I graduated as a Physiotherapist back in 1999 from Sheffield Hallam University.
Having always been involved in sport, my formative years were reasonably competitive, starting out in gymnastics then switching across to diving as a relative veteran at the age of 14 and represented GB – I still have my tracksuit to prove it to the family!
My passions for my sports, physiotherapy and human movement are what drove me to get involved with professional sports. I’ve worked with Plymouth Albion, Plymouth Raiders in the past and more recently with British Diving.
Plym Physio started in a rented room back in 2006 and took the big step of moving into premises in 2016
and we’ve been steadily growing since then. I’ve had a daughter and this triggered the innovation of ‘Physi-go mum’. This class sits alongside the other classes I have developed at the clinic – Plym Pilates – rehab style movement efficiency pilates and latterly ‘Physi-go run’.
We feel there is much more to come from Plym Physio in the quest for helping people to get better so watch this space.
I hung up my swimsuit a long time ago but picked up some running shoes instead. Now a keen runner I have completed the London Marathon four times and also Boston in 2013, qualifying as a ‘good for age’ athlete. More recently I got into triathlons before having my daughter and managed a relay half-ironman last year with the goal of going solo. Soon. Ish!!
After a full and varied career in the Royal Marines with lots of bumps and scrapes along the way, I switched focus to become a physiotherapist. After graduating from Plymouth University – I then focused on musculoskeletal physiotherapy. I continued my association with the services by working voluntarily alongside the recovery physio at Bickleigh barracks — gaining useful exposure to a wide range of sport and occupational injuries.
Due to my previous (and arguably current) lifestyle, I have experienced many injuries. Some of these have been traumatic and some from overuse / over-training and the recoveries were the driving force behind me becoming a physio. My treatment definitely follows a bias towards strengthening and increased activity, but don’t be scared as it is always tailored to the individual. I always aim to empower the patient to take control of their recovery. To this end I have continued post grad education completing courses with:
Prosport Academy lower limb return to play course
Dean Somerset – Complete hip and shoulder blueprint course
Dean Somerset – Post Rehab essentials course
I still participate in sports such as: paragliding, speedflying, kitesurfing, cycling, weight lifting, stand up paddling, swimming and climbing. At the more sedate end of the spectrum I regularly fish and keep an allotment. In between all this and working, I also enjoy camping with my daughter, either in the camper van or backpacking as she is reaching Ten Tors age.
I split my working load between Plym Physio and a sports injury clinic in Exeter. I really enjoy meeting new patients and learning to understand their journey, then assisting them in enjoying a better future.
I look forward to meeting you soon.