OUR TEAM

Baneet Sra

Rehabilitation Assistant

Baneet completed her undergraduate degree in Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University, and graduated with a Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy from Brunel University London. Baneet has been working as a Rehabilitation Assistant at Abilities since 2020.

Outside the clinic, Baneet enjoys spending time with her family and friends, watching movies/TV shows and physical activities.

Brent Ellis

Rehabilitation Assistant

Brent's life experience, volunteer work in healthcare and completion of the physiotherapy/occupational therapy Rehabilitation Assistant Program led him to work at Abilities. He is thrilled to be part of this caring team of therapists who contribute so much to the physical, social and emotional well-being of their valued clients.

In his spare time Brent enjoys hanging out with friends or his three grown children, playing guitar and going for walks.

Catherine Parekh

Physiotherapist

Catherine has diverse experience from practicing in Australia and Boston, Massachusetts, in hospitals, community and private clinics. She is a mom of three who enjoys working with both children and adults in our Abbotsford Clinic.

Emily Hik

Physiotherapist

Emily became interested in physiotherapy during years of volunteering at St. Vincent's Hospital, helping adults with physical and cognitive disabilities engage in recreational activities. She completed her Bachelor in Human Kinetics and her Master of Physical Therapy degrees at the University of British Columbia. She developed a passion for working with clients with neurological impairments and children with a variety of developmental conditions through her practicum work while completing her degree. Emily enjoys working with clients both in the clinic setting and in the pool.

Emily has taken courses in paediatric vestibular rehabilitation, reflex and sensory contributions to postural control and movement, decoding the autistic brain, Parkinson's disease exercise prescription and Bobath technique.

Outside of the clinic, Emily enjoys caring for her young son, cycling, traveling, camping, hiking, cooking, reading and gardening.

Erin Riley

Speech Language Pathologist

Erin is particularly interested in providing speech and language therapy to those who have sustained a traumatic brain injury or stroke, as well as school-aged children whose language is delay and children on the Autism Spectrum.

Erin is a recent graduate, having earned a Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology from McGill University. She is certified by Speech-Language & Audiology Canada, and registered with the College of Speech and Hearing Health Professionals of BC.

In her spare time, Erin enjoy video-editing and exploring thrift stores.

Gosia Mikszan

Physiotherapist

Gosia is a Registered Physiotherapist in BC and a member of the Physiotherapy Association of BC and the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, Paediatric division.

Gosia graduated from UBC Physical Therapy School in 2002 and began her career at Surrey Memorial Hospital that year. She worked in general surgery, orthopedics, outpatient clinic and general rehab. Her biggest passion is paediatrics and for the last 11 years she has been predominantly working with children with a variety of neurological, neurodevelopmental and orthopedic conditions as well as oncology patients. She works extensively with children with torticollis, plagiocephaly, brachial plexus injury, brain tumors, peripheral neuropathy, CP, stroke, post Taylor Spatial Frame surgery, neurodevelopmental conditions.

Gosia has been involved in many health care and policy initiatives and the creation of patient education classes and pamphlets including Brachial Plexus, Developmental Activities and the Neurodevelopment of the Babies in NICU booklets. She is a co-chair of the Fraser Health Paediatric Professional Practice Committee.

Gosia continues to work part time within Fraser Health on the Inpatient and Outpatient Paediatrics, Paediatric Oncology and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Gosia strives to provide treatments that are patient/family centered and meaningful. She truly enjoys working with children, helping them to achieve their goals by providing just enough challenge, motivation and enjoyment.

When not working she likes spending time with her husband and three children often hiking and travelling. She likes heights so she has done some extreme zip lining, bungee jumping and now hoping to do paragliding.

Grace Antonio

Physiotherapist

We are delighted to have Grace working in our Chilliwack & Abbotsford locations! When she started with Abilities and our clients gave her rave reviews as she covered some vacation time. As a staff, we really enjoyed working with her and are so happy to keep her involved on our Abilities team.

Grace has over 20 years experience in hospitals and team-oriented rehabilitation centres specializing in neuro, orthopedics, geriatrics and pediatrics. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy at the Emilio Aguinaldo College in the Phillipines in 1995. She has a passion for helping seniors, children and she shows great patience and care and demonstrates a strong work ethic.

