Our team of very experienced and highly motivated Physiotherapists are our greatest asset. All have done extensive post-graduate training and actively keep up with the latest research and trends in the profession. The clinic is committed to clinical excellence and our Physiotherapists regularly undertake specialist training courses, attend national and international scientific conferences and in-house we have an extensive in-service training programme.
- Howard Turner
- Joanne Worthington
- Alex O'Gorman
- Mike Hunter
- Laura Grey
- Cathy Gordon
- Helen Shepherd
- Pauline Campbell
- Samantha Durnian
- Practice Principal and Clinical Lead, Wilmslow Physio
- Physiotherapy Consultant, British Cycling
- Part-time Teaching Fellow Bath University
- Specialist External Lecturer, University College London
- Specialist External Lecturer, University of East London
- Specialist External Lecturer, University of Birmingham
- Specialist External Lecturer, Keele University
- Postgraduate Lecturer in Manual Therapy
- Reviewer, Physical Therapy in Sport
Howard Turner is well known within the Physiotherapy profession through years of postgraduate training and lecturing. He teaches a spinal module on the Kings College London and University of Birmingham Physiotherapy Masters programmes, a Clinical Reasoning and Spinal module on Bath University's Masters in Sports Medicine for Physiotherapists and Medics and a Hip and Groin Injuries module on the University of East London Masters in Sports Medicine.
In addition to these formal teaching roles he regularly runs training programmes for Physiotherapists, Chiropractors and Osteopaths on the treatment of low-back and pelvic pain and has previously taught knee and shoulder courses. He has lectured nationally and internationally on disorders of the Sacroiliac Joint and Pelvis and is published on the Shoulder and the Sacroiliac Joint.
Primarily, however, Howard is a clinician. His particular interests are clinical reasoning and multi-layered diagnosis and the utility of manual therapy in reducing pain and improving function. He is a specialist in low back pain, hip and groin pain and pelvis and SIJ related pain and dysfunction. He has worked in the NHS, in occupational health, in private practice and in elite sport. He has consulted for national sporting bodies and well known sporting teams of many disciplines. He attended the 1996 Paralympic games in Atlanta as Physiotherapist to the GB squad. For many years he worked at the Manchester English Institute of Sport establishment as a clinical troubleshooter, treating the Northwest’s elite, lottery-funded athletes, in particularly Cycling, Swimming, Waterpolo, Wrestling and Squash. Currently he works with the elite runners and swimmers and supports British Cycling's elite team Physiotherapist Phil Burt.
Howard trained in Melbourne, Australia. After completing a physics degree at Melbourne University, he studied physiotherapy at Latrobe University. Graduating in 1988, he worked for seven years in public health, in Melbourne, Montreal and London. Moving into private practice in 1995, Howard worked at a number of prominent London practices and for two years provided occupational health services to the London Fire Brigade before moving to Cheshire.
Jo is co-founder of Wilmslow Physio. She studied physiotherapy at the Royal London Hospital, graduating with honours in 1988. She then worked in the London NHS for 7 years, specializing in musculoskeletal physiotherapy, her final position a senior post in outpatients, orthopaedics and hydrotherapy at a major London district teaching hospital.
Before moving back to the Manchester of her birth Jo worked in the private sector at various practices in and around London. This included 2 years as the occupational health consultant for the Civil Service in London and British Telecom for London and the southeast counties. She has pursued her interest in musculoskeletal medicine through intensive post-graduate education in the UK and Australia. Since 1995 she has also been involved as physiotherapist to Disabled Swimming England and at various Paralympic swimming events throughout the UK
Alex graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University and has since worked in the musculoskeletal area in private practice. Alex consolidated his experience whilst working in the NHS, initially as a junior Whythenshawe hospital and later specialising in orthopaedic rehabilitation at Tameside hospital. Alex is registered with the Health Professions Council, a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Sports Medicine.
Alex is our running and athletics specialist. He has a keen interest in back and lower limb injuries, and this is aided by his experience competing with elite athletes, having run for the North of England on several occasions. Alex has worked with several internationl distance runnners in the local area return from injury and has worked with some of the worlds best athletes whilst working as a physiotherapist for The Great Run events and as a Physiotherapist for UK Athletics training camps.
Alex is available in Wilmslow Monday, Tuesday and Thursday
Mike graduated from Salford University in 2002. He has since worked both in private practice and in the NHS. In his current NHS role he is part of a specialist Orthopaedic team dealing with post op spinal, hip and shoulder conditions. He uses a flexible combined approach to Physiotherapy incorporating manual therapy, acupuncture, strength and conditioning and pilates (qualified with APPI). In addition he has worked as principle Physiotherapist for North West Chinese Kick-Boxing, who achieved gold medals at the World Chapionships in 2012 (Canada) and 2013 (Italy).
