Our Team

Physiotherapy

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

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
​PHYSIOTHERAPIST (Burlington)

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
PHYSIOTHERAPIST (Vaughan)

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! ​

​Priyanka Kumar
PHYSIOTHERAPIST (Vaughan)
Lisa Whiler
PHYSIOTHERAPIST (Vaughan)

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
PHYSIOTHERAPIST ​(Burlington)

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 (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. 

Ashley Bergman
PHYSIOTHERAPIST (Vaughan)

Ashley’s desire to work with kids started at a very young age. She taught dance, swimming, and gymnastics to children aged 2-15 all throughout her high school years. Ashley’s love for learning about the way we move and the human body led her to pursue an Honours Bachelors of Science (Kinesiology) at McMaster, which further inspired her to complete her Masters in Physiotherapy at Queen’s University. At Queen’s she excelled in paediatric rehab and was the recipient of her graduating classes’ Clinical Education Award, which she was nominated for because of her paediatric clinical placement. Since graduating, Ashley has taken post-graduate courses in TASES (NMES), Therabounce, and is trained in DMI- Introductory level C. Ashley aspires to continue furthering her education and take more courses in the future to help broaden her therapeutic toolbox. When Ashley is not at SMILE, she enjoys baking, cooking, doing anything outdoors, and spending time with her friends and family!

Jenny Wolever
PHYSIOTHERAPIST (Resident) (Vaughan)

Jenny graduated from the University of Toronto in 2021 with a Master of Science in Physical Therapy. She was honoured to receive the Toronto Rehab – UHN Patient Quality of Life Award at her graduation. Prior to completing her degree in physical therapy, she graduated from Queen’s University with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. Jenny has spent many years working and volunteering with a number of programs catered to individuals with exceptionalities, including summer camps, exercise groups, and after school programs. She has always had an interested in neurological sciences, and was excited to combine this with her aspirations to be a physiotherapist.

Since graduating, Jenny has received training in providing Dynamic Movement Intervention (DMI) therapy, has completed an introductory course in the Bobath concept, and is trained in the use of the Trexo Robotics gait trainer. She is also a certified Rebound Therapy Practitioner. Aside from work, Jenny loves to play soccer, pet her foster dog while dreaming about other pets she could also get, learn new things (she is currently learning to knit!), and spend time with friends and family.

Meghan graduated with a Master of Science in Physical Therapy from Queen’s University in 2021. Prior to this, she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with a minor in Rehabilitation Sciences from the University of Waterloo in 2018. Meghan has always aspired to work in paediatrics. She has acquired a wide range of experiences working with children in various settings including teaching swimming lessons to children with exceptional needs, conducting research in a developmental psychology lab and volunteering internationally at a school for children with cognitive and developmental delays. 

Since graduating, she has received training in providing Dynamic Movement Intervention (DMI) therapy, is trained in the use of the Trexo Robotics gait trainer, and is a certified Rebound Therapy Practitioner. Meghan strives to continue building her knowledge through courses to provide evidence-based practice for her clients. 

Shruti Pradhan Physiotherapist (Resident) TrexoRobotics Co-Ordinator (Burlington

Shruti graduated with a Master of Science in Rehabilitation with specialization in Neuromuscular Physical therapy from the University of Pittsburgh in 2015, and a Doctor of Physical Therapy from Northeastern University in 2018. She is licensed in the United States (NY) and is currently practicing as a Physiotherapy Resident in Ontario, Canada. Shruti is a hard-working and dedicated Physiotherapist with a passion for working with children. She has over six years of experience as a Pediatric Physiotherapist and has worked in home care, clinic, and hospital settings. She has worked with children with various diagnoses, including but not limited to children with cerebral palsy, genetic conditions, hypotonia, torticollis, autism spectrum disorder, spinal cord disorders, muscular dystrophies, seizure disorders, and brain injuries. She is trained in DMI and is currently practicing at an Introductory Level. She is excited to progress through the levels and continue to improve her skills. Her post-professional training includes courses in pediatric vestibular rehab, Total Motion Release Tots Level 1, developmental orthopedics, K-taping, motor learning and neuroplasticity. She is also a Certified Rebound Therapy practitioner. Shruti aspires to provide the best possible care to all her families and is constantly amazed by the kiddos who come to SMILE! Outside of work she loves to read, hike with her pup and travel.

