Our People


Meet Our Team of Clinicians


Howard Turner BSc BAppSc(PHTY) MCSP

Chartered Physiotherapist

Member of HCPC

Partner, Co-founder and Clinical Director Wilmslow Physio

Part-time Teaching Fellow University of Bath

Specialist External Lecturer Keele University

Member, Acupuncture Assoc of Chartered Physiotherapists

Member, Assoc of Chartered Physiotherapists in Sports Medicine



Howard grew up on a sheep farm near Inverell, NSW, Australia. After a stint in the Royal Australian Air Force, a Physics degree and a distinguished career in the restaurants and bars of Melbourne he trained as a Physiotherapist at Latrobe University. He came to England in 1991 after working in Montreal and moved to this area to establish Wilmslow Physio in 2001 with his wife Joanne. They have 4 children, 8 fish, 2 cats and 4 chickens.


Howard has worked in the NHS, in occupational health, in private practice and as a and consultant to a variety of sporting teams and bodies. He teaches on Masters programmes at the University of Bath and Keele University and has taught on 4 other Masters programmes around the UK, on clinical reasoning, disorders of the lumbo-pelvic-hip complex and shoulder problems. He presents post-graduate training courses to Physiotherapists, Osteopaths and Chiropractors on the management of low-back pain of pelvic origin and hip and groin pain.  He has consulted to British Cycling, UK Athletics, British Swimming, the English Institute of Sport, the LTA and LTAA, the RFU, West Ham, QPR, Sale Sharks and London Irish and has provided training to the Physiotherapy departments of many household name sporting clubs and bodies.


Joanne Worthington BSc(HONS)

Chartered Physiotherapist

Member of HCPC

Partner and Co-founder Wilmslow Physio

Senior Physiotherapist



Jo co-founder of Wilmslow Physio with husband Howard. She is a relative local , growing up in Bury  before moving to London to study Physiotherapy at the London  Hospital  / University of East London.  She then worked at several major London teaching hospitals in, finally as a senior in Outpatients, Orthopaedics and Hydrotherapy. She then branched out into musculoskeletal private practice and occupational health for organisations such as the Civil Service and British Telecom.


She has pursued her interest in musculoskeletal medicine through intensive post-graduate education in the UK and Australia and is a trained acupuncturist.


James Crow MSTAT

Alexander Teacher



“In 2004, at the peak of my corporate career in IT, I was faced with a life-changing decision. I could continue my corporate path, which guaranteed the comfort of a regular salary, but was packed with long stressful hours, and little time for myself. Or I could take the plunge and train to be an Alexander Technique teacher.

I was originally introduced to Alexander Technique after a Harley Street Doctor suggested it would help to relieve my RSI (repetitive strain injury), which was a result of my determined hard work. I started to learn about the technique with a doctor in Leicester, and became so passionate that I decided to train full time for three years, to be able to teach the technique to others.

Now I enjoy training people of all ages and all kinds of backgrounds, both privately and in groups. It never ceases to amaze me how widely applicable the technique is to so many activities and ways of life.

Many people come to me to reduce their back and neck pain. Teachers with training like mine are able to reduce days with low back pain by 86%, a fact confirmed by a study funded by the NHS. Others come to improve their posture and look better.

But it’s not just pain and posture that I improve. I now work with golfers, actors, company directors, teachers and many others who want to improve their performance both at work and at play.

Booking a session is the only way to really find out for yourself just how much you can gain from learning this skill for life.”


Paul Early BSc(HONS) MCSP

Chartered Physiotherapist

Member of HCPC

Member AACP



Paul pursued a career as a physiotherapist for the opportunity to bring together his interests in health, fitness and science. Graduating as a physiotherapist in 2008 from Coventry University he has specialised in musculoskeletal physiotherapy from the outset of his career. Relocating to Manchester in 2010 to advance his skills and clinical experience he has been working with the NHS for over a decade providing outpatient musculoskeletal services across Greater Manchester. The role afforded the opportunity to work as Physio Team Lead, and development into an Advanced Practitioner role to enhance his scope of practice.

