About Us

Allison Baird, Speech-Language Pathologist
President of Speechworks Inc.

Allison is passionate about helping people who have had strokes and who have Alzheimer’s Disease or other dementias. She is the project manager for the Stroke Recovery Association of Manitoba’s life participation program, Life After Stroke.

Allison has worked as a therapist, manager and researcher. She is certified by Speech-Language and Audiology Canada, the American Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists, and during her employment in the United Kingdom, was certified by the Health Professions Council. She is also registered with The College of Audiologists and Speech–Language Pathologists of Manitoba. Allison has been nominated for the YMCA-YWCA Woman of Distinction Award and is the past president of the Manitoba Speech and Hearing Association.

Allison has worked with adults in hospital and children with severe developmental delays and disorders. Since entering full-time private practice, she has gained extensive experience with telehealth as well as software and iPad apps in Speech-Language Pathology. She has presented papers and workshops at Provincial, National and International conferences and she has instructed at the University of Manitoba. She has supervised almost 60 graduate students and young Speech-Language Pathologists plus countless volunteers. Living with a partner with Parkinson’s Disease, she recognizes the importance of caring for significant others and family members affected by communication and cognitive disorders.

Stephanie Harvey, Speech-Language Pathologist

Stephanie Harvey loves working with adults with post-stroke communication disorders, including aphasia, children with autism spectrum disorders and related social communication difficulties, and clients from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds. She is fluent in English and French and she has extensive experience working with bilingual children and adults.

Stephanie graduated from the University of Winnipeg with her BA in Mathematics and French, and then taught in Malawi, Africa, for two years. She graduated from the University of Minnesota with an MA in Communication Disorders in 1994. She has 16 years’ experience working with preschool and school-aged children in English and French, before joining SpeechWorks Inc. in August 2011. She is registered with The College of Audiologists and Speech–Language Pathologists of Manitoba and certified by Speech-Language & Audiology Canada. Stephanie writes a blog at www.TalkToTheSLP.com and also writes for The Leaf and Medic Alert’s newsletter. Please follow the links to see her articles:

August 2016 MedicAlert eConnects – about language stimulation
February 2017 MedicAlert eConnects – about dementia

Patricia Woodburn Speech-Language Pathologist

Patricia’s interest and main clinical focus is in acquired neurogenic communication disorders. She primarily works with adults who have had strokes and who have aphasia, but she also has experience assessing and treating dementia and traumatic brain injury.

She is our therapist at a distance, using the internet to see clients on their home computers. She often uses script training during therapy, and her understanding of evidence-based treatment protocols informs this intervention method. She is constantly developing activities to reflect the changing needs and interests of her clients and their families in order to ensure that they get enough speech and language practice outside of therapy.

Patricia believes that collegiality contributes significantly to effective and innovative clinical practice. Therefore, she regards keeping up to date on current research and sharing ideas and information with colleagues as necessary professional practices. Communicating with family and caregivers and including them in the treatment process is a critically important element of her practice.

Patricia has an M.Sc.A. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from McGill University, is fully licensed to practice speech therapy in Manitoba, and is certified with Speech-Language and Audiology Canada (SAC).

Christine Ryczak, Speech-Language Pathologist

Christine is pleased to join SpeechWorks as our newest clinician, and to provide services for voice clients, including clients with voice disorders, vocal fatigue, and clients undergoing a gender transition.

Christine is a registered member of the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Manitoba. She graduated from the University of Manitoba with a BSc in Psychology in 2012 followed by a Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of North Dakota in 2016.

Christine has experience working with children and adults with a variety of communication needs. While a student, she worked in the Lord Selkirk School Division, the Winnipeg School Division, the Grand Forks School Division and SpeechWorks Inc.. She created and implemented assessment and intervention programs for preschool and elementary school-aged children with autism, cerebral palsy, fluency disorders, apraxia of speech, voice disorders, intellectual disabilities, speech-sound disorders, and language delay. She also assessed and treated adults with apraxia, dysarthria, and social-language disorders in individual and group settings. She \implemented programs such as The Life Participation Approach to Aphasia and Resonant Voice Therapy.

Chelsea Illchuk, Speech-Language Pathology Practicum Student

Chelsea is our graduate clinician bringing experience from her clinical internships with Tahlequah Public Schools and Northeastern State University Speech-Language and Hearing Clinic. She is passionate about working with children and adults with various types of communication disorders and has conducted articulation, fluency, and language management. She also has experience with early intervention, accent/dialect modification, acquired neurogenic speech disorders and Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC).

Her academic career began at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology while playing on the women’s division 1 hockey team. She pursued hockey professionally in Austria before she decided to go back to school to become a Speech-Language Pathologist. Chelsea received her Post-Baccalaureate in Communication Disorders from Minot State University in North Dakota but referred grad school for a year to help with her sisters’ new and upcoming bakery, Jenna Rae Cakes. After a sweet year of baking, Chelsea pursued her goal of becoming a Speech-Language Pathologist at Northeastern State University in Oklahoma. She is now in her final practicum with SpeechWorks Inc. and will graduate with her Masters of Science in Speech-Language Pathology in May 2017.

Janique Durand, Communication Disorders Assistant

Janique brings SpeechWorks’ services to clients in south-eastern Manitoba, where she lives. She is fluently bilingual in French and English and provides services in both languages. She graduated as a Communication Disorders Assistant from Georgian College in 2015 following a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Linguistics at the University of Manitoba. She works part-time for Southern Health, where she assists an audiologist by administering hearing screening tests to newborns! She assists SpeechWorks Speech-Language Pathologists by providing intervention under their direction.

 Lucy Stecki, Administrative Assistant

When you phone SpeechWorks, Lucy Stecki is the friendly person who will answer all your questions! She worked at St. Boniface for 40 years before joining us – she brings a wealth of knowledge about organizing clinical services. We also really appreciate her kind, gentle nature.