General Management Committee 2016-2018

The Physiotherapy Association of Trinidad and Tobago’s (PATT) executive comprises eight physiotherapists representing both public and private sectors.

Wynelli Pierre
President 


In pursuing a career in Physical Therapy, Wynelli first completed her degree in Biology with a Minor in Chemistry in 2008. She continued her education at The University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, Jamaica where she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Therapy in 2012.

After completing her year of internship at Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex, she joined theThe Sports Medic TT – a private rehabilitation practice, where she currently works.

Since then, she has completed certification in Aquatic therapy from the Aquatic Therapy & Rehab Institute and has also lectured part time at the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force for their physical training instructor programme.

“Fostering awareness of the benefits of physical therapy within Trinidad and Tobago is a huge priority for me. It is honor to be able to do so as the President of PATT. Working together and supporting each other is what is required to ensure both locally and regionally physiotherapists are able to help all. ”

Jevon Foncette
Treasurer

Jevon is the youngest member of the PATT Executive Team and a most recent graduate from the School of Physical Therapy, UWI Mona, Jamaica. 

Prior to his appointment as treasurer, he served for three years as the class representative for his graduating class of 2013 at the School of Physical Therapy, University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona Campus. Subsequent to his tenure he was given a “Recognition of Service” award for his commitment and performance during his appointment.

Jevon is currently a Physiotherapist at Port of Spain General Hospital. He is highly motivated to support the development of the field of physical therapy and during his year as treasurer, he seeks to hone his professional skills and promote the profession nationally.

"It is a privilege to be an executive member of PATT", he says. "A unified body of professionals is imperative to the development of the field nationally and eventually regionally."
He expects to diversify physiotherapy services in the public sector over the course of five years to meet the individual needs of patients consistently. In addition, communities will be more aware of the profession as he strives to achieve awareness of Physiotherapy nationally.


"Communities should experience updates on exercise and wellness from Physiotherapists' annually aimed at disease prevention. I look forward to working with all members of PATT in the hope of promoting solidarity and encouraging support to Physiotherapists and communities."

Fiona Rajkumar
Secretary

 

Ms. Fiona Rajkumar graduated with B.Sc.in Physiotherapy from UWI MONA in 2010. She currently works at EWMSC (Mount Hope Hospital).

She is a member of the Physiotherapists Board of Trinidad and Tobago as well as she has been an executive member of the Physiotherapy Association of Trinidad and Tobago in the past.

 

She enjoys her job especially working with rare neurology cases. Ms. Rajkumar would like to complete her Doctorate in Physiotherapy with a specialization in paediatrics. "I have fun treating children and I want to make sure that we do everything possible to help them reach their full potential where rehab is concerned."

 

She also states "our population, believe it or not is still skeptical about PT (Physiotherapy) and I want to do more in terms of educating them on who we are and what we do and highlight the differences between our profession and others."

Dr. Nicole de Freitas

Public Relations Officer

Dr. Nicole de Freitas decided at 16 years of age she wanted to pursue a career in Physical Therapy. She attended Florida International University where she received her Bachelor’s of Science in Biology (cum laude) in April 2000.  She continued her education at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in Florida where she received a Clinical Doctorate in Physical Therapy with a focus on manual therapy in December 2002.

On her return home, Nicole contracted her services to St. Clair Medical Centre and Westshore Medical Centre, providing inpatient care.  She also contracted services to an outpatient clinic. In May 2007 she, along with one other initial investor, opened Total Rehab and subsequently terminated her contracts to other medical facilities to focus on the clinic. 

Nicole became a Certified Ergonomic Assessment Specialist from The Back School of Atlanta in 2010 and has been certified in THUET (Tropical Helicopter Underwater Escape Training) which allows her to provide on-site ergonomic services to offshore workers. 

