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Our Physiotherapists

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 Speer

Physiotherapy Manager

Claire qualified as a Graduate Sports Therapist in 2004 and completed her Post Grad Diploma in Physiotherapy in 2006. Most recently she worked as Senior Physiotherapist at ESPH – Fit for Life in East Dulwich, prior to that she worked at BMI The Huddersfield Hospital for 8 years, and during her time there held Senior Physiotherapist and Physiotherapy Manager roles before working as Director of Clinical Services for 2 years. Alongside these roles, Claire has 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. She has clinical interests in knee injuries, acupuncture, pilates, hydrotherapy and is a member of the British Association of Hand Therapists.  Claire 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, 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.

Deborah Earl

Deputy Physiotherapy Manager

Deborah qualified from Brunel University in 2001 and completed by junior rotations in Reading before moving back to London and taking up a post at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in 2003. She specialised in Musculoskeletal Outpatients, making the move to Parkside Private Hospital in 2009.

Deborah has a very strong interest in exercise based therapy and in keeping people active whatever their age or ability, having completed her MSc in Sports and Exercise Rehabilitation in 2014, and having recently embarked on her Strength and Conditioning qualifications. She is also trained in Pilates and acupuncture.  Her particular interest is in lower limb injuries but she enjoys treating all conditions and relishes new challenges as opportunities to learn every day.

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 with it.

Abby Armstrong 

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.

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!

Tracy Weller 

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 Private 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.


Hugo Dias 

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 Private 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”.

Hugo’s advice for patients coming for Physiotherapy at Parkside Private 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!

Lynne Sayer 

Senior Outpatient Physiotherapist

Lynne qualified as a Physiotherapist at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa in 2004.
After a year of leading the physiotherapy department in a community hospital, Lynne came to the UK in 2006. She has worked in the private sector since then and has established herself as an experienced musculoskeletal physiotherapist. Lynne joined Parkside Private Hospital in 2009, and has stayed so long because of the wide diversity of patients she sees here and loves being a part of the physiotherapy team.

Lynne is our ‘go to’ physiotherapist for Pilates recently having completed her reformer pilates qualification. Although she enjoys the challenge of all areas of musculoskeletal physiotherapy, she has a keen interest, both personally and professionally, in dance and especially ballet. She has a specialist interest in the shoulder, enjoying treating shoulder instabilities and post-operative shoulders. Having cycled round Italy with a London based cycling club in 2015, decided to train as a bike fitter. She has developed the Bike Fit service at Parkside to include an assessment of the cyclist on and off the bike, and can help all levels of cyclists get more out of their bikes and avoid those niggles becoming injuries.

Rhona Synnott 

Senior Outpatient Physiotherapist

Rhona trained at King’s College London between 1995-1999, before going on to work at a number of large London teaching hospitals, St Mary’s, Paddington and Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. She returned to her home in Dublin for 5 years working at a Private hospital in that time before returning to London and joining Parkside Private Hospital in 2014

She has a keen interest in sports injuries including return to sport following knee injuries, knee surgery eg ACL repairs, as well as other orthopaedic procedures such as Total knee and hip replacements.

Rhona has worked as a hydro therapist for 16 years and finds it a very helpful adjunct to physiotherapy, due to the additional benefits that exercising in water can provide for patients. Rhona is also the specialist physiotherapist for Temporomandibular joint (Jaw) dysfunctions at Parkside Private Hospital, working closely with consultants throughout London to help patients with Jaw related pain or dysfunction.

Rhona’s top tip for patients coming to Parkside Physiotherapy is to be prepared, bring shorts, trainers and try to think exactly what you want to achieve from physiotherapy.

Paul Sparrow 

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 Private Hospital in 2008.

Paul completed a PgDip 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.

Claire Waddell 

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.

David Richmond 

Senior Outpatients Physiotherapist

David completed the MSc degree in Physiotherapy at Northumbria University in 2009. In addition to experience gained in the NHS and private clinics, he has provided physiotherapy for a variety of sports people, tournaments and public events. This includes combat sports, rugby, football, squash and tennis players, triathletes, runners and rowers at various levels.

David’s approach utilises functional movement assessment and screening as well as focused musculoskeletal injury testing as a basis for assessment. This facilitates selection of the most appropriate treatment options available to assist healing and recovery as well as identification of other factors contributing to injury.

He tailors treatments using a range of modalities (joint mobilisation/manipulation, soft tissue release, acupressure and trigger point release), Kinesiotaping, Functional Fascial taping and Therapeutic exercise.

