Qualifying in 2007 with a 2:1 BSc (hons) in Physiotherapy from UWE and becoming a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) and The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), I worked in Private clinics, Gyms and Sports Clubs. Working in the private sector developed my clinical skills as I was supported by high level expertise, top class facilities and unlimited scope to make a difference to my clients lives. It also allowed me to understand what private clients want from physiotherapy, as adjunct or alternative to NHS treatment or to support their active lives or sports performance through injury prevention and treatment.
I began my own practice in 2012, offering appointments from my home-based clinic and domiciliary (home) visits. In addition, I supported DMU's Sports teams, as well as staff and non-sports students, and also worked with a local football team keeping their players off the bench. As my own practice grew I left these roles with the wealth of experience they had given me.
In 2014 I qualified as a Pilates trainer, to further aid my clients with their exercise rehabilitation, and also began running classes locally. In 2018 I completed my ante and post natal Pilates training so am able to support clients during and after their pregnancies.
I then went on to train with Lindsay Wilcox-Reid, Gillian Higgins and Andy Thomas in order to specialise in rider biomechanics and Pilates. I offer individual sessions to assess rider biomechanics and tailored exercise programmes to improve performance in the saddle.
In 2016 we moved to Fleckney where in 2018 we completed a professional garage conversion which has created a purpose built clinic with all the facilities required to offer a clean, calm, quiet space in which to focus on your treatment.
2018 was a busy year during which I also qualified with distinctions with the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapist to be able to add this treatment to my clinical skills. I have been amazed at the success of acupuncture with clients and it’s been a great treatment to be able to use with clients whose options are limited for example due to pregnancy or medical conditions.
My practice now is primarily comprised of treating backs, necks, upper and lower limb musculoskeletal injuries, aches and pains in addition to home visits for neurological rehabilitation and mobility issues, as well as teaching pilates – both 1:1 and classes.
Personal My children and dog all keep me busy when I’m not working, and when I can I ride my beautiful horse, Blondie, who at the age of 30 enjoys a quieter life, after our many years of fun and success together through Pony Club and on to British Eventing and British Dressage.
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