· Medicine doctorate in Pediatric & Neonatology
· Pediatric and PICU Consultant and Clinical Lecturer in Pediatric Intensive Care in faculty of medicine, Cairo University (2007).
· Clinical Associate professor of Pediatrics and Neonatology in Sharjah University, UAE (2011)
· Pulmonary and Asthma in Children training in American Austrian Foundation, Salzburg, Austria (2007)
· Neonatal Intensive Care Residential Training in, Gasilini International Institute. Genova, Italy (2006)
Dr. Hala Marouf, is a highly trained Pediatric consultant with over 20 years of experience in Pediatrics & Neonatology from General pediatric care to intensive care by providing clinical skills to identify and treat early potential serious cases. Significant expertise and preference in Pediatric pulmonology and children’s asthma.
Dr Hala currently a Pediatric, NICU and PICU Consultant at The Children’s Medical Centre.
BHMS, PGDPHN, PN certified Nutrition Coach
Dr. Priyanka Sainani has more than 10 years of experience as a Homeopathic Doctor in India and the UAE. She hails from a respected family of homeopathic doctors, with 3 generations of homeopathic practice in her family. Her father, who has had more than 50 years of practice, has been her guide and mentor.
With this background and early interest in homeopathy, Priyanka graduated in 2008 with Bachelors in Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery from Dr DYP Medical College, Maharashtra University of Health Sciences, Pune (India). She qualified as a Public Health Nutritionist, with a postgraduate degree from Public Health Foundation of India, New Delhi. She also has a Canadian-board accredited certification in Nutrition and Sports’ Nutrition, and has completed advance level courses in diet and nutrition, accredited by the Association of Nutritionists, UK, Course in Evidence based Nutrition sciences from the Harvard T H Chan School of Public Health.
Priyanka strongly believes that conditions like PCOS, fibroid, IBS, gastric reflux disease, gout and other metabolic diseases will yield better results with homeopathic treatment if also integrated with strong nutritional counselling. She provides guidance to her patients to include various kinds of diet for a given condition e.g. anti-inflammatory, alkaline and detox based diet, etc.
She has successfully managed cases many cases, with series of happy patients who have benefitted with natural homeopathic & herbal treatment. During the course of her career, she has also worked in the intensive care unit, gaining experience in acute clinical management. She is a certified Nutrition coach and also has extensive experience in Dubai and has helped people manage various health issues with the help of internationally approved nutritional guidelines. She plans wellness programs based on individual conditions, goals and nature of complaints.
Priyanka is currently pursuing a certification in Functional Nutrition. Her special interest is in utilising functional nutrition for the treatment of endocrinal and metabolic disorders. She is also a member of the International Academy of Functional Nutrition and is a peer reviewer for a non-profit’s scientific journal. She also enjoys writing articles on homeopathy and nutrition.
Articles and Memberships
“A Comparative Study of Dietary Fatty Acids on Diabetes and Its Cardiovascular Complication” on Bioaccent journals.
Peer reviewer for NAMAH journals
Registered with the Maharashtra council of Homeopathy(India)
Registered by the MINISTRY OF HEALTH, UAE,
Licensed by the Dubai Health Authority, Dubai.
Associate Member of North American Society of Homeopaths
Member of the Institute of Functional Nutrition, USA
– Efficacy of homeopathy for Musculoskeletal complaints’- https:// www.linkedin.com/posts/
– Graduated from Semmelweis Medical University Budapest, Hungary.
– Specialized in Anesthesia and Intensive Care at Heim Pal Pediatric Teaching Hospital Budapest, Hungary.
– Specialized in Pediatrics at 1st Pediatric Clinic of Medical University Budapest, Hungary.
– Specialized in Pediatric Pulmonology, at Pest County Pulmonology Institute Budapest, Hungary
Dr. Zsuzsanna Ricz earned her diploma from Semmelweis Medical University Budapest, Hungary. She completed her training and specialized in Anesthesia and Intensive Care at the biggest Hungarian Children‘s Hospital. There she gained extensive experience in treating children with trauma, emergencies as well as many diseases and serious conditions such as renal- liver, respiratory failure and serious metabolic and endocrine problems.
She specialized in Pediatrics at 1st Pediatric Clinic of Medical University Budapest, Hungary. As a member of the team at the Tertiary Neonatal and Pediatric Surgery Center she gained immense experience in treating neonates and children with many different congenital and acquired malformations and problems. She had the opportunity to teach students and residents at the Medical University of Budapest for 5 years and gave different lectures and published articles in Pediatric Journals. She also wrote Book chapters in Pediatric Anesthesia and Intensive Care.
Dr. Zsuzsanna has completed her advanced training and obtained her specialization in Pediatric Pulmonology. She then gained experience in performing bronchoscopy evaluations and in treating children with congenital and acquired airway problems and pulmonary diseases like asthma, pneumonia, cystic fibrosis, and airway stenosis.
She has a special interest in the diagnostic and therapeutic process of the most common Allergic conditions like asthma, allergic rhinitis, conjunctivitis, food and inhalant allergy, and eczema. Before moving to Dubai she had been working at Telki Private Hospital –the biggest private hospital in Hungary –for 12 years as a Consultant of Pediatrics and Anesthesiology and for 9 years as the Head of the Neonatal and Pediatric department.
Before joining TCMC she had been working at a High–end Private clinic in Dubai for 7 years and had been taking care of children from neonatal to adolescent age.
MBBS Degree – Gulf Medical university Ajman, UAE
Specialist Pediatrician- Arab Board of Health Specializations
Dr. Khadija, Arab Board-Certified in Pediatrics, originally from South Africa.
