Our Team

Who We Are

The Speak Freely team is a group of smart, ambitious, approachable professionals who are joined by a commitment to excellence (and we’re not too humble to admit it!)

Our clinical team is comprised of the following experts:

  • Speech-language pathologists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Therapy assistants
  • Educational consultants
  • Behavioural consultants
  • Psychologists

We work closely with other professionals and welcome their input. Most of our services are covered through extended health plans.

Joyce Hignett MSc.SLP(C), Reg. CASLPO

Speech Language Pathologist

Joyce is the owner of Speak Freely Therapy Services as well as the primary speech-language pathologist. She is a born and raised prairie girl (Go Riders!) who attended university in Saskatoon and North Dakota, earning her Master’s Degree in 1990.

After years of working in various settings, she has settled into operating her private practice.

Professionally, Joyce loves to be very thorough, analyzing clients’ strengths and needs, and brainstorming and collaborating with her colleagues. Making all that analysis translate into positive changes for her clients is the best feeling!

Joyce loves spending time with her grandson (her most favourite person on the planet), as well as her sweet Mexican rescue dog, and her husband and kids (who are also pretty nice).

“I am so proud of the amazingly talented team that has evolved over time. Being the creator and nucleus of Speak Freely is the culmination of years of hard work. Some days are awe-inspiring, others are challenging, but it is always, always satisfying and gratifying.”

Jaime Allan

Jaime is the face behind the desk, the voice on the phone, and the keeper of the lollipops. The saying “Keep calm and carry on” could have been written about her. Jaime is eternally cool, calm, collected and positive. All the clients love her and the team does too. Wouldn’t it be great to be able to clone the support staff that make the rest of us look good?

Jaime keeps very busy with her husband, step-daughter, two busy sons, and one crazy dog.

“Life is like a bowl of suckers. Sometimes the colour you want is gone, but it’s still a sweet treat.”

Alexandra Cross

Alexandra’s bio coming soon.

Sadie Coughlin

Sadie’s bio coming soon.

Sharon Vyse

Sharon’s bio coming soon.

Suzanna Miller

Suzanna’s bio coming soon.

Marian Boer

Marian’s bio coming soon.

Robin Mowforth

Robin’s bio coming soon.

Kari Halay

Kari’s bio coming soon.

Svetlana Gouchtine

Svetlana’s bio coming soon.

Nardia Grant

Nardia’s bio coming soon.

Join Our Team

We are always on the look-out for professionals who can add
a new level of skill and service to our team.

Currently, we are accepting resumes for:

  • Experienced Communicative Disorders Assistant
  • Experienced Pediatric Physiotherapists
  • Experienced Pediatric Occupational Therapists

If you feel that you could be a good fit for the Speak Freely family,
please forward your resume in confidence to joyce@speakfreelytherapy.ca


“Joyce Hignett and her staff are knowledgeable and thorough. They know when to push and when to let up. My child gets the full undivided attention of his therapist when he is at Speak Freely and I find he learns more in his one hour session than I ever expected. My child has been with Speak Freely Therapy Services since opening.”

– parent

“There are no ulterior motives at Speak Freely Therapy Services. These are dedicated professionals who give 100% of themselves with the best interest of your child in mind. Highly expert, friendly, compassionate, with a high degree of integrity: I trust them. Our son has been a regular there for over a year and the gains are amazing. He has grown so much with their help. We’ve used both the OT and speech services and highly, highly recommend.”

– JJ, parent and teacher

“As an educational consultant who has worked with Joyce Hignett over a period of years, I have become aware of her dedication and determination to provide the most comprehensive and effective strategies possible in order to improve the speech/communication issues of her clients. I have been particularly impressed with her very direct, practical approach and that she understands the importance of providing a functional, meaningful context for communication as an integral part of her service.”

– LN, teacher and independent consultant

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149 Welham Road, Unit 19
Barrie, ON L4N 8Y3

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