Our Team

Driven by our values and love for the population that we serve, we have come together to provide an interdisciplinary model of integrated services

Our mission is to offer optimal, innovative, well-coordinated and evidence-based approaches to treatment and management of neurodevelopmental disorders.

Our team is made up of highly trained and experienced registered health professionals that represent the medical, psychological, psychosocial, and educational professions working in partnership.

Our group provides a full spectrum of services by helping parents who have faced wait lists and sequential gaps in services over time.

Dr. Nathalie Garcin

Nathalie Garcin, PhD, clinical psychology and founder of Clinique Spectrum

For that last 7 years, Dr. Garcin was Executive Director of a non-profit endeavour offering services, research and knowledge transfer activities for people with autism spectrum disorders and developmental disabilities.

Following the completion of her PhD in clinical psychology in 1999, she was a professor in the department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine at Queen's University from 2000 to 2004.

She went on to act as Director of Professional Services for two developmental services agencies in Montreal, serving over 1,300 individuals with ASD and intellectual disability.

In 2012, Nathalie was appointed to the Public Health Agency of Canada’s Advisory committee on the surveillance of Autism spectrum disorder (NASS) and in 2016, she was appointed as Board Member of the Canadian Alliance for Autism Spectrum Disorders (CASDA).

When not caring for her clients and families, Nathalie enjoys traveling with her family and has recently received PADI scuba certification.

Carol Brebion

Carol Brebion, MD, FRCP, psychiatry

Dr. Carol Brebion has an MD from McGill University and has practised psychiatry for the past 20 years.

Most recently, she has spent 8 years working on the trans-disciplinary team for severe and challenging behaviours among the intellectually disabled and ASD populations of Montreal at the two large government agencies offering services to individuals with neurodevelopmental disabilities (CRDITEDMTL and CROM).  She is regularly involved in instructing psychiatry residents and is a faculty lecturer at the McGill Psychiatry Department.

Dr. Brebion offers pharmacological consultations for children and adults with autism and or intellectual disability suffering from comorbid psychiatric disorders and severe behavioural difficulties.

In her spare time, Carol loves reading books and spend time with her family.

Brittany Mendes

Brittany Mendes, M. H. Sc., SLP (C)

Brittany Mendes is a Speech and Language Pathologist. She obtained her Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Ottawa which was preceded by a Bachelor of Child Studies with a minor in Linguistics from Concordia University.

She has experience working with clients of all ages, most recently preschool and school-aged clients with various speech and language difficulties in both English and French. She has worked in various settings and believes in a client-centered and functional approach in order to best meet the needs of your child.

She is a certified member of Speech Audiology Canada (SAC) and of the Ordre des Orthophonistes et Audiologistes du Québec (OOAQ). Brittany is certified in the Lidcombe Program.

In her spare time, Brittany enjoys travelling, cooking, and skiing.

Rebecca Simon

Rebecca Simon, PhD, Psychologist

Rebecca Simon received her Ph.D. in School/Applied Child Psychology from McGill University in 2008. She then worked for 10 years as a clinical psychologist at the Montreal Children’s Hospital leading diagnostic assessments for children and adolescents suspected of having ASD and other neurodevelopmental disorders. She has also been involved in various research and supervision activities at the McGill University Health Center. Dr. Simon received her certification as an independent ADOS-2 trainer in 2010 and conducts both clinical and research trainings in English and French both locally and internationally.

Richard Kerkhoven

Richard Kerkhoven, MSc, BCBA

Richard Kerkhoven is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA) with over 15 years of experience working with children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other special needs. Richard has worked in specialised school settings, has supervised over 50 interventionists offering intensive intervention services to children, and has worked with and supervised the programs of over 75 children, supporting their families, and successfully integrating them into the school setting.

He obtained his Master of Science in Psychology from Kaplan University specializing in the field of Applied Behaviour Analysis, which was preceded by a bachelor of Psychology from Concordia University. He has extensive experience with parent coaching, conducting behavioural assessments, and the creation of successful intervention plans.

Richard has experience working in public and private, center-based intensive behavioural intervention programs, integrating children into the school system and working privately with clients in home-based settings. He has clinically supervised center-based programs and given trainings promoting the use of applied behaviour analysis (ABA) to help treat children with special needs., Richard has also received training and has developed his clinical skills in the assessment of children and is now working closely with the Clinique’s assessment team.

In his spare time, Richard is a Canadiens hockey fan, likes to take long runs, and is busy spending time with his family, and raising his two boys.

Lisa Reisinger

Lisa Reisinger, PhD, psychology

Dr. Reisinger is a developmental psychologist who has over 20 years experience working with populations with neurodevelopmental disabilities. Over the years she has enjoyed working in the public and private sectors. In the public sector, she worked as a clinical leader in the Montreal Children’s Hospital’s ASD Complex Case and research teams and she worked in the West Montreal Readaptation’s trans-disciplinary team for severe and challenging behaviours. She has enjoyed many years providing psychotherapy to children, teens, and adults.

Dr. Reisinger was a Canadian site-supervisor in the collection of the Simons Simplex Collection (SSC), which is to date, the largest permanent repository of genetic samples from families of individuals with ASD who do not have a family history of autism.