Jamie Geertsema

Speech Language Pathologist

Jamie enjoys helping people of all ages and profiles with their communication needs, especially those with speech sound and motor speech difficulties, as well as people with aphasia.

Jamie completed her undergraduate degree in Cognitive Science of Language at McMaster University, and graduated with a Masters of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of British Columbia in the spring of 2019. Jamie is registered with the College of Speech and Hearing Health Professionals of BC, as well as with Speech-Language & Audiology Canada.

Outside of work Jamie enjoys drawing, reading, and hiking in her spare time.

Harjinder Dyal

Receptionist

Harjinder is a part-time receptionist in Abbotsford. She came to us with previous medical office experience and is doing great job at the front. Harjinder is from this area and is the mother of two lovely girls.

Harjinder's quiet efficiency and pleasant attitude are appreciated by everyone in the Abbotsford clinic. As a bonus to us, Harjinder is fluent in Punjabi, which is very helpful!

Meredith Smith

Occupational Therapist

Meredith has a passion for working with individuals with Autism, Acquired Brain Injuries, and Down Syndrome.
Meredith pursued her Masters of Occupational Therapy at UBC, obtaining her degree in 2018. After practicing for 3 years, she joined the Abilities team in 2021.

Outside of the clinic Meredith enjoys baking delicious treats, cycling and hiking with her husband, and hanging out with friends & family.

Sarah Dorsey

Physiotherapist

Sarah joined the Abilities team in 2020.

Stefanie Pemble

Rehabilitation Assistant

Stefanie was the very first employee at Abilities. She completed a diploma program as a Rehabilitation Assistant. Stefanie is a very competent and dedicated Rehabilitation Assistant. She is able to add fun to the work she does with our clients to keep them motivated. She is the mother of three lovely girls and enjoys being out in the great outdoors.

Kathy Cervo

Director of Client Experience

Originally from the Toronto area, Kathy lives in Abbotsford with her husband and 4 children. She loves it here! She ran a local preschool dance and fitness program called JitterBugs for 5 years and assists in Dance Classes at Abilities. She enjoys volunteering at her children's school and enjoys being active (especially Zumba classes!) and spending time with her family and friends.

Kathy does a great job "up front" at the Abbotsford Abilities and is appreciated for her super-positive-get-it-done attitude by both staff and clients. We know we can count on her every day!

Liz Ingram

Corporate Administrator

Liz is an amazing administrator who handles billing, payroll, and accounts receivable for all of our clinics, as well as numerous other tasks. We appreciate her amazing technical skills, her organizational abilities and her keen business mind. She is a huge asset for our busy organization! Liz is from Ontario but once she moved to BC she didn't look back. She enjoys spending time with her family and travelling for vacations. She also likes to keep active in her spare time, curling and skiing in the winter and playing baseball in the summer.

Bailee Cuthbert

Rehabilitation Assistant

Bailee is working part-time in our Chillliwack and Abbotsford clinics. Clients enjoy her fun attitude and desire to help them achieve their goals.

Brent Ellis

Rehabilitation Assistant

Brent's life experience, volunteer work in healthcare and completion of the physiotherapy/occupational therapy Rehabilitation Assistant Program led him to work at Abilities. He is thrilled to be part of this caring team of therapists who contribute so much to the physical, social and emotional well-being of their valued clients.

In his spare time Brent enjoys hanging out with friends or his three grown children, playing guitar and going for walks.

Diane Lima

Occupational Therapist

Diane joined the Abilities Team in 2021, and brings with her years of experience. She received her degree in Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy from the Univeristy of Toronto in 2009.
In her career as an Occupational Therapist, Diane has continued her education in areas that she is passionate about. Including Sensory Integration CE Certfication, CogMed Working Memory training, Yoga Therpay certification; Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Professional Training Program, and more.

Outside of the clinic, Diane enjoys Qigong, Yoga, hiking, art, and cooking new things.

