(Left to Right)  April Johnson, Stephanie Calyniuk, David Ambrose, Kaylyn Witzaney, Elissa Cooper and Brittney Potter.

(Left to Right) April Johnson, Stephanie Calyniuk, David Ambrose, Kaylyn Witzaney, Elissa Cooper and Brittney Potter.

Occupational Therapists

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David Ambrose

B.M.R. (O.T.); O.T. Reg. (Sask.); SIPT; RDI Program Consultant


David opened Theraplay’s doors in January 2005. David has a passion for providing high quality individualized occupational therapy treatment to help individuals build skills and meet goals.  

David completed his Bachelor of Medical Rehabilitation in Occupational Therapy from the University of Manitoba in 2000. He has completed advanced training in the area of sensory integration. He is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in occupational therapy at Dalhousie University.

David, originally from small town Manitoba, has lived in Saskatoon since 2001. He is married to Sherrie, and together they have two children, Nicholas and Julia. In his free time David enjoys reading, and participating in small adventure races.


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Elissa Cooper

B.A.; M.Sc. (O.T.); O.T. Reg. (Sask.)


Elissa is originally from Saskatoon and moved to Ontario for her post secondary education in 2006. Elissa completed her Bachelor’s of Arts in Therapeutic Recreation at the University of Waterloo before moving on to completing her Masters of Occupational Therapy at Queen’s University in Kingston.

In 2012, Elissa began her Occupational Therapy career in early intervention services in Yorkton, SK working with children birth until kindergarten entry. Elissa was then given an opportunity to make the move back home to Saskatoon to begin working with Theraplay. Elissa's time at Theraplay is split between working with clients in the sensory motor gym and within schools across central and northern Saskatchewan. Elissa practices within a sensory integration frame of reference and is specializing in working with children and young adults who have experienced childhood trauma. Elissa has experience and certifications in various therapeutic modalities, such as Therapeutic Listening.

In her spare time, Elissa loves to spend time with her family, particularly, her 4 nieces. Elissa also enjoys traveling, woodworking, knitting and reading. Elissa and her soon-to-be husband, Brent, enjoy traveling and cooking together.


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Stephanie Calyniuk

B.Sc. (Kin.); M.Sc. (O.T.); O.T. Reg. (Sask)


Stephanie completed her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy at the University of Alberta in 2014. Prior to obtaining her degree, she attended the University of Saskatchewan, getting a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology in 2012. 

Stephanie begin working at Theraplay in September 2014. She has completed training from a sensory integration perspective, including sensory processing in everyday life and effective interventions for behavioral and social challenges. Stephanie has also completed professional development related to mealtime challenges and problem-solving. Stephanie enjoys working with families, focusing on the unique needs of each child.

In her spare time Stephanie appreciates spending time with her family and friends, camping, and being outdoors.


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April Johnson

B.A.; M.Sc. (O.T.); O.T. Reg. (Sask)


April, growing up in small town Saskatchewan, moved to Saskatoon to begin her post-secondary education at the University of Saskatchewan. After finishing her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, she moved to Edmonton to complete her Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy.

In 2015, April began her first occupational therapy position at Theraplay. Since beginning her career, April has taken a keen interest in mental health and has recently began her Masters of Mental Health Psychology. April’s end goal is to offer more specialized mental health services to individuals in need.

In her free-time, April enjoys a variety of outdoor activities such as golf, cycling, kayaking, paddle boarding, and hiking. She also loves spending time with her seven nieces and nephews.


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Kaylyn Witzaney

M. Sc. (O.T); O.T. Reg. (SK)


Kaylyn started working with Theraplay in November 2016, after completing her Master’s of Science in Occupational Therapy at the University of Alberta.

Kaylyn’s passion for working with children started during her undergraduate years at the University of Saskatchewan. While Kaylyn completed her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, she worked and volunteered in several different places with children and young adults with various abilities. She has a strong passion for helping others achieve success in meaningful occupations and is a strong advocate for her clients. Kaylyn sees each client as a unique individual and works hard to create individualized occupational therapy treatment plans to meet the needs of her clients and their families.


Courtney Snider

B.Sc. (Kin); M.Sc. (O.T); O.T. Reg. (Sask.)


Courtney is originally from New Brunswick, and moved to Nova Scotia in 2008 to complete her post-secondary education. Courtney completed her Bachelor’s of Science in Kinesiology and her Master’s of Science in Occupational Therapy at Dalhousie University.

In 2014, Courtney began her Occupational Therapy career in early intervention and school-based services in Yorkton, SK. She then moved to British Columbia to work in private practice with a mixed population of both paediatric and adult clients. Courtney returned to Saskatchewan in April 2018 to begin working at Theraplay. Courtney’s time at Therapy is split between working with clients in the sensory motor gym and within schools across central and northern Saskatchewan. Courtney has additional training in feeding (Sequential Oral Sensory Approaches to Feeding), visual perception skills (Eyesight to Insight), and behaviour (Introduction to Applied Behaviour Analysis with Verbal Behaviour).

In her spare time, Courtney enjoys spending time with her friends and family, baking, cooking, and reading. She also enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking with her dog, kayaking, skiing, and camping.


ASHLEY SCHRAMM

B. Sc. (Kin.); M. Sc. (O.T.); O.T. Reg. (Sask.)


Ashley grew up on a farm in Goodeve, Saskatchewan and moved to Saskatoon to begin post-secondary where she completed her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology in 2014. Ashley started working at Theraplay in August 2018, after completing her Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy at the University of Alberta.

Ashley has experience with vulnerable populations through work and volunteer positions throughout her undergrad and masters programs at Egadz Baby Step Program, Children’s Autism Services of Edmonton and Child, Adolescent, & Family Mental Health (CASA) where she received her Therapeutic Crisis Intervention training.

In her spare time, Ashley enjoys competing on a national level mixed ultimate frisbee team in Saskatoon, performing on a competitive Latin dance team, and enjoying a variety of outdoor activities including climbing, camping, hiking, and snowboarding to name a few. She also loves spending time with her family and friends.


Office Staff

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Brittney Potter

Administrative Assistant


Brittney joined the team at Theraplay in December of 2015, coming to the organization with a background in administrative and sales support. A hard worker, she is eager to learn new things and grow with the organization. She grew up in a small town and lives in the city, so she can relate to a wide range of people.

You will often find her with friends, family and pets having a good time. She tries to live life to the fullest, so she’s always got a funny story or two about her adventures. She is fun, outgoing, enjoys a good tune and the occasional hedgehog. Ask her about her uncharacteristic love of doing anything related to mechanics or her aversion to activities involving clowns.

She is thrilled to be with Theraplay, as she has a special place in her heart for kids who need occupational and/or speech therapy. As a child, she received speech therapy from one of the speech pathologists on staff, so she is excited to be a part of the team that provides the same amazing care she received growing up.