Client Experience

Riley Shippel

Client Experience Lead


Butterfly Paediatric Therapy - Riley ShippelRiley was first introduced to Butterfly at age 11, while accompanying a family whose children were receiving therapy at Butterfly. These visits in her early teen years inspired her to pursue an education in Kinesiology at Western University, which provided the foundation of education in healthy living practices. She enjoyed studying about the connection between exercise and nutrition to physical and mental health, and she continues to build upon this learning today. Having always loved being around children of all ages and varying needs, Riley spent many years volunteering at McMaster Children’s Hospital in the Child Life Unit and in school settings. She is happiest when supporting and learning from children. They keep her grounded and offer a perspective that often helps her make sense of the world around her.

When Riley isn’t spending her free time with friends and family, she is exploring the outdoors with her loveable corgi, Bunker.

She is excited to be a part of the Butterfly team, so that she can help support the amazing  therapists who are helping children reach their absolute full potential.

Get to Know Riley…

  • If Riley could teleport anywhere in the world, she would tour all of Europe in one go!
  • If she were on a deserted island but all needs were met, the two things she would bring would be her dog and a live band that takes song requests.
  • Her rarest and silliest talent is that she can nap anywhere.

Mira Wehbe

Client Experience Coordinator


Butterfly Paediatric Therapy - MiraMira is a Social Work student from Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University) and is looking to pursue a career in Occupational Therapy. Mira has been working towards her MScOT in Occupational Therapy since Grade 11 when she discovered the career. She felt that it strongly aligned with her own values and skills. She has always been eager to work with children and families to ensure they receive the best quality of care, particularly children with dis(Abilities) as she worked with Community Living Mississauga as a support worker in the summer so that she could make the environment fun and inclusive for all.

Mira has extensive administrative experience as she worked at a personal injury firm for over 3 years. She truly enjoys supporting communities and people to ensure their goals and needs are met.

In her spare time, Mira enjoys trying out new restaurants and going on bike rides with friends.

Mira is excited to be a part of the Butterfly Team, where she can develop and harness her skills to support children and families.

Get to Know Mira…

  • If Mira could be any animal, she would be a frog, so that she can chill on a lily pad all day.
  • If she could live anywhere, it would be in Switzerland!
  • If she could have superpowers, it would be to have telekinesis powers like in the movie Matilda!

Emmy St. Kitts

Client Experience Coordinator


Butterfly Paediatric Therapy - Emmy St. KittsEmmy is our energetic and friendly Client Experience Coordinator at our Burlington location. Emmy graduated Humber College from the Legal Assistant program and has a background in both the Legal and Finance industry.

Emmy is thrilled to be part of the Butterfly team and is eager to learn, meet and support all the staff, kiddos and their families, while they work with their dedicated therapists to reach their individual goals.

As a mom of three boys, Emmy loves spending time with her kids and is passionate about exploring new places, foods, and sharing experiences as a family!

Get to Know Emmy…

  • If someone were to play Emmy’s role in a movie about her life, it would have to be Tiffany Hadish or Awkwafina.
  • The song that best describes Emmy, would be “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun”.
  • If she could choose to be a single age for the rest of her life- she wouldn’t choose! Emmy recognizes that each year, she has grown, learned and gained experience, and she doesn’t take this for granted (Even though her bones and muscles may beg to differ!).

Mary Zigante

Client Experience Team – Financial Officer

Mary has been part of the Butterfly family for over 5 years and she is continually impressed by the genuine interest by all the therapists to not only help the children reach their full potential, but also for the support that the therapists provide to all members of these children’s families and to each other. The fun, innocent, and courageous spirit of the children that enter Butterfly is what helps Mary thrive in helping Butterfly run seamlessly.

In the five years at Butterfly, her position has changed to meet the needs of the clinic and she is currently the Financial Officer.

Mary enjoys staying active by hiking, gardening and weight training.  She loves the outdoors and will jump on an ATV or snowmobile the first chance she gets.  In her spare time, she enjoys cooking dishes from different parts of the world and traveling in order to learn about new cultures and traditions. She keeps her mind engaged by writing and by reading not only for personal pleasure but to learn new things in the world of tech, AI, finance and innovation.  Her goal is to use more of her time to volunteer at various organizations.

Get to Know Mary…

  • If Mary could eat any food for the rest of her life, it would be a very authentic Italian pasta with fresh tomato sauce, mushrooms and chicken (obviously with warm garlic bread on the side).
  • Mary’s hidden talent is karaoke!
  • The Disney character that Mary is most like, is the Fairy Godmother- she is always there to help people in their lives, often at times when they thought their problems could not be solved.

Danica Arevalo

Client Experience Coordinator – Mississauga

Danica graduated in Social Services from Sheridan College. She completed placements at Youth Assisting Youth and in Childhood Education in multiple childcare centres. Ever since high school Danica has loved working with children, whether that be face to face or behind the scenes. Danica has always had an interest in working in a paediatric setting but never had an opportunity until finding Butterfly.

Danica loves being around positive individuals who are also passionate about helping children. She finds fulfillment in seeing happy families and knowing she can enhance their experience from behind the desk.

Some fun facts about Danica:

  • If Danica could teleport anywhere in the world, she would go to South Korea, Spain and Japan.
  • Time travel would be Danica’s superpower.

The one thing Danica can not live without is music, she listens to music 24/7, loves playing instruments and singing!