Meet the physiotherapy team

Helen Havens Grad Dip Phys MCSP

Inpatient Physiotherapy
Women’s Health (post-op breast care)

Helen qualified at the London School of Physiotherapy in 1982 and worked at Guys Hospital from 1982-1984 and Great Ormond Street Hospital from 1984-1986. Helen then joined Spire Wellesley Hospital in 1986 and is currently lead physiotherapy for inpatients.


Maire Oakley Grad Dip Phys MCSP

Women’s Health encompassing obstetrics, gynaecology, continence (urinary and faecal) and prolapse management. Male continence.

Marie qualified from Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, in 1988 and initially worked at North Manchester General before moving to Southend Hospital in 1990. She has specialised since then exclusively in women’s health and continence and  joined the Spire Wellesley Hospital in 2008. Marie is a full member of the pelvic, obstetric and gynaecological physiotherapy association, having completed post-graduate certificates at Bradford University.

 Rhian Graves  MCSP

Musculo-skeletal (with a special interest in spinal rehab)
JEMS practitioner
Acupuncture and Aromatherapy

Rhian's career has included the Cardiff School of Remedial Gymnasts - Dip RGRT 1983,
She completed the London Bobath Hemiplegia Course in 1987, attended the Bath School of Physiotherapy (Electrotherapy) in 1988 and Colchester Diploma in Aromatherapy - Dip Aroma in 1997.

Rhian previously worked at Whipps Cross Hospital & Southend NHS Trust and has worked at Spire Wellesley Hospital since 1990.

Vicky Wyatt  BSc  MCSP

Musculo-skeletal (with a special interest in spinal rehab)
JEMS practitioner
Dance injuries
Foot biomechanics

Vicky trained at Kings College, London and then worked at Bromley Hospital from 1994-1998. She then joined the Spire Wellesley Hospital in 1999.                                                                                                                                                                 

Steve Oakley Grad Dip Phys MCSP

Musculo-skeletal therapy
Sports injuries & Isokinetics
Vestibular rehabilitation

Steve qualified from Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, in 1988 and initially worked in Manchester for three years, before moving to Southend and Rochford Hospitals in 1991.  After two years, Steve joined the Spire Wellesley Hospital in 1993 as a senior physiotherapist, specialising in musculo-skeletal problems. He also trained in vestibular rehabilitation in Edinburgh in 2006.

Chris Hunt Grad Dip Phys MCSP

Musculo-skeletal therapy
Sports injuries & Isokinetics
Post-surgical orthopaedics

Chris qualified as a mature student from Bath School of Physiotherapy in 1988, having previously worked for 10 years, mainly in sports management and squash coaching. 
He worked at Southend General Hospital from 1988-1994, and at the Spire Wellesley Hospital since 1989 and as departmental manager since 1997.

Nicky O’Dell BSc MCSP

Neurology including stroke, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease and a specific interest in spasticity.
Musculo-skeletal therapy

Nicky qualified from King’s College University, London and initially worked at Bromley Hospital and then moving to Southend Hospital in 2000 until 2012.

She has been working in neurology since 2001 at Southend and musculoskeletal and neuro at Spire Wellesley Hospital since 2000. Nicky's post-graduate training includes Botox injecting, Bobath training (basis and advanced) and exercise following stroke. 

Karen Randall BSc MCSP

Inpatient and outpatient physiotherapy
Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) and Combined Decongestive Therapy
Pilates instructor
Pregnancy related conditions (Fit, Back and Bumps Instructor)

Karen qualified as a chartered physiotherapist from Colchester Institute in 2004 and started her career at Southend University Hospital. This included post graduate rotations in a variety of multidisciplinary areas that consolidated her training and advanced her career to senior status, at which time she specialised in musculoskeletal outpatients.

Karen joined the Spire Wellesley Hospital in 2007. Since that time her work has consisted of assessing and managing an outpatient caseload as well as dealing with pre and post-operative inpatients on the ward.

In June 2014 Karen successfully completed Dr Vodder's course on Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) and Combined Decongestive Therapy (CDT).

Karen holds Pilates classes for staff at the Spire Wellesley Hospital, for the general public and also teaches Pilates on a one to one basis.                                

Sam O’Neill Grad Dip Phys MCSP

Hand therapy

Sam qualified from Brunel University and initially worked at North Middlesex Hospital for two years, then a further two years at Chase Farm Hospital. The following seven years she spent as a senior musculoskeletal physiotherapist in Chicago, USA. Sam then returned to the UK to take a specialist hand therapy course with BAHT and accepted a senior post at Southend NHS Hospital where she managed the Hand Therapy Unit for 11 years.  During this time she also joined the team at the Spire Wellesley Hospital in 2008.

Hannah Wackett BSc MCSP

Hand therapy
Orthopaedic Surgery
Plastic surgery of the hand
Musculoskeletal injection therapy

Hannah qualified in Physiotherapy (BSc Hons) at the University of East Anglia in 2005.

She has worked at Southend Hospital since qualifying and now specialises in hand therapy and injection therapy. She is the operational lead for the MSK physiotherapy service at Southend Hospital.

Hannah joined Spire Healthcare in 2010 working as a MSK physiotherapist with special interests in hand and upper limb therapy.

Priya Jackson Grad Dip Phys  MCSP


Priya qualified as a physiotherapist in 1992 and completed a Masters degree in physiotherapy 1996. She since completed the eight-week paediatric neurodevelopmental (Bobath approach) course in 2002.

Indira Jack B.Physio(Hon)  MCSP

Inpatient Orthopaedic/MSK Physiotherapy

Indira qualified from the University of Durban-Westville, South Africa, in December 1999 and initially practised as a locum physiotherapist for six months at various hospitals and in private independent practices in the different specialities of respiratory care, acute cardiac care, spinal surgery and outpatient MSK physiotherapy.

This was followed by a permanent position at Entabeni Hospital (a private hospital in Kwa-Zulu Natal) for one year, working both in outpatient physiotherapy as well as acute inpatient care, all specialities, including community based neuro rehab.

This was followed by a six-month term at Addington Hospital in which she expanded her experience in the specialities of inpatient orthopaedics, paediatric respiratory care and renal physiotherapy.

Indira came to the UK in April 2002 and took up the post of a full-time physiotherapist at Southend General Hospital. She did core six-month rotations in MSK outpatients, hand therapy, neuro-physiotherapy, orthopaedics and respiratory before settling on a static post in the inpatient orthopaedic team. It was at this time that she also filled a concurrent position at the Spire Wellesley Hospital covering the weekend service.

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