Bobath Team

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 Vervaeke - Physiotherapist

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 Nutton - Physiotherapist

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 McMillan - Speech & Language Therapist

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 Mackay - Occupational Therapist

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 Mikesková – Occupational Therapist (maternity leave)

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.

Leen Van Gestel - Physiotherapist

Leen qualified as a physiotherapist from the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium) in 2005. In 2012, she obtained a PhD from the same university for her work on the relation between brain lesions and deficits in strength, tone and walking patterns of children with Cerebral Palsy. From 2012-2014, she combined academic research with part-time clinical work in a private paediatric physiotherapy practice. Throughout this post she worked with a variety of children and young people mainly affected by neurological conditions. Leen completed Bobath training in 2014 and relocated to Scotland in 2015. There, she was employed as a physiotherapist in a special needs school before joining the Bobath Scotland team in August 2017. 

Our Team

Stephanie Fraser – Chief Executive

Virginia Anderson - Head of Fundraising

Olive Leonard – Project Coordinator

Gillian Russell - Therapy Assistant

Katie Abercromby – Centre Administrator

Ann Whiteford – Housekeeping

Anna Hunter – Communications Manager (PT)

Cara Catch – Events Fundraiser (PT)

Kelly McLaughlin – Fundraising Admin (PT)

Julie Ritchie – Community Fundraiser (PT)

Jill Clark – Communications Assistant (PT)