Cathy Silversides, M.Sc. RSLP is a Speech-Language Pathologist who has provided assessment, treatment and consulting services for over 25 years.

Cathy is a Registered Speech-Language Pathologist with the College of Speech and Hearing Health Professionals of BC (CSHBC) and a certified member of Speech-Language & Audiology Canada (SAC) as well as Speech and Hearing BC (SHBC).

Cathy has had the privilege of working in a number of clinical and professional settings helping her clients, their loved ones, and professional caregivers understand, support, adapt and improve the individual’s communication and swallowing abilities. She has worked for a variety of health authorities throughout BC in intensive care, acute and rehabilitation services, cancer care, palliative and long-term care, home and community care as well as group and private homes. 

She holds Certified Practice Certifications in Videofluoroscopic Swallow Studies & Flexible Endoscopic Swallowing Evaluations and in Communication and Swallowing Tracheostomy care. She has formalized training for Supported Conversation for Adults with Aphasia (SCA) from the Aphasia Institute Toronto and Lee Silverman Voice Therapy for people living with Parkinson’s Disease. 

Cathy is a Clinical Educator for Speech-Language Pathology graduate students at the University of British Columbia and provides mentorship and supervisory training to practicing Speech-Language Pathology clinicians to obtain Certified Practice Certification in flexible endoscopic and videofluoroscopic swallow evaluations. She also provides services to her regulatory college (CSHBC) in the area of Quality Assurance & Professional Practice and has been recognized as an Expert Witness in the area of dysphagia (swallowing disorders) management by the Supreme Court of British Columbia.

In addition to her experience directly supporting individuals with a variety of communication and swallowing needs, she has provided across-Canada formal education workshops and training programs to health authorities, long term care organizations and professionals who interact and provide services to those with communication and swallowing challenges.