Diana de la Peña

Occupational Therapy

Graduated in occupational therapy in 2006 from the University of Vic – Central University of Catalonia, she was interested in the field of neurorehabilitation from the beginning. In 2007 she began to work as an occupational therapist at the UEN (Unitat d’Estimulació Neurològica) and later also as head of the occupational therapy service of the same. There, she has the opportunity to work for years with Anna Esclusa, trainer of the Basal Stimulation concept, with whom she completed her training in this concept between 2009 and 2013. The daily work with Anna Esclusa will lead her to know and want to expand her knowledge in Kinaesthetics and the Affolter model, and to delve into the essential aspects of interdisciplinary work to achieve the best care. During these years and the following years, she will participate as a speaker in various national conferences and congresses, such as the “I update session in Basale Stimulation” or the “XIV state conferences of APETO (professional association of occupational therapists)”, and will carry out some teaching collaborations with the Uvic-UCC on the treatment of the adult patient in neurology.

In order to expand her knowledge in the neurological field, he enrolled in 2013 in the “Master in Rehabilitation in Neurology” at l’Escola Universitària Gimbernat – UAB. Where she began her training in the Bobath Concept with Bettina Paeth and Elena Madrigal. This training arouses her interest in the concept, so in the following years she decided to deepen her training by taking a monograph on pusher syndrome with Miguel Benito, and on core control in neurological patients with Samuel Jiménez and Miguel Benito. Later, between 2018 and 2019, she took an advanced course with Víctor Urquizo and Mónica Junquero on the treatment of patients with ataxic disorder, and with Mary Lynch and Miguel Benito another on compensation and real impairment in neurological patients. Her interest in the concept leads her to enroll in the Spanish association of Bobath therapists (AETB).

During her professional career, she takes other complementary training, such as the basic introductory course to Neurocognitive Rehabilitation (Perfetti) or the training of Technician and Expert in Animal-Assisted Therapy, among others. After completing the basic course of the Concept Halliwick collaborates in 2015 and 2016 in the subject of aquatic therapy for physiotherapists and occupational therapists of the UVic-UCC.

From 2008 to 2019, she supervises the practical stays of third and fourth grade students in occupational therapy or master’s degree in occupational therapy from different universities.

In 2019, she joined the Neurorehabilitation Clinic as an Occupational Therapist.