Michelle is the Director of Therapy4kids, and is a dynamic and enthusiastic Clinical 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 a great deal of experience in the supervision and education of therapists and students, and now co-ordinates active In-service training, clinical support and supervision 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. Besides the many years of clinical experience Michelle has working in paediatrics in different settings, she has also completed comprehensive and wide-ranging specialist training over the years, and as such Michelle has a thorough neurological and musculo-skeletal knowledge; understanding neuroscience, child development, posture, whole body biomechanical alignment, and sensory integration in babies and children.
Michelle is fully trained in MAES Therapy for children with cerebral palsy and similar neurological conditions. 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 training for lycra suit/ garment measuring and prescriptions
Michelle is a qualified assessor of babies’ movement patterns using Prechtl’s Qualitative Method. She also has training as a baby massage instructor as well as in baby yoga.
Michelle has certification in modified Pilates for physiotherapists, and training in elastic therapeutic taping in paediatrics, as well as myofascial release. Michelle has also completed training in the foundation and neuroscience of Sensory Integration.
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 and function effectively within the environment. Education of parents and carers is integral to her sessions, and their participation in treatment is also encouraged as much as possible.