Meet The Team
Jonathan Smith MSc,BSc, FSOMM, MCSP
Principal Physiotherapist and Director
Jonathan graduated at the University of Huddersfield, obtaining a 1st class BSc Honours degree in Physiotherapy. Since then he has specialised in Musculoskeletal Medicine, obtaining both a Masters Degree (MSc) and Fellowship in Musculoskeletal Medicine (FSOMM). Jonathan is a Course Principle for SOMM and is one of only 4 people with these qualifications within the UK . He also has Diplomas in Advanced Clinical Practice and Injection Therapy.
Jonathan lectures in the UK on Musculoskeletal Medicine courses to both GP’s and Physiotherapists and was a guest speaker at the 2008 National Symposium (see award link). He has extensive experience in assessment and treatment of musculoskeletal disorders and sports injuries.
Jonathan used to work in the NHS as an Extended Scope Physiotherapist, where he specialised in the assessment and treatment of both upper and lower limb conditions. Through this work, he has formed excellent working relationships with some of the most highly regarded Orthopaedic Consultants in the area.
Professionally, Jonathan is state registered and is a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP), the Health Professions Council (HPC), the Extended Scope Physiotherapy Group (ESP), the Society of Musculoskeletal Medicine (SOMM) and the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Orthopaedic Medicine and Injection Therapy (ACPOMIT). Jonathan is also a full member of the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (AACP).
A keen innovator and passionate about what life has to offer, Jonathan’s optimism will contribute to a more positive outlook of your capabilities.
Hannah Smith BSc MCSP SRP Bobath trained
Neurological Physiotherapist and Director
Hannah graduated with a BSc Hons degree in Physiotherapy at the university of Huddersfield in 2003. Following this she completed her junior rotations at Frimley Park Hospital before moving to Southampton to specialise in neurology. Having gained invaluable experience in the rehabilitation of many neurological conditions, Hannah returned to Frimley Park 3 years later and is an integral member of the Neurology team.
Hannah’s passion is rehabilitation and she has a special interest in stroke, MS and Guillain Barre syndrome. Her creative and positive approach is inspiring to her patients.
Ben Gallagher BSc, MCSP SRP
PhysiotherapistBen graduated from the University of Southampton in 2000 with a BSc Honours degree in Physiotherapy. Currently Ben works within both the military and private sector; he has also worked with national level American Football and Basketball teams. During his time in the NHS Ben was the Area Co-ordinator for the international ACTIVE trial: a study of the benefits of Autologous Chondrocyte Transplantation/Implantation in the knee. Ben has a specialist interest in Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction, Cervicogenic headaches and facial palsys. Ben is registered with the Health Professions council, Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, and the Acupuncture association of Chartered Physiotherapists. Ben is currently studying for a Master’s degree with the MACP
Helen Antram BSc MCSP SRP
PhysiotherapistHelen graduated with a 1st class BSc Honours degree in Physiotherapy from Brunel University in 2004. She works part time as a senior musculoskeletal physiotherapist at Frimley Park Hosptial. Having also completed a number of postgraduate courses she utilises a wide range of treatment techniques including soft tissue techniques, mobilisations, muscle energy techniques and acupuncture to help her clients achieve their goals. Helen is a very keen sportswoman, and particularly enjoys running and mountain biking.
Jessica Harrison-Crowley BSc MCSP, HCPC, AACP
PhysiotherapistJessica graduated from Nottingham University in 2005 with a First Class (Hons) degree. Prior to this she completed a degree in Sports Science from Loughborough University.
Jessica has worked in several different clinical settings, specialising in musculoskeletal physiotherapy since 2008. She has worked at Frimley Park Hospital, Basingstoke Hospital and has been working as a Senior Physiotherapist at Guys and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust for the last 6 years, treating both acute and chronic conditions referred by GPs and Consultants.
Jessica has completed continued postgraduate courses up to Masters Level. Using her experience and knowledge of injury management, biomechanics, Pilates, and conditioning, Jessica is able to manage individuals and sporting personnel to achieve their specific goals. Her aim is to reduce your pain and restore normal function using manual therapy, acupuncture for pain relief and sound rehabilitation programmes so that you can enjoy your hobbies and sports once again.
Personally sport has always played a huge part of her life. She has played Junior International level hockey, enjoys running and keeping fit with her little one!
Kate McGowan BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy MCSP HCPC BSc (Hons) Sports Science
PhysiotherapistKate is a Chartered Physiotherapist and Sport Scientist. She started as an NHS Physiotherapy Technician in 1998 before going on to graduate with a Physiotherapy degree in 2005 from Brunel University. Kate then worked at Ashford and St Peter’s NHS Trust and Surrey Primary Care Trust. Since leaving the NHS, Kate has worked in private clinics where she specialises in musculoskeletal Physiotherapy with everyone from teenagers to the elderly.
Kate is an approachable, friendly practitioner who builds a good rapport with her patients. She is registered with the Health Care Professions Council and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.