She graduated with an MBBS degree from the Gulf Medical University Ajman, UAE, and completed her Medical internship in Sheikh Khalifa Hospital Ajman. During these years, she presented and participated in the annual Gulf Medical University conferences.
Dr. Khadija went on to do her Pediatric Residency in the Dubai Health Authority during which she managed inpatient, outpatient, and emergencies in general pediatrics as well as various sub-specialties including Pediatric Gastroenterology (Including endoscopy), Pediatric Nephrology (Including working in Dialysis units), Pediatric Oncology (Including Porta Cath Access) and Hematology, Pediatric Cardiology (Including performing ECHO), Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Genetics and Metabolic specialties, Pediatric Neurology (Including developmental assessment), Pediatric Endocrinology.
During her residency, she was elected Chief resident in which she maintained a leadership role in managing and guiding pediatric residents as well as a teaching role. She spent 2 additional years exclusively in the Dubai Hospital NICU which is a level 3 Facility, in which she managed and performed multiple interventional procedures on preterm infants as small as 23 weeks’ gestation and continued follow up in outpatient clinics with her Thesis based in Neonatology.
Dr. Khadija was awarded Board certification with a keen interest in intensive care, Ultrasound-guided minimally invasive techniques, and infectious disease
M.D. and Specialist Pediatrician degree from University of Belgrade, Serbia
Dr. Jelena is European board certified Pediatrician from Serbia. She graduated from Medical Faculty University of Belgrade, Serbia.
She started her professional career in Belgrade at City institute for emergency medical services where she diagnosed variety of diseases and injuries in General Practice settings. She provided emergency medical assistance to critically ill, injured or traumatized patients.
Dr. Jelena did her residency at University Children’s Hospital in Belgrade where she gained experience in treating neonates and children in both inpatient and outpatient settings. She was managing, supervising and following up acute and chronic pediatric illnesses. During her residency Dr. Jelena was coordinating variety of clinical research studies lead by Endocrinology department of the University Children’s Hospital.
In 2018 she moved to Dubai where she spent 3 years in private clinic working as General Practitioner, treating both adults and children of all ages.
Dr. Sima Delghandi is a graduate from the Ruhr University in Bochum, Germany.
During her training she worked in several hospitals throughout the Ruhr area of Germany. Marien Hospital Witten; Gemeinschafts Hospital Herdecke and Marien Hospital in Schwerte. Dr Sima is an absolvent of the Ärztekammer in Münster, where she achieved her Facharzt degree in 1994.
Dr. Sima relocated to the UAE in 2006, and started in Dubai at the Emirates Hospital in Jumeirah and Medwin Medical Center. Now, she joined The Children’s Medical Centre.
Dr Sima along with other Doctors, established an organization for awareness and the treatment of endometriosis disease, called Emirates Endometriosis League (EMEL).
Dr. Sima offers both obstetrics and gynecological services. Obstetrics that provide care for pregnant women and deliveries. Gynecological issues providing medical advice and treatment concerning women’s reproductive system and advanced surgical procedures using laparoscopic surgery.
Dr Sima is a member of the German Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Dr. Sanja Mulabegovic graduated in 1995 from Novi Sad Medical University in the former Yugoslavia. Over the last 14 years she has gained a wealth of experience in managing a wide range of pediatric conditions.
Dr. Sanja’s postgraduate qualifications include a Diploma in Child Health from The Royal College of Surgeons of Glasgow, MRCPCH from The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of United Kingdom, a Masters degree in Pediatric Infectious Diseases from University of Oxford and is fully registered with the General Medical Council in the United Kingdom.
Dr. Sanja’s special interest are diagnosis, treatment and prevention of pediatric infectious diseases, recognition and treatment of tropical diseases, insect bite diseases or rare parasite related diseases. Dr. Sanja provides infectious diseases-related advice during pregnancy and neonatal screening after delivery.
During her postgraduate studies at Oxford University she published doctor’s dissertations on prevention of infectious diseases, namely invasive pneumococcal diseases and herpes zoster virus infections.
Dr. Sanja first worked at the Dubai Hospital, followed by 11 years at Al Wasl Children’s Hospital, where she managed a range of pediatric patients, in Outpatient clinics and Inpatients. Dr. Sanja was also part of the Accident and Emergency team at Al Wasl Hospital, where she was given in 2006 the Employee of the Year Award.
During her time at Al Wasl Hospital. Dr. Sanja worked in the bronchial asthma clinic, alongside visiting consultants, gaining valuable experience in treating various respiratory conditions asthma, eczema, and allergies.
She is a member of the European Society of Pediatric Infectious Disease.
Graduated from the Pediatric Medical Academy, Russia
Certificate of Specialization in Pediatric, Russian State Medical University, Russia Post-graduate Diploma in Neonatology, Royal Infirmary Unit in Edinburgh, UK
Dr Lali is European-Board Certified Specialist Pediatrician with 32 years of experience and graduated from Pediatric Medical Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia
She attended the Russian State Medical University in Moscow, Russia and obtained her specialist degree. Dr. Lali enhanced her Post Graduate qualifications by taking a clinical attachment in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the Royal Infirmary Unit in Edinburgh UK, this was coupled with another clinical attachment at the Sick Children’s Hospital, Edinburgh.
She worked at the Moscow Children’s City Hospital, University Hospital in Zawia, Libya and as Head of Pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital in Triavna, Bulgaria.
Before joining The Children’s Medical Centre she worked in Private Clinics in Dubai for 9 years.
