Michelle Henry

Principal Physiotherapist and Co-owner of Halo Physio

 

Michelle qualified in 1999 with a 1st class Honours Degree in Physiotherapy. She became a Senior Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist in the NHS before moving on to a busy private hospital where she worked closely with Orthopaedic Surgeons, specialising in shoulder and knee injuries.

For the last 11 years she has worked in private practice. In 2012 she set up Halo with Rachael Adams. Their aim is to provide the highest quality physiotherapy treatment for a range of conditions and patients. She has expertise in complex knee and shoulder sports rehabilitation and management of chronic musculoskeletal conditions. Soft tissue conditions involving muscular trigger points, neural tissue and fascia are of particular interest to her. Michelle uses a wide range of manual therapy, manipulation techniques and acupuncture as well as very specific exercise programs tailored to each case. She is skilled in the assessment of biomechanical dysfunctions for sports people including runners, cyclists, rowers, footballers, tennis players and many others.

Michelle was invited to teach on the Sport and Exercise course at Kenilworth Sixth Form several years ago, focusing on a range of topics from anatomy to sports massage techniques. She was delighted to be invited back for the third year running, making this a regular commitment.

Michelle is a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP Number 61513), Health Profession Council (HCPC Number PH57090), Acupuncture Association of Physiotherapists and PhysioFirst.

Rachael Adams

Principal Physiotherapist and Co-owner of Halo Physio

 

Rachael qualified in 2001 with an Upper Second Class Honours Degree in Physiotherapy. Over the last 14 years, she has worked within the NHS, private sector, and closely with the military. Rachael has gained a wealth of experience working predominantly in musculoskeletal outpatients treating all conditions ranging from simple lower back pain to complex neuropathic pain, sports injuries and orthopaedic rehabilitation.

Her interest over the last 8 years in the shoulder, neck and spine has led towards successfully treating complex conditions and carrying out research and audits. Rachael prides herself in offering patients highly effective skills in manual therapy, manipulation, acupuncture and individually tailored exercise programmes. She is continually consolidating and expanding her skills through regular CPD (Continuing Professional Development).

Rachael set up Halo Physio with Michelle in 2012. They are committed to running a practice that offers the highest quality patient care in a calm and professional environment. Both are extremely proud of their achievements so far.

Rachael is a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and Health Profession Council: CSP number – 064977, HCPC number – PH61398 and Acupuncture Association of Physiotherapists (AACP).

Deborah Thomas

Senior Physiotherapist, Certified Pilates Instructor APPI

Deborah qualified in 2000 from Ben-Gurion University in Israel. After a season working with men and women’s basketball teams, she moved to England, where she worked for 10 years at the Leeds Teaching Hospitals, gaining a wealth of experience in key areas of orthopaedics, outpatients, rheumatology, respiratory and women’s health. In addition, she has worked in the NHS as a research physiotherapist within the mental health service.

Deborah is interested in treating the body as a whole, and especially how trunk and pelvic movement control can affect the functions of our body. She treats breathing pattern disorders, post abdominal surgery – soft tissue and exercise rehab and she has a special interest in Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP) and Obstetric related conditions. Deborah is an active member of the Pelvic Partnership – a charity supporting people who experience PGP and their families.

Deborah uses acupuncture treatment, in addition to a variety of soft tissue and manual therapy techniques, to be able to offer the best treatment combinations. To add to this skill set, in 2014 Deborah took the MBCT (Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy) course and uses principles of mind & body training in her practice.

In 2004, Deborah qualified as a Pilates instructor with the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute (APPI), and has been teaching Pilates classes and 1:1 sessions since. In 2007 Deborah took a position as a lecturer on the APPI courses, both in the UK and internationally, training allied health professionals to the high standards of the APPI.

Deborah is excited to be have been teaching the Men’s Pilates classes at Halo for over a year now, in addition to providing Pilates on a 1:1 basis.

Deborah is a member of the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC – PH62671), and Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP – 68413).

Kathryn Welland

Senior Physiotherapist (and Veterinary Physiotherapist)

Kathryn qualified with a BSc (Hons) degree in Physiotherapy from Coventry University in 1996. Following qualification she has worked in a range of disciplines before finally focusing her skill set and experience within the orthopaedic and musculoskeletal fields. She has worked in both the NHS and private sector.

