Qualification of instructors
InteRACT is staffed by an experienced team of health professionals including: speech-language pathologists, communicative disorders assistants, recreation therapists and physiotherapists.
Capable and energetic graduate interns from Dalhousie's Speech-Language Pathology Program assist clinicians in planning and tailoring individualized treatment materials. They are each paired with a participant and provide support and resources for both participants and partners. The interns are an integral part of the InteRACT team.
Speech-language pathologists are certified by Speech-Language & Audiology Canada (SAC). Communicative Disorders Assistants are registered with the Communication Disorders Assistants Association of Canada (CDAAC).
Speech therapy staff members are dedicated to providing superior intensive speech and language intervention. The program director has over 35 years experience working directly with adults with aphasia. In additionl to managing the clinical program, she provides daily individual treatment to all program participants.
Our recreation therapists are certified as Therapeutic Recreation Specialists by the National Council on Therapeutic Recreation Certification.
InteRACT consults with faculty at the School of Human Communication Disorders as well as other faculty members within Dalhousie University, including the Department of Psychology & Neuroscience, and other departments and schools in the Faculty of Health Professions.
Meet our clinical staff
Linda Wozniak - Program Director
Linda Wozniak, MA, CCC-SLP, S-LP (C)
Linda Wozniak received her Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1981. She worked from 1981-1986 in both acute care and rehabilitation facilities. From 1986 - 2001, she was the Clinical Coordinator of Speech Language Pathology at the Dalhousie University School of Human Communication Disorders. Since 1987, Linda has run a weekly Communication Strategies Group for individuals who have aphasia resulting from a stroke, traumatic brain injury, and other neurological conditions. She co-authored a workbook for group aphasia therapy and has coauthored a number of articles and has presented on her experiences working with individuals with aphasia at conferences in Canada and the U.S. She has instructs graduate students in the area of aphasia and is actively involved in research involving a variety of topics related to communication disorders in adults. Linda is a coauthor of the CADL-3, a functional aphasia assessment, due to be published in 2017.
Linda coordinated the planning of InteRACT for many years, and has been the Director since the first program began. She has been pleased with the positive outcomes of the previous InteRACT programs and is excited about its continual growth.
Ellina Kostopoulos - Program Coordinator
Ellina Kostopoulos, BSc., CDA
Since receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Dalhousie University and a diploma with honors in Communication Disorders Assistant from Georgian College in Ontario in 1998, Ellina has dedicated her professional time to working with adults in both acute care and rehabilitation settings in Halifax. Along with completing the Aphasia Institute workshop on ‘Supported Conversation for Adults with Aphasia’, Ellina has attended numerous conferences and workshops and is dedicated toward improving the communication skills and quality of life for her patients.
Ellina became a member of the InteRACT team when it was still in development, and has enjoyed helping the program evolve.
Julie St-Pierre - Speech-Language Pathologist
Julie St-Pierre, M.Sc., S-LP (C)
Julie St-Pierre graduated from Dalhousie University in 2007 with her Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology. When not working for InteRACT, Julie has her own SLP private practice. Julie also has a background in early childhood education and is a part-time instructor at Mount Saint Vincent University in the Department of Child and Youth Study. Julie has served on the executive committee for the Speech & Hearing Association of Nova Scotia. Julie was involved in InteRACT as a graduate intern and has been working as a clinician with the program since 2012.
Heather Napoli - Speech-Language Pathologist
Heather Napoli, MSc, S-LP(C)
Heather Napoli graduated from the University of Toronto (U of T) in 2011 with her Master of Health Science in Speech-Language Pathology. After graduation, Heather worked as an S-LP in the Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention Program for children with Autism in Amherst, Nova Scotia and in an elementary school setting in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Prior to attending U of T, Heather completed her undergraduate studies in Psychology at Dalhousie University, where she had the chance to assist in a neuroimaging research study looking at the effects of the InteRACT program.
Dana Mills - Recreation Therapist
Dana Mills, CTRS, BRec, BCS
Since graduating in the field of therapeutic recreation from Dalhousie University in 1997, Dana has worked with various populations and in a variety of service areas across Canada. Her primary focus as a practitioner has been using life skills facilitation and coaching as an intervention process for enhancing the potential of individuals. She enjoys contributing to the field as an advocate and has been involved in two provincial boards. Dana has worked as an instructor at the NS Community College and also utilizes her skills as a recreation therapist, where she works as a Coordinator of Faith Formation Programs in her church. In this role, she facilitates and educates congregants and community members through varied community outreach programs that focus on social and spiritual development as people transition through the life stages.
See also: SHCD Administrative Support Team