Our Team


Jo-Anne Weltman
Owner of S.M.I.L.E Therapy for kids

Jo-Anne Weltman graduated from Wits University in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1991 with a B.S.c. in Physiotherapy.  Since then she has completed her MRSc. with research in hip dysplasia in Cerebral Palsy. She has taken numerous courses over the years including NDT, Conductive Education, Therapeutic Taping, Theratogs application, Therasuit Approach, TASES (NMES), Vestibular-Ocular therapy,  CVI, CME III (1of first 3 in the world trained), Reflex Integration, Sensory Integration, Orthopaedics in Children – to name a few.
Jo-Anne’s objective has always been to provide the best services to the children that she works with. so she opened S.M.I.L.E. Therapy for Kids a private practice that specializes in child development, to meet the demand for all areas of developmental and orthopaedic therapy in children. She continues to research and find the best treatments for all the children that are under her care and connects with specialists all over the world to achieve this. 

Jo-Anne is the co-founder of Dynamic Movement Intervention (DMI) therapy.
She travels to various countries to provide therapy intensives for groups of families who request her services. Jo-Anne is looking forward to continue to mentor and train/teach new therapists to become stronger in this field and will carry on traveling and teaching as many people in as many places to help children all over the world. 

Jessica McCallum

Jessica graduated from Queen’s University with her Masters in Physiotherapy in 2011. She has always had a passion for working with children. Jessica has been working in various clinic and home care paediatric settings gaining experience in orthopAedic, developmental and neurological conditions. She has completed post-graduate courses in but not limited to CME Level 1 and 2, Introduction to NDT, NDT for Children with Autism, 4 courses in Craniosacral Therapy, Paediatric Developmental Core, Soft Tissue release as well as her TheraTogs certification. She aspires to achieve her CME Level 3 training in the future. Jessica has a passion for dancing and has passed her pre-professional ballet exam through the Royal Academy of Dance. She is a member in good standing with the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario. 

Sarah Makary

Sarah Makary graduated from Queen’s University in 2016 with a Masters degree in Physical Therapy. Born and raised in Toronto, she also graduated from York University with specialized honours in Kinesiology in 2012. Sarah’s passion to work with children led her to pursue her career as a physical therapist with a specialization in paediatrics. In addition to her practical experience gained as a student in paediatrics, Sarah has had experience working in the community, entering the homes of children and providing treatment and recommendations to parents within the child’s daily environment. Sarah has accumulated experience in working with children who have a variety of conditions such as Cerebral Palsy, pre and post selective dorsal rhizotomy surgery, low muscle tone, gross motor delay, developmental coordination disorders, general balance and coordination difficulties, torticollis, flat feet, toe walking, and cancer among other conditions.  Sarah is certified in level 1 Cuevas MEDEK Exercise, with a strong interest in pursuing higher levels and has taken other courses such as APTEI acupuncture and Orthopaedic Physiotherapy for Children with Cerebral Palsy. Sarah believes in ongoing education and is always ready to further her knowledge and expertise to provide evidence-based, best-practice care for clients through ongoing mentorship and courses. When Sarah is not at SMILE therapy for kids, she enjoys being outdoors doing anything active, she loves to travel, eat and spend time with friends and family! ​

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Lisa Whiler

Lisa graduated from the University of Toronto with a Masters degree in Physiotherapy in 2014. Lisa was honoured to receive the Canadian Physiotherapy Association Award for the highest aggregate mark in academic and clinical courses throughout her entire Masters program. Lisa also received the Ontario Federation for Cerebral Palsy’s Therapy Scholarship.
She received the majority of her paediatric training at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital in the Neuromotor Department working with children with a variety of conditions such as cerebral palsy and chromosomal abnormalities. Lisa has volunteered with organizations such as Best Buddies, the Special Olympics, and the Parapan American Games.
She is certified in level 1 and 2 Cuevas MEDEK Exercises. She has also completed her level 1 and level 2 lower Diploma of Manual Therapy through the Orthopedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. Lisa is also certified in Rhythmical Movement Training, which is a series of movements to help integrate retained primitive reflexes to help overcome balance, sensory, emotional and behavioural challenges. Lisa has also taken courses on Paediatric Neurodevelopmental Treatment (NDT), Kinesio Taping, Soft Tissue Release, Non-Internal Pelvic Health,  the Mulligan concept, Developmental Coordination Disorder, Managing Children with Cerebral Palsy, Orthopaedic Physiotherapy for Children with Cerebral Palsy, Toe Walking, and Sensory Processing and Emotional Issues in Early Childhood.
When Lisa is not at SMILE Therapy for Kids she enjoys travelling, playing soccer, training for triathlons, and spending time with her family.