Grace Antonio

Physiotherapist

We are delighted to have Grace working in our Chilliwack & Abbotsford locations! When she started with Abilities and our clients gave her rave reviews as she covered some vacation time. As a staff, we really enjoyed working with her and are so happy to keep her involved on our Abilities team.

Grace has over 20 years experience in hospitals and team-oriented rehabilitation centres specializing in neuro, orthopedics, geriatrics and pediatrics. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy at the Emilio Aguinaldo College in the Phillipines in 1995. She has a passion for helping seniors, children and she shows great patience and care and demonstrates a strong work ethic.

Hayley Milburn

Experience Coordinator / Admin

Hayley currently lives in Abbotsford and is attending the University of the Fraser Valley to complete her bachelor's degree in Kinesiology. She loves the outdoors and whenever she is not working or doing schoolwork, she is likely hiking, mountain biking, or camping with her friends or family. She has previous office administration experience and loves helping people through her work. Her goal is to positively influence the lives of all our clients!

Jenn Williams

Speech Language Pathologist

Jenn is passionate about early language intervention, providing education and support to caregivers so they can best help their child, and supporting communication post-stroke or other brain injuries.

Jenn received her Bachelor of Science in Linguistics and Psychology, before pursuing and earning a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology, as well as her Certificate of Speech Sciences.

Jenn is the busy mom of a daughter and son. She loves to spend their time together playing games, reading, having adventures, and exploring outdoors. When she gets a free moment, Jenn enjoys reading and hiking.

Jessica Gutiw

Speech Language Pathologist

Jessica is passionate about working with Speech sound disorders and aphasia. She also enjoys working with individuals with heraing loss.
Jessica completed her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at the University of Regina, before obtaining her Masters of Science in Speech Language Pathology from Dalhousie Univeristy in Halifax.

Outside of the clinic, Jessica enjoys hiking, playing squash, doing yoga, cooking and baking, and kayaking.

Kathy Cervo

Director of Client Experience

Originally from the Toronto area, Kathy lives in Abbotsford with her husband and 4 children. She loves it here! She ran a local preschool dance and fitness program called JitterBugs for 5 years and assists in Dance Classes at Abilities. She enjoys volunteering at her children's school and enjoys being active (especially Zumba classes!) and spending time with her family and friends.

Kathy does a great job "up front" at the Abbotsford Abilities and is appreciated for her super-positive-get-it-done attitude by both staff and clients. We know we can count on her every day!

Katie Marochi

Speech-Language Pathologist

Katie received her BA from UBC and then completed a Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology at Western Washington University. She has worked as a Child and Youth Care worker, respite care provider and foster care relief support worker for children with Special Needs.

Katie enjoys all aspects of Speech Pathology from pediatric speech sound disorders to stroke rehabilitation and swallowing disorders. She believes in providing services for families both within and outside the home.

Speech therapy is a unique process, with no two clients being the same. Katie loves getting to know her clients and families and finding out what treatment approach works best for them. She also has a younger brother on the Autism Spectrum which has provided her with some experience that can only be gained at home.

Katie loves to spend time with her family at the cabin in the interior whenever she is not working. She is super happy to be able to be back working in her home town of Chilliwack.

Matt Snyder

Occupational Therapist

Education: Master of Science in Occupational Therapy 2015

Bachelor of Kinesiology 2013

Certificates: POPARD Introduction to Autism and Related Disorders (30 hours); Safe & Sound, Protocol Training and ILS Systems Training: Motivating Change – Strategies for Approaching

Resistance: Grant Writing

Years in Practice: 4

Personal Interests: I enjoy playing golf and basketball, travelling and camping with my girlfriend, dreaming of being a film critic and hanging out with my two dogs, Jax & Sadie.

Nicole Chalmers

Admin/Experience Manager

Nicole has lived in Chilliwack for 13 years and feels privileged to enjoy the beautiful outdoors in this area of BC. Her favourite aspect of her position as Experience Manager at the Chilliwack clinic is documenting the success stories of clients as they reach their individual goals. Nicole’s aim is to ensure that every client and family feel confident in the services they are receiving and are well supported to become the successful heroes of their own stories.

Outside the office Nicole enjoys playing volleyball on a women’s league team, playing fiddle/violin and volunteering her time at a local soup kitchen.

