About Us

 

We consider you to be the most important member of the team. We're used to talking to people about pain and disability so we can give you all the knowledge and support you require to manage your condition in a way that's easy to follow. Our main aim is to help you feel better and more in control of your symptoms.

Ali Cowley

I'm Ali and I'm a Chartered Physiotherapist. I work as an Extended Scope Practitioner specialising in spinal pain. I am also the Physiotherapy Outpatient Team Lead for the North Bristol NHS Trust Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Department. I am registered with The Health Professions Council (HPC) and am a member of The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. I have a Masters level qualification in Aquatic Rehabilitation (Hydrotherapy) with the University of Hertfordshire.

Ever since I remember I've wanted to be a Physio. I achieved my dream in 2002, graduating with a BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy from Nottingham University. I spent the first few years working in Oxford, gaining experience in many different areas of healthcare. Gradually I realised my passion lay in musculoskeletal problems and found Hydrotherapy was a brilliant form of treatment. 

Over the last ten years I have gained invaluable experience treating hundreds of patients in warm water for all sorts of problems. I completed my Post-Graduate qualification in Hydrotherapy and since then have enjoyed teaching others about this treatment. I am a member of The Aquatic Association of Physiotherapy which is a special interest group for Physios with a passion for Hydrotherapy. Amongst other things, I have gained my foundation qualification in WATSU, enabling me to treat patients with water relxation therapy. For over six years I have helped run weekly evening Hydrotherapy exercise groups for patients with arthritis. My day time job is working with a very dynamic team of Physios in a large acute hospital in Bristol. I see a wide range of patients with various musculoskeletal problems. 

When I'm not at work, you can find me doing a million other things! I love being outside going for long walks, pottering about in our garden or weekends away camping. Not to mention the ongoing project of doing up our house! Exercise rates very highly in my week. I love the feeling of keeping fit and find a long run or swim to be extremely relaxing. I'm always up for a challenge resulting in a marathon, numerous half marathons, triathlons, The Coast to Coast Walk and 'Tough Guy'...twice!

My other passion is travelling. After graduating, I was desperate to see the world. I flew to the USA where I worked in Texas for Camp America, then travelled independently by Greyhound Bus around the country. This was a big challenge for me and boosted my confidence to travel. Over the last few years I have continued to see the world...Australia, New Zealand, South America and more recently working in Africa.

But now my focus is on challenges closer to home. I love my job and am constantly striving to be the best Physio I can. Through personal and professional experiences I know there's more I can offer. And so Healthy Hydrotherapy was born...!


Chris Cowley

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I'm Chris and I'm a Bristol based Physiotherapist. I'm registered with the Health Professions Council and am a member of The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. My full time job is working as an Extended Scope Practitioner in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy. This specialist role involves working closely with Consultants and GP's to ensure patients recieve the best care possible. I divide my time between this and my role as one of the Directors and founding members of Healthy Hydrotherapy.

In 2003 I graduated with honors from Nottingham University with a degree in Physiotherapy. As a Junior Physio I worked in all specialities, seeing a wide range of patients and gaining invaluable experience in all aspects of the profession. This has enabled me to successfully treat patients in the hydrotherapy pool with a diversity of problems.

After moving to Bristol, I specialised in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy. I enjoy the challenge of giving the best Physio service I can by learning from and teaching others. My interest and experience in a wide range of sports is crucial in providing high level rehabilitation and aiding swift return to competition following injury. I work directly with Orthopaedic Surgeons in a specialist clinic for patients with exercise related pain. I am the sole Physiotherapist in this clinic that is the specialist centre in its field across the Southwest of England.

I have spent over eight years helping to run private evening Hydrotherapy exercise groups. My interest in hydrotherapy has also led to my WATSU qualification.

Outside of work I enjoy an active life with lots of hobbies. You can usually find me playing one of a range of sports or attempting some DIY. I really love a challenge and have tried my hand at many things including Marathons, Triathlons, long distance Open Water Swimming, walking the English Coast to Coast, kayaking around some of the beautiful coast of Sweden and completing the Tour Du Mont Blanc. Since leaving school I have enjoyed travelling and exploring the world. I've volunteered for many conservation projects and have also travelled extensively to all the corners of the globe.

These varied experiences and interests perfectly equip me for my role with Healthy Hydrotherapy.

Emily Pym

EMWEBI’m Emily and I am a senior musculoskeletal physiotherapist with a particular interest in hydrotherapy. I am registered with the Health Professions Council and am a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. I graduated from the University of the West of England in 2009 with a first class Honours degree in physiotherapy. Before this, I spent several years working in the television industry in London, but my own positive experience of physiotherapy as a patient sparked my desire to change career.

