The Team

Michelle Hand and Keiri Porter, the owners of Butterfly Paediatric Therapy Inc., are Physiotherapists with a combined 30+ years experience in paediatrics, working in the community, at Children’s Treatment Centres, and in private practice.  While their focus and education have gone in slightly different directions, their treatment philosophies, passions and goals are similar. Butterfly’s vision is to provide families with specialized care for their children.

Whether your child has special needs, an orthopaedic injury, sensory processing difficulties, fine motor delays and handwriting difficulties, feeding issues, challenges with school performance or a communication disorder, Butterfly’s therapists will work one-on-one with your child to enhance performance, increase independence and decrease frustrations.

Butterfly’s goal is to increase access to care, provide a convenient location for families and offer multidisciplinary services in one central location. Butterfly is an environment designed specifically for children to be fun and motivating while also being therapeutic.

Physiotherapists

Michelle Hand

Michelle’s educational background includes a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology from the
University of Western Ontario in 1998 and a Master’s Degree IMG_0616in Physiotherapy from McMaster University in 2002.  Michelle has completed a number of post-graduate courses including Cuevas MEDEK Exercises (CME III) with Ramon Cuevas, Introductory and Intermediate Neurodevelopmental Treatment (NDT), Introductory and Advanced Kinesiotaping as well as Functional Exercise and Gait Training courses for children with special needs.  Michelle also has experience with an orthopaedic population of all ages.


Keiri Porter

Keiri graduated from Physiotherapy at McMaster University in 1998, and IMG_0619also has a Kinesiology degree from the University of Waterloo.  Keiri has completed Cuevas MEDEK Exercises (CME III) with Ramon Cuevas, the eight week Neurodevelopmental Treatment (NDT) course, as well as introductory and baby specific courses with an NDT focus. During her treatment sessions, Keiri also draws on functional strength training, introductory and advanced Kinesiotaping, motor control, and gait training from various educational courses helpful for children of all ages. In addition, Keiri has experience with paediatric orthopaedic issues.


Nicole Dello

Nicole received her undergraduate and physiotherapy degrees from Queen’s University. She has worked and volunteered in a variety of paediatric settings, both locally and abroad. Nicole has spent the last two years living in Calgary and working at an outpatient paediatric clinic treating infants and children with a wide variety of conditions, both orthopaedic and neurodevelopmental. She was also working as a research clinician through the University of Calgary doing baseline concussion testing with youth hockey players. Nicole is excited to return to her hometown of Toronto and be part of the Butterfly team. She also currently works on the Neuromuscular team at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital. Nicole is certified in Dry Needling, and has completed courses in current paediatric research, acupuncture and soft tissue techniques. She has a passion for paediatric populations, and is eager to continue working in this setting.


Natalie Langstaff

Natalie graduated from Queen’s University with her Masters of Science in Physiotherapy. Prior to this, she attended McMaster University and completed her Honors Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. Natalie has worked in a variety of paediatric settings including Children’s Treatment Centers, private practice and hospital settings. She also has experience with orthopaedic and acute care populations of all ages.

Natalie has completed additional certifications in Advanced Manual Therapy Level 1, Kinesiotaping and Vestibular Rehabilitation. She has a keen interest in global health initiatives and has worked abroad in Ukraine and Belize treating children with neurological conditions.

Natalie engages children to create an exciting environment. She implements innovative and creative play-based techniques to inspire children to participate in therapeutic activities and achieve their functional goals. Natalie is passionate about treating children with developmental challenges and athletes suffering from a concussion.

In her spare time, Natalie enjoys yoga, hiking, skiing and travelling.

Jacqueline Yeldon

Jacqueline earned her Masters of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Toronto and prior to this a Bachelors of Kinesiology (honours) from Acadia University. She has experience providing physiotherapy services to children of all ages with various orthopedic, neurological and developmental conditions in acute care hospitals, rehabilitation facilities and outpatient settings.

Jacqueline has a keen interest in orthopedics and has completed courses in basic taping and soft tissue release. She recently received her Level 1 Advanced Orthopedic Manual and Manipulative Therapy Diploma as well as her Medical First Responders Certification in order to pursue on-field medical sport coverage. Jacqueline is passionate about helping children reach their full potential in a safe, fun, inclusive and stimulating environment.

