The Occupational Therapy Hub Team

We passionately support clinicians, students, patients and clients.
 
Our team is based across 5 countries and 4 continents.
We include 7 occupational therapists and span
 cultures and skillsets.

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Jamie Grant

Founder and Managing Director

Occupational Therapist in Bristol. Directing from Bristol and London, UK. 

With a decade of experience in hospitality, media and television production, Jamie took a new direction. After a year as a mental health support worker, he decided that a career in healthcare better matched his values. Jamie relocated from London to Bristol, to train as an Occupational Therapist at the University of the West of England.

Jamie is a neurological Occupational Therapist, working in a brain injury rehabilitation unit. He is passionate about this practice area and looks to develop within the specialism. Previously he worked as a rotational Occupational Therapist (acute NHS hospitals) and within the community (urgent care rapid response team). Jamie has also worked on placement within stroke rehabilitation and at a young persons' mental health charity.

The Occupational Therapy Hub has been Jamie's labour of love, since he first launched the platform in 2017. He enjoys collaborating with occupational therapists and healthcare staff around the world. He has a bold vision for the Hub. By sharing knowledge and breaking down information and international barriers, Jamie believes that his team can make a valued contribution to health and social care. He strives to bring a global community together. In doing so, The Occupational Therapy Hub can directly empower clinicians and students, indirectly supporting patients and clients.

Abigail Matthews, Therapy Articles Lead, The Occupational Therapy Hub

Abigail Matthews

Therapy Articles Lead


Occupational Therapist in Hereford, UK. 

Abigail graduated in 2017 with an MSc in pre-reg Occupational Therapy from Plymouth University, UK. She has worked in community adult mental health and learning disabilities as a mental health practitioner; supporting people in their own homes through the recovery model. Abigail found a passion for empowering this client group, focusing on skill development and increasing independent living skills. Through working with those who have a learning disability, Abigail has developed a passion for advocating for the rights and choices of those who are vulnerable. A large part of the job involves supporting communication and making reasonable adjustments through best practice. Working in a generic role, Abigail valued the challenge of weaving her OT skills into practice to promote the benefits of OT across mental healthcare.

 

Abigail has a passion for learning and gaining new experiences in the world of OT. She has an interest in research and promoting the value of the profession, through evidence based practice. In her spare time, Abigail enjoys exercising at the gym and cycling, reading and going to the beach with friends and family.

 Charmi Shah, Therapy Forum Lead, The Occupational Therapy Hub

Charmi Shah

Therapy Forum Lead


Occupational Therapist in Mumbai, India. 

Charmi (B.OTh, M.O.Th - Neurosciences) has a Master’s degree as an occupational therapist in Neurosciences from Seth G.S Medical College and King Edward Memorial Hospital (Maharashtra University of Health sciences), India. Starting her professional career in 2013, she has worked in diverse settings, from acute care rehabilitation to community-based rehabilitation and home healthcare, handling both adult and paediatric cases efficiently.

 

Charmi loves experimenting with both traditional and non-traditional occupational therapy approaches and enjoys helping her clients develop motor, sensory, cognitive and functional skills. Currently working at a hospital-based set-up, she is managing and leading the therapy services in the department.

 

Besides her clinical role, she is a creative person and an enthusiast. Her leisure pursuits include being in nature, photography, fine-arts and dancing. She is zealous in promoting and creating awareness about the vastness/scope of occupational therapy practices amongst fellow healthcare professionals and the community.​​

Kiersti Njaa, Podcast Lead, The Occupational Therapy Hub

Kiersti Njaa

Podcast Lead


Occupational Therapist in Oslo, Norway. 

Kiersti studied at the University of Alberta, graduating in 2014 with a Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy. She worked for 4 years in an outpatient brain injury clinic that specialised in working with people following difficult concussions, moderate to severe brain injuries and strokes. The clinic saw many individuals return to their valued occupations such as work, leisure and activities of daily living, in large part due to the collaborative and interdisciplinary approach provided by the team. Kiersti understands the importance of working with and learning from each other to better the outcomes for clients. She believes that occupation is critical for people to enjoy a full, meaningful life. She also believes in the importance of professional development, practical knowledge and work experience. For these reasons, she is excited about the opportunity to help connect like-minded professionals at The Occupational Therapy Hub.