In addition to her Physiotherapy degree Kathryn qualified from the Royal Veterinary College with a Post Graduate Diploma in Veterinary Physiotherapy in 2007. She now works part time in both Physiotherapy arenas! Kathryn believes that there is much cross over between all species and working within both disciplines adds an extra element to her assessment and treatment skills. Kathryn runs a successful Veterinary Physiotherapy business and considers that her veterinary Physiotherapy moto of “maximising performance and enhancing quality of life” is true in all aspects of her work.

Kathryn has a particular interest in sports and soft tissue injuries. She has a diploma in Sports Massage Therapy and is a keen sports woman herself. She has experience within a range of sporting fields including lacrosse (national level), horse riding and driving, triathlon, club running and masters swimming.

Kathryn is a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP 056716), Health Profession Council (HCPC PH51616) and Association of Chartered Physiotherapy in Animal Therapy (12718)

Nicki Bradshaw

Senior Physiotherapist

Nicki qualified in 1998 with an Upper Second Class honours degree in Physiotherapy from the University of East Anglia. During the past 18 years she has worked both in the NHS and private sector. Nicki has extensive experience in treating all kinds of musculoskeletal conditions including sports injuries, pre and post operative orthopaedic conditions and rheumatological disorders. She has several years experience working both in a busy acute teaching hospital and in smaller primary care settings alongside GPs.

Nicki’s particular interest is in treating upper limb problems. She has worked for several years as an Extended Scope Practitioner working alongside well respected local orthopaedic surgeons, having single-handedly set up this new service. This role enabled her to order specific medical investigations such as x-rays, scans and blood tests and also to administer cortisone injections into upper limb joints and soft tissues, as well as being able to identify those patients requiring surgery.

As well as completing a Masters module in Injection Therapy, she completed further Masters level education at Coventry University in 2005 to gain a Postgraduate Diploma in Manual Therapy. This also granted her membership of the MACP (the prestigious Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists). This advanced training involved learning about the most up to date, evidence-based treatments in musculoskeletal physiotherapy of the whole body.

More recently, she has completed postgraduate training with the APPI (Australian Physiotherapy & Pilates Institute) to become a Pilates Instructor. She is able to see clients on a one on one basis, and also teaches classes.

She is a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP number 60031), the MACP, and the Health Professions Council (HCPC number PH53982).

Kellie Freeman

Senior Physiotherapist and Pilates Teacher

Kellie qualified in 2009 with a first class honours degree in Physiotherapy. She has gained a wide range of experience within the NHS including orthopaedics, acute and chronic musculoskeletal injuries, neurology and women’s health. In the last 2 years she has gained additional specialist skills in pilates, having completed all APPI matwork series from beginners to advanced, as well as antenatal and postnatal training. She has had the benefit of working under a nationally recognised APPI presenter at a private pilates studio and now brings her skills to Halo Physio. Kellie looks forward to seeing clients of all levels and abilities benefit and develop from attending classes.

Lisa Fitter

Senior Physiotherapist And Pilates Teacher

Lisa qualified as a Chartered Physiotherapist from Coventry University in 2003 with a First- class honours degree. Lisa has gain a wide range of experience and developed her expertise working in a variety of clinical settings both in the NHS and Private sector.

Lisa’s experience extends across musculoskeletal outpatients, orthopaedics, women’s health, paediatrics rheumatology, pain management clinics, GP surgeries and A&E departments. Her particular interest now lies in musculoskeletal and vocational physiotherapy, which has led to working in private musculoskeletal clinics, professional sports clubs, including the Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby team, Welfare to Work and the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Lisa is passionate about musculoskeletal physiotherapy and has a specialised interested in incorporating Pilates based exercise for injury prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of acute musculoskeletal conditions and chronic long term pain problems. She has been teaching Pilates since 2008 and is a qualified APPI Certified Pilates Instructor, and continues to attend training on a regular basis. As a keen equestrian, Lisa has gained great benefits from Pilates herself, increasing core stability, balance, flexibility and postural awareness.