His advice to patients is to stay as active as able and to find activities you enjoy.

 

Charlotte Cooley 

Senior Outpatient Physiotherapist

Charlotte qualified from Coventry University in 2004, completing her junior rotations at a leading teaching hospital in Birmingham before working at St George’s Hospital in Tooting for 7 years.  There she led the Hydrotherapy service and had the opportunity to increase her skills working across a variety of specialist areas including Women’s Health, A&E and Orthopaedics.

Charlotte now works as a Musculoskeletal and Women’s Health Physiotherapist at Parkside. She specialises in the assessment and treatment of ladies with urinary incontinence. The majority of the patients she treats are post-natal mums and ladies following gynaecological surgery. Her particular skills involve vaginal assessment of the pelvic floor muscles and for prolapse, the use of biofeedback/stim machines, bladder retraining and core strengthening with Pilates.

Charlotte really enjoys the variety of work at Parkside Private Hospital, and has a real interest in ACL rehab having had 2 ACL reconstructions herself. Outside of work Charlotte enjoys keeping fit by playing tennis and practising Yoga, she also ran the London Marathon in 2015.

Her advice for patients coming to Parkside Physiotherapy is that to get the most out of your sessions you need to make sure you do your homework; that means doing the exercises the physiotherapist gives you!

Alice Upfield 

Senior Physiotherapist

Alice trained as a physiotherapist at Oxford Brookes University, starting her physiotherapy career in the NHS in Kingston, she worked in a community role and this gave her a good grounding in the core physiotherapy skills.  She joined Parkside Private Hospital in 2018 and enjoys the friendly atmosphere, good team support and that it brings lots of opportunity for learning and developing new skills.

Her advice for patients coming to Parkside as an inpatient is to bring your favourite comfortable clothes with you, not just pyjamas, the sooner you start wearing these after your surgery, the sooner you will start to feel back to your normal self.


Trusha Patel

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 Private 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.

Megan Collett 

Senior Respiratory Physiotherapist

Meg is South African, having qualified at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.  She moved to London ‘for a year or two’ but it seems London has kept her interest for 10 years!  She has previously worked in the NHS and has been at Parkside Private Hospital for 7 years.  Meg works with people living with cancer or breathing difficulties to allow them to best manage their condition and maintain/improve their independence and activity levels so that they can improve their quality of life.  She sees patients in both an inpatient and outpatient setting. She is passionate about helping people to optimise their quality of life by optimising their individual abilities

Esther Mountain 

Senior Neurological Physiotherapist

Esther qualified from the University of Hertfordshire in 2002. She helps patients with a wide range of neurological conditions, such as Multiple Sclerosis, Motor Neuron Disease, Parkinsons Disease and post stroke.  Esther previously worked at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery which provided opportunities for extensive experience of a wide range of both common and rare neurological conditions.  Her particular areas of interest clinically are vestibular conditions, as the often complex symptoms tend to respond very well to treatment, she also enjoys helping patients with Multiple Sclerosis.

Her advice for patients attending Physiotherapy at Parkside is to come prepared to undo old habits of moving, as the body tends to find all sorts of ways of ‘cheating’ in response to weakness and lack of sensation.

Anna Davis 

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 Private 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.

Annabelle Ingham 

Massage Therapist

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.

Olga Hayward 

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.

Anthony Albertini 

Massage Therapist

Anthony is highly experienced in Deep Tissue massage and Soft Tissue release. He has a keen interest in physical wellbeing having completed his Foundation Degree in Sports Therapy at Greenwich University in 2011. Since then he has completed his Level 5 sports massage qualification and has decided to continue his education journey, recently having started studying for his Masters in Osteopathy.

Before joining Parkside, Anthony spent 3 years working with the elite athletes at Crystal Palace FC as a Soft Tissue Therapist for the first team. He has also provided sports massage for private clients in private physiotherapy clinics and gyms within the city, as well as still providing ad hoc sports massage services to Premiership Football teams.

Claudia Stefanut 

Physiotherapy Assistant

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.

Joyce Spence

Physiotherapy Assistant

Joyce has worked at Parkside Private Hospital for 10 years, having just attended her long service lunch as a thank you for her hard work over the years.  She loves working with patients and seeing them progress.

Her advice for patients attending physiotherapy at Parkside is to be kind to yourself, and accept the advice and reassurance that you would give your friends in the same circumstances.

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