Dr. Shola Faniran graduated from the University of Ilorin, Nigeria before relocating to Australia. She obtained a PhD in Medicine from the University of Sydney Australia in 1998.
The focus of Dr Shola’s PhD was childhood asthma. After her PhD, Dr Shola went on to complete her pediatric training at the Sydney Children’s Hospital and the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Sydney. She completed her subspeciality training in Child development and behavior and child protection. Dr Shola is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (Pediatrics and Child Health).
Dr Shola has over 20 years experience in pediatrics with the last 10 years focused mainly on developmental and behavioural pediatrics.
She has published widely in refereed international journals and presented several conference papers in child health and development. She currently produces a monthly digest of selected key articles from the medical literature about child health and developmental-behavioural disorders, compiled for educators, school health workers and medical practitioners in the UAE. She is a visiting Research Fellow at the Middlesex University, Dubai, and is involved in child development research.
Dr Shola currently consults in general and developmental pediatrics at the Children’s Medical Centre.
Graduation- University of Aachen, Germany
Qualified Medical Specialist Pediatrics/Adolescent Medicine Berlin, Germany
(Facharzt fuer Kinder- und Jugendmedizin)
Member of the German Society of Pediatrics
Dr. Habiba Chbib is a German Board-Certified Specialist Pediatrician and graduated from the University of Aachen, Germany.
She received the degree of Qualified Medical Specialist in Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine in Berlin, Germany, and is a member of the German Society of Pediatrics. She has practiced pediatrics and adolescent medicine, throughout training and working at different hospitals across Lebanon, Switzerland and Germany.
She has completed her residency training in three different academic teaching hospitals – University of Duisburg/Essen, Düsseldorf, and Charite Berlin post her residency in Switzerland at the Paraplegic Centre Nottwill.
At the Paraplegic Centre Nottwill, she gained expertise in fields of rehabilitation medicine. She was a part of an interdisciplinary team, with para and tetraplegic patients and their consecutive acute and long-term complications in the fields of internal medicine, spinal cord medicine, urology, psychology, neurology, plastic surgery and pain management. Additionally, she also had to manage and cooperate with the ergo- and physiotherapeutic teams as well as reintegrate the patients in their daily life by searching for an adequate job and living options.
In her first 2 years of pediatric training, she worked in a fast-paced and busy hospital environment, dealing with medical emergencies as they occurred. She was regularly taking care of transports for critically ill newborns, as well as the daily indications at the NICU. She was able to gain vast experience and competently acquired the required knowledge in pediatric ultrasound.
Dr. Chbib’s special focus in the fields of general pediatrics: preventive visits, immunizations, routine newborn care, adolescent medicine, infectious diseases as well as diseases of the newborns and premature. Her personal interest is mainly on chronic diseases, such as asthma and allergies.
Her last stage at Charite Berlin gave her deep understanding of her patients – from newborns to adults, on an empathetic level since she dealt mainly with refugees. She is distinguished by her competent expertise, her empathy during consultations with patients and parents, her independent and reliable tenacity at work, and her high level of proactivity.
Being a mother of four, equipped her with a deep experience on understanding the parents of her little patients, and render her services in a way that is most humane and sensitive on all accounts.
She performs the preventive examinations (Vorsorgeuntersuchungen (U2- J2) and is ready to supply with the U- Heft (German Check up Booklet) according to the German standard.
Additionally, she is ready to perform the ultrasound screening for Hip Dysplasia of the newborn.
Dr. Simone Battibugli completed her orthopedic training at the Federal University of Sao Paulo, Brazil in 2001. In 2003 she completed her Pediatric Orthopedic fellowship at the Federal University of Sao Paulo, followed by two consecutive Pediatric Orthopedic fellowship programs at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University, Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago and at the Shriners Hospital for Children in Lexington, USA.
She was appointed in 2006 as a faculty member of the Pediatric Orthopedic Department at the Federal University of Sao Paulo responsible for the Pediatric Foot and Musculoskeletal infection divisions, where she developed a comprehensive clinical and research experience.
In June 2013 Dr. Battibugli relocated to Dubai, joining Medcare Orthopedics and Spine Hospital (MOSH) as a full time Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon.
Dr. Battibugli’s expertise and experience focuses on specialized and broad management of pediatric orthopedic conditions including congenital foot, lower limb deformities and other congenital and acquired musculoskeletal pathologies in children. She has a special interest in neuromuscular diseases affecting the immature musculoskeletal system, among these are Cerebral Palsy, Myelomeningocele, Spina Bifida and Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita.
Dr Battibugli is committed to providing the highest quality care to patients and their families in an evidence based and compassionate and child friendly approach.
Dr. Alexia is a dermatology specialist with more than 17 years of experience acquired in different parts of the world, including Argentina and the United States. She has recently moved to Dubai and now joined TCMC.
Dr.Alexia started her career as an Internal Medicine and General practice doctor in Buenos Aires-Argentina and later joined the German Hospital to train as a Dermatologist.
She is an experienced specialist in Paediatric and Adult Dermatology. Her expertise range from common ailments and skin conditions like Acne, Rosacea, Atopic Dermatitis and Warts, to less common skin diseases as Psoriasis and Vitiligo.
She has published several articles in established medical journals about different skin pathologies.
Dr. Edilson Forlin graduated as a Physician from the Federal University of Parana Brazil in 1984. He did his residency at Clinicas Hospital of UFPR that followed a 2-year fellowship in Pediatric Orthopedics at Pequeno Principe Hospital, the largest pediatric Hospital in Brazil. He also did a fellowship at the Alfred I DuPont Institute in Delaware and the Children Medical Center in Seattle USA.
