Therapists at Inspire Therapy

Medical/Allied Health Practitioner Melissa

Melissa

I am a Senior Speech and Language Therapist from Australia. I moved to Dubai in October 2017 from a regional country town in Australia. I completed my Speech Pathology training at the Universtiy of Sydney in 1997.

My career has been varied across a range of Speech Pathology areas. I have worked in a variety of locations in Australia and in the UK. In the early stages of my career, I worked with paediatric clients in schools and clinic settings running early language groups and providing individual therapy. More recently I have specialized in establishing and enhancing stroke services within rural Australia. I have a strong interest in improving access to Speech Pathology services and promoting evidence based practice across the spectrum of communication disorders. I have specific training in the Lindamood Seeing Stars program to support children to establish ways to improve reading and spelling and have done a number of courses in early language development.

My current role within Inspire Therapy is to provide services to children within schools who require Speech and Language input. I have a passion for working with children to enhance their communication and reduce the barriers they may face due to communication impairment. I enjoy the challenge of working with a variety of difficulties including articulation, phonology, receptive and expressive language difficulties, reading and social difficulties.

I am a mother to 3 mostly gorgeous children who keep me busy 24 hours a day! This first hand experience juggling the everyday challenges with a young family helps to ensure my suggestions and advice to parents is not only grounded in evidence but also practicalities!

When I am not running around after my children and being a taxi from one activity to the next,  I really enjoy being active either outdoors at the beach or the pool, relaxing with good food and on the rare occasions reading a good book with some Ed Sheeran in the background or watching a romantic comedy with a glass of wine.  I love to keep fit running, swimming and cycling and have a goal to do some Triathlons while I am in Dubai!

 

Medical/Allied Health Practitioner Beryl

Beryl

My name is Beryl, which means precious gemstone. I grew up in Germany and moved to the UK at the age of 12 years. Due to my bilingual background I have personal experience in multilingual language acquisition matters.

I have always wanted to work with children and feel privileged to work in a profession that supports a child’s communication development. I am passionate about my work and enjoy ‘packaging’ the activities to bring enjoyment to the children I work with. Since graduating from the Reading University (UK) where I obtained my BSc in Speech and Language Therapy in 2007, I have worked with the peadiatric caseload across mainstream, special needs and inclusion-provision settings.

I love meeting people from different backgrounds and cultures, particularly over food since I enjoy exploring different cuisines. My favourite cuisines include Korean, Iranian, Bahraini, Greek and German food.

I have lived in Dubai since Summer 2015 and love waking up to the sunshine and spending time on the beach at the weekend. I love Musical Theatre and enjoy shows such as the Lion King, Matilda and Top Hat.  

Medical/Allied Health Practitioner Jemma

Jemma

My name is Jemma and I am a speech and language therapist from the UK.  I have 10 years of experience working in the National Health Service (NHS) and private practice in England.  

My specialism is working with children aged 3-5 years with language delay or speech sound difficulties. My experience has included social communication difficulties and children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. 

 

I am passionate about working with children who have communication difficulties and believe in building their confidence and finding motivating and creative ways to engage them so that they are able to achieve their maximum potential.  I carry out assessments and intervention with the child at its core and build positive relationships with families, school staff, and other professionals to ensure a collaborative team approach. 

 

Developing and updating my knowledge and skills as a practitioner is important to me, and I welcome opportunities to learn about new research and interventions. Some of the training I have attended includes Makaton, Cued Articulation, Colourful Semantics and the Shape Coding Model.  I have experience in working from the Nuffield Dyspraxia programme, The Social Thinking Curriculum, TEACCH and Attention Autism. 

 

I was awarded a Bachelor of Science Honours degree in Speech and Language Therapy in 2010, at City University London. Since I have obtained registrations with the Health and Care Professions Council and the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists in the UK

 

I moved to Dubai in 2018 and I embrace working with families from different cultures and backgrounds.   When I am not working I enjoy going to the gym and socializing with friends.

 

 

Medical/Allied Health Practitioner Keyuri

Keyuri

I am Keyuri Vaidya, originally from Mumbai, India, and have been living in Dubai for the past 4 years. I am an ABA therapist at Inspire therapy. I love being around children and love watching them improve and grow.

