Meet Our Team of Clinicians
Howard Turner BSc BAppSc(PHTY) MCSP
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)
Member of HCPC
Partner and Co-founder Wilmslow Physio
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
“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.”
Jack Dixon BSc(HONS)
Member of HCPC
Student Fellow of the Society of Musculoskeletal Medicine
Jack qualified in 2006 and, after completing rotations in the NHS in the North West, has spent the majority of his career in private practice.
He has completed post-graduate qualifications in Musculoskeletal Medicine, joint & soft tissue injections, acupuncture, and has medico-legal accreditation for the writing of expert reports in road traffic accidents. He has a special interest in injection therapy, and whiplash injuries.
As well a being a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and registered with the Health & Care Professions Council, he is a member of the Society of Musculoskeletal Medicine and a member of the Medico-Legal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists.
Outside of clinic time, Jack volunteers his time & skills with a number of charities including the Dallagio CycleSlam, Ian Botham’s Invitational Golf Event, and the GroceryAid Leadership weekend. He regularly turns out for Bury Hockey Club, when family life allows.
Cathy Gordon BSc(HONS)
Member of HCPC
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 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.
Jess Nugent BSc(HONS)
Member of HCPC
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.
Helen Shepherd MSc
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.
Soft Tissue Therapist
Sports Massage Practitioner
I was born and raised in Durban, South Africa where I developed a passion for sports and fitness which included netball, football, swimming and above all, horse riding. After incurring a few injuries, myself I became fascinated with physical therapy and what it takes to get back on track after an injury.
I received my BSc in Human Physiology, Genetics and Psychology from the University of Pretoria in 2012. I then went on to get my BTEC Level 5 in Soft Tissue Therapy and a Certificate in Equine Therapy. I now live and work in Wilmslow and enjoy keeping active and working towards my own fitness goals.
I don’t just treat injuries but also address posture, correct muscular imbalances and ease everyday tension. Whether you are recovering from an injury, trying to reach a PB or simply want to feel better in general, I am here to help. My aim is to give people the confidence to overcome obstacles and reach their goals with tailored treatment plans and professional advice
Fizziostuff UK Ltd trading as Wilmslow Physio and Physio-Hale
Wilmslow Physio: 20A Grove Street, Wilmslow SK9 1EB
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Physio-Hale: C/O Re-Enhance, 17 Cecil Road, Hale WA15 9NZ
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