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Our reputation is largely down to our exceptional team who were chosen for their passion, expertise and caring approach. All our physiotherapists are fully qualified, registered with the Health Professions Council (HPC) and members of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (MCSP) including additional professional accreditations. This means they are governed by a professional code of conduct and ongoing professional development.  Our physiotherapists are all experienced and most have a Masters level or equivalent post graduate qualification.

Angela Jackson

Angela Jackson

MCSP AACP ACPSM

Angela Jackson

Angela Jackson

MCSP AACP ACPSM

Angela has been involved in treating people in sports at all levels both in the UK and Canada for the last 28 years. She has worked with the England Volleyball team, Cheshire Hockey and is the Consultant Physio to all the Cheshire Cricket teams. Her major is in prevention of injuries, in particular in children as they grow.

She launched the Posturefit screening programme 20 years ago to identify how to prevent injuries and enhance performance. Angela has used her unique screening programme with athletes from a broad spectrum of sports and helped many young athletes realise their sporting dreams in representing their country in their chosen sport including her own two children. Her particular areas of expertise are in hockey, golf, running, cricket and Nordic walking.

In the last few years she has become a dedicated running physio training with The Running School and with Blaise DuBois from the Running Clinic in Canada. She has also has extensive training in golf strength and conditioning and screening is TPI trained. She presents on a number of topics to schools, clubs and elite teams in how to be a success in sport, golf fitness, later life fitness and on injury prevention and performance in running.

Jean Thistleton

Jean Thistleton

MCSP HCPC MAACP MSOMM MACPIVR

Jean Thistleton

Jean Thistleton

MCSP HCPC MAACP MSOMM MACPIVR

Jean has extensive musculoskeletal and sports injury experience gathered through both post-graduate training and clinical practice. She spent over 10 years at a leading local private hospital running the physiotherapy department and set up specialised sports injury and back clinics, working closely with many specialist consultants in the area.

She then went on to join the Physiofit team over 15 years ago offering specialist treatment of headache and migraine as well as acupuncture for additional pain management and promotion of healing. Jean is skilled in the highly specialised treatment of Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (including performing the Epley manoeuvre) and vestibular rehabilitation.

Jean also works as a musculoskeletal and vestibular clinical specialist physiotherapist for the NHS.

Jean herself plays First Division tennis for Bramhall Lane, is a British Ski Club gold standard skier, and has ridden horses to an advanced level, giving her a thorough understanding of the requirements of various sports.

Claire Davidson

Claire Davidson

BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy MCSP

Claire Davidson

Claire Davidson

BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy MCSP

Claire gained extensive experience in the NHS as a Specialist Physiotherapist. She was an Extended Scope Practitioner working with Orthopaedic Consultants in clinics where she has had sole responsibility for ongoing medical management.

Claire has extensive experience in joint and soft tissue injections with diplomas in Orthopaedic Medicine and Injection Therapy. Her additional skills include acupuncture for pain relief; muscle balance techniques for postural and sports injury problems and treating all musculoskeletal disorders. She is highly regarded for her expertise in the management of neck and back conditions.

Claire was a full international swimmer and now uses that experience to screen the region’s top swimmers, identifying risk areas and developing performance.

She also achieved county levels for tennis and hockey, which she continues to play at Cheshire League level. She is the mother of two very sporty boys and has a great understanding of the needs of growing athletes.

Claire has worked for Physiofit for 10 years.

Kate Walton

Kate Walton

BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy MCSP

Kate Walton

Kate Walton

BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy MCSP

Kate has over 25 years of experience working in the musculoskeletal field. She has extensive post graduate qualifications, the most recent of which was gaining a 1st class Masters module in Extended Health Care Proficiencies.

Kate works part time in the NHS in a large emergency department as a specialist physiotherapist with acute injuries. She is a member of two special interest groups namely “Physiotherapists working in Emergency Medicine” and “The Association of Chartered Physiotherapists who are interested in and or work in Sports and Exercise Medicine”.

She has worked at the 2012 Olympic Games, the National Squash Championships for the past 3 years and has had 15 years’ experience working with women’s county hockey squads in the past. With this experience, combined with being a keen squash player and runner she has developed specialist skills in sports injury prevention and treatment in adults and children.

She was pleased to rejoin the Physiofit team in 2011 after being Angela’s first associate!

Emma Wellard

Emma Wellard

BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy, MSc Sport and Exercise Medicine, MCSP, AACP

Emma Wellard

Emma Wellard

BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy, MSc Sport and Exercise Medicine, MCSP, AACP

Emma graduated from the University of Salford in 2006. Emma began working in the field of musculoskeletal physiotherapy and over the years has gained much experience working in private practice and with sports men and women. Due to her keen interest in sports injuries and rehabilitation, she studied for an MSc in Sport and Exercise Medicine.

