Footsteps has a strong, diverse and enthusiastic team of therapists and administration staff with a variety of skills and experience to support children, young people and their families. Together they make a difference to the life of those affected by disability.

All therapy at Footsteps is undertaken by qualified therapists. They are qualified as physiotherapists in their own country and are specially trained in ‘Spider’ therapy at The Footsteps Centre and we have therapists trained in Bobath and PNF techniques.

Physiotherapists must be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), which is the statutory regulator of the profession. Filip Swietlik, Mark Kirwan and Aga Zajac are not HCPC registered physiotherapists and cannot provide physiotherapy.

Filip Swietlik

Filip Swietlik

Director, Physiotherapy Assistant

Filip is director and co-founder of Footsteps Centre Filip received his Masters of Science in Physiotherapy from the Academy of Physical Education in Poznan, Poland. He has been working with children for over 20 years providing individual, play (fun)-based, functional therapy. Filip has experience working with children with varying diagnoses including Cerebral Palsy, genetic diagnoses, developmental delay, undiagnosed disorders as well as orthopaedics or musculoskeletal conditions. Filip, in his work uses elements of various therapeutic methods to make therapy effective and attractive for every patient. Filip has a certification in Paediatric NDT Bobath, he completed a PNF course (Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation), M.A.E.S. Therapy Introduction Course and other workshops.

Malgorzata Swietlik

Malgorzata Swietlik

Head HCPC Physiotherapist

Gosia Swietlik graduated with a Master of Science in Physiotherapy from the Academy of Physical Education in Poznan, Poland. She has over 20 years of paediatric experience treating and supporting patients with neurological and developmental delays, Cerebral Palsy, genetic syndromes as well as orthopaedic and musculoskeletal conditions. Gosia values an individual approach to each patient and combines a variety of therapeutic methods and techniques to follow the personal needs of each child. Gosia is certified in Paediatric NDT Bobath, she completed PNF (Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation) Basic, Advanced and PNF in Paediatrics, M.A.E.S. Therapy Introduction Course, Sensory Processing and Integration in Children. Gosia is a member of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP), and the Association of Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapists (APCP). Gosia is one of the co-founders of The Footsteps Centre.

Mark Kirwan

Mark Kirwan

Physiotherapist Assistant

Mark received his BSc in Physiotherapy in VPU Lublin, Poland. Currently completing an MSc in Sports medicine at University College London 4+ Years of experience in Paediatrics M.A.E.S therapy introductory course Mark puts an emphasis on enjoyment for all children and strives for the best results while ensuring a fantastic time is had during therapy.

Anna Matukiewicz

Anna Matukiewicz

HCPC Physiotherapist

Anna is a passionate physiotherapist, ready to provide effective, top-quality treatment focused on holistic and individualized approach to patients. In 2010 Anna graduated with a Master of Science from Academy of Physical Education (faculty of Education Physical, Sport and Rehabilitation) in Wrocław, Poland. Since that time she has been working mainly with paediatrics, including neurodevelopment, early intervention, neurological, neuron-motor, orthopaedic, genetic, undiagnosed disorders and musculoskeletal conditions. She has experience working with all age groups from early intervention programmes to preschool and school-age children. Anna has completed various post graduates courses including: NDT- Bobath Basic, NDT- Bobath Baby, PNF (Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation) Basic, Post-diploma studies from Manual Therapy of Soft Tissue, Neurobiological Foundations of Sensory Integration course (I degree), Practical application of the suit 'SpiderSuit', KinesioTaping, M.A.E.S. Therapy - 2 day Introduction Course, and many other workshops and webinars. She is also a Nordic Walking Instructor. Anna is a member of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP). She continues to develop her skills and gain new knowledge within the paediatric area. 

Aga Zajac

Aga Zajac

Physiotherapist Assistant

Aga is a very passionate and experienced therapist who loves working with children. She graduated with a Master of Science in Physiotherapy from the Academy of Physical Education in Katowice, Poland Aga has worked at Footsteps since 2012 gaining experience working with children of all ages. Her area of practice includes neurodevelopment, neurological, orthopaedic, and musculoskeletal physiotherapy. She has completed various post-graduate courses, including M.A.E.S. (Movement Analysis & Education Strategies), PNF (Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation) Basic, Anatomy Trains in Structure & Function, Massage I grade with Biological Regeneration, Massage II and III Grade Specialized Massages. She takes part in many workshops as well as webinars to continue to expand her knowledge and experience.

Kirsty Dawson

Kirsty Dawson

Centre Manager

Email kirsty@footstepscentre.com
Kirsty has worked as the Centre Manager at Footsteps since 2012. She is responsible for the daily running of the Centre, bookings, invoicing, accounts and everything business focused. Previously Kirsty was an Events Manager working in Graduate Recruitment, and prior to that she served in the Royal Air Force as an Air Traffic Control Officer. Please contact Kirsty with any questions about The Footsteps Centre.

Sarah Higgs

Sarah Higgs

Charity Coordinator

Email sarah@footstepsfoundation.com
Sarah has worked at Footsteps since 2016 and deals with the day to day running of the charity. Her role includes dealing with the processing of grant applications, free shoes for those that attend Footsteps, fundraising events, supporting our fundraisers and liaising with donors be it Corporate, Community or individuals. Previous to Footsteps has worked in Administration roles in the Investment, Medical & Toy industry. Please contact Sarah with any questions about the charity.

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