experience using the Levelled Literacy Intervention System©, Wilson Reading System© and is Phoneme Touch and Say© Certified. She is very excited to be a part of the team at Smile.

Interested in joining our team?

We are always looking for qualified and motivated therapists to be part of our clinical team.  Please contact us to discuss current opportunities.

Clinic location:
532 Eglinton Avenue East
(Lower Level),
Toronto, ON M4P 1N6 

Phone: (416) 488-7807

Fax: (416) 488-7815