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Ben Wanless

Ben has vast experience working as a Musculoskeletal physiotherapist within the NHS, private practice, and sport, and now leads the MSK Physiotherapy service here at St George’s. He has a Master’s degree in Sports and Exercise Medicine along with post-graduate masters level training in injection therapy, education and supervision and leadership. He has a particular interest in spinal pain, movement dysfunction and exercise, and more recently the role of technology in healthcare. He is passionate about the NHS and strongly believes that prevention is the key to a sustainable NHS for the future.

Helen Oakley

Helen graduated from Birmingham University and has worked in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy in both the NHS and private practice, since 2000. She has post graduate qualifications in Injection therapy, acupuncture and advanced manual therapy and rehabilitation. She has a special interest in lower limb rehabilitation. Helen works as a Physiotherapy specialist and as an Advanced Physiotherapy Practitioner in Orthopaedics and Rheumatology.

Gemma Shearer

Gemma qualified from the Birmingham University in 2004 and has worked as a musculoskeletal physiotherapist at St Georges Hospital since 2008.  She has also worked privately and in ski resorts.  She completed a post graduate diploma in Neuromusculoskeletal Physiotherapy in 2017 at Hertfordshire University.  She has post graduate qualifications in injection therapy, acupuncture and pilates.  Gemma has a dual role in Physiotherapy and as an Advanced Physiotherapy Practitioner in St Georges Shoulder Unit which she joined in 2015.

Susanna George

Susanna graduated from Manchester University in 1993 with a Bachelor degree in Physiotherapy. She also holds a MSc in Neuromusculoskeletal Physiotherapy from Hertfordshire University. She has specialised in musculoskeletal physiotherapy since 1998 and has been working as an Advanced Clinical Physiotherapy Practitioner since 2010. She has worked in Nottingham, New Zealand, Australia and Bristol and has worked at Queen Mary’s Hospital in Roehampton (now part of St George’s Foundation NHS Trust) since July 1999.

Claire Richards

Clare qualified as a physiotherapist from Brighton University and has been specialising in Musculoskeletal physiotherapy experience since 2000 within the NHS in a variety of specialities including A&E and Fracture clinic, Haemophilia and Rehabilitation for a large range of spinal and joint conditions.  She has completed Master’s modules in post-graduate training and now works as an Advanced Physiotherapy Practitioner in specialist musculoskeletal clinics in the Community and within Orthopaedics. Clare has a special interest in general exercise, health and well-being.

Gwawr Owen

Gwawr studied to become a Physiotherapist at Cardiff University. She has worked as a Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist in both the NHS and privately for a number of years and completed her MSc in Advanced Musculoskeletal Medicine at King’s College London in 2014. Gwawr has a dual role in Physiotherapy and as an Advanced Physiotherapy Practitioner in Orthopaedics. She is qualified in Injection Therapy, acupuncture and advanced manual therapy. She has a special interest in lower limb rehabilitation and education of both patients to enable them to best manage their condition and staff, leading on our Work Based Learning Module

Chris Jukes

Chris has worked as a physiotherapist since 2006. He completed a Masters in advanced musculoskeletal physiotherapy in 2012 and is a member of the Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists. He has also completed postgraduate training in spinal manipulation and acupuncture. He works clinically at St George’s Hospital and lectures in pain neurophysiology at St George’s University and UC

Simon Nicole

Simon graduated from the University Of Wales College Of Medicine in 2006 with a Bachelor degree in Physiotherapy. He also holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Advanced Neuromuscular Physiotherapy from Hertfordshire University and a Bachelor degree in Sports Rehabilitation with Sport Science from the University of Surrey. He is also qualified in acupuncture. He has worked at St Georges Hospital as a Physiotherapist since 2010, during this time he has worked in Physiotherapy and Orthopaedics at both St George’s Hospital and St John’s Therapy Centre and in Specialist Musculoskeletal clinics (MICAS) and First Contact Practitioner (FCP) in the community as an Advanced Physiotherapy Practitioner.”

Jai Mistry

Jai graduated from the University of Nottingham and has subsequently worked in numerous NHS teaching trusts and the private sector. He completed a master’s degree in Advanced Neuromusculoskeletal Physiotherapy from King’s College London in 2015 and is currently doing a PhD at the University of Birmingham. Jai has been working at St George’s for over 3 years and leads the student placement programme. His clinical and research interest is related to the assessment and management of sciatica.

James Wills

James graduated from Sheffield Hallam University in 2014. Since then he has worked within the NHS and private practice but been with the St Georges musculoskeletal physiotherapy team since 2017. Currently he works as one of team leads at St John’s Therapy Centre whilst undertaking the Advanced Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy MSc at King’s College London which is due to finish in September 2020.

