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Meet the team...
Craig Hayle - Physiotherapist/Director
BSc (Hons) Pg Dip (Neuromusculoskeletal Physiotherapy) MMACP HCPC MCSP OCPPP
Craig has been working as a musculoskeletal physiotherapist since qualifying from the university of Bradford in 1997. During this time he has worked for the NHS and in the private sector.
Since completing his Post graduate diploma in neuromusculoskeletal physiotherapy from the University of Brighton and becoming a member of the manipulative association of physiotherapists he has worked as a clinical specialist physiotherapist working closely with orthopaedic consultants assessing, investigating and managing patients with spinal and hip conditions.
Craig continues to work closely with general practitioners in primary care triaging and managing patients with acute and ongoing orthopaedic conditions, and in private practice.
Craig's main aim is to establish the most accurate clinical diagnosis possible to ensure that everyone walks away from their first treatment session knowing what is wrong with him or her and the best possible way to manage the condition for the best long term results.
Using a variety of different manual therapy and manipulative techniques as well as specific soft tissue techniques and tailor made rehabilitation strategies to help people with pain, joint dysfunction and postural conditions, Craig believes that it is essential to follow up with appropriate home and self help exercises thus empowering the patient to self manage into the future.
Craig Has developed special interests in the following conditions:
Acute and chronic spinal pain and injury
Lower limb overuse/biomechanical injuries
Hip, and lower limb pain and injury
Difficult to diagnose/non specific pain and injury
Llewellyn Boucher - Physiotherapist
BSc (Hons) MSc MCSP HCPC
Born in the wine region of South Africa just outside of Cape Town, Llewellyn moved to England in 2002 after completing a B.Sc (Hons) Physiotherapy degree at the University of Stellenbosch. For the last ten years he has called Kent his home.
Llewellyn has worked as a senior physiotherapist in various departments including Accident and Emergency, elderly rehabilitation, sports injury clinics and musculoskeletal outpatients. For the last 5 years he has been working as an Extended Scope Practitioner within a NHS community orthopaedic service. This has allowed him to develop his skills outside the traditional scope of physiotherapy including the administration of steroid injections. In 2013 he completed a MSc in Advanced Neuromusculoskeletal Physiotherapy at King’s College London, a course accredited by the Musculoskeletal Association for Chartered Physiotherapists (MACP). His research dissertation focused on the potential advantages of whole body vibration platforms (Power Plates) and he assisted with research into minimalistic footwear for runners. Llewellyn believes in a combined approach to treatment and utilizes various treatment techniques including dry needling, acupuncture and manual therapy. His main areas of interest include:
Myofascial trigger points
Low back pain
Sport related injuries
Golf fitness – physical screening and prescription of exercise programmes
Coming from a country with a climate suited to an outdoor lifestyle, it will come as no surprise that sport plays a major role in Llewellyn’s life. He is a very keen golfer and in 2007 he became a Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) certified golf fitness instructor. Since becoming certified he has worked with both professional and amateur golfers to help them improve their golf game through physical screening and the prescription of bespoke exercise programmes. Llewellyn also plays cricket and rugby for local clubs and enjoys distance running. He has completed the London Marathon three times and is currently training for the Comrades Ultramarathon, a grueling 60 mile event in his native South Africa.
Miranda Foord - Musculoskeletal Podiatrist
BSc(Hons) Pod HCPC DPodM
Miranda graduated from the University of Brighton in 1997. Having specialised in musculoskeletal podiatry and in particular within paediatrics she holds a prominent position in the NHS. Somewhat of an expert in her field, she regularly presents at conferences.
Miranda has worked closely with teams consisting of Orthopaedic surgeons, nursing staff and physiotherapists in a multidisciplinary environment but has also worked in private practice primarily managing sports injuries in advanced and elite runners.
In her spare time Miranda is a keen runner herself and understands the rigours of the sport she pursues. She is a mother of two daughters who keep her extremely busy (but young at the same time !!)
