Desdemona Downes

Clinical Director








Home Teachers

Desdemona Downes

Born in the beautiful Bahama Islands, to Androsians Benjamin and Rosalie Curtis.


While teaching is my first love, I enjoyed learning about how the body worked and chose to study biology and chemistry; first at home, at the College of the Bahamas, and then at Tusculum College, Greeneville, Tennessee, USA, where I completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology and Chemistry.  It was there I was introduced to the use of outdoor adventures as a mechanism of learning and socializing, while working as cabin leader at an outdoor camp during  my summer breaks.


I went on to train as a physician and to specialize in Psychiatry at the University of the West Indies (Trinidad, Bahamas and Jamaica campuses).  I began practicing medicine in 2003, at the Princess Margaret Hospital, and later transferred to the Sandilands Rehabiitation Center.  During my years of clinical practice, my yearning to help young people succeed and flourish continued to grow.


Somewhere in between I met and married a St Lucian/Bajan (interesting accent, yes I know) and we added one little pumpkin to our family tree.


The Lily Pad combines my love of teaching with my love for the outdoors, into a fun innovative programs designed to enhance the ability of our kids to maintain emotional and mental health.


I hope to share some of the joys I have found through photography, baking, reading and just being outside; then combine them with evidence based, research driven therapeutic techniques to help young people to develop a healthy culture of balance for their lives.

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Assertiveness Program

$BSD 100


Self Esteem

$BSD 100


CBT Self Discovery

$BSD 300


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