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About Leap! Therapy for Kids

Our Name

Our name, Leap! Therapy for Kids, was chosen to capture our aspiration for each child: 
The strength and ability to LEAP forward...to reach their next goal.

Our Mission

Our mission at Leap Therapy for Kids is to help children gain strength, confidence and freedom of movement. We do this by constantly working to:

  • Empower children to achieve their physical goals.
  • Build strong relationships with our clients and their families.
  • Provide therapy that is effective and specific to the needs of each child.

Our Approach

  • We provide compassionate, family-centered therapy that is fun and engaging for children.
  • We support parents and families with ongoing education and resources.
  • We offer personalized service and various types of treatment to meet the specific needs of each child and family.
  • We integrate therapy into various aspects of each child and family's life, to maximize the benefit for each child.

Our Location

Our new clinic has opened!

We are located at 1093 Roosevelt Crst., North Vancouver.  We invite you to come in and see our bright and spacious facility for children and families on Vancouver's North Shore.

We will continue to offer home, school and daycare visits throughout North and West Vancouver, by request. 

Our Team

LESLIE FARRAR, BSc, BHSc, Physiotherapist
leslie@leaptherapy.ca

 

Leslie Farrar

Leslie Farrar

Leslie is a very energetic and positive individual, who has a lifetime passion for working with children and their families.  Leslie established Leap Therapy for Kids after gaining years of experience as a physiotherapist at the Hospital for Sick Children and at Children's Treatment Centres in Ontario.  She brought her services, and Leap Therapy for Kids, to the North Shore of Vancouver, since relocating here with her family.

Leslie earned her Bachelor of Health Science in Physiotherapy at McMaster University, after completing an Honours Bachelor of Science at the University of Guelph. She has numerous post-graduate courses in pediatric physical therapy, including Cuevas Medek Exercises (CME)- Level Two, Neurodevelopmental Treatment (NDT)-Intermediate, as well as specialized courses in pediatric gait and developmental orthopedics.

Leslie has a wealth of clinical experience with children, through her roles as a physiotherapist at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, and at regional Children’s Treatment Centres in Ontario.

Leslie has worked extensively in neonatal and infant development, as well as in pediatric oncology. Experienced with complex medical care cases, Leslie is skilled in the assessment and integration of all body systems, in order to maximize the benefits from therapy. Leslie has an optimism and energy that is contagious. She engages children in their therapy, which builds their enjoyment and self-confidence in their movement and abilities.

Prior to relocating to British Columbia, Leslie was a Professional Associate of the McMaster University School of Health Sciences, where she was actively involved with teaching within the physiotherapy program. She has been involved in research projects at various major rehabilitation facilities, including Bloorview MacMillan Children’s Treatment Centre, McMaster Children’s Hospital and the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. Through her involvement in rehabilitation research, professional teaching, and post-graduate training, Leslie remains very knowledgeable on current therapy research and provides treatment that is effective and evidence-based.

Leslie is also a proud mother to her three young sons.  In her free time you may find her park hopping, biking or playing road hockey with her very active boys and equally energetic black lab puppy.

Leslie is a member of the College of Physiotherapists of British Columbia, the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, and the Physiotherapy Association of British Columbia.

 

HEATHER LAINE, BSc, MSc(PT), Physiotherapist
heather@leaptherapy.ca                                                    

Heather has a passion and enthusiasm for working with children that has spanned throughout her life in a wide array of roles.  Heather’s path to physiotherapy began very at a young age, assisting her own sister to therapy appointments to help her sister learn to move.    This personal experience led Heather into many roles of engaging and helping children to reach their best including coaching, tutoring, children’s programming and volunteering with Special Olympics and teen groups with special needs, all prior to becoming a physiotherapist.

Heather completed her Masters degree in Physiotherapy after attaining her Bachelor of Science, both at Queen’s University.  She is a continual learner and has a multitude of additional advanced pediatric therapy courses, including Neurodevelopment Treatment (NDT) Infant and NDT Gait, Dynamic Core Treatment, Advanced Kinesiotaping, Dynamic Bracing and specific standardized assessments.