Sarah Jones

Sarah is one of our gym team leads. Since graduating in 2012, she has completed MSc modules in Lower Limb Trauma and Orthopaedics and Upper Quadrant. In 2017 she set up the ACL class at St George’s and in the last two years has been a lead on the Major Trauma Rehab project. She has experience in public health and works closely with local exercise schemes to improve the health and wellbeing of patients. She also works for Nuffield Health in Central London

Elizabeth Donlon

Elizabeth graduated in MSc (pre-registration) Physiotherapy from King’s College London in 2015, subsequent to completing a BSc in Human Nutrition from University College Dublin in 2012. Since graduating Elizabeth has completed a number of rotations across Bart’s Health Trust and St Georges NHS Trust, before becoming a specialised musculoskeletal physiotherapist in 2017. Elizabeth works across the NHS and private practice, with a special interest in trauma, and holistic patient care incorporating diet, lifestyle and mental health in her everyday practice. She has experience in acupuncture, Pilates, women’s health as well as trauma and orthopaedics.

Mike Dunn

Mike qualified from St. George’s University of London in 2013. He has worked as a musculoskeletal physiotherapist both privately and in the NHS having joined the MSK team at St. George’s Hospital in 2014. He is currently completing an MSc in research of musculoskeletal pain as well as Masters modules in Advanced Clinical Practice. Mike has a particular interest in persistent musculoskeletal pain and is a strong advocate for exercise and education as the primary treatment, however also holds qualifications in acupuncture, advanced manual therapy and hydrotherapy.

Theresa Sharland

Theresa has worked at St. George’s since 2005, and specialised within musculoskeletal physiotherapy since 2010. She really enjoys being a physiotherapist and all it has to offer, and has a specialist interest in blending the principles of strength and conditioning into everyday fun and functional rehabilitation for patients of all ages and walks of life to ensure everyone has the opportunity to return to their desired levels of activity.

She currently splits her time as a team lead at QMH and leading on the deployment of the Wandsworth self-referral app to all 40 GP practices within Wandsworth.

Karlene Stimpson

Karlene has worked as a Physiotherapist at St George’s Hospital since 2012 and is currently a Team Lead and Class Lead at St John’s Therapy Centre. She is acupuncture and Pilates trained and also has experience working in Pelvic Health.

Andrew Wright

Andrew graduated in BSc Physiotherapy from Kings College London in 2008 following his previous degree in Sports Science & Physiology. He has worked in MSK experience since 2012 across three London NHS Trusts and joined the team at St George’s Hospital in 2016. He currently specialises in a split shoulder role as part of the St George’s Shoulder Unit team and works in the out-patient department team as a team lead. His special interests lie in post-operative rehabilitation following shoulder surgery, persistent pain and the multi-factorial management of patients with MSK pain conditions. He compliments his current NHS physiotherapy work with private practice in the rugby setting and as an avid sportsman keeps himself fit and active, participating in several recreational level team and individual sports.

Conor McDermott

Since qualifying in 2013, Conor worked in Hospital trusts in Yorkshire as a rotational physiotherapist before moving to London in 2015 to work as a Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist. He has spent some time working in private practice, with a focus on return to high level sport and clinical Pilates, before starting at St George’s in 2020.

Jennifer Fernando

Jennifer graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2012 and since this time has worked in the area of MSK physiotherapy. She is registered with the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (AACP) and is interested in functional rehabilitation. As a result since graduating she has completed her APPI Matwork level 1 and 2 Pilates and foundation level hydrotherapy training, with a vast amount of experience and interest in utilising hydrotherapy for rehabilitation. In her spare time she is a keen runner, competing in 5k and 10k races.

Claire Bermingham

Claire graduated in 2012 with a BSc in Physiotherapy from the Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland. Working towards an MSc in Advanced Musculoskeletal Management.  Claire worked as the Lead Physiotherapist for Junior British Rowing Team and London Senior Hurling Team since 2018. She has completed Skills4Performance Course with the English Institute of Sport (EIS), Matwork Level One, Two & Three with the Australian Physiotherapy & Pilates Institute (APPI) and the Foundation Course with the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (AACP).

Nicola Cox

Nic has worked as a musculoskeletal physiotherapist in both the NHS and privately. She is trained in acupuncture and Pilates and is based at Queen Mary’s hospital (QMH). Nic enjoys treating a wide variety of conditions including the spine but she particularly enjoys management of peripheral joints, sporting injuries & rehabilitation.

Jane O Rahelly

Jane graduated from St. George’s University in 2015 and has worked in St. George’s since graduating. She has specialised in musculoskeletal physiotherapy since 2017 MSK, including time specialising in Hand therapy. Jane also has experience in women’s health with ante-natal and post-natal patients. She has successfully completed a work based module increasing her clinical skills and is passionate to further her education in the future. She works privately with a rugby team and enjoys the rehabilitation involved in higher level sport

Erin Murray

Erin graduated from Cardiff University in 2014 and relocated to London in 2015 from Cornwall.  Erin’s first job was in Bart’s Health NHS Trust, she then moved to St Georges to complete her junior rotations and has specialised within Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy at QMH since 2018.  Erin has recently joined the Army Reserves as a Professionally Qualified Officer.