Dr. Reisinger has her certification as an independent ADOS-2 and ADI-R trainer. She offers private training and supervision to professionals involved in the diagnosis of autism and its related populations.

She has over 15 years of experience as a McGill University lecturer and she has written peer reviewed scientific journal articles and book chapters about autism and it’s related populations. She is a budding yogi and practices yoga to relax and connect with friends.

Hayley Vininsky

Hayley Vininsky, PhD, BCBA

Hayley Vininsky has a PhD from the Educational Psychology (Human Development) program at McGill University. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing from Concordia University, and a Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism from The Sage Colleges.

During her studies, she cultivated interests including best practices in applied behaviour analysis, and using technology in early intervention. As a "special sibling" herself, Hayley is also very interested in the experiences of siblings of individuals with autism spectrum disorder. Hayley has presented her research at international conferences across the United States.

Hayley is a practicing Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA) most recently working as the Program Supervisor for a consultation program in Montreal, providing ABA consultation services for children, teenagers, and teenagers with ASD. Hayley has garnered much experience in working with both elementary and high school aged kids, and in running social skills groups for children and young adolescents. Additionally, Hayley co-developed an exam preparation course for Master's students in ABA working towards BCBA certification, and has supervised over a dozen individuals building their credentials in behaviour analysis.

In her spare time, Hayley enjoys reading, crafting, and catching up on the latest shows on Netflix.

Isabelle Yun

Isabelle Yun, Administrative Coordinator

After navigating in different fields, including media, health, and the legal world, Isabelle decided to go back to her first interest and return to the world of mental health. She worked for 5 years in Dr. Éric Fombonne’s team, in the ASD research department of the Montreal Children's Hospital. It is with great pleasure that she decided to join Clinique Spectrum in the fall of 2017.

Stephanie Mitelman

Stephanie Mitelman, MA, CSE, Certified Sexuality Educator

Stephanie Mitelman is the only AASECT certified sexuality educator in Quebec, and a Canadian certified family educator. She is a National trainer on issues of sexual health; training teachers, nurses and front-line workers across the country.

Stephanie is an Instructor at McGill University in the Department of Educational Counseling and Psychology for the past 17 years, as well as at Concordia University in Applied Human Sciences for 15 years. She is also one of the founding members of the Sexual Health Network of Quebec that offers free prevention programs to local schools.

Stephanie started her own consulting firm in 2000, called Sexpressions.ca which provides training as well as resources for teaching sexual health. Her website is one of the largest marketplaces for sexual health materials for schools and clinics. She is also the inventor and President of Senseez, sensory pillows to help soothe and relax.

Stephanie also sees individuals, families and couples with special needs privately, for one on one education. She was also awarded The First Tracks Award in 2013, for innovations in the area of sex education and autism spectrum disorder.

Ashley Cukier, Speech Language Pathology

Brenda Melhem

Brenda Melhem, MA, BCBA, Clinical Supervisor

I started developing a unique skill set necessary to become a high caliber therapist when my brother was diagnosed with autism in 2008. Since that day, my brother became my motivation to move forward and I devoted all my time and effort to becoming a remarkable behavioral interventionist. I promised to stand, not only by my brother, but also with all children in need and nurture them; this became my main goal. I have faith that every single child, regardless of what their situation is, when helped and given a hand, will reach even further than we ever thought possible; the sky is the limit. My journey as an Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) interventionist started in 2014 and since then it has added various skills and knowledge to my training path.

In April 2017, I started pursuing my master’s degree in Applied Behavioural Analysis and received my BCBA Certification on September 20th. My journey at Clinique Spectrum started on November 2nd, 2017, where I started offering behavioral analytic services to clients with special needs. It has been an amazing and particular experience to be part of a highly specialized interdisciplinary team, all of whom specialize in the care of autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders. My objective is to continue to serve children with developmental disabilities and help them achieve long-term goals. I am always looking forward to bringing my personal and clinical experience into the ABA field.

Gabrielle Cimon, Dietician-Nutritionist

Gabrielle studied at Université Laval, B.Nut. and at Université de Montréal, M.Sc. Since then, Gabrielle has not stopped perfecting her training.

In addition to a few years in pediatrics and 10 years in a CLSC, Gabrielle worked in rehabilitation. Her interest in people on the autism spectrum disorder started in 1998, and she has made it her specialty since then.

Between her travels around the world, she acts as a consultant, a trainer for professionals and a speaker.

Gabrielle joined Clinique Spectrum in the summer of 2018.

Alex Imperiale

Alex Imperiale

Hi my name is Alex. I have been working with Clinique Spectrum since it opened its doors. I have a bachelors degree from McGill university in Education and Linguistics and also a Masters degree from Concordia University in Applied Linguistics. I have over 10 years working with children with special needs and 5 years working in the ABA field. I am on my way to be BCBA certified early 2019. I work mostly with children ages 2-6 in early intervention settings. My outside interests include cooking, travel and bouncing ( I own a rebounding boutique fitness studio in Montreal where I also teach bounce classes).