Emma is also a member of the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists and is qualified teach Clinical Pilates on a 1:1 basis and within a class setting.

Emma is a keen horse rider and has a special interest in assessing and treating the postural problems and muscle imbalance issues that riders often encounter. She established the Physiofit for Horse Riders programme screening riders to identify their strengths and weaknesses to enable them to perform better.

Emma has been privileged to work with elite athletes across sports such as gymnastics, football and skiing and has found the experience gained whilst working with these individuals and teams has provided her with the knowledge and skills required to successfully treat sports people of all ages and abilities.

Clive Riley

Clive Riley

BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy

Clive Riley

Clive Riley

BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy

Clive qualified from Coventry University in 2005. He started gaining experience in all aspects of physiotherapy until he specialised in 2010 in musculoskeletal problems. He has qualifications in acupuncture and manipulative therapy and is now completing his Masters in Trauma and Orthopaedic at Salford University.​

This is growing his interest in biomechanics and efficiency of movement. He has had experience working for Sale Sharks RFC and Lancashire Rugby as well as Macclesfield Town FC and British climbers during competition.

During his spare time he enjoys playing football, badminton, climbing and has just retired from rugby after 25yrs.

Richard Saxton

Richard Saxton

MSc Sports Physiotherapy, BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy, MCSP, ACPSEM

Richard Saxton

Richard Saxton

MSc Sports Physiotherapy, BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy, MCSP, ACPSEM

Richard qualified in 2010 from the University of Nottingham gaining a BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy. He started working in the NHS, gaining experience in a variety of areas of physiotherapy before specialising in musculoskeletal and sporting injuries. This interest in sporting injuries lead him to his Masters studies in sports physiotherapy at the University of Bath. Through his Masters studies he has gained experience in elite sporting environments working with Team Bath, GB Judo, Leicester Tigers RFU and Great Britain Hockey. This has enabled Richard to develop key assessment skills and high-level return to play rehabilitation programs, workload management and injury prevention knowledge. He has a keen interest in racket sport injuries and has attained a bronze qualification in the Association of Chartered Physiotherapist of Sports and Exercise Medicine. Richard is based at both our Alderley Edge and FITISM clinics

Richard also has experience in the management of persistent or long-term pain. This incorporates a variety of treatment techniques to improve understanding of pain mechanisms and how to improve your quality of life. Outside of work, Richard has an interest in most sports, regularly playing league hockey for Knutsford and tennis in the Cheshire county league.

Mark Bowe

Mark Bowe

BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy, BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Sciences

Mark Bowe

Mark Bowe

BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy, BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Sciences

Mark qualified as a physiotherapist in 2008 and has combined working in the NHS with his interest in developing athletes gaining experience at Macclesfield Town, Scottish Lacrosse and is one of the Manchester City Football Club Academy physiotherapists.

He until recently worked at a local private hospital developing the physiotherapy services and is now excited about the opportunities on offer at Physiofit. He is highly motivated and strives to be the best he can be inspiring his patients whatever their age or ability to do the same.

Aine Curran

Aine Curran

BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy

Aine Curran

Aine Curran

BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy

Aine qualified in 2018 with BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy having previously gained a Diploma in Sports Management and a BSc in Public Health and Health Promotion.

She has a breadth of NHS experience before specializing in musculoskeletal physiotherapy where she is now a senior physiotherapist within the NHS. Aine has furthered her knowledge through post-graduate training and is now a qualified pilates instructor, which she enjoys implementing into patients’ treatment plans. Aine prides herself on a patient-centered approach to reaching patients’ goals and potential through rehabilitation, particularly sporting injuries.

Outside of work, Aine is a keen sportswoman. Having represented Ireland Hockey at the international level and playing in the England Hockey Premier League with Bowdon Ladies 1s, she is aware of the demands required on the body to perform and how a setback of an injury may affect an athlete.

Lucy Gillbanks

Lucy Gillbanks

BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy MSCP, HCPC, MSc, Oxon.

Lucy Gillbanks

Lucy Gillbanks

BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy MSCP, HCPC, MSc, Oxon.

Lucy qualified with a first-class honours degree in Physiotherapy in 2019 from the University of Nottingham and is about to graduate from Lady Margaret College, University of Oxford with a Masters in Science specialising in Musculoskeletal Research in November 2020. Lucy is a lead UK researcher in Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport (RED-S) and has two published medical research papers on the subject. She provides master class talks and presentations for Universities, GB Sports and schools across the country. Lucy also has a Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage and has advanced training in concussion rehabilitation in athletes.

