Our Team

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Jo Wilkins

Service Manager

Jo joined Meppershall ABI service in March 2016 with the key responsibility of managing the ABI project. She has 17 years experience of working in the specialist area of Neurological Rehabilitation and has experience in both the development and management of services. Jo is passionate about developing outcome based practice in neurological rehabilitation and believes there is still much to be done in terms of educating the wider healthcare community in the value of effective community based rehabilitation. Jo prides herself on her 100% compliance record with the Care Quality Commission in all services she has previously managed and was short listed in 2015 for Registered Homes Manager of the year in the Great British Care Awards.

Charlotte Deans

Deputy Homes Manager

Charlotte Deans is one of the two Deputy Homes Managers at the service. Charlotte has been part of the service since its opening in March 2016. She holds a Level 3 Diploma in Health Studies and is currently completing her Level 5. Charlotte has over 10 years of experience in the care sector; supporting patients in both community and residential settings. Charlotte is passionate about improving standards within neurological rehabilitation and is dedicated to helping deliver outcome-based, high-quality care and rehabilitation in the transitional period between hospital and home.

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Danielle Marchant

Deputy Homes Manager

Danielle has over 11 years experience of working with people with complex needs as a result of an acquired brain injury and has worked with people within a community rehabilitation setting for the past 3 years. Danielle holds Level 2 and 3 Apprenticeships in Health and Social Care, level 3 Apprenticeship in Management and Leadership and has recently completed NCFE in Awareness of Mental Health Problems. Danielle is also a manual handling trainer.

Dr Vanessa Raymont

Consultant Psychiatrist

Dr Vanessa Raymont; is a senior clinical research fellow at the University of Edinburgh and an honorary senior lecturer at Imperial College London. She trained at Birmingham University and did her specialist training in both adult and old age psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry, London. She has a masters degree in Cognitive Neuropsychology from University College London, and has over 20 years of clinical and research experience in brain injury, dementia and memory disorders. She previously worked at the National Institutes of Health and Johns Hopkins University, USA. Her particular areas of interest are brain injury, dementia and other cognitive disorders.

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Michaela Emm-Evans

Speech and Language Therapist

Michaela is a Highly Specialist Neurological Speech and Language Therapist. She has worked with people with acquired and traumatic brain injuries since qualifying in 1997. Michaela has experience of working within the NHS and private sector and in both inpatient and community settings. She also has experience of developing services and managing teams of Speech and Language Therapists. 

Michaela is committed to a multidisciplinary team approach to rehabilitation to maximise service users potential. Michaela ensures that she regularly attends courses and keeps up to date with research so that service users can be provided with evidence based rehabilitation. 

Dr Louise Birkett Swan

Clinical Psychologist

Louise has worked in range of clinical settings since qualifying as  Clinical Psychologist in 2006. She has comprehensive experience of neurobehavioural  and neurological rehabilitation in community service, inpatient secure services and within an outreach capacity. Dr Birkett Swan is an integral member of the Acquired Brain Injury forum and  has an ongoing interest in research and teaching. 

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Heather Bushell

Occupational Therapist
Since qualifying as an Occupational Therapist, Heather has worked in the field of neurological rehabilitation in the NHS and Independent Sector.  She is skilled in the assessment, treatment and evaluation of those with complex neurological needs, including those in prolonged disorders of consciousness.  She is passionate about occupational therapy and takes a person-centred approach whilst ensuring interventions are evidence based and meet best practice guidelines.  She values being part of an experienced multi-disciplinary team  working towards improving outcomes for patients with brain injury and other neurological conditions.

Guy Stewart

Specialist Neurological Physiotherapist

Guy is a Chartered Specialist Neurological Physiotherapist. He has a range of experience in both inpatient clinical service as well as community and outreach services. Guy has specific experience in working in the specialist area of neurological physiotherapy inclusive of working with patients recovering from stroke, traumatic brain injury and other progressive neurological conditions. Guy utilises full client-specific neurological assessment to identify interventions, which are designed whenever possible with the client.  Treatment aims often need to be developed from a combination of assessment led goals and the client’s own goals and motivators.

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Jessica Tagamori

Assistant Psychologist & SALT Assistant

Joanne Lea

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Rehabilitation Assistants

Working under the guidance of the therapy team the role of the Rehabilitation Assistant is to complete designated therapy and care plans and to record outcomes and observations. Assistance will encompass all components of everyday living tasks to include personal care, feeding, support with cooking tasks, accessing the community, support with medication regimes, completion of therapy programmes such as physiotherapy exercises and any other tasks essential to providing person centred support.

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