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.
Filip SwietlikDirector, 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 SwietlikHead 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 KirwanPhysiotherapy 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 MatukiewiczHCPC 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.
Akshata BhatHCPC, CSP and APCP Registered Physiotherapist
Akshata Bhat is a HCPC, CSP and APCP registered physiotherapist. Recently, she completed her Master of Science in advanced Physiotherapy from Manchester Metropolitan University. She graduated in Bachelor of Physiotherapy from Manipal University, India and was awarded Gold medal for outstanding Academic and Clinical performance. She worked with a special school in India and was a part of multidisciplinary skill development team. Her goal is to provide individual tailored therapy for the child and achieve best possible outcome. She is keen on professionally developing herself and attends courses and seminars. She is certified orthopaedic manual therapist and has completed some courses on tapping and myofascial release in India. Currently, she is working on her certification in primitive reflex integration.
Aga ZajacPhysiotherapy 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 DawsonCentre Manager
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 HiggsCharity Coordinator
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.