Our Physiotherapists

Physiotherapists


Kate DrakeKate Drake (PH39575) works full-time as a private physiotherapist for KidsPhysio. She sees children in Milton Keynes and surrounding villages.

Kate graduated in 1988 as a Chartered Physiotherapist from Pinderfield's College of Physiotherapy, Wakefield, West Yorkshire. She has worked in Pontefract, Milton Keynes, Bedford, Aylesbury, Luton and London.

Kate also worked part-time for two years for Coventry University as a visiting tutor, supporting and examining physiotherapy students during their clinical placements.

Kate passed the ‘Certificate in Paediatric Physiotherapy’ with a merit. This was a block release course at Birmingham University, covering a wide range of topics pertaining to children’s physiotherapy.

Kate is a Bobath Trained Therapist. She has attended the eight-week Bobath Course and two one-week refresher courses as well as numerous practical workshops and visits to the Bobath Centre in London. Bobath Therapy is a treatment approach, also known as Neurodevelopmental Therapy, is beneficial for children with neurological problems, especially cerebral palsy.

Kate has trained in the techniques of Elastic Therapeutic Taping which has been shown to help children with a very wide range of problems, from musculo-skeletal, ie joint aches and pains through to helping to reduce excessive drooling in a child with severe CP.

Kate has completed the first Sensory Integration Therapy course, which can assist children with dyspraxia and coordination difficulties. Sensory integration therapy focuses on the difficulties children have with organising the information they receive, and how it affects the movements they perform.

She has a special interest in biomechanics and the application of orthotics and has attended many courses on this subject; including the accredited ‘AFOs for Children with Cerebral Palsy’ course at Strathclyde University.

Kate is a member of the following organisations:

  • Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP)
  • Association of Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapists (APCP)
  • Organisation of Chartered Physiotherapists in Private Practice (Physiofirst)
  • British Association of Bobath Trained Therapists (BABTT)


Pam MarmelsteinPam Marmelstein (PH27771) works as an independent Physiotherapist for Kids Physio. Pam sees children in Bedford and surrounding villages.

Pam graduated as a Chartered Physiotherapist in 1980 from the Academie voor Fysiotherapie, Arnhem, The Netherlands. She completed her post-graduate training in Chislehurst and Orpington, and has also worked in Putney, Tonbridge, Lewisham, Greenwich, and Bedford and most recently at the Royal London Hospital in London. Pam worked for 19 years at the Child Development Centre in Bedford treating children with a variety of different neuromuscular and orthopaedic conditions.

Pam has a special interest in the treatment and management of children and young people with neuromuscular disorders and attended a part time course: Posture Management for Adults and Children with Complex Disability, at The Nuffield Hospital in Oxford, leading to 60 Masters Level CAT points. Applying this knowledge in the workplace Pam then set up a teaching programme about 24 hour postural management for staff and parents/carers, together with the multidisciplinary team at the CDC. This included the production of a CD as a teaching aid.

From 2004 to 2014 Pam worked alongside the local Paediatric Orthopaedic Consultant in a Paediatric Orthopaedic Outpatient clinic, assessing and diagnosing children’s orthopaedic conditions and referring on to therapy services as appropriate.

Whilst at The Royal London Hospital, in London, Pam worked within the Paediatric Orthopaedic Department to set up a Neuromuscular Paediatric Orthopaedic Outreach Service. This included setting up pathways and protocols for hip and spine surveillance for children with cerebral palsy or similar conditions, developing a Botulinum Toxin pathway, setting up physio led outreach clinics for orthopaedic follow up, developing innovative ways of organising virtual hip surveillance and other virtual paediatric orthopaedic follow up, as well as independently assessing patients in paediatric orthopaedic outpatients clinic and running a serial casting clinic.

Pam is a Bobath Trained Therapist, having attended the eight-week Bobath Course in 1983, various refresher courses and the ‘Early Assessment and Intervention of Babies and Young Children’ course in 2005. Bobath Therapy is a treatment approach, also known as Neurodevelopmental Therapy, is beneficial for children with neurological problems, especially cerebral palsy.

Pam is an active member of the Association of Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapists and is engaged in the development of a new standardised assessment for hips and spine for children with cerebral palsy. (Cerebral Palsy Integrated Pathway Scotland - CPIPS).

Pam is a member of the following organisations:

  • Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP)
  • Organisation of Chartered Physiotherapists in Private Practice (Physiofirst)
  • Association of Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapists (APCP).