Heather offers a thorough diverse understanding of pediatric therapy, through her many prior roles as a physiotherapist at BC Children’s Hospital, in early intervention therapy, school- based therapy, as well as the sole charge pediatric physiotherapist in Northern BC.  Heather has offered her skills within various specialty clinics including seating and mobility, and psychoeducational assessments completed through Sunny Hill Health Centre, and has implemented a needed infant motor screening clinic.  One of Heather's main interests is using yoga as a means of therapy, and she has seen remarkable results.  She has demonstrated very  successful use of therapeutic yoga as a primary therapy for children autism.    Heather loves the infinite possibilities of implementing the current evidence-based treatments in a fun and creative way with children.  

Heather has a passion for research and teaching.  She has been involved in several research projects and enjoys the role of a clinical educator for physiotherapy students.   

In her free time, you will find Heather outside, racing her road bike, competing in triathlons, adventure racing or skiing.  All year round she enjoys rock climbing, running with friends and her daily yoga practice. 

Heather is an immensely compassionate person with a broad and personal understanding of the importance that therapy and individuals can play in children’s lives.  Heather is a member of the College of Physiotherapists of British Columbia, The Canadian Physiotherapy Association, the Physiotherapy Association of British Columbia and is also a Registered Autism Service Provider.  

LISA HOLOWAYCHUK, BSc(OT), Occupational Therapist
lisa@leaptherapy.ca 

Lisa has a lifelong passion for working with children, and has always known this was something that she would dedicate herself to.  She is a positive and compassionate individual who values the importance of establishing a trusting relationship with the children and families she works with.

Lisa obtained her Bachelors Degree of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Alberta (1996).  Over 17 years of practicing pediatric occupational therapy, Lisa has provided services to children of all ages and diagnosis, including Cerebral Palsy, Autism, Down Syndrome, chromosome and genetic disorders, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, and Sensory Processing Disorder.   

Lisa’s commitment to implementing best practice has led her to take many specialized pediatric therapy courses, including feeding and swallowing, upper extremity/ fine motor development, postural control, as well as self- regulation and modulation.

With extensive pediatric experience and training, Lisa offers a wide skill and knowledge base to draw on, to provide creative and customized treatment strategies.  She uses a holistic, child friendly and family-centred approach.  Strong areas of interest for Lisa include working with children who experience feeding, sensory processing, and handwriting difficulties. Lisa also has developed additional knowledge within the areas of augmentative communication, specialized equipment, and home accessibility.

In her spare time, Lisa enjoys exploring the outdoors with her husband, and spending time developing a strong relationship with her two daughters.  She has relocated from Edmonton, and is looking forward making the North Shore home, and exploring all of the outdoor beauty this area has to offer.

Lisa is a member of the College of Occupational Therapists of British Columbia (COTBC), the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT), and she is a Registered Autism Service Provider.

 

SHEIJA ABRAHAM, B.OT, Dip Child Psychology, Occupational Therapist

Sheija has a strong will and passion to work with children with developmental concerns, and has worked only in Paediatrics since graduating in Occupational Therapy in 2003.  Prior to this, she also obtained a Diploma in Child Psychology from Stonebridge Associated Colleges, UK in 2007. Sheija realized early in her studies to become an occupational therapist, that working with children and their families gave her a joy and satisfaction that could not be matched. She is empathetic and kind and values the role families play in advocating for the required services that are suited for their child.

With over 10 years of practicing with children with developmental concerns, Sheija has worked with a wide variety of diagnosis including Cerebral Palsy, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Developmental Coordination Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder, Learning Disability, Sensory Processing Dysfunction, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Attachment Disorders, Regulation difficulties, Anxiety Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, amongst others.

Strong areas of interest for Sheija include the Role of Occupational Therapy in treating children with Autism and Sensory Regulation difficulties. This includes developing child specific emotional and sensory regulation strategies, enhancing joint attention and play, reducing sensory based feeding concerns, developing independence in self-care skills as well as meaningful engagement at home and in the community. Sheija has experience working with children having mental health concerns as a secondary diagnosis. She has been a part of the Child and Youth Mental Health team (Langley) for the Ministry of BC which she greatly values.

Sheija has pursued her ever growing appetite for best practices in Paediatric Occupational Therapy by attending a variety of courses and workshops. Some of these include Advanced Training in SCERTS  to assess and treat children with Autism.  How does your Engine Run: Alert Program for Self Regulation Carla Cay Williams , Social Stories – Carol Gray, Training in Clinical Assessment and Practical Interventions for Praxis Using Sensory Integration Theory : Teresa May-Benson.

