Our Instructors

Brian Hoare

Adjunct Associate Professor Hoare spent the first 20 years of his career as a clinical occupational therapist at Monash Children’s Hospital, Melbourne. He completed a PhD at La Trobe University, Melbourne in 2010 and a post-doctoral fellowship at the Karolinska Institute, Sweden in 2012. Adj A/Prof Hoare is currently the Director of the Cerebral Palsy Group which incorporates CPTherapy, Australia’s largest cerebral palsy private practice, and CPTeaching which provides high-quality education that focuses on the translation of research findings into clinical practice. Over the last decade, Brian has taught over 2000 clinicians about the implementation of evidence-based upper limb therapy for children with cerebral palsy. He is also the founder of CPToys which uses technology to improve the focus of therapy programs for children with cerebral palsy. Brian currently holds an Adjunct Associate Professor position within the Schools of Occupational Therapy at La Trobe University and Australian Catholic University.

Adj A/Prof Hoare’s contribution to the field of cerebral palsy (CP) research provides evidence of high-quality, translational research. He has published extensively in peer-reviewed scientific journals; been invited to present at conferences and workshops; and contributed to book chapters, commentaries, and expert international guidelines. His current program of research continues to make a significant contribution, with impact nationally and internationally. In 2017, Adj A/Prof Hoare was awarded a Career Development Grant by the Cerebral Palsy Alliance. In 2018, he was awarded the prestigious Gayle G. Arnold Award by the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine (AACDPM). In 2020 Adj A/Prof Hoare was nominated as an AMP Tomorrow Maker by the AMP Tomorrow Fund for his work in developing CPToys.


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Dr Susan Greaves

Sue has been a paediatric Occupational Therapist for over 40 years, with a primary clinical focus on children with cerebral palsy. She is passionate about early intervention, especially assessment and management of the upper limb in children with unilateral cerebral palsy (hemiplegia). For her PhD research Sue developed a test called the Mini-Assisting Hand Assessment (Mini-AHA) that evaluates how well young children aged 8-18 months with unilateral CP use their affected upper limb during bimanual play. Sue has been a chief investigator in large clinical trials evaluating interventions for very young children with cerebral palsy and has presented her findings from her research at both national and international conferences, as well as in journal articles and book chapters.  Sue currently is working in private practice for CPTherapy (part of the Cerebral Palsy Group) as well as teaching the reliable use of the Mini-AHA and Hand Assessment for Infants (HAI) to therapists worldwide.


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Jane Berry

Jane Berry is an occupational therapist for Cerebral Palsy Alliance. She has worked as Consultant for Occupational Therapy in Clinical Governance for 10 years and has over 30 years of experience working with children and adults with disabilities. Jane is the clinical lead for the early diagnosis clinics at Cerebral Palsy Alliance and strives to implement evidence based therapy for young children with cerebral palsy.

Gabriela Granados García

Gabriela Granados García, OTR, MS, studied at the Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México and she studied a Master Degree in Neurorehabilitation at Centro Mexicano Universitario de Ciencias y Humanidades. She has worked as an occupational therapist in pediatric and adult settings including home health, outpatient clinics and inpatient rehabilitation. Her research focuses on assessment of upper limb function including the translation of validated tools for children with hemiplegia to Spanish, using diverse modalities for children with cerebral palsy. She established a validated Spanish version of the Assisting Hand Assessment (AHA) and Hand Assessment for Infants (HAI), allowing early diagnosis of unilateral cerebral palsy. She authored a book chapter based on her presentation at the Second Iberian-American Congress on Neurorehabilitation, focused on novel use of technology to establish therapeutic goals and measure functional outcomes. She coauthored the GoMove app (https://gomove.org/en) that provides home programs for children with unilateral cerebral palsy.


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Kirsten Browney

Kirsten Browney is an experienced occupational therapist who currently working in private practice for CPTherapy (part of the Cerebral Palsy Group). Kirsten has previously worked at the Royal Children’s Hospital and Monash Children’s Hospital, Melbourne.

Heather Mahnken

Heather Mahnken is a pediatric occupational therapist in the United States with over 20 years of experience working. Her clinical interests include early detection cerebral palsy, and motor intensive therapies for children with neuromuscular diagnoses. She has been instructor for the AHA since 2019.

Lisa Wagner

Dr Lisa Wagner, DHS, OTR/L received her OT degree from the Medical University of South Carolina and her doctorate from the University of Indianapolis. Lisa has participated in various research projects resulting in peer-reviewed articles, book chapter and the ability to speak nationally and internationally. She has been teaching the AHA since 2010.

Ellen Romein

Ellen Romein euMSc.OT is Dutch, worked 17 years in Germany and lives now in France. Her interest has always been to improve the occupational- and client-centered OT. She developed an assessment for children after severe acquired brain damage (RemiPro) and the Pediatric Assessment and Process-instrument (PEAP), both in German, but translation in English is planned. She has used the AHA since 2003, and started teaching in 2004. She published a book 2021 with 35 case stories how occupation and client-centered practice improved participation (Thieme).

Rachel Bard-Pondarré

Rachel Bard-Pondarré is an occupational therapist in paediatric neuro-orthopaedics at the Centre des Massues – French Red Cross. She has a Master’s degree in Motor Disability Research and Rehabilitation. Rachel conducts various training courses on assessment tools, including the AHA, Mini-AHA, HAI and BoHA and Goal Attainment Scaling methodology, as well as training courses on therapeutic interventions. She coordinates and participates in various clinical research projects

Britt-Marie Zethraeus

Britt-Marie Zethraeus, MSc and Reg. Occupational Therapist has extensive clinical experience from working with children with disabilities in Sweden. One of the original developers of BoHA and an AHA and BoHA instructor.