Sophie Drewry

Senior Physiotherapist and Pilates Teacher

Sophie qualified with a BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy in 2010 from Coventry University. She is currently working towards her Masters in Physiotherapy.

Since qualifying, Sophie has worked in the NHS and gained experience in key areas including musculoskeletal outpatients, neurology, respiratory and women’s health.

In 2013 Sophie travelled to Australia and New Zealand. Whilst abroad she completed her APPI Pilates training level 2 and level 3 matwork series. She started teaching classes whilst working in a Spinal Injuries Unit in South Australia.

Sophie returned to the UK at the beginning of the year and currently works as a Neuro Physiotherapist in a local private hospital. She has recently completed further training in Neuro Pilates and is excited to be joining Halo’s team of Pilates teachers.

Lucy Bell

Senior Physiotherapist and Pilates Teacher

Lucy Bell qualified from Coventry University in 2001 with BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy. She initially worked in the NHS Warwickshire Foundation trust and then NHS UHCW in Coventry before moving into Private Practice.

Lucy currently treats both musculoskeletal and sports injury related patients for Nuffield Health in Leamington Spa. She has extensive experience working with gymnastics, rugby, equestrian vaulting and the other equestrian disciplines. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Halo Physio and is honoured to be joining their team of APPI Pilates Instructors.

In 2012, Lucy assisted with the Para-Equestrian team and travelled as part of the support team with the squad to the London Olympic Games. She will continue to work with them in the run up to World Equestrian Games (WEG) 2014. In addition to her Physiotherapy career, Lucy is also the international team manager for the British Equestrian Vaulting Team.

Lucy is a member of the Health & Professions Council (HCPC) and Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Sports & Exercise Medicine (ACPSM).

Jo Buckley

Senior Physiotherapist and Pilates Teacher

Jo qualified in 2007 with a Bsc (Hons) Physiotherapy degree from St Georges Hospital in London, she also has a Bsc (Hons) degree in Sports Rehabilitation. Since qualifying Jo has worked in the NHS and Private Hospitals, gaining a wide range of clinical experience in musculoskeletal outpatients, orthopaedics, acute and chronic medicine and respiratory settings.

Jo has also worked at a number of fitness clubs, writing and teaching fitness and rehabilitation programs for gym members, and is a fully qualified Pilates instructor.

As well as being a member of the Halo team, Jo also works as Senior Physiotherapist on a rotation of outpatients, orthopaedics and SWATT for the South Warwickshire Foundation Trust.

Jo Owen

Senior Physiotherapist and Pilates Teacher

Jo qualified with a BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy degree in 2008 from Coventry University.  Since qualifying Jo has worked for the NHS and in private practice, initially gaining experiences in key areas on hospital wards. These included medical, neurological, acute stroke, respiratory on-call, musculoskeletal outpatients, cystic fibrosis and thoracic surgery.

In 2012 Jo went on to gain further experiences in neurological physiotherapy and hydrotherapy working for a specialist care centre and more recently for Therapy Fusion in Stratford-Upon-Avon, where Jo trained in connective tissue and fascial release techniques.

Jo completed her Pilates training to Level 3 Matwork with the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute (APPI) in 2012. Since then she has been teaching Pilates in various settings and likes to combine a mindfulness approach to her classes. Jo feels this helps clients to begin incorporating Pilates concepts into their daily lives by creating a better awareness of their posture and movement.

In 2017, as part of her role for a community rehabilitation service,  Jo was nominated and won a Q Award for Seeking Excellence as part of a team.  In her spare time, Jo enjoys meditation, travel and a bit of yoga!

Jess Ellmer

Pilates Specialist

Jess graduated from The Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts, London in 2006, and enjoyed a successful and varied professional dance career for nearly a decade. She has performed around the world, including in London’s West End.

In 2013 Jess became a qualified REPS Level 3 Personal Trainer, specialising in weight loss, and this is where her passion for Pilates began to sparkle.  She found that it was a perfect complement to the dance training she had experienced early in her career, and  having qualified as a Pilates instructor was determined to share the benefits of the discipline with as many people as possible

In 2016 Jess created ‘Beam with Grace’, adding new twist on Pilates, which she provides from a specially equipped studio here at Halo.

