Aliya was destined to work with children – at a young age she would play "school" with her stuffed animals, and even nail polish bottles! Several years later, she began her journey in the rehabilitation field at Barbados Community College, where she attained an Associate’s Degree in Rehabilitation Therapy Technology, majoring in Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy. She went on to study Occupational Therapy at Brunel University in the UK.
Since graduating, she has worked in Trinidad & Tobago, England, and has done voluntary OT work in St. Lucia - all in the field of pediatric occupational therapy.
She fulfilled a decade-old dream to have her own practice when Opal Kids was formed. Naming the clinic as a tribute to her late grandmother, to whom she credits much of her success, Aliya envisioned a place where children and families receive quality therapeutic care in a welcoming environment.
She is currently pursuing her Masters in Special and Additional Learning Needs to assist in the development of Occupational Therapy services within the school system.
Words of wisdom: "If we all sing the same note in a choir then we'd never have harmony." (Gladys Hardy from "Ellen")