Flourish On Queen

Alex Porthukaran works at Flourish providing assessments and therapy. His approach is strengths-based and client-centered, focusing on helping children thrive by using and developing the skills that they have.

Alex received his B.Sc. degree with Honours in Psychology from the University of Alberta (2014) and his M.A. in Clinical-Developmental Psychology from York University (2017). He is in the final year of the PhD program at York. His research has spanned developmental issues that children face and he has worked with the Hospital for Sick Children and Surrey Place for these projects. His dissertation is focused on the way children with Autism Spectrum Disorders develop their communication, language and social skills.

Alex has completed placements at various training centers including the Toronto District School Board, Sunnybrook Hospital and Toronto Western Hospital. He has conducted psychoeducational, psychological and neuropsychological assessments with children who have learning difficulties, attention issues, mental health difficulties, intellectual disabilities, and Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). He has received training in ASD, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Tourette’s Syndrome and trauma.

Alex is currently completing his doctoral residency at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Child Youth and Family Services and the Adult Neurodevelopmental Service. Alex has a good understanding of the various resources and services available in Toronto for a variety of concerns and is always ready to advocate on behalf of the families with which he works.

At Flourish On Queen, Alex will be providing psychological services under the supervision of Dr. Ed Roldan.

Dana is a Board- Certified Music Therapist with the Canadian Association of Music Therapy (CAMT) who received her Bachelors of Music Therapy Degree from Wilfrid Laurier University with a minor in Psychology in 2017. She has worked with a wide variety of client populations, mainly specializing in children and youth with developmental disabilities achieving a variety of therapeutic goals, including cognitive, physical, and psychosocial domains.

During her time at WLU, Dana played the trumpet, piano and guitar. She completed her 1000 hour internship at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital in Toronto, working with children with a wide range of medical complexities. Dana completed her Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT) training in May 2017 which focuses on evidence-based, goal-oriented work into her sessions. She often incorporates musical and non-musical interventions into sessions to achieve speech, motor and cognitive goals.

Dana believes that music has the power to create meaningful connections between individuals, giving them the freedom to express themselves when words are not accessible. Music can give individuals a leadership role allowing them the control and the capability to make decisions. Dana is passionate about finding how music can bring out the uniqueness of each individual through music while working to achieve their and individualized goals.

In her spare time Dana enjoys spending time with friends and family, hiking, and vacationing at her family cottage.

Dee is a content creator, social media guru and digital marketer who loves to get creative with her clients. After graduating from The University of Western Ontario with a double major in Criminology and Sociology, life took her down a bit of a different path. She quickly fell in love with writing and creating content, starting with an internship at Glow Magazine which soon led to the creation of her blog, A Dash of Dee, in 2011. Since then she has also put on her digital marketing shoes, with several years of community management, freelance content creation and writing, social media management and public relations experience under her belt. Dee continues to blog (she celebrated her 10th year of blogging in 2021) and loves working with brands to help their voices get heard in a busy digital space.

Dee is excited to join the team and will be working hard to help Flourish, well, flourish (need we say more?) as we create an amazing space where families can grow with us.

Dr. Ed Roldan, C. Psych. is a clinical and school psychologist who received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Lakehead University. He is registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario and is a member of the Ontario Psychological Association. Dr. Roldan provides support for children and youth with anxiety, mood disorders, ADHD, aggression/anger, developmental disabilities, and interpersonal difficulties (e.g., with caregivers and/or peers) and supports the development of effective mindful parenting approaches and strategies. Dr. Roldan strives to employ evidence-based strategies within a cognitive behavioural (CBT) and acceptance and commitment (ACT) framework that promotes the development of resiliency, self-compassion, and self-identity. At Flourish on Queen, Dr. Roldan supervises Dr. Kyla McDonald.

Dr. Kerry Wells, C. Psych. is a clinical and school psychologist who received his Ph.D. in Clinical-Developmental Psychology from York University. He is registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario and is a member of the Ontario Psychological Association. Kerry provides psychological assessment and intervention services for children and youth with a variety of presenting concerns. He has particular interests in working with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), intellectual/developmental disabilities, and other neurodevelopmental disorders. He has provided services in a variety of settings including schools, government programs and agencies, residential treatment programs, and in rural and remote communities throughout Ontario. Dr. Wells supervises Marie Hooper at Flourish on Queen.