Michelle is the Director of Therapy4kids, and is a dynamic and enthusiastic Specialist Paediatric Physiotherapist, passionate about positively impacting the lives of the children and families that she works with. Michelle’s love for children is evident in the wonderful rapport she has with the children under her care. Her goal is always to help children achieve their full potential, as well a support their families. Michelle is dedicated to making Therapy4kids a welcoming, friendly and supportive environment, where children love coming to and parents are confident they are receiving the best specialist therapy for their children Michelle graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa) in 2002 with an honours degree in Physiotherapy. She has worked in the Public and private sectors in South Africa, and since moving to the UK in 2005, she has worked in the NHS- working with children in the acute hospital setting, community and special needs schools, as well as in the private sector- where she had an active role in service development. Michelle has had lots of experience in the supervision and education of junior therapists and students, and now co-ordinates active In-service training for the therapists at Therapy4kids.
Michelle loves treating babies and children of all ages and diagnoses, and adopts a Holistic approach to children and their families, including the impact it has on every aspect of life. To achieve this, she draws on her extensive training and experience. Michelle has a thorough musculo-skeletal knowledge- understanding posture and whole body biomechanical alignment, the spine, pelvic alignment, joint hypermobility and orthopaedic conditions in babies and older children. She has certification in Modified Pilates for Physiotherapists, and training in elastic therapeutic taping in paediatrics and myofascial release. Michelle has also completed Sensory Integration Module one training, and understands the neurological process of this system that make it possible to use the body effectively within the environment.
Michelle has strong orthotics knowledge and skills. She has completed Elaine Owen’s course for prescribing AFO-footwear combination orthoses, and currently works closely with local Orthotists. Michelle has also completed the DMO Training for Lycra Suit/ garment measuring and prescriptions.
Michelle is a qualified assessor of babies’ movement patterns using Prechtl’s Qualitative Method.
Michelle has been trained in trauma counselling with a course done through the SA department of Psychology.
Michelle is a member of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP), and the Association of Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapists (APCP).
Michelle’s treatments are age specific, and geared towards involving play and games to make the sessions fun, which is vital in facilitating optimal rehabilitation and helping children achieve their maximum potential. Education of the parents is integral to her sessions, and their participation in treatment is also encouraged as much as possible.