Stefanie Pemble

Rehabilitation Assistant

Stefanie was the very first employee at Abilities. She completed a diploma program as a Rehabilitation Assistant. Stefanie is a very competent and dedicated Rehabilitation Assistant. She is able to add fun to the work she does with our clients to keep them motivated. She is the mother of three lovely girls and enjoys being out in the great outdoors.

Vrushali Khot

Physiotherapist

Vrushali enjoys neurorehabilitation and has particularly enjoyed working in the areas of spinal injury and multiple sclerosis. In recent years, she has become more interested in paediatrics and is now trying to pursue this interest further. Vrushali has also had the opportunity to work with assistive mobility devices and enjoyed immensely the problem solving involved and using it to optimise outcomes for clients.
Vrushali has a Bachelor of Physiotherapy, with a Masters of Public Health & a Masters of Health Management.

Outside of the clinic, Vrushali enjoys hiking, campng, reading and learning about nature and wildlife. She also loves gardneing and growing their own food.

Liz Ingram

Corporate Administrator

Liz is an amazing Experience Manager who handles the schedule at our Surrey clinic, as well as numerous other tasks. We appreciate her amazing technical skills, her organizational abilities and her keen business mind. She is a huge asset for this busy clinic!

Liz is from Ontario but once she moved to BC she didn't look back. She enjoys spending time with her family and travelling for vacations. She also likes to keep active in her spare time, curling and skiing in the winter and playing baseball in the summer.

Adel Alabd

Physiotherapist

Adel joined the Abilities team in 2020.

April Adebayo

Speech Language Pathologist

Special Interests: Pre-K and School-Aged Children including: Autism, Articulation Delays, Developmental Delays, Apraxia, Language Disorders

Education:

Bachelor of Science in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences Master of Arts in Communication Sciences and Disorders

Certificates: Member of Registry of Autism Service Providers (RASP)

Years in Practice: 8 years

Personal Interests: Playing tennis, trying new restaurants, reading, spending time with friends

Justine LeRose

Corporate Administrator / Admin

Justine joined the Abilities team in 2020, coming to us from the Tourism sector. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in French & Linguistics, and has a passion for child development.

Outside of the clinic, Justine enjoys creative non-fiction writing and theatre.

Kathy Cervo

Director of Client Experience

Originally from the Toronto area, Kathy lives in Abbotsford with her husband and 4 children. She loves it here! She ran a local preschool dance and fitness program called JitterBugs for 5 years and assists in Dance Classes at Abilities. She enjoys volunteering at her children's school and enjoys being active (especially Zumba classes!) and spending time with her family and friends.

Kathy does a great job "up front" at the Abbotsford Abilities and is appreciated for her super-positive-get-it-done attitude by both staff and clients. We know we can count on her every day!

Karen Wong

Occupational Therapist

Karen graduated with a Masters in Occupational Therapy from UBC in 2007. As an occupational therapist, Karen has worked with kids, adults and older adults with neurological issues, in acute, residential and community settings, including seating, assistive technology, and specialized individual intervention. In addition, Karen has worked in the area of mental health, facilitating groups, helping individuals gain independent living skills and achieve functional goals. Apart from Abilities, Karen also works as a community occupational therapist in the Tri-Cities area. Karen's interests outside the clinic include performing with several local groups as a musician, gardening, spending time outdoors and finding creative ways to engage and entertain an active 5 year old.

Kristyna Becker

Speech Language Pathologist

As a Speech-Language Pathologist, Kristyna has worked with people of all ages. She especially enjoys working with Pre-K and School-Aged children who have Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Speech Sound Delays or Disorders, Language Disorders, and/or Autism Spectrum Disorder. She also enjoys working with adults who have Aphasia and/or Apraxia of Speech.

Kristyna joined Abilities in 2021, shortly after graduating from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Science in Physiology and Developmental Biology, and a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology.
Since graduating, Kristyna has pursued further education by completing several Social Thinking courses that focused on building social competencies in early learners.

In her spare time, Kristyna enjoys hiking, reading, spending time with her cat (Luna), and travelling.

