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Our Paramedical Team

Our Clinic has in house Paramedical professionals in the fields of psychology, social worker, occupational therapy, speech and language pathology, and dietetics and nutrition.

  • Yaniv Elharrar - MA, PhD - Psychologist

    Dr. Yaniv Elharrar, the co-director of the West Island Therapy Centre, has been working in our clinic with children, adolescents, and their families for the past 12 years. He specializes in conducting assessments (psychological, psychoeducational, developmental, custody, etc) and providing therapy and counselling. In addition, he acts as an expert consultant for various schools and school boards across Quebec.

    Dr. Elharrar obtained his Bachelor’s of Science degree from Concordia University, a Master’s degree from the Université de Montréal in Psychoéducation, and he earned his doctorate degree in Psychology from the Université du Québec a Montréal. Dr. Elharrar is also a member in good standing with the Ordre des Psychologues du Québec.

  • Stacey Knecht - Speech and Language Pathologist

    Stacey Knecht has been the in-house speech-language pathologist at the Children’s Care Clinic for the past 5 years. Stacey graduated from McGill University with her Masters in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She has both provincial and national certification with the Quebec Order and Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists  and Audiologists. With 12 years of experience in the field, Stacey provides individualized assessments and treatment for children with various speech and language problems. This includes difficulties with articulation, auditory comprehension, verbal expression (as a result of late talking, autism spectrum, global delay, apraxia), pre-reading (phonological awareness), voice and stuttering. Stacey believes strongly in early intervention and sees children from 18 months to 18 years of age.

    Stacey can be reached at (514) 472-0373, stacey@splendidspeakers.com, facebook.com/SplendidSpeakers

  • Lisa Piperno - PDt -Dietician

    Lisa graduated from McGill University’s school of Dietetics and Human Nutrition in 1991 and is a member of l’Ordre Professionnel des Dietetistes du Quebec-OPDQ. She has been working as a Pediatric Clinical Nutritionist at The Montreal Children’s Hospital MCH-MUHC for 23yrs and at The Children’s Care Clinic as a private nutritionist for the past 15 years.

    She specializes in both Pediatrics & Adult nutri-tion counselling and is interested helping families & individuals achieve or maintain health while taking into consideration particular conditions, if any. Throughout the years, Lisa has given many talks for parents, professionals and community on various topics.

    Areas of special interest include:

    ADD/ADHD (including medication side effects)
    Anemia or low
    Autism
    Cholesterol & lipid disorders
    Constipation
    Diabetes: Type 1 & Type 2
    Eating Disorders: Anorexia Nervosa, Bulemia
    Food Allergies & intolerances
    Failure to Thrive
    Feeding Disorders
    Gastroenterology: Celiac, Crohn’s, Colitis, and Irritable Bowel Syndrome
    Healthy Lifestyle
    Normal nutrition for age & developmental stage
    Migraines
    Sports nutrition
    Vegetarianism
    Weight Management

    She can be reached at lpiperno@sympatico.ca or by phone at 514-998-9635.

  • Howard Schwartz - BA, MA - Psychologist

    Howard Schwartz has been a clinical psychologist for over thirty years, having founded The Applied Learning Center in 1982, where he serves as the Director. He obtained his undergraduate degree in Honors Psychology at McGill University in 1976 and received his Masters in Applied Clinical Psychology at Concordia University in 1982. He has been a consulting and treating psychologist for the Children's Care Center for over fifteen years,

    Howard has extensive experience with children, adolescents and families who suffer from anxiety, depression, school and behavioral difficulties as well as many other issues that affect the individual's or family's quality of life. He uses a pragmatic, cognitively based therapy, confronting the symptoms directly and devising strategies to learn how to overcome previously existing difficulties.

    Howard has also had over twenty-five years working with elite and professional athletes and teams in various sports, helping them develop effective strategies to increase their focus and performance. Using current cognitive strategies, the athletes develop techniques to “block out” thoughts and emotions that interfere with and compromise their performance. He teaches them to focus on how to perform their athletic “job” to the best of their athletic abilities, which invariably has a positive effect on the desired outcome.

    Regardless of the issues that one encounters, the chances of success are directly related to how the individual feels while in therapy. Howard stresses the creation of a warm, nurturing environment in which to work. He does not believe in the “No Pain-No Gain” theory; rather, he believes that self-esteem and confidence-building are essential elements of the process of working through most difficulties as well as creating realistic, positive and long-term solutions.


    If you would like to have more information about Howard, visit his center's website appliedlearningcenter.com, or contact him directly at 514-944-2294.

  • Andrée Simard - M.Ps., O.P.Q. - Psychologist

    Andrée Simard, psychologist, has been part of the Children’s Care Clinic team for over 15 years. She obtain her Masters degree in psychology from the University of Montreal. She has been practicing as a psychologist for over 25 years in the university, hospital and school environments in both Montreal and Ottawa.
    Her areas of expertise are:
    -psycho-educational evaluation for ADHD, learning difficulties and school and professional development.
    -treatment of anxiety, depression, low-self-esteem, etc.
    She treats children,adolescents and adults both individually, as couples or families. She practices in both official languages.

  • Ann Zilberbrandt - B.Sc., M.Sc. -Occupational Therapist

    Ann Zilberbrant has been working at the Children’s Care Clinic for over 3 years. Her interests include Dyspraxia and Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD), Developmental Delay and Handwriting and other school-based skills. She is a Cognitive Orientation to daily Occupational Performance (CO-OP) trained therapist and has given CO-OP workshops in Canada and internationally.

    Ann is currently consulting in many different preschools and elementary schools in the Montreal area, providing one-to-one occupational therapy service. She has published works looking the importance of occupation-based interventions for children with various needs and participation for children and has presented at both national and international conferences.