Meet the team

Aynsley Carter

Aynsley Carter

Director and Head of Occupational Therapy

Aynsley is a qualified Occupational Therapist who has supported Shine from the beginning. She completed her studies, walking away with a Masters Level, at the Auckland University of Technology in New Zealand

 

Aynsley has over 10 years experience working within multiple settings including; hospitals, schools, home-based, community along with private and public child development centres across several countries; New Zealand, Canada, Germany, Holland, Hong Kong and currently Spain.  Her expertise involves assisting children/students with sensory integration dysfunction, gross motor, fine motor, visual perceptual difficulties and executive functioning skills. Her aim is to assist children/students to reach their full potential across all environments in life; home, school and community.

 

Aynsley values professional development and has completed courses within Play Therapy Foundation, DIY Floortime, Brain Gym, Rhythmic Movement Training, SIPT ( Sensory Integration Training), Handwriting without Tears, Therapeutic Listening, Yoga Teacher Training and continues to participate in Neuro-Development courses.

 

Aynsley dedicates her free time towards running in the mountains training for Ultra races and building a sustainable container home with her overly patient husband and 3 adorable cats.

 

She is a member of the Spanish Association of Occupational Therapy, Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists, Sensory Integration Network based out of the U.K. and the Hong Kong Association of Occupational Therapy.

 

What gets Aynsley out of bed everyday to work is experiencing and feeling the joy children express when they see themselves achieving their goals, pure bliss.

Katie Smith

Katie Smith

Director and Head of Speech and Language Therapy

Katie Smith, is a Specialist Speech and Language Therapist, experienced in assessment and therapy intervention for all children’s speech, language and communication needs. She has been working in Spain since 2017 and has been with Shine from the beginning. Prior to that, she spent 10 years working in the NHS and privately with children with special and additional needs in the UK.

 

Katie graduated from University College London with a B.A. in Linguistics and subsequently an MSc in Speech and Language Therapy. She is a proud member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists, UK. She is also registered with the HCPC, UK. Katie continually completes professional development courses. For example, Hanen, PCI, Makaton, PECS, and many more.

 

In her spare time, Katie enjoys home time with her crazy household of 3 kids, 2 dogs, 2 cats and (last but not least!) husband. Every opportunity we get we like to travel. Having grown up in Hong Kong we love to experience new things.

 

Katie believes in an evidence based, child centred approach with fun filled and inclusive therapy. She is dedicated to obtaining the best practice for the child, so we can give our clients the maximum opportunity to achieve their developmental and educational goals.

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Teresa Rene Soto

Shine ABA Specialist and Therapy Assistant

Teresa supports Shine as a highly qualified Therapy Assistant and is an applied behavioural analysis therapist specialized in young people with autism. After studying a degree in Psychology and a masters in Neuroscience at Complutense University of Madrid, she started her training in behavioural analysis in London, 2016. During these 6 years, she has worked with a range of age groups, from Early learners to teenagers across different settings including school, homes and community helping them to develop within their self-care, play, social and academic skills.

 

Today, she continues providing therapy intervention in homes and schools, consulting other professionals and training parents.

She is a Registered Behavioural Technician by the BACB (Behavioural Analysis Certified Board), International Behavioural Therapist by IBAO (International Behaviour Analysis Organization) and member of Spanish College of Psychology (COPAO). She is currently completing her masters in Clinical Psychology.

 

In her spare time Teresa loves hiking in the mountains, engaging in sports and volunteering in a dog shelter with her partner (while she convinces him to take one home for good…).

Teresa believes in motivation as the key for learning; seeing the children motivated is what gives her energy. Functionality and increasing independence is what drives her interventions with the goal towards helping every child and young person to become the best version of themselves embracing their strengths and difficulties.

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Jessica Norris

Shine Speech and Language Therapist

Jessica Norris is a speech-language pathologist originally from Massachusetts, USA. After completing her Bachelor´s degree in Business Management, she worked as a singer-songwriter and taught preschool music classes. She continued to complete a Master´s degree in Speech-Language Pathology at Worcester State University.

She has worked with both adults and children treating a variety of speech and language disorders in the clinical and school environment. Jessica currently lives in Spain and continues to provide speech-language therapy to schools in Michigan, USA, as well as accent modification and English instruction both remotely and in person. Jessica holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).


In her spare time, Jessica enjoys spending time with her two children and taking full advantage of the beautiful Costa del Sol. After a lifetime of cold New England winters, the year-round sun is never taken for granted! Family involvement and evidence based practice are the foundations to her approach.

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Kate Cassidy

Shine Occupational Therapist

Kate is a qualified Occupational Therapist from Manchester, U.K, completing her BSc degree in occupational therapy at York St John University. She has worked as a rotational therapist in the NHS for nearly ten years, with experience in a wide range of areas including neurosurgery and neuro rehabilitation, major trauma and paediatrics. Kate is registered with the HCPC and is a member of the British Association of Occupational Therapy.

In 2018, Kate took a career break to work in Barcelona, teaching English to children. From this experience, she recognised that her passion was to work with and support children.

In her spare time, Kate enjoys travelling, walking, salsa dancing and spending quality time with family and friends.

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Céira Moroney

Shine Speech and Language Therapist

Céira Moroney is a fully qualified Speech and Language Therapist from Ireland. She graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a Bachelor of Science in Clinical Speech and Language Studies.  She is registered with the Health and Social Care Professionals Council (CORU) in Ireland, and is a member of the Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists (IASLT).

Growing up with a sibling with complex physical disabilities and communication difficulties, introduced her to a world of augmentative and alternative communication methods from early childhood. This gift of early exposure sparked an interest in pursuing a career in such. Further experience as a caregiver and within clinical practice settings at University, provided her with a desire to work with disabled and neurodivergent populations specifically. Céira aims to provide clients and their families with holistic, solution focused and evidence based services, empowering them to engage in functional and meaningful communication within their daily lives.

 

In her free time Céira enjoys singing, practicing yoga, reading, and soaking in the beauty of Spain and its wonderful culture!