Mike maintains an active lifestyle participating in Olympic style weightlifting, crossfit, Pilates, Yoga and martial arts, and his body is a temple.
Laura graduated for the University of Huddersfield in 2003 with a BSc HONS in Physiotherapy. She then did her general rotations in the NHS but always knew that her goal was to specialise in musculoskeletal Physiotherapy.
Her work at Rochdale Rugby Union Football Club, providing match day cover and working with the coaching staff to prevent injury, gave her the necessary experience to gain a specialist musculoskeletal role within the NHS and to expand into private work. In her current NHS role Laura enjoys a varied workload including paediatrics, hydrotherapy, gym rehab classes and post-op mastectomy care.
Laura has completed her McKenzie Therapy accreditation (an approach to spinal care) and is APPI Pilates trained. She regularly attends courses and lectures to ensure that her practice is evolving in line with current research. Laura favours a hands-on approach to treatment, but feels it essential to empower people to manage their own problems in order to prevent further or future injury.
Laura lives locally and enjoys running, long walks with her Labrador and has recently started tennis and golf lessons.
Cathy specializes in the treatment and management of TMJ (jaw), facial and neck pain, and vestibular problems causing dizziness. As part of the National TMD Referral Centre, she works with a multidisciplinary team of specialists in this area. She is also co-founder of ACPTMD (Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Temporomandibular Disorders) and runs courses around the UK. For more information about her work in the area of TMJ and Vestibular problems, see here.
She has vast experience in all aspects of musculoskeletal and orthopaedic work. She qualified in 1994 from Leeds Metropolitan University and has worked for 20 years in the NHS, 18 years of which have been spent in musculoskeletal Physiotherapy. In her current role she specialises in vestibular rehabilitation and Paediatrics including an Extended practitioner role in the DDH clinics at Stepping Hill Hospital. She also runs the hydrotherapy service.
In her free time she enjoys cycling, climbing and skiing and plays violin in local orchestras.
Helen has been a specialist Women’s Health Physiotherapist for 19 years, completing a postgraduate diploma in continence in 1989 and gaining an MSc by research in 2004. She qualified as a Physiotherapist in 1989 at Withington Hospital and worked in London Edgeware and Stockport before taking her current role: clinical lead in Women’s Health Physiotherapy at Salford Royal Hospital.
Physiotherapy in Women’s Health focuses on the treatment and management of bladder and bowel dysfunction (in men as well as women), and low back and pelvic pain and dysfunction in women during, and as a result of, pregnancy. The bladder and bowel issues that can be helped include the leakage of urine, excessive frequency of urination, mild to moderate prolapse, pelvic pain and chronic constipation amongst other problems and complaints. Helen will work closely with your Gynaecologist, Urologist and Urogynaecolgist, Obstetrician, Midwives and/or Nurse in your care.
Appointments with Helen are arranged as required. More detail about her work can be found here.
Pauline is a Chartered Physiotherapist qualified to teach Pilates from the A.P.P.I. (The Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute): “I have been teaching Pilates since 2011 both in my workplace and as my own business. I love Pilates because it's a method that strengthens from the inside of the body - the core - which supports good posture, giving better alignment and preventing injury. It is very useful in physiotherapy rehab for treating spinal pain, which I have a special interest. I love the fact that most people can feel an improvement in their bodies after a six week course!”
I qualified with an Honours degree in Physiotherapy from Manchester University in 1998. Previous to that, I qualified with a Bachelor degree in Physical Health and Education from The University of Toronto, Canada. I work at The Alexandra Hospital treating musculoskeletal problems, post operative rehabilitation and teaching Pilates classes. I have 7 years of working in the NHS prior to moving into the private sector
Sam has worked on and off at Wilmslow Physio since 2004. She is not working here presently but she drops in so frequently we thought we'd leave her bio up!
Sam graduated from the University of Teeside in 1994 and subsequently worked in the NHS before moving to the private sector. She has specialized in musculoskeletal Physiotherapy in GP surgeries, private hospitals and private practices around the northwest of England and Australia.
Her interest in sports injuries developed through her own participation in a variety of sports ranging from county netball, national level dressage, club level squash and more recently golf. It is through golf that she has had the good fortune to travel around the UK and Europe practising Physiotherapy on the European Seniors Tour.