Sue Cook

Dr. Thomas Davidson

Registered OT
Occupational Therapist

As an occupational therapist I assess function with the goal to provide treatment and maximize function in the home, community and work site. I also work with realtors to assess homes for accessibility. Treatment is provided for both physical and cognitive injuries. Baselines and follow up assessments are completed for concussion management and intervention for all ages.

PhD
Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Davidson is a clinical psychologist with over thirty years experience in private practice providing treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression, traumatic brain injury and chronic pain. For many years Dr. Davidson was also employed as a forensic psychologist at the maximum security Oak Ridge division of the Mental Health Centre Penetanguishene (now the Waypoint Centre) where he gained experience in medical-legal assessment and testimony in court. In addition to providing services to clients, he also provides supervision and consultation for other clinical practitioners.

Sarah Vanderlip

Rebecca Persaud

BA, OTA, PTA
Occupational Therapist/Physiotherapist Assistant

Sarah has recently graduated with honours from Fleming College as an Occupational Therapist & Physiotherapist Assistant. In 2011, Sarah graduated from the University of Ottawa with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. She has gained experience working with a range of clients in hospitals, long term care and private clinics and knows that therapy must be personalized to each client and their specific condition. Her enthusiastic personality, creativity and passion for helping people inspires clients to contribute positively to their own health.

MSc (OT), OT Reg. (Ont.)
Occupational Therapist

Rebecca Persaud has spent 12 years as a practicing Occupational Therapist after having earned a Bachelor of Health Science Degree and a Master of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy.  She has been working extensively with clients with acquired brain injury, spinal cord injury, complex orthopaedic injuries and mental health issues. She joined Abilities in 2006 and has been providing services in Simcoe County in addition to under-serviced Northern communities. She has participated in various training sessions to better equip the service providers in these under-serviced areas. Rebecca is registered and in good standing with the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario and is also a member of the Ontario Society of Occupational Therapists.

Rebecca has experience with assessment, treatment and consultation.  She values working with a multidisciplinary team.  Rebecca works to locate and utilize community supports that are available to complement the work of the team to benefit her clients.

Merrisa Bragg

Liz Everett

BSW, RSW
Social Worker/ Rehabilitation Consultant

Merrisa is a registered social worker with a bachelor of social work from Laurentian University, and a masters of social work from the University of Toronto with a specialization in health and mental health. Using evidence-based practice, Merrisa provides counselling to individuals experiencing a variety of difficulties including anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and medical crises. She also provides health counselling, and patient and family education in the context of complex and chronic health concerns. Merrisa’s research interests include ethics and competency in social work practice and education.

Prior to joining Abilities Rehabilitation in 2015, Merrisa provided crisis intervention to women fleeing abuse in the Georgian Triangle and individuals experiencing mental health crises in Simcoe County. Prior to her MSW, Merrisa worked with Abilities in the field of medical social work and rehabilitation, specifically working with individuals and families who have sustained traumatic and complex injuries such as brain injury, spinal cord injury, and orthopedic injuries.

Merrisa is committed to providing client-centered counselling, drawing from an eclectic model encompassing Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Relapse Prevention and Crisis Intervention.

Registered Recreation Therapist R/TRO

Liz Everett has been practicing as a Registered Recreation Therapist (R/TRO) with Therapeutic Recreation Ontario since 2004 primarily in the field of Mental Health and Traumatic/Acquired Brain Injury.  Liz graduated in 2004 with Honours from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor’s Degree in Therapeutic Recreation Studies, and has also received her Neurorehabilitation Level 1 & 2 Certification from the Ontario Brain Injury Association, focusing on assisting recovery and function following an Acquired Brain Injury.  Her educational and professional experience has allowed her to successfully teach at Georgian College in the Therapeutic Recreation Part -Time Program, as well as represent her discipline as a Professional Practice Lead at the Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care.