Angie Went

Reception Manager

Angie is usually the first person patients meet or speak to at Halo!

She began her career in finance working for a leading Building Society, initially in a customer facing role and later becoming an Internal Auditor.

After a short career break whilst her children were very young, Angie continued to work in various financial roles until moving into the private health sector 10 years ago where she worked in various departments of a local private hospital.

After working with Michelle and Rachael at their previous clinic, Angie is delighted to now be part of the Halo team.

Jenny Wills

Receptionist

Jenny works in our busy reception making appointments, welcoming patients and helping to ensure everyone’s experience of Halo is an extremely positive one.

Previous to joining Halo, Jenny worked as a Chartered Librarian in Reading, Geneva, Bath and Leamington Spa.

Jenny is extremely organised and totally customer focussed, which are of course attributes that fit well with our team ethos and make her a great asset to Halo.

Complementary Therapy team

Sue Leatherdale

Esscentials – Aromatherapy, Reflexology & Hopi Ear Candles

Sue Leatherdale qualified in Aromatherapy with the Revival School in Sutton Coldfield in 1997 and in Reflexology with the Bailey School of Reflexology in 1999. She has been practicing both therapies locally ever since.

Both therapies are safe and gentle to use and can help the body to rebalance, reducing stress and aiding relaxation. Specific ailments can be helped using these techniques.

Aromatherapy combines touch with the healing properties of natural plant essential oils whilst Reflexology is based on the principle that reflex points on the feet and hands correspond to individual parts of the body. Gentle stimulation of these points helps the body to restore balance both emotionally and physically.

Hopi Ear Candles can help with the after effects of colds and with conditions such as tinnitus and sinusitis and includes a relaxing face and scalp massage, which can aid relaxation.

Since qualifying Sue has completed training that covers the use of Aromatherapy and Reflexology for Cancer Care, Fertility and Pregnancy and Multiple Sclerosis. She used a range of complementary therapies throughout her own pregnancy and was a founding member of the Warwickshire Pregnancy and Birth Network which she is still actively involved in. She regularly treats clients at the end of their pregnancies when Reflexology in particular can be very beneficial.

Sue is a member of the International Federation of Professional Aromatherapists (IFPA), the British Reflexology Association (BRA) and the Pregnancy and Birth Network.

Web: www.esscentials.co.uk Phone: 024 7647 4007 Email: enquiries@esscentials.co.uk

Andrea Ramus

Sports Massage Therapist

Andrea began practicing massage in 2011 when she gained her VTCT level 3 Certificate in Swedish Massage from Solihull College. She then went on to study for the VTCT level 3 Certificate in Sports Massage Therapy at Warwickshire College in 2012. She has more recently studied with the Oxford School of Sports Massage to complete her BTEC Level 5 Diploma in Clinical Sports and Remedial Massage in 2014. To further her skills and knowledge she has also completed courses in strapping and taping as well as integrated myofascial release therapy.

Andrea has treated a wide variety of people from athletes at different competing levels to people with overuse injuries from work or leisure, as well as those with chronic conditions. Having previously worked as a physiotherapy assistant and having a keen interest in sports herself, she understands many of the principles around fitness and athletic training, injury prevention and rehabilitation.

Andrea is a member of the Federation of Holistic Therapists as well as the Sports Massage Association and the Institute of Sports and Remedial Massage.

To book an appointment with Andrea, please contact her directly on 07766 117 026 or andrearamustherapy@gmail.com

Ruth Voisey

Sports & Remedial Massage Therapist

Ruth has been practicing Sports and Remedial Massage since obtaining an International Institute of Sports Therapy Diploma in 1996 at North Warwickshire College. Ruth also studied at Coventry University, where she was awarded a BSc (Hons) degree in Sports Science and Health Science in 1999.

Ruth worked within the pharmaceutical industry for 15 years to further develop her knowledge of physiology, and her areas of interest include neurology, rehabilitation and diabetes.

Ruth is keen on many sports and enjoys cycling, skiing, horse riding and keep fit activities. She has helped clients experiencing a wide range of conditions, including migraine, stress and sciatica, and provides treatment to sports enthusiasts to reduce the risk of injury, aid recovery and increase performance.

