Meet Our Team

Kimberly Martins, M.A. CCC-SLP

Founder and Speech-Language Pathologist

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I am a certified multilingual Speech-Language Pathologist with the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) and a member of the “Ordre des Orthophonistes et Audiologistes du Québec” (OOAQ) and of the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO). After my American graduate education and professional experiences, I moved back to my hometown of Montreal to found my private practice Orthophonie VoxLingue to share my knowledge with multilingual and multicultural families raising children with diverse speech and language needs.

Being able to communicate and support people in my life has always been crucial to me. This profession has allowed me to expand my desire to help a multitude of individuals and families, which I am grateful for every day. I thank our community of clients and families for their continued support and trust in our speech services provided by our dedicated professionals at Orthophonie VoxLingue.

Research and mentorship are essential in our growing field. I have had the honor of mentoring and supervising dedicated graduate students and assistants throughout my career and helped shape future clinicians to serve our families. Understanding and working as a team with our clients and families is a crucial part of our services at Orthophonie VoxLingue. I was fortunate to further understand my clients through my research. In 2015, under the supervision of Dr. Hall, I presented “Families raising children who stutter: Concerns and Advice” at the International Fluency Association Conference in Lisbon, Portugal, and “Families raising children with disabilities: Concerns and Advice” at the ASHA conference. My graduate thesis “Worldwide Speech-Language Pathology Practice: Stuttering and Multilingualism” was also presented at the Joint World Congress (IFA, ICA, ISA) in Hiroshima, Japan in July 2018.

Emily Foreman, M.Sc.A, SLP (C) Provisional

Speech-Language Pathologist

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I am a Speech-Language Pathologist that graduated from McGill University with a Master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders and am registered with the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO). I am originally from Windsor, Ontario, and have a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Windsor. I love spending my free time practicing calligraphy, playing board games, staying active, and learning new languages – I was able to practice my French while attending graduate school in Montreal, and am beginning to learn Russian as well! I’m a planner and organizer at heart, and I love incorporating this into sessions with my clients.

During my final placement at McGill, I was fortunate enough to gain experience working with kids with speech sound disorders and cleft lip and palate and I’m excited to continually learn and expand my knowledge in these areas! I’ve been providing virtual sessions through Zoom since March 2020, and love coming up with creative, effective, and evidence-based ways to engage with my clients. I look forward to meeting you and helping you achieve your speech and language goals!

Gabrielle Desaulniers, M.P.O

Speech-Language Pathologist

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I completed my Bachelor’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology and will be graduating with my Master’s degree from Université de Montréal next year. I moved to Montreal from a little village near Trois-Rivières when I started studying here. I love to go back home to enjoy the fresh air and tranquility of my hometown once in a while. I grew up speaking French and learned English through my own curiosity about international culture and I’m still very fond of learning new languages! As a student, I have had internship experiences in different clinical environments, both in schools and clinics. I have worked in a school with children who have cognitive disabilities and absolutely loved the experience! I’m very creative and resourceful. I work hard in order to make my material, therapies, and environment as pretty and bubbly as I want my days to be! I think playing and laughing are the best ways to make some lasting progress. I try to make every session a fun-filled one and tailor it to my client’s interests. I look forward to continuing to develop my skills as a future SLP and to become the best therapist I can be!

Renata Masucci, M.Sc.A

Speech-Language Pathologist

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I was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec, and pursued my university education at McGill University for both my Bachelor’s of Linguistics and Psychology as well as my Master’s in Speech-Language Pathology. I am a certified SLP with the Ordre des orthophonistes et audiologistes du Québec (OOAQ). I am looking forward to serving families in the Montreal community with the wealth of knowledge and experience I have gained throughout my years of training. I have experience in both the private and public sectors of Quebec, including school boards and hospitals. Outside of work, I enjoy cooking, listening to podcasts, recording music, and creating innovative games for my clients.

I joined the VoxLingue team in 2020 and am proud to stand with a group of multilingual clinicians who prioritize individualized services throughout the evaluation and treatment process. We understand that everyone’s needs are different and will take the time to ensure we are focusing on your specific needs and motivations.

