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Celebrating 30 Years of Maximising Patient Outcomes Through Neurological Rehabilitation

This year the Birkdale Paediatric and Adult Neurological Rehabilitation Clinic is celebrating 30 years of providing specialist care for patients with complex neurological disorders. Farshideh Bondarenko, Lead Neurophysiotherapist and founder of the Birkdale Clinic has built up a far-reaching client base over the years and is renowned for her expertise and thoughtfulness.

In October 2013, Farshideh expanded her clinic and opened the purpose-built Birkdale Neuro Rehabilitation Centre in North West London. Farshideh and her team take an integrated approach to neurophysiotherapy: taking patients’ sensory, motor and language capabilities in to consideration when creating their physiotherapy treatment plans. On top of this, the Birkdale Centre offers 4 additional consulting rooms, which has enabled colleagues from parallel fields, such as neuropsychologists and speech and language therapists, to join the practice and further expanded the scope of specialised services available to our clients.

Birkdale Centre Physiotherapists are trained to use of a variety of technologies to supplement traditional physiotherapy techniques. We champion the use of Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES), which we have available for independent or assisted use by clients. We also use RS Foot Scan, Tobbii Eye Tracking, Saebo and Surface EMG devices to make the most thorough assessment possible of an individual’s condition and to see how best our physiotherapists can help. We have a trained Mollii Therapist on site, and use BIMEO and MindMaze virtual reality (VR) software to help engage our clients.

The Birkdale Centre is easy to reach. We are located in Alperton, North West London, just 5 minutes from Alperton Underground Station (Piccadilly Line). There is ample free car-parking space only a 3 minute walk away from the centre.

The Birkdale Centre overlooks the Grand Union Canal and has a tranquil landscaped Japanese garden; it is a beautiful, calming environment for patients.

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Meet our Team:

Farshideh Bondarenko

- Head Physiotherapist - DIP PHYSIO MCSP SRP


Farshideh is NHS trained and qualified (1977), she has worked in many centres of neurological excellence, including The National Hospital for Neurology, Great Ormond Street Hospital and Cheyne Hospital.

In 1987, she set up The Birkdale Clinic, responding to the demand – that the NHS cannot afford to fulfil – for more long term, consistent, intervention to improve a client’s quality of life.

Farshideh studied, and continue to, a broad range of physical therapy approaches, including Bobath, Peto, Carr and Shiatsu with many of the leading exponents of these disciplines.

She has developed an effective and innovative approach to complex neurological presentations in both the adult and paediatric populations that may be tailored to each individual.

Her area of special interest lies with children and young adults. She has extensive experience of most childhood conditions and their integration with family life over long time periods.

Farshideh is a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (MCSP) and also of the Organisation of Chartered Physiotherapists in Private Practice (OCPPP) and the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Neurology (ACPIN).

Taraneh Yamini

- Centre Manager


My background is in business, banking, human resources and training. I have worked for large corporates such as Barclays Bank and my experience in professional services extends to Kingsley Napley a highly reputable law firm.
I joined the team at Birkdale Neuro Rehabilitation Centre in January 2014. I really enjoy working here in this beautiful environment with fantastic colleagues. As the Centre Manager I am responsible for the day to day running of the centre which include client management, finance, property matters, recruitment and marketing.

Agnieszka Kulmacz

- MSC Physiotherapy


Agnieszka graduated from the University of Physical Education in Warsaw with an MSc in Physiotherapy in 2009.

She has developed her professional skill base by undertaking numerous postgraduate trainings including Functional Electrical Stimulation and MyGait which are widely used at the Birkdale Centre, and through active participation in in-house training activities, which she incorporates into her daily working practice alongside her previous professional and research experience.

Agnieszka enjoys working with both adults and children and appreciates all the different challenges that each day brings.

Agnieszka is a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. She keeps up to date with the latest research and is a member of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists Interested in Neurology. She is also HCPC registered.

Akshay Patel

- BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy, PG Dip Clinical Biomechanics


Akshay qualified from the University of Brighton in 2007. His passion for neurological rehabilitation stems from his interest in human movement. In particular how movement is controlled by the nervous system, how it can be influenced by other body systems and the world around us. Akshay has undertaken extra training in the Bobath Concept, functional electrical stimulation and soft scotch casting. He is currently in the process of completing his master’s degree in Clinical Biomechanics.

Akshay uses his knowledge and skills to optimise movement and function for the individual under his care. He is keen to understand the requirements of those he treats in order to develop an individualised treatment plan. He has experience working in NHS and private healthcare organisations in acute, rehabilitation and community neurological services across England. In doing so, he has developed specialist skills in neurological physiotherapy.

Akshay is a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists interested in Neurology.

Tia Nott

- BSC (Hons) Physiotherapist


Tia qualified from the University of the West of England, Bristol in 2005. It was whilst working for Nottingham University Hospital Trust that she took a specialist interest in Neurology. Tia then continued to develop her skills in this specialism in London for Barts and the London Trust and the Royal Hospital for Neuro Disability. During this time she also undertook specialist training with both Bobath and Shumway-Cook, enabling her to integrate these approaches effectively into her clinical practise.

Tia’s specialist interest lies with Adults with Long Term Neurological conditions and has worked for 2 years as the lead Physiotherapist for the Huntington’s Disease Service at the RHND. Whilst in this role Tia presented to the Huntington’s Disease Association and at the Occupational Therapy Annual Conference on this specialism.

Furthermore Tia also has specialist training in the use of Functional Electrical Stimulation for Children and Adults which is used extensively and successfully at the Birkdale Clinic. Focusing on enhancing and enabling synergy of muscle contractions to facilitate normal movement patterns.

Tia is a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Neurology.

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