Meet The Team... 

 

Katrina Wade BSc (Hons)  MCSP 

Clinical Director 
Clinical Specialist in Men’s and Women’s Health, 
Acupuncture and Pilates 
Spinal and pelvic issues 
HCPC registered 
 
 
Her past roles have involved working with Consultants in the fields of Orthopaedics, Gynaecology, Urology, Gastroenterology and Breast surgery. She has gained a local reputation in her treatment of Men, Women and Children with bladder and bowel associated problems, and has been treating patients referred from the local area and into Suffolk. Katrina has also worked very closely over the years with patients who have undergone breast surgery for Cancer. 
 
Katrina, although Specialising in Men’s and Women’s Health, has continued to treat all conditions in the general out-patient setting, and will continue to do this at the Bodyworks Physiotherapy Clinic. Katrina has been trained in various areas of musculo-skeletal medicine including Cyriax, Mulligans and McKenzie.  
 
Katrina is married to Simon and enjoys Photography, travel and walking their two dogs, Rooby and Charlie. 
 

Claire Downes BSc (Hons), MSc MCSP 

Senior Chartered Physiotherapist 
Specialist in spinal and musculoskeletal conditions, Sports Injuries 
Acupuncture and Pilates 
HCPC registered 
 
Claire graduated from the University of Birmingham in 1997 and completed her junior Physiotherapy rotations at the Royal Berkshire and Battle NHS Trust. Since then Claire has worked predominantly in private practice and has worked closely with orthopaedic consultants in Colchester and London. Claire established her own private practice in London in 2009 before moving back to Essex to start a family. 
 
 
Claire has attended numerous courses over the last 25 years to gain a greater depth of knowledge in all areas but she has a special interest in treating patients with back pain and shoulder pain. The treatment techniques Claire uses include manual therapy such as mobilisations, massage and trigger point release, taping, electrotherapy and the provision of exercise programmes. 
 
Claire is an experienced Pilates instructor and is also qualified to teach antenatal and postnatal Pilates. 
 
Claire thoroughly enjoys working with patients to help alleviate symptoms and aims to provide all patients with the necessary knowledge and exercises to help prevent problems from recurring in the future. 
 

Caroline Canham BSc (Hons)  MCSP 

Senior Chartered Physiotherapist 
Specialist interest in Spinal and Musculoskeletal conditions, Sports Injuries, Acupuncture and Pilates 
HCPC registered 
Caroline graduated from the University of Southampton in 2003 and completed her junior Physiotherapy rotations in Kings College Hospital, London. 
 
Her rotations included Neuromedicine, Neurosurgery, Lower limb Amputees, Liver Surgery, Elderly Stroke Rehab, Trauma and Orthopaedics and Musculoskeletal Outpatients. 
 
Caroline chose to specialise in Musculoskeletal Outpatients and since moving to Essex has worked predominantly in private practice, teaching pilates and at the Oaks Hospital in Colchester. Caroline joined the Bodyworks clinic in August 2020. 
 
Caroline has completed many post-grad courses since qualifying and uses a wide range of manual therapy including joint mobilisations; soft tissue techniques; taping; electrotherapy, including shockwave and ultrasound and acupuncture. Caroline uses these manual techniques alongside exercise prescription, advice and self-management techniques to enable everyone to have all the tools they need to get the best outcome they can from Physiotherapy. She is also a fully certified APPI Pilates instructor. 
 
Caroline lives with her husband, three young children and rescue chocolate Labrador. Outside of managing a busy family life, Caroline enjoys reading, walking, swimming in the sea and has started to learn to paddle board during the Covid-19 pandemic. 
 

Geoff Palmer First Class BSc (Hons) MCSP 

Senior Chartered Physiotherapist 
Interest in Spinal and Musculoskeletal conditions and Sports Injuries 
HCPC registered 
Geoff has a keen interest in sports injuries and rehabilitation, spending a season working with Dagenham and Redbridge Football Club. 
 
Geoff has experience in different treatment methods including manual therapy, electrotherapy and exercise prescription; applying these to a range of injuries, musculoskeletal conditions and chronic pain. 
 
Away from work Geoff enjoys playing football or squash, and going for city breaks when he gets the chance. 
 
 

Sophie Stubbings MSc MCSP 

Senior Chartered Physiotherapist 
Domiciliary Specialist Physiotherapist 
Specialist interest in the rehabilitation of Older People 
HCPC registered 
Sophie graduated from the University of East Anglia in 1999 and completed her Junior Physiotherapy rotations at Colchester University Hospital Foundation Trust. She has gained extensive experience in both the NHS and in private practice, working in community settings and at the Oaks Hospital. 
 
