Dinusha is a speech-language pathologist with over 20 years of experience working with a wide variety of voice and swallowing disorders. She works with adults and children who may have difficulties with their voice, chronic cough, inducible laryngeal obstruction (ILO) and swallowing disorders. She began her speech therapy career in London, UK where she received advanced clinical training and experience in voice and swallowing disorders at a teaching hospital. She worked within an ENT (Ear Nose and Throat) team as a specialist voice therapist for 10 years before returning home to Vancouver in 2011 and continuing to work with voice and swallowing disorders in acute care hospital settings.
Dinusha currently works in the public sector alongside her private practice. She provides specialist training and mentorship to peers, presents at medical conferences and is a clinical instructor at the School of Audiology and Speech Sciences UBC.
Dinusha has a deep appreciation for how the voice is an integral part of a person’s identity and how any impairment in this area can have a significant impact on a person’s life. She works closely with her clients to understand their concerns and come up with treatment options that produce the most successful outcomes.
EXPERIENCE & EDUCATION
Over 20 years experience including:
︎ 10 years working in London, UK for the National Health Service (NHS) specialising in voice and swallowing disorders.
︎ Over 10 years working in Vancouver, Canada across acute care hospital settings and currently working part-time at BC Cancer.
︎ Registered member of the College of Speech and Hearing Health Professionals of BC with advanced competencies in the assessment of voice and swallowing disorders.
︎ Past Board member of the College of Speech and Hearing Health Professionals of BC.
︎ Team member at the Pacific Voice Clinic.
︎ Clinical instructor for Voice Disorders at UBC.
︎ B.A. Speech Sciences: University of British Columbia, Canada
︎ M.Sc Speech Language Pathology: University College London, UK.
Dinusha has presented at a number of conferences and inservices including:
︎ 2023: Webinar on ‘Introduction to Fibreoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallow’ to members of Speech and Hearing Canada (SAC)
︎ 2023: World Voice Day presentation on ‘Voice Disorders in Head and Neck Cancer’ as part of UBC ENT lecture series
︎ 2022: Presentation at BC Society of Allergy and Immunology on ‘SLP role with Exercise Induced Laryngeal Obstruction (EILO)’.
︎ 2022 & 2021: Presentation to ENT residents at the laryngology lecture series on 'Voice Disorders in Head and Neck Cancer'.
︎ 2021: Inservice to pediatric respirology at BC Childrens Hospital on ‘SLP Role with Exercise Induced Laryngeal Obstruction (EILO)’.
Appointments are available via telehealth using Zoom and in-person
at This World’s Ours Center at 191 East 10th Avenue.
60min Initial assessment via Zoom: $160
45min Treatment session via Zoom: $125
In-person appointments are charged at a slightly higher rate
and will be discussed upon contact.
Most extended health care plans cover speech therapy up to a certain amount.
Please check with your plan regarding individual coverage.