He has experience with a wide range of acute and chronic conditions and takes a hands-on approach to therapy, trained in manual therapies, sports massage and acupuncture, and draws on his personal interests in yoga, wellbeing and fitness training when prescribing exercises and rehabilitation tailored to each person’s goals and lifestyle.

Paul practises yoga daily, as well as regular calisthenics and strength training, and has a keen interest in cooking and baking.


Katie Flatters BSc MSc Chartered Physiotherapist Sports Physiotherapist Member of HCPC

Katie Flatters MCSP

Chartered Physiotherapist

Member of HCPC

Senior Physiotherapist

Sports Physiotherapist



Katie grew up playing every sport possible so pursued a career in physio with the goal of working in sport. She graduated from Birmingham Uni in 2010 and after 1 year of NHS rotations set off on a 4 year working holiday in New Zealand and Australia. In  Australia she worked at the Victorian Institute of Sport and with the Australian Triathlon team and Victorian State Hockey and Swimming teams, as well as private work in a Melbourne sports injuries clinic run by a friend of Howard’s.

In 2015 Katie returned to the UK to complete a masters in Sports and Exercise Medicine at Nottingham University, alongside work with British Athletics, British Rowing and England Athletics. At the end of 2016 she returned to Australia on a research fellowship with Centre for Sport, Exercise and Osteoarthritis which confirmed research was not for her.

She returned to the UK in 2017 and moved to Manchester to start work with British Cycling, where she is the lead Physio for the Paralympic team. At British cycling she also leads on bike fit for all programs and provides physio support to the academy and MTB squads. She continues her role with BC whilst joining the team at Wilmslow Physio.

She has a keen interest in the neck, hips, backs and Concussion.  Her treatment approach is hands on but with a focus on rehab and exercise, aiming to get your body moving and strong so you can live a happy and active lifestyle. In her spare time she spends time controlling her tendencies for overachievement but also likes to be outdoors, either hiking, running, cycling, swimming or playing hockey.



Cathy Gordon BSc(HONS)

Chartered Physiotherapist

Member of HCPC

Senior Physiotherapist

Member of the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists

Chairperson of ACPTMD (Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Temporomandibular Disorders)

Member of ACPIVR (Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Vestibular Rehabilitation)




Cathy specializes in the treatment and management of TMJ (jaw), facial and neck pain.  She is chairperson and co-founder of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Temporomandibular Disorders (ACPTMD), which run post graduate courses for physiotherapists and dentists around the UK.  ACPTMD also run advanced orofacial courses in conjunction with NVOF (Dutch Association of Orofacial Physiotherapists) and Cathy and committee members link in with physiotherapists and other orofacial specialists internationally at conferences in Europe and the USA to ensure training meets international standards.

She also specializes in Vestibular Rehabilitation treating dizziness and balance problems and is a member of the ACPIVR (Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Vestibular Rehabilitation) attending conferences and study days in the UK. She currently works in an NHS balance clinic with Consultants in ENT and Audiology.

She has vast experience in all aspects of musculoskeletal and orthopaedic work.  She qualified in 1994 from Leeds Metropolitan University and has worked for 25 years in the NHS, 23 years of which have been spent in musculoskeletal physiotherapy.  In her current role she specialises in TMD, vestibular rehabilitation, paediatrics and is clinical lead of the hydrotherapy service. Intermittently she has an expended practitioner role in the DDH clinics at Stepping Hill Hospital.

In her free time she enjoys cycling, climbing and skiing and plays violin in local orchestras and chamber groups.



Hannah Martin MSc

Chartered Physiotherapist

Member of HCPC

Senior Physiotherapist

Specialist Sports Massage Practitioner and Sports Injury Physiotherapist





Having completed her Physiotherapy degree in 2011 Hannah began working in private practice; an area which allowed her to focus on her interest in sporting injuries. As well as working at Wilmslow Physio she is also a therapist working within the professional running team, New Balance Manchester.

