Nautilus Physiotherapy

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Karen

Senior Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist

Karen qualified in 1981 from Queens College, Glasgow, and has over 30 years experience working within the NHS and private practice.


Within her initial NHS practice, Karen worked across many specialties in a hospital environment such as in and out patient care, and pre and post op rehabilitation; she eventually specialised in orthopaedics and musculoskeletal problems. Expanding her knowledge she then spent time as Lead Physiotherapist working in GP clinics in the community and treating patients in their own homes. This ended with her working in a hospice.

Following on from her time in the NHS, Karen then spent the next 20 years of her career working across multiple countries and disciplines within a private setting. Spending time across the Middle East and Europe, Karen worked as a Clinical Tutor at Kuwait University, within elderly care in Denmark and, most recently, the clinical lead at SOS clinic in Azerbaijan.


On her return to the UK she worked locally in private practice in Ascot, and more recently Camberley. As a result she holds strong relationships with many of the local GPs ,Podiatrists and Orthopaedic Consultants, and uses this knowledge for onward referrals.


Karen’s varied and broad experience enables her to look after her patient’s problems holistically rather than as a single problem. She regularly performs home visits and can build this into treatment plans if her patients are unable to come to the clinic. She has post qualification in Maitland Mobilisation, McKenzie exercise programmes and Swiss Gym Ball exercises.
Karen undertakes regular post graduate onward study and attends courses to keep updated with current evidence practice.


Outside of work, Karen is married with two grown up sons, who are still very actively engaged in playing rugby. As a result you will usually find Karen on a Saturday afternoon running up and down a touch line providing first aid and physiotherapy to both teams!

Pia

Senior Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist

Pia graduated from the University of Cape Town in 1995. Having spent several years working in inpatient orthopaedics and outpatients she relocated to England in 2001. She has worked in the NHS as well as in a private hospital outpatient department where she took the role of Clinical Lead before moving into two private musculoskeletal clinics. Pia has additional qualifications in acupuncture and Pilates.

She has a huge interest in how the physical body functions and how it relates to our mental functioning. As a Physiotherapist she believes it is important to assess the entire body, not only the injured area, to identify long-term solutions to mechanical problems and improve overall function and performance as well as solving the specific problems with which her patients present.


During her career she has been fortunate to have had many learning opportunities and developed her skills with the addition of acupuncture, clinical Pilates and Kinesio taping. She has also trained in the field of women’s health including the treatment of pelvic girdle pain during pregnancy using manual therapy techniques and acupuncture. During her time as a Clinical Lead in outpatients she had the opportunity to work closely with Orthopaedic Consultants, Biomechanical Podiatrists, specialist nurses and a variety of specialist Physiotherapists with whom she maintains a good relationship. She also works in a second clinic alongside Sports Therapists, Massage Therapists and a Biomechanical Specialist as she feels she learns a lot being in a mullti-disciplinary environment.  She does regular training to ensure that her practice is evidence based and up to date with current research.


Outside of her clinical work she runs small group rehabilitative Pilates classes and enjoys the company of her daughter, husband and long wished-for Irish Setter. She thrives being outdoors and keeps fit running, walking and with regular Pilates practice of her own. She loves travelling and with her family and fortunate enough to indulge my wanderlust regularly.