Voice Therapy FAQs

Where do you offer service?

I’m licensed to practice in Ontario, Canada. I offer in person sessions in Toronto (High Park/Junction) & Owen Sound. Virtual services province wide.

Are you a Registered Speech Language Pathologist?
Yes, I graduated with an MSc in Speech Science from UBC and have been licensed as a regulated health care professional to practice in Ontario since 2000. (https://www.caslpo.com)
Is voice therapy covered by OHIP?
No, however there are ways to access publicly funded voice therapy services.

Preschool children may be able to access voice services through the Ontario’s Preschool Speech and Language Program.

School aged children- contact your child’s principal to discuss a voice screening with an SLP to determine eligibility for voice therapy (note an ENT evaluation is often required).

Adults- there are a handful of hospitals across the province where you can access publicly funded voice services.

Will my health insurance cover voice therapy?
Voice therapy is one of many services offered by Speech Language Pathologists (SLP). Check with your provider to see if SLP services are covered. A receipt with my Reg CASLPO license number will be provided.
Do I need to see a Doctor or ENT prior to therapy?
You do not need a Dr’s referral to access private voice therapy services, although some insurance companies may require it. Ideally having an Ear Nose and Throat specialist take images of your vocal folds prior to therapy (stroboscopy) helps us rule in/out factors that may be impacting your voice. If timely access is not available to you and/or you have no idea where to access a laryngologist (someone who specializes in the larynx/throat, the T- of ENT), we can start sessions and create a plan for you to get imaging.
What ages do you work with?
Kids of all ages starting at 3 up until adulthood! Voice issues cross the lifespan.
How long are the sessions, and how many do I need?
The initial visit is an hour, from there we will create a personalized therapy plan. I wish I could tell you how many sessions you’ll need, from experience I know that voice therapy is often not linear and healing and lasting behavioural change can take time. Sessions can be hourly or shorter and more frequent (virtual is great for this!), we’ll work together to find a plan that works for you.
What are your fees and how do I pay?

190/hr, 150/45 min 100/30 min. Payment is required following the service. I accept cash, e-transfers, credit cards and cheque.

Do you provide written reports?
A formal report is not included in the assessment as most voice users do not require them. A brief summary and therapy plan will be provided. If you do require a written report, hourly rates apply.

Embodied Voice Care FAQs

Where do you offer sessions?
In person in Toronto, Owen Sound and virtually world wide.
Are Embodied Voice Care services covered by health insurance plans?
No, Embodied Voice Care is not covered by health insurance plans.
I’m not a dancer, what kind of movement is involved in these sessions?
I was the kid/adult who thought she couldn’t dance, so I avoided it! You’ll find that during Embodied Voice Care sessions we focus less on what the movement looks like and more on what it feels like. So bring your curiosity and willingness to explore noticing sensation while you move; there’s no way to do it wrong!
Do I have to have a voice disorder to benefit from Embodied Voice Care?
No! You may be looking to prevent a voice issue or to optimize your voice. You may have done voice therapy in the past to rehabilitate your voice and are looking to maintain gains you made in therapy. Please note these sessions are not meant to replace Voice Therapy.
What is Qoya Inspired Movement, how is it used in Embodied Voice Care Sessions?

Qoya Inspired Movement is based on the simple idea that through movement we remember. We remember that our essence is wise, wild and free. Through movement we explore the language of the body through noticing sensation. There are no levels, there’s no way to do it wrong. A full class is 75-90 min and follows a structure that includes community connection, ritual, guided and free movement forms, along with an invitation to dance your relationship with a theme. For more details and classes world wide, click here.

Martha offers full classes (in person and online) along with shorter sessions where she weaves in her voice care wisdom with movement. We explore multiple forms of expression, focusing less on how the movement looks and the voice sounds and more on how it feels. Through movement, we reconnect with our body, heart and voice.

What are your fees? How do I pay?

1:1 services 180 CDN/hr, 145CDN/45 min 95 CDN/30 min. Connect with me to arrange a package of sessions. Group classes start at $20 CDN .

Payment is required following the service. In addition to secure credit card payment, Canadian Customers may pay with cash, e-transfers and cheques.

General FAQs

What is your cancellation policy?

Your appointment time is reserved for you/your child. A late cancellation or missed visit leaves a hole in the therapists’ day that could have been filled by another client.. As such, we require 24 hours notice for any cancellations or changes to your appointment. Patients who provide less than 24 hours notice, or miss their appointment, will be charged 50% of the full rate for that session. If you cannot attend your in person or video session due to COVID-19 related issues and find yourself unexpectedly within the 24 hours’ cancellation policy, or you need any help at all, don’t hesitate to contact me.

We acknowledge the land we are meeting on is the traditional territory of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples and is now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. We also acknowledge that Toronto is covered by Treaty 13 with the Mississaugas of the Credit. Today, this meeting place is still the home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island and we are grateful to have the opportunity to live and work on this land.

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