Our therapists are very special people, with a wealth of experience in their specific discipline whilst being well-versed in specialist Bobath therapy techniques.
Philip (better known as Filip) trained in Leuven, Belgium and qualified as a physiotherapist in 1995. He did a specialising year in manual therapy in 1995-1996 before moving to Glasgow in 1997. He worked for two years in a general hospital in Glasgow and three years in community paediatrics in Lanarkshire. In 1999-2000 he completed a post-graduate distance learning course in Clinical Gait Analysis at the University of Strathclyde. Philip joined the team at Bobath Scotland in January 2002.
Lesley trained as a physiotherapist in Manchester and qualified in 1986. She has worked in large teaching hospitals in Liverpool, Sheffield and Newcastle as well as in the community based at a special needs school. She has gained a wide range of experience working within the paediatric field in a number of regional specialities based in Newcastle, with a special interest in acquired brain injury. Lesley and her family relocated to Scotland in 2005 and she joined Bobath Scotland in 2007.
Claire qualified as a speech & language therapist from the University of Strathclyde in 1998. She worked with children in clinics, special schools and nurseries in Lanarkshire from 1998 – 2002. In early 2002 she left to spend some time in Tunisia working as a speech & language therapist with a charity, working alongside and training local educators and therapists, especially in the use of augmentative and alternative communication systems. She began working at Bobath Scotland shortly after she returned from Tunisia in November 2004.
Sandra qualified as occupational therapist from the Robert Gordon University of Aberdeen in 1999. After qualifying, Sandra initially worked with adults before joining the Paediatric Occupational Therapy Service at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh in 2000. Throughout this post she was based at a number of different special schools where she worked with a wide range of children/young people, but predominantly those with cerebral palsy and other neurological conditions. Sandra joined the Bobath team in January 2009.
Petra qualified as an occupational therapist in Czech Republic in 2000. She worked for 8 years with premature babies, children with CP and other neurological conditions and also with adults in the Rehabilitation Center in Ostrava, Czech Republic. Petra completed her Bobath training in 2004 and in 2005 she passed Baby Bobath training. Petra is a Bobath tutor and has taught Basic and Baby Bobath courses in Europe. She’s got a specialisation to provide Sensory Integration Therapy and Medical Taping (e.g. kinesio taping). She worked in private practice in Czech Republic before she joined Bobath Scotland in September 2013.
Kirsteen qualified from Queen Margaret College in Edinburgh in 1998. After working within the NHS for 5 years, mainly in adult neurology, Kirsteen headed to New Zealand for 3 years to work within a rehab team in a community hospital. Whilst there, she qualified as an adult Bobath Therapist. On her return to Scotland in 2005, she entered the world of Paediatrics. Kirsteen spent the next 7 years working within the Community, acute hospital settings, and then special schools gaining a wealth of experience across many areas of Paediatrics, but particularly neurology. Kirsteen joined the Bobath Scotland team in 2012, completing her basic training in Cardiff that year and has completed advanced Bobath training since then.
The other staff members who help keep our Cerebral Palsy Therapy Centre running include administrative, fundraising and support staff;
Stephanie Fraser – Chief Executive
Marion McGinley – Therapy Assistant
Olive Leonard – Project Coordinator
Katie Abercromby – Centre Administrator
Ann Whiteford – Housekeeping
Virginia Anderson – Head of Fundraising
Cassie Oliver – Events Manager
Sonya Barry – Fundraising Assistant (PT)
Julie Ritchie – Community Fundraiser (PT)
Megan Nixon – Communications Officer
Jill Clark – Communications Assistant (PT)
Claudia Boyd – Fundraising Assistant (Volunteer) (PT)