Coordinator of the Brain Injury Unit at the Benito Menni Hospital
Coordinator of the Infant Rehabilitation Unit at the Beata María Ana Hospital
I am particularly interested in neurological patients and infants. The opportunity to work in these Hospitaller Sisters’ units, coordinating a highly motivated and trained multidisciplinary team, enables a global approach to this kind of patient, which represents extraordinary recovery possibilities, and also results in mutual learning amongst the different specialists in the units. It is highly enriching and gratifying. My work has been, and continues to be, a source of great satisfaction.
I have always been drawn to disability; my decision to specialise in Rehabilitation was motivated by that. When I started working in Early Care, I discovered that the field of Infant Rehabilitation fascinated me, “I became hooked”. The cases are complex, the emotional component of families is very high. I felt the need to study more and more in this area.
My work has been, and continues to be, a source of great satisfaction and a significant vehicle for personal growth, in both medical and human respects.
- Graduated in Medicine and Surgery from the Faculty of Valladolid in 1984
- Specialist doctorate courses (1984-1985): Congenital Heart Defects, Infant Urology, Introduction to Occupational Medicine and Nuclear Medicine in Cardiology
- Specialist in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, via MIR (1989-1992), University of Valladolid Clinical Hospital
- Specialist in Assessment of Infant Disability, Complutense University of Madrid in collaboration with the Infant Rehabilitation Service at the Niño Jesús Hospital (2001-2002)
-Expert in Vojta Therapy in Infant Motor Function Alterations, course completed at ATAM and Niño Jesús Children’s Hospital in Madrid.
-XVIth Scientific Conference of the Spanish Society for Infant Rehabilitation: Orthopaedic alterations in child limbs. Seville, 2010.
-Vojta Therapy Refresher Course. Niño Jesús Hospital, October 2009.
-Third Child Aid Foundation meeting. Fundaicyl Growing up with ADHD, Valladolid, 2007.
-XIth Scientific Conference of the Spanish Society for Infant Rehabilitation: TBI and other causes of Acquired Brain Injury in Infants. Madrid, 2006.
-Seminar on behaviour and the frontal lobe by Professor Stuss, University of Deusto, Bilbao, 2004.
-First International Workshop: Neuroscience of Cognitive Ageing, Palma de Mallorca, 2004.
-Symposium on ITB therapy for the treatment of severe spasticity in children with cerebral palsy, Madrid, 2004.
- VIth MAPFRE conference on “Assessment of Physical Injury”, Madrid, 2005.
-Second Conference on Unexpected Brain Injury, Oviedo, 2004.
-IXth Course on Vojta’s Neurokinesiological Diagnostic of Newborns and Breast-fed babies, organised by the Internationale Vojta Gesellschaft e.V and offered at the Niño Jesús University Infant Hospital, Madrid, 2003.
- The use of plantar orthoses in the functional and biomechanical alterations of the paediatric foot. Social Services Management of the Government of Castile and León. Valladolid, 2003.
-Course on the Implementation of the Early Care Model (MD3DI35VA), offered at the Base Centre. Valladolid, 2003.
- Conferences on the prevention of paediatric deficiencies. Valladolid, 2003.
Most recent contributions at scientific meetings
- Transdisciplinary approach in a case of infant brain injury, Third Conference of the Spanish Society of Paediatric Physiotherapy, Valladolid, 2010.
- Presentation of the poster about the Multidisciplinary approach to an infant traumatic brain injury, at a conference organised by the ONCE. Awarded prize for best poster. Madrid, 2010.
- Autistic spectrum: Asperger’s syndrome and non-verbal learning disorder, at the round table concerning early diagnosis of neuropsychiatric pathology organised by the Paediatric Society of Cantabria and Castile and León. Valladolid, 2006.
- “Spasticity in infants: restorative treatment”. Conference on the comprehensive treatment of spasticity: a multidisciplinary focus. Beata María Ana Hospital. Madrid, 2010.
- Lecturer of the XIIth Course on Neurokinesiological Exploration of the Breast-fed Baby, Niño Jesús University Infant Hospital, Madrid, 2009.
- Cerebral Palsy: approach for health professionals. Valladolid Medical Association Training Foundation, 2009.
- Autistic spectrum disorders. Spring meeting, Sánchez Villares Foundation, Valladolid, 2006.
