Meet the Therapy Team

 

Jennifer Carroll MA, MCSP, PGC(HE)
Centre Director - Consultant PhysiotherapistJennifer Carroll

Jenny trained at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital School of Physiotherapy in Birmingham and qualified in 1985. She worked in Birmingham for several years, then in Milton Keynes and Luton, Bedfordshire. In these posts she developed her paediatric, Bobath and management skills before joining the therapy team at Bobath Children's Therapy Centre Wales in 1998 as Therapy Manager.  Jenny became Centre Director in 2006 as well as a Bobath Tutor in 2009.

Jenny completed the 8 week Bobath foundation course in 1990 and has attended various Bobath training courses since. Apart from attending various courses and professional development opportunities relevant to paediatric neurology and specifically cerebral palsy, she also trained in ‘Sensory Processing for Adults with Learning Disability’, ‘Sensory Integration and Children with Cerebral Palsy’ and ‘Prechtl's Method of Qualitative Assessment of General Movements’. Jenny completed an MA in management studies in 2000, a Post Graduate Certificate in Postural Management for People with Complex Disabilities in 2003, and a Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education in 2013.

Jenny is currently the treasurer of the European Academy of Childhood Disability (EACD) and committee member of the British Association of Bobath Trained Therapists.

She regularly teaches on Bobath courses and is involved in other teaching within and outside the Centre and has presented (oral and posters) at national and international conferences. 

 

Dawn Forbes MCSPDawn Forbes
Bobath Clinical Expert Physiotherapist and Lead for Clinical Effectiveness

Dawn graduated as a physiotherapist from the University of Wales College of Medicine in 1983. She initially worked as a rotational physiotherapist in the North of England before specialising in adult neurology and learning difficulties in an acute and community settings. She then broadened her neurological interest to paediatrics and continued to work in Kenya with adults and children with neurological difficulties. Dawn came back to this country in 1996 when she joined the team at Bobath children’s Therapy Centre Wales. She became a Clinical Specialist in 2002 and Clinical Expert and Lead in Clinical effectiveness in 2005.

Dawn completed her Bobath Foundation course for adults in 1992 and the Bobath Foundation course for paediatrics in 1996.   Apart from attending various Advanced Bobath courses (please see list) and professional development opportunities relevant to paediatric neurology and specifically CP, she also attended Prechtl’s Method of Qualitative Assessment of General Movements, Assisting Hand Assessment, Sensory Integration and children with cerebral palsy. She is also trained in ‘Patient Stories’

Dawn has taught on Bobath Foundation Courses, she takes part in teaching activities within and outside the Centre and has presented research posters at several national and international conferences. 

 

Renee Brouwers MSc, MCSPRenee Daelmans
Bobath Therapist - Bobath Clinical Expert Physiotherapist and Therapy Manager

Renée trained as a physiotherapist in the Netherlands and qualified in 1995. She started working in paediatrics immediately after graduation, initially in the Netherlands and then abroad in Germany, Austria and the UK. Renée's interest in paediatric neurology then led her to apply for a job at Bobath Children's Therapy Centre Wales, where she joined the therapy team in May 2001. In 2010 she became Therapy Manager at the Centre.

Renée completed the 8 week Bobath foundation course in 2000 and has attended various advanced Bobath courses since. Apart from attending various courses and professional development opportunities relevant to paediatric neurology and specifically CP, she also attended the 'Paediatric Gait Analysis and Orthotic Management course by Elaine Owen and Functional Electric Stimulation (FES) course. In 2006 she did a Post Graduate Certificate in Paediatric Neuro-rehabilitation and completed her Masters degree in Neuro-rehabilitation in 2013.

 Renée is currently the Welsh representative on the National Neurodisability Committee, which is a specialist group within the Association of Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapists. She is also involved in the South Wales Cerebral Palsy Network.

She takes part in teaching activities within and outside the Centre and has presented research posters at several national and international conferences.


