Jean-Pierre Maes

Director, MAES Therapy International
Consultant Neuro-developmental Physiotherapist

Jean-Pierre is renowned internationally for his outstanding clinical skills and excellent teaching skills. He is an expert in the field of Cerebral Palsy and similar neurodevelopmental conditions, with over 30 years’ experience of treating babies, children and adults with movement disorders and achieving highly effective outcomes.

Jean-Pierre is a dynamic and pioneering Physiotherapist who is exceptionally dedicated to the children and families under the care of his team at MAES Therapy in London, where they offer a welcoming, friendly and supportive environment.

Jean-Pierre fully understands the needs and vital role of parents of a child with CP or movement disorders.

He graduated as a Physiotherapist in 1989 in Brussels and his thesis was “The role of the physiotherapist in the education of parents of children with cerebral palsy (CP)”

He has a special interest in working with babies with developmental delay and children with coordination difficulties, movement disorders and whose difficulties are complex and neurological in nature, such as Cerebral Palsy.

From 1998 to 2013 he was based at The Bobath Centre (London) as a Consultant Neuro-developmental Physiotherapist and was one of the most experienced and influential international Bobath-NDT Senior Tutors and regular Course Leaders. During this period, he organised and led a wide variety of Bobath-NDT courses, training hundreds of paediatric therapists in the UK and world-wide.

Jean-Pierre has since progressed and developed and has left Bobath-NDT and moved on and now practices and teaches MAES Therapy, a new and pioneering approach to the treatment and management of Babies and Children with Cerebral Palsy and similar neuro-developmental conditions.

Rather than the traditional approach of exercises or just trying to treat the obvious atypical symptoms, MAES Therapists are trained in the expert analysis of movement coordination, understanding why the child moves the way that he/she does and then, using the brain’s wonderful capacity to adapt and learn, the therapist helps the child to learn new, more typical movements combinations, through dynamic treatment sessions.

His colleagues at MAES Therapy are mentored by him and they are highly specialised in the early intervention and treatment of babies and children with Cerebral Palsy and similar neuro-developmental conditions.

Jean-Pierre is a Member of:

  • APCP – Association of Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapists
  • CSP – Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, UK
  • EACD – European Academy of Childhood Disability
  • HCPC – Health and Care Professions Council, UK
  • IHA – International Halliwick Association
  • SANDTA – South African Neurodevelopmental Association (Honorary Member)

Carey Perkins

Clinical Specialist – Neurodevelopmental Therapist

Carey is a very dedicated and highly experienced Physiotherapist with a passion for working with children with Cerebral Palsy and other neurodevelopmental conditions. Carey has a gentle approach, putting children and families quickly at ease.

Carey has worked as a Paediatric Physiotherapist for over 20 years. Gaining experience working with children of all ages and a wide variety of conditions in various locations in the UK, she has developed her specialist interest in the area of paediatric neurology and is a strong advocate for Early Intervention.

Carey has worked in both acute and community settings, starting her career in a specialist Children’s Hospital, and continuing with clinical work, mentoring and the development of services in Child Development Centres, Specialist schools and nurseries.

Carey has experience of working closely with the wider multidisciplinary team including Occupational Therapists, Speech Therapists, Teachers, Health visitors and the Medical team, understanding the importance this has in supporting families.

Carey joined MAES Therapy in 2019 and says:

“Becoming a MAES Trained Therapist and joining the MAES Therapy team in London, has rejuvenated my love for learning and my work. I have discovered a different perspective and a deeper understanding of children with Cerebral Palsy. I have seen how a new ‘me’ and a new ‘approach’ creates new possibilities for the child I am treating.

“MAES Therapists have a wonderful appreciation of the complexity of the brain and its capacity to adapt (plasticity) through previous experience, whilst the approach itself carefully creates opportunities and an environment for a child to best learn new ‘coordination’ that they wouldn’t normally do on their own accord. I feel the key to its success is through identifying the unique challenges and individual skills lacking for a specific child at the level of the brain and appreciating these in the context of the child as a ‘whole being’, rather than on the obvious, visible, physical ‘symptoms’ which more traditional physiotherapy often focuses on.”

Carey graduated with a BSc Honours Degree from the University of the West of England and continues with her professional development:

  • 2020 Prechtl General Movement Assessment Course, UCLH London.
  • 2018 4-Week MAES ‘Movement Analysis Education Strategies’ Course, London.
  • 2014 Second Advanced Early Assessment and Intervention for Babies and Young Children.
  • 2008 Advanced Handling Skills, Bobath London
  • 2007 Advanced Early Assessment and Intervention for Babies and Young Children, London
  • 2005 8-week Bobath-NDT Foundation Course, London.

Carey is a member of:

  • Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP)
  • Health Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • Association of Paediatric Physiotherapists (APCP)

Joanna Brudlo-Semeniuk

Clinical Specialist – Neurodevelopmental Physiotherapist

Joanna is a very passionate and experienced Physiotherapist who loves working with babies and children with Cerebral Palsy and similar neurodevelopmental conditions.