Liz uses personal skills such as compassion, critical thinking and leadership to help motivate clients to achieve treatment goals and increased levels of wellness and function

Stephen Glenney

Lori St. Louis

Stephen Glenney, BSc, BA, BHSc(OT), OT Reg(Ont.)
Occupational Therapist

Steve Glenney is an Occupational Therapist registered with the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario (COTO) and is a member in good standing with the Ontario Society of Occupational Therapists (OSOT).  Steve has a Bachelor of Science degree in Life Science, a Bachelor of Arts as a Second Degree in Gerontology (BA), and a Bachelor of Health Science degree in Occupational Therapy (BHSc(OT)). His clinical experiences range from community to facility based work, including mental health and rehabilitation facilities. Steve has completed courses in Neurodevelopmental Therapy, SHIFT Concussion training, and he has earned the Executive Certificate in Home Modifications through the University of Southern California.  Steve has worked for Abilities for over fifteen years in the capacity of a community based occupational therapist.   

B.A. (Hons(s), MSW, RSW
Registered Social Worker

Lori is a Case Manager and a Registered Social Worker. Lori works in Northern Ontario supporting clientele across Ontario. She has over 25 years of experience providing counselling, consultation and support to individuals with complex injuries and their families.

Lori graduated with a Masters of Social Work Degree from Laurentian University and is a registered social worker with the Ontario Association of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. She also completed her Master’s Degree in Social Work with a special focus on Motivation Interviewing with individuals who are substance-involved. She currently works with individuals who have complex injuries such as acquired brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, chronic pain disorders as well as mental health and addictions. She is a former Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Sudbury Brain Injury Association and a former Executive Board member for ICAN Independence Centre and Network, which supports individuals with physical disabilities.

She is well-versed in all aspects of the social service systems (public and private sector) for individuals with complex and special needs within the Ontario and in regionally under-serviced areas. She is bilingual, works with children, adolescents, adults and seniors. Her clinical specialties include Acute/Chronic Physical Illness, Counselling/Therapy, Disabilities/Medical Rehab, Grief/Trauma/Loss and Mental Health/Addictions; her non clinical specialities include Career/Employment Counselling, Peer Supervision/Consultation, Staff Training/Development and Conducting Workshops/Seminars on topics of interest.

Alyson Hirtle

Joelle Zwicker

BA, MACP, RP
Registered Psychotherapist

Alyson Hirtle is a Registered Psychotherapist with 16 years of experience in the mental health field. Coupling a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology, she applies empathy, genuineness, and non-judgement to create safe and comfortable environments to assist clients with life changes. Her experiences derive from working in residential treatment homes with behaviourally and emotionally troubled adolescents to providing personal counselling with students at Georgian College. She deals with behavioral issues which include Coping skills, Depression, Anxiety, Parenting, Self-esteem, Bullying and Relationship issues.  She is an individual counsellor whose treatment is guided by several theoretical models to better assist the uniqueness of an individual struggling with emotions, thoughts and behavioural patterns due to anxiety, depression and interpersonal challenges. Her extensive experience and training has given her applicable knowledge and capability in areas of mental health, crisis management, and those struggling with daily living and life. Her focus is individual client based and includes pre-teens (11 years of age), adolescents, and adults. Her qualifications include: Registered member of the College of Psychotherapists of Ontario,  Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology – Yorkville University (2016), Bachelor of Arts in Psychology – Saint Thomas University (2000), Professional student member of the Canadian Association of Child and Play Therapy (CACPT), Graduate level education in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Graduate level education in Biopsychosocial Approach to Counselling, SAFETALK – Training, Applied Suicide Intervention Skills (ASIST) – Training, Understanding and Managing Aggressive Behavior – Training.

HBK, MSc (OT)
Occupational therapist

Joelle is recent graduate from the University of Ottawa, Masters of Occupational Therapy, French program. Prior to her Master’s education, she completed her Honours Degree in Kinesiology, with a Minor in Psychology.

Joelle has worked and volunteered in a variety of mental health and acquired brain injury settings. These experiences have allowed her to develop both professionally and personally and enables her to better serve her clients. She is an energetic occupational therapist, motivated to continuously grow in her practice.

She is a member of the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapist, Ontario Brain Injury Association as well as the Metis Nation of Ontario.