Podiatry assessments include a detailed anatomical review of the structure, alignment and function of the lower limb. Video analysis of ambulation during walking and running is often used to isolate the small anomalies of the gait cycle. Specially designed or generically made orthotics are often prescribed for the shoe to correct the patients foot position when making contact with the ground. Combining this with a range of exercises that complement the other disciplines within Bodysym, Miranda can treat many of the following conditions:
Anterior Knee pain
Some Hip and lower back complaints
Leg length differences
Matt Baker - Physiotherapist/Director
BSc (Hons) MCSP HCPC Pg Dip Erg
Matt graduated from the University of Brighton over 16 years ago. Even during his physio training Matt realised his sports background would be the basis for his specific interest in musculoskeletal and sports physiotherapy. Since qualifying Matt has gained a wealth of clinical experience including a 5 year spell working in Sydney, Australia he returned to Kent In order to join the Bodysym practice.
Matt completed the MSc/PG Dip programme in Health Ergonomics at the University of Surrey in 2006. He has subsequently provided Occupational Health and Ergonomics advisory services to a broad range of companies and businesses in Australia and continues to do so in the UK.
Matt’s many manual therapy skills, combined with his use of acupuncture and soft tissue techniques allow him to comprehensively treat sports and musculoskeletal injuries. Together with his colleagues he believes that success as a clinician is dependent both on building a trusting relationship with patients and providing a clinically excellent service.
He has developed special interests in the following conditions:
Pelvis and Sacroiliac joint dysfunction
The Sporting Knee
Lower limb biomechanics
Repetitive Strain Injury / Occupational injury
Dawn Thundow - Physiotherapist
BSc (Hons) HCPC MCSP MAACP
Dawn qualified as a physiotherapist in 1995 from the University of East London and specialised in the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions two years later. She has worked in several places across the country as a senior physiotherapist mostly in the NHS and have experienced lots of different clinical settings from regular Consultant and GP referred work, to accident and emergency clinics sports injury clinics, trauma rehabilitation, rheumatology and management of long term conditions. I moved back home to Kent 10 years ago and now work in the NHS as a senior clinician alongside her Bodysym role.
The longer she havs worked the more Dawn has seen the importance of identifying and dealing with the underlying cause of problems; helping people to change the way that they use their bodies in order to reduce, relieve and prevent symptoms. She uses a mixture of manual therapies for joint and soft tissue treatment, pain relief techniques including acupuncture and lots of advice to help people feel better quickly.
Dawn also complements this with individual rehabilitation programmes which aim to stop things getting worse or coming back. Dawn firmly believes that physiotherapy should be something that you ‘do’ as well as something you ‘receive’.
Dawn has developed a special interest in physiotherapy treatment for Hypermobility syndromes, enjoys working with children and teenagers and also values helping people with chronic conditions.
Areas of interest include:
Acute and Chronic Spinal pain
Long term conditions
Hypermobility Syndrome/ Ehlers Danlos Syndrome hypermobile type
Work related upper limb disorders
Adolescent Musculoskeletal disorders
Post Trauma Rehabilitation
Pregnancy Related Pelvic Girdle Pain
Sandra Wood - Massage Therapist MAMA AHT
Sandra has been a massage therapist for a number of years. She has a special interest in working with people with chronic pain and those with sports injuries, but is also experienced in massage for relaxation, stress management. Sandra also works closely with those with aches and pains, anxiety and oedema related to pregnancy.
Sandra is a member of the Sports Massage Association and the Association of Holistic Therapists.
Sandra is passionate about the positive physical and emotional effects massage has on the human body and has aspirations to further her knowledge and skills.
Level 3 Diploma Sports Massage
Diploma Prenatal Massage
VTCT Diplomas in Deep Tissue Massage, Hot Stone Therapy, Indian Head Massage
Jane is our most experienced sonographer with more than 32 years experience in the NHS and having obtained a Diploma in Medical Ultrasound (1981) and a Diploma of Royal College of Radiographers (1977).