I became an SLP because I am passionate about ensuring every individual gets to experience the ability to communicate effectively. Without communication, we are not the social beings we were designed to be. I would love to help you or your child become an effective communicator, whether their difficulties lie in articulation, language, fluency, voice, or a foreign accent. I am trained in the Lidcombe Program for children who stutter and will continue to pursue certificates in the upcoming years that are centered around early intervention. My goal is to give parents the support to understand exactly what their child’s difficulties may be and then to give them all the tools they need to support their child. I look forward to meeting you either at our office or even online, via Zoom!

Maica Machnik M.Sc.A

Speech-Language Pathologist

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I am a speech-language pathologist and member of the Ordre des Orthophonistes et Audiologistes du Québec. I obtained my Master of Science at the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders within McGill’s Faculty of Medicine. With an extensive academic background in linguistics and years of professional experience as a performing artist, I combine my creativity and scientific process in my practice. My previous professional experience was in medical and educational settings. In my free time, I participate in sports such as basketball and long-distance swimming. I am a great team player and highly goal-oriented. Working at Vox-Lingue is a great opportunity for me to combine my professional strengths as a Speech-Language Pathologist with my fun and playful personality.

Melanie Custo Blanch, M.Sc.A

Speech-Language Pathologist

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I am a certified Speech-Language Pathologist and a member of the “Ordre des Orthophonistes et Audiologistes du Québec” (OOAQ) and of Speech-Language and Audiology Canada (SAC).

I pursued my bachelor studies in Psychology with a double minor in linguistics and education at McGill. I then completed my master’s at the McGill School of Communication Sciences and Disorders (SCSD) in 2020. During my studies, I worked and volunteered in diverse settings and with multiple populations. I worked at a lab where I had the opportunity to do research on music therapy and the impact it has on the level of engagement in school-aged children with Autism.

I began my career as a Speech-Language Pathologist (S-LP) working at a Montreal-based Hospital where I currently work with adult and elderly populations. While working at the hospital, I primarily focus on helping those with dysphagia, aphasia, dysarthria, dysphonia, and neurodegenerative diseases. I enjoy the fast-paced setting and the rapport I have built with many of my patients.

As I enjoy working in diverse settings and clientele of all ages, I decided to work at a private clinic alongside my medical job. This is how I came to join the VoxLingue team in 2021. I was eager to work at VoxLingue given all the endless learning opportunities and the possibility to work with the Spanish-speaking community.

I was born in Montreal Quebec and raised speaking Spanish, English, and French. Being trilingual has become a part of my identity and has driven my interest in languages. Knowing multiple languages has allowed me to communicate and further connect with others. Communication is a right to which we are all entitled. Being able to help others communicate and advocate for their wants and needs is one of the many reasons why I am so passionate about my profession. I enjoy working collaboratively with other professionals, empowering parents to take ownership of the therapy, and following the client’s lead to best achieve their goals.

Margarita Kalantzis, M.Sc.A

Speech-Language Pathologist

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I completed my Bachelor’s degree in Honours Linguistics at Concordia University and went to graduate school McMaster University in Speech-Language Pathology. As a graduate student, I had the opportunity to work in different clinical settings, including private practice and school boards, which enabled me to work with numerous clients providing various services. I have a passion for helping others, which motivated me to look into the fantastic field of Speech-Language Pathology. I will be continuing to develop my knowledge and take workshops such as the Hanen certification It Takes Two to Talk program to enrich my skills to assist parents and young children identified as having a language delay.

I am also passionate about languages and am looking forward to serving families in Montreal and surrounding communities, in English, French, and Greek, with the abundance of knowledge and experience I have gained throughout my graduate years. I look forward to meeting you and/or your child via Zoom or in person!