Prior to physiotherapy Hannah studied Biomedical Science at Wolverhampton with a MSc at Loughborough. At the time she began her career as a sports massage therapist and gained valuable experience working with the English Institute of Sport (EIS) in Loughborough. She has since also worked for British Athletics, British Swimming and British Cycling; all exciting and challenging roles requiring various trips to the USA, Kenya and Font-Romeu.

Outside of work Hannah enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, and is a keen runner for Stockport Harriers. 




Jess Nugent BSc(HONS)

Chartered Physiotherapist

Member of HCPC

Senior Physiotherapist



 Jess initially completed a BSc in Geography before qualifying as a sports massage therapist in 2006. She subsequently completed an physiotherapy degree at Salford University in 2012.

After graduating, Jess worked in the NHS for a year, completing rotations in MSK outpatients and orthopaedics. She moved into private practice after the birth of her second child and splits her time between clinical practice here at Wilmslow Physio and in elite sport.

Jess has worked in athletics for 15 years, having travelled internationally with Track and Field Athletes, firstly in her role as a soft tissue therapist and then as a physiotherapist. She is a member of the British Athletics physiotherapy support team and regularly provides physiotherapy at altitude training camps, pre competition holding camps and covers U18, junior and U23 track and field competitions throughout the year.
Jess has a particular clinical interest in tendinopathy and is also a qualified APPI Pilates instructor.

Her experiences as a soft tissue therapist and a Pilates instructor compliment her physiotherapy practice in delivering effective treatment to a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions in patients from the general population to the high level athlete, as well as pre and post-operative rehabilitation.



Eoghan O'Connor MSc Sports Physiotherapist

Eoghan O’Connor MSc MCSP MISCP

Chartered Physiotherapist

Member of HCPC

Senior Physiotherapist

Sports Physiotherapist



Eoghan graduated with an honours degree in physiotherapy from University College Dublin in 2016. Following university, Eoghan split his time working in private practices in both Limerick and Dublin while training with the Irish heavyweight men’s rowing squad.

After stepping away from rowing, Eoghan worked across a number of sports such as basketball, rowing and rugby alongside private practice work in Dublin, before making the move to London to undertake his MSc in Sport and Exercise Medicine at UCL which he finished in September 2020, receiving a Merit degree.

Throughout his time in London, Eoghan gained further experience, continuing to work in private practice as well as work as Head Physiotherapist with London Pulse, Vitality Superleague Netball team and part time with the Arsenal Football Academy.

As well as his studies in Sport Medicine, Eoghan has continued to develop his skills with postgraduate courses in areas such as low back pain, dry needling, running analysis and biomechanics and APPI Pilates, which he uses in day-to-day treatment and rehab.

Eoghan has a particular interest in sports physiotherapy. Having participated in a number of sports at both national and international levels including rowing, basketball, and hurling, Eoghan draws on this sporting background to provide sport specific rehabilitation from the time of injury to return to play.




Helen Shepherd MSc

Chartered Physiotherapist

Member of HCPC

Specialist Women’s and Pelvic Health Physiotherapist



Helen has been a specialist in Women’s and Pelvic health physiotherapy for over 25 years, graduating in 1989 from Withington Hospital, completing her post graduate diploma in continence in 1997 and gaining an MSc by research from MMU in 2004. She has also completed the APPI Pilates matwork series and has completed the AACP foundation acupuncture course and a specialist women’s health acupuncture course. She has worked at a number of hospitals has been the clinical lead for Pelvic Health at Salford Royal Hospital for 24 years treating men and women.

She provides specialist treatment for: –

During pregnancy: Pelvic Girdle Pain, Back Pain, Incontinence , Separation of the tummy muscles and advice on safe exercise

Post Natal MOTs

Urinary incontinence, frequency and urgency, constipation, chronic pelvic pain and coccyx pain in men and women, prolapse and pelvic floor dysfunction in women and post prostatectomy problems in men.



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