I completed my Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Mumbai University, and I am currently pursuing my MSc in Applied Psychology through Middlesex University in Dubai.
I have always been very passionate about helping children in need. My future goal is to study further and excel in the field of Psychology.

I have previously worked as a dancer and actor. I have been a part of a Bollywood musical Jaan-e-Jjgar as a lead. I also have experience in dance therapy.

In my spare time, I choreograph wedding dances, and I am a dance teacher. Apart from this, I love trying different cuisines and watching Netflix.

Medical/Allied Health Practitioner Chantal

Chantal

Hi!  I’m Chantal. Originally I’m from Karachi, Pakistan. I am an ABA Therapist at Inspire Therapy. I have completed my Bachelors in Social Sciences; majoring in Psychology from SZABIST, Karachi. I am currently pursuing my MSc. in Applied Psychology from Middlesex University, Dubai.

I have always wanted to help others in any way possible; and as an ABA therapist I get to work with children and help them overcome the difficulties that they may have. Working with children brings me so much joy and I love seeing them improve and get better.

My goal in life is to gain as much knowledge and experience as I can in the field of Psychology and use it to help the people around me.

In my spare time I love to go to the beach, or go shopping and socializing with my friends. I also love to travel as much as I can; along with baking and watching Netflix!

Medical/Allied Health Practitioner Shweta

Shweta

Hello! I am Shweta Coelho a Registered Behavior Technician from Mumbai, India. Dubai has been home since 2009. I work as an ABA therapist with Inspire Therapy.

Being ABA trained, I have worked as a learning support assistant in the past, nurturing and guiding nonverbal children with challenging behavior issues and learning difficulties.  This in turn helped me discover my passion for the field. I believe in focusing on the unique talents and abilities of our children and it gives me immense joy to watch them develop and acquire new skills one baby step at a time.

Being creative and patient I enjoy working with children and a personal experience with my child has helped me understand the challenges that parents face through this journey.

I strongly believe that every child can learn if we adapt our teaching to suit the child’s individual learning style and preference.

My hobbies include travelling to different countries: soaking in the culture and baking beautifully decorated cakes.

  

Medical/Allied Health Practitioner Vineeta

Vineeta

Hello, I’m Vineeta. I was born and raised in Dubai, U.A.E., where I completed my BSc in Psychology (Honors) from Middlesex University. I work as a Registered Behavior Technician at Inspire Therapy.

Since 2017, I’ve volunteered to work with children of mixed age groups at different events. The knowledge and skills gained through this experience enabled me to find my passion in helping children with autism and cognitive disabilities overcome their difficulties and challenges.
Seeing the children I work with progress and become independent individuals brings me great joy!

My dream is to set up an NGO where I can help underprivileged families gain access to speech/language and behavioral therapy for their children.

I enjoy outdoor activities (when the weather in Dubai is pleasant) and also have a fond interest in football, movies, and music.

Medical/Allied Health Practitioner Rouba

Rouba

Hi I'm Rouba, and I am an Occupational Therapist who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 2012 from the Lebanese University in Lebanon.

Since then, I have worked with many pediatric patients, designing, and executing treatment plans for clients with autism, learning disabilities as well as sensory processing disorder, Cerebral Palsy, and various physical disabilities.

I am extremely interested in making sure families have the support they need. Strong commitment to delivering top care to patients and practicing innovative and research-based therapy strategies with more than nine years of experience in the field. Compassionate and caring to help guide and encourage my patients to succeed.

I love living in the UAE and having the opportunity to meet people from all different walks of life. The sun makes me very happy, and I enjoy spending time outdoors at the weekend, as well as exploring new places to go and travel to.

 

 

Medical/Allied Health Practitioner Sonia

Sonia

I am Sonia Khan and I am from Lahore, Pakistan. I have done my MSc in Psychology from the University of the Punjab, Lahore. I have served in the education field for 5 years and worked as a school counselor in Pakistan and then moved to Dubai in 2015.

I am a Registered Behaviour Technician and deliver ABA therapy to children with developmental delays such as autism, ADHD, etc. My experience includes working with children in mainstream and special settings. I worked on 1:1 instruction with children with Autism and other developmental disabilities to promote the development of functional communication skills, support independence with adaptive living skills, collect clinical data and track progress.

