Melissa Gill

Melissa Gill

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!

 

Beryl Jones

Beryl Jones

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.  

Azadeh Shafie

Azadeh Shafie

Hello, I’m Azadeh (Azzy) and I’m from Cheltenham, UK (although my ethnic origin is Iranian). I am Speech and Language Therapist at Inspire Therapy and moved to Dubai 2 years ago to pursue my career here. I currently work with a range of children in schools, nurseries and at our clinic.

I’ve always had an strong interest in working with children with determination and gained experience in the field during my BSC degree in Psychology. Since then, my particular interest in supporting those with communication difficulties led me to obtaining my MSC in Speech and Language Therapy from the University of Reading, UK.

My experience includes working with children, particularly children on the autistic spectrum, as well as adults with learning disabilities, both for the public sector (NHS) in the UK, as well as in private practice in the UAE. I assess and provide Speech and Language Therapy that includes working on speech sounds, fluency, language, AAC e.g., Makaton, PECS and communication aids, social communication and group therapy.

I love living in the UAE and regularly meeting new 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. I always make time to communicate to friends and family and find real enjoyment in connecting with other people, even if it’s in nonverbal form like giving a smile or a wave.

Jemma Gadher

Jemma Gadher

My name is Jemma and I am a paediatric speech and language therapist from the UK. I have 9 years experience working in both public and private practice. The majority of my clinical work has been delivering comprehensive speech and language therapy within schools, centres and nurseries in the UK. My experience includes working with children with attention and listening difficulties,  speech delays/disorders, language delays/disorders, 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 enjoying living life here. When I am not working I enjoy going to the gym and socialising with friends.

 

Claire Dennis

Claire Dennis

Hi! I’m Claire. Raised in a small beach town on the east coast of Australia, I grew up in the ocean and as a part of a close-knit, active community.

I studied a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy in 2014 where I completed 4 years of full-time study and 1,080 hours of clinical supervised work placement. Following graduation, I went on to work in a major hospital on the Gold Coast, Australia, in neurological rehabilitation and acute care. I worked with people, ages 0-100 to aim in achieving their goals and engage in meaningful activities.

I am passionate about helping children to participate and promote independence in the areas of education, leisure, self-care and play. I believe this is best achieved whilst working closely with their family, teachers and school environment. I strive to do this by completing comprehensive assessments to guide therapy interventions in assisting the child to thrive at home, school and within their community. I have a special interest in paediatric neuroscience and how the neurological system affects how children interact with their environment.

In my spare time I like to swim in the ocean, go on outdoor adventures with my husband, catch a pretty sunrise or sunset, complete an annual triathlon and play sports such as touch football. I enjoy living in the United Arab Emirates as there is a lot to do and explore, along with a lovely multicultural community.

 

Rachel Cotter

Rachel Cotter

I’m Rachel and I’m from Cork in Ireland. I am a paediatric Occupational Therapist. My particular area of interest include working with children with sensory integration difficulties and difficulties with executive functioning.
I have worked as a paediatric OT in Dubai for the last three years supporting children in mainstream/ school setting and supporting children with additional needs. I previously worked and lived in London. I spent 10 years working as an OT in various Adults and Elderly community services.
My favourite film is Avatar. I enjoy listening to different types of music but my favourite album is ‘Back to Front’ by Lionel Richie. I enjoy travelling and my favourite place to visit is anywhere in the Mediterranean. If I could invite three people to dinner it would be Mother Theresa, Princess Diana and Kevin Hart!
In my free time I am a beachaholic so you will usually find me on the beach! I also love to dance, water sports wannabe, pilates and yoga.

Sarah Mascarenhas

Sarah Mascarenhas

I am originally from the North East England, however since leaving there I have lived in Leeds, Jersey, Goa, Dubai, Scotland and Singapore before returning back to Dubai in 2015, where we have been since.

I am a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) and completed my training in March 2017. I began working as an RBT at Inspire Therapy in September 2018. 

My previous experience of working includes the last 2 years as an Learning Support Assistant in Dubai. I am passionate about working with children and enjoy seeing them develop their communication and social skills! 

My favourite films are The Breakfast Club, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café and It’s a Wonderful Life.  I enjoy various different types of music from Country, Rock, 80’s 90’s Pop and 60’s 70’s music. 

In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family, exploring outdoors when the weather is good, reading, baking / cake decorating and needlecraft.