Sophie has a specialist interest in the rehabilitation of Older People, and since 2004 has worked predominantly with this client group both in the hospital setting and in the community. Sophie also has an interest in Parkinson’s disease, Elderly Fallers and rehabilitation post fracture. 
 
Sophie is on the National Executive Committee for AGILE, a clinical specialist group for physiotherapists working with older people. This experience allows her to network with her colleagues from around the country, share treatment ideas and keep informed of latest guidelines and initiatives. 
 
Sophie is married with 2 young children, but amidst a busy family life, she enjoys exercising including tap dancing, travelling and socialising with friends. 
 
 

Emilie Askew MAPPI 

Qualified Pilates Instructor 
 
Emilie loved how Pilates combined the mind and the body to enable us to develop strength, stamina, flexibility, mobility thus achieving paramount body form. 
 
Along her journey of practicing Pilates, Emilie discovered the APPI Institute. APPI is a Physiotherapy lead Pilates method which, through a sequenced series of flowing movements that work on the principles of building core strength and control, will develop a strong body that is more efficient in daily activities. 
 
Thanks to Pilates Emilie is now starting a new chapter of her life and she is looking forward to meeting you soon to share her experience and enthusiasm for Pilates! 
 

Jo Metson 

Qualified Pilates Instructor 
 
Jo qualified as a Pilates instructor in 2007, studying “Modern Pilates” with Northern Fitness and Education Ltd. Her interest in Pilates came from her back ground as a Holistic Therapist. 
 
As a Holistic Therapist, Jo is interested in natural health and well being, which closely aligns with the ethos of Pilates, being a dynamic form of mind-body exercise. Modern Pilates is literally a “modern” approach to Pilates and the principles are based on up to date research from the world of physiotherapy and other holistic forms of exercise. 
 
As a keen runner, she recovered from a repetitive running injury by attending Pilates classes. The classes were a revelation! So much so that Jo trained as an instructor. Pilates is mindful exercise, designed to educate students about their bodies and to understand a bit about their physiology.  
 
As well as the physical benefits, Pilates can also bring about relaxation and mental focus. Outside of work, Jo is a busy Mum with a young family. She compete in triathlons for fun and enjoy long bike rides and open water swimming. 
 

Gemma Ballard BSc (Hons) MCSP 

Senior Chartered Physiotherapist 
Domiciliary Specialist Physiotherapist 
Specialist interest in Stroke and Neurology patients 
HCPC registered 
 
She is passionate about delivering patient centered rehabilitation and recognises the value of being very holistic in her approach when working with patients and their families. She has completed the basic bobath course and is trained in FES. 
 
Gemma is married with two young children, a cat and a lovable black labrador. Gemma has recently completed a bee keeping course and plans to have her own hives, she enjoys running, walking her dog in the countryside, listening to music and current affairs. 
 
 

Alice Webster MAPPI 

Qualified Pilates Instructor 
 
 
Working as a massage therapist she often felt that there was more she could offer to keep people out of pain and address its causes. Knowing that movement re-education and corrective exercise was important she decided to train as a Pilates Instructor.  
 
The APPI is a world leader in Pilates Teacher Training - providing a rehabilitation focused brand of Pilates which is appropriate for different levels of ability and experience. Since regularly practising and teaching Pilates, Alice no longer suffers with the migraines and chronic neck and shoulder pain she had had for years. Feeling slightly allergic to exercise in the past she has fallen in love with Pilates and feels like she has a new body! 
 
Alice lives with her husband and naughty border terrier Roscoe. She enjoys walking, reading and is learning to play the piano. 
 

Debby Fletcher BA 

Qualified Stott Pilates Instructor 
BA Hons Degree in Dance 
Debby started her career after graduating with a BA Hons Degree in Dance. Whilst professionally dancing and performing she developed a passion for Pilates due to its many benefits. 
 
She decided to share these benefits by becoming an instructor and gained a qualification in Stott Pilates Matwork in 2008. Since then has been teaching and helped many people throughout this time. 
 
Debby believes that Pilates can bring Strength and healing with Stott Mat Work Pilates being based on the belief that mental and physical health are interrelated, and should be conditioned to allow well being. Pilates classes with Debby attempt to coordinate breathing and physical movement, improve focus, realign the spine, improve concentration, and help participants regain control of their body and mind. 
 
For her love of well being and after having children she also became an expert in Baby Massage and Baby Yoga as well as a qualified Nutritional Therapist and Mindfulness expert, having gained diplomas and being fully accredited in these fields. 
 
By integrating body, breath, movement, and meditative awareness Debby strives to promote an understanding of the inter dependency of all these aspects in personal health and well being. In her free time Debby enjoys spending time with her young children.  
 

