Burnaby Area Team
Irene Lei, Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA), Behaviour Consultant
Irene has her M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction (Teaching and Learning) with a concentration in Applied Behavioral Analysis and Autism Spectrum through Arizona State University. She is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst® (BCBA). She is a "Category A" Behaviour Consultant on the Registry of Autism Service Providers (RASP). She has been working with children with autism since 2007. Irene began her career at Monarch House in 2009. She has extensive experience working with children with autism along with developmental delay and a variety of genetic disorders using the principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis in both home-based and centre-based settings. Irene is passionate about early intervention and training individuals to best support the client’s needs. She is working towards becoming a ESDM (Early Start Denver Model) Certified Therapist.
Marie Sleboda, Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA), Behaviour Consultant
Marie graduated from Louis Pasteur University in France with a Masters in Developmental Psychology, specializing in childhood and developmental delays in 2006. She quickly started working in the field of ABA as a Behaviour interventionist in Switzerland and developed her passion for ABA by attending to many workshops in Europe. She then provided behavioral intervention and consulting to children and teenagers aged 3-18 in France in both home and center-based settings before moving to Canada in 2015. Marie has been working with children with autism and developmental disabilities for nine years and became Board Certified Behaviour Analyst® (BCBA) in 2014. She is a Category A Behavior Consultant on the Registry of Autism Service Providers (RASP). Marie is currently working towards becoming an ESDM (Early Start Denver Model) Certified Therapist and has a special interests in Skinner's analysis of Verbal Behaviour, family training and early behavioral intervention.
Jamie Lee, Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA), Behaviour Consultant
Jamie completed her Masters of Education in Curriculum & Instruction (Teaching and Learning) with a concentration in Applied Behavior analysis and Autism Spectrum through Arizona State University in 2015 and became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA) that same year. She is a Category A Behavior Consultant on the Registry of Autism Service Providers (RASP). Jamie’s experiences include working with children under the age of 6 in home, centre, and school-based settings. She is working towards becoming a ESDM (Early Start Denver Model) Certified Therapist. Jamie is passionate about delivering comprehensive early intervention and providing parent training and coaching to address and support the unique needs of each child and family.
Tara Gosse, Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC), M.Ed, Head Counsellor
Tara completed her Masters of Education in Counselling Psychology at the University of British Columbia and is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors. She has over seven years of experience supporting children, adolescents, and adults through her work as a Counsellor, Behaviour Interventionist, Educational Assistant, and Distress Services Volunteer with the Crisis and Suicide Prevention Centre of BC. In these roles, she has gained experience in working with grief & loss, identity confusion, life transitions, self-esteem, stress and anxiety, depression, trauma and PTSD, relationship conflict, suicidality, and developmental disabilities. The foundation of her work with clients is in building a strong therapeutic relationship through offering a non-judgmental, empathic, and safe space to explore the parts of the client that are keeping them from living a more satisfying life. Tara draws from relational, experiential, and expressive modalities and has training in Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP), Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, and Synergetic Play Therapy.
Sarah Gonzales, Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA), Behaviour Consultant
Sarah graduated from Simon Fraser University with a BA in Psychology with a specialty in Disabilities and Applied Behaviour Analysis through Douglas College. She is pursuing her Master's in Professional Education: Applied Behaviour Analysis at the University of Western Ontario. Sarah has worked as a behaviour interventionist since 2013, soon becoming a senior behaviour interventionist and a junior behaviour consultant. Sarah has provided services to client through Monarch House in center, home, and preschool-based settings. Sarah is passionate about early intervention and using applied behaviour analysis in a collaborative approach to help children develop functional communication, play, and life skills that will create a positive long-term outcome for themselves and their family.
Andrea Woods Gonzalez, B.A. (ABA - Autism), Behaviour Consultant
Andrea has been an active member in the field of ABA since 2008. She was awarded her BA in Applied Behaviour Analysis in 2017, with a thesis concentration in teaching individuals with ASD empathy and theory of mind. Her experiences include working with individuals of all ages, including teens and adults. Since starting employment at Monarch House, Andrea has served multiple roles; leading intensive peer treatment classes (IPT), hiring and training of new interventionists, and providing substitute sessions for clients when needed. Andrea plans to pursue her Master’s of ABA through Arizona State University in the near future, in order to further advance her education and skill set. Andrea has a special interest in the functions of behavior, and enjoys researching effective intervention strategies.
Kitty Lau, Behaviour Consultant
Kitty completed her Masters of Education in Curriculum & Instruction (Teaching and Learning) with a concentration in Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) and Autism Spectrum through Arizona State University in 2017. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, with concentration in ABA through a joint program with Simon Fraser University and Douglas College. She has been working in the field since 2013, and has experience both working directly with children as a behaviour interventionist, and with providing consultative services to families. Her passion lies in providing evidence based early intervention, as well as providing parent coaching to provide support to the family.
Lauren Matthews, Behaviour Consultant
Lauren completed her Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction (Teaching and Learning) with a concentration in Applied Behaviour Analysis and Autism Spectrum Disorder through Arizona State University in 2017. Lauren has experience working as a senior behaviour interventionist with children under the age of 6 in home and center-based programs since 2014 and later as a junior behaviour consultant. Lauren is passionate about providing early-intervention with a family-centered and collaborative approach.