My full time job is working as a physiotherapist in a large acute hospital in Bristol where I treat a wide range of patients with a variety of musculoskeletal problems.  Before specialising in my current field, I gained experience in a variety of clinical settings, including neurosurgery, orthopaedics and intensive care.

Outside of work I enjoy a variety of hobbies and activities, but most of all love being outdoors, be it pottering in the garden, skiing or summiting a mountain. 

 

Simon Gorick 

GOZWEBI am employed as an Exercise and Rehabilitation Technician within the Outpatients Physiotherapy Department at Southmead Hospital. I provide rehabilitation to a wide variety of Musculoskeletal conditions within the Hydrotherapy pool and the Gymnasium. I am an Associate member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and have gained over 14 years experience, attending numerous courses in Hydrotherapy and Rehabilitation. I  have gained my Foundation qualification in WATSU and for many years have organised and delivered private Hydrotherapy exercise groups to varied client bases.

Outside of work, I am kept very busy by my two young sons and coaching an under 10s football team. I love to get out into the great outdoors and hit the trails on my mountain bike.

  


Sarah Whitlock


SW 139x173I’m Sarah and I am a Senior Neurological Physiotherapist working within the Neuroscience Department at Southmead Hospital. I graduated with an honours degree in Physiotherapy from Coventry University in 2002 and I am registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. I have completed the Aquatic Physiotherapy for Neurological Conditions course with Ali and have gained most of my hydrotherapy experience working at the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Centre at Frenchay.

I have worked mainly at North Bristol NHS Trust in all neurological areas including stroke, neurosurgery, neurology and acquired brain injury. In addition, I worked in a rehabilitation unit in Auckland in New Zealand for 7 months whilst travelling and briefly in London on my return before heading back to Bristol.

Outside work, like most Physiotherapists, I have lots of active hobbies including netball, ballroom dancing and watching rugby. I like to travel around the UK with my husband in our van and I also sing for a large community choir in Bristol. I absolutely love being a physiotherapist and really enjoy using my skills within Healthy Hydrotherapy.


Jen Pinkstone

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I’m Jen and I am a Senior Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist with a special interest in Women’s Health


I graduated from the University of West of England in 2008 with an honours degree in physiotherapy and I am registered with both the Health Professions Council (HCPC) and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. 

 

Since graduating in 2008 I have worked at North Bristol NHS trust and gained experience across a variety of clinical settings including orthopaedics, neurological rehabilitation and respiratory care. 


However, in more recent years my time has been spent treating patients with a wide variety of musculoskeletal and Women’s Health conditions in an outpatient setting. Hydrotherapy has been a key component in the rehabilitation of many of my patients.  As such, over the past few years I've chosen to invest more time, in the context of 'Healthy Hydrotherapy' helping patients to achieve full quality of life using exercise in warm water.


When I’m not working I love to keep active! I regularly run and cycle and when I get the chance I love to ski. In more recent years I’ve also turned my hand to a spot of DIY and enjoy keeping on top of the garden.



Mary King

MK WEBI'm Mary and I am a Specialist Physiotherapist treating musculo-skeletal patients in hydrotherapy and out-patient physiotherapy. I am the lead clinician in hydrotherapy at Southmead Hospital managing the hydrotherapy service for North Bristol. I am a qualified Chartered Physiotherapist, a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and I am registered with the Health and Care Professions Council. I am also a member of The Aquatic Association of Physiotherapy (Hydrotherapy interest group).

I studied in Cardiff and qualified in 1985. I had a wide range of junior and senior rotations at The Royal United Hospital in Bath before moving to Winford Orthopaedic Hospital and then on to Southmead. Over the years I have worked intermittently in hydrotherapy working with in and out patient adult and paediatric patients before specialising in hydrotherapy in 1992. I have completed post graduate courses in hydrotherapy including a Masters level qualification in Aquatic Rehabilitation (Hydrotherapy). I enjoy attending regular study days and keeping up-to-date with research and current work practices in hydrotherapy allowing me to share best practice with other staff and deliver the best service possible to our patients.

I love working in hydrotherapy and seeing the many benefits that it offers, whether recovering from an acute injury or operation, or in the management of longer term conditions. Working for Healthy Hydrotherapy has reinforced my belief that continuing to exercise in warm water regularly and over a period of time provides both physical and mental benefits.