Kate is an avid sports enthusiast with a keen interest in squash and hockey, having played both at an international level.
Louise Parker (Grad Dip Physio, MCSP SRP)
PhysiotherapistLouise qualified in 1984 at Prince of Wales School of physiotherapy and has gained over 30 years experience in the NHS and privately. This includes some highly respected hospitals including the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases and the Royal United Hospital in Bath, as well as Frimley Park Hospital. Louise has always enjoyed learning new skills and after gaining general physiotherapy experience undertook post graduate training to gain diplomas in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy and Orthopaedic Medicine. This has led to a special interest in musculoskeletal physiotherapy and in particular spinal problems
Out-side work Louise has a love for the out-doors and is a keen Hill walker and mountain biker. She has competed successfully in mountain bike cross country races for over 20 years and continues to do so giving her an insight into the needs of the active individual especially as they get older!
Emily Strickland (MSc BSc MCSP)
PhysiotherapistEmily qualified with a BSc Hons in Physiotherapy in 1998 from Kings College London and spent her early career working at Guys and St Thomas’ hospitals.
She began to specialise in musculoskeletal outpatients in 2002 and has worked in this area since.
She completed an MSc in Sports Physiotherapy at Cardiff university in 2007 ,winning a research prize for her work on the effect of fatigue in endurance injuries.
She has spent the last 15 years working in private practice and for the Ministry of Defence. She has been the physio for the Army Women’s cricket team and has had leading roles in injury prevention and the musculoskeletal training of new GP’s.
She thrives on the challenge of complex orthopaedic trauma but equally enjoys the more common lower limb injuries. She utilises traditional Physiotherapy techniques alongside other treatment approaches including Acupuncture.
Ashley Fowler (BSc MCSP, SRP DipSOMM)
Ashley graduated from the University of Hertfordshire in 2012 with a BSc Honours degree in Physiotherapy. Since graduation, Ashley has gained a wealth of experience working in musculoskeletal clinics, occupational health and providing sports specific rehabilitation. He is acupuncture qualified and has recently completed an advanced post-graduate diploma in Musculoskeletal Medicine. He is now working towards his Masters degree in Musculoskeletal Medicine with SOMM in order to further enhance his clinical skills.
Ashley has a special interest in shoulder dysfunction and sport specific rehabilitation. In his spare time Ashley enjoys weightlifting, cycling and running and is very passionate about returning his patients to full fitness and achieving their personal goals. Are you worried about not being able to take part in that upcoming marathon? Or maybe you just want to return to sport for recreational purposes? Get in touch with Ashley and he will be more than happy to help you in meeting your targets!
Daniel Toms (BSc (hons), MSc, AACP, MCSP, HCPC)
Dan studied BSc Psychology at the University of Leicester and graduated in 2009. He then went on to use this degree to work in occupational psychology for a business consultancy firm in central London. Dan made his transition to physiotherapy in 2013 when he studied an accelerated MSc Physiotherapy course at the University of Brighton and graduated in 2015.
Dan has worked with the NHS, Ministry of Defence, Wasps RFC and BMI Healthcare. Having retired from playing rugby in 2017, he is now responsible for physiotherapy at Guildford Rugby Club.
His specialist areas are:
– injury rehabilitation; in particular lower limb
– return to sports strength and conditioning
– pain management
In his spare time, Dan enjoys keeping fit and recently started rowing with Guildford Rowing Club. He also enjoys running, kayaking, rock climbing, photography, rugby and being in the country air!
Lesley Wilson (BSc, SRP, MCSP)
PhysiotherapistLesley graduated from Brunel University in 2004. She has worked in a wide spectrum of physiotherapy and has a wealth of rehabilitation experience. She is qualified in intermediate Pilates and has an interest in horse rider assessments. She has also completed a postural stability course for the elderly.
In her spare time Lesley enjoys Pilates, tennis, cycling and singing.
Will Firth (BSc Hons Physiotherapy, MCSP)
PhysiotherapistWill graduated from the University of Plymouth in 2011 with a BSc Hons in Physiotherapy. After graduating Will completed his junior rotations at Heatherwood and Wexham Park NHS trust, then he was successful in gaining a senior musculoskeletal physiotherapy role within the same trust. He worked as a senior physiotherapist at Heatherwood hospital specialising in hand therapy and paediatrics alongside a normal musculoskeletal caseload.
Will left this job to go travelling with his now fiancée. Whilst away he did a ski season in the French alps and worked for a physiotherapy company on the mountain providing soft tissue treatments. On his return he resumed work as a full time senior physiotherapist contracting for various NHS and private practices. In the last two years he has been working full time for the military. Whilst working for the military he has worked as a physiotherapist for the army Infantry football club providing pre-game and pitch side support.
Will is passionate about enhancing his knowledge of physiotherapy to inform his practice and frequently attends postgraduate courses when his time allows. In his spare time he enjoys generally keeping fit and participating in outdoors activities such as running and cycling.
