The Team

Please click on the profiles below to find out more about our amazing team!

Redz Lenfield

Director & OT

My name is Redz and I qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 2017 from Wrexham Glyndwr University. As I’m sure you’ve guessed, Dragon OT represents my Welsh roots having grown up in North Wales however I now live in Manchester.

Since qualifying I have worked in lots of different settings including mainstream and special schools, a specialist autism spectrum disorder school, an adult learning disability team, and an aids and adaptations team.

I became an OT to help people. As a 12-year-old I was diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and at the time, this had a catastrophic impact on my life. Thankfully through therapy and medication I’ve managed to control my OCD rather than letting it control me. Whilst having OCD is hard, it has shaped who I am today and it is why I do what I do. I strive to help the people I work with as much as I can and hopefully make their lives a little easier and brighter.

Prior to being an OT, I worked as a mental health advocate for 3 years which was an eye-opening yet rewarding experience. Advocating for people who felt they didn’t have a voice and helping them achieve meaningful goals meant so much to me professionally as it did personally. Being an OT means I get to carry on doing that with everyone I work with, helping people as much as I can to meet their needs and goals, and helping them find their voice.

If you are looking for any OT support or advice, then I would love to hear from you. Feel free to email, call or fill in the contact form on the website and I’ll be sure to get back to you as soon as I can!

Emma Clegg

Business Manager

Hi, I’m Emma and I started with Dragon OT in 2023 as an Occupational Therapy Assistant and I also provide business support to Redz. I previously worked in the NHS for over 20 years as a physiotherapy technician with adults with learning disabilities. I loved this role as I really felt I was able to make a difference to people’s lives and help them to be more independent. I also have a BSc Hons in Exercise & Health Science from Salford University which allowed me to lead a physiotherapy led weight management programme for adults with learning disabilities.

My role as a therapy assistant allows me to follow my passion of working with children and adults in helping them to achieve their goals. My other passion is my rescue dog, Heinz! I love spending time with him and we are currently gun dog training. I’m really excited to be a part of the Dragon team and looking forward to the continued development of the service.

Jake Webster

OT Assistant & Student OT

Hi, my name is Jake and I’m an OT Assistant at Dragon OT. I have worked here since January 2023 and I am currently studying to become an OT at Salford University.

Working at Dragon OT has allowed me to develop my personal skills and gain a vast amount of experience in occupational therapy. I have always enjoyed helping others, and shadowing OTs, including Redz, made me realise this is the career path I wanted to go down. My favourite part about OT is knowing that we can make a huge difference to other people’s lives with the support we can offer.

I am an avid Man City fan and go to as many games as I can. I also play darts and basketball regularly.

Georgina Heatherington

Occupational Therapist

Kia Ora!
My name is Georgina and I am a New Zealand born Occupational Therapist working and living in Manchester.
My journey to OT began as a young adult when my sister was born with Down syndrome and Autism. Through this personal experience I grew to love the world of disability support and graduated from a degree of Occupational Therapy at Auckland University in 2019.
In 2022 I moved to the UK to progress my career as an OT and explore all that Europe has to offer. My journey with Dragon OT thus far has been incredibly rewarding and has supported me to become a qualified ‘SOS therapist’ and broaden my understanding of working within SEN schools. I have a keen interest in supporting sensory processing and building long lasting life skills.

Tracey Berresford

Associate Occupational Therapist

Hello I’m Tracey, I qualified from Salford University as an Occupational Therapist in 1993 and gained an MSc In Sensory Integration from Ulster University in 2020.  I specialise in all aspects of children’s Occupational Therapy, and I have worked within a variety of clinical settings including, NHS, private sector, mainstream and SEN schools, and overseas in the USA. I have experience of working with local authority, schools, case managers, social workers, play therapists and psychologists.

I have extensive experience of assessing and treating children from birth to adolescence with a wide range of physical, sensory, and learning difficulties including developmental delay, neurological conditions, acquired and traumatic brain injury, cerebral palsy, down syndrome, sensory processing disorder, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

I am passionate about creating a child and family centered approach to developing occupational therapy goals. Supporting and working with families, carers, and schools to facilitate intervention programs and strategies that work across home and educational settings. I strive to use a holistic approach to intervention, to maximise levels of independence and allow children and young people to thrive in all areas of their life.

