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Our Team.

Outside The Box offers a therapy modality different from the models applied in a therapy office. It focuses on the child’s self-acceptance and teaches them to create their own goals, objectives, and coping mechanisms, always using playful methods to interact with children a. The main goal is to respect the learning pace and the children’s ability to focus on a particular environment and day.


Our methodology has a fundamentally family-based approach and also a multidisciplinary context strategy. 


Aline Moraes

Speech-Language Pathologist/ Founder

Aline is originally from Brazil, where she practiced for almost 20 years assessing, treating and helping children with speech-language and learning difficulties.  As part of a multidisciplinary team, she carries a multicultural and bilingual experience, working with a thoughtful, family-centred approach. Aline is an outdoor lover with a passion for fitness, health and wellness; when she is not working, she is hiking, riding her bike, snowshoeing or paddling in the great Canadian outdoors.


Jayla-Rae Ritchie

Speech-Language Pathologist Assistant

Jayla is from South East Saskatchewan and grew up on a farm just outside of a small town called Alameda. She completed her Speech Pathologist Assistant diploma at Medicine Hat College. Jayla is passionate about working with children and has always loved lending a helping hand. This is her first year working as an SLP-A, and is looking forward to a great year. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, riding her horse, or relaxing with some Netflix.


Sara Deas-Dawlish

Speech-Language Pathologist

Sara was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta and was fortunate enough to work with many amazing families in the area prior to moving to England, where she completed her Master's degree in Speech and Language Pathology. As a newly registered SLP, Sara has returned home and looks forward to using her new knowledge and experience to support children of all ages and stages reach their fullest potential while empowering their families along the way. When she is not working, she loves to travel, be in the mountains or trying new restaurants with family and friends


Shannon Kushniruk

Speech-Language Pathologist

Shannon is a Registered Speech-Language Pathologist who works with preschool and school-aged children with special needs, to foster development of their speech-language, communication, and play skills. Shannon firmly believes that children learn best through play and that parent involvement in the intervention process is crucial for success. Shannon is experienced in providing home, school, and community-based services and enjoys collaborating with parents, teachers, and other professionals. Shannon holds a Bachelor Degree in Education from the University of Alberta and a Master of Science Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Utah. In her spare time Shannon enjoys yoga, hiking, spending time in the mountains, going out to dinner out with family/friends, and spending lots of time with her husband, two young children, and dog.


Amy Harker

Speech-Language Pathologist

Amy has been a speech-language pathologist for 15 years. During that time, she has helped hundreds of children find their voices and gain the power of improved communication. She values working closely with families and incorporating fun, creative, evidence-based practices in speech-language therapy.

 In her spare time, she loves exploring nature with her husband and four children and cheering on the basketball court and at piano and dance recitals. She also volunteers in various church organizations, currently as the president of the 18 month to 11-year-old children’s group.

 She is excited to be part of this amazing team supporting children, families and teachers in their speech and language pursuits!


Thea Jochelson

Speech-Language Pathologist

Thea is a Registered Speech-Language Pathologist who is experienced in working with young children. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics from the University of Calgary and a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Alberta. Thea values a play-based approach to speech and language therapy, supporting clients and their families in meeting communication goals in fun and functional ways. Thea is a born and raised Calgarian. In her spare time she loves traveling, going to movies, reading books, and spending time with family and friends.

Jan-Marie Bucholtz

Speech-Language Pathologist

Jan-Marie was born and raised in Calgary. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders and Masters in Communication Disorders at Minot State University. She loves supporting children and their families reach their speech and language goals. Jan-Marie has special interests in speech sound disorders and Down syndrome. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her two children, family, and friends in Calgary and in the mountains. She especially enjoys swimming and hiking with her family. 


Carly van Boven

Behaviour Therapist

Carly van Boven is a Behaviour Therapist who has lived in Calgary for 6.5
years. She previously lived in Vernon, BC where she also worked as a Behaviour
Consultant. She lives with her husband, her 4 year old son, and their dog Pip. 
Carly has worked with children and families for 16 years. She received her
Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Psychology in 2008 and her Master of
Education in Curriculum and Design in 2015. She has always loved supporting
children and families to expand their capabilities. 
When she is not working with her clients and their families, she enjoys finding a
tall mountain to climb, playing games, reading, traveling, and spending time with
her family.


Zoe Parkinson-Fisher

Speech-Language Pathologist

Zoe Parkinson-Fisher is a registered speech-language pathologist who has spent most of her career working with the pediatric population. She received both her Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders and her Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology at Minot State University. Zoe has special interests in working with late talkers, stuttering, articulation/phonology, and language delays/disorders but is comfortable working with a variety of communication delays and disorders.

Zoe is passionate about speech-language pathology and strives to provide the best comprehensive services she can for each individual client. She believes collaboration between parents, the child, and other professionals is essential in supporting the child as a whole. Zoe is certified to provide It Takes Two to Talk® - The Hanen Program® for Parents of Children with Language Delays, Target Word™ - The Hanen Program® for Parents of Children who are Late Talkers and Learning Language and Loving It™ - The Hanen Program® for Early Childhood Educators/Teachers. Additionally, she is trained in both the Lidcombe Program for Stuttering in Young Children and Palin Parent-Child Interaction Therapy for Early Childhood Stammering.

When Zoe is not seeing clients, she spends most of her time with her three children, husband, and dog. Zoe loves to travel but hasn’t found a view better than the Rocky Mountains. Though she grew up in Saskatchewan, the Rockies stole her heart and brought her to Cochrane in 2016. The relationships she has built with clients, co-workers, and community members have truly made Cochrane her home!

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