He joined the Pequeno Principe Hospital as pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon and instructor for residency and fellowship program. He obtained a Master Degree and Ph.D. at the University of Sao Paulo. He was approved as Professor of the Orthopedics at the Federal University of Parana.
In the last five years he participated in more than 120 conferences, presentations, round tables and reports. He done 25 original papers and 22 chapters published (including: The Secret’s on Pediatric Orthopedics and Pediatric Spine: Principles and Practice). He is a member of the Editorial Board for Journals of Pediatric Orthopedics and Journal of Children Orthopedic, consultant of the Journal of the Argentine Association of Orthopedics, Faculty of F1000 Prime since September 2007 and former co-editor of the Brazilian Pediatric Orthopedic Journal. He visited many orthopedic centers worldwide: Iowa University, Harvard Boston Children Hospital, Atlanta Scottish Rite and University of Montreal.
He took part in many scientific orthopedic organizations and served as President of Brazilian Pediatric Orthopedic Society (2005-2006) and as a Honorary member of Argentina Society of Pediatric and Trauma Orthopedics (SAOTI), Child Orthopedic and Trauma Society (SCHOT),Colombian Pediatric Orthopedic Society (SOCOIN) and former member of Pediatric Orthopedic Society of North America (POSNA).
Dr. Edilson has extensive expertise in conservative and surgical assessment and treating a wide variety of orthopedic and traumatic conditions in children and adolescents, including congenital clubfoot, cerebral palsy, lower limbs deformities, hip dysplasia and developmental conditions of the spine and limb.
Afsheen Sheikh is a US Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA) with an MSc. in Applied Behaviour Analysis and a Master’s in Business Administration. She also has a certification in Organizational Behaviour Management (OBM) which allows her to bring ABA principles to optimize human performance within organizations. She has attended various trainings on techniques and modalities to support special needs individuals.
Afsheen started her career in Finance and Banking more than 20 years ago. However, 5 years later, she decided to put her career on hold after her son was diagnosed with autism, which started a passionate journey of exploring supportive interventions for her child. Having personally seen benefits of ABA, she decided to later pursue education and qualifications to help her son and later to support other children, siblings and their parents using ABA to teach skill acquisition and improve behaviour. Through her services, Afsheen is able to make a positive difference in the lives of determined and talented children and equip them with tools to help them reach their full potential and lead a more productive and happy life.
Afsheen has extensively worked with children ranging from 2 to 17 years having various challenges (including Autism, ADHD, Dyspraxia, Down Syndrome, Dyscalculia, Learning disabilities, Hyperlexia, severe anxiety and developmental delays). She brings together direct personal and practical experience along with understanding of a wide variety of ABA techniques (including discrete trial teaching, task analysis, incidental teaching and pivotal response training) in implementing individualized programs with her clients. She has wide experience in conducting various established assessments (using Assessment of Basic Language & Learning Skills (ABLLS), VB Mapp, Assessment of Functional Living Skills (AFLS), and Functional Behavioural Assessment (FBA) to develop programs for skill acquisition and reducing challenging behaviours. She collaborates with families, clinical professionals, schools, and centers for developing and implementing intervention plans on social and academic skills. She has worked closely with schools in assessing children with SEN needs, developing and implementing positive behaviour support plans and conducts trainings for parents, school staff and teachers, and RBTs (Registered Behaviour Technicians).
Afsheen consistently participates in workshops/conferences to keep herself up to date on the latest developments in the field of ABA in order to enhance the quality of services and care being provided to the children.
Dr. Sasa Janjanin graduated from Zagreb University School of Medicine in Croatia and further specialized in ENT, Head and Neck Surgery at Zagreb University Hospital Centre.
Dr. Sasa also completed advanced surgical training and obtained a fellowship in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, prior to spending periods of time practicing in some of the best centres in both the USA and Germany.
As a Fulbright fellow he performed research in adult stem cells, tissue engineering and nanomaterials at the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, USA, and his scientific results eventually resulted in him obtaining M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in biomedical sciences.
Dr. Sasa Janjanin has written more than 30 articles published in international peer-reviewed medical journals and received several international prestigious awards for his research and advancement of clinical science.
Prior to coming to Dubai in 2011 he was a Faculty member at the European University where he taught ENT and Facial Plastic Surgery to students and residents.
His major expertise is in children’s ENT disorders, facial plastic surgery, sinus and snoring disorders, ear piercing, aesthetic and reconstructive surgery, and surgery of the thyroid and parathyroid glands, having performed over 500 surgical procedures a year. He is also certified in neck and thyroid ultrasound. In Dubai, he holds surgical privileges at the City Hospital and Dubai London Clinic.
Dr. Qasem has been an Ophthalmologist for more than 17 years. He specialises in Pediatric Ophthalmology and Vitreo Retinal Surgery.
He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, Glasgow and the United Kingdom. He holds the European Board of Ophthalmology and is registered with the Irish and British Medical Council.
He has completed, in addition to the full training programme in General Ophthalmic Surgery in Ireland, sub-speciality fellowship in Pediatric ophthalmology, retina and vitreous surgery and refractive Ophthalmology.
Dr. Qasem most recently worked as a Consultant Pediatric Ophthalmologist at James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough, UK. Previously he held positions at several prestigious hospitals, The Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital Dublin, Waterford Regional Hospital, and as a Consultant at Dublin’s Mater Misericordiae Hospital and the Children’s University Hospital, Ireland.
He was a lecturer at the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland between 2000 and 2002.
