The Team

Diana Farragher OBE

FCSP, Dip TP, MSc, Grad Dip Phys. Chartered Physiotherapist.

Diana is a physiotherapist who is also an expert on muscle physiology.

She has lectured internationally on the subject for which she received her fellowship from the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists in 1990. Her research into facial palsy treatment was conducted in the 1980s, and resulted in the development of Trophic Electrical Stimulation as a new treatment. References for Diana’s papers are on the Research page.

Having spent over a decade lecturing worldwide on the treatment of facial palsy, Diana set up the Lindens Clinic in 2000 as her permanent base and a centre of excellence for TES and Facial Rehabilitation. Patients travel to the centre to see either Diana or the team of dedicated and experienced professionals she has built around her. Diana has written a book “A Loss of Face” which is a self help guide for the patients she can’t meet and is a very useful and informative resource used by patients and professional alike.

In 2001, Diana was awarded and OBE for her work with Chronic Facial Paralysis. The award followed nominations and supportive statements sent by her patients and their relatives. It is her proudest achievement because it is recognition from her patients, and their opinion has always been the most important to her.

Penny Gravill

BSc (Hons)Speech Therapy, RCSLT (Reg) HCPC (Reg) ASLTIP (Reg).   Speech and Language Therapist

Penny has worked in the Neurosciences Unit at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary for 25 years. She has set up a facial palsy service at the hospital and co-runs a monthly facial palsy clinic with a consultant head and neck surgeon. As part of this NHS role, Penny was a co-author of a paper which was presented at the XII Facial nerve Symposium in Boston (2013)

Over 10 years ago, Penny started up the Lindens Aberdeen clinic and also runs the London clinic 4 times a year.

Penny takes an active part in undergraduate training of speech and language therapy training chairing the NHS Grampian Practice Educators group and is regularly employed by Ulster University as a clinical tutor and examiner for students on clinical placements in Scotland.

Neuromuscular electrical stimulation has recently been trialled as a possible treatment method for dysphagia and Penny was part of the group using this technique to put evidence forward to NICE for its consideration as an approved treatment.

Wendy Walker

Grad Dip Phys MCSP, HCPC (Reg).    Chartered Physiotherapist

A clinical specialist with more than 30 years’ experience of treating neurological and complex conditions such as Stroke, Head Injury, Chronic Pain Conditions, Incontinence.

Wendy has worked at the Lindens Clinic since 2000, treating people with Facial Palsy and Peripheral Nerve Injuries (including drop foot, brachial plexus injuries, etc.). She is a specialist in surface EMG and biofeedback, having trained with the Biofeedback Foundation in Europe in Amsterdam (2002) and Belgium (2005).

Wendy is a member of the Facial Function Clinic which is a multi-disciplinary facial function clinic held in Central Manchester Hospitals, with input from ophthalmology (oculoplastics), neurotology, facial plastics and physical therapy.

She is a lecturer in Neurological and Facial Physiotherapy, and presents workshops to physiotherapists and Speech and Language Therapists. As part of the Facial Function clinic team, she lectures to ENT, Opthalmic and Plastic Surgeons from various hospital in the NorthWest, and was part of the team presenting Manchester Facial Palsy Course in 2009 and 2011.

Jenny Farragher

MSc, BSc (Hons) Psychology.    Clinic Manager

Jenny  obtained BSc (hons) in Psychology from Leeds University in 1993 and gained a MSc in Investigative Psychology from Liverpool in 1996. She has undertaken postgraduate training in electromyography, biofeedback, research techniques and ethics in research, and multivariate statistical analysis tools and applications..

Jenny is clinic manager, and frequently operates the Electromyography equipment when therapists are assessing patients. She is the liaison person for the Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) which are statutory NHS bodies responsible for the planning and commissioning of health care services for their local area.

 

Melanie Speakman

BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy, MCSP, HCPC (Reg).  Chartered Physiotherapist

Melanie has worked at the Lindens Clinic since 2002, treating patient with Facial Paralysis and she is particularly interested in the use of biofeedback in Synkinesis

As well as being experienced in the treatment of facial palsy, Melanie has qualifications in Camouflage Makeup (NVQ Level 3), Health & Beauty Therapy (NVQ Level 2), and has a Colour Consultancy Diploma (VTCT).

Melanie provides a makeup advice service for people with Facial Palsy at the Lindens Clinic. She also teaches courses and workshops on therapy for Facial Palsy to physiotherapists, Speech and Language Therapists as well as other professions allied to Medicine.

She currently also works in the NHS as a senior 1 Physiotherapist, Outpatient Department, with a caseload of general musculoskeletal conditions.

Sue Thirwell

Sue has been secretary at the clinic since 2004. She is usually the person answering the telephone, she books all our appointments and deals with billing and invoices.