Liz Ingram

Corporate Administrator

Liz is an amazing Experience Manager who handles the schedule at our Surrey clinic, as well as numerous other tasks. We appreciate her amazing technical skills, her organizational abilities and her keen business mind. She is a huge asset for this busy clinic!

Liz is from Ontario but once she moved to BC she didn't look back. She enjoys spending time with her family and travelling for vacations. She also likes to keep active in her spare time, curling and skiing in the winter and playing baseball in the summer.

Nina Bhagat

Rehabilitation Assistant

Nina, originally from Zimbabwe, came to Canada to study and has since graduated with a Bachelors degree in Psychology and a minor in Kinesiology from SFU.

Her volunteering experience at BC Children’s Hospital and Vancouver Coastal Health, along with her keen interest in neuro and movement, led her to Abilities. Nina enjoys working with all clients and manages to find something in common with each one of them. She joined our team in October 2019 and is qualified in Standard First Aid/CPR.

In her spare time Nina enjoys watching movies, eating out and painting.

Sophie Hopkins

Occupational Therapist

As an Occupational Therapist, Sophie has worked with children and adults with neurological challenges, helping them to reach their full potential. She is especially passionate about working with individuals on the Autism Spectrum, as well as with Downs Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Brain Injury, and post-Stroke.

Sophie graduated with a Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy, and joined Abilities in 2019. She has taken a number of continuing education courses including Handwriting without Tears instruction, and Foundations of Praxis for children with ASD.

In her spare time, Sophie enjoys reading, baking, trying out new restaurants, outdoor activities like hiking, and traveling (She's traveled to 5 continents!).

Alexis Gagne

Rehabilitation Assistant

Alexis joined the Abilities Team in September 2020, after completing her Bachelor's degree in Kinesiology from UFV. She has years of experience working with children with neurological challenges doing movement therpay and behaviour Intervention.

Outside of work, Alexis enjoys bieng outside with her dogs Puck and Ellie, exploring beautiful BC.

Allyson Ugalde

Rehabilitation Assistant

Special Interests: Language acquisition and development in children and adults.

Education: BSc in Linguistics

Certificates: Emergency CPR.

Years in Practice: Worked with children on the autism spectrum since 2016 (3 years) as a Behavior Interventionist, prior to working with Abilities.

Personal Interests: Running, playing volleyball, travelling and drawing.

Baneet Sra

Rehabilitation Assistant

Baneet completed her undergraduate degree in Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University, and graduated with a Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy from Brunel University London. Baneet has been working as a Rehabilitation Assistant at Abilities since 2020.

Outside the clinic, Baneet enjoys spending time with her family and friends, watching movies/TV shows and physical activities.

Bruna Santos

Experience Coordinator

Bruna is passionate about people and leraning more about them. This is what has made her an exceptional team member, since joining Abilities in the summer of 2020. She enjoys being usefull and helping other in any way she can.

Originally from Brazil, she moved to Canada with her two beautiful daughters, her husband, and their sweet little dog, all of which keep her very busy outside of work. Bruna loves to spend time with her family and friends, enjoys music, outdoor activities and traveling to new places.

Cindy Gilray

Physiotherapist

Cindy graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy in 2000. She has worked in a variety of settings since that time including Hospital, Private Practice Orthopedics, Early Intervention Pediatrics and Pediatric home visits.

She has taken many courses since graduating to enhance her knowledge in these areas of Physiotherapy. She has completed her Manual Therapy Orthopedic Level 3 and is certified in Acupuncture through AFCI.

Cindy has always had a desire to work in Pediatrics and began doing so in 2007 after coming off maternity leave with her second child. She worked at the Centre for Child Development in Surrey from 2007-2009 in Early Intervention. From 2009 to present she has been working in Private practice orthopedic setting working with adults and children. She has also continued to see neurological pediatric clients for home visits during this time.

Cindy is excited to join the team at Abilities and work with Children and their families. Her focus is to help them achieve their functional goals, and enhance their mobility and independence through Physiotherapy treatments.

When not at work Cindy enjoys watching her children’s sports and school activities, camping, travel and singing in choir.

Emma Pederson

Rehabilitation Assistant

Emma joined the Abilities team in 2020 after receiving her Bachelor of Human Kinetics degree from UBC Okanagan.

