Physiotherapists at Parkside
Please find details of the Physiotherapists at Parkside Private Hospital in Wimbledon below. All our specialist Physiotherapists have at least five years’ post-graduate experience, and are members of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
For more information or to make an appointment, please call 020 8971 8021.
Claire qualified as a Graduate Sports Therapist in 2004 and completed her Post Grad Diploma in Physiotherapy in 2006. Prior to joining Parkside Hospital and Cancer Centre London in 2018 she worked as Senior Physiotherapist at a private practice in SE London for 9 months, but missed the buzz of working in a larger hospital team. She originally comes from West Yorkshire, having spent 8 years working at BMI The Huddersfield Hospital, and during her time there held Senior Physiotherapist and Physiotherapy Manager roles, before working as Director of Clinical Services for 2 years. Claire has also worked in the NHS and for a number of professional Rugby League clubs, most notably as Head Reserve and Academy Physiotherapist for Wakefield Trinity RLFC for 4 years.
Claire has clinical interests in knee injuries, pilates, hydrotherapy and is a member of the British Association of Hand Therapists. She is also an MSK Champion for the charity Versus Arthritis, working with a cohort of other health professionals around the country to try to improve musculoskeletal health for all.
Claire tries to combine her love of travel and sport with her passion for Physiotherapy, having worked as a volunteer physiotherapist at a number of major sporting events, most recently the 2018 Winter Paralympics in PyeongChang, as well as London World Para-athletics 2017, Rio Olympics 2016 and Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014. Away from work she likes to keep active in the outdoors, whether that be walking, cycling, bouldering, playing tennis or occasionally running.
Her advice to patients is to set yourself small achievable goals along with your physiotherapist; it can be surprising how a little bit of activity everyday can improve both pain and function.
She also recommends that you be patient with your body when undergoing a course of physio, quick fixes don’t happen that often. Good physios work with the normal healing functions of your body to optimise movement and help control pain, improve strength or flexibility, and ultimately to allow you to move more normally, but this can take time.
Ask your physio to help you understand the healing processes that go on within your body and how long it is likely to take to improve depending on the structures involved.
Deputy Physiotherapy Manager
Deborah graduated from Brunel University in 2001 and completed her junior rotations in Reading before returning to London and taking up a post at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in 2003. She specialised in Musculoskeletal disorders and made the move to Parkside Private Hospital in 2009.
Deborah is passionate about exercise based therapy and in keeping people active whatever their age or ability. She has vast experience in the management of musculoskeletal pain disorders, hydrotherapy and post operative rehabilitation and in the management of complex rheumatological conditions. She particularly enjoys assisting her patients through their individual rehabilitation journey and in working with patients to help them achieve their goals. She completed her MSc in Sports and Exercise Rehabilitation at University of Hertfordshire in 2014 and is fully trained in Pilates and acupuncture.
The one piece of advice she would give to patients is that all activity, even just a small amount, can make a big difference and you should choose something you enjoy as you are more likely to stick to it!
Physiotherapy Inpatient Team Lead
Tracy’s physiotherapy career started as a physiotherapy assistant in 2000, she loved the work so much that she quickly started looking around for degree courses, and qualified as a Physiotherapist by studying part time whilst continuing her job as an assistant. Tracy joined Parkside Hospital in 2009, before becoming inpatient team lead in 2015. She feels it is a real privilege to lead such a fantastic team, and gets a real buzz from helping to develop and change our services to improve the quality of care for our patients.
Tracy really enjoys the variety of work at Parkside, and using a wide range of skills to facilitate patients back to recovery.
Outside of work, Tracy loves travelling learning about different cultures, she combined her travels around India with meeting fellow physiotherapists in their hospitals to see first-hand the services provided there. Her other passions outside of work are exercise and conservation work. Tracy enjoys badminton and sailing, having achieved her day skipper certificates. Tracy uses a quarter of her annual leave every year to work with organisations such as the National Trust, manually working on their estates to help conserve the land for all to enjoy.
Senior Outpatient Physiotherapist
Lynne qualified as a Physiotherapist at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa in 2004. After working in a community hospital for 1 year she moved over to the UK in 2006.
