Frequently Asked Questions

 
 

How much does therapy cost?

Rates are within the hourly range outlined by The Alberta Speech-Language Association of Private Practitioners (ASAPP). Please contact me for more specific assessment and treatment costs.

is therapy covered by alberta health care?

Unfortunately, Alberta Health Care does not provide coverage for private speech therapy.

does my insurance plan cover therapy?

Many group insurance plans cover at least a portion of the cost of private services which are usually listed under “Speech Therapy.” Please check your own plan for details.

can i use my health spending account?

Yes, voice therapy is considered a health care expense and is eligible for Health Spending Account reimbursement.

is therapy tax deductible?

If you are a professional performer, private voice therapy is tax deductible.

do you direct bill?

Unfortunately not, however, the invoice I provide has my registration number and information for you to submit to your insurance provider for reimbursement.

what are my options if i cannot invest in private services?

You can also access publicly funded voice therapy services from the Glenrose Hospital or the CRIS Clinic at Misericordia Hospital (call 780-735-2413 to self-refer for their services). Please keep in mind there is a waitlist for these public health services.

what kind of clients do you see?

Individuals who may benefit may include:

  • People who use their voice for this jobs: teachers, singers, actors, public speakers, sales representatives.

  • People with vocal nodules, polyps, muscle tension concerns, and vocal fold dysfunction.

  • Singers that are experiencing persistent pain, fatigue, or a loss of range when singing.

  • People living with Parkinsons’s Disease.

  • Individuals who are seeking speech and voice training to develop a voice that matches their gender identity.

  • People with aging voice concerns.

do i need to see an ent before coming?

Yes, you need to be seen by an ENT so we can make sure that voice therapy is prescribed and your vocal folds have been seen prior to starting treatment. You can seek a referral to an ENT from your family doctor.

why do we need to speak over the phone before finalizing an appointment time?

I need to speak to clients over the phone for a few minutes to gather some more details and to make sure voice therapy is a good fit.

are you taking new patients?

Yes, I am taking new patients. Please note: it takes 1-2 weeks before I am able to schedule an initial assessment and treatment session.

do you have video therapy sessions?

Yes, I am able to see clients for video session that reside in Alberta but I require an in person visit for the first appointment.

how long do i need to have therapy?

I usually see clients for 4-6 sessions with a session every 2 weeks. Voice therapy is extremely specific and cost-effective so a little goes a long way. If we are not seeing gains being made in this time, we would have a discussion on what are possible next steps.

when are therapy appointments?

Clients are booked Monday-Friday from 2-6 PM; however, there is some flexibility around that time frame.

where do you work?

I have a home office clinic to see clients in the West end (Callingwood-Gariepy) neighborhood of Edmonton. I do have cats that reside at my home residence, and while they are not in the clinic space, I wish to inform you in advance in case allergies are a significant issue.

will i need to sing during my session?

If you are having difficulties with your singing voice and that is a something you want to work on, yes, you will be asked to sing a cappella as part of the voice assessment. It is to help the therapist assess what may be the underlying difficulties in terms of singing technique.

what do i need for my first therapy session?

Bring a water bottle and indoor shoes/slippers if you don’t wish to be in socks for the session. If you are a singer, you may wish to bring sheet music to refer to but be prepared to sing a cappella.