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Michelle Henry

Principal Physiotherapist and Co-owner of Halo Physio

 

Michelle qualified with a 1st Class Honours Degree in Physiotherapy from Sheffield Hallam University. 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 hip, shoulder and knee injuries.

She has run her own private practice since 2006. Six years ago, she joined forces with Rachael and Halo was born! Their vision is to provide the highest quality physiotherapy service to each patient who walks through the door. By liaising with other health professionals and members of the Halo team, they pride themselves on delivering a seamless patient experience.

As a clinician, Michelle has extensive knowledge in complex hip, knee and shoulder injuries and sports and post-operative rehabilitation. She also enjoys the management of chronic musculoskeletal conditions and is interested in optimising physical performance and injury prevention.  Michelle uses a wide range of manual therapy, manipulation techniques and acupuncture as well as very specific exercise programs tailored to each case.

In addition to treating patients, Michelle has taught on the BTEC Sport and Exercise Massage Course in 2 local schools. She delivers lectures on a range of topics including anatomy, massage, exercise prescription and injury management. She is keen to promote a career in physiotherapy to the next generation.

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

Rachael Adams

Principal Physiotherapist and Co-owner of Halo Physio

 

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

Her specialist interest in the shoulder, neck and spine has led towards successfully treating complex conditions and carrying out research and audits. Rachael prides herself on offering patients highly effective skills in manual therapy, manipulation, acupuncture and individually tailored exercise programmes.

In 2017 Rachael attended training at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery and is now qualified to assess and treat patients experiencing symptoms associated with BPPV.  She is experienced to perform all repositioning manoeuvres including the Epley and Semont.

In addition to her clinical practice, Rachael is involved in lecturing and presenting to local businesses the importance of physical wellbeing in the work place. She has recently been invited to join the Coventry and Warwickshire CIPD to speak about her experiences in setting up workplace clinics and the positive impact this has on the workforce.

Rachael founded Halo Physio with Michelle in 2012. They are both committed to running a practice that offers the highest quality patient care in a calm and professional environment. The clinic offers a multidisciplinary approach where therapists work closely with one another to offer best patient care.

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 teaches Pilates at Halo on a 1:1 and 1:2 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 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).

Laura Woods

Senior Physiotherapist and Pilates Teacher

Laura qualified with a BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy degree in 2008 from Salford University. After graduating, Laura worked in Orthopaedics treating both NHS and private patients. In 2010, Laura moved to Dubai where she completed rotations in a large teaching hospital. This included working on the neurological, respiratory, surgical and medical wards.

Laura then specialised in musculoskeletal outpatient physiotherapy in a private physiotherapy and rehabilitation clinic. She has completed training in dry needling, clinical pilates, taping, Mulligan concept, spinal, orthopaedic and sports manual therapies. Laura is also a fully qualifed DMA Pilates Instructor.

In 2018 Laura moved back the UK and worked for a private company that promotes a combination of pilates and physiotherapy as effective rehabilitation programmes. Laura recognises this combination as an invaluable enrichment to her treatments.

Laura helps patients with musculoskeletal conditions and has a particular passion for treating low back and neck pain.

In the future Laura hopes to embark on an MSc in Manual Therapy to further enhance her skills.

Laura is a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP No. 083862), the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC No. PH91963).

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.

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.

Stacey Winders

Senior Physiotherapist And Pilates Teacher

Stacey graduated from Coventry University in 2009 with a BSc(Hons) Physiotherapy degree. Since qualifying Stacey has worked in the NHS and private setting gaining experience in orthopaedics, musculoskeletal outpatients, respiratory and women’s health. After 5 years, Stacey left the NHS to work as a locum physiotherapist gaining experience working in different teams around the Midlands.

Stacey gained her APPI qualification to teach Pilates in 2011. Stacey teaches privately and has gone onto gain a qualification to teach antenatal and postnatal Pilates.

As well as joining the Halo team, Stacey works as a Senior Physiotherapist for the South Warwickshire Foundation Trust providing rehabilitation to people in their own homes.

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 founded ‘Beam with Grace’ in 2016 and set up her first Balanced Body equipped Pilates Studio here at Halo Physiotherapy Clinic.

Originally trained at Italia Conti, London as a professional dancer, Jess enjoyed a long and varied career in London’s West End and around the world.

In 2013, she qualified as a Level 3 Personal Trainer and specialised in weight-loss and nutrition. Then in 2018, Jess qualified as a comprehensive Polestar practitioner at Moss Pilates, London. This intense training includes Reformer, Tower, Chair, Ladder Barrel, Arc and Trapeze.