Lynne has gained extensive musculoskeletal experience since then in the private sector and has a particular interest in treating shoulder injuries and post operative shoulders.
After developing a love for Pilates personally, having come from a dance background when she was younger, Lynne began her Pilates training professionally with the APPI and has been teaching since 2008. As well as being a certified Pilates instructor, she is also qualified and enjoys teaching Pilates on the reformer here at Parkside.
In 2015, after supporting a cycling club on a tour of Italy, Lynne returned and developed the Bike Fitting service at Parkside hospital, creating an on and off bike assessment to help cyclists of all levels overcome training inefficiencies and cycling related injuries.
Senior Outpatient Physiotherapist
Paul qualified from Salford University in 2004, initially working in a private hospital in Lancaster and with a college academy football team in Preston, before moving back to London and starting work at Parkside Hospital in 2008.
Paul completed a PgCert in Neuromusculoskeletal Physiotherapy linked with the MACP at Brighton University. He has an interest in shoulder and neck conditions and also in treating headaches through the use of manual therapy and exercise.
Outside of work he is kept busy with his two children, and enjoys walking in the Lake District when he can get the time to head north. Paul still has links to his previous career in professional football and does media work with one of his old clubs, Preston North End whenever they play in London.
Senior Outpatient Physiotherapist
Claire qualified as a physiotherapist in 2006, initially working in the NHS for 4 years before spending 18 months working in a private practice in Sydney, Australia. She then worked in private practice in London before starting at Parkside in 2018. Claire enjoys the variety of people and injuries that she gets to treat, along with the great team and treatment options available at Parkside. She most enjoys rehabilitating people after an injury or operation back to their sporting and activity goals.
For people looking to start physiotherapy at Parkside, she would say take your time to have a think about what your goal is and be sure to discuss this with your physio when you start so you can both be as proactive as possible to achieve it.
Claire is an international touch rugby player for the England Senior Women’s team; having helped the team win gold in the Euros in 2018 and to a very respectable Bronze in the 2019 World Cup in Malaysia.
Senior Outpatient Physiotherapist
Abby completed her training at the University of Southampton in 2003, and before working at Parkside she worked in a variety of NHS Hospitals including QMC in Nottingham, Barnet and Chase Farm in Hertfordshire and The Whittington Hospital in London. She also worked as a locum, working in some unusual environments, treating patients at the Mars chocolate factory, Sky TV and Heathrow Airport.
Abby loves being part of the team at Parkside, she recognises that everyone is supportive of each other and that makes work seem far less like work.
She finds treating pelvic organ prolapse and continence issues in the women’s health population extremely rewarding, as there is often so much that can be done that really makes a difference. She really enjoys supporting bone health patients, as they often struggle to find practical, helpful advice for how to manage Osteoporosis in its differing progression, she finds that treatment really helps their confidence.
Abbys top tip for patient’s coming for Physiotherapy at Parkside is…don’t forget your shorts! Tight jeans can be tricky during assessment and treatment!
Outside of work Abby loves outdoor swimming, preferably in unusual locations such as Scottish Lochs and Hampstead ponds. The Fairy Pools on the Isle of Skye is on her bucket list and she plans to get there one of these days!!
One of Abbys undercover personas is a London Tour Guide! As a Londoner born and bred she loves collecting nuggets of knowledge about The Big Smoke. She is happy to divulge during treatment sessions at no extra charge!
Senior Outpatient Physiotherapist
Hugo qualified as a physiotherapist from Escola Superior de Saúde Egas Moniz – Portugal in 2014. He worked in Lisbon for 2 years where he acquired experience in Muscukoskeletal conditions working in sports, public hospital and private clinics. In 2016 he decided to take on a new challenge and moved to London, working in private clinics until joining Parkside Hospital in 2019.
Hugo is has an interest in the jaw, facial pain and the role that the function of the jaw has in other conditions within the body. He has trained in manual therapy techniques and kinesiotaping. He is also interested in pain modulation and physiology as he believes that pain can be much more than just a “damaged structure”.