I joined the ABA team with the vision to help and promote children of determination by providing them with excellent services. I am extremely passionate about helping and supporting children with special needs and their families. I strongly believe in play-based learning and fostering independence in children. I provide support to the teacher at school and help them in writing and implementing individualized education plans.

My aim is to educate society and spread awareness about autism and other developmental disabilities in children and believe that providing early intervention therapy can improve a child’s overall development, I especially want to serve those people who have special needs children in their families but cannot afford treatments.

At leisure, I enjoy traveling or going out shopping. 

Medical/Allied Health Practitioner Kauthar

Kauthar

Hi, my name is Kauthar Ally and I’m all the way from South Africa!

I graduated in 2019 from Stellenbosch University with a Bachelors in Occupational Therapy. I was fortunate to be on the Deans Merit List for the duration of my studies and selected to be part of the International Golden Key Society, offering many opportunities to further my networking circle and allowing me to be part of volunteer programmes in my spare time.

As part of the requirements of the DOH in South Africa, I served my Community Service in a rural district hospital with little access to resources. This harnessed my ability to think critically, encouraged innovative thinking and developed my still to utilise resources wisely while providing the best patient care. I was exposed to a variety of diagnoses and independently headed neonatal, neuro-rehabilitation, paediatric units and school-based settings. I’d often embark on home visits going over and above to see my patients functioning independently and affording them the opportunity to gain meaning and purpose in their lives. This is what makes going to work a blessing every day.

I later went on to work at a school for Intellectually Disabled children, bridging the gap between school and work. Thus, providing opportunities for learners that have special needs to integrate successfully into society.

It is here where I discovered my passion for paediatric school-based intervention. With my innate sense of playfulness, children immediately feel safe around me and most of all have fun in a therapeutic, research-based manner! My main concern is functional independence and using the child’s strengths and interests to facilitate success in their school and home environment.
It is of utmost importance to ensure that all role players feel supported and included in the child’s Intervention. I am a firm believer in the holistic support of the child’s teachers and caregivers, ensuring skills gets transferred into various areas of the child’s occupation.

Medical/Allied Health Administrator Kate

Kate

I’m Kate and I’m from Dublin in Ireland. I have been living in the UAE since 2011. I own and manage Inspire Therapy. I am a BCBA and a Speech and Language Therapist.

I set up Inspire Therapy in 2015. My vision is to provide a high quality service to children and families in the UAE and also to bring motivated professionals together in a supportive environment.

I have been working with children and adults with intellectual disabilities for the last 15 years. I qualified with a masters in speech and language therapy from the University of Limerick in Ireland in 2010. I qualified as a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst in 2016 from Florida Institute of Technology. I have a special interest in working with children with autism and speech and language/ social interaction difficulties. I love seeing children improve their behaviour and communication skills and in training parents to support their children's development. 

One of the most enjoyable parts of my job is working with families and therapists from all over the world. 

I look forward to continuing to work with families in Dubai!

Medical/Allied Health Administrator Donna

Donna

My Name is Donna, I am the Clinic Manager her at Inspire Therapy. I am from South Africa but have been living in Dubai since 2011. I have 24 years of administrative experience in both South African and the UAE.

I offer administrative support to all our clients and staff at Inspire Therapy, as well as being a mom to two wonderful boys, one of which has Autism and ADHD so I can fully understand parents and their concerns when approaching the clinic for therapy for their children.

I feel great happiness when seeing how our team as a whole can support a student and their family to make a difference in their lives.

Medical/Allied Health Administrator Sarah

Sarah

Hi, I'm Sarah. I'm from Mayo in the West of Ireland. I am BCBA at Inspire. 

I completed a MSc in ABA in Bangor University in Wales in 2012. After that, I worked in Ireland as an ABA tutor on home programs mainly. Then I moved to London where I worked as an ABA tutor and a Case Manager. I have been living and working in Dubai for the last 2 and a half years. 

The bulk of my experience is in developing and delivering verbal behaviour programs. I love watching the children I work with develop and expand on their interests and play skills and using their motivation to teach them skills that will enable them to be more independent and to access increased opportunities.

 My favourite films change all the time. At the moment, I would say Bohemian Rhapsody. I like listening to Motown, The Beatles, as well as 90's and 00's music for the nostalgia! I think my favourite place would have to be my back garden in Mayo on a sunny summers day making an attempt at a barbecue!

