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.
Ben Gallagher BSc, MCSP SRP
Kate McGowan BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy MCSP HCPC BSc (Hons) Sports Science
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)
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!
Dominic Walcott (BSc, MCSP, SRP)
Dom graduated from Brighton University in 2014 with a BSc(Hons) in Physiotherapy. He completed his junior rotations at Frimley Park Hospital before deciding to specialize in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy. Since then, he has worked in outpatient clinics in Sandhurst, Bracknell and Slough including some GP practices. Dom has had extensive experience treating musculoskeletal disorders and takes pride in helping people to achieve their specific goals. His areas of interest include pain management and sports rehabilitation.
In his spare time he enjoys running, playing the drums, bouldering and kickboxing. Dom has spent several years training in various martial arts and achieved a 1st dan black belt in Taijutsu. Dom is also a proud father of two.
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!
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 since 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).
Jess Metcalfe (BSc, SRP, MCSP, AACP)
Jess graduated from University of Plymouth in 2019 with BSc(Hons) Physiotherapy. She has since completed her Junior Rotations at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading, spending most of this time working in Intensive Care. Jess is now specialising in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy and is very passionate about helping everyone back to the activities they love!
With a background in Swimming and Water Polo competing and coaching, Jess is passionate about you returning to the sport you love!
Jessica Reed (BSc, SRP, MCSP, AACP)
Jessica graduated from the University of Southampton with a 1st class BSc (Hons) degree in Physiotherapy in 2019. Since then, Jessica completed her junior rotations at Frimley Park Hospital and more recently Jessica previously worked in the musculoskeletal department at Royal Surrey County Hospital.
Prior to Jessica’s physiotherapy degree she completed a music degree from the University of Surrey, with a keen interest in playing drums, piano and guitar. Jessica loves to exercise! Her favourite activities are road cycling, squash, strength training and HIIT.
Jessica is very passionate about getting the best out of you and improving your quality of life. Jessica regularly participates in courses to keep up to date with the latest evidence.
Jessica is very open, friendly and likes to make physiotherapy fun!
Kate Searle (BSc Hons)
Kate is a Chartered Physiotherapist who has spent the majority of her almost 20 year career developing skills and expertise treating babies, children and young people with musculoskeletal problems.
Children with musculoskeletal conditions need a tailored approach. Kate is adept at formulating a treatment plan that aids recovery and facilitates a swift return to sports and activities. She works with the child / young person and their parent / guardian to understand the particular impact of the problem and to understand their motivation for recovery.
When not working at Thorpes she also works in the NHS, leading the Paediatric Physiotherapy Team at Frimley Park Hospital.
Outside of work she has two children of her own and enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
NEURO REHAB TEAM
Hannah Smith BSc MCSP SRP Bobath trained
Specialist Neurological Physiotherapist and Co-Director of Thorpes Neuro Rehab
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. Southampton provided Hannah with invaluable experience in the rehabilitation of many neurological conditions in various settings. Hannah returned to Frimley Park 3 years later, spending 5 years working on the acute stroke unit before moving to the Early Supported Discharge service as a founding member. In 2018 Hannah joined her husband as a director of Thorpes Physiotherapy and started to develop a service for neurological clients. A few years later Hannah created Thorpes Neuro Rehab in partnership with her friend and colleague Jenny Walker to provide an excellent specialist rehab service.
Hannah’s passion is rehabilitation, and she uses a creative and positive approach to inspire her patients.
When not working Hannah loves spending time with her son and husband and walking her dog.
Specialist Neurological Physiotherapist and Co-Director of Thorpes Neuro Rehab
Jenny graduated in 2000 from the University of East Anglia and completed her junior physiotherapy rotations at Good Hope Hospital in Sutton Coldfield. She then moved to Australia for several years where she worked in a private rehabilitation hospital and was inspired by the intensive approach to rehabilitation. On returning to England Jenny worked for many years as the lead physiotherapist at Frimley Park Hospital Stroke Unit. Jenny is Bobath trained having completed Advanced courses and has undertaken training with the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute and PD Warrior.
Jenny is a highly specialist and experienced neuro physio who is passionate about working with patients with a wide range of neurological conditions to achieve their goals and fulfil their potential. Alongside Hannah Smith she is a co-director of Thorpes Neuro Rehab which was founded to provide a high-class neuro rehabilitation service to clients.
Outside of work Jenny enjoys spending time with her 2 young sons and husband, socialising with friends and is a keen open water swimmer
Helen 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.
Beccy Oliver BSc MCSP SRP
Beccy graduated in 2000 from Nottingham School of Physiotherapy before moving south to work at North Hampshire Hospital and then onto Frimley Park Hospital as part of the inpatient therapy team across rehabilitation and acute specialties. Rehabilitation is Beccy’s passion in chronic conditions with a focus on Parkinsons. She co-founded the Exercise HUB which sits under the ParkinsonsUK charity’s Excellence Network and gathers professionals from across the UK to push for gold standard prescription of exercise. Beccy has worked for the Bracknell ParkinsonsUK branch as their exercise lead for over 7 years and has a wealth of experience in the latest research based therapy. She attended the first UK PD Warrior course in 2015 and is a trained LSVT BIG practitioner.
Beccy loves filling her life to the full with both outdoor and creative pursuits alongside her family of 3 girls and a very outnumbered husband!
Emma Ketteringham (BSc (Hons) MCSP SRP)
Emma graduated from University of Brighton in 2015 with a BSc Hons degree in Physiotherapy. Following graduation, she completed her junior rotations in the NHS, at Epsom General Hospital, before specialising in neurological physiotherapy. Emma completed senior rotations within neurological physiotherapy at St Peter’s hospital, where she gained invaluable experience within rehabilitation with a variety of neurological conditions.
Emma has completed a Level 3 Massage Therapy course and has a special interest in both sports massage therapy and neurological massage therapy. She has many years’ experience with massage therapy.
In her spare time, Emma enjoys playing netball, running, swimming and weight training, as well as enjoying the outdoors. She has a real interest in strength and conditioning, specifically with neurological conditions.
Emma has a special interest in Guillain Barre syndrome, spinal cord injuries, head injuries and stroke. Emma has a real passion and drive for rehabilitation and encouraging patients to achieve their goals.
Sue has worked in many customer facing roles, including 16 years in a local primary school. She has worked at Thorpes since 2018 and strives to ensure that the clinics run efficiently, whilst delivering excellent customer service. In her spare time, Sue enjoys walking, cooking and spending time with her family and granddaughters.
Jane has worked at Thorpes sincce 2013 and is passionate at ensuring the patient journey is as seamless as possible, and that she and the Admin Team continue to deliver the highest level of customer service.
Outisde of work Jane has a keen interest in interior design and cooking.
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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