Outside work, Hugo is a travelling addict and is always planning his next destination. He is a keen sportsman and enjoys a variety of physical activity, his favourites being running and cycling, and he cycles to and from work every day. This allows him to pursue his other passion without guilt…he is a real foodie and loves to eat, as much as he loves to cook.
Hugos advice for patients coming for Physiotherapy at Parkside Hospital is to try to use your physiotherapist as a resource to improve your whole body condition. You may be coming about one injury or problem, but this can be a catalyst to overcome previous limits and restrictions and improve your overall fitness. With the help of your physiotherapist you can make a big change!
Senior Outpatient Physiotherapist
Kathryn qualified as a physiotherapist in 2006 from the University of Cardiff. From here she went on to complete her rotational and specialist training at Cardiff & Vale NHS trust. Whilst in Wales she gained invaluable experience working in Rugby which required pitch-side injury management and progressed her rehabilitation skills and return to play decision making.
Kathryn followed her interest in Rugby to New Zealand where she worked in Wellington and first developed a love of road cycling, which has persisted to this day. Commute cycling in London involves far fewer penguin sightings but similar levels of wind and rain and a lot more double decker buses to contend with. The ability of the human body to adapt through strength and conditioning is of great interest and she enjoys the challenges so often faced in rehabilitation. Especially in the sporting patient and with the management of lower limb injuries.
On return to the UK Kathryn worked in a number of London NHS teaching hospital’s before moving to Private Practice in 2013. She undertook a Masters in Physiotherapy at Kings College London. This qualification has greatly advanced her expertise in both assessment and manual therapy techniques, it has changed the way she reasons and structures her management of all musculo-skeletal injuries. Whilst studying she was able to advance her interest in spinal and complex pain conditions, completing her thesis in the role of exercise for low back pain. Remarkably this research did not put her off treating low back pain, and spinal injuries remain an area of special interest.
Kathryn is acupuncture and Pilates trained, she continues to enjoy utilising these skills to facilitate the rehabilitation process as well as teaching regular Pilates classes and 1:1 sessions. Her passion lies in adopting a patient centred approach, using all facets of physiotherapy to encourage patients to optimise their potential and guide them through the rehabilitation process. When asked what aspect of her job she enjoys most it is enabling patient’s to achieve their goals, be it to complete a triathalon or walk up the stairs without a walking stick.
Senior inpatient Physiotherapist
Trusha qualified in 1999 from Southampton University. After completing her junior rotations within the NHS she developed a keen interest in musculoskeletal physiotherapy where she developed new skills within Pilates and Hydrotherapy.
Seeking new challenges Trusha joined Parkside hospital in 2009 to become part of the orthopaedic team. The opportunity to spend more time with patients and to work with different health care professionals are a few of the reasons why she enjoys working at Parkside. The diversity of patients treated allows her utilise her musculoskeletal skills which aids patient rehabilitation.
Trusha is the teams Infection Prevention and Control link practitioner, working hard to ensure the physiotherapy team are compliant and safe when it comes to all aspects of reducing hospital acquired infections.
Trusha believes in being patient focused. She motivates and reassures her patients at each stage of their post-operative rehabilitation ensuring they meet their individual goals.
Keeping fit is a key part of her lifestyle. She attends the gym on a regular basis where she enjoys the adrenaline of HIIT classes. She also loves doing outdoor activities having taken up rock climbing in recent years.
Senior Respiratory Physiotherapist
Meg is South African, having qualified as a Physiotherapist at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. She has lived in London since 2008 starting with a few years working in the NHS and subsequently moving to Parkside Private Hospital in 2011, working in both inpatient and outpatient settings.
Meg works with people living with cancer or breathing difficulties to allow them to best manage their conditions and maintain/ improve their independence. She aims to help people to optimise their quality of life by helping them to focus on their individual abilities. She is passionate about promoting her colleagues’ wellbeing and is a Safety Ambassador, promoting an open safety culture in our hospital. Outside of work, Meg enjoys trail running, cycling, hiking, dog walking and singing.
Senior Occupational Therapist
Preeti graduated from Mumbai University in India in 2000 and subsequently completed a Diploma in Paediatric and Sensory Integration at the National Resource Centre for Inclusion where she worked as a junior OT.