Oustide of the clinic, Emma enjoys cooking, running, and traveling.

Jessica Chow

Physiotherapist

Jessica enjoys working with kids who are trying to learn a new skill or achieve a new motor goal. She also loves disguising challenging therapeutic activities as fun games! She enjoys working with clients with acquired neurological conditions quite soon after their injury as well.

Jessica joined the Abilities team in 2020 after graduating with a Masters of Phsyical Therapy from the University of Western Ontario, and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from UBC.

Jessica's favourite way to spend her free time is staying active through hiking, biking, swimming and sports - including volleyball and badminton. She also enjoys thrifting, traveling, and reading about skin care ingredients, and eating out (bubble tea, noodle soup and sushi in particular)!

Karen Wong

Occupational Therapist

Karen graduated with a Masters in Occupational Therapy from UBC in 2007. As an occupational therapist, Karen has worked with kids, adults and older adults with neurological issues, in acute, residential and community settings, including seating, assistive technology, and specialized individual intervention. In addition, Karen has worked in the area of mental health, facilitating groups, helping individuals gain independent living skills and achieve functional goals. Apart from Abilities, Karen also works as a community occupational therapist in the Tri-Cities area. Karen's interests outside the clinic include performing with several local groups as a musician, gardening, spending time outdoors and finding creative ways to engage and entertain an active 5 year old.

Kathy Cervo

Director of Client Experience

Originally from the Toronto area, Kathy lives in Abbotsford with her husband and 4 children. She loves it here! She ran a local preschool dance and fitness program called JitterBugs for 5 years and assists in Dance Classes at Abilities. She enjoys volunteering at her children's school and enjoys being active (especially Zumba classes!) and spending time with her family and friends.

Kathy does a great job "up front" at the Abbotsford Abilities and is appreciated for her super-positive-get-it-done attitude by both staff and clients. We know we can count on her every day!

Liz Ingram

Admin/Experience Manager

Liz is an amazing Experience Manager who handles the schedule at our Surrey clinic, as well as numerous other tasks. We appreciate her amazing technical skills, her organizational abilities and her keen business mind. She is a huge asset for this busy clinic!

Liz is from Ontario but once she moved to BC she didn't look back. She enjoys spending time with her family and travelling for vacations. She also likes to keep active in her spare time, curling and skiing in the winter and playing baseball in the summer.

Lynne Prostan

Rehabilitation Assistant

Lynne has a Bachelor's Degree in Human Kinetics from Trinity Western University and is thrilled to be a part of the Abilities team, working full-time at the Surrey clinic. Lynne is originally from Brazil, but lives now in Langley with her husband. Lynne loves to swim, to spend time hiking outdoors, to travel and cook!

Melanie Regier

Speech Language Pathologist

Melanie joined the Abilities team in 2021.

Alexis Gagne

Rehabilitation Assistant

Alexis joined the Abilities Team in September 2020, after completing her Bachelor's degree in Kinesiology from UFV. She has years of experience working with children with neurological challenges doing movement therpay and behaviour Intervention.

Outside of work, Alexis enjoys bieng outside with her dogs Puck and Ellie, exploring beautiful BC.

Baneet Sra

Rehabilitation Assistant

Baneet completed her undergraduate degree in Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University, and graduated with a Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy from Brunel University London. Baneet has been working as a Rehabilitation Assistant at Abilities since 2020.

Outside the clinic, Baneet enjoys spending time with her family and friends, watching movies/TV shows and physical activities.

Erin Reeds

Physiotherapist

Erin pursued her Masters of Science degree in Physiotherapy at UBC in 2007 after completing her Bachelor of Science in Psychology at the University of Victoria in 2005. After graduating, Erin worked at Royal Columbian Hospital for a year where she developed a passion for neurological rehabilitation. After gaining experience in the acute setting, Erin started working for a private neurological clinic in Vancouver BC. During this time, she took numerous courses to enhance her knowledge and expertise in the area of neurological rehabilitation, including a 3 week Bobath course that focused on treatment specifically for neurological impairments. In September 2009, Erin began working with adults at the Abilities Surrey location.

