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Our team of therapists works closely together to ensure that your child receives fully intergrated care from the therapists that he or she needs. We communicate regularly with each other and build collaborative strategies to ensure each child’s needs are addressed.

Tara-Leigh Cain

Tara-Leigh Cain

Registered Occupational Therapist, Director

Tara-Leigh Cain graduated from McMaster University with a Psychology degree in 1996 and after years of working with children and travelling through Europe, she returned to school for her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy at UBC. Her love of working with children of all abilities was apparent since she was in high school so it wasn’t hard to make the decision to dedicate her focus to Pediatrics when she graduated.

It also wasn’t hard to determine where she wanted to pursue her career. Hiking, cycling, camping and running have always been a part of her life so it seemed fitting when she moved to Squamish in 2006. Life can’t get much better than having the mountains and trails right in her backyard.

Tara is on the Registry of Autism Service Providers and is registered to provide therapy services through the At Home Program with the Ministry of Children and Family and through the Community Brain Injury Program for Children and Youth in BC. She in a contract worker with Southern Stl’atl’imx Health Society where, on a monthly basis, she provides services to children and families in some of BC’s remote First Nations Communities.

Children play for a living and Tara bases her therapy sessions around play: play with a purpose. As a mother of two children, Tara has both the personal and professional knowledge of child development.

Mike Hilliard

Mike Hilliard

Physiotherapist

Mike is a registered physiotherapist that graduated from McMaster University (Hamilton, Ontario) in 2004. Upon graduating, he promptly packed his bags and headed west to the mountains. He began his physio career with a short stint working at Lions Gate Hospital in Vancouver on the post-op orthopedic ward before making the move the move to pediatrics in 2006. For the last 10+ years Mike has worked in the Vancouver community supporting children with physical and developmental disabilities and their families. Mike’s role as a community-based physiotherapist has helped him develop an understanding of the many issues children with disabilities face beyond the confines of the clinic.

Mike’s approach to managing and supporting those with disability has been strongly influenced by both his parents. He is following in the footsteps of his mother Doreen who recently retired from her career as owner and practitioner at Footprints Pediatric Therapy in Toronto. Mike’s father Craig was a C5-C6 quadriplegic as a result of a trauma sustained when he was 18 years old in 1964. Craig chose to lead a fulfilling, independent and successful life in spite of this injury.

When the opportunity to make the transition from community to private-clinic presented itself, Mike was eager to jump on board. It has been something that he has been contemplating the last several years and is glad to have the opportunity to provide physio service to the Squamish community.

Mike aims to provide physiotherapy services to children with a wide range of conditions including neuromuscular, developmental, motor coordination, orthopedic and congenital disorders. He can see the potential for positive outcomes with a goal to improve children’s mobility, strength and independence.

Mike currently lives in Vancouver with his wife Lana, son Jackson and trusty mutt Rudy.

Candace O'Brien

Candace O'Brien

Speech Language Pathologist

Candace is a registered speech and language pathologist who has been working privately in Squamish since 2013. She, her husband, and twin girls moved to Squamish to pursue a quieter lifestyle that was more in line with their love of the outdoors and their desire for a greater sense of community and well-being. From a very young age, Candace knew she wanted to work with young children and entertained many options before discovering the field of speech and language pathology. She completed her undergraduate degree in linguistics and biology at Memorial University of Newfoundland in 2004 and continued her studies to earn her Master’s Degree in Science (Speech-Language Pathology) at the University of British Columbia in 2007.

Candace has had the opportunity to work in a variety of settings; she worked in the community health centre and the school district in West Vancouver before working privately in Vancouver for two years. She provides therapy to range of pediatric clients with a variety of needs and is most passionate about early intervention, speech sound disorders, autism intervention, and social thinking.

On the days she spends with her daughters, Candace enjoys exploring all the fun things Squamish has to offer a young family and in particular enjoys visiting the Sea to Sky Gondola. She also enjoys hiking, kayaking, and simply being by the ocean. Cooking, reading, and watching sci-fi shows with her husband are also ways she likes to relax.