He is well published in his field and presented on numerous occasions at the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons Congress. Dr. Qasem also is a reviewer for the British Journal of Ophthalmology.
Dr. Wasfi Jaouni studied medicine in Egypt before moving to the UK to complete his surgical training. After a number of years in the UK he moved to Dubai working in both government and private facilities. He was a previous Head of Pediatric Surgery at Al Wasl Hospital in Dubai (now known as Latifa Hospital).
Dr Jaouni is a member of both the British and Asian Association of Pediatric Surgeons and is a Past President of the Emirates Pediatric Surgery Society and Past Vice-President of the Arab Association of Pediatric Surgery.
Dr. Jaouni is a Consultant Pediatric Surgeon and Urologist with particular expertise in hernia repairs, hypospadias, undescended testes and varicoceles.
Dr. Mohamed Helaly graduated in Medicine from Cairo University in Egypt.
He is a fellow of The Royal College of Radiologists in London, UK and a fellow of the Faculty of Radiology of The Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin, Ireland.
Dr. Helaly has practiced Radiology in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, UK, Ireland, Canada, and the UAE.
He has a wide range of experience including MRI, CT, Ultrasound, Fluoroscopy, X Ray, Mammogram and imaging guided interventional procedures.
He is a member of the European Society of Radiology (ESR).
Dr. Helaly was the training supervisor for radiology at the military hospital and eastern province in Saudi Arabia and he was a member of the radiology committee of the Saudi Council for Medical Specialities.
Dr. Helaly was also the leading Radiologist at the Military Hospital in Saudi Arabia and at the American Hospital in Dubai.
Since qualifying in 2003, Eva has worked in the Czech Republic, Slovakia and UK in the National Health and Education Service as well as in private practice. Over the period of 13 years practicing pediatric physiotherapy she has gained extensive experience in treating children with orthopedic, neurological and musculoskeletal conditions.
Eva’s therapeutic approach involves variety of evidence-based techniques and methods. She has a particular expertise in the assessment and early intervention of infants, prematurely born babies and children at risk of developing neurological dysfunctions. In addition, she has extensive knowledge and a professional passion for treatment of children and adolescents with scoliosis and other spinal deformities.
Eva is a Registered/Licensed Physiotherapist with DHA, Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) UK and the Ministry of Health in the Czech Republic.
Kate graduated from Sheffield Hallam University in the UK. Kate has undertaken a wide variety of post graduate training including Bobath Therapy at the Bobath Centre in London, and the Bayley III developmental Assessment Tool.
On qualifying in 2002, Kate worked in the National Health Service in the UK. She specialised in Paediatrics in 2004 gaining experience in outpatients, special needs schools, on the acute wards and NICU. Kate moved to the UAE in 2010 and has worked in a large hospital in Dubai including NICU and outpatients as well as a children’s medical center, working as part of a child centred multidisciplinary team. She has varied experience of working with children with neurological, orthopedic and respiratory problems.
Kate has a special interest in early intervention of infants, prematurely born babies and children with cerebral palsy. She has training in the Bayley III developmental assessment which helps to identify and guide treatment of developmental delays in children from 1 to 42 months.
Kate is committed to evidence based practice and continues to expand her training and knowledge base. She has attended post graduate training in Bobath therapy (NDT), gait analysis, postural care and seating, Clinical Pilates, Kinesiotaping, and continued updates on neurological and orthopedic management.
Kate is a Registered/Licensed Physiotherapist with the DHA, Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) UK and a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists (UK).
Tomas is a Registered Behavior Technician, International Behavior Analyst and a Registered Nurse.Tomas is currently working as ABA/Behavior Therapist at The Children’s Medical Centre. In 2009, He graduated with his BSc Nursing at Our lady of Fatima University Quezon City Philippines along with the passing the Philippine Licensure Examination.
Tomas worked in the ABA field in Dubai for almost 5 years now. He developed interest in Applied Behavior Analysis during his professional working career and in due course finished his Behavior Technician examination. He had the privilege working with people of determination from different age group specifically 3 to 30 years of age. He had focused on improving his skills and knowledge by attending training, continuous supervision and working in different aspect of Analytic Behavior.
Tomas genuinely believe the needs to understand his client health while assisting them to reach their full learning potential. He loves being around children and this field makes him fulfilled his passion at the same time helping them.
Lama is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) with a Masters of Science in Behavior Analysis from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology (Chicago, USA). Lama has dedicated more than fifteen years in promoting a greater understanding of ways to support children and their families. She began her career in Canada, working at various private and governmental centers, as an intensive behaviour intervention (IBI) instructor therapist. She has experience working in classroom settings, residential settings and in the community. Through her work Lama has participated in training parents and worked with different Early Intervention Teams to ensure the children receive the best support possible.
Lama has extensive experience in using a variety of evidence-based treatments that are effective to teach children with autism and other developmental disabilities lifelong skills. Lama believes the inclusion of children with determination in the learning community has a great impact to the international community as increased inclusivity has profound impact on the education and development of every community member. In previous positions, Lama has been instrumental in helping the students improve their skills and achieve participation in their mainstream classrooms by providing them with the effective evidence-based strategies for learning, paired with training for their educators and shadow teachers.
Lama provides specialized training courses (in English and Arabic) to prepare people working with students with autism and other developmental disabilities become an effective & efficient participant of these students’ behavioral intervention plans.
Lama believes that professional growth is based on continuous learning, so she attends workshops locally and international. These workshops highlight the principles of ABA, and offers innovative strategies for successful inclusion.
Ruby graduated with Bachelor degree in Occupational Therapy from the University Pierre Marie Curie (UPMC) Paris, France.
