Team Members


Potential candidates are introduced to the program through the audiologists who also provide pre and post implant assessments, counselling, and programming of the speech processor. The audiologist also consults with educators and other professionals.

Katherine Vansevenant, MS., Reg. CASLPO, F-AAA

Kim Zimmerman, Au.D, Aud(C), Reg. CASLPO


The patient and family also meet with the cochlear implant surgeon to ensure that there are no medical reasons to deny surgery. The surgeon also follows any medical concerns post-operatively.

Dr. Sumit Agrawal, MD, FRCS(C)

Dr. Lorne Parnes, MD, FRCS(C)

Psychologist & Psychometrist

The psychologist and psychometrist provide psychological assessment during the evaluation, as well as counselling for children and their families regarding their expectations of the cochlear implant.

Dr. Paul Derry

Linette Lindsey

Social Worker

The social worker assesses and counsels the patient and/or family regarding the psychosocial effects of deafness and the cochlear implant, which may include ensuring appropriate supports are in place.

Marianne Lee, MSW, RSW