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.
Therese Millar Bobath Therapy Manager
Therese joined the Bobath team in November 2016. She qualified as a physiotherapist in South Africa where she began working in one of the largest hospitals in the world and began working with children with cerebral palsy. Following this she then worked at a school for children with physical disabilities. Therese did her initial NDT course in 1993. Therese moved to the UK in 1996 and until joining Bobath Wales she worked in Bristol. This was mainly in the community paediatric team, with some time spent working at Bristol Children’s hospital. In the community Therese worked with babies, children and young adults, in their homes and schools (mainstream and specialist), covering a variety of disabilities, from cerebral palsy to muscular dystrophy and coordination disorder and included hydrotherapy, plastering and orthotics.
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.
Dr Sally Jary, PhD Consultant Physiotherapist Sally trained as a physiotherapist at The Royal London Hospital in 1986. She worked at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London and then as a community paediatric physiotherapist in North London. Sally was one of the first therapists to work at Bobath Wales in 1994, having moved from Bobath London following the birth of her first baby. Sally then left Bobath to work at Bristol Royal Hospital for Children where she developed a neonatal follow up pathway for infants at high risk of neurodevelopmental disorders at St Michaels Hospital, Bristol. Working closely with the medical team facilitated the opportunity to undertake some research and Sally completed her PhD in assessing infants with severe neurodevelopmental disability in 2014 and has several publications. She still has a part-time post and the University of Bristol but is delighted to be able to come back and work at Bobath Children’s Therapy Centre Wales specifically to set up the “Better Start” Early intervention service for infants at high risk of cerebral palsy.
Dawn Forbes MCSP 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, MCSP 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. 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 Chair 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.
Helen Burnford RCSLT 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 Isaac MCSP Bobath Therapist – Physiotherapist 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 MRCOT 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-Dare MSc, MCSP 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.
Marissa Mount MSc, MRCOT 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).
Kirsty 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 Melissa 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.
Nicole McGrath MRCOT Bobath Therapist – Occupational Therapist Nicole completed her Bachelor of Occupational Therapy at LaTrobe University in Melbourne, Australia in 2011. She specialised as a graduate in Paediatrics and commenced her employment for the Victoria Educational department across two special schools, working with children with severe intellectual disabilities and developmental delays. She has worked in private practice with a varied caseload of children with cerebral palsy, Autism Spectrum Disorder and Down Syndrome, as well as children with development and behavioural difficulties. She specialised in CP after completing her Bobath Foundation Course in October 2016, where she worked for a centre in Australia that applied the Bobath approach for children with CP. Nicole has also been involved in volunteering with a children’s home in Uganda which aims to provide therapy to children with CP. There Nicole has worked to train staff, including therapists, and volunteers as well as providing education to families in the community. Nicole joined the team at Bobath Children’s Therapy Centre Wales in February 2018 and completed the Early Assessment and Intervention with Babies and Young Children in May 2018.
Glenys Evans Family Support Coordinator Glenys Evans is Bobath’s Family Support Coordinator. She is a founder parent of Bobath Wales and has been involved with the charity since 1989 in numerous roles including secretary to the steering committee, trustee, and volunteer, she eventually joined the staff at Bobath in 1998. Glenys’ son Thomas is now an adult in his 30’s but this means she has a wealth of knowledge and understanding to share with families who attend Bobath. As part of her role Glenys meets with every family as they attend Bobath for a block of therapy, this enables her to get to know all the children and offer support to every family. For further information please go to Family Support Service
Christine Atkinson, Therapy Team Support Coordinator
Naomi East, Therapy Team Support Coordinator