Ruby worked in an old age home in France and moved to Dubai in 2016. Ruby provide Occupational therapy for children with a wide range of disorders, listed below :
Ruby is certified in Sensory Integration and multiple therapeutic relaxations. Before joining The Children’s Medical Centre, she worked in a variety of settings including home care, schools and private clinics. She enjoys working closely with her clients and their families, empowering them through education and supporting the family relationship.
Ruby is a registered DHA licensed Occupational therapist and member of the Regional Health Agency community (ADELI) FRANCE.
(Psychology Honours), MA (Psychology)
Pooja Rana. BA (Psychology Honors), MA (Psychology)
Pooja is a Registered Behaviour Technician and an ABA Case Manager at The Children’s Medical Center. She has a Bachelor degree in Psychology (Hons) and a Master degree in Psychology (with specialization in counselling, child and clinical psychology) from the Panjab University in Chandigarh, India.
Pooja moved to Dubai in 2016 and stepped into the field of ABA. Pooja delivers ABA therapy to children with developmental delays such as Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia, etc. She also provides support to the teachers at school and helps them in writing and implementing Individualized Education Plans (IEP) for the children. She has a vast experience of working with the children of different ages (3 years to 15 years old) in diverse settings like school, centre, home etc. She has an expertise in conducting assessments, pivotal response training, skill acquisition training, behavior modification and social skills.
Pooja joined the ABA team at The Children’s Medical Centre with a vision to help and promote children of determination by providing them with excellent services. Pooja is very passionate about helping and supporting the children with special needs and their families. She strongly believes in play-based learning and fostering independence in children. Her aim is to educate the society and spread awareness, about Autism and other developmental disabilities in children. She believes that providing early intervention therapy can improve a child’s overall development.
BSc (Psychology), MSc (ABA)
Afiya Mohammed. BSc (Psychology), MSc (ABA)
Afiya is a Registered Behaviour Technician and ABA Case manager at The Children’s Medical Center. She has a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Psychology from Middlesex University, Dubai and a Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis from Queens University, Belfast (Ireland).
Afiya has worked in the field of ABA for 9 years and has expertise in training parents, nannies, teachers, LSA’s and therapists on how to manage problem behaviour and deliver ABA programs that have been specifically designed for children of ages ranging from 18 months to 14 years. Afiya conducts ABA intake assessment for children who are referred for ABA services. Additionally, she implements ongoing program assessments like ABLLS™-R, VB-MAPP, and Core Skills assessments as required.
Afiya believes in empowering and creating individualized treatment plans that will be of social significance to children and their families. She believes that early intervention is crucial in developing and enhancing life skills. She has dedicated her career in helping every individual and their families who need support and has experience in working with children having different learning disabilities (dyslexia and dyscalculia), processing delays, ADD, ADHD, Autism Spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities.
Daniela graduated from PUC-PR (Pontificia Universidade Catolica do Parana) Curitiba, Brazil. After graduating, Daniela undertook a specialist training in cardiorespiratory and wide variety of post graduate training including, the Lacy Assessment of Premature Infant, Test of Infant Motor Performance and the Schroth Best practised programme.
On qualifying in 1998, Daniela worked in a large Hospital in Curitiba Brazil while she specialized in cardiorespiratory gaining experience in outpatients, acute wards and NICU. Daniela moved to the UK in 2000 and has worked at Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge including paediatric ICU and as a Senior Physiotherapist at Papworth Hospital, working as part of the Rehabilitation Team at the Medical Unit and with post-transplant patients as part of a multidisciplinary team. She has varied experience of working with children with cardiac and respiratory problems. Daniela moved to the UAE in 2008, prior to working at TCMC she worked at Latifa Hospital and Al Jalila Children’s Hospital, where she offered treatment in Paediatric ICU, Neonatal ICU and outpatient clinic for follow up assessment of preterm babies as part of a multidisciplinary clinic.
Daniela has a special interest in early intervention of infants and prematurely born babies. She has training in the Test of Motor Infant Performance and Alberta assessment which helps to identify and guide treatment of developmental delays in children from 1 to 18 months.
Daniela is a Schroth Certified Therapist with experience on the treatment of scoliosis and other spinal deformities. Daniela is committed to evidence based practice and continues to expand her training and knowledge base in neurological and orthopedic management. Daniela is a Registered/Licensed Physiotherapist with the DHA and with Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) UK.
Nicola graduated in Physiotherapy from The University of Essex in the UK in 2007. Prior to this she completed a BSc in Sport & Exercise Science which gave her an in-depth knowledge of biomechanics, physiology and the effects of exercise. Since becoming a physiotherapist, Nicola has undertaken a wide variety of pediatric specialist post graduate training, including, The Schroth Best practice course for treatment of Scoliosis, and advanced Musculoskeletal paediatric physiotherapy Masters module at UCL in London.
After qualifying in 2007, Nicola worked in the National Health Service and in private practice in the UK. She worked across hospitals and clinics, gaining experience in outpatient clinics, community working, and wards. Her roles included the neonatal follow up clinic, and running the Rheumatology, Cystic Fibrosis, Ponseti and Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip (DDH) physiotherapy services.
Nicola moved to the UAE in 2013 and has worked in a large hospital in Dubai which included working in an outpatient clinic, but also inpatient work including Orthopedics, NICU and PICU. This involved working as part of a child centred multidisciplinary team.
Nicola has a special interest in Orthopedics and conditions affecting the growing child or athlete which includes Scoliosis. She has gained advanced training in these areas in 2017 in London and the UAE. Nicola has also had many years experience with developmental conditions and early intervention in full and pre-term infants.
