Hi! I’m Dr. Alexandra Carter. I am a Registered Psychologist who specializes in assessment and consultation for children with neurodevelopmental disorders, and I am the director at Akira Clinic. For over 10 years I have been providing comprehensive and complex assessments of toddlers, children, and teens and have worked in various settings (e.g., public school system, community mental health, hospital). In my private practice I often assess children for learning disorders, ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, developmental delays, or mental health concerns like anxiety. I support children and their families facing challenges with social, attention, executive functioning, emotion regulation, behaviour, and learning difficulties. I no longer see children for therapy/counselling. If you’d like to learn more about the assessments I offer, please visit services.
I have a doctorate in School Psychology from the University of British Columbia and a masters degree from the University of Toronto in Cognitive Neuropsychology, with a specialization in memory impairments. I have been fortunate to have worked in the public school system for a few years and have experience collaborating with school professionals to design plans and programs that help improve outcomes for children. I have been classified as a Qualified Specialist (QS) in autism assessment through the BC Autism Assessment Network (BCAAN). I previously worked as a consultant for the provincial government, providing support in designing programs for children with autism.
I believe that early assessment and intervention is critical to ensuring the best outcomes for my clients. I embrace opportunities to consult with educators and other professionals such as speech pathologists, occupational therapists, and paediatricians before, during and after an assessment to ensure a child’s academic and social-emotional success.
Hi! I’m Carolyn Taylor, a Certified School Psychologist who specializes in providing psycho-educational assessments for children, adolescents, and young adults. I work in the public school system as a school psychologist and also conduct psycho-educational assessments in private practice under Dr. Carter’s supervision. I have experience working with families, students, and school teams to address learning, mental health, and behavioural difficulties that are impacting a student’s learning. Working concurrently within a local school district provides me with an understanding of school systems that allows for meaningful recommendations to be made for students and those who work with them. I completed my Master of Arts in School and Applied Child Psychology at UBC, and received my undergraduate degree in Psychology from St. Francis Xavier University.
Hi! I’m Chelsey Chichak, M.S. SLP(C), CCC-SLP, a Registered Speech Language Pathologist and director at Mainland Speech Pathology Inc. I discovered my passion for helping individuals achieve better communication skills through speech and language therapy when I was on a golf scholarship to Eastern Washington University. I received both my Bachelors and Masters of Communication Disorders in beautiful Spokane, Washington. Once I moved back to Canada I started my career at a not-for-profit in Calgary, Alberta where I gained a wealth of knowledge and experience working within a supportive and collaborative team environment.
I have been fortunate to receive a number of specialized trainings and certifications such as: HANEN: ABC and Beyond Advanced Workshop, HANEN: More Than Words, HANEN: Learning Language and Loving It, HANEN: It Takes Two To Talk, LETRS: Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling Training, LiPS: Lindamood Phonemic Sequencing Program Training, V&V: Visualizing and Verbalizing Language Comprehension Training, LAMP: Language Acquisition Through Motor Planning, ORPP- Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders Level 1 and Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic argets (PROMPT).
Combined with my love and passion with Early Intervention, I also have an interest in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) systems as well as school-aged, adults and intensive care/brain-injured patients. I am a certified TouchChat Trainer and I’m able to help parents, therapy team members and school teams to better support their TouchChat AAC users.
I love continuing to better myself as a Speech Language Pathologist and staying up to date in evidence-based best practices.
I am so fortunate to work alongside a wonderful team of SLPs/Speech Therapy Assistant in the Fraser Valley! We provide Speech and Language Therapy in home as well as in school environments. I believe in trying to do as much therapy as possible within the routine of a household with the collaboration and involvement of parents and entire families. It takes a village in life, as well as with Speech and Language Therapy.
When I’m not working, I’m hanging out with my two young children, my husband and my dog. We love the outdoors and of course- golf!
Hi! I’m Rachel King, a Certified School Psychologist and child psychology PhD student at UBC. I have been working in the public school system and in private practice with Dr. Carter, providing psycho-educational assessments to children and adolescents. This year I will be doing a practicum with Dr. Carter, conducting assessments for children with neurodevelopmental disorders, with a focus on Autism assessments. I have experience working with families, school teams and other professionals to support children’s learning, behaviour, development and mental health needs. I completed undergraduate degrees in Neuroscience and Psychology at Trinity College, in Dublin, Ireland, where I am originally from, and a Master of Arts in School and Applied Child Psychology at UBC.
Hi! I’m Juliane Dmyterko, a Certified School Psychologist, and a second-year doctoral student in School and Applied Child Psychology at the University of British Columbia (UBC). I have experience in private psychology clinics, working and supervising master level students at a training clinic at UBC along with extensive experience working at public schools completing psychoeducational assessments for children, adolescence and adults. At the Akira Clinic, I am completing a doctoral practicum in Autism Spectrum Disorder Assessment under the supervision of Dr. Carter. I earned my Master of Arts in School and Applied Child Psychology and my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at UBC. My passion for supporting children and youth with diverse learning needs began when I was an educational assistant, and as such have put my efforts into learning as much as possible in this field. For much of my career, I have worked in schools with students. As such, I have widespread knowledge about the supportive services that can be accessed at the school district and classroom levels to support diverse learners. I am passionate about working collaboratively with children, families and school staff to provide client-centered comprehensive assessments that focus on identifying and utilizing a person’s strengths to fostering their learning and overall development.
Hi! I’m Jacqueline Pelayo, a Certified School Psychologist in British Columbia, Licensed Specialist in School Psychology in Texas, and across the United States under the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). My graduate degree is a master’s and specialist in School Psychology, completed at said university, and I’m currently working on my doctorate in Clinical Psychology. While working at schools in Texas, I specialized in working with students with Autism, ADHD, emotional disturbance, and developing individualized education plans. I worked for Houston Independent School District and Dallas Independent School District, mainly identifying children with autism and emotional concerns. Working as a school psychologist has allowed me to communicate with teachers to develop adequate plans for children to succeed academically, emotionally, and behaviourally. I was trained to implement behaviour and academic interventions, monitor progress, promote positive behaviour support and mental health, create safe and positive school climates, identity at-risk students, provide crisis prevention, reinforce positive peer relationships and social problem solving, and provide individual and group counseling. I’m currently working for a local school district in BC and completing my doctoral trainee experience with Dr. Carter. I love working with children, and I’m particularly drawn to children on the autism spectrum.