Malika Amirsaidova

Malika Amirsaidova

I am a BCBA and completed my course work at Florida Institute of Technology. I graduated from the Tashkent Medical Institute of Paediatrics (Uzbekistan) and following my clinical internship qualified as a GP Paediatrician. Later, I graduated from the Middlesex University Dubai with an MSc in Applied Psychology. Soon after my graduation I joined Inspire Therapy where I studied and qualified as a Registered Behaviour Technician (RBT).

My prior work experience covers various professional engagements with “Médecins Sans Frontières” (“Doctors Without Borders”), Red Crescent Society of Uzbekistan and other institutions.

Having medical and psychological academic backgrounds, currently pursuing professional studies in behavioural analysis and being a mother of four children I strongly believe that behavioural and developmental support is as important as any medical treatment.

Although all children have different personalities and levels of development and performance, all children are equal in their right and aspiration to live productive, meaningful and happy lives. I am delighted to be part of the Inspire Therapy team, to work with children with special needs and witness them making small, yet ground-breaking steps towards becoming socially adaptive and interactive members of our society, towards living a healthier and happier life.

There is so much in life that gives us faith!

Maha Syeda Maheen

Maha Syeda Maheen

I’m Maha and I’m from India. I am a Registered Behavior Technician and completed my training in March 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 am currently completing a Bachelors Degree in Social Work.

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.

Darshita Dhanak

Darshita Dhanak

I am Darshita Dhanak. I am a Registered Behavior Technician. I was born and raised in Dubai, U.A.E. I lived in the UK for 5 years, where I completed my BSc in Psychology (Hons) from The University of Nottingham and MSc in Developmental Psychology and Clinical Practice from University College London.

My interest lies in prevention and treatment for children and adolescents in need of additional support.

My experience at The Royal Free Hospital London as an Assistant Psychotherapist exposed me to a range of assessments for various difficulties and guided me to think in holistic ways to formulate and treat any given case.

Apart from work, I enjoy dancing and learning about the craft of film making.

Zainab Syeda

Zainab Syeda

I'm a Registered Behavior Technician. I'm originally from Islamabad, Pakistan. I have grown up and lived in Dubai all my life. I graduated with a BSc Hons in Psychology with Counselling Skills from Middlesex University Dubai in 2017.

I have always been passionate about working with children and I feel there is no greater satisfaction for me than seeing children progress as I believe every child has the potential to achieve success in their academics alongside their personal lives and therefore it is important to create an environment for them which nurtures them to be happy and become proactive members of the society they live in. My interest led me to learn more about ABA Therapy. I completed the Registered Behaviour Technician course with Inspire Therapy and am currently working as an ABA Therapist since September 2019.

I have previously worked as an Learning Support Assistant from 2018 to 2019.  I was primarily involved with supporting two wonderful children facing difficulties related to learning, attention and focus and also presented behavioural problems. My role consisted of helping in the classroom and implementing ABA techniques to support their ability to access the curriculum. 

Previously, I have worked as a Student Learning Assistant at Middlesex University Dubai with Dr.Lynda Hyland wherein I assisted the lecturer in delivering statistical analyses and thematic analysis to undergraduate students alongside SPSS workshops to MA HRM students.

In my spare time, I enjoy walks at the beach and playing sports such as volleyball and baseball. On odd weekends, you could also find me in the kitchen baking as I love preparing treats for my family and friends!

Kate Grimes

Kate Grimes

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!

Sarah Keane

Sarah Keane

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!

Alina Vlad

Alina Vlad

I am Romanian born and since leaving Romania almost twenty years ago, I’ve lived in the UK for twelve years, Egypt for two years and Dubai for more than five years.  My husband is South African and our daughter is a ‘third-culture kid’, born in Dubai. The concept of home and the answer to the question 'where I'm from' have therefore become a little blurred.

I have a BSc Honours in Social Sciences with Psychological Studies from the Open University in the UK and I am TEFL certified. With the exception of the two years spent in Cairo, where I worked as an ESL teacher and tutor, I have a solid background in business support, having spent most of my professional life supporting various businesses and being exposed to a wide range of industries and services such as project management and cost consultancy back in the UK, and not-for-profit organizations, global recruitment agencies and HR consultancies since moving to the Middle-East.

I joined Inspire Therapy in December 2018 as an Office/ Centre Manager and it truly is an inspiring place to work in. The team is great and the work they deliver is incredibly meaningful to the children we support and their families.

I’ve always been passionate about writing, photography and creative content and they are the main things I enjoy doing in my spare time.

Jayzelle Barcelona

Jayzelle Barcelona

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!

Ailyn Camporedondo

Ailyn Camporedondo

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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