Our Team 2018-03-18T13:27:18+00:00

Our Team

SUSANNE DUGGAN

OWNER AND DIRECTOR

Susanne R. Cassidy Duggan, M.Sc., S-LP (C), graduated in 1996 with her Master’s in Communication Disorders from Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS. Susanne received her CASLPA certfication (now “SAC”) to practice in Canada, and went on to receive her ASHA certification and licensure to practice Speech-Language Pathology in New Hampshire, USA. She then worked approximately 7 years with elderly patients in long-term care facilities suffering from communication and/or swallowing difficulties.

In 2005, Susanne, husband Shawn, and children FInn and Bridget, returned to Nova Scotia, Canada. The family now resides in Upper Tantallon, NS. Susanne has worked with both children and adult clientele in different private practice settings, presenting with a range of speech, language, and communication difficulties. She recognized the need to provide a professional mobile therapy service to families within the convenience of home and approved community settings. This led her to launch her own practice “At Home Speech and Language Services” in 2008. Susanne steadily gained individual clients and agency contracts. Her practice mission is to provide individualized, family-centered, assessment and therapy services. A top priority is to liaison and collaborate with all involved health/school professionals as both indicated and consented.

Susanne’s experience and particular areas of interest include: speech delays and disorders, apraxia of speech, developmental language delays and disorders, learning disabilities, reading and writing acquisition, and social language problems.

Susanne currently serves as a member of the executive for The Speech & Hearing Association of Nova Scotia (SHANS).  She also serves as a volunteer board director for The Stan Cassidy Foundation, based in Fredericton, NB.

TAYLOR BRODA

ASSOCIATE CLINICIAN

Taylor Broda, M.Sc.A, S-LP(C) is a nationally certified Speech-Language Pathologist providing speech and language services to school-aged children. She graduated from McGill University in 2013 with a Master of Science (Applied) degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders with specialization in Speech-Language Pathology.

Taylor moved to Halifax in 2014 and recently joined At Home Speech and Language Services. Her experience has included working with children from birth to school age, as well as adults. She is familiar with working in a variety of settings including hospitals, schools, community clinics and in families’ homes.

Taylor’s experience and particular areas of interest include: Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and social communication difficulties, fluency disorders, speech and language delays and disorders, developmental disorders and reading and writing acquisition. She believes in using the child’s motivators and interests to provide personalized treatment strategies and programs. She strives to work collaboratively with families and other team members to deliver effective and client-centered care.

CARA RHYNO

ASSOCIATE CLINICIAN

Cara Rhyno M.Sc., S-LP (c) is a nationally certified Speech-Language Pathologist who has over 14 years of experience working in the profession. She is a native of Dartmouth, and continues to reside there with her husband Jeff and son Jamison.

Cara earned her Bachelor of Science degree, as well as her Master of Science degree from Dalhousie University. Early in her career, Cara worked with clients ranging from infants to seniors in all areas of communication disorders. As she progressed in her career, she focused on working with school-aged children. Cara has been a Coordinator for the Links Literacy Program through the Learning Disabilities Association of Nova Scotia, and has instructed a course at Mount Saint Vincent University in the area of learning disabilities. She has a great deal of knowledge and experience in working with students and families to improve literacy skills. Cara has worked in the Halifax Regional School Board for the last 10 years, providing therapy and support to students in the areas of articulation, language development, fluency, literacy, augmentative and alternative communication, social skills development and more. She has a special interest in AAC and has Picture Exchange Communication System certification. Cara has also attended training and/or workshops in PEERS (Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills), PODD (Pragmatic Organization Dynamic Display), and various other AAC-related areas.

Cara looks forward to working collaboratively with families in her community to help them achieve their speech-language goals!

Michelle Hebert-Moore

ASSOCIATE CLINICIAN

Michelle Hebert-Moore M.Sc., S-LP M. SAC earned her B.Sc.(Honours) degree from Mount Saint Vincent University, and went on to obtain her Master of Science in Human Communication Disorders, specializing in Speech-Language Pathology, from Dalhousie University. Michelle is a longstanding member of SAC & SHANS Professional Associations and has over 15 years experience working as a Speech-Language Pathologist. Michelle has supervised and instructed many S-LP Interns from Dalhousie University from 2004 to present.

Michelle grew up in Lower Sackville, NS, where she continues to live with her husband Jeff and their daughter Eden. Michelle started her S-LP career working with clients ranging from toddlers/preschoolers to adults and seniors across all areas of communication challenges, delays and disorders.  She has worked within hospital (inpatient) and outpatient settings.  As Michelle advanced in her career, she has worked for the Halifax Regional School Board, working with school-aged students grades Primary to 12+. Michelle has a special interest in students with complex communication challenges, augmentative and alternative communication needs, social communication challenges including those with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down syndrome, speech and language delays/disorders, articulation deficits, etc. Michelle has education/certification in the following (including but not limited to): Picture Exchange Communication System [PECS], Certified International School-Based Provider of the UCLA PEERS  Social Skills Program, several courses by Michelle Garcia Winner on Social Thinking,  Phoneme Touch & Say, ABA Therapy, STAR, PRT, PODD (Pragmatic Organization Dynamic Display), Kaufman Early Intervention Program for Children with Apraxia of Speech, School-Age Stuttering Therapy, and Selective Mutism.

Michelle is thrilled to work with clients within their own homes, in collaboration with their families, to best support their speech, language, and communication goals.  Michelle’s approach is family-centered,  providing fun, practical, and functional activities, while teaching parent/caregiver strategies to enhance their child’s learning and growth, celebrating every success, big or small!

Ms. Kim

ASSOCIATE CLINICIAN

Ms. Kim, M.Sc, S-LP, holds a B.Sc. (Honours) in Neuroscience/Psychology from Dalhousie University, and a Master of Science in Human Communication Disorders from the University of Western Ontario.  She currently lives in Halifax and is a mom to a teenager. Prior to her role as a Speech-Language Pathologist, Ms. Kim was an Early Childhood Educator and ECE supervisor, and in particular, worked with children from impoverished families who presented with a range of developmental needs.  She has also worked as a job counsellor for adults with mental health needs re-entering the work force.  Ms. Kim has worked for over 20 years as a Speech-Language Pathologist in both Ontario and Nova Scotia provinces. She has worked with all ages and in all areas of practice including hospitals, public and private schools, and private practice.  Ms. Kim has a specialized interest in working with children with complex needs, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Augmentative and Alternative Communication, Apraxia, Dysarthria, Swallowing/Feeding, and Phonological/Literacy needs.

Ms Kim has specialized professional training in the following (but not limited to): PROMPT (for Apraxia), Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) through Four Points Training for ASD, Assistive Device Provider for AAC, STAR, PRT, Social Thinking, PEERS (Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills) for ASD, PECS levels 1 and 2, Hanen certification, and PODD. She has been a leader in the field of S-LP through her efforts over her career with S-LP organizations, most recently as the Past-President of the Speech and Hearing Association of Nova Scotia (SHANS). In her roles in Ontario, Ms Kim worked in the private and public school settings as well as running a private practice. In addition, she has created and/or co-created various programs for families in the area of early language development, fluency, and phonological development. Ms. Kim is a published researcher for speech and language in the area of Dysarthria and an invited speaker for various areas of S-LP practice.

Ms. Kim believes in a hands-on coaching and modelling approach, helping children and their families to achieve their communication goals. She believes in open communication and a solid understanding of the needs of the client, and together, we will achieve the highest possible outcomes!