The UAE’s first CARF-accredited Comprehensive
Integrated Inpatient Rehabilitation Hospital

Rehabilitation Staff

Deborah Pierce Senior Physiotherapist & Team Leader – Al Ain

Deborah is a Senior Physiotherapist at Amana Healthcare. Deborah obtained a Bachelor of Health Science in Physiotherapy from Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand in 2004. She has spent over seven years in various acute care settings. Deborah has spent the last three years in the UAE as the team leader for critical care, acute neurology/neurosurgery, stroke and medical units within a JCIA (Joint Commission International Accreditation) accredited hospital.

Nadine Angela De Clercq Rehabilitation Team Leader – Al Ain

Nadine is the Rehabilitation Team Leader at Amana Healthcare – Al Ain. She was conferred with a Bachelor’s Degree in Physiotherapy from the University of Ghent in Belgium in 1996 with national recognition for her thesis. Her early career was spent developing her skills as a Chartered Physiotherapist, becoming involved in Rehabilitation, General Practice, Sports injury and Geriatric care. She began to specialize in the treatment of people with a neuro-disability in a clinical care setting in the late ‘90s and her work in disability led to the introduction of the Bobath concept to the centre, qualifying as a Bobath Assistant Tutor in 2011 and specializing in Gait Analysis Practitioner in 2013. She became the Head of the Physical Therapy Department in a tertiary referral hospital in Dammam, KSA in 2012 where she introduced many new initiatives and work practices. She strongly advocated for combined pathways of care in the interest of the patient, which helped the growth and recognition of the department with specialized care pathways.

Nicola Costas Senior Occupational Therapist and Therapy Lead – Abu Dhabi

Nicola is a Senior Occupational Therapist at Amana Healthcare. Nicola obtained her BSc Honors Degree at Canterbury Christ Church University, UK in 2008. Nicola has since worked within a private long-term neuro rehabilitation hospital in the UK and as a Senior Occupational Therapist in the UK National Health Service.

Azaria Linde Physiotherapist – Al Ain

Azaria is a Home Health Care Physiotherapist at Amana Healthcare – Al Ain. She qualified in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physiotherapy from the University of the Free State in South Africa. Prior to joining Amana, Azaria worked as a Physiotherapist for over 11 years in hospitals and in private Physiotherapy practice in South Africa.

Tanya Simon Physiotherapist – Al Ain

Tanya is a Physiotherapist at Amana Healthcare – Al Ain. Tanya graduated in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physiotherapy from the University of Western Cape in South Africa. Tanya has worked as a Physiotherapist in South Africa for over 7 years where she gained most of her experience treating patients in the community, school and hospital inpatient and outpatient settings. Prior to joining Amana, she was a Senior Physiotherapist in a non-profit organization providing services to under-privileged and under-serviced areas in South Africa.

Rosana Tecson Pelayo Physiotherapist – Al Ain

Rosanna is a Physiotherapist at Amana Healthcare – Al Ain. Rosanna obtained a BSc in Physical Therapy from Nueva Ecija Colleges, Philippines. Rosanna has worked in the Philippines and Middle East since graduating, specializing in neurology and musculoskeletal dysfunction.

Sthembile Madombwe Homecare Physiotherapist – Al Ain

Sthembile is a Physiotherapist for Home Healthcare in Amana Healthcare – Al Ain. She obtained her Bachelor of Physiotherapy degree from University of Kwazulu – Natal in South Africa in 2010. Sthembile gained most of her experience in South Africa in an inpatient, outpatient and community setting for both pediatric and adult patients. Prior to joining Amana, she worked as a Physiotherapist specializing in pediatric neurology in a private practice in South Africa.

Ruairi O’Broin Senior Therapist – Al Ain

Ruairi is a Senior Therapist at Amana Healthcare, Al Ain. He obtained his BSc degree in Occupational Therapy from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland in 2007. Ruairi has over seven years of extensive experience as an Occupational Therapist specializing in Neuro, Stroke and General Rehabilitation in several hospitals in Ireland prior to working at Amana Healthcare.

Rosario Amurao Dietitian – Al Ain

Rosario is a Dietitian at Amana Healthcare. She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and Dietetics in 1992 from the University of the Assumption in the Philippines. Rosario worked as a Dietitian in the Philippines and in the Middle East. Prior to joining Amana, she was a Dietitian for 9 years in a JCIA accredited government hospital in Al Ain.

