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Meet Our SLPs at Speech Language Pathology Private Practice

Ashleigh Noel B.A., M.A., M.Sc., R. SLP(C) 

Registered Speech Language Pathologist


Ashleigh graduated with a Master’s degree from Memorial University of Newfoundland in Linguistics with a focus on Language Acquisition. This was followed by her completion of a Master’s degree from Western Illinois University in Speech Language Pathology. Ashleigh has provided an array of services to all ages, including preschool to school age children and adults. She has extensive clinical experience in a variety of settings such as daycares, schools, private homes, nursing homes, and developmentally delayed facilities. She has worked at Speech Language Pathology Private Practice for more than ten years. Her clinical interests include areas such as receptive and expressive language development, apraxia, articulation and phonology, stuttering, voice, swallowing, aphasia, and dysarthria. Ashleigh has completed professional development and training in the following programs: Language Delay and Disorder – It Takes Two to Talk ® - The Hanen Program ® for Children with Language Delays; Motor Speech Disorder – Kaufman Approach; Autism Spectrum Disorder – Reference and Regulate; Augmentative Communication – Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS); Fluency Plus – The Speech & Stuttering Institute; Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule -2 (ADOS-2); Autism Diagnostic Interview - Revised (ADI-R).

Michelle Delahunty, MSLP, R-SLP

Registered Speech Language Pathologist


Approaching 25 years in the field of speech-language pathology, Michelle has helped hundreds of children and adults with various communication concerns. In every interaction with every client and family, Michelle’s first priority is to establish a comfortable rapport based on trust and respect. When working with children, Michelle strongly believes that a child must feel happy, confident and regulated to learn. As a mother of 3 children, Michelle understands that parents seek to provide their children with the right support to allow them to reach their highest potential. Michelle encourages parents and clients to participate in all aspects of the SLP process, from setting meaningful goals to planning fun and motivating activities for home practice. Michelle is passionate about empowering parents by giving them the tools they need to help their child make progress! When working with teens and adults, Michelle listens closely to the concerns of her clients and helps them identify their personal communication goals for maximum impact on their daily lives.

Mary Shugarue (B.A., M.A., M.Sc. (A), SLP(C)

Registered Speech Language Pathologist


Mary has been working as a Speech Language Pathologist for 21 years. After graduating from Memorial University of Newfoundland with a Master of Arts in Linguistics in 1999, Mary began her studies at McGill University, where she completed graduate training in Speech Language Pathology. Upon graduation, Mary worked as a school based Speech Language Pathologist, until joining the clinical team at Speech Language Pathology Private Practice in 2008. Mary enjoys working with children of all ages with a wide range of communication challenges, including articulation/phonological disorders, motor speech disorders, developmental language disorders, fluency disorders, and phonological awareness/reading disorders. Mary believes in a collaborative approach to intervention, involving clients and their families, caregivers, educators and other professionals in the development of an intervention plan to help your child reach his or her full communication potential. She recognizes that every child is different and takes the time to get to know her clients in order to discover their individual needs and learning styles.

Gail Dicks-O’Keefe B.Sc. (Memorial), MSc.A. (McGill), R.S-LP(C) 

Registered Speech Language Pathologist 


Gail has enjoyed a Speech Language Pathology career of more than 38 years, both in the medical healthcare sector and in private practice. Throughout her career, she has held executive positions with national and provincial associations. She has continued to pursue professional development and certification opportunities nationally and internationally, particularly in the areas of voice disorders and head and neck cancers. Notable professional development certificates were achieved at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (Nashville, Tennessee), Greater Baltimore Medical Center (Baltimore, Maryland), and University Health Network (Toronto, Ontario). She is the first Speech Language Pathologist in NL trained in physician equivalent procedures in the areas of voice and voice disorders, voice restoration following laryngeal cancer, and swallowing assessment through flexible endoscopy. Over the years, she has acted as an instructor and a mentor to train colleagues to ensure the continuation of these programs and services upon her retirement from Eastern Health. In 2011, she was recognized by Eastern Health with the inaugural CEO Award of Excellence for Innovation. The CEO Awards acknowledge individuals’ outstanding contributions and achievements and are the highest honour an employee of Eastern Health may receive.

Emily Goodridge, M.Sc., R.S-LP(C)

Registered Speech Language Pathologist


Following the completion of her Bachelor’s degree in Behavioural Neuroscience at Memorial University in 2015, Emily moved to Edmonton to begin her studies in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She graduated from the University of Alberta with her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 2017. Since then, Emily has worked in a variety of settings across the island of Newfoundland including on the Northern Peninsula, in Central Newfoundland, in St. John’s, on the Burin Peninsula, and in Clarenville. She has experience working with both pediatric and adult populations. Emily began her career as a school Speech-Language Pathologist with the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District. Since then, she has worked for both Central Health and Eastern Health where she has worked in acute care, long term care, inpatient rehabilitation, adult outpatient services, and pediatric outpatient services. In March 2020, Emily dove into the world of teletherapy in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. She continues to provide virtual services in addition to in-person services. Emily started working part-time at Speech Language Pathology Private Practice in November 2019 while also working for Eastern Health. In January 2022, she made the transition to full-time work at Speech Language Pathology Private Practice. Emily continues to work with clients of all ages who present with a wide variety of communication delays/disorders including expressive and receptive language delays, various speech sound disorders, social and communication challenges associated with autism spectrum disorder, and stuttering, among others.

Charlotte Field B.A.(Hons.), M.Sc.A., R.SLP(C)

Registered Speech Language Pathologist


Charlotte is currently working in a contract position with the Speech Language Pathology Private Practice on a part-time basis. Charlotte offers clients and families the flexibility of evening appointments, both in-clinic or virtually. Charlotte has experience working with pre-school and school-aged children, as well as adults, and thoroughly enjoys building close rapport with all her clients. Charlotte believes in client-centered and family-centered approaches to treatment and highly values addressing functional goals that will enhance quality of life. When working with your children, Charlotte will always aim to provide fun, interactive treatment that centers on their individual interest areas and learning styles.

Deanna Oates B.A. Ed., B. Special Ed., 

M.A. Speech-Language Pathology, R-SLP(C)


Deanna (more commonly known as Deanie) has more than 36 years in the field of speech-language pathology. After graduating from Memorial University with a Bachelor of Arts in Education (primary) and a Bachelor of Special Education, she completed her Masters in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Florida in 1986. She spent the next 30 years working with Central Health as a speech-language pathologist, in addition to being the Director of Speech and Audiology and then the Director of Rehabilitative Services. Following her retirement in 2016, she continued to work in the field of speech-language pathology providing services to difficult-to-recruit areas across this province and in PEI. She has worked in both health and education providing services to toddlers, preschoolers, school-aged children, adults, seniors, and geriatric populations. She has worked with inpatients, outpatients, school settings, personal care homes, and long-term care homes. She provides both in-person and virtual care.

Rebecca Hobbs

Speech-Language Pathologist


Rebecca has been a proud member of the Speech-Language Pathology Private Practice team since 2020. Following the completion of her undergraduate degree from Memorial University in 2017, Rebecca pursued her graduate training in Speech-Language Pathology at Dalhousie University. It was there that she learned how dynamic the field of speech-language pathology can be. Rebecca started her career working with the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District and has experience working with developmental language, articulation, alternative and augmentative communication (AAC), phonological awareness, literacy, fluency, and much more.

Allison Chidley, M.Sc., S-LP 

Speech-language Pathologist


Allison is a speech-language pathologist from Renews, Newfoundland. She graduated with a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Loyola University in Maryland in 2009.

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