Her passion for rehabilitation and the desire for her clients to achieve their goals energizes Erin to challenge her clients in a functional, goal directed manner. Erin has completed numerous NDT, vestibular rehabilitation and concussion management courses. She also holds certification in acupuncture with AFCI. Erin has completed several courses in Parkinson’s rehabilitation including the LSVT BIG Certification and PWR! Therapist course. Erin is a certified yoga instructor and enjoys teaching weekly adapted yoga courses to her clients at the Surrey Abilities location.

Outside of the clinic, Erin enjoys spending time with her dog Bruce as well as exploring local trails.

Kristyna Becker

Speech Language Pathologist

As a Speech-Language Pathologist, Kristyna has worked with people of all ages. She especially enjoys working with Pre-K and School-Aged children who have Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Speech Sound Delays or Disorders, Language Disorders, and/or Autism Spectrum Disorder. She also enjoys working with adults who have Aphasia and/or Apraxia of Speech.

Kristyna joined Abilities in 2021, shortly after graduating from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Science in Physiology and Developmental Biology, and a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology.
Since graduating, Kristyna has pursued further education by completing several Social Thinking courses that focused on building social competencies in early learners.

In her spare time, Kristyna enjoys hiking, reading, spending time with her cat (Luna), and travelling.

Lynne Prostran

Rehabilitation Assistant

Lynne has a Bachelor's Degree in Human Kinetics from Trinity Western University and is thrilled to be a part of the Abilities team, working full-time at the Surrey clinic. Lynne is originally from Brazil, but lives now in Langley with her husband. Lynne loves to swim, to spend time hiking outdoors, to travel and cook!

Meredith Smith

Occupational Therapist

Meredith has a passion for working with individuals with Autism, Acquired Brain Injuries, and Down Syndrome.
Meredith pursued her Masters of Occupational Therapy at UBC, obtaining her degree in 2018. After practicing for 3 years, she joined the Abilities team in 2021.

Outside of the clinic Meredith enjoys baking delicious treats, cycling and hiking with her husband, and hanging out with friends & family.

Samantha Edwards

Physiotherapist

Samantha Edwards Physiotherapist Samantha completed her Master of Physical Therapy at the University of British Columbia. Prior to her physiotherapy degree, Samantha completed her Bachelors of Science Degree in Physics and Biology. Samantha found her passion for physiotherapy working as a physical therapy assistant here at Abilities while she pursued her undergraduate degree. Inspired by her patients, she then furthered her education with a focus on Kinesiology and Psychology. Samantha has experience and is comfortable working with all ages, with a variety of adult and pediatric neurological conditions. She has taken courses on FES devices, pediatric gait abnormalities, idiopathic toe walking and an integrated approach to shoulder treatment. Samantha is also certified in MyndMove training, a functional stimulation device for stroke and SCI patients and Sports Physiotherapy Canada First Responder. She enjoys using creative and functional based treatment programs in a collaborative approach that are patient centered and makes physio fun! She believes in treating the body as a whole, using a combination of manual therapy, pool therapy, modalities, active rehabilitation, patient education and home exercise to return you to the activities you love!

Kathy Cervo

Director of Client Experience

Originally from the Toronto area, Kathy lives in Abbotsford with her husband and 4 children. She loves it here! She ran a local preschool dance and fitness program called JitterBugs for 5 years and assists in Dance Classes at Abilities. She enjoys volunteering at her children's school and enjoys being active (especially Zumba classes!) and spending time with her family and friends.

Kathy does a great job "up front" at the Abbotsford Abilities and is appreciated for her super-positive-get-it-done attitude by both staff and clients. We know we can count on her every day!

Liz Ingram

Corporate Administrator

Liz is an amazing administrator who handles billing, payroll, and accounts receivable for all of our clinics, as well as numerous other tasks. We appreciate her amazing technical skills, her organizational abilities and her keen business mind. She is a huge asset for our busy organization!

Liz is from Ontario but once she moved to BC she didn't look back. She enjoys spending time with her family and travelling for vacations. She also likes to keep active in her spare time, curling and skiing in the winter and playing baseball in the summer.

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