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Highly skilled chartered physiotherapists providing a range of treatments to suit your needs.

Stuart Unthank

Is a Consultant Physiotherapist

He is also the Para-Services manager (Diagnostic Imaging, Physiotherapy lead, Pharmacy & Screening manager) here at the Alexandra & has imaging referring rights.

Following serving in HMF & then being contracted as professional sportsman Stuart qualified with a BSc(Hons) in Sports Science in 1992. He then qualified with a BSc(Hons) in Physiotherapy in 1996.

Since then he has further qualified with a PhD (doctorate) in Sports/Med Physiotherapy, a Masters in Sports Science & finally a PGDip masters in Neuro-musculoskelal Physiotherapy which includes specialising in manipulations.

Stuart has had a varied career previously working in various countries & practised intermittently within neuro-Physiotherapy, paediatric rehab, advising both NASA & ESA on exercise rehabilitation, as also as a lead sports Physio in professional football & ice hockey & also as an extended scope practitioner Physiotherapist within both the NHS & the private sector.

Stuart specialises in all conditions affecting the skeletal frame in particular spinal conditions, Sports med/Physiotherapy as also manual-therapy techniques.

Special  interests & techniques are neuro-dynamics, diagnostic imaging techniques, orthopaedic chondro-cellular regenerative medicine, extra-corporeal shockwave therapy & manipulations.

He is a keen sportsman.

Alison Speake

Ali Speake is the deputy Physiotherapy Manager and joined the Alexandra hospital in 2000.

I have over 20 years’ experience in Physiotherapy. My role here at the Alex involves a mixture of assessing and treating patients and managerial admin work. In the morning I see inpatients that have had operations on the ward. In the afternoon I assess and treat a variety of musculoskeletal conditions in the outpatients dept. I am also the hospitals Moving and Handling coordinator which involves training staff in safe moving techniques.

In addition to my musculoskeletal physiotherapy skills I am a qualified acupuncturist and can use acupuncture to help patients manage pain. I also treat people with respiratory problems like asthma and COPD.

Clinical areas of interest: Orthopaedics, respiratory, acupuncture, Pilates.

Qualifications: Batchelor’s honours first class degree in Physiotherapy at Southampton University.

                                Numerous musculoskeletal courses.

Acupuncture foundation course.

                                Moving and handling qualification.

                                Level 1 Mat work DMA Pilates

                                Radiology Introduction for Physiotherapists MACP course

Adebayo Ige

Is employed as a highly specialist physiotherapist with Spire Alexandra. He qualified as a physiotherapist in 2007 with a bachelor of physiotherapy degree from University of Ibadan, Nigeria. He has since worked both Nigeria and also in the United kingdom. He has worked in the NHS for about 7 years starting as Junior physiotherapist to Specialist MSK physiotherapist. He has also worked privately and done sports rehabilitation. His main interest is in MSK conditions and Pain management as while in the NHS he worked as a pain management physiotherapist. He has been able to integrate CBT and mindfulness based approach to persistent pain and musculoskeletal conditions. He is also trained and qualified to practice acupuncture. Outside of work, Adebayo enjoys playing tennis and going to the gym.

Tom Lissenden

Tom qualified in 2014 and took his 1st and only post to date as a Band 5 Junior physiotherapist at Spire Alexandra back in November 2014. Tom graduated with a 2:1 in BSc (Hons)Physiotherapy at Sheffield Hallam University. He primarily works with orthopaedic patients on the ward but also sees a variety of musculoskeletal and orthopaedic patients in the clinics using a variety  of treatments such as manual therapy, taping, exercise and electrotherapy. Outside of work Tom has a keen interest in Football and squash.

Chris Cork

Is a Specialist Physiotherapist at the Spire Alexandra Hospital, who joined the Physiotherapy team in January 2015. Chris graduated from the University of Brighton in 2013 with BSc(Hons) Physiotherapy and began working within the NHS as a Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist from the outset. He specialises in Musculoskeletal, Orthopaedic and Sports injuries, using a wide variety of treatment such as manual therapy, electrotherapy, taping and exercise prescription. Outside of work Chris has a keen interest in Football and attending the gym.

Fatimah Parkar

Fatimah Parkar is a Senior musculoskeletal Physiotherapist. I joined Spire Alexandra hospital in February 2016. After achieving my bachelors in physiotherapy in 2004 I completed my masters in physiotherapy from Loma Linda University in California in 2007.  I have worked for the Nhs and various private clinics. I have extensively worked in Paediatrics for more than 6 years and sensory integration and hypermobility are my area of interest in Paediatrics. I have extensively worked in musculoskeletal conditions in paediatrics as well.

I look to further progress my career now in Vestibular rehabilitation as this was one of my major subjects in my masters. I have always had a keen interest in woman’s health and enjoy holding one to one sessions for anti and post natal classes. I look to further hold anti and post –natal classes at the spire Alexandra hospital. I have completed my Mat 1 work in Pilates from APPI. I have completed my anti and post-natal training from APPI.

I enjoy being active and personally have a keen interest in helping women get back to fitness post-Nataly.

Clinical areas of interest: Vestibular rehabilitation and women’s health.

Qualifications: Batchelor’s in Physiotherapy (Mumbai), Masters in physiotherapy (California,USA)

Postgraduate learning: Master’s in physiotherapy. Pilates-Mat work level 1 and anti-natal and post-natal  from APPI, Sensory integration level 1, Level 3 safeguarding paediatrics, vestibular masters CPD course.