Meet The Team

Dr Anne Kurian [Paediatrician]

Dr Anne Kurian is a community paediatrician with over 25 years in the NHS. She has extensive experience in primary care involving identifying, assessing and managing children and young people [0-19 years] with additional needs and advising the local education authority through the statutory process. She’s contributed medical reports for Education Health and Care Plans [EHCP] to the local authority and has done considerable work in helping children with developmental and complex health needs.

Anne has carried out joint Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule [ADOS] assessments along with her Speech and Language Therapists colleagues. She has supervised medical oversight for children in special schools through regular visits. Her work in the NHS also involved seeing referrals and providing medical reports for social services and for schools for children with safeguarding concerns. She has worked and liaised with allied health professionals within a multidisciplinary setting involving the following professional groups: Local Child Adolescent Mental Health Services [CAMHS], Speech and Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists and Specialist Health Visitors.

Dr Ben Ko, Consultant Paediatrician

Dr Ben Ko is a Senior Consultant Paediatrician, with over 20 years’ experience as an NHS Consultant. After graduating from Edinburgh University with Distinction in Paediatrics, he continued his training in paediatrics in the UK, rotating through tertiary centres including Great Ormond Street Hospital, London and Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh. He was an Honorary Consultant to Great Ormond Street Hospital, prior to his current NHS appointment.

He has an extensive clinical portfolio in the field of neurodisability and child development, covering physical disabilities, learning difficulties, autism and the full range of developmental disorders. His approach is parent and child centred, so that parents and young people are able to make decisions and choices with the best possible opinion and options. He provides robust, evidence based developmental diagnosis, which many parents find invaluable in helping to choose intervention for their children.

Ben has gained national recognition for his contribution to paediatrics. He holds a Department of Health national level Clinical Excellence Award, which is bestowed to only the top 10% of UK Consultants. He has held numerous offices at the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, and is currently an Advisor to the Neurodisability Training Committee.

Lindy Tyrwhitt, Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

Lindy is a highly experienced Paediatric Speech and Language Therapist and Specific Learning Difficult (SPLD) Teacher. She qualified as a Speech and language Therapist at University College and as a SPLD teacher at Helen Arkell Centre. Lindy is registered with the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists and the Health Care Professional Council. She has years of experience working with children of all ages with speech, language and communication needs in a range of settings in the private sector and the NHS. Lindy specialises in assessing children with social communication difficulties and dyslexia. She is currently working independently as part of a multi-disciplinary team assessing children for Autism and other complex disorders at The Portland Hospital. In addition she provides clinical supervision for other Speech and Language Therapists.

Esther Hiley, Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

Esther trained as a Speech and Language Therapist at the University of Manchester. She is a registered Speech and Language Therapist with the Health and Care Professions Council and a member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists. Esther has years of experience working with children and young people with speech, language, communication and learning difficulties in mainstream and special educational settings. She specialises in working with preschool children and children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder. As well as working independently, Esther currently works part time as a Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist for children with ASD and ADHD for a local authority in London. She is trained to assess children’s social communication needs as part of a multiagency diagnostic team.

Lucy Sanctuary, Speech and Language Therapist

Lucy is a Paediatric Speech and Language Therapist, and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Practitioner specialising in working with children and young people with Autism Spectrum Condition. She has experience of working with children aged 2 to 18, with their families and carers, and with a wide range of associated professionals. Lucy has worked in Early Years settings, mainstream and special schools, and community clinics. She currently works part-time for the NHS (Guys and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust) and privately for Psicon carrying out Autism Assessments as part of a multi-disciplinary team. Lucy is a registered Elklan trainer. One of her main areas of interest is mental health and autism. Lucy has a post graduate diploma in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for children and young people specialising in Autism from University College London (UCL) and the Anna Freud Centre. Lucy uses Intensive Interaction, VERVE, PECS, Social Thinking (Michelle Garcia Winner), Therapeutic Listening, SOS Feeding and Floor Time in her work. Lucy offers supervision to Speech and Language Therapists carrying out the ADOS 2 assessments. She also offers supervision to Speech and Language Therapists and Learning Support Assistants supporting children and young people on the autism spectrum.

Dr Sarah Panjwani, Consultant Paediatrician

Dr Sarah Panjwani is a Developmental and General Paediatrician, with over 14 years’ experience in Paediatrics. As a paediatric consultant at one of London’s leading multi-disciplinary children’s centres, she has a particular focus on:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) assessments
  • Developmental delay (including speech and language delay and behavioural concerns)
  • ADHD assessments
  • Sleep disorders
  • Eating, toileting and constipation issues
  • Complex disability

Sarah graduated from London’s King’s College School of Medicine and has a Masters (with distinction) in Child Health from the University of Warwick. Her paediatrics training has spanned some of the country’s best-known hospitals for newborn and children’s medicine, including Manchester Children’s Hospital, and Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool. She is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at King’s and also teaches junior doctors and other health professionals. Sarah works with parents as the child’s advocate, to help these children and young people reach their full potential.

Sarah has researched stem cell treatments for neurological disease at Harvard University’s Boston Children’s Hospital, and was the Young Investigator of the Year for her research on medication use in paediatric Crohn’s and Colitis. Her work in child health has been published and presented at national and international conferences. Sarah has received a Clinical Excellence Award in recognition of her contribution to the work and life of her NHS Trust. She has also set up a successful service for children with sleep disorders.

Kathy Alison, Office Administrator

Kathy is a fully qualified nurse who has experience of working in private practice with doctors and other professionals. She manages client enquiries and appointments and makes sure that things run smoothly at the practice. Kathy has a knack of ensuring that all our clients feel comfortable while at the practice.