Michelle is the driving force behind Therapy4kids. She is not just a Clinical Specialist Paediatric Physiotherapist; she is your child’s greatest advocate. Her passion for positively impacting the lives of children and their families is infectious, creating an environment where every child thrives.
With over two decades of experience, Michelle’s journey began at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa, where she earned an honours degree in Physiotherapy in 2002. Since then, she has dedicated herself to improving the lives of children in various settings, from public and private sectors in South Africa to the NHS, special schools and private practice in the UK.
One of Michelle’s defining qualities is her extraordinary rapport with children. It’s clear that her love for children extends beyond the clinic, making her an ideal partner in your child’s journey toward their fullest potential. She believes in supporting not only the children but their families and educators as well.
Michelle’s vision for Therapy4kids is to make it a welcoming, friendly, and supportive haven for children. Here, kids look forward to their sessions, and parents are confident they’re receiving the best specialist therapy available.
Michelle’s expertise is comprehensive, reflecting her dedication to constant growth and learning. She is well-versed in neurological and musculoskeletal conditions, child development, posture, biomechanical alignment, and sensory integration in children. She is fully trained in MAES Therapy for children with cerebral palsy and similar neurological conditions and has a strong background in orthotics, including prescribing AFO-footwear combination orthoses and Lycra garments.
With certification in Prechtl’s Qualitative Method for assessing babies’ movement patterns, Michelle is attuned to the unique needs of even the tiniest patients. She’s also trained as a baby massage instructor and in baby yoga, making her a holistic resource for children of all ages.
Michelle also has certification in modified Pilates for physiotherapists, and training in elastic therapeutic taping in paediatrics, as well as myofascial release. Michelle has completed training in the foundation and neuroscience of Sensory Integration and Sensory Integration for babies.
As a member of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP), and the Association of Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapists (APCP), Michelle stays at the forefront of her field. She even serves as the vice-chair for the APCP, representing Physiotherapists in the private sector.
What truly sets Michelle apart is her ability to make therapy feel like play. Her age-specific treatments are designed to be fun, fostering a positive rehabilitation experience that helps children reach their maximum potential and function effectively within their environment. She believes that educating parents, caregivers and teachers is integral to this process, encouraging their active participation in their child’s therapy journey.
With Michelle and Therapy4kids by your side, you can be confident that your child is in the most capable and caring hands!