Jane moved to Canterbury 27 years ago and along with Ann Richardson, they developed the ultrasound service within East Kent Hospital Trust. Jane remained Principal Sonographer for 20 years until she stepped down in order to reduce her number of working hours. Jane has trained sonographers since the establishment of the service and was the first clinical skills trainer for NAAASP within this locality.
Jane also now works within the GP community and is due to retire from her post within the NHS.
Health Professions Council Member no. RA24109
Society or Radiographers Member no. 13711
Helen has achieved a PG Dip General Medical Ultrasound (2010) and a PG Cert Obstetrics and Gynaecology (2008), subsequently boasting an extensive career in the NHS which began in the field of dentistry.
A qualification in dental radiography prompted a change in career path; Initally Helen opted towards diagnostic radiography, and subsequently medical ultrasound. After working several years in the NHS Helen made the transition in to agency sonography and has worked in London hospitals, as well as within the GP community in East and West Kent.
Helen has a keen interest in teaching and aspires to continue her studies to masters level with a future role extension into lecturing.
Health Professions Council Member no. RA49101
Society or Radiographers Member no. 63776
With a PG Dip Medical Imaging & Diagnostic Ultrasound (2007) and a PG Cert in Obstetrics and Gynaecology (2001), Kim has worked as an obstetrics and gynaecological sonographer at Medway Maritime Hospital for 6 years.
During this time Kim took sabbatical leave to work as a locum in Australia but after qualifying in general medical ultrasound at Stoke Mandeville Hospital she moved to Kent and has since worked at QEQM hospital Margate where she has taken up the role of Screening Support Sonographer.
Kim also participates in training new sonographers and has supported Ann in training scan technicians recruited by the local NAAASP. Kim also now works within the GP community.
Health Professions Council Member no. RA38436
Society or Radiographers Member no. 51643
After successfully attaining a Diploma of Royal College of Radiographers (1982) and a Diploma in Medical Ultrasound (1988), Anna went on to gain more than 28 years experience working as an NHS sonographer.
During her career, Ann has acted as deputizing lead sonographer at Kent and Canterbury Hospital where her role extended into teaching musculoskeletal rheumatology ultrasound. Ann is also a clinical skills trainer for the National Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening Programme (NAASP).
Ann currently provides ultrasound services for the GP community in East and West Kent.
Health Professions Council Member no. RA25054
Society or Radiographers Member no. 34761
Linda has been qualified as a sonographer for 11 years after obtaining a PG Dip in General and Small Parts Medical Ultrasound (2004) and a PG Cert in Obstetric and Gynaecological Ultrasound Imaging (2003). Linda was perviously a senior sonographer at the William Harvey Hospital, Ashford, before leaving to provide ultrasound services for the GP community .
Before Linda’s career in the NHS she worked as a team leader for British Gas/Transco and has ran two successful Prince’s Trust Volunteers programmes to help young adults acquire skills and qualifications to gain employment.
Linda now works in the community.
Health Professions Council Member no. RA40166
Society or Radiographers Member no. 53568
Fay's professional qualifications include a PG Dip in Medical Ultrasound (1997) as well as an MSc of Science in Interprofessional Health (Ultrasound Practice) (2000). With over 18 years experience as a sonographer Fay also acted as Principal Sonographer for East Kent NHS Trust and extended her role to infant hip scanning.
Fay left the NHS to pursue a career as an agency sonographer working in a busy London based hospital, and more recently has provided ultrasound services to local GP surgeries in Kent.
Health Professions Council Member no. RA34289
Society or Radiographers Member no. 45786
Rebecca Hyman – Physiotherapist
BSc (Hons) MCSP HCPC
Becka qualified as a physiotherapist from the University of Hertfordshire in 2002 and spent 5 years working at Barnet Hospital in North London before returning to Kent. Since this time, she has continued to work mostly within the NHS as a specialist musculoskeletal physiotherapist and urogynae physiotherapist.
Her extensive experience has involved assessing and treating patients with a wide range of complex musculoskeletal issues using a variety of skills including manual therapy, soft tissue techniques and acupuncture.
