BSc (Hons), MCSP, MAACP
Fully Certified APPI Pilates Instructor
The beginning of my journey into the world of Physiotherapy was somewhat of an epiphany. My brother was a troop commander in the British Army, and unfortunately while on tour two of his soldiers sustained injuries that led to them requiring treatment back home. I decided to fundraise on their behalf by running a six-day event in the Sahara Desert.
Before my departure I visited the men in hospital and was stunned by their levels of resilience, fortitude, and humour. When one of them said that they had everyone wrapped around their little finger, apart from the "bloody Physio's" who made them "work all the time", something clicked in my mind. I saw the amazing progress and recovery that was being made and in that instance knew immediately where my career needed to turn.
The hard work...
After graduating from Oxford Brookes University I began working immediately within private practice in Oxford as a neuromusculoskeletal Physiotherapist and became a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP).
At the earliest opportunity allowed under industry regulations I studied and gained accreditation with the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (AACP) and now regularly use acupuncture during treatment sessions where appropriate.
I have also completed extensive training with the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute (APPI), the global industry leaders in clinical, modified Pilates and, after a lot of hard work and examination, am now very proud to be a Fully Certified Instructor with them.
I believe that physical therapy needs to be holistic in its approach. Although some injuries and complaints may be more straightforward than others, there is often so much more going on than just the site of someone's pain. In my aim of reducing an individual's pain and restoring movement I may use a single treatment strategy or several combined, whatever is needed to get the job done.
Whichever approach is suitable I will discuss it with you every step of the way, from the initial assessment through to the point where you no longer need my help. I believe knowledge is there to be shared, and in the case of the human frame, a little knowledge can have very profound effects.
Spot of running...
Away from my work I am happiest when out running. Although for me running is a personal escape, I have taken part in all sorts of public events which has seen me finish everything from a charity 10k race through to the Marathon des Sables.