Nicola is committed to evidence-based practice and continues to expand her training and knowledge by attending regular post graduate training in Orthopedics, Neurodisabilities, and developmental physiotherapy.
Nicola is a Registered/Licensed Physiotherapist with the DHA, Emirates Medical Association(EMA) Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) UK and a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists (UK).
Lauren graduated with a degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of the Western Cape, South Africa. Since qualifying in 2010, Lauren worked in South Africa for two years before moving to Australia where she worked in several private hospitals and clinics.
Lauren has a special interest in assessment and treatment of children with upper limb conditions. She has worked closely with pediatric orthopedic and hand surgeons to ensure the best possible outcomes for children with hand and upper limb conditions.
In addition to her experience with upper limb conditions, Lauren is also able to work with children with learning disabilities including but not limited to; Autism Spectrum Disorders, Developmental Delays, Attention Deficit Disorders (ADD and ADHD), Down Syndrome and Cerebral Palsy. In addition she can provide therapy to blind children and those with hearing disabilities.
Lauren is a licensed Occupational Therapist with the DHA and the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA) as well as an associate member of the Australian Hand Therapy Association (AHTA).
Pegah graduated from Middlesex University, London, UK in 2009 with a Master’s Degree in Health Psychology, with a strong focus on psychological influences on health, well-being and illness. Pegah is a Registered Behaviour Technician (RBT) as certified by the Behaviour Analysis Certification Board (BACB). Pegah is a native Farsi speaker, fluent in English and conversational Arabic and Urdu.
Pegah has been working for over 8 years as an RBT Therapist in Dubai. She has provided ABA therapy to children with Autism and related developmental disabilities in the home, school settings, and community.
Pegah’s expertise includes implementation of behaviour plans, to address a range of behavioural concerns/excesses and implementation of individualized academic plans. Pegah is currently working towards international certification in ABA.
Pegah is interested in playing a more active role in the development of education policies and working opportunities in the community for children with Autism and/or developmental disabilities.
Elise graduated from the University of Illinois, Chicago, USA in 1999 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences, with a major in Psychology. Elise has since completed several courses in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) through the Florida Institute of Technology. Elise is a Registered Behaviour Technician (RBT) as certified by the Behaviour Analysis Certification Board (BACB).
Elise has worked in the field of ABA for over 6 years, under supervision of a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA). During this time, Elise interned at the New England Centre for Children, Abu Dhabi where she worked with children using teaching strategies based on the principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis.
Elise has a passion for working with children of all ages and abilities, and finds her work to be highly motivating.
Anna (Anne) graduated from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education. Anne is a qualified teacher with over 10 years’ experience working with children of all ages and abilities. Anne is currently working towards international certification in ABA.
Anne is a highly motivated and diligent teacher who has dedicated her life to working with children with special needs in order to help develop their skills and independence, and to ensure they reach their full potential. Anne works from her heart and has a remarkable eye for identifying ways to motivate and encourage the children she works with.
Lethycia (Letty) graduated from Liberty University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. Letty has over 5 years’ experience working with children of all abilities, in a range of different settings. Letty is a Registered Behaviour Technician (RBT) as certified by the Behaviour Analysis Certification Board (BACB).
Letty is an incredibly energetic and enthusiastic ABA tutor, who goes above and beyond to ensure every child reaches their full potential while enjoying every moment of their time with her.
Born and raised in Brazil, Andreia Capdeville graduated in Speech and Language Therapy in 2000 from Universidade Católica of Pernambuco and she is currently a registered therapist with the Conselho Regional de Fonoaudiologia in São Paulo, Brazil. Shortly after graduating, she moved to the US to develop her career where she worked for 7 years completing her special training in Orofacial Myology from the IAOM (International Association of Orofacial Myology). In 2015, with more than 16 years of experience, she relocated to Dubai and she is currently providing speech therapy for children with a wide range of communication and learning disorders and difficulties such as:
Andreia holds several certifications including Talk Tools (Oral Placement Therapy that uses a hierarchical based approach to improve speech clarity and feeding skills in individuals of all ages and across diagnoses), Makaton (Language Program using signs and symbols to help people to communicate).
Additionally, she is also certified in Hanen (Evidence-based and reputable program that shows how to use a natural, day-to-day life with the child to help with language skills development) and PROMPT (Tactile-kinesthetic approach that uses touch cues to a patient’s articulators to manually guide them through a targeted word, phrase or sentence).
She recently attended the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, Second Edition (ADOS™-2) course to fulfill her passion to work closely with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Laetitia graduated with Masters degree in Speech and Language Therapy from the University of Geneva, Switzerland. She also has an Inter-University degree in dysphagia from the University of Toulouse, France. She is currently specializing in Osteovox (manual therapy suitable for speech, voice and swallowing therapies) in Lyon, France.
After working in both private and hospital sectors in Switzerland, Laetitia moved to Dubai in 2016. Laetitia has been providing speech therapy for adults and children with feeding and swallowing disorders and a wide range of communication disorders, language difficulties, and learning disorders such as the following:
Laetitia has had special training in swallowing and feeding disorders in children.
She is a registered therapist with the “Association Romande des Logopédistes Diplômés (ARLD)”, Switzerland.
Coralie graduated with Bachelor degree in Speech and Language Therapy from the High School of Mons, Belgium. She also has a bachelor degree in education and rehabilitation of hearing and visual impairment from the High School of Li è ge, Belgium.