Rochelle Alexander
Physiotherapist (Burlington/Vaughan)

Rochelle graduated with a Master of Science in Physical Therapy degree from the University of Toronto in 2020. Prior to her physical therapy degree, she graduated from McMaster University with a Honours Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology degree. Growing up, Rochelle had always known that she wanted to work with children. Throughout her volunteer experiences in undergrad, she soon started to realize that she could combine her aspiration of working with children with her growing passion of rehabilitation sciences. Since graduating, Rochelle has received training in Dynamic Movement Intervention (DMI) and is a certified Rebound Therapy practitioner. Rochelle is excited to continue to further her learning in the years to come.

Outside of work, Rochelle loves camping and other outdoor adventures, baking/cooking (and eating!), and spending time with friends and family. 

Occupational Therapy

Kali Jacobs
OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST ​(Vaughan)
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
OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST ​(Vaughan)
MSc. OT, OT Reg. (Ont.)
Andrea Rosin
OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST ​(Vaughan)
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.

Louise Dionne
OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST ​(Burlington)
MSc. OT, OT Reg. (Ont.)

Louise graduated from D’Youville College completing her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy in 2020. Completing her thesis on the topic of “What is the effectiveness of using social stories as a tool to increase self-regulated behaviours in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder”. Prior to her Occupational Therapy degree, Louise graduated from Acadia University with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. She is registered with the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario and is a member of the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists. Louise has extensive hands on-experience in spinal cord rehabilitation and pediatric settings within the clinic, school and home. Louise has completed multiple continuing education courses in Sensory Integration, Reflex Integration, The Zones of Regulation, Learning Without Tears Handwriting Curriculum, and Children and Youth with Acquired Brain Injury. Louise is continually expanding her knowledge base and keeping up to date with best practices in the field. Louise uses evidence-based and play-based approaches to make therapy fun and engaging for the child. Tailoring each treatment session to the child’s interests, specific needs and abilities. Outside of work, Louise enjoys going for walks, hot yoga and spending time with her family and friends.

Speech Language Pathology

Tina Gasee
SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST (Vaughan)

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.

Jacqueline Vignanello
Speech Language Pathologist (Burlington)

Jacqueline received her Master of Arts Degree in Communication Disorders and Sciences from The State University of New York at Buffalo in New York State. Jacqueline’s clinical experience includes working with paediatrics from infancy through adolescence, administering assessments and providing treatment for children in private practice, school settings as well as the preschool speech and language programs. Jacqueline has experience working with clients with articulation and phonological disorders, developmental language disorders, fluency disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and motor speech disorders, specifically Childhood Apraxia of Speech. Jacqueline is certified in Hanen “It Takes Two to Talk”, “Learning Language and Loving It”, “More Than Words” and “Target Word”. She has completed PROMPT levels I and II from The PROMPT Institute. Jacqueline is passionate in her work with clients and families and enjoys opportunities to learn and work collaboratively with other professionals involved in the care of the children on her caseload.

Administration and Assistants

Kayla Barefoot
PHYSIOTHERAPY / OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY ASSISTANT /ADMIN (Vaughan)

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 
ADMINISTRATION/ THERAPY ASSISTANT (Vaughan)

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!

Heather MacCallum
Administration (Burlington)

Heather recently retired as an Occupational Therapist and is now supporting the Burlington Clinic in an Administrative capacity. Her career spanned numerous decades working with children and adults in hospitals, schools and in the community. Heather has held leadership positions during her career and is now enjoying supporting the younger generation of therapists. She is very pleased to be working with such a dynamic, educated, team who care so deeply for the well-being of children and their families. Heather is also enjoying spending more time with her family, 2 grandchildren and ballroom dancing.

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