Meet the Physios
Posted on 29th October 2019 at 11:08
Meet the team! Over the next couple of months we will be introducing the Bodyworks team to you. This month we are starting with the amazing team of Physiotherapists that we have. This has been an interesting exercise seeing what interests we all have and what we get up to in our spare time!
Katrina is the Clinical Director and Clinic owner and has been a Physiotherapist for 35 years and a Women’s and Men’s Health Specialist for 27 years. She has worked in Colchester since 1996 and is very passionate about the work that she does. She started off treating just Women with bladder and bowel issues, prolapse and pelvic pain as she saw that there was a need locally, as Women had no access to Pelvic Physiotherapy. She later started to treat men with bladder issues and before and after prostate surgery.
Katrina has helped many Men and Women over the years get their lives back after being quite incapacitated with the taboo subject of bladder problems. She can also say that she is directly responsible for the recent birth of a beautiful baby girl having helped her Mother overcome debilitating chronic pelvic pain!
Katrina also carries out weight loaded exercises daily to maintain a pain free lower back having had surgery 4 years ago. “I know from personal experience what severe back pain and sciatica is like, and I know the importance of keeping moving and keeping my back strong. I am glad that I have kept up to date for all my hands-on skills to treat musculoskeletal issues but also know how important exercise is as part of a patent’s rehabilitation as it has worked to keep my back going!”
In her very precious spare time Katrina enjoys walking her dogs, Lilly and Harry with her husband Simon. She also teaches Pilates and attends a Pilates class herself weekly. She enjoys travel, photography and spending time with family with her sister in France and her father and brother on their rare breeds farm in Suffolk.
She is also well known for her love of Gin!
Sophie is our domiciliary Physiotherapist seeing people in their own homes in Colchester and the surrounding area. Sophie really enjoys her role and says “It’s so rewarding working with older people; helping them to maintain as much independence as possible in order to live fulfilling lives.
This client group are so entertaining, interesting and grateful for anything you can do to help; whether it involves strength and balance exercises, outdoor mobility practice, or reassurance/confidence building.
I run a weekly exercise class at a residential home and it is the highlight of my week. We have such a giggle; listening to classic tunes from the 1940's, 50’s and 60’s whilst improving balance, flexibility, strength and confidence, followed by a cuppa and a good natter. Great for physical and mental well-being!”
Sophie is married to Jon and is Mum to Thomas (12) and Isabel (10). She is the parent/safeguarding Governor at her daughters’ primary school.
Sophie enjoys socialising with friends and family and particularly enjoys family holidays and adventures. She also keeps fit by going on annual family skiing holidays.
Sophie’s spare time is also taken up by watching her son play football and her daughter performing at Stagecoach performing arts school.
Lee is one of our Senior Musculoskeletal Physiotherapists who offers evening appointments at the clinic. Lee likes helping people who need advice and helping them to understand what is going on and why they might have an injury. He also enjoys the problem solving and detective work figuring out what is going on! Lee also states that it is great that we are "always learning new things"
In his spare time Lee enjoys writing and recording music, he recently had his songs played on BBC introducing Suffolk! Spending time with his wife and dog, kayaking, long-boarding, watching films and reading comic books or fantasy novels.
To keep fit Lee enjoys running, kettle bell workouts and has recently started bouldering.
Charlie has been qualified since June 2006 and has worked as a member of the team at Bodyworks since September 2014. Charlie is a senior Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist and she manages Spinal and Peripheral joint conditions with a special interest in upper limb pathology.
Charlie has a wonderful husband, Sam, and a beautiful 5 year old daughter, Abigail. She very much enjoys family time and helps to keep herself fit with swimming and cycling.
Claire has been a Physiotherapist for 20 years and still loves her job! She particularly enjoys treating patients with neck and back pain as these can be so debilitating, and to be able to change someone's quality of life and return them to their work and sporting activities is extremely rewarding.
Claire also teaches Pilates and incorporates this into her treatment plan on a regular basis.
When Claire is not working she is trying to keep up with her two very active boys and occasionally manages to get some quality time with her husband. Claire enjoys lots of sports and being in the great outdoors.
Zoë has been a qualified Physiotherapist since 2007. She is a Senior Specialist in Musculoskeletal and Women's Health Physiotherapy. She enjoys working with people to help them achieve their goals whether it be high level sports, weekend hobbies or daily functional tasks.
Zoë's hobbies include spending time walking and exploring outdoors, surfing, yoga, running and skiing in the winter months. She also enjoys photography and has more recently started gig rowing.
Louise is a very experienced Physiotherapist who teaches Pilates and also practices Hypnotherapy. Although happy to treat any Musculoskeletal condition, she has a special interest in spinal pain and like to unravel complex and chronic issues.
Louise, along with her husband Gavin, a serving soldier, and two daughters enjoy a busy life. They spend their downtime taking part in several outdoor activities such as paddle-boarding, cycling and skiing. They also all enjoy travel, and all dance in one form or another!
Louise's family is currently making a TV documentary about Pensions, soon to be aired on channel 5.....exciting times!
Mellissa qualified as a Physiotherapist in 2009 from the University of Essex having also done a Sports Science degree there in 2005. She worked in a private hospital from 2009 until a couple of years ago where she Specialised in Musculoskeletal out-patients.
Mellissa is qualified in Acupuncture and is a member of BMAS. She has a special interest in lower limbs and Pilates.
Mellissa has more recently qualified as a Veterinary Physiotherapist to help rehab small animals. She has helped at least 2 or 3 of the Bodyworks dogs!
In her spare time Mellissa does dog agility with 4 of her 6 dogs. She does a lot of walking and keep fit to compete and train agility. Mellissa also likes to spend quality time with her husband and little girl.
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