Penticton Staff

Occupational Therapists

Ashton Banfield

Ashton grew up in St. John’s, Newfoundland and completed her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Memorial University of Newfoundland before completing her Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy at McGill University. She and her partner now live in Penticton, where they love to hike, bike and swim, along with Aston’s hobby for playing guitar and mandolin! Ashton enjoys her position at Meridian because every client is unique and no two days are the same. She loves the professional development that her position offers and finds it rewarding to see her clients achieving their goals. 

Qualifications and Memberships

Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from McGill University
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Psychology from Memorial University of Newfoundland
Member of the College of Occupational Therapists of British Columbia
Member of the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists
Registered Autism Service Provider (RASP) for Children under 6

 

 Areas of Practice

 Mental health
Case Management
Community Rehabilitation
Chronic Pain Rehab
Post-Concussion Rehab
Brain Injury Rehabilitation
Return to Work Coordination

Pediatric Services
Autism Services

Roxana Diaz

Roxana earned her Bachelor of Human Kinetics at UBC-O before completing her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy at University of Alberta. She has a special interest in working with neurological and mental health populations. Growing up in Terrace in Northern BC, Roxy has also spent 6 years of her life living in Panama! She enjoys spending time outside, including going sport climbing in the summer and downhill skiing in the winter and loves how rewarding an OT position at meridian can be, particularly when helping to make a meaningful and positive difference in clients lives!

Qualifications and Memberships

Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy – University of Alberta

Bachelor of Human Kinetics – University of British Columbia – Okanagan Campus 

Member of the British Columbia College of Occupational Therapists

Member of the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists

Areas of Practice

Community Rehabilitation
Post-Concussion Rehab
Stroke Rehabilitation
Brain Injury Rehabilitation

Alisha Ford

Alisha is our Penticton office manager and contract lead for our Assessment Services. After finishing her BSc degree at UBC-O she completed her Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy degree at the University of Western Ontario. She moved to Penticton in 2020, and enjoys an outdoorsy lifestyle, including mountain biking adventures with her husband. Alisha‘s love of rehabilitation stems from passion of helping people realize and achieve the goals that are important to them. Specifically, she is interested in the full spectrum of brain injury rehabilitation (from concussion to severe traumatic brain injury), return to work programming, and medical-legal functional capacity evaluations where she’s been accepted to provide expert witness testimony in the Supreme Court of British Columbia.

Qualifications and Memberships

Master of Science in Occupational Therapy – University of Western Ontario
Bachelor of Science – University of British Columbia
Member of the British Columbia College of Occupational Therapists
Member of the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists
Matheson Functional Capacity Evaluation Certification Program
Matheson Advanced Functional Capacity Evaluation course
Certified Work Capacity Evaluator designation (Matheson)
Progressive Goal Attainment Program (PGAP)
Qualified as Expert Witness in the Supreme Court of British Columbia


Areas of Practice

Case Management
Functional Capacity Evaluation
Cost of Future Care Assessments
Medical-Legal Services
Post-Concussion Rehab
Brain Injury Rehabilitation
Job Site Visits and Job Demands Analysis
Return to Work Coordination
Progressive Goal Attainment Program Services (PGAP)
Hospital Discharge and Coordination

Nikki Reid

Nikki grew up in beautiful Norris Point, Newfoundland and now calls Penticton home. Nikki has her Bachelor of Science from Memorial University of Newfoundland and her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Dalhousie University. Nikki has a special interest in working with children and loves seeing them progress and achieve their goals.

Outside of work, Nikki enjoys playing volleyball and hockey. and like most of the Meridian Staff, she loves dogs!

Her favourite part about being an OT is the diversity of her clients and their programs – no two days are ever the same!

Qualifications and Memberships

Master of Science (Occupational Therapy) – Dalhousie University
Bachelor of Science (Biology) – Memorial University of Newfoundland
Member of the College of Occupational Therapists of British Columbia
Member of the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists
Registered Autism Service Provider (RASP) for children under 6


Areas of Practice

Case Management
Community Rehabilitation
Chronic Pain Rehab

Pediatrics Services
Autism Services

Kamila Zloty

Kamila comes to us from Calgary where she got her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at University of Calgary and then completed her Master of Occupational Therapy at UBC. Kamila loves the variety of people that she gets to meet and work with as an OT. Kamila is married to her wonderful husband and has 2 children.  Fun fact about Kamila- she was born in Poland and speaks fluent Polish! She also speaks French, Spanish, Portuguese. Kamila loves to travel and explore the world and enjoys doing outdoor activities.  