Hannah Wells

Hannah graduated from the University of East Anglia in 2014 and completed her junior rotations at University College Hospital in London. She has specialised in musculoskeletal physiotherapy at St George’s Hospital since 2017. She has a keen interest in the management of tendinopathies, ACL injuries and long term pain, and has just completed her acupuncture training.

Holly Saliba

Holly qualified from Sheffield Hallam University in 2016, completing her Sports Trauma course and becoming a level 3 personal trainer. She came to St George’s in 2017 as rotational physiotherapist, before specialising in musculoskeletal physiotherapy the following year. Holly has since completed her AACP Acupuncture course and has hopes to study a masters module in the near future.

Ben Bowling

Ben graduated as a physiotherapist from Sheffield Hallam University 2013. He completed his junior rotations at St George’s hospital completing specialist rotations such as Amputee rehabilitation. He has been a specialist musculoskeletal physiotherapist since 2017 with a specialist interest in major trauma rehabilitation, return to sport rehabilitation and the management of chronic conditions through exercise and education.

Kate O Brien

Kate qualified from the MSc pre-reg in St. George’s University Hospital in 2017. She completed her undergraduate in Sports and Exercise Science in the University of Limerick. She progressed to a band six Musculoskeletal position in 2019. She has completed acupuncture and Pilates training and runs regular classes both for NHS staff and privately in the community. Kate has an increasing interest in sports injuries and is currently part of the trauma and orthopaedic pathway.

Hannah Garner

Hannah graduated from the University of Birmingham in 2016. Since qualifying Hannah has worked in the Swiss Alps as a physiotherapist treating snow sports injuries prior to joining St George’s in 2019. She has completed her AACP Acupuncture Course since joining the Trust. Her interests include high level rehab and persistent pain management

Chris Cleaver

Chris has been a part of the St Georges MSK team since 2017 and is currently undertaking his Masters at the University of Birmingham. Chris has experience in managing a variety of patient groups from trauma survivors to people with long term conditions. He is passionate about delivering excellent rehabilitation to the diverse population of Wandsworth.

Emily Cowles

Emily qualified from the University of Birmingham in 2013.  She has been working for the NHS for since 2014; prior to that she volunteered for the MS Society.  She is has worked in a variety of different Physiotherapy Departments before specialising in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy.  She is due to complete her Acupuncture course in 2020.

Lara Wilson

Lara qualified from the MSc Pre-reg Physiotherapy at St George’s in 2015. Previously to this she graduated from Nottingham University with a BSc in Psychology. She first started working in older people falls rehabilitation in the community, and then went on to specialise in musculoskeletal physiotherapy. She has worked for NHS trusts in the midlands, West London and now St George’s since 2019. Lara has interests in sports injuries and also works in academy football, she is qualified to level 4 in intermediate trauma medical management in football.

Seamus Allen

Since graduating from University of Limerick in 2017, Seamus has worked on medical, surgical and ICU wards. Seamus joined St Georges in August 2019 starting in MSK as a rotational physiotherapist. He took up a static post within the St Georges MSK department in 2019 and hopes to expand his clinical knowledge and skills

Charlotte Walker

Charlotte qualified as a Physiotherapist from the University of Southampton and began working within the NHS in 2017. She has worked as a Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist since 2018 and joined the team here at St George’s in 2019. She has also worked two seasons for an amateur rugby club alongside her NHS role. She has particular interests in the rehabilitation of sporting injuries, particularly ACLs and shoulders.

Elizabeth Marcroft

Elizabeth qualified as a physiotherapist in 2014 graduating from The University of Plymouth. She has been working in musculoskeletal outpatients at St George’s Hospital since 2018 and thoroughly enjoys it. She has worked within the NHS and private practise and is currently specialising in pelvic health. She also has a diploma in acupuncture practise.

Mariamme (Milly) Abdullah

Milly is a Band 6 MSK Physiotherapist at St George’s Hospital who graduated from Bournemouth University in 2015. She has a diploma in acupuncture and teaching yoga and Pilates. Milly has worked in a variety of settings including private sector, district general hospitals and leading London trusts. She has a particular interest in developing holistic approaches for her service users’ needs and is passionate about her work. She takes pride in connecting holistically with her patients during their rehab journey.

Jennifer Sheehan

Jennifer graduated as a Physiotherapist from Kings College University, London in 2018 after completing a previous degree in Sports Science in Ireland. She has a special interest in the rehabilitation of athletes and works closely with a number of London based sports teams including Gaelic football and Rugby. Jennifer is dedicated to promoting health and wellbeing through running multiple joint specific classes here at St George’s Hospital.

Cecilia Ortega

Cecilia has been working as an Assistant Physiotherapist from 2004. She has years of experience working in trauma, orthopaedics and oncology including hydrotherapy in a private hospital, and has been working in the NHS since 2018.