Jemma Bravender

Occupational Therapist

Hi, I’m Jemma. Since qualifying as an OT in 2018, I’ve worked in lots of different settings such as on hospital wards, community adult care and social services. My passion has always been to work with children as I want to be able to help with ensuring they get a good start at the most critical developmental stages of their lives.
I became an OT to help people so they can live as fully, independently and safe as possible. When I was a teenager, I had an accident which resulted in a permanent disability. During this time, I experienced the work of an OT first hand which inspired me to choose OT as a profession. Since becoming an OT, I haven’t looked back, it has taught me so much and to appreciate every day as it comes!

Michelle McManus

Occupational Therapist

Hello, I’m Michelle, a qualified Occupational Therapist, who is neurodivergent. Being part of the neurodivergent community has given me a unique perspective that fuels the way I work by supporting me to advocate for the people I work with, to ensure they have what they need, and can thrive in their environments and life.

Since qualifying in June 2022 from The University of Salford I have worked on a children and adolescent mental health ward and as a school-based OT. I have a strong passion for supporting the younger generation to flourish in all areas of life.

Occupational Therapy is one of my main special interests, but I also enjoy running, hiking, traveling, crafting, and most importantly spending time with my dog.

Before deciding to become an Occupational Therapist, I was a community support worker supporting children and adults within their home which I found to be a very meaningful role. I am happy to be part of the Dragon OT team and look forward to the opportunities it will bring to develop further in specialising in paediatrics.

Hannah Wright

Associate Occupational Therapist

Hi, I’m Hannah, a paediatric OT and children’s author, specialising in neuro diagnosis. I qualified in 2005, where I began my career working in adults, I then moved into paediatrics in 2011. I currently work both in the NHS and for Dragon OT.

I started working with Dragon OT in February 2023 and have not looked back. I love working with children with varying needs and diagnosis and am passionate that the key to delivering effective rehab is through functional activity. The most satisfying aspect of my job is being able to help children work on what is important to them, by developing and furthering their
skills to reach their goals.

Mike Lynn

OT Apprentice

Hi, my name’s Mike and I started with Dragon OT in June 2024 and I am currently an OT apprentice, studying at Huddersfield University.

I have previously studied a Sport Science BSc and Nutrition MSc, at Edge Hill and Liverpool John Moores Universities. I have worked and supported professional and amateur athletes, children with cancer and special needs. Most recently, the past two years I have worked as an OT assistant in a school, specialising in special needs and trauma.
I am early on in my OT career and to continue my development and progression, joining Dragon OT was the best decision for me. I am excited to develop my OT identity in a variety of different areas with the support of such a friendly and knowledgeable team.
I have a strong interest in research and taking the profession forward with research. My specific interests are paediatrics, cancer care, nutrition and neurology. When qualified I plan to conduct research and clinical practice to support and make a positive impact to as many people’s lives as possible.

 

Paige Grieshaber

Occupational Therapist

Hi, my name is Paige and I’m an Occupational Therapist all the way from New Zealand. I graduated from Auckland University at the end of 2022 and moved to the UK the following year to develop my career and explore the world. I’ve always felt passionate about making a difference in children and young adults lives and felt as though being an OT was my calling in life.

Although I’m relatively new to the OT profession, I do have a wide range of experience working as a disability support worker for children with various disabilities and additional needs. I am so excited to be part of Dragon OT and look forward to all the amazing people I will be working with and supporting.

Hannah Orman

Occupational Therapist

Hello! 

 

I’m Hannah, and I became a qualified Occupational Therapist (OT) back in 2019. I’m also looking forward to getting my certification to practice as a Sensory Integration Practitioner in 2025.
 
My passion for becoming an OT ignited at a young age when I saw the amazing work OTs did with my brother, who was diagnosed with Autism at the age of 2. Witnessing the positive impact it had on his life and our family inspired me to pursue this career.
 
Outside of work, I enjoy activities such as seeing family and friends, travelling, hiking, self-improvement and wellbeing podcasts, playing instruments and others.  Mostly, I love trying new things, and so my interests and hobbies are always changing, with the exception of OT of course!    
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