Beth Thornton, Physiotherapist

Beth qualified as a physiotherapist from Bradford University in 2008, where she achieved first class honours and received a prestigious award for the highest mark in her graduating year. During her studies Beth organised to spend a month working with physiotherapists in Thailand at an orphanage for disabled children. This was a very special and rewarding experience for Beth, of which she still has fond memories.

At the beginning of her career Beth worked at York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals, gaining experience in the core areas of physiotherapy as a rotational physiotherapist.

Beth then re-located to East Anglia to be close to her family in Suffolk and began work at Colchester Hospital University Foundation Trust, where she developed her specialist rehabilitation skills further. Since qualifying Beth has developed a wealth of knowledge and experience in a broad range of specialties but her special interests lie within neurological and elderly rehabilitation. Beth has most recently completed a course on Spasticity Management at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery (2020) and attended the Adult CP Hub charity conference (2019) to further complement her skillset working with adults with a wide range of neurological conditions. Beth has completed a course in adapted Tai Chi exercises which she uses to compliment her more traditional physiotherapy techniques and more recently has completed training for Walkaide FES and Saebo rehabilitation products.

Beth is a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, of AGILE the professional network for physiotherapists working with older people and is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council. Outside of work Beth enjoys spending time with her family and is a keen netball player and runner.

Phone: 01206 396789
Mobile: 07725216330

Kathryn Smith, Physiotherapist

Kathryn trained in physiotherapy at the University of Manchester, working for a year at Ipswich Hospital after graduation before taking a 12 month career break to support the Tsunami clear-up in Thailand. Kathryn worked at 2 London Teaching Hospitals during which time she gained much of her experience in working with complex neuro-rehab and elderly rehab patients, in both acute and community settings.

In 2009 Kathryn relocated to Colchester, working for a year in amputee and prosthetic rehabilitation before moving into medicine and oncology, where she continued to expand on skills in the assessment and treatment of a variety of conditions, including acquired brain injury, MS and spinal cord injury.

Kathryn has completed the Introductory Bobath modules and an MSc module in Emergency Care (University of Hertfordshire). Most recently Kathryn has attended a Spasticity Management course (2020) at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery and attended a conference hosted by the Adult CP Hub charity in 2019 to further her holistic approach when working with adults with cerebral palsy. Most recently Kathryn has attended a 'Positioning for Function' course at the Royal Hospital for Neuro-Disability and completed training for Walkaide FES devices and Saebo upper limb rehabilitation products.

Kathryn is a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, of ACPIN, and is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council.

Phone: 01206 396789
Mobile: 07850899627

We are always happy to discuss your individual situation, so please don't hesitate to call us for an informal chat on 01206 396789, or email us on to see if we can help.

In August 2013 I had a Brain Hemorrhage aged 29 before this I was a solicitor at a top 10 law firm and a busy mum of two.

My father-in-law found Kathryn on the internet and having read her profile I knew she was for me. I met Kathryn shortly after in February 2014 after a second stint in hospital. The original Brain hemorrhage has left me with Ataxia, which in turn, has left me with balance, strength and core problems.

When I first met Kathryn I was pleased to use my zimmer frame now I have a walker and crutches (July 2014) and I am far less reliant on my wheelchair.

I find the physio tough in a good way. Kathryn recently went away and the organization was seamless - Beth turned up and was just as tough. Both Kathryn and Beth are really personable and an hour goes by very quickly.

I find Kathryn (and Beth) approachable and friendly. Kathryn often emails me between appointments and her local market knowledge is very good.

I am really/finally starting to see a difference and I hope if we keep on I'll get a semblance of my old life back.

- CW
In March 2010 my wife and I had the 4 o'clock in the morning call that all parents dread. Our son, 29 years old, had had a serious motorcycle accident in Bali. He was in a critical state, with serious head injuries and brain damage, in a coma in a hospital in Bali. What followed was massive anguish and uncertainty, air ambulance jet repatriation a thousand miles away to Singapore, five weeks of fantastic hospital treatment, and then repatriation to UK.

At that point we were more or less on our own; the first available appointment offered for physiotherapy was more than a month away. We came to Beth via a personal contact and she was the best thing that could have happened to us. Beth is definitely not a 'one size fits all' therapist. She listened carefully to the detail of his situation. She carried out her own assessment. Then she devised targeted exercises specific to his needs.

Each visit progressively moved him along the road to improving balance, strength, physical co-ordination, hand to eye co-ordination, fine motor skills and, of equal importance, confidence in his ability to get his old life back.

Beth stressed that her visits were to demonstrate and advise, so that our son's own daily routines in between visits, would be best suited to his continuing improvement.

In those early months she gave him the encouragement, confidence and motivation that he so badly needed.

No one who now meets our son has any idea that he suffered brain injury. Even his old friends cannot tell the difference between the before and after. He was undoubtedly lucky, but a significant chunk of his luck came from knowing Beth.

- Garry, Essex
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