In her spare time, Sheija enjoys spending time with her husband and one year old son, taking in the beautiful outdoors, sketching, travelling to new countries and practicing Bikram Yoga.

Sheija is a member of the College of Occupational Therapists of British Columbia (COTBC), the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT), and she is a Registered Autism Service Provider.

 

AMANDA GOODISON, MSc, RSLP, Speech-Language Pathologist
amanda@leaptherapy.ca

Amanda is a welcome addition to our team, and she brings over 8 years of experience providing speech and language therapy to children with a wide variety of goals.  Amanda’s interest in helping children reach their potential surfaced early on, when she worked as a camp counselor and ski instructor through her teen years.  While she was obtaining her Bachelor of Arts degree at UBC, she discovered her passion for psychology, linguistics and language learning and decided to pursue a Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology, which she obtained from UBC in 2005.  Since then, she has been combining her love of working with children and their families with her enthusiasm for speech and language development.  

Amanda is a member of the College of Speech and Hearing Health Professionals of British Columbia (CSHHPBC), the Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (CASLPA), and the British Columbia Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (BCASLPA).  Her passion for learning is not limited to the children with whom she works; she is also a dedicated continual learner and pursues further expertise whenever possible.  Areas of interest and continuing education have included Autism Spectrum Disorders, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, fluency (stuttering), phonological disorders and articulation, and parent coaching for language facilitation.

Outside of work, Amanda’s interests include spending time with her husband and two young children, photography, reading, and writing.  She is also an accomplished martial artist with 15 years of training under her belt.


 

CORINNE EISLER, RD, Registered Dietitian and Pediat ric Nutrition Expert
corinne@leaptherapy.ca

Corinne is a Registered Dietitian and Pediatric Nutrition Expert and has helped many families with nutrition assistance for their infants and children.  Areas of expertise include help with food allergies, intolerances, moderate to severe eczema, suspected low iron status or anemia, assistance with conventional diets or vegetarianism, picky eating, possible eating disorders, underweight, overweight, constipation, possible nutrient shortfalls, and help with individual circumstances (athletic levels, movement issues, autism spectrum disorder etc.).   She is also passionate about issues related to fostering a healthy food system, and advocates for promotion of healthy locally grown food as much as possible.  

She uses a positive and client centred approach, whereby nutrition goals and recommendations are discussed in the context of the whole family and what is important in their lives.   She looks forward to helping children and families reach their best health possible in a caring and respectful manner which enhances dignity and self esteem.  

Corinne is a graduate of the University of Windsor, Ontario, where she received her BA in Nutrition and Spanish, and she also has a post graduate degree in Public Health Nutrition from the University of Toronto. She also completed her Dietetic Internship at Vancouver General Hospital, including an intensive rotation in pediatrics from the British Columbia Children’s Hospital.  

Corinne is a member of the College of Dietitians of British Columbia, and Dietitians of Canada.  She has worked as a Vancouver Coastal Health Community Dietitian for much of her professional career, and in addition, she operates a small private practice.  


LINDY PFIEL, HB.A., BA., Yoga and Fitness Instructor

Lindy Pfiel

Lindy Pfiel

Lindy has been involved in education and children's movement for more than twenty-five years. She started teaching dance in South Africa while still a student herself, and has continued teaching a variety of children's movement classes on the North Shore since moving to Canada in 1997.

In addition to her degrees in Psychology, Communications and English, Lindy is a certified Professional Coach and Children's Yoga and Fitness Instructor.  Lindy is a member of the Royal Academy of Dance, the International Association of Coaching and the American Dance Therapy Association.

"After all these years, it doesn't feel like a real job.  Every day of teaching is an adventure, and I continue to be astounded by the human being who come into my life because of it."

Lindy has extensive training in working with exceptional children and special populations.  She brings an uncommon wealth of experience and skills to the group classes that she offers at Leap Therapy for Kids, and we are thrilled to have Lindy as part of our team.  For more information about Lindy, please see her children's movement website at:   http://karma4kids.wordpress.com/about-lindy/