Asha Chaudary
PHYSIOTHERAPIST (Resident) (Vaughan)
Nicole Ellis

Nicole received her Masters of Science in Physiotherapy from Queens University in 2019. She was honoured to receive the Cora E. Hewitt Scholarship in Physical Therapy and CAMPT Student Award. Prior to this, she completed her undergraduate degree at McMaster University graduating with an Honours Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. Nicole is passionate about working with children and completed a student placement at SMILE Therapy for Kids. During her placement she was engaged by the hardworking, positive, patient centred environment and she loved it SO much she joined the team later that year. Nicole has completed training in Dynamic Movement Intervention (DMI) Therapy and is currently practicing at an Introductory C/Intermediate A level. She has also completed training in neuromuscular electrical stimulation. She has experience working with children with varying diagnoses including Cerebral Palsy, genetic diagnoses, developmental delay, autism and torticollis. Nicole looks forward to continuing educational opportunities and aspires to learn more about Rebound Therapy and progress through the DMI levels. She is a member in good standing with the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario. Outside of work, Nicole enjoys outdoor adventures, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.

Jenn Evans
PHYSIOTHERAPIST (Resident) (Vaughan)

Jenn graduated with a Masters degree in Physiotherapy from Leeds Beckett University in England in 2020. Prior to her physiotherapy degree, Jenn graduated from Queen’s University where she completed an honours degree in Kinesiology with a specialization in Athletic therapy. Jenn has always had a passion for working with children and throughout her educational career, she was heavily involved with local Down syndrome organizations. Jenn also has years of experience working as a Physiotherapy Assistant in the areas of paediatrics, neurological, and musculoskeletal physiotherapy. Jenn is also a Rebound Therapy Practitioner and tutor, and she founded TheraBounce which offers Rebound Therapy to children and adults with exceptionalities. In addition to Rebound Therapy, Jenn has completed post-graduate courses on developmental coordination disorder, physiotherapy management of neuromuscular dystrophy, paediatric MSK, introduction to MAES Therapy, Aquatic Therapy, and DMI. 

Nicole Hughes

Ashley Bergman
PHYSIOTHERAPIST (Resident) (Vaughan)
Jenny Wolever
PHYSIOTHERAPIST (Resident) (Vaughan)

Occupational Therapy

Kali Jacobs
MSc. OT, OT Reg. (Ont.)

Kali received her Masters of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Toronto in 2012. Kali is a passionate occupational therapist who strives to enable children and families to participate in meaningful and essential daily occupations. She utilizes an evidence-based and family-centered approach to guide her therapeutic interventions, which are targeted towards enhancing functional independence and quality of life. Kali has experience working with children/youth of various ages and abilities in schools, outpatient clinics, and in the community. She designs and facilitates treatment plans using sensory/emotional regulation, and neurodevelopmental techniques, cognitive strategies, life/social skills training, Handwriting Without Tears programs, as well as specialized equipment and assistive software. Kali has training in sensory integration, including the Astronaut Program, as well as the Cognitive Orientation to Daily Occupational Performance (CO-OP) approach, The Listening Program, and the Sequential Oral Sensory (S.O.S.) approach to feeding. She continues to work diligently to incorporate fun into her sessions, while developing positive, therapeutic relationships in an effort to discover new possibilities.

Sara Shear
MSc. OT, OT Reg. (Ont.)
Andrea Rosin
MSc. OT, OT Reg. (Ont.)

Andrea (Andy) Rosin is an occupational therapist with 25+ years of experience working with children in the community, schools and private practice. She loves working with children and families with sensory needs helping them grow and develop. She uses a sensory motor-based therapy approach working from the inside out to help your child by creating an individualized plan to reach their optimal level of function. She is passionate about learning and over the years has attended many courses on Sensory Integration Therapy, Evaluation and treatment of Sensory Processing Disorders, Therapeutic Listening, Visual Processing Skills, Astronaut Training and Handwriting Without Tears. Andy received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy from University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg South Africa in 1993. She enjoys spending time with her husband and 2 children, doing yoga, Pilates, crafting and plays Mahjong.