- Early diagnosis of neuropsychiatric pathology, organised by the Paediatric Society of Asturias, Cantabria and Castile and León (SCCALP), Valladolid, 2006.
- Primary health care training days: Multidisciplinary care for ABI: physical rehabilitation in infant ABI. Valladolid, 2006.
- Coordination of infant brain injury conference: multidisciplinary approach, held in Valladolid in 2005, organised by the Brain Injury Unit of the Benito Menni Hospital.
- Speaker at the neuropediatrics refresher conference on neurorestorative therapies in early infancy, Palencia Hospital Complex, 2005.
- Lecturer on the course about early detection of infant pathologies: care of children aged between 0 and 3 years, organised by the Department of Family and Equal Opportunities of the Government of Castile and León, Valladolid, 2005.
- Lecturer on the Management of risk in nurseries course, organised by the Department of Family and Equal Opportunities of the Government of Castile and León, 2005.
- Neurorestorative aspects of ABI. Conferences about ABI organised by SACYL. Valladolid, 2005.
- Infant brain injury: public health challenge. Hospital Journal nº 285, 2009.
- Estimate of the prevalence of cerebral palsy in the Castile and León region, using the disability register. Annals of Paediatrics (Barcelona) 2006; 65:97-100.
- Exogenous electric signals: their influence in tissue repair. Rehabilitation. Vol.33, nº 1, 25-37, 1999.
- Restorative treatment in a patient carrying monosomy 21. Rehabilitation Vol. 27, nº 4; 292-194, 1993.
- Measurement of bone mass in patients at risk of osteoporosis in the Valladolid province. Rehabilitation Medicine Vol. VI, nº 4, 4th quarter 1993.
- Recurrent elbow dislocation: with regard to two cases. Pain and Inflammation. Vol. 6, nº 6: Books, articles 131-141, June, 1993.
-Lasertherapy in muscular and sinewy pathology. Pain and Inflammation. Vol.6, nº 4: 138-188, July 1993.
- Evolutionary study of operated lumbar disc herniations. Rehabilitation Medicine. Vol. VI, nº4, 142-147; 4th quarter 1993.
- Our experience in traction-suspension adapted to frozen shoulder. Rehabilitation. Vol. 26,3: 172-175,1992.
-Post-paralytic spasm in peripheral facial paralysis. Physical Rehabilitation: 3 (10): 10-12, 1992.
-Rehabilitation in the treatment of asthma. Rehabilitation Medicine. Vol. V, nº 4, 4th quarter 1992.
Other relevant information
Took part in the Expert Meeting to analyse the ratification of the content of the Draft Royal Decree on Tools for Assessing the Dependency of people aged between 0 and 3 years, organised by the Department of Health and Social Services of the Government of Cantabria and the University of Salamanca. Madrid, October 2006.
- Internal Resident Doctor at the University Clinical Hospital of Valladolid specialising in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, from 1989 until 1992.
- Locum specialising in rehabilitation at the Río Carrión Hospital in Palencia, from 1993 until 1995.
- Restorative doctor in private medicine between 1996 and 2004: Medina Medical Rehabilitation Clinic. Medina del Campo, from 1996 until 1998. I subsequently worked as a Rehabilitation Assessment Doctor for the health companies Previasa, Adeslas, Asisa and Caja Salud.
- Rehabilitation Doctor Coordinator for the multidisciplinary Early Care team: carrying out assessment and treatment of children seen to at the Base Centre for Care for the Disabled of Valladolid Social Services Management. From 2000 until 2004.
- From February 2004 until the present day, I have worked as the Coordinator of the Brain Injury Unit at the Benito Menni Hospital in Valladolid. There is a multidisciplinary team at this Unit: Physiotherapists, Speech Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Neuropsychologists, Psychiatrists, Rehabilitators. We also have an Infant Brain Injury Rehabilitation Department.
-In November 2008, I began collaborating with the Hospitaller Sisters at the Beata María Ana Hospital in Madrid, in the Infant Rehabilitation Unit, as a specialist in Infant Rehabilitation and Coordinator of the said Unit.
One of my greatest interests is related to the art world. Whenever I can, I go to exhibitions and talks on this subject. I also enjoy the theatre and reading, although my priority is to spend my free time with my family and friends.