After moving to the UK in 2003, she gained experience working in various settings including the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability, Guys and St Thomas Hospital, St Christophers Hospice and Trinity Hospice before joining Parkside Hospital in 2012.
Preeti has a depth of knowledge and experience in Oncology and has led the OT service at Parkside Hospital. She also manages the Orthopaedic and Medical caseload within the hospital inpatient unit. She has good links within the community health teams and ensures safe and efficient discharge planning for our patients. She also runs the Orthopaedic outpatient Pre Assessment clinic for elective hip and knee surgeries. Preeti enjoys working at Parkside Hospital with her great team of colleagues.
Outside of work, her family and kids keep Preeti busy and she likes travelling, walking and cycling with them.
Senior Neurological Physiotherapist
Anna qualified with a BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy from Nottingham University in 1998. Whilst working at St George’s Hospital in Tooting, she developed a passion for neurorehabilitation and moved to King’s College Hospital in 2001 to specialise in neurophysiotherapy. She has worked in this field ever since in several different NHS teams across London.
She started working at Parkside Hospital in 2013 and really enjoys being part of such a friendly experienced physio team.
Anna has completed masters level studies in the Bobath and Movement Science approaches to Rehabilitation. She has extensive experience in helping people with a wide range of neurological conditions such as Stroke, Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s Disease. In particular she has a specialist interest in treating people with Parkinson’s and completed her PD Warrior instructor training in 2017. She also provides vestibular rehabilitation for people with dizziness and balance problems.
In her spare time Anna enjoys going to the gym and doing yoga and pilates. She also regularly sings in a choir and has recorded songs with her choir at Abbey Road studios.
Caryn is a specialist hand therapist and occupational therapist. She graduated from the University of Cape Town in 2004. She obtained a Master of Research in Clinical Practice degree in 2012 through the University of London.
She has experience working in the NHS at Northwick Park Hospital, Charing Cross Hospital and St Mary’s Hospital. Previous private hand therapy experience includes Hospital of St John’s and St Elizabeth and Nuffield Hospital in Tunbridge Wells. She has been working at Parkside Hospital since January 2019. Her clinical skills include the assessment and treatment of various acquired and traumatic hand conditions including carpal tunnel syndrome, De Quervain’s tenosynovitis, trigger finger, rheumatoid and osteoarthritis, complex regional pain syndrome, fractures, hypermobility and ligament injuries. She is also experienced in rehabilitation following hand and wrist surgery such as Dupeytren’s Fasciectomy, trapeziectomy, fracture management and tendon repairs.
Outside of work Caryn enjoys keeping fit on her bike, in the pool and on the hockey field. She is a mom to two little girls. Her advice to patients would be to stay focussed on progress no matter how big or small; your hands define who you are and each person’s expectations and priorities will be different. Make these known and then work with your therapist towards achieving your goals and celebrating your achievements.
Malgorzata (Gosia) Tatar-Grycuk
Senior Lymphoedema Therapist
Gosia qualified as physiotherapist at Medical College in Poland in 1991 and started her career as a paediatric physiotherapist working with kids with neurological, orthopaedic and oncology problems. She completed a part time master’s degree in physiotherapy in Lublin Medical University in 2000. alongside running a physiotherapy unit within a GP practice and teaching the theory and techniques of massage to blind and partially sighted people in Medical College in Lublin, Poland.
In 2002 she came to London and worked short term as child-minder and physiotherapy assistant while waiting for her UK certification. In 2013 she completed Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) and complex Lymphoedema Therapy qualification at Vodder Academy in Austria. She worked as an MLD therapist at Lymphoedema Clinic in St. Georges Hospital in London. She very much enjoyed her challenging role there and very quickly realised that this area of physiotherapy was something she wanted to develop in. She enrolled for Post Graduate study in Advanced Management of Lymphoedema at Glasgow University which she completed in 2017. In the same year she moved to St. John and St. Elizabeth Hospital in London where she worked as Lymphoedema Clinical Specialist. That gave her opportunity to gain experience not only in lymphoedema treatment but also in palliative care by working within St. John’s Hospice.
