About GDOT Inc. 

Our Story

Goal Directed Occupational Therapy Inc. (GDOT) was founded in 2014 to fulfill the need for specialized community care on Vancouver Island for injured individuals or those experiencing a serious illness.


Founded by mother and daughter occupational therapists Lauren Talley and Carol Talley, GDOT has since expanded to a professional team of occupational therapists and kinesiologists.


We have the expertise to help our clients navigate through their recovery back to their previous occupations or lifestyle, combined with the knowledge of unique resources and rehabilitation options available to those in Greater Victoria and Vancouver Island. We are dedicated to making the entire recovery process as seamless as possible


SMART Goal Setting

“Goal setting is a powerful process for motivating ourselves to transform our visions of the future into reality. After an injury or illness, goal setting can help individuals to move towards recovery and assist them in returning to their previous roles, occupations and valued activities.”

Our experienced clinicians will help to guide you through the rehabilitation process by setting SMART goals that will empower you to achieve success on the road to wellness.











Meet the Team


Carol Talley



Registered Occupational Therapist

Her expertise in both areas of practice as well as her extensive continuing education in life-care planning, pain management, work place solutions and mental health enables her to approach recovery in a unique and comprehensive manner that is invaluable to the clients she serves.


Carol Talley is an experienced presenter and Clinical Instructor in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy.

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Lauren Talley
Vice President

Registered Occupational Therapist

Lauren is passionate about using evidenced-based interventions and creativity to enable clients to reach their goals. Her background in physical rehabilitation in combination with mental health and m TBI in Canada’s northern and remote regions provides her with a holistic approach to rehabilitation. 


She specializes in return to work planning, recovery from multi-traumas, traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder and mental health recovery.

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Chantal Bouchard

Registered Occupational Therapist

Chantal recently completed her Master's of Occupational Therapy at the University of British Columbia. Chantal has a keen interest in mental health and brain injury and is passionate about using a holistic, evidence-based, and creative approach to enable her clients to reach their personal rehabilitation goals. Chantal aims to work collaboratively with her clients to get them back to participating in the activities that are meaningful to them. Chantal is happy to be back on Vancouver Island where she grew up, and in her spare time enjoys hanging out with her dog, hiking, and sharing good food and coffee with her friends and family. 

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Vera du Preez

Registered Occupational


Vera graduated from the University of Free State in South Africa with a B.OT in 2004. She and her husband  emigrated to Canada in 2008 and she had been a member of COTBC since 2009. She has worked in hospital and community settings in both South Africa and northern BC. Vera joined our team in November 2019. She appreciates and values the importance of a client-centered approach and working in a multi-disciplinary team environment. She enjoys working directly with clients, identifying their challenges and goals and helping them achieve maximum functional recovery in areas of  self-care, work, productivity and leisure.


Alexandra Bachand

Registered Occupational


Alexandra received her Occupational Therapy Master’s degree from McGill University. Since entering practice, her experience has included work in mental health, return to work, ergonomics, concussion/brain injury and musculoskeletal injuries/trauma. She has completed two levels of concussion management continuing education. She believes every client is unique and their treatment should reflect that. She invests the time to make sure each client receives client-centered, evidence-based care to enable them to meet the goals that are meaningful to them.

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Judy Avila


Judy graduated from Simon Fraser University with a BSc. Kinesiology and is a Practicing Member in BC. She has worked in both clinical and community based programs, designing and implementing therapeutic exercise programs for clients with orthopedic injuries, chronic pain, mental health, brain injury, PTSD and geriatrics. She enjoys working with a team that is dedicated to finding the right treatment for any given client and seeing their quality of life improve as a result . Judy is an avid runner and loves to be outdoors doing a variety of activities.


Ai-Lien Ton-Nu

Office Administrator

Ai Lien is originally from Vietnam where she worked in tourism and studied French. In 1999 she came to Sydney- Australia to study English & Marketing for 2 years. She emigrated to Canada in 2004, has been working as an administrator in several organizations. She brings a wealth of experience to this role. On her days off, her two daughters keep her very busy. Her favourite pastime is cooking Vietnamese foods, gardening & crabbing.



Office Companion

Finnegan joined the Goal Directed OT team in 2016. After a few years of obedience training, he now enjoys his days in the clinic accepting pets from anyone who is willing. Finn is always available to offer a calming energy to those who need it. On his off time, he enjoys lounging on the couch and playing fetch. 


Hayley Ogrodnick

Rehabilitation Assistant 

Hayley is studying Recreation and Health Education at University of Victoria. Following her undergrad degree, she hopes to pursue Occupational Therapy. She is thrilled to build on her in-class knowledge and previous rehabilitation practical experience during her final work term with GDOT. Hayley is keen to continue developing skills and knowledge in therapeutic exercise programs, mental health and concussion therapy, and clinical administration. In her free time, Hayley enjoys outdoor recreation, including bicycling, running, and hiking, practicing yoga, and cooking delicious food. 

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Registered Clinical Counsellor
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Registered Clinical Counsellor