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ISAND Clinician Updates

There are several recent and upcoming Clinician changes at ISAND that I’d like to update you about. I’d also like to inform you that you can read biographical information on all of our Clinicians by visiting the ISAND website –, and looking at the Team page under the “about Us” tab. For information on clinicians that have more recently become ISAND Team Members you can also read our Spring/Summer 2021 newsletter which can also be found on our website under the “News and Events” tab, Newsletter page. 

Medical Team

Dr. Wendy Roberts, MD., FRCPC: Dr. Roberts is a developmental paediatrician, researcher, mentor and author specializing in the field of Autism Spectrum Disorder. As one of the founders of ISAND, Dr. Roberts has provided medical expertise to a huge number of clients over the years. Some of you may know that Dr. Roberts is stepping back from active medical consultation and treatment this June.  Thankfully, Wendy will continue to provide mentoring and consultation to the Dr.’s who will be taking over her case load for an undetermined length of time.

Recruitment efforts are underway to find a developmental paediatrician(s) to join ISAND, and assume Dr. Robert’s paediatric case load. Dr. Dara Abells will be assuming medical responsibility for some of the older clients on Wendy’s case load with transition meetings having started. 

Dr. Dara Abells, MD. CCFP and Dr. Graham Gaylord, MD: Both are family physicians who have done additional study with young people who have ASD and other neurodevelopmental disorders. The will provide services to ISAND clients on a part time basis. We’re happy to announce that both Dr. Abells and Dr. Gaylord will be extending their time commitment to ISAND very soon.

Dr. Dana Frisch, MD., FRCPC: Will be taking a leave starting in June 2021. A number of people from her caseload will transition to Dr. Abells or Dr. Gaylord, while others will be referred to their paediatrician/family doctor.

Speech and Language Services

Our newest clinician is Joanna Ticker, M.S.Ed., SLP. Reg. CASLPO. Joanna is an experienced and passionate clinician working with the pediatric population and their families to support diverse communication needs including: language, motor speech, social communication, fluency, and voice.

Although we added one new clinician, we recently lost the services of Maija Gulens, Jessica Loo-Yong-Kee, and

Ali Schwabe. ISAND is in the recruitment process to find new clinicians that will be added to our strong, experienced SLP team.

Behaviour Services

Our newest Behavioural Consultant is Sheila Condon M.A., BCBA, who joins ISAND with a wealth of experience, knowledge and expertise. Sheila specializes in family centred programming, parent coaching, teaching skills in a natural environment, and functional behavioural assessments.

We are delighted to welcome back to ISAND after a short time away our Behavioural Consultant, Kelsey Ferguson M.ADS., BCBA, bringing with her a lengthy and varied background. As a longstanding team member at ISAND, Kelsey has worked with a large number of clients, providing behavioural help across a wide range of needs and age groups.

Occupational Therapy

Also returning to ISAND after a two year educational leave is, Jigna Bhatt BSc. O.T., MSc. Yoga, OTR, O.T. Reg (Ont.), bringing more than twenty years of Occupational Therapy experience. Jigna predominantly works with children and young people with autism spectrum disorder and complex neurodevelopmental disorder to maximize their development and independence. She has extensive experience working with sensory processing issues.