Becka has a particular interest in managing issues related to pelvic floor dysfunction and is passionate about improving the quality of women’s lives by empowering them to take control of these problems. She has found that a holistic, whole body approach to treating these issues can bring long-term life-changing results and restore or improve function.
Pilates is also an area of interest for Becka and she combines core training and strengthening with other techniques for helping to manage shoulder, neck and back pain.
Pelvic floor dysfunction
Ante/Post Natal Problems
Pilates – core training
Thomas Evans Podiatrist
BSc(HONS) Pod, HCPC, DPodM
Podiatrist with specialist interest in the vulnerable foot (wound care)
Thomas graduated in 2011 having undertaken a course leading to a Bachelor of Science in Podiatry with honours, at the University of Brighton, School of Health Professions. He has worked both in the private sector and more recently within the NHS gaining valuable practical, diagnostic and management skills for complex foot pathologies. Tom has worked in a multidisciplinary environment working alongside podiatric surgeons, district/community nurses and physiotherapists in both the community and hospital settings. Tom routinely partakes in a number of different clinics; New patient, routine, domiciliary, biomechanical and nail surgery with a particular interest in wound care management.
I would consider myself a highly reliable and enthusiastic individual with a strong sense of responsibility with a broad range of interests and experiences. I would consider myself a confident, reliable and motivating member of a team who enjoys getting results through a practical and hands on approach to life.
The routine clinics tom will be running include a detailed anatomical review of the presenting complaint. Tom can assess and develop a management plan to alleviate a number of common debilitating foot complaints including:
Toenail problems such as thickened, fungal or ingrown toenails
Corns and calluses
Dry and cracked heels
General foot pain
Occupational Therapist BSc (Hons) HCPC
Donna graduated from UEA in 2000 with a BSc(hons) in Occupational Therapy. Since qualifying she has gained a wealth of experience in both clinical practice and in training others across the NHS, Social Services and Voluntary Organisations. She has worked closely with some of the most well respected names in the field researching the effectiveness of Occupational Therapy in promoting independence and well-being.
Her career began in London working across several psychiatric facilities rehabilitating clients suffering from anxiety, depression and other more complex mental health issues. After having her first child she relocated to Kent and began working within physical rehab treating patients with both complex injuries and long term disabilities. In recent years Donna had the opportunity to combine her mental health and physical experience by setting up a holistic assessment unit for people with dementia.
Alongside her private clinical work Donna has also founded a training company and is the only OT accredited to train Kent County Councils staff in the art of enablement and the use of adaptive equipment, an accolade she is justifiably proud of.
Her approach to treatment is dynamic and adaptable focusing on the interaction between person and environment. Using functional assessment she identifies the factors that limit an individuals abilities to carry out daily tasks and through co-operative goal planning finds ways to overcome these limitations. Well-being and independence are at the heart of Donna’s practice.
Sports Massage Therapist
ACSM Exercise Leader
Premier Fitness Instructor
ITEC Level 2 Holistic Massage Diploma
ITEC Level 3 Sports Massage Diploma
Member of Complimentary Therapy Association Student member of The Society of Sports Therapists.
Louise worked in Melbourne Australia and London between 1999 to 2002 as a personal trainer prior to qualifying in Holistic & Sports Massage.
Louise has been involved in supporting sports scholars at St Lawrence College 2014-2015 dealing with prehab and rehab treatments, resuming her service at the school returning from Maternity leave as a busy mother of five. With a keen interest in sports injury prevention strategies Louise is furthering her education studying a Bsc in Sports Therapy at Kent University and is undertaking Polestar Pilates comprehensive course – yet to qualify (due to maternity).
Louise has been a lifelong recreational athlete with a strong swimming and running background. She utilises her spare time by training the three disciplines required for triathlon and surf life saving sport (A
member of BSLSC).
Areas of interest:-
Injury prevention in the young athlete.
Prevention of overtraining syndrome.
Optimizing function and athletic performance by improving core.
Stability and strength.
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