Paraskevi Ginakes, M.Sc.A

Speech-Language Pathologist

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I am a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist with the Ordre des Orthophonistes et Audiologistes du Québec (OOAQ), and I hold a bachelor’s degree in linguistics and psychology from the University of Manitoba as well as a master’s degree in speech-language pathology from McGill University. In 2018, I moved to Montreal from my hometown of Winnipeg to pursue my master’s degree and was immediately attracted to the vibrant, multilingual culture of the city. I love to learn languages in my spare time, and I spent the last few years in Montreal learning the French language to obtain my professional permit. I also spent many years teaching Greek to kindergarten-aged children in Winnipeg while I was earning my bachelor’s degree. I hope to continue to advance both my French and Greek so that I can eventually serve

my clients in these languages.

Over the course of my clinical placements and professional experiences, I have been exposed to a vast array of clientele, ranging from children to geriatrics, in both the private and public sectors in settings like schools, clinics, and hospitals. In all instances, I strive to form a meaningful, supportive connection with my client to help them reach their full communicative potential. I am excited to be part of the Vox Lingue team and I look forward to collaborating with you or your child to develop and achieve your communicative goals!

Mariejoe Sfeir, M.P.O.

Speech-Language Pathologist

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I am a Speech-Language Pathologist and member of the Ordre des Orthophonistes et Audiologistes du Québec. I completed my master’s degree at the Université de Montréal in 2021. Growing up multilingual (French, Arabic and English), I was always fascinated by languages. Combined with my love for science, I always knew becoming an SLP would be the perfect call for me. My previous professional experiences were both in the medical and educational sector. Presently, I am really interested in accent reduction and voice therapy. In my free time, I’m always looking for a new hobby to try such as painting, sewing, and do-it-yourself projects. I particularly like reading and staying active (dancing, hiking, etc.).

Yasmine Benkirane, M.Sc.A

Speech-Language Pathologist

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I am a licensed trilingual Speech-Language Pathologist with the Ordre des Orthophonistes et Audiologistes du Québec (OOAQ) and hold a bachelor’s degree in Cognitive Sciences with a specialization in language and linguistics from Carleton University and a master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from McGill University. I was born and raised in Morocco and am fluent in Moroccan Arabic, French, and English. I have acquired clinical experience in a wide variety of settings with both the pediatric and adult populations. I’ve always been fascinated by the human brain and languages and speech therapy is the perfect fusion of both worlds. I also love learning about other people’s cultures, interests, and advocating for their needs. I strongly believe that communication is a fundamental human right. To understand and to be understood not only allows you to express your basic wants and needs but also enables exchange, growth, and active participation.

My goal at Voxlingue is to create a bridge for people with communication difficulties to ease their path into this demanding world and give them all the tools they need to become successful communicators ! My primary areas of interest include early language intervention, developmental language disorders, speech sound disorders, and social communication. During my free time, I enjoy traveling the world and learning about other people’s cultures and traditions while trying out new foods ! I also enjoy playing the piano, dancing, and singing. I look forward to working with you and your child to achieve your communicative goals!

Stefanie Torrent, B.A.

Administrative Coordinator

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I am from Johannesburg South Africa and I am currently working on a Bachelor’s degree in Linguistics. I graduated with a Psychology degree back in 2011 and after 10 years of traveling and working in a number of related fields, I have decided to pursue a career in Speech-Language Pathology. I have had the opportunity to be a teacher in Northern Brazil and worked extensively in childcare while living in Paris where I organized fun and educational workshops around the city. I was also involved in an art therapy program in Northern Nicaragua where we focused on developing positive and creative outlets for children in disadvantaged neighborhoods. More recently, I have worked as an ophthalmic technician where I conducted preliminary eye exams for patients of all ages with a focus on the elderly requiring additional attention.

I am happy to now be working at VoxLingue while completing my studies to further learn from and contribute to the SLP community. If you have any inquiries, don’t hesitate to reach out, I would be happy to take your call!

Sandrine Le Gall, M.P.O.

