Joan trained at the Manchester Royal Infirmary School of Physiotherapy from 1966-1970. She undertook rotational posts at hospitals in Surrey and Cheshire before leaving to have a family. Since returning to physiotherapy, Joan worked for 10 years at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital, Birmingham where she gained experience in Hydrotherapy, bone tumours and general orthopaedic in-patient rehabilitation. Joan has worked at the Marie Curie Hospice in Solihull before coming to work at Parkway Hospital as a ward physiotherapist in 2000.
Joan has developed a keen interest in breast cancer and is currently involved in the development of a comprehensive breast service for patients eho have undergone breast cancer surgery.