Sandy Tung

Sandy hails from Cape Town, South Africa. She graduated from the University IMG_0615of Cape Town with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Physiotherapy.  Sandy has worked abroad in Cape Town, South Africa and Cambridge, United Kingdom with the pediatric population in private, hospital and community settings. She has completed a number of pediatric courses, some of which include Introductory, Intermediate and Baby Pediatric NDT as well as Cuevas MEDEK Exercises (CME I).  Sandy has a particular interest in children with neurological and developmental challenges. She enjoys helping and working with children to reach their full potential.

Terry Wilson

Terry graduated from Physiotherapy at McMaster University. Since graduating, she has worked exclusively IMG_0875with children. Her experience includes working for early intervention services, children’s treatment centres, and a school board. She has worked in the capacity of physiotherapist as well as program manager and team facilitator to promote the Child and Family Team within rehabilitation. Terry’s experience includes working with children across a broad range of conditions including children with physical disabilities, developmental disabilities, sensory issues, autism spectrum disorder, and undiagnosed motor impairment.

Terry has participated in ongoing professional development, taking advantage of many and varied learning opportunities throughout her career. Some of her learning experiences include courses such as Introductory and Intermediate NDT, Is it Sensory or Is It Behaviour, The Hypotonic Child, Developmental Coordination Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder –Current Research, Coaching/Mentoring and Interdisciplinary Practice, as well as obtaining a certificate in Leadership Development from Georgian College. She has an interest in supporting children with special needs globally and has lectured and volunteered as a physiotherapist internationally.

Occupational Therapists


Sheryl Jean

Sheryl graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 1994 IMG_0614with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy, as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology, with an emphasis on Child Development.  Over the last 20 years, Sheryl has worked exclusively in paediatrics, with children from newborn to 19 years of age.  Sheryl has experience working with  children in their homes, in the community and in a children’s treatment centre setting. Sheryl has completed the Introductory NDT course, The Get Permission Approach to Sensory Mealtime Challenges, Baby Steps Ambulation, and Handwriting Without Tears courses.  She values ongoing education and continues to take courses to further develop skills in the areas of paediatric gross motor and fine motor functioning, feeding and swallowing skills, and sensory processing.  Sheryl has run printing groups and helped to develop a fine motor skills group.  Sheryl is passionate about making a difference in the lives of children and their caregivers.  Her positive, family-centred, holistic approach to assessment and treatment empowers families, and enables children to be the best they can be. Sheryl enjoys biking and dragon boating, spending time with family and friends, and volunteers as the VP of a local high performance youth jazz band in her free time.

Krista Sawadski

Krista graduated from Queen’s University with her Masters of Science degree in Occupational Therapy, after completing her Bachelors of Science degree (Honours) in Health Sciences at Brock University. Her previous experience includes services to children and families, within their homes and schools, to provide creative and personalized OT services. She is also currently working at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital on the Get Up and Go Persistent Pain Service. Krista values ongoing professional development and has completed the Introductory Course to Paediatric NDT, Handwriting Without Tears, First Strokes and Fine Motor Workshop, and the Zones of Regulation. She has been trained in the Willbarger Therapressure Protocol and is an Individual Authorizer for Writing Aids. Krista values both family-centered and interprofessional team approaches to therapy. In her practice, Krista abides by the philosophy that “Play is the highest form of research” (Albert Einstein), in that through play, children are able to gain new knowledge and skills.

Speech-Language Pathologists

 

Denitsa Getsova

Denitsa graduated from the Master’s program in Speech-Language Pathology at Sofia University, Bulgaria. In her practice, she has worked with IMG_0622preschool and school-aged children with a wide range of communication difficulties – speech (articulation, phonology, motor speech), fluency (stuttering), language, preliteracy and literacy skills, cognitive-communication (social communication, executive functions).  Denitsa has completed the It Takes Two to Talk®and More Than Words®family-focused intervention programs designed for parents of children with language delays and social communication difficulties/Autism Spetrum Disoders (ASD). Additionally, Denitsa has received training in the PROMPT system(for motor speech disorders), DIR®Floortime Model(child-centered approach for children with ASD) and PECS (augmentative/alternative communication program for nonverbal or minimally verbal children). Denitsa incorporates new technology and uses an iPad in her sessions both as a way to support her clients’ communication needs and a tool for language learning. She provides assistance to parents in the process of selection of educational iPad applications for home practice.