Shabana Ahmed Dietitian – Al Ain

Shabana is a Clinical Dietitian at Amana Healthcare – Al Ain. Shabana qualified in 2006 with a degree in Bachelor of Science in Dietetics from the University of the Western Cape in South Africa. Shabana brings with her an extensive experience in the field of nutrition and dietetics having worked as a Clinical Dietitian in South Africa for 8 years; working in different settings such as community service, outpatient and inpatient including intensive care unit in both government and private sector.

Emily Chakanyuka Physiotherapist – Al Ain

Emily is a Physiotherapist at Amana Healthcare – Al Ain. She qualified in 2009 with a Bachelor degree in Physiotherapy from the University of Pretoria in South Africa. Prior to joining Amana, Emily worked as a Physiotherapist for 5 years in several hospitals in South Africa.

Aileen Caluen Gervacio Physiotherapist – Al Ain

Aileen Caluen Gervacio is a Physiotherapist at Amana Healthcare – Al Ain. Aileen qualified in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy from Far Eastern University in the Philippines. Aileen has an extensive experience as a Physiotherapist having spent the last 12 years as a Physiotherapist in a private rehabilitation hospital in Saudi Arabia.

Lemuel Siman Respiratory Therapist – Al Ain

Lemuel is a Respiratory Therapist at Amana Healthcare – Al Ain. He graduated in 2010 with a BSc. degree in Respiratory Therapy from UPH – Dr. Jose G. Tamayo Medical University in the Philippines. Lemuel has over 5 years experience as a Respiratory Technician where the last 3 years was in one of the largest medical complex in Saudi Arabia.

John Jeffrey Lopez Respiratory Therapist – Al Ain

John Jeffrey is a Respiratory Therapist at Amana Healthcare – Al Ain. He qualified in 2008 with a degree in Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy from Central Luzon Doctors’ Hospital Educational Institution, Philippines. He started as a Respiratory Therapist in a private facility in the Philippines for almost 2 years and then relocated to Saudi Arabia in 2011 to work in a JCI accredited private hospital for 2 years. Prior to joining Amana in 2018, John worked for almost 5 years in a tertiary government hospital in KSA as a Respiratory Therapist assigned in the ICU, NICU, PICU, ER and General Ward.

Rommel Villa Respiratory Therapist – Al Ain

Rommel is a Respiratory Therapist at Amana Healthcare – Al Ain. He obtained his degree in Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy from Emilio Aguinaldo College in the Philippines in 2001. Rommel joined as Respiratory Therapist in a private company in the Philippines for 4 years and then he moved to Saudi Arabia in 2010. In his first 4 years in KSA, he worked as a Respiratory Therapist assigned in the ICU and ER of a teaching hospital in Riyadh and then in 2014, he relocated to Jeddah to join a tertiary government hospital where he was assigned as the ICU Charge and ER Respiratory Therapist.

Marilou Panganiban Senior Respiratory Therapist – Al Ain

Marilou is the Senior Respiratory Therapist at Amana Healthcare – Al Ain. She is a graduate of Bachelor of Science degree in Respiratory Therapy from the Perpetual Help College of Manila in the Philippines in 2001. Right after qualifying, she worked in a tertiary children’s hospital in the Philippines until 2005. Then, she relocated to Saudi Arabia in 2005 to work as a Respiratory Therapist II in a JCI accredited government hospital in Al Ahsa and in 2011, she was promoted to a Respiratory Therapist I role in the same hospital. Alongside with her role as a Respiratory Therapist I, Marilou has accepted an appointment as a Respiratory Therapist Clinical Teaching Assistant in 2016 in a government university specializing in health sciences in Al Ahsa.

Steven Nordy Cabual Respiratory Therapist – Abu Dhabi

Steven is a Respiratory Therapist at Amana Healthcare. Steven obtained a BSc degree in Respiratory Therapy in 2000 from San Pedro College in the Philippines. His initial five years of work experience was gained in the Philippines and since then he has gained eight years of experience in accredited hospitals in the Middle East. He has extensive knowledge of critical, acute and chronic respiratory care in the management of neonates, paediatrics and adult populations.