In October 2014, Nicole completed the NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist Certification. She strives to continue her professional development through continuing education courses and involvement with initiatives such as Agility Sports. She was elected to the Physical Therapy Board of Trinidad and Tobago in 2015 and has joined the executive of the Physical Therapy association of Trinidad and Tobago as the PRO in 2017.

Maria Voisin

North West Regional Health Authority Representative

 

Maria Voisin graduated with Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy, from Our Lady of Fatima University, Philippines 1997.

 

Upon graduating in 2001 she worked as a physiotherapist in various departments in the Rizal Provincial Hospital, Philippines including orthopaedic, paediatrics, I.C.U., neurology, cardio-respiratory and burn unit

 

In 2008-2009, she worked at Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, as a physical therapist clinical instructor where she taught young female Saudi Women who wanted to become physiotherapy assistants in their own country.

 

She currently works as the Senior Physiotherapist (Ag.) at Port of Spain General Hospital (POSGH). In 2016 she became an executive member of the Physiotherapy Association of Trinidad and Tobago representing the North West regional Health Authority.

Chanol Ottley
Executive Committee Member
Private Practice Representative

 

In May 2016, Chanol graduated with her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Nova Southeastern University, USA.  Prior to this, she attained a Masters of Science in Physical Therapy from Leeds Metropolitan University, UK, 2009.  

 

Upon graduating from Leeds Metropolitan Chanol returned to Trinidad and began working at Total Rehabilitation Centre Ltd, where she continues her practice today.  

Chanol enjoys treating orthopaedic conditions at the clinic, as well as in her homecare practice, where she cares for patients in eastern parts of Trinidad.  

 

Her vision for physical therapy in Trinidad and Tobago is to see a profession where there is inclusivity and community versus marginalization and individualism; a profession through which the public of Trinidad and Tobago is exposed to the highest possible standard of care through consistent application of evidence based practice and professional reflection.

Kristin Alleyne graduated from UWI Mona Campus in 2013 with her BSc in Physiotherapy.  Passionate about using water as a modality for rehabilitation in physiotherapy, she received her Certification in Aquatic Therapy from ATRI, Florida, USA in 2014.  She manages her time between treating clients in the water and the outpatient setting in Tobago. Ms. Alleyne strongly believes that advocating and delivering quality continuing education courses is of paramount importance as we strive towards direct access in Trinidad and Tobago.

Kristin Alleyne

Continuing Education Officer

 

Karielle DeBique
Executive Committee Member
Tobago Regional Health Authority Representative

Dr. Karielle De Bique, has worked as a clinician for the past 15 years. After graduation from the UHWI School of Physical Therapy in Jamaica in 1999, she returned to Trinidad and Tobago in 2000.

 

Always interested in furthering her studies, in 2007,she first completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Physiotherapy at the University of Melbourne in 2007 and then pursued and completed a Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy with Nova Southeastern University in 2012.

 

She currently works as the Physiotherapist III at the Tobago Regional Health Authority and has been an active member of the Physiotherapy Association since her return to Trinidad. Dr. De Bique has served as a member of the Physiotherapy Association's Executive on and off since 2003 and is currently one of the two Physiotherapists Board's Council of Professions Related to Medicine's representatives (2012-2015, 2016)  .

 

She has always had a keen interest in Sports and Orthopaedic physiotherapy serving as a member of the Jamaica Sports Medicine Association (Intern)  and as a member and Secretary of the Trinidad and Tobago Sports Medicine Association Team. She has been the lead physiotherapist for a number of major sporting events including Summer Olympics, Commonwealth Games, Pan American Games and Central American and Caribbean Games.

Her other physiotherapy interests include Physiotherapy Practice Management, Process improvement, Leadership and Administration, and Clinical education.

 

Karielle is pleased to be part of this 2016-2017 Executive Team of the Physiotherapy Association of Trinidad and Tobago.

"Physiotherapy is my passion" she says. "If we can create a "wow" moment at every interaction, we're even stronger as a profession for it!."