Lucy has rowed competitively for the GB Universities rowing team and was due to race in the 2020 Oxford and Cambridge Boat race, which was cancelled due to Covid-19. Her international experience as a lightweight rower provides her with a thorough understanding of athlete health and rehabilitation. Lucy is passionate about fitness and sports including skiing and the clinical application of Pilates. Lucy is personable, enthusiastic, highly motivated and has a strong work ethic striving for the best in everything she does.

Nico Nyemba

Nico Nyemba

BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy

Nico Nyemba

Nico Nyemba

BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy

Nico initially started his career as a sports therapist, graduating in 2013. As a sports therapist he gained experience in assessing and rehabbing athletes at all levels return to competition. This also included experience with Middleborough Football Club academy where he also assisted on match days and injury prevention screening.

He went on to qualify as a physiotherapist in 2017, going on to gain experience in a variety of areas of physiotherapy in the NHS including trauma orthopaedics, stroke rehab and respiratory/intense care before specialising in musculoskeletal physiotherapy. Currently, in the NHS, he is working as a specialist outpatient physiotherapist with a focus on 3 areas:  musculoskeletal, orthopaedics and rheumatology.

A way from physiotherapy Nico has achieved sporting accolades in basketball, athletics and rugby union. It was in rugby union where he excelled having represented Scotland U18, Glasgow Warriors and Newcastle Falcons. His greatest achievement came in 2015 where he gained his first international cap representing Zimbabwe in the Africa Nations Cup.

Nico will draw upon his experience gained as a sports therapist, specialist musculoskeletal physiotherapist and as a successful athlete in helping you achieve your goals.

 

Peter Dery

Peter Dery

BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy

Peter Dery

Peter Dery

BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy

Peter qualified as a physiotherapist in 2017, having previously gained a degree in anatomy. He started working in the NHS, gaining experience in a variety of areas of physiotherapy including critical care, neurorehabilitation, and trauma orthopaedics before specialising in musculoskeletal physiotherapy.

Alongside his NHS role, where he is currently a specialist musculoskeletal physiotherapist, Peter has worked with Stockport Grammar School providing physiotherapy to all age groups from U10s – U18s in a variety of sports including, football, rugby, netball and hockey. Peter has a keen interest in most sports and has previously gained experience working as lead physiotherapist for professional rugby league outfit Hunslet RLFC. Peter has a keen interest in the rehabilitation of sporting injuries and strives to return his patients to full fitness as quickly as possible while also ensuring future injuries are prevented.

Fiona Ridler

Fiona Ridler

MCSP

Fiona Ridler

Fiona Ridler

MCSP

Fiona has extensive experience working to maximise a person’s potential within all settings, both as out-patient and essentially within their own homes or in residential care setting.

She has post graduate training in the field of neurology, recently attending the Bobath Institutes 2015 first annual conference as a delegate. She developed these skills at Trafford Hospital and the neuro out-patient gym at Macclesfield Hospital.

As a member of Agile she utilises up to date evidence-based research and in depth knowledge of the multi-faceted needs of the elderly, working in the community for the last 10 years to deliver an holistic approach to therapy.

She has enjoyed the challenge of developing our expanding comprehensive At Home and Later Life services over the last 4 years and is committed to developing her team so that they continue to provide quality goal orientated rapid response therapy within the community.

Fiona qualified in 1986 and is now bringing her valuable skills to our practice. She strongly feels that physiotherapy should provide the tools to ensure a person’s potential can be met and to maintain that ability whatever the person’s age.

Kelly Wright

Kelly Wright

BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy

Kelly Wright

Kelly Wright

BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy

Kelly graduated from MMU and has always worked in a domiciliary or intermediate care setting. She is passionate about treating the person and not just the condition and believes seeing people in their own homes and nursing home supports this.

Kelly has a real passion for preventative physiotherapy especially for falls prevention, mobility and independence. She also has a certificate in APPI Pilates and uses this to influence her home exercise programs.

As well as the Physiofit for later life team, Kelly has worked in the NHS for Pennine Care across a wide range of domiciliary teams but predominantly the falls prevention team and also for Cheshire East Community Rehab team.