In 2005 she qualified at the University of Physical Education in Poznań, Poland, where she completed the 5-year program and gained a Master’s Degree in Physiotherapy.

During the last year of University, she qualified as a swimming instructor and begun to work in the water environment with disabled babies, children and adults at Hera Health Studio in Poznań.

Joanna moved to the UK in 2006. She settled and started her family in Oxford. For many years she worked at the Footsteps Centre in Oxfordshire, where she continued expanding her experience in the Physiotherapeutic field. She worked in a system of intensive therapy providing treatment for children with CP (a lot of whom where post SDR) and other disabilities. In the meantime she joined the Oxford Swans Swimming Club where she gained her qualification in the Halliwick Concept. She still continues to support and help babies, children and adults with disabilities as well as their families in gaining new skills in the water environment.

Joanna felt she needed some additional ‘tools’ that would help her to understand and treat children with CP better. Whilst she was searching the internet, she came across MAES Therapy. After reading some information and testimonies, she decided to sign up for the 4-Week MAES Course in Telford in 2018. Joanna successfully completed the course, which completely changed her understanding of her patients’ needs, the therapeutic approach and the treatment outcome. Later that year Joanna joined Jean-Pierre Maes to translate and assist on a MAES Course in Poland. This was followed by Joanna joining the London MAES Therapy team in January 2019. Since then Joanna continues to develop her skills in the MAES Therapy Approach, assisting and translating the MAES Courses in Poland and she also supports MAES Therapists from Poland by running remote on-line tutorials.

Joanna says:
“Before coming across MAES Therapy, I was working with special needs children for a few years, providing a very intensive treatment to improve their physical abilities. I had time to observe the same patients over the years and I started to realise that something was missing. I was watching my patients trying and working hard to overcome their limitations, but the treatment results were not persistent, and I couldn’t understand why.

I was slowly losing my motivation to work. The MAES Course was my hope, inspiration and a chance to gain more means to work with, and so I took it! My life has not been the same since, in the professional field as well as privately. I have learnt how to really look from someone else’s perspective, I understand my patients and their needs better and, therefore, I can provide them with a different treatment and opportunities to create a different pathway of development and a better future.”

Following her Master’s Degree in Physiotherapy, Joanna continues her professional development:

  • 2020 Prechtl General Movement Assessment Course, UCLH London.
  • 2018 4-Week MAES ‘Movement Analysis Education Strategies’ Course, Telford
  • 2016 Level 1 Stecco Facial Manipulation
  • 2015 Kinesio-Taping 1&2

Joanna is a member of:

  • Health Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP)
  • Association of Paediatric Physiotherapists (APCP)
  • Halliwick Association of Swimming Therapy
  • European Academy of Childhood Disability (EACD)
Tara Bargh, MAES Therapy London 2022-10

Tara Bargh

Clinical Specialist-Neurodevelopmental Physiotherapist

Tara is a highly motivated and enthusiastic therapist who is eager to support children with cerebral palsy and other neurological conditions to recognise and work towards their full potential.

Tara has worked with a wide range of children as a Paediatric Physiotherapist in New Zealand, across the Child Development Service community setting and within the Children’s Hospital acute setting. During this time, she discovered her passion for supporting children with cerebral palsy and other neurological conditions.

Tara recognised that something was missing, and that there must be more to what we can provide as paediatric neuro physiotherapists, so she decided to move to London to broaden her knowledge and find more opportunities for understanding this. This is when she discovered the pioneering M.A.E.S. Therapy and chose to attend the 4-Week MAES Therapy ‘Movement Analysis and Education Strategies’ Course, which she completed successfully.

Tara says:

“I found that M.A.E.S. Therapy perfectly captures how crucial a deeper understanding of the brain is in supporting the progression of skills of children with cerebral palsy and other neurological conditions. I am fortunate to be able to immediately join the excellent MAES London team and what an amazing opportunity this is for implementing these new skills and knowledge for the ongoing benefit of the children we treat.”

Tara graduated from the University of Notre Dame, Fremantle in Australia after completing a 5 year course, in which she achieved a double Bachelor in Bachelor of Physiotherapy and Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science. Tara has worked with children in several capacities for 8+years as a swimming teacher, sports instructor, carer for children with disabilities, and creche carer for babies. During this time, she developed a strong sense of typical development and the importance of supporting children’s learning, which is a key element of M.A.E.S. Therapy.

Tara continues to progress her learning and professional development through CPD:

2022  4-Week MAES ‘Movement Analysis Education Strategies’ Course, London.
2021  Occupational Performance Coaching (OPC)
2021  F-Words Life Wheel Training
NDT courses; Typical Child Development (2019), Normal Movement (2020) and Classification of Cerebral Palsy (2021)
2020 – Newborn Behavioural Observations (NBO)

Tara is a member of:

Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP)
Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC)
Physio First private practice association, APCP & EACD
Physiotherapy Board of New Zealand (PBNZ)
Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
Physiotherapy Board of Australia