Gosia joined Physiotherapy Team at Parkside Hospital in November 2020, and has been working closely with all members of the team to develop and improve the offerings to people with Lymphoedema related conditions. Outside of work Gosia is a family focused person. She spends time with her husband, son and small circle of friends, enjoying travel and exploring new places and meeting new people. Her passions are gardening, reading and dancing.
Annabelle trained as a Massage Therapist at The London School of Massage over twenty-five years ago. Annabelle has worked at Parkside Private Hospital for over fifteen years, as well as in an Osteopath’s surgery, The Harbour Club and having run her own business treating people in their own homes.
Annabelle is dedicated to her work and enjoys helping patients to recover from sports injuries, discomfort brought on from posture, and muscular pains occurring before and after operations. She uses a range of techniques such as Swedish and Deep Tissue massage, trigger point work, Rolfing and Fascial Release to help her patients.
Annabelle feels massage is often underrated and under-utilised, but when applied correctly, it can be very effective, the purposes for which it is used to improve circulation, eliminate toxins, help loosen scar tissue, promote the relaxation of tight muscles and fascia.
Annabelles philosophy is that even if you do not suffer from any of the above, you can still benefit having a treatment for relaxation, as the mind and body are interrelated, and the effects, both physical and emotional can be profound.
Pilates instructor and Massage Therapist
Olga is an enthusiastic sports massage therapist and Pilates instructor, having gained a BSc in Sport Rehabilitation and Injury Prevention from Middlesex University and her Sports massage diploma from St Mary’s University. Olga also progressed through the APPI pilates training program.
Olga provides sports massage and trigger point release to help relax patients muscles and fascia and provide relief from discomfort.
She loves teaching Pilates, and recommends it as a great form of exercises to improve your posture, fitness levels, confidence and well-being.
Olga enjoys working at Parkside hospital as she finds it to be a welcoming and professional workplace which strives to deliver a high standard of service. She gets a lot of satisfaction from seeing patients fully recovering from injury or operation, and has a motto that each patient should be treated with empathy and as an individual human being.
Her favourite thing to do outside of work is cycling and hiking with her family.
Claudia studied Physiotherapy and Recovery at the University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Timisoara, Romania. Working as a physiotherapist in Romania before moving to London, she has worked at Parkside since April 2017 and loves having the opportunity to work closely within the physiotherapy team. She says she loves the professionalism of all the team members and the general atmosphere of positivity and encouragement towards patients and each other.
Claudia has also worked as a Nanny for a number of families, combining her love of children with her caring attitude. Outside of work she describes herself as a music lover, and enjoys Salsa dancing, reading, having coffee with friends and getting outside in nature for walks.
Ashley has held a variety of administration roles throughout Parkside Hospital ranging from Admissions and GRS to greeting patients on Receptions. His love of patient interaction led him to join the Physiotherapy team as an assistant. He enjoys the varied role where no two days are the same and the new training opportunities. His aims for the future are to study and train to become a qualified Physiotherapist.
Before Ashley’s Parkside Hospital journey, he trained as a chef and owned his own coffee shop cooking for and serving customers. Positive interactions with people are what is most important to Ashley and what he strives to continue this throughout his career.
Ellen Ferriter – Receptionist
Ellen has been working at Parkside Hospital since 2007, and loves her role as a part of the physio team because of the daily interactions she has with our patients, helping make their journey through the department as smooth as possible. Outside of work she has an allotment which keeps her busy and she loves spending time there with her daughter, which allows her to put her qualifications in Horticultural studies to good use. She swims to keep fit and has a keen interest in fashion and clothing having also gained qualifications in this area.
Jolenda DeCuhna – Receptionist
Jolenda has worked at Parkside since 2016 and what she enjoys most about working here is meeting new people and interacting with patients of all ages. To quote her “another reason I love working at Parkside is definitely the positive team I work with who are always supportive to one another and genuinely care about their patients”.
Outside of work she has some varied skills and interests that include: interior Design, calligraphy, reading, socialising and travelling
Her tip for patients coming to Parkside for physiotherapy is that our department is located in the physiotherapy lodge – just look out for the building that looks like a Ski chalet!