Speech Language Pathology

Tina Gasee

Tina Gasee is a registered Speech-Language Pathologist with a Master’s of Health Science degree from the University of Toronto, and has been in practice for over 20 years. Tina’s passion includes working with children & teens with various syndromes as well as with children with CP, DD, ASD, LD, hearing loss & apraxia. Tina offers individual therapy sessions and also group social communication skills programs. She is the Founder & Director of the Saturday Speech Club & Kitchen Talk programs.

Tina’s professional training & practice approaches include:

  • PROMPT- level 2, Introduction to Prompt Technique and Prompt Bridging
  • Kaufman Speech to Language Protocol
  • PECS-Picture Exchange Communication System
  • Hanen principles
  • Social Thinking Curriculum
  • PEERS-Program for the Education & Enrichment of Relational Skills
  • Precision Fluency Shaping Program
  • Use of various feeding approaches & tools to enhance feeding skills

Throughout her career Tina has primarily worked in the private sector. Other experience includes working for the Speech Foundation of Ontario Stuttering Centre, the York Region Preschool Speech & Language Program, the Down Syndrome Association of Toronto, & the York Region District School Board. Tina has held a teaching appointment at the University of Toronto and at Georgian College, providing clinical training to students studying to become Speech-Language Pathologists & Communicative Disorders Assistants. 

Tina’s message for families:  Whether your child is currently nonverbal, is ready to start speaking or is already speaking, I strive to ensure that their treatment goals are practical & achievable. I can also help with feeding therapy. Therapy should make sense–it should lead to a significant difference in your child’s daily interactions & functioning. I look forward to working together with you, your child & members of their educational and health care team.

Administration and Assistants

Kayla Barefoot

Kayla is a graduate of the Occupational Therapist Assistant and Physiotherapist Assistant program at Georgian College. Through her placements with Children Development Services at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Barrie and her volunteer work at Hikewood Hippotherapy, she has fallen in love with working with children. Since joining the SMILE Therapy team she has been amazed by the work all the kids do and all they can achieve. Her passion is to support the kids and their families through weekly and intensive therapy sessions and is continually blown away watching these superhero’s! 

Teresita Peralta 

Born and raised in the Philippines. After finishing College and graduating from the field of Hotel and Restaurant Management, my only dream was to leave my country for a better opportunity to help my family. I was a caregiver for two years in Hong Kong before I pursued immigration to Canada in order to keep finding greater opportunities. While working, I was able to finish a short term course as a Personal Support Worker. I was trained to care both for adults and kids, but my great love for kids found me working as a therapy assistant. After acquiring my immigrant status, Jo-Anne Weltman who is the founder of Smile Therapy for kids, trained me to be a skilled therapy assistant.. Her passion and commitment to help kids inspired me. It brought me great joy as I watched the kids progress. I have been working with kids for over 15 years now, specifically working with kids with special needs and they have taught me to be more compassionate and caring. As Smile Therapy for Kids has been continuing to expand, I have also taken up the role as administrative assistant.  Apart from working, I have my own family and spending time with them is what I love to do. 

Julia Hryszko
Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy Assistant (Burlington)

Julia graduated in the Occupational Therapist Assistant and Physiotherapist Assistant program at Niagara College in 2020 and was put on the Presidents Honour Roll. She has volunteered in Niagara College’s Performance Clinic in the Fine Motor Skills Program where she knew that therapy with children is exactly what she wanted to pursue as her career. She has also graduated from Brock University with Honours in Child and Youth Studies in 2017. She knew she had a passion working with children when she began volunteering with Big Brothers Big Sisters and had a major interest in the therapy world of occupational therapy and physiotherapy. During her time off she enjoys cooking and baking and loves going on long walks with her husband and dog Vinny and spending time with family and friends.

She is honoured that she gets to be apart of all the amazing milestones that each kiddo reaches and that we get to celebrate them each and every day for their strength and bravery. She is proud to be apart of the SMILE family!

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