BSc Hons Physiotherapy, BSc Hons Sport Science and Certified Pilates Instructor
Physiotherapist and Pilates Instructor
As a child who enjoyed sport and a teenager who wanted a career in a caring profession, physiotherapy was the obvious choice. It is a career I still enjoy as I continue to learn more and more about the complexities of the human body and how I can have a positive effect on it, either by treating patients after an injury or being able to advise on exercises or actions that may prevent injury.
Gaining a place to study physiotherapy was difficult as the competition was tough, but after my initial refusal onto a Bsc Physiotherapy course, I undertook a sports science degree alongside a massage and aromatherapy course. after completing these I was determined to gain a physiotherapy place, this I did and qualified in 1998.
Since then I have worked locally, at Gloucester, Stroud and Dursley, finally specialising in musculoskeletal physiotherapy.
In 2009 I joined the Courtyard Clinic. Since joining the friendly and professional team here, I have continued to develop my knowledge of assessing and treating a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions and have continued to improve my understanding and use of acupuncture.
I have also become a Pilates instructor which complements the exercise therapy, manual therapy, taping and acupuncture I use as a physiotherapist to rehabilitate patients. I enjoy my Pilates classes as I get to know the participants well over time. Although I work the classes hard we have a little banter and I encourage a Pilates smile! I try to ensure the classes are enjoyable as well as beneficial.
I had a serious back injury in 2013 which resulted in surgery. I can’t say I enjoyed being a patient but it gave me a valuable insight into the concerns of those with back problems .Low back pain is an area in which I am continually developing my knowledge and research is continually enabling us to further understand injuries and treat patients more effectively. I try to keep up with the most recent research as well as keeping up with my three children.
For more information about physiotherapy and pilates at Courtyard please contact our well-being team on 01453 548118 or email us, we will be delighted to help.View My Portfolio