Luchelle Esguerra Respiratory Therapy Technician – Abu Dhabi

Luchelle is a Respiratory Therapy Technician at Amana Healthcare – Al Ain. She completed her degree in Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy from Emilio Aguinaldo College in the Philippines in 1995. She started her career as a Respiratory Therapist in a private hospital in the Philippines for 3 years and then she relocated to Saudi Arabia in 1998 and worked in 2 different hospitals until 2004. She then returned to the Philippines and started working again in 2007 in a private hospital before moving to the UAE in November 2007 to join a JCI accredited tertiary hospital in Al Ain. Luchelle moved to a tertiary hospital in Singapore in 2012 and then returned to the UAE in 2013 to join Amana as a Respiratory Technician and then transferred to another private hospital in Al Ain in 2014. She was re-hired in Amana and joined the facility in Abu Dhabi in 2017 before transferring to the Al Ain facility.

Mylee Dela Cruz Respiratory Therapist – Al Ain

Mylee is a Respiratory Therapist at Amana Healthcare – Al Ain. Mylee graduated in 1997 with a degree in Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy from University of Perpetual Help System – Laguna in the Philippines. She worked in several private hospitals in the Philippines for almost 7 years before relocating to the UAE in 2004 where she joined a JCI accredited private hospital in Dubai as a Respiratory Therapist. In 2006, Mylee transferred to a tertiary government hospital in Abu Dhabi as a Respiratory Technician for 8 years and then joined Amana – Al Ain in 2015. Prior to being rehired in Amana in 2018, Mylee was working as a Respiratory Therapist in a government hospital in the Western Region of Abu Dhabi for 3 years.

Kristen Dessario Respiratory Therapist – Abu Dhabi

Kristen is a Respiratory Therapist at Amana Healthcare at Amana Healthcare – Abu Dhabi. She holds Bachelor of Applied Science, Major in Respiratory Therapy in 2008 from Siena Heights University, Detroit and Respiratory Therapy Diploma from Fanshawe College, London. Prior to joining Amana, Kristen was working as Registered Respiratory Therapist in Sheikh Khalifa Medical City, Abu Dhabi.

Sarah McGloughlin Physiotherapist – Abu Dhabi

Sarah is a Physiotherapist at Amana Healthcare – Abu Dhabi. Sarah holds Bachelors of Science in Physiotherapy from University College Dublin, Dublin. Sarah was working in Royal Hospital, Donnybrook prior to joining Amana Healthcare.

Robert Dorsett Senior Physiotherapist – Abu Dhabi

Robert is a Senior Physiotherapist at Amana Healthcare, Abu Dhabi. Robert has over 15 years physiotherapy experience in treating adults with neurological conditions. He also has experience in other areas of physiotherapy namely orthopedics, medical and surgery. He obtained a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Cape Town and completed his Master’s degree in Neurological Rehabilitation from the University of Cardiff, Wales. He has working experience in both South Africa and the United Kingdom.

Declan Mullane Physiotherapist – Abu Dhabi

Declan Mullane is a Physiotherapist at Amana Healthcare, Abu Dhabi. Declan obtained his BSc in Physiotherapy in 2009 from Coventry University. He is a Recognised Instructor for National Association for Ankylosing Spondylitis (NAAS). Prior to joining Amana Healthcare, Declan gained work experience in Ireland.

Kim San Jose Physiotherapist – Abu Dhabi

Kim is a Physiotherapist at Amana Healthcare – Abu Dhabi. Kim obtained a Bachelor of Science in physiotherapy in De La Salle Health Sciences Institute in Cavite, Philippines in 2012. Kim practiced for 2 years in a local facility in Philippines prior to moving to Abu Dhabi and worked for 2 years in a facility in Al Ain before joining Amana Healthcare. Kim has special interest in working with musculoskeletal, orthopedic and neurological cases.

Rachel Moore Physiotherapist – Abu Dhabi

Rachael is a Physiotherapist at Amana Healthcare – Abu Dhabi. Rachael holds a Bachelors of Science in Physiotherapy from University of Salford. Rachael worked in St John’s Hospital in Livingston, Scotland where she completed six core rotations before joining Amana Healthcare. Prior to this Rachael also worked in community rehabilitation in Glasgow, Scotland.

Beth Renton Occupational Therapist – Abu Dhabi

Beth Renton is an Occupational Therapist at Amana Healthcare, Abu Dhabi. Beth obtained a BSc Honour’s degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Cape Town, South Africa in 2010. Prior joining Amana, Beth was working as Community Service Occupational Therapist in Frere Hospital, South Africa

Arti Bhana Occupational Therapist – Abu Dhabi

Aarti Bhana is an Occupational Therapist at Amana Healthcare – Abu Dhabi. Aarti obtained a Bachelors Honors Degree from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal in South Africa in 2008. Aarti gained work experience in the private and public sector in South Africa and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. She has a keen interest in working in the field of acute rehabilitation.

