Laurie UsherAudiologist and Practice Leader
Laurie joined the staff as the Clinical Coordinator of the Audiology Department in 2001 after 20 years in public health audiology in BC. She did her training in Arizona and Idaho and her first job was as the community audiologist in Vernon. Prior to coming to BC Children’s, she was the Lower Mainland coordinator for public health audiology. She was the chair of the steering committee of the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention – BC. As a result of their efforts, the BC Early Hearing Program has been launched in BC, providing earliest detection of hearing loss and intervention services for children and their families. She is currently working in the area of evaluation and research for the BC Early Hearing Program. She has been the recipient of both the Canadian Academy of Audiology - Honors of the Academy and the Distinguished Service Award of the BC Association of Speech Language Pathologists and Audiologists. Her clinical work at Children’s is with the Neonatal Follow Up Team, supporting the neonatal intensive care graduates and their families along with a team of interdisciplinary colleagues.
BC Early Hearing Program Support Audiologist
Alison has worked as a pediatric audiologist, in both public health and at BC Children’s Hospital, since completing her M.Sc. in Audiology from the University of British Columbia in 2007. In her current role as Program Support Audiologist for the BC Early Hearing Program (BCEHP), Alison provides audiological assessment and auditory brainstem response (ABR) assessment for children from around the province, as well as ABR support and training to the BCEHP Diagnostic Audiologists.
Cochlear Implant Coordinator
Raegan has worked as an audiologist, primarily in the area of cochlear implants since graduating from Western Washington University in 2004 with her M.A. in Audiology. Raegan has also recently completed her Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) degree from Salus University in October of 2010. She began her career working with the adult Cochlear Implant Program with the Calgary Health Region for two years, and then went on work with Cochlear Americas as the Clinical Applications Specialist for Western Canada for 5 years. She joined the Cochlear Implant Team in August 2011.
Kristina has worked as an audiologist since 2007, after graduating from the University of British Columbia with her Masters degree in Audiology. Kristina has experience with both adult and pediatric populations through her previous work at WorkSafeBC, and Surrey Memorial Hospital. Kristina has training in vestibular assessment and management, and also provides Diagnostic Auditory Brainstem Response testing through the BC Early Hearing Program. Kristina’s work at BCCH also involves assessment of children through the Cleft Palate/Craniofacial Team.
Beth has been working at BC Children's since 1985 and has also worked at Vancouver General Hospital, St. Paul's Hospital, the Vancouver Oral Centre, the Western Institute of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and the Program for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Adults at Vancouver Community College. Beth completed her MSc in Audiology and Speech Sciences at the University of British Columbia in 1982 and has been a Clinical Assistant Professor there since 1994. She has done research in aural rehabilitation, focussing on communication strategies and sensory devices for people with severe-profound hearing loss. She has taught speechreading (lipreading) at VCC since 1981. Beth currently works full-time at at Children's. She has particular interests in ototoxicity and hearing assessment of difficult-to-test children.
Ruth has worked as a pediatric audiologist after completing her M.Sc. in Audiology and Speech Sciences from the University of British Columbia in 2002. Ruth recently joined the team at Children’s in October 2008, primarily working in the Cochlear Implant Services. Prior to this, she was at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto working on various teams including the Cochlear Implant Program.
Samantha has worked as an Audiometric Technician for over 6 years. She worked at the Western Institute for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing for over 5 years before joining the BC Early Hearing program in November 2011 at BC Children’s & Women’s. She divides her time between Screening newborns and assisting the audiologists in the Cochlear Implant program and Audiology department.
Lorna is the Administrative Assistant for Cochlear Implant Services, in addition to the Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy Department at BC Children's & Women's. She originally started with Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children in 1996 and has worked in various clinics and departments within BC Children’s Hospital and Sunny Hill including the Visually Impaired Program, Communication Development Department, Child Life, and Sexual Assault Services.
Cindy has worked as a clinical audiologist for 35 years since graduating from the University of British Columbia in 1980. Over the course of her career in BC and Ontario, she has worked as an educational audiologist, in a centre for special needs children and adults providing diagnostic and rehabilitation services and in hospital settings with both children and adults. Cindy previously worked at BC Children’s Hospital from 1988 to 2000 with the Visually Impaired, Neonatal Follow-up, Cleft Palate and Craniofacial and Cochlear Implant teams. During that time she taught the Pediatric Audiology course for the School of Audiology and Speech Sciences at UBC. For the past 14 years, Cindy has worked at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver , most recently as the Professional Practice Leader in Audiology and Co-ordinator of the BC Adult Cochlear Implant Program with clinical work in Cochlear Implants. She has a particular interest in cochlear implants, visual impairment and assessment of difficult-to-test children. She is delighted to be returning to Children’s in a clinical capacity and to be working with people who are shorter than she is.
Jenny is trained as an Audiologist and has worked at BC Children’s Hospital since 2008. Prior to this, she worked at the UBC Human Auditory Physiology Lab for over four years. Jenny has a number of publications in the field of auditory evoked potential testing, and continues to be actively involved in research in this area. She joined the BC Early Hearing Program (BCEHP) in August 2010. In her Clinical Diagnostic Audiology role, she provides clinical Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) testing at BC Children’s Hospital, as well as ABR testing support and training to the BCEHP Diagnostic Audiologists around the province.
Cheryl Labelle – Atkins
Audiology Sedation Nurse
Cheryl joined the staff as the sedation nurse for sedated ABR’s in the Audiology Department in 2005 after 17 years in general pediatrics and post anesthetic recovery room. She did her training at Langara College with a diploma in Registered Nursing and recently in 2011 completed her Degree in Nursing (Bsn). Cheryl’s specialty is working with children with special needs as well as an advocate for families.
Catherine is the administrative assistant for the Audiology and Speech Department. She has worked for BC Children and Women's Hospital since 1996 when she began at Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children. She has been at the BC Children’s Hospital site since March 2001, working in the Oak Tree Clinic, Neonatal Follow-up Program, the Microbiology Lab and currently in the Audiology & Speech Department. She is responsible for booking appointments and keeping a very busy clinic organized.
Donna has been with Children’s since 1993; first on a part-time basis and full-time since January 2002. She has also worked in a private practice hearing aid clinic and in the Neuro-otology Clinic at VGH since graduating with her Master of Science from McGill University in 1993. She obtained a Bachelor of Nursing degree from University of Manitoba in 1989 and worked as a nurse for three years before returning to university. She enjoys all aspects of working in pediatrics, but her special area of interest is cochlear implants.