Dr. Abir Massaad has been a neuropediatric physiotherapist for more than 18 years, and has focused on pediatric and neuropediatric rehabilitation. Her specialty is in the field of gait and motion analysis in children and served as the physiotherapist in charge at the gait and motion analysis laboratory at SESOBEL (Lebanon). She also has extensive publications in the field of muscle, gait and motion abnormalities in children with Cerebral Palsy.
She received a degree in physical therapy from the University of Saint-Joseph, Lebanon and was later awarded a Masters degree from the University in 2010 with a focus on musculoskeletal abnormalities in children with Cerebral Palsy (CP). She later awarded a PhD from the University of Saint-Joseph, in collaboration with the Institut de Biomécanique Humaine Georges Charpak, Arts et Métiers ParisTech, Paris.
Dr. Abir Massaad currently directs the Research and Development department at SESOBEL and is an assistant professor at the Laboratory of Biomechanics and Medical Imaging at the Faculty of Medicine; University of Saint-Joseph. She is also a member of the European Academy of Childhood Disability (EACD), as well as the European Society for Movement Analysis in Adults and Children (ESMAC). She is a regular abstract reviewer at the ESMAC annual meeting and an invited reviewer for international scientific journals such as European Spine Journal, Gait and Posture, Clinical Neuroscience, and others.
Dr. Abir Massaad joins High Hopes Dubai as a Clinical Team Supervisor overlooking and managing the interdisciplinary therapy programs for our super special children. She will be guiding the team on the most suitable plans and schedules for our children. In addition, she will be working herself as a Senior Physical Therapist within the Physical therapy team with various children presenting with complex physical needs ranging from Genetic Conditions to Neurological Disorders to Cerebral Palsy. Her passion and expertise is for the moderate to complex needs.
She is fluent in English, Arabic and French and she can offer therapeutic support in all three languages.