Belinda Miles MCSPBelinda Miles
Bobath Therapist - Physiotherapist

Belinda trained in University Hospital of Wales College of Medicine, qualifying as a physiotherapist in 1989. She initially worked as a rotational physiotherapist in the Royal Gwent Hospital before specialising in adult neurology in acute and out-patient settings. She then moved to the Children’s Centre in University Hospital of Wales and gained paediatric experience covering all ages in the community and in Special Schools. She also worked as part of a team treating young people with Chronic Fatigue. Belinda joined the team at Bobath Children’s Therapy Centre Wales in 2003.

Belinda completed the Bobath Foundation course in 1996 and has participated in various Bobath advanced courses (please see list).  Apart from these and other continual professional development courses relevant to paediatric neurology and specifically cerebral palsy, she has completed the Gross Motor Function Measure.

Davina Isaac MCSP
Bobath Therapist - PhysiotherapistDavina Diamond

Davina qualified as a physiotherapist in 2002 from Cardiff University. Before joining Bobath Children's Therapy Centre Wales in October 2006 she worked as a rotational physiotherapist in Pontypridd and Rhondda gaining experience in all areas before moving to the paediatric physiotherapy team in October 2003. Whilst working in this team she practiced in various settings including acute wards, outpatients, special and mainstream schools. 

 

Stuart Doyle MCSPStuart Doyle
Bobath Therapist - Physiotherapist

Stuart graduated as a physiotherapist from the University of Wales College of Medicine in 2003. After qualifying he completed his general rotations within the NHS before specialising in paediatrics. As a paediatric physiotherapist he has worked within acute ward settings (Special Care Baby Units, orthopaedic wards), within respiratory clinics and the community (special and mainstream schools). Stuart developed a special interest in cerebral palsy during his time in the NHS and joined the team at Bobath Children’s Therapy Centre Wales in 2009.

Stuart completed the Bobath Foundation course in 2009 and has participated in various Bobath training courses since then.

Stuart is currently the vice secretary to the British Association of Bobath Trained Therapists.


Helen Burnford RCSLTHelen Burnford
Bobath Therapist - Speech and Language Therapist

Helen qualified in 1994 as a Speech and Language Therapist from DeMontfort University in Leicester. Following graduation she worked in England in both NHS and education settings, specializing in working with children with physical disability and learning difficulties. She moved to Wales in 2002 and continued to work within the NHS with a variety of paediatric client groups in Special Schools and Children’s Centres across South Wales.

Helen completed the 8 week Bobath foundation course and joined the therapy team at Bobath Children's Therapy Centre Wales in 2011.  Apart from attending various courses and other professional development opportunities relevant to paediatric neurology and specifically cerebral palsy, she is trained in specific paediatric dysphagia (feeding and swallowing disorders)   and 'Talktools'.

Helen was previously chair of the South Wales Paediatric Dysphagia Special Interest Group and is still involved.


Maureen Deane, Therapy AssistantMaureen Deane

Maureen trained as a nursery nurse and qualified as a NNEB in 1995. Maureen spent five years as a support worker to families of children with disabilities, working with them in their home environment. She then became Toy Librarian for the County of Caerphilly, providing a mobile service to disabled children throughout the county. Maureen joined Bobath Children's Therapy Centre Wales in October 1998 to assist the therapy team. 


Gosia Jon MSc, MCSPGosia Jon
Bobath Therapist - Physiotherapist

Gosia graduated with a MSc degree in Physiotherapy from University in Wroclaw, Poland in 2005, where she specialised in working specifically with children. She then briefly worked at the Child Development Centre in Wroclaw, before moving to the UK. Gosia broadened her clinical experience during her work with adults and children with neurological conditions in acute, outpatient and community settings based in South Wales and South West England. Gosia joined the Bobath Children’s Therapy Centre Wales team in 2011.