Dawn Chan, Behaviour Consultant
Dawn graduated from Simon Fraser University (SFU) with a Master of Arts in Educational Psychology. Through her role as a research coordinator at the Centre for Research on Early Child and Education at SFU, she has been involved in research that explores young children’s executive functions and language development. She had also assisted in conducting social attention research with individuals with and without autism. Dawn has 5 years of experience working with and providing support for individuals with various special needs (e.g., autism spectrum disorder (ASD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety disorders, developmental disabilities, physical disabilities, etc.) ranging from 2 to 21 years of age. Dawn is passionate about helping children learn and providing learning strategies, skills, and accommodations to assist those with special needs to reach their full potentials.
Paige Leung, Junior Behaviour Consultant
Paige graduated from the University of the Fraser Valley with a Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Care (with distinction) in 2018. Paige started her Masters of Arts in Applied Behavior Analysis at Arizona State University in 2018. She has been working at Monarch House for over 2.5 years where she began as a behavior interventionist, and has now transitioned into her role as Junior Behavior Consultant where she facilitates and teaches Intensive Peer Teaching (IPT) groups and aids in the hiring and training of new behavior interventionists. Paige has a special interest in studying environmental effects on behavior, including attachment and early adverse childhood experiences (trauma).
Pratibha Umrariya, Occupational Therapist, Clinical Practice Leader
Pratibha has been working as an Occupational Therapist with children since 2007. She has completed Bachelor of Occupational Therapy at the top of her class followed by a Masters degree in Occupational Therapy with top honors and a Gold medal. She has specialized in orthopedic conditions and has worked with children from 0-14 years of age with various diagnoses including Developmental Delay, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Attention Deficit Disorder, Learning and Sensory Integration Disorders. She has been a Trainer of Trainers, Lecturer and Resource Developer for 3 years with the World Health Organization to develop Occupational Therapy curriculum and services in Sri Lanka and has a rich prior experience of working with several integrated schools (providing in-class assistance, individualized sessions and group therapy sessions). She is trained and certified in Handwriting Without Tears Multisensory Program and Integrated Listening Systems (iLs). She is registered with the College of Occupational Therapists of British Columbia (COTBC), the Canadian National Organization of Occupational Therapists (CAOT). She has a passion for working with children, learning and believes in being open to ideas from parents while working with them.
Reux Sanchez, Occupational Therapist
Reux Sanchez has been an OT for over 10 years. He completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Therapy from a renowned University in the Philippines. After receiving his professional OT registration in the Philippines, he devoted four years of his practice specializing in pediatrics where he honed his skills in providing occupational therapy service (early intervention) to children with special needs like Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), Developmental Coordination Disorders (DCD), and Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD). Reux has also lived and worked in three different countries namely, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia and Oman and has gained vast experiences in working with adults with physical disabilities. He then moved to Canada and has pursued his practice in pediatrics focusing in sensory processing, self-regulation, gross motor, and fine motor and self-care skills. It is his goal to help children reach their optimum occupational performance required in their day to day activities. Reux is registered with the Registry of Autism Service Provider (RASP), College of Occupational Therapist of British Columbia (COTBC) and a proud member of the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT). He is also trained and certified with Integrated Listening Systems (ILS) and Hand Writing Without Tears Program and he is very eager to enrich his knowledge and skills through engaging in continuing education and professional development to further develop skills in providing quality evidenced based therapy service.
Speech and Language
Becca Yu, Speech-Language Pathologist, Clinical Practice Leader, Manager of Operations
Becca completed her Bachelor's of Science in Biology at the University of British Columbia and her Master's of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology at Northwestern University in Chicago. She is certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC). She is registered with the College of Speech and Hearing Health Professionals of BC and is a provider on the Registry of Autism Service Providers (RASP). She is the current Director of Public Education for the Speech and Hearing BC and has been on their council since 2015. She is a strong advocate for timely access to services and therapeutic support across the life span. Becca has worked with children with special needs since 2005 and a part of the Monarch House team since 2010. She has experience as a behaviour interventionist and has worked as an SLP in both the public and private sectors. Becca is very passionate about working with children and has special interests in augmentative and alternative communication, bilingual language development and feeding disorders. She takes a collaborative approach in her clinical practice and believes in setting long term goals to provide the best quality of life for her clients and their families. She has training in Hanen, Sequential Oral Sensory (S.O.S.) Approach for feeding, Language Acquisition Through Motor Planning (LAMP) and Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) and is attend workshops on executive functioning (Sarah Ward - Cognitive Connections), Pivotal Response Training (PRT) and the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM).
Nicola Keohane, Speech-Language Pathologist
Nicola graduated from University College Cork, Ireland with a Bachelor's degree in Public Health and Epidemiology and completed her Masters in Speech and Language Therapy in the University of Limerick, Ireland. She has experience working with children with autism through volunteer work, as a speech language pathologist (SLP) practicum student and as a graduate SLP in both individual and group therapy settings. Nicola has a special interest in speech sound disorders and completed her thesis in this area. She is registered with the College of Speech & Hearing Health Professionals of British Columbia.
Jessica Luu, Speech-Language Pathologist
Jessica Luu graduated from the University of British Columbia, with an undergraduate degree in Speech Sciences, followed by a Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology. She has gained experience working with children with Autism in several practicums as a Speech-Language Pathology Student, as well as through volunteer experience. Jessica has a special interest in social communication. She is registered with the College of Speech & Hearing Health Professionals of British Columbia.