Claire Richards BSc, MCSP, HCPC, AACP
Claire qualified with A BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy in 1995 from the University of Ulster and began her career at the Royal Surrey County Hospital before moving on to St Mary’s Hospital in London and gaining further experience in both the public and private sectors in Australia.
She has worked in several areas of physiotherapy, in particular rehabilitation and neurology and has been employed in private practice sice 2010.
Claire has a wealth of experience in treating all spinal and musculoskeletal problems, with a special interest in using acupuncture as an adjunct to treatment for pain relief.
Claire is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and is a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) and the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (AACP).
John is a dual qualified physiotherapist and sonographer with many years of experience specialising in diagnostic musculoskeletal ultrasound and ultrasound guided injection therapy. After qualifying as a physiotherapist at Brunel University college, and specialising in musculoskeletal medicine, he went on to train as a medical sonographer at Southbank University.
John has gone on to hold senior roles within the NHS in both professions including Clinical Specialist in the Reading Shoulder Surgery Unit and Consultant Sonographer at the Royal Surrey County Hospital. He is a non-medical independent prescriber, and now specialises in integrating diagnostic ultrasound into musculoskeletal clinical practice. John has helped to develop the use of ultrasound within primary care musculoskeletal services in Bedfordshire and London and teaches on a number of post graduate diagnostic and injection therapy ultrasound courses.
Neurological PhysiotherapistJenny is a highly specialist and experienced neurological physiotherapist. After graduating in 2000 Jenny has specialised in neurology for 16 years including 14 years working in the NHS and 2 years in private neurological rehab in Australia. Jenny is Bobath trained having completed two Advanced Bobath courses and has undertaken training with the Australian Physiotherapy and PIlates Institute in relation to its application to neurological patients.
Currently Jenny works part time as a Clinical Specialist in Neurology on the stroke unit at Frimley Park Hospital. Jenny is passionate in working with patients to achieve their goals and fulfill their potential.
Neurological PhysiotherapistHelen graduated from Brighton university in 2007 with a Bsc hons in Physiotherapy. She went on to work at Frimley Park Hospital and Wexham Park Hospital before becoming a specialist physiotherapist in neurology at Northwick Park Hospital. Helen is Bobath trained and currently works at a local hospital, leading the neurological outpatient physiotherapy and neurological hydrotherapy service whilst providing specialist neurological support to the wards.
Helen is passionate about neurological physiotherapy and has gone on many courses since graduation covering vestibular disorders, gait rehabilitation and ataxia management. She is a member of special interests groups in Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinsons, ensuring she is up to date with the latest research.
Marianne Hill, Soft Tissue Therapist
Soft Tissue TherapistMarianne is a qualified soft tissue therapist, having achieved a Level 5 Diploma in Clinical Sports and Remedial Massage Therapy at the London School of Sports Massage. She has also completed a course in Pregnancy and Post Natal Massage. Marianne is a passionate believer in the benefits of soft tissue therapy for everyone – whether struggling with aches and pains from sport, a physically demanding or stressful job, or indeed any daily activity. Marianne adopts a wide range of soft tissue techniques to ensure that each treatment is tailored to the each person’s unique needs and really enjoys working with people of all ages and from all walks of life. She is continually broadening her experience and is also trained in Kinesiotaping. Marianne is a member of the Institute of Sports and Remedial Massage and registered with the CNHC (Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council). Away from work, Marianne enjoys mountain biking, hiking and yoga.
Nutritional TherapistCaroline is a registered Nutritional Therapist, holds a full accreditation with The British Association of Nutritional Therapists (BANT) www.bant.org.uk and is a member of the Complimentary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) www.cnhc.org.uk.
Since qualifying in 2006 Caroline has worked as a Nutritional Therapist in several practices in Berkshire and Hampshire and is now looking forward to working with the Physiotherapists here at Thorpes. With a wealth of knowledge and experience, Caroline brings another element of treatment and complementary therapy to our clinics. Caroline is a very experienced Tutor and Examiner currently working for the Institute for Optimum Nutrition (ION) in Richmond, assessing at degree level.
Caroline has a keen interest in gastrointestinal health, migraine, endocrine disorders, musculoskeletal conditions and children’s health but of course, if you have any cause for concern with regards to your health or if you feel that you would like some guidance on the types of foods you should be eating, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Practice ManagerJane has over 25 years customer service experience and has been with Thorpes since 2013. She brings a wealth of knowledge to our team and keeps the practice running smoothly and efficiently. Jane ensures that Thorpes continues to deliver the highest standard of care to our patients.
Sue has worked in many customer facing roles, including 16 years in a local primary school. In her spare time, Sue enjoys walking and spending time with her family and granddaughter.
Sarah has previously worked in the I.T/Telecomms industry but more recently within the NHS in a customer service role. Sarah is passionate about customer service and does all she can to ensure patients are made to feel relaxed and respected. Sarah likes to spend her spare time with family and friends, bike riding and walking her dog.
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