Gosia completed the 8 week Bobath Foundation Course in 2009 in London. Apart from attending various Bobath training courses and professional development opportunities relevant to paediatric neurology and specifically CP, she also attended the 'Paediatric Gait Analysis and Orthotic Management course by Elaine Owen and a Fundamental and Advanced Kinesiotaping course (1 + 2) and Integrating  NDT and SI Approaches.

Gosia is a member of the Regional APCP Committee for Wales.


Sue Jervis SROTSue Jervis
Bobath Therapist - Occupational Therapist

Sue trained as an Occupational Therapist in York, qualifying in 1996.  She specialised in working with children whilst working within children’s therapy services in Leicestershire and Coventry for 8 years.  More recently she spent 6 years in New Zealand working in a Child Development Service as a 'Visiting Neurodevelopmental Therapist' (a transdisciplinary role including Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and Speech and Language Therapy) as well as being Therapy Clinical Lead before joining the therapy team at Bobath Children's Therapy Centre Wales 2011.

Sue completed the 8 week Bobath foundation course in 2002 as well as the Bobath advanced Upper Limb course for children with Cerebral Palsy in 2013. Apart from attending various courses and other professional development opportunities relevant to paediatric neurology and specifically cerebral palsy, she completed the Sensory Integration module 1 and is currently working towards a Masters degree in Occupational Therapy at Cardiff University.


Marissa Mount MSc, SROTMarissa Mount

Bobath Therapist - Occupational Therapist

Marissa qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 1998 from Coventry University.  Following graduation she specialised in paediatrics whilst working for Leicestershire Community Children’s Service. Marissa then worked in the Midlands and in Australia in a paediatric community setting before joining the Bobath Children’s Therapy Centre Wales team in 2007.

Marissa completed her Bobath Foundation course in 2007 and has participated in various Bobath training courses. She has attended national conferences, and been involved in teaching within and outside of the Bobath Centre. Marissa completed her MSc in Neuro-rehabilitation at Cardiff University in 2013 with her research focusing on ‘bimanual upper limb function in children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy’. She has also completed the Assisting Hand Assessment course and Sensory Integration course (Module I).


Catharina Van der Walt RCSLTRina Van der Walt
Bobath Consultant Research - Speech and Language Therapist, Senior Bobath Tutor

Rina qualified as a Speech-Language Therapist and Audiologist in 1973, at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. She worked as a Speech and Language Therapist in South Africa at a Special School for children with Cerebral palsy for 17 years. Rina then worked in a Private Practice for several years with children, as well as with adults with acquired neurological and voice disorders. Rina was a Senior lecturer at two Universities in Cape Town for 9 years, after which she moved away from South Africa to work as a Senior Speech and Language Therapist at a general hospital in the Republic of Ireland for 2 years. Rina was Head of Therapy at Bobath Scotland Cerebral Palsy Therapy Centre for 6 years and joined the therapy team at Bobath Children’s Therapy Centre Wales in 2014.

Rina completed the 8 week Bobath foundation course in 1978; qualified as Bobath Speech Therapy Tutor in 1982 and became a Senior Bobath Tutor in 1990. She has attended various advanced Bobath courses as well as other courses and professional development opportunities relevant to paediatric neurology and specifically CP, such as the ‘Mary Massery Breathing Course’; Basic and advanced Dysphagia (eating & drinking) courses, the ‘PROMPT Introductory Course’; Various AAC courses; ‘Myofascia Release Course’, and ‘Deep Pharyngeal Neuromuscular Stimulation Course’. Rina has also undertaken various training in Research Methodology & Professional Writing. She completed the Diploma in Special Education at the University of South Africa and the Masters degree in Communication Pathology at the University of Pretoria in South Africa in 1995. Rina is currently working on her PhD.

Rina is involved in the Scottish Dysphagia Special Interest Group.

She regularly teaches on Bobath courses and is involved in other teaching within and outside the Centre and has presented (oral and posters) at national and international conferences.

 

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