Training professionals from the sports and entertainment industry, Jess has vast experience in rehabilitation, back and joint pain, pre and post op, fitness plans and lifestyle changes.

With a passion for movement, a buzz on personal development and an excitement for people to understand how amazing their mind and body can truly feel, Jess’ ethos is simple – ‘Bend, Energise, Align and Move your body…to a Healthier, Happy You’

To find out more and to book, please contact Jess on 07951 253 559 or visit www.beamwithgrace.co.uk

Clinic Support

Angie Went

Practice Administrator

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

Practice Administrator

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

Nick Court

Sports & Remedial Massage Therapist

Nick qualified from the Loughborough Active School of Complementary Therapy in 2017 with a BTEC Level 5 Professional Diploma in Clinical Sport and Remedial Massage.  He has also completed the ISRM Soft Tissue Therapy programme.

Since qualifying, Nick has gained professional experience working in a private gym, and more recently within the NHS as a Physiotherapy Assistant at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham within the Specialist Surgery and Neurology wards.

Nick has worked as a Sports Massage Therapist for Sutton Coldfield Town Ladies Football Club during the 2017-18 season, he has used his skills to support the 2017 Robin Hood Marathon and the British Army Womens Cycle Race Team.

Nick is a keen sportsman himself, having played Hockey for over 20 years.  He has represented Coventry University in American Football and in 2015 he completed Ironman Mallorca.

Nick’s passion and drive to continue his education in Physiotherapy will come to fruition when he starts his BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy Degree in September 2019.

Please book with Nick by visiting our online booking facility here

Lisa Craine

Sports Massage Therapist & Personal Trainer

Lisa is a qualified Sports Massage Therapist and Personal Trainer and has over 20 years’ experience of endurance training and fitness.

Having completed many races including 5 marathons, Lisa is well equipped to help soothe your aches and pains and understands the benefits that sports massage brings.  Lisa can also provide training and fitness advice.

Lisa’s background includes a mixture of roles in Business Management, she has a passion for fitness, wellbeing and sport, in particular running, and works predominantly with the corporate clients here at Halo.

Kerry Palmer

Yoga & Meditation Instructor 

Kerry found her love for yoga early in life, initially attracted to the physical practice but soon drawn in by the many other benefits yoga has to offer. Having been a dedicated student for many years, Kerry qualified as a Yoga Instructor in 2014 and has been guiding students in the local area ever since.

She believes yoga should be not only accessible but enjoyable for all and has taught a variety of students from complete beginners to those with over 40 years experience! Kerry’s sessions focus on stress relief, relaxation and meditation practices and physical movement designed to make your body feel good. She believes yoga isn’t about going upside down or standing on your head, but about creating a better connection between your mind, breath and body.

Kerry runs four yoga classes at Halo every week, and also hosts a ‘Relax and Restore’ yoga workshop here once a month. Find out more

To find out more and to book, please contact Kerry on 07950 114 957 or email: info@kerrypalmercoach.com

Caterina Monaco

Indian Head Massage Therapist and Body Mapping Practitioner 

Caterina is a qualified Indian Head Massage therapist and Body Mapping practitioner.

She is certified in Body Care Cosmetics preparation, has 20+ years experience as a Meditation coach, and is a practising artist and designer.  Through her love of colour and beauty, and a connection with nature nurtured through years of artistic observation, she is able to draw on a wide range of multi-sensory approaches and inspirations to offer highly personalised support.

Whether that means supplementing an individual Head Massage session with deeply relaxing meditation techniques, or enhancing her Body Mapping practice with bespoke body care, the result is a uniquely personalised approach.

For further details and to book appointments, please contact Caterina on 07969 347 351 or email: caterinamisuma@gmail.com

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

Wellbeing & Lifestyle

Hannah Bailey

Wellbeing Coach & Reconnective Healer

Hannah, offers Wellbeing Life Coaching, Reconnective Healing and Cancer Mentoring at Halo.

Reconnective Healing is a safe, non-invasive form of energy healing that helps bring the body back into balance and wellbeing on a physical, emotional and mental level. It doesn’t treat a specific injury or illness; rather it helps the person as a whole to repair, restore and heal.

Wellbeing Life Coaching is a talking therapy used to help people who are going through a difficult time in their life on a mental and emotional level. This can be due to a number of different factors such as ill health, divorce, loss, addiction, chronic stress, or dealing with shock and trauma.

Hannah offers either of these therapies on a separate basis, or they can be combined into one session as they work very effectively together.

Hannah also offers a Cancer Mentoring service to those who are going through, or moving on from, a cancer diagnosis.

Find out more by clicking here. To get in touch or book a session with Hannah, please contact her on 07966 399 040 or email: info@reconnectyourlife.co.uk