Therapy Team

Christine Barber  MSc MCSP CSP(DSA) - Director, Physiotherapist, Senior Bobath Tutor

Chris has developed an international reputation in both paediatric and adult neurodevelopmental conditions.

She joined the Bobath Centre in 1981 training under the founders, Dr Karel and Berta Bobath. She qualified as a paediatric tutor in 1985 and senior tutor in 1989 and qualified as a Adult Neurology tutor in 1987.

She was awarded an MSc in Physiotherapy in 1995. Chris has been Centre Director since 2003. Chris is a member of the Chartered Institute of Physiotherapy and was awarded their Distinguished Service Award in 2001 in recognition of her contribution to the treatment and wellbeing of people with cerebral palsy.

She has taught Bobath courses around the world and is a regular contributor at conferences and workshops on Cerebral Palsy, Childhood Disability and Neurology. She leads the UK Bobath Tutor Training Programme.

Memberships:  Chartered Institute of Physiotherapy, British Association of Bobath Trained Therapists, European Bobath Tutors' Association, International Bobath Instructors' and Tutors' Association.

Chris sits on the trustee board of Bobath Wales and is an advisor to the Paralympics GB team.

Virginia Knox  MCSP MSc PGCE - Consultant Physiotherapist, Bobath Tutor

Virginia qualified as a physiotherapist in 1981. She joined the Bobath Centre in 1998, the same year she completed her MSc.

She qualified as a Bobath tutor in 2005 and completed her post-graduate certificate in Education in 2006.

She was awarded a Masters in Clinical Research in 2016.

Virginia has published numerous papers in clinical journals with a particular interest in the use of outcome measures to evaluate progress and the effects of interventions in children with cerebral palsy

Memberships: Association of Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapists and British Association of Bobath Trained therapists (no positions held).

Virginia has helped to run Bobath training courses for physio and occupational therapists in Uganda, Zambia and Sudan.

Marie Stanley  MCSP PCE - Physiotherapist, Bobath Tutor

Marie quailfied as a physiotherapist in 2000 and began working at the Centre in 2002, qualifying as a Bobath tutor in 2014.

As well as treating children she teaches on Bobath Foundation and Introductory courses and assists tutors with clinical practice on other courses.

Memberships:  Chartered Institute of Physiotherapy, British Association of Bobath Trained Therapists, European Bobath Tutors' Association

Special interests in cerebral palsy from birth to adolescence and taking Bobath into the community.

Yolly Broek  MRCSLT - Speech & Language Therapist, Bobath Tutor

Yolly qualified as a Speech & Language therapist in 1991 in Amsterdam.

She also teaches on the Bobath Foundation course and SLT related courses at the Centre.

Memberships: Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists

Special interests in Cerebral Palsy, Dysphagia and AAC

Rajkumar Rajan  MCSP PCE - Physiotherapist, Bobath Tutor

Raj qualified as a physiotherapist in 1996 and completed an MSc in Fitness and Exercise Rehabilitation in 2001, in South India. He completed the Bobath Foundation course in spring 2001.

Raj has been working as a physiotherapist at the Bobath Centre since 2004 treating both children and adults. In addition to his clinical role, Raj teaches on the Bobath foundation course and assists other tutors in clinical practice. Raj’s special interests are child development and early intervention; neuroscience, biomechanics, orthotics and outcome measures.

Memberships: Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, Health and Care Professions Council.

Athena Logothetis  MBAOT PGDip - Occupational Therapist, Bobath Tutor in training

Athena qualified as an occupational therapist in 2004 and joined the Bobath Centre in 2011. She is currently studying for a PGCE Higher Education as part of her training to become a Bobath tutor.

She jointly published An occupational therapy practice initiative using the Bobath Concept: a collaborative partnership with higher education in The British Journal of Occupational Therapy, in 2013. Her special interests are in vision and visual perception, particularly cerebral visual impairment.

Memberships: Health Professions Council; British Association of Occupational Therapists; World Federation of Occupational Therapists; College of Occupational Therapy Specialist Section - Children Young People and Families; British Association of Bobath Trained Therapists; Sensory Integration Network.

Athena sits on the NICE Guidelines Development Group for Cerebral Palsy which was published in January 2017. 

​Ingrid Vriend  MBAOT - Occupational Therapist, Bobath Tutor in training

Ingrid qualified as an occupational therapist in 2000 in South Africa. She worked at Bobath Children’s Therapy Centre Wales 2005 -2008 and joined the team at The Bobath Centre, London in 2016. She is currently training to become a Bobath tutor.

Memberships: Health Professions Council; British Association of Occupational Therapists; South African Neuro-Developmental Therapy Association, South African Institute of Sensory Integration, Occupational Therapy Association of South African

Her special interests are in vision, particularly cerebral visual impairment.

Helen Foale  MCSP - Physiotherapist

Helen qualified as a physiotherapist in 2000 and was specialising in paediatrics by 2002. She took the Bobath foundation course in 2008 and joined the team 2011.

She has spoken at the British Association of Bobath Tutors annual meeting and contributed to the BABTT journal.

Memberships: Association of Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapists (APCP)

Helen has a special interest in gait analysis and early intervention.