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 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.

E-mail: beth@yourphysioathome.co.uk
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 '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.

E-mail: kathryn@yourphysioathome.co.uk
Phone: 01206 396789
Mobile: 07850899627


Tanya Jewell

BSc (Hons) MCSP HCPC MPOGP BMAS



Before qualifying Tanya worked as a Physiotherapy assistant at Colchester Hospital from 2007 and then on gaining her BSc first class honours in 2009 she gained full employment at Colchester.

Tanya has gained experience in working in all aspects of physiotherapy including elderly, neurological, medical, respiratory and musculoskeletal physiotherapy. Tanya further specialised in Women's and Men's health and musculoskeletal conditions in 2011 and continued to study extensively with expert Physiotherapists and consultants from around the world. Tanya is a qualified acupuncturist and has integrated acupuncture in to her practice. Tanya has a special interest in chronic pain and is a member of BMAS (British Medical Acupuncture Society. Tanya is also an associate member of the Pelvic Organ and Gynaecological Physiotherapy association (POGP) and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP).

Tanya's varied skills including continence rehab, enables a more holistic treatment approach for those with stroke, MS, Parkinson's, cerebral palsy or spinal injuries. Tanya is particularly interested in integrating Pilates control and breathing techniques into her treatment programmes for clients with neurological weakness or tone changes, as she feels that this enables clients to work more optimally.

Tanya works part time with 'Physio@home' and also works as a senior physiotherapist at Colchester Hospital where she works closely with the consultants running a joint clinic for people with pelvic floor problems. Tanya is married with two adult children. She enjoys an active lifestyle but loves to relax on long walks with her family and Labradoodle.

Rachel Gregory



Rachel started her career studying cell biology and genetics in South Africa. During this time she tutored Health Care Professionals and developed an interest in Physiotherapy.Rachel emigrated to the UK in 1997 and started working as a Physiotherapy Assistant at the Homerton University Hospital Trust. During this time she trained as a Physiotherapist traveling to and from Colchester Institute (affiliated to the University of Hertfordshire). She obtained her physiotherapy qualification in 2002 and started to work as a qualified physiotherapist at the Homerton Hospital and City and Hackney Community Services. Completing all her rotations as a junior therapist, Rachel continued to work in Hackney, London, specialising in Neurological Rehabilitation including traumatic brain injury, stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinsons Disease and Motor Neurone Disease. In 2009 Rachel worked as the senior physiotherapist for the Adult Community Neurological Rehabilitation Team in Islington under Whittington Health. She became Islington Stroke Co-ordinator, helping to set up stroke services and pathways in Islington. Her other special interests include modified Pilates, FES, vestibular rehabilitation and hydrotherapy. Rachel is a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) and Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Neurology (ACPIN). Rachel is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council.

Rachel moved to Wivenhoe, Colchester with her family in 2016 and started working part time for Physio@Home in January 2017. In addition she does some teaching at the University of Essex. She is a member of the charity: Nuru of Mombasa, a team of therapists who raise awareness and support assisting Port Reitz, a school for children with disabilities and Nuru Orphanage in Mombasa, Kenya. She has travelled to Kenya on three occasions to provide therapy support to disabled children and their carers. In 2011 Rachel climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania to raise funds for Nuru of Mombasa. Rachel has one toddler and 2 new rescue dogs who need a lot of attention and support. Rachel is a keen hiker and swimmer and enjoys exploring the Essex countryside and seaside.

E-mail: rachel@yourphysioathome.co.uk
Phone: 07809206279


Lois Bloomfield, Physiotherapist



Lois started her career as a healthcare assistant working with a wide range of individual's with complex health needs in a variety of settings. This gave her an insight into how people manage at home and the difficulties they can face which inspired her to go on to learn more. She gained a qualification in Swedish Massage before going to the University of East Anglia where she trained to be a physiotherapist. After graduating in 2010 she started work at Colchester Hospital University Foundation Trust gaining experience in different specialities of physiotherapy including care of the elderly, stroke and respiratory care. She then went on to work in stroke specialist community rehabilitation team.

She is trained on using SaeboFlex rehabilitation devices and has attended numerous courses on upper limb rehabilitation. She has completed her Pilates Matwork Level 1 and an Adapted Tai Chi course, and applies these principles when working with neurological patients. She has also completed a course in using kinesiology taping for neurological patients. She has completed her Bobath Introductory Modules and is currently in the process of completing the Basic Modules.

Lois is registered with the Health Care and Professions Council and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists. She is a regional committee member for the East Anglia ACPIN group.

Lois is also a registered owner of a PAT dog and is starting to explore ways in which animals may be used as a positive adjunct to therapy.




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 info@yourphysioathome.co.uk to see if we can help.


Testimonials
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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