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.
Filip SwietlikDirector & Head Therapist
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.
Gosia SwietlikHCPC 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 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.
Jay GloverHCPC Physiotherapist
During his training to become a Personal Trainer, Jay discovered a keen interest in injuries and rehab and in 2012 qualified as a Physiotherapist from the University of Salford with a first in his BSc (Hons). He went on to complete an MSc in Advanced Physiotherapy at Salford in 2014, achieving a distinction. Jay has a passion for sports and fitness and as a former CrossFit coach and Pilates Instructor, he employs many of the principles from these disciplines in his treatments. His most recent post was in orthopaedics and musculoskeletal practice as the clinical lead at The Manor Hospital where he routinely saw both children and adults following a range of surgical procedures.
Ania HarazinskaPaediatric therapist
Paediatric therapist educated in the speech therapy field. A supporter of a holistic approach to the patient. Specializing in broad-spectrum oral motor disorders. Founder of Orofacial neuromotor therapy at Footsteps Centre. For over 12 years have been cooperating and sharing knowledge with the Footsteps team.
Tilly-Rose GaylorHCPC Physiotherapist
Tilly studied and gained her BSc in Physiotherapy at the University of Brighton and went on to spend 1.5 years working in the NHS completing her junior rotations. It was during her Paediatric rotation that her love for the specific field was founded. The Paediatric rotation grounded her skills in the assessment and treatment of children with both Musculoskeletal & Neurological conditions. During this time Tilly thoroughly enjoyed being creative with her treatment methods to provide engaging and fun therapy while also targeting the child’s goals and desired outcomes.
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.