Speech-Language Pathologist

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I am a Speech Language Pathologist and member of the Ordre des Orthophonistes et Audiologistes du Québec (OOAQ). I got both my bachelor's and master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology from Université de Montréal. Before joining the VoxLingue team, I worked in the public healthcare system with a 0-15 year old population presenting different psychiatric particularities (anxiety, ADHD, ASD/suspected, Gilles de la Tourette syndrome, etc.). Now, I divide my practice between early intervention in the public healthcare system and private practice at VoxLingue. At the clinic, I specialize in the evaluation and intervention of oral and written language, in a school aged/teenage/adult population.

The most important thing in my practice is to transmit tools and strategies to the client that they can use on their own outside of therapy, aiming at client autonomy and empowerment. What I love most about my job is finding individualized solutions for each client and their lifestyle. This makes my work diverse and humanly rewarding.

Fascinated by language since a young age, working in the SLP field feels like joining one of my passions into work. Fun fact: at 8 years-old, I asked my parents to take Japanese lessons, which I did for a year! No need to say that I have almost forgotten everything by now, but my passion for languages has stayed and I am now focusing on perfecting my Spanish. Encouraging the desire to learn, no matter the subject, in youth helps them discover themselves and increase their motivation. It is something that I strongly integrate in my practice.

Melina Typaldos, B.Ed candidate

Administrative Assistant

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I am happy to now be working at VoxLingue while completing my studies to further learn from and contribute to the SLP community. If you have any inquiries, don’t hesitate to reach out, I would be happy to take your call!

I am currently completing my last year of my bachelor’s in Education at McGill University with a focus on Teaching English as a Second Language. Upon graduation, I aspire to continue my education through a master’s in Speech Language Pathology. 

I entered my undergraduate program in the field of education because I knew it would allow me to devote my life to a career that helped people reach their full potential. Throughout my field experiences, I realized that my favourite part of being a teacher was working with my students one on one. Realizing this, I wanted to pursue a more individualistic path in education. This led me to start a job as an ABA therapist where I work with children who have developmental disorders. Through this experience, I have been a part of so many of the children’s milestones, especially in regards to language. Simultaneously, I started volunteering at VoxLingue and used my newfound behavioural management techniques to aid in smooth transitions within sessions. These opportunities made me fall deeper in love with teaching and further solidified my career choice. I am very excited to continue working with the rest of the VoxLingue team and further my knowledge of speech language pathology.

Vladimir Romanov, B. Eng., MBA

CTO, CFO

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Upon graduation, I found myself at a Procter & Gamble manufacturing site where I tackled technical challenges that pushed me to learn, develop myself as a leader, and execute multimillion-dollar projects while leading cross-functional teams. This role was fundamental to my career and allowed me to develop key relationships in the industry. Some of the most exciting projects I completed during this time include two-line roll-outs (valued over $20MM each) and a Research & Development project that allowed the production of PocketPearl (A highly successful P&G brand).

Due to a desire to gain additional leadership and management experience, I decided to join Kraft Heinz in 2017. At KHC, I was put in charge of 26 mechanics and electricians while trying to manage tight budgets, KPIs, and Lean Six Sigma initiatives at a food production facility. I managed to make a positive impact on multiple metrics of the plant, primarily on Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE). Unfortunately, due to a leadership decision, this plant was shut down in 2018.

While at Kraft Heinz, I developed an aptitude for leading technical projects and established a relationship with the owner of DreamVersion. DreamVersion is a small system integration firm that brought me on board as a consultant and systems integrator. Within the company, I took on multiple roles, supporting several clients (Kraft Heinz and Post Holdings) in a manufacturing setting and helping them with their digital transformation journey. Some of my projects include full plant design and roll-out, integration of multiple MES/OEE systems, and multiple PLC overhaul projects.

As I grew my capabilities on the technical side, my desire to fully understand business aspects grew. While maintaining a part-time capacity at DreamVersion, I decided to embark on a new journey that is an MBA at McGill University.

Thus far, the experience of the MBA has been incredible. I’ve made countless connections, learned about business best practices, accounting, business strategy, marketing, finance, and more. I’m hoping to apply my knowledge as well as technical background and experience to a role that will challenge me with greater problems and push me beyond what I was able to achieve to this date. I’m pursuing a dual concentration in Business Strategy and Finance.