Candace is a certified member of Speech and Audiology Canada (SAC), a registrant with the College of Speech and Hearing Health Professionals of BC (CSHHPBC), as well as a Registered Autism Service Provider (RASP). Currently, Candace works part-time at Play in Motion and also travels to see clients and their families in their homes or childcare/preschool environments.

Allison Empey

Allison Empey

Speech-Language Pathologist

Allison is a registered speech and language pathologist with a Master’s of Science degree from the University of British Columbia (2017). She loves blending science and creativity into therapy sessions and has a particular interest in language delay, and literacy related learning difficulties. Allison strongly believes that having fun in therapy is the best way to empower children to achieve their speech, language and literacy skills. Allison is a provider for the Community Brain Injury Program and is a Supervised Registered Autism Service Provider. She is a certified member of Speech and Audiology Canada.

Before moving to the west coast, Allison lived in Alaska for seven years where she completed her undergraduate degree and fell in love with big mountain skiing. She moved to Squamish with her husband and son to continue exploring the mountains on bikes, skis, and hiking trails.

Allison is also accepting adult clients and has experience providing therapy to people with aphasia, traumatic brain injury, swallowing impairment (dysphagia), and neurological disease. She joined the team at Play In Motion in 2018 and is looking forward to working with the Squamish community.

Janna Luck

Janna Luck

Occupational Therapist

After graduating with a BScOT from  Queen’s University in 1998, Janna began working in the field of pediatric Occupational Therapy.

Janna began her career in Ontario working on the Augmentative and Alternative Communication team at the Sarnia and District Children’s Treatment Centre (now Pathways Health Centre for Children) and on the Assistive Devices Resource Service team at ErinoakKids Centre for Treatment and Development.

She moved west to BC in 2003 and continued working with kids through the Vancouver School Board and with Vancouver Coastal Health on the Vancouver Regional Pediatric Team.  Janna is a very proud mom of two girls and put her career as an O.T. on hold for several years while her girls were young.  Currently, Janna is working as a “Provisional OT” while she completes 600 currency hours as mandated by her professional College in order to regain her Registered OT status.  Tara Cain has warmly opened the doors to her clinic in order for Janna to work with her and her wonderful clients.

Chella Plastiras

Chella Plastiras

Speech-Language Pathologist

Chella graduated from a Masters of Speech Language Pathology from Western Carolina University in 2010, followed by a Linguistics degree from the University of Alberta.

She has worked in the thunder storms of Alberta, the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina, the rain and coffee of Seattle, and the parks of Vancouver.  Her experience ranges from various settings and all ages, including schools, private practice and nursing homes. She specializes in fluency disorders, with training in Lindcombe Therapy for preschoolers who stutter, as well as training at ISTAR (Institute for Stuttering Treatment and Research) in Edmonton working with adults. She is experienced in orofacial myology therapy, articulation therapy and language therapy.

Chella moved to Squamish after working in Vancouver for 4 years and taking 8 months to travel through Central and South America.  She is excited to pursue her passions of rock climbing, hiking and skiing, while continuing to advance her career working with families in Squamish.

Cynthia Lau

Cynthia Lau

Occupational Therapist

Cynthia completed her undergraduate degree at Quest University Canada in Squamish where she focused her studies on social inclusion. She was first introduced to Pediatric Occupational Therapy when she shadowed Tara-Leigh Cain during an experiential learning block. Knowing it was the right career path, she then pursued her Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy at McMaster University.

Moving back to Squamish was an easy choice for Cynthia. Cynthia loves being outdoors in the mountains or on the water. She also enjoys playing basketball in her free time and shares her love of the sport through coaching.

Cynthia has experience working with children in both clinical and community settings. She aims to make therapy fun and engaging and is passionate about getting children of all abilities involved in the community.

Cynthia is registered with the College of Occupational Therapists of British Columbia (COT-BC) and is a member of the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT). Cynthia is listed on the Registry of Autism Service Providers (RASP).

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