Medical/Allied Health Administrator Malika

Malika

I am a BCBA qualified Senior ABA therapist at Inspire Therapy DMCC.

I completed my BCBA coursework at Florida Institute of Technology in 2019. I received my MSc in Applied Psychology from the Middlesex University Dubai in 2016 and my MBBS with specialization in Paediatrics from the Tashkent Medical Institute of Paediatrics in Uzbekistan in 2007.

Having both psychological and medical academic backgrounds, and being a mother of four children I strongly believe that behavioural and developmental support is as important as any medical treatment.

I am delighted to be part of the Inspire Therapy team, work with children and adolescents, and witness them making small, yet significant steps towards becoming socially adaptive and interactive members of our society, and living productive and happy lives.

 

Medical/Allied Health Administrator Maha

Maha

I’m Maha and I’m from India. I am a Senior ABA therapist and have been working with children between the ages 2.5 years - 16 years since 2017. I am a patient person and enjoy working with children with various difficulties. It is extremely rewarding to find a child’s strengths and help them develop these areas. I work on a one to one basis with clients across various settings to develop language, academic, social, and self-help skills.

I have worked with children having various difficulties and concerns from ADHD to Down Syndrome, ASD and Autism. I also worked with students having other concerns like learning difficulties and behavioral issues. I have always worked using child-centric approach and have always tried to collaborate and get on board everyone working with the children at home and at school.

I have a Bachelors Degree in Social Work and I am pursuing my Masters in Special Education Needs with a concentration in ABA from University of Texas.

I also hold a position of Inclusion Governor in North American International School, Dubai since 2018. In this role I volunteer and try to give back to the community by promoting Inclusion and providing trainings to mainstream teachers and learning support assistants. 

My interest in working with special needs children came about because of my own situation. My daughter is six years old and has a learning difficulty. Having a child with special needs was very overwhelming for my family. I wanted to better support my child and this led me down the pathway of ABA therapy.
I enjoy supporting children in using their skills in the natural environment. I worked as a learning support assistant in Dubai for two years prior to completing my RBT certification. I worked with children of different ages and abilities as part of this role. I enjoy attending workshops on supporting behaviour in Dubai. I love to be a part of any group where I can share my experiences and learn.

Medical/Allied Health Administrator Vinolia

Vinolia

I graduated with a bachelors degree in Occupational Therapy in 2008 from KMCH college in India. Since then I have worked in a hospital setting, neuro-rehabilitation units, child developmental clinics and in school settings gaining experience in India, the Caribbean and in Dubai. I have worked with a broad range of diagnoses.

I am passionate about working with children and I strongly believe “play and movement” is the basis for development of all skills a child needs to be successful at school and socially. This plays a very central role in my therapy. I also believe in a child centered approach working closely with a child’s family to help bring out their full potential.

I have a special interest in sensory integration especially the vestibular system and supporting children in the school environment.

Medical/Allied Health Administrator Jayzelle

Jayzelle

My name is Jayzelle and I’m from Nueva Ecija in the Phillipines. I came to Dubai in December 2015. I started working as an administrator/ secretary at Inspire Therapy in April 2016. I completed a Bachelors Degree in Science and Technology in March 2013. I completed this at Nueva Ecija University in Science and Technology.

Prior to moving to Dubai I worked as a District Clerk overseeing the human resources, accounts, administration and payroll for fourteen schools. I enjoy working as an administrator because I get to interact with a lot of people on a daily basis and work as part of a team.

In my free time I enjoy playing online games and socialising with family and friends. I enjoy interacting with friends from the Phillipines on social media. I am lucky to have an uncle and cousin living in Dubai that I see regularly. This has helped me to settle into living here. I look forward to meeting you!

Medical/Allied Health Administrator Ailyn

Ailyn

My name is Ailyn and I’m from Guihing, Davao Del Sur in the Philippines. I came to Dubai in August 2012. I have been working with Inspire Therapy since it opened in 2015. I completed a course in Computer Science at The Polytechnic College in Davos in 2008.

Before working at Inspire Therapy I worked in childcare and also for a cleaning company. In the Philippines I worked as a staff manager for the Centre Warehouse in Dagos.

I enjoy meeting all the children that come to Inspire Therapy. They make me laugh! It’s nice to see how they improve.

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