Tereshia Pillay Occupational Therapist – Abu Dhabi

Tereshia Pillay is an Occupational Therapist at Amana Healthcare, Abu Dhabi. Tereshia obtained a BSc Honors degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of University of Kwa–Zulu Natal, South Africa in 2008. Prior joining Amana, Tereshia gained work experience from South Africa and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Patricia Smith Physiotherapist – Abu Dhabi

Patricia Smith is a Physiotherapist at Amana Healthcare, Abu Dhabi. Patricia obtained her BSc in Physiotherapy in 2009 from Coventry University. Prior to joining Amana Healthcare, Patricia was working as Senior Paediatric Physiotherapist in Ireland

Rozelle Marais Occupational Therapist – Abu Dhabi

Rozelle Marais is an Occupational therapist at Amana Healthcare – Abu Dhabi. Roezelle has more than 5 years of experience in Adult neurological rehabilitation. She also has experience in paediatrics. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Occupational therapy from University of Pretoria, South Africa in 2006. Prior to joining Amana Healthcare, she was working at Life Eugene Marais Hospital as an Occupational therapist in the Rehabilitation unit

Rachel Hryb Occupational Therapist – Abu Dhabi

Rachel Hryb is an Occupational Therapist at Amana Healthcare – Abu Dhabi. Rachel graduated from Brunel University, UK in 2009 with a Bachelors Honors degree in Occupational Therapy. Prior to joining Amana, Rachel worked with NHS in the UK for 6 years, specializing in inpatient and community rehabilitation.

Anwar Al-Mansoor Dietitian – Abu Dhabi

Anwar is a Dietitian at Amana Healthcare-Abu Dhabi. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree from Cornell University in Nutritional Sciences and Dietetics and her Master’s degree from the CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College in Public Health Nutrition. She trained in the USA and has work experience in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Anwar is both a Registered Dietitian (RD) with the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and a Certified Dietitian/Nutritionist (CDN) with New York State, and has published several research papers in her capacity as a Scientific Writer.

Leandri Pretorius Occupational Therapist – Al Ain

Leandri is an Occupational Therapist at Amana Healthcare – Al Ain. She graduated with a Bachelor degree in Occupational Therapy in 2012 from University of Pretoria in South Africa. Prior to joining Amana, Leandri worked as an Occupational Therapist in a government hospital and in a private Occupational Therapy practice in South Africa.

Sharne Botes Occupational Therapist – Al Ain

Sharne is an Occupational Therapist at Amana Healthcare – Al Ain. She obtained a Bachelor degree in Occupational Therapy in 2005 from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa followed by a Master of Early Childhood Intervention from the University of Pretoria, South Africa in 2014. Sharne was a Senior Occupational Therapist in a Government hospital in South Africa for 12 years prior to joining Amana Healthcare. Sharne has great passion for rehabilitation, including vocation and social reintegration for adult and pediatric patients.

Marjolein Oosterheert Occupational Therapist – Al Ain

Marjolein is an Occupational Therapist at Amana Healthcare – Al Ain. She qualified in 2013 with a Bachelor of Health degree in Occupational Therapy from Zuyd University in the Netherlands. Prior to joining Amana Healthcare, she was an Occupational Therapist in a rehabilitation centre in the Netherlands for 2 years before moving to the UAE in 2015 to join a special needs facility in Al Ain as a Pediatric Occupational Therapist.

Zama Carol Khuzwayo Speech and Language Therapist – Abu Dhabi

Zama Carol Khuzwayo is a Speech and Language Therapist at Amana Healthcare – Abu Dhabi. Zama obtained her Bachelor of Communication Pathology in Speech Language Pathology from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa in 2012. Prior to joining Amana, Zama worked for 4 years in South Africa in mainly rural hospitals. She has a special interest in working with children with special needs.

Heena Chania Speech and Language Therapist – Al Ain

Heena is a Speech and Language Therapist at Amana Healthcare – Al Ain. She obtained her degree in Bachelor of Arts in Speech and Hearing Therapy in 2011 and then her Master of Arts in Audiology in 2014 both from University of Witwatersrand in South Africa. She started her career in 2011 as a Community Service Speech Therapist & Audiologist then she moved to a government teaching hospital in 2012. She was a Speech Therapist for three years in a private practice which is based within one of the private rehabilitation hospitals in South Africa before coming to the UAE to join Amana Healthcare.