Meet the Therapy Team

  

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

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. 

 

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

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.

  
Rina Van der Walt
Catharina Van der Walt RCSLT

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.

 
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. 

  

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.

 
 
Davina Diamond
Davina Isaac MCSP

Bobath Therapist - Physiotherapist

(Currently on maternity leave)

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. 


 Sue Jervis SROT

Sue 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.


Gosia Jon MSc, MCSP
Gosia Jon
Bobath Therapist - Physiotherapist
(Currently on maternity leave)

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.

 

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).


KirstyKirsty Taylor MCSP
Bobath Therapist - Physiotherapist

Kirsty trained as a physiotherapist in Cardiff University, graduating with a First Class Honours in 2010. She was keen to specialise in Paediatrics, and commenced her employment as a Paediatric Physiotherapist in Cardiff and Vale University Health Board.  She worked in the Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital for Wales, doing rotations in trauma and orthopaedics, neurology and oncology, and respiratory. She also did community rotations, managing varied caseloads in the children’s centres, mainstream schools and schools for children with additional learning disabilities. Kirsty trained as a clinical educator and supervised several physiotherapy students.  She undertook paediatric respiratory emergency duty and was a Paediatric and Adult BLS Cascade Trainer. Kirsty is a member of the APCP and has attended various study days and courses, relevant to her work. For example, she completed a GMFM course in 2012 and Posture Management for Adults and Children with Complex Disabilities in 2014.

Kirsty joined the team at Bobath Children’s Therapy Centre Wales in June 2015. She completed the Bobath Introductory Course in 2012 and the Bobath Foundation Course in November 2015.

 
Melissa Walk-Ley MSc, MCSP
Bobath Therapist - Physiotherapist

MelissaMelissa graduated as a Physiotherapist from the University of East Anglia in 2007.  Since graduating she has specialised in community paediatric physiotherapy.  Melissa has worked in a range of NHS England settings in the Midlands and London including special and mainstream schools, child development centres and clinics.  Melissa’s  special interest in paediatric neuro-disability led her to attend a range of specialist courses and complete the 8 week Bobath Foundation Course, London in 2011.  Before joining the Children’s Therapy Centre Wales team in 2015 Melissa completed her MSc in Advanced Physiotherapy: Paediatrics at University College London in 2013, where she continues to have commitments as a teaching fellow.

 
Glenys Evans
Family Support Coordinator

 

Naomi East
Therapy Assistant
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