Christine Berton 

Qualified Body Control Pilates Instructor 
Christine is a French woman who decided 16 years ago to live in the UK. She was introduced to Pilates a long time ago, and she re-discovered all of the health benefits of the method whilst recovering from injuries, and thanks to the Bodyworks team. After regaining her strength and flexibility, she decided to push her knowledge further and become a teacher herself. Christine trained with Body Control Pilates, which is recognised as a world leader in Pilates teaching and had Lynn Robinson as one of her teachers. 
Christine also enjoys spending time in nature, and above all walking, preferably where there is a summit to reach! 
 
 

Faye Mallet 

Administrative Assistant 
 
 

Katie Quinn 

Administrative Assistant 
Katie joined us as a receptionist/admin assistant in May 2021. 
 
She recently completed her degree at Essex University, studying a Psychology BSc. She is continuing on to complete a research based Master's degree. 
 
In her free time, Katie enjoys rock climbing for her University club, working on her camper van conversion, and taking care of her houseplants and vegetable plot. 
 
 
 
 
 

Emma McCullagh MSc MRCOT 

Senior Occupational Therapist 
Emma graduated from the University of Essex with a master's degree in Occupational Therapy in 2012. 
 
She has a broad range of experience across NHS, private and third sector services worked across a wide variety of settings, including; mental health, dementia services, neurological rehabilitation services and acute physical healthcare in 3 large hospitals within East Anglia as well as running her own private practice. 
Emma is passionate about working with people to live life to the full regardless of illness or injury. She has been part of a pilot project introducing the Royal College of Occupational Therapists Care Homes Toolkit, had been involved in research into the positive effects of therapy dog interactions in people with advanced dementia and recently ran a large project at Colchester Hospital introducing the use of meaningful activities with patients on the wards during their hospital stays. 
 
Emma has close links with local branches of services such as SSAFA and Age Well East, and finds this particularly rewarding – lending her specialist knowledge to services supporting her local community. 
 
Emma is married with 2 young children. In her free time she enjoys long dog walks, playing netball and watching live music. Emma is also in the process of training her Barbet puppy Paddy to become a therapy dog, so he can assist her in her therapy practice. 
 

Fran Haynes 

Practice Manager 
Fran joined the Bodyworks team in October 2019 to train for maternity cover, and in February 2021 took on the permanent role of Practice Manger. 
She has worked in private hospitals for over 20 years in various administration positions but worked mainly as PA to different consultants and their practices. 
 
Fran is married with four children. She enjoys family days out, picnics, biking, swimming and kayaking – anything that gets them all out of the house! As a family they go camping and exploring on their holidays, with a love for the Lake District, Norfolk and Center Parcs. For herself, Fran tries to keep fit for her mental health, as well as physical health, with resistance training, Zumba and walks on her own! 
 

Clare Collier 

Administrative Assistant 
Clare joined us as our Receptionist/Administration Assistant as of June 2015 
 
Clare has worked in offices for 10 years before having her two children. Her last work placement was in a busy Business Travel Agency in the Accounts Department based in Colchester. 
 
In her leisure time she likes to walk her four dogs, ride her horse socialise with family and friends, and when there is time she likes to read and watch movies 
 
 

Julie Durrell 

Administrative Assistant 
Julie joined the Bodyworks team in 2024 as a cover receptionist/administrator. 
 
She has twelve years admin experience, including a year as a receptionist/administrator at a Magistrates’ Court, 5-years as a PA to consultant psychiatrists in Colchester and Belfast hospitals and 5-years running her own small beach hut hire business in West Mersea. Julie loves engaging with people (and animals) and trying to help wherever she can. 
Before having a family, Julie studied psychology at university and after graduating worked there as a research officer in animal behaviour and welfare. Once her youngest child began school, she started working for a franchise teaching yoga-inspired classes in nurseries and schools and also set up a small beach hut hire business with her sister. She currently works on a temporary basis, so she can fit work around caring for family members. 
 
Julie lives with her husband Brendan, her four teenage/adult children and last but certainly not least her Cockapoo Einstein. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends and going to gigs with her son. She loves planning small outdoor adventures and trying out new walks with her family and dog, camping, kayaking and trying to paddle board. 
 

Tanya Matthews 

Sports Massage Therapist 
ITEC 
Tanya is a fully qualified ITEC Sports Massage Therapist. 
 
Tanya has 10 years of experience since training at the North London School of Sports Massage (NLSSM). 
Initially Tanya worked at the Reebok club -canary wharf, and was also corporate massage trained and worked doing desk station treatments in offices in London in many corporate companies. Tanya also worked at Ipswich university. 
 
Tanya’s experience has also included working with semi pro and pro football teams, pitch side and pre and post games. Osteopathy massage at an Osteopathic clinic with referrals from the osteopathy practitioners. 
 
Tanya works out of her rooms in Great Horkesley since the pandemic but we still refer our patients, and staff!!, to her. 
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