 

Kiersti and her husband have recently moved to Oslo, Norway, where they are learning about a new culture, language and finding new places to explore. In her spare time, Kiersti enjoys being outdoors and spending time with friends and family.

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Dr. Maria de Mello

South America Lead


Occupational Therapist in Abu Dhabi, UAE. 

Dr. Mello is a skilled Occupational Therapist in rehabilitation and an assistive technology specialist, working in this field in Brazil and the US since 1993. She has worked as a researcher and faculty member in many universities in Brazil and at the University of Florida. In 2000 she founded her own business, an assistive technology centre that offers:- consultancy to private and public sectors; assistive technology service delivery in São Paulo and Belo Horizonte; training for health professionals, educators and persons with disabilities; research for the Brazilian Government, assistive technology manufacturers and the health sector.

 

All her and her team's practice is evidence-based. The principles of cost-efficacy and cost-effectiveness are clearly perceived in her service model. In 2000, she also founded a non-profit Center for Research and Education in Aging, to produce research for the Brazilian government, deliver multidisciplinary health services to the elderly and offer certified courses in Geriatric and Gerontology. Since 2006, she has been an active collaborator in many projects developed and implemented by Mais Diferenças, a Brazilian NGO dedicated to inclusive culture. In the third sector, Dr. Mello has demonstrated excellent fundraising skills. From 2018, she added a new role as CKO of a health-tech startup, Jade Autism. One of her talents is building great teams that share an inclusive vision. Dr. Mello strives for trust and loyalty and creates an environment in which everyone is empowered to achieve, share opinions and work together towards success.

 

Dr. Maria holds a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from a Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil; an MBA in Health Economy from the Federal University of São Paulo; a Master's degree in Rehabilitation Sciences/Assistive Technology from the State University of New York at Buffalo, USA; a PhD degree in Rehabilitation Science from the Federal University of São Paulo, Brazil; a Post Doctorate from the University of Florida, USA.​

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Vanessa Dallaris

Africa Lead


Occupational Therapist in Tanzania, East Africa. 

Vanessa is a school-based occupational therapist in Tanzania. She likes working with children and has recently become interested in mental health and psychiatry.

Vanessa loves travelling, drawing, reading novels and listening to music. She loves anything that brings laughter and joy to the heart.

Shelley Faulkner, Adaptations Lead, The Occupational Therapy Hub

Shelley Faulkner

Adaptations Lead


Occupational Therapist in Worcestershire, UK. 

Shelley graduated with a BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy in 2017, from the University of the West of England (UWE), Bristol. She previously advised on equality and human rights, but her life was changed when she was involved in a road traffic incident in 2013. Following inpatient and outpatient occupational therapy - and seeing the positive results from it - she began training to become an occupational therapist, to be able to give something back. 

 

Shelley is keen to support joined-up working, sharing knowledge between services and utilising resources for successful discharge co-ordination, re-admission prevention and provision of effective intervention in community. 

 

Shelley is particularly passionate in utilising the skill of creative problem solving, thinking of simple adaptations and re-education as part of client-centred interventions. Shelley believes in empowering individuals, sharing knowledge, being a voice for those less able to self-advocate, encouraging social inclusion, utilising resources and promoting existing services.

 

Her main professional area of focus is environmental adaptation and promotion of independent living, while Shelley’s passions outside of work are mentoring for The Back Up Trust, crochet, embroidery, gardening, completing Wasgijs (jigsaws) and learning Finnish.

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Claire Davies

Company Secretary


Based in London, UK. 

Graduating from Sheffield University with a degree in Law, Claire is currently working at digital scheduling company. Past roles include Paralegal and Office Manager in the London office of a well-known Belgian chocolate company. Claire brings many years of knowledge of the legal sector and has previously been an EA for a charity start-up and a policy officer at City Hall, in the Mayor's office.

Outside of work, Claire seems to be continuously renovating her 'project' flat and enjoying everything London has to offer. But she loves to escape to the mountains as many times as possible in the winter, to get back on the skis!