Outside of work I have 'retired' from running half marathons and now enjoy cycling, walking and gardening and watching my children's sporting endeavours.


Rebecca (Boo) Pritchard

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I am Rebecca (also well known by my nickname Boo!)  I am a fully qualified physiotherapist, registered with both the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. I gained an Honours degree in Anatomical Science from Bristol University in 2000, and then went on to start my vocational dream of studying physiotherapy by moving to London and graduating 3 years later from King’s College London with a BSc Hons in Physiotherapy. 

 I have been working as a physiotherapist for 12 years at North Bristol Trust, specialising in Musculoskeletal physiotherapy for 10 years, and for the last 4 years further developing an interest in Hydrotherapy, in both the rheumatology and musculoskeletal physiotherapy fields of practice. I have been so impressed by how helpful hydrotherapy can be to so many people with so many different clinical presentations, and relish the opportunity to help more clients within my role in Healthy Hydrotherapy.

Out of work I am kept entertained by my three children (and dalmation dog), and I love to regularly go running outdoors to keep fit and keep sane! 

Simon Gale

Galo Web_170x158I am Simon, I qualified as a Physiotherapist in 2002. I am HCPC regisatered.   Since qualifying I have worked in the NHS throughout Bristol.  I have always had an interest in Hydrotherapy and have spent several periods based in and around the hydrotherapy pool.   For several years I provided exercise classes for specialist groups including Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoporosis and Ankylosing Spondylitis.

I have extensive experience working with musculoskeletal conditions including trauma orthopaedics, elective orthopaedics and Outpatients and can apply my wide range of knowledge to ensure the optimal exercise plan.    I currently specialise in Mental Health, which has enhanced my understanding of the psychological impact of pain and reduced function.

In my spare time I am either found squashed in some soft play with my children, or foolishly completing excessively long open water swims or long bike rides (occasionally I combine both and then add a run in the name of an Ironman distance Triathlon!).


Louise Spry

Lou WebI'm Louise and I'm a Senior Neurological Physiotherapist working within the Neuroscience department at Southmead Hospital.  I graduated from the University of the West of England in 2006 with honours.  I am a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists Interested in Neurology and registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).  
Since graduating I have been fortunate to gain experience in a wide variety of clinical areas but I quickly developed a passion for neurological Physiotherapy and now specialise within this area.  I have experience in treating all neurological areas including brain injury, spinal cord injury, neurology, stroke and neurosurgery.  I gained my hydrotherapy experience and interest whilst working at the Frenchay Brain Injury Rehabilitation Centre and really enjoy using and developing these skills further whilst working for Healthy Hydrotherapy.
Outside of work I have recently developed an interest in DIY and enjoy the (never ending!) project of doing up our house and renovating the garden.  I also enjoy visiting foreign cities and sampling the local cuisines.  

 

 Hayley Milton

Hayley Web_163x170I’m Hayley and I’m a Senior Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist working for Bristol Community Health providing NHS Physiotherapy across various bases in Bristol. I qualified from Brighton University in 2007 and ever since I have strived to further develop my knowledge and skills. I started my career working for a Children’s Charity in Somerset; I then worked at Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton before securing a post in Bristol which I have called my home for the last 6 years. Over the past 3 years I have specialised in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy which is an area of Physiotherapy I feel very passionate about and I love supporting patients to achieve their aims. Outside of work I enjoy being outdoors particularly in the water and surf regularly. I also enjoy cycling and more recently have turned my hand to sewing.

 

 


Gemma Border 

IMG 8572_127x170My name is Gemma and I am a member of the charted society of physiotherapy as well as registered with the health and care professions council. I gained an honours degree in Exercise and Sport Science from the University of Exeter in 2003. My love and fascination of how the body works as well as my voluntary experience working at a local ‘action after stroke’ group led me to study Physiotherapy. I qualified as a Physiotherapist from King’s College London in 2009 and am happy to say that being a Physiotherapist has surpassed all my expectations.

As a senior rotational physiotherapist I have a broad and varied range of experience. I have experience in various clinical areas such as orthopaedics, musculoskeletal outpatients, neurosurgery and complex medical rehabilitation to name a few. My interests have recently extended into hydrotherapy and feel excited at the prospect of helping others in this setting. I am very passionate about physiotherapy and feel privileged to witness first hand a person’s recovery with some applied knowledge, enthusiasm and encouragement.

In my spare time you’re likely to find me dancing, drawing, sewing, decorating or walking my very energetic beagle! I like to relax with yoga, or spend time with my husband, family and friends.