Claire Foy

Claire Foy

Chartered Physiotherapist

Claire Foy

Claire Foy

Chartered Physiotherapist

Claire graduated in 2006 from MMU with a BSc degree in Physiotherapy and set the foundation for her career at Royal Stoke trauma hospital, gaining rotational experience in orthopaedics, paediatrics, respiratory but more notably neurology. She went on to specialise in neurosurgery and neurology for the next 5 years, also completing the 3 week Bobath course alongside an Ataxia and MND course.

More recently she has moved from the acute sector to the community, treating a varied caseload encompassing post stroke patients and those with chronic mobility issues to optimise their rehabilitation potential. She is also a member of the special interest group ACPIN to further develop her neurology skills and knowledge. She is fully committed to helping you to reach your goals.

Abigail Lynch

Abigail Lynch

BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy

Abigail Lynch

Abigail Lynch

BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy

Abigail graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2015 gaining a BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy. Since qualifying, Abigail has gained extensive experience in a variety of specialties within the NHS including a period of time spent working at Wrightington hospital, a renowned centre of excellence for Orthopaedic surgery and management.

Alongside working at Physiofit, Abigail is also currently working in the NHS in the intermediate care and rapid response setting. Abigail prides herself on her patient-centered approach whether that means keeping somebody safe within his or her own home or helping someone return to sport following an injury.

Over her career, Abigail has developed an ever-growing interest in Musculoskeletal and sporting injuries. Outside of work Abigail is a keen sportsperson and in the past has played Netball to a county and regional level so understands the demands put on a young athlete.

Abigail is proud to be a part of the Physiofit team serving the local community and beyond.

Sarah Goodyear

Sarah Goodyear

BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy

Sarah Goodyear

Sarah Goodyear

BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy

Sarah graduated from Coventry University in 2012 with a Physiotherapy BSc (Hons) degree. Since then she has worked in the NHS gaining experience in MSK, orthopaedics, respiratory and neurological physiotherapy. Alongside her work for Physiofit she is a Clinical Specialist Community Physiotherapist in the NHS. Sarah is passionate about helping people maintain independence and function in their own home.

Shilpa Bhatia

Shilpa Bhatia

BSc Physiotherapy

Shilpa Bhatia

Shilpa Bhatia

BSc Physiotherapy

Shilpa obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Physiotherapy in 2008 from the University of Birmingham and has since completed other professional courses such as APPI Pilates and acupuncture. Her first role as a physiotherapist was for the Heart of Birmingham NHS team. She moved up north to Manchester joining Central Manchester intermediate care working for an elderly rehab team. From her she progressed to a senior dementia role in Macclesfield hospital working alongside the mental health team.

She completed senior rotations in Macclesfield General hospital within in-patient and community teams, later specialising working in A and E and the elderly rehab team, aiming to prevent admission to hospital and ensuring patients’ independent safety when discharged home.

After starting a family Shilpa decided to go into the private sector again focusing on her specialist area of the elderly team.

Shilpa says, “With all my clients I aim for them to be as functionally independent as possible by ensuring they follow a tailored programme enabling them to reach their goals.”

Deborah Pace

Deborah Pace

BSc (Hons) Podiatry

Deborah Pace

Deborah Pace

BSc (Hons) Podiatry

Deborah graduated from Salford University in 1994. She has 13 years experience working for a Central London N.H.S Primary Care Trust, specialising in biomechanics, paediatrics and diabetic foot care.

Her aim is to prevent or treat foot problems, to reduce pain, maintain mobility and provide advice to enable patients to make informed decisions in managing their own foot health.

Deborah offers a regular maintenance chiropody service including all skin and nail conditions, verruca treatments and nail surgery as well as biomechanical assessments. Her other treatments include prescription orthoses, lower limb acupuncture and tailored exercise programmes.

Gabriella Smith

Gabriella Smith

Personal Trainer

Gabriella Smith

Gabriella Smith

Personal Trainer

Gabriella graduated from Sheffield University in 2017 with a Bsc Hons in Biomedical Science. During her time at Sheffield, she developed her passion for health and fitness, taking on a role as fitness coach for the University hockey teams. Following University, she qualified as a Level 3 Personal Trainer. Her focus in client sessions is on perfecting form and technique by using individualised training programs. Currently, she is studying for her BSc in Physiotherapy at Manchester Metropolitan with a strong interest in Musculoskeletal physio and injury rehabilitation.

Sobat Din

Sobat Din

Massage Therapist

Sobat Din

Sobat Din

Massage Therapist

Sobi is an experienced sports massage therapist with many years experience in easing aches and pains. He takes a holistic approach to massage, helping people relieve tension, destress and recover from the effects of training and injury. He is available at both our Alderley Edge and Wilmslow sites.