After working in special needs school in Belgium, Coralie moved to Dubai in 2012. Coralie has been providing speech therapy for children with a wide range of communication disorders, language difficulties, and learning disorders such as the following:
Coralie has had special training in swallowing disorders and stuttering (she has followed the Lidcombe training). She is also trained in logic and math remediation.
Helene graduated with Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Louvain, in Belgium. Her masters had a strong focus on education and developmental psychology. She also has a post graduate university degree in neuropsychopathology of learning disorders from Lyon University, France.
After working four years in a private practice in Brussels (Belgium), Helene moved to Dubai in 2017. Helene has been providing neuropsychological and cognitive assessments and neuropsychological training/support for children and teenagers. Helene’s expertise covers a wide range of learning disorders such as the following:
She is a registered psychologist with the “Commission des Psychologues”, in Belgium.
Dr. Christiana Savvidou graduated in medicine from the University of Athens, Greece. She completed her Orthopedic residency in University of Athens, Greece, followed by a fellowship in Hand and Microsurgery at University of Tampere, Finland and by a fellowship in Hand and Microsurgery at Christine M. Kleinert Institute – University of Louisville in Kentucky, USA. Dr Christiana served as a Hand and Upper Extremity Orthopedic Surgeon in Cyprus and USA.
In 2014 Dr. Christiana moved to Dubai where she has continued to practice as a Hand and Upper Extremity orthopedic Surgeon.
Dr. Christiana offers both surgical and non-surgical treatments for a wide range of hand and upper extremity bone and joint conditions in children. Her clinical interests include children with musculoskeletal deficiencies including congenital and acquired upper limb deformities. Other areas of expertise include cerebral palsy and other soft tissue hand abnormalities.
Dr. Christiana is a member of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH) and a member of the American Association for Hand Surgery (AAHS). She has authored and co-authored numerous publications in peer reviewed journals and a regular speaker at international meetings worldwide. She participated in several research projects including the Hand Transplantation Program at University of Louisville, USA.
Dr. Christiana has been a member of surgical missions to Gaza, under the auspice of The Little Wings Foundation, a UK registered charity.
Flavia joined The Children’s Medical Centre in 2019 as an experienced therapist. Since completing the Occupational Therapy Program at the University Of Medical Science of Minas Gerais in 2005, she has focused on increasing her skills by attending continuing education courses on topics including dyspraxia, modulation, posture, and special education needs. She is Sensory Integration certified and has completed the Therapeutic Listening and Interactive Metronome training programs. At the moment, she is doing a post-graduation course on special needs education by the Anglia Ruskin University in UK. Before joining The Children’s Medical Centre, she worked in a variety of settings including home care, schools and private clinics. She enjoys working closely with her clients and their families, empowering them through education, and supporting family relationships.
Flavia is excited to have joined The Children’s Medical Centre to continue advancing her skills while working as part of a holistic team.
Born and raised in the Philippines, Mary Tiamsim earned a BSc. degree in Speech-Language Pathology from University of Santo Tomas in 2016. During her 5th year in college, she underwent one-month international training in Seton Hall University in New Jersey, U.S.A. Mary Tiamsim has a 2 years of work experience as a speech therapist in the Philippines providing assessment and intervention for both pediatric and adult clients across various settings like private centre, school and hospital having communication and learning disorders such as:
Back in the Philippines, Mary has conducted seminars for the parents, teachers and primary caregivers about different language stimulation techniques to be used at home in order to build a more language-rich environment. She has attended seminars related to Hanen Program (talk about promoting language in group setting) and with CreateCATT: Developmental Play Level 1 (training about ways to incorporate different types of play across the lifespan).
Currently, Mary Tiamsim is pursuing her ABA training with the Florida Institute of Technology.
Mira moved to the UAE from the USA with a Bachelor’s of Science in
Psychology, and Minor in Global and International studies from the
University of Houston in Texas. She is a native Arabic speaker originally
from Amman, Jordan.
Mira worked in several different fields related to children. One of which
was Child help for the abused and neglected children in Phoenix, Arizona.
Furthermore, she spent the rest of her university days working in different
research labs related to social and behavioural health sciences. Upon
graduation, she worked in the Houston Independent School District mainly
working on assignments for special needs classrooms in Elementary,
Middle and High school.
Finally, Mira landed in the field of ABA, and acquired her RBT license by
the Behaviour Analysis Certification Board, and was trained directly under
professionals (BCBA, BCBA-D) in the USA. She has been operating in
the field of ABA since 2016.
Currently, Mira is undergoing her master’s degree in the foundations of
Behaviour Analysis at the University of Cincinnati in Ohio (distant
learning) to become a Board Certified Behavioural Analyst.
Mira wholeheartedly aims to dedicate all of her time and energy to ensure
that the children advance by bringing out their full potential through every
aspect of learning. Her expertise is focused around skill acquisition
training, natural environmental training, conducting assessments, socials
skills, life skills, and behaviour modification.
Peter has graduated in 2002 and continued to acquire his experience in a private and national health services since. Peter’s eclectic approach combines reliable and efficient treatment algorithms from an evidence-based concepts including manual therapy,neuromuscular and neurodevelopmental re-education, dry needling and kinesiotaping.Throughout his career, Peter has been working with both adults and children.Based on his postgraduate training and experience, Peter specializes in treatment of following conditions:
Peter is a Registered/Licensed Physiotherapist with DHA, Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) UK and the Ministry of Health in the Czech Republic.
The Children’s Medical Centre opened in January 2012 as a One Stop Multi-Specialty Clinic. Its aim is to provide high quality healthcare for children, young people and women as well as supportive environment for families and friends.