Qualifications and Memberships

Master of Occupational Therapy – University of British Columbia 
Bachelor of Arts in psychology – University of Calgary 
Member of the British Columbia College of Occupational Therapists 
Member of the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists 
Member of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists 
Certified yoga instructor (200hr)


Areas of Practice

Case Management 
Community Rehabilitation 
Chronic Pain Rehab 
Functional Capacity Evaluation and Critique 
Cost of Future Care Assessments and Critique 
Post-Concussion Rehab 
Work Hardening and Work Conditioning Programming 
Job Sit Visits and Job Demands Analysis 
Return to Work Coordination 
Ergonomic Evaluations

Speech-Language Pathologists

Carly Winzinowich

Carly joined Meridian’s Penticton team as an SLP in Summer 2020 after moving from Calgary with her partner. Carly has a special interest in communication, stuttering, brain injury and apraxia of speech and she enjoys providing a client & family-centered approach to therapy. Carly loves the Penticton area and all the outdoor adventure (and wine!) it has to offer. 

Qualifications and Memberships

Member of College of Speech and Hearing Health Professionals of BC (CSHBC) 
Member of Speech-Language Audiology Canada and Speech and Hearing BC 
Master of Clinical Science (M.Cl.Sc.) in Speech-Language Pathology – University of Western Ontario 

Areas of Practice

Pediatric Services
Speech sound therapy (articulation, phonology, apraxia of speech)
Language therapy (expressive and receptive language skills)
Stroke and brain injury rehabilitation
Dysphagia assessment and intervention
Cognitive communication intervention (conversational topic maintenance, attending to others, memory, solving problems, planning etc.)
Social skills training
Reading and writing therapy
Voice therapy
Fluency / stuttering therapy
Accent reduction therapy

Megan Woodman

Megan grew up in Halifax. She takes special interest in aphasia, augmentative and alternative communication, and motor speech disorders. In her spare time, Megan likes hiking, yoga, swimming, sewing, and drinking coffee. Megan has lived in Germany and loves to practice her German. Tell her Guten Tag! if you see her around the office. Megan’s favourite thing about her job is getting to know clients and empowering them to make meaningful changes to their communication that improve their quality of life!

Qualifications:

Bachelor of Science with honours in Biology from Mount Allison University

Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Dalhousie University

Member with College of Speech and Hearing Health Professionals of BC

Member with Speech-Language and Audiology Canada

Areas of Practice:

Pediatric Services
Registered Autism Service Provider (RASP) for children under 6
Speech sound therapy (articulation, phonology, apraxia of speech)
Language therapy (expressive and receptive language skills)
Stroke and brain injury rehabilitation
Dysphagia assessment and intervention
Cognitive communication intervention (conversational topic maintenance, attending to others, memory, solving problems, planning etc.)
Social skills training
Reading and writing therapy
Voice therapy
Fluency / stuttering therapy
Accent reduction therapy

Kinesiologists

Alice Fisher-Albert

Alice was born and raised in Quebec City and completed her kinesiology degree from Université Du Québec à Trois-Rivières. Alice, her husband and their dog, Maya, moved to BC in 2016 where they lived in Nelson for four years before settling down in Summerland. Alice grew up as a figure skating athlete, she coached the sport professionally for 10 years before retiring and switching to judging the sport. She now volunteers as a Skate Canada judge in the Okanagan and aspires to become an international judge. She also enjoys cross-country skiing, hiking, running, yoga and functional training. She has a special interest in working with children and is truly passionate about rehabilitation sciences. 

Qualifications & Memberships 
Bachelor of Science – Kinesiology – Université Du Québec à Trois-Rivières 
Practicing Member of BC Association of Kinesiologists (BCAK) 

 

Areas of Practice 
Work Hardening and Work Conditioning Programming 
Gym-Based Exercise Programs 
Aquatherapy 
Pediatrics  
Post-Concussion Exercise Programs 
Lifeskills & Return to Homemaking Programs 
Walking programs

Raeanne Ramsay

Raeanne has her Bachelor of Human Kinetics from UBCO and specializes in posture correction and functional training. Raeanne grew up in Jackfish Lake, a tiny lake in the country just west of Stoney Plain in Alberta. Raeanne enjoys how varied her work is and working with people from all different works of life and with a multitude of various problems. She loves the challenge and pushing herself in her work. Raeanne has two loves in her life, her cats Neville Longbottom and Fawkes! Fun fact- Raeanne was once a former national and collegiate volleyball player. In the summer you will find her playing volleyball on the beach!

Qualifications & Memberships 
Bachelor of Human Kinetics – University of British Columbia – Okanagan  
Practicing Member of BC Association of Kinesiologists (BCAK) 

 

Areas of Practice 
Gym-Based  
Exercise Programs 
Aquatherapy 
Post-Concussion Exercise Programs 

Administrative Staff

Bianca Bartley

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