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.
Unfortunately, Alberta Health Care does not provide coverage for private speech 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.
Yes, voice therapy is considered a health care expense and is eligible for Health Spending Account reimbursement.
If you are a professional performer, private voice therapy is tax deductible.
Unfortunately not, however, the invoice I provide has my registration number and information for you to submit to your insurance provider for reimbursement.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Clients are booked Monday-Friday from 2-6 PM; however, there is some flexibility around that time frame.
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.
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.
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.