To book an appointment with Ruth, please contact her directly on 07824 313 353 or ruthvoisey@yahoo.co.uk

Podiatry

Mark Gallagher

Podiatrist 

Mark qualified from the University of Huddersfield in 1994 and gained his Masters degree from the NENE University in 2000. Mark gained extensive experience in one of the largest Trauma centres in the UK, for both civilian and military trauma, from 1995-2010 at University Hospital, Birmingham. This resulted in a wide-ranging skill-set geared towards managing the majority of foot and ankle problems associated with both trauma and acute and chronic disease.

Mark also worked at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital from 1998-2012, dealing with all areas of orthopaedic practice with a  focus on foot and ankle injury. In addition to his trauma and complex ankle injury work, Mark is also involved in elite sport in both the West Midlands and London.

The defining feature of Mark’s work is in dealing with mechanical problems in the lower limbs and analysing how an individual moves to determine contributing factors to their symptoms.

Mark is actively engaged in research across a number of academic institutions looking at footwear design and bespoke ankle bracing. Mark is an external lecturer on the University of Birmingham Masters program for Physiotherapy and also the England Football Association Exercise and Sports Medicine module. In addition Mark has also designed and delivered a post graduate teaching model in Podiatric Biomechanics that is delivered to clinicians in the UK and Ireland.

Mark is BUPA accredited, and to book an appointment with him please telephone 07912 301 582

Diet & Nutrition

Sheri Taylor

Dietitian & Nutritionist 

Sheri received her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition with great distinction from the University of Saskatchewan in Canada in 1994.  She worked in Canada as a Public Health Nutritionist and Community Dietitian for 12 years before spending one year in Indonesia with Volunteer Services Overseas (VSO) and finally moving to the United Kingdom in 2009.

Sheri locumed for NHS Trusts all over the country for eight years and received a wealth of experience acting as a specialist dietitian for weight management services, learning disability services, nutrition support services and even forensic mental health. Sheri started her private practice in 2014.

Sheri provides high quality nutrition advice that allows busy professionals to ensure they have the energy and nutrients required to live the life of their dreams!  She can help people lose weight, gain weight, control blood sugar levels, manage pain and inflammation, improve energy levels and manage gut problems such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

She is also a specialist dietitian for people with brain injuries, stroke and neurological conditions (including people with swallowing problems).  Her passion is helping them achieve the best quality of life and maximising their rehabilitation potential.

Sheri is a member of: The British Dietetic Association, Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC Number DT18488), Commission on Dietetic Registration (USA), Saskatchewan Dietitians Association (Canada) and The Centre for Mindful Eating.

To make an appointment with Sheri, please contact her directly at 07787 603863 or email: eatgreatfeelgreat@outlook.com

Karen Jones

Dietitian & Nutritionist 

Karen graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Nutrition and Dietetics from Leeds Polytechnic and has worked as an HCPC registered dietitian in the NHS for 30 years. She has worked in a range of speciality areas, including 10 years as a renal dietitian. As a Diabetes Specialist Dietitian in Coventry for the last 8 years, she worked with patients with type 1 and 2 diabetes, diabetes in pregnancy (gestational diabetes), and in diabetes prevention. She is experienced at advising patients individually, delivers group education and is an accredited DESMOND Educator.

Karen is qualified in Adult and Further Education and has delivered education sessions in hospital and community settings, to students at Coventry University and health professionals at Warwick University.

Working alongside consultants and specialist nurses has given her an understanding of the medical treatments for diabetes. It has also convinced her of the pivotal role of diet and lifestyle in the prevention of diabetes and in improving control. Karen also has wider experience advising on diets for heart health, and weight loss.

All advice is based on up to date evidence and will be adapted depending on any medical treatment. It will be delivered in a friendly, understanding way, taking into account your lifestyle.

If you would like to learn more about eating for health, changing diet to treat or prevent diabetes, or for weight loss, contact Karen for an appointment at Halo Physio, Kenilworth on 0781 679 0541 or email: karen@balance4healthnutrition.co.uk

Daytime or evening appointments available