Education & Career
After qualifying in 2007 from The University of the West of England 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 meant I could further my knowledge and skills, surrounded 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 to gain from physiotherapy, whether it’s an adjunct or alternative to NHS treatment or to support their active lives or sports performance through injury prevention or biomechanical analysis.
I started my own practice in 2012, offering appointments from my home-based clinic and domiciliary (home) visits for those with limited mobility. From 2012-16 I worked with DMU's Students Union and QEII leisure centre providing support to their athletes through the BUCS and Varsity seasons, as well as staff and non-sports students. In 2013-14, I worked for Saffron Dynamo FC, providing treatment for players to keep them off the bench and Strength and Conditioning sessions to prevent injury. As my own practice grew I left DMU and Saffron Dynamo with the wealth of experience these environments had given me, to focus my practice on the clients I see from home and domiciliary visits, and teaching Pilates and Rider Biomechanics.
Through Pilates I offer my clients a progression or alternative to physiotherapy where appropriate, to recover from a problem, prevent injury or re-injury and improve posture and biomechanical function, as well as running weekly classes in South Leicestershire.
As a Rider Biomechanics Trainer, I have trained with EquipilatesTM founder Lindsay Wilcox-Reid, Gillian Higgins and Andy Thomas to gain a broad skill set in this field. I offer individual sessions to assess biomechanical rider performance and tailored exercise programmes, as well as clinics at Home Farm Hothorpe.
My daughter Emily keeps me busy when I’m not working, and when I can I ride my beautiful horse, Blondie, who at the age of 28 enjoys a quieter life, after our many years of fun and success together through Pony Club and on to British Eventing and British Dressage. The two men around the house are Rob, my husband, and Max - our daft old Labrador.
In 2016 we moved from